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Rutgers No. 1 in women's hoop poll

St. John's Aliyyah Handford hits the winning basket

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Rutgers starts 2014 as the top team in the women’s hoops poll. Marist held at No.2, Fordham, which leads all teams in the poll with 13 wins, moved up one place to third, Iona jumped four places to fourth, while Seton Hall drops two places to fifth. St. Francis stayed at sixth, St. John’s fell two places to seventh, Stony Brook and Army remained at eighth and ninth, while Princeton checks in at 10th.

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Heisman Trophy hype for 2014

Florida State's Jameis Winston with The Coaches' Trophy

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There’s nothing wrong with a little early Heisman Trophy hype. Jameis Winston will clearly be the favorite coming in. If Auburn wasn’t coming off a 3-9 season in 2012, Tre Mason might have made his way into the top three. Marcus Mariota and Sean Mannion both faded late, while Brett Hundley’s numbers weren’t overwhelming enough.

All players are listed under their current class.

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Manhattan tops 1st Metro Hoops of 2014

Manhattan's George Beamon looks to get inside during

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Manhattan ended 2013 as the top team in the Metro Hoops Poll and begins 2014 in the same position. The Jaspers have won eight straight games, including an 83-57 thrashing of Fairfield on Jan. 4. Princeton, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, vaults two places to second.

Stony Brook stayed at third, while Seton Hall jumped to fifth. St. John’s, after dropping two straight Big East games,...

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Let the real season begin

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison sets to shoot. (Dec.

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The most important part of the college basketball season in this region begins in earnest today. With the exception of St. John’s, just about every team in the New York-Metro area will need to excel during its conference season in order to make a run to the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a breakdown.

Hofstra (4-8, 0-0 CAA): The return of Dion Nesmith (knee) couldn’t have come at a better time. Hofstra’s...

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Rutgers and Marist top WBB poll

Marist guard Sydney Coffey, left, drives around Michigan

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Winners of six straight games, including a 61-58 win over then-No. 16 Georgia, Rutgers remains No. 1 in the latest women’s metro hoops poll. Marist is up one place to second after winning six in a row.

Seton Hall drops one spot to third, while Fordham, which has won 10 straight, stayed at fourth. St. John’s has won three in a row and moves up one place to fifth, while St. Francis fell one...

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Manhattan tops final Metro Hoops Poll of 2013

Bronx - November 21, 2012: Manhattan's George Beamon

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The final Metro Hoops poll of 2013 is in and the top five teams remained the same.

St. Francis, winners of four straight, surged up four places to sixth, while Quinnipiac fell one place to seventh after a second straight loss to Oregon State.

Fordham held at eight after splitting two games last week and Columbia fell two places to ninth after a loss to St. John's.

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LI HS bball stars: Where are they now?

Northport graduate Luke Petrasek plays for Columbia against

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We watch and cover all of the best Long Island high school basketball players every year. Many of them move up to the next level. So what are some of those players up to now?

Columbia freshman Luke Petrasek said he couldn’t wait to set foot on center court at Barclays Center. The Northport graduate did so against St. John’s and represented himself well, getting 12 points, five rebounds and...

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Brian Kelly sees bright Irish future

Yankees president Randy Levine, left, presents Notre Dame

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Notre Dame’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium was significant in that it marked the end of the road for Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class since he took over as head coach for the 2010 season. It culminated a 9-4 season that he said was good but that fell short of the Irish goal of double-digit wins every season.

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Gamecocks vs. Badgers highlight non-BCS Bowls

Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares

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While many are waiting for the BCS Bowl games to begin, here's a preview of several non-BCS Bowl matchups that are worth a look.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6) (Dec. 28, Noon, ESPN): Notre Dame playing in Yankee Stadium? The Fighting Irish will be the big draw. Rutgers should have no problems with that. Just playing Notre Dame in a major venue on national TV is enough...

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WBB Poll: Rutgers 1st, Stony Brook 7th

There’s a new boss in town as Rutgers takes over the No. 1 spot after knocking off No. 16 Georgia for its fifth straight win. Seton Hall falls one place to second, while Marist is up to third after beating Oklahoma for its sixth straight victory. Fordham has won eight straight, but still dropped one place to fourth.

St. Francis falls from fourth to fifth, while St. John’s maintains the sixth...

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