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 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. 

Beschloss' latest epic work, Presidents of War, is a groundbreaking saga of America’s wartime chief executives.

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.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

ALDS Game 2: Sanchez Slams Sox To Help Yankees Even Series

Gary Sanchez admiring one of his homers. @Yankees.

The Yankees, backed by a pair of home runs from Gary Sanchez and one from Aaron Judge, rolled to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS at Fenway Park to even the series.

The Yankees now have a chance to clinch the series at home, as the next two are at Yankee Stadium, Monday and Tuesday nights.

The Yankees were 6-0 at home in last year's playoffs and won the Wild Card Game at The Stadium Wednesday night, so it is a realistic possibility that they can close it out at home and not have to return to Boston.

ALDS Game 2 Pregame: Yankees Manager Aaron Boone

Aaron Boone.

The Yankees will be looking to even up the ALDS with the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Boston needs to hold serve and preserve home field with a win to guarantee that they can get the series back to Boston for a Game 5 if necessary because the Yankees have turned their building into an imposing place to play in the postseason.

ALDS Game 2 Pregame: Torres On How Yankees Can Even Series

Gleyber Torres. @Yankees.

The Yankees lost a nailbiter Friday night, 5-4, to the Red Sox in the first game of the ALDS.

The Yankees can take a lot of positives from the loss as they head into Game 2 Saturday night. They nearly stole a win in a game started by Boston's ace Chris Sale and their bullpen shut out the Red Sox for the final five innings after starter J.A. Happ left the game.

Books: "What If It's Us" By Albertalli and Silvera

What If It's Us
By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Balzer + Bray & HarperTeen, HarperCollins Children's Books; hardcover, 448 pages, $17.99; available Tuesday, October 9

Becky Albertalli, who wrote the acclaimed Leah on the Offbeat and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which became the hit film Love, Simon; and Adam Silvera, renowned for They Both Die at the End,  have collaborated for the highly-anticipated What If It's Us.

Friday, October 5, 2018

ALDS Game 1: Kimbrel Closes Door On Yankee Comeback

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. @RedSox.

The Yankees nearly made up a five-run deficit on Friday night at Fenway Park, but Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel closed them out in a 5-4 Boston victory.

It didn't take long for the Red Sox to get to Yankees starter J.A. Happ, who pitched well against Boston in the regular season.

Boone Expects It To Be "Buzzy" In Boston For Game 1

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone addressed the media ahead of Friday night's Game 1 in Boston with the Red Sox.

Boone said he expected the atmosphere in Boston to be "Buzzy. I'm sure it will be awesome. You know, the cool-down today, fall in the air, two great teams, two great franchises, two great fan bases, it should make for a special environment. I'm looking forward to it."

Books: "Gridiron Genius" By Michael Lombardi

Gridiron Genius: A Master Class In Winning Championships And Building Dynasties In The NFL
By Michael Lombardi
Foreword by Bill Belichick
Crown Archetype; hardcover, $27.00; eBook, $13.99

Michael Lombardi has been involved with two of the greatest dynasties in pro football history, the 1980s San Francisco 49ers, where he worked in their front office, and most recently, the New England Patriots, where he was on Head Coach Bill Belichick's coaching staff.

Yankees ALDS Roster: Who's In, Who's Out

Giancarlo Stanton during intros before the Wild Card Game. @Yankees.

The Yankees released their roster for the American League East Division Series on Friday afternoon.

Here is a look at who is on the roster and who was left off:

Books: Dr. Denis Leary On "Why We Don't Suck"

Why We Don't Suck, And How All Of Us Need To Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches
By Dr. Denis Leary
Three Rivers Press; paperback, $16.00

In an America that has become a political battleground, it is time for someone to take a bipartisan look at the topics we all hold dear to our patriotic hearts, including family, freedom, and the endless search for fame and diet vodka.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Boone On Yankees Ahead Of Boston Battle: "We feel like we're a really good club right now"

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone.

Aaron Boone authored one of the biggest moments in the long history of their rivalry with the Boston Red Sox when he hit the game-winning walk-off home run in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in 2003.

Boone, now the Yankees Manager, is set to lead his team into battle against a 108-win Red Sox team in the Division Series, starting Friday night at Fenway Park.

J.A. Happ To Start Game 1 For Yankees In Boston

J.A. Happ.

J.A. Happ will be the Yankees starter on Friday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Happ earned the nod by going 7-0 with a superb 2.69 ERA since joining the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 26.

Red Bulls' Adams No. 2 On MLS 22 Under 22 List

Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams has been named to No. 2 on the 22 Under 22 list, compiled by

Adams, 19, has featured for New York since making his MLS debut in 2016, notching 47 starts and 50 appearances. He's scored two goals, tallied 11 assists and helped the Red Bulls to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final, 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and 2018 Concacaf Champions League semifinals.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Severino Steps Up, Reward Boone's Faith In Wild Win


One Tuesday afternoon, Luis Severino was named the starter for the American League Wild Card Game, getting the nod from Yankees Manager Aaron Boone a day ahead of the one-game playoff with the Oakland A's.

Boone went with Severino, who went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA this season, but had a tough second half, as well as the fact that he got knocked out in the first inning of last year's Wild Card Game.

Yankees, Led By Early Ruling From Judge, Get By A's

Aaron Judge about to touch home plate on his home run. @Yankees.

The Yankees beat the Oakland A's, 7-2, on Wednesday night in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium, led by home runs from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

This sets up a matchup between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

St. John's Introduces Cragg As New Athletic Director

Mike Cragg. @StJohnsBball.

St. John’s University introduced Mike Cragg as their seventh athletic director on Tuesday in a press conference inside Carnesecca Arena.

Cragg comes to St. John’s following a three-decade-long tenure at Duke, where he served as the COO helped the men’s basketball program solidify its reputation as one of the nation’s best.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Yankees' Stanton On Wild Card Game: "We've got work to do"

Giancarlo Stanton. @Yankees.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be playing in his first-ever postseason game on Wednesday night when the Yankees take on the Oakland A's at the Yankee Stadium in the American League Wild Card Game.

Stanton, who split time between the outfield and designated hitter, hit .266 with 38 home runs and 100 RBI in his first year in pinstripes.

Severino On Wild Card Start: "It means a lot. It means that they trust me"

Luis Severino. @Yankees.

On Tuesday morning, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone named Luis Severino the starter for the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Severino also started last year's Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins and was knocked out in the first inning of an eventual Yankees win.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone On Wild Card Game

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone will have his first postseason game in the role on Wednesday night when the Yankees host the Oakland A's in the American League Wild Card Game.

On Tuesday afternoon, Boone still had one thing left to announce before the one-game playoff.

"Luis Severino will start tomorrow for us," Boone said, referring to one of the Yankees aces, who went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA.