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Barkley and McCaffery among a host of key NFL players to go down with serious injuries in week 2 of the NFL season

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is carted off the field after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in last Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears.

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

September 24, 2020

Week 2 of the National Football League was a tough one to watch with some of the biggest names taking the cart to the locker room with serious injuries. Unfortunately for fantasy football players, you’re number one pick might be gone for the long haul.  Starting with one of the biggest names, Saqu...

Lionel Messi to stay with Barcelona, at least for now

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi was prepared to wave bye-bye to his longtime Barcelona club but will be staying through the 2020-21 season.

Christopher Santos, Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

Since the days of La Masia, Lionel Messi, one of the best to ever play the game of soccer, has only known Barcelona. From his debut in 2004 for the first team, Messi has been a vital part of Barcelona history. So, when he handed in his transfer request this summer after an 8-2 thrashing from Bayern Mu...

The Torch’s 2020 NFL Power Rankings

Will quarterback Patrick Mahomes lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a second straight Super Bowl championship? As the NFL kicks off its 2020 season, the Chiefs are the team to beat.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

September 13, 2020

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Coming off an incredible Super Bowl run, the Chiefs are returning 10 of 11 starters on one of the most high-powered offenses we have ever seen. Their only addition, rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, had 2.000 scrimmage yards and 17 TDs last year with LSU. With quarterba...

Way too early Booms and Busts of the 2020 NFL draft

Does the Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa have the physicality to merit being the overall number five pick of the NFL draft?

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

THE BOOMS: Isaiah Simmons LB, Arizona Cardinals (Round 1/Pick 8): Simmons was the ultimate weapon last year for the Clemson defense. He took snaps in every position on the field including 239 as a box linebacker, 256 out of the slot, and 130 as the deep safety. Not only can he rush the passer of th...

The Last Dance an intriguing glimpse into the mind of Michael Jordan and the drama of the Chicago Bulls dynasty

The ESPN and Netflix joint production of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary miniseries on the career of Michael Jordan with emphasis on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season, airs Sunday nights on ESPN.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

May 9, 2020

The ESPN and Netflix joint production of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary miniseries on the career of Michael Jordan with emphasis on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls season, is nothing less than fascinating. The series features rare behind-the-scenes film footage from a crew that had been given comple...

Pro sports leagues devising ways to get back to work

The Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena is still sitting empty as the NBA works to develop a format in order to finish the 2019-20 season once play resumes.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

With some states starting to allow businesses that had been ordered closed in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, sports fans are starting to wonder how long it will be before the major sports will be able to swing back in action. With the businesses that are being allowed to be opened havi...

TORCH NFL MOCK DRAFT: Dolphins pass on Tua, but still have solid first day of draft

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the consensus overall first pick of the 2020 NFL draft. How the other quarterbacks fall, however, has become a guessing game.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

April 22, 2020

This year‘s NFL draft class looks to be a really talented group. From the top names, including Joe Burrow and Chase Young, to the lesser known guys, this prospect class is really deep. Here we will take a look at how the first round could turn out for the much anticipated 2020 NFL draft Thursday, April ...

Olympic Heights softball team’s undefeated streak put on hold by coronavirus shutdown

Both on the mound and at the plate, senior Kaitlyn Cunningham has been the catalyst to the Lions softball team's undefeated streak.

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

March 15, 2020

 The last thing the Olympic Heights softball team and new head coach Dylan Lee needed was for the blistering streak the team is off to in its 2020 season to be put on hold. But that is exactly what has happened with the coronavirus forcing the closing of schools and the suspension of all high school a...

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson may be the best new NBA talent since LeBron James

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has incredible skills for a 6'6

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

March 4, 2020

NBA fans are seeing possibly the best physical specimen in NBA history. At six foot seven and 285 pounds, Zion Williamson has an explosive 45-inch vertical. Zion has given fans a glimpse at future stardom with his amazing first few weeks of games wherein he has scored 20 points in all but one game s...

How fair was the NBA dunk contest? How can the contest be improved? Basketball geek Torch staffers weigh in

The Miami Heat's Derrick Jones, Jr. was the somewhat controversial winner of the NBA's 2020 Slam Dunk Contest.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor; Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor; Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest occurred on February 15, 2020. Participants Aaron Gordon, Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton all gave fans an unreal show; however, it was the Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr., who brought home the title of NBA dunk champion. Jones Jr.’s victory was highly debated, so we asked...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles Sunday.

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2020

This story has been updated to reflect that there were nine individuals killed in the helicopter crash that took the lives of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, not five individuals as originally reported. (Jan. 27, 2020) Retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, 41, was kill...

TORCH PREDICTION: Joe Burrow will lead LSU to the national championship in a close game

LSU's Joe Burrow (left) will out duel Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in college football's national championship game.

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

Coming off what was the greatest performance in college football playoff history, Joe Burrow and the number one ranked LSU Tigers (14-0) are looking to repeat exactly what they did against Oklahoma in the championship semifinals when they face off with the number three ranked Clemson Tigers (14-0) in...

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