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Adonis Delarosa chooses St. John's

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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After a postseason exodus of talent, it came as good news to St. John’s basketball when 6-11 Christ the King center Adonis Delarosa made a verbal commitment to the Red Storm on Wednesday. Delarosa so far is the lone member of coach Steve Lavin’s 2014 recruiting class.

In making his announcement, Delarosa cited the chance to stay close to home and to play in Madison Square Garden as reasons...

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Shabazz Napier's 'social network'

Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies rallies the

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Shabazz Napier has no shortage of followers, starting with Connecticut fans among the 80,000 or so folks expected to attend Monday night’s NCAA championship game against Kentucky at AT&T Stadium, and you could throw in a few million television viewers as well.

But Napier has no followers on Twitter because he doesn’t take part in that social network. Napier has his reasons. He said he...

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Mid-majors still searching for respect

Dayton's Devin Oliver (5) celebrates with teammates after

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What goes around comes around is probably the statement of the week.

We’ll start with Ohio State, which hardly ever plays any of its in-state rivals (Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati). The NCAA Tournament selection committee changed that temporarily as the No. 6 Buckeyes squared off against 11th-seeded Dayton in a second-round game on Saturday.

Call what you want; a case of the basketball...

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3 of a kind for Stony Brook's Vanderka

Frankie Vanderka during the game vs. Albany, achieving

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It was the seventh inning stretch and Stony Brook's Frankie Vanderka figured he could do it. The senior righthander was just nine outs away from the third no-hitter of his career.

The MacArthur High School graduate got it done in grand fashion as he induced two groundouts and struck out Billy bullard for the final out in the ninth inning of Stony Brook's 7-0 win over Albany in the first game...

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Dowling's Tyler Badamo finds new pitch

Dowling College starting pitcher Tyler Badamo delivers in

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For the first time since he could remember, Tyler Badamo decided not to throw a baseball for nearly three months.

“From mid-August to about mid-December, I did everything as far as strength and conditioning goes, but I didn’t throw a ball at all,” said the Dowling College senior ace. “I gave my arm a break so I would be ready to go this season.”

It’s early, but it appears that was a...

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St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse off to strong start

It’s worked for Bob Vlahakis in the past. Now, after two seasons of building the women's lacrosse program at St. Joseph’s (LI), the coach believes he has enough quality players to play multiple lines, rotate players and maintain fresh legs on the field.

Vlahakis, who previously won four state girls lacrosse titles while implementing shifts in playing time at Shoreham-Wading River High School,...

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College basketball coaching carousel in full swing

South Florida head coach Stan Heath calls out

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The coaching carousel is in full swing as 22 coaches were either fired or stepped down. Three schools have already filled positions, with Bruce Pearl the latest, replacing Tony Barbee at Auburn. Russ Pennell took over for Clarence Finley at Central Arkansas and former Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap replaced Max Good at Loyola Marymount.

New coaches are listed in parenthesis.

Appalachian State...

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The Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament this century

Harvard's Siyani Chambers, left, and Brandyn Curry, right,

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March Madness brings with it one of sport's unique cliche dichotomies. That bracket looks like this:

"In the NCAA Tournament, it's all about matchups" vs. "There's always a 12-seed upsetting a 5-seed."

There's an inherent contradiction there, but so be it. Hence, the "madness" of this month, which actually is scheduled to last into the following month as well.

One of those 12 vs....

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Local WBB teams happy to be dancing

St. John's guard Eugeneia McPherson (22) shoots in

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For the St. John's women, it will be the fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the second straight for coach Joe Tartamella. Fordham will be in the dance for the first time since 1994, while Marist will be a part of the post season for the ninth straight year.

There is also Army, which is back in the tournament for the first time since the late Maggie Dixon led the program...

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Moving to A-10 a smooth transition for VCU

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Head coach

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Need a few pointers on how to jump conferences without missing a beat? You probably should make an appointment to see VCU coach Shaka Smart.

VCU hasn't slipped once since leaving the CAA for the Atlantic 10. The Rams, who knocked off George Washington in an A-10 semifinal on Saturday, ended their time in the CAA following the 2011-2012 season.

VCU captured the country's attention with...

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