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DePaul Dominates Seton Hall Again

(Myles Powell races to the other end after a steal – Photo by Jason Schott)

Seton Hall was outlasted by DePaul, 97-93, on Saturday night at Prudential Center for their third consecutive loss. They are now 3-4 in Big East Conference play and 12-7 overall.

This was DePaul’s second win over Seton Hall in two weeks, having beaten them 75-74, on January 6 in Chicago, and it was their second straight win on a Saturday night in the New York metro area, as they won at St. John’s on January 12, 79-71.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “We Want Fish Sticks” On The Infamous Islanders ’90s Rebranding

(Darius Kasparaitis and Travis Green at the introduction of the Islanders’ uniform with the fisherman logo in 1995)

We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders

By Nicholas Hirshon; Foreword by Eric Fichaud

University of Nebraska Press; hardcover and eBook, 312 pages; $29.95

The Islanders were a struggling franchise a decade after winning four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, epitomized by their embarrassing sweep by the Rangers in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.

A year later, hoping for a new start, the Islanders swapped out their distinctive logo, which featured the letters NY and a map of Long Island, for a cartoon fisherman wearing a rain slicker and gripping a hockey stick.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Tigerbelle,” The Story Of An Olympic Pioneer

(Wyomia Tyus (c.) on the podium after winning Olympic Gold)

Tigerbele: The Wyomia Tyus Story

By Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis; foreword by Joy Reid; An Edge Of Sports book curated by Dave Zirin

Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY; 288 pages; hardcover, $27.95; trade paperback, $15.95 

Wyomia Tyus won gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympics, 1964 and 1968, becoming the first person to ever earn that achievement, and it was not repeated for almost twenty years, and fifty years to be exceeded.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Accidental Further Adventures Of The 100-Year-Old Man”

The Accidental Further Adventures Of The 100-Year-Old Man

By Jonas Johansson

William Morrow; paperback; $15.99

Jonas Jonasson, the acclaimed international bestselling author, always claimed that Allan Karlsson, the beloved centenarian and main character of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, would not return for a sequel.

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St. John’s, Led by 22 From Ponds, Crushes Creighton

(Justin Simon bringing the ball past midcourt – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm came back from an early nine-point deficit to cruise to an 81-66 win on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

This was a much needed win for St. John’s, as they improved to 3-3 in Big East play (15-3 overall) after losses to Villanova and DePaul last week.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Club” On The Rapid Growth Of The English Premier League

The Club: How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports

By Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.00

Soccer has grown rapidly in the United States the past couple of decades, more popular than baseball among 35-54-year-olds, and closing in on basketball, and that has a lot to do with the popularity of the English Premier League.

The Premier League is the most watched sports league on the planet, with NBC’s coverage of the 2016-17 season reaching a record 33 million viewers, with a fan base that is still expanding. NBC recently paid $1 billion to extend its deal with the Premier League through the 2021-22 season.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “All That Heaven Allows” On The Life Of Rock Hudson

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson

By Mark Griffin

Harper; hardcover; $28.99

Rock Hudson was the definition of a movie star: tall, dark, and handsome, he epitomized American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame in the 1950s and ’60s.

America’s leading man exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk, and was frequently paired with Doris Day. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Stottlemyre, Yankees Ace & Pitching Coach To 1986 Mets & Yankees 1990s Dynasty, Passes Away at 77

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Mel Stottlemyre, the ace of the Yankees pitching staff in the late 1960s who went on to be the pitching coach of the Mets’ 1986 World Championship team, and the Yankees 1990s dynasty, passed away on Sunday at the age of 77.

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Yankees Sign LeMahieu, Making Infield Complete

On Monday, the Yankees announced the signing of two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning infielder DJ LeMahieu to a two-year contract through the 2020 season.

LeMahieu is a solid second baseman, which gives the Yankees plenty of options in the infield as they cover for the loss of shortstop Didi Gregorius until June or July as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

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