We're getting to know players from UConn, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Yale ahead of SNY's Connecticut Ice tournament on Jan. 25-26.


Name: Jason Cotton

School: Sacred Heart

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190 lbs.

Year: Senior

Facts:

  • Last season he was second on the team in points with 23. 
  • He skated in all 39 games during his first season with SHU notching 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists.
  • His brother David is a senior on Boston College's hockey team.

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"The one thing I noticed right away with Connecticut is it's such a small state and there's four Division I programs. There's so much talent, and there's such a fun environment up here that I feel like you can always do more," Cotton said. "So finally that we have this tournament I think it's going to draw more people in to watch hockey and be more involved in college hockey."

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No. 10 Seton Hall entered the season ranked No. 12 in the nation, but they wouldn't stay there for long.

After losses to then-No. 3 Michigan State and then-No. 11 Oregon put the Pirates at a 6-2 record through the first five weeks of play, Seton Hall fell all the way out of the rankings with back-to-back losses to Iowa State and Rutgers.

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Jan 15, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; The Rutgers Scarlet Knights bench reacts after a dunk by guard Geo Baker (not pictured) against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half at Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 15, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; The Rutgers Scarlet Knights bench reacts after a dunk by guard Geo Baker (not pictured) against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half at Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Rutgers men's basketball has been on a tear recently, and the AP Top 25 poll has awarded them for their efforts. 

In the latest rankings, the Scarlet Knights have come in at No. 24 following their 64-56 win over Minnesota on Sunday. According to CBS' Gary Parrish, it is the first time since 1979 that Rutgers has been in an AP ranking. 

Led by fourth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, Rutgers has won eight of their last 10 games, which comes to a 14-4 record. They are also third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Illinois, while owning a perfect 13-0 home record at the RAC. 

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Rutgers improved to 14-4 on Sunday after beating Minnesota 64-56, and could now become ranked for the first time since 1979.

Head coach Steve Pikiell has the Scarlet Knights tied for second place in the Big Ten, and talked about how the team gave an all around effort in their win on Sunday.

"A great team win... this team sacrifices, they play together, they play the right way," Pikiell said. "They were rewarded today against a good Minnesota team... when you're playing good teams, you better be doing some things well."

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Seton Hall and St. John's played a thrilling game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, with the Pirates holding on for an 82-79 win.

With the victory, the Pirates improved to a perfect 6-0 in the Big East, while St. John's fell to 1-5 in the conference.

"We were really struggling to score in the first half and they were doing a great job," Pirates head coach Kevin Willard said after the game. "I think in the second half we were able - with turning them over a few times for easy buckets, I thought that kind of got everybody into a good rhythm and was able to kind of relax everybody a good bit and get us going into a good offensive rhythm."

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Myles Powell scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half and Romaro Gill matched his career high with 17 points to lead No. 18 Seton Hall back from a 10-point halftime deficit for a 78-70 victory at No. 5 Butler on Wednesday night.

The Pirates (13-4, 5-0 Big East) closed the game on a 13-4 run to win their seventh in a row. They are the only conference team still unbeaten in league play.

Quincy McKnight had 11 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

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Connecticut Ice Festival
Connecticut Ice Festival

Hockey is more than just a game in Connecticut, and later this month, the state's four NCAA Division I men's hockey programs -- UConn, Yale, Sacred Heart, and Quinnipiac -- will battle at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. to determine who will take the throne.

Connecticut Ice is a three-day festival, Jan. 24 - 26, that will showcase youth and amateur hockey from across the state and include the Collegiate Cup - the two-round, four-game tournament for state bragging rights.

For more information on Connecticut Ice, click here. And to buy tickets, click here.

Here's what you need to know about the first-round matchups…

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You may not know how to pronounce Quinnipiac, but any college hockey fan knows the program has been a national powerhouse in the sport for a while.

The Bobcats are led by head coach Ran Pecknold, who has been at the helm for 26 seasons. Entering the year, Pecknold posted 511 career wins, the third most for active Division I coaches. Quinnipiac has had a winning season 21 out of the last 22 years, including Frozen Four berths in 2013 and '16.

