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Washington Square News

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

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...

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...

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...

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...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

How Can Athletes Trust USA Gymnastics?

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large May 4, 2020

Last week, elite gymnastics coach Maggie Haney was served with an eight-year suspension by U.S.A Gymnastics following accusations that she had verbally and emotionally abused athletes. Haney has had at...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

These Sports Stories Should Have Their Own Documentaries

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large April 27, 2020

If you haven’t been paying attention, “The Last Dance”  is a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls’ last championship run and has been premiering in two-episode blocks...

The New York Liberty is a professional women’s basketball team that competes in the Eastern Conference in the WNBA. The team recently drafted Sabrina Ionescu, considered the best collegiate prospect in the draft. (Staff Illustration by Chelsea Li)

Unlike the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty Are Doing Things Right

By Arvind Sriram, Sports Editor April 20, 2020

After a disappointing 10-24 record in the 2019 season, the New York Liberty received the number one pick for the WNBA draft, its first in team history. On April 17, with the number one pick, the Liberty...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

The Best Soccer Celebrations, Ranked

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large April 6, 2020

Soccer is full of amazing moments — the skillful dribbling, the insane goals and the celebrations that become iconic in the sport’s history.  Sometimes, the goal celebration becomes more than a...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

A Reflection on Lost Endings

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large March 30, 2020

I realized that I spent my last spring break of college in the exact way I had spent every spring break before that: playing a lot of FIFA 20, watching reruns of classic games and wishing for the return...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

Let Me Tell You About Your Favorite Pro Athletes

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large March 23, 2020

Like many others, I have been spending the past week at home socially distancing myself from the outside world. With no sports (and no anything) for the foreseeable future, many have been taking this time...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

The National Women’s Soccer League Still Has Work to Do

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large March 9, 2020

Following three years since ex-commissioner Jeff Plush stepped down in 2017, the National Women’s Soccer League announced the appointment of Lisa Baird as the new league commissioner last week. The hiring...