Saturday, March 31, 2018

Red Bulls Fall Short In Orlando


The Red Bulls lost a heartbreaker to Orlando City SC, 4-3, on the road on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Bulls fell to 2-2-0, 6 points in MLS play this season, while  Orlando City SC earned their first win, and is now 1-2-1 with 4 points on Saturday afternoon.

In the seventh minute, the Red Bulls got on the board when Florian Valot scored his first MLS goal when he headed in a brilliant cross from Kaku to make it 1-0.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Books: How Three Women Won Battle Against Onassis

Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World - And Won

By David W. Moore

Diversion Books

In the fall of 1973, Aristotle Onassis, the Greek oil shipping tycoon and husband of President John F. Kennedy's widow Jackie, arrived on the New Hampshire Coast to scout out plots of land. 

Onassis was on the of the world's richest and famous men who was convinced his plan would go off without a hitch. He lined up support for the project from New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson and by William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader.

Small Town, Big Oil tells the story of how three women, Nancy Sundberg, Dudley Wesbter Dudley, and Phyllis Bennett, fought Onassis' bid to build an oil refinery in the town of Durham, New Hampshire, and won. 

St. John's Leads Legends Classic Field

Barclays Center. Photo by Jason Schott.

St. John's, Temple, VCU, and California headline the field for the 2018 Legends Classic, which culminates with the Championship Rounds at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, November 19 and 20.

All four games of the Championship Rounds will be televised on ESPN networks.

St. John's, Temple, VCU, and California will each host a pair of regional round games on campus in addition to facing off at Barclays Center in the Championship Rounds on Nov. 19-20. The four regional round hosts combine for 102 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Final Fours.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Books: "This Is Me," The Inspiring Journey Of Chrissy Metz

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today
by Chrissy Metz
Dey Street Books, Hardcover, On Sale Today, March 27, $26,99

Chrissy Metz is one of the lead actors of a series that has become a cultural phenomenon since it debuted in the fall of 2016, This Is Us.

The acclaimed program was honored with the coveted spot after the Super Bowl this past February, and has been renewed for two upcoming seasons. 

BWP Named MLS Player Of The Week

Bradley Wright-Phillips with Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch after a recent game. Photo by Jason Schott.

Red Bulls Forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was deemed the "most underrated player in league history" by his coach, Jesse Marsch, on Saturday night, got some recognition on Tuesday as he was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).

Wright-Phillips earned the honor after scoring two goals in the Red Bulls 3-0 home win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday night.
Wright-Phillips struck once in each half to seal the win for the Red Bulls. He put them ahead 2-0 in the 42nd minute with an over-the-shoulder heel touch, redirecting a free kick from Homegrown midfielder Sean Davis that was headed-on by Tim Parker.

Turner Unveils B/R Live; Streaming Service Will Include NBA & Champions League

Turner President David Levy with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday morning. Photo by Jason Schott.

Turner unveiled their new premium live sports streaming service, Bleacher Report Live, at their headquarters on Tuesday morning.

In what they see as the future of how people consume sports, B/R Live will serve as the central hub for both the discovery and consumption of live sport content. The streaming service will allow fans to find and watch their favorite sports content anywhere, anytime, and on the screen of their choice.

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Yankee Stadium Dining Options & Social Spots For 2018

Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon. All photos by Jason Schott.

The Yankees unveiled new dining options and social gathering spaces at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon ahead of their home opener on Monday, April 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

New spots you should check out this season include the Blue Point Bleachers Bar located on the 200 Level in the left field bleachers and a Rotisserie Chicken & Steak kiosk at section 105, right by the highly popular Judge's Chambers in right field.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Books: Ray Allen On The Big 3 In Boston And Making His Mark In Miami

From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love

By Ray Allen, with Michael Arkush

Dey Street Books, Hardcover, available this Tuesday, March 27

Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, especially known for draining them from behind the arc, and set the record for most three-pointers made in the process.

Allen, who displayed an incomparable work ethic in his 18-year career, won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat in 2013.

