Category Archives: Professional Sports

Houston Ties It Up

By JACK STANARD

Last night, May 16th, The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets were set to tip off Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. After losing Game 1, The Rockets needed to get a win to tie the series up before heading to Golden State for games 3 and 4. Before the game, Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry joked about being attacked by the Rockets to try to get some easy baskets. His pre-game joke turned out to come true. The Rockets targeted Curry on 23 possessions in Game 2, the most that Curry has been targeted by a team all year. On top of being exploited on the defensive end of the court, Curry also played poor offensively. He finished the game with 16 points, and only make one three pointer out of eight attempts, which is very unlike him. In fact, just about the entire Warriors’ team played poorly, except Kevin Durant. He dropped 38 points in an otherwise embarrassing 127-105 blowout loss. The two teams will face off again Sunday, May 20th, for Game 3 of the series. It will be interesting to see what adjustments the Warriors will make to bounce back from their big Game 2 loss.

Bucks’ New Coach

By JAKOB JENSEN

Mike Budenholzer has agreed in principle to a four-year contract to become the Milwaukee Bucks‘ head coach. The Bucks negotiated a deal with Budenholzer’s representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with Milwaukee’s All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton. Budenholzer has been a top target for the Bucks, and a finalized contract is expected to be completed soon.

The other finalist for the job, San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, was informed that he was out of the running on Wednesday. Budenholzer, who previously had coached the Atlanta Hawks, met with Bucks’ownership on Tuesday in New York league sources said. The other finalist for the job, San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, was informed that he was out of the running on Wednesday, league sources said. Budenholzer, who previously had coached the Atlanta Hawks, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in New York.

The Bucks wanted the two players, especially Antetokounmpo, the franchise star, to have a sense of the prospective next Bucks coach and encouraged the players to sit down with Milwaukee’s preferred candidate before the organization extended a formal offer. It is a relatively unusual move in a head-coaching search, but it clearly reflects the Bucks’ determination to make Antetokounmpo and fellow forward Middleton feel a part of the process. Budenholzer flew to Milwaukee for the Wednesday morning meeting with the Bucks players.

 

Cavaliers vs Celtics

By TOMMY DOHERTY

The eastern conference finals has officially started between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. In game of one of the heavenly anticipated series, the Celtics took the lead and never looked back. Boston won with a final score of 108-83. For Cleveland, nobody really had that impressive of a game or even a decent game. The leading scorer for the Cavs was Kevin Love with a measly 17 points, which is not even close to leading any team to a victory in the NBA. As for the best player in the league, LeBron James, had one of his worst playoff performances in years. James had 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and seven turnovers. This is nowhere near his playoff averages which are near 32.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 9 assists.

For the Celtics, every one of their players contributed well with Jaylen Brown leading the way with 23 points. Other players that helped were Jayson Tatum with 16, Marcus Morris with 21, and Al Horford with 20 points. The series will be interesting from here on out with a very possible seven game series. If Cleveland does not win game two in Boston, it will be very tough for them to bring the series back from a 0-2 deficit against a very well oiled machine in the Boston Celtics.   

Eastern Conference Finals

By JACK STANARD

Following an exciting 114-112 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, May 9th, the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Here, they will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James. The Celtics biggest challenge will be stopping James, who has been almost unstoppable so far in this year’s playoffs. Despite having home court advantage, The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Celtics listed as an underdog against the Cavaliers. Recently, LeBron has had the Celtics number. He has faced the Celtics six times in the playoffs, winning the past four series and six straight postseason road games in Boston. On top of this, The Cavs won two out of their three matchups against the Celtics during the regular season. However, the Celtics were also underdogs against the 76ers, but they beat the 76ers, in five games. With a scrappy team like the Boston Celtics, anything is possible. Whatever happens to the Celtics, they will be satisfied with their season. No one had expected them to make it as far as they did, considering they lost their two stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. It appears that the future is very bright for the Celtics.

