Coast to Coast: Playoffs and Play-ins in the NBA

What a year it’s been for basketball. Joel Embiid became the first center to lead the league in scoring since Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Paul helped yet another franchise set their win record and the Los Angeles Lakers set a new low for preseason betting favorites. I’ve had a lot of fun covering it all, and […]

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European Update: How Xavi changed Barcelona

Last November, FC Barcelona, one of the most popular clubs in the world, was in total shambles.  Barcelona, who has won 10 league titles and four Champions Leagues since 2000, sat in ninth place in La Liga, mired in financial difficulties and playing unexciting, unsuccessful soccer. After a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano Oct. 27, […]

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Back the Pac: Next season’s Pac-12 hoops garners excitement

The Pac-12 basketball season left a lot to be desired. Next season will be better. It has to be, right? Sending three teams to the NCAA Tournament is nothing. Imagining the conference sending even fewer teams next season is incomprehensible. The only way to go is up. But, the conference has a bit of work […]

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European Update: Breaking down the fireworks between Liverpool and Manchester City Sunday

What Liverpool and Manchester City matches lack in the traditional intensity and mutual hatred of other rivalries, they make up for in pure competitive spirit. Over the past five years, Liverpool vs. Manchester City has become the defining Premier League rivalry of the late 2010s and early 2020s simply because they are possibly the two […]

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Anthony on LA: USC basketball is in its most important offseason

Now that March Madness is over, it’s naturally time to focus on football.  Spring is a fun time to evaluate schools and their progression for the upcoming season. USC definitely has a lot of buzz around it with new Head Coach Lincoln Riley. Like I said, we should naturally be talking about how Riley’s been […]

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Coast to Coast: College basketball National Championship edition

The NCAA Tournament draws to a close tonight as two of the sports’ bluest blue bloods face off in New Orleans. Kansas Head Coach Bill Self will lead his troops out against the North Carolina squad that ended Coach K’s storied career over the weekend.  Let’s dive into how they got here and where they’re […]

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The World of Sports: Protester puts neck on the line for climate

“I’m about to disrupt a football match, and I’m terrified.”  Those were the words of 21-year-old Louis McKechnie minutes before he hopped the fence at St. James’ Park and zip tied his own neck to a soccer goal post during a matchup between Everton and Newcastle United March 17.  Wearing a bright orange shirt and […]

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Press Play to Start: Streamer Awards offers new model for esports events

We’re almost done with the semester! Can you believe how fast it went by? I swear, there’s something about in-person classes that just makes everything go by in such a flash. To be fair, it also has been a while since I’ve last written one of these columns. But don’t worry dear readers, I’ve been […]

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European Update: The impact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has on soccer

If you have followed any sport for the past decade or so, you have probably heard an ignorant fan or political commentator echo some version of the refrain: “Keep politics out of sports, they shouldn’t mix.”  While certain spectators might prefer their sports depoliticized, such fans do not seem to realize that their campaign against […]

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Made in McAlister: Louisville FC’s offseason changes shows it’s ready for a title

Racing Louisville FC finished nearly twice as far from playoff qualification as it did the bottom of the National Women’s Soccer League a season ago. While it was only the club’s inaugural season, leadership wasted no time moving the entire organization into a different direction.  Back in August, Racing traded USWNT superstar Christen Press to […]

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