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Monday Musings: On Colin Kaepernick, Harden’s Heroics and the Internet’s Favorite NBA Player

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor December 2, 2019

Don’t Forget About Colin Kaepernick In case you missed it, ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a 40-minute workout with eight NFL teams last month. Despite being out of the game for three years...

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Didn’t See That Coming! Three Shockers in the NBA

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor November 24, 2019

1. Ja Morant Is the Real Deal The Memphis Grizzlies No. 2 pick is currently leading all rookies in points per game and assists per game with 19 and six, respectively.  On Saturday night against...

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Monday Musings: On Melo’s Return, the Spurs’ Coaching Dilemma and Lamar Jackson

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor November 18, 2019

Carmelo Anthony Is Back, Baby After a year away, former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will be making his return to the NBA — this time with the Portland Trail Blazers. Sure, the memory of Oklahoma...

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Monday Musings: On the Ducks, NBA Kicks and the Knicks’ French Connection

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor November 11, 2019

Sabrina Ionescu Is the G.O.A.T. On Saturday night, the University of Oregon women’s basketball team beat the U.S. women’s basketball team 93-86 in front of a crowd of 11,530. It was the first time...

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Monday Musings: On Fantasy Football, Baseball and the Knicks

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor October 27, 2019

Fantasy Football and Why It Stinks You are sitting at your laptop, eyes glazed over from countless hours — no, days — studying fantasy advice columns, watching highlight videos of the New York Giants...

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The Sports Curse: Fact or Fiction?

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor October 15, 2019

As Halloween approaches, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of sports’ biggest alleged curses and see just how ridiculous some of them are. From a video game cover to a literal mid-game earthquake,...

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This Is the WNBA’s Moment

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor October 7, 2019

As we approach Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, I want to take a look back at this historic and exciting season. The whole season, it felt like the league was on the precipice of something great — like this...

Sports Editor Bela Kirpalani was blessed by the Bobcat in the spring. (via @belakirps12 on Instagram)

The Best Sports Mascots, Ranked

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor September 30, 2019

To some, mascots may seem utterly useless or distracting from the actual game. To others like me, however, that is exactly what makes them so important to the American sporting experience. Whatever your...

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The Field as a Happy Place

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor September 23, 2019

I overthink things. A lot. I worry about problems that don’t even exist yet. I replay old memories in my head and think about what I should’ve done differently. Often, I never say what I want to say...

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Concussions Are Not Just a Football Problem

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor September 16, 2019

When I say concussion, you say football. Concussion, football. Concussion, football. Cases like those of Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau are still fresh in our minds. Hits like these replay in our memories....

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Male Athletes Are Still Stuck in the Closet

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor September 3, 2019

NFL veteran Ryan Russell recently wrote a beautiful piece for ESPN in which he came out as bisexual and discussed how he was unable to live an “open life” for much of his early professional career....

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The Problem With Kobe Bryant’s Support of Women’s Sports

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor August 24, 2019

It has been an objectively good summer for women’s sports. The United States women’s national soccer team won its fourth FIFA World Cup and continues to make national news in its fight for fair pay....