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Football: Riley at peace

There was a certain measure of calm about quarterback Kevin Riley this spring. Riley worked as hard as he ever has during the spring, but at the same time seems to be at peace with football as much as he ever has.

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Basketball: Ducks find their man at long last, hiring Creighton’s Dana Altman

The Register-Guard in Eugene and the Oregonian are reporting that Creighton”s Dana Altman has been hired as Oregon basketball coach.

Altman is 327-176 in 16 seasons at Creighton, and his teams have earned 13 consecutive postseason berths.

Here is the Register-Guard’s story on what kind of team fans can expect from Altman, and the Oregonian’s story on the hiring, which reportedly comes with a seven-year deal worth nearly $2 million per. Here’s a timeline on Oregon’s 37-day coaching search.

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Football: Thompson goes in 7th round

Former Cal cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson has been selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the NFL Draft (225th overall). This is a little later than most projections, although Thompson himself didn’t rule out the possibility of not getting drafted at all.

There are about 20 selections remaining. Offensive tackle Mike Tepper is the only other realistic possibility for a former Cal player to be drafted, although one recent mock draft had wide receiver Verran Tucker going late in the seventh round.