Monday, December 31, 2018
Hunt Them Down: A Pierce Hunt Thriller
By Simon Gervais
Thomas & Mercer; hardcover, $24.99; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available January 1, 2019
Security expert Simon Gervais has created one of the most gripping works you will ever read, Hunt Them Down, perfect for the times we live in.
Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. He has just completed a six-month suspension from the DEA, and he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts.
|Mustapha Heron. @StJohnsBBall.|
St. John's junior guard Mustapha Heron has earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor following a 19-point showing in his Big East debut.
The 6-foot-5 Auburn transfer put up 19 points in the Red Storm’s loss to Seton Hall on Saturday night by sinking five of his 11 shot attempts from the field, including a 4-for-8 effort from beyond the arc. Heron also converted on five of his seven free throw tries.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
|St. John's players head back to the bench as Seton Hall celebrates. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Seton Hall staged an epic comeback capped by a Shavar Reynolds buzzer-beating three-pointer to outlast St. John's, 76-74, on Saturday night in Newark.
This was the Big East Conference opener for both teams, and it is St. John's first loss of the season after 12 wins in non-conference play. Seton Hall went 9-3 in non-conference play, with signature wins over Kentucky and Maryland.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
The Feral Detective: A Novel
By Jonathan Lethem
Ecco; hardcover, 336 pages; $26.99
Jonathan Lethem's eleventh novel, the first since his National Books Critics Circle Award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, centers on a young Manhattanite who is burned out and ends up teaming up with a private investigator in the hunt for her friend's missing daughter in The Feral Detective.
Friday, December 28, 2018
99 STORIES I COULD TELL: A Doodlebook to Help You Create
By Nathan W. Pyle
Morrow Gift, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $16.99; available December 31
Nathan W. Pyle, the New York Times bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette and a former staff writer and illustrator for Buzzfeed, has created a guided journal has 99 prompts which will make journalers laugh, teach them to draw, and help them create new, imaginative illustrations to express themselves as we enter 2019.
|St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin.|
St. John's is off to a 12-0 start this season, and they face their biggest test on Saturday night when they open Big East Conference play at Seton Hall.
“Our team is ready to go," St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin said on Thursday. "We’re excited to get started on Saturday.”
Thursday, December 27, 2018
|Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor finding an opening. @BadgerFootball.|
In the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, Wisconsin rolled to a 35-3 win over Miami.
Wisconsin was led by their star running back Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 215 yards on 27 carries, an average of 7.6 yards per run, with a touchdown to take home Most Valuable Player honors.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
|Marvin Clark II shoots one from long range. @StJohnsBball.|
St. John's improved to a perfect 12-0 in the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 104-82 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday night at Carnesecca Arena.
This is St. John's best start since the 1982-83 season when they opened with 14 straight victories.
Friday, December 21, 2018
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia underwent an angioplasty on December 11, and when he met with doctors on Friday, he was told his prognosis is excellent.
Sabathia was experiencing acid reflux, heartburn and an increased amount of perspiration earlier this month, and he informed the Yankees' medical staff immediately of the issues.
On Friday afternoon, St. John's point guard Shamorie Ponds has been selected to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees signed a pair of left-handed pitchers, Danny Coulombe and Rex Brothers, to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
|Zion Williamson slams one home. @DukeMBB.|
The Duke Blue Devils beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 69-58, at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in the Ameritas Insurance Classic.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
|Mikey Dixon puts one up from long range. @StJohnsBball.|
For the second time in four days, St. John's beat a fellow New York City team at Carnesecca Arena in dominant fashion.
St. John's storm past St. Francis Brooklyn, 86-52, on Wednesday night to continue the perfect start to their season.
|A pregame ceremony of a Red Bulls Champions League game in March 2018. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Red Bulls will open the 2019 season with a Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 series against Club Atletico Pantoja.
They will face off in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, February 20, followed by the second leg at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, February 27.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
|Shamorie Ponds in action on Sunday. @StJohnsBball.|
St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds has garnered his first weekly award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, earning MBWA Player of the Week honors.
This comes a day after Ponds was named to the Big East Conference's Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season.
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
The 25th annual Yankees Holiday Food Drive, presented by C-Town and Bravo supermarkets and Krasdale Foods, will be held this Wednesday, December 19, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Gate 2 at Yankee Stadium, located at the corner of 164th Street and Jerome Avenue.
