All posts tagged: Sports

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 …

Sports teams avoid North Carolina due to new transgender bathroom law

Written by Jessica I. Contreras, Staff Writer Multiple sports teams have decided not to affiliate themselves with arenas located in North Carolina, and it all revolves around the state’s new transgender bathroom law. This new law states that people must use the restroom with the gender affiliated on their birth certificate. Which, in turn has caused some sports teams and associations to turn change their decisions “full-court.” Given this new law, the NBA decided over the summer to change the location for the upcoming 2017 All-Star Game weekend that was scheduled to be hosted in North Carolina. Not only did the NBA decide to make some changes, but the ACC division of college football also decided to make a change the location of upcoming games scheduled to take place in the state of North Carolina. Although this new change may seem to be occurring from a far distance, they are adequately changing the lives of many people all across the country. Considering the recent changes from The White House, in which President Obama signed the …

Stay active during the school year

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Do you like staying active? Do you enjoy physical activities such as a fun workout or dancing Zumba? Well, you’re in luck! Each month the Sports & Wellness department will offer 4 group sessions at Chalon, and 3 group sessions at Doheny for students, faculty, and staff. Classes will be available based on the instructors’ availability, participant interest, and feedback. There will be “drop-in sessions” open to anyone and everyone at any skill level. “We try to provide a variety of options from cardio, strength, and dance,” shared Autumn Johnson, director of Sports & Wellness. “Each session is led by a certified instructor who helps make the workout fun and engaging.” These sessions do not require registration therefore, you can come as frequently as possible. The scheduled times also provide flexibility for commuters offering sessions at different times during the day. “It is important to be physically active, and these sessions provide fun opportunities for being active,” Johnson said. No experience is needed to join these programs. Johnson said that …

Serena Williams upset at the US Open and loses No. 1 ranking

Written by Liz Charre, President Serena Williams has failed to make the US Open final for the second time consecutively. If last year wasn’t a disappointment, this year was worse. Williams struggled with serves, hit shots, and consistency during the match Thursday night against Karolína Plíšková from Czech Republic.  The worst part of it all was that she lost the match with a double fault in the tie-breaker. Not only did Williams lose her semifinal match in consecutive sets, she also lost the world No. 1 ranking. She was No. 1 in the world for 186 consecutive weeks–tied for the longest streak in WTA history. Many tennis fans had high expectations of Williams. Over the past few months, she has not played her best. However, she did win Wimbledon back in July but lost in the third round of the Olympics. She also did not compete in the tournaments before the US Open. Many fans were left wondering: was the pressure of keeping world No. 1 too much for Williams? On the other hand, Plíšková …

Who will end the year as World No. 1: Kerber or Williams?

Written by Liz Charre, President It has been a roller coaster ride in women’s tennis this year. Rankings have dropped and risen for so many players but the woman that has grabbed the most attention this year is World No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber has had an extraordinary start of the year winning her first ever grand slam trophy. She was able to pull the upset and beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open back in January. Since then, she has qualified and played for several finals. Kerber was ranked No. 7 in the world when she entered the Australian Open. She then reached the final, won, and by February moved up in the rankings to World No. 2. However, it has been a chase for World No. 1. Kerber won several tournaments and pushed Serena Williams to her limit. Williams, on the other hand, has struggled this year. She has not competed in many tournaments nor has won, therefore allowing Kerber to taking the No. 1 seed. Before …

Which team will Kevin Durant choose?

Written by Liz Charre, President Since the heartbreaking loss in game 7 of the Western Conference finals, Kevin Durant has had some tough decisions to make. After the Thunder was eliminated from the playoffs after blowing a 3-1 lead against the Golden State Warriors OKC fans were left wondering if it would be the last time they would see Kevin Durant in their prominent blue and orange colors? Since the NBA season concluded Durant has met with several prospective teams willing to pay the maximum to add him to their roster. The all around leading scorer and player has met with the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, and a couple other teams that are extremely interested in landing one of the leading scorers in the NBA. The Thunder had the final say in Sunday’s meeting. Durant has made a statement that he will announce his decision early Monday morning or late Monday evening. Teams anxious to hear back to see whether or not they will land a …

Lakers fire Head Coach Byron Scott after back-to-back losing seasons

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Laker fans, if this season wasn’t a disappointment one, it just got a lot worse. After serving two seasons with the Lakers, the organization has decided to let go of head coach, Byron Scott. The Lakers have had consecutive losing seasons, this season topping their worst losing record in franchise history. They missed the NBA playoffs for the past few years, only making their last appearance in 2013. They have had several changes to the organization such as firing several coaches, which include Mike D’Antoni and now Byron Scott. For Laker players and fans, it has been a roller coaster ride this past couple of seasons. Now that the 2015-16 season has officially ended for Lakers, they will need to figure out who will become the next head coach of this prestigious organization. Stakes are pretty high for these coaching positions with Kobe Bryant recently playing his final game. Some coaches that have expressed interest in coaching the Lakers have been, assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors Luke …

No-hitter for Arrieta

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer For the second time in his career, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds last night. He is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to be the reigning Cy Young award winner and throwing a no-hitter the following year. The other players that have thrown a no-hitter, a year after they won the Cy Young award, were Sandy Koufax in 1964, Bob Gibson in 1971, and Clayton Kershaw in 2014. Arrieta has had a great start to the 2016 season. His record for this season is 4-0 and since last season, Arrieta’s record is 20-1 with his era being less than one. In his last 24 starts, he threw two no-hitters and has only allowed seven runs in those starts. For hitters, it looks like they are unable to figure out Arrieta’s pitches because he has been solid in last year’s postseason. As the Cubs celebrated their twelfth win on Thursday night, it wasn’t just Arrieta who stole the show. Rookie of the year, Kris Bryant …

Hollywood end in NBA season

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer The NBA season closes off with a Hollywood end as of Wednesday, April 13, 2016. First off, the man of the hour Kobe Bryant with 20 seasons with the Lakers, five-time NBA champion, 18 time All-Star, and 15-time member for the All-NBA Team. As the NBA star entered the Staples Center Arena one final time, the crowd went wild chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP.” Kobe, who has not scored more than 35 points this entire season, showed his determination and strived one last time in his Lakers uniform. He broke the record for most points in his last game passing Wilt Chamberlain. To close his final game, he scored 60 points and won the game for the Lakers. What a great way to end an incredible career. Now, Kobe was not the only person breaking records. The Golden State Warriors made history as well winning the most games in a regular season. The Warriors entered Wednesday night with one win away from breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72 …

Baseball is back

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Fans, it’s that time of year again. It’s that time to put on your favorite baseball hats, jerseys and start piling up the hot dogs and beer because baseball season is officially back. It’s been a long offseason with major trades occurring beginning with pitchers David Price and Zach Greinke who made historical deals with the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other trades have occurred and major announcements have commenced. Among them, David Ortiz, known as “Big Papi” from the Boston Red Sox, has decided to retire after this season. With talent off the charts this season, there are many reasons to hit the ballpark this summer. In this pool of talented players, Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager is one to look out for. He made his MLB debut late last season but is ready to show his skills this year. Another player that fans should look out for is Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will pitch for the Dodgers. Maeda has proved during spring training that he …