Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seton Hall's Myles Powell Wins Haggerty Award

Myles Powell. 

Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell has been named the 2019 recipient of the Lieutenant Frank J. Haggerty Award as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Powell will be honored Tuesday night at the 86th annual MBWA Haggerty Awards Dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Mets Make Comeback, But Lose Late To Reds

Reds pitcher Amir Garret beating Brandon Nimmo to the bag at first base in the sixth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets made a comeback on Monday night, but they came up short as the Cincinnati Reds won, 5-4, on a Jesse Winker home run in the ninth inning off Mets closer Edwin Diaz.

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said of the home run, which Winker hit the home run into the bullpen in right field for his eighth of the season, "That kid can hit a little bit, he's probably their best hitter."

Callaway On Cano Being Cleared: "Big sigh of relief"

Robinson Cano leaving Sunday’s game.

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano got hit by a pitch off his left hand in Sunday's win over the Brewers and Cano left the game in pain, creating a lot of worry that the Mets would be without their star second baseman for a while.

Seton Hall's Powell & McKnight Make All-Met Teams

Myles Powell.

Two Seton Hall men's basketball stars have been named All-Met by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, the organization announced Monday.

Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell was named first-team All-Met, and his classmate and fellow guard Quincy McKnight was tabbed to the All-Met third team.

Seton Hall's Willard Wins Met Writers Coach of the Year Award

Kevin Willard.

Seton Hall men's basketball head coach Kevin Willard has been named the co-recipient of the 2019 Peter A. Carlesimo Met Writers Coach of the Year Award, the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced Monday. Willard shares the honor with Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich.

Four St. John's Stars Named To All-Met Teams

Shamorie Ponds.

Following an NCAA Tournament appearance this season, four members of the St. John’s men’s basketball team have been recognized with spots on All-Met Teams by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, it was announced this morning.

The reigning winner of the Haggerty Award, Shamorie Ponds earned a spot on the All-Met First Team for the second-straight year. Ponds, who has played three years with St. John's, announced in March that he was declaring for the NBA Draft.

Mustapha Heron made the All-Met Second Team, while Justin Simon and LJ Figueroa were awarded Third Team All-Met honors.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sanchez Powers Yankees Sweep In San Francisco

Gary Sanchez. @Yankees.

The Yankees completed their sweep of the San Francisco Giants with an 11-5 win on Sunday in the City by the Bay.

When this is added to the three of four they won in Anaheim early in the week, the Yankees are 6-1 on this west coast trip with two games to go in Arizona on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.

New York Beer Fest Returns To Citi Field This Saturday

Photos provided by the New York Mets.

The annual New York Beer Fest returns to Citi Field for the second time this Saturday, May 4.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Red Bulls, Led By Lade, Earn Win; NYCFC Draws With Orlando

Connor Lade (left) celebrates his goal with teammates. Photo by Jason Schott.

Saturday was was a doubleheader day for the MLS in New York as both local soccer teams were home. The Red Bulls, led by a goal from Connor Lade, beat FC Cincinnati, 1-0, while New York City Football Club earned a 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Brewers Bash Mets To Spoil deGrom's Return

Jacob deGrom, Cy Young, faces Christian Yelich, defending NL MVP. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets, 10-2, on Friday night at Citi Field, spoiling Mets ace Jacob deGrom's return after a stint on the 10-day injured list with an elbow injury.

The forecast for the evening was gloomy, creating some question as to whether they would send deGrom out there,  but Mets Manager Mickey Callaway made clear in his pregame press conference that the reining Cy Young winner would be on the mound no matter when the game got started.

Mets Offer Deal To Friday Ticketholders

The Mets in action against Milwaukee late Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott

The Mets have announced that, as a thank you to their fans, that anyone holding a ticket for Friday night’s rain delayed game against Milwaukee can exchange their tickets marked “Friday, April 26 – Game 9” for a ticket – in an alternate location to any remaining 2019 Monday-Thursday regular season home game (excluding the Subway Series on July 2 & 3), subject to availability.  Restrictions may apply.

