Young Lady Pirates look to rebound

Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer Jim Heath The Hampton University women’s basketball team, a squad with six freshmen on the roster, has started 3-3. The Lady Pirates welcome Mid-Atlantic Christian on Dec. 15 as they try to get back over .500 after an 83-51 loss Wednesday at No. 10 N.C. State. Hampton opened the season on the road and defeated Florida Atlantic behind 20 points and five steals from junior Ashley Bates. Sophomore Mahaley Holit also helped the Pirates with a career-high-tying 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds against the Owls. HU shot 9-of-18 from the 3-point line. Hampton … Continue reading Young Lady Pirates look to rebound

Butler sticks with the Sixers … for now

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer The Philadelphia 76ers shook up the NBA scene by trading for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. Many experts – such as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Charles Barkley and Jalen Rose – now give the Sixers a serious shot to win the Eastern Conference title. Philadelphia already had budding stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The knock on the Sixers was they needed a third option who was a reliable perimeter scorer and defender. Many believe that is exactly what Butler brings to the table. “Jimmy is one of the best two-way players in the league,” … Continue reading Butler sticks with the Sixers … for now

Hampton finishes strong, heads for Big South

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer The Hampton University football team finished the season with a rather impressive record of 7-3. The Pirates won games that mattered at home and battled through road games early in the season, finishing with a 44-17 win over St. Andrews University to cap a six-game winning streak. First-year head coach Robert Prunty, who served as a defensive coordinator last year for East Carolina, capitalized on an improved team and set the tone for what this team will look like for years to come. Next year, the Pirates enter Big South play against tougher competition. Hampton … Continue reading Hampton finishes strong, heads for Big South

Up close with Jermaine Marrow

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Mark Sutton via HamptonPirates.com After playing two-plus seasons at the collegiate level, it is clear junior Jermaine Marrow is no rookie to playing a dominant game of basketball. In just his freshman season, Marrow averaged 15.6 points per game in the MEAC Conference, was named to the MEAC All-Rookie team and was on the all-conference third team. The following season, he improved in every statistical category. His scoring went up to 19.1 points per game, which led to him being named to the All-MEAC first team. When the Hampton University athletic department made the decision … Continue reading Up close with Jermaine Marrow

Saints top Rams, stop undefeated run

Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer Bill Feig | Associated Press Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season, 45-35, Sunday in New Orleans. Kamara joined Jim Brown as the only players 23 or younger with three touchdowns or more in three games in an NFL season. Receiver Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards for the Saints (7-1) and celebrated a late touchdown by taking out a flip phone. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. So far this … Continue reading Saints top Rams, stop undefeated run

After season to remember, can Red Sox repeat?

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer There was another celebration in Boston last month. Will there be yet another next year? The Red Sox followed up their 108-win regular season with the team’s ninth World Series championship – and their fourth in the past 15 seasons. Journeyman slugger Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP, David Price reversed his playoff pitching curse and rookie manager Alex Cora guided Boston past the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. There are big-name free agents on the market this winter who could improve rival clubs, yet the Red Sox have the roster to compete … Continue reading After season to remember, can Red Sox repeat?

Big opportunity for Hampton men’s basketball in Big South

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer The Hampton men’s basketball team, MEAC Tournament runner-up last season, gets a new start this season against new teams in the Big South Conference. “Honestly, I think the move will boost our performance more than anything,” Pirates third-year guard Lysander Bracey said. “We’re going into a conference where we are feared because nobody knows anything about us. We have a chip on our shoulder going in as the only HBCU, so I feel that this move will bring out the best play in us.” Hampton was picked third in the Big South Conference preseason poll, … Continue reading Big opportunity for Hampton men’s basketball in Big South