NBA awards up in the air

Justin Norris | Staff Writer For the first time in recent memory, most of the NBA awards lack a clear frontrunner. The MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races are all tightly contested, and depending on who you ask, there are multiple deserving candidates. The MVP award is a two-man race between Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Antetokounmpo is a two-way, positionless force, averaging 27.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6 assists per game on the NBA-leading Bucks. The Greek Freak’s stat line is something the league has … Continue reading NBA awards up in the air

Faces in new places around the bases

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Finally, Major League Baseball is back in full swing. After a long offseason and spring training, the bright lights, broken bats and packed ballparks have returned. There was plenty of noise involving free-agent signings, trades and managerial changes throughout the majors. Those transactions have a strong impact on both the American League and National League. So who will make it to October? American League The defending champion Boston Red Sox are looking to continue their dominance in the AL East. The Red Sox are led by AL MVP Mookie Betts and have the talent to … Continue reading Faces in new places around the bases

Hampton player watch: JP Napier

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer HamptonPirates.com Hampton University is known for many things: basketball, football, beautiful scenery and academic excellence. One thing it is not known for … yet … is lacrosse. Hampton lacrosse did make a splash in 2015, when it was featured in an ESPN special. ESPN covered how HU was the first HBCU to have a varsity lacrosse squad. After moving up to Division I, the Pirates are looking to have their best season yet. Hampton was 5-8 last year and has started 4-3 this spring. One of the key contributors is junior midfielder Jonathan “JP” Napier. … Continue reading Hampton player watch: JP Napier

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