Sunday, November 27, 2016

Maryland Wins Barclays Center Classic In a Thriller; Richmond 3rd

Maryland fans went into a frenzy after Melo Trimble's game-winning basket late. Photo by Jason Schott.

Maryland won the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday night, as they outlasted Kansas State in a thriller, 69-68, while Richmond came back to beat Boston College 67-54 in the Consolation Game.
Maryland 69, Kansas State 68
Maryland led this highly competitive championship game 35-29 at halftime, and found themselves down a point, 68-67, in the final seconds.
That was when Melo Trimble, who scored 31 points against Richmond Friday night, was ready to answer the call.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

South Carolina Stuns Syracuse At Barclays

South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell taking free throws to seal the win. Photo by Jason Schott.

South Carolina upset Syracuse, #18th in the national rankings, 64-50, in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Saturday at Barclays Center.
In the first half, South Carolina set the tone with stellar defense, as they held Syracuse to 35 percent shooting (8-23 from the field) and forced them to commit 11 turnovers.
PJ Dozier scored 11 points in the first half, and Sindarius Thornwell had 10,  to lead South Carolina to a 37-26 lead at halftime.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Barclays Center Classic: K-State, Maryland Win, Will Meet Saturday Night

The scene during Boston College-Kansas State. Photo by Jason Schott.

At the Barclays Center Classic on Friday night, Kansas State rolled to an easy win over Boston College, while Maryland beat Richmond in overtime.
Maryland will play Kansas State in the Barclays Center Classic Championship game on Saturday night. The Consolation game between Boston College and Richmond opens the night at 7:00 pm.
Kansas State 72, Boston College 54
This game got off to a very slow start, as each time couldn't find a rhythm early.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Notre Dame Wins Legends Classic At Barclays; Colorado Takes Third

Notre Dame's Matt Farrell celebrates after getting a rebound in the final seconds to seal the win. Photo by Jason Schott. 

Notre Dame outlasted Northwestern to win the Legends Classic on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, while Colorado took third place by beating Texas in the Consolation Game.
Notre Dame 70, Northwestern 66
This championship game started out evenly as Northwestern got out to a 14-12 lead in the opening minutes, but Notre Dame responded with an 11-0 run capped by a V.J. Beachem three-pointer to make it 23-14 at the 9:24 mark of the first half.
Notre Dame kept up the momentum and went up 11 points, 32-21, on a Bonzie Colson free throw at the 6:11 mark. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Legends Classic At Barclays Center

Bonzie Colson (35) chats with Matt Farrell (5) while Steve Vasturia takes late free throws. Photo by Jason Schott.

At the Legends Classic at Barclays Center on Monday night, Notre Dame outlasted Colorado, and Northwestern put a big second half together to trounce Texas.
Notre Dame 89, Colorado 83
Notre Dame dominated this one early, as they used a 12-2 run to jump out to a 31-16 lead halfway through the first half.
They maintained that lead, as they took a 50-35 lead into halftime. Bonzie Colson had 12 points and six rebounds, while Matt Farrell had 10 points and four assists in the first half to lead Notre Dame.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Michigan Wins 2K Classic; Pitt Takes 3rd

Derrick Walton, Jr. hoists the 2K Classic championship trophy. Photo by Jason Schott.

Michigan put on quite a show on Friday night at Madison Square Garden to win the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project with a 76-54 win over SMU.
Michigan's Zak Irvin was the MVP of the 2K Classic, as he had 16 points, six assists, and five rebounds in their win Thursday night over Marquette, and scored 16 points again on Friday night on 6-13 shooting, 2-7 on threes, with six rebounds, and five assists.
Pittsburgh earned third place in the tournament as they beat Marquette 78-75 in the Consolation Game.
Michigan 76, SMU 54

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2K Classic Night One: SMU Outlasts Pitt; Michigan Mauls Marquette

Michigan's Derrick Walton, Jr. looks to make a play. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the 2K Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, SMU came back to beat Pittsburgh, while Michigan dominated Marquette in the nightcap.
On Friday SMU will meet Michigan in the championship game at 7:00 pm, while Pitt will meet Marquette in the consolation game at 4:30 pm.
SMU 76, Pittsburgh 67
SMU, led by Semi Ojeleye, who had 24 points and five rebounds, had a dominant second half to outlast Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kansas, Kentucky Win At Champions Classic

The scene at the end of Duke-Kansas. Photo by Jason Schott.

