Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Books: "Why We Fight" By Sebastian Gorka

Why We Fight: Defeating America's Enemies - With No Apologies
By Sebastian Gorka
Regnery Publishing; hardcover; $28.99

Sebastain Gorka, Ph.D., former Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump for Strategy and one of America's most trusted authorities on national security, strategy, and counterterrorism, sees American leadership restored under Trump, but that does not mean our enemies have disappeared.

In his new book, Why We Fight, Gorka clarifies who our enemies are, what makes them tick, and how to defeat them.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Red Sox Manager Alex Cora On Winning Title In First Year At Helm


Red Sox Manager Alex Cora led his team to a World Series championship in his first year at the helm.

Cora is the first manager to win it all in his first year in the job since Bob Brenly with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.

Pearce Made Difference For Red Sox, Wins World Series MVP


Steve Pearce played for all five American League East teams in his career before he found a home in Boston this season, and he was as key as anybody to the Red Sox's success in the playoffs.

Pearce won the World Series Most Valuable Player award after he racked up three home runs and eight RBI in the series, which was won in five games over the Dodgers.

NYCFC Beats Philly, Will See Them Again In Playoffs

David Villa and Alex Ring celebrate. @NYCFC.

New York City Football Club beat the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium to clinch third place in the Eastern Conference and home field in the first round of the MLS playoffs.

NYCFC finished with a record of 16-8-10, with 56 points, and they will face Philadelphia, who finished in sixth with a record of 15-5-14, with 50 points, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Red Bulls Clinch Supporters' Shield

Derrick Etienne, Jr. @NewYorkRedBulls.

The Red Bulls beat Orlando City SC, 1-0, on Sunday at Red Bull Arena to clinch the Supporters' Shield, their first since 2015 and third overall in franchise history.

Derrick Etienne, Jr. scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute, as he dribbled past two defenders and beat Orlando goalkeeper Adam Grinwis with a low shot for what turned out to be the game winner.

Books: On Baseball Strategy

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

This baseball season has shown that the strategy of the game has been altered by analytics, but has that changed the way players think during a game? Two new books look at where the game is today: Power Ball, by Rob Neyer; and Ninety Percent Mental, by Bob Tewksbury.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Red Bulls & City Of Hoboken Team Up On Soccer Murals

The Red Bulls and the city of Hoboken have partnered to create soccer and community themed art murals that are now officially displayed on the walls surrounding the field located at 1600 Park Avenue in Hoboken, NJ. The idea of the murals were to help enhance the area around the park and cover all the graffiti markings.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

St. John's In Top Half Of Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll

Big East coaches, including SJU's Chris Mullin, (3rd from l.). Photo by Jason Schott.

The Big East Conference coaches picked St. John’s to finish fourth in their preseason poll, which was released on Thursday morning, and it marked the first time in four years that the Red Storm was selected in the top half of the ten-team conference.

St. John's Ponds Named Big East Preseason Player Of The Year

Shamorie Ponds at Big East Media Day. @StJohnsBball.

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds became a star last season when he led the Red Storm to wins over Duke and Villanova. He led the Big East Conference in scoring at 21.6 points per game and broke the St. John’s sophomore scoring record

Since then, the accolades have poured in for Ponds, and he received the biggest one yet on Thursday morning, when he was named the Big East Preseason Player of the Year.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Books: "On Point" Gives Life Lessons From WSJ. Magazine

On Point: Life Lessons from the "Columnists" Interviews in WSJ. Magazine
Foreword by Kristina O'Neill
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; hardcover, 336 pages; $24.99

The Wall Street Journal Magazine's "Columnists" feature has provided plenty of life lessons from leaders  in many fields, and they are all put together in the new book On Point.

St. John’s Receives Votes in Preseason Associated Press Poll

St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin.

St. John's is entering the season with one of the Big East’s most talented and experienced rosters and the highest expectations they have had in quite some time.

On Monday, that was recognized as the St. John’s men’s basketball team received votes in the Associated Press’s Preseason Top 25 poll.

Big East, Big 12 Announce Annual Beginning in 2019-20

Carnesecca Arena, home of St. John's. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Big East and the Big 12, two of the premier conferences in all of college basketball, announced an agreement on Wednesday morning that will pit the two leagues against one another in early season action for the next four years.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Cookbooks From Ina Garten, Linda Miller Nicholson, & Tiffani Thiessen

As the weather cools down, there are three new cookbooks that can help you create amazing meals for cozy nights at home: Ina Garten's Cook Like a Pro, Linda Miller Nicholson's Pasta, Pretty Please, and Tiffani Thiessen's Pull Up A Chair.