In a very engaging and revealing work, From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, Allen writes about growing up in a military family. This that taught him about responsibility and respect, and led to the laser focus that made him one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Marsch's Moniker For BWP: "The most underrated player in league history"

Bradley Wright-Phillips salutes the fans as he leaves the game Saturday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The New York Red Bulls rolled to an impressive 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goals, both showcases of his amazing talent.

The Red Bulls' first goal came in the 15th minute when Wright-Phillips stepped back from deflecting a shot from Alex Muyl in the box that wound up going into the net to give the Red Bulls the early lead.

Boston Tie Party: NYCFC Earns Draw With New England

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scoring one of his goals. USA Today Sports.

New York City Football Club came from behind late to earn a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution on the road in Foxborough on Saturday afternoon.

NYCFC got both of their goals from their budding star Ismael Tajouri-Shradi to remain unbeaten on the season (3 wins, 1 draw, 10 points).

NYCFC Sign Scally, 15, as Second-ever Homegrown Player

Joe Scally with NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira. @NYCFC.

New York City Football Club announced that Joe Scally has signed his first professional contract with the Club. The 15-year old becomes their second-ever Homegrown Player, following James Sands in graduating from NYCFC Academy to the first-team.

Scally, who joined the first-team on their preseason training camps in Jacksonville, LA and Mexico, will finish out the remainder of the school year before commencing full-time training with the seniors in the summer.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yankees Give Fans More OF A Chance To See BP

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees have announced that Yankee Stadium will open Gates 6 and 8, as well as the Suite Entrance, 3 hours prior to the scheduled start of every Friday night game, as well as all Saturday games scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.

Prior to these games, the entire Field Level, Great Hall, Bleachers (including Pepsi Lounge), Legends Suites and Club, Champions Suites and Clubs, and Ford Field MVP Club will be accessible. All other Gates and the rest of the Stadium will open 1 ½ hours prior to first pitch.

All Yankee Stadium gates will open 3 hours prior to the Yankees’ home opener vs. Tampa Bay on Monday, April 2, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Red Buls Game on April 7 Postponed Due To Champions League Commitments

Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch and goalkeeper and Captain Luis Robles. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls home match on April 7 against the Houston Dynamo has been rescheduled due to the Red Bulls historic advancement to the semifinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday afternoon.

The Red Bulls and Dynamo will square off at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET, with coverage on MSG Networks and Red Bulls Radio.

The Red Bulls advanced to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals for the first time in club history by defeating Honduran side CD Olimpia in the Round of 16 and downing Mexico's Club Tijuana 5-1 over two legs, becoming just the third MLS team to earn a win in Mexico during knockout round competition.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Books: Yankees Bound For Glory With "The Baby Bombers"

The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty

By Bryan Hoch

Diversion Books

The New York Yankees dynasty in the 1990s, which saw them win four World Series championships, revolved around homegrown players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera.

The last championship for The Core Four, as they came to be known, came in 2009, and the feeling of that era lasted until Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season.

In The Baby Bombers, Bryan Hoch, who has covered the Yankees as a beat writer since 2007, chronicles how the team rebuilt over the past few years, and came within one win of reaching the World Series last season.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Books: "Secret Empires" In Politics

Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends

By Peter Schweizer

Harper, Published Today

Peter Schweizer, the president of the Government Accountability Institute, leads a team that is committed to exposing crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer money, and other government corruption and malfeasance.

Schweizer has become an authority on the subject of money in politics with his bestsellers Clinton Cash, Throw Them All Out, Do As I Say (Not As I Do), Extortion, and Architects of Ruin.

In his new book Secret Empires, Schweizer, with his team of investigative researchers and journalists, exposes vast corruption by top Washington figures who leverage their political power to enrich their family members and friends, often by helping grease deals with foreign entities.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Red Bulls Lose To Real Salt Lake

Carlos Rivas of the Red Bulls getting off a shot Saturday night. @NewYorkRedBulls.

The Red Bulls suffered a tough defeat, 1-0, to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in the snow.