Monday, December 17, 2018
|J.A. Happ. @Yankees.|
After much speculation during last week's Winter Meetings, the Yankees made it official on Monday morning when they announced the signing of left-handed starter J.A. Happ to a two-year contract through the 2020 season with a vesting option for 2021.
|The Red Bulls celebrate a goal in this year's playoffs. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Major League Soccer today announced it will adopt a new single-elimination playoff structure beginning in 2019. Starting next season, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will consist of a straight-bracket format that will further reward regular season performance with a greater homefield advantage.
In addition, the new MLS postseason will see all playoff action positioned between the October and November FIFA windows as a three-week, uninterrupted sprint to MLS Cup.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
|Shamorie Ponds. @StJohnsBball.|
On a day when a school from Queens hosted one from Staten Island, it was a kid from Brooklyn who made the difference.
Shamorie Ponds had 16 points, 14 assists, and 9 rebounds to lead St. John's to a 73-58 win over Wagner on Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of the late Yankees Principal Owner George M. Steinbrenner III, passed away on Friday morning at her home in Tampa, Fla. surrounded by her family. She was 83.
“Joan was a compassionate and caring matriarch whose profound love for her family and those in the community always inspired us,” the Steinbrenner family said in a statement. “Her elegance and grace touched everyone around her, and we know her spirit will live on through her legacy of good works. We are grateful to have had her in our lives, and she will be deeply missed.”
Friday, December 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Red Bulls acquired the first overall pick in this afternoon's waiver draft from the San Jose Earthquakes, and subsequently selected former Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps. The Red Bulls sent their second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to San Jose.
|Tim Parker. Provided by Red Bulls.|
The Red Bulls have signed defender Tim Parker to a multi-year MLS contract using Targeted Allocation Money, the club announced today.
Parker, a Long Island native, was an integral part of the Red Bulls' historic 2018 season. The center back solidified a backline that allowed 33 goals in 34 regular season games en route to the 2018 Supporters' Shield with league-record points (71) and wins (22).
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Big East Conference and The Madison Square Garden Company announced an extension through 2028 of their agreement to hold the Big East Tournament at The Garden.
The agreement also ensures that the Tournament will be staged on its traditional dates at the close of college basketball’s regular season.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
|A recent Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will feature two of the most marquee names in college football, as Miami will take on Wisconsin.
The Pinstripe Bowl will take place at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, December 27, with kickoff scheduled for 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Avocaderia: Avocado Recipes for a Healthier, Happier Life
By Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, and Alberto Gramigni
Houghon Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 224 pages; $19.99; available Tuesday, December 4
The popular Brooklyn cafe Avocaderia became an overnight sensation when its doors opened in 2017, and they recently wowed the team of investors on ABC's Shark Tank.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Speeches Of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience
Compiled By Shaun Usher
Ten Speed Press - Penguin Random House; hardcover, 384 pages; $40.00; available Tuesday, December 4
In an era in which the ability to communicate is more valuable than ever, this collection of history's most profound, compelling, and sometimes unknown speeches is more valuable than ever.
Shaun Usher has compiled 75 speeches from electrifying personalities such as Meghan Markle, Justin Trudeau, Frederick Douglass, Yeonmi Park, Tilda Swinton, Nick Cave, Panti Bliss, Wamsutta Frank B. Jones, Socrates, Barbara Jordan, and Ursula K. LeGuin.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame's renowned 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner will take place Tuesday, December 4 at the New York Hilton Midtown. ESPN3 will stream the Annual Awards Dinner live at 8:30 p.m. ET.
A star-studded College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes Calvin Johnson, Kerry Collins, and Charles Woodson, will headline the event.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
For The Sake Of The Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon
Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Pegasus Crime; hardcover, 272 pages; $25.95; available Tuesday, December 4
This is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, which offers tales of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms.
Friday, November 30, 2018
The St. John’s men’s basketball team secured a commitment from NC State transfer Ian Steere, the latest part of what looks like a stellar roster for the 2019-20 season.
Steere, a former four-star recruit, will enroll at the University next semester and be eligible to play at the conclusion of the fall 2019 term.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
On Wednesday, the Yankees traded infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash consideration.
Torreyes, 26, had been designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Parker Bridwell, whom they acquired off waivers from the Angels.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
|David Villa. Courtesy NYCFC.|
New York City Football Club is losing its first-ever player, as their Captain David Villa will leave the team at the end of his contract on December 31, 2018.
Villa spent four glorious years with NYCFC, in which he scored 80 goals in 124 MLS matches.
|LJ Figueroa drives to the hoop. @StJohnsBball.|
St. John's continued their strong start to the season with a dominant performance against Maryland Eastern Shore, as they cruised to an 85-64 win on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
St. John's improved to 6-0 on the season, and they remain the last unbeaten team in the Big East Conference.
