Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Kendall's Fastball Saturday, Feb. 23 was a monumental moment for women’s athletics—the first female fight in UFC history. Though men have always dominated the headlines in all areas of sports, this fight is a prime example of how female competition is gaining popularity, and for good reason. This was a damn good fight. The match between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche...
Kendall’s Fastball I know that racism exists in sports but I didn’t know how bad it was for some soccer teams. On Feb. 12, ESPN aired a documentary shot in Nov. 2012 that exposed Israel’s racist soccer club and the backlash its fans displayed when the Beiter Jerusalem soccer team signed two Muslim players Zaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev. This is...
Kendall’s Fastball Sports aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability, but at the same time it provides entertainment to the viewers. Sports are suppose to build sportsmanship and the players should have integrity. But sadly, not everyone does. Instead they use performance-enhancing drugs. The fans go to the games to see the players.  However, in recent years more and more...
Kendall's Fastball Everyone has been waiting for the return of Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. I’ve been desperately hoping for his return this year. It looks like we will get just that. Wednesday, Jan. 30, Tom Thibodeau, the head coach of the Bulls, told reporters that Rose has been cleared for full contact and he has been practicing for a...
Spring Training for Major League Baseball is a little under a month away. I have been waiting for it since the 2012 World Series when the San Francisco Giants battled the Detroit Tigers. The Giants whomped on the Tigers during what I thought was going to be a competitive series. But I was wrong. Yet, when the series ended I...
Two months ago Ron Larson resigned as the head women’s volleyball coach and left the athletic department searching for a new one. Well that search is finally over. A few days ago UC Riverside’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Wickstrom held a conference and announced the hiring of Michelle Patton as Larsen’s replacement. When coach Larsen was with UCR from...
The 2012-13 NFL season was amazing. Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings was eight yards shy (2,097) of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record (2,105) for most rushing yards in a single season. This season saw three amazing rookie quarterbacks, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III,  and Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck, lead their teams to the playoffs. Finally, when the...
Kendall's Fastball It’s a new season for the NBA, which means a new champion will be crowned. Or will there be? The reigning champs Miami Heat could win back-to-back championships. You can say that’s good for Miami and its fans, but I rather think there are teams in the league that threaten to crush the hopes of all Heat fans. One...
Golf season for UC Riverside doesn’t start until Feb. 4 for the women’s team and Jan. 28 for the men’s team. Both have a lot going for them with Coach Eric Riehle guiding the way, however, the athletes must produce. Riehle has set up his men’s and women’s teams for success for this season and beyond with his core of...
The NFL will be entering its 13th week of their 17 week season. The 2012 season has been one to remember. There are teams that exceeded my expectations and teams that never lived up to the hype. Let’s start with the team that I think is a let down this season. At the beginning of the 2011 season, the Philadelphia...