Court Justice: The Inside Story Of My Battle Against The NCAA
By Ed O’Bannon, With Michael McCann
In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, who was a star on the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick for the New Jersey Nets, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.”
College athletes generated huge profits, yet, despite training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations; they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro.
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(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)
St. John’s sophomore point guard Shamorie Ponds was named to the All-Big East First Team on Sunday afternoon.
Ponds, who averaged 21.6 points per game in 28 appearances this season, becomes the first St. John’s player since D’Angelo Harrison in 2015 and the 16th Johnnie all-time to earn a spot on the conference’s top team. In total, a member of the Red Storm has been named to the All-Big East First Team 22 times since 1980.
Ponds earned this award with an incredible seven-game stretch that began with 31 points in a loss against Xavier on January 31, followed by 33 points in a win against then-number 4 Duke on February 3, then 26 in another huge win against then-number 1 Villanova, followed by 44 in a win against Marquette on February 10, which is now the Carnesecca Arena record; then 26 at DePaul in a one-point victory on February 14, followed by 19 in a loss to Marquette on February 21, and a 25-point effort on February 24 in an overtime loss to Seton Hall.
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(Angel Delgado touching the Pirate logo at center court when he was pulled late in the game – Photo by Jason Schott)
Seton Hall, on an emotional Senior Night, beat Butler 77-70 on Saturday night at Prudential Center to earn the third seed in the Big East Tournament.
Seton Hall entered the night needing a win to finish 10-8 and take the third seed, or else they would have been seventh.
The Pirates will have a rematch with Butler on Thursday night at 9:30 in the Big East quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
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The Red Bulls have acquired center back Tim Parker from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for midfielder Felipe, $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money over two years, and an international roster spot for 2018 on Friday afternoon.
The Red Bulls will send Vancouver $225,000 of TAM for 2018, and $275,000 of TAM for 2019.
Parker, 24, was drafted by the Whitecaps 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Parker made 32 MLS appearances in 2017, recording his first MLS goal and assist. He was second in MLS with 86 headed clearances, and was fifth league-wide with 73 aerials won. The center back led Vancouver in minutes played, touches, and successful passes.
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If I Die Tonight
By Alison Gaylin
William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins, on sale March 6th
Alison Gaylin, the USA Today bestselling author, puts her strengths as a writer – dynamic characters, family drama, and absorbing plot twists – on display in her new novel If I Die Tonight.
When a teenage boy is run over during a carjacking involving a former 80’s pop star, suspicion falls on another teen from the neighborhood. Perpetuated by a social media blitzkrieg, roles of hero and villain solidify, but the seemingly open-and-shut police case turns out to be anything but simple.
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(The Red Bulls celebrating their first goal of the night – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Red Bulls beat Club Deportivo Olimpia of Honduras 2-0 on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16.
Coupled with the 1-1 draw they played a week ago in Costa Rica, the Red Bulls won 3-1 on aggregate.
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The Women’s March organizers will be at Greenlight Bookstore on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 pm for a celebration of Women’s History Month and their new book, Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World.
Paola Mendoza, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and other organizers of the historic march will take part in a reading and panel discussion at Greenlight’s Fort Greene location, 686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland).
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The Last Ballad
By Wiley Cash
William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins
Wiley Cash, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, is back in a big way with his new novel, The Last Ballad.
Inspired by true events around the Gastonia Mill Riots of 1929, The Last Ballad brings to life the bravery and struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America.
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(Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch and goalkeeper and Captain Luis Robles at Tuesday’s Media Day – Photo by Jason Schott)
One of the biggest moves the Red Bulls made this offseason was naming goalkeeper Luis Robles their new Captain.
Robles becomes the first goalkeeper since Tony Meola to be honored as the team’s captain. Meola was captain of the then-MetroStars in 1997-98.
At Media Day on Tuesday, Robles said of what it means to him, “To be the captain of the New York Red Bulls is an incredible honor and a great privilege.
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(Photo by Jason Schott)
The St. John’s Red Storm, who were without their star Shamorie Ponds, stepped up to beat Butler 75-68 in double overtime on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
The trio of Justin Simon, Bashir Ahmed, and Marvin Clark II combined for 66 of the Red Storm’s 75 points to lead them to their fifth win in seven games and improve their overall record to 15-15 and Big East record to 4-13. They are now tied with DePaul for ninth in the conference as they head to Providence for the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.
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