The Club: How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports
By Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.00
Soccer has grown rapidly in the United States the past couple of decades, more popular than baseball among 35-54-year-olds, and closing in on basketball, and that has a lot to do with the popularity of the English Premier League.
The Premier League is the most watched sports league on the planet, with NBC’s coverage of the 2016-17 season reaching a record 33 million viewers, with a fan base that is still expanding. NBC recently paid $1 billion to extend its deal with the Premier League through the 2021-22 season.
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Mel Stottlemyre, the ace of the Yankees pitching staff in the late 1960s who went on to be the pitching coach of the Mets’ 1986 World Championship team, and the Yankees 1990s dynasty, passed away on Sunday at the age of 77.
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On Monday, the Yankees announced the signing of two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning infielder DJ LeMahieu to a two-year contract through the 2020 season.
LeMahieu is a solid second baseman, which gives the Yankees plenty of options in the infield as they cover for the loss of shortstop Didi Gregorius until June or July as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
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Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
By Josh Rosenblatt
Ecco; hardcover, 224 pages; $26.99; available Tuesday, January 15
Josh Rosenblatt, a writer and journalist who lives in Brooklyn, tracks his trajectory from pacifist to pugilist, from idle philosopher to trained fighter, his life’s abrupt face, and what compelled such a change in his new book, Why We Fight.
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(Marvin Clark of St. John’s battles Femi Olujobi of DePaul – @StJohnsBball)
St. John’s, who unexpectedly had to play without their star point guard Shamorie Ponds, lost to DePaul, 79-71, on Saturday night at Carnesecca Arena.
St. John’s, ranked 24th in the nation, has now lost two straight, dropping their Big East Conference record to 2-3, and they are 14-3 overall. They most likely will drop out of the Top 25 with this loss and the one to Villanova this past Tuesday night.
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(Joe Namath in Super Bowl III)
Countdown To Super Bowl: How The 1968-1969 New York Jets Delivered On Joe Namath’s Guarantee To Win It All – 50th Anniversary Edition
By Dave Anderson
Sports Publishing; paperback, 248 pages; $16.99
Saturday is the 50th Anniversary of the Jets’ victory stunning victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
This is possibly the most consequential Super Bowl of all-time, as the Jets, then of the American Football League, beat the heavily-favored Colts, stalwarts of the National Football League. The two leagues merged soon after, with the NFL absorbing all AFL teams and the structure of the NFL still stands today.
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(NYCFC Plays at Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)
New York City Football Club selected goalkeeper Luis Barraza (Marquette University) with the 12th overall pick and defender Abdi Mohamed (University of Akron) with the 43rd overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft 2019 this afternoon in Chicago.
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(Sonny Gray )
The Yankees announced on Friday afternoon that they agreed to terms with RHP Dellin Betances, 1B Greg Bird, RHP Sonny Gray, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP James Paxton and C Austin Romine on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.
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The Yankees have signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season.
This means the Yankees’ back three in the bullpen will be Britton, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman, and all have experience closing games and can be used in optimal situations. The only difference this upcoming season is that Chad Green is next in line after this trio since David Robertson signed with Philadelphia.
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(Joe Namath during Super Bowl III)
Fifty years ago this weekend, the New York Jets, then of the American Football League, stunned the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, in Super Bowl III on January 12, 1969.
Jets quarterback Joe Namath, known to all as “Broadway Joe,” became synonymous with victory and was transformed into a household name.
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