Last season, Quinnipiac claimed its fourth Cleary Cup (ECAC Hockey regular-season championship) before falling 3-1 to Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional Final. The 26-10-2 overall record was driven by NCAA statistical goaltender champion Andrew Shortridge and Hobey Baker finalist Chase Priskie. Both have gone on to sign NHL contracts, respectively -- Shortridge with the San Jose Sharks and Priskie with the Carolina Hurricanes.

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The Yale Bulldogs are one year removed from snatching a series win in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, but the tides have turned this season for the country's oldest collegiate hockey program.

The team is in ninth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, with a 5-10 record heading into their matchup against Union on Friday night. However, Yale can never be counted out due to the culture installed by head coach Keith Allain.

In 13 full seasons, Allain has coached Yale to a 235-159-42 record, six NCAA Tournament berths, and a national title in 2013 defeating Quinnipiac -- a team whose home ice is eight miles up the road from Yale's. 

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Sitting in first place in the Atlantic Conference, Sacred Heart Pioneers have made their mark in college hockey this season, cracking the USCHO Top 20 poll for the first time in the program's history.

A new decade feels like a new beginning for this program. It hasn't been smooth sailing up to this point for Sacred Heart, which is the only Connecticut team to be nationally ranked this season.

The team started as a Division III program before the MAAC was formed as a Division I hockey conference. MAAC ice hockey folded after the 2002-03 season and the following season the remaining nine MAAC ice hockey programs formed Atlantic Hockey. 

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St. Johns picked up a big win over DePaul on Saturday, defeating the Blue Demons at home 74-67 to secure their first Big East victory of the season.

The Red Storm jumped out of a two-way tie with the Blue Demons at the bottom of the conference with the win, and managed to hand DePaul just their fourth loss of the season.

St. Johns is now 1-3 in conference play this season.

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We're getting to know players from UConn, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Yale ahead of SNY's Connecticut Ice tournament on Jan. 25-26.


Name: Jack St. Ivany

School: Yale

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We're getting to know players from UConn, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Yale ahead of SNY's Connecticut Ice tournament on Jan. 25-26.


Name: Peter DiLiberatore

School: Quinnipiac

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Dec 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Quincy McKnight (0) reacts after scoring against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Quincy McKnight (0) reacts after scoring against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Despite being without their two leading scorers, Seton Hall was able to upset Maryland, the No. 7 team in the country, with a 52-48 victory on Thursday night.

Down Myles Powell and Sandro Mamukelashvili, the Pirates were led by Quincy McKnight, who scored 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Fellow guard Anthony Nelson was the only other Pirate to score in double figures, as he finished with 10 points. 

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Sep 15, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on the field prior to the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on the field prior to the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers football has finally found its new head coach, as Greg Schiano will return to the school.

The two sides have agreed to a 8-year, $32 million deal with $25.2 million guaranteed, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

Schiano was the head coach at Rutgers from 2001 to 2011, going 68-67 and 5-1 in bowl games. Rutgers had their best season in 2006, going 11-2 and finishing the season ranked No. 12 in the country.

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Looking to place some bets for the Week 6 late games? SNY's Place Your Bets crew has you covered.

Will the Los Angeles Chargers struggle at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers and third-string QB Devlin Hodges?

Do the Atlanta Flacons cover the three point spread on the road against the Arizona Cardinals?

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St. John's new head basketball coach Mike Anderson spoke about his expectations for this season on Thursday at Big East Media Day, which took place at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't put numbers on it," Anderson said. "As we get prepared, we're trying to win a championship. I hope every team in the country is trying to do that. I know who we are and what we are trying to do... I just want to see a team that's gonna go out each and every day and improve and get better."

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Connecticut Ice Festival
Connecticut Ice Festival

The tournament matchups for SNY's inaugural Connecticut Ice Festival have been set. 

Starting on Jan. 25, 2020 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, four NCAA Division I hockey programs will face off in the first-of-its-kind weekend hockey festival. Here are the matchups in the two-round, four-game tournament:

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World Team Tennis member Venus Williams caught up with SNY's Jonas Schwartz to talk about the impact the New York Empire can have on young tennis players, and how she hopes those younger players continue to make the game better and better.

"When you have love for something, you always want to give your best," Williams said about appearing for the World Team Tennis match. "I don't think there's one person that says I'm okay with losing." 

"It's definitely great to leave the game better than what you came with," Williams added. "I think the next generations will continue the same."