Kansas beat Duke in a game that went down to the buzzer, and Kentucky blew out Michigan State at the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Duke led this one 34-29 at halftime, led by 11 from Amile Jefferson in the first half.
The second half belonged to Kansas, as they opened up a 10-point lead, 53-43, on a Frank Mason III free throw with 10:58 left.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Will Staten Island Keep The Yankees Name?

Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Staten Island Yankees announced over the summer that they were rebranding themselves for the 2017 season with a fan vote to choose the new name.
They announced the finalists in early September: Pizza Rats. Bridge Trolls, Heroes, Killer Bees, and Rock Pigeons.
Since then, the reaction to these choices has been tepid. The only information from the organization since then was that they will extend the time for fans to make their choice.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lampard Leaving NYCFC

Frank Lampard saluting the fans this season. USA Today Sports.

Frank Lampard is set to leave New York City Football Club when his contract expires at the end of 2016.
Lampard, the beloved English midfielder who played most of his career at Chelsea, was the first signing by NYCFC in 2014.
That year, Manchester City, the parent club, decided to have Lampard start the 2014-15 season with them to keep him in shape ahead of the March 2015 debut of NYCFC.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Books: Joe Buck On Being A "Lucky Bastard"

Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
By Joe Buck
Joe Buck, the face of FOX Sports as its lead announcer for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and USGA Golf coverage, has written an entertainingly candid, self-deprecating memoir.
In Lucky Bastard, Buck writes a lot about his father, Jack, the legendary St. Louis Cardinals announcer and the impact he had on his life and career. Joe grew up sitting in the booth while Jack called Cardinals games, and started calling games himself at the age of 19.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fordham Rams Roll Past Holy Cross At Yankee Stadium

Fordham's Robbi Cantelli scoring a TD with 12 seconds left in the first half. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Fordham Rams rolled to a 54-14 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders in the Ram-Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Fordham came out firing, as Chase Edmonds scored on a 41-yard run 2:42 into the game to make it 7-0.
After they stopped Holy Cross on a fourth down on the ensuing drive, Fordham marched down the field, and Edmonds got another touchdown on a one-yard run to give them a 14-0 lead.

Barclays Center Hosts SI Sportsperson Of The Year

Photo by Jason Schott. 

Barclays Center will be the host as Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will bring the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards celebration to Brooklyn on Monday, December 12, 2016.
For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated will open the event to fans on a limited basis by offering exclusive VIP packages.
The star-studded affair will honor the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, along with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recipient, the SI Kids SportsKid of the Year selection and other top names and moments from the year in sports. The evening will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes, live musical performances and a VIP red carpet entrance featuring celebrities of sports and entertainment. Sports Illustrated is set to live stream coverage from the event on its digital platforms.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Red Bulls Look To Build On Another Strong Regular Season

Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis and Head Coach Jesse Marsch. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls had a successful regular season, as they finished with the top record in the Eastern Conference.
They overcame a 1-6-0 start and went 15-3-9 to finish 16-9-9, with 57 points. They finished with the best home record in MLS (13-2-2) and with the best goal differential (+17).
They were the hottest team entering the playoffs, as they closed the regular season on a 16-game unbeaten streak.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

NYC Marathon: Ghebreslassie Wins First Title; Kheitany Takes If For Third Time

The Marathon finish line in Central Park. Photo by Jason Schott.

At the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won on the men's side for the first time, while Mary Kheitany won her third title on the women's side.
Ghebreslassie won it with a time of 2:07:51, edging out Lucas Rotich of Kenya, who finished in 2:08: 53, and Abdi Abdirahman of the United States, who had a time of 2:11:23.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Books: "After 9/11" By Hovitz

After 9/11
By Helaina Hovitz
Carrel Books 
Helaina Hovitz takes her readers back to what it was like in the aftermath of 9/11.
The fear, the uncertainty, and the pain of that day is seen through the eyes of a 12-year old that lived in the World Trade Center area.
To Hovitz, this was her home, her neighborhood, and it was taken away in an instant. This was a story that had to be told, and she does an impressive job of recounting what that time was like for her parents and grandparents.

Friday, November 4, 2016

TCS NYC Marathon: Celebs Running For A Cause

Celebrity runners gathered ahead of the TCS NYC Marathon. Photo by Jason Schott.

One of the highlights of the TCS New York City Marathon is the chance see celebrities running for their favorite charities.
Here is a list of stars to look for on the Marathon route on Sunday: