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Metro Hoops Poll: SJU 1, SBU 2nd

D'Angelo Harrison looks on late in a game

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There was a shift in the top spot as St. John’s moves into the No. 1 spot after a 73-57 drubbing of Wagner. Stony Brook drops to second after a 90-74 loss at Indiana and Manhattan slipped to No. 3. LIU and St. Francis switched places and are at fourth and fifth, respectively. Seton Hall, Fordham and Iona stayed at sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while Rutgers and Quinnipiac enter the poll...

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Race for BCS title game berth gets tighter

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty celebrates a touchdown against

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Slowly but surely, Baylor is creeping into the national championship race. If the Bears can win at No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday, things could get really tight for 3rd-ranked Ohio State, which plays lowly Indiana on Saturday. After that the Buckeyes play an unranked Michigan team. Urban Meyer’s crew will have to win impressively the next two weeks and in the Big Ten title game to keep Baylor...

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Steve Lavin: Fewer threes, please

Orlando Sanchez poses for a portrait at the

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The box score sometimes offers a blueprint for how a game went beyond the final score. That was the case for St. John’s 73-57 victory over Wagner in its home opener Friday night at Carnesecca Arena.

The one figure that jumped off the page like a red warning light was the Red Storm’s 0-10 shooting from three-point range. That means St. John’s (1-1) is 2-for-23, which is 8.7 percent, for the...

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Suffolk CC into NJCAA semifinals

Suffolk CC midfielder Frankie Guzman.

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The Suffolk Community College men's soccer team defeated Camden CC, 3-2, in overtime late Thursday and advanced to the semifinal round of the NJCAA tournament.

Jose Alfaro (Huntington) scored the winning goal, his second of the game. No. 4 Suffolk (17-1-2) plays Montgomery, which beat Suffolk in the semifinal last season, on Friday night. The winner advances to the title game against either...

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Steve Pikiell: We got our top three

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

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The beginning of the national letter of intent signing period for basketball on Wednesday could not have gone any better for Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who got the point guard, wing man and power forward at the top of his list of prospects and then followed it up with a hard-fought 73-66 win over a tough Northeastern team.

“We got the win over Northeastern, and I have a lot of respect...

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Andre Walker signs letter of intent with Hofstra for 2014-15

Niagara coach Joe Mihalich gives a play to

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If Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich needed a centerpiece to rebuild the Pride basketball program around, he got one yesterday when 6-10 center/forward Andre Walker of Clarksburg, Md., signed a national letter of intent for the 2014-15 season. ESPN ranked Walker as the 11th-best player in Maryland and 50th center in the nation.

As a junior at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Walker averaged seven...

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WBB Metro Poll: SJU 1, HOF 7, SBU 10

Hofstra guard Andreana Thomas controls the ball against

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St. John’s begins the season as the top team in the Metro Hoops poll. After a 25-point, 13-rebound performance by Aliyyah Hanford in the Red Storm’s season-opening win against Sacred Heart, they will be a hard team to supplant. Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marist make out the top four, while Sacred Heart sits at No. 5.

Fordham and Hofstra are sixth and seventh, followed by Iona, Quinnipiac and...

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Metro Hoops Poll: SBU 1, SJU 3rd

Anthony Jackson of the Stony Brook Seawolves guards

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After a 2-0 start to the season, Stony Brook begins the season as the top season in the Newsday Metro Hoops Poll. Manhattan, after an impressive double overtime win over La Salle, checks in at No. 2, while St. John’s sits at 0-3 despite a loss to Wisconsin to opens its season. St. Francis starts the season at No. 5 after an impressive 66-62 OT win over Miami, while LIU-Brooklyn takes the fifth spot...

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BCS: Oregon's loss is everyone else's gain

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron celebrates a touchdown against

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Oregon couldn’t have picked a worse week to lose its first game of the season. With Alabama, Florida State and Baylor winning in dominating fashion and Ohio State still undefeated, the Ducks fell from third to sixth in the latest BCS standings.

Making matters worse for the Ducks, they fell behind Stanford in the BCS standings and PAC-12 North standings. If Stanford wins its remaining three...

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Chuck Priore analyzes Stony Brook's breakdown

Stony Brook Seawolves defensive back Ivan May (left)

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A football team is a collection of moving body parts, and when a slew of those parts break down, the damage often is reflected on the scoreboard. So, Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore’s anatomy of Saturday’s 39-31 loss to Richmond necessarily revolves around the anatomies of a defense in disrepair.

Even before the Seawolves took the field against Richmond and quarterback Michael Strauss, who...

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