HU hopes to follow in ODU’s football steps

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer Taylor Gravesande It happened in Norfolk, so could it happen in Hampton? Will the Pirates ever pull off a college football victory as big as Old Dominion’s 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech? At least one player thinks it could happen soon. “I definitely think we have the weapons and the coaching to beat anybody,” Hampton University tight end Jordan Ray said. “If we show up ready to go in sync, there won’t be a question about it.” There seemingly wasn’t a question Old Dominion would fall to 0-4 when Virginia Tech visited Sept. … Continue reading HU hopes to follow in ODU’s football steps

Tiger Woods’ latest victory and influence

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Flickr User Omar Rawlings After five years of setbacks, comebacks and the willpower to keep going, on Sept. 23, Tiger Woods earned his 80th PGA Tour victory at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. Woods is one of the most decorated golfers of all time, along with being an athlete who changed the entire landscape of the sport. Through many endorsements deals, such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour the video game and Nike, he allowed for the sport’s athletes to be looked at as marketable and much more entertaining. Woods was chosen as the ESPY … Continue reading Tiger Woods’ latest victory and influence

NFL contenders and pretenders

Harrington Gardiner | Sports Writer Football fans have gathered around their TVs for early glimpses at their NFL teams. There have been quite a few surprises already. Which teams will end up in the playoffs and which will fall off? Here are some early guesses. NFC Contenders Carolina Panthers: Last year, Carolina had the fifth-hardest schedule and still finished with 10-plus wins. Their front seven – led by Luke Kuechly, Kawann Short and Shaq Thompson – are some of the best in football. Critics will say that their secondary needs work, but this defense could be one of the best … Continue reading NFL contenders and pretenders

Women’s soccer: Hampton works to improve

Randall Williams | Sports Editor HamptonPirates.com The end of summer can get very exciting for sports. The WNBA season comes to a close, the MLB is getting set for the playoffs and both the NCAA and NFL begin football at the beginning of September. On Hampton University’s campus, football is back, and volleyball returns, but autumn’s sleeper sport is women’s soccer. It’s been a tough three years since the Lady Pirates started competing in Division I soccer. The team has won five matches and lost 27. Midfielder Khasya Cunningham, who has been a captain for the Lady Pirates since she transferred to … Continue reading Women’s soccer: Hampton works to improve

Top three rookies are tied in NBA 2K ratings

Justin Whitner |Staff Writer During the 2017-2018 NBA season, first-year players took the league by storm. Numerous young athletes showed unique skills on the floor from opening night and on into the playoffs. Some eased into their roles, while others took charge and led their teams to victories. This left Rookie of the Year honorable mention players – including Dennis Smith Jr., Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen and Kyle Kuzma – to miss out on finalist recognition. The top three Rookie of the Year nominees: Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and winner Ben Simmons were the clear-cut superior players of the bunch. … Continue reading Top three rookies are tied in NBA 2K ratings

NBA Rookie of the Year race down to two

Justin Norris | Staff Writer The rookie class that has headlined the 2017-18 NBA season is one of the deepest classes in recent memory. Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, Lauri Markkanen, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr. and others have all given their respective franchises hope about being potential cornerstones for years to come. Despite the number of rookies having strong inaugural seasons, the race for the Rookie of the Year award has virtually been cut down to two. These men are Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers. These two rookies … Continue reading NBA Rookie of the Year race down to two