Red Bulls, NYCFC In Race For The Top Spot

(NYCFC’s Jack Harrison dribbles in between Dax McCarty and Sal Zizzo of the Red Bulls earlier this season – USA Today Sports)

The Red Bulls and New York City Football Club are in a battle for the top spot in the Eastern conference with just two games remaining in the regular season.

They have gone back and forth in the battle for East supremacy, such as last weekend when an NYCFC win on Friday night on the road against the Houston Dynamo put them in first, and the Red Bulls answered with a win of their own against the Philadelphia Union to reclaim the top spot.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Players” By Matthew Futterman

Players

By Matthew Futterman

Simon & Schuster

People in this day and age are used to seeing Peyton Manning doing advertisements for multiple products while watching a game.

It wasn’t too long ago that athletes were not seen as endorsers, or anything beyond what they did on the field of play.

Matthew Futterman’s Players writes the story of how this changed, and says of the landscape of pro sports up until about 60 years ago, “The story of professional sports in the United States for the first eight decades of the twentieth century is largely one of exploitation. It’s a story of one-sided contracts and lopsided deals in which teams, leagues, national and international sports federations, and countless other moneyed interests who had put themselves into positions of power took advantage of athletes who were some combination of too young, too uninformed, or too uneducated to realize just how they were being used, and too unrepresented to do anything about it.”

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ALDS Start Time Scenarios For Games 4 & 5

(Cleveland’s Andrew Miller and Manager Terry Francona during Game 1 Thursday night – @Indians)

TBS today announced start time scenarios for exclusive American League Division Series (ALDS) Coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile on Monday, Oct. 10.

If both ALDS extend to a Game 4, the network will televise Texas vs. Toronto at 1 p.m., with pre-game coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m., and Cleveland vs. Boston at 6 p.m. with pre-game coverage at 5:30 p.m. If the Cleveland/Boston series ends in a sweep, the Rangers and Blue Jays will play at 6 p.m., with pre-game coverage at 5:30 p.m.

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Pedro, Sheff, J-Roll On The MLB Postseason

(Jimmy Rollins, Casey Stern, Gary Sheffield, and Pedro Martinez on the set – Courtesy Turner Sports)

Major League Baseball legends Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, and Jimmy Rollins will be in the studio, along with host Casey Stern, for MLB on TBS’ Postseason coverage.

TBS will be the exclusive home of the American League throughout the 2016 MLB Postseason.

The network’s exclusive American League Division Series (ALDS) Coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile will begin Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m., with MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by the All-New Chrysler Pacifica.  At 4:30 p.m., the No. 1 seeded Texas Rangers with aces Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish will host the Toronto Blue Jays, who beat the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. Wild Card Game, followed by Boston Red Sox, featuring AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts and slugger David Ortiz opening their series on the road against 2014 AL Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber, second-year standout shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians at 8 p.m.

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Fort Hamilton Loses Tough One To Wagner

(Wagner scoring a touchdown in the third quarter – Photos by Jason Schott)

The Fort Hamilton Tigers lost a tough one to Wagner, 36-30, on Sunday afternoon in Bay Ridge.

The Tigers coughed up a 24-14 lead in this one and fell to 1-3 on the season.

Fort Hamilton Head Coach Daniel Perez said of the loss, “I feel for the seniors. We’re fighting for playoff positioning and to have a tough loss like this. The game we had in hand, and then they came out and it felt like all the breaks were going their way, and sometimes, you know, that’s how the football Gods are. You try to change the momentum, but the momentum was just too much to overcome.”

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Red Bulls Back In First After Holding Off Philly

(Dax McCarty celebrates his goal – courtesy Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls are back in first place in the Eastern Conference after battling back for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

With the victory, the Red Bulls now have 51 points, with a 14-9-9 record, tied on with NYCFC, but they in first because of their edge on goal differential. Toronto FC is in third place with 49 points and a record of 13-10-9.

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Villa Leads NYCFC To Win In Houston

(David Villa celebrating his second goal of the night with Tony Taylor – USA Today Sports)

David Villa scored twice to lift New York City Football Club to a huge win on the road, as they beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Villa’s brace, his sixth of the season, gives him 21 goals on the season and has taken over the lead in the race for the MLS Golden Boot.

With the win, NYCFC improved to 14-9-9, 51 points, and they move back into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Toronto FC, and three points ahead of the Red Bulls.

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Gary Sheffield on A-Rod, Yankee Phenoms, Ortiz & Retirement

(Gary Sheffield. Courtesy Turner Sports)

Gary Sheffield, who played for the Yankees and Mets in his illustrious career, will once again be in the studio for TBS’ coverage of the Major League Baseball Postseason, with Pedro Martinez and Casey Stern.

TBS is the exclusive TV home of the 2016 American League Postseason, starting with the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and continuing through the ALCS. This is TBS’ 10th season of MLB Postseason coverage, which began in 2007, and the network is completing its’ ninth regular season slate of Sunday game coverage.

Sheffield caught up with reporters recently at MLB on TBS Media Day. Here’s a sampling of that conversation:

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Red Bulls Advance in CONCACAF Champions League

(Courtesy Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls advanced out of Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group play for the first time in club history after winning Group F with a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night against Guatemala Antigua FC.

New York finishes group play with a 2-0-2 record, clinching a spot in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals early next year. The Red Bulls earn the club milestone just days after clinching a seventh-straight berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

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