EUGENE — Oregon fans can get a little bit flatter now.

UO athletics is offering fans the opportunity to purchase cutouts, starting at $50 for season ticket holders, to be placed at Autzen Stadium this fall.

“As we embark on this journey together and experience a season like no other, we invite Ducks fans to fly with us all season long by purchasing their very own fan cutout,” the description of the cutouts, available via fancutouts.com, reads.

Fans can submit photos of themselves, family members or even pets that can be placed together in the stadium and will be sent photos to show where their cutouts are located.

Season ticket holders can purchase the cutouts for $50 and get “high exposure” placement in the stadium while while non-season ticket holders can purchase them for $75 and be placed in the end zone. Students can also purchase cutouts for $50 to

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The Oakland A’s, who manipulated late-inning offense and late-inning pitching into the best record in the American League West Division in 2020, got bounced from the AL Division Series Thursday because they couldn’t locate either of those elements of their game when the most needed to.

Add to that the starting pitching, which had been reasonably impactful but not dominant in the regular season, imploded once again with Frankie Montas squandering an early 3-0 lead.

The final blow was an 11-6 loss in Game 4 Thursday in Dodger Stadium at the hands of the Houston Astros. For the fourth time in four days, the Astros spotted the A’s a lead. For the fourth time in four days, the Astros came back to jump in front. And for the third time in four days, the Astros held the A’s off down the stretch.

“In the end, they just kind of outslugged

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The A’s got the game they wanted, a chance to clinch the American League West title on their own, winning their way to the title rather than having it handed to they by an Astros loss.

The Astros, playing earlier in the day, rallied late for a 3-2 win over Arizona, keeping the Oakland magic number to lock down its first AL West title since 2013 at 1.

The trouble is, the A’s didn’t do much with the opportunity they’d wanted. The odds were in their favor, Oakland coming in with a 9-1 record against left-handed starting pitchers, and the Giants were obliging by starting a lefty, Tyler Anderson.

He apparently hadn’t heard about the A’s dominance of lefties. Anderson allowed just four hits in 5.2 innings, and both of the runs against him were unearned.

The A’s lefty, Mike Minor, had thrown a shutout his last time out. This

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In a presentation to the University of Washington’s board of regents on Thursday, athletics director Jen Cohen and chief financial officer Kate Cullen outlined plans to shrink department salaries by 17% — or $8 million — in the 2021 fiscal year. Those cuts are coming, according to an accompanying budget document, via “voluntary contract reductions, department-wide furloughs and other staffing cuts.”

On Thursday, those staffing cuts continued.

In a second round of cost-saving measures to combat the economic effects of COVID-19, UW Athletics has eliminated 16 positions — some of which were filled, and others vacant — and instituted temporary furloughs or FTE (full-time equivalent hours) reductions for an additional 35 staff members, according to a university release.

A UW spokesperson declined to share which specific positions were eliminated.

“Today is an extremely difficult day,” Cohen said in a statement. “We have remained committed to maintaining all 22 of our

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The financial update athletics director Jen Cohen and chief financial officer Kate Cullen will present to the University of Washington’s board of regents on Thursday does not resemble the original best-case scenario.

That scenario — featuring a full football season with fan attendance in the fall, outlined in a similar budget meeting in May — has been buried under a barrage of testing issues, long-term cardiac concerns and rising coronavirus cases. As a result, Pac-12 sports have been postponed through the end of the year and its athletics departments are facing an uncertain financial future.

All of which will be outlined in detail on Thursday, beginning with the opening paragraph of a document prepared to accompany the presentation:   

The updated FY21 budget included here reflects the following assumptions, as well as actions taken by ICA, which resulted from that decision:

  • A truncated football season in winter/spring;
  • Unlikely to have
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The A’s lost a chance to push the Houston Astros to the brink in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Oakland owned a 4-0 lead after three innings with a proven bullpen rested in a game that was only going to last seven innings, as doubleheader games do these days.

But an usually poor bullpen performance, an error and an offense that didn’t do much over the final four innings led to Houston escaping a doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 win. Oakland won the opener 4-2.

“We had a lead, and we just couldn’t hold it,” manager Bob Melvin said. “In a seven-inning game, we felt pretty good about where we were. But we didn’t do enough offensively after we gave up some runs.”

So, the A’s hit the two-thirds mark of the 60-game season with a 25-15 record, good for a 4½-game lead over the second-place Astros in the

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