The game was essentially decided just three minutes in when Real Salt Lake was awarded a penalty-kick opportunity, and Albert Rusnak converted for the eventual game winner.

This was the Red Bulls' first loss of the 2018 season across all competitions, and they are now 1-1-0 in MLS play.

NCAA Tournament: Seton Hall's Season Ends With Loss To Kansas

Seton Hall's Desi Rodriguez putting up a layup against Kansas on Saturday night. 

The Seton Hall Pirates lost to the Kansas Jayhawks, the top seed in the Midwest Region, 83-79, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Wichita.

Seton Hall's vaunted class of seniors gave their all in their last game as Pirates.

Khadeen Carrington led the way with 28 points on a superb 9-13 from the field, including 5-8 from behind the arc, with two assists and a block.

NYCFC Stays Unbeaten With Shutout Of Orlando City

Ismael Tajouri of NYCFC. USA Today Sports.

New York City Football Club beat Orlando City SC, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with both goals coming in the second half.

NYCFC improved to 3-0-0 on the season, the first time they have done so in their history. It is the longest they have remain unbeaten since their inaugural season in 2015. That season, they had a win and two draws in their first three games, so this squad is off to their best start ever, talking all nine possible points so far this season.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Books: "Stray City" By Chelsey Johnson

Stray City

By Chelsey Johnson

Custom House / William Morrow, on sale March 20th, hardcover $25.99

In her debut novel Stray City, Chelsey Johnson explores the notion within LGBTQ culture of creating an alternative or "chosen" family, which is vital and born of necessity.

Johnson looks at this concept with scintillating wit, a fresh eye, and heart-crushing pathos, and in the process flipping the script on the traditional coming-out story in the process.

"I wanted to imagine and realize joyful, inventive, liberatory possibilities of family formation," says Johnson.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NCAA Tournament: Seton Hall Opens With Win Over NC State

Seton Hall's Ismael Sanogo slams one home on Thursday afternoon.

Seton Hall opened the NCAA Tournament with a 94-83 win over North Carolina State in Wichita on Thursday afternoon.

Khadeen Carrington led the way for the Hall, as he had 26 points on 6-14 shooting, 3-5 on three-pointers, and he drained 11 free throws. 

Seton Hall's balanced attack continued with big contributions off the bench from two players who battled injuries down the stretch, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo.

Red Bulls - Chivas Champions League Information

The Red Bulls lined up on Tuesday night before their win over Tijuana. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls and Chivas Guadalajara will face off in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals on April 4 and April 10.

The first leg will be in Mexico on Wednesday April 4 at 10 p.m. eastern time kick off and will host the return leg at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Books: From Odessa To Brooklyn To "Dancing With The Stars"

I'll Never change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars

By Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dey St., An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy, who has been one of the professional ballroom dancers on Dancing with the Stars since 2011, tells his life story for the very first time in his engaging memoir I'll Never Change My Name.

Starting with his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family's immigration to the United States, he examines what it was like to arrive in Brooklyn at the age of eight without knowing a word of English, and was a stranger in a strange land.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Books: Cooking "For The Love Of The South"

For The Love Of The South: Recipes and Stories from My Southern Kitchen

By Amber Wilson

Harper Design, An imprint Of Harper Collins Publishers, 256 pages, $35.00

Amber Wilson, who created the acclaimed food blog For the Love of the South, has just published her first cookbook, which is a delightful collection of 100 amazing and accessible recipes for Southern classics.

For The Love Of The South: Recipes And Stories From My Southern  Kitchen captures the essence of Southern culture and honors family, friends, food, and Wilson’s experience growing up on the bayous of Louisiana.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Red Bulls Roll Past Tijuana In Champions League

Club Tijuana and the Red Bulls entering the field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Red Bulls, after falling behind early, rallied to a 3-1 win over Club Tijuana on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal matchup.

This result coupled with the Red Bulls' 2-0 win in Mexico last Tuesday, means they advance on the 5-1 aggregate.

The Red Bulls are now in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals for the first time in club history.

