Friday, March 22, 2019

New Food & Dining Options At Yankee Stadium In 2019

The field being prepared for Opening Day. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees recently unveiled numerous new exciting dining options which will be available to all Yankee Stadium guests throughout the 2019 season, beginning with their home opener on Thursday, March 28 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Books: A Look At "Funny Man" Mel Brooks

Funny Man: Mel Brooks
By Patrick McGilligan
Harper; an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 656 pages; $40.00; available today, Tuesday, March 19

Mel Brooks is one of the greatest comedic minds of our times, creator of some of the most influential comedy hits of our time, including The 2,000 Year Old Man, Get Smart, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

NCAA Tournament: Seton Hall Stunned Late By Wofford

Myles Powell (13) nearly led the Pirates to victory. @SetonHallMBB.

The Seton Hall Pirates' season came to an end on Thursday night in Jacksonville, as they lost their NCAA Tournament first-round matchup to Wofford, 84-68.

Mets Will Change Citi Field Address To Honor Tom Seaver

The Seaver Gate entrance at Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.

Two weeks ago, Tom Seaver's family announced that the greatest pitcher in Mets history was diagnosed with dementia and would be retiring from public life.

On Thursday morning, the Mets announced that they will be renaming the street address to Citi Field to honor Tom Terrific.

Cashman On Ichiro: He had a "truly astonishing career"

Ichiro in Japan saying goodbye.

Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement on Thursday morning after his Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's 5-4 in 12 innings in his native Japan.

St. John's Season Ends In Dayton

Shamorie Ponds. @StJohnsBball.

The St. John's Red Storm were the last name announced for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, and they were one of the first to exit as they played listlessly in a 74-65 loss to Arizona State on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Handsome Ransom Jackson, Who Holds Place In Brooklyn Dodgers History, Dies

Ransom Jackson with Jackie Robinson.

Handsome Ransom Jackson, who hit the final home run for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 before their move to Los Angeles, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, at his home in Athens, Georgia, at the age of 93.

Below is my review of his autobiography, published on this site in September, where he wrote about his time with the Cubs and being traded to Brooklyn to take on the monumental task of replacing Jackie Robinson at third base.

Books: On Baseball History

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

With the new baseball season set to open on Thursday, March 28, it is a great time to look at some books on the history of the sport: Here's the Pitch by Roberta J. Newman, Last Seasons in Havana by Cesar Brioso, Once Upon a Team: The Epic Rise and HIstoric Fall of Baseball's Wilmington Quicksteps by Jon Springer, and Warren Spahn: A Biography of the Legendary Lefty by Lew Freedman.

Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez To Add Depth To Rotation

Gio Gonzalez with the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees have announced the signing of two-time All-Star LHP Gio Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training in the hopes that he can give them depth in their starting rotation.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CBS & Turner Sports March Madness Announcer Teams

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery.

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with the NCAA First Four on truTV tonight, Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20 starting at 6 p.m. ET both days.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Books: Kobe Bryant's "The Wizenard Series"

The Wizenard Series: Training Camp
Created by Kobe Bryant & written by Wesley King
Granity Studios; hardcover, 592 pages; $18.99; available tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19

Kobe Bryant made his name on the basketball court for 20 years, winning five world championships for the Los Angeles Lakers and becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Seton Hall Makes NCAA Tournament For 4th Straight Time

Myles Powell. @SetonHallMBB.

The Seton Hall men's basketball team has turned into a perennial power in the Big East Conference, as they reached the conference tournament final on Saturday night as lost a nail-biter to Villanova.

On Sunday, The Pirates earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. received an at-large bid and and have been slotted in as a No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 7 seed Wofford in Jacksonville on Thursday.

St. John's Makes March Madness

Shamorie Ponds. @StJohnsBball.

The St. John's Red Storm have made the NCAA Tournament for the first time with Head Coach Chris Mullin at the helm.

The Red Storm won 21 games this season, the This season, the Red Storm has matched its highest win total since 1999-2000 by emerging victorious in 21 games. 

Atlantic 10 Championship: Saint Louis Completes Unbelievable Run To Title

Saint Louis celebrated as soon as the clock hit 0:00. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Saint Louis Billikens won the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center with a 55-53 win over St. Bonaventure.

