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Villa Gets NYCFC A Point in Atlanta

(NYCFC’s David Villa (center) collides with Atlamta’s Ezequiel Barco (8) late in the game Sunday night – USA Today Sports)

David Villa got a goal and an assist to get New York City Football Club a point on the road against Atlanta United FC in a 2-2 draw on Sunday night.

NYCFC remains unbeaten on the season at 5-2-0, in first place in the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of Atlanta, who is 4-1-1-, 13 points.

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Manchester City Wins English Premier League

(Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany celebrates their win at Tottenham on Saturday night – @ManCity)

Manchester City has won the English Premier League Championship for the third time in seven years following what has been a record-breaking season.

City clinched the title with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night which put them 16 points ahead of second place Manchester United, who suffered an embarrassing loss at Old Trafford to West Bromwich Albion, who are in last place in the Premier League and likely to be relegated.

The amazing thing is that Manchester City was able to win at Wembley after suffering a crushing defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, and getting stung at home by Manchester United last Saturday, April 7, when they coughed up a 2-0 halftime lead and lost 3-2.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Home For Unwanted Girls”

The Home For Unwanted Girls

By Joanna Goodman

Harper; on sale Tuesday, April 17, $16.99

Maggie Hughes is a young unwed mother forced to abandon her baby to a merciless public welfare system, and the lengths to which the two will go to find one another in a society that seems desperate to keep them apart.

Set in 1950s Quebec, when the French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility, Joanna Goodman has created a provocative tale of secrets and lies, love and longing, and the unbreakable bond of motherhood in The Home For Unwanted Girls.

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Red Bulls II Run Out Rowdies, Who Have Link To Baseball History

(Red Bulls II and the Tampa Bay Rowdies in action – Photo by Jason Schott)

After the Red Bulls took care of Montreal in MLS action on Saturday afternoon, their USL affiliate, Red Bulls II, took to the Red Bull Arena pitch and rolled by the Tampa Bay Rowdies 5-0.

Red Bulls II is now 3-1-1 with 10 points, while Tampa Bay fell to 3-2-0, with nine points on the season.

NYRB II stayed perfect at Red Bull Arena, improving to 3-0-0 and they have outscored their opponents, 12-3, at home this season.

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Red Bulls Maul Montreal In Return To MLS Action

(The Red Bulls celebrating after an early goal – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls returned to MLS play with a dominant 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

This came just days after an emotional loss to Chivas de Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night at home, so this was just the performance they needed in their first MLS game in a couple of weeks.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Working At “The Worldwide Leader”

I Hammered Hank: And Other True Stories From The Worldwide Leader

By Rob Adler

Kindle Digital Publishing/Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Hammered-Hank-Stories-Worldwide-Leader/dp/1980219613

Rob Adler got to live out his dream right out of college by going to work behind the scenes at ESPN, and he shares a lot of his tales in the humorous memoir, I Hammered Hank.

Adler spend a decade working at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” and won two Emmys working on shows that aired on their various networks, including ESPN Classic, which he took particular pride in.

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Prokhorov Completes Sale Of Stake In Nets To Tsai

(Mikhail Prokhorov)

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has completed the sale of a 49% interest in the Brooklyn Nets to Joe Tsai.

Tsai is executive vice chairman and co-founder of Alibaba Group, a global internet company with businesses in e-commerce, cloud computing, and digital entertainment.

Prokhorov, through Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc., will continue to be the controlling owner and the NBA Governor of the team. There will be no changes in the day-to-day management of the team’s business or basketball operations.

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Earlington Signs With St. John’s

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On Thursday afternoon, Marcellus Earlington has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. John’s and play basketball for the Red Storm next season.

Earlington, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound incoming freshman, is a two-time all state selection from Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) who helped lead the Ironmen to a pair of NJSIAA Non-Public A championships and consecutive appearances in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game.

“Marcellus is a versatile player who comes from a winning tradition at Don Bosco Prep,” said St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin. “We believe his athleticism, physicality and strength will translate well at this level. He can thrive in our program because he has a relentless work ethic. Our staff is excited to welcome Marcellus to the St. John’s basketball family.”

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A “Twist” On A Classic

Olivia Twist: A Dark Past, A Glittering Future, And The World Between Them

By Lorie Langdon

Blink/HarperCollins; hardcover; $18.99

Lorie Langdon has won critical acclaim and created a legion of fans for her skill at telling compelling stories that come from her passion for the theatre, music, and classic literature.

Langdon, known for being the co-author of the popular Doon series, books for young adults inspired by the musical Brigadoon, has now created Olivia Twist, a gender-swapping reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist.

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NYCFC Rolls By Real Salt Lake

(NYCFC’s Maxi Moralez scoring on Wednesday night – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club rolled to a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC kept their unbeaten streak to start the season, as they improved to 5-1-0, with 16 points, in first place in the Eastern Conference.

It only took them just 12 minutes to get on the board. Ismael Tajouri was in the right place at the right time, as he intercepted a clearing pass from a Real Salt Lake defender at the top of the key, then fired it into the net to make it 1-0 NYCFC. It was his fourth goal of the season.

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