Thursday, December 28, 2017

St. John's Drops Big East Opener To Providence

Alpha Diallo (11) and Rodney Bullock return to a happy Providence bench at the end of the game, with St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin (bottom left) looking on - Photo by Jason Schott.

Thursday night at Carnesecca Arena felt like a second opening night to the season, as it was the start of Big East Conference play, with the 10-2 St. John's Red Storm hosting the 9-4 Providence Friars.

Providence has become a perennial NCAA Tournament team, so if St. John's could pull off the win in front of a sellout crowd of 5,602, it would be quite the statement,

Unfortunately for St. John's, it did not turn out that way, as Providence poured in 53 points in the second half to pull away late on their way to a 94-72 win.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Iowa Wins Pinstripe Bowl

Boston College's AJ Dillon scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium had its eighth installment on Wednesday, and like most of the games in this series, it went down to the wire, with Iowa holding on for a 27-20 win over Boston College.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz recorded his 143rd win at Iowa, tying Hayden Fry as the Hawkeyes’ all-time winningest football coach. Ferentz has a record of 143-97, while Fry's record is 143-89-6. The 143 wins rank fifth in overall coaching wins in the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa improved to 7-8 in bowl games since 2001. Only Ohio State (8) has more bowl wins among Big Ten teams since 2001.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NYCFC, Red Bulls Announce Home Openers

NYCFC plays at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Tuesday, the MLS announced the 2018 regular season home openers, including for New York City Football Club and the Red Bulls.

NYCFC's home opener will be on March 11 at Yankee Stadium against the LA Galaxy, while the Red Bulls' season and home opener is the night before, Saturday, March 10 against the Portland Timbers.

NYCFC will open their 2018 Regular Season, their fourth in the MLS, at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, March 4 at 7:30pm ET.

Marsch Among Coaches Taking Part in US Soccer Pro Course

Jesse Marsch. Photo by Jason Schott.

The second U.S. Soccer Pro License Coaching Course was completed on Friday, Dec. 15 in Chicago as part of its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees.

Jesse Marsch, the Head Coach of the Red Bulls, was one of 17 professional coaches from Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League, National Women's Soccer League, United Soccer League, and the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams completed a 12-month journey that began in January. 2017

Red Bulls Roundup: Champions League, Bonomo Signing, & Goodbye Grella

Red Bull Arena. Photo by Jason Schott.

It's been a busy week for the Red Bulls, as they learned their opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League, signed forward Stefano Bonomo and let go of fan favorite Mike Grella.

Full reports are below:

CONCACAF Champions League

The Red Bulls will face Club Deportivo Olimpia from Honduras in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16, as determined by a live draw on Monday night in Miami.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Books: A Chat With Jesse Mecham, Author Of "You Need A Budget"

You Need A Budget
By Jesse Mecham
Harper Collins Business, On Sale December 26

Jesse Mecham is the founder of YNAB, or You Need A Budget, the award-winning personal finance platform.

YNAB was founded in 2004 when Mecham and his new wife Julie were broke and, since they were students with big dreams and very few dollars between them, knew they needed to watch their money.

NYCFC Continues To Overhaul Defense

RJ Allen - Courtesy NYCFC.

New York City Football Club are continuing to make moves to shape their defense for 2018.

On Monday, NYCFC announced that they have traded defender RJ Allen to Orlando City in exchange for a 3rd Round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2018.

Louisville, St. John's Win In MSG College Hoops Weekend

The Gotham Classic. Photo by Jason Schott.

Madison Square Garden hosted two college basketball tournaments this weekend.  On Saturday afternoon in the Gotham Classic, Louisville beat Memphis, and on Sunday in the Holiday Festival, St. John's beat Iona.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Carnesecca Receives Naismith Outstanding Contributor To Basketball Award

Former St. John's Head Coach Lou Carnesecca, one of the most revered figures in the history of college basketball, has added yet another honor to his resume on Wednesday morning, as he received the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Basketball Award from the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Inside The Mind Of The Student-Athlete

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Sports Business Journal's SBJ/SBD Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was held last week at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

Jack Ford, the veteran journalist who played college football at Yale and is a board member of the National Football Foundation, moderated a panel with student athletes and what their college lives have been like.

NYCFC Signs Tinnerholm From Sweden, Trade Brillant To DC

Anton Tinnerholm. Courtesy NYCFC.

New York City Football Club has completed the signing of defender Anton Tinnerholm. A Sweden international, Tinnerholm joins NYCFC as a free agent after his contract with Malmo FF expired at the end of their 2017 season, pending receipt of P1 visa and ITC.

Tinnerholm is the reigning 2017 Allsvenskan Defender of the Year after he played a key role in helping Malmo to clinch back-to-back titles in October.

Books: Dick Gregory's Defining Moments In Black History

Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies
By Dick Gregory
Amistad: An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory was a provocative, incisive, and comedic force to be reckoned with for over 50 years.

