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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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At the midway point in the season, women’s basketball is looking increasingly impressive each game. The Lions have won three out of their last four matchups, including a thrilling one-score win against Pepperdine over the weekend. They are looking to extend this hot streak into the final str…

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Here’s an unoriginal thought: why not expand the College Football Playoff (CFP) to eight teams? I know, I know… this is very familiar territory for avid college football fans. But every year, it seems that one or two Power Five conference champions are left out of the playoff picture in orde…

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2020 has been far from a normal year for sports in this country. Beginning with the NBA shutdown in early March, the pandemic disrupted sporting competition in a nearly unprecedented manner. Both professional and collegiate athletes alike have been forced to grapple with COVID-19 and its hol…

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If you were scrolling through social media last week, you likely witnessed a lot of mixed opinions on Vanderbilt University student-athlete Sarah Fuller’s debut with the school’s football team.

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LMU men's soccer head coach Paul Krumpe, who has led the Lions for 23 successful years, is no stranger to keeping in step with the changing style of American soccer at the collegiate level. Prior to his steady position at LMU, he was an assistant coach at UCLA, which brings his experience le…

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This past week saw a return to action for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Although it may not have been the most ideal start, it was certainly an eventful week on the court for the Lions.

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Last October, men’s basketball’s Joe Quintana went down with an ACL injury. He had torn the ligament, a devastating blow that would sideline him for the entirety of the 2019-2020 season. A couple weeks later, another key member of the Lions’ squad, Dameane Douglas, would also suffer a season…

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Laura Vaida’s journey to LMU began as a shy fourteen-year-old from Bucharest, Romania, with few real friends and lingering growing pains in her legs. Standing at 6’3’’, she was a self-proclaimed "lonely giant" roaming the halls of Gheorghe Șincai National College, and it was by pure coincide…

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The 2020-2021 college basketball season is set to get underway on November 25. In light of that, the Loyolan sports staff has teamed up to give predictions for what the WCC standings will look like by the end of the season. Each member of the staff ranked each WCC team. A first-place vote wa…

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The LMU men’s and women’s basketball teams are both set to begin their slightly shortened seasons tomorrow. To get you ready for the season, the Loyolan sports staff is highlighting three important games for each team that you should pay extra attention to on the schedule.

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In a year that has been full of many challenges and uncertainties, one thing fans can get excited about is the kickoff of the LMU men's basketball season. With a new coach in place, as well as key players returning from injury, the program has all the pieces necessary to make an unforgettable run.

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To the right, several NBA rookie-class packs lie uniform, each priced at an eye-popping $15,000. To the left, the latest NFL draft box allures avid football fans, perhaps holding unknown treasures within. And directly ahead, relentlessly tempting in their pristine quality, are mint condition…

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Wednesday Nov. 11 marked National Signing Day for college basketball, as programs across the country received commitments from a fresh round of high school recruits. This year’s signing day saw LMU basketball bring in a total of five officially committed athletes – two for the women's team a…

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This election season, a number of LMU athletes participated in a "get out the vote" initiative to encourage their teammates and all members of the LMU community to vote. The movement was led by the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The Loyolan sports staff talked to sev…

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After a nearly eight month-long drought, Veronika Miroshnichenko of the women’s tennis team returned to the court this past Thursday for her first match since play was suspended last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Moscow native traveled to Orlando, Fla., where she competed at the IT…

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The first nine weeks of the 2020 NFL season have presented fans with some of the best individual quarterback play since the AFL-NFL merger in 1960, and Russell Wilson is currently the MVP frontrunner, having thrown for a league-high 28 touchdowns in eight games. Meanwhile in Tampa, Tom Brady…

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As college basketball season approaches, the projections that go along with it have begun. For the Lions, this set of preseason predictions includes one notable addition – senior Eli Scott making the All-West Coast Conference (WCC) preseason team. After a breakout junior season, the consensu…

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Growing up, my childhood was marked by the annual fall disappointment of the Dodgers coming up short in the playoffs. Often winning their division and posting impressive regular season numbers, the Dodgers always struggled to translate this consistent success to playoff dominance. I can vivi…

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