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Oregon's Greg Skipper breaks his school record in the indoor weight throw

Published Jan 01, 0001

Skipper shatters his own record by more than two and a half feet.

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Oregon junior Greg Skipper shattered the UO school record in the weight throw by more than two and a half feet Friday at the UW Invitational in the Dempsey Indoor.

Skipper won the event with a throw of 70 feet, 10 1/2 inches to break the school record he set last year of 68-3.

The big throw, which came on his third attempt, moves Skipper into fifth place on this year's NCAA Division I list.

Oregon's Mitch Modin is tied for second entering the second day of the men's heptathlon with 3,045 points.

Portland State's Amanda Boman broke the PSU record in the 5,000 meters with her time of 17:01.73. Camelia Mayfield had the held the record with a time of 17:02.49, run last year.

PSU's distance medley relay also claimed a school record after finishing in 10:05.11 to shatter the previous record time of 10:10.74 set in 2005.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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Sporting events, on the air for Saturday, Jan. 31

Published Jan 01, 0001

Local sporting events and games on the air for Saturday, Jan. 31.

NBA

5:30 p.m.

CSN: Portland at Milwaukee, KPOJ (620), KKRZ (102.3)

6 p.m.

ESPN: L.A. Clippers at San Antonio

NFL

9 p.m.

NBC: NFL Honors Award Show

WHL

7 p.m.

Everett at Portland, KPAM (860)

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

4:40 a.m.

NBCSN: Newcastle at Hull City

6:55 a.m.

NBCSN: Teams TBA

9:30 a.m.

NBC: Manchester City at Chelsea

MLS EXHIBITION

5 p.m.

Portland vs. Sporting KC, at Tucson, Ariz.

TENNIS

Midnight

ESPN: Australian Open, men's final

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

9 a.m.

Fox: Providence at St. John's

NBCSN: Davidson at Saint Joseph's

Root: Boston College at Clemson

ESPN: Wisconsin at Iowa

ESPN2: Auburn at Tennessee

FS1: Xavier at Seton Hall

ESPNU: Texas Tech at West Virginia

10 a.m.

CBS: Arkansas at Florida

ESPNEWS: South Florida at Tulsa

11 a.m.

Root: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

ESPN: Kansas State at Kansas

ESPN2: Richmond at VCU

FS1: Villanova at DePaul

ESPNU: TCU at Iowa State

1 p.m.

Root: Loyola Marymount at Pacific

ESPN: North Carolina at Louisville, KFXX (1080)

ESPN2: Wichita State at Northern Iowa

ESPNU: Georgia at South Carolina

3 p.m.

Root: Nevada at Wyoming

ESPN2: Texas at Baylor

ESPNU: Purdue at Northwestern

4 p.m.

ESPN: Duke at Virginia, KFXX (1080)

5 p.m.

Root: San Jose State at New Mexico

ESPN2: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

ESPNU: Central Florida at SMU

5:30 p.m.

Pac-12: Stanford at Washington State

7 p.m.

ESPN2: Memphis at Gonzaga, KUFO (970), KUIK (1360)

ESPNU: Cal Poly at UC Davis

Montana State at Portland State

7:30 p.m.

Pac-12: Colorado at UCLA

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

12:30 p.m.

Pac-12: UCLA at Oregon, KXTG (750/102.9)

1 p.m.

Portland State at Montana State

2 p.m.

Gonzaga at Portland

2:30 p.m.

Pac-12: USC at Oregon State

COLLEGE HOCKEY

3:30 p.m.

NBCSN: New Hampshire at Notre Dame

GOLF

10 a.m.

Golf: PGA, Phoenix Open

Noon

CBS: PGA, Phoenix Open

Golf: LPGA Coates Championship

1 a.m. Saturday

Golf: Dubai Desert Classic

TRACK AND FIELD

1:30 p.m.

NBCSN: Armory Invitational

AUTO RACING

7 p.m.

FS1: AMA Supercross

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Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, 3-time Boston Marathon winner, gets 2-year doping ban

Published Jan 01, 0001

The 33-year-old Jeptoo is the biggest name among dozens of Kenyan athletes who have failed drug tests in recent years.

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Rita Jeptoo, a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, was handed a two-year doping ban Friday in a case that has cast a shadow over Kenya's famed distance runners.

Jeptoo tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test last September, a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon title. Both the "A'' and "B'' samples were positive.