This completed a run of four wins in four days for Saint Louis. The sixth-seed knocked off #11 Richmond, 71-68, on Thursday night, #3 Dayton, 64-55, on Friday night, #2 Davidson, 67-44, on Saturday night, and finally, #4 St. Bonaventure.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Villanova Vanquishes Seton Hall To Win Big East Championship

Villanova celebrating. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Villanova Wildcats won their third straight Big East Tournament, and fourth in five years, when they outlasted the Seton Hall Pirates, 74-72, on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Atlantic 10 Semis: Bonnies & Billikens Roll To Title Game

The scene during St. Bonaventure-Rhode Island. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies rolled past the Rhode Island Rams, 68-51, to open the session, followed by the Saint Louis Billikens dominating the Davidson Wildcats, 67-44.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Big East Semis: Villanova, Seton Hall Set Date With Destiny

Myles Powell (13) and Jared Rhoden (14) celebrate a recent Seton Hall victory over Villanova. @SetonHallMBB.

Seton Hall and Villanova has become two of the most consistently dominant teams in the Big East Conference, and in the process, formed one of the best rivalries in college basketball.

It all started when they faced off in the Big East Championship Game in 2016, which Seton Hall won in an upset.

A10 Quarters: Davidson & Saint Louis Move On

Battle of legendary coaches: Davidson's Bob McKillop (top) right and St. Joseph's Phil Martelli. Photo by Jason Schott. 

In the night session of the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals on Friday at Barclays Center, second-seeded Davidson outlasted #10 Saint Joseph's 70-60, while #6 Saint Louis upset third-seeded Dayton, 64-55. They will face off in the Semifinals on Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

A10 Quarterfinals: Rhode Island Upsets Top-Seeded VCU

Rhode Island celebrated after the final whistle. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at Barclays Center opened with a bang, as the eighth-seeded Rhode Island Rams upset the top-seed VCU Rams, 75-70. The Rams and Bonnies will face off in the first semifinal on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Charles Barkley On Zion, The Warriors, KD, Kyrie, & The Knicks

Charles Barkley.

Charles Barkley will be on NCAA Tournament coverage for CBS and Turner Sports. He will be in the studio from New York with his NBA on TNT co-stars Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, and CBS' Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg.

Atlantic 10 2018-19 Men's Basketball Awards

Barclays Center. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Atlantic 10 Conference, whose men's basketball tournament will be held at Barclays Center through Sunday, announced their End-Of-Year Awards.

Big East Quarters: Seton Hall, Led By A Record Night For Powell, Advances

Myles Powell. @SetonHallMBB.

Seton Hall, led by a record-breaking night from Myles Powell, ran out the Georgetown Hoyas, 73-57, in the Big East quarterfinals, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Atlantic 10 Day 2: URI, George Mason, St. Joe's, & SLU Move On

The scene at Barclays Center during Rhode Island - La Salle. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the second day of action at the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Barclays Center, Rhode Island rolled to a 76-57 win over La Salle to open the day, followed by George Mason outlasting George Washington, 61-57. In the night session, Saint Joseph's won a shootout with Duquesne, 92-86, and Saint Louis won a close one with Richmond, 71-68.

On Friday afternoon, in the A-10 quarterfinals, Np. 1 VCU will play No. 8 Rhode Island at noon, followed by No. 4 St. Bonaventure taking on No. 5 George Mason at 2:30. The night session begins at 6:00 p.m. with No. 2 Davidson facing off against No. 10 Saint Joseph's, followed by No. 3 Dayton and No. 6 Saint Louis at 8:30 p.m.

Big East Quarters: St. John's Mauled By Marquette

The celebration was on for Marquette. @MarquetteMBB.

The St. John's Red Storm beat a team they lost two twice in the regular season, DePaul, on Wednesday night to open the Big East Tournament, 82-74.
On Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm faced the exact opposite scenario, as they faced a team they beat twice in the regular season, Marquette, in the quarterfinals.

Big East Day 2: Villanova Gets Past Providence, Will Face Xavier In Semis

Villanova's Eric Paschall drives the lane. @NovaMBB.

