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The par-3 seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, the pinnacle of public golf

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

Golfing has always held a special place in my heart. The game has given me the opportunity to caddie in some of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. While carrying someone else’s bag in a professional event is a bucket list experience, it still...

Baylor junior guard Davion Mitchell slaps hands with fans after arriving home as NCAA college basketball champions April 6, 2021, in Waco, Texas.

National championship a long-time coming for Baylor

Waleed Alamleh, Columnist April 7, 2021

The University of Baylor Bears men's basketball team won its first NCAA National Championship in program history after playing a dominant game against the University of Gonzaga Bulldogs, winning by a final score of 86-70 Monday night. The Bears played...

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (center) celebrates making the game winning basket with Joel Ayayi (left) against UCLA April 3, during overtime in a men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Gonzaga won 93-90.

Final Four was one for history books

Waleed Alamleh, Columnist April 5, 2021

The Final Four gave us one of the most spectacular moments in tournament history. The first-seeded Gonzaga University Bulldogs defeated the 11th-seed University of California–Los Angeles Bruins on a last-second buzzer beater in overtime.  It was...

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (left) congratulates new teammate Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (right) March 21, after Griffin scored his first two points as a Net during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in New York.

Buyouts have broken the NBA

Jarrett Huff April 3, 2021

The NBA is broken — again. The past decade plus of NBA basketball saw some of the most talented rosters ever constructed, with the sole purpose of taking down whatever “superteam” preceded them. Now the league has a new superteam problem, and it's...

Oral Roberts University players celebrate at the end of a college basketball game against the University of Florida March 21, in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.

First two rounds of men’s tournament provides plenty of upsets

Waleed Alamleh, Columnist March 25, 2021

The first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament gave some of the best moments and upsets in recent memory. The Round of 64 kicked off the tournament with an unreal nine upset wins over Friday and Saturday. The second round of the NCAA tournament...

Minneapolis, MN, USA. 4/6/2019: Entertainment in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament on Nicollet Mall. Signage on the the street.

Women’s national tournament provides Cinderella story

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief March 25, 2021

The NCAA Women’s tournament is shaping up as a showdown across the Longhorn state as 16 teams remain in the NCAA Women’s tournament and the quest to cut down the nets at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Through the first two rounds, all the...

The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse sits empty March 12, 2020, after the cancellation of the 2020 Mid-American Conference Championship tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cleveland, Ohio.

The day sports stopped

Jarrett Huff March 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with what at one time seemed like something out of a movie: Nearly the entire world forced to bend to the will of an invisible threat.  Loss of life, isolation, travel restrictions, canceled holidays,...

Recognizing Black athletes of the pre-Civil Rights era

Recognizing Black athletes of the pre-Civil Rights era

Jarrett Huff February 12, 2021

Black History Month is a time for recognizing the impact Black Americans have had on the U.S. While this month is too short to fully appreciate all the history, accomplishments and sacrifices, it’s important to use this time to bring attention to and...

Following walking 18 holes with his group. Olympian Michael Phelps (right) takes a selfie with Northern Star Media journalist Wes Sanderson (left) Jan. 31, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Phelps and Sanderson were in the same group during the Annexus Pro-Am.

That time I caddied for Michael Phelps and Justin Thomas

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2021

Everyone has that one experience they will never forget: the first touchdown you scored, meeting a celebrity, being an extra in a movie or show. Having the opportunity to do things others seldom get to experience is what moments are made of. Watching...

NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference ahead of Super Bowl 55, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Tampa, Florida.

Sports staff predicts Super Bowl LV

Northern Star Staff February 5, 2021

Here's the Northern Star Media sports staff's predictions for Super Bowl LV. Super Bowl LV features a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFC. James Krause, reporter: Chiefs win 39-38 The Chiefs...

How to watch the Super Bowl safely in a pandemic

How to watch the Super Bowl safely in a pandemic

Kyle Mathas February 4, 2021

This weekend is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. This leaves many to wonder how they will spend it during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world because there is a party or a gathering...

Dixie State guard Emad Elniel (34) shoots and is fouled by Gonzaga forward Ben Gregg (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Gonzaga won 112-67.

NCAA men’s basketball: Gonzaga continues to dominate, Duke set to return to play

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief January 2, 2021

As the calendar turns to 2021, the sports scene turns its attention to the next collegiate mega event — the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, set to take place entirely in Indianapolis, IN, according to the NCAA. In 2021 all major conferences are...

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