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    SPORTS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017
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PENDLETON
College Athletics
Oregon
to contest
NCAA
allegations
Violations reported
in men’s and
women’s basketball,
track and fi eld teams
By STEVE MIMS
The Register-Guard
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Pendleton’s Denisa Senkerikova (8) jockeys for position with Hermiston’s Hannah Thompson in the Bucks’ 3-0 loss to the Bulldogs on
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Pendleton.
Pendleton’s shining star
Exchange student from Czech Republic dazzled on the pitch,
voted CRC Player of the Year and 5A fi rst team all-state
By ERIC SINGER
East Oregonian
The 2017 season was another
tough one for the Pendleton girls
soccer team.
The Buckaroos put together a
1-10-2 overall record, went 0-6 in
the Columbia River Conference, and
were outscored 53-15 as the school
continues to develop and build up its
program.
However, there were a few bright
spots to watch on the fi eld, one of
those being a small, blonde forward
wearing the No. 8 on her jersey — a
girl by the name of Denisa Senker-
ikova.
A junior foreign exchange student
from Czech Republic, Senkerikova
dazzled her way around opponents
this season, as she led the Buckaroos
in goals and assists.
“It was fun,” Senkerikova said in
an interview, describing her season in
the United States. “New girls, and new
team and I just like playing soccer.”
Senkerikova, 17, hails from
the town of Uhersky Brod in the
southeastern Czech Republic, with a
population similar to Pendleton’s. She
has an older sister, Dominika, who
was also an exchange student at Ione
Community Charter School in 2011,
when she starred on the Cardinals’
volleyball team that went 23-0 to
win the Class 1A state championship.
Now Dominika plays volleyball at
Division-II school Chadron State
College in Chadron, Nebraska. Those
experiences in the US shared to her by
her sister only made Denisa want to
study in the US as well.
Senkerikova has played soccer
since she was very young, following
in the footsteps of her grandfather and
her father, Pavel, who played before
her and taught her the art of the game.
In the Czech Republic, there are not
See STAR/2B
Denisa Sen-
kerikova pos-
es with her
various all-Co-
lumbia River
Conference
and Oregon
Class 5A all-
state awards
recently in
Pendleton.
Senkerikova,
17, is a foreign
exchange
student from
the Czech
Republic.
Photo courtesy of
Charity Boyer
EUGENE (AP) — The
University of Oregon athletic
department has admitted seven
rules violations to the NCAA,
but will contest the severity of
the response from the governing
body of college athletics.
Oregon self-reported three
violations in men’s basketball,
two in women’s basketball
and one apiece in track and
fi eld and football. The NCAA
Committee on Infractions
labeled each of them as Level
II violations, indicating “a
signifi cant breach of conduct,”
and Oregon offi cials say they
will dispute each case with
the exception of the recruiting
violation in football.
Oregon received a Notice
of Allegations on Monday and
has 90 days to respond to the
committee. Athletic department
offi cials are expected to meet
with the infractions committee
at a later date and any penalties
will be announced following
that meeting.
“After careful review of the
notice, the UO acknowledges
that
infractions
occurred
and takes responsibility for
the actions of the involved
staff members,” the school
responded in a statement. “The
university, however, disagrees
with the level of infraction that
NCAA enforcement staff has
assigned to some of the charges
as well as with the decision
to level charges against two
of our head coaches. In those
instances, the facts do not
support the enforcement staff’s
position nor does NCAA
case precedent, and we plan
to defend the university, our
faculty and our head coaches.”
Oregon basketball coaches
Kelly Graves and Dana Altman
are both listed as responsible for
the violations in their programs.
See OREGON/2B
NFL
Zeke’s return a major test for struggling Seahawks
By TIM BOOTH
Associated Press
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle’s
Michael Bennett was clearly paying
attention when news started circulating
of the workouts Ezekiel Elliott was
doing to stay in shape during his suspen-
sion.
