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Late Sunday night, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was home to a horrific incident of racial intimidation and harassment. The auto racing body said it is fully investigating after a noose was found in the garage stall of racer Bubba Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only Black driver, on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala.
Amid the current atmosphere of protests against police brutality against black people both within the U.S. and across the world, the National Football League (NFL) has found a way to stay in the news.
Having not seen a game in nearly three months, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Board of Governors approved a plan last week that would resume play on July 31 and include only 22 out of the 30 teams, per ESPN.
Earlier this April, President Trump proposed that sporting events should be brought back as soon as possible, giving them high priority in his plan to reopen the economy. Later in the month, Trump assembled his 200-person advisory committee that would help facilitate restarting economic activities. That committee included the commissioners of the NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, UFC, PGA and NASCAR. It also included some of the wealthiest sports team owners in the country. That means that at least five percent of this 200-person committee is going to be focused on sports.
It has been a very quiet last month for sports. With many states under stay-at-home orders — and all major sports across the country suspended for the foreseeable future — many fans clamored for a taste of sports to distract them from the bleak reality that most Americans are experiencing.
ESPN and Netflix collaborated to produce arguably the most anticipated basketball-related docuseries: The Last Dance.
In the midst of the sports desert that the world finds itself in due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world, people are scrambling to find sources of entertainment. Many sports fans have gone back in time, finding solace in the treasure trove of old games from a number of professional sports leagues. With that, fans have been exposed to the fashion mishaps in the forms of jerseys that existed in the past. And because we enjoy complaining about things, the Sports editors have decided to list some of the worst jerseys in the history of sports.
Hopkins Athletic Director Jennifer S. Baker announced in a press release on Tuesday that the men’s lacrosse head coach, Dave Pietramala, will not be returning next season after 20 years of service to the program. The news comes as a shock to many, given Pietramala’s rich history at Hopkins.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to progress with little to no sign of slowing down, the sports world continues to remain on hold. The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs were slated to start this past weekend, but now, there are pessimistic rumblings concerning the future of the League. According to ESPN, League officials believe that even at the most optimistic projections, the June 25 amateur draft could be pushed to August 1 at the earliest. Also, there is no current plausible plan to resume the 2019-2020 season.
On March 12, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that all remaining winter and spring sporting events were to be cancelled for the rest of the semester. The unprecedented, abrupt end to athletes’ seasons across the nation forced many to adapt to an unfamiliar situation.
Freshman sprinter Marissa Hsu said that the cancellation affected her mentally and physically.
“Mentally, I was super excited to compete in my first spring season and see if I could reach for any freshman records on the team. Also, the spring track season dynamic is very different from winter since everyone is outside on the track together watching each other practice. Physically, it’s definitely hit me because I can’t practice at my track, so my training stamina has gone down. Training has mostly been adjusted to what I have access to at home and the coaches have been very lenient with everyone’s situations,” Hsu said.
On April 3, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that it is likely that the National Basketball Association (NBA) will decide to cancel the 2019-2020 season outright. He suggested that the likeliest option at this point is that the current season will be abandoned entirely and the league will simply wait until the start of next season to play professional basketball again.
At this very point, the world is in the midst of a serious global pandemic. Multiple countries, including the United States, are ramping up their lockdown restrictions as everyone rushes to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). People are locked inside, hopefully self-quarantining and social distancing, looking for ways to stay busy and entertained.
My world effectively came to a stop on March 11, 2020. I remember looking through my Twitter feed and finding out that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19.
The coronavirus has spread chaos around the globe, touching every aspect of life and leaving the country’s physical, mental and emotional well-being in a vulnerable state. Within just a short period, people in the United States went from average day-to-day life to being advised to not leave their homes or be within six feet of others.
The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team traveled up to Philadelphia this past Saturday to do battle against the St. Joseph University Hawks. Reeling from their overtime loss to Hofstra the week prior, the Jays faced a tough challenge against St. Joe’s, who were coming off four consecutive victories.
The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team traveled to Philadelphia this weekend for a matchup against the St. Joseph’s University Hawks on Sweeney Field. The Jays beat the Hawks 13-10 to capture their fourth win of the season and were led by several standout performances, but especially from junior attackman Aurora Cordingley.
The men’s and women’s fencing teams finished their seasons at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championships in Durham, N.C. on March 8. Several Blue Jays on both teams placed in the top 20 in their respective events.
Hopkins men’s basketball lost an absolute heartbreaker on Friday, falling to Penn State Harrisburg in double overtime by a score of 104-96.
After winning their last three games, the Hopkins baseball team started this weekend with a game against the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks.
The college basketball regular season ended on March 8 and with it came the final Associated Press (AP) rankings before Selection Sunday. While the results of conference tournament play will factor into the seeding, I’ll take a look at the projected one and two seeds from the AP rankings and discuss their chances in this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship Tournament.