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St. John’s Outlasts Georgetown In Classic; Villanova Next

(A fight broke out after a flagrant foul by St. John’s Amar Alibegovic at the 8:35 mark of the second half – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Big East Tournament started on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden with a legacy matchup between St. John’s and Georgetown, and they added another monumental chapter to their history.

In a gritty battle worthy of this rivalry, it was St. John’s who came out on top, 74-73.

St. John’s moves on to play the top seed in this tournament and the defending National Champion Villanova, at noon on Thursday.

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To Honor 35 Years At MSG, Big East Honored 35 New Yorkers

(The National Anthem being played before the opening game of the Big East Tournament between St. John’s and Georgetown – Photo by Jason Schott)

To celebrate 35 consecutive years of holding its Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden, the Big East Conference honored members of the New York City community who have served its residents and visitors over the past 35 years, along with members of the Big East community who have contributed to all 35 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournaments.

The honorees included former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, St. John’s and Mets legend John Franco, and former Rangers star and Staten Island native Nick Fotiu.

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Villanova’s Hart Named Big East Player Of The Year

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At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at The Garden ahead of the start of the Big East Tournament, Villanova guard Josh Hart has been selected Big East Player of the Year, Creighton freshman center Justin Patton has been named Big East Freshman of the Year, and Butler head coach Chris Holtmann was tabbed Big East Coach of the Year. The winners were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

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Red Bulls Open Season With Win In Atlanta

(The Red Bulls celebrating a late goal on Sunday night – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls opened the MLS regular season with a bang, as they scored two late goals to beat Atlanta United FC, 2-1, on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

This was the first game in the MLS for expansion club Atlanta United, and they took the early lead on a goal by Yamil Asad in the 25th minute.

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Mullin Questions St. John’s Effort After Providence Loss

(The scene during the National Anthem before St. John’s – Providence on Saturday – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm lost to Providence, 86-75, on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

It was a game in which the final score was not indicative, and led St. John’s Head coach Chris Mullin to question his team’s effort.

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Red Bulls Continue MLS Title Quest In 2017

The Red Bulls will be looking to continue their run of dominance under head coach Jesse Marsch that has seen them win the Supporters’ Shield in 2015 and finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season.

They enter this season with a new look, as Sacha Kljestan will be the captain after Dax McCarty was traded in the offseason.

After losing the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal the the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday, the Red Bulls open the MLS season with a match at Atlanta United FC on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., with coverage on FS1, Fox Deportes and Red Bulls Radio.

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NYCFC Kicks Off Third Season Sunday

(NYCFC forward Khiry Shelton celebrating his goal against FC Dallas at Yankee Stadium last September. USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club begins their third season in the MLS this Sunday at Orlando City.

Patrick Vieira will be entering his second season as the head coach, and European soccer legends David Villa and Andrea Pirlo will be back for their third season in New York. English soccer star Frank Lampard retired in the offseason after two injury-filled years with NYCFC.

The home opener at Yankee Stadium will be on Sunday, March 12. They will then host the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 18, and the San Jose Jose Earthquakes on April 1. All three games have 2 p.m. kickoffs.

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Red Bulls Out Of CONCACAF Champions League

(Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls have been eliminated from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night after they lost 2-0 on the road to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The Whitecaps win the two-leg quarterfinal matchup, 3-1, on aggregate. The first leg was a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, February 22.

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Barclays Center Continues to Host Premier Boxing Champions

(Danny Jacobs after winning on the first fight night at Barclays Center in October 2012 – Photo by @LolitaLens)

On Thursday, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced that their venues, Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank (NYCB), will be the sites for select Premier Boxing Champions Series (PBC ) events in 2017.

This Saturday’s PBC welterweight showdown between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Keith “One-Time” Thurman in Brooklyn will be the first of a multi-fight schedule at Barclays Center and The New Coliseum Presented By NYCB in 2017.

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NYCFC Releases Roster for 2017 MLS Season

(NYCFC star David Villa – USA Today Sports)

New York City FC released its roster for the 2017 MLS Regular Season, which begins this Sunday at Orlando City.

The 2017 roster features 12 new offseason additions, including new Designated Player Maxi Moralez, 2015 MLS Cup champion Rodney Wallace, Venezuelan international midfielder Yangel Herrera and former Chicago Fire goalkeeper, Sean Johnson.

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