NYCFC Suffers First Loss Of Season, A Shutout In Portland

(Portland’s Larrys Mabiala after he scored on Sunday – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club suffered its first loss of the season as they were shutout, 3-0, by the Portland Timbers on the road on Sunday night.

NYCFC, in first in the Eastern Conference, dropped to 5-2-1, with 17 points, one ahead of Atlanta (5-1-1, 16 points). Portland improved to 2-2-3, eight points, and they are in ninth place in the Western Conference.

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Yankees Promoting Gleyber Could Get Giancarlo Going

(Gleyber Torres in spring training)

The Yankees made a long-awaited move official on Sunday morning, as they called up their top prospect, second baseman Gleyber Torres. from Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

The Yankees sent Tyler Wade down to get him everyday at-bats, as he was platooning at second base with Neil Walker, who also has split first base with Tyler Austin.

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Yankee Stadium Sustainability Initiatives

(Yankee Stadium during a game this month – Photo by Jason Schott)

Since the new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, the Yankees have always taken ecologically intelligent measures to help promote a sustainable environment.

The Yankees have been honored by the environmental industry for their commitment to keeping their ballpark “green.”

In 2015, the Yankees received the Environmental Leadership Award, which was presented by the Green Sports Alliance. The award recognizes a sports team and venue that best exemplifies the practices of promoting a sustainable environment. Green Sports Alliance Members represent nearly 300 sports teams from 20 different leagues and 14 countries around the around.

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Eli Wright Commits to St. John’s

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Eli Wright, a former four-star prospect, will transfer to the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball program from Mississippi State, as he has delivered a commitment to St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Wright appeared in 64 games over his two seasons with the Bulldogs. Wright must complete one full academic year of residency before competing for the Red Storm per NCAA transfer requirements.

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St. John’s Inks LJ Figueroa to National Letter of Intent

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LJ Figueroa, a former top 100 recruit that recently completed a stellar freshman season at the junior college level, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Storm for the 2018-19 season.

A consensus four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, the Lawrence, Mass., native played one season for Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, averaging 21.4 points per game and leading the Wranglers to a 28-5 record.

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Red Bulls Burned By Chicago Fire For First Home Loss

(Chicago celebrates a late goal – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Chicago Fire outlasted the Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls, who dropped to 3-3-0 with nine points, suffered their first loss at home this season. It snapped their 11-match unbeaten streak (7-0-4) at Red Bull Arena in league play.

The star of the game was Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, who made 21 saves, as the Red Bulls poured in 22 shots, including 11 on target.

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PBS Unveils 100 Novels In “The Great American Read”

PBS has unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

The chosen books span five centuries, from Don Quixote, written in 1603, to Ghost, from 2016. Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web to modern best-sellers such as Harry Potter.

The Great American Read will be hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira and it launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov.

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Yankees Sign Lind, Which Could Ultimately Benefit Walker Most

The Yankees signed 1B/OF Adam Lind to a minor league contract on Wednesday, the second time they have done so this season, as they brought him in for a couple weeks of spring training.

Lind was signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on March 2 and released on March 14. In five spring games with the Yankees, he batted .200 (3-for-15) with 1RBI and 1BB.

On Thursday, Lind reported to the Yankees’ Player Development Complex in Tampa, Florida, for extended spring training.

The Yankees have always filled their lineup with left-handed hitters who have plate discipline, and Lind, 34, fits that mold, as he hit .303 (81-for-267) with 39 runs, 14 doubles, 14HR and 59 RBI, with 28 walks and just 47 strikeouts in 116 games last season.

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