The Cleveland Indians' AA affiliate, once the Akron Aeros, is now officially the Akron RubberDucks. The name apparently derives from Akron's rich rubber-manufacturing history (though mostly for tires, not ducks).
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The Ducks, née Mighty Ducks, once stood as the finest example of synergy in sports. The franchise, founded in 1993, was owned by Disney, named after the 1992 film <italics>The Mighty Ducks</italics>, and located in suburban Southern California, near Disneyland. In its 20-year existence, the franchise won two Western Conference championships (2002-02 and 2006-07) and one Stanley Cup ('06-07). In 2005, Henry and Susan Samueli bought the team from Disney and shortened the name to simply Ducks.
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<i> The Mighty Ducks
The 1992 classic film features Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, who takes over the lowly District 5 hockey team and transforms them into peewee champs. Disney, which owned the real-life NHL team, continued the series for two live-action sequels and an animated version, in which the human players were replaced in favor of crime fighting, hockey playing ducks.
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Thanks to their uniforms and up-tempo offense, the Oregon football team is one of the flashiest in Division I. Lately, the Ducks have been able to back up their style with substance, winning Pac-10 (later Pac-12) championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and appearing in four consecutive BCS bowl games, including a loss in the 2011 BCS National Championship game.
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Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva, commonly known as Alexandre Pato is a Brazilian soccer player. "Pato" translates from Portuguese to "duck" in English. In the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, he became the youngest player to score a goal in a FIFA-organized competition. Supposedly, the hand on the face ritual performed by Pato after scoring a goal is meant to represent a duck's foot.
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Angel "Pato" Cabrera
The two-time major winner (and one-time playoff runner up) is nicknamed "El pato," which means "the duck" in English. Cabrera became the first Argentine to win either the U.S. Open (2007) or the Masters (2009).
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Roberto "Pato" Abbondanzieri
Abbondanzieri earned 48 caps from 2004 to 2008, goalkeeping for the Argentine national soccer team. In the 2006 World Cup, Abbondanzieri was forced to leave with an injury in Argentina's quarterfinal loss to Germany.
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In 1949, Quakenbush became the first defenseman to win the Lady Byng trophy. He also was a three-time First Team NHL All-Star (1948, 1949, 1951) and a two-time Second Team All-Star (1947, 1953). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.
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Joe "Ducky" Medwick
Medwick, a leftfielder, won the 1937 N.L. MVP and Triple Crown for the St. Louis Cardinals. In his 17-year career, Medwick made 10 All-Star teams and won one World Series, in 1934. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.
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Long Island Ducks
The Ducks baseball team has won three championships in the Atlantic League, including 2012 and '13. Hall of Famer Gary Carter managed the team in 2009. The 2013 roster included former major leaguers Bill Hall, Ramon Castro and Dontrelle Willis. Willis pitched well for the team, posting a 2.56 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings, which earned him a selection for the Atlantic League All-Star team.
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The Ducks are a Chinese professional basketball team known recently as a haven for American players looking to prolong their careers. The team signed Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury, and Marbury, who helped bring the team its first first Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) title in 2012, is still on the roster.
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CelebriDucks is an American company that manufactures rubber ducks featuring celebrity likenesses. Notable athlete-based Celebriducks include Allen Iverson, Sammy Sosa and Moisés Alou.
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The Mallards are a collegiate summer league baseball team based in Madison, Wisconsin. Notable former players include Ryan Spilborghs, who hit 42 home runs in six seasons with the Colorado Rockies.
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The Mallards are a minor-league hockey team located in Moline, Illinois. The team is affiliated with the Minnesota Wild.
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Duckett had a propensity for getting into the end zone during his NFL career, illustrated by his 44 career touchdowns in seven seasons spent with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
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Duckworth was a two-time All-Star center with the Portland Trail Blazers and the winner of the 1987-88 Most Improved Player award. He also played for the Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.
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Dick "Ducky" Schofield
Schofield had a 19-year career as an MLB infielder, highlighted by winning the World Series in 1960 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. A career .227 hitter, Schofield is also the grandfather of Nationals outfield Jayson Werth.
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Duckworth was a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals from 2001-2008. He had 23 wins and a 5.28 ERA for his career.
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Holmes' 10-year MLB career, which began in 1895, included stints with the Louisville Colonels, New York Giants, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox. He was a .281 hitter.
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Diduck played 932 games in his NHL career, which included time with the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars. Diduck, a defenseman, finished with 212 career points.
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Mallard was an NFL defensive lineman from 2002-2008. In his seven-year career, he played for the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. He recorded 8.5 sacks as a pro.
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Mallard was an NFL linebacker and former sixth-round pick of the New York Giants. He played for the Giants, Patriots, Buccaneers, Broncos and Seahawks before retiring in 2008. Fittingly, he played for Oregon in college, where he was Second Team All-Pac 10 in 2001.
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Duckworth was a wide receiver in the NFL from 1982-1986. In his career with the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, he caught 82 passes for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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