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JENNIFER KHEDAROO, Sports Editor Emerita

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Ike Davis is one of the first basemen treated unfairly by the Mets. (Harry E. Walker via MCT)

Who’s on First for the New York Mets?

April 16, 2014

What can a $3.5 million salary get you on the New York Mets? Well, it can guarantee you a seat on the bench. But don’t get excited, no one knows when you will actually get to play on the field. Just...

Close friend and Fordham alum Dan Devine with Kidanemariam on his graduation day.

Fordham Alumni and Friends Remember Nahom Kidanemariam

April 14, 2014

Friends, former classmates and faculty are remembering Nahom Kidanemariam, Fordham's Gabelli School of Business (GSB) '09, as focused, ambitious and loyal. “Nahom was the most fiercely loyal person...

Emily Tapio’s playoff run has helped the women’s basketball team will their first ever Atlantic 10 Championship. (Courtesy of Atlantic 10 Conference)

Tapio is the Breakout Star for Women’s Basketball

April 6, 2014

A broken ankle in the 2012-13 season forced Emily Tapio, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’15, off the court for three months. The following year, she missed the first 10 games of the regular...

Jennifer got the call on this game right. Did you? (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

March Madness Match-Up

March 20, 2014

It's March Madness and Sports Editor Jennifer Khedaroo is sharing her bracket with you for a March Madness Match-Up. What does your bracket look like? Do you have Syracuse going all the way like Jennifer?...

Fordham and the Atlantic 10 are looking to become more prominent in the world of college basketball. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports Info)

The Atlantic 10 is Revamping Its Style

March 2, 2014

The Atlantic 10 (A-10) Basketball Conference, home to Fordham and 13 other member institutions, has revamped its look. The conference has taken a more edgy, in-your-face approach to broadcasting how...

The softball team started their season off in Orlando, Fla. with a 2-1 record. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Softball Starts Their Road to Another Championship

February 13, 2014

This past weekend, the Fordham softball team started off their 2014 season in Orlando, Fla. After a round of explosive offensive effort and consistent superb pitching, the team improved to 2-1. And...

Captain Erin Rooney believes team chemistry has contributed to both individual and group success. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Team Chemistry is Key Factor in Rams’ Success

January 31, 2014

As the clock expired on Saturday afternoon, the women’s basketball team completed one of their best performances of the season. The Fordham Rams defeated the University of Massachusetts’ (UMass) Minutewomen...

Brett Biestek was named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team. (Kara Jagdeo/The Observer)

Brett Biestek is Hitting Back at Stigmatization of the Student Athlete

January 30, 2014

Playing for one of the most successful football teams in Fordham’s history is impressive. But Brett Biestek,  Graduate School of Business (GSB) has also accomplished academic achievements. He was recently...

(Melanie Chamberlain/The Observer)

Kaitlyn Carballeira Ends Fordham Soccer Career With Senior Night Win

November 20, 2013

During the final game of the women’s soccer season, Kaitlyn Carballeira, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’14, and her fellow seniors bid farewell to the team for which they played for four...

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has left the Miami Dolphins due to bullying within the locker room. (Joe Rimkus Jr/Miami Herald via MCT)

Why is Bullying Overlooked in the NFL?

November 20, 2013

In late October, Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin suddenly left the NFL team due to emotional stress after being bullied by teammate Richie Incognito. Every week since his departure, there have...

FCRH ’15 student and football player Sam Ajala. (Jennifer Khedaroo/The Observer)

Fordham Wide Receiver Samuel Ajala is Making all the Right Plays

October 30, 2013

With an 8-0 record this season, Fordham’s football team is bound to have their share of breakout stars. Wide receiver Samuel Ajala, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’15, is among them. During...

The 2013 New York Giants have found themselves 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 squad. (George Marogi/The Observer)

What Can You Say About That New York Giants Offense?

October 17, 2013

You can’t say much, besides how horrible they have been playing this year. Two years ago, the New York Giants found themselves with a record of 4-2 by the end of the sixth week. That squad went on to...

The Rams couldn't overcome a slow start to beat Colgate on Saturday. (Melanie Chamberlain/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Beats Georgetown, Improves to 7-0

October 16, 2013

The Fordham Rams football now have a 7-0 record after delivering a beating against the Georgetown University Hoyas. It was a tale of two sides of the line, as both the offense and the defense put up...

After winning the Liberty Cup against Columbia, Fordham improved to 5-0 by beating Saint Francis Courtesy of Fordham sports

Rams Move to 5-0 Record after Explosive Fourth Quarter

October 2, 2013

After a 52-7 blowout win versus Columbia University at the Homecoming game, the Fordham football team traveled to Pennsylvania for a much tighter game. Playing the Saint Francis University Red Flash...

(Yuanxi Liu/The Observer)

Four Exercises Based in Central Park This Fall

October 2, 2013

With fall here, it can be tempting to just throw on layers of clothing and stay indoors drinking pumpkin spice lattes all day long. But there are still activities in Central Park that will get you...

New Head Volleyball Coach Gini Ullery hopes her first season with Fordham is a successful one. (Melanie Chamberlain/The Observer)

Ullery Era Begins for Fordham Volleyball

September 23, 2013

The Fordham women’s volleyball team began their season on Aug. 30 with a win over Savannah State University at the Winthrop Classic, a summer tournament hosted by Winthrop University. The team ended...

Rams Return Home After Foreign Tour

September 23, 2013

After three flights and approximately 23 hours of travel, the Fordham women’s basketball team finally arrived in Melbourne, Australia. For the next two weeks, the Rams would be playing games, hosting...

The women’s basketball team has gotten an early start in 2013, traveling abroad to play ball in Australia. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Women’s Basketball Takes Talents Abroad

September 9, 2013

Arriving in Melbourne, Australia on Aug. 16, the Fordham women’s basketball team embarked on a two-week trip as a part of their foreign tour of 2013. The tour consists of international competition...

More than half of the 14 players suspended by MLB in 2013 are from the Dominican Republic, including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. (Phil Rogers/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Baseball’s PED Problem Runs Deeper than Greed

September 9, 2013

Pundits, bloggers, broadcasters and fans watched the annual All-Star festivities in mid-July at Citi Field ballpark in Queens, New York. But this was the calm before the storm: the week of celebrating...

Anthony has been a key part of the Knicks strong 3-1 opening against the Boston Celtics. (Jim McIsaac/Newsday/MCT)

Carmelo Anthony and Knicks Near First-Round Victory

May 1, 2013

When the 2012-2013 NBA season began, the New York Knicks had one of the oldest teams in the NBA. At the age of 28, Carmelo Anthony is one of the younger members on the veteran team, and is its biggest...

 The Mets came roaring out of the gates on Opening Day, defeating the San Diego Padres by a score of 11-2. (Jennifer Khedaroo/The Observer)

Buck and Harvey Lead Mets to Early Success

April 19, 2013

Spray painted onto either side of home plate were the words “Opening Week” in red, white and blue. After six months off, April 1 indicated that the 2013 baseball season for the New York Mets had...

Despite strong offensive play, the Rams dropped two games to Charlotte. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Softball Streak Snapped in Close Contest

March 27, 2013

After winning each of their last 10 games, Fordham’s softball team was twice defeated by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on March 22. In both games, the Rams led until the late innings,...

(Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Rams Baseball Defeated in Late Innings

March 26, 2013

Although Fordham's starting pitching performed well on Wednesday, March 20, a few fielding errors resulted in a 5-1 Fordham defeat by Hofstra University's Pride. Fordham moved to 10-8 for the season...

Infielder Mike Mauri, FCRH ’13, looks to follow up his junior campaign, during which he hit .325 for the Rams. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Fordham Baseball Opens to 5-3 Start

March 6, 2013

Fordham’s five-game winning streak came to an end on March 3 when the team was shut out by Lehigh University. The game wrapped up the Rams’ opening week of their 2013 season, which was a week of ups...

Arielle Collins, FCRH ’13, has been a key part of the team’s great season. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Women’s Basketball Reaches New Heights

February 20, 2013

After a hard-fought battle against the Saint Louis University (SLU) Billikens, Fordham’s women’s basketball team won their 18th game of the season, 61-56. The game, which was played at SLU on Feb....

Fordham Loses to Dayton in A10 Conference Game, 96-51

Fordham Loses to Dayton in A10 Conference Game, 96-51

January 24, 2013

On January 23 Fordham's men’s basketball team made their way to icy Dayton, Ohio to play the University of Dayton Flyers. In the two teams’ last seven meetings to date, the Flyers have come away...

Swimmer Brienne Ryan, FCRH ’13,  has won the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Performer of the Week award a conference record four weeks in a row. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

2012: A Good Year for Swimmer Brienne Ryan

December 13, 2012

Brienne Ryan, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’13, has had an amazing 2012. The senior competed in both the NCAA tournament and the Olympic trials, and was selected as the Women’s Performer...

The Fordham volleyball team banded together to win their final game of the 2012 season on Senior Day. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Volleyball Wins Final Game of the Season, Just Misses Playoffs

November 15, 2012

On Saturday, Fordham’s volleyball team ended their season on a high note at home, winning a five-set battle against the University of Rhode Island’s Rams 3-2. The final set scores of the match...

Murray credited his love and involvement of Gaelic football for his first interest in kicking for football.  (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Gaelic Football, Father an Inspiration for Fordham Kicker Murray

November 6, 2012

He is one of the most successful kickers in Fordham football history. But Patrick Murray, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH ’13), remains a humble guy who credits the support from his teammates...

All-Tournament sophomore Kalle Sotka, FCRH ’15, has been an intergal part of the team’s success. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Men’s Soccer Still Staying Competitive

October 18, 2012

Fordham men’s soccer team increased their overall record to 5-4-2 and their Atlantic 10 conference record to 1-1-1 after a late 2-1 victory against George Washington University on Oct. 14. The win...

Running back Carlton Koonce, FCRH ’13, was unable to break through against the Mountain Hawks. (Courtesy of Fordham Sports)

Fordham Football Loses Heartbreaker, Drops to 3-2

October 4, 2012

On Sept. 29, the Fordham Rams opened the 2012 Patriot League season at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. It was a tough game for the Rams, as they lost 34-31 to the Mountain Hawks in the final...

The sophomore trio of Kobayashi, Paguio and Tarpav returned and successfully defended their title. (Jennifer Khedaroo/The Observer)

Sophomore Trio Defends 3-on-3 Title

September 19, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament kicked off on Sept. 15 at the McMahon Hall basketball court. Four teams competed intensely but in the end, it was the trio of Yuta...

Yankees work hard to win a game against the Orioles on September 7, 2012. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun/MCT)

New York Yankees: Sinking but Trying to Hold On

September 10, 2012

By July 18, the Yankees had built a 10 game lead over the Orioles for first place in the American League East, making it look like they were going to easily cruise along straight to the postseason....