Harvard Cross-Country Alum Wins National Title with Hoyas

Published by Dominic Martinez on November 22, 2011 at 3:55AM

Though she already boasts four All-Ivy first team recognitions, two Academic All-American distinctions, and a Harvard diploma, Claire Richardson ’11 added something pretty special to her resumé on Monday: a national title.

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Celtics' Rondo Hosts Boston Charity Classic at Lavietes

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on November 21, 2011 at 3:12AM

On Saturday evening, the stars were out at Lavietes Pavilion.

While the Harvard men's basketball team was in Los Angeles, Calif., beating up on Loyola Marymount, it was a group of NBA players—including Paul Pierce (making a fashionably late appearance in the first quarter), Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Josh Smith, and Rudy Gay—which took to the court and dazzled a sold-out crowd of over 2,000 to benefit local charities SPIN (Serving People In Need), Sojourner House, and Crossroads Family Shelter.

Just days after the players union chose to dissolve itself—putting the 2011-2012 NBA season in doubt—the myriad highlight-reel dunks and long-distance bombs served as a small reminder of what fans would be missing through the upcoming long winter months.

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The Fab Five: Harvard Power Rankings, Week 8

Published by James D. McCaffrey on November 19, 2011 at 3:12AM

It’s been an eventful week in Harvard athletics. Championships were won. Students are leaving for “The Game.” And the NBA is back, at least for one night.

5. Lavietes Sellout

No, it’s not for a Harvard basketball game. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will host an exhibition game on Sautrday in what may be the only professional basketball action in Boston this year. Ticket sales will benefit Boston charities. If you don’t already have a ticket, don’t waste your time trying to get one. The event is completely sold out.

4. Shaq’s Book Signing

Shaq will be signing his autobiography, “Shaq Uncut,” at the Harvard Book Store on Saturday. The four-time NBA champion is the largest addition-by size-to the list of NBA players that will invade Cambridge this weekend.

3. Harvard-Yale Hype

The 128th edition of “The Game” is here. Thousands of Harvard students will travel to New Haven to watch the Crimson attempt to make Yale quarterback Patrick Witt regret his decision to skip his Rhodes Scholar interview. Kickoff is Saturday at 12 p.m.

2. Women’s Soccer (12-5-1, 6-0-1 Ivy)

The Crimson lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to No. 12 Boston University last Saturday. The team has a lot to be proud of though, as it won 12 games and the Ivy League championship this season.

1. Football (8-1, 6-0 Ivy)

Harvard beat Penn 37-20 last Saturday, locking up the school’s second Ivy League title of the fall season. The Crimson will look to extend its eight-game winning streak by leashing the Bulldogs at the Yale Bowl this weekend.

Scouting the Area: New Haven, Conn.

Published by Alexa N. Gellman on November 18, 2011 at 3:27AM

Harvard fans, this is the one weekend where we don’t have to convince you to travel to watch your team play. On Saturday, Nov. 19, Yale will be hosting the 128th edition of The Game. Hoards of Crimson fans will descend on the Bulldogs’ campus to show their school pride.

If you are not too busy partying, catching up with high school friends, tailgating, or watching The Game itself, here are some New Haven spots worth checking out:

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A History of Harvard-Yale

Published by Robert S Samuels on November 18, 2011 at 3:12AM

Generations of Harvard and Yale students have taken part in the wonderful tradition that is The Game. Interestingly, much of what we know and love about Harvard-Yale can be traced back to the very beginning of the rivalry’s storied history.

The schools’ football teams faced off for the first time on Nov. 13, 1875. Despite the steep entrance cost of 50 cents, 2500 fans showed up to New Haven’s Hamilton Park to witness Harvard’s 4-0 victory.

The game they played was still called football, but it would hardly be recognizeable to fans of the game today. The forward pass wouldn’t be legalized for another 20 years, and the two teams had to actually agree on the rules beforehand. Only upon Harvard’s urging did players agree that either side could run with the ball.

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