Championship highlights 00:01:59
Christ the King defeated St. Raymond 67-66 in the 2017 SNY Invitational Championship game.

NEW YORK -- Despite trailing by 10 points in the second half of the SNY Invitational championship game, Jose Alvarado and his Christ the King teammates never wavered.

The Royals stormed back to knock off Catholic League-rival St. Raymond, 67-66, to win the title for the first time before a packed crowd on Saturday afternoon at City College of New York.

The Georgia Tech-bound Alvarado finished with 21 points, including shooting 5-of-11 from deep. Sophomore big man Kofi Cockburn was a man among men with 20 points and 15 rebounds en route to the MVP award, as the Royals rebounded from last year's 66-63 loss to Cardozo in the title game.

"We lost last year here," said CTK coach Joe Arbitello. "I didn't want to tell anybody, but I really wanted to come back to win it. I'm glad SNY gave us an opportunity to come back. It means a lot, it means a lot to our program."

Omar Silverio led the Ravens with 18 points, Maykel Valera added 17 and Minnesota-bound point guard Isaiah Washington managed just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with six rebounds and three assists despite huge and vocal fan support.

Alvarado said he wasn't especially motivated by the matchup with Washington, but, in the end, he got the better of it.

"No man, I just came here for a good win, looking to win the championship," the 6-foot Alvarado said.

Christ the King trailed 44-34 midway through the third period but closed the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 47-46 lead. Alvarado hit two 3-pointers during the run and the 6-11 Cockburn had five points.

Alvarado rebounded from a poor performance in Friday's win over Mount Vernon, when he had as many points as turnovers (eight).

"My teammates kept my mind straight," he said. "They said just come out strong. They said, 'This is your game now.'"

With the game tied at 63, Christ the King sophomore Jaylen Davis (13 points) pump-faked on the perimeter, stepped past his defender and calmly hit a mid-range jumper to put the Royals up 65-63.

Silverio then made 1-of-2 to cut the deficit to 65-64 with 58.7 seconds left.

Alvarado then drove to the bucket, got fouled and made 1-of-2 for a 66-64 lead.

Darius Lee tied it up for the Ravens with a putback off the window to knot it at 66 with 22.2 seconds left. He had a chance to put St. Raymond up but missed the and-one free throw.

Cockburn had two foul shots on the other end after getting fouled, but made just the second and the Royals led 67-66 with 18.9 seconds left.

Lee missed a last-second putback attempt for the Ravens, and soon the Royals and their fans were storming the court, celebrating with Alvarado, Cockburn and the Royals.

As Alvarado heads off to play for Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner next season, he will leave the program in good hands, mainly the large hands of the big man Cockburn.

"Hey man, you're going to see a couple more games like that from Kofi," Alvarado said. "He's a great player."

 

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Mullin on Red Storm's win 00:00:18
St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin breaks down his team's 79-56 win over Nebraska on Thursday night.

St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin breaks down his team's 79-56 win over Nebraska on Thursday night.


GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall win 00:00:29
The No. 22 ranked Seton Hall men's basketball team defeated Indiana on Wednesday night, 84-68, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The No. 22 ranked Seton Hall men's basketball team defeated Indiana on Wednesday night, 84-68, to improve to 3-0 on the season.


GEICO SportsNite: St. John's win 00:00:36
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin talks about the suffocating defense that powered his team to a win over Central Connecticut.

GEICO SportsNite: Willard on win 00:00:31
Seton Hall basketball head coach Kevin Willard on his team's use of ball movement to spread the wealth in its win on Sunday over Monmouth.

GEICO SportsNite: Wets for Vets 00:03:13
Wets for Vets is a program at John Jay College in which veterans can come together to exercise and share camaraderie.

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:00:37
The St. John's Red Storm look ready to improve on their record from last season. Marvin Clark thinks they're capable of big things.

The St. John's Red Storm look ready to improve on their record from last season. Marvin Clark thinks they're capable of big things.


Running for Harlem Lacrosse 00:03:04
Harlem Lacrosse is a non-profit organization that aims to give at-risk youth a chance at a better life through the sport of lacrosse.

Harlem Lacrosse is a non-profit organization created in 2011 in hopes of providing at-risk youth a chance at a better life through the sport of lacrosse.