Edgardo Alfonzo Back As Cyclones Manager

Edgardo Alfonzo will return as Brooklyn Cyclones manager for the 2018 season, his fifth year with the Cyclones organization and second as manager.

The Mets legend, known as “Fonzie,” will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Royce Ring, also returning for his second season in that role, and newcomer Marlon Anderson (hitting coach). An additional coach will be added to the staff in the coming weeks. 

The Cyclones will open their 2018 season with on Friday, June 15th at the Staten Island Yankees, with the home opener against Staten Island the following night.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

NYCFC, Red Bulls Win Their Home Openers

NYCFC's David Villa (7) and Maxi Moralez (10) celebrating Anton Tinnerholm's (3) goal. USA Today Sports.

This weekend saw both the Red Bulls and New York City Football Club win their home openers.

The Red Bulls won 4-0 over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena, while NYCFC won 2-1 over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

Red Bulls 4, Portland 0

The Red Bulls won at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night over Portland in what was their first game of the MLS season. Though the MLS started play last weekend, they were essentially given a bye because of their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Virginia Wins ACC Championship

The confetti rained down on Virginia at Barclays Center. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Virginia Cavaliers won the ACC Championship in a 71-63 victory over North Carolina on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

This is Virginia's third ACC Championship, and second in the last five years under Head Coach Tony Bennett. They lost to UNC in the title game two years ago, so this was a measure of revenge.

Virginia, now 31-2 on the season. was the top seed in this tournament in addition to being the top-ranked team in the nation, and they are primed to be Number One overall in the NCAA Tournament.

Friday, March 9, 2018

ACC Semifinals: North Carolina Wins A Classic With Duke

North Carolina's Theo Pinson putting up a shot in the first half. Photo by Jason Schott.

North Carolina beat Duke in an utter classic, 74-69, in the ACC Semifinals on Friday night at Barclays Center.

North Carolina will take on Virginia in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night at 8:30 pm. This is the second time they are facing off in the title game in three seasons, which was won by North Carolina.

North Carolina was led by Luke Maye, who had a double-double with 17 points on 8-18 shooting, and 10 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end. He also had four assists.

ACC Semifinals: Virginia Gets By Clemson To Reach Final

Clemson's Aamir Simms putting up a shot late in the first half. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Virginia Cavaliers, the number one ranked team in the country and here in Brooklyn at the ACC Tournament, knocked off four-seeded Clemson 64-58 on Friday night in the semifinals.

The Cavaliers move on to the ACC Championship Game Saturday night against the winner of Duke and North Carolina. This is the ninth ACC final appearance for Virginia.

ACC Day 3: North Carolina Stuns Miami To Set Up Meeting With Duke

North Carolina fans in a frenzy as they head to the bench during the second half. Photo by Jason Schott.

The North Carolina Tar Heels erased a 14-0 deficit by halftime on their way to an 82-65 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

The win set up a meeting with archrival Duke in the semifinals for the second straight season. Tip-off will be Friday night at 9:30 pm.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

ACC Day 3: Duke, Led By Bagley & Allen, Powers Past Notre Dame

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski enters Barclays Center. Photo by Jason Schott.

Duke, led by big performances from Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen, pulled away in the second half and beat Notre Dame, 88-70 in the ACC Quarterfinals on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

Bagley led the way for Duke, with 33 points, 23 of which came in a second half in which he shot a near-perfect 11-12 from the field. He shot 15-23 overall on the night, including 2-3 on three pointers. He also did it on the boards, collecting 17 rebounds to earn a double-double.

Allen scored 23 points on the night, and 15 of them came in the first 10 minutes of the game. He shot a superb 7-10 on the night, including 5-6 from three-point range.

ACC Day 3 Afternoon Session: Virginia, Clemson Win, Will Meet In Semis

Clemson's Elijah Thomas snares a rebound against Boston College. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the afternoon session of the third day of the ACC Tournament at Barclays Center on Thursday, Virginia beat Louisville 75-58, while Clemson beat Boston College, 90-82.

Virginia, the top seed in the tournament, and fourth-seeded Clemson will meet on Friday night at 7 pm in the semifinals.

