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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Is This the End of Smart Sports Commentary?

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large March 2, 2020

Last week, ESPN announced that it was canceling “High Noon,” a studio talk show featuring two of ESPN’s smartest commentators, after less than two years.  The company cited low viewership for...

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Manchester City’s Greed Made Them Invincible — Until It Didn’t

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large February 24, 2020

For years, Manchester United was on top of the soccer world.  Manchester United won more trophies than any other team in England, pumped out talent like nobody else and did it all with the most recognizable...

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NBA All-Star Weekend Is Fun

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large February 18, 2020

Celebrity Game The NBA made ESPN sports personality and meme-famous Stephen A. Smith a head coach for this year’s Celebrity All-Star Game and boy, he did not disappoint. Receiving the first technical...

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The Return of the XFL Highlights the Lack of Support for Women’s Sports

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large February 10, 2020

In case you missed it, the XFL kicked off its inaugural season this past weekend. If you don’t know what I’m blabbering about, the XFL is a new professional football league that will last 10 weeks...

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The USWNT Is Simply Too Good

By Bela Kirpalani, Editor-at-Large February 3, 2020

A 4-0 win over Haiti. An 8-0 absolute goal fest against Panama. Large scorelines have become the norm for the U.S. women’s national soccer team and this past week’s action in CONCACAF, Women’s Olympic...

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The Olympics’ Ban of Protests Is Hypocritical and Unfair

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

Earlier this month, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced it would institute a ban on protesting ahead of this summer’s competition in Tokyo. The IOC said it would discipline athletes...