Books: "Reagan At CPAC, The Words That Continue to Inspire a Revolution"

President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan At CPAC: The Words That Continue to Inspire a Revolution
Edited and with an introduction by Matt Schlapp, Chairman, American Conservative Union; Preface by Vice President Mike Pence; Afterword by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III
Regnery Publishing; hardcover, $28.99

There is a lot of debate right now about what it means to be a conservative in the era of President Donald J. Trump and what the future is for the conservative movement.

President Trump fights passionately for Conservative principles, but the leader who embodies the heart of the conservative movement, who gave birth to it, was President Ronald Reagan.

Pirlo & UEFA Champions League Trophy At NYCFC Game Saturday

Andrea Pirlo. Courtesy NYCFC.

Former New York City FC Player Andrea Pirlo will be on hand with the UEFA Champions League Trophy as part of its Tour presented by Heineken at Yankee Stadium on Saturday during NYCFC's game against Orlando City SC. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Yankees Acquire Cameron Maybin To Add Outfield Depth

Cameron Maybin with the Angels in 2017.

When Clint Frazier was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left ankle sprain on Wednesday, the Yankees were in desperate need of an outfielder.

On Thursday afternoon, the Yankees acquired veteran OF Cameron Maybin from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations to stabilize things out there and give them a veteran presence in their lineup.

Books: On Football

Tom Brady.

The NFL Draft is upon us, and it's time to look at some of the greats of the game of football, some inspiring stories, and the meaning of the sport.
The books we will look at here include 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight For Redemption by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge; Son Of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life by Wade Phillips; Spirals: A Family's Education in Football by Timothy B. Spears; and The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope by Ana & Curt Warner.

Loaisiga, With Win Over Angels, Proves He Belongs In Bullpen

Jonathan Loaisiga warming up earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees made another late-inning comeback on Wednesday night in Anaheim, as they came from five runs down to stun the Angels, 6-5, for their sixth straight win.

Jonathan Loaisiga earned the win in relief as he threw three shutout innings to earn his first win of the season. He allowed just two hits and a walk with one strikeout, and he threw just 45 pitches, 29 of which were strikes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

NYCFC Puts Out Fire For Second Straight Win

Ebenezer Ofori battles for the ball. @NYCFC.

New York City Football Club won their second straight game with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Send Green To Minors; Call Up Sanchez & Tarpley

Chad Green watching Justin Bour round the bases after his grand slam Tuesday night.

After a couple of rough outings that continued the slow start to his season, the Yankees sent reliever Chad Green to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Mets Lineup Becoming A Force

Pete Alonso and Todd Frazier (center) by the batting cage on Tuesday. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets hitters are becoming a force to be reckoned with, marked by the emergence of first baseman Pete Alonso, the continued growth of Jeff McNeil, and the veteran presence Robinson Cano and Todd Frazier.

Tuesday night's win over Philadelphia showed what just how good they can be, as they rolled to a 9-0 win.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Zack Attacks With His Arm & Bat In Romp Over Phillies

Zack Wheeler. @Mets.

Zack Wheeler had possibly his best game ever on Tuesday night, as he threw seven shutout innings and he had a home run and three RBI to lead the Mets to a 9-0 win over Philadelphia at Citi Field.

Liverpool At Yankee Stadium This July

Mohamed Saleh.

UEFA Champions League semi-finalist Liverpool FC of the English Premier League will be at Yankee Stadium this summer.

They will face Sporting Club of Portugal in a preseason friendly match on Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Books: "Swimming For Sunlight" By Allie Larkin

Swimming For Sunlight: A Novel
By Allie Larkin
Atria; trade paperback original; $16.99; available Tuesday, April 23

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Stay and Why Can't I Be You, and her new novel, Swimming for Sunlight, focuses on Katie Ellis and her anxious rescue dog, Barkimedes, who move back to her Florida hometown to rebuild her life.

