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Chris Markham

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Sophomore at the University of Mary Washington, for whom I run cross country and track. Aspiring sports journalist, planning to major in journalism. Sports editor of "The Blue and Gray Press," the University of Mary Washington's independent student newspaper.

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As the final installment of our 2014-2015 NHL Preseason Prediction Series, we give our thoughts on who will make the playoffs and who will be playing golf in May. Eastern Conference: Atlantic Division: 1) Tampa Bay Lightning: Improved roster, weak division, MVP candidate at the helm and not on anyone’s radar. That is a formula for a division champion. 2) Boston Bruins: Probably no team in the NHL is more driven to win this season than the Bruins. Heartbreaking losses in the playoffs in each of the last three years have Boston more motivated than ever to win. Stay tuned. 3) Ottawa Senators: The Senators just missed the playoffs...

As the next installment of our NHL Preseason Preview, we jump ahead to the end of the season and give our predictions on who will take away the hardware at the 2015 NHL Awards. Last year, Sidney Crosby cleaned house at the awards, but will he be as successful this year? Probably not. Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP): Steven Stamkos As deep and talented the Western Conference teams are, the Eastern Conference has its fair share of top-tier players. Last year, Sidney Crosby took home the Hart Trophy and this year, we think it could be another player from the East. Steven Stamkos is leading a rising Tampa Bay team who we ranked as the best...

As the first installment of our 2014 NHL Season Preview Series, we give you our preseason power rankings of the Top-10 teams in the NHL heading into the 2014-15 season. 1)  L.A. Kings: The defending champs hold the top spot in our rankings, and deservingly so. Apart from proving that they are the newest dynasty in the NHL, the Kings retained nearly all of their championship pieces from last year, setting themselves up for another championship run. 2)  Chicago Blackhawks: Adding Brad Richards in the offseason adds depth to an already deep and dangerous forward line, making Chicago, once again, a force to be reckoned with in the...

Playing in the same city as one of the best baseball teams in Major League Baseball, one would think finding the resources to learn to simply slide feet first would be an easy task. But not for Robert Griffin III. Even after spending an entire season in a knee brace, last Monday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns was evidence that there is still cause for concern in D.C. Griffin ran the ball four times for 24 yards in the Redskins’ 24-23 win over the Browns. His night started off well showing tremendous pocket presence on a long down-field completion to DeSean Jackson in which Griffin stayed in the pocket...

The most commonly debated topic in the world of sports today is the incredibly touchy subject of whether or not college athletes should be paid. The once simple and trustworthy organization of the NCAA is now shrouded in controversy and complexity. The recent upbringing of the potential for unions in college athletics just adds to the commotion. This debate, as well as many others, currently contribute to a failing and deteriorating NCAA. For decades, college sports have been built upon the commitment of student-athletes and their love for the game. This foundation is why college sports have always been so special. However, this...

In the spirit of the NBA draft, I will be doing a bit of venting on the subject of college basketball players declaring after just one year out of college. Whether the NCAA would like to admit it or not, it has a major issue to address. The theme of “one-and-done” college basketball players is not something that the NCAA should be proud of and in fact, should fell very uneasy about its current state. The NCAA put the rule in place to give these young men a chance to grow and develop more before they go on to the next level. In reality, the NCAA only put this rule into place to make more money. Once Lebron James skipped college to...

The New York Rangers staved off elimination Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden with a gutsy 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers avoided a sweep and now find themselves down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Is New York just delaying the inevitable or is this win a sign of things to come? Perhaps this series is not as out of reach as some may have thought. Before we look ahead at the rest of the series, let us take a look at how the Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive. The first two periods of Game 4 were reminiscent of the first two games of the series in that the Rangers held a two goal lead in the...

Before Monday night, the Kings had not led in regulation in any of their last three playoff games, including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. They either trailed or remained tied during regulation in each game. Despite this, they still managed to win three of the most important games of their season. L.A. changed that theme in Game 3 against the Rangers with a convincing 3-0 shutout win to take a 3-0 series lead. Much has been made lately of the Kings’ lack of aggressive starts and their tendency to fall behind early. They have been getting away with it due to their ability to pull of incredible comeback after...

The 2014 Stanley Cup Final pits two of America’s greatest cities against one-another in an epic clash of flash versus substance. The Kings pride their game on explosive offense while the Rangers’ staple is lock-down defense anchored by their stud between the pipes, Henrik Lunqvist. Both teams are on missions to prove themselves. For the Kings, they want to prove that 2012 was no fluke and that the roster they have now has the potential to win multiple championships in years to come. For the Rangers, it is all about heart. They have been riding an emotional roller coaster all-post-season and are out to win their first Stanley Cup...

In what was by far the most entertaining game on the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks lived to fight another day with an epic 5-4 double-overtime win on their home ice to close the series deficit to the Kings to 3-2. Less than three minutes into the second overtime frame, Michal Handzus netted his second goal of the post-season to keep Chicago’s dreams of a repeat alive. For a majority of the game, it was unclear as to which team wanted to win and which was content with the loss. Both teams squandered leads in key moments of the game. High-octane offense of both sides made Game 5 all the more entertaining to...
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