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2017-18 NBA Rookie Class Ranks with the Best Ever

2017-18 NBA Rookie Class Ranks with the Best Ever

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

This year's rookie class is regarded as what may be the best rookie class in NBA history, even better than the 2003 rookie class headlined by stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony and others. Even better than the 1996 rookie class headlined by Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, and...

Ezekiel Elliott Continues to Play As His Suspension Hearing Ends Without a Ruling

Ezekiel Elliott Continues to Play As His Suspension Hearing Ends Without a Ruling

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 8, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

By now, all NFL fans are aware the Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of domestic violence. Elliott claims to be innocent although his former girlfriend posted pictures via Instagram of bruises all over her body. The NFL suspended Elliott six games, but Elliott appealed the...

President Trump and Athletes at Odds Over National Anthem Kneeling Protest Controversy

President Trump and Athletes at Odds Over National Anthem Kneeling Protest Controversy

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

September 27, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

"Get that son of a b***h off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!" Those words from President Donald Trump expressing how he would like to see NFL owners respond to players who “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem at games is statement has caused a firestorm of lots...

NFL Blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick Continues

NFL Blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick Continues

Andrew Kaye

September 4, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The start of the 2017 NFL regular season is just days away, and controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still without a team. Many know Kaepernick as the football player with the afro who knelt during the National Anthem before football games, but he is also a quarterback with talent. He had...

Growing Number of Injuries Calls for an End to the NFL Pre-season Games

Growing Number of Injuries Calls for an End to the NFL Pre-season Games

Cole Smith

August 23, 2017


Filed under Miami Dolphins, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

The National Football League’s (NFL) preseason games span four weeks and gives each organization time to warm up their starters before the beginning of the regular season, see how the back-up players perform in in-game situations, and experiment with new plays on the field. In concept, the pre-season...

Selfishness of Fournette and McCaffery Flies in Face of the Team Concept

Selfishness of Fournette and McCaffery Flies in Face of the Team Concept

Jacob Pasternack, Sports Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Lessons learned in childhood are some of the most powerful lessons we learn. The morals established during adolescence carry over throughout most of our lives. Most people played sports during their youth, and were taught one very valuable lesson with a catchy phrase, “There is no ‘I’ in team.”...

Conor McGregor Captures Second Championship Belt

Conor McGregor Captures Second Championship Belt

Devin Fuller, Website/Social Media Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Irish fighter Conor McGregor stunned the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting by becoming the first MMA fighter to be crowned champion of two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UCF) weight divisions at the same time. Already holding the featherweight division championship, McGregor fought lightweight...

Media Loses Focus on Kaepernick’s Kneeling Anthem Protest

Media Loses Focus on Kaepernick’s Kneeling Anthem Protest

Jacob Pasternack, Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Sports

Actions speak louder than words; we all know the phrase. Taking action on a problem is better than saying something about a problem. Tell that one to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Let us flashback for a moment. We’ll specifically go back to July 13, 2016, which was the day of the 2016 ESPY...

Olympian Swimmer Ryan Lochte Embarrasses US with Fabricated Story of Robbery

Olympian Swimmer Ryan Lochte Embarrasses US with Fabricated Story of Robbery

Devin Fuller

August 27, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

During this year`s summer Olympics, American swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Rio De Janeiro. The world was shocked by his original account of being pulled over and robbed by men claiming to be police officers Loche stated...

USA Dominates 2016 Summer Olympic Games

USA Dominates 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Mia Marks, Editor-In-Chief

August 22, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

There is no doubt that the United States dominated this summer’s Olympic Games. With a grand total of 121 medals (46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze), the USA left an impactful footprint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The closest competitor to the United States was China with 70 medals, 51 shy of America’s...

Predicting the NBA Draft for the Lottery Teams

Predicting the NBA Draft for the Lottery Teams

Cole Smith, Sports Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The time of the year where fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) worldwide to anticipate which young athlete will be selected to their favorite organization has come, and with it comes the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery. For those who are unaware, the NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event in which...

Hopes of Several MLB Teams Hinge on Free Agent Signings in Off-Season

Hopes of Several MLB Teams Hinge on Free Agent Signings in Off-Season

Jacob Pasternack, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Spring training is coming to a close, and the dawn of the regular season is just days away.  Everyone is in first place and every team hopes their offseason acquisitions will live up to their expectations.  When conjuring this offseason, the MLB had some big trades, some blockbuster star signings and...

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