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A type of neck guard players have adopted following Adam Johnsons death. Illustration by Rachel Choi.

NHL neck guards: the hazards of just skating by

By Anna Knepley
November 19, 2023

On Oct. 28, former NHL player Adam Johnson was killed during an English professional hockey league game when another player’s skate sliced his throat.  Many people know contact sports like ice hockey...

UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev. Illustration by Molly Boyke.

Crooke’s Cage: All Hail King Makhachev

By Aidan Crooke, Staff Writer, Sports
November 8, 2023

If you’re Islam Makhachev, his best friend and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, any of his teammates, or even the late Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, you’re probably thinking the same thing right now: “Finally.” Islam...

The Olympic rings. Illustration by Rachel Choi.

2028 Summer Olympics draws new, old fans with slate of both classic and fresh sports

By Anna Knepley
November 1, 2023

The 2028 Summer Olympics are over four years away, but exciting changes are being made to the program now. The 2028 Games will feature five sports that will not be seen in next year’s Paris Summer...

UFC 293 winner Sean Strickland.

Crooke’s Cage: The Summer Break UFC Recap

By Aidan Crooke, Staff Writer, Sports
October 20, 2023

When I published the UFC 287 takeaways article back in April, I knew it would be the last pay-per-view that I was going to actively write about and publish within a week. I finally got to turn my writer...

The Boston Bruins logo. Illustration by Rachel Choi.

Bruins have big skates to fill following Bergeron and Krejci’s retirement

By Anna Knepley
October 11, 2023

As the Bruins kick off their historic 100th season, fans doubt if it can be as monumental as No. 99. Last year, after firing Bruce Cassidy, former head coach and current Stanley Cup champion with the...

The Bruins will face the winner of the Lightning/Maple Leafs game.

Bruins on Boylston: Leafs or Lightning—which could be a tougher second-round competitor?

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
April 26, 2023

The Boston Bruins lost in overtime to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, with the Panthers clawing their way to the victory to live another day.  And while it might be foolish to look too far ahead...

Crooke’s Cage: UFC 287 takeaways

Crooke’s Cage: UFC 287 takeaways

By Aidan Crooke, Staff Writer, Sports
April 23, 2023

In the UFC’s return to Miami for the first time since 2003, we saw narratives dominate the card as Alex Pereira looked to defend his title against Israel Adesanya and put the rivalry away once and for...

The Boston Bruins are 2-1 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bruins on Boylston: Why the B’s could be more Avalanche than Lightning in the postseason

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
April 22, 2023

The 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning—winners of that year’s President’s Trophy with a NHL record-tying 62-win regular season—were unceremoniously swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs...

The UFCE/WWE merger into Endeavor surprised many fans.

Crooke’s Cage: UFC and WWE to merge into Endeavor Group–what does that mean?

By Aidan Crooke, Staff Writer, Sports
April 19, 2023

There are three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes, and UFC President Dana White being involved in an insane business deal. The third inevitability came around April 5 in the form of UFC and WWE announcing...

Bruins on Boylston: With five games to go, what are the five causes behind the Bruins’ historically successful season?

Bruins on Boylston: With five games to go, what are the five causes behind the Bruins’ historically successful season?

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
April 5, 2023

The Boston Bruins moved into third place on the NHL’s single-season wins list on Sunday, tying the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens 60-win season with a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues.  Unlike...

UConn captured the NCAA DI Championship against San Diego State

March Madness: Finals recap and future NBA prospects

By Jordan Pagkalinawan, Sports Editor
April 5, 2023

At last, the madness is over.  Following a thrilling Final Four where San Diego State beat Florida Atlantic University on a buzzer-beating three, and UConn handled its business against the Miami Hurricanes,...

The Boston Celtics are 54-24 this season, second best in the Eastern Conference behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

Painting the Boston Celtics’ playoff picture

By Rumsha Siddiqui, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
April 4, 2023

Early last month, the Boston Celtics had a rough stretch—they lost three straight games against the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers, but head coach Joe Mazzulla didn’t express...

The 2019 Tampa Bay Lightning tied the NHLs regular season wins record—and then were swept in the first round of the playoffs. Could the Bruins suffer the same fate?

Bruins on Boylston: Could the B’s be the next NHL super-team to experience a first-round collapse?

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
April 2, 2023

On April 16, 2019, the Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world and made NHL history by completing a 4-0 sweep of the league-best Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The...

March Madness: Upsets galore and glimpse into Final Four

March Madness: Upsets galore and glimpse into Final Four

By Jordan Pagkalinawan, Sports Editor
March 27, 2023

Bring on the madness! The opening round of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament saw plenty of electrifying hoops and busted brackets. Those who predicted Purdue’s elimination in the first round...

The Boston Bruins have nine games left to play in the regular season, but theyve already clinched a playoff spot.

Bruins on Boylston: Five more questions (and answers) facing the Bruins as the regular season winds down

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
March 26, 2023

Last spring’s first-round playoff loss to the Carolina Hurricanes marked the beginning of an uncertain summer for the Boston Bruins. After Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was fired in June and doubts surfaced...

Blake Griffin is the Boston Celtics unsung hero

Blake Griffin is the Boston Celtics unsung hero

By Rumsha Siddiqui, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
March 10, 2023

The Boston Celtics agreed to a one-year contract with 33-year-old veteran and six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin in October of 2022. NBA fans have been labeling Griffin as washed since his 2019-20 season...

The Boston Bruins have 19 games left to play in the 2022-23 NHL season, and have posted a 49-9-5 record.

Bruins on Boylston: Using the Predictor 3000 to project postseason opponents

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
March 10, 2023

The Boston Bruins have 19 regular season games left to play. If they pump enough points out of them between wins and overtime losses, they stand to make NHL history.  But the B’s aren’t focused...

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney traded away two first-round picks in addition to future assets to acquire three new players in the last week.

Bruins on Boylston: B’s deadline dealings are bold, risky

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
March 2, 2023

It’s official: the Bruins are all-in on winning the Stanley Cup.  If centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejčí re-signing or the Bruins’ unreal 45-8-5 record didn’t tip you off, the B’s recent...

UFC fighter Islam Makhachev defended his belt at UFC 284.

Crooke’s Cage: UFC 284 Review and Takeaways

By Aidan Crooke, Staff Writer, Sports
February 24, 2023

The night before Superbowl LVII, the UFC delivered one of its greatest main events in history: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski.  The UFC 284 champ vs. champ super fight the Mixed Martial Arts community had...

The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup in 2011—could they win it again in 2023?

Bruins on Boylston: Comparing 2023’s Bruins to 2011’s championship team

By Leo Kagan, Assistant Sports Editor
February 22, 2023

On June 15, 2011, then-Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head in victory, ending a 39-year championship drought for Boston’s premier hockey club.  After 82 regulation contests...

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