Monday, October 22, 2018

A Look Back: The 1916 World Series When The Brooklyn Robins Took On The Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series starting Tuesday night.

This is the first time these franchises will meet on baseball's grandest stage since the 1916 World Series, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins four games to one.

Books: "How To Not Always Be Working" By Marlee Grace

How To Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care
By Marlee Grace
William Morrow Gift; $16.99; available Tuesday, October 23

Marlee Grace has created a quiet revolution with How To Not Always Be Working, a guide that is part workbook and part advice manual filled with practical advice to help you curb your social media obsessions and build boundaries between your work, your job, and your life.

Books: "Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip-Hop"

Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip-Hop
By Vikki Tobak, Foreword by Questlove
Clarkson Potter; hardcover, 288 pages; $40.00

Vikki Tobak has put together an impressive look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries, their contact sheets.

"The Great American Read: The Book of Books," Companion To PBS Series

The Great American Read: The Book of Books
As Featured In The PBS Series; Foreword by Meredith Vieira
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; hardcover, $29.99

Explore some of the most beloved books of all-time in the beautiful illustrated book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books, the companion to PBS’s ambitious series.

The Great American Read started in May when America’s 100 best-loved novels, which were determined by a rigorous national survey, were revealed.

America’s #1 best-loved novel will be revealed in the finale this Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. on PBS, Channel 13 in New York.

MLS Road Report: Red Bulls Win In Philly; NYCFC Falls In DC


On Sunday afternoon, the Red Bulls won in Philadelphia, 1-0, over the Union, while New York City Football Club lost to DC United, 3-1.

The Red Bulls improved to 21-5-7, with 68 points, just one point behind Atlanta United (21-6-6, 69 points) for first place in the Eastern Conference and the Supporters' Shield for best overall record with one game remaining in the regular season.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Books: "The History Of The World According To Facebook"

The History Of The World According To Facebook - Revised edition
By Wylie Overstreet
Dey Street Books; trade paperback, $17.99; available October 23

Facebook has become so much a part of our lives, it is curious to wonder what it would have been like if every historical event took place online.

Red Bulls & Two Nines Launch Capsule Collection


The Red Bulls and Bradley Wright-Phillips' Two Nines line have launched a limited-edition capsule collection of hats and apparel, designed by RBNY and Two Nines in partnership with New Era. The collection debuted during a launch event at Hat Club in Manhattan on Wednesday night.

Red Bulls' Aaron Long Earns First Career USMNT Cap


Red Bulls starting center back Aaron Long made his debut for the United States Men's National Team against 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier Peru on Tuesday night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on the campus of UConn.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Books: Chris Gethard On How To "Lose Well"

Lose Well
By Chris Gethard
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $26.99

Comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard knows a thing of two about losing, and failing is an art form, as he argues in his new book Lose Well.

Let’s face it, everyone wants a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. Most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes us feel like failures, that we’re destined to a life of loserdom. This is the conventional wisdom, and Gethard thinks it's bunk.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

St. John's Has High Expectations Entering 2018-19 Season

St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin. Photo by Jason Schott.

The St. John's Red Storm are entering this 2018-19 campaign with the highest expectations they have had in the four years Chris Mullin has been their head coach.

“We’ve got a lot of offensive players, we do," Mullin said at Tuesday's Media Day at Carnesecca Arena. "Guys that have scored pretty big in college basketball ... Five guys on the court that have to share the ball, gotta set screens, be unselfish. I think a big factor for us is going to be on the defensive end. Being able to force turnovers and increase possessions so everyone gets a piece of the pie.”

Yankees Make Donation For Hurricane Michael Relief

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees announced on Tuesday that the organization made a $100,000 donation to support the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Michael. The contributions include $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army.

Books: Jane Leavy On "The Big Fella," Babe Ruth

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
By Jane Leavy
Harper; hardcover, $32.50; available today, Tuesday, October 16

Jane Leavy, has written award-winning New York Times bestsellers on Mickey Mantle, The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, and she has now written the definitive biography of Babe Ruth, The Big Fella.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Books: Announcer Verne Lundquist Looks At His Career In "Play By Play"

PLAY BY PLAY: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports – From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters, and More
By Verne Lundquist
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Hardcover. $28.99; available Tuesday, October 16

Renowned announcer Verne Lundquist, or “Uncle Verne” as many know him, has one of the most recognizable voices, and faces, in sports and enjoyed a remarkable 50-plus year career in broadcasting. He has called NFL games, The Masters golf tournament, and College Football and Basketball.

