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CAA moves men's lacrosse championship dates

Hofstra attacker Torin Varn looks to pass against

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The Colonial Athletic Association has changed the schedule for the 2013 men's lacrosse championship. The semifinal will now be Wednesday, May 1 and the title game will be Friday, May 3.

With the No. 1 seed already locked up, Penn State will host the conference tournament in University Park, Pa.

Hofstra (7-6) is currently fourth in the conference with at 2-3 in CAA play. They wrap...

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Smith, McKenith happy to play close to home

Creighton guard Carli Tritz, left, walks off the

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Now that their legacy at St. John’s is secure, it’s time for the next step.

St. John’s seniors Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith made history on Monday becoming the first players in program history to be drafted into the WNBA.

McKenith was the 17th pick by the Mystics, while Smith was selected with the 25th pick by the Liberty.

For Smith, being selected by her hometown team...

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Coaching carousel winding down

Niagara coach Joe Mihalich gives a play to

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The number of open Division I college jobs are dwindling as Hofstra, Minnesota, USC and Loyola recently made new hires. There is still Rutgers, Niagara, Chattanooga, Stephen F. Austin and American, which just announced it hired a firm to help conduct a coaching search. Rutgers still hasn't hired a new Athletic Director, making that coaching search likely to last past national signing day on April...

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Cole leaves Dowling for Iona

On Friday, Iona College announced Rick Cole Jr.

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Dowling’s Rick Cole Jr. was named athletic director at Iona, college president Joseph E. Nyre announced.

Cole, who spent eight years as Dowling’s athletic director, was instrumental in the development of Dowling’s $12.5-million athletic complex at its Brookhaven campus.

Cole held previous positions at St. John’s and Stony Brook....

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Rysheed Jordan commit is big St. John’s win

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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The pieces are falling into place for St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, who landed the most important one yet when Philadelphia point guard Rysheed Jordan verbally committed to the Red Storm Thursday morning. With the help of top recruiter Tony Chiles, Lavin essentially wooed Jordan out from under the nose of Temple coach Fran Dunphy as well as third finalist UCLA, Lavin’s former employer.


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Lisa Leslie lauds both Louisville teams

LISA LESLIE Basketball Leslie was the face of

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Is there any doubt which college/university had the most exciting athletic department this season?

The University of Louisville had the best of worlds this year as its men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the NCAA national championship game. The men’s team was victorious, topping Michigan, 82-76, in a thriller.

The women weren’t as fortunate and fell to Connecticut on Tuesday,...

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Trey Burke wins PG award, loses NCAA war

One of the greatest NCAA championship games you could ever hope to see was moving into crunch time when it almost seemed to develop into a battle of point guards. Louisville’s Peyton Siva scored six straight Cardinals points, and Michigan’s Trey Burke responded with a three-point play and then made one of two foul shots after crashing to the floor on a drive.

Moments later, the 6-foot Siva...

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Where does Rick Pitino rank?

Rick Pitino’s legacy is already secured.

He’s taken three different schools – Providence, Kentucky, Louisville – to the Final Four and will have the unique opportunity on Monday night to be the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win a title with two different schools when his Cardinals take on Michigan for college basketball's top prize.

The coach will be honored for his success...

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Jim Boeheim swears he’s ACC-bound

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has spent the past season alternately bemoaning the forces of realignment that have destroyed his beloved Big East Conference and fencing with reporters questioning whether the 68-year-old coach is committed to leading the Orange into the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Those emotions came to a head Saturday night in the Georgia Dome after the Orange lost their national...

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Shante Evans makes mark at Hofstra

Hofstra forward Shante Evans sinks a free throw

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Shante Evans can add one more thing to her lengthy list of accomplishments.

The senior forward was named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention for the third straight season. She became the first AP All-America Honorable Mention selection in program history when she was selected in 2011, joined a prestigious list of three-time All-America picks.

A first team All-CAA selection...

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