St. John’s Comes Up Short At Seton Hall

(Bashir Ahmed of St. John’s tries to get by Khadeen Carrington of Seton Hall – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s dropped their second straight to open Big East Conference play, as they fell to Seton Hall, 75-70, in New Jersey on Sunday night.

Seton Hall, ranked 23rd in the nation, improved to 13-2 overall, 2-0 in Big East play, while St. John’s dropped to 10-4 and 0-2 in the Big East.

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St. John’s Drops Big East Opener To Providence

(Alpha Diallo (11) and Rodney Bullock head back to a happy Providence bench at the end of the game, with St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin (bottom left) looking on – Photo by Jason Schott)

Thursday night at Carnesecca Arena felt like a second opening night to the season, as it was the start of Big East Conference play, with the 10-2 St. John’s Red Storm hosting the 9-4 Providence Friars.

Providence has become a perennial NCAA Tournament team, so if St. John’s could have pulled off the win in front of a sellout crowd of 5,602, it would have been quite the statement,

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Iowa Wins In Another Pinstripe Bowl That Goes Down To Wire

(Boston College’s AJ Dillon scoring a touchdown late in the first quarter – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium had its eighth installment on Wednesday, and like most of the ones preceding it, the game went down to the wire, with Iowa holding on for a 27-20 win over Boston College.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz recorded his 143rd win at Iowa, tying Hayden Fry as the Hawkeyes’ all-time winningest football coach. Ferentz has a record of 143-97, while Fry’s record is 143-89-6. The 143 wins rank fifth in overall coaching wins in the Big Ten Conference.

Iowa improved to 7-8 in bowl games since 2001. Only Ohio State (8) has more bowl wins among Big Ten teams since 2001.

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St. John’s Locks Up 10th Win Ahead Of Start Of Big East Play

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm notched its 10th win of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena, as they outlasted Saint Joseph’s, 77-73, in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.

St. John’s finishes the non-conference part of the schedule with a superb 10-2 record. After an eight-day break for Christmas, they host Providence on Thursday, December 28 at Carnesecca Arena.

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NYCFC, Red Bulls Announce Home Openers

(NYCFC plays at Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

On Tuesday, the MLS announced the 2018 regular season home openers, including for New York City Football Club and the Red Bulls.

NYCFC’s home opener will be on March 11 at Yankee Stadium against the LA Galaxy, while the Red Bulls’ season and home opener is the night before, Saturday, March 10 against the Portland Timbers.

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Marsch Among Coaches Taking Part in US Soccer Pro Course

(Jesse Marsch – Photo by Jason Schott)

The second U.S. Soccer Pro License Coaching Course was completed on Friday, Dec. 15 in Chicago as part of its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees.

Jesse Marsch, the Head Coach of the Red Bulls, was one of 17 professional coaches from Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League, National Women’s Soccer League, United Soccer League, and the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams completed a 12-month journey that began in January 2017.

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Red Bulls Roundup: Champions League, Bonomo Signing, & Goodbye Grella

(Red Bull Arena – Photo by Jason Schott)

It’s been a busy week for the Red Bulls, as they learned their opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League, signed forward Stefano Bonomo and let go of fan favorite Mike Grella.

Full reports are below:

CONCACAF Champions League

The Red Bulls will face Club Deportivo Olimpia from Honduras in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16, as determined by a live draw on Monday night in Miami.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A Chat With Jesse Mecham, Author Of “You Need A Budget”

You Need A Budget

By Jesse Mecham

Harper Collins Business, On Sale December 26

Jesse Mecham is the founder of YNAB, or You Need A Budget, the award-winning personal finance platform.

YNAB was founded in 2004 when Mecham and his new wife Julie were broke and, since they were students with big dreams and very few dollars between them, knew they needed to watch their money.

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