NCAA Tournament: Seton Hall Opens With Win Over NC State

(Seton Hall’s Ismael Sanogo slams one home against NC State on Thursday afternoon)

Seton Hall opened the NCAA Tournament with a 94-83 win over North Carolina State in Wichita on Thursday afternoon.

Khadeen Carrington led the way for the Hall, as he had 26 points on 6-14 shooting, 3-5 on three-pointers, and he drained 11 free throws.

Seton Hall’s balanced attack continued with big contributions off the bench from two players who battled injuries down the stretch, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo.

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Red Bulls – Chivas Champions League Information

(The Red Bulls before their win over Tijuana on Tuesday night – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls and Chivas Guadalajara will face off in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals on April 4 and April 10.

The first leg will be in Mexico on Wednesday April 4 at 10 p.m. eastern time kick off and will host the return leg at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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BrooklynFans of Books: From Odessa To Brooklyn To “Dancing With The Stars”

I’ll Never change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars

By Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dey St., An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy, who has been one of the professional ballroom dancers on Dancing with the Stars since 2011, tells his life story for the very first time in his engaging memoir I’ll Never Change My Name.

Starting with his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family’s immigration to the United States, he examines what it was like to arrive in Brooklyn at the age of eight without knowing a word of English, and was a stranger in a strange land.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Cooking “For The Love Of The South”

For The Love Of The South: Recipes and Stories from My Southern Kitchen

By Amber Wilson

Harper Design, An imprint Of Harper Collins Publishers, 256 pages, $35.00

Amber Wilson, who created the acclaimed food blog For the Love of the South, has just published her first cookbook, which is a delightful collection of 100 amazing and accessible recipes for Southern classics.

For The Love Of The South: Recipes And Stories From My Southern  Kitchen captures the essence of Southern culture and honors family, friends, food, and Wilson’s experience growing up on the bayous of Louisiana.

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Red Bulls Roll Past Tijuana In Champions League

(Club Tijuana and the Red Bulls enter the field – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls, after falling behind early, rallied to a 3-1 win over Club Tijuana on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal matchup.

This result coupled with the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win in Mexico last Tuesday, means they advance on the 5-1 aggregate.

The Red Bulls are now in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals for the first time in club history.

The win secures a home match in the second leg of the semifinals against the winner of the Seattle/Guadalajara series, which has the second leg tomorrow night.

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Ponds Named To NABC All-District Second Team

(Shamorie Ponds against Villanova on January 13 – @StJohnsBball)

The accolades keep pouring in for St. John’s sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds.

Last week, he was named to the All-Big East First Team and USBWA All-District Team honors.

Ponds has now been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ All-District Second Team for the second-straight season.

A 6-foot-1 guard from Brooklyn, Ponds led the Big East in scoring (21.6 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg) during the regular season while also finishing top-5 in the conference in assists (4.7 apg).

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Photo Essay: ACC Tournament At Barclays Center

(Photos by Jason Schott)

The ACC Tournament was held last week at Barclays Center, with Virginia beating North Carolina on Saturday night to cap off an incredible tournament.

Virginia, the number one seed in the ACC Tournament, finished the regular season as the top team in the nation, and they will enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed, expected to break through and win a national championship.

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Edgardo Alfonzo Back As Cyclones Manager

Edgardo Alfonzo will return as Brooklyn Cyclones manager for the 2018 season, his fifth year with the Cyclones organization and second as manager.

The Mets legend, known as “Fonzie,” will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Royce Ring, also returning for his second season in that role, and newcomer Marlon Anderson (hitting coach). An additional coach will be added to the staff in the coming weeks.

The Cyclones will open their 2018 season with on Friday, June 15th at the Staten Island Yankees, with the home opener against Staten Island the following night.

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ACC Sends Nine Teams To NCAA Tournament

(The Duke Blue Devils during Friday night’s semifinal game against North Carolina on Friday night – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Atlantic Coast Conference, who just had their tournament in Brooklyn, has tied the league record it set last season by placing nine teams in the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Virginia, who won the ACC Tournament on Saturday night in a win over North Carolina, is the Number One overall seed in the field.  Duke and North Carolina enter as Number Two seeds. North Carolina beat Duke in the semifinal of the conference tournament to earn that spot.

The Cavaliers, Blue Devils and Tar Heels are joined by Clemson, Florida State, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech among the field of 68 teams unveiled early Sunday evening.

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NYCFC & Red Bulls Win Home Openers

(NYCFC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez (10) and forward David Villa (7) celebrate after defender Anton Tinnerholm (3) scores a goal on LA Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham (1) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

This weekend saw both the Red Bulls and New York City Football Club win their home openers.

The Red Bulls won 4-0 over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena, while NYCFC won 2-1 over the LA Galaxy on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

Red Bulls 4, Portland 0

The Red Bulls won at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night over Portland in what was their first game of the MLS season. Though the MLS started play last weekend, they were essentially given a bye week because of their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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