Gregory made his mark as a groundbreaking performer who used satire to reflect on racial issues in America, and dedicated most of his life to social activism.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Books: My First Coach

My First Coach: Inspiring Stories of NFL Quarterbacks and Their Dads
By Gary Myers
Grand Central Publishing

Gary Myers, the NFL columnist for the New York Daily News regarded as the dean of football writers, has added to his collection of seminal works with My First Coach, examining legendary quarterbacks and their fathers.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Books: Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe

Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe
By Melissa de la Cruz
St. Martin's Press

Pride and Prejudice is one of Jane Austen's most famous works, and bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz applies her own twist to the classic.

In Pride & Prejudice & Mistletoe, the setting is Christmas and the roles are reversed,  and it is Miss Darcy, who is endearing but a bit snooty, and Luke Bennett, characterized as a sexy slouch.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Books: Anomaly: The Rubicon

Anomaly: The Rubicon

By Skip Brittenham & Brian Haberlin

Anomaly Productions

The Rubicon is the much-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking Anomaly, the science fiction graphic novel released in 2012.

Anomaly challenged artistic and technological limits with its simultaneous release of a glossy hardcover book, which is the longest original full-color graphic novel ever published, and a companion app that implemented Augmented Reality, or AR, to offer a unique interactive experience.

NYCFC Protected List For Expansion Draft

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club has submitted their Protected List ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

The draft will take place on Tuesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. ET and LAFC will have five picks to help build out their roster for their inaugural season.

Red Bulls List Of Protected Players For Expansion Draft

Red Bull Arena. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls announced their list of players available for the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft for Los Angeles FC, along with the list of players protected.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kentucky Mauls Monmouth At The Garden

Photos by Jason Schott.

Kentucky rolled to an easy 93-76 win over Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

After trailing 5-4 in the opening minutes, Kentucky went on a 17-3 run capped by PJ Washington free throws to make it 21-8 at the 12:42 mark of the first half.

Peyton Manning Headlines 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class

Photo by Jason Schott.

The National Football Foundation presented the inductees for the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning.

The Class includes (in alphabetical order) Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Villanova, Syracuse Win At Jimmy V Classic

Jim Valvano on the screen at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Jason Schott.

One of the best early season tournaments to open the college basketball season, the Jimmy V Classic, was on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The evening is in honor of legendary coach and Queens native Jim Valvano, who coached at Iona and, most memorably, led North Carolina State to an improbable national title in 1983.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Books: By The Skin Of Our Teeth Looks At Brooklyn-Based Morning Breath

By The Skin Of Our Teeth: The Art and Design of Morning Breath
By Jason Noto & Doug Cunningham
Dey St., An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

The beautifully produced art and design book BY THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH looks at Morning Breath, Inc., a Brooklyn-based boutique design studio created by Jason Noto and Doug Cunningham.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ivy League Bushnell Cup Awarded to Kanoff & Oplinger

Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris speaks before Matthew Opplinger (to the left of the podium) and Chad Kanoff  are honored. Photo by Jason Schott.

Princeton senior quarterback Chad Kanoff and Yale senior linebacker Matthew Oplinger were announced as the Ivy League's 2017 Football Players of the Year and Asa S. Bushnell Cup recipients on Monday afternoon in the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown.

Kanoff was named Offensive Player of the Year and Oplinger took home Defensive Player of the Year at the press conference and reception co-hosted by the National Football Foundation (NFF), presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Boston College, Iowa To Meet In Pinstripe Bowl

Boston College in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl against Penn State. Photo by Jason Schott.

The University of Iowa and Boston College have accepted invitations to play in the 2017 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, December 27, with kickoff scheduled for 5:15 p.m. 

Boston College is making its second appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, as they were here in 2014 and lost to Penn State.

It is BC's 26th bowl appearance all-time,  and Head Coach Steve Addazio has led the Eagles to four bowls in five years, the first coach in school history to achieve that.

Friday, December 1, 2017

NYCFC Announce Roster Options

NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club recently announced their roster options ahead of the 2018 season.

Five players have had their options exercised for the 2018 campaign.  Kwame Awuah, Ronald Matarrita, Andre Rawls, Khiry Shelton and Ben Sweat will remain with the team.

Red Bulls Roster Options For 2018

Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch and Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls have announced their roster decisions following the conclusion of the 2017 season. The club has exercised contract options on eight players and declined the options of 10.

The Red Bulls have exercised options on Sacha Kljestan, Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Danny Royer, Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne, Jr., and Evan Louro.

Seton Hall Wins At Under Armour Reunion

Photo by Jason Schott.

Seton Hall got a big victory on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, as they scored 50 points in the second half to beat #22 Texas Tech in the Under Armour Reunion.

Seton Hall was led by senior Desi Rodriguez, who put up 24 points, including 14 in the second half, on 7-16 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc, with seven rebounds and four assists. The only downside to his night was that he committed five turnovers.