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St. John's once again has one of the top shot-blocking centers in the nation. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin announced on Friday afternoon that Chris Obekpa will be allowed to return for his junior season in 2014-15 after previously being granted a release to transfer.
"Chris approached me last week to communicate his change of heart and wishes to stay at St. John's," Lavin said in a statement....Read more »
Stony Brook will open its 2014 football season on Thursday, Aug. 28, against Bryant in LaValle Stadium. The teams were originally scheduled to play on Aug. 30.
It will be the first Thursday game in the history of the program.
The game time will be announced at a later date.
Stony Brook topped Bryant, 21-13, last season before a sell-out homecoming crowd of 11,244, the largest in...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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....Read more »