FRIDAY SPORTS NEWS/Mario Clark, Melody Fairchild, Ron Finley, Nicole Garbin Toeaina and tommy Skipper also in class; bad news for former Winterhawk Johansen


UNIVERSITY OF OREGON - Ducks logoAaron Brooks, whose play helped the Oregon men's basketball team reach two NCAA tournaments, is among six individuals who will be inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall.

Joining Brooks in the 2017 Hall of Fame class are Mario Clark (football, 1972-75), Melody Fairchild (women track/cross country, 1991-96), Ron Finley (wrestling coach, 1970-98), Nicole Garbin Toeaina (women's soccer, 2001-06), and Tommy Skipper (track and field, 2003-07).

Brooks, who has played 10 professional seasons, is one of only five Oregon players to rank among the top 10 in school history in career scoring (1,511 points), assists (471), and steals (127).

Clark, a defensive back, made 13 interceptions in four seasons during which the Ducks went 11-3. An all-conference pick as a senior, Clark was a first-round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft who played nine season in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers.

Fairchild won the 1996 NCAA indoor 3,000-meter crown as a senior and also was an All-American in cross country and in the outdoor 10,000 meters.

Finley coached Oregon wrestling for 29 seasons, amassing 311 dual-meet wins. A member of the state of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Finley was a newberg native who was a 1964 Olympian and an NCAA runner up in 1961 for Oregon State. He died from cancer in July of 2016.

Garbin Toeaina was the 2006 Pac-10 women's soccer player of the year. She had 22 game-winning goals among her 34 career goals and was a three-time all-conference selection.

Skipper holds the Oregon pole vault record (19 feet, 1/4 inch) and won five NCAA championships during his Ducks career that wrapped up in 2007.


Former Winterhawks forward Ryan Johansen, who leads the Nashville Predators in playoff scoring, is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs after undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday night in Nashvillle.

Johansen suffered a thigh injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday. He finished the game, won by Anaheim in overtime to tie the series 2-2. It was not clear when or how the injury occurred.

Recovery time is estimated to take at least two months. He should be ready for training camp in August, according to reports.

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