In the Big East Tournament quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, Villanova, the top seed, beat Providence, 73-62. They will face Xavier, who beat Creighton 63-61, in the other afternoon game, in the semifinals on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Big East Tourney Day 1: St. John's, Providence Advance

Justin Simon about to release an acrobatic shot. @StJohnsBball.

St. John's dominated DePaul on their way to an 82-74 win, and Providence beat Butler, 80-57, in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Big East Postseason Award Winners

Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman with James Akinjo, Jay Wright, and Markus Howard.

The Big East Conference announced their award winners at a press conference ahead of the start of the Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

A-10 Tourney Day 1: GW & Richmond Win Nail-Biters

GW's Justin Mazzulla looks to make a drive. Photo by Jason Schott.

The first day of action at the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Barclays Center on Wedneday afternoon featured two thrillers, as 12-seed George Washington beat #13 UMass, 68-64, in overtime, and #11 Richmond outlasted #14 Fordham, 52-50.

Seton Hall's Michael Nzei Named 2019 Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Seton Hall Senior Michael Nzei has been named the 2019 Big East Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced at its annual awards press conference Wednesday inside Madison Square Garden to inaugurate the Big East Tournament.

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Returns To Brooklyn

The Davison Wildcat and other A-10 Mascots get the dance party started. Photos provided by Barclays Center.

The Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament is back at Barclays Center from Wednesday through the championship game on Sunday afternoon.

All 14 of the A-10's school mascots, including the Fordham Ram, celebrated on Tuesday afternoon by visiting Bedford Library in Bed-Stuy where they participated in story time followed by a dance-off competition with approximately 50 children from PS 3 The Bedford Village School.

Clark Kellogg On NCAA Compensation & Zion's Decision

Clark Kellogg.

Clark Kellogg will be on NCAA Tournament Coverage for CBS and Turner Sports in the New York studio with Ernie Johnson, Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley.

I caught up with Kellogg at CBS & Turner Sports' March Madness Media Day, and here is some of our conversation:

Champions League: Santos Laguna's Late Surge Ousts Red Bulls


The Red Bulls lost to Santos Laguna, 4-2, in Leg 2 of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals on Tuesday at Estadio Corona. Santos advanced to the SCCL Semifinals on aggregate, 6-2.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Marvin Clark II on DePaul Matchup: “It’s a new season"

Marvin Clark II battling DePaul's Femi Olujobi.

The St. John's Red Storm will open the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night against DePaul, with tip-off around 9:30 p.m.

The Red Storm finished the regular season with three straight losses, which left their Big East Conference record at 8-9 and saw them drop to seventh place from third, missing a bye in the tournament.

Steve Lavin On St. John's, The Big East Tourney, & Transfers

Steve Lavin. Photo by Jason Schott.

Steve Lavin, former UCLA and St. John's Head Coach, will be calling the Big East Tournament for FOX Sports starting this Wednesday and the NCAA Tournament for CBS and Turner Sports beginning next Tuesday.

Books: "Me For You" By Lolly Winston

Me for You
By Lolly Winston
Gallery Books; hardcover, $26.00; E-Book, $9.99; available today, Tuesday, March 12

Lolly Winston, the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief, has written a new novel, Me For You, which tells a richly poignant and stirring story that asks the deep question, how soon is too soon to fall in love again?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mullin's "Sole focus is on starting a brand-new season and focusing on DePaul”

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

The St. John's Red Storm will open the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night against DePaul, with tip-off around 9:30 p.m.

The Red Storm finished the regular season with three straight losses, which left their Big East Conference record at 8-9 and saw them drop to seventh place from third, and missing a bye in the tournament.

Expanded Video Offerings For March Madness

With the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship set to start on Tuesday, March 19, NCAA March Madness Live – the exclusive live streaming suite of products managed by Turner Sports in partnership with CBS and the NCAA – is ready to provide college basketball fans with more offerings than ever before.

Books: "Desert Fox" On A Compelling World War II Figure

Desert Fox: The Storied Military Career of Erwin Rommel
By Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
Regnery History; hardcover, $29.99; available Tuesday, March 12, 2019

There are many theories on just who Erwin Rommel was, from debating whether he was a war hero or war criminal; a man of integrity or Hitler flunky; a military genius or just lucky.

