A Different Kind of Football: The XFL By Omar Ochoa February 28, 2020 The XFL is a new football league that is rapidly growing in popularity. The XFL is similar to the NFL except for a few differences such as the plays being almost half as long. Currently, there are eight teams in the XFL. The teams are the DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons and Tampa Bay Vipers. The main difference between the XFL and NFL is the clock. The XFL has a 25-second play clock and the NFL has a 40-second one. Also, teams cannot waste the last two minutes of a quarter due to the shortened times. This gives the other team a chance of having a comeback. Additionally, the XFL teams are only granted two timeouts per half instead of the three that the NFL grants. Another difference between the XFL and the NFL is that in the XFL you only need one foot inbounds and in the NFL you must have both feet in bounds. All of the XFL rules are made for the game to run faster and be more action-packed because the plays don't have such a long time between plays.
Aubrey Huff Reacts to Alyssa Nakken's Hiring By Shakeeba Sajadi January 31, 2020 The former San Francisco Giants player, Aubrey Huff, recently criticized his former team for hiring the first MLB female full-time coach. On Thursday, the Giants’ manager, Gabe Kapler, had announced the hire of former Sacramento State ex-softball player, Alyssa Nakken. Responding on Twitter, Huff said “couldn’t imagine taking baseball instructions from an ex female softball player.” Adding on, Huff states, “I got in trouble for wearing a thong in my own clubhouse when female reporters were present. Can’t imagine how it will play out with a full-time female coach running around.” In early January, Huff was criticized for a tweet he made about supporting the kidnapping and enslaving of Iranian women, and later claimed he was using satire in his language. This again drew backlash for his political views, especially as a supporter of President Trump. The 29-year-old Coach Nakken, a three-time all-conference softball player in college from 2009-2012, is to play a role in helping with the pregame outfield and as a batting practice pitcher. She was also a Giants intern in 2014 and worked in the franchise’s baseball department, and earned her masters in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco. A valuable asset to the team and practices, Alyssa Nakken will probably prove Huff wrong and others who think like him.
Kimball Wins Against Tracy in Boys Soccer Game By Mariya Hussain December 06, 2019 Our boys varsity soccer team played Tracy High on Wednesday for their third game of the season and won with a 1-0 score. The winning, and only, shot was made by captain Julien Payan, who plays on the forward and mid-field positions. Julien exclaimed he was proud when he made that shot, especially because he had thought he made it offside. Knowing that they won at the end of the game was the most thrilling part in his opinion. As a foreign exchange student from France, Julien also stated he noticed a difference playing soccer for high school in France compared to the United States. Here it is taken a lot more seriously and they have practices much more often. The fate of the Kimball team for the rest of the season remains unknown, but their determination and agility as seen from this last game will seemingly get them far.
Ohio High School Student Disqualified from Cross Country Race for Hijab By Mariya Hussain November 8, 2019
On October 19, the Ohio High School Athletic Association decided to ban 16-year-old Noor Abukaram from participating in a regional cross country race due to her hijab not complying with the uniform regulations. A hijab is a headpiece worn by many Muslim women for modesty. There had not been an issue with Abukaram’s hijab in the last several meets, but the officials at the district-level are allegedly more strict on uniforms and require a waiver to run with “religious headwear.” Her school, Northview High, sent in a waiver request, and Abukaram became eligible to run in the next meet, but before then she was considered disqualified. When learning that she was disqualified from this race, Noor, according to the New York Times, felt humiliated and that this was unjust. She worked hard for her spot on the team and had the same capabilities as the other runners. This experience was something she feared, even though she had yet to face religious discrimination in her experience on sports teams over the years. This controversial situation received a lot of attention in the media, with verified news accounts like AJ Plus and The Hill posting their articles on Twitter. There was a lot of anger toward the OHSAA at their xenophobia, as people felt that there shouldn’t have to be a waiver in the first place. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also expressed her opinion that no student should be prevented from participation in activities due to their religious beliefs.
Antonio Brown Released by Patriots By Shakeeba Sajadi October 4, 2019 The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown this Friday, September 20, 2019, leaving the wide receiver’s NFL career on the fence after being charged with sexual assault allegations. Brown was signed with the Patriots after a forced release from the Oakland Raiders, but unfortunately, the Patriots cut him after he sent a threatening message to one of the women that he sexually assaulted. Brown announced his departure on Twitter himself. The Patriots then confirmed Brown’s release in a statement. Brown has an outstanding resume at 31 years old. He is a seven-time Pro bowler and still remains one of the top receivers in the NFL. Last week during his debut for the Patriots Brown caught 4 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown has talent, without a doubt, but the allegations against Brown are leaving him with an uncertain future in the NFL. Brown’s defiant behavior was the reason for his trade to the Oakland Raiders. They offered to sign Brown for a $30 million guarantee. Unfortunately, due to his bizarre and disruptive behavior, the Raiders voided the guarantee. Later, the Patriots signed Brown to a one year, $15 million contract that also included a $9 million signing bonus. Antonio Brown just recently, on September 22, declared a statement after his release from the Patriots, that he would no longer be playing in the NFL.
Kimball Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Wins First Game of the Season By Mariya Hussain September 12, 2019
Eager to begin the regular season with a home game, Kimball High’s varsity girls volleyball team enters the gym with an air of excitement. Parents and friends of both the Kimball and East Union High teams sit scattered throughout the bleachers, ready to watch these girls put their all into this game. The girls’ volleyball season began with enough intensity to last all season. The scores were competitive, with the two teams constantly catching up to one another. Set 4, which could have ended with a Kimball win for the night, saw a score of 25-24, East Union in the lead, but not by the necessary two points to end the set. East Union eventually won the set with a score of 27-25. However, Kimball took the win of 3 sets out of 5 against East Union, 15-6 in the final set. Thouraia Maamo, one of our strong 12th grade players, had several kills in the first couple of sets, one of which bounced right off the sidelines. Madison Rodriguez, another senior on the Kimball team, played extremely tough at middle, defending and attacking evenly. Samantha Mayer, junior and setter, also showed great strength in leading the offense for the team. One of the most notable patterns throughout the match was 12th grader Rachel Van Katwyk’s hard hits, often leading to points for the Kimball team. Kimball’s girls will continue to play three matches a week through the end of October, with upcoming games against Manteca High, Weston Ranch, and Central Catholic teams, and if the Jags keep this up, they will have a successful season.