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Look Back At Gleyber Torres' Yankees Debut

Gleyber Torres.

On this date one year ago, the Yankees called up their top prospect, infielder Gleyber Torres. 

This was a very consequential a move made by the Yankees, who were 10-9 at the time, and he was a big part of why they went on to win 100 games in the regular season.

Yankees Release Gio Gonzalez; Sign Brad Miller

Gio Gonzalez.

On Monday morning, the Yankees released left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez from his minor league contract. He will not be added to the Yankees’ 25-man roster and is now a free agent.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Yankees Highlight Groundbreaking Sustainability Initiatives

Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Sunday, ahead of Earth Day, the Yankees highlighted their current sustainability initiatives and celebrated that they are the first major North American sports team to join the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

Yankees' Lineup Rewards Boone's Confidence

The Yankees celebrate their win on Sunday. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone is known for his optimism, that he will always believe his players can win no matter how much adversity they are facing or who he is penciling in as the starting nine.

Judge's Bat & Leadership Will Be Hard To Replace

Aaron Judge. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was placed on the injury list with a left oblique strain on Sunday morning.

Judge is now the 13th Yankee to go on the IL as he suffered the oblique injury on a swing in the sixth inning of Saturday's 9-2 win over Kansas City.

MLS Road Report: NYCFC Earns First Win; Red Bulls Fall To Revs

NYCFC celebrates a goal on Sunday. @NYCFC.

This weekend, the MLS locals were on the road again, with New York City Football Club earning their first win of the season, 2-0, over D.C. United on Sunday afternoon, while the Red Bulls fell to New England 1-0 on Saturday.

Friday, April 19, 2019

St. John's Introduces New Head Coach Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson. Provided by St. John's.

Mike Anderson was introduced as St.  John's Head Coach on Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Yankees Sign 1B Logan Morrison To Minor-League Deal

Logan Morrison.

The Yankees added some depth at first base as they signed Logan Morrison to a minor league contract.

St. John's Names Mike Anderson New Head Coach

Mike Anderson.

Mike Anderson has been named the 21st head coach in the history of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball program.

Anderson, who most recently served as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks for eight seasons, has a career head coaching record of 369-200 (.649), and has never had a losing season while at the helm of a college basketball program.

MLB Umpires Host 11th Annual Online Auction For UMPS CARE Charities

Photo by Jason Schott.

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer up more than 400 items that include priceless autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind VIP experiences and VIP ticket packages during its 11th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction. The auction is currently underway at www.mlb.com/UmpsCare and closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 29.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Royals Get To German Early, Hold On To Beat Yankees

Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn catching a Gleyber Torres pop-up down the line in right field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Kansas City Royals jumped out to an early lead against Yankees starter Domingo German and went on to win 6-1 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

The Yankees had no follow through from their emotional two-game sweep over the Red Sox, as they were dominated by Homer Bailey, who threw six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.

Yankees 3B Andujar's Recovery Going Smoothly; Boone Discusses Next Steps

Miguel Andujar throwing earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.

When Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar went on the injured list on April 1 with a right shoulder strain, the plan was to have him not rush his rehab, while there concern that he would need season-ending surgery.

Yankees' Mike Ford Completes Journey To Major Leagues

Mike Ford.

Mike Ford was called up by the Yankees on Tuesday morning when Greg Bird went on the injured list, and he will be making his Major League debut on Thursday night when he is the designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

Books: Tamara Loehr's Handbook For Working Women, "Balance Is B.S."

Tamara Loehr.

Balance Is B.S.: How To Have A Work. Life. Blend
By Tamara Loehr
Wiley; hardcover; $25.00

Tamara Loehr, world-renowned wellness entrepreneur and author, is a wife and mother of two who started her first business at the age of 19 after graduating college with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Her 'sweat equity' model led her to winning a range of global awards. She has also delved into the world of investment with a current focus on her online beauty-disruptor 'Dollar Beauty Tribe,' designed to promote cruelty-free, vegan indie brands.

