Hampton becomes first HBCU with women’s triathlon team

Randall Williams | Sports Editor Randall Williams Hampton University on Oct. 30 became the lone historically black college or university and 26th Division I school with a women’s triathlon team. “We see our sport as a good pathway, a fresh new look,” USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris said. “I see USA Triathlon and Hampton University being a gateway to that advancement in the long term.” So just how serious is USA Triathlon about increasing diversity? Its board of directors invested $225,000 into Hampton’s program over a five-year period. USA Triathlon also plans on getting involved in Hampton Roads. “We’re going … Continue reading Hampton becomes first HBCU with women’s triathlon team

And then there were five undefeated college football teams

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Richard Shiro | Associated Press When the 2017 college football season ended, there was only one undefeated team left: the University of Central Florida. As of Week 9 in 2018, there are five teams remaining with zero losses on their record: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, UCF and South Florida. With three undefeated teams losing in Week 8, others are looking forward to the challenge to beat the best college football clubs. Which remaining teams have the best opportunities and biggest challenges to finish undefeated? Alabama: Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa re-injured his sprained right knee … Continue reading And then there were five undefeated college football teams

U.S. women’s soccer going to the World Cup again

Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer Richard W. Rodriguez | Associated Press The United States women’s soccer team defeated Jamaica 6-0 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Oct. 14, qualifying the team for the World Cup next summer in France. The U.S. went on to defeat fifth-ranked Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF final Oct 17. This will be the United States’ sixth trip to the World Cup. Coach Jill Ellis picked 20 players from a pool of 60 players for the qualifying tournament. The roster will increase to 23 for the World Cup. She will add two other … Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer going to the World Cup again

Hampton football bounces back from early season struggles

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer The Hampton Pirates football team got off to a rough 2018 start by losing three of their first four games. They suffered tough defeats to Monmouth, Northern Iowa and Charleston Southern in September. Hampton struggled on both sides of the ball in their losses, and inconsistency was an issue. Then the calendar turned. The Pirates are now winners of two straight games, downing Lane University 41-8 and edging Presbyterian College 24-23. Hampton (3-3) heads into the weekend looking forward to its homecoming game against Virginia University of Lynchburg. How did the Pirates rebound? In Hampton’s … Continue reading Hampton football bounces back from early season struggles

Who can beat the Warriors?

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer The NBA is back. Deep 3s, slam dunks, on-court antics and personalities have made their way back to television. Many fans anticipated the season, which started Oct. 16. All the superstars and off-season drama will make this season a special one, but the same question still remains: Is anyone going to finally dethrone the Golden State Warriors? The NBA of late has been helpless against the Golden State Warriors. The Oakland-based powerhouse has won two straight titles, three out of four, and it feels like they aren’t done yet. The Warriors drafted and developed their … Continue reading Who can beat the Warriors?

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