Red Bulls Advance in CONCACAF Champions League

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The Red Bulls advanced out of Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group play for the first time in club history after winning Group F with a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night against Guatemala Antigua FC.

 

New York finishes group play with a 2-0-2 record, clinching a spot in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals early next year. The Red Bulls earn the club milestone just days after clinching a seventh-straight berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

New York extends the unbeaten streak to 17 matches across all competitions, including a club record 13 in MLS, and four Champions League games.

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BrooklynFans of Books: Who Shot Sports

(Netherlands vs Brazil, World Cup, July 2, 2010. Photo by Mark Leech, featured in Who Shot Sports)

who-shot-sportsWho Shot Sports: A Photographic History 1843 to the Present

By Gail Buckland

Alfred A Knopf

Who Shot Sports, which is also an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum until January 8, 2017, brings together 165 extraordinary photographers who have captured some of the most famous images ever, but the person behind the camera is unknown.

Buckland is a former curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visting Professor at Cooper Union.

For Who Shot Sports, Buckland draws upon the work of more than 59 archives, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast, Getty Images, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, L’Equipe, The New York Times, and the archives of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.

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Israel Wins WBC Qualifier

(Israel’s Jason Marquis pitches to Great Britain’s Champ Stuart, who is a Mets prospect – Photo by Jason Schott)

Israel beat Great Britain 9-1 in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier Championship Game on Sunday night at MCU Park in Coney Island.

This is first time Israel will be part of the 16-team field in the World Baseball Classic. In March 2017, they will compete in Seoul, South Korea, in Group B, along with South Korea, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.

Israel got amazing pitching, led by Jason Marquis, and they got home runs from Blake Gailen, Ryan Lavarnway, and Cody Decker.

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Liberty Fall to Taurasi, Mercury In Playoffs

(Diana Taurasi (second from left) and her Phoenix Mercury teammates lock arms during the national anthem – Photo by @LolitaLens)

The Phoenix Mercury beat the Liberty 101-94 in their second-round playoff game on Saturday night. The Liberty will have to wait another season to attempt to capture their first WNBA championship.

Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 30 points on 9-17 from the field, including four three-pointers, three assists, and two rebounds.

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Red Bulls Clinch Playoff Spot…And NYCFC Too

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The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

This is the seventh straight year the Red Bulls are in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Red Bulls improved to 13-9-9, 48 points and are now in first place in the Eastern Conference. new York City Football Club and Toronto have the same amount of points, but the Red Bulls have the edge on goal differential, +13.

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Israel Advances To WBC Qualifier Championship Game

(Israel and Brazil exchanged caps before the game, an international baseball tradition – Photo by Jason Schott)

Israel beat Brazil in a thriller, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at MCU Park in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

With the win, Israel advances to the WBC Qualifier Championship Game, Sunday at 6:00 pm. with a spot in the World Baseball Classic next March on the line.

Brazil will play Great Britain on Saturday night for the chance to reach the final game the following night. Great Britain beat Pakistan 14-0 on Friday night.

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Villa’s Double Puts NYCFC On Doorstep Of Playoffs

(David Villa with a header – USA Today Sports)

David Villa scored two goals to lead New York City Football Club to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC improved to 13-9-9, 48 points, and currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. They extended their home unbeaten streak to seven games, with six wins and one draw.

This weekend, NYCFC can earn a spot in the 2016 MLS Audi Playoffs with either an Orlando City SC tie against D.C. United Saturday, a New York Red Bulls win over the Montreal Impact Saturday or a New England Revolution tie or loss against the Columbus Crew Sunday.

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NYC Connections At WBC Qualifier in Coney Island

(Pakistan and Brazil in the first game of the WBC Qualifier on Thursday afternoon. Brazil won 10-0. Photo by Jason Schott)

The World Baseball Classic Qualifier is taking place this weekend at MCU Park in Coney Island. Great Britain, Israel, Pakistan, and Brazil are competing for the right to play in the WBC next March.

There are plenty of New York City connections to these teams, including former Mets Ike Davis and Josh Satin, and Staten Island native Jason Marquis, who are all playing for Israel.

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Ron Darling On The Upcoming MLB Postseason

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Ron Darling will be on the call for TBS, along with Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken, for the 2016 Major League Baseball Postseason.

TBS is the exclusive TV home of the 2016 American League Postseason, starting with the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and continuing through the ALCS.  This is TBS’ 10th season of MLB Postseason coverage, which began in 2007, and the network is completing its’ ninth regular season slate of Sunday game coverage.

Daring spoke at MLB on TBS Media Day and here is a sampling of the conversation:

How impressive has this late run by the Mets been, considering all their injuries?

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