SPORTS


6/2/2019, 1:53pm

Strong future ahead for Emoni Bates and Ypsilanti Lincoln

Emoni Bates, the 6'8 high school freshman out of Ypsilanti Lincoln High School, has been tagged as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class across the country. ESPN, Ballislife.com, SLAM Magazine, and more have been covering Emoni Bates and his potential to become an NBA star. Lincoln made a run in March to the reach the MHSAA boys’ championship at the Breslin Center. 


5/31/2019, 12:04pm

Looking ahead to the 2019 Detroit Lions season

The Lions are coming off a 6-10 finish to their season which saw them finish in last place in the NFC North. It was also the first year under new coach Matt Patricia. With the 2018 season now firmly in the rearview mirror for all 32 NFL teams, the Lions have started their 2019 campaign off on a high note taking Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson in the first round of the draft on April 28. 


5/31/2019, 9:19am

University of Michigan hires Juwan Howard as new head basketball coach

After it was announced that John Beilein would be leaving Michigan to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wolverines hired Fab Five member, Juwan Howard. The Wolverines and new head coach, Howard agreed to a five-year deal on Wednesday, May 22. Howard played basketball at Michigan for three years before being drafted in the NBA by the Washington Bullets. He helped the Fab Five make two national championship games during his time in Ann Arbor.  


5/30/2019, 10:41pm

2019 NBA Finals preview and prediction

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors will square off in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals on May 30 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in Scotiabank Arena. It is somewhat fitting that the Raptors have homecourt advantage during the finals considering this is the first time in franchise history that the team has made it this far.


5/25/2019, 11:17am

Eagles 2019 baseball season in review

The 55-game schedule wrapped up for Eagles' baseball last week when they were swept by Kent State at home. EMU finished with a record of 11-43-1 and 6-21 in conference, which put them at ninth place out of 10 teams in the MAC. There were some young and bright spots on the roster, though, who were producing more and more as the season went on. 


5/23/2019, 11:22pm

Steelers invite Ross Williams to rookie mini camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers invited former Eastern Michigan defensive back, Ross Williams, to rookie mini-camp. Williams is the fifth EMU player to get a chance in the NFL, as he joins Maxx Crosby, Blake Banham, Ka’John Armstrong and Jeremiah Harris. Williams played in 29 games during his four-year career with the Eagles. 


5/23/2019, 11:04pm

Who should the Detroit Pistons draft?

After picking up six-time All-Star Blake Griffin and former Toronto Raptors head coach, Dwane Casey in 2018, the Detroit Pistons have been looking to build the roster around them. The Pistons didn’t make a pick until the second round last year after their first-round pick was involved in the trade that acquired Griffin. Ultimately, in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Pistons acquired two guards, Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown Jr. Some would say that the Pistons found success during the 2018-19 season, despite finishing the season with a 41-41 record. The team found itself just barely in the playoffs.


5/23/2019, 7:33pm

EMU baseball falls to Kent State on Senior Day

The Eastern Michigan baseball team was swept by Kent State in the final series of its season. The Eagles finished with a 6-21 record in the MAC and a 7-12 record on their home field. Eastern Michigan celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, May 18 at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti. 


5/21/2019, 6:59pm

24 hours of heartache for New York sports

New York sports went through an excoriating 24-hour period last week, starting from the highest of highs and ending at the lowest of lows. The New York Knicks had their dreams crushed in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 21, followed up by the New York Jets firing their general manager and hiring their head coach as the interim general manager the next day.


5/18/2019, 1:16pm

How the Red Wings can get back on track

The Detroit Red Wings reached the playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons, including winning four Stanley Cup Finals, before failing to reach the postseason in 2016-17 as they went just 33-36-13. Since then, the Red Wings have missed the playoffs another two years and finished 2018-19 with only 32 victories. Being eliminated from playoff contention in three straight years after playing deep into the postseason for nearly three full decades is a major wakeup call. 


5/17/2019, 12:00am

The development of soccer in the United States

Soccer is widely regarded as the most popular sport worldwide, yet it’s the fifth most viewed sport in the United States. With that said, the popularity growth of the sport in the country over the last decade is apparent, and a part of that is the development of college soccer. 


5/17/2019, 12:00am

2019 MLB recap so far

For the first six weeks of the 2019 MLB season, some things have gone unexpected. Other players and teams around the league are living up to the hype which was surrounding them in the early months of preseason. Here is a recap of what has happened in the MLB so far this year. 


5/17/2019, 12:00am

EMU baseball team swept by Central Michigan at home

The Eastern Michigan baseball team was swept in a three-game series by rival Central Michigan at Oestrike Stadium over the weekend. The Eagles have now lost eight straight games and are 7-9 at home on the year. In the three games, the Chippewas outscored EMU 22-9 including an 11-1 victory in the series opener.


5/15/2019, 2:56pm

NBA conference finals preview

After two Game 7 thrillers on Sunday night, the conference finals will kick off on Tuesday, May 14 with a Western Conference matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. The Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and  Toronto Raptors at Fiserv Forum will begin on Wednesday. 


5/15/2019, 2:53pm

New York Giants sign Jeremiah Harris

Jeremiah Harris, who played defensive lineman for the Eagles over the past four seasons, has signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants. Harris started 12 games last season for Eastern Michigan and totaled 64 tackles. He is now the second former Eastern Michigan defensive lineman to sign with an NFL team this year. The first was Maxx Crosby, who was drafted 106th overall by the Oakland Raiders, the sixth highest draft pick in Eastern Michigan history.


5/15/2019, 2:52pm

EMU track and field competes at MAC Championships

The Eastern Michigan’s men‘s and women‘s track and field teams competed in the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships in Muncie, Ind. from May 9-11. The Eagles won four individual event titles combined on day three of the championships but both teams fell short in the team competition as the women finished in third place and the men took second place. 


5/6/2019, 7:05pm

EMU Rowing Starts Crowdfunding Campaign

The Eastern Michigan rowing team launched a crowdfunding campaign on April 25 to help pay for different equipment that the team needs to compete. The GoFundMe account is up for 30 days with the goal of reaching $10,000 to help aid the team in buying new equipment. In the first day, the team raised more than $1,250. The GoFundMe account has specifically laid out what the donated money will be spent on for the team, ranging from new travel uniforms to a brand new 4+ boat.


5/4/2019, 6:00am

A Spark for Sports Writing - Frank Wladyslawski

If you follow high school sports in Downriver Michigan, you most likely know the name Frank Wladyslawski. He is a multimedia sports journalist that reports for the News-Herald and Dearborn Press & Guide. His section for the News-Herald is called the “MIprepzone," where he and his team of freelance reporters get the latest games and tournaments covered for the Downriver and Huron leagues.


4/27/2019, 9:59pm

Raiders Select Crosby In Fourth Round of NFL Draft

Former Eastern Michigan defensive lineman Maxx Crosby was drafted on Saturday by the Oakland Raiders with the 106th overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound prospect is second in EMU history in sacks (20) and tackles for loss (41). The pick on the television broadcast was made from the new Raiders stadium location in Las Vegas, where the team sets to move to in 2020.