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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Taylor XC teams excel at CL Championships

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The Taylor cross-country teams dominated once again at the Crossroads League Championships on Nov. 3. Still ranked No. 4 in the NAIA, the women’s team won their 11th straight Crossroads League championship, scoring a dominant 33 points. The men’s team finished in an outstanding second place in the league meet with 71 points. 


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Terry’s Takes: CFB Playoff and Championship predictions

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After waiting 11 weeks, we have officially arrived at the most exciting time of the college football year. According to ESPN’s Playoff Predictor, there are 10 teams still alive, and that includes No. 11 Oregon State holding onto a 1% chance. What teams will make it, and what will transpire in the CFP? Let me lay it out.


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PSA from CJH: Is there a shot for a non-quarterback MVP anymore?

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Okay, hear me out. It’s 2023. Everyone knows that the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award is now a “best quarterback” trophy; meanwhile, Offensive Player of the Year seems to be a “best player that isn’t a quarterback (but sometimes is still a quarterback)” award. But that all could change this year, thanks to the Miami Dolphins’ number one wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the San Francisco 49ers’ starting running back Christian McCaffrey. 


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Words from Wis: Is low World Series viewership a problem?

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For a sport like baseball, a sport driven by statistics and analytics, one alarming stat many commentators and fans alike have pointed to is the record-low viewership of the World Series. Is that really something the MLB should be alarmed about, or are analysts overreacting?




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In the helmet of number 43: "The most incredible teammate"

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Every Taylor home football game has one thing in common: “the party.” No matter the score or situation, the Trojan sideline is bouncing and chanting. Whether it be “Jump Around” by House of Pain or chanting “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, there is never a quiet moment on the Taylor sideline. But one player stands out from the rest: No. 43.


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TU Frisbee is the "ultimate" sport of the year

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Ultimate frisbee is not the first thing that comes to mind when many students think of sports on Taylor’s campus. However, it is a new and growing club sport at Taylor University. Sophomore co-captains Max Newlon and Garrett Farnham have revamped the co-ed ultimate frisbee team this past season.


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United States military members participate in Base HIIT Program

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Across the United States, sports leagues show their appreciation for the military in many ways: the NFL has the month of November dedicated as Salute to Service, NBA teams have Military Appreciation nights and MLB teams honor active personnel and veterans throughout the season. For the Washington Nationals organization, one of their special events for military members is the Base HIIT Program.


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The Pacers have a star power shortage in a league built on stars

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The Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard. The Suns have Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. The Celtics have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. And the Nuggets — who also happen to be the defending champs — have Nikola Jokić, who won back-to-back MVPs in 2021 and 2022. The Pacers have Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner? Yeah, that’s not going to cut it.


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Terry's Takes: CFB fanbases are upset again

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College football is home to some of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. This kind of deep-rooted emotion comes out either in excitement or heartbreak. A few contenders have been knocked out, but not every team’s destiny is determined just yet, so not every fanbase is up in arms. Let’s take a look at who is.



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Taylor winter sports are at the starting line for 2023-24 season

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Apart from the cold temperatures, this upcoming 2023-24 winter season of Taylor sports looks to be a dominant time for Trojan athletics. Three different sports – basketball, competitive cheer and track and field – look to either start their season off on a high note or continue the dominance they’ve already established.



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Freshman Nathan 'Burns' the competition

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Nathan Burns is an exciting addition to the Taylor University men’s cross-country team, as he has exploded into stride taking the number one position on the team and breaking course records. As a talented runner who has dominated throughout high school, what led him to Taylor? 


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Trojans cross-country runs straight in the eye of the Blazing Tiger

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Omaha, Nebraska, heard Taylor cross-country roar on Saturday, Oct. 21. Taylor’s cross-country teams competed in the Blazing Tiger NAIA Classic against 23 teams. Taylor women’s cross country team finished third at the meet behind College of Idaho, and Saint Mary (Kan.) ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The men’s team finished in an outstanding fourth place ahead of several ranked NAIA teams including Oklahoma City, Southern Oregon and Kansas Wesleyan. The Trojans have since moved up in ranking to No. 12. 



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Taylor men's and women's golf close out fall seasons in the top 15

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Both the men’s and women’s golf teams swung into action in the last tournaments of their fall seasons. The women’s team took a pair of first-place finishes across the two days of the Delaware CC Fall Invitational. Meanwhile, the men’s side traveled to the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in Sheboygan, WI, finishing second on day one and fourth place on day two.


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Terry’s Takes: How will the College Football Playoff be shaken up?

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On Halloween night, the first round of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings were revealed. The Ohio State Buckeyes sit at No. 1, the back-to-back reigning champion Georgia Bulldogs are No. 2, the Michigan Wolverines are No. 3 and the Florida State Seminoles have taken the No. 4 spot.