The ice is my battlefield. The “A” on my jersey is a symbol of honor and heritage. By wearing the “A”, I accept the responsibility of my sport. I will never quit. I will persevere and thrive on adversity. I expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. My team expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time.

The now third-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team extended its win streak to 12 matches this past weekend with wins over Bates and 12th-ranked Bowdoin. The Jeffs improve to 24-2 on the season and remain unbeaten in the NESCAC.

The fourth-ranked Amherst women’s tennis team went 2-1 on its road trip to Maine with wins over seventh-ranked Bowdoin and Bates but a loss to second-ranked Emory. The Jeffs now sport a 10-3 dual match record on the year.

One of the most controversial talking points of the NBA over the past season has been the matter of tanking. Adam Silver, the NBA’s new commissioner, has declared that tanking does not exist: teams are simply looking to rebuild. On the other hand, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, has claimed that tanking is absolutely an ongoing issue. So what gives?

The Amherst softball team beat MCLA twice and Williams once en route to a 3-2 record over the past week.

Cruising to a two-game sweep over non-conference opponent, MCLA, the Jeffs defeated the Trailblazers 11-3 (six innings) and 12-0 (five innings). In the first game of the double-header, the Jeffs secured an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back, later extending the lead to 6-0.

Over the past few decades, the NFC East (comprised of the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles) has been one of, if not the most dynamic divisions in football. Last season, however, it was arguably the worst. The division’s lack of success in 2013 can be attributed to the fact that they had to play against the best division in the NFL last year, the AFC West.

The New York Yankees are still wearing the same classic pinstripes, but looking at the players sporting those jerseys doesn’t feel the same. The Yankees look different. The personnel has changed, and with it, so has the Yankees image.

No more Mariano Rivera. No more Robinson Cano. No more Andy Pettitte. These three players had become marquee, household names for the Yankees over the years. Cano departed for free agency, while Pettitte and Rivera headed for retirement after the 2013 season ended.