St. John's Guard Ponds Named to Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List


After a stunning sophomore season, guard Shamorie Ponds was named to the Preseason Watch List for the Bob Cousy Award, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Books: Greg Sargent On America's "Uncivil War"

President Donald Trump.

An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics
By Greg Sargent
Custom House; hardcover, $26.99; available Tuesday, October 16

Just in time for the Congressional midterm elections, Greg Sargent, author of The Washington Post's "Plum Line" blog, looks at the incredibly high stakes involved this fall and in the 2020 presidential election in his new book, An Uncivil War.

Yankees "have the people to be an absolute elite offense," Says Boone

Aaron Judge in the batting cage in July. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees' offense in their 100-win regular season showed signs of being one of the greatest offenses in team history.

They hit a franchise-record 267 home runs, with five players hitting 27 or more homers, including 38 from Giancarlo Stanton to lead the team in his first year in pinstripes.

Books: Tucker Carlson On The "Ship Of Fools" Running Our Government

Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution
By Tucker Carlson
Free Press; hardcover, 244 pages; $28.00

FOX News host Tucker Carlson tells the truth about the new American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination even as the rest of the country has withered, in his new book Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Boone: Yankees need to "get better on the margins in every aspect of the game"

Aaron Boone on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone had a successful season in his first year at the helm, navigating his team to 100 wins in the regular season as they dealt with injuries to slugger Aaron Judge and the pitching staff.

In the playoffs, they beat the Oakland A's in the Wild Card Game, but they lost in four games to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.

Books: "Operation Columba," An Untold Story Of World War II

Operation Columba - The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story Of World War II Resistance In Europe
By Gordon Corera
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $28.99; available this Tuesday, October 16

Gordon Corera, a Security Correspondent for BBC News since 2004, tells the remarkable untold story of how British intelligence secretly used homing pigeons as part of a clandestine espionage operation to gather information, communicate, and coordinate with members of the Resistance to defeat the Nazis in occupied Europe during World War II in the new book Operation Columba - The Secret Pigeon Service.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mustapha Heron Eligible For St. John's This Season After Being Granted Legislative Relief Waiver By NCAA

Mustapha Heron practicing with his new team. @StJohnsRedStorm.

St. John's got a major lift just as the season is about to tip off, as junior transfer Mustapha Heron has been granted a legislative relief waiver by the NCAA and will be immediately eligible for the Red Storm in 2018-19.

The NCAA has allowed Heron, who played for Auburn for two seasons, to forego the mandated academic year in residence to be closer to his mother, Talia, who has been suffering from severe health issues.

Books: "In Your Hands" By Ines Pedrosa

In Your Hands 
By Ines Pedrosa
Amazon Crossing; hardcover, paperback, and e-book editions; available this Tuesday, October 16

Portuguese novelist Inês Pedrosa’s prize-winning literary novel, In Your Hands, is about to be published for the first time in English by AmazonCrossing.

The novel, originally published as Nas Tuas Mãos, won Portugal’s top literary prize, the Prémio Máxima de Literatura, in 1997.

A Conversation With Bob Lederer, Author Of "Beyond Broadway Joe"

Bob Lederer. 

Bob Lederer is the author of a new book on the Super Bowl III Champion New York Jets, Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl TEAM That Changed Football (Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $27.99)

Lederer tells the story of how the Jets, the American Football League champions, stunned the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, on January 12, 1969.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Didi To Have Tommy John Surgery; Will Machado Finally Become A Yankee?

Yankee Stadium on Friday morning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees season ended on Tuesday night when they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. The Yankees won 100 games in the regular season, then beat the Oakland A's in the one-game Wild Card playoff before losing to Boston in four games.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and General Manager Brian Cashman held their farewell press conferences on Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

NYCFC Signs Callens, Johnson, & Ring To Long-Term Contracts

Sean Johnson. @NYCFC.

New York City FC today announced that Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring have all agreed to new long-term contracts with the Club. 

The trio will remain in New York City for 2019 and beyond after agreeing to terms on multi-year deals.

St. John's Red Storm Tip-Off Friday Night

Carnesecca Arena. Photo by Jason Schott.

St. John’s will hold its annual Red Storm Tip-Off tomorrow night, Friday, October 12, inside Carnesecca Arena.

Tickets are free of charge for St. John’s students and can be picked up at the Carnesecca Arena box office on Friday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Student season ticket holders can skip the line, as tickets will be sent directly to their mobile phones on Friday morning.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Books: Kornacki On "The Red and the Blue" Of American Politics

The Red And The Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
By Steve Kornacki
Ecco; hardcover, 512 pages; $29.99

The United States is divided more than ever politically, as exhibited by the recent battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the upcoming midterm elections.

