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With the 2021 NFL offseason in full swing, many teams have made free agent acquisitions to improve their chances at competing for a championship next season. Here are the Loyolan sports section's picks for the biggest winners of NFL free agency

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First Amendment Week (FAW) exists to celebrate champions of expression and to encourage others to exercise that freedom. When ESPN sportswriter Jemele Hill was a FAW Speaker, she explained her philosophy for social justice as an incremental battle: "Try your best to get people to move 10%, r…

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If you assumed the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t get any better after last season’s World Series-winning performance, think again. Even after losing several talented players, this year’s squad is significantly stronger due to some key offseason pickups.

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It was an all-around success for the LMU golf team at the Nick Watney Invitational in Fresno last week. The five Lion golfers who competed shot a combined 836 across three rounds, a program record by five strokes. They ultimately finished second to BYU. The Lions were led by redshirt junior …

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Playing a Division I sport in college is anything but easy. Student-athletes have to manage a full schedule of practices, workouts and games on top of all the existing responsibilities of being a college student. It takes an outstanding amount of dedication, particularly amid a pandemic.

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Let’s be honest: LMU was very fortunate to sign Ariel Johnson from the University of Florida this fall. While her impact on the court is no mirage, with 12.6 points per game, her dedication to social justice has helped transform the program in just a few months. This week, Ariel opened up ab…

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Last spring, women’s water polo, like many other programs at LMU and across the country, had their season abruptly canceled in the middle of their schedule. Nearly a year has gone by since that week last March that shut down the athletic world. Eleven months later, the Lions are back in the …

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Who do you think is going to win tomorrow's Super Bowl? Our sports section sat down to discuss who they think will bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Vote on who you think is going to win below!

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LMU men's soccer is back and ready to kick off the new season. The team returns after more than a whole year off from regular season play as the pandemic shut down their 2020 season.

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Tuesday, Jan. 26 saw the announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame's balloting results for 2021. For the first time since 2013, no players received enough votes to be inducted. Among the most notable snubs were outfielder Barry Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens. Both had among the greatest car…

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After an uncharacteristically long hiatus, the LMU volleyball team returned to play last week for a pair of matches against the Gaels of Saint Mary’s College. The Lions defeated their northern opponent in the first match by a score of 3-1 before falling in the second match, 3-2.

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It’s been over a year since the Lions of the women’s soccer team have kicked a competitive ball. They last took the field in the fall of 2019 — closing out last season with a game on the road against BYU in November. Now for the first time in 14 months, the Lions are preparing to compete on …

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In a recent interview with the Loyolan via Zoom, first-year head coach Stan Johnson delivered a rousing message to all LMU basketball fans when asked about student and alumni participation at home games.

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Historically, NCAA men’s water polo has been a fall sport. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic alters the sports world, the schedule has shifted, and water polo is instead being played across parts of the winter and spring seasons. The LMU team, ranked ninth in the country in preseason polli…

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Keli Leaupepe: the very name prompts sighs of admiration from fans and hints of jealousy from detractors. His persona has been thrust into the public eye since his arrival from Australia, and his other-worldly status has certainly amplified within the last month. But who is the man underneat…

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With the new year underway, the return of a spring sport has finally arrived. Last year was definitely one to forget as COVID-19 hit and canceled the play of spring sports, ending athletes' seasons. However, with new guidelines and protocols to follow, the LMU men's tennis team is excited an…

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The pandemic has seen the disruption of LMU’s normal athletic schedule and programming over the course of the last 10 months. Athletes across the sports spectrum have all had their usual competitive lives rearranged to varying degrees. However, one category of Lion athletes has seen their se…

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