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Underdogs bring the madness in NCAA tournament

Underdogs bring the madness in NCAA tournament

April 3, 2018

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the home of the unpredictable — they don’t call the tour...

New format improves NBA All-Star Game

Greg Mandozzi, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

Filed under Columns

In the middle of the NBA season, with injuries and fatigue affecting many players, the All-Star weekend provided a break from day-to-day basketball activities. The league’s brightest stars came together in one city to put on a show for the basketball world in a newly structured NBA All-Star game. The game was played...

Korean unity headlines the Pyeongchang Olympics

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under Columns, Sports

The Baron Pierre de Coubertin designed the Olympic rings to represent the "united by Olympism," according to a Feb. 11, 2014 The Week article. Perhaps the biggest show of unity in Olympic history is happening right now, with two bordering nations still technically at war coming together in cooperation and union. At the...

Super Bowl LII: A tale of two quarterbacks

Super Bowl LII: A tale of two quarterbacks

Will Santacroce, Staff Writer

February 3, 2018

Filed under Columns, Sports

The Super Bowl is less than one week away, and it is poised to be an excellent game. The two top...

Celtics disturb the peace in the NBA

Greg Mandozzi, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018

Filed under Columns, Sports

As the midway point in the NBA season approaches, I seem to be watching a story of two conferences. The Golden State Warriors have taken care of business out on the west coast. With a 37-10 record, they are looking like the familiar high-flying team of the last few years. The star-studded Houston Rockets and San Anton...

New eSports league kicks off

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018

Filed under Columns, Sports

As spectators took their seats in anticipation, the athletes they had come to watch took their positions as well. They were also sitting in chairs. The fans in Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California, saw the beginning of a new eSports league Jan. 10. eSports is a form of organized competitive online gaming that is ofte...

U.S. soccer still has work to do

U.S. soccer still has work to do

November 11, 2017

Soccer has yet a long way to go in the U.S., and the men’s national team failing to qualify for the...

Astros take World Series

Nickie Morris, Sports Columnist

November 9, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

In late June 2014, Sports Illustrated published a cover of George Springer in the newly minted orange Houston Astros throwback uniform. The magazine predicted the then-last-place team would be the 2017 World Series Champions and were widely ridiculed by most baseball fans despite the quiet support of many statisticians....

Athletes have the right to kneel for national anthem

Greg Mandozzi, Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

Week three of the NFL season is usually the time of year where we see what teams are made of. We notice who might be championship material. We get to see what teams are outshining expectations and what teams are rebuilding for the future. But, this past weekend, we saw a lot more go on around the NFL. Last summer, for...

Champions League starts season with all eyes set on Real Madrid

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

September 14, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

The 63rd season of the UEFA Champions League will kick off this week, over three months after Real Madrid won their 12th title. Real Madrid became the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back Champions League titles after defeating Juventus 3-1 in the final. Led by forward Cristiano Ronaldo and featuring world-...

Cinderella cup runs excite American fans

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

Every year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup produces Cinderella runs, or games resulting in low ranking teams making it farther than expected. In the 2017 edition, two teams stood out with their surprise runs and are still being talked about. Christos FC was the first team to win fans’ hearts across the country. The team pl...

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...

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