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Senior Brianna Hayes is Durant Cadet of the Year

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Durant High School’s Air Force JROTC program has produced some of the top cadets in Hillsborough County. Durant senior Brianna Hayes was named Durant High School’s Cadet of the Year this year and she was also named a top 10 cadet in all of Hillsborough County.

In an interview, Hayes said “I’ve won multiple awards from National awards for JROTC.” Hayes is not only recognized at her school but is recognized around the United States. Hayes said “receiving the top 10 award means I actually did something great throughout high school that people have noticed. It shows me that I pushed myself from freshman year all the way through my senior year helping people and doing what I love.”

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Hayes joined JROTC because she wanted to be more confident and wanted the opportunities that the JROTC program offers. When she first joined JROTC, she said “I was really shy and did not talk to anybody, but now I talk to everyone that walks by and I have the respect from other cadets and students to where they come to me if they need anything.”

Hayes is headed to college to do ROTC for the United States Air Force and she is planning to enter the Air Force as an officer. Hayes’ dream is to become President of the United States of America. She credits her leadership skills that she learned from JROTC in helping her set this goal.

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Christopher Dello Russo Wins Gold Key at 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

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The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are given to young artists and writers who are enrolled in high school that have exceptional artistic skills and literary talents. Students across North America can submit to any of the 29 categories; and, in 2019, over 320,000 works were submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest. Students from public schools, private schools, and students who are homeschooled are all welcome to submit something to any of the 29 categories. About 300,000 dollars is given out every year for scholarships to the winners.

Winners are recognized at a local ceremony near the student’s school district. However, top placers, titled Gold Key winners, move on from this ceremony to a national contest. If selected nationally, these students are honored with an award presentation in New York City at Carnegie Hall.

Durant High School student Christopher Dello Russo, a 2020 Gold Key winner for poetry and short stories, said he likes to write about horror and comedy. Dello Russo said he writes because he enjoys writing. Dello Russo began writing in fifth grade after reading the Percy Jackson book series, which encouraged him to read more fiction books.

Dello Russo said his English teachers inspired him to write more and so he submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Dello Russo also said “I thought I had a good chance at winning a Gold Key and when I won, it was a pleasant surprise.” Now that Dello Russo has won a Gold Key, it makes him proud that he has been recognized as a winner.

Dello Russo said “writing as a job is a perfect way of making me stop enjoying it, so I’ll keep it as a hobby.” Dello Russo does not plan to go to New York City where all of the winners are honored, but is satisfied with his level of recognition.

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Star Football Coach Don Shula Dies

With 33 years of coaching for the NFL, Shula left behind an astounding lecagcy and will be missed by the NFL and fans.

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With 33 years of coaching for the NFL, Shula left behind an astounding lecagcy and will be missed by the NFL and fans.

On May 4, 2020, the sports world lost one of the greatest coaches in football. Don Shula passed away at the age of 90 years old. According to ESPN, the Miami Dolphins released a statement to the public stating “he died peacefully at his home.” 

Shula, a professional football player and coach, was best known for leading the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl victory. They went undefeated during the regular season and in the playoffs with a record of 17-0 that year. Shula is also the winningest coach in NFL history. In a 2007 interview, Shula stated “I was putting my legacy on the line with 16 wins and zero losses, it would’ve been a disaster if we lost the Super Bowl.” 

After winning the Super Bowl in 1972, he coached the Miami Dolphins the next season and ended that season with 14 wins and two losses. The Dolphins would go on to win the 1973 Super Bowl Championship game by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. In 1974, the Dolphins would once again come in first place during the regular season, but fell short in the AFC Championship game to the Oakland Raiders. 

Miami Heat President Pat Riley said “He was tough, courageous, and an authentic leader with great integrity in his pursuit of perfection, which he achieved!” 

Shula started his football career as a defensive back in 1951 with the Cleveland Browns. He also played for the Baltimore Colts and the Washington Redskins. For a short period of time, he was the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. He then went on to be the head coach for one of his former teams, the Baltimore Colts and then coached the Miami Dolphins. He coached the Baltimore Colts for 7 seasons and the Miami Dolphins for 26 seasons. 

Shula won two Super Bowl’s with the Dolphins and was a four time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year. In 1993, Shula was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. He had 328 regular season coaching wins and 19 in the playoffs. Shula coached three quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese, and Dan Marino, who all went on to go into the Hall of Fame. In 1997, Shula was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 2019, Shula was revealed to be on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All Time Team. 

His legacy shows that he will be missed by many people and had a very successful life.

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The World Ponders the State of North Korea’s Leader

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The latest reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un support that he is indeed alive after recently opening a fetilizer plant.

On Sunday, Apr. 26, 2020, TMZ news reported North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un was dead after his heart surgeon accidentally messed up his heart surgery. This led to many reports out on social media saying he was dead. 

It is still uncertain if he is dead or not. Although the New York Post reported that South Korean officials know where Kim Jong Un is located. Unification Minister, Kim Yeon-chul reported that the government is aware of Kim Jong Un’s location. President Trump was also aware of Kim Jong-Un’s condition, but has no knowledge of his location. North Korea will not share the location of Kim Jong-Un at the moment. 

In the event that Kim Jong-Un is dead, his sister, Kim Yo-Jong will take over as North Korea’s Supreme leader. The Supreme leader is the highest position to hold in North Korea. It is important to know if Kim Jong-Un is dead or alive because people don’t know who will be next in line to take over as Supreme leader and how their new policies will be since North Korea has a dictatorship government. 

