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Mets hope Fraze pays

It’s hard to quibble with the Mets’ signing last week of free agent third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal, reportedly valued at $17 million.Let’s face it. Even though David Wright’s spirit is very willing, his body isn’t and so it’s safe to say that he’s never coming back.

Thursday 02/15/2018
Iconic SFP coach Tim Leary dies of cancer
Posted: February 15, 2018

New York State’s high school basketball history is long and storied, with many of the most iconic names in the history of the sport coming from the Empire State.

But men like St. Francis Prep head coach Tim Leary were few and far between.

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Jets honor Queens Metro for anti-bullying work
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Long before Long Island City resident Tony Richardson was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team or inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, he was just a kid with an afro who changed schools every two years.

The son of a soldier, Richardson was born on a military base in Germany and frequently moved around the world with his family. And each move brought with it a new town, a new school and a new set of challenges.

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Astoria fighter beat more than opponents
Posted: February 15, 2018

In the ever-crowded 155-pound lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, one fighter is quietly climbing up the ranks. Astoria’s Jared “Flash” Gordon (14-1) is on a four-fight win streak, two of them in the UFC. He is set to face Brazilian Carlos Diego Ferreira on Fox Sports 1 Sunday night in Austin, Texas.

Gordon, 29, is becoming a fighter to look out for among fans, earning praise for his aggressive and brutal bouts. However, the road to the UFC was not an easy one for him.

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Shamorie sets records as SJU shocks again
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:53 pm

St. John’s has seen its fair share of legends walk through the doors of its on-campus venue, Carnesecca Arena, over the years, going back to the days when it was known as Alumni Hall.

Chris Mullin. Mark Jackson. Malik Sealy. Walter Berry. Felipe Lopez. Ron Artest. Marcus Hatten. Moe Harkless. Dwight Hardy. D’Angelo Harrison. I can go on and on.

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Thursday 02/08/2018
Keep away from Kirk
Posted: February 08, 2018

The end of the NFL season means that the front offices of all teams will brainstorm to find ways to markedly improve themselves in the next season. A lot of sportswriters are imploring the Jets to sign longtime Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is slated to become a free agent in March. A notable exception is Daily News NFL columnist and Fresh Meadows native Gary Myers who doesn’t view him as an elite signal caller.

I frequently disagree with Myers but he is absolutely right on the money this time.

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Moses Brown named to All-American squad
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:18 pm

No one has more reasons to smile than Archbishop Molloy High School basketball star Moses Brown. But unlike thunderous dunks and emphatic blocks, smiling is just not in his vast arsenal of moves.

“He doesn’t do it,” his father, Malcolm, joked. “I don’t know why.”

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Down goes Duke! SJU upends the Blue Devils
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm

This New England Patriots fan is still trying to wipe Sunday from my mind forever. It never happened, as far as I’m concerned, and that’s all you’re going to hear from me about it.

But even if I wasn’t the most diehard Patriots fan anyone will ever meet, I still might say the game Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden was the most thrilling sporting event of the weekend.

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Thursday 02/01/2018
Jeff Wilpon speaks
Posted: February 01, 2018

Last week, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon held a media luncheon for the team’s beat writers and select columnists from the New York dailies where he addressed the perception that the Mets were not doing enough to win. That’s a polite way of saying that they’re not willing to spend money on signing free agents or in making trades for players who have hefty contracts such as Andrew McCutcheon, who was dispatched to the San Francisco Giants by the small-market Pittsburgh Pirates.

This was big news because both Jeff, and his father, Mets CEO Fred Wilpon, are very reticent to speak to the press. He said he understands the fans’ frustrations and that even he isn’t happy about how the off-season has gone.

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Emily Engstler cements her status as SFP icon
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 12:21 pm

Don’t let her youthful smile, age or aw-shucks attitude fool you. Emily Engstler, the history-making St. Francis Prep basketball star, is an assassin in sheep’s clothing.

There’s a reason she’s the first student-athlete in school history to be named to the McDonald’s All-American team — the most prestigious honor a high school hoops player can receive.

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Ponds deserves better than this SJU season
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 12:22 pm

Not everyone can be Tom Brady.

Not everyone can play in championship game after championship game and win far more than they lose like TB12.

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Thursday 01/25/2018
Jay Bruce is back
Posted: January 25, 2018

The Mets made their most significant acquisition of this offseason last week, inking free agent outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year deal.

Bruce came to the Mets at the July 31st trade deadline during the 2016 season and he struggled during the final two months of that season.

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Is a coaching staff shakeup on the way?
Posted: January 25, 2018

Of all the rough weeks throughout this lost St. John’s basketball season, this one might have been the roughest.

As legendary football coach Bill Parcells would say, you are what your record says you are. And the Red Storm, through all their injuries and inconsistency, certainly deserve their 10-11 (0-9 Big East) mark.

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Thursday 01/18/2018
Belmont boondoggle
Posted: January 18, 2018

I have to admit that I didn’t share in the overall euphoria when the news broke last month that the New York Islanders would be getting a new home at Belmont Park.

If the Nassau Coliseum had not been refurbished, then I would have agreed wholeheartedly that a new arena was necessary. The problem is that there aren’t enough events to keep all of the arenas in the metropolitan area profitable. There are no more Barnum & Bailey Ringling Bros. circuses to fill up a lot of the dates on the calendar. The Harlem Globetrotters are not the national draw that they were back in the golden days of Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon.