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Soccers fans from all around flocked to the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday morning to cheer on the United States Women's National Team, as they celebrated their 2019 FIFA World Cup Championship.

The ticker tape was flowing from the top of building as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and the rest of the team floated their way through the streets. 

The floats finally made their way to City Hall where the team thanked the crowd for their unwavering support throughout the tournament, with Rapinoe capping it off in amazing fashion...

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For the second time in four years, the U.S. women's national soccer team will have a parade through the Canyon of Heroes.

And this one is going to be special.

The USWNT returned home on Monday with its second consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup championship after beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday in France.

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Five-time PGA Tour winner Bryson DeChambeau was in New York City on Monday for this year's Media Day for the Northern Trust, which will kick off the FedEx Cup and be held in Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ in August. 

SNY's Maria Marino catches up with DeChambeau, last year's Norther Trust winner, to talk about how he's played this year and what lies ahead. 

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The Climb is the podcast that tells the stories of big names in the New York sports scene, and how they got to the top of their industry. On the latest episode, SNY's Jonas Schwartz sits down with boxing legend Teddy Atlas. Teddy shares stories from growing up in New York to how he got his infamous scar. Atlas also opens up about the struggles of training Mike Tyson on their ascension to the heavyweight title. That and more on this episode of The Climb.

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Jun 8, 2019; Elmont, NY, USA; Jockey Joel Rosario and Sir Winston win the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jun 8, 2019; Elmont, NY, USA; Jockey Joel Rosario and Sir Winston win the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Sir Winston came away with the victory at the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

Led by jockey Joel Rosario, Sir Winston entered the race with 10-1 odds. In the final turn, Sir Winston took an inside path and weaved towards the outside to charge into the lead, eventually winning the race with an official time of 2:28.30, winning by one length.

War of Will, the winner of this year's Preakness Stakes who had the second-best odds at 7/2 , finished in ninth place.

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Mar 16, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell (13) controls the ball against Villanova Wildcats forward Jermaine Samuels (23) during the second half of the Big East conference tournament final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 16, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell (13) controls the ball against Villanova Wildcats forward Jermaine Samuels (23) during the second half of the Big East conference tournament final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It's Christmas in June for the Seton Hall Pirates basketball team. 

Myles Powell, the team's best player last season, will be returning to school for his senior season next year. Powell announced the moved on Twitter Wednesday night...

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May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Tiger Woods plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Tiger Woods plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tiger Woods couldn't solve Bethpage Black.

Five weeks after winning the Masters for his 15th career major and first in 11 years, Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He shot 3-over 73 Friday in the second round to finish at 5-over, missing the cut by one stroke. 

Woods had six bogeys and three birdies on Friday, four of those bogeys coming on the back nine. He managed par on his final four holes, but it wasn't enough to get him above the cut line.

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May 13, 2019; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Tiger Woods on the ninth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Casey)
May 13, 2019; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Tiger Woods on the ninth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Casey)

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The roars from Bethpage Park on Thursday are bound to be loud enough to resonate all over Long Island. Heck, they might even be loud enough to make you think Zion Williamson announced he's pulling an Eli Manning, declaring it's New York or bust. The Draft Lottery be damned.

If only.

Yes, sometimes it seems that sports bring nothing but bad news for New York anymore. What do we have to do to claim a "W" these days, nevermind end this ongoing championship drought of our various pro teams?

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Tiger Woods will look to capture his 16th major this week during the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. 

Among the topics discussed were his Masters win, longevity in golf and his comparison to Brooks Koepka.

The conversation shifted to his relationship with caddy Joe LaCava -- who is a diehard New York sports fan and wore a Saquon Barkley jersey under his uniform on Sunday at Augusta this year -- and how the two are constantly debating NY vs. Los Angeles sports on the golf course. 

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St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin reacts during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Capital One Arena. (Scott Taetsch/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin reacts during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Capital One Arena. (Scott Taetsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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A month after stepping down as the head coach at St. John's, Chris Mullin doesn't seem to have any regrets about the decision.

