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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Western Collegiate Hockey Association releases schedule

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In a sea of conferences releasing preliminary plans for the 2020-21 college hockey season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has put out official schedules for all teams in the conference.

Football

Roundtable: The worst coach in football

Seven weeks into the NFL season and we’ve already had some crazy storylines. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears have surprised fans with their impressive starts, while the entirety of the NFC East looks like they’d be better off in the AFL. And more often than not, barring injuries to star players (Sorry Cowboys fans), a team’s struggles can usually be boiled down to the coaching staff.

Point/Counterpoint: Did the Dolphins make a mistake in benching Fitzpatrick?

The Miami Dolphins made headlines last week when they surprisingly announced they will be replacing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with rookie Tua Tagovailoa, who will make his NFL debut this weekend.

NFL risers and fallers Week 7

What a wild week in the NFL. The Falcons blew yet another game. The Cowboys were an embarrassment once again. The Cardinals shocked the Seahawks. Daniel Jones got tackled by a gust of wind.

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: On Oceania, Cloud9, and Loyalty

Riot Games announced on Oct. 7 that the Oceanic Pro League, the professional League of Legends League in Oceania, would not be returning in 2021.

Fighting for a miracle

Recap of last week's games as well as insights for the quarterfinals, which start this Thursday Oct. 15th.

League of Legends: Leaving Groups

After the play-ins, which were full of upsets and exciting underdog plays from teams that weren’t supposed to win games, it felt as though this World Championship might be more open than any before. And then, the Group Stage began, and it quickly became clear that that pattern was not going to continue through this stage.

League of Legends: Lions beat Samurai. Samurai beat Water

On Thursday, Group A played their last six games of the group stage. These games would determine which two teams would move on and which would be eliminated. Going into the day, G2 Esports from Europe and Suning Gaming from China were leading the group, with Machi Esports and Team Liquid lagging behind.

Basketball

Men’s Basketball: First official practice in the books

After weeks of anticipating and building up with team workouts, the long-awaited first official practice of the 2020-21 season for the UConn men’s basketball team took place on Friday.

Men’s Basketball: Newcomers for a new era

It’s a new era for UConn basketball. The program is rejoining the Big East Conference after seven years in the American, a move that the team hopes will turn the page to a brighter future filled with NCAA Tournament runs like fans became accustomed to in the Jim Calhoun era. The team even introduced a new uniform design over the weekend to reinforce this new era.

NBA Finals takeaways

The Los Angeles Lakers just won their 17th NBA championship after taking care of business against the Miami Heat in six games, tying the Boston Celtics for the most titles of any franchise in the league.

WNBA: Seattle sweeps Aces in finals

Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm swept the WNBA playoffs. After having a double bye in the first and second rounds, the Storm had no mercy for the Lynx and the Aces.

Soccer

Hey Dave: Is Ansu Fati the heir to Lionel Messi?

Seeing young soccer players go through a club’s academy and end up playing for that same team always makes fans happy, as they can to see the young players’ careers flourish right before their eyes. Some iconic homegrown players include Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, Harry Kane at Tottenham and Lionel Messi over at Barcelona, to name a few.

Ligue 1 Review: PSG being at the top of the table

For the first time this season, Paris Saint-Germain finished the weekend top of the table. The inevitable was delayed for two months and four days; reality has set in for rival French clubs, who realize any chance of dethroning the Parisians will hinge on a miracle not seen since AS Monaco’s improbable title run in the 2016-17 season.

Champions League Recap: PSG fall early to Manchester United

It was a busy week in the football world, with several Ligue 1 teams competing in the Champions League, which feature some of the strongest teams in the world as they fight to prove who is the best.

Hey Dave: What’s your take on the European Premier League?

I’m not sure how it is with other sports, but in soccer, there are numerous competitions going on per season in the countless leagues there are worldwide. For instance, as most are familiar, four clubs from England participate in the Champions League while a couple others enter the Europa League.

Hockey

Atlantic Hockey and National Collegiate Hockey Conference announce 2020-2021 conference schedules

Two more Division 1 teams announced their return to play plans for the 2020-2021 season this week. Both conferences are taking very interesting approaches, with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference doing a bubble for their teams and Atlantic Hockey including the independent Long Island University. This leaves the Hockey East, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for conferences that have yet to release their adapted plans for the 2020-2021 season.

Roundtable: Best team to watch to get into hockey

It’s become clear that the top three sports in the United States of America are football, basketball and baseball. But as we’ve seen this year, hockey has been criminally slept on as one of the most intense and exciting games in professional sports today. In today’s roundtable, the DC Sports Section will be giving our takes on the best hockey team to follow for new viewers just getting into the sport so it can start getting the viewership and recognition it deserves. Let’s get into it:

Henrik Lundqvist signs 1-year deal with Washington Capitals

This week has been quite the strange one for professional goal tenders. The current market of available goalies is quite possibly one of the most impressive in the history of the sport, with several legends up for grabs. Henrik Lundqvist was joined by Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford, Anton Khudobin, Jacob Markstrom, Thomas Freiss, Cam Talbot and Jimmy Howard.

A Recap of the 2020 NHL Draft

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 25 teams drafted highly-prospected players who they hope to be the future of their franchises, if not another franchise. After an intriguing first round that saw trades, steals and consensus picks, here are my thoughts about each pick in the draft, described in no more than one paragraph.

Baseball

World Series Recap: Buehler, Dodgers dominate Game 3, Rays walk off Game 4

With the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays tied at 1-1, both teams had their aces on the mound to start Game 3. Walker Buehler of the Dodgers faced off against Charlie Morton of the Rays in a pivotal game, and Buehler’s brilliance willed the Dodgers to a 6-2 win.

World Series Recap: Rays Even Series in Game 2

Vengeance was achieved on Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the LA Dodgers 6-4, tying the series up at one.

MLB: Mookie’s brilliance gives the Dodgers a 1-0 World Series lead

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the World Series with an 8-3 statement win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Mookie Betts dominated while Clayton Kershaw did his best to shed the “playoff choker” label he’s been strapped with for years. The Dodgers are scary.

Point/Counterpoint: Who’s winning the World Series?

This week, the World Series gets underway between the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays and the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers.