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Intramurals pump up athletes and fans

The intramural basketball season wrapped up right before Spring Break, while intramural soccer kicked off March 15.

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

The week prior to Spring Break meant something more to Palm Beach Atlantic University students than just midterms week and the realization that a vacation was approaching. It also meant the PBA intramural basketball playoffs were beginning.

After a long, physical and hard-fought regular season, 13 men’s teams remained standing for a shot at glory.

When shooting hoops in his backyard, every child dreams about one thing and one thing only: being a PBA Intramural Basketball Champion.

With the level of competition so high and players willing to do whatever it takes to emerge victorious, who would come out on top?

Just like the NCAA tournament last year, in the early rounds of postseason play there were very few upsets and unsurprising outcomes, with almost every early favorite advancing. This set up a dream scenario for the finish.

In what would undoubtedly be the premier Final Four in PBA intramural history, the White Hawks, White Magic, Slothin and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons each stood two victories from celebrating as champions.

The first semifinal match-up featured the regular season’s top team, the White Hawks, and many bracketologists’ dark horse pick, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons.
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Beacon Sports: NBA Western Conference is anybody’s game

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

After last week’s Eastern Conference preview, we continue this week with a preview of the Western Conference.

The West has been the NBA’s premier conference since the second retirement of Michael Jordan in 1998. Since then, eight of the 11 NBA champs have resided in the West. This trend persisted last season as the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th championship, and a record 10th with Head Coach Phil Jackson. This season, can Phil make it 11 or will another squad emerge to represent the West in the Finals?
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Beacon Sports: Look for drama, upsets in new NBA season

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This is the first segment of a two-part preview of the National Basketball Association.

One of the most anticipated NBA seasons in recent memory is finally here.

The NBA’s playoff campaign was action packed and had fans glued to every minute of action. Every expert predicted the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers would match up in a legendary battle between two of the game’s superstars: Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. The overlooked Orlando Magic staged an upset, beating the Cavs in six games in the Eastern Conference finals and advancing to basketball’s biggest stage. During the finals, the Lakers stifled the hot shooting Magic in five games to hoist the golden Larry O’Brien trophy.

A flurry of offseason activity took place during the summer of 2009, leaving a clear view of potential contenders. The top teams in the league got stronger, while the league’s subpar teams shed contracts to weather the storm of the bad economy.
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Beacon Sports: NFC contenders look stronger this year

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week is a continuation from last week’s American Football Conference article, and the second in a two-part series highlighting this year’s National Football League. To read last week’s article, click here

The National Football Conference appears to be wide open this season, with many viable contenders that could make it to Miami to take on the AFC representative.

Despite typically being the weaker conference, the NFC was represented well by the Arizona Cardinals in last year’s Super Bowl bout with the Steelers.

A year ago, the New York Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history beating the previously unbeaten New England Patriots to win Super Bowl 42.

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Beacon Sports: AFC once again NFL’s strongest conference

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week’s preview is the first of two installments that will first give a rundown for the American Football Conference, followed by next week’s National Football Conference preview.

America’s favorite sport is back and bigger than ever this fall with the return of the National Football League to millions of televisions across the country on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

Just five months from now, the AFC will send their representative to battle with the NFC’s top team in Super Bowl 44. So sit back, grab the popcorn and enjoy the best sports action around.

During the past decade, the AFC has been professional football’s dominant conference, winning nine out of 12 Super Bowls. That trend continued last year as the Pittsburgh Steelers captured their record sixth Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

This year looks to be no exception as six of the top nine teams, including the top three, from preseason odds in Las Vegas reside in the AFC. The AFC boasts many traditional powers that will try to continue their reign in 2009.
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Beacon Sports: Gators lead this season’s football talent

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

With colleges starting classes over the past few weeks, it’s time for everyone’s favorite collegiate sport: college football.

It has been a long off-season with many coaching changes and plenty of headlining players moving on to the NFL ranks. Two-a-day practices are in the rearview mirror, so it’s time to button up that chinstrap and get ready for another action-packed year of college football.

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