The Year of the Duos in the NBA

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Stephen Baker After more than 10 years of big threes taking over the league, it appears as if duos will be a theme this NBA season. This is how it used to be: Kobe and Shaq, LeBron and Dwyane, Scottie and Michael, Steph and KD, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. A duo’s greatness is largely measured by their playoff success. Those names are household because they performed well in the postseason, especially in June. Kevin Durant left the Warriors to join Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.That leaves the NBA season wide … Continue reading The Year of the Duos in the NBA

Eight new faces on deck for Pirates men’s basketball

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer The Hampton University men’s basketball team is preparing for a new season with a lot of new faces. This year’s Pirates feature eight new players, a majority making the switch from the junior college level. “Daveon Warren, Edward Oliver-Hampton, and Saheem Anthony are all JUCO guys that are going to be good for us,” HU assistant coach Matt Hamilton said. “The difference between last year’s team and this year’s team is that last year’s team had a lot of experience. The majority of those guys had been starting since they were freshmen and sophomores.” Experience … Continue reading Eight new faces on deck for Pirates men’s basketball

Is the second time the charm for the XFL?

Keion Cage | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Dave Adamson The Xtreme Football League (XFL) on Oct. 22 released its inaugural season schedule. This will be Vince McMahon’s second attempt at establishing a professional football league. The D.C. Defenders take on the Seattle Dragons on Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C., to open the XFL inaugural season. “Our ultimate goal is to make this all work having high quality football by 2020, and that remains paramount,” XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said in an interview with ESPN. “Everything is going to be different [than 2001].” In 2001, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO … Continue reading Is the second time the charm for the XFL?

Letter from Penn State graduate causes outrage

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer The Penn State University football community was outraged recently when star safety Jonathan Sutherland re- ceived a letter from a “proud” graduate of the university, criticizing him for his locs.  Sutherland’s teammate, defensive tackle Antonio Shelton, on Monday posted a picture of the letter on Twitter. “One of my teammates got this,” Shelton wrote. “Explain to me how this isn’t racist.”  In the letter, the graduate wrote that while watching Penn State’s home opener against the University of Idaho, he couldn’t help but notice Sutherland’s “awful hair.”  The graduate even asked in the letter, “Don’t you … Continue reading Letter from Penn State graduate causes outrage

Bonds catches on quickly with nine TD grabs in HU’s first five games

Harrington Gardiner & Keion Cage | Staff Writers Photo Credit: HamptonPirates.com The Hampton University football team is halfway through its first official season in the Big South Conference. Sophomore receiver Jadakis Bonds already is breaking conference records. Bonds recently set a new Big South Conference record for most consec- utive games to start a season with a touchdown reception in an Oct. 5 home victory against the University of North Alabama.  “Jadakis is a winner,” Hampton coach Robert Prunty said. “He’s a tough guy that came out of high school out of North Carolina with phenomenal work habits.”  Since Bonds’ … Continue reading Bonds catches on quickly with nine TD grabs in HU’s first five games

Is Simone Biles the greatest athlete of all time?

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Simone Biles is now the most dec- orated gymnast ever, male or female.  Sitting with 25 medals puts her in the discussion of the best athletes of all time. Biles has won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the World Championships every year in which she’s competed since 2013. To put this in perspective, she has not lost an all- around competition in which she has competed in six years. This is impres- sive as is but what makes it even more remarkable is the length of time of her dominance. After her … Continue reading Is Simone Biles the greatest athlete of all time?

HU men’s soccer club team heads for tournament

Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Alexis Johnson The Hampton University men’s soccer club team has officially been restarted. The team has already started to hit the field as they’re preparing for an upcoming tournament. Virginia State University contacted Hampton University Intramurals Director Clyde Etter and discussed playing against one another. The two came up with another idea of having a tournament.  The HU club team tentatively will play Saturday, Oct. 26, but that date can change to Saturday, Nov. 2. So far, there will be six teams in the tournament: Hampton, Virginia State, Chesterfield, Richmond Loco’s, University of … Continue reading HU men’s soccer club team heads for tournament