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LoVett’s knee injury will cost him the year
Updated: January 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Just when you thought this St. John’s season couldn’t suffer any more setbacks, here comes the biggest one yet.

The strange saga that is Marcus LoVett’s knee injury has taken one more turn, as the red shirt sophomore will miss the remainder of what appears to be a lost Johnnies season.

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Thursday 01/11/2018
SJU’s season looks lost after two more defeats
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 9:28 am

I don’t think many people saw this coming.

I certainly didn’t, that’s for sure.

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Thursday 12/28/2017
Welcome back, Omar
Updated: January 04, 2018 - 4:06 pm

The Mets surprised everyone last Friday when they announced that they were bringing back Omar Minaya as an adviser to the man who replaced him as general manager in 2010, Sandy Alderson.

While many Mets fans remember Minaya — who grew up in Corona and attended PS 19, IS 61 and Newtown High School — for his splashy trades and free-agent signings that netted Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd, what is often overlooked about him is that he has a keen eye for amateur talent that has succeeded at the big league level.

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Thursday 12/21/2017
Costas, Weisman lauded
Posted: December 21, 2017

Astoria native and longtime NBC Sports signature air personality Bob Costas has won countless Emmy Awards and has long been a favorite of viewers because of his erudite manner that is never condescending.

Although he has been part of NBC’s coverage of such marquee events as the Olympics, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Final, Triple Crown horse racing and the Super Bowl, Costas has never hid the fact that his first love has always been Major League Baseball. In recent years Costas, who still looks amazingly boyish despite turning 65 this year, has cut back his workload at NBC but he isn’t slowing down as he can frequently be seen on the MLB Network.

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Breaking down SJU’s Big East opponents
Posted: December 21, 2017

The easy part is over. It’s time to get serious.

The Red Storm’s nonconference section of the schedule is complete — with the exception of a lone February contest against Duke — and they went through it about as well as one could have hoped, if we look solely at their 9-2 record.

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Thursday 12/14/2017
NYC’s college sports week
Posted: December 14, 2017

New York has never really been a big college sports town because of the number of professional sports teams here. Nonetheless, the Big Apple is always the center of the college sports world the first week of December. The week began with Monday’s presentation of the Bushnell Cup, which is the Ivy League’s Heisman Trophy. Yale linebacker Matthew Oplinger was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Princeton QB Chad Kanoff won Offensive Player of the Year Award.

The following day, the College Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2018 and the biggest name was Peyton Manning.

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Red Storm impress in tough defeat at ASU
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 1:53 pm

I said two weeks ago that the Red Storm’s loss to Missouri was probably the best thing that could have happened to the team at that point in the season.

That the Johnnies could take the defeat and use it as a blueprint to fix what needs fixing going forward.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
Much ado about Eli
Posted: December 07, 2017

Eli Manning is an iconic sports figure in this town. While other NFL teams change quarterbacks the way most of us change our socks, he has been the uninterrupted Big Blue signal caller since 2004 as was evidenced by his 210-game consecutive starting game streak that was snapped on Sunday. He has always been a positive voice in the locker room; good with media; and a pillar in the community. And yes, he led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories.

Nonetheless, the reaction from the media about his benching was over-the-top. Mike Francesa, who is stepping down from his WFAN afternoon drivetime slot next Friday, got off one last classic rant. You would have thought we were on the verge of World War III.

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SJU unveils statue of icon Joe Lapchick
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm

You would be hard-pressed to find a better basketball coach in New York City history than Joe Lapchick.

After a successful career playing professionally, Lapchick took over as coach at St. John’s University in 1936, transforming the team into a national powerhouse in the early days of college hoops.

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Ponds is the best player the nation doesn’t know
Updated: December 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm

I don’t know how many of you stayed up to watch St. John’s take on Grand Canyon on Tuesday night. After all, it was an 11:30 p.m. tip — the game was in Phoenix — and even I found myself dozing off around 1 a.m. midway through the second half.

But if you powered through like I did, you were treated to another scintillating episode of The Shamorie Ponds Show.

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Thursday 11/30/2017
The surprising Knicks
Posted: November 30, 2017

The conventional wisdom at the start of the season was that the Knicks could challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the honors of being the worst team in NBA history. After all their “big” off-season free agent signing was Tim Hardaway Jr. who was OK but no great shakes when he played for the Knicks previously. Scott Perry, in his first trade since becoming Knicks general manager, dealt the team’s biggest name, Carmelo Anthony, to Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second round draft choice. It sure looked like a one-sided dump of a deal in the Thunder’s favor. Knicks management may finally be having the last laugh. Hardaway has become the offensive force that Anthony was. Kanter and Doug McDermott have given the Knicks offensive weapons that they haven’t had in years.

Current Knicks forward Michael Beasley was selected by the Miami Heat, who had the second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He did not live up to that lofty status and has had a journeyman career playing in such places as Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Memphis, Houston, Phoenix and, of course, Miami and New York.

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The Johnnies meet the champions
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 12:59 pm

The St. John’s Red Storm are already coached by a Basketball Hall of Famer in Chris Mullin. But having a few more hoops icons on the sidelines, even if only for a day, couldn’t hurt.

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors paid a visit to St. John’s last Tuesday, where they spent the afternoon practicing in front of an awestruck Johnnies team.

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