Resilient RedHawks check in after MAC series win over Kent State

  Miami softball showed its resiliency this past weekend when it hosted the Kent State Golden Flashes. The RedHawks lost 4-3 in Game One of Friday’s doubleheader, but battled through four extra innings in Game Two to win 6-5 in 11 frames. In Saturday’s rubber-match, the ’Hawks came from behind to edge out the Flashes 3-2 and claim their second Mid-American Conference series of the season. “I feel like our team took a turn for the better this weekend,” head coach Clarisa Crowell said on Saturday. “What I really like is that they find ways to win.” Until this...

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Harouna says mistaken identity prevented return from Niger for 2017-18 season

  A men’s basketball player who was listed on Miami’s 2017 roster was held up in his home country of Niger after his passport was revoked in a case of mistaken identity. Now back in Oxford, Abdoulaye Harouna will remain at Miami for another year, playing in the 2018-2019 season as a senior. The international snafu kept Harouna grounded in his home country of Niger in western Africa, where he had gone during the summer break, he said. On Aug. 21 in Niamey, the capital of Niger, U.S. officials told Harouna his student visa was temporarily revoked during a...

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Baseball repeats in Nuxhall Classic, Senger wins MVP

Hayden Senger has quite the knack for coming in clutch. The junior catcher hit a walk-off single against Xavier in the first round of the Joe Nuxhall Classic last Tuesday, before hitting a game-tying double and scoring the winning run against Cincinnati in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday. The walk-offs allowed Miami to clinch a second-straight Nuxhall Classic championship. “It feels really good to be the champion,” Senger said. “We love winning this thing. [The Nuxhall Classic] is probably the important week of our season.” Senger went a combined 4-for-9 at the plate against Xavier and UC , while driving in three runs, scoring three more and walking once. He earned MVP of the tournament for his performance. Miami’s first-round matchup against the Xavier Musketeers (11-21) was a rematch of last season’s Nuxhall Classic finals. XU came into Tuesday 3-0 against the RedHawks (19-10, 6-3 MAC) on the season, after sweeping the Red and White in a weekend non-conference series in mid-March. Xavier picked up where it left off against Miami, scoring five runs in the first four innings to take an early 5-0 lead. Redshirt freshman Jay Wilson started on the mound for Miami, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up all five of the Muskies’ runs. He tallied four strikeouts. MU head coach Danny Hayden was still pleased with Wilson’s effort. “Jay wouldn’t make an excuse,...

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Belpedio makes history in NHL debut

    Former Miami hockey captain Louie Belpedio gives the same thoughtful interview as he did a month ago, and plays the same offensive-defenseman style of hockey as he did at the Steve ‘Coach’ Cady arena. Now, however, he’s played himself into the Minnesota Wild’s record books. Twenty-one-year-old Belpedio assisted on a pair of goals on Saturday night to become the first Wild player in history to record a multi-point game in his NHL debut. “It was fun. I was pretty nervous going into it, but once I got settled I felt comfortable,” Belpedio said to me on Monday....

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MLB hot takes and predictions for 2018

Baseball season is here. It’s happening. Games have been played, yabos have been crushed and players have been K’d. It’s going to be an exciting season and it’ll be a good one to follow. That being said, a few thoughts from Opening Weekend: Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman Scooter Gennett might actually prove last year wasn’t a fluke (the man can mash, going 4-for-4 on Opening Day), Harper may silence his doubters, the Yankees are overrated and the Brew Crew might be the real deal.   Al East: Boston Red Sox Bean-Town has an elite rotation, an outrageous outfield and...

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