St. John’s Upsets Duke To Start New Chapter Of Season

(Bashir Ahmed driving on a layup – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s pulled off one of the biggest upsets in their storied history, as they beat the Duke Blue Devils 81-77 on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The game was part of The Garf, a tournament for legendary high school coach Howard Garfinkel.

This broke an 11-game losing streak for St. John’s, and this was their first win since they beat St. Joseph’s at Mohegan Sun on December 20. They improve their overall record to 11-13, while their Big East record is 0-11.

Eight of those 11 losses were under seven points, so it was inevitable that St. John’s was going to pull one out.

This is the kind of win that changes the calculus of a season. If St. John’s can win a bulk of their seven remaining Big East games, go into the conference tournament with momentum and win a couple games there, if not the whole tournament, postseason play is not out of the realm of possibility.

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Manchester City In NYC This Summer

(Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in 2014 – Photo by Jason Schott)

English Premier League leaders Manchester City will travel to the United States this summer in the International Champions Cup to play a series of matches during the Club’s 2018 pre-season tour.

New York City has been confirmed to host one of the matches, with further destinations and opposition teams to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Red Bulls Sign Venezuelan Midfielder

(Cristian Casseres, Jr. – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls have signed Venezuelan midfielder Cristian Cásseres, Jr., to an MLS contract pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.

Cásseres, Jr., is a Discovery Signing, and will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster. He is currently with the team in Oldsmar, Florida for preseason camp.

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Rzatkowski Moves To NY Red Bulls From RB Salzburg

(Marc Rzatkowski – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The New York Red Bulls have brought in German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski on loan from sister club Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC.

Rzatkowski (pronounced shh-KOFF-skee), 27, will be with New York through the end of the 2018 season and occupy an international spot. The midfielder brings Champions League and cup-winning experience to New York with over 200 professional appearances.

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Xavier Outlasts St. John’s; Ponds Scores 1,000th Point

(The handshake line after quite a battle – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Xavier Musketeers, who are ranked sixth in the nation, survived a big effort from St. John’s, as they eked out a 73-68 win on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

This was a big bounce-back for St. John’s after they lost at Butler, 70-45 on Saturday, but they are still winless in the Big East at 0-11, and are now 10-13 overall. They host Duke on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

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NYCFC’s Harrison Moves To Manchester City

(Jack Harrison of NYCFC in action this past season against the New England Revolution – Photo by USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club announced that Jack Harrison has signed with Manchester City FC on a three-and-a-half-year deal and subsequently has been loaned to Championship club Middlesbrough FC until the end of the season.

Manchester City is essentially the parent club of NYCFC, which they jointly own with the Yankees.

The number 1 draft pick in 2016, Harrison played in 59 games for NYCFC and scored 14 goals in two seasons.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Shafransky’s Debut Novel “Tips For Living”

Tips For Living: A Gripping and Soulful Novel of Suspense

By Renee Shafransky

Lake Union Publishing; Feburary 1 2018; hardcover +  e-book

Tips for Living is the debut novel for Renee Shafransky, and it centers around a woman who has been wronged and is determined to “come back to life” following a very public, devastating divorce.

Nora Glasser fled New York City to recover from the humiliation and heartbreak of her then-husband, acclaimed painter Hugh Walker’s, infidelity.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “That’s What She Said”

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (And Women Need To Tell Them) About Working Together

By Joanne Lipman

William Morrow, on sale January 30th

The dialogue around sexual harrassment the past few months that began with revelations about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is a watershed moment in this country’s history.

Harassment allegations have touched all industries from media, with morning news anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer fired; government, with members of Congress, including Senator Al Franken resigning; and continued this weekend with multiple allegations against Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Howard Kurtz On “Media Madness” In Trump Era

Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth

By Howard Kurtz

Regnery Publishing; $28.99, Available on January 29th

One of the overriding themes of Donald Trump’s campaign for president and his time in the White House has been his ongoing battle with the press and his repeated declarations of “fake news” on Twitter and in press conferences.

Howard Kurtz, the host of Fox News’s Media Buzz and former Washington Post columnist, offers a stunning expose of how objective journalists, alarmed by Trump’s success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz uncovers how journalists have abandoned any semblance of neutrality out of their idea that they must protect the country from Trump.

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Butler Uses Fast Start To Stifle St. John’s

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Butler Bulldogs got off to a fast start against St. John’s on Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse, as they opened up a 37-15 lead at halftime on their way to a comfortable 70-45 victory.

St. John’s is now a woeful 0-10 in Big East Conference play on the season, 10-12 overall.

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