I’ll Never change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars
By Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Dey St., An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy, who has been one of the professional ballroom dancers on Dancing with the Stars since 2011, tells his life story for the very first time in his engaging memoir I’ll Never Change My Name.
Starting with his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family’s immigration to the United States, he examines what it was like to arrive in Brooklyn at the age of eight without knowing a word of English, and was a stranger in a strange land.
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For The Love Of The South: Recipes and Stories from My Southern Kitchen
By Amber Wilson
Harper Design, An imprint Of Harper Collins Publishers, 256 pages, $35.00
Amber Wilson, who created the acclaimed food blog For the Love of the South, has just published her first cookbook, which is a delightful collection of 100 amazing and accessible recipes for Southern classics.
For The Love Of The South: Recipes And Stories From My Southern Kitchen captures the essence of Southern culture and honors family, friends, food, and Wilson’s experience growing up on the bayous of Louisiana.
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(Club Tijuana and the Red Bulls enter the field – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Red Bulls, after falling behind early, rallied to a 3-1 win over Club Tijuana on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal matchup.
This result coupled with the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win in Mexico last Tuesday, means they advance on the 5-1 aggregate.
The Red Bulls are now in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals for the first time in club history.
The win secures a home match in the second leg of the semifinals against the winner of the Seattle/Guadalajara series, which has the second leg tomorrow night.
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(Shamorie Ponds against Villanova on January 13 – @StJohnsBball)
The accolades keep pouring in for St. John’s sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds.
Last week, he was named to the All-Big East First Team and USBWA All-District Team honors.
Ponds has now been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ All-District Second Team for the second-straight season.
A 6-foot-1 guard from Brooklyn, Ponds led the Big East in scoring (21.6 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg) during the regular season while also finishing top-5 in the conference in assists (4.7 apg).
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(Photos by Jason Schott)
The ACC Tournament was held last week at Barclays Center, with Virginia beating North Carolina on Saturday night to cap off an incredible tournament.
Virginia, the number one seed in the ACC Tournament, finished the regular season as the top team in the nation, and they will enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed, expected to break through and win a national championship.
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Edgardo Alfonzo will return as Brooklyn Cyclones manager for the 2018 season, his fifth year with the Cyclones organization and second as manager.
The Mets legend, known as “Fonzie,” will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Royce Ring, also returning for his second season in that role, and newcomer Marlon Anderson (hitting coach). An additional coach will be added to the staff in the coming weeks.
The Cyclones will open their 2018 season with on Friday, June 15th at the Staten Island Yankees, with the home opener against Staten Island the following night.
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(The Duke Blue Devils during Friday night’s semifinal game against North Carolina on Friday night – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Atlantic Coast Conference, who just had their tournament in Brooklyn, has tied the league record it set last season by placing nine teams in the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Virginia, who won the ACC Tournament on Saturday night in a win over North Carolina, is the Number One overall seed in the field. Duke and North Carolina enter as Number Two seeds. North Carolina beat Duke in the semifinal of the conference tournament to earn that spot.
The Cavaliers, Blue Devils and Tar Heels are joined by Clemson, Florida State, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech among the field of 68 teams unveiled early Sunday evening.
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(NYCFC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez (10) and forward David Villa (7) celebrate after defender Anton Tinnerholm (3) scores a goal on LA Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham (1) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
This weekend saw both the Red Bulls and New York City Football Club win their home openers.
The Red Bulls won 4-0 over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena, while NYCFC won 2-1 over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
Red Bulls 4, Portland 0
The Red Bulls won at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night over Portland in what was their first game of the MLS season. Though the MLS started play last weekend, they were essentially given a bye week because of their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.
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(Confetti raining down on Virginia after the win – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Virginia Cavaliers won the ACC Championship in a 71-63 victory over North Carolina on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
This is Virginia’s third ACC Championship, and second in the last five years under Head Coach Tony Bennett. They lost to UNC in the title game two years ago, so this was a measure of revenge.
Virginia, now 31-2 on the season. was the top seed in this tournament in addition to being the top-ranked team in the nation, and they are primed to be Number One overall in the NCAA Tournament.
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(North Carolina’s Theo Pinson putting up a shot in the first half – Photo by Jason Schott)
North Carolina beat Duke in an utter classic, 74-69, in the ACC Semifinals on Friday night at Barclays Center.
North Carolina will take on Virginia in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night at 8:30 pm. This is the second time they are facing off in the title game in three seasons, which was won by North Carolina.
North Carolina was led by Luke Maye, who had a double-double with 17 points on 8-18 shooting, and 10 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end. He also had four assists.
Joel Berry II had 13 points (3-11 FG< 3-7 three-pointers), with six assists and five rebounds.
Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams, and Garrison Brooks had 10 apiece, with Williams also racking up six assists and six rebounds.
The biggest stats for North Carolina were that they had 18 offensive rebounds and 24 assists.
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