The Vermont Cynic

New eSports league kicks off

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018

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 onl...

U.S. soccer still has work to do

U.S. soccer still has work to do

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

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 2018 World Cup is all the proof you need for that. The U.S. finished fifth in a group of six teams in the final round of North and Central American qualifying after losing in the final game to Trin...

Astros take World Series

Nickie Morris, Sports Columnist

November 9, 2017

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 ...

Athletes have the right to kneel for national anthem

Greg Mandozzi, Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

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...

Champions League starts season with all eyes set on Real Madrid

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

September 14, 2017

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 f...

Cinderella cup runs excite American fans

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2017

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 th...

Established stars looking to end duo’s domination

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

April 3, 2017

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 n...

NCAA should suspend Baylor

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

March 12, 2017

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 an...

Major League Soccer kicks off an exciting new season

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

March 9, 2017

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 ...

Trade deadline fails to deliver

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

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 cent...

NBA Slam Dunk Contest has lost its importance

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 26, 2017

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 h...

Men’s basketball receives national attention after historic season

Men’s basketball receives national attention after historic season

Eribert Volaj, Sports Editor

February 22, 2017

Whether due to individual brilliance or impeccable team chemistry, the Vermont men’s basketball team is reaching new heights. With every game, there seems to be a new broken record. Their dominating 87-66 win over UMass Lowell sent the team into the history books, as they clinched a program-recor...

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