Shamorie Ponds Named MBWA Player Of The Week

(Ponds in action on Sunday – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds has garnered his first weekly award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, earning MBWA Player of the Week honors.

This comes a day after Ponds was named to the Big East Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season.

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MLS Adopts New Playoff Structure For 2019 Season

(The Red Bulls celebrate a goal during their playoff win against Columbus this past season – Photo by Jason Schott)

Major League Soccer today announced it will adopt a new single-elimination playoff structure beginning in 2019. Starting next season, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will consist of a straight-bracket format that will further reward regular season performance with a greater homefield advantage.

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Yankees Matriarch Joan Steinbrenner Passes Away

Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of the late Yankees Principal Owner George M. Steinbrenner III, passed away on Friday morning at her home in Tampa, Fla. surrounded by her family. She was 83.

“Joan was a compassionate and caring matriarch whose profound love for her family and those in the community always inspired us,” the Steinbrenner family said in a statement. “Her elegance and grace touched everyone around her, and we know her spirit will live on through her legacy of good works. We are grateful to have had her in our lives, and she will be deeply missed.”

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NYCFC Acquires Tony Rocha

New York City Football Club has acquired midfielder Tony Rocha from Orlando City SC in exchange for their fourth round draft pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.

Rocha joins NYCFC after spending the past three seasons with Orlando City SC making 23 appearances and tallying four assists for the Orlando City first-team between loan spells at Orlando City B in 2017 and Saint Louis FC in the USL last season.

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