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Longboarding: the ageless skateboard is here to stay

Zaineb Javaid

November 14, 2012

Spotted gliding across the streets of Chicago in a zig-zag pattern are long wooden boards - two monstrous large wheels and riders in their early 20's - whizzed past the pedestrian crosswalk. This is nothing unusual -- longboarders are not new to the Windy City, but another group of these riders might...

D’Antoni hired as Lakers coach in shocking move

Gabriel Charles Tyler

November 13, 2012

ξSorry, Laker nation - you won't be celebrating with Phil Jackson anytime soon. In a deal that stunned NBA fans around the country, Mike D'Antoni will be reuniting with Steve Nash in Los Angeles after beating out Jackson for the head coaching job.A few weeks into the new season, after fans booed the L...

Road to recovery

Mike Chamernik

November 11, 2012

ξAt first glance, DeJuan Marrero doesn't look too banged up.He can get around at a decent pace, albeit slightÎ_ly slower than the average walking speed. He uses crutches but doesn't sport a limp, and he doesn't he have a grimace on his face or pain in his voice.Marrero, a freshman on the men's b...

Lower the rims?

Peter Kelly

November 11, 2012

ξUConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma recently sparked an interesting debate when he suggested that rims be lowered by seven inches in women's basketball.Auriemma has both critics and supporters on this issue. DePaul head coach Doug Bruno said that not only is he in favor of this idea, he...

Movin’ on up: men’s team prepared to climb the Big East ranks

David Webber

November 11, 2012

It's been a tough few years for the men's basketball team. The Blue Demons haven't made an appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2004 and over the last seven years, the team has a cumulative record of 79-138, including a 25-97 mark in conference play.But in 2012, the optimism has never been higher. W...

Young blood: What do this year’s freshmen have in store for DePaul athletics?

JoDelle Maglaya

November 11, 2012

The familiar sound of squeaking shoes on hardwood signals a new season and new beginnings for the men's and women's basketball teams. With added freshmen, these newcomers must adapt to the increased speed of basketball, learn new plays, and find ways to help their new teams progress for a successful se...

Strength in numbers: women’s team gears up for fresh season

Julian Zeng

November 11, 2012

ξAs the women's basketball team took to the court for their annual open practice at McGrath-Phillips Arena Oct. 13, it was an unusual sight to see a full roster of playÎ_ers engaged in various drills and catching their breath between rotations.This is due in large part to the efforts of the 2011-2012...

Q and A with Bob Sakamoto about Benjamin “Benji” Wilson

Jake Payne

November 11, 2012

ξLast month, ESPN aired a special 30 for 30 documentary "Benji," about Benjamin Wilson, a basketball star at Simeon High School, who was the first Chicago-area player to be ranked number one in the nation. He led the school to its first state title in his junior year and was considering DePaul as...

Big East, big picture

Jake Payne

November 11, 2012

ξAt one point, the Big East was one of the premier leagues in college basketball for both men and women -- it still will be, at least until July 7, 2013.West Virginia already paid around $20 million to leave the Big East immediately this summer; Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave next year as wel...

Blue Demons fall to Dayton Flyers 92-80 in Maggie Dixon Classic championship game

Julian Zeng

November 11, 2012

ξThe No. 25 women's basketball team, out-rebounded and out-hustled on defense, lost a stunner 92-80 to the Dayton Flyers in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Classic Saturday night.The Flyers, who advanced to the tournament's final after defeating Mississippi Valley State, were clearly the...

Blue Demons win first game of Maggie Dixon Classic 87-57

Dustin Ruttenberg

November 10, 2012

Anna Martin was asked Thursday night at the student pep rally about how she would like to finish her basketball career at DePaul. The senior said that she wants her team to go to the Final Four.DePaul's women's basketball program has never made it past the Sweet 16, but it's this same ambition that allo...

Defense, three-point shooting propel Blue Demons to win

Julian Zeng

November 10, 2012

ξA relentless defensive attack combined with an 11-21 three-point shooting performance pushed DePaul to a 91-59 win over UC-Riverside in its regular season opener at McGrath-Phillips Arena Friday night.The Blue Demons forced the Highlanders into turning the ball over 24 times, scoring 37 points off ...

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