“He defi nitely going to have fresh
legs,” Bennett said on Thursday. “I’ve
seen the pictures. He looks like he’s
been working out every single day on
the beach. I know he’s ready to go out
there and run.”
Healthy, motivated and still with
playoff aspirations, Elliott will make his
return on Sunday against the Seahawks,
and the timing could not be worse for
Week 16
Seattle
Dallas
Seahawks
Cowboys
(8-6)
(8-6)
• Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (TV: FOX)
• at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Seattle.
They are battered by injuries on
defense, fatigued from a long season
that has seen their defensive line wear
down and have no room for error
needing wins in their fi nal two games to
have any playoff hopes.
Those factors don’t even take into
account some fundamental problems
that have plagued the Seahawks the past
two weeks and allowed the Jaguars and
Rams to run wild.
“We made some misses in some
reads and some things that could be a
lot sharper, and it just leads to the easy
yardage for them,” Seattle coach Pete
Carroll said. “Good running backs take
advantage of that.”
While Leonard Fournette and Todd
Gurley are outstanding running backs
that took advantage of their opportu-
nities against Seattle, a heathy, rested
Elliott is not what the Seahawks wanted
to see with their season on the line.
The Seahawks problems fi rst
surfaced in the second half against
Jacksonville after Bobby Wagner and
See SEAHAWKS/2B
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File
In this Aug. 25, 2016, fi le photo, Dallas Cowboys run-
ning back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rushes against the Seat-
tle Seahawks in a preseason game in Seattle. The Se-
ahawks play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The winning team is still in the NFC wild-card race.
The loser isn’t.
Sports shorts
LeBron, Cavs win 12th straight
at home
No. 10 Oregon defeats No. 19
Texas A&M again, 84-62
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James
scored 34 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the
Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight
home game, 115-112 over the Chicago Bulls
on Thursday night as injured point
guard Isaiah Thomas moved even
closer to his return.
James had 11 points in the
fourth quarter and dropped a pair
of free throws with 11.1 seconds
left as the Cavs won for the 19th
time in 21 games and ended
James
Chicago’s seven-game winning
streak.
With Cleveland’s Jae Crowder guarding him
closely, Chicago’s Denzel Valentine was short
with a tying 3-pointer in the fi nal second.
Dwyane Wade had three steals and two
blocks in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which
improved to 3-0 against the Bulls this season.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Maite Cazorla scored
26 points, Sabrina Ionescu added 25, and No.
10 Oregon beat No. 19 Texas A&M 84-62 on
Thursday in the Duel in the Desert.
It was the second time the
teams played this season. The
Ducks won at Texas A&M,
83-68, on Nov. 16 in the the
Preseason Women’s NIT.
Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and eight
rebounds for the Ducks, who played their third
straight SEC opponent after losing at No. 5
Mississippi State and beating Mississippi.
Oregon (10-2) came into the tournament
ranked third in the nation in offense, averaging
89.6 points. The Ducks, who ranked sixth in the
NCAA in fi eld goal shooting at 51.5 percent,
made 27 of 50 shots (54 percent), including 12
of 24 from 3-point range.
Danni Williams led the Aggies with 22 points.
“Jan. 9, 1989.”
— Michael Beasley
The Knicks’ forward said after
he was asked when he knew he
had the hot hand. Beasley started
heating up in the third quarter,
and he really poured it on the
fourth to carry the New York
Knicks past the Boston Celtics
102-93. Beasley fi nished with 32
points.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
1894 — The United States
Golf Association is founded,
becoming the governing body
for the game in the country.
1996 — Brett Hull
becomes the 24th player in
NHL history to score 500
goals, with a hat trick in the
St. Louis Blues’ 7-4 win over
the Los Angeles Kings.
2003 — Brett Favre
passes for 399 yards and
four touchdowns a day
after his father dies, moving
into second place in NFL
history for career TD passes
while leading the Green Bay
Packers to a 41-7 victory
over the Oakland Raiders.
Favre passes Fran Tarkenton
on the NFL’s career list with
his 343rd career TD throw.
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