"I feel great. I felt pretty good straight through. Just decisions had to be made in my life. I feel good about the four years I coached at St. John's," Mullin said Thursday after participating in the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research's Second Annual New York Classic Fishing Tournament. "It's a special place to me. My kids go there. I met my wife there. So way beyond my four years playing there, my four years coaching, relationships - first and foremost with coach (Lou) Carnesecca, that's how I became part of St. John's. Met him when I was 10. He was my college coach, but way more than that. Things are well, life is good. Healthy, happy, and just kind of moving forward."

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It was "Maximum Security" that crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs as the unofficial winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby. 

Unofficial was the key word in the end. 

After a very long video replay, it was determined that Maximum Security impeded the lane of other horses, and was disqualified from the race. As such, "Country House" was the winner after the review.

The runner-up was then named "Code of Honor," while "Tacitus" came in third. 

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It was simply time to move on.

That's what Chris Mullin said about his St. John's departure in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday.

"It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The AP. "Straight from the heart and gut, when you do it that way it's natural. It wasn't anything but that. I'm excited to do some different things."

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St. John's introduced its new head coach Mike Anderson on Friday and the unexpected hire did not waste any time in trying to win over the fans and media at Madison Square Garden. 

The 59-year-old Alabama native promised entertaining basketball and if it is as entertaining as his opening press conference he will surely deliver. 

Anderson was charismatic, laying out his philosophy and putting his personality on display in a lengthy opening statement that included bringing up some of the players on the dais behind him. 

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Mar 2, 2019; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Mike Anderson motions to his team during the first half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bud Walton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)
Mar 2, 2019; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Mike Anderson motions to his team during the first half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bud Walton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)

After a topsy turvy coaching search, St. John's has finally found its man.

The school named former Arkansas, Missouri and UAB coach Mike Anderson its new coach on Friday morning. Anderson will replace Chris Mullin, who parted ways with the team April 9.

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The Climb is the podcast that tells the stories of big names in the New York sports scene, and how they got to the top of their industry. On the latest episode, SNY's Jonas Schwartz sits down with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman. She shares her story from her days as a student-athlete at Virginia, through the beginnings of her legal career - which led her back to the sports world. Ackerman spent time as an executive at the NBA, served as the first President of the WNBA, was elected as President of USA Basketball, and now guides the Big East. She reveals the steps of her climb in an industry where she forged a path that not many women had taken before, and shares advice for the next generation who may choose to follow that path today.

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Mar 9, 2015; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess calls in a play against the Manhattan Jaspers during the first half in the championship game of the MAAC Conference Tournament at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)
Mar 9, 2015; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess calls in a play against the Manhattan Jaspers during the first half in the championship game of the MAAC Conference Tournament at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)

Iona head coach Tim Cluess posted on Twitter he was taking his name out of consideration for the St. John's head coaching vacancy.

"There comes a point where the reality of the situation becomes more clear and moving forward is what is needed," Cluess wrote. "I love my players at Iona and being a coach there and I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love at a place I love."

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Mar 30, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser during practice before the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Mar 30, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser during practice before the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

St. John's hasn't quite entered UCLA territory in its basketball coaching search, but it's getting there.

After Porter Moser turned down the Big East school on Tuesday, St. John's fell to 0-2 in its search, having previously swung and missed on Arizona State's Bobby Hurley.

"St John's has turned into UCLA... nobody wants it," one NBA coach said by text.

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Mar 31, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser reacts during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the 2018 men's Final Four at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Mar 31, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser reacts during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the 2018 men's Final Four at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

A week after Chris Mullin officially stepped down, St. John's is still looking for their next coach. 

In the latest blow to the program, Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser rejected an offer from the school on Tuesday, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post.

Moser, who has coached the Ramblers since 2011 and led the team on a Cinderella run to the Final Four last season, was offered the job on Monday.

 

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Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess during practice before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess during practice before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Iona released a statement saying it had not been contacted by St. John's or its representatives as of Friday morning amid a report indicating coach Tim Cluess was considered a frontrunner to be the Red Storm's replacement.

Cluess, who has led Iona to the NCAA tournament six times since taking over in the 2010-11 season, is considered one of the favorites to replace Chris Mullin at St. John's, CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported Thursday night.

Iona admitted it was aware of the speculation surrounding Cluess and St. John's, but said it has spoken with Cluess about a potential "significant long-term contract" extension.

