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CSUN women’s basketball signs three recruits

CSUN women's basketball signs three recruits

Alex Behunin, Reporter

May 22, 2020

CSUN interim women's basketball coach Lindsey Foster announced the signing of three new recruits to join a depleted team with only seven returning players. Lani Taliauli, Talia Taufaasau and Anaiyah Tu'ua are the latest recruits that will join the Matadors next season. Guard Talia Taufaasau will...

CSUN Cross-Country receives national academic award

CSUN Cross-Country receives national academic award

Mano Baghjajian, Reporter

May 20, 2020

The CSUN men’s and women’s cross-country teams were recognized by the NCAA for their consistent academic excellence through multiple years with a Public Recognition Award. The NCAA Public Recognition Award recognizes athletic programs with high scores on their academic progress rate, an annual...

An early look at CSUN men’s basketball unofficial recruiting class

An early look at CSUN men's basketball unofficial recruiting class

Danny Escobar, Reporter

May 17, 2020

Expect the 2020 recruiting class to make an immediate impact for men’s basketball. This upcoming class looks to replenish CSUN’s lost offensive firepower. With an NCAA-high seven transfers and losing two-time Big West Player of the Year Lamine Diane to the NBA, the Matadors have lost their three...

Mo Williams leaves CSUN for Alabama State head coaching job

Mo Williams leaves CSUN for Alabama State head coaching job

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

CSUN assistant men’s basketball coach Mo Williams has been named as the next head coach of Alabama State. Williams first announced his hiring via Twitter on Tuesday morning. It’s a great day to be a Hornet. Go Hornets!!!!!!! — Mo Williams (@mowilliams) May 12, 2020 ...

A tale of two Artests: A generational bond beyond basketball

Ron Artest III on Feb. 23, 2020.

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

He’s used to it now, but he still remembers sitting in an elementary school classroom, waiting for the teacher to take roll. “Ron Artest?” the teacher called out. The entire class turned around almost immediately and stared at the young boy as he answered, their eyes burning into his subconscious. “It...

Big West Conference introduces Dan Butterly as new commissioner

Dan Butterly was formally introduced as the new Big West commissioner in a press conference via Zoom on May 5.

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

The day after being named as the new commissioner of the Big West Conference, Dan Butterly was formally introduced in a press conference via Zoom on May 5. Butterly will officially start on June 1, the same day current commissioner Dennis Ferrell is set to retire after 40 years with the conference. “It’s...

NCAA planned to cut some sports, players and coaches spoke against them

NCAA proposed a plan that would cut  the minimum number of programs per college from 16 to 12.

Mano Baghjajian, Reporter

May 5, 2020

The effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the finances of corporations is unprecedented, with even the NCAA falling victim to the economic distress. As a way to save some money during these times, proposals were being made that would potentially cut out some sports from colleges all over the...

Grading NFL draft picks

Grading NFL draft picks

Alex Behunin, Reporter

April 30, 2020

The first ever virtual NFL draft has come and gone. The draft went without many technical blunders and fans could still boo commissioner Roger Goodell. This year’s draft was also the most-watched draft of all time, with more than 55 million viewers. For the most part, the draft picks were normal...

Fidelis Okereke commits to CSUN

Fidelis Okereke joins the CSUN men’s basketball team as a power forward for the 2020-2021 season.

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

Fidelis Okereke was on the verge of spending his college career at Coppin State University after receiving his first offer from them on April 18. He planned to commit the next day, but ultimately decided to push it back two days. The following day, CSUN head coach Mark Gottfried swooped in and got the...

Third time’s the charm: UFC 249 marches on in Florida

Third time's the charm: UFC 249 marches on in Florida

Alex Behunin, Reporter

April 27, 2020

UFC 249 finally has a date. After seven weeks without a UFC event and more than five events canceled, the biggest fight promotion returns on May 9. Jacksonville, Florida will host not one but three fight cards within an eight-day span. VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena will be the venue hosting the fights. This...

Familiar faces from the Valley in NFL Draft

Illustration created with San Fernando Valley Census Boundaries and NFL logo.

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

April 23, 2020

The San Fernando Valley has long been a hotbed for football talent in California. From Clay Matthews and Malik Jackson, to Michael Thomas and Malcolm Smith, several future NFL stars have called the Valley their home at one point or another. This year’s NFL Draft class is no exception as there are four...

2020 NFL Draft Prospects

(Photo by Oliver Willis/Flickr)

Alex Behunin, Reporter

April 22, 2020

The 85th annual NFL Draft is scheduled to be held from April 23-25. The original plan was to hold the event live in Las Vegas before all public events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, all team selections will now take place via videoconferencing. The Cincinnati Bengals have the No....

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