The program is solely supported by private funds and charity donations from businesses and individuals.

Former Notre Dame Lacrosse player and current SNY anchor Eamon McAnaney is running the NYC Marathon to help support Harlem Lacrosse. To make a donation towards Eamon's fundraising cause, check out his twitter page here: @emacSNY...

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Michael Baker has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Paterson Eastside, the school that was at the center of a recruiting violations and human trafficking scandal last winter.

Baker, 48, will be charged with cleaning up the historic program and getting it back on track following the scandal. His top assistant will be former Eastside star Tony Murphy Jr.

"It's my goal to rebuild a program the city of Paterson can be proud of," Baker said. "Through consistent hard work, my staff and I hope to repair the community's trust in our basketball program. We want our players and their parents to know we will do right by them. I know high school sports is important in Paterson. But before we get into X's and O's, we have to build character and teach our student athletes about winning the every day challeges of life. We want to get back to the principles this program was built on and that's winning the right way."

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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:41
Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard talks about the depth and experience of his team as the 2017-18 season opens.

Introducing New York Excelsior 00:00:43
We are New York Excelsior, NY's first and only official Overwatch League team - but you can call us NYXL.

Sterling.VC, a division of Sterling Equities, announced their Overwatch League team, the New York Excelsior, on Monday. 

New York Excelsior, or "NYXL", will be one of the 12 franchises to participate in the inaugural season of Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League. It is also New York City's first esports franchise.

"It is an amazing opportunity to have NYXL be part of a brand new professional league and representing the city of New York," Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Parnter of Sterling.VC said. "We've put together a strong team and look forward to competing at the highest level."

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GEICO SportsNite: Columbia loses 00:01:59
The Columbia Lions drop their first game of the season to the Yale Bulldogs, 23-6, on the road in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Kurt Rawlings ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Yale's defense stymied Columbia 23-6 on Saturday, ending the Lions' seven-game winning streak, its longest since 1935.

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GEICO SportsNite: Columbia Lions 00:03:27
The Columbia Lions are an up and coming college football team located in Upper Manhattan. Justine Ward profiles this local hidden treasure.

Columbia University football, which has struggled in years past, is on the cusp of making some history. For the first time since 1932, Columbia has the chance to improve to 7-0.

Standing in the way of that is a Yale team that has started the year with a 5-1 record. 

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Big East Media Day 00:01:12
New Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing and St. John's coach Chris Mullin discuss their expectations for the 2017-18 season.

 

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Actor Austin Stowell joins DNL 00:04:45
"Battle of the Sexes" actor Austin Stowell joins Daily News Live to discuss the upcoming tennis film and his sports background.

 

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Editorial Page: Carton's arrest 00:03:56
Retired judge Anthony Mellaci joins Justine Ward and Bob Raissman to discuss Craig Carton's arrest for being involved with ticket fraud.

WFAN radio personality Craig Carton has resigned from his position at the station, according to a press release from his publicist.


For 10 years I've had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I've always tried to represent them in the best possible light.

Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.

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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:02:09
Michelle Yu reports from the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, where Rafael Nadal and Coco Vandeweghe were among the victors on Wednesday.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:01:25
Sloane Stephens bested Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday afternoon to set up a matchup with Venus Williams at the U.S. Open.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:01:29
SNY's Taylor Rooks reports from the U.S Open, where Maria Sharapova was eliminated by Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round.

 

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Sharapova continues US Open run 00:01:06
Michelle Yu reports from the US Open to discuss Maria Sharapova advancing to the third round as she returns from her 15-month suspension.

 

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Williams wins US Open opener 00:02:03
SNY's Michelle Yu reports from Flushing where Venus Williams kicked off her quest for a third US Open title with a win on Monday.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:01:36
At the AKTIV celebrity pro-am, retired professional tennis player James Blake talks with Michelle Yu about the U.S. Open in New York.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rocket League 00:00:32
Catch all the action Sunday, August 6 when the Rocket League Northeast Regionals air right here on SNY

The Universal Open's Northeast Regional will take place on August 6th from SNY's downtown studios.

Coverage begins at 5pm Streaming Live on the NBC Sports App before switching to SNY at 8pm.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rocket League 00:02:10
A group of professional gamers joins the show to explain what exactly Rocket League is and how it's played.

