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Monday, January 25, 2021

Football

Roundtable: Where should Deshaun Watson land next season?

The storyline at the forefront of everyone’s mind is: Where should Texans QB Deshaun Watson end up? After having a career year that saw Houston end with a disappointing 4-12 record, many believe it’s time for Watson to take his talents elsewhere.

DB’s Weekly Take: The N’Keal Harry pick for the Patriots looks worse every week

Deebo Samuel. A.J. Brown. Mecole Hardman. D.K. Metcalf. Diontae Johnson. Terry McLaurin. Hunter Renfrow. Darius Slayton. What do all these guys have in common?

College Football Recap: Best games of Week 11

It was a hectic week in college football, as 15 different games were either postponed or cancelled due to spikes in COVID-19 cases. The games cancelled included six ranked teams including the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the country, Alabama and Ohio State. However, there were still some really good games this weekend, so let’s look at a few of the best.

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

LoL Free Agency, Rebuilding, and The Future

Free agency officially opened on Monday for every region of the professional League of Legends system.

The LCS is not the United Nations.

It will come as no surprise to North American League of Legends fans that North American teams continue to turn to non-North American players rather than looking within.

League of Legends: Superlatives from the World Championship

Now that the World Championship has ended, it’s finally time to look back on the entire event and the players and storylines that made it as good as it was. So, this is gonna be my relatively subjective superlatives including Rookie of the Tournament, Underdog Team of the Year, and Biggest Disappointment.

League of Legends: The top of the mountain

Two years ago, DAMWON Gaming had not played a match in the LCK. They had qualified at the end of summer, but wouldn’t play their first games until the next year. In just two years, they went from never playing an LCK game to qualifying for Worlds twice in a row to, this past weekend, becoming legends.

Basketball

Men’s Basketball: Huskies lose ugly game to St. John’s

UConn very well could have won this game, but there’s no one who can reasonably say they played well enough to deserve to. That’s something not often said about a team that had the lead for over 33 minutes of game time, but the Huskies simply made too many mistakes down the stretch to expect a win.

MBB Notebook: Big free throws missed, other notes from UConn’s loss

The score was 71-70. Tyler Polley got the ball in the corner, faked his defender out and dished a great pass to Tyrese Martin, who went up for a layup and got fouled with 18 seconds left. Martin, who had just hit a huge 3-pointer moments earlier to keep the Huskies in the game, needed to hit both free throws to give UConn the lead or one to tie the game. Instead, he missed both free throws, and the Huskies went on to lose to St. John’s 74-70.

Women’s Basketball Preview: First place UConn hopes to stay undefeated against last place Butler

Today, Tuesday Jan. 19, the 7-0 (6-0 Big East) UConn women’s basketball team will host the 1-8 Butler Bulldogs (1-7 Big East) at the Gampel Pavilion in hopes of extending its season-opening winning streak to eight games.

MBB Preview: Bouknight-less Huskies hosting St. John’s

The UConn men’s basketball team will play its first home game in nearly three weeks when it hosts St. John’s on Monday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on Fox, UConn’s first game there this season.T

Soccer

Ligue 1 Preview: Which team will summon the spirit of Stallone?

Rocky one. Apollo Creed is forced to select a local contender after his scheduled opponent is unable to compete due to an injury. Who is that opponent, you ask? None other than Rocky Balboa. A fight that was booked as an “exhibition match” exceeded all expectations when it went to an unprecedented 15 rounds, with each competitor giving it their all and refusing to concede. Although Balboa would unsurprisingly lose by virtue of a split decision, they made a pact just before the final bell that there would be no rematch.

Hey Dave: What does Brexit have to do with Premier League transfers?

The transfer window in the Premier League has been open to basically any professional player, whether they were 15 years old or 40 years old, to move from one club to another. However, with the United Kingdom’s soon-to-be departure from the European Union, otherwise known as Brexit, at the end of the month, the way clubs can recruit younger players, as well as transfers from any player from the E.U., could have a drastic impact.

Diego Maradona: In memoriam to ‘D10S’

On Nov. 25, the Grim Reaper that is 2020 took its toll on one of the most famous, and greatest, soccer players to ever step on the pitch. On that day, Argentina and Napoli legend Diego Armando Maradona was pronounced dead in his home country from a heart attack.

Ligue 1 Recap: Paris-Saint Germain are in trouble, and here’s why

Before we get into the top news stories of the weekend, it is important to acknowledge the passing of former Argentine international Diego Maradona, who passed away at the age of 60 on Wednesday, Nov. 25 due to a heart attack. He was residing at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, after undergoing emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma.

Hockey

NHL: Previewing the 2020-21 North Division

Despite everything that has been going on, the NHL returns this week, the first games starting on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In this period of uncertainty, there are a lot of new changes in play for this exclusive season.

NHL: Previewing the 2020-21 West Division

Despite everything that has been going on, the NHL returns this week with the first games starting on Wednesday, Jan. 13th. In this period of uncertainty, there are a lot of new changes in play for this exclusive season.

NHL: Previewing the 2020-21 Central Division

After an interesting Stanley Cup Final showdown just three to four months ago, the NHL returns this week, the first games starting on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

NHL: Previewing the 2020-21 East Division

After months of waiting, the NHL returns this week, the first games starting on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Baseball

Mike’d Up: Three trades I’d like to see this offseason

It’s offseason time, also known as ‘I am going speculate on roster moves because I am incredibly bored with no baseball on’ time. This is exactly that.

Baseball on the Brink: Is MLB’s economic structure sustainable?

America’s trademark game is in trouble. In most successful sports leagues, there is a strong positive correlation between league success and consumer engagement in their market.

MLB: How Justin Turner overshadowed the World Series in the worst way possible

Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series by a score of 3-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays, earning their first championship since 1988. It was a well-earned victory which concluded in a well-earned victory celebration. On the field celebrating, however, was Dodgers third-baseman Justin Turner, who had tested positive for COVID-19 that night. The question arises: In a pandemic, how could this possibly be allowed to happen?

World Series Recap: Dodgers win first Fall Classic in 32 years

In a COVID-19 year of despair, anguish and uncertainty, there is one thing we know to be true. The Los Angeles Dodgers are your 2020 World Series champions, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.