Kim Yo-Jong would take over for Kim Jong-Un and people are worried that she would be more strict than he was and won’t do as well as Kim Jong Un. There are a lot of rumors going around from many news sites saying Kim Yo-Jung will take over as Supreme leader. 

Most of the world is afraid of North Korea because of the nuclear weapons they have. North Korea does missile testing and it’s scary to other people around the world because they could use it on other countries. 

Kim Jong-Un has not been seen since April 11 and he missed the April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather and North Korea’s founder, Kim II Sung. The New York Post also reports that Kim Jong-Un may have missed a key holiday on April 15 due to concerns over COVID-19. Kim Jong-Un has been North Korea’s leader since 2011. 

Fox News reported on May 1 that a North Korean lawmaker is 99 percent sure Kim Jong-Un is dead, yet there is no evidence that he is dead. He may be at a resort compound in North Korea after satellite images spotted luxury boats. 

North Korea has also canceled some large events and have imposed a border lockdown in effort to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. 

A lot of world leaders are paying close attention to this developing story. 

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Durant Hockey Team Finishes a Great Season

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The Durant hockey team makes it all the way to the Lightning High School Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season.

The Durant hockey team had an outstanding season led by Captain Christpoher “CJ” Comunale. They were also led by Alternate Captains: Michael Romeo, a junior at Durant High School, Jordan Putnam, and Xander Wise, both juniors at Strawberry Crest High School. 

With Comunale being injured at the beginning of the season due to an injury, he only played 13 games. Yet, the team stepped up to make it all the way to the second round of the playoffs.

Durant has two goalies. Ryan Putnam, a freshman at Strawberry Crest High School, who was one of the best goalies in the league. He ended the regular season with a record of 8 wins, 3 losses, and 3 ties. Will Chabalowski, a sophomore at Brandon Academy, also had a great season with a regular season record of 4 wins, 1 loss, and 3 ties.

Durant’s top scorer was Jordan Putnam. He ended with 21 goals and 16 assists. Rising star, Ethan Carstens, a freshman at Durant High School, ended with 13 goals and 13 assists. With Comunale back towards the end of the season, yet only playing 13 games, he had 8 goals and 13 assists. Durant also had very strong defense and will continue to improve their game

Durant faced Bloomingdale High School’s hockey team in their final game of the regular season and won the game by a final score of 3-1. Durant would end their 2019-20 season with a record of 12 wins, 4 losses, and 6 ties.

Durant would then go on to the first round of the playoffs and they would defeat Jesuit High School 6-3. The goals in the game for Durant came from CJ Comunale, Michael Hemmeke, Colin Smargon, Xander Wise, Ethan Carstens, and Robert Noble.

 Durant went on to the division finals to face Jenkins High School. Durant would fall behind 4-1 entering the third period. Yet, the team would not go down without a fight. Durant would score four goals in the final period. Jenkins would win the game 7-5 going all the way to the Lightning High School Hockey League finals to face Seminole High School. 

Durant’s season did not end there. Durant went on to the 2020 SAHOF States tournament, a three day tournament for tier one and tier two teams that made the playoffs. Durant played a total of three games in two days. 

They then played  Boca Raton High School and Durant won the game, 8-2. The next day, Feb. 23, 2020, Durant lost to Miami-Dade High School 5-0 but later that day they were  eliminated from the tournament by Southwest Broward losing in a shootout, 4-3.

Durant had a great season and we wish them the best of luck for the next season.

Super Bowl 54 Approaching Quickly

This could be the first win for the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl. In addition to the game J-Lo and Shakira are the halftime performance.

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This could be the first win for the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl. In addition to the game J-Lo and Shakira are the halftime performance.

Super Bowl LIV or Super Bowl 54 will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at Hardrock stadium in Miami, Fla. This years’ Super Bowl will feature the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs look to win their first Super Bowl as a franchise and the San Francisco 49ers look to win their sixth Super Bowl championship. 

The Chiefs are led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Since joining the Chiefs roster and being named their quarterback, Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a total of 27 wins and 8 losses. Although the Chiefs are favored to win the Super Bowl, there is hope for the 49ers. 

The 49ers have a great defense and offensive line and are led by quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo and Mahomes are two great quarterbacks, but this Super Bowl will make history as both quarterbacks have a combined winning percentage of .794, the highest combined winning percentage between two Super Bowl starting quarterbacks. The record was previously held by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks from Super Bowl 49 with a combined winning percentage of .766. 

Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid has the sixth most wins as a coach in NFL coach with 221 wins during the regular season. This is Reid’s’ second trip to a Super Bowl with the last one time was in 2005. If he were to win this year’s Super Bowl, it would most likely put him in contention for a Hall of Fame spot and make him one of the best NFL coaches in history. For the other team is the 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan. He and his team started the 2018 season with a record of 0-9. Despite the slow start, the 49ers had a big bounce back season in 2019, ending with a record of 13-3. 

The 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game with the final score being 37-20, putting them in this years’ Super Bowl. The Chiefs sealed the deal in the AFC championship game by defeating the Tennessee Titans with a final score of 35-24. Both the Titans and Packers played their hearts out, but the 49ers and the Chiefs were the better teams this season. With all the hype this year’s Super Bowl, it should be an amazing game with it being predicted to have a high score between the two teams. You don’t want to miss this big event at the very end of the NFL season. 