Big East Tournament: #1 Xavier Rolls By St. John's

The eye in the sky at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Jason Schott.

The St. John's Red Storm's roller-coaster ride of a season ended on Thursday afternoon when they lost in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals to top-seeded Xavier 88-60.

St. John's, who beat Georgetown on Wednesday night and were back on the floor at noon Thursday, hung in there for the first half, trailing by just four, 32-28, at halftime.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Acc Day 2 night Session: Notre Dame & North Carolina Move On

North Carolina and Syracuse in action. Photo by Jason Schott.

The evening part of the second day of the ACC Tournament saw Notre Dame coming from behind to beat Virginia Tech and North Carolina rolling to a victory over Syracuse.

Notre Dame Figthing Irish 71, Virginia Tech 65
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came back from 13 points down at halftime to stun Virginia Tech 71-65.
Matt Farrell led the way for Notre Dame, as he scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half. Farrell shot 5-13 from the field, including 4-11 from behind the arc, while also getting five rebounds and five assists.

Big East Tournament: St. John's Beats Georgetown Again

Marvin Clark II driving for a basket on Wednesday night. @StJohnsBball. 

For the second straight year, St. John's knocked off Georgetown on the opening night of the Big East Tournament, as they came away with an 88-77 victory on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

It will be a quick turnaround for St. John's, as they will play at noon on Thursday against top-seeded Xavier.

ACC Day 2: Boston College Upsets NC State

Boston College's Ty Bowman looks to make a play. @BCMBB.

The Boston College Eagles, who entered the ACC Tournament as the 12th seed, upset the 5th seed North Carolina State Wolfpack, 91-87, on Wednesday afternoon.

Boston College got incredible performances from Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman.

Robinson led BC with 26 points on 9-20 from the field, including a three-pointer, with five assists, two steals, and two rebounds. Bowman had 24 points on 8-19 from the field, including 2-5 from behind the arc, with six rebounds and four assists.

ACC Tournament Day 2: Louisville Rolls Past Florida State

Louisville's Deng Adel putting up a jumper late in the first half. Photo by Jason Schott.

Day 2 of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center started with the Louisville Cardinals rolling to an 82-74 win over the Florida State Seminoles.

The final score of this game was not indicative of how much Louisville dominated this game throughout.

The Seminoles started out with a 17-4 lead in the first eight minutes, but it was all Louisville from there.

The Cardinals responded with an 18-3 run capped by a Deng Adel jumper at the 4:22 mark of the first half. That eventually turned into an elongated 27-5 run capped by a Ryan McMahon as time expired to give Lousville a massive 41-22 lead at halftime.

Champions League: Red Bulls Win In Tijuana

Bradley Wright-Phillips. @NewYorkRedBulls.

The Red Bulls, thanks to a pair of goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips, notched a big 2-0 win over Club Tijuana on Tuesday night at Estadio Caliente in the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.

The Red Bulls' two road goals gives them a major advantage heading into the second leg next Tuesday, March 13, at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls can advance with scorelines of 0-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 1-2.

The Red Bulls delivered Club Tijuana its first home loss in a CONCACAF Champions League match since 2013. Tijuana was previously 4-0-1 and had outscored its opponent, 13-3.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ACC Tournament Day 1: Syracuse Outlasts Wake Forest

Action between Syracuse and Wake Forest. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Syracuse Orange are moving on after their 73-64 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night at the ACC Tournament at Barclays Center.

Syracuse advances to take on North Carolina Wednesday night at 9:30 pm. The day begins with Fiorida State taking on Louisville at noon, followed by Boston College and North Carolina State at 2:30, and then the night session begins at 7:00 with Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

Books: Seth Davis on Coaches "Getting To Us"

Getting To Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams
By Seth Davis
Penguin Press, on sale today

Sports illustrated writer and CBS announcer Seth Davis has a new book, Getting To Us, which explores how nine coaches achieved their success.

