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Steve Lavin’s Johnnies bounce back

St. John's center Chris Obekpa shoots a free

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          It almost seemed like a gift when Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard announced the suspensions of starters Eugene Teague and Brian Oliver before Thursday night’s St. John’s game at the Prudential Center in Newark. The long climb out of the 0-5 hole the Red Storm dug at the start of Big East play had been draining, and they were due for a letdown...

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St. John's WBB maintains grip on top spot in poll

St. John's Aliyyah Handford hits the winning basket

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St. John’s, ranked 24th in the latest AP poll, maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot. Iona, despite a loss last week held on at No. 2, while Rutgers jumps up one place to third. Marist moves down a spot to fourth after a loss to Fairfield, while Fordham held at No. 5. Army stayed at sixth and Stony Brook jumped up one place top seventh. Fairfield is up two places to eighth after a big win over Marist,...

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Hofstra WBB turning the corner?

Hofstra sophomore guard Asia Jackson attempts a layup.

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Predicting when a group of young players will turn the corner and begin to move forward is a tricky thing. Just ask Hofstra women’s basketball coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.

Youth, combined with injuries and discipline issues have at times hit the Pride. But it never stopped them. That was proven Sunday after Hofstra held off William & Mary, 66-56, for its fourth win in five games. The...

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St. John's WBB No. 24 in AP poll

St. John's head coach Joe Tartamella reacts to

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The St. John’s women can consider themselves back on the national stage.

The Red Storm (18-5, 11-1 Big East), winners of 10 straight games, appeared in the Associated Press top 25 poll Monday for the first time since Nov. 26, 2012 when they were ranked 17.

St. John’s garnered 69 points and came in at No. 24 in the AP’s latest poll.  

“Being recognized by the AP is a prestigious...

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St. John's still storming, stays No. 1 in poll

St. John’s, winners of six of its last seven games, continues to roll and remains No. 1 after a 70-65 win over No. 18 Creighton on Sunday.  Iona has won seven straight and stays at No. 2, while Stony Brook split two games last week and remains No. 3.

Manhattan has won three straight and jumps one spot to fourth, while Columbia drops one place to fifth. St. Francis is up two places to...

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Steve Lavin on St. John's win over Creighton: 'We found ourselves'

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) shoots against St. John's

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Admit it. After St. John’s lost its first five Big East games, it was virtually impossible not to write this off as a third straight lost season. But coach Steve Lavin persisted in comparing this team to his first Red Storm team that overcame a so-so start to finish third in the Big East and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Somehow, some way, Lavin and a group of individual parts have come...

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Steve Pikiell: 'Time to grind'

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks over New Hampshire's

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Despite being tied for first in the America East standings going into Saturday’s game against New Hampshire, Stony Brook’s road to a third straight regular-season title lately has been filled with potholes. Over the previous two weeks, the Seawolves didn’t threaten in the second half of a 10-point loss at Albany and then struggled to beat Hartford at home by four and score a five-point road win...

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Mo Cassara hosts charity clinic

Hofstra's men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara watches

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Former Hofstra basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Mo Cassara will host the second session of his “Community Coach Basketball Clinics” at Molloy Center Gym in Point Lookout on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Sessions for girls ages 7 to 15 on both dates will run from 1:00 to 2:30. Sessions for boys ages 7 to 15 will run from 3:00 to 4:30.

Coach Cassara will have several of his former players in...

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Chuck Priore on 2014 Seawolves recruits

Stony Brook University head coach Chuck Priore is

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          Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore focused primarily on replenishing the offensive side of the football in his 2014 recruiting class announced on Wednesday. Of 19 recruits, a dozen play offense, six are on defense and a highly recruited punter was added on special teams.



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Stony Brook FB keeps handle on local talent

Floyd RB Stacey Bedell #21, cuts back through

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Stony Brook continues to keep its eye on New York Metro-area football players as eight student athletes from Long Island or New York City highlight coach Chuck Priore’s recruiting class for the 2014 season.

Former Floyd star Stacey Bedell, a UMass transfer, heads the class. John Kinder, a Syracuse transfer who threw for over 1,612 yards his senior year at Lawrence, is also part of the class....

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