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UCF Golden Knights Using Injury to QB McKenzie Milton as Inspiration Heading into Fiesta Bowl

UCF Golden Knights Using Injury to QB McKenzie Milton as Inspiration Heading into Fiesta Bowl

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

December 18, 2018


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Friday, Nov. 23, college football rivalry week. The University of Central Florida is preparing to battle South Florida at Raymond James Stadium in the War on I-4. 4:15, kickoff time, USF receives the kickoff, but the UCF defense forces a three and out. The ball goes back and forth without a score until U...

One-Handed NFL Player Shaquem Griffin’s Story Is One of Determination, Perseverance, and Love

One-Handed NFL Player Shaquem Griffin’s Story Is One of Determination, Perseverance, and Love

Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


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When watching a NFL football game, most fans look for things like stats, big plays, and exciting endings. They don’t necessarily pay attention to the individual players. But one player specifically is in the spotlight this NFL season, Shaquem Griffin. Griffin is a rookie linebacker out of the Un...

UCF Football Team’s Playoff Hopes Rest on Losses by Higher Ranked Teams

UCF Football Team’s Playoff Hopes Rest on Losses by Higher Ranked Teams

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 31, 2018


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The University of Central Florida football team made its way onto the national radar last season with its perfect season. Despite it’s perfect record through the regular season, UCF was not ranked among the top four teams by College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee, thereby leaving the Golden Knig...

Los Angeles Lakers Slow Start Complicated by Suspensions Resulting from Fight with Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers Slow Start Complicated by Suspensions Resulting from Fight with Houston Rockets

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 23, 2018


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With the NBA season starting, many are looking for the Los Angeles Lakers to be the most improved team. Although the team’s chemistry will improve with time, the Lakers have shown very little justification for the expectations set for them. They are 0-2 to start the year, albeit against two very good,...

NBA 2018-19 Season Preview: Can the Revamped Lakers Challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West?

NBA 2018-19 Season Preview: Can the Revamped Lakers Challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West?

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

October 17, 2018


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With the regular season starting up, each team has a goal in mind before hand. In order to achieve this goal, each squad must give full effort each and every night, but also receive some luck. Let’s see how each team does in reaching their goals. Atlanta Hawks Record Last Year: 24-58 Additions...

Who is the G.O.A.T.: Michael or LeBron? Brady or Rodgers?

Who is the G.O.A.T.: Michael or LeBron? Brady or Rodgers?

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018


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Fifteen national championships, Fifteen most valuable player awards, and four almost guaranteed trips to the Hall of Fame in their respected sports. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Lebron James, and Michael Jordan are all considered legendary athletes, but only two of the four can be considered the G.O.A.T. ...

Serena Williams U.S. Open Controversy Highlights Sexist, Possibly Racist, Nature of Sport

Serena Williams U.S. Open Controversy Highlights Sexist, Possibly Racist, Nature of Sport

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


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Serena Williams’ clash with the chair umpire in her Sept. 8 controversial loss in the U.S. Open finals has stirred a raging debate in the tennis world, even overshadowing the win by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who won her first Grand Slam singles tournament. Williams was hit with a combined $17,000 dollars...

Your 2018 NFL Fantasy Football Booms and Busts

Your 2018 NFL Fantasy Football Booms and Busts

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


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Football is back! And so is fantasy football! With the NFL season around the corner, many fans are looking for help deciding who to select on their fantasy team for this season. There are many players who are considered a late round gem by some but a bust by others. Those are the players mentioned below....

Brazil, Argentina Looking for Redemption in 2018 Men’s World Cup

Brazil, Argentina Looking for Redemption in 2018 Men’s World Cup

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

June 1, 2018


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June 14, 2018, is the date soccer players around the world are anticipating. The world-wide tournament that comes up every four years brings a rush of euphoria whenever the commercials promoting the event began airing on T.V. This is the FIFA Men’s World Cup. The best soccer players in the world...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

May 29, 2018


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After years of legal deliberation, the Supreme Court has decided to allow states to legalize sports betting. This ruling opens a previously illegal sports gambling market, worth anywhere from $50 billion to $400 billion, for athletic leagues to capitalize on. The impact of this decision may not be felt...

NBA Awards: Who Should Win and Who Will Win

NBA Awards: Who Should Win and Who Will Win

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

May 18, 2018


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MVP Who should win: LeBron James-SF-CLE PPG: 27.5, RPG: 8.6, APG: 9.1, Record: 51-31 LeBron James is the best player on the planet. He has proven that he can do everything on the court at any moment. LeBron just finished his 15th season and it was one of his best ever. The point forward has made ...

Villanova Claims Title in Upset-Laden NCAA Tournament

Villanova Claims Title in Upset-Laden NCAA Tournament

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


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The NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament came to a close with Villanova winning its second title in the last three years with a 79-62 blowout over the Michigan, behind the stellar play of Donte DiVincenzo coming off the bench. His 31 points is the most ever in a title game coming off the bench...

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