Entrepreneurial athletes are on the rise

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer October 18, 1984, Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan Nike sneakers were banned from being worn on the court in any game. The NBA, according to Forbes, notified Nike and the Chicago Bulls that the black-and-red sneaker from that day’s game broke the “uniformity of uniform rule.” He would immediately have to stop wearing the colorway on court. Nearly 35 years later, Forbes reported Nike’s revenue from the Jordan Brand line hit nearly $2.9 billion. Ever since the day Jordan’s sneakers were banned and then reinstated into the NBA, stars have taken numerous chances to make money … Continue reading Entrepreneurial athletes are on the rise

HU softball: A conversation with Daniella Milloy

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer HamptonPirates.com Hampton University’s softball team jumped out to a 15-5 record during nonconference play. After posting a 24-28 record in 2018, HU posted its best pre-conference start in 12 years. Then Hampton’s inaugural season in the Big South Conference began, and HU got a taste of the challenge ahead of them. Hampton lost three straight to new conference rival Campbell University. In a conversation with Daniella Milloy, an HU senior shortstop/third baseman from Murrieta, California, she discussed the journey in improving, the change to the Big South and the goals for the rest of the … Continue reading HU softball: A conversation with Daniella Milloy

Hampton falls to Campbell in Big South

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer In a game with 14 lead changes, the Hampton men’s basketball team lost 86-77 to Campbell University on March 7 in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals. Junior guard Jermaine Marrow led the Pirates with 22 points, and Greg Heckstall had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Campbell guard Chris Clemons finished with 34 points, going 17-of-19 from the foul line. While Hampton (15-16) missed out on the NCAA Tournament, the Pirates faced St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The game ended too late for the result to appear in this … Continue reading Hampton falls to Campbell in Big South

Lackluster Lakers

Justin Norris | Staff Writer   Nuccio DiNuzzo | Associated Press After signing LeBron James this past offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers were not expected to miss the playoffs in 2019. They didn’t necessarily have championship aspirations this year, but the Lakers’ postseason drought will likely extend to six consecutive seasons, the longest in franchise history. The arrival of what many believe to be the best player in basketball history was supposed to prevent that. It was a consensus that James’ streak of eight straight NBA Finals appearances was in serious jeopardy when he joined the Lakers, but he had … Continue reading Lackluster Lakers

Magic March

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer Chuck Burton | Associated Press With another year comes another March, and with March comes Madness! The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has begun, and it’s nothing short of a nerve-wreaking great time. The top seeds of this year’s tournament are star-studded Duke, Virginia, UNC and Gonzaga. These teams are expected to go far in the tournament, and anything outside of a Final 4 berth for them will be seen as an upset. The Blue Devils are the No.1 overall seed and must-watch TV. Analysts have the Blue Devils advancing far because of the talent they … Continue reading Magic March

Four takeaways from the NBA season so far

Justin Whitner |Staff Writer 1. Patience is a virtue for the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James. On Christmas Day, when LeBron James injured his groin, the Lakers looked like a team that had everything in control. After running up to the score against the Warriors to a 127-101 rout, everything went south. During his absence, the Lakers struggled and have gone an abysmal 6-11. They’ve now dropped from fourth in the Western Conference to ninth place. When James returned against the Clippers on Jan. 31, the team earned a victory but finished just 2-4 in the six games prior … Continue reading Four takeaways from the NBA season so far

Murray gives baseball the Heisman, opts for football

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announced last week that he will enter the NFL Draft in April and commit to playing football rather than baseball. The Oklahoma quarterback completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions yet still had been considering his option on the diamond. Murray was a first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 2018. Murray displays elite athleticism with his speed and throwing ability. He also has the football IQ to be a solid starting QB in the NFL. Many mock drafts have Murray getting … Continue reading Murray gives baseball the Heisman, opts for football