LeBron’s Plan

By LENNON MODORY

After embarking on a seven-game journey in the first round against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron and the Cavs had plans to play with more efficiency while maintaining a ferocity. The Cavs have faced their second round opponent, Toronto Raptors, in the previous two playoffs. The Raptors, having a better season and home court advantage, looked to continue their reign against Eastern Conference. Not losing two in a row at home all year, the Raptors did the opposite. Cleveland won game one in an overtime thriller, led by LeBron James. In game three, the Cavs were leading the whole team, but the Raptors eventually tied the game in a late four quarter comeback. Doing what he does best, tie game,  LeBron took the ball up the court and shot a floater as time expired. James won the game for the Cavs with his second buzzer beater of the playoffs. James now has more career buzzer beaters than both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant combined. We are witnessing the greatest athlete to ever play the game, and in his 15th season, he is playing better than ever. Continue reading LeBron’s Plan

West Ham vs. Leicester City

by JAKOB JENSEN

West Ham United took a giant leap towards securing their Premier League survival and piled more pressure on Leicester City boss Claude Puel with a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium. Leicester went into the match having won just twice in their last 11 Premier League games but Puel received the dreaded vote of confidence from club’s owners this week. His cause was not helped on Saturday by the absence of nine players through injury and suspension but Leicester’s performance, on a hot afternoon, was lukewarm at best. West Ham inflicted a fourth Leicester loss in five Premier League matches through goals in each half from Joao Mario and Mark Noble, with the captain scoring a possible goal-of-the-season contender. Continue reading West Ham vs. Leicester City

3-1 Series Leads

By TOMMY DOHERTY

In the Western Conference Semifinals, the Houston Rockets have a 3-1 series lead against the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors also have a 3-1 lead against the New Orleans Pelicans. Leads like this usually last with great teams, but in 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from the deficit against the Warriors, defending champions at the time. So the question is, can either the Jazz or Pelicans pull off miracles and come back to win there respective series? I personally think that neither team can make a come back; the one that has a small chance is the Jazz. The Rockets have a history of being a very inconsistent in the playoffs, and this is not a time to be like that against the Jazz who are capable of winning against any team in the league if they are shooting well throughout the game. It will be hard for the Jazz but they have the team to make the series very interesting. As for the Pelicans, they have the talent to compete with the Warriors, but they do not have a good enough team to win this series. The Western Conference Finals will likely have the Warriors and the Rockets battling each other, but the only other close series that could occur might be Jazz vs Warriors.       

Paying Respects

By JACK STANARD

Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier severely injured his spinal cord going for a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals. The injury ended Shazier’s season and possibly his entire career. He continues to rehab the injury, but a return does not look promising. on Thursday, May 5th, the Steelers placed the injured linebacker on the physically unable to perform list, which ultimately ends his 2018 NFL season before it even started. Although Shazier will not get on the field anytime soon, the Pittsburgh Steelers have converted $8.26 million of linebacker Ryan Shazier‘s $8.718 million salary for 2018 into a signing bonus, according to an NFL league source. As a result, Shazier will receive this money immediately. This is a solid gesture by the Steelers organization for a beloved player throughout Pittsburgh. While a return to football seems out of the question, Shazier continues to improve. To show off his improvements, Shazier walked across the stage at the 2018 NFL draft to announce the Steelers draft pick. As a football fan, you can only hope that a young and talented player like Ryan Shazier will be able to return to the game one day.

 

Andy Carroll Returns from Fallout

by JAKOB JENSEN

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll apologized to manager David Moyes and returned to training on Wednesday after he left the bench early in the loss to Manchester City on Sunday. Carroll, an unused substitute, headed down the tunnel at the London Stadium before the end of West Ham’s 4-1 defeat. On Monday, Carroll had a heated argument with Moyes at the club’s Rush Green training ground and was sent home by Moyes. With Tuesday off, Carroll returned to training on Wednesday and spoke with the manager. Moyes chose to send on Javier Hernandez, Joao Mario and Arthur Masuaku shortly after West Ham conceded a fourth goal after 64 minutes, leading to Carroll deciding to leave the bench. “It’s something I’ll deal with,” Moyes said at a news conference after the game. “In this situation, what you need is everybody to be a team member, so if [Carroll] has done that, I’ll look at it and I’ll deal with it.” West Ham is now three points clear of the relegation and will play this Saturday against Leicester City.

Cavs vs Raptors

By TOMMY DOHERTY

Many thought that this series was going to consist of blowout wins by each team. That prediction was wrong. Game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was a thriller in Toronto that ended in a 113-112 overtime win for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Toronto Raptors all star backcourt, Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan, had solid performances with Lowry putting up 18 points and 10 assist and DeRozan scoring 22 points. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas had a great game scoring 21 points while also grabbing 21 rebounds. The bench for Toronto has an average game with 35 total bench points with Pascal Siakam scoring 11. Continue reading Cavs vs Raptors

Milwaukee Evens the Series

By TOMMY DOHERTY

The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics have taken a sudden turn of events since the end of game two. With the Bucks down 0-2 in the best of seven series, they were hoping to take at least one of the next two games at home. They succeeded there expectations and won both games three and four thanks to their best players stepping up. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, and Jabari Parker combined for a point total of 73 points with Middleton leading the charge with 23. In game four, the same four combined 75 points with Antetokounmpo leading with 27 points and the game winning tip in with seconds remaining. The biggest game changer though was forward Thon Maker. In games one and two, Maker played a combined one minute! In games three and four, Maker played a combined 54 minutes and had a total of 22 points off the bench. But the big difference that Maker made was five blocks in both game three and four. Those blocks really changed the flow of the games and helped turn defense into offense for the Bucks. With the series returning to Boston for game five, Milwaukee is hoping the momentum from the two previous games will carry over.

A Matter of Time

By JACK STANARD

Following the San Antonio Spurs loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, April 25th, their biggest priority this offseason will be repairing the broken relationship between the Spurs organization and their star player Kawhi Leonard. Leonard sat out for almost the entire season, despite being cleared to play for the medical staff. Although he never directly said why he choose not to play, many assumed that Leonard wants out of San Antonio. This has led to a flurry of trade rumors centered around Leonard. Continue reading A Matter of Time

New Contracts

By SOPHIA JOHNSON

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian soccer playing that may have just got some interesting news. The Spanish soccer team placed in Madrid, Real Madrid, gave him the offer Sunday night. He would be playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best soccer players in the world. The two, in my opinion, would make a great team; they are both forwards and they have the great skill of scoring in hard positions. Salah received the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, ending a season filled with five records he has broken with the first year of being on a club team. He broke the top scoring Egyption in the Premier League history, Premier League Player of the Month domination, scoring 22 goals using his left foot from his total of 29 goals, ect. Salah scored 29 goal in 35 games and the season is still not over. There are 38 games in a Premier League, so he can break more records or expand on some of his current records. Mohamed Salah could be the future Ronaldo seeing that he is only 25 years old Ronaldo being 33.

 

Joe Hart Blows World Cup Chance

By JAKOB JENSEN

West Ham manager David Moyes tried to defend Joe Hart, but the goalkeeper’s hopes of going to the World Cup with England are once again in danger of slipping through his fingers. Hart, who lost his West Ham place earlier this season, gifted Stoke a goal on Monday night when he fumbled a straightforward shot from Xherdan Shaqiri, allowing Peter Crouch to stab the ball home. It was not an isolated incident, either, with Hart making a similar mistake against Burnley last month, although that error was somewhat overlooked amid supporter protests and pitch invasions. Continue reading Joe Hart Blows World Cup Chance

Throwing the Game?

by JACK STANARD

On Wednesday night, April 11th, the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers concluded their regular seasons with a match up against each other. Prior to the game, both teams had clinched spots in this years NBA Playoffs, but their seeds had not been finalized quite yet. If the Bucks were to win the game, they would have been matched up with the same 76ers squad in the playoffs. The 76ers have been playing their best basketball all season, winning 15 in a row. Due to this, many people believed that the Bucks would lose on purpose to avoid playing the red hot 76ers in the playoffs. Continue reading Throwing the Game?

Cowboys Plan To Release Bryant

by JAKOB JENSEN

Barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer. Bryant’s future has been the biggest topic of the Cowboys’ offseason, with his $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million salary-cap figure. In 113 games over his eight seasons with the Cowboys, Bryant has caught 513 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. At the recent owners’ meetings, Jerry Jones said he had not entertained the thought of Bryant not being on the roster in 2018. Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the growth Bryant has had on and off the field since the Cowboys selected the wide receiver in the first round of the 2010 draft, but he also said there is a business side to the NFL as well.

