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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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Notre Dame football aims to stay relevant

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, left, makes

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Notre Dame’s decision to join the ACC in all sports except football raised a lot of eye brows. The move forced the decision makers in South Bend to make some touch choices, including dropping Michigan from its schedule after 2014.

The move also prompted the Irish to stagger their rivalry with Michigan State a bit. Notre Dame won’t play Michigan State again until 2016. But that doesn’t mean...

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Metro Hoops poll: Manhattan 1, Stony Brook 3rd

Stony Brook's Scott King (3) launches a three-pointer

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Nothing changed among the top four in the Metro Hoops poll as Manhattan maintained its hold on the top spot after a stunning comeback win against Buffalo. St. John’s and Stony Brook each won two in a row and stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while Princeton split last week, but stayed at fourth.

Seton Hall is up two spots to fifth, while Quinnipiac held at No. 6. Columbia is jumped two...

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WBB Poll: Seton Hall still No.1, SJU 6th

EUGENIA MCPHERSON St. John's, North Babylon High School

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Seton Hall is still No. 1 in the women’s hoops poll this week, while a red-hot Rutgers team moved up one place to second. Fordham is off to a great start and us up one spot to third after winning two games last week. St. Francis is up three places to fourth despite being idle, while Marist made the biggest jump, vaulting four places to fifth.

St. John’s tumbled four places to sixth, Iona is...

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Metro Hoops Poll: Manhattan on top

Manhattan's George Beamon looks to get inside during

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Manhattan moves to the top of the poll after winning four straight. St. John’s fell to second with Stony Brook moving up one place to third. Princeton is steadily making a climb, jumping one place to fourth, while Iona tumbled two places to fifth.

Quinnipiac surged up two spots to sixth, while Seton Hall, despite a bad loss to St. Peter’s remained seventh. Fordham is back in the poll at eight...

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Conduct matters for Heisman winner

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates a touchdown

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After winning the Heisman Trophy last year, Johnny Manziel quickly learned his behavior off the field was under scrutiny as the holder of the most prestigious award in college football. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston got the message even before he won the Heisman when his candidacy was threatened by an allegation of sexual assault against him that became public in November.

Their...

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Stacey Bedell transfers to Stony Brook

Long Island running back Stacey Bedell runs the

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Former Floyd running back Stacey Bedell has transferred to Stony Brook, Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said Saturday.

Bedell was at Massachusetts for two years and will have three years eligibility remaining.

Bedell ran for 301 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season. He had career highs in yards (81) and carries (23) in a game against Kansas State that season. Bedell got hurt...

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Hofstra to play in Paradise Jam in 2015

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Joe Mihalich

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Hofstra men's basketball will participate in the Virgin Islands' Paradise Jam in November 2015, the school announced Thursday.

It will be Hofstra's fifth time playing in a tournament outside of the continental US. The Pride played in Puerto Rico in 1997 and 2010, Hawaii (1998) and Alaska in 2006.

"This is truly an exciting announcement for our program,” coach Joe Mihalich said....

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WBB Poll: Seton Hall 1st, SJU 2nd, SBU 8th

Sabre Proctor of Stony Brook drives against Maine's

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There was a change at the top as Seton Hall moved up one place into the top spot, despite a 71-70 loss to Illinois. St. John’s dropped to second, while Rutgers stayed at No. 3. The rest of the top 10 stayed the same.

1. Seton Hall (7-1) 2. St. John’s (5-2) 3. Rutgers (6-2) 4. Fordham (7-2) 5. Army (7-1) 6. Iona (6-2) 7. St. Francis (7-2) 8. Stony Brook (6-3) 9. Marist (4-4) 10. Hofstra (4-3)

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