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

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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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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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Hofstra to hold basketball court design contest

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Joe Mihalich

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It's time for Hofstra fans to hold court on what the next basketball court design will look like.

Hofstra is holding a fan contest to design the basketball court at the Mack Sports Complex for the upcoming 2014-15 season, the school announced Thursday.

Fans can submit their design idea via email at courtdesign@hofstra.edu, on the Hofstra Pride Facebook page. (Fans can also show off their...

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Hofstra looks to rebound

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Joe Mihalich

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There won’t be any high expectations or much fanfare surrounding new Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich and the Pride this season, especially after the way last year ended. But sometimes a new regime can be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling program.

The Pride was picked ninth out of nine teams in the CAA preseason coaches poll and didn’t have one player selected to any of the all-conference...

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Clemson vs. Florida State pivotal for BCS, ACC and Heisman race

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It’s taken until the eighth week of the college football season to get a matchup of top 5 teams. And it’s a great one in the ACC.

No. 5 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 in ACC) visits No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) in Death Valley on Saturday night (ABC, 8 p.m.) with the stakes about as high as they can get. The winner not only takes control of the ACC’s Atlantic Division but also takes a giant leap in the...

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Cody Precht replacing 'Big Mike' Bamiro

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet rushes as Cody Precht

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Talk about a big space to fill, junior Cody Precht faces a huge responsibility as he slides from right guard out to the right tackle spot that 6-8, 335-pound Michael Bamiro occupied the past three seasons at Stony Brook. Centerport native Precht has a powerful 6-3, 290-pound frame and the experience and smarts to understand how to play the position.

But “Big Mike,” as Bamiro was known to his...

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Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry ending, just not yet

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It's sad to see the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry coming to an end.

With a move to the ACC and new scheduling obligations, the Fighting Irish last year opted out of games against Michigan scheduled for 2015-17. The teams will meet next season in South Bend and then that’s it for now. The series could start up at some point in the future, but that’s undetermined.

But let’s be clear on something:...

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Syracuse coach Scott Shafer loses debut

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As transitions go, the move by Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference promised to be a rocky one after the Orange lost coach Doug Marrone to Buffalo in the NFL at a time when quarterback Ryan Nassib graduated. But the debut of new coach Scott Shafer and quarterback Drew Allen was promising despite a 23-17 loss to Penn State Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Shafer chose Allen, a senior...

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Opening night reviews of college football

Rutgers' Kevin Snyder, left, and Gareef Glashen, right,

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It was an interesting opening night of college football. Let’s review.

1. South Carolina lives up to hype.

No, Jadeveon Clowney didn’t wreak havoc on North Carolina in the Gamecocks’ 27-10 win. Clowney, just getting over a stomach virus and clearly slowed by the hot weather (or his conditioning is still in preseason form), wasn’t a factor. But No. 6 South Carolina got some solid performances...

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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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