Basketball

Ducks running low on practice players — With just eight healthy scholarship players and two walk-ons, the Ducks are scrambling to have enough bodies on the court to practice 5-on-5, let alone get anyone rest. Oregon coach Dana Altman is exploring any way possible to get more players for practice, including calling upon athletes from other Ducks teams, because they are already eligible. Not many of Oregon’s football players have basketball backgrounds from high school, but one who does is linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr. and another is tight end Spencer Webb. It is unclear how Mario Cristobal would feel about any of his players helping out the basketball team at practice. The women’s basketball team will not be giving up any of its male practice players. Kelly Graves was not on board with that idea.

Football

Reid’s attorneys insist he was singled out — Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Carolina Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug tests and they are demanding the league and the players’ union “immediately issue a retraction,” according to a letter sent to all parties that was obtained by The Associated Press. Reid claimed the league was targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL.

Former Bears DC introduced as — The Denver Broncos introduced Vic Fangio as their new head coach Thursday. Fangio, 60, has never been a head coach at any level but has 40 years of coaching experience. Fangio comes to Denver from Chicago, where he was the defensive coordinator for the league’s top defense in 2018.

— From wire reports

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