A group of professional gamers joins the show to explain what exactly Rocket League is and how it's played.

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GEICO SportsNite: Gigi Fernadez 00:02:44
Michelle Yu talks to Gigi Fernandez about the World Team Tennis league's 2017 season kickoff at the USTA National Tennis Center.

GEICO SportsNite: Fight in BK 00:02:35
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor exchange another round of verbal blows as they face one another in Brooklyn.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor exchange another round of verbal blows as they face one another in Brooklyn.

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Mayweather vs. McGregor 00:01:23
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR welcomes the circus surrounding the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR welcomes the circus surrounding the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.

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GEICO SportsNite: Boxing 00:00:57
Adrien Broner (33-2) will square off against Mikey Garcia (36-0) on Saturday, July 29th at Barclays Center.

Adrien Broner (33-2) will square off against Mikey Garcia (36-0) on Saturday, July 29th at Barclays Center.

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GEICO SportsNite: St. Anthony 00:00:50
SportsNite reports from Jersey City where St. Anthony High School is closing, leaving behind a long and storied basketball legacy.

SportsNite reports from Jersey City where St. Anthony High School is closing, leaving behind a long and storied basketball legacy.


An "unprecedented" level of sanctions have been levied against Paterson Eastside High School stemming from the scandal involving the school's men's basketball team, reports Matthew Stanmyre and Steve Politi of NJAM.

The scandal revolved around a controversial pipeline that funneled talented players from all over the world to the public school.

State criminal investigators had launched an inquiry in May, Stanmyre and Politi reported at the time.

The sanctions will include a two-year state tournament ban for the boys and girls basketball teams, with one year already served, as well as a two-year coaching suspension for boys coach Juan Griles and a two-year probationary period for the entire Eastside athletics department. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Belmont Stakes 00:01:20
Marc Malusis recaps the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes where Tapwrit topped favorite Irish War Cry to claim the crown.

LeGrand's seventh annual 5K 00:04:17
Jonas Schwartz sits down with Eric LeGrand to discuss his seventh annual "A Walk to Believe" 5K event, among other New York football topics.

Jonas Schwartz sits down with Eric LeGrand to discuss his seventh annual "A Walk to Believe" 5K event, among other New York football topics.

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GEICO SportsNite: Preakness 00:01:48
Larry Ridley recaps the Preakness Stakes, where Cloud Computing scored a major upset over Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

Always Dreaming at the Preakness 00:03:00
Marc Malusis and Donna Brothers discuss the upcoming Preakness Stakes and the favorite, Always Dreaming's odds in the race.

GEICO SportsNite: Kentucky Derby 00:03:39
Mark Malusis talks with the Brooklyn-based owners of Always Dreaming before they head to Kentucky for the big race.

GEICO SportsNite: Kentucky Derby 00:02:10
Marc Malusis talks with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey on GEICO SportsNite to preview the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

State criminal investigators have launched an inquiry into the Paterson Eastside High basketball scandal, according to Matthew Stanmyre and Steve Politi of NJ Advanced Media.

This marks a significant turn in the story of a controversial pipeline that funneled talented players from all over the world to the public school.

Investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice in the Office of the Attorney General are actively reaching out to staff members inside the school and setting up interviews.

"It would be nice for somebody to get to the bottom of this so that we can start doing things the right way," said Rich Callaway, a longtime teacher and union representative at Eastside, in a telephone interview. "Because right now, it's not even close."

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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:24
Seton Hall's Angel Delgado and coach Kevin Willard won awards at the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association Dinner.

GEICO SportsNite: St. Anthony 00:03:34
Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. announces that St. Anthony High School will close at the end of the school year.

St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, the home of one of the most storied boy's basketball programs ever, will close at the end of this school year, reports Steve Politi of NJAM.

The closure is due to "a lack of funding and dwindling enrollment," a source told Politi.

Bob Hurley, Sr., who was the school's principal and the coach of the basketball team, was meeting with his staff on Wednesday to break the news.

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(Kelley L Cox)

Iona College has extended the contracts of their men's and women's basketball coaches, Tim Cluess and Billi Godsey, through the 2021-2022 season, the school announced on Wednesday.

