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St. John’s Ponds & Ahmed Receive Big East Weekly Honors

(Bashir Ahmed puts one up against Georgetown – @StJohnsBBall)

After helping the St. John’s Red Storm notch its seventh Big East victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, an 86-80 triumph over Georgetown, Shamorie Ponds and Bashir Ahmed have been recognized by the conference for their efforts.

Ponds was selected as the Big East Freshman of the Week, while Ahmed found a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.

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NYCFC Young Leader Training

(Photo courtesy NYCFC)

More than 40 local Young Leaders from ‘City in the Community’ (CITC) partners came together last week to take part in the New York City Young Leader Training.

During the week-long training program, the Young Leaders participated in a variety of in-classroom seminars and on-the-pitch training sessions to develop their leadership and coaching skills, share experiences and gain knowledge that will help them tackle the most pressing social issues affecting the five boroughs.

The training was facilitated by CITC – the charity proudly supported by NYCFC – as well as community coaches from NYCFC sister Club, Manchester City.

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St. John’s Gets Big Win Over Georgetown

(Marcus LoVett slams one home – @StJohnsBBall)

St. John’s got a big win on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, as they outlasted Georgetown, 86-80, to improve to 13-16 overall and 7-9 in Big East Conference play.

After trailing by one at the half, St. John’s sank 52 percent of its field goals in the second half, including 4-for-5 from downtown.

Shamorie Ponds led the way for the Red Storm with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to become just the third freshman in program history to eclipse the 500-point mark in a season.

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NYCFC Signs Defender Ben Sweat

(Ben Sweat – photo courtesy NYCFC)

New York City Football Club announced the signing of Ben Sweat on Thursday. The 25-year old defender signs after spending preseason with the team in Florida, Ecuador and Arizona.

Sweat told “Watching from afar, from the moment NYCFC joined the league I knew that this one of the best clubs out there to come to as a professional – I couldn’t have landed at a more perfect place.

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Red Bulls Tie Vancouver In Champions League 1st Leg

(Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) after his goal Wednesday night –  @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls tied the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 on Wednesday night in the first leg of a Quarterfinal series in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League at Red Bull Arena.

It was the first match in 2017 for the Red Bulls, and they will head to Vancouver for the second leg next Thursday, March 2. New York then travels to Atlanta to open the MLS season against expansion team Atlanta United FC on Sunday, March 5.

The MLS home opener is set for March 11, when the Colorado Rapids visit Red Bull Arena.

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Northwestern Wins Pinstripe Bowl

(Photo by Jason Schott)

Northwestern beat Pittsburgh 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Pittsburgh got the scoring started early with a 46-yard field goal by Chris Blewitt on the opening drive of the game. Pitt came close to getting another score later in the first quarter, but Northwestern had a goal line stand and halted the Panthers on a 4th-and-1.

The second quarter belonged to Northwestern running back Justin Jackson. He had an 8-yard run for a touchdown 29 seconds into the frame that capped a 10-play, 99-yard drive, and pulled off an acrobatic move for another touchdown at the 3:08 mark to make it 14-3 Northwestern.

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Winter Festival: LIU Brooklyn Stuns St. John’s; Kentucky Beats Hofstra

(Photo by Jason Schott)

At the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center, LIU Brooklyn stunned St. John’s in a 74-73 upset, and Kentucky rolled past Hofstra, 96-73.

LIU Brooklyn 74, St. John’s 73

LIU Brooklyn edged out St. John’s in a game that was a nail-biter throughout.

St. John’s led by 73-69 as Fedrico Mussini drained a three with 1:34 remaining.

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College Football Hall Of Fame Induction

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The National Football Foundation held their College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday night at the Waldorf.

The members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class are: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue, represented by his son, Demitrius) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]).

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Jimmy V Classic: Duke, Purdue Win At The Garden

(Duke taking on Florida at the Jimmy V Classic – Photo by Jason Schott)

At the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Duke beat Florida 84-74, while Purdue opened the night with a dominant 97-64 win over Arizona State.

Purdue 97, Arizona State 64

Purdue controlled this one from the start, as they went on a 15-0 run to take a 35-12 lead with 4:54 left in the first half and led 47-21 at the half.

In the first half, Purdue shot 58 percent, or 19-33, from the field, while Arizona State shot 10-for-30.

The second half was more of the same, and at one point, Purdue led by 42 points, 88-46, on a Ryan Cline three-pointer with 4:05 left.

Purdue had six players in double figures, with Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards leading the way with 16 points apiece, Ryan Cline had 15, Basil Smotherman had 13, and Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each had 12 points.

Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said of the win, “I think things definitely went in our favor, especially shooting the basketball. Anytime you have a dilemma as a coach and you’re going to double or do something differently, where we’ve gotten into trouble is where we force things. At the start of the game, I thought we had some unforced errors and then we settled down after the first four minutes. You have to be simple when people double team. You just have to pass the basketball, you can’t try and go through it. I thought right as we started moving the basketball and got into a rhythm, our guys played maybe the best half outside of that first four minutes.”

Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley said of the game, “Purdue’s a really good basketball team – really good toughness, really good balance, inside game. They made quite a bit of shots behind the line. (I) thought that we competed for about eight minutes out of forty; that’s just not enough at this level. First eight minutes, I thought we were solid – we weren’t making shots, but we were competing hard. We got some turnovers and were in the game. So much of our identity is based on shot making, and we go 4-26 – we’re going to have nights like that. It definitely affected how we defended and how we continued to compete throughout the game. That was really disturbing – how we competed. It’s not a reflection of my personality or the teams I’ve coached in the past, so we have to make some changes. We had a nice win against UNLV and defended and played pretty hard, but, tonight we just didn’t do that. Probably outside of Maurice O’Field taking two charges for us and Kodi Justice I thought competed well, defended, gave good effort. Otherwise, no one brought much to the table tonight.”

Hurley continued about his team’s play, “For a city that’s a blue-collar city and an arena that has so much tradition and so many good payers that have played on this court – to look like that it was embarrassing. And then the cause, such a great cause that we’re playing for tonight. Did my players play as hard as the people that are going through what they go through in cancer, as families go through their personal situations? I don’t think so.”

Duke 84, Florida 74

Unlike the first game, this one was highly competitive from the start, with Florida leading 28-26 on a Kevaughn Allen three-pointer with 5:19 left in the first half.

Duke responded with a 13-1 run over the next four minutes capped by an Amile Jefferson tip-in at the 1:00 mark, and they led 41-31 at the half.

Jefferson put up 18 points on 8-10 shooting, with eight rebounds, to lead Duke in the first half. Luke Kennard had 13 points on 6-8 from the field, including a three-pointer, in the first.

Duke kept it going in the second half, as they maintained a 10-point edge, and a Jayson Tatum layup made it 66-54 at the 7:19 mark.

Florida made a little run, as they got it to within seven, 78-71, on a Justin Leon three with 2:31 left.

Duke responded, and a Grayson Allen jumper made it 84-72 with 42 seconds remaining.

Kennard scored 16 points in the second half to lead Duke with 29 for the game, on 11-16 from the field, including 5-7 on threes, with three assists and two steals. Jefferson finished with 24 points on 11-16 shooting, and 15 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Tatum had 22 points off the bench on 7-11 from the field, and eight rebounds.



NYCFC’s Villa Named MLS MVP

(David Villa celebrating a goal in Houston on September 30th – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club’s David Villa has been named Major League Soccer’s 2016 Most Valuable Player.

Villa edged out a pair of Red Bulls, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan to win the prestigious Landon Donovan MVP Award for the first time.

“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award. It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago.

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