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MLB award season ends

The Rawlings Gold Glove is one of the most prestigious awards given by the MLB. The best players in each field position win a Gold Glove annually.

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The Rawlings Gold Glove is one of the most prestigious awards given by the MLB. The best players in each field position win a Gold Glove annually.

The MLB award season has just finished. The American League and National League Gold Glove winners were announced on Nov. 3, 2019. On Nov. 4, 2019, the American and National League Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award for the best pitcher from each league, Manager of the Year for best manager from each league, and the Rookie of the Year winners were announced. 

Starting with the American League, the MVP finalists that were named are Mike Trout from the Los Angeles Angels, Alex Bregman from the Houston Astros, and Marcus Semien. The National League MVP finalists were Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and reigning National League MVP, Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. On Nov. 14, 2019, the winners were announced. The winner representing the National League was Cody Bellinger. Bellinger hit 47 home runs and had 115 runs batted in. Yelich was the runner up and Rendon was placed third. The winner representing the American League is Mike Trout. Trout, 28, hit 45 home runs and had 104 runs batted in and a batting average of .291. Bregman finished second and Semien finished third. 

The Cy Young Award for the American League was very tough choice this year. The finalists were Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, both representing the Houston Astros and Rays’ Charlie Morton. The National League Cy Young Award finalists were Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, and Hyun-Jin-Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The winners were announced on Nov. 13, 2019. The winner representing the American League was Astros, Justin Verlander. Verlander, 36, has added more hardware to his Hall of Fame career as he wins his second Cy Young Award. Verlander had twenty-one wins and six losses with an earned run average of 2.58 and had 300 strikeouts. Verlander’s fellow teammate, Gerrit Cole, 29, was very close to winning but finished in second place. Cole elected free agency, meaning he’ll go to another team the day after Verlander won. Morton finished third place. The winner representing the National League was New York Mets pitcher, Jacob deGrom, who won the Cy Young Award last season, wins it again this season. deGrom held an earned run average (ERA) at 2.43 with eleven wins and eight losses. deGrom also had 255 strikeouts. Hyun-Jin-Ryu finished second in voting, with Scherzer finishing third in voting. 

The American League Manager of the Year finalists were Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins, Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees, and Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays. The National League finalists were Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers, Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves, and Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals. On Nov. 12, 2019, the winners were announced as the winner representing the American League was Rocco Baldelli. This was Baldelli’s first season with the Twins and he won 101 games during the season. But don’t leave out Boone and Cash as great managers. Boone had 30 of his best players on the injured list throughout the season and had to call up many prospects. Despite all the injuries, 

Boone led the Yankees to 103 wins. Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays won 96 games and pushed the Astros to the limit in the playoffs. The Rays entered the season as the team with the lowest payroll and had at least 24 million dollars to sign players. Cash is smart when it comes to baseball, as he uses a bullpen pitcher to start a game and they won most of the games. Boone finished second and Cash finished third. The winner representing the National League was St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Shildt. Shildt is the first manager to win the award and never play professional baseball. Craig Counsell, finished second, while Brian Snitker finished third. 

The Rookies of the Year finalists for the American League were Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez, Tampa Bay Rays’ Brandon Lowe, and Baltimore Orioles’, John Means. The finalists for the National League were Pete Alonso from the New York Mets, Fernando Tatis Jr. from the San Diego Padres, and Mike Soroka from the Atlanta Braves. The winners were announced on Nov. 12, 2019. The winner representing the American League was Yordan Alvarez from the Astros. Alvarez, 22, hit 27 home runs and ended with a batting average of .313. and won the award unanimously. Means finished second and Lowe finished third. The winner representing the National League was Pete Alonso. Alonso hit 53 home runs, a new regular season rookie home run record, and had 120 runs batted in. Soroka finished second in voting and Tatis Jr. finished third. 

The MLB awards were very competitive this year and were awarded to highly elite players who can get things done on and off the field.

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PlayStation 5 to release during 2020 holiday season

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Sony released promotion images providing gaming fans with their first look at the console.

The PlayStation 5 will be released in between October and December of 2020 in time for the holidays. The PlayStation 5 will be a product to own once it releases in stores late next year. The PlayStation 5 will be a new piece of technology and will have many new features to it. The PlayStation 5 is designed differently compared to the PlayStation 4 as the middle of the new PlayStation will have a “V” shape and Sony is considering a cloud storage based video gaming console. Sony is planning to connect the newly designed controller to your internet system and to play games on a shared server online. This will be interesting on how the new console will work. The PlayStation 5 will also include virtual reality games and will feature a new virtual reality headset.

The games that can be played are going to be played with a disk with each disk having 100GB, which is double the storage compared to a 4K blue-ray player. The PlayStation 5 will also feature a new controller design, but it is unknown what the controller’s name will be, as the PlayStation 4 controller’s name was the DualShock.

Fans should expect the PlayStation 5 to cost more due to it being an entirely new product from Sony and the PlayStation 4 was only 399 dollars. The PlayStation 5 will be the most powerful video game console made by Sony when it releases. This puts pressure on Microsoft as the creators of the Xbox and their competition will be enhanced, due to the release of the PlayStation 5 late next year.

