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Toronto Trounces NYCFC To Move on In MLS Playoffs

(Sebastian Giovinco celebrates an early goal – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club was facing a tall order entering the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, as they returned home down 2-0.

Toronto scored those two goals a week ago in the final ten minutes, and that momentum carried over to this one, as they won 5-0.

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NYC Marathon: Ghebreslassie Wins First Title; Kheitany Takes If For Third Time

(The TCS NYC Marathon Finish Line in Central Park – Photo by Jason Schott)

At the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won on the men’s side for the first time, while Mary Kheitany won her third title on the women’s side.

Ghebreslassie won it with a time of 2:07:51, edging out Lucas Rotich of Kenya, who finished in 2:08: 53, and Abdi Abdirahman of the United States, who had a time of 2:11:23.

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Villa & 2 Red Bulls Battle For MLS MVP Award

(NYCFC’s David Villa with a header – USA Today Sports)

Major League Soccer recently announced the finalists for the 2016 End of Year Awards, honoring the league’s top performers during the 2016 MLS regular season.

In what will be a closely contested race for the 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award, the finalists come down to an impressive trio of New Yorkers.

Featuring the most dangerous attacking duo the league has seen over the past two years, finalists include New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips and New York City FC’s David Villa (82 combined goals, 2015-2016), and Red Bulls midfielder and league assist leader Sacha Kljestan.

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Oh, Canada! NYCFC, Red Bulls Lose Up North

(NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira looks on – USA Today Sports)

The MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals opened on Sunday, and New York City Football Club lost 2-0 to Toronto FC, while the Red Bulls lost 1-0 to the Montreal Impact.

The second leg of this round is on Sunday, November 6, with NYCFC hosting Toronto at Yankee Stadium and the Red Bulls hosting Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

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Mullin: “We have a bunch of gym rats that love the game”

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Chris Mullin is looking forward to the start of his second season at the helm of the St. John’s Red Storm, which gets underway at Carnesecca Arena on November 11 against Bethune-Cookman.

At St. John’s Media Day on Thursday, Mullin spoke of the progress his team has made over the past year, “The talent level has improved tremendously. Our focus has been on practice, daily improvement and working together. The biggest advantage has been the guys who returned [know what we’re looking to do within our system]. That experience is invaluable.

“One of the biggest advantages we will have this year is being able to play multiple lineups. We practice different lineups to see who functions well together and we’ve liked a lot of different combinations. We might want to force another team to play big or small and we have the ability to do that now.”

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Braica Sees Potential In Young St. Francis Squad

(St. Francis Head Coach Glenn Braica (2nd from right) and Yunus Hopkinson (far right) at NEC Media Day – @SDFBKTerriers)

The St. Francis Terriers have a new look this season, as they have one returning senior, Yunus Hopkinson, six sophomores that will see more playing time, and three new freshman, including New York City products Rasheem Dunn and Gianni Ford.

St. Francis Head Coach Glenn Braica, speaking at NEC Media Day at Barclays Center on Wednesday, said he is optimistic about the potential of his young team.

“I think it’s a work in progress,” said Braica. “I think it’s a very different team than what we’ve had the last couple of years. The last few years, we’ve had better and more big guys than I ever thought we’d have here when I took the job, and they were productive.

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Kenny Smith On the New NBA Season

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Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Ernie Johnson were recently inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame for their work on the acclaimed TNT show Inside the NBA.

Smith was in his hometown of New York City, and spoke to the media about the NBA season, which begins Tuesday night when the Knicks open the season in Cleveland against the defending champion Cavaliers.

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Yankees Stadium Enhancements For 2017 Season

(Yankee Stadium during NYCFC’s win on Sunday – Photo by Jason Schott)

The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and it will be undergoing its first major changes during this baseball offseason.

The Yankees announced on Monday that the enhancements will include seven new social gathering spaces and additional dynamic food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week for an anticipated debut prior to the start of the 2017 regular season.

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Fort Hamilton Tigers Roar Past Flushing In Home Finale

(Troy Booker scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Fort Hamilton Tigers roared past Flushing 38-6 on Saturday afternoon in Bay Ridge to improve their record to 4-3 on the season.

This was the home finale for the Tigers, winners of three straight, and they finish the season at Grand Street this Saturday and at rival Erasmus Hall on Sunday, November 6th.

As has been the case for most of the season, Fort Hamilton was led by their dynamic duo of Seba Nekhet and Troy Booker.

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