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St. John's releases non-conference schedule

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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St. John’s return to the national college basketball scene could take a big step this season with a challenging non-conference schedule, released Tuesday by coach Steve Lavin.

The Red Storm’s non-conference slate includes games against power conference teams Wisconsin, Penn State, Syracuse and a possible matchup with Mississippi or Georgia Tech.

Other non-conference opponents for St....

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Tommy Brenton signs with Japanese team

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

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Tommy Brenton’s basketball career will continue at a new level.

Brenton, Stony Brook’s all-time leading rebounder (1,115) and winner of the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award, reached an agreement to play with Link Togichi Brex, based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.

Brenton became the ninth player under coach Steve Pikiell and 15th in program history...

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YES to televise ACC and Big East games

Chris Obekpa celebrates a turnover with teammates Christian

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You can count the YES Network as "all-in" for college sports.

The regional sports channel announced it has reached an agreement with Fox Sports to televise ACC basketball and football games and Big East basketball games this fall.

YES will broadcast up to 10 ACC football games and at least 23 men’s basketball games and select women’s games. YES will also carry up to 10 Big...

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Staten Island's Brian Bernardi joins Hofstra

Staten Island’s Brian Bernardi is the latest to join Hofstra men's basketball coach Joe Mihalich’s revamped squad, the school announced. The sophomore, who averaged 11.2 minutes and 3.5 points per game as a guard for Southern Methodist University, will have to sit out the 2013-2014 season, per NCAA regulations. He will be eligible to play for three more seasons.

A graduate of Brooklyn’s Xaverian...

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Iona basketball announces recruiting class

Iona coach Tim Cluess directs his basketball team

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Iona announced its recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season.

Leading the way for the Gaels class is Rutgers transfer and 6-5 senior Mike Poole and Marshall transfer Kelvin Amayo, a 6-4 guard. Both players saw action at their previous schools. Their experience should help the Gaels overcome the loss of high-scoring guard Lamont “Mo Mo” Jones.

Ryden Hines, a 6-10 center, 6-11 forward...

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WBB: St. John's to play in Maggie Dixon Classic

St. John's head coach Joe Tartamella reacts to

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St. John’s will play in the Maggie Dixon Classic on December 22 at Madison Square Garden for the third straight season, the school announced Monday. It will be the third straight season the Red Storm will play in the Classic.

St. John’s will face Texas A&M at 11:00 a.m. Reigning NCAA champion Connecticut will face California in the second game.

The Classic is held in memory of former...

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J.J. Moore transfers to Rutgers

Pittsburgh's J.J. Moore dunks the ball in the

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After three seasons at Pittsburgh, Brentwood high standout J.J. Moore opted for a chance.

The 6-5 forward has completed the required paperwork to transfer to Rutgers, the school announced Tuesday. Moore averaged eight points and three rebounds in 33 games off the bench for the Panthers last season.

“We are very excited to welcome J.J. into our program,” Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said....

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Ohio State, Notre Dame highlight MSG Gotham Classic

Ohio State players celebrate a 3-point shot against

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Ohio State and Notre Dame highlight the field of the second annual Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Joining the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes in the 2013 Gotham Classic are Bryant, Delaware, and North Dakota State.

Notre Dame and Ohio State will tip-off against each other for only the 13th time in history when they meet on Saturday, December 21 at the Garden. Ohio State holds a...

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