The PlayStation 5 is going to try to compete with Microsoft to try to be the best seller with this new gaming console and Sony looks to continue to be one of the best gaming and electronic manufacturers in the world. To wrap things up, the PlayStation 5 will have a virtual reality headset, over 100GB in every disk that will be played, a new controller with an unknown name, yet to be determined, and many more features. With new upgrades and new features, the PlayStation 5 will be a worldwide sensation to a lot of people who like to play video games.

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Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

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Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in the 2003-04 NHL season. The Lightning look to dominate and make a statement this upcoming season. 

With new additions for the Lightning for the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to add more physical players to the roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning added Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Maroon, 31, for this season. Last season, Maroon played and won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues and is a hard working player who can score and can add depth to the Lightning. Maroon will not back down from a fight and had sixty-four penalty minutes during the regular season. This shows that Maroon will stick up for his teammates and will provide depth for the team.

 The Lightning also added Luke Witkowski, 29, a free agent who the Lightning inked for 2 years from the Detroit Red Wings can provide the team with his ability to hit and fight. Witkowski is not a big goal scorer, but can support his team with body checks and hits. 

The Lightning had to trade some of their stars this offseason and make some tough choices and decisions. Ryan Callahan, 34, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will likely retire from playing hockey due to his severe back injury that doctors recommended he should stop playing hockey. In exchange for Callahan, the Lightning got goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

The Lightning also traded forward, J.T. Miller, 26, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two first round draft picks. The Lightning also gave up forward, Adam Erne, 24, to the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for a 2020 fourth round draft pick. 

The biggest news is that the Lightning haven’t made a deal to extend one of their top stars, Brayden Point. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent who scored a total of 92 points in the 2018-19 NHL season. Point said in an interview “I would like to stay in Tampa,” but the season is very close to starting and he has yet to sign a contract with any team. This has made Lightning fans worry about a fan favorite player, not resigning with the Lightning. 

This year, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, 29, will play in his twelfth NHL season looking to win his first career Stanley Cup. Stamkos has led the team since 2014 since the departure of Martin St. Louis, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stamkos also led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in 2015, when the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning lost the series, 4-2. After their historical season in the 2018-19 NHL season ending with the best record in the league, they lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos said “it was a fluke.” The Lightning plan to come out aggressive, strong, and end that way, but this time with a Stanley Cup. 

The Lightning have many star players such as Nikita Kucherov, 26, Victor Hedman, 28, Tyler Johnson, 29, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 25, and many more, as they have a stacked lineup filled with top scorers. Kucherov, is coming off a historical season ending with 128 points winning the Hart 

Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player, Arts Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL, and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player for the season. Kucherov set the NHL record for most points in a single season by a Russian-born player. Hedman, came off a season of injuries, but is ready to go for this upcoming season and is feels like he is healthier than ever. Johnson tied his own record for most goals in his career during a single season with 29. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy for the best NHL goaltender. 

This shows that the Lightning can be one of the greatest teams with their style of playing and having great coaches and players. The Lightning plan to win the Stanley Cup and they plan to be one of the greatest teams for a long time.

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Super Bowl 53 Recap

Super Bowl 53 Recap

This 2019 Super Bowl ended with the New England Patriots defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a very close game. In the first quarter, it was not a very exciting game as the football was just being kicked back and forth. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, 41, first throwing pass was intercepted by the Rams which was very shocking and was a very rare mistake that Brady would make. The Patriots scored a field goal in the second period making it 3-0 in a very close game from the first until the end of the game.

The halftime show then came on after the first and second quarter. Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi performed the halftime show and the halftime show was really weak according to sports websites and news stations such as Fox News and Fox Sports. This was the lowest halftime viewership since the 2009 Super Bowl.

The third quarter started and ended with the Rams tying the game 3-3 with a field goal. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that both teams had not scored a touchdown through three quarters. The game was basically a kicking game as the ball was just being kicked around and no one being able to score.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots won the Super Bowl with a final score of 13-3. This was the lowest scored Super Bowl game in Super Bowl history. After the game, Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP. Edelman, 32, then celebrated the win at the Boston Bruins hockey game by dropping the puck in a face-off before the Bruins game started and spiked the puck down just like a football.

The Patriots have now won six Super Bowl’s. They won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, and now in 2019. The Patriots continue their dominance led by star quarterback, Tom Brady, who possibly will go down as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

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Super Bowl 53 is this Sunday

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Super Bowl 53 will take place on Sunday Feb. 2, 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. with the defending champions, the New England Patriots, taking on the Los Angeles Rams. Patriots legendary quarterback, Tom Brady, 41, will go for his fifth Super Bowl championship ring. Brady has been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player four times over his career. Brady will look to defeat Rams quarterback, Jared Goff, 24, who is playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in his young career. The Patriots punched their ticket to the Super Bowl this year by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 AFC championship game with a final score of 37-31 in overtime.

The Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints in a very controversial game towards the ending, with a final score of 26-23. The controversy surrounding the game was that the call was pass interference when he clearly pushed him out of bounds when he was just about to catch the ball. This led to several stars such as LeBron James, Tony Dungy, and Kurt Warner, commentating about the call and that there was no penalty. The outcome of the game was the same result, however, as the Rams still got their ticket to the Super Bowl.

As a journalist, I must focus on the statistics and who has the advantage of winning the Super Bowl. In my opinion, I believe that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl, but it will be a very close game, with the score being tight. The advantage right now goes towards the Patriots and that’s why I think they will win the fifty-third Super Bowl and continue to be on top of the NFL for years to come.

