Category Archives: NYC Sports

St. John’s Wins 4th In A Row As Ponds Has Another Big Performance

(Shamorie Ponds (center) led the way for St. John’s – Photo by @StJohnsBball)

 

St. John’s kept their hot streak going on Wednesday night as they got their fourth straight win with a 77-76 win at DePaul.

This was a measure of payback for St. John’s as they lost to DePaul 91-74 on January 6 in Queens.

The Red Storm is now 14-13 overall and 3-11 in the Big East. They are now just a half-game back of DePaul (3-10) for ninth in the conference, two games behind Georgetown (5-9) for eighth, 2-1/2 behind Marquette (5-8) for seventh, and 3-1/2 behind Seton Hall (6-7) for sixth.

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Ponds Earns Pair Of Honors From Big East & Katz

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds had another incredible week, which included leading the Red Storm to a win over then-number 1 Villanova.

After putting up  26 against Villanova and 44 in a win against Marquette Saturday, Ponds was honored as the Big East Player of the Week for the second time in a row. He was also named the National Player of the Week by NCAA.com’s Andy Katz.

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St. John’s Surge Makes Them The Basketball Story Of New York

(The Carnesecca Arena crowd giving St. John’s a standing ovation as they are introduced before the game – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm have a slogan, “We Are New York’s Team.” That is certainly true now, as they are the focus of New York basketball for the rest of this season.

A couple wins over top five teams, a player on a record-setting run, led by a coach who is one of the faces of the glory days of the program will do that.

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Mullin on SJU After 2 Big Wins: “Their perseverance is starting to pay off”

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – Photo by Jason Schott) 

St. John’s is heading into Saturday’s game against Marquette at Carnesecca Arena flying high after knocking off Duke last Saturday and Villanova on Wednesday night.

Duke entered that game ranked fourth in the nation, while Villanova was ranked number one nationally. These were St. John’s first wins since December 20 and broke an 11-game losing streak.

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St. John’s Upsets Villanova, Just Days After Knocking Off Duke

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

The St. John’s Red Storm got their second big upset victory in a row, as they knocked off Villanova, 79-75, on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Villanova entered this game as the number-one ranked team in the country, and this was just their second loss of the season, and their record is now 22-2 overall and 9-2 in Big East play.

This was St. John’s first win in Big East play after they started conference play with 11 straight losses.

More importantly, this was another statement win for St. John’s after they defeated Duke, then fourth in the nation, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

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Howard Leads Marquette Past Seton Hall

(Markus Howard talking to Bill Raftery after the game – @MarquetteMBB)

Marquette, led by 32 points from Markus Howard, outlasted Seton Hall, 88-85, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

Howard, a sophomore guard who averages 21.6 points per game, put up 32 points on a superb line of 9-13 from the field, 4-6 on threes, and 10-10 from the free throw line. He also notched seven rebounds, well above his season average of 3.3, and three assists.

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Yankees Acquire Russell Wilson (yes, the QB)

The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

At first thought, the question was is this someone with the same name as the Seahawks quarterback and could possibly replace Todd Frazier?

Nope, it is Wilson the quarterback who  led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8 at MetLife Stadium. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

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TBS To Host March Madness Selection Show

(Madison Square Garden will host the Big Ten and Big East Tournaments this year leading up the NCAA Tournament – Photo by Jason Schott)

For the first time ever, TBS will broadcast the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, featuring the exclusive live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. ET.

TBS will also televise this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2. TBS also had the Final Four in 2016.

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Red Bulls Front Office Hirings And Promotions

The Red Bulls announced the hiring and promotions of the following front office personnel: Tom Bowden, Senior Director, Ticket Sales and Service; Darren Meyer, Senior Director, Marketing Partnerships and Premium Services; Logan Smith, Director, Strategy and Analytics; Justin Baier, Senior Manager, Marketing; and DJ McCaffery, Senior Manager, Facility Operations.

Bowden has been named Senior Director, Ticket Sales and Service, overseeing the department’s strategy and execution. Having served four years with the Brooklyn Nets, he most recently held the title of Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service. During his time with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Bowden was responsible for key initiatives such as extensions of multi-year premium seat contracts, secondary market partnerships and improving the new season ticket sales effort and results. The 13-year industry veteran also made his mark in MLS with Columbus Crew SC, where he spent three seasons as the club’s Director of Client Services. The Springfield College (MA) graduate resides in Bloomfield, N.J. with his wife, Kristyn.

Meyer has been promoted to Senior Director, Marketing Partnerships and Premium Services, overseeing sponsorship marketing benefits and hospitality. He will also lead strategy for sponsor and luxury suite renewals. The 20-year industry veteran is entering his fourth season with the Red Bulls and has been instrumental in the club’s continued growth of Partnership Marketing and Premium/Corporate Sales. Previously, Meyer was a member of the sponsorship departments of both the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, where he managed the founding partners of the Barclays Center. The Marist College graduate resides in Scotch Plains, N.J. with his wife Teresa and daughter Alexa.

Smith has been promoted to Director, Strategy and Analytics, steering the club’s business analytics, strategy, CRM and fan research. Entering his fifth season with the club, Smith most recently held the position of Senior Manager, Marketing and Strategy. Prior to joining the organization, Smith worked for Red Bull North America as a Brand Marketing Graduate. The University of Oregon graduate now resides in Asbury Park, N.J. with his fiancée Anne.

Baier has been named Senior Manager, Marketing, guiding the team’s creative vision, campaign development and traditional marketing efforts. Having spent over eight years with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, he served as the Senior Marketing Manager of Creative Services for properties including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum and Brooklyn Boxing. The Penn State University graduate resides in Wood Ridge, N.J. with his wife Amanda and newborn son Salvatore.

McCaffery has been promoted Senior Manager, Facility Operations, instrumental in managing and operating Red Bull Arena, Red Bull Training Facility and Montclair State University Soccer Park. He will also hold the title of Director of Operations for New York Red Bulls II and serve as Visiting Team Supporter Liaison for matches at Red Bull Arena. McCaffery has been with the club since 2007. The Montclair State University graduate resides in Secaucus, N.J.