Bestselling military historian Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. offers a fresh look at the Allies’ most well-respected opponent of WWII and gets to the heart of this mysterious figure in Desert Fox: The Storied Military Career of Erwin Rommel.

CBS & Turner Sports Announce March Madness Broadcast Teams

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery.

Turner Sports and CBS Sports have announced the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Commentator Teams.

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson will call the National Championship and Final Four National Semifinals on CBS. This is their fifth consecutive year as Lead Broadcast Team.

St. John's Simon Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year

Justin Simon bringing the ball up. @StJohnsBball.

St. John's guard Justin Simon has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s coaches, it was announced Monday morning.

Simon becomes just the third player in program history to receive this honor from the conference, joining Mark Jackson in 1987 and Sir’Dominic Pointer in 2015.

Duke & Georgetown Headline 2019 Empire Classic Field

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

National collegiate basketball powers Duke, Georgetown, Texas and California headline the 25th annual Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (formerly the 2K Classic) which returns to Madison Square Garden this coming November.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

NYCFC & DC United Draw At The Stadium

DC United's Wayne Rooney takes a corner kick. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club played to a scoreless draw with DC United in their home opener at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

This is NYCFC's second draw to open the season, as they tied Orlando City, 2-2, on the road in the season opener last Saturday. They have two points out of a possible six, and they are home next Sunday for LAFC at 3:00 p.m.

St. John's Ponds Named to All-Big East First Team

Shamorie Ponds. @StJohnsBball.

St. John's point guard Shamorie Ponds has earned a spot on the All-Big East First Team for the second straight season, it was announced on Sunday afternoon by the league office.
Ponds becomes just the fifth player in St. John’s history to garner consecutive First Team All-Big East bids and the first to do so since Marcus Hatten in 2002 and 2003.

Seton Hall's Powell Unanimous All-Big East First Team & Player of the Week

Miles Powell. Courtesy Seton Hall.

Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell made a name for himself this season, as he led the Pirates to a third-place finish in an ultra-competitive Big East Conference.

On Sunday, he received two honors as he was named a unanimous selection to the All-Big East first team, and the Player Of The Week for the final week of the regular season.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Seton Hall Soars, SJU Slides To Close Big East's Regular Season


The Big East Conference has been marked by the fact of how even these teams are, and that has made for some pretty compelling basketball.Entering Saturday's regular season finale, Villanova led the conference with a record of 13-4, followed by Marquette at 12-5, followed by a five-way tie  for third place between St. John's, Seton Hall, Georgetown at 8-9. DePaul and Butler (7-10), and Providence (6-11) rounded out the conference.

Yankees Celebrate 10 Years Of HOPE Week

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone with Gigi's Playhouse Tampa members on Friday night. @Yankees.

The Yankees are celebrating the 10th anniversary of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) in 2019, and they recently announced the return of the community event for the 11th consecutive season.

Friday, March 8, 2019

NYCFC Opening Weekend Starts with 24 Hours Of Matches At Rock Center

NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Head Coach Domenec Torrent.

New York City Football Club kicked off its second annual 24-Hour Game on Friday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. More than 700 New Yorkers will take part in the pop-up soccer game on the iconic Plaza over 24 consecutive hours of play.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Books: "Possible Minds" On the Growth Of AI

Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI
Edited By John Brockman
Penguin Press; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.00

Artificial intelligence has grown so rapidly in our everyday lives, from Alexa in our homes to autonomous vehicles to artificial recognition technology, we may not fully comprehend how it has altered our lives forever.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Red Bulls Stunned By Santos In C.C.L. Quarterfinals First Leg


The Red Bulls were dominated throughout the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals matchup by Santos Laguna of Mexico, who earned a 2-0 victory.

Books: On What It Was Like To Face Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera.

Facing Mariano Rivera: Players Recall The Greatest Relief Pitcher Who Ever Lived
Edited by David Fischer, foreword by Dave Anderson
Sports Publishing; paperback, 312 pages; $15.99; available today, Tuesday, March 5

Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history who won five championships with the Yankees, was the first unanimous selection for the Hall of Fame this past January.