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The future of pro-wrestling comes to Florida

The future of pro-wrestling comes to Florida

Tampa Bay, Fla.–Pro-wrestlers, Cody Rhodes, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson, have established their own wrestling promotion based out of Jacksonville, Fla. named All Elite Wrestling. They named it after their own wrestling faction, “The Elite,” along with their friends who are also star wrestlers.

The Elite is led by Kenny Omega and consists of: Cody Rhodes, the son of “The American Dream;” Dusty Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, who go under the tag team name of “The Young Bucks”; Adam Page; and, British wrestler Marty Scurll. On January 1, 2019, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Adam Page announced on their YouTube channel, “Being the Elite,” they would start All Elite Wrestling. They would base the headquarters out of Jacksonville, Fla. after Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, agreed to a deal to buy the promotion and make happen.

On January 8, 2019, President of All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, held a rally for their first pay-per-view as a company entitled “Double or Nothing.” This was the second pay-per-view made by The Elite. Back in September of 2018, they held a pay-per-view called All In in Chicago, IL. Once tickets went on sale, they sold out in less than a minute and sold 10,000 tickets. This is what led to Cody and The Young Bucks starting their own promotion. Their tagline is “To change the wrestling world.”

Double or Nothing will take place on May 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Adam Page, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks are the only superstars in The Elite faction to have a current contract with All Elite Wrestling, while Omega and Scurll do not. Former WWE star, Chris Jericho, said at the rally in Jacksonville, Fla, “we’re not here to just change the world, we’re here to change the universe.”

The future of pro wrestling could become a big thing in Florida from this new company called All Elite Wrestling.

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Lightning remain top team in NHL

Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

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Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the top team in the National Hockey League with a record of 36 wins, nine losses, and two overtime or shootout losses in 47 games throughout the season. According to ESPN.com, the Lightning are the favorite from the Eastern Conference to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. If the Lightning go to the Stanley Cup Finals, they will face off either the Nashville Predators or the Winnipeg Jets who represent the Western Conference.

The Lightning are led by the NHL point leader Nikita Kucherov, 25, who has twenty-two goals and fifty-three assists putting him in the player lead with 75 points as of Jan. 16, 2019. With the Lightning losing star goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 24, the team was led by their back-up goalie, Louis Domingue, 26, who played from Nov. 13 to Dec. 10 and won eleven games out of the fourteen he played. Vasilevskiy made his return on Dec. 13, 2018, in which he won against the Toronto Maple Leafs and only allowed one goal.

On Jan. 2, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 All-Star game rosters. Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, and Lightning player, Nikita Kucherov, were been selected to represent the Lightning. On Jan. 5, 2019, the coaches for the All-Star game were announced. Lightning coach, Jon Cooper, was selected to coach the Atlantic Division. On Jan. 8, 2019, Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was named to the roster as a replacement for Montreal Canadians goalie, Carey Price. Unfortunately, the Lightning’s top goal scorer, Brayden Point, was not selected after being a candidate for the NHL All-Star game “Last men in” vote. Point, 22, has twenty-nine goals through the season so far with thirty-two assists totaling 61 points.

The Lightning are doing very well as a team with some of the top scorers in the league. Despite some injuries, the Lightning have bounced back and are on top of the NHL.

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Red Sox Win World Series

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Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

The Boston Red Sox have defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, winning five out of seven games. The Red Sox won the series 4-1.

In game one, Clayton Kershaw was pitching for the Dodgers and the Red Sox had Chris Sale on the mound. The Red Sox went on to win game two 4-2 against the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won three World Series in their history behind in the series 2-0. In game three, the Dodgers would eventually pull one off in a historic game three winning 3-2 in eighteen innings. Eighteen innings is a new MLB record for most innings in a single postseason game.

In game four, the Red Sox took a demanding lead winning game four 9-6 taking a 3-1 series lead with a huge home run from first baseman Steve Pearce. Pearce previously played for the Pirates, Orioles, Astros, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, and for the Red Sox. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In game five, the Red Sox won their ninth World Series title in their franchise history. After the game, Pearce was named World Series MVP and was very proud of the team and his accomplishment.

The Red Sox will look to win the World Series once again as they have high hopes going into the 2019 MLB season. They will be led by stars like J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, David Price, and Chris Sale.

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Wrestling Star Diagnosed with Leukemia

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Leati Joseph Anoa’i, better known under his ring name, Roman Reigns, has been diagnosed with Leukemia as it has come back for the second time. Reigns stated on WWE’s television show, Monday Night Raw, that he had been battling Leukemia for eleven years and unfortunately, it has come back. At the time, Reigns was the world champion on the Raw brand as he was the Universal champion. He tried to be a fighting champion, but with his Leukemia coming back, he was forced to relinquish the Universal title.

Reigns had many major accomplishments throughout his career in WWE, as he won the 2015 thirty-man Royal Rumble match, he was a three-time WWE champion, a WWE Intercontinental champion, a WWE United States champion, a WWE tag team champion with his Shield teammate, Seth Rollins, and a Universal champion. He made his debut on November 18, 2012 at the WWE Survivor Series Pay-Per-View with his Shield teammates, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, in which they attacked former WWE superstar, Ryback.