 

Baseball Brawls

bySAVION BEBO and EDDIE MAKAR

Baseball brawls are high intensity fights that get hyped up by trash talking and rivalries. Most happen when a pitcher intentionally throws at the batter trying to hit them. For instance, during this past  Red Sox and Yankee, game Tyler Austin was at bat and the Red Sox pitcher pegged him in the side. Austin then proceeded to slam his bat on the ground in frustration and stormed the mound. The catcher held back Austin when he tried to punch the pitcher, so when the catcher let go of Austin he fumbled forward and fell to the ground and the pitcher pounced on top of him. Personally this fight seems unfair since the catcher helped the pitcher. After that the benches tried to clear up the fight. Continue reading Baseball Brawls

BNP Paribas Open

BY COURTNEY SALISBURY and KATE BERTOG

Each year the Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosts the Indian Wells Masters Tournament. This year it began Monday, March 5th, and ended Sunday, March 18th. This tournament specifically consists of the best current players from all over the world, including eight former BNP Paribas Champions. A few popular previous winners include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. Continue reading BNP Paribas Open

Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Trains Since September

by JAKOB JENSEN

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday by returning to training for the first time since September. Bayern said the Germany captain completed two 10-minute running sessions under the guidance of fitness and rehabilitation coach Thomas Wilhelmi. Neuer hasn’t played since getting another hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot, a repeat of the injury he sustained toward the end of last season. Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern, who can secure their record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund, if Schalke also drop points at home against Freiburg.

When Will Curry Return?

By TOMMY DOHERTY and LENNON MODORY

Golden State Warriors guard and two time MVP Stephen Curry has been having a great season offensively, but the injury bug has hit him hard this season. Curry has been out three different times this season with various ankle and knee injuries. Most recently with a sprained left knee ligament that he suffered from his return against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23rd. Now the big question is when will he return? Warrior’s head coach Steve Kerr said Curry will likely be out for the first round of the playoffs which is still weeks away and might return in the second round if they advance that far. Until then, fans and teammates will have to wait for Curry to return.  

Timothy Weah Gets First Team Call Up

By JAKOB JENSEN

Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah has received his first call-up to the United States national team, as caretaker manager Dave Sarachan continues his youth movement by naming a 22-player squad for the March 27 friendly against Paraguay. Weah is the son of one-time World Player of the Year and current president of Liberia George Weah. After scoring a hat trick against Paraguay at the Under-17 World Cup last October, the 18-year-old made two first-team appearances with PSG this month, and Sarachan is keen to get a look up close. Continue reading Timothy Weah Gets First Team Call Up

Curry Time

BY JACK STANARD

The Golden State Warriors have announced that All-Star point guard Stephen Curry has been cleared for full-contact practice after examination by the team physician on Tuesday. Curry tweaked his right ankle on March 8 at home while playing the San Antonio Spurs. It was his fourth ankle injury of the season. He did not travel with the club for its three road contests. Injuries have been a common theme for the Warriors over the past month. Curry has been sidelined with an ankle sprain, Klay Thompson fractured his thumb, and Kevin Durant was recently sidelined with a rib injury. The Warriors are looking to get their star players healthy as the playoffs are quickly approaching.

Brandon Jennings’ Big Night

by JAKOB JENSEN

Brandon Jennings feels a sense of urgency in trying to prove he belongs back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Jennings, who joined the team on Sunday, took a huge step in that direction Monday night, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks sent Memphis to its 18th consecutive loss with a 121-103 victory. Jennings provided an early spark in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and handing out five assists in the period, helping the Bucks take a 64-50 lead into the break. The advantage would stretch to 19 for Milwaukee in the third. Although Memphis was able to pull within 97-91 near the midway point of the fourth, Bledsoe scored six of the Bucks’ next eight points, then added an assist to Antetokounmpo, running the lead back to 12 with 4:09 left. That was enough of a buffer for the Bucks to claim their second straight win in a row

West Ham Fall 4-1 to Swansea

by JAKOB JENSEN

West Ham United fell to a 4-1 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday, conceding a brace of goals in each half to allow the Swans to draw level with them on 30 points in the Premier League table. Michail Antonio scored the Club’s 1,000th Premier League goal with eleven minutes left on a disappointing day in South Wales, but it was no consolation in answer to the home side’s four-goal blast. Ki Sung-Yueng got the goalscoring underway early on, drilling a shot into the bottom corner, before Mike van der Hoorn and Andy King scored from corners and Jordan Ayew made it four from the spot. West Ham got off to the worst possible start, falling behind with just eight minutes on the clock. Ki was the goal scorer, stroking into the bottom right hand corner with his left foot after being afforded too much time on the edge of the box. Continue reading West Ham Fall 4-1 to Swansea

