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Champions League Semifinals Preview

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April 26, 2016

Finally, we have our Champions League semifinalists. Atletico Madrid caused what could be considered the biggest upset, as it took advantage of Barcelona’s slump in form to come out as the winner in the all-Spanish affair. Forward Antoine Griezmann’s double was too much for the reigning champions,...

Spieth chokes on big stage

John Suozzo

April 23, 2016

In golf, the player’s most formidable opponent might not be the other players or the course. Their biggest competition comes from their own mind. Unlike in most sports, golfers have up to 10 minutes between each of their shots. This time allows golfers to think about their previous poor shots or mis...

Kobe steals the show once more

April 21, 2016

Last Wednesday provided one of the most captivating nights in NBA history.Who would have guessed at the beginning of the year that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors breaking the regular season win record of Micael Jordan’s ’96 Bulls on the last night of the season wouldn’t be the bigges...

Red Sox Fail to ‘Buy’ Rings

April 16, 2016

The story of the Boston Red Sox for the past decade or so has been one of gargantuan contracts.First there was Carl Crawford, who was signed to a seven-year, $142 million contract. Then there was Adrian Gonzalez, signed for seven years and $154 million. Crawford and Gonzalez were both traded away in ...

‘Bro code’ defends cheater

April 9, 2016

Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour has been tainted by the locker room division, brought about by the actions of rising star D’Angelo Russell.This seems to be a fitting conclusion for a team that is much more of a Harlem Globetrotter-esque traveling sideshow than a competitive basketball unit.Russell recorde...

Athletes face tough choices

Athletes face tough choice

April 2, 2016

If asked where a professional athlete derives most of their yearly income, most people would say, “From their team’s salary, of course.” For the majority of players, this is correct.But in every sport, there is an elite group atop the endorsement totem pole that makes enough money from externa...

March Madness update: just four teams still standing

John Suozzo

April 1, 2016

March Madness is always filled with unbelievable upsets and finishes. This year’s tournament is no exception. There were many surprises in the early rounds, none more shocking than initial wins by Middle Tennessee State University and Stephen F. Austin University. The Michigan State Spartans, coming of...

The illegal duality in sports

March 6, 2016

Athletes, both professional and collegiate, are frequently criticized on a multitude of levels.One common criticism of the pros, usually from non-fans, is  “they get paid too much.”The reality is that in a free and open economy something gains worth only when others are willing to pay.The reaso...

Neck guards are essential

February 26, 2016

Jan. 14 of 2016 seemed to be a normal day for a hockey game in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The under-18 teams of Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Sibir Novosibirsk were battling it out in a Russian Youth Hockey League match. All was going well until late in the second period. As the game came...

Newton deserves criticism

February 17, 2016

Leading up to the Super Bowl, talk ranged from  strategy-based discussions of on-field tactics to the antics of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his growing reputation, mostly focusing on the latter. Newton is notorious for his dancing celebrations, particularly the “dab” dance move...

NHL All-Star voting backfires

January 30, 2016

The NHL All-Star game will be held Jan. 31. Usually the game isn’t a serious event, but this year one particular player has sparked uproarious debate. His name is John Scott, and as of writing this, he is not even on an NHL roster. Players are voted into the All-Star game by the fans, which is a com...

Domestic violence in the NFL

November 20, 2015

Domestic violence has been swept under the rug for many decades, but is finally getting more attention in the NFL. First there was Ray Rice, who knocked his then-girlfriend unconscious in an elevator. Then, just a few weeks ago, baseball star Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife....

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