On June 2, 2014, the Shield confronted Randy Orton and COO of the company, Triple H, until Seth Rollins turned on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. This led to Rollins winning the 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. At WrestleMania 31, in the main event, it was Roman Reigns challenging WWE champion Brock Lesnar. Then during the match, Rollins seized the opportunity and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pined Reigns to win the title. Later that year, Rollins suffered a legitimate knee injury which took him out of action until May of 2016.

At WrestleMania 32, Roman Reigns won the WWE title by defeating Triple H. At Survivor Series 2016, the Shield briefly reunited as they hit their signature move, the triple powerbomb, ripping straight through an announcer’s desk onto opponent AJ Styles.

On October 9, 2017 the Shield fully reunited taking out the Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Then Ambrose suffered an elbow injury and was out of action for almost a year.

On Monday Night Raw on August 20, 2018, the Shield returned to help Roman Reigns and prevented Braun Strowman from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and on October 22, 2018, Reigns had announced he was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. Later in the night, Rollins and Ambrose challenged Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler for the Raw tag team titles dedicating the match to Roman Reigns. Rollins and Ambrose would go on to win the Raw tag team titles and then out of nowhere, Dean Ambrose turned his back on Seth Rollins with the Shield breaking up as a group once and for all.

This dominant trio in WWE history might go down as one of the best factions in wrestling history. Reign will be missed from the WWE.

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Miami Heat Start Off With a Rough Season

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Miami, Fla.–The Miami Heat are not off to a good start in the 2018-19 season. They have a record of one win and two losses, and are over two games behind in the whole Eastern Conference.

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The Heat lost their first game of the season to the Orlando Magic 104-101. In their second game of the season, they barely beat the Washington Wizards 113-112. On October 20, 2018, they lost their third game of the season to the Charlotte Hornets 113-112, which was a very close game for the Heat once again.

Star player for the Heat, Dwayne Wade, scored nine points in the first game and also in the second game. He then bounced back against the Hornets with twenty one points in the third game with three assists and three rebounds. This season he is averaging thirteen points a game throughout the first three games of the season. Throughout Wade’s career from 2003 to this day, he has averaged twenty two and a half points with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Heat hope to be led by Wade as they continue into the season.

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Lightning Keeps On Striking

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a hot start into the 2018-19 National Hockey League season as they have a record of four wins, one loss, and one overtime loss. In their home opener on October 6, 2018, they defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. They fell behind in their second game of the season as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 when they let three goals in the last ten minutes of the third period.

The Lightning struck back with a huge win over the Columbus Blue Jackets defeating the Blue Jackets 8-2. The Lightning had rearranged their lines, moving Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point to the first line with Captain Steven Stamkos. This led to the reunion of the triplet’s line, a line consisting of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov who are a dominant line throughout the whole NHL.

They had their offense going once again with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 with Tyler Johnson getting the hat trick. A hat trick in hockey is whenever a player scores three goals in one game and then fans throw their hats onto the ice.

The Lightning kept striking with another win over the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. They were so close to winning their sixth game of the season but took an overtime loss against the Minnesota Wild 5-4. They came right back and destroyed the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 with a record of shots in the second period with a total of thirty three shots. They totaled fifty four shots in the game.

The Lightning play Vegas’ Golden Knights tonight, Oct. 26.

 

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Lightning Obtains New Minor League Affiliate

Lightning Obtains New Minor League Affiliate

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a new minor league hockey team from the Toronto Maple Leafs and this team will play in Orlando, Fla. as the Orlando Solar Bears.

In May 2017, the owners of the Orlando Magic basketball team agreed to purchase the Maple Leafs East Coast Hockey League’s hockey team. The Maple Leafs had ended their five season affiliation with the Solar Bears. Toronto had agreed to expand their minor league affiliate teams with a new team called the Newfoundland Growlers.

In 2018, the Tampa Bay Lightning agreed with the Orlando Magic owners to purchase the Solar Bears to a three-year agreement. Now the Lightning have two minor league affiliates, the Syracuse Crunch and the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Orlando Solar Bears now play at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. as the team becomes Orlando’s third hockey team in Orlando’s history. The head coach of the Solar Bears is Drake Berehowsky, with the owner of the team being RDV Sports, Inc. This puts the Tampa Bay Lightning in good hands with their minor league affiliates.

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The Solar Bears’ Colby McAuley shoots during the team’s game against the South Carolina Stingrays Tuesday night at Amway Center.

On October 16, 2018, the Solar Bears lost a game to the South Carolina Stingrays, though it was a close game with the final score being 6-5. The goals for the Solar Bears came from Nolan Valleau, who scored two goals. The others came from Brady Shaw, Colby McAuley and Hunter Fejes. The Solar Bears almost pulled it off. The Solar Bears record is one win so far with two losses.

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Durant Hockey Team Pushing for Playoff Spot

Plant City, Fla.–The Durant Cougars hockey team is aiming high for a playoff spot in the Lightning High School Hockey League, starting this season strong with high goal scoring, great defense, and solid goal tending. Durant has a current record of five wins and two losses.

The team is led by Captain, Dylan Southern, a senior who goes to Brandon High School. The Durant team can choose players from different schools that are in their boundary zones to play on their team. Students from Brandon High School, Tampa Catholic High School, Strawberry Crest High School, Grace Christian Academy, Plant City High School, Pivot Academy, and Durant High School all make up the Durant High School hockey team. The team’s home rink is Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Fla.

