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Arizona guard Shaina Pellington walks past an NCAA March Madness sign in the hallways of McKale Center before Arizonas game against UNLV in the first round of the NCAA womens college basketball tournament March 19 in Tucson, Arizona. (Rebecca Sasnett/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

NCAA should shift March Madness to 32-team bracket

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 29, 2022

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament continues to bolster its branding as “March Madness” with a number of upsets occurring in the past two weeks. Within the action of the postseason, the true madness lies within the playoff format that...

New Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill holds his first news conference among family members and the media in Miami Gardens, Florida, March 24. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)

High-profile NFL trades have changed landscape of league

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 29, 2022

The 2022 NFL offseason has brought some of the most shocking moves in the history of the league that will leave it looking completely different from last year.  Davante Adams being traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.  Many people thought the drama between...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

Bench stepping up for women’s basketball

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 10, 2022

Players need to step up for the NIU women’s basketball team due to two starters being injured. Junior guard Chelby Koker will be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury and redshirt senior guard Errin Hodges is day-to-day with an ankle...

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates at the end of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bengals won 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fill in the blank: The winner of Super Bowl 56 will be…

By Northern Star Staff | February 1, 2022

With the Championship round of the 2021-22 playoffs now in the books, only two teams remain as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams square off for a Super Bowl title on Feb. 13. Ahead of the biggest football game of the year, the time for predictions...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri.

What to do with the NFL’s overtime regulations

By Northern Star Staff | January 26, 2022

The ending of Sunday night's NFL divisional round shootout between Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen bring question as to whether overtime rules should be modified. Kansas City advanced to the American...

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback LJarius Sneed during the second half of Sundays Super Wild Card playoff game in Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Making the case against the NFL’s #7 seed

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | January 18, 2022

The National Football League introduced a modified playoff format in 2020 that added an additional spot in each of the two conferences for postseason contention. The lack of success of the seventh-seeded teams from both conferences for the second-straight...

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Chicago.

Fill in the blank: The Chicago Bears should replace Matt Nagy with…

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | January 10, 2022

After another disappointing season for the Chicago Bears under head coach Matt Nagy, it’s time to look ahead at the best options to replace him as head coach. Jim Harbaugh Harbaugh is the head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, as well...

NIU Athletic Director Sean Frazier (left) and head football coach Thomas Hammock (right) speak after NIU wins the MAC Championship on Dec. 4. ( Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Reflection time in Detroit

By James Krause | December 8, 2021

Everyone wanted to congratulate head coach Thomas Hammock after his Huskies won the Mid-American Conference championship Saturday in Detroit.  One interaction stood out to him: a “moment of reflection” with his grandmother on the field. “My...

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball passes the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.

Future stars forging path in NBA

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | December 7, 2021

New upcoming talent joins the NBA every year, bringing excitement to the game. Players such as Charlotte Hornets guard Lamelo Ball, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony...

New LSU football coach Brian Kelly gestures to fans after his arrival at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Kelly, formerly of Notre Dame, is said to have agreed to a 10-year contract with LSU worth $95 million plus incentives.

Abrupt coaching changes damage college football

By Waleed Alamieh, Sports Columnist | December 6, 2021

The coaching carousel in the final weeks of the 2021 college football season may go down as some of the all-time biggest moves in the history of college sports.  University of Southern California head coach Lincoln Riley and Louisiana State University...

A basketball sits on the court of a large stadium.

Puma’s deal with a high school phenom and what it could mean for the future

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | December 2, 2021

Five-star recruit Mikey Williams signed a multi-year deal with Puma on Oct. 29, becoming the first high school student athlete in America to sign a shoe deal. Williams, a 6-foot-2 junior from San Diego, currently attends school and plays basketball...

The scene pre-game on the United Center court.

Pippen doesn’t understand Jordan’s legacy

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | December 1, 2021

Scottie Pippen, a six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, released his memoir “Unguarded” on Nov. 9, addressing the Bulls Dynasty in the ‘90s and his journey to the NBA after ESPN dropped a documentary series called “The Last Dance” in 2020...

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