Madison Square Garden Announces Big College Hoops Season

(The 2014 East Regional at Madison Square Garden – Photo by Jason Schott)

Madison Square Garden is known as the Mecca of Basketball, and the schedule they have put together this season proves it.

On Tuesday, The Garden announced their jam-packed college basketball schedule for the 2016-2017 season, highlighted by the return of the NCAA Tournament.

For the second time in four years, the road to the Final Four runs through The Garden.

Madison Square Garden will again be the last stop for one team before heading to Phoenix to compete for a national title. On March 24 and 26, The Garden will host the 2017 NCAA East Regional, which has the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

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UEFA Champions League Battle Begins

(Gareth Bale, Manager Zinedine Zidane, and Cristiano Ronaldo (center l. to r.) and defending champion Real Madrid – @Real Madriden)

The UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicks off on Tuesday afternoon.

Defending champion Real Madrid will be looking to repeat and win their third Champions League title in four years. They beat fellow Spanish club and crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the Final in 2014 and 2016.

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St. John’s Full Schedule Released

(St. John’s in action at Madison Square Garden against Villanova last season – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team’s 2016-17 schedule was finalized Tuesday, with the Big East’s public release of the upcoming conference slate.

The league’s broadcast schedule was also revealed, confirming all 31 Red Storm regular-season contests will be televised with 30 delivered to a national audience. As part of the league’s landmark partnership with FOX Sports, the Red Storm will appear on the broadcast network’s signature sports station FS1 17 times.

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DC United Stun Red Bulls To Earn Draw

(The Red Bulls honored September 11th victims in the pregame ceremonies – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls were cruising on their way to another victory on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

They got goals from Gonzalo Veron, off a feed from Sacha Kljestan, in the 30th minute, and Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 54th minute on a slick pass from Daniel Royer to make it 2-0.

It was Wright-Phillips’ league-leading 18th goal of the season, and 63rd with the Red Bulls, as he keeps adding to his franchise record.

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Another Lampard Goal Not Enough for NYCFC In New England

(New England’s Diego Fagundez gets a step on NYCFC – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club got another goal from Frank Lampard, but it was not enough, as they fell to the New England Revolution, 3-1, Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Juan Agudelo was played behind the NYCFC defense and put the Revolution in front in the 21st minute. Lee Nguyen made it 2-0 New England in the 42nd minute.

Lampard pulled NYCFC a goal back four minutes into the second half when he knocked in RJ Allen’s cross at the edge of the six-yard box. This was Allen’s sixth assist of the season, and Andrea Pirlo also had an assist, his 10th of the year.

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Jim Nantz On TNF, Peyton & Denver, Deflategate, & Brady

Jim Nantz will be entering his third season calling Thursday Night Football with Phil Simms for CBS and the NFL Network.

I caught up with Nantz at NFL on CBS Media Day, and he discussed last year’s Super Bowl, Peyton Manning, the Broncos’ prospects this season, and Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Jason Schott: What are your memories of last year’s Super Bowl, with Peyton Manning going out on top?

Jim Nantz: That was a thrill. To have the responsibility of broadcasting Super Bowl 50, I don’t know, it’s going to rank up there when my career many, many years down the road comes to a close. I will always treasure that on the short list of things I’ve had a chance to do.  Very special.

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Charles Leads Liberty Past Connecticut

(Tina Charles eyes the basket – @LolitaLens)

The Liberty earned a hard-fought victory over the Connecticut Sun, 89-82, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

It was another big night for Tina Charles, who led the Liberty with a double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Sugar Rodgers had 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Epiphanny Prince had 13 points off the bench on 3-5 from the field, and all baskets from behind the arc. Amanda Zahui B had 10 points and four rebounds.

The Liberty improved to 21-10, and are 4 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the Eastern Conference.

Enjoy these moments from the Liberty’s big win:

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Brooklyn Fans of Food: Luke’s Lobster Provides Authentic Taste Of Maine

(Lobster, shrimp, and crab rolls at Luke’s Lobster)

If you want a taste of Maine and an authentic lobster roll here in Brooklyn, Luke’s Lobster has what you need.

The summer heat might still be in full affect, but football season is here. The new NFL season kicks off this weekend, which means football fans across the country are already picking their fantasy draft names and planning their first tailgate.

A celebrated American tradition, tailgating brings friends and family together for a pre-game feast.

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S.I. Yankees Announce New Team Name Finalists

(Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, the home of the Staten Island Yankees – Photo by Jason Schott)

Earlier this summer, the Staten Island Yankees announced they they would have an online contest to re-brand the team for the 2017 season.

After receiving more than 2,000 fan submissions during their “Name the Team” Contest, the Staten Island Yankees have narrowed the new name of the franchise down to five finalists.

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Solomon Wilcots on The Upcoming NFL Season

Solomon Wilcots has calling games for the NFL on CBS since 2001 and he will be working this season with Spero Dedes.

I caught up with Wilcots recently and we talked about the Giants, Tom Coughlin, the Patriots, and the Colin Kaepernick controversy.

Jason Schott: What themes do you see in the NFL this season?

Solomon Wilcots: In the AFC, we’ve been used to watching Denver, we’ve been used to watching New England, this Tom Brady/Peyton Manning sort of rivalry, and it’s no more. We need to step back and take that in, that this is the first time in almost 20 years we’ve played a season without Peyton Manning. I know he was out in 2011, but really with no rivalry. So with that being said, the AFC is going to shift a little bit.

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