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December 4, 2022

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It might be time for the Dallas Mavericks to play a different offensive style.

The Dallas Mavericks should try a new approach

Doncic will likely have to play a role like this in the future. Not only is this safer on his body long-term, but it will make the Mavericks less predictable on offense. If proven effective, this change in offensive philosophy could raise their ceiling from championship contenders to championship favorites.


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Xiao reevaluates his pre-season predictions.

Reflecting on my NBA predictions

In October, I created a list of NBA contenders. Now that the NBA season is in full swing, I will look back on my predictions to see where I was correct and where I was wrong.


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McShea makes his predictions for NFL MVP.

NFL MVP predictions through the midseason

Now that we’re a bit past the halfway point of the 2022 National Football League (NFL) regular season, the players’ statistics have been somewhat cemented. Things in the NFL change rapidly from game to game, but the sample size of touches has reached a point where the consistent players are on top and likely will continue to dominate. It’s a very close year in pretty much every position, and records for overall teams have been far from what was expected since game one. 


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Women’s soccer defeated Dickinson College 4-0 last Sunday to win the Centennial Conference Tournament Title.

Women's soccer wins Centennial Conference championship

After an undefeated season, on Nov. 6 the second-ranked Blue Jays Women’s Soccer team captured the 2022 Centennial Conference Tournament Title after beating the Dickinson College Red Devils 4-0. This title is the 13th in school history and the Blue Jays’ 19th Conference championship game.


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Women's field hockey defeated Bryn Mawr in a shoot-out to win their fourth consecutive Centennial Conference Championship.

Women's field hockey wins championship, securing spot in NCAA tournament

Top-ranked women’s field hockey faced off against Bryn Mawr College in the Centennial Conference Championship on Nov. 5. The Blue Jays entered the game with a 15–3 record and a chance to advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament to claim their fourth consecutive Centennial Conference Championship. 


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Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Commanders, continues his track record of being one of the most controversial figures in the NFL today.

Dan Snyder holds the league hostage

If you’re a fan of the Washington Commanders, you probably hate Dan Snyder. If you are a human with a proclivity for human decency, chances are you too will hate the Commanders’ owner after reading this article. 


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Berkery takes a dive into the implications of the Vancouver Canucks 0-5 starting record this season.

Making sense of the Vancouver Canucks bad start: What are the team’s options?

Zero wins. Five losses. Two overtime losses. Infinite frustration. That’s the story of the Vancouver Canucks rough start to the season. Nearly one-tenth of the season elapsed and Vancouver hadn’t won a game. Their negative 12-goal differential, the second-worst mark in the league and lack of wins are bad, but the bad results tell only part of the story.


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The San Francisco 49ers are at the center of one of the most electrifying trades made during an NFL season.

Unexpected twists and turns of the current NFL season

The current season of the National Football League (NFL) has been a doozy. From feelings of triumph to heartbreak, the past couple of weeks have been a rollercoaster for even the most casual of football fans. After an offseason of many huge changes, it’s expected that predictions for this current season would be off as players are transitioning and getting used to new environments and teams, but I don’t think anyone thought it would be this wild.



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Water polo edges out MIT in championship rematch.

Water polo emerges as champions after beating MIT

The Hopkins water polo team faced off against a familiar foe, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the championship game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division-III Eastern tournament. The Blue Jays ultimately secured their 20th CWPA DIII Eastern Championship.



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Tua Tagovailoa and Cameron Brate, two prominent players in the NFL, suffer from concussion-related injuries due to a lack of attention and responsibility from the NFL.

NFL concussion protocol is being broken due to lack of enforcement

There has never been a closer focus on preventing injuries in the National Football League (NFL). From preventative penalties to independent certified athletic trainers (ATC spotters), the league has made it their priority and practically their mission statement to catch injuries as fast as possible, stop the game and get the player off the field. This was not the case this past week.


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Victor Wembanyama is the projected number one pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

Victor Wembanyama has emerged

In the midst of football season, there haven’t been too many noteworthy stories in the National Basketball Association (NBA). But on Oct. 4, 2022, an event occurred that I believe will dictate the next 10 to 15 years of the NBA landscape. 


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Hopkins volleyball beats the Haverford College Fords and the York College of Pennsylvania Spartans in back-to-back games. 

Women's volleyball comes out on top after busy weekend

The Hopkins women’s volleyball team faced off against the Haverford College Fords and the York College of Pennsylvania Spartans on Oct. 1. The Blue Jays came into the weekend with a 6–6 record, winning five out of six of their previous matches. 


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The Players NIL and Hopkins announced a new partnership to provide name, image and likeness (NIL) education for the nationally renowned men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.

Hopkins lacrosse’s partnership with The Players NIL presents tools to develop student-athletes

Lacrosse is the most celebrated sport at Hopkins, representing the University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)  Division-I college lacrosse. The men’s team has won 44 national championships, including nine NCAA Division-I titles, 29 U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association titles and six Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association titles, making them first all-time in titles by any college lacrosse team and second to Syracuse in NCAA-era national titles.


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Xiao lists teams as contenders or pretenders for the upcoming NBA season. 

Ranking NBA contenders

The National Basketball Association (NBA) season will start soon with 30 teams vying for the championship. However each year there are only a few real contenders. The rest are a mix of teams stuck in basketball purgatory, tanking for a top draft pick and young rebuilding squads. Here is my evaluation of all title contenders, dark horses and pretenders.



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20-year-old center Tim Stützle signed an eye-popping eight-year contract worth $66.8 million with the Ottawa Senators.

Back-of-the-napkin analysis of Tim Stützle’s fascinating big new contract

The Ottawa Senators have signed 20-year-old center Tim Stützle to an eye-popping eight-year contract worth $66.8 million that will pay him $8.35 million per year and keep him with the Senators for the foreseeable future. Stützle, the number three overall pick in 2020, is coming off a 22-goal, 58-point season in which he scored at an impressive pace of over a point per game in his final 30 games of the year.


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Hopkins football trumps past conference-rival Juniata in their first home game of the season.

Hopkins football steamrolls past Juniata 70-0

After playing against the Juniata College Eagles on Sept. 17, the ninth-ranked Hopkins football team are now 3-0 and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference.  On the morning of the game under the Homewood bleachers, the Blue Jays’ football team was preparing for the match. 


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