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Established stars looking to end duo’s domination

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

April 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

For nearly a decade now, the title of the best soccer player in the world has belonged to one of two men: Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Since Ricardo Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007, with Ronaldo coming second and Messi third, the duo have won the award a combined nine times: Messi has five, and...

NCAA should suspend Baylor

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

March 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, March Madness, Sports

The NCAA should punish Baylor University’s football program by suspending the team for multiple seasons. Baylor’s football team has been under a prolonged investigation over Title IX violations, where numerous members of the team were cited as aggressors in sexual assault. The coaching staff and administration have also come ...

Major League Soccer kicks off an exciting new season

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

March 9, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

As Major League Soccer begins its 22nd season of operation, the dawn of a new era looms. The 2017 season sees the ever-growing league add another two teams, Minnesota United and Atlanta United. Atlanta immediately made it known that they wanted to be taken seriously, hiring former Barcelona manager Gerardo “Tata” Marti...

Trade deadline fails to deliver

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

The NBA’s trade deadline provided much intrigue about possible transactions in the league. However, most of the buzz around the deadline turned out to be nothing more than wild speculation. The biggest deal of the trade deadline actually occurred days before the Thursday deadline, when star center Demarcus Cousins was d...

NBA Slam Dunk Contest has lost its importance

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

It’s time to officially abandon the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The Slam Dunk Contest has often been seen as the marquee event of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, where recently four NBA players will appear on center stage to show off choreographed slam dunks that all look vaguely similar. The contest has turned away from what ...

Men’s basketball receives national attention after historic season

Men’s basketball receives national attention after historic season

February 22, 2017

Whether due to individual brilliance or impeccable team chemistry, the Vermont men’s basketball team...

Pats clinch big win in overtime

Pats clinch big win in overtime

February 6, 2017

Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the greatest NFL games of all time. The New England Patriots completed ...

NCAA playoff schedule affects ratings negatively

John Suozzo

January 21, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

The NCAA needs to adjust their playoff schedule if they want to receive media coverage and television ratings comparable to those of the National Football League. The new College Football Playoff, used to determine the NCAA national champion, is a new format which concluded its third season in 2017. This short trial period ...

European soccer leagues provide intrigue

December 4, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Barring Leicester City’s shocking Premier League title win, last season saw all the top contenders win their respective major leagues. Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all won their domestic leagues as expected, but they are finding it harder to dominate this time around. Real Madrid, Barcelona’s...

Fantasy football: what to watch

December 3, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Drew Brees (NO) – Brees continues to dominate as a standout fantasy starting quarterback, not just because of his ability to throw well, but because he is able to throw the ball to any target. He connected with eight different receivers last week, and an upcoming matchup against the porous Detroit defense is...

Giving thanks to year in sports

November 24, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems necessary to give thanks to the past year in sports, with 2016 consisting of many highs for sports fans around the country. *** On behalf of the city of Cleveland, I give thanks to Lebron James. King James ended Cleveland’s 52-year title drought, winning the 2016 NBA fin...

NFL predictions: Week 10

November 12, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Blake Bortles (JAX) – After struggling to get it going against the Chiefs, Bortles will look to rebound against the 5-3 Texans. Houston leads the AFC South right now, but an Osweiler-led offense is anything but promising. Expect a lot of passes out of Bortles, and a lot of garbage time. RB, Melvin...

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