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Adelphi women's lacrosse coach Rob Grella resigns

Adelphi women's lacrosse coach Rob Grella, who guided the team to the 2014 NCAA Division II title and had a 56-6 record over three seasons, has resigned, the university announced Wednesday. A search for his successor is underway.

"After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to step down,'' Grella said in a statement. "I've done so to pursue other opportunities...

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Stony Brook-Bryant football opener moved to Aug. 28

Stony Brook center Arthur Doakes and the offense

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Stony Brook will open its 2014 football season on Thursday, Aug. 28, against Bryant in LaValle Stadium. The teams were originally scheduled to play on Aug. 30.

It will be the first Thursday game in the history of the program.

The game time will be announced at a later date.

Stony Brook topped Bryant, 21-13, last season before a sell-out homecoming crowd of 11,244, the largest in...

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Shabazz Napier's 'social network'

Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies rallies the

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Shabazz Napier has no shortage of followers, starting with Connecticut fans among the 80,000 or so folks expected to attend Monday night’s NCAA championship game against Kentucky at AT&T Stadium, and you could throw in a few million television viewers as well.

But Napier has no followers on Twitter because he doesn’t take part in that social network. Napier has his reasons. He said he...

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Mid-majors still searching for respect

Dayton's Devin Oliver (5) celebrates with teammates after

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What goes around comes around is probably the statement of the week.

We’ll start with Ohio State, which hardly ever plays any of its in-state rivals (Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati). The NCAA Tournament selection committee changed that temporarily as the No. 6 Buckeyes squared off against 11th-seeded Dayton in a second-round game on Saturday.

Call what you want; a case of the basketball...

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Moving to A-10 a smooth transition for VCU

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Head coach

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Need a few pointers on how to jump conferences without missing a beat? You probably should make an appointment to see VCU coach Shaka Smart.

VCU hasn't slipped once since leaving the CAA for the Atlantic 10. The Rams, who knocked off George Washington in an A-10 semifinal on Saturday, ended their time in the CAA following the 2011-2012 season.

VCU captured the country's attention with...

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Local teams primed for tourney play

Manhattan College basketball player and Roslyn alum George

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Fact: At least three New York City-metro area college basketball teams will be making appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Fact: New York City college basketball will once again be relevant at NCAA Tournament time.


Guaranteed to go Dancing

Manhattan (25-7): After knocking on the door last season, the Jaspers came through this year, edging Iona, 71-68, in Monday night’s MAAC...

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Steve Pikiell gets big 'weekend' at Pritchard Gym

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

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The elephant in Stony Brook’s room, as everyone often reminds coach Steve Pikiell, is the Seawolves’ failure to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid despite all the success they have achieved the past five years – four 20-win seasons, three regular-season America East titles and two previous trips to the conference final to play for the automatic NCAA bid.

Now, Pikiell and the second-seeded...

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Zeke Upshaw shines for Hofstra during down season

Hofstra's Zeke Upshaw, left, looks to dribble past

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Putting Zeke Upshaw's season for Hofstra in perspective isn't a hard thing to do. Just look at the numbers.

The 6-6 guard is averaging 19.7 points per game, third best in the CAA. He’s had three games of 30 or more points, including 37 in an overtime loss to Richmond in November.

It’s an impressive feat considering he averaged just 1.6 points per game at Illinois State, including 2.5...

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Steve Lavin builds St. John’s NCAA resume

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin watches his

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          If St. John’s had been able to squeeze past No. 9 Villanova Saturday at Wells Fargo Center, the Red Storm probably could have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. But even after their 57-54 loss, Steve Lavin expressed confidence in his team’s ability to build a resume strong enough to meet the criteria used by the Selection Committee.


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Hofstra ready for CAA challenge

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan

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With low expectations and a roster that was halfway overhauled after a difficult 2012-2013 season, Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said one of the Pride’s goals this year was to “surprise everyone”, especially when CAA play begins.

The Pride’s non-conference schedule was nothing to fool as they battled the likes of Louisville, George Washington, Richmond and a red-hot Manhattan team.


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