"The Iona community and Gael Nation are proud to have Coach Cluess and Coach Godsey remain the leaders of the Iona basketball programs," college president Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D said. "We are excited about the bright future ahead for the Gaels following another successful year."

Cluess has produced a 162-78 (.675) record in seven seasons with the Gaels. Under his guidance, Iona has won three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles while making the NCAA Tournament four times, including this past season. The men's program has won 20 or more games eight consecutive years, a school and conference record. 

Godsey is 82-46 (.641) in four years as coach of the women's team, which includes a MAAC Tournament championship and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2015-16.

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Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's 85-80 loss to Ole Miss in the NIT second round at the Dome, ending the Orange season:

WHAT HAPPENED: In a first-ever meeting between the schools, Ole Miss (22-13) became the ninth SEC team (of 14) to play in the Dome, and using a mix of defenses and torrid three point shooting, knocked the Orange (19-15) out of the NIT.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed Oregon beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region.

The Ducks (30-5) showed they have depth and sheer athleticism to make a special March run, just as coach Dana Altman hoped this week when he challenged role players to make larger contributions in shot-blocker Boucher's absence.

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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:02:05
Seton Hall Pirates head coach Kevin Willard says that despite his frustration with the loss, he's proud of his team.

Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Barford had 12 of his 20 points after halftime for the Razorbacks (26-9), the No. 8 seed in the South Region. That included his layup off Khadeen Carrington's turnover at the other end, pushing Arkansas ahead for good as the Razorbacks scored the game's final seven points.

The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul...

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Oregon will have to lean on Pac-12 Player of the Year Dillon Brooks even more in the NCAA Tournament.

The third-seeded Ducks will be without shot-blocking big man Chris Boucher as they navigate the rest of the postseason, starting against 14th-seeded Iona in a Midwest Regional game Friday. The game tips off at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., at 2 p.m. ET.


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Oregon (29-5) tied Arizona for first place in the Pac-12, but lost to the Wildcats in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament a night after losing Boucher to a torn ACL. Iona (22-12) earned an automatic bid after beating Siena to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

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(Jeremy Brevard)

Arkansas and Seton Hall ought to be well tuned up and ready for the NCAA Tournament.

Both teams excelled during the last month of the season, doing enough to be safely in the tournament field.

As part of the South Region, eighth-seeded Arkansas (25-9) meets ninth-seeded Seton Hall (21-11) on Friday afternoon to open play at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.


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"Our biggest goal was, No. 1, to be dancing," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "If you watched our team, it has been a team of streaks. We won a lot of games in a row. ... Now we want another streak of six. How about that?"

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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:01:34
Michelle Yu breaks down all the action from Seton Hall as they get ready to start their March Madness run.

Michelle Yu breaks down all the action from Seton Hall as they get ready to start their March Madness run.

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bonzie Colson scored 18 points and Notre Dame survived a first-round NCAA Tournament scare by pulling out a 60-58 win over Princeton.

The West Region's 12th-seeded Tigers had a chance to pull ahead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady missed an open 3-pointer just before the final horn. Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia pulled down the rebound and was fouled.

The Fighting Irish (26-9) nearly squandered an 11-point second half lead. Guard Matt Farrell scored 16 points, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with Notre Dame up 59-58...

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(Mark Konezny)

Notre Dame has made its mark in March as the only team to reach the Elite Eight round of the past two NCAA Tournaments.

To be truly elite, however, the Fighting Irish know they need to carry that success into another month.

"We have a great opportunity ahead of us to make a deep run in this tournament," senior guard Steve Vasturia told the Chicago Tribune. "It culminates in April, and we haven't been able to get there. That's a goal."


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Notre Dame (25-9) is seeded fifth in the West Region and will tip-off the first round Thursday afternoon against No. 12 seed Princeton (23-6) in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Willard on first round matchup 00:07:27
Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard speaks with the media ahead of the team's first round matchup with Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard speaks with the media ahead of the team's first round matchup with Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:40
Head coach Kevin Willard and Seton Hall players discuss the team's preparation and expectations heading into March Madness.

Head coach Kevin Willard and Seton Hall players discuss the team's preparation and expectations heading into March Madness.

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