Goaltender Dillon Garasz started game one of the season for Durant with a 4-0 shutout against Plant High School. Garasz was selected as the number one goalie in the South Eastern United States select 15 division. He attended the USA Hockey South East Regional Development Camp for elite players last May, and then attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp for top-tier players in July. Durant is hoping Garasz will help the team get to a playoff spot this season.

Game two of Durant’s season was a hard-fought game for Durant as they took a loss against Freedom High School, 6-4. Later that day, Durant played their third game of the season against Bloomingdale High School in which Durant won 5-2.

Game four was a heated division rivalry game with Durant facing defending state champions, Manatee High School. The game was played well by Durant, but the team suffered major penalties that led to the suspension of a player on the team. Durant lost the game, 7-4.

Durant struck right back the next week as they defeated Berkley High School with another shutout, winning 3-0. As Durant headed into their next game with confidence, they defeated Jenkins High School 10-0 in a huge shutout. Despite the setbacks of additional player penalties and suspensions, Durant didn’t hesitate to win their next game against West Manatee, 5-4.

Durant has had a brilliant start to its 2018-19 season. Playoffs are in the spring, and Durant is hoping to be a threat to secure a spot in the playoffs this season.

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Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses

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Tampa, Fla.–A golfer has many courses to choose from in Tampa Bay. Golfers can go to courses such as Bay Palms Golf Complex, Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Westchase Golf Club, and Rocky Point Golf Club.

Bay Palms Golf Complex has two 18 hole, par 72 courses and the complex calls it a “golfers paradise.” They also have a variety of foods and they have a golf shop. The Bay Palms Golf Complex has two courses, the north and the south. The complex says the south course is the hardest one to play on and is very challenging. You can also get private lessons at this complex in Tampa.

The Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club offers a golf league and “has a rich landscape.” The Heritage Isles Golf Club considers their course to be “beautiful.” They also offer lessons on the driving range and they also have a pro shop to get your golf gear or equipment from.

The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course. This country club also offers a heated pool and tennis courts to play on. You can even host different activities and you can even host a wedding there if you’re getting married.

The Westchase Golf Club has a variety of things to do at their club. You can set up a wedding and other bookings. You can also play golf and set you own tee off time when it is available. This golf course and club is known as Tampa’s “friendliest golf course.”

Lastly, the Rocky Point Golf Club opened in 1911. It was used for prisoners during World War Two, at which time the federal government closed the course to golfers. In 1953, the course was reopened and the property was sold over to the City of Tampa for $1. The City of Tampa still owns this course today. You can buy a membership to this course and there is also a grill there to eat at. You can also book a tee time at the course.

If you are looking to golf in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend that you go to one of these courses.

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Jags Off to a Hot Start

Jags Off to a Hot Start

Jacksonville, Fla.–The Jacksonville Jaguars are off to a hot start in this year’s NFL season. With a record of three wins and one loss, quarterback, Blake Bortles, will try to lead the Jags to another AFC championship game this year, hoping for a win this time around.

The Jags lost in last year’s NFL AFC championship game to the New England Patriots in a tough battle. This season, the Jags won their very first game by defeating the New York Giants, 20-15. The Jags played their second game and won that game against reigning AFC champions, the New England Patriots, with a final score of 31-20. The Jags lost against the Tennessee Titans in their third game with a final score of 9-6.

However, the Jags got right back on track with a win against the New York Jets with the final score being 31-12.

The next game of the season will be played on Oct. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Bucs Off to a Good Start Despite Quarterback Suspension

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a good start to their season, despite the suspension of star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston was suspended for three games for a conflict with an Uber driver, so backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, started the first game for the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team won by defeating the New Orleans Saints with a score of 48-40. Fitzpatrick led the team to this win with four touchdowns and 417 total yards.

The second week pitted the Buc against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs started Fitzpatrick again, and won against the Super Bowl champions. The final score of that game was 27-21 with Fitzpatrick having another fantastic game with four touchdowns and a total of 402 yards. The Bucs then went on to lose their third game of the season to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a close final score of 30-27. Fitzpatrick would then total 411 yards with three touchdowns for the team. The Bucs are currently at two wins and one loss this season.

The Bucs’ next game is on September 30, 2018 against the Chicago Bears who have the same record as the Bucs. This time, the Bucs will not have home field advantage as they will play in Chicago. Tampa fans will want to see the Bucs pull this one off and continue their dominance with their backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays Finish a Great Season

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Rays are finishing their twentieth anniversary season this fall with a great record, despite having to trade all their star players at the start of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded most of their star players during the 2017 off-season. They traded star player and face of the franchise, Evan Longoria. Longoria played for the Rays for 10 seasons. With Longoria gone, the Rays then traded team All-Star, Corey Dickerson, who’s batting average was over 300. They also traded slugger, Logan Morrison. With most of the team gone, the Rays called up key players Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, and traded for a bunch of prospects to call up from their minor league affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

The team was desperate for good players for offense and defense. People were saying the Rays were going to be a horrible team. Some people even said they wouldn’t win 60 games. The Rays shocked the whole world by ending their season this fall with over 85 wins. They had an unbelievable season despite the team having mostly rookies.

The team could have even gone on to play in the playoffs if they were in the National League but they are in the American League East with some of the toughest teams in the MLB such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays ended this season in third place but they were so close to getting the second wild card spot. However, the Oakland Athletics team clinched the spot and they will face the New York Yankees to see who will play in the American League Division Series.