Davis examines the methods of nine of the most iconic coaches of this era - Ohio State Football Head Coach Urban Meyer, Duke Men's Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Connecticut Women's Basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma, Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens, Michigan State Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo, Syracuse Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Boeheim, Michigan Football Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and Clemson Football Head Coach Dabo Swinney.

Getting To Us covers the lives of these coaches, including the trials and tribulations of the building years, the toll of great coaching on the body and mind, how they dealt with setbacks in their personal and professional lives, and how they attempt to find balance in a typically obsessive career.

I spoke with Davis at CBS/Turner Sports March Madness Media Day. Here is our conversation:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Big East Tournament Week Events

The Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden last season. Photo by Jason Schott. 

The Big East Conference will once again be hosting a week of unique and engaging events which culminates in the crowning of the 2018 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament champion on Saturday, March 10.

The Big East Tournament is the longest-running college championship event played at the same venue, and it will be played at Madison Square Garden for the 36th consecutive year, Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10.

The tournament starts Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET with longtime rivals St. John’s and Georgetown facing off in the first game, followed by a Midwest battle of DePaul vs. Marquette in the nightcap.

Mullin On Facing Ewing & Georgetown In Big East Tournament

Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing at Big East Media Day in October. Photo by Jason Schott.

St. John's Red Storm Head Coach Chris Mullin took part in a tele-conference on Monday morning ahead of the Big East Tournament.

St. John's, who enters as the ninth seed, will be taking on eight-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday night at 7 pm. at Madison Square Garden.

During the regular season, St. John's and Georgetown played two classics, both of which were won by the Hoyas.

ACC Tournament Opens Tuesday At Barclays Center

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be starting this Tuesday, March 6, at the Barclays Center. 

The conference announced the seedings and bracket for the tournament, which will run through Saturday night.

Regular-season champion Virginia, who finished the regular season with a 28-2 record overall, including 17-1 in ACC play, will be the top-seeded team for the third time in five years and the fourth time overall. The Cavaliers will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed Duke (25-6, 13-5), No. 3 Miami (22-8, 11-7) and No. 4 Clemson (22-8, 11-7).

NYCFC Opens Season With Win In Kansas City

Maxi Moralez hugging David Villa after scoring a goal on Sunday night. USA Today Sports.

New York City Football Club opened their fourth season in style, as they earned a 2-0 win on the road at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.

NYCFC had a strong season last year, as they earned a second-place finish overall, but fell in the playoffs to Columbus.

NYCFC came out strong, getting their first big chance in the 15th minute when Rodney Wallace got to the byline and curled in a cross which only just missed Jesus Medina and David Villa in the middle.
In the 20th minute, Alex Ring tested Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia with a fierce dipping strike from distance.

CBS, Turner Sports Announcers For March Madness

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery will call the Final Four. 

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announced their broadcast pairings for their eighth year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
All 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be televised across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 13, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.

BrooklynFans Of Books: Ed O'Bannon Gets "Court Justice"

Court Justice: The Inside Story Of My Battle Against The NCAA
By Ed O'Bannon, With Michael McCann
Diversion Books

In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, who was a star on the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick for the New Jersey Nets, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.”

College athletes generated huge profits, yet, despite training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations; they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ponds Makes All-Big East First Team

Shamorie Ponds. @StJohnsBball. 

St. John's sophomore point guard Shamorie Ponds was named to the All-Big East First Team on Sunday afternoon.

Ponds, who averaged 21.6 points per game in 28 appearances this season, becomes the first St. John’s player since D’Angelo Harrison in 2015 and the 16th Johnnie all-time to earn a spot on the conference’s top team. In total, a member of the Red Storm has been named to the All-Big East First Team 22 times since 1980.

Ponds earned this award with an incredible seven-game stretch that began with 31 points in a loss against Xavier on January 31, followed by 33 points in a win against then-number 4 Duke on February 3, then 26 in another huge win against then-number 1 Villanova, followed by 44 in a win against Marquette on February 10, which is now the Carnesecca Arena record; then 26 at DePaul in a one-point victory on February 14, followed by 19 in a loss to Marquette on February 21, and a 25-point effort on February 24 in an overtime loss to Seton Hall.