Athletics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo was suspended from all competition until Oct. 29, 2016. The sanction rules her out of this year's world championships in Beijing and next year's OIympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 33-year-old Jeptoo is the biggest name among dozens of Kenyan athletes who have failed drug tests in recent years. The World Anti-Doping Agency has urged Kenya to step up its drug-testing program and is working with the east African country to help set up a national anti-doping body.

Jeptoo appeared at a disciplinary hearing in Nairobi earlier this month. Also testifying were her estranged partner, Noah Busiendich, Italian manager Federico Rosa and Italian coach Claudio Berardelli.

"For now, the case of Rita has come to a rest and what remains now for us is to move on," Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat told The Associated Press. "We shall see how we shall work with the new anti-doping agency of Kenya in partnership to deal with the vice."

Jeptoo has already been denied her share of the $500,000 prize for winning the 2013/14 World Marathon Majors.

"Her positive test has made it very difficult for us," two-time women's marathon world champion Edna Kiplagat said. "We keep on being asked about doping every time we go to compete out there and I'm hoping that her punishment will make others stop engaging in this bad thing."

"I hope the (ban) will deter Kenyan athletes to stop taking short cuts," added Kiplagat, who stands to be upgraded to winner of the World Marathon Majors. "It will be a lesson for others. It's unfortunate since nobody wants anyone to be banned. If you take something like EPO which is injected as a professional athlete, it is obvious you know what you are putting in your body."

Kenya has been under close scrutiny since German broadcaster ARD alleged in 2012 that doping was common among the country's distance runners.

Kiplagat said this month that Athletics Kenya has banned or suspended 32 athletes for doping in the past five years.

"Our athletes should work hard to ensure we don't bring down what has taken 50 years to build," the 2008 Olympic men's 800-meter champion Wilfred Bungei told the AP on Friday.

Anti-doping bodies from Norway and China are helping Kenya set up its own anti-doping agency.

-- The Associated Press

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Oregon track coach Robert Johnson has plenty to like about this year's Ducks

Published Jan 01, 0001

The UO men have nine performances ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I, and the UO women have eight. Watch video

EUGENE -- The Oregon Ducks will send a skeleton crew largely focused on the multi-events to Seattle this weekend for the UW Invitational indoor track & field field meet at the University of Washington's Dempsey Center.

The two-day meet begins Friday and concludes Saturday. Most of the Ducks will be training through it.

The Ducks swept the men's and women's team titles at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last year, and already are off to a strong start this season.

The UO men are ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The UO women -- five-time reigning NCAA champions -- are ranked No. 4.

The men have nine top-10 marks on this year's NCAA Division I best lists. The women have eight.

UO coach Robert Johnson likes this year's team, and says the Ducks aren't afraid of high rankings or high expectations.

This UO men's team is particularly strong in the distances. Edward Cheserek has the nation's No. 1 college time in the 3,000 meters. Eric Jenkins is No. 1 in the 5,000.

The UO women are loaded in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Jasmine Todd has the college level's top 60 time.

Here is the complete Oregon release about the UW Invitational.

Here are this year's best lists college for college track & field.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz highlight the elite events at this weekend's Armory Track Invitational

Published Jan 01, 0001

Mike Berry Trevor Dunbar and Laura Roesler, who all ran for Oregon last year, are in the elite field.

There will be a heavy Oregon presence in the elite events at the Armory Track Invitational indoor track & field meet, which begins Friday in New York.

The elite events all will be contested on Saturday.

U.S Olympians Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz, who run professionally for the Nike Oregon Project both are entered, Rupp in the mile and two-mile, and Centrowitz as part of a U.S. team in an international distance medley relay.

Centrowitz will be joined on the DMR by former University of Oregon All-American Mike Berry and Pat Casey of Oregon Track Club Elite.

Oregon Project runners Cam Levins (mile, two mile). Suguru Osako (two mile), Mary Cain (800), Jordan Hasay (two mile) and Treniere Moser (two mile) also turn up on the entry list.

Ciaran O'Lionaird of OTC Elite is part of the Irish DMR. OTC Elite teammate Ben Blankenship is penciled into the two mile.

Former UO runners Laura Roesler, the 2014 women's Bowerman Award winner, is scheduled to run the 800. Former UO runner Trevor Dunbar is entered in the two mile.

Here are the elite entries, and here is the event schedule for the meet.

Here is how to watch the Armory Track Invitational on television and live webcast.

-- Ken Goe

kgoe@oregonian.com

503-221-8040 | @KenGoe

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