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The Overwatch League – The Recap

  Last year, at Blizzard’s annual convention, Blizzcon, the head Overwatch developer, Jeff Kaplan, announced the Overwatch League (OWL). This league would be a fully funded Esports league which would revolutionize the ESports business. Over a year later, the the Overwatch League is upon us. Today, Luke, Jackson and Riley will be giving you, the reader, a total recap of the Overwatch League and show you all an exclusive interview with Ethan “Beezy” Spector, an employee for the Philadelphia Fusion. WE all put a large amount of work into this article so I hope you all enjoy.   The Preseason – The preseason results can be found here – https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/schedule DAY 1 – Florida vs SF Shock although this was a surprisingly close match the much predicted outcome SF Shock winning the majority of the matches was correct. The first four matches between Mayhem and Shock could have ended 2-2 though….


NBA Update: November

76ers The 76ers seem to be an on/off team. Some nights they can’t seem to make shots and make many mistakes. On other nights they seem to make many shots and have very great ball movement. On a few games they have won by very small margins. The 76ers aren’t a bad team, and they aren’t a good team. It is very hard to predict what they will do next. The 76ers do have some good players in Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and Joel Embiid. The only problem is Ben and Markelle are rookies. Defending Champions The Golden State Warriors recently lost to the Memphis grizzlies 110 – 101. This game was another stunning loss. In the fourth quarter the referee didn’t call something that Steph Curry wanted him to call. Kevin Durant went on to yell at the ref and Steph Curry threw his mouthpiece. Both of these players…


Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash

     Roy Halladay died last Tuesday when a personal plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf Coast. He sent out three different distress calls and the Pasco county (Florida) police department arrived shortly after. They found his body in shallow water near land. His wife Brandy Halladay fought against him getting his pilot license but she eventually relented. He was seen taking photos of himself and his plane as part of the ICON A5 marketing campaign. The lead flight tester also had a fatal plane crash during testing. Roy was a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago. During his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, he played for the Blue Jays and the Phillies. Both teams give their thoughts and prayers.


Soccer: Champions League & Europa League

  EUROPA LEAGUE ________________________________________________       The Europa League is a competition for teams that get 5th place in their country’s league. The team that gets 6th place in their country’s league goes into a playoff with a different team. There are 12 groups of 4 in the Europa League.      The top 2 teams of each group make it into the round of 16. In the round of 16 teams face off and the teams that win their games make it to the quarter finals. After that if they win they make it to the semi finals, than the finals where one team will be crowned champion, and earn a spot in the champions league, in the next season. Previous Winners (Last 11 years): Manchester United (2017), Sevilla FC (2016,2015, 2014, 2007, 2006) Chelsea FC 2013, Atletico Madrid (2012, 2010), FC Porto (2011), Shakhtar Donetsk (2009), Zenit St. Petersburg (2008). CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ________________________________________________…


NBA Update

The NBA season just started in October, and started with a very bad injury. The first game of the season was Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Boston Celtics. The power forward for the Boston Celtics named Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. The final score of this game was 102 – 99. The Cavaliers went on to win the game. This game was a lot bigger than it seemed. Kyrie Irving was just traded from the Cavaliers to the Celtics. Lebron James was great friends with Kyrie. Lebron and Kyrie were on the same court for the first time in awhile. They were the biggest dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe Bryant, until a series of events between Kyrie and LeBron that made Kyrie leave the Cavs. Kyrie got traded to the Celtics and went on to say, “I don’t care what people think.” In other news the…


English Premier League

The English Premier League (EPL) is a fierce competition based all over England and in some parts of Wales. There are 20 teams in the EPL ( 3 more teams could be joining the EPL if Catalonia wins Independence and leaves Spain) with all of them holding a crucial place in the Premier League. Manchester City have been on fire this season to the point when losing 4-0 to Manchester City is a good thing. At the other end of the table is Crystal Palace; they recently broke the record of not scoring in 6 games, having a total of 7 games lost. Crystal Palace hosted the reigning champions Chelsea at Selhurst Park. They picked up their first win and their first three points of the season against Chelsea one of the best teams in the EPL.   The EPL has been a place only for teams in the UK…


USA Men’s National Team Out Of 2018 World Cup

    This is the first time USA didn’t make the the World Cup since 1986. After the loss to Trinidad & Tobago, they came in 5th place behind Honduras in 4th, with Mexico in 1st place, Costa Rica in 2nd, and Panama in 3rd. USA finished with 12 points (1 point behind Honduras), with a +4 goal difference. Trinidad & Tobago beating the USA was a huge upset, because Trinidad & Tobago do not have a huge soccer reputation, as the only trophy that they have won is the Caribbean Cup, and that was only once.      The reason the USA getting knocked out of the World Cup is such a big deal is, that the USA have a big reputation for making it to the round of 16 in a lot of competitions. The USA usually make it to the Round Of 16 Than get knocked out. In the…


MLS & Local Hockey Previews

MLS (Major League Soccer) Predictions Myles will be predicting the two biggest matches of the week. Game Prediction 1: Orlando City vs FC Dallas This will be a close game. Orlando City is 3 points behind FC Dallas and has 16 fewer goals than Dallas. Orlando has had a bad start to the season, with only 35 points and in 10th place. FC Dallas, on the other hand, is in 8th place and with 38 points. After a thumping defeat at the hands of Minnesota United, FC Dallas is looking to come back with a win against Orlando. Orlando has a pretty bad record in the MLS so far, as they’ve only won 9 games out of the 30 they’ve played. There will most likely be a red card somewhere in this match. The game will be close, but FC Dallas will eventually be victorious against Orlando, 3 – 1….


2017 Summer eSports Recap (Part 1)

     Over the summer, multiple competitive gaming events have occurred. Today, Riley, Jackson, and I will report on these. While we will be mostly focusing on Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events, DOTA 2, Street Fighter V, League of Legends, and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds will also be mentioned. This is only Part 1, featuring Overwatch, CS:GO, and PUBG.   CS:GO Rostermania- Over the summer, almost every tier one and a large amount of tier two CS:GO teams made roster changes. In this segment, I will be showcasing the most interesting roster moves of the 2017 rostermania. Fnatic: Fnatic decided it was time for a change, so the dropped 2 of their players, Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer and Dennis “dennis” Edman and brought in Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson from Godsent and Maikil “Golden” Selim from Fnatic Academy. Fnatic could have dropped Dennis and not Olof and could have been fine but overall…


LeGarrette Blount to the Eagles

LeGarrette Blount, the Super Bowl 51 Champion running back, has now signed with the Eagles. He signed a one-year deal for $2.8 million. Blount has 5,459 yards in his career, 50 touchdowns, a 4.4 yard average, and he has 261 first downs. He is 30 years old, he has Super Bowl experience that the Eagles lack, and he has won two Super Bowls. He helped the Patriots come back in their Super Bowl 51 win. Right now the Eagles have 5 running backs, including Blount. Darren Sproles is about to retire at 34 years old, Ryan Mathews gets hurt every year, and we have 2 young stars with capability (Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood). Here are some of his highlights. As you saw in the highlights, Blount was able to take on the most elite defenders in the league. Since the Eagles have a weapon like Blount, then we have a shot at…


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