TBS To Host March Madness Selection Show

(Madison Square Garden will host the Big Ten and Big East Tournaments this year leading up the NCAA Tournament – Photo by Jason Schott)

For the first time ever, TBS will broadcast the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, featuring the exclusive live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. ET.

TBS will also televise this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2. TBS also had the Final Four in 2016.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Wife” By Alafair Burke

The Wife

By Alafair Burke

Harper, An Imprint of Harper Collins, $26.99

Alafair Burke, whose profile soared with her novel The Ex, in 2016, is back with a domestic thriller, The Wife, a story that asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves.

Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

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Red Bulls Front Office Hirings And Promotions

The Red Bulls announced the hiring and promotions of the following front office personnel: Tom Bowden, Senior Director, Ticket Sales and Service; Darren Meyer, Senior Director, Marketing Partnerships and Premium Services; Logan Smith, Director, Strategy and Analytics; Justin Baier, Senior Manager, Marketing; and DJ McCaffery, Senior Manager, Facility Operations.

Bowden has been named Senior Director, Ticket Sales and Service, overseeing the department’s strategy and execution. Having served four years with the Brooklyn Nets, he most recently held the title of Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service. During his time with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Bowden was responsible for key initiatives such as extensions of multi-year premium seat contracts, secondary market partnerships and improving the new season ticket sales effort and results. The 13-year industry veteran also made his mark in MLS with Columbus Crew SC, where he spent three seasons as the club’s Director of Client Services. The Springfield College (MA) graduate resides in Bloomfield, N.J. with his wife, Kristyn.

Meyer has been promoted to Senior Director, Marketing Partnerships and Premium Services, overseeing sponsorship marketing benefits and hospitality. He will also lead strategy for sponsor and luxury suite renewals. The 20-year industry veteran is entering his fourth season with the Red Bulls and has been instrumental in the club’s continued growth of Partnership Marketing and Premium/Corporate Sales. Previously, Meyer was a member of the sponsorship departments of both the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, where he managed the founding partners of the Barclays Center. The Marist College graduate resides in Scotch Plains, N.J. with his wife Teresa and daughter Alexa.

Smith has been promoted to Director, Strategy and Analytics, steering the club’s business analytics, strategy, CRM and fan research. Entering his fifth season with the club, Smith most recently held the position of Senior Manager, Marketing and Strategy. Prior to joining the organization, Smith worked for Red Bull North America as a Brand Marketing Graduate. The University of Oregon graduate now resides in Asbury Park, N.J. with his fiancée Anne.

Baier has been named Senior Manager, Marketing, guiding the team’s creative vision, campaign development and traditional marketing efforts. Having spent over eight years with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, he served as the Senior Marketing Manager of Creative Services for properties including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum and Brooklyn Boxing. The Penn State University graduate resides in Wood Ridge, N.J. with his wife Amanda and newborn son Salvatore.

McCaffery has been promoted Senior Manager, Facility Operations, instrumental in managing and operating Red Bull Arena, Red Bull Training Facility and Montclair State University Soccer Park. He will also hold the title of Director of Operations for New York Red Bulls II and serve as Visiting Team Supporter Liaison for matches at Red Bull Arena. McCaffery has been with the club since 2007. The Montclair State University graduate resides in Secaucus, N.J.

Yankees Finalize Coaching Staff

(Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and General Manager Brian Cashman at a Kentucky basketball game in December – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Yankees have finalized their coaching staff for the 2018 season. Aaron Boone is entering his first season as Yankees manager, and he will have some familiar faces, as pitching coach Larry Rothschild, bullpen pitching coach Mike Harkey, and hitting coach Marcus Thames will continue serving in their roles.

The new members of the Yankees coaching staff will be: bench coach Josh Bard, assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach/outfield instructor Reggie Willits and Major League quality control coach/infield instructor Carlos Mendoza.

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Ponds Named Big East Player of the Week

(Fans in the Student Section at Carnesecca Arena holding up signs commemorating Shamorie Ponds’ 1,000th career point last Tuesday night – Photo by Jason Schott)

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds had big performances against Xavier last Tuesday to join the 1,000-point club, and a 33-point effort in their big win over Duke, and on Monday he was named the Big East Player of the Week.

This is the first first player of the week award for Ponds after he has received many conference accolades, including being named the league’s freshman of the week award five times last year and earning a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for six straight weeks earlier this season.

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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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