Category Archives: NYC Sports

BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Secretary” By Renee Knight

The Secretary

By Renee Knight

Harper; 368 pages, hardcover; $26.99; available Tuesday, February 12

Renée Knight’s 2015 debut Disclaimer made her an international phenom across the thriller and suspense genre, and rights to the book were sold in 31 countries and it was optioned for film by Fox Searchlight.

Knight’s new novel, The Secretary, is a chilling psychological tale of power, devotion and betrayal.

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St. John’s Stunned By Providence; Seton Hall Survives Creighton

(The tip-off of Seton Hall and Creighton – Photo by Jason Schott)

Saturday was a pivotal day for the Big East locals, as St. John’s was dominated down the stretch in a 70-86 loss to Providence at Madison Square Garden in the afternoon, while Seton Hall survived a late late charge from Creighton to pull out a 63-58 victory at the Prudential Center.

The results leave both teams with 5-6 records in Big East Conference play, two of five teams tied for third place, along with Georgetown, DePaul, and Butler. Villanova (10-1) and Marquette (9-2) are secured in the top two spots.

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NYCFC Names Alex Ring Its New Captain

(Alex Ring in the Captain’s armband – Courtesy NYCFC)

New York City Football Club has named midfielder Alex Ring its new Captain with the departure of David Villa, who had the captaincy since the team’s inception since 2015.

The midfielder from Finland has worn the armband on various occasions over the past two seasons and will take the captaincy on a permanent basis moving forward for NYCFC.

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A Look At New Mets Analytics Guru Russell Carleton’s Book “The Shift”

(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Mets have hired Russell Carleton, a longtime Baseball Prospectus writer, and Andrew Perpetua, a researcher, to work in their analytics department.

Carleton recently wrote a book, The Shift, on how baseball strategy has changed, giving a look into his mind and what he will bring to the Mets as they expand their analytics research. Below is my review from last April:

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St. John’s Mullin On His Team After A Strong Road Trip

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin took part in the Big East Conference coaches’ teleconference on Thursday morning, and spoke about the state of his team after a big win over #10 Marquette on Tuesday night.

That capped a 2-1 road trip for the Red Storm, and they are now 5-5 in conference play (17-6 overall), and they start a three-game homestand Saturday at noon at Madison Square Garden against Providence.

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St. John’s Stuns Marquette

(Shamorie Ponds going for the game-winning layup – @StJohnsBBall)

The St. John’s Red Storm stunned Marquette, the 10th-ranked team in the nation, 70-69, on Tuesday night, giving them two big victories on this three-game road trip.

This brings the Red Storm’s Big East record back to .500 at 5-5, as they return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday at noon for a matchup with Providence. They then host Butler at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m., and then face defending national champion Villanova on Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m. at The Garden.

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Yankees Invite 21 Non-Roster Players To Spring Training

The Yankees announced have invited 21 non-roster players to 2019 Major League Spring Training, which starts in just about a week.

The biggest name that stands out is Danny Farquhar, who is attempting a comeback after he suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm in the bullpen in the sixth inning of a game between his Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros April 20, 2018 vs. Houston. The following day, he underwent successful surgery to address the aneurysm, but was not medically released to pitch again in a competitive game during the 2018 season.

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Patriots Win Greatest Defensive Battle Ever

(Rob Gronkowski making a big catch – @Patriots)

The New England Patriots outlasted the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII, possibly the greatest defensive battle of all-time.

This is the Patriots’ sixth championship in 18 years, and their third title in the past five seasons. Head Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have been there for all of them, adding to their NFL record.

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St. John’s Demolished By Duke

(Duke’s Zion Williamson slamming one home – @DukeMBB)

The Duke Blue Devils put on a clinic on Saturday afternoon as they took care of St. John’s, 91-61, at Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke, the second-ranked team in the country, was led by Zion Williamson, who had 29 points on a superb 13-17 from the field, with most of his baskets coming via the dunk and including a three-pointer. The potential number-one pick in the NBA Draft also had 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

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