Three Talking Points from Atleti’s win over Valencia

Charlie Ryan Sports Editor Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten streak at home to Valencia continued into its seventh year on Sunday as the visitors continued their poor run of form, falling to the capital side 1-0 for their third consecutive defeat. Here are my three main talking points from this weekend’s top-3 clash.   Unorthodox XI Shows Defensive Quality If there was ever a coach to embody the phrase uttered at every basketball and pop-warner summer camp, “defense wins championships,” it would be Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone. Simeone is one of world football’s top managers, leading Atleti to a league title, a … Continue reading Three Talking Points from Atleti’s win over Valencia

Super Bowl LII Running Diary

FIRST QUARTER: PHI 9-NE 3: Fifteen minutes into Super Bowl LII and unsurprisingly, the Patriots look good—but the Eagles look a little bit better.  Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles threw a 34-yard bomb to Alshon Jeffery that put the Eagles up 9-0 (missed extra point). But, as always, the Patriots are the Patriots—Tom Brady is Tom Brady—and Bill Belichick is Bill Belichick (even though his outfit tonight makes him look like an out-of-work porn star whose career never really got off the ground).  As a Jets fan, I’m happy the Birds are up, but nervously awaiting a New England eruption. SECOND … Continue reading Super Bowl LII Running Diary

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Preview

Jackie Hart Sports Editor The Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse team returns to action after finishing 7-10 in 2017, which included thrilling wins over New Hampshire and Ohio State. Junior Baker Earl returns after a strong season of 19 points, which included 15 goals and four assists. Junior Jessi Button will look to hold down the defense, along with senior Julia Maloney returning in goal after ending 2017 with 146 saves, making her 279 career saves eighth all-time in program history. Button and Maloney will captain the team, along with senior Kerianne Moran. Molly Pfaff, Junior, #23 Hometown – Long Beach, … Continue reading Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Preview

Cavs’ Struggles Continue; Western Conference Looks Stronger Than Ever

Patrick Wareham Sports Editor What happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers?  After Saturday’s 120-88 thumping defeat to the Houston Rockets, it’s time to officially hit the panic button in Cleveland.  The loss dropped the Cavs to 0-8 in nationally televised games this season, as the team sits seven games behind the conference-leading Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers’ biggest issue is on the defensive side of the ball, as they currently rank as the second-worst scoring defense in the East, allowing more than 109 points per contest.  A key factor in the squad’s porous defense is due to Cleveland’s age.  In terms of … Continue reading Cavs’ Struggles Continue; Western Conference Looks Stronger Than Ever