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Lady Eagles soar

The stretch run officially began for the AU Women's Basketball team this weekend with key victories over winless Lafayette and preseason Patriot League favorite Army. With the wins, the Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Lehigh, Colgate and Holy Cross.

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AU still learning

Sports columnist Ian Quillen discusses the work to be done and the improvement to be made in the future of AU basketball.

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Top 10 Rejected AU Sports Slogans

Looking around the NCAA sports world, it's clear that AU lacks something that so many successful sports programs have. A slogan. Kansas fans rally around "rock chalk Jayhawk." Penn State and Alabama students echo cries of "We are Penn State" and "Roll Tide," respectively.

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Parity poopers, go home!

There's more at stake this Sunday than merely the Super Bowl and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. That's right. There is more at stake than just the crown jewel achievement of arguably the most popular pro sport in the United States. If the New England Patriots win, it will be their second Super Bowl victory in three years.

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Bittersweet weekend for Women's Basketball

The Women's Basketball team played a double-header weekend on the road splitting games with Colgate and Holy Cross. On Sunday, the Eagles suffered a 74-56 loss when they traveled to Worcester, Mass. to face their nemesis, Holy Cross.

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Skins fans welcome back head coach Gibbs

On Jan. 7 Comcast SportsNet ran a text banner along the bottom of the screen, the type usually reserved for natural disaster warnings, rain-delay reminders and other urgent unexpected news. January is neither baseball season nor hurricane season, and in Washington it hasn't been football season in a while. But with the bulletin running on the text banner announcing that Joe Gibbs (the old Redskins coach from more than a decade ago) had been named the new Redskins head coach, Washingtonians could finally believe that January could be important again.

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Mens Hoops rally to defeat Holy Cross

After starting the first game of the year back in November against Maryland, AU junior forward Matej Cresnik was demoted to the role of first, second or third player off the bench. But this weekend, head coach Jeff Jones gave Cresnik two more starts, against Holy Cross on Sunday and Colgate last Friday. The Slovenian responded, shooting a combined 13-of-17 in those games to lead AU Men's Basketball to two nail-biting road wins - a 62-59 victory at Holy Cross and a 74-71 win at Colgate. Cresnik scored 15 against the Crusaders and 17 against the Raiders.

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Swimmers split meet

The AU Swimming and Diving teams hosted an evening of rarities Saturday against Lehigh at Reeves Aquatic Center. In only the teams' second home meet of the season, the Men's side won its first dual meet in a year, 166-112, and Women's Diving performed for the first time this season but fell 173-119.

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AU soccer star signs with pros

Peter Philipakos, AU Men's Soccer's leading scorer last season, signed with Greek professional side AEK Football Club, a perennial contender in Greece's first division, on Jan. 9. Philipakos traveled to Greece over winter break to train with the club, with intentions to return for AU's spring season. Instead, AEK (Athletic Union of Constantinopolitans) signed him for a three-and-a-half year term, running from the second half of Greece's current 2003-04 season to the end of the 2006-07 campaign.

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Mens' basketball falls to 2-1 in Patriot League

The Men's Basketball team finished Saturday's Patriot League clash against visiting Lehigh on an offensive stretch colder than the frigid air bearing down on D.C. With at least a tie for the PL lead on the line, the Eagles did not make a field goal for the last 10:34 of the game, including one overtime session.

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Mountain Hawks prey on Eagles

After opening their Patriot League season in such promising fashion, the Lady Eagles suffered a critical blow on Saturday losing 69-55 to Lehigh at Bender Arena. "Our offensive execution was poor and we didn't take care of the ball," AU head coach Shann Hart said.

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Easy layup for AU over winter break

Sometimes a five-game losing streak is just what a team needs to awaken a sleeping giant. And that sleeping giant is the AU Women's Basketball team, picked to finish second in the Patriot League.