L.A. is ready for new National Women’s Soccer League team

The 2017 season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) came to a close Oct. 14 in Orlando, Fla. After a physical match that included three yellow cards, captain Christine Sinclair and midfielder Tobin Heath of Portland Thorns FC lifted…

Texans owner’s comments are as American as NFL, unfortunately

ESPN reported Oct. 27 that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” at an all National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in reference to the recent player protests of police brutality and racial…

Taking a knee during the national anthem is a patriotic protest

The use of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events dates back, on record at least, to the early 1900s. Because the United States had recently entered World War I, it was common for “patriotic” acts to occur during baseball games. This…

Don’t forget Tim Duncan; he won’t remind you

We are now in the midst of the NBA playoffs — a long, drawn-out process that feels almost like a full season in its own right. For the next two months, the League will dominate sports headlines. In particular, the…

LA Rams' first big trade might be first big mistake

Hoping to make a splash and quickly move into playoff contention in their new city, the Los Angeles Rams acquired the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from the Tennessee Titans last Thursday. While the Rams hope their gamble…

Ex-players need to accept Curry-led revolution

The Warriors have been putting on a show this season. After hoisting a championship banner after the 2014–2015 season, Golden State started off this year’s campaign with 24 straight wins — the best start ever in NBA history. The reigning…

Discriminatory laws will hurt small businesses, employees

Last month, the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance to expand transgender rights, including allowing individuals to use the bathroom of their choice. But the state responded swiftly — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law that not only…

Media can't always give Duke the spotlight

I never thought I would compare Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski to Donald Trump. One man is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the winningest college basketball coach of all time and a near-universally respected leader of young men. The…

Mountain West basketball needs to rebound

In the shadow of the Pac-12, the Mountain West is the second most prominent conference in the West. But their basketball teams are floundering across the board. Fresno State was their only bid to the NCAA tournament this year, and…

Junior football player constructs solar panels in Ghana

A van carrying students rattles along a potholed road. The van is on its way to N-Kpaguni, a small village in Ghana. Upon arrival at the village, Michael Consunji, a junior football player at Occidental, steps out of the van…

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