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EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon coach Dana Altman had a great start to the season Friday -- in more ways than one.After signing a new seven-year contract and three highly ranked high school recruits, Altman found a sold-out crowd of 12,364 eager to witness the beginning of his seventh season with the Ducks.Tyler Dorsey scored 21 points and freshman Payton Pritchard added 15 in his debut as No. 5 Oregon opened with a 91-77 victory over Army.Weve done some good things and been very fortunate with a good group of guys, said Altman, whose $18.45 million deal runs through the 2022-23 season. The crowd was fantastic and so were the students.Oregons previous high during its first five openers at Matthew Knight Arena was 6,262 fans three years ago.After leading by 20 points in the first half, the Ducks allowed the Cadets to close within nine three times before pulling away late on free throws. Oregon finished 28 of 34 at the line.Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher each had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks, who struggled offensively at times with preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks still sidelined following offseason foot surgery.We did a lot of good things early, Altman said. I was disappointed with our defense, especially in transition, in the second half.Weve got a tremendous amount of work to do, but I told our guys that Army was going to play really hard, and they did.The Ducks matched their arena record with 13 blocked shots, including six by Bell. Oregon reserve Roman Sorkin added four to go with his 12 points, both career highs.Oregon shot 45 percent, including 12 of 23 in the second half, though sixth-year senior Dylan Ennis, coming off a medical redshirt season, went scoreless while missing all eight shots from the field in his first start for the Ducks.Dylans not playing to his strengths and hes got a lot of work to do, Altman said. Hes too casual with the ball. He sat out 30 games and hes trying to make that up in one or two nights.Kennedy Edwards led Army with 17 points and Matthew Wilson added 10. The Cadets shot 39.4 percent and were 9 of 24 on 3-pointers.Oregon finished with a 42-30 edge in rebounds.BIG PICTUREOregon: The Ducks won their 19th consecutive home opener to run their school-record home winning streak to 26 games, fifth-longest in the nation. The crowd was the largest for an Oregon home opener.Army: The Cadets, with five new starters, were picked 10th in the Patriot League after finishing tied for fourth at 9-9 last season and going 18-12 overall.POLL IMPLICATIONSOregons No. 5 preseason ranking, its highest ever, could rise in the next poll after No. 3 Kansas lost in overtime to No. 11 Indiana. The other three teams ranked above the Ducks easily won their openers on Friday.TURNING POINTAfter Army pulled within nine for the last time, Oregon closed out the game by scoring 11 of its last 14 points at the foul line. The Ducks made their first 10 free throws, starting with two four-point plays.HIGHLIGHT REELBell, a 6-foot-9 junior who is already Oregons career leader in blocks, had six more, including part of a three-play sequence that had fans out of their seats in the second half. After taking a lob pass for a dunk, Bell swatted a shot at the other end, then a teammate found him wide open beyond the arc and he let fly, missing his third career 3-point try. He thought it was going in. I did, man, Bell said. I was feeling it. I was really feeling it.UP NEXTArmy returns to West Point to play Mount Saint Mary on Tuesday and Arkansas State next Saturday as Jimmy Allen looks for his first win as head coach.Oregon opens its road schedule Tuesday at Baylor, which lost to the Ducks 74-67 in Eugene last season. Oregon then hosts Valparaiso in another non-conference rematch on Thursday. Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Store . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. NBA Jerseys From China . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. Discount Nike NBA Jerseys . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. No team stirs the emotions like Pakistan.Thats speaking as a neutral observer, or even a nominal opponent. Theres no international team so capable of regularly provoking sentiment of every shade, from the wildly positive to the crushingly negative.The path is well-trodden, sometimes in the space of a tour, or even a days play. Indeed, so familiar are the feelings that I wonder whether one could come up with a universal model for followers of Pakistani cricket. Something along the lines of ?Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famous Five Stages of Grief, perhaps: Denial-Anger-Bargaining-Depression-Acceptance. Maybe this: Awe-Anger-Amusement-Despair-Respect. Awe is the most natural reaction to witnessing the performance of Pakistans bowlers, in particular. The bowlers have done their best to put the lie to the idea that cricket is a batsmans game - and what a best it has been. In England alone, they have stunned. Wasim and Waqars surgical strikes in 1992. Shoaib Akhtars ruthless pace in the 1999 World Cup. Amir and Asif wiping out Australia in 2010.There can be no quibbling with the fact that Pakistan has produced many of the worlds most skilful bowlers. Set against such magnificence, its probably unsurprising that the batsmen dont always get quite as much credit. Or perhaps Ive just preferred to forget the pain dealt out to English bowlers - the plundering by Mohammad Yousuf in 2006, and Inzamam-ul-Haqs reality check after the high of the 2005 Ashes summer, to name but two episodes.Unfortunately, anger is often lurking in the wings. For the most passionate of fans, a poor performance can raise the hackles. More seriously, off-field controversy rarely seems to be far away. Theres no need to rake over the mucky details of the summer of 2010, save to mention the indignation provoked by the Butt-Asif-Amir misdemeanours. Quite apart from compromising the integrity of the game, it smacked of an abuse of hospitality - akin to catching a guest dealing ?drugs ?out of your spare room.Swift on the heels of anger, though, comes amusement. Actually, whats more likely is that Amusement is idly ball-watching at the non-strikers end, while Anger calls in vain as it charges up the pitch, before Amusement wakes up, falls over its pads and collides withAnger, with the latter several feet short of its ground. Even in the midst of the 2010 spot-fixing shenanigans, there was still time for humour to raise its clownish head, as PCB chairman Ijaz Butt ludicrously threw back accusations of fixing at the English players - despite the lack of evidence, always handy when bandying such theories around.Matters on the field have often provided just as much opportunity for hilarity. After blatant time-wastinng throughout the day in Karachi in 2000, Moin Khans butter-wouldnt-melt-in-his-mouth plea for bad light, followed by Steve Bucknors pointed refusal to listen, goes down as one of the funniest umpire-player interactions in the history of the game.dddddddddddd. Shahid Afridis chomp on the ball has become such stuff that memes are made on.At the worst of times, though, theres despair. The 1999 World Cup was my first encounter with the Other Pakistan. Pakistan notably went down against Bangladesh, of course; by any measure, a humiliating defeat at that stage of Bangladeshs development. Yet it had no impact on their progression to the final. The identity of their opponents had not been the only factor in securing my support of Pakistan, but it made their miserable implosion in the final all the more painful. Would that on-field performances were the least of Pakistans ailments. They pale into insignificance in the wake of off-field tragedy. Pakistan cricket continues to suffer the fallout of the 2009 terrorist attacks; the lack of Test cricket in Pakistan is a keen loss to the international game, albeit a currently unavoidable one.Such circumstances ensure that respect for Pakistan is never permanently lost. Indeed, a moments consideration only enhances it. It may be true that on the surface, of late Pakistan might appear an average team. If one were able to somehow factor in every high and low that has befallen the national team, the mean might be close to the centre - reflected, perhaps, by their upper to mid-table position in the Test rankings, and frequent appearances in tournament knockouts without any silverware.Yet average is most definitely not the word for Pakistan. To have lost only six Test series out of the 23 played since March 2009 would be remarkable for any team. That such a feat was achieved without being able to play in front of home crowds, in home grounds, makes it astonishing. Indeed, for all the talk of Englands aim for No. 1, its Pakistan that find themselves within touching distance of the top spot - a worthy reward for their years of somewhat overlooked achievement.Any model, in reality, that attempts to make sense of the wonderful, intoxicating chaos of Pakistani cricket is doomed to failure. Furthermore, a stepwise model like Kübler-Ross is suspiciously reductive - the feelings arrive in any order and at any time, each as unpredictable as an Abdul Qadir googly.Awe-Anger-Amusement-Despair-Respect. Ill be very surprised, not to mention disappointed, if at least some of those emotions dont get stirred this summer. 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