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Friday, September 18, 2020

NHL: Eric Staal Traded to the Sabres

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On Wednesday, Sept. 16, in a desperate effort to end their nine-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Marcus Johansson. Staal is going to bring a veteran presence to a young lineup featuring stars such as Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, goalies Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton and Rasmus Dahlin, the first overall pick in 2018.

Football

Point/Counterpoint: Which new head coach-quarterback combo will have the most success this season?

This NFL season is all about familiar faces in unfamiliar places. Two of the best examples are the GOAT, Tom Brady, playing in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers and former MVP Cam Newton taking his place in New England with the Patriots.

Roundtable: Renaming the Washington Football Team

After facing years of ridicule from fans and bystanders, the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins has finally undergone a brand change.

NFL risers and fallers Week 1

With Week 1 of the NFL in the books, I think it’s safe to say it is not going how many people expected.

Field Hockey

Legendary UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens retires

UConn field hockey head coach Nancy Stevens has decided to retire effective September 1, according to a press release from UConn Athletics.

ESports

League of Legends: Vindication

In North American and European League of Legends this weekend, there were numerous moments where you could almost see the game hanging on a thread, where one step forward or backwards from any team would be the difference between victory and defeat, between going down in history for being a team who won it all, or for being a team who only almost did.

Counter-Strike cheating allegations rock esports community

At about 4:30 p.m. EST, the official ESL Counter-Strike Twitter account tweeted, "As part of a recently concluded investigation into the exploitation of a spectating bug in ESL and DreamHack CS:GO tournaments, we are issuing punishments to the coaches of three teams today."

When miracles end

Esports has those miracle plays, too; Coldzera’s jumping awp kills at the MLG Major or Smeb’s miraculous Gangplank steal of Baron to win a five-game epic against KT Rolster orCloud9’s comeback at home against Faze Clan to seal the Boston Major. These are the moments we remember.

The benefits of experience

At the start of every sporting season, there is a debate over who the best rookies will be, what new talent will rise up from the lower scenes and take their place among the highest levels of their sport and which ones will collapse.

Basketball

Tyler Polley: A comeback season in the making

On Jan. 8, 2020, the UConn men’s basketball team squared off against Tulane. It was a Wednesday, 9 p.m. game at Gampel Pavilion, which is never a huge draw for fans regardless.

NBA: Murray and Jokic carry Nuggets to Conference Finals, Heat squeak by in OT thriller

For the second straight series, the Nuggets found themselves down three games to one, this time against the championship-favorite Los Angeles Clippers. But for the second time they came out on top, becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from such a deficit in back-to-back series.

WNBA: Former UConn players win awards

Several former huskies win awards for their performances while in the WNBA.

DB’s Weekly Take: The infamous history of the 3-1 lead

The Denver Nuggets are on the brink of history. After coming back from being down 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz, the Nuggets found themselves down 3-1 again, this time to the heavily-favored Los Angeles Clippers.

Soccer

Premier League Matchday 1 recap

Yesterday's recap of Premier League matches.

Le Classique brawl allegedly sparked by racist incident

e Classique took an ugly turn Sunday night when Paris-Saint Germain superstar Neymar Jr. accused Olympique de Marseille defender Álvaro Gonzalez of directing a racist comment toward him.

From The Capital: Hartford pummeled at Pittsburgh

Hartford couldn’t find its momentum on the road Saturday and took a heavy 5-0 defeat at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ Highmark Stadium.

Premier League Predictions: 2nd place Manchester City

Manchester City without a doubt is one of the two best clubs in English football now. To say that they will continue their dominance in the league though is up in the air.

Hockey

Lightning defeat Islanders in Game 4, bringing series to 3-1

The Sunday night meeting between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders was quite the tough game for New York. Going into the game after how they played on Friday, this should’ve been a close matchup between the two teams, but it was anything but.

NHL: Western Conference Games 3-4 Recap

This past weekend, The Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars played Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Final and Dallas won both to take a 3-1 stranglehold on the best-of-seven series.

Islanders remember that they have offensive lines, pull Game 3 victory over Tampa Bay

Friday night’s meeting between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning was arguably the most interesting game yet of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tampa Bay Lightning Surge to Early Series Lead over the New York Islanders with a 8-2 Victory

The NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals and race for the Prince of Wales Trophy began on Monday with the first meeting between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders.

Baseball

Point/Counterpoint: Are the Padres legitimate?

Now that they’ve added a frontline start in Mike Clevinger, a few bats and a few bullpen pieces, staff writers Jorge Eckardt and Mike Mavredakis ask the question: Are the Padres a legitimate threat to win the World Series?

MLB Top-100 Right Now: 10-1

At long last, here’s the final installment of the top-100 players in the MLB right now.

Mike’d Up: Boston’s farm system is about to Bloom

In the days approaching the MLB trade deadline every year I do essentially the same things: Begrudgingly switch from normal Twitter to TweetDeck, switch on Twitter notifications and yell every time my team makes a trade I don’t like.