2K Empire Classic: UConn Beats Syracuse; Faces Iowa In Final

(Photo by Jason Schott)

In the 2K Empire Classic at The Garden Thursday night, UConn beat 15th-ranked Syracuse, 83-76, in a rekindling of their old Big East rivalry, while Iowa beat Oregon, 77-69.

On Friday afternoon, Oregon will face Syracuse in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m., while UConn takes on Oregon in the championship game at 7:00.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Handcrafted” By Clint Harp, resident carpenter on “Fixer Upper”

Handcrafted: A Woodworker’s Story

By Clint Harp

Touchstone; hardcover; $26.99

Clint Harp is the star of Wood Work on the DIY Network and he is the resident carpenter on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ smash hit Fixer Upper.

In the new book Handcrafted: A Woodworker’s Story, Harp writes an inspirational memoir for anyone who ever considered turning their craft into a career.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Arne Duncan On “How Schools Work”

How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education

By Arne Duncan

Simon & Schuster; hardcover, 256 pages; $26.99

Arne Duncan was Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, and was one of the longest-serving members of the cabinet.

Duncan was one of the most influential secretaries of education in history, and he has spent nearly three decades working across all levels of education, from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

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DeGromination: Mets Ace Wins Cy Young Award

Mets ace Jacob deGrom had a historic season in 2018, and on Wednesday night, he was awarded with the National League Cy Young Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

DeGrom won the Cy Young in a romp, with received 207 points, including 29 of 30 first place votes. Washington’s Max Scherzer came in second, as he earned the only other first-place vote, preventing DeGrom from winning it unanimously.

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Yankees 2019 Holiday Ticket On-Sale Opportunities

The Yankees announced special holiday on-sale opportunities exclusively for Mastercard cardholders to purchase tickets for select 2019 New York Yankees home games.

Starting at noon ET on Thursday, November 15 and continuing through 10:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24, fans using their Mastercard may purchase specially priced individual game tickets to select 2019 Yankees home games as part of the “Mastercard Preferred Pricing” program, which offers discounts to select games in select seating categories when purchasing tickets using a Mastercard.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Seduction” On Howard Hughes’s Hollywood

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood

By Karina Longworth

Custom House/Harper Collins Publishers; Hardcover; $29.99; available today, Tuesday, November 13

Howard Hughes is one of the most legendary directors and producers who quickly established a reputation for discovering female talent in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Hughes defied his family by investing his inherited riches in Hollywood beginning in 1925. As the owner and manager of RKO Pictures, Hughes consistently challenged the Hollywood status quo, especially the industry’s censors. His reputation as an iconoclast was challenged only by his reputation as a playboy who romanced dozens of actresses, from the town’s biggest stars to countless nameless aspirants.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Nashville, Scenes from the New American South

Nashville: Scenes from the New American South

By Ann Patchett and Heidi Ross; introduction by Jon Meacham

Harper Design; 208 pages; $35.00, available Tuesday, November 13

Nashville is a city on the move and their moment is now. That energy and excitement can be found in the new book Nashville: Scenes from the New American South, which is complete with 175 full-color and black and white photographs.

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MLS Playoffs: Red Bulls Roll Past Columbus To Reach East Final

(The Red Bulls celebrating Daniel Royer’s late goal – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls played one of their best games of the season at just the right time, as they beat the Columbus Crew, 3-0, on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena to win their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.

Columbus won the first leg at home a week ago, 1-0, and they didn’t put much pressure on the net in this one, as Red Bulls goalkeeper and captain Luis Robles needed to make just three saves for his seventh career postseason clean sheet in his 20th career playoff match.

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