Books: "I'm Fine And Neither Are You" By Camille Pagan

I'm Fine And Neither Are You
By Camille Pagán
Lake Union; hardcover, $24.95; eBook, $4.99

Honesty is the best policy, except maybe when it comes to marriage in Camille Pagán's fifth novel, I'm Fine And Neither Are You.

Penelope Ruiz-Kar wears many hats, among them wife, mother, breadwinner. She is doing it all, but barely keeping it together.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Yankees Sweep The Sox & Send A Message

Brett Gardner celebrating his grand slam Wednesday night. @Yankees.

The Yankees completed their sweep of the brief two-game series against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, capped off by Brett Gardner's game-winning grand slam.

Mets' Start To Season Shows N.L. East Is Going To Be A Battle

Philadelphia's Hector Neris celebrating on Wednesday. @Phillies.

The Mets lost 3-2 to the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, with Philadelphia winning the rubber game of the three-game series in the City of Brotherly Love.

Books: On The Evolution Of Business

The New York Stock Exchange. Photo by Jason Schott.

There is a real debate in this country right now about the future of business, including whether we should still have a capitalist system and examining how businesses conduct themselves with regards to the environment and their workers.

Three new books are essential to understanding this discussion: The Enlightened Capitalists by James O'Toole; The Prosperity Paradox by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon; and The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Books: "The Better Sister" By Alafair Burke

The Better Sister
By Alafair Burke
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 336 pages; hardcover, $26.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose acclaimed novels include The Wife, which is under production for a feature film, and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also is a co-author of the bestselling Under Suspicion Series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, Alafair now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.

Yankees Put Bird On IL, Giving Mike Ford A Chance

Greg Bird.

The Yankees placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left plantar fascia tear.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Books: "The Murmur Of Bees" By Sofia Segovia

The Murmur of Bees
By Sofia Segovia; translated by Simon Bruni
Amazon Crossing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Sofia Segovia was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She studied communications at Universidad de Monterrey, thinking that she would be a journalist, but she was drawn to fiction. A creative writing teacher, she has also been a ghostwriter and communications director for local political campaigns. She also has written several plays for local theater.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

MLS Road Report: Red Bulls, NYCFC Fit To Be Tied

Brian White (42) of the Red Bulls celebrates his goal. (@NewYorkRedBulls).

This weekend, both New York-area MLS teams were on the road and their both earned a point as they tied their games.

On Sunday night, the Red Bulls earned a point with a 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City, while  on Saturday night, New York City Football Club tied Minnesota United FC, 3-3.

Tiger Woods Wins The Masters, Completing His Return To Glory

The comeback is now complete for Tiger Woods, as he won The Masters on Sunday.

This is Woods' first major title in 11 years and his first Masters victory since 2005. He now had 15 major championships and is just three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mets Analyst Darling To Take Medical Leave From SNY

Ron Darling.

SNY broadcasting analyst Ron Darling a announced on Saturday night during the Mets' game with the Atlanta Braves that he will be taking a temporary medical leave following this game.

Sabathia Sparks Yankees' Best Performance Of The Season

CC Sabathia warming up before the game. Photo by Jason Schott.

CC Sabathia made his 2019 debut on Saturday afternoon, and threw a gem as the Yankees beat the Chicago White, Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, with three strikeouts. He threw a very economical 62 pitches, 42 of which were strikes.

CC Sabathia's 2019 Debut Comes At Just The Right Time

CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia is set to make his 2019 debut on Saturday afternoon when he gets the start against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Yankees Put Sanchez On Their Ever-Growing Injured List

Gary Sanchez.

On Friday morning, the Yankees placed catcher Gary Sánchez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 11 with a left calf strain.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Conversation With Chris Pavone, Author Of "The Paris Diversion"

Chris Pavone.

Chris Pavone is the author of three novels, including his debut work, The Expats. Released in 2012, this twisty and sophisticated narrative received high praise form John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell, drew comparisons Graham Greene, and was bought by CBS for film.