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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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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