Cricket in Chicago: Immigrants Push to Get the Sport Recognized
By Aishwarya Kumar A Medill Newsmakers Report Cricket has seen tremendous growth in Chicago in the last decade. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we will talk about the growth of cricket in Chicago. We talked to the general manager of American Cricket Conference, one of the biggest conferences in America. We also talked to […]
NFL Draft 2016: The memories in pictures
By Hannah Gebresilassie and Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram The 2016 NFL Draft came to an end, but the memories are still fresh. From Ezekiel Elliott’s selfie with Commissioner Roger Goodell to the first European player to be drafted in the NFL straight from the European league, the three-day event had it all. Here are some pictures […]
Wide receivers go 21, 22 and 23 at NFL Draft
By Adam Rossow and Chris Hayre For the first time ever in the opening round, three wide receivers were picked consecutively. The Texans pick Will Fuller from Notre Dame, Washington picks Josh Doctson from TCU and Vikings pick Laquon Treadwell from Ole Miss.
Analysis: Still long way to go, but cricket seeing growth in U.S.
By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Players were padded up for their first practice session of the year Saturday in Glenview. The weather was in the 60s, and the sun was shining on a Glenview Park District’s field. The season of cricket has arrived and the 100 recreational league teams in Chicago are excited. ANALYSIS Now, why should […]
Becoming an elite basketball player comes at high price
By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Whitney Young junior guard Adrienne Truitt and her family have never gone on a family vacation in the last 10 years. Not even on short trips. Adrienne’s father Michael wanted to spend every additional penny he had on his daughter’s basketball career. And it is considerable: An estimated $40,000.
From rugby to NFL: New Zealander’s unconventional journey to Bears
Q & A with Paul Lasike, Chicago Bears hopeful at running back By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Set aside the fact that Paul Lasike, currently a practice squad running back for the Bears, did not start playing football until his sophomore year at Brigham Young University. He never watched a football game until the age of 20. Lasike […]
Coming in November: A weekend of hard-hitting games at Soldier Field, but rugby not football
By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Paul Lasike is a football player now, but his roots lie in rugby. Lasike, a running back on the Bears’ practice squad in 2015, grew up in New Zealand, where rugby is as big as football in the United States. His background made him more than qualified to discuss The Rugby Weekend, […]
Eight is not enough: Whitney Young girls shoot for their fourth state title
Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram The Whitney Young Dolphins’ gym was unusually cheerful last Wednesday, the first day of practice after the team brought home its eighth straight city title Feb. 7. During the warmups, senior point guard Kiara Lewis and teammate Breanna Beck broke into a quick hip-hop routine to Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
International wrestlers pin Rio dreams on U.S. training visit
By Tolly Taylor and Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram Imagine inviting someone to your house for the first time, and she beats you up. That’s what happened in January when Estonian wrestler Mae Epp bludgeoned her U.S. opponents with two technical falls and a pin at the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament in Colorado Springs. The world […]
U.S. Olympic Museum: a virtual reality
By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Usain Bolt will be in the starting blocks, ready to sprint 27 mph toward yet another Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter heats. And so will you – if you visit the U.S. Olympic Museum set to open in 2018. Virtual reality that will let visitors race […]