St. John’s Inks LJ Figueroa to National Letter of Intent

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LJ Figueroa, a former top 100 recruit that recently completed a stellar freshman season at the junior college level, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Storm for the 2018-19 season.

A consensus four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, the Lawrence, Mass., native played one season for Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, averaging 21.4 points per game and leading the Wranglers to a 28-5 record.

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Red Bulls Burned By Chicago Fire For First Home Loss

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The Chicago Fire outlasted the Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls, who dropped to 3-3-0 with nine points, suffered their first loss at home this season. It snapped their 11-match unbeaten streak (7-0-4) at Red Bull Arena in league play.

The star of the game was Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, who made 21 saves, as the Red Bulls poured in 22 shots, including 11 on target.

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PBS Unveils 100 Novels In “The Great American Read”

PBS has unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

The chosen books span five centuries, from Don Quixote, written in 1603, to Ghost, from 2016. Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web to modern best-sellers such as Harry Potter.

The Great American Read will be hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira and it launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov.

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Yankees Sign Lind, Which Could Ultimately Benefit Walker Most

The Yankees signed 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league contract on Wednesday, the second time they have done so this season, as they brought him in for a couple weeks of spring training.

Lind was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on March 2 and released on March 14. In five spring games with the Yankees, he batted .200 (3-for-15) with 1RBI and 1BB.

On Thursday, Lind reported to the Yankees’ Player Development Complex in Tampa, Florida, for extended spring training.

The Yankees have always filled their lineup with left-handed hitters who have plate discipline, and Lind, 34, fits that mold, as he hit .303 (81-for-267) with 39 runs, 14 doubles, 14HR and 59 RBI, with 28 walks and just 47 strikeouts in 116 games last season.

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Yankees Honor Row Initiative

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The Yankees announced on Thursday the creation of the Yankees Honor Row, a monthly initiative that throughout the 2018 season will honor community-based organizations committed to making a positive difference by hosting them in the Judge’s Chambers seating section at Yankee Stadium.

The first recipients of the Yankees Honor Row initiative will be a group of Bronx public school students  from grades 5-8 and teachers, who are attending the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game on Thursday, April 26 against Minnesota as part of the Yankees’ Bronx Education All Star Day.

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Seton Hall Hires Tony Skinn To Be Assistant Coach

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Tony Skinn, who played on the George Mason team that went to the Final Four in 2006, has been named an assistant coach on the Seton Hall men’s basketball staff

Skinn comes to Seton Hall with a wealth of coaching experience at multiple levels of basketball, most recently spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech.

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge Keeps Record-Setting Pace Going In Sophomore Season

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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit 52 home runs last season on his way to winning the American League Rookie of the Year award unanimously and came in second in the race for Most Valuable Player.

The questions going into this season were how would Judge follow that up?

The answer is that he has simply picked up where he left off.

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Juventus At Red Bull Arena This July As Part of ICC

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Italian giants Juventus F.C. and Portuguese side S.L. Benfica on Saturday, July 28, Red Bull Arena is set to host an International Champions Cup match between as announced on Tuesday by by RELEVENT, a multi-national media, sports and entertainment group.

The match will kick off at 1 p.m. ET, prior to the New York Red Bulls match against Columbus Crew SC at 7 p.m.

Juventus currently leads Italy’s Serie A and made it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, where they were defeated by Real Madrid. They lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final last year.

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