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Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente Deserves His Number 21 to be Retired Across the MLB
Nate Freeman - Dec 4, 2020

When Jackie Robinson‘s number 42 was retired for all MLB teams, it was an unprecedented and awesome symbol of respect for the man who broke the color barrier for the sport. Robinson’s courage was not only an important step in the advancement of the MLB, but also for the civil rights of black people. His play […]

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Michael Phelps Beyond the Olympics
Ben Kerr - Apr 1, 2021

It seems almost incredible to say it, but the Tokyo Olympics appear to be a go. While there have at times been whispers of cancellation, the latest word is that the games will be held after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This doesn’t mean the Olympics will necessarily be normal. A report on Sports Illustrated recently revealed […]

2021 Kentucky Derby
2021 Kentucky Derby Guide and Frequently Asked Questions
Michael Kovacs, ADMIN - Mar 27, 2021

After a series of interruptions and setbacks last year, one of the world’s premier horse race meetings, the Kentucky Derby, will finally launch from the starting stalls from April 30 to May 1, 2021. Last year, the Derby ended up in the third quarter of the year, behind closed doors due to the pandemic. However, […]

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Changing a Team’s Insensitive Name Is Not a Novel Thing
Last Word Staff - Mar 12, 2021

2020 was a fun year for sure. Some industries flushed: Zoom and Netflix grew their subscriber base almost threefold and there were dozens of new casinos in Australia and around the world. Other industries suffered, especially sports with fans being replaced by cardboard. In 2020, the Washington Redskins changed the name to a bland Washington […]

Australian Open 2021 Men’s final Preview: Novak Djokovic Vs Daniil Medvedev
Niranjan Deodhar - Feb 20, 2021

The Australian Open is Novak Djokovic’s fortress, the Serb is already an eight-time champion down under and in the final on Sunday, the World No.1 is eyeing to claim his 9th title at the Melbourne Park and 18th Major title overall. But, in his way, is the ruthless Russian, Daniil Medvedev, who is now on […]

Making the best of it; NZ rugby preseason XVs & 7s warm-up
Making the best of it; NZ rugby preseason XVs & 7s warm-up

Across the board, all nations have had to make the best of it. Yet for sides downunder and being somewhat isolated, the NZ rugby preseason for each of the XVs and 7s sides has had to be creative and especially reactive. Covid-19 has changed or made near impossible so many of the prearranged set preseason […]

Why William Nylander is Not an Inconsistent Player for the Toronto Maple Leafs
Chace McCallum - Feb 18, 2021

There are 100 reasons why people hate William Nylander, and many of them are rather stupid when you think about it. There is one interesting criticism of Nylander because it is actually about hockey, and falsifiable. That criticism is that William Nylander is especially inconsistent. One thought is that Nylander just looks inconsistent because of […]

WCC Tournament To Use Metrics For Seeding, Gonzaga, BYU May Opt Out

The 2020-21 college basketball season has been unusual, to say the least. The pandemic has created lengthy program pauses, abrupt schedule changes, and a single location for the NCAA Tournament. Adding to the madness, the West Coast Conference has decided to reformat their tournament with the help of technology (yikes). The University Credit Union WCC […]

Arkansas Razorbacks on a Roll in SEC Play

Arkansas stumbled through their first six games in SEC play. They started the conference slate at 2-4, with a NCAA berth fading into the distance. The Razorbacks have won seven straight in the league since, and have vaulted up the standings into a tie for second. Eric Musselman’s team is playing as well as anyone […]