Some would say that politics became heated when Donald Trump decided to run for President and wound up beating Hillary Clinton in a brutal campaign in 2016.

Books: "Presidents of War" By Michael Beschloss

Presidents of War
By Michael Beschloss
Crown; hardcover, 752 pages; $35.00

Preeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s White House tapes. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Red Sox Close Out Yankees, Celebrate At The Stadium A 2nd Time


The Boston Red Sox held on for a 4-3 win in Game 4 of the American League Division Series to close out the Yankees on Tuesday night.

This was the second time Boston got to celebrate at Yankee Stadium, as they also clinched the American League East title on September 20 with a comeback win.

ALDS Game 4 Pregame: Yankees Manager Aaron Boone

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone.

The Yankees suffered the worst playoff loss in their franchise's history on Monday night, as they lost, 16-1, to Boston in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Yankees are sending veteran CC Sabathia to the mound for Game 4 on Tuesday night in the hopes of keeping the series going. Boston is sending 17-game winner Rick Porcello to the mound to try to end the series.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Game 4, and here is what he had to say:

Monday, October 8, 2018

ALDS Game 3: Red Sox Romp, 16-1, Over Yankees

Nathan Eovaldi. @RedSox.

The Red Sox rolled to a 16-1 win over the Yankees, in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Boston now leads the series, 2-1, and they can close it out at The Stadium Tuesday night.

This was the largest margin of defeat for the Yankees in a postseason game, 15 runs. It was also the largest defeat by a home team in Major League postseason history.

Books: "Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide To Activism"

Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide To Activism
By Nadya Tolokonnikova
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $24.99; available Tuesday, October 9

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a conceptual artist and political activist from Russia and the founder of the art collective Pussy Riot. In 2012, she was sentenced to two years in prison following a performance against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

ALDS Game 3 Pregame: Yankees Manager Aaron Boone

Aaron Boone.

Game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Red Sox is on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with the series tied at one game apiece after the teams split over the weekend at Fenway Park.

The Yankees' starting pitcher will be Luis Severino, who had a nice outing in last Wednesday's Wild Card Game, and Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched for the Yankees a couple years ago, will be going for the Red Sox.

Judge's Chambers Honorees: ALDS Games 3 & 4

During the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees will honor heroes in the Judge's Chambers.

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees will host families of fallen NYPD officers for Game 3 on Monday night, and American Red Cross volunteers who assisted with relief efforts of Hurricane Florence for Game 4 on Tuesday night.

With support from Major League Baseball and throughout the 2018 postseason, the Yankees will devote seating in the Judge’s Chambers to celebrating their fans, along with honoring every day heroes in the community.

Books: "The Perfect Candidate"

The Perfect Candidate
By Peter Stone
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; hardcover, 384 pages; $18.99

Peter Stone turned his passion for thrillers into a career in TV and film, but before that, he was a young intern in Washington D.C.

Stone worked as a Spanish tutor for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and as an intern for Congressman Gary A. Condit just after he graduated from high school. He majored in political science in college, was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and managed a Congressional primary campaign.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Red Sox Will Go With Eovaldi In ALDS Game 3 At Yankee Stadium

Nathan Eovaldi @RedSox.

The Red Sox made a surprise announcement on Sunday that they will be going with Nathan Eovaldi instead of Rick Porcello as their starting pitcher in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium with the series tied at one game apiece.

A Look Back: Last Yankees-Red Sox Game At Fenway In 2004

David Ortiz of the Red Sox getting a hit in front of Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.

The 2004 American League Championship Series is remembered for the Red Sox's historic comeback from a 3-0 deficit to stun the Yankees.

The most memorable moments were the Red Sox coming back against Mariano Rivers in Game 4, including Dave Roberts' stolen base, followed by Bill Mueller's liner back up the middle to score him with the tying run in the eighth inning; Ortiz's walk-off homer that night; Curt Schilling's heroic effort and his bloody sock in Game 6, and the Red Sox blowing out the Yankees 10-3 in Game 7.

Red Bulls Win In San Jose To Keep Supporters' Shield Hopes Alive


The Red Bulls, behind two early first-half goals, beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. This was their first win in San Jose since 2003.

The Red Bulls improved to 20-7-5, with 65 points, and remain just one point back of Atlanta (20-6-6, 66 points) for the Supporters' Shield and Eastern Conference lead. Atlanta beat New England 2-1 on Saturday.