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CLARK: Wild card playoff game is a much-needed step in the right direction

CLARK: Wild card playoff game is a much-needed step in the right direction

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

October 8, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Showcase, Sports

Major League Baseball is evolving. With the unbeatable popularity of the NFL conquering fans across the United States, the MLB has had to respond, and it has. It has addressed complaints about the quality...

TURNER: SoCal sports fans can take solace in the start of hockey season

Andrew Turner, Staff Writer

October 1, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

How many of you have been softly whimpering since the Chicago Blackhawks lifted the Stanley Cup last June? Perhaps you started kicking and screaming, trying to break down the door when no one could cure the suffering caused by another poor start by the Angels. Maybe you watched Dwight Howard dash your hopes for Kobe Bryant’s sixth championship in a drawn out and unproductive free agency period for the Lakers. I...

TURNER: LBSU gained valuable experience at NorCal tournament

Andrew Turner, Staff Writer

September 23, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports

Long Beach State water polo fans have had their emotions placed on a pendulum this season. Yes, you have read all about the non-participation of Dan Matulis and Nick Rascon. It is painful for all 49er followers. These misfortunes served to temper the expectations for The Beach this year. Then, LBSU ran the table at the Triton Invitational, including a win over a tough Loyola Marymount squad. Fooled me once. The young...

MORRIS: Boxing can go without Bieber

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

September 16, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd “Money” Mayweather went 12 rounds in the ring this Saturday, but before Mayweather was even able to land his first jab, boxing once again showed us how far it has fallen since elite fighters like Muhammad Ali and George Foreman graced the ring. While the fight was entertaining for the most part, boxing certainly did a disservice to itself by allowing Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber to...

CLARK: Dominant wins were badly needed for LBSU women’s volleyball team

CLARK: Dominant wins were badly needed for LBSU women’s volleyball team

September 16, 2013

The coaching staff for the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team will be in much better spirits as it prepares for No. 11 UCLA this week thanks to a weekend of easy wins. As head coach Brian Gimmillaro...

MORRIS: Mid-majors couldn’t afford to compensate athletes if rule was passed

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, has become the poster boy of his school, the NCAA and a movement. A movement that has turned this same poster boy into the face of a timeless debate about college athletes and the money they bring into their respective schools. Manziel orchestrated a Cinderella-story season last year and capped it off with a Heisman Trophy. It was a motion-picture-type...

TURNER: Water polo team off to stronger start than expected

TURNER: Water polo team off to stronger start than expected

Andrew Turner, Staff Writer

September 10, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Showcase, Sports

Surprise, surprise. The Long Beach State men’s water polo team does not appear to have hit any speed bumps in starting the season. With Dan Matulis out for the season with a torn labrum and Nick...

With first tests over, 49ers can look for wins this weekend

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

September 3, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports, Women's Volleyball

Both the Long Beach State women’s volleyball and women’s soccer teams took on ranked teams over the weekend, and after varying levels of success, they can look forward to facing softer opponents this weekend. All three of the schools the women’s volleyball team faced at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational are now ranked. The 49ers defeated No. 18 Illinois in four sets before losing to No. 15 Florida State in...