Nike’s dance party

By Mark Baker | Living Here, Sports | |

It was Jan. 2, the day after the Oregon Ducks had crushed Florida State in the Rose Bowl, and Ohio State had upset mighty Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, in the semifinals of the first-ever College Football Playoff.

Going the distance against Parkinson’s

By Mark Baker | Living Here, Sports | |

If you were a progressive, debilitating disease, you might be wise to pick someone other than a McChesney to inflict. In Track Town, USA (aka Eugene), there’s not much danger in saying that no family better typifies the courage, strength and determination it takes to not only succeed at distance running but also to endure […]

Record breaker

By Mark Baker | Living Here, Sports | |

She stands perpendicular to “the machine,” her eyes intent on the target. She kicks her left leg back a few times, like a stallion ready to bolt, lets out a bit of snort, whirls clockwise, raises her right leg and … bam!


By Mark Baker | Awards, Living Here, Sports | |

Fierce. Fearless. Fighter. Grit. Gumption. Guts. Hero. History. Courage. Icon. Driven. Incredible. Unforgettable. Beautiful.

First place award for best feature story in the 2016 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association “Better Newspaper Contest.”

Fans ready to roll

By Mark Baker | Living Here, Sports | |

DALLAS – They called it Playoff Fan Central, and it was a decidedly corporate affair inside the enormous Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. The three-day fan festival put on by the inaugural College Football Playoff, which charged a $17 entry fee for adults and $12 for youths, ran Friday through Sunday and […]