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New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion

Written by Liz Charre, President A game which looked like was going to be a shutout turned into a dramatic ending when the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons in overtime to win Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas last night. The Falcons being the underdogs, they immediately jumped ahead in the first half to a 21-3 lead over the Patriots by the time it was halftime. At halftime, Lady Gaga took the stage and blew everyone’s mind with her phenomenal performance. She performed her most popular hits leaving the crowd in surprise. The Falcons were 30 minutes away from claiming their first-ever Super Bowl victory after the performance. As the Falcons were locked in, the Patriots needed to focus and regain momentum in order to come back and win the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history. But in order to do that the Patriots had to score touchdowns, stop the Falcons offense, and defend. The third half didn’t work too well for the Patriots as they were down 28-9 when …

Kansas City Royals Ace, Yordano Ventura, killed in a car accident

Written by Liz Charre, President Another young developing baseball star was taken too soon from us. Yordano Ventura, the ace of the Kansas City Royals, died in a car accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. Ventura is one of three young MLB players that have been taken from the game too soon. Cardinals OF, Oscar Taveras, was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died five months ago in a boating accident. The cause of the accident is yet unknown but the Dominican police say they won’t rule out speed or alcohol. For now, Royals fans and players are remembering Ventura as a bright young star who loved the game of baseball. Many remember him as the hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series where his dominance on the mound forced a Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants. He was given the nickname “ace” for his 100mph fastball that left several batters swinging …

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts named Manager of the Year

Written by Liz Charre, President Dave Roberts, also known as “The Skip,” has just been announced the National League Manager of the Year according to MLB Network. He is the second Dodger Manager in history to win this award. “I am speechless, I really am,” stated Roberts during a press conference. “I look back at those managers that have won this award and I am humbled.” The only other manager that has won was Tommy Lasorda back in 1983 and again in 1988. Roberts out-beat last year’s Manager of the Year, Joe Maddon, by twice the amount of votes. Roberts led the Dodgers to their fourth consecutive National League West division title back in late September. He then led the Dodgers to beat Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series to move on to play Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers did lose that series but it wasn’t the end for Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his rookie season as Dodgers …

Corey Seager becomes 17th Dodger to win the Rookie of the Year award

Written by Liz Charre, President It was disappointing to see the Dodgers lose to the Cubs back in October, but guess what Dodger fans? Corey Seager was announced the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year through a unanimous decision. Monday night was the first day to present awards to Major League Baseball players who have shown their talent throughout this season. Seager is the 17th Dodger to be given the Rookie of the Year award. It has been the second consecutive year since a player has been given this award through a unanimous decision. Last year it was given to Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs. The last Dodger to receive this award was Todd Hollandsworth back in 1996. The Dodgers organization has had a Rookie of the Year for every position except third base. “It’s going to be a great night,” Seager said when he heard the news of his award. “I have friends, family, and coaches here with me today to celebrate.” He thanked all of his friends, family, coaches, and Dodger …

Chicago Cubs win World Series ending their 108-year drought

Written by Liz Charre, President The season has officially concluded with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years. It was a fight to get there as the Cubs were down 3-1 by the end of Saturday night leaving fans with the thought of this being the end. But, there was hope on Sunday night when the Cubs won the game sending it back to Cleveland to determine the winner. Saluting their fans for the final time this season, the Cubs took their hope and desperation to Cleveland where they managed to force a game 7 Tuesday night. All eyes were going to be on Kyle Hendricks and Corey Kluber, who were named the two starting pitchers for the winner take all game Wednesday night. The game started off with Dexter Fowler leading off with a home-run to push the Cubs up first 1-0. Dexter Fowler made history because he is the first player in Major League History to hit a lead-off home run in game 7 of the …

NBA 2016-2017: A fresh start with interesting changes

Written by Jessica Contreras, Staff Writer Within the past week, the NBA has made its reappearance into the sports world. So much has already happened throughout the offseason beginning with all of the retirement announcements from Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. Who knows what is to be expected from this upcoming 2016-2017 season? There is a lot on the line and the rosters only appear to be getting younger and younger. Both Los Angeles teams have been hit with retirement news but they are also off to a fresh start. The Los Angeles Lakers have taken former player Luke Walton into their coaching staff as Head Coach. They have acquired a new roster filled with young players who are replicating Kobe’s signature moves as they prepare to play in their first season without the Mamba. Meanwhile, the Clippers experienced a bit of an edgy summer themselves as they were uncertain of keeping DeAndre Jordan on their roster. They also contemplated whether Chris Paul had more potential as a Clipper or a …

Giants lose 6-5 to Cubs, eliminated from NLDS

Written by Liz Charre, President All good things come to an end. In this case, the San Francisco Giants lost their opportunity to head into the World Series on Tuesday night at AT&T Park against the Chicago Cubs. They are now eliminated from the National League Division Series. The Giants were three outs away from forcing a decisive game 5. Both teams would have traveled back to Chicago to play the deciding game. Then, the winner would have faced the winning team from the Nationals/Dodger game on Thursday. Unfortunately, the Giants will not be given that opportunity because their bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. Down by three runs, the Cubs managed to score four runs to win Tuesday’s game and move onto their second consecutive National League Championship Series. A stadium filled with cheerful Giants fans came to a silence as the Cubs managed to make the biggest comeback in postseason history. Giants fans were left in disbelief. Even-years have been magical for the Giants since they have won three World Series Championships …

The end of a great era in the NBA

Written by Jessica I. Contreras, Staff Writer Within the past year, basketball fans have been continuously devastated by the retirement news from some of the greatest to play the game in the NBA. Kobe Bean Bryant announced his retirement from the league in late 2015, and that just about started the ripple effect within the few remaining greats. Title players from the same era as Bryant–such as Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce–have also announced their recent retirements. Tim Duncan played with the San Antonio Spurs where he took on the NBA championship and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named Rookie Player of the Year in 1998 and one of the few to play with the same team for 19 seasons. However, he stayed true to his character throughout his entire career. He was always a humble individual, teammate, and opponent. He remained within his character in everything he did; especially when he announced his retirement through the San Antonio Spurs website.   Kevin Garnett announced his retirement with the Minnesota …

MLB’s tribute to Jose Fernandez’s tragic death

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer The baseball world woke up to a tragic story this past Sunday morning. The MLB lost one of its greatest pitchers of the 21st Century. Jose Fernandez, the 24 year old pitcher for the Miami Marlins and two friends died in a boating accident. The National Guard found the disassembled boat after 3am Sunday morning. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor of this tragedy, but what we do know is that Jose Fernandez died on impact. Following the recognition of his parting, MLB released a statement regarding the tragedy: “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.” Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins manager, said during the press conference: “When I think about Jose … I see such a little boy in him. That’s the joy that Jose …

Dodgers Clinch the National League West for the fourth year and say goodbye to Vin Scully

Written by Liz Charre, President What an amazing end to a Dodger home stand, honoring Vin Scully on the incredible 67 years with the organization and clinching the National League West for the fourth year straight. The Dodgers ball club is the first team in the National League West to win four straight NL West titles. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eight games back from the Giants 90 days ago, are now at the top once again. Ever since the All-Star Break, the Dodgers have shown that they could possibly be a World Series contender. Having lost Kershaw through the majority of the season, many fans had their doubts on the Dodgers even making the postseason. But, things turned out better than expected. Now with Kershaw back in the rotation the Dodgers look to end their drought of a World Series appearance. The magic number was one as of Saturday night. As the Dodgers entered Sunday’s game with the motive to not only sweep the Rockies but win their division, a bump in the …