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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”

(@StJohnsBball)

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

(Turner Sports)

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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NYCFC Clinches Second In East & First-Round Bye In MLS Playoffs

(David Villa fires it by Columbus defender Michael Parkhurst – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club clinched second place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Columbus Crew SC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC finishes the regular season with a record of 15-9-10 with 54 points. They edged out Toronto FC by one point for second and finished three points behind the Red Bulls for the top spot in the East.

This is the first time NYCFC has made the playoffs, in their second year in existence. This season is a 17-point improvement over last season.

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Red Bulls Clinch East Crown & BWP Wins Golden Boot

(Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates – courtesy Red Bulls)

The New York Red Bulls clinched first place in the Eastern Conference for the second straight time, and for the third time in four years, as they beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Sunday.

The Red Bulls finish the regular season with a 16-9-9 record, 57 points, after going 15-3-9 following a 1-6-0 start. They finished on a 16-game unbeaten run, the third-longest undefeated streak in MLS history. Only FC Dallas (19), Columbus Crew (19) and Real Salt Lake (18) have longer streaks to their name.

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BrooklynFans of Books: The Euro, by Stiglitz

The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens The Future Of Europe

Joseph E. Stiglitz

W.W. Norton & Company

Since 2010, Europe has been in economic crisis, as the 19 countries that share the euro currency have been rocked by stagnation and debt crisis.

Some countries have been in depression for years while the eurozone’s governing powers have gone from emergency to emergency, most notable in Greece.

Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz examines in The Euro the causes for the endless crisis and mistakes made around the creation of the single currency. He lays bare the European Central Bank’s misguided inflation-only mandate and explains how eurozone policies, especially toward the crisis countries, have further exposed the zone’s flawed design. Continue reading BrooklynFans of Books: The Euro, by Stiglitz