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The University of Southern California lines up against the University of Louisville during the American football 2023 Holiday Bowl (left), and Atalanta soccer player Isak Hien charges for the ball alongside Verona player Federico Bonazzoli during the Italy Serie A soccer match on Monday. Which “football” deserves the title more: American football or soccer? (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Poll: Which ‘football’ deserves the title most?

By Santiago Montañez Bertoletti, Opinion Columnist | April 16, 2024

Throughout history, there has been much discussion about the differences between soccer and American football.  Fans of each sport struggle with which of these two sports deserves to carry the title of football, as only the true sport can bear the...

Freshman forward Tyra King dribbles the ball past a University at Buffalo defender. NIU womens soccer defeated Ball State University on Thursday after a last-minute goal from King. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

King dethrones Ball State with last minute goal

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 19, 2023

DeKALB – A 90th minute, game-winning goal in the NIU women’s soccer match against Ball State University sent the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex into a frenzy. Assisted by senior midfielder Abby Zipse, freshman forward Tyra King netted...

 Lea Gruennagel (11), a junior defender, runs around an opponent from Miami University to get the ball during Sunday’s game. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer drops chippy contest to Buffalo

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | October 12, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s soccer (5-6-3, 3-3-1 MAC) were out-shot 11-6 as they fell to the University at Buffalo Bulls (6-3-5, 3-2-2 MAC) by a score of 2-0. Thursday’s loss marked the end of the Huskies’ three-game win streak. NIU women’s soccer...

Freshman forward Tyra King (5) dribbles the soccer ball down the field as three Toledo defenders run to try and block King from reaching the goal on Thursday. (Melody Elbel | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer zips past Akron, ends winless streak

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 2, 2023

One goal in the 78th minute was all it took for NIU women’s soccer to end its seven-game winless streak and secure its first MAC win. Junior forward Reegan Kingpavong was the hero for the Huskies on Sunday, as her lone goal of the 2023 season lifted...

Senior defense Adrian Lara in possession of the ball during NIU mens soccer on September 12th against UIC. (Milly Landa | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Men’s soccer takes on UIC

By Milly Landa, Photographer | September 14, 2022


A photo of the Altgeld Hall building.

CFO to depart in April, search for interim to commence

By Parker Otto | March 30, 2022
At a Board of Trustees meeting, a faculty member announces leave and athletics will have new additions on and off the field.
Anthony Markanich (left, Colorado Rapids scarf) and brother Nick Markanich (far right) celebrate being selected in Tuesdays 2022 MLS SuperDraft with mother, Wilma Markanich, and father, Anthony Markanich Sr.( Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Markanich twins reach MLS on Draft Day

By Wes Sanderson | January 11, 2022
With Anthony Markanich heading to Colorado and Nick to FC Cincinnati, the NIU duo achieved a dream they worked for the past 17 years.

Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and MATT SEDENSKY | February 24, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed...

Kyle Okposo scores 2 in Sabres’ 2-1 win over Winnipeg Jets

By JOHN WAWROW | February 23, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Okposo hopes he and the Buffalo Sabres provided general manager Jason Botterill a reason to rethink his approach a day before the NHL's trade deadline.For a team that looked like it was in need of major roster overhaul as recently...

For Napoli fans, the team is a religion and Maradona is god

By ANDREW DAMPF | February 20, 2020

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — When Lionel Messi climbs up the steps from the moat surrounding the field at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday and emerges into the Champions League spotlight, he’ll be stepping onto sacred ground.The ground where fellow Argentina...

Pope tenderly kissed on forehead by man in front-row seat

February 19, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Well-wishers at Pope Francis' weekly audience have thrust soccer T-shirts, flowers and many a wailing baby into his arms. And on New Year's Eve, one admirer, trying to pull him closer, yanked his arm so hard he slapped her hand to...

Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel

By SHEILA NORMAN-CULP | February 10, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were...