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Boston dreams big for 2024 Olympic Games

It was announced on January 8, that Boston had been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as their bid to host the 2024 games. Boston will compete against other world cities such as Rome, Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, Johannesburg and Berlin in hopes of being selected as the Olympic host city.

The Olympic Committee has released a detailed plan for locations of events, which has caused controversy. The tentative plan would hold events at 28 of 33 Olympic venues within a six mile radius.The Olympic village, the area that houses athletes, officials and athletic trainers would be located near UMass Boston. Venues for the actual events include local universities, the Boston Common and Castle Island. The Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies would take place, would likely be located at Widett Circle in South Boston.

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Women's Soccer crowned NE10 Regular Season Champions and make NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005

The Assumption College women’s soccer team earned second place in the Northeast-10 conference playoffs, after suffering a 3-0 defeat to The College of St. Rose on Sunday November 9.

After narrowly defeating Stonehill College in the quarterfinals, the Hounds hosted Franklin Pierce University in the semifinal match. A dominant first half performance saw the Lady Hounds enter half time with a 1-0 lead. Junior forward and conference player of the year, Paige Radomski, took advantage of a chaotic corner kick, flicking a header above Pierce’s keeper. Franklin Pierce responded with heavy pressure in the second half, earning and converting a penalty to level the score with less than 20 minutes left. The Hounds quickly regained the lead, however, with Radomski scoring her second goal of the match, just nine seconds later. Senior defender, Lindsey Miller led the Hounds defense throughout the closing minutes to maintain the lead and earn a place in the conference finals.

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Women's Basketball plays final exhibition game

In their second exhibition game of the season, the Assumption College women’s basketball team dropped 59-47 to Division I Holy Cross on Wednesday, November 5.
Though Holy Cross started out strong, beginning the game with a quick 9-2 lead and going on a fast 9-0 run, the Lady Hounds fought back with contributions from sophomore Shayla Hubbard, junior Ann Marie Idusuyi and lead scorer for the team, sophomore Jo Impellizeri, to make it a close 28-21 at the half.

This was not meant to be an easy game for the Lady Hounds, however. Playing against a team in a division higher than your own proves to be a challenge, yet the Hounds take advantage of the opportunity and use these exhibition games to gain strength for the upcoming season.

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Swim team honors seniors at final home meet of the season

On Saturday, November 8, the Plourde Recreation Center’s pool deck was filled with parents, friends and students as Assumption Swimming and Diving Head Coach Stuart Cromarty recognized five seniors before their last home swim meet, which was a tri-meet against Pace University and Roger Williams University which resulted in a win for Assumption.

The five seniors, Katherine Mederios, Ari McLynch, Elise Prayson, Sarah Pucci and Danielle Tagarelis, received flowers and a round of applause from opposing teams and spectators during the short ceremony.

“This was the senior’s last home meet, and together we have had wonderful memories. The team is unbeaten at home since November 2011, so for most of their careers we have never lost at home!” said Cromarty. “The seniors will be more formally recognized after the Worcester City Championships in January 2015, where we honor their achievements and their four-year outstanding achievements.”

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Assumption Men's Basketball loses to UConn by 9

For more than a fleeting moment, the Assumption College Men’s Basketball team was doing the unthinkable—they were beating the defending national champions, the University of Connecticut Huskies, in front of a crowd of 7,109 fans.

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the Greyhounds took on UConn for one last pre-season exhibition game. This was the first meeting between the Greyhounds and the Huskies. Played at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., the Hounds were defeated by the Huskies with a score of 69 to 58.

For Assumption senior Matt Bailey, the exhibition game was something that held extra meaning. A native of Cheshire, Conn., he grew up watching the team against whom he was going to be playing.

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Assumption Cross Country succeeds at NE-10's; next stop Eastern regionals on Saturday, November 22

Held at Franklin Pierce University on Saturday, November 9, the Assumption Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed in the Northeast-10 Championship. Both teams went into the day expecting to fare well on the tough and hilly course. The toughest obstacle for the runners, however, was Executioner’s Hill, which used to be a ski lift. The hill goes straight up and lasts for about 200 meters, or half a lap around a track.

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Maddon to Cubs: Did the Sox make a mistake?

On Friday, October 24, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon opted out of his contract followed by the swift movement to sign as the Chicago Cubs’ 54th manager.
Joe Maddon is one of the best managers in the game today. It would be silly for any team to say no to Joe Maddon if he were to say, “I want to manage your team, please.” So, were the Red Sox in the wrong for not pursuing Maddon?

Back in 2004, Maddon was Theo Epstein’s first choice for manager of the Red Sox before the team hired Terry Francona, who had a tremendous first impression leading to his signing. For those who do not know, Epstein, president of baseball operations, hired Maddon to manage the Cubs.

According to Tony Massarotti of boston.com, the Red Sox never had intentions (publicly) to pursue Maddon. In fact, Massarotti quotes in an article that the Red Sox have plans to keep now manager John Farrell around for a long time. They even have recently discussed a contract extension with Farrell.

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On The Run

For those of you that don’t know this, I am from Connecticut. Yes, the same Connecticut that is divided almost in half between Red Sox and Yankee fans. The state that has some minor league baseball and hockey, but has not had a professional sports team since the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, left the state in 1997.

Going to school in Massachusetts has been tough because everyone here is a fanatic when it comes to New England sports teams. Don’t get me wrong, I am a diehard Sox fan, love the Bruins and respect the Celtics and Patriots, but growing up, I became a fanatic of a group of teams that, to many, are far from professional athletes.
The teams that I’m talking about come from the University of Connecticut. You know, the school where both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the National Championship seven months ago.

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Field Hockey wins against nationally ranked St. Michael's

The Assumption Field Hockey team improved its record to 10-4 and Northeast 10 conference record to 5-2, on Saturday, October 25, with a win over conference giants St. Michael’s College.

St. Michael’s, a nationally ranked team that was previously undefeated in the NE-10, was a challenge that Assumption took on with great tenacity.

With a supportive crowd behind them at the Multi-Sport Stadium, the Hounds came out early with offensive pressure.

“Our goal was to come out really strong and set the pace of the game, to make it our pace,” said head coach Ann Lahey. “St. Michael’s is really strong, they have a great defense, so getting through them was going to be the toughest thing that we were going to do.”

The Lady Hounds achieved just that, as they stayed on the attack with good wing play and crisp passing.

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Oscar Pistorious, first disabled athlete to compete in able-bodied Olympics, sentenced to five years in prison

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The South African runner was convicted of culpable homicide, a South African legal term equivalent to manslaughter, on October 21.

Pistorius, a double amputee, has admitted that he shot his girlfriend. Prosecutors claimed that he was planning to kill her. Pistorius testified in court that he thought she was an intruder and shot her through a bathroom door by mistake.

Pistorius, also known as the “Blade Runner,” became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics when he ran for South Africa in 2012. He has won metals in several Paralympics for sprinting events, six of which were gold. The “Blade Runner” ran the 400 meter and was on the South African 4x400 meter team in the 2012 London Olympics, placing 8th in both events.

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