athletics

UO Football Coach
6:19 am
Thu January 17, 2013

UO Athletic Director Responds To Coach Kelly’s Departure

The University of Oregon is looking for a new head football coach. Chip Kelly announced Wednesday he’s leaving for the NFL to lead the Philadelphia Eagles. UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens says player recruiting is underway so this is a less than ideal time for Kelly to leave. Mullens describes what they’ll be looking for in a new coach.

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WSU Athletics Probe
6:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Sports Ethics Expert Praises Ex-WSU Footballer For Speaking Out

A view of Washington State University's Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.
Credit Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikimedia Commons

A Pac-12 spokesman Monday said the athletic conference does not have a timeline for completing a review of the WSU football program. Over the weekend, university president Elson Floyd asked for outside help to investigate claims by a player of abusive behavior by the coaching staff. Meanwhile, a sports ethics expert is praising the player for speaking out. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Olympic Goalie
6:04 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Washington’s Hope Solo Makes Big Stops To Earn Team USA Gold

Washington-born and raised goalkeeper Hope Solo saved the day, quite literally, according to her teammates in the Olympic women’s soccer final Thursday. Team USA held on for a 2-1 victory over Japan to win the gold medal. When the final horn sounded, U.S. goalie Solo was mobbed by her fellow players. Solo says she knew the game was on the line when she made a dramatic lunging save in the waning minutes of the game.

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Sudanese Olympic Runner
6:31 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Northwest Runner Wants To Leverage Olympic Platform To Help South Sudan

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Athletes going to the London Olympics commonly have stories of overcoming adversity. But few can top African-born distance runner Lopez Lomong. The one time "Lost Boy" of Sudan relocated to the Portland area last year. He's running for Team USA, but hopes to leverage Olympic success into greater aid and attention for his former homeland. Correspondent Tom Banse introduces us.

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Downhill Speed Skating
6:06 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival Of Speed' Brings Skateboarding Couple To Southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one young couple that travels the world for downhill skateboarding.

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Olympic Trials
6:34 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately High Number Of Northwest Runners On Team USA

Historic Hayward Field in Eugene hosted the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final scheduled day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region. Correspondent Tom Banse looked for reasons behind the disproportionately high local representation.

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Olympic Pole Vaulter
7:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Second Time The Charm For Washington’s Olympic Pole Vaulter?

A pole vaulter with roots in Seattle and Spokane hopes the second time will be the charm at the Olympics. Brad Walker secured a return trip to the Summer Games with a first place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene Thursday night. Back in 2008, the former University of Washington Husky set a new American record, qualified for the Olympic team, but then didn’t clear a single height at the Beijing Olympics. Walker says he wants “redemption” very badly this summer.

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Olympic Trials
7:25 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Good Night For Northwest Olympic Hopefuls At U.S. Track & Field Trials

It was a good night for local Summer Olympics hopefuls Thursday in Eugene. A very good night, in fact. A half dozen athletes with ties to the Northwest earned spots in the London Games. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.

The capacity crowd at Eugene’s historic Hayward Field saved its biggest roar for last… for the dramatic finish in the men’s 5000 meters.

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Olympic Racewalking
7:23 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Eugene Native Looks To Represent The US In Racewalking At The Olympics

Eugene has a long history as the adopted home of Olympic track and field hopefuls. But it’s very rare for a serious contender to actually be born and raised in the city. On Sunday a true local girl will be competing at Hayward, and she has a legitimate shot at making the team in perhaps the most unusual of the track events. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Olympic Runners
6:18 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Olympic Qualifying Action Resumes With Portland's Rupp Trying for 'Double'

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Thursday night, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event. Correspondent Tom Banse has this preview.

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