The Rays were led by star pitcher, Blake Snell, who set a franchise record for most wins in a single season for a Rays pitcher passing David Price’s twenty wins in 2012 when he won the Cy Young award. Snell will be talked about in the Cy Young candidate race for the American League this year.

With such a surprise ending to this amazing Rays season, this sports fan wonders what is in store for next season. Here’s hoping to a playoff spot!

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My Experience at the 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest

Tampa, Fla.–On September 23, 2018, I attended the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest for the second time in two years and there were many Lightning fans there as well.

As I walked into Amalie Arena with my grandpa, the stadium was packed with fans in blue and white jerseys ready to see the 2018-19 Lightning players. At around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon, the players hit the ice and had a warm-up and then a short game. I watched both the warm-up and game on the television screen while I was in line waiting for player autographs.

At 2:00 p.m., I got to meet players and get their autographs or a pictures. When I was second in line to the front, one of the five players who represented the Lightning on the 2018 NHL All Star Game joined the autograph signing. It was center-man, Brayden Point, who was a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman. I walked up to Point with an 8 x 10 photo and he signed it in blue sharpie; and, when I got out of line, a man gave me two other autograph tickets to meet two other players. I met Braydon Coburn, who later signed my Lightning puck in silver sharpie, and I also met Lightning star, Nikita Kucherov.

When I walked up to Kucherov, he signed my triplets photo. The triplets were a hockey line which consisted of Lightning players Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov. I already had Palat sign the photo back in November of 2017. Now I have had Kucherov sign it, which leaves Johnson the only one left to sign the photo.

When the time comes for Fan Fest next year, I highly recommend that any sports fan go to it.

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New iPhones Released

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–Apple has recently introduced three new iPhones: The iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.

This makes iPhone prices expensive, however, because these three phones grow the iPhone line to eleven generations on the iOS operating system. The ongoing trade war between the United States and China will also impact the growing costs of these phones. Apple continues to build iPhones in China and import parts for the phones from overseas, but the phones themselves are designed in California. Apple is going to face political and regulatory challenges due to the 2018 United States-China trade war, and the proposed tariffs United States President Trump has issued on Chinese imports. Because China is paying more for Apple products, the additional expense will make the cost of the final product more expensive for American consumers.

The cost of the iPhone XS can go from 999 dollars up to 1,349 dollars. The XS Max can go from 1,099 dollars to 1,449 dollars. The XR will be released on October 19, 2018. The price of the iPhone XR would be 749 dollars to 899 dollars.

The new iPhones along with the previous iPhone X will feature the face ID where you can unlock your phone by just simply showing your face which will give the user access to his or her music, games and applications. The iPhones are also getting bigger in size.

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Controversy over the Recent Nike Advertisement

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Sep. 20, 2018

The newest Nike advertisement stars former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The 30-year-old is the face of the Nike “Just Do It” campaign and the most recent face of the Nike company.

This controversial advertisement features the statement: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” This is relevant to Kaepernick because he began protesting during the National Anthem at NFL games, by taking a knee instead of standing during the singing of the Anthem.

President Trump doesn’t support Nike’s move to feature Kaepernick in their advertising campaign because he does not believe that the Anthem protests are appropriate. He is vocal about his criticism of Kaepernick, and other protesters, on his Twitter account.

While President Trump doesn’t support Nike, former President of the United States, Barack Obama, supports Nike products and this advertisement.

During the advertisement in question, Kaepernick talks about dreams and his dream was to be a football player in which he did accomplish. Kaepernick did lose his position as starting quarterback and was released from the team because he started the protests. He could be claimed by another team but he will have to work very hard in order to do it. He did this advertisement to show how he believes in his quiet protest during the National Anthem.

As this story continues to grow bigger, memes have been made out of the advertisement such as, “Don’t care, even if it means not caring about anything.” That is a meme that is supposed to be a joke from the actual advertisement.

As people gather their thoughts on this advertisement and the greater debate over kneeling during the Anthem, a lingering question remains: will this controversy change the NFL?

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Lace up the skates!

The National Hockey League opens its 2018-19 season in just a few weeks. Sports Writer Jordan Dabbour gives a preview for the Lightning’s season ahead.

The Tampa Bay Lightning open their 2018-19 season in just a few weeks.

The Tampa Bay Lightning open their 2018-19 season in just a few weeks.

Aug. 31, 2018

The time is almost here! The National Hockey League season is starting soon. 31 teams will battle for the Stanley Cup with top contenders from the east and the west. The Eastern Conference contenders could be the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning, or reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals. The Western Conference contenders could be the Vegas Golden Knights, the Winnipeg Jets, the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators, or the San Jose Sharks.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by their Captain, Steven Stamkos, 28, are going to push for the Stanley Cup playoffs once again. Nicknamed “The Bolts,” the team has reached the Stanley Cup playoffs three times in their past four seasons.

This year, their first game will be held on Oct. 6, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena.

Stamkos has six years left on his contract with the Lightning after signing an extension for eight years’ worth $8.5 million dollars on June 29, 2016. Stamkos and his teammate, Nikita Kucherov, 25, are two of the highest scoring players in Lightning history. Stamkos had 27 goals and 59 assists during the 2017-18 season, totaling 86 points; while Kucherov had 39 goals and 61 assists, leading him to the 100 point mark, and making Kucherov only the third player in Lightning history to reach 100 points in a single season.

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