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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

NYU men’s and women’s golf teams have seen immense success in recent years. On April 28th, Katie Rudolph was formally introduced as the new head coach of the NYU men’s and women’s golf team. (Staff Illustration by Debbie Alalade)

Katie Rudolph hired as head coach of NYU men’s and women’s golf teams

By Mitesh Shrestha, Sports Editor May 7, 2021

Katie Rudolph was formally introduced as the new head coach of the NYU men’s and women’s golf teams in a virtual press conference on April 28. The hiring was an important decision for athletics...

The Knicks are a staple of sports and entertainment in New York City. Recent wins for the team have created excitement for the residents of the city. (Illustration by Renee Shohet)

When the Knicks win, New York wins

By Ethan Hourizadeh, Contributing Writer May 6, 2021

For decades, the New York Knicks have been a joke across not just the NBA, but the country. Given their inability to win games in recent years, the team has been mocked about by big-name players like Kevin...

The Bobcat has been NYU's mascot since the late 1980s. There are only two rules in mascoting — never speak when you are in the suit and do not take the suit off in public unless you are with your assistant. (Illustration by Alice La)

Meet the Students Behind the Mask

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 28, 2020

When you join this NYU club, you might be able to attend the premiere of a Broadway show for free or participate in a mechanical bull riding competition outside Madison Square Garden. Stay in the...

Heung-min Son is South Korea’s pride in the game of soccer, being the star forward of Tottenham Hotspurs. With the skills and traits of a top player, he challenges the Asian stereotype in the sport and so inspired numerous aspiring young talents. (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

Why Heung-min Son Is My Favorite Player

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 28, 2020

My fandom for soccer began when I was five. It was the 2002 World Cup, and like everyone else in South Korea that summer, my friends and I had been swept by the fervor of our country’s Cinderella...

NYU does not have a football team. NYU students discuss their predictions for the 2020 NFL season. (Staff Illustration by Deborah Alalade)

NYU Predicts: NFL Edition

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 21, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs’ 34-20 victory against the Houston Texans opened the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 10. After opting out of having a bubble, the games have started with plenty of questions both...

NYU Athletics are cancelled for the Fall. NYU senior athletes in Fall sports discuss how they have processed the canceled season. (Staff Illustration by Deborah Alalade)

The Bitterness of Leaving Unfinished Business Unfinished

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 21, 2020

When CAS senior Dillan Spector learned that fall sports were canceled, he had little time to rue the lost season. He had a decision to make, one he had been delaying making until he knew for sure...

The NYU women’s basketball team was a mere four quarters away from winning the school’s first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship in 1997. Eventually, this was one of NYU”s three wins at teams Division III NCAA national championships. (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

The ‘96-’97 NYU Women’s Basketball Team Was Impossibly Good

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 14, 2020

Days before the championship game, Jehan Clark was heading to class when she noticed something. “Back then, our student center was called Loeb,” Clark said via phone. “I remember seeing...

A sport where people have seemingly forsaken creative play for optimal play is chess, after Deep Blue chess engine first defeated the chess world champion Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1996. Similarly, NBA audiences have raised concerns that sports are becoming increasingly homogenized as teams across sports push for an optimal style of play. (Staff Illustration by Deborah Alalade)

Is Creativity Dying in Sports?

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 14, 2020

Geographically, the NBA of today is completely different from what it was 20 years ago. Compare the graphics of top shot locations from the 2001-2002 season to the current season — there are very...

(Staff Illustration by Debbie Alalade)

Stuart Robinson Starts His Tenure as NYU’s Athletic Director

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 8, 2020

When you have worked at the same place for 28 years, there are very few surprises. You achieve a familial awareness of everyone’s personalities and idiosyncrasies, from what NFL team they support...

Lionel Messi celebrating a goal against Granada CF for Barcelona back in October of 2014. Now, Messi and the club's current relationship remains uncertain after the player's request to leave was denied. (Image via Wikimedia, from L.F.Salas)

Can Messi and Barcelona Achieve Their Perfect Goodbye?

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor September 8, 2020

When Sir Alex Ferguson retired from managing soccer club Manchester United in 2013, 13-year-old me could not believe it. He had just led the team to another Premier League title, showing there was...

NBA players strike to hold their organization and owners accountable for not taking a stand for social justice. The NBA’s lack of real action shows their progressive image is an empty promise. (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

The Reactive and Equivocal Politics of the NBA

By Kevin Ryu, Sports Editor August 31, 2020

It was the second time in league’s history — and the first time since 1964 — that NBA players had organized a strike. Back then, the players striked for a pension and an athletic trainer on every...

“While we doubt this decision comes as a surprise, all of us, from NYU leadership to me, understand that NYU Athletics is important to many students, and that this decision impacts them deeply,” NYU Director of Athletics Christopher Bledsoe told WSN in an email.

NYU Cancels Athletics for Fall 2020

By Arvind Sriram, Sports Editor July 22, 2020

According to an email from the NYU Director of Athletics Christopher Bledsoe, on Tuesday, July 21, the NYU Athletics Department officially stated that varsity fall and winter sports, along with club and...