Gaels make the AP Top 25 preseason rank
Left to right: Gaels' Alex Ducas, Aidan Mahaney, and Mitchell Saxen (Image c/o Tod Fierner)
By Val Hill
With Gaels men’s basketball season only 6 days away, the team is currently standing at 23 in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll. Last preseason, the Gaels weren’t ranked in the preseason AP Poll. And after last year's outstanding performance, the pressure is on for another exceptional season. This is not only for the freshman but also for Alex Ducas, who has come back for a fifth year. It will be up to Ducas to lead the team, along withAidan Mahaney. Both players truly stepped up to lead the Gaels to one of their most successful seasons.
Mahaney was an amazing leader last season, rallying the team behind him. No matter the game, win or lose, Mahaney was there making sure the team was flowing as one. The question remains, will the Gaels be able to outdo themselves yet again this season?
This season the Gaels might be able to finally claim first place in both the regular season as well as the WCC tournament.
The Gaels first game this season will be on November 6th against California State University, Stanislaus.This game might set the tone for the season. Only time will tell for the Gaels, and prove whether the team is back and better than ever.
The San Francisco 49ers start off the season well, but will the losses stay consistent?
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By Val Hill
The 49ers have had a fairly good season so far, only having two losses under their belt. As of their latest loss, the team sits at a five out of seven score. One of them being the Cleveland Browns, with a final score of 19-17. And the second consecutive loss to the Minnesota Vikings, with a final score of 22-17. The team seems to be off to a better start than last season, which had their earliest loss at game three to the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, this season’s preseason games against the Los Angeles Raider, Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers ended in a 1-3. With the only win being against the Broncos. So the potential that the 49ers have this season appears to be much different and one of not backing down. The team’s greatest asset right now is their star quarterback Brock Purdy, however it’s speculated that he has been on the decline this season so far. This can be concerning for how early in the season it is. Nonetheless, the team is on a losing streak and even a two game streak can make a difference this early in the season. So it will be critical for the team to pull through with a win, as to not continue the losing streak.
We will see if the team continues on a losing streak for the next game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday October 29th. This year is showing to be more consistent right off the bat, and may prove to be a great season for the 49ers.
Updates coming to the 2028 Olympics
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By Oliver Collins
The Paris Olympics are starting to gain momentum as teams across the world look to take home the gold in their respective events. 203 different countries will be competing for their respective countries, making it the highest in game history. The Olympics, which have been a staple point for unification in sports, is going on 212 years, and what better way to evolve than inserting a new variety of sports to the event list.
There have been many intriguing new sports added to the 2028 Olympic list, creating a new dream for young athletes around the world. Flag football, lacrosse, cricket, squash and baseball all bring the possibility of a new framework, adding to the tradition of including the world’s most watched sports. American football is one that has brought some hesitancy but also a lot of positive perspectives. CBS analyst Caitlyn O’Kane reported on the adage of an iconic American sport, “Football is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. Flag football, a safer variation of the sport often played by children, has never been included in the Olympics – until now. About 20 million people participate in flag football at the elite level.” It’s clear that America is welcoming the addition of the sport with open arms, but will the rest of the world be so quick to show its support?
One of the biggest benefits of new events being added to the Games, will bring generational dreams to a new variety of athletes. One of the most important parts of the sports process is evolution. Bringing these sports to the Olympics could truly change the future of the Games for decades to come. It’s just a matter of whether or not the fans will support it. One thing is clear, new event athletes are as hyped as you would expect them to be. Kelly Amonte Hiller, women’s lacrosse coach at Northwestern University in Illinois, was quick to share her reaction to the news, “There’s so many people that have dreamed about this,” she said of her initial reaction. “You always dream of being an Olympian, even if your sport isn’t in the Olympics.” - Amonte Hiller didn’t have to describe the players’ reactions. They were posted for all to see. While we do have almost 5 years to wait until the Olympics come to the States, all the better for these events’ athletes to prepare for the opportunity of their lifetimes.
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By Oliver Collins
Year in and year out millions of “football experts” try their luck in fantasy football drafts across the United States. Finding a fantasy team owner who isn’t confident that “this year is going to be my year” or “my drafting skills are unparalleled” is hard to come by.
If you don’t know anything about fantasy football, here’s a quick rundown. It all starts with the draft. Each team picks the players they think will do well throughout the football season. Whether they get the most running back red zone touches or they’re a quarterback favorite receiver helps determine who to draft. Other factors like week-week opponent matchups, individual player highlights, or simply whether the player plays for their favorite team matter as well. High caliber players like Saquon Barkley or Travis Kelce usually go first, followed by lesser known athletes like Justin Herbert or TJ Hockenson.
Each team needs a quarterback (ie. Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert), two running backs (ie. Saquon Barkley, Christian Mccafferey, Josh Jacobs), two wide receivers (ie. Jamar Chase, Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams) and a tight end (ie. Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews). Depending on how well a player does determines the amount of fantasy points awarded to the players team, whoever has more points at the end of the week, wins.
Competition is high, and there is always plenty of trash talk across the league. Who’s got the most bench depth, who’s got the most potential, which team is projected to have the most points. Fantasy football gets extremely competitive, so be ready to talk your talk because once the season starts, it’s all out war. Trades being made for key players left and right, injuries to stars like Nick Chubb and Cooper Kupp. That’s the fun of fantasy football, you never know what’s going to happen.
By Derik Eaquinto
American Journalism Student
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By Oliver Collins
Most people counted Messi’s career out after leaving Europe amid his time at powerhouse French club, Paris St. Germain. But the end of one chapter marked the beginning of a new era in America’s Major League Soccer. Since his arrival in the MLS Messi has done nothing but impress. Game winning goals, hat tricks and the winning mentality of soccer’s G.O.A.T has brought a new found hype to the world of American soccer fans. If anyone questioned whether the Argentinian super star still has it, those questions have been answered and then some.
If you’ve missed Messi’s global media headlines throughout the last few months, here’s a summary of how things have gone. To say Messi’s debut for the Inter Miami side was successful would be an understatement. After being subbed on after the half and being given the opportunity to take the last free kick of the game, he delivered. A strike into the top corner of the net won the game for Inter Miami and provided an iconic moment for an organization hoping to make it clear that they weren’t just looking for an increase in supporters and jersey sales, they were looking to win.
Messi’s success didn’t stop there. Braces (two goals in one game) in the following two league cup games, exceeded the already high expectations the soccer world had for the recent world cup winner. What the club didn’t expect, however, was Messi’s profound impact on Miami culture and the sheer espouse the city has extended to the seven time ballons d’Or winner. New York Times reporter James Wagner said it best in his July article, “He already has and likely will continue to have a substantial cultural influence on a city — and region — known as the unofficial capital of Latin America. Restaurants have changed their menus to include Messi-themed dishes. Murals and signs of Messi have popped up everywhere. Argentine culture is spreading through him.” It’s safe to say Messi’s time in Miami has been a hit, but in reality this is only the beginning.
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