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Columbus ‘Crew’ses by NYCFC In Playoff Opener

(Justin Meram scored for Columbus on Tuesday night – USA Today Sports) 

The Columbus Crew took advantage of being at home and rolled to a 4-1 win over New York City Football Club on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff.

The second leg of the playoff will be held Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

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Marsch: “If we had a big hill to climb before, we’ve got a mountain now”

(Red Bulls offense operating in the Toronto FC zone – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls lost the first-leg of their two-game Eastern Conference Semifinal series with Toronto FC, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena on Monday night.

Toronto, the Eastern Conference’s top seed, got what they wanted in this one: two road goals, which forces the Red Bulls to win by at least two (3-1, let’s say) on Sunday in Toronto. If it finishes 1-0 Red Bulls, the tie-breaker is the extra road goal Toronto got on Monday night.

Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch acknowledges they have an uphill battle heading into the second leg, as they did going into this series as the sixth seed, “Well, if we had a big hill to climb before, we’ve got a mountain now. But so what? That’s what the playoffs are. It’s not supposed to be easy. It won’t ever be easy. Obviously we’ve made it even more difficult on ourselves, but whatever. We’re going to go there with — we wanted to have a little bit more of a nothing-to-lose mentality tonight, and I felt we played very tight, and for sure, now we’re going there, we’ve got nothing to lose. I know they’re very good at home. I know it’s a very tough place to play. I know the stadium will be sold out. I know they’re the best team in the league, but so what? So what? Let’s go there and go fight for it.”

Toronto got on the board first on Monday night. In the eighth minute, Toronto kept the ball in the Red Bulls’ zone, and Jozy Altidore took it down the right side before firing it to Victor Vazquez coming down the left-center of the box, and Vazquez buried to make it 1-0.

Toronto celebrating their opening goal. Photo by Jason Schott.

Toronto continued to dominate the first half, and Red Bull Arena was silent aside from vulgar chants from their main supporters section directed at Altidore and Michael Bradley.

In the 46th minute, the Red Bulls took it into Toronto’s zone and Bradley Wright-Phillips was taken down by Drew Moor in the box, resulting in a penalty kick.

Daniel Royer took the PK and buried it to tie the game at 1 and send the teams into the locker room even.

That was a big positive for the Red Bulls, considering their slow start, and Marsch said of that, ” Don’t know. Wouldn’t have predicted it, didn’t see it coming, didn’t expect so many sub-par performances from our guys. Didn’t expect us to lack explosiveness. So caught me by surprise, quite honestly. But sometimes in big games, that’s the way it goes. We’ve got to regroup and then throw more at it come Sunday.”

Marsch said of the Red Bulls being able to play their free-flowing style in the first half, “Yeah, I mean, they clearly wanted us to have the ball and then wanted us to turn the ball over in the middle of the field and then catch us on the counter. It took us far too long to figure that out, and we were trying to get the message out on the field, but it wasn’t clear enough, I think, and so it took us too long. But we have a bad first half and walk in halftime 1-1. So you know, given everything, at that point you feel like, okay, we can gather some momentum and now put it into the second half.”

The Red Bulls came out firing in the second half, and there was a stretch around the 60th minute when they had four corner kicks in a row. Off the third one of those, in the 63rd minute, Gonzalo Veron had a good chance on the right side of the box, just after he entered the game.

In the 72nd minute, Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco took a free kick from the left side, and hooked the kick around the “wall” of the Red Bulls defenders and got it by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles on the short side to make it 2-1 Toronto.

Marsch said of that goal, “We know that Giovinco is good from that spot, so we don’t want him to run free in that spot, we don’t want him to be fouled in that spot, and then we wanted somebody to drop on the post and they didn’t get there, so then it’s 2-1.”

The Red Bulls had a chance late, in the 93rd minute, when Wright-Phillips went for a bicycle kick, and when his foot was in the air, it connected with the hands of Toronto defender Chris Mavinga.

Mavinga stayed on the ground for a few minutes, and remained in the game, as Toronto wound down the final couple minutes of extra time.

That was the end of what Marsch has termed “halftime” in this Eastern Semifinal series.

“So yeah, not a good performance from us,” said Marsch. “Not a good performance from us, and disappointing in such a big match, but that being said, it’s halftime. There’s still some — still some left to this game, as crappy as it feels right now. We still have a lot to play for.”

Mullin, In His Third Season Leading St. John’s, Focused On Improvement

(Chris Mullin – Photo by Jason Schott)

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin is entering his third season at the helm, and at media day at Carnesecca Arena on Thursday, he said he is excited about his team.

Mullin said of preparing for the season, “Well the focus is on improvement, defensively. Individually, making sure that everyone is getting back to play defense to get an individual challenge on everyone and rebounding the basketball. If we do that defensively, we’ve done really well with our team schemes as we begin to pick things up, and get a little better individually.

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St. John’s, Rutgers To Play For Hurricane Relief

(Rutgers Athletic Complex – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s and Rutgers men’s basketball teams will play an exhibition game on Sunday, November 5 at 1 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J., benefitting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

General admission tickets to the contest and parking at The RAC will be $10 each with all net proceeds going to help those in need. Floor seating, however, will be reserved for Rutgers season ticket holders that occupy those seats throughout the year.

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Red Bulls Open Playoffs Monday Night

(Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls will open their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against top-seeded Toronto FC on Monday, October 30, with Leg One at Red Bull Arena.

The match will kick off at 7 p.m. on FS1 and Fox Deportes in the United States, and on TSN in Canada. Red Bulls Radio will also cover the match in English and Spanish. The match will be the Red Bulls 22nd appearance on national television in 2017.

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Red Bulls Score Early & Often To Win Playoff In Chicago

(Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrating a goal on Wednesday night – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The old saying was that you voted “early and often” in Chicago.

Well, the Red Bulls took that saying to heart as they scored early and often in their 4-0 rout of the Chicago Fire on the road in the Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs.

Bradley Wright-Phillips got it started in the seventh minute when he scored off a feed from Damien Perrinelle.

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Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Gala

(The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Star Jones)

The 2017 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 27th Anniversary Gala was held recently, and honorees included The View and Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas.

The hosts were actress Susan Lucci, known for the classic soap opera All My Children, and Maurice DuBois, an Anchor from WCBS-TV here in New York City.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Sidekicks”

 The Sidekicks 

By Will Kostakis


Will Kostakis is a bestselling author in Australia, and The Sidekicks, a novel centered around three young men who connect over their shared loss of best friend, is his debut in America.

Ryan, Harley and Miles are very different people—the swimmer, the rebel and the nerd. All they’ve ever had in common is Isaac, their shared best friend, but they discover there’s more common ground to be found than they imagined.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Arnie”

Arnie: The Life Of Arnold Palmer

By Tom Callahan

Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins

Tom Callahan got to know Arnold Palmer as well as anybody, as the veteran golf writer has covered the Masters since 1972 and kept up with Palmer since then.

“Throughout the years, I watched him at many tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. i was at Oakmont in Pennsylvania when, with six holes left to play, Palmer was sure he was winning the US Open only to hear the thunder of Johnny Miller’s 63 up ahead. I was at Medinah in Illinois when the vinegar between Arnold and Jack (Nicolaus) finally spilled out. I was at Muirfield Village in Ohio when they reconciled. And I was at Augusta in Georgia on the Wednesday when they played their first practice round with 20-year-old amateur Tiger Woods.

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