Shuai Zhang Completes Tie Break Tens Lineup

Tie Break Tens, the new fast-paced, short-form tennis competition, announced that Chinese tennis star Shuai Zhang will compete at its inaugural tournament in the United States at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Shuai completes the line-up of elite athletes that includes Serena and Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, Marion Bartoli, CoCo Vandeweghe, Sorana Cirstea, and Daniela Hantuchová.

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“The Wife” Soon To Be a Movie From Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the Alafair Burke novel The Wife, with the author set to write the feature script.

Published in January by Harper, the novel seems a perfect fit for this #MeToo moment. The book deal is high six figures and scripting fees put it into seven-figures.

Angela, a woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years, learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Jorge Ramos On Being A “Stranger” In Trump’s America

Stranger: The Challenge Of A Latino Immigrant In The Trump Era

By Jorge Ramos

Vintage Books, A Division of Penguin Random House, available February 27th 

Jorge Ramos, the Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor, answers the question of what it means to be an American in his new book Stranger.

This question has taken on a new meaning in President Donald Trump’s America.

A lot of Ramos’ focus is on immigration changing the face of America, and Stranger comes out amidst the debate on the fate of the Dreamers as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is set to expire.

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Seton Hall Outlasts St. John’s In OT For 20th Win

(Seton Hall celebrates at center court after the final whistle – Photo by Jason Schott)

Seton Hall notched their 20th victory of the season as they outlasted St. John’s 81-74 on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

20 wins usually is the magic number for an NCAA Tournament bid, and the Pirates are now 20-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big East, tying them with Butler for third in the conference.

St. John’s has now dropped two straight after their magical four-game winning streak. They drop to 14-15 overall and 3-13 in the Big East, now in last place in the conference since DePaul beat Marquette on Saturday afternoon to improve their record to 4-12.

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BrooklynFans of Books: “Wild Escape,” On The 2015 Upstate NY Prison Break

Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America

By Chelsia Rose Marcius

Diversion Books, on sale: February 27th

Convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt successfully escaped Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015.

The subsequent three-week long manhunt was one of the costliest and most intense in New York history, and it came to an end when  Sweat was taken into custody and Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol SWAT team member.

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Red Bulls Tie Olympia To Open Champions League

(Estadio Nacional – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls earned a 1-1 draw against Club Deportivo Olimpia in the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 on Thursday at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica

The Red Bulls goal came from Daniel Royer in the 31st minute on a feed from Bradley Wright-Phillips.

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BrooklynFans of Books: “Where I Live” By Brenda Rufener

Where I Live

By Brenda Rufener

Harper Collins Publishers, Will Be Released On February 27

Brenda Rufener is a long-time advocate for homeless youth and she wanted to tell a story that would give voice to the many teenagers she has helped get back on their feet.

Drawing on those experiences and her own family’s financial struggles when she was growing up, Rufener has written a riveting coming of age story of hope’s triumph over adversity in Where I Live.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: How The Mayor Is “Reclaiming Gotham”

Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities

By Juan Gonzalez

The New Press

Juan Gonzalez, the crusading columnist formerly of the Daily News, gives the first in-depth account of how a little-known progressive politician stunned the elite of the nation’s greatest cuty by winning the mayoralty of New York City in a wild race in 2013.

Bill de Blasio, who served in the City Council and as Public Advocate, vowed to end the “Take of Two Cities” and he attacked income inequality as “the moral issue of our time.”

Those themes led de Blasio to succeed billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg as Mayor by attracting the support of ordinary New Yorkers still left reeling by the Great Recession in 2008.

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Hantuchova & Cirstea Added To Tie Break Tens Lineup

(Daniela Hantuchova)

Tie Break Tens, the new quick-fire, short-form tennis competition, announced that Daniela Hantuchová and Sorana Cirstea have been added to the star-studded lineup competing at its inaugural United States tournament at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, March 5.

They join a dynamic line-up, including Serena and Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, CoCo Vandeweghe and Marion Bartoli, with just one contender yet to be unveiled.

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St. John’s Streak Ends, Seton Hall Gets Win Ahead Of Battle At Garden

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s stirring four-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night, as they lost 85-73 to Marquette, while Seton Hall gutted out a unique win on Thursday afternoon over Providence, 89-77.

This comes ahead of the big showdown on Saturday between St. John’s and Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden. Seton Hall won their first meeting of the season, 75-70, on December 31 in Newark.

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