Marcus Mariota completed 13 of 15 passes and the White team defeated the Green team 65-10 in Oregon's spring game before a crowd of 36,588. Oregon offenses accounted for 802 yards and nine touchdowns.
Oregon offenses pile up
yards in spring game
Marcus Mariota threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns and the Oregon Ducks looked as potent as ever on offense in the first spring game under first-year coach Mark Helfrich.
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Bralon Addison had eight receptions for 136 yards, Mariota completed 13 of 15 passes and the White team defeated the Green team 65-10 Saturday before a crowd of 36,588 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
Oregon went strictly with an offense (White) versus defense (Green) format because of nagging injuries piling up in the program.
The scoring system heavily favored offense, admitted Helfrich, the former offensive coordinator who was promoted in mid-January when coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles.
“Coach just apologized to the defense for that,” Addison said.
The offenses put up nine touchdowns and 802 yards against defenses that essentially knew what was coming.
Jeff Lockie finished with 217 passing yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-28 accuracy. Jake Rodrigues was 13 of 19 for 165 yards and two TDs.
Oregon was 12-1 last season.
LSU’s Hill is arrested
Running back Jeremy Hill, who led Louisiana State in rushing with 755 yards as a freshman last season, was arrested early Saturday after allegedly punching another man in the side of the head outside a Baton Rouge bar.
Hill, 20, already was on probation in connection with a 2011 arrest. He pleaded guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile and this weekend was charged with simple battery, also a misdemeanor.
Mixed martial arts
Jones stops Sonnen
Jon Jones bloodied Chael Sonnen with a series of strikes to the face in the first round to win by TKO in 4:33 and successfully defend his light-heavyweight title at UFC 159 in Newark, N.J.
Martinez beats Murray
Sergio Martinez retained his WBC middleweight title, unanimously outpointing Martin Murray despite being sent to the canvas multiple times by the Englishman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The three judges each scored the fight 115-112 in favor of the champion in his first bout in his hometown in 11 years.
Meanwhile, Danny Garcia of Philadelphia unanimously outpointed Brooklyn’s Zab Judah in New York to retain the WBA and WBC junior-welterweight titles.
Garcia is 26-0; Judah is 42-8.
In another bout, undefeated American heavyweight Deontay Wilder stopped former Olympic champion Audley Harrison of Britain at 1:10 of the first round in Sheffield, England. Wilder improved to 28-0, all by knockout.
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Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal defeated Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-0 to reach the final of the Barcelona Open in Spain.
Nadal will play for the title Sunday against Nicolas Almagro in a matchup of Spaniards.
• In a matchup of the last two French Open tennis champions, Maria Sharapova of Russia will face Li Na of China in Sunday’s final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Sharapova has a 5-0 career record against Li.
• Led by a blistering anchor leg from Alysia Montano, who ran the final 800 meters in 1 minute, 58.6 seconds, the United States won the women’s 3,200 relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with an American record-setting time of 8:04.31.
Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez and Ajeé Wilson ran the first three legs of the relay on the final day of the historic meet that drew 111,284 spectators over three days. The previous American 3,200 relay record was 8:17.91.
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