Rose to the Timberwolves

BY JACK STANARD

After being a free agent for over a month now, the 2011 MVP award winner Derrick Rose announced that he was signing a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season. This deal reunites Rose with former coach Tom Thibodeau and teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Derrick Rose is expected to come off the bench for the Timberwolves, who currently have a 38-28 record and hold the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Rose has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. The Timberwolves brought Rose in hoping that he can provide some depth at the point guard position. It will be interesting to see if Rose can stay healthy and make an impact coming off of the bench.

Chapter 4?

By LENNON MODORY and TOMMY DOHERTY

At the beginning of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had high hopes of another great season after acquiring Celtics guard, Isaiah Thomas, and Celtics forward, Jae Crowder, in a deal with former point guard, Kyrie Irving. Despite what everybody thought, their season plummeted into an abyss that many thought would put a roadblock on the Cavaliers championship hopes. At the trade deadline they made multi-team deals to acquire Larry Nance Jr, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill. Three consecutive games after the trade the Cavaliers were on fire. Once again, fans and analysts were quick to assume Cleveland is the new top dog. As history goes to show, the Cavaliers still endured many struggles with the new team. Continue reading Chapter 4?

Thaddeus Young Joins Elite Company

By LENNON MODORY and TOMMY DOHERTY

Wednesday night, Indiana Pacers forward, Thaddeus Young, just entered a club shared with the NBA’s most prized players. A club featuring Jordan, Bird, Magic, and LeBron James, gained a new member. While Young will never be an all star, he provides solid numbers every game. Young is now one of five players to average 13.5 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.4 stls, 49% FGs and 30% 3-pt FGs. This statistically specific club is viewed as a joke for many, but Young should take pride in himself to be with the elite. Proving to be a factor in the Pacers’ success, Young will continue to play a big role in Indiana. Every good team needs a guy like Young, who goes out, fights hard, does his duties, and gets wins. Congratulations Thaddeus!

Angry Cardinals

by JACK STANARD

On February 20th, 2018 the NCAA decided that it would strip the Louisville’s men’s basketball program of their 2013 National Championship. This was the result of  Andre McGee’s actions. The NCAA found evidence that McGee, Louisville’s former director of basketball operations, acted unethically when he arranged stripper parties in which sexual acts occurred involving players and recruits. Continue reading Angry Cardinals

All-Star Game Revival

By LENNON MODORY and TOMMY DOHERTY

For the first time in NBA history, the All-Star game has taken on a new format. Traditionally, the game would be played between the East All-Stars, and the West All-Stars. Many fans, including NBA players themselves, thought the All-Star game was becoming too boring and it needed a change. So, this year the leading vote getters were captains and got to choose their players in a traditional draft style from a pool of starters, then reserves. Continue reading All-Star Game Revival

Making Moves

BY JACK STANARD

As the NBA trade deadline expired on February 8th, the Cleveland Cavaliers are making serious moves. They started their day by trading former All-Star Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Many believe that Thomas will be used as a rental player so the Lakers can pursue Paul George and LeBron James in free agency. The Cavs quickly followed this move by acquiring Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson from the Utah Jazz. This deal also brought in Sacramento Kings point guard George Hill to Cleveland. To make these deals happen, Cleveland sent Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert to the Kings. Then, the Cavaliers traded veteran Dwayne Wade to his former team, the Miami Heat, in exchange for a second round draft pick. It appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing themselves for a post LeBron James era.

West Ham vs. Watford

by JAKOB JENSEN

Javier Hernandez gave the Hammers the lead at the London Stadium when he headed home in the 38th minute. Arnautovic, who was the Hammers’ standout player in his first appearance since January 20, then made sure of victory when he finished from close range in the 78th minute. Watford were looking to build on their 4-1 win over Chelsea on Monday, but rarely threatened as they slipped to their eighth defeat in their last 12 matches. The result sees West Ham – for whom new signing Patrice Evra was an unused substitute – move alongside Watford in the Premier League table on 30 points, with both sides five points above the relegation zone. Continue reading West Ham vs. Watford

Pierce’s Number Retirement

By TOMMY DOHERTY AND LENNON MODORY

Boston Celtic legend, Paul Pierce, got his number 34 retired on February 11, 2018. Pierce is the Celtic’s second all time leading scorer while leading the team in all time 3-pointers made, free throws made, and steals. Pierce is also a NBA champion and Finals MVP with the 2008 Boston Celtics that include great players like Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, and Ray Allen. Garnett, Rondo, and former coach Doc Rivers all attended the game and congratulated Pierce in the progress. The game ended with a 99-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was a great night overall for all Celtics fans. Paul will always be remembered as a Celtic great and an overall legend in NBA history.