Monday, November 26, 2018
The Yankees made another move to solidify their starting rotation on Monday, as they claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Bridwell, 27, went 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA (6.2IP, 13ER) in five games (one start) with the Angels in 2018. He spent the majority of the season on the minor league disabled list, but also made six starts with Triple-A Salt Lake, going 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA (28.0IP, 27ER).
|Shamorie Ponds against California on Monday, Nov. 19. @StJohnsBball.|
Shamorie Ponds had a record-shattering pair of performances to lead St. John's to the Legends Classic title, and that earned him Big East Player of the Week honors, it was announced on Monday morning.
Playing in his home borough of Brooklyn for just the second time as a member of the Red Storm, had 32 points against California on
Monday, November 19, followed by 35 the next night against VCU.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
|Atlanta's Hectov Villalba celebrates his goal. @ATLUTD.|
In the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, Atlanta United took advantage of being at home and beat the Red Bulls, 3-0.
The second leg is Thursday night at Red Bull Arena, and the Red Bulls need to score three goals to send the match to overtime, or four to win outright. If Atlanta gets one, which would be a "road goal," the Red Bulls would need to score five.
|Harvard celebrates a late goal. Photo by Jason Schott.|
One of the annual traditions at Madison Square Garden is the Frozen Apple, the college hockey game held the Saturday night of Thanksgiving weekend.
This year's event featured Harvard taking on Cornell, and in front of 14,132, it was Harvard who came away with the 4-1 win.
Friday, November 23, 2018
|Kansas' Dedric Lawson drives the lane in the first half. Photo by Jason Schott.|
In the NIT Championship Game on Friday night at Barclays Center, Kansas, the second-ranked team in the country, outlasted fifth-ranked Tennessee, in overtime.
The consolation game also went to overtime, and Marquette beat Louisville 77-74.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
In the Barclays Center Classic on Wednesday afternoon, Pittsburgh powered past Saint Louis, 75-73, to improve to 6-0 on the season under new Head Coach Jeff Capel.
Pitt was led by Xavier Johnson, who had 20 points, including 17 in the second half, on 6-11 from the field, including 1-1 from behind the arc, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Malik Ellison and Sidy N'Dir had 13 points each, with N'Dir's coming off the bench on 5-8 shooting (2-3 on three-pointers) with 3 assists.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
St. John's won the Legends Classic on Tuesday night at Barclays Center with a thrilling overtime victory over VCU, 87-86.
Shamorie Ponds led the way for St. John's once again, as he poured in 35 points to take home tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Combined with the 32 points he had against California on Monday night, his 67 points were a tournament record.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Shamorie Ponds proved on Monday night why he was named the Big East Conference's Preseason Player of the Year, as he poured in 32 points to lead St. John's past California, 82-79, in the Legends Classic semifinals at Barclays Center.
St. John's will face off against VCU on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game. VCU beat Temple 57-51 in the other semifinal game on Monday night. Temple and Cal will face off in the consolation game at 5 p.m.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman entered this offseason vowing to bolster their starting rotation, and he made major progress on that Monday night.
The Yankees acquired left-hander James Paxton from Seattle in exchange for three prospects LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams. Sheffield was the top prospect in their system, brought over from Cleveland in the Andrew Miller trader in 2016.
Everything All At Once: How to Think Like a Science Guy, Solve any Problem, and Make a Better World
By Bill Nye and Corey S. Powell
Rodale Books; paperback, $17.99; available Tuesday, November 20
Bill Nye has been the face of science and discovery for over 20 years. The educator, author, and television host has taught us to be more observant and think more critically using humor, music, and scientific visuals in his award-winning educational programs.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Boys In The Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand
By Matt Gutman
William Morrow, in imprint of HarperCollins; hardcover; $26.99
The world was captivated this past June when 12 boys on a soccer team, along with their coach, were miraculously rescued from an underground cave in Thailand after being trapped for three weeks.
Matt Gutman, ABC News’ Chief National Correspondent, covered the rescue on the ground in Thailand, and has written the new book, The Boys In The Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand to show the real story of what was taking place inside the cave, which was far different than the information being given to reporters on the scene.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Monster City: Murder, Music, and Mayhem In Nashville's Dark Age
By Michael Arntfield
Little A; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; eBook $5.99
Nashville’s music scene was terrorized by serial killers for decades, and Monster City is the never-before-told true account of the cold-case Murder Squad that was determined to bring an end to their sadistic sprees.
Bestselling true-crime author Michael Arntfield spent more than 15 years as a police officer and detective in Canada before going on to become a globally noted homicide scholar and criminologist, including a year spent as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.