 

Interest in the Warriors?

by JACK STANARD

NBA league sources told ESPN that Cavaliers’ star LeBron James would be open to listen to offers from the Golden State Warriors during his free agency period this summer. The sources confirmed that it would take a max deal for LeBron to even consider the offer. In order to sign him, the Warriors would have to move an asset or two to clear up the cap space. Continue reading Interest in the Warriors?

January Transfer Window Review

by JAKOB JENSEN

The January Transfer Window is a make or break for every club in Europe. Either you can sign a few players to have the depth for your club or don’t sign anyone and risk not making any investments towards players. January 30, 2018, is the last day to sign any players across Europe. So far the English Premier League have spent over 250 millions dollars, while the next closest league, Ligue 1, has only spent just under 85 million dollars. Continue reading January Transfer Window Review

New NBA Finals Matchup?

By LENNON MODORY and TOMMY DOHERTY

For three consecutive years, the NBA Finals have featured the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. It began in the 2015 NBA Finals with an injury-ridden Cavaliers team facing the Warriors in their first go-around. These teams also provided one of the most exciting Finals in NBA history, with the Cavaliers making a historic comeback after being down 3-1 in 2016. This culminated to a 2017 rubber match with the Warriors “Super Team” dispatching LeBron’s undermatched Cavaliers in five games. At the beginning of the 2017/2018 NBA season, fans and reporters predicted we would see this matchup for a fourth consecutive year. However, the direction of this prognosis quickly changed as the season progressed. Kyrie Irving’s Celtics hold the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, two spots ahead of the Cavaliers. While out West, the Golden State Warriors once again have reign over the number one spot, but the flourishing Houston Rockets are close behind. Matchups between these four teams prove nobody is safe. Continue reading New NBA Finals Matchup?

Chelsea Looks at Arnautovic  

By JAKOB JENSEN

Chelsea has made a shock move for West Ham’s main man Marko Arnautovic in this Winter Transfer Window that began on the beginning of January. The move for the 28-year-old Austrian has shocked everyone in the UK, but it’s not surprising to Chelsea fans. As their coach, Antonio Conte, is looking for any kind of target man this window as their current striker, Morata, is not cutting it this year. Arnautovic as only been with West Ham for six month of the season, but has impressed many people lately as he has six goals and three assists in the last eight games after a rough start to the season after not scoring in the first four months. Arnautovic has come out and said that he has heard the news and is very happy being with the club and does not want to move to Chelsea. The club also targeted another West Ham Striker, Andy Carroll, but it fell through as he has a fractured ankle and is out for another three months.           

Friction in Foxborough?

By JACK STANARD

This weekend an ESPN report emerged claiming that there is conflict in the locker room of the New England Patriots. The report stated that the conflict is centered around quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and the team’s owner, Robert Kraft. This report seemed shocking to many, considering that the trio has won five Super Bowls and is looking to add a sixth  this postseason. Apparently, the conflict occurred after the Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. Garoppolo ended up playing great in San Francisco and led the team to a 5-0 record to end the season. Despite the reported controversy, Belichick and Kraft have both stated that there is in fact no controversy and that they will both stay in New England at their current positions.

Griffin with Concussion

by TOMMY DOHERTY and LENNON MODORY

Los Angeles Clippers star forward, Blake Griffin, suffered a concussion in a 105-121 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and will likely be out for a week or two. With only 2:26 left in the first quarter, Griffin took the ball down the baseline and lost his balance. Griffin then was accidentally elbowed in the head by Warriors center JaVale McGee when he went up to contest Griffin’s shot. Griffin remained lying on the floor until he went to the locker room further evaluation. Since 2015, Griffin has been plagued with injuries and has not played his best in awhile. Fans will have to remain patient until he makes yet another return to the hardwood.