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Mar 11, 2019; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess reacts to a play against the Monmouth Hawks during the second half in the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship game at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Mar 11, 2019; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess reacts to a play against the Monmouth Hawks during the second half in the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship game at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

After a nasty parting of ways with Chris Mullin earlier this week, St. John's is on the clock to hire a new head men's basketball coach. New athletic director Mike Cragg needs to make the right hire, but he also needs to get someone in place relatively quickly.

The NCAA spring recruiting period starts April 26-28 and St. John's will need to have a staff out recruiting. There has already been a mass exodus off the current roster which is composed mainly of transfers.

Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon declared for the NBA Draft, L.J. Figueroa and Bryan Trimble are expected to transfer and Class of 2019 commits PG Cam Mack and F Valdir Manuel have already decommitted.

Here are five names in the mix at St. John's. Whoever gets the gig will have a lot of work ahead to rebuild the program, which is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015.

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The Chris Mullin era at St. John's is officially over. 

After days of speculation, the school officially announced Tuesday that Mullin had stepped down after leading the program for four seasons. 

Mullin, 55, was 59-73 over four seasons with the Red Storm. 

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Chris Mullin wasn't the only departure from St. John's on Tuesday. 

Justin Simon is entering the NBA Draft and plans to remain in the pool, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello. Meanwhile, fellow guard Bryan Trimble Jr. has put his name into the transfer portal. 


Mar 9, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino coaches against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half of an ACC Conference Tournament game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sportsat Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Mar 9, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino coaches against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half of an ACC Conference Tournament game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sportsat Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Rick Pitino may not be done coaching on the sidelines of Madison Square Garden. 

The former Knicks coach, who most recently coached in the United States at Louisville, has expressed interest in the St. John's head coaching job, according to the New York Post, and has reached out to the school. Current Red Storm coach Chris Mullin's future with the program is currently unknown, but the Post reported Monday that he'll be stepping down.

The embattled Pitino was fired from Louisville after being caught up in a "pay for play" scandal between adidas and potential players. The end of his tenure with the Cardinals, which began in 2001, was tumultuous and mired by an escort sex scandal. But on the court, the 66-year-old helped lead Louisville to the 2013 national title. 

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Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter reacts after a play during the second half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the championship game. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter reacts after a play during the second half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the championship game. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Virginia has won the first men's basketball championship in school history, getting a career-high 27 points from De'Andre Hunter and clutch play from Kyle Guy to beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime.

The first No. 1 seed out a year ago is the last one standing this year.

Hunter drained a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left to force the first overtime since 2008, when Mario Chalmers' miracle helped Kansas top Memphis in San Antonio. The big forward continued to make plays in the extra session, including another 3 during an 11-0 run that put the game away.

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St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin is reportedly expected to step down from his position, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, days after Director of Athletics Mike Cragg said the school is not looking for a replacement.

An official announcement is expected this week, Rothstein reports, and once it happens, St. John's is expected to target Arizoa State's Bobby Hurley as a replacement, according to Rothstein.

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"Wasted Wrestling Experiment."

That's what John Cena's heel persona, the "Doctor of Thuganomics," called Elias after storming down to the ring at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday night.

While that diss was incredibly sick, its irony struck a chord. After wasting its fans' time with countless failed experiments, leading to some of its lowest ratings in recent history, WWE decided to go all-out for its sellout crowd at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands and give the people precisely what they wanted.

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Mar 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches in front of guard Shamorie Ponds (2) during the first half in the Big East conference tournament against the DePaul Blue Demons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches in front of guard Shamorie Ponds (2) during the first half in the Big East conference tournament against the DePaul Blue Demons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

St. John's head coach Chris Mullin is not going anywhere. 

Amid growing speculation of Mullin's job security in recent days, St. John's Director of Athletics Mike Cragg released a statement on Saturday assuring that Mullin will remain the Red Storm's head coach.

"Let me be clear and I said from the start, Coach Mullin is our head coach and we are not looking for another head coach," Cragg said. 

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This Sunday, April 7, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will broadcast its biggest annual live event, WrestleMania, from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It's eight miles from the heart of Manhattan, but you'd never know that from the marketing campaign, which is decidedly New York centric. Even the show's logo is wearing a Statue of Liberty-inspired crown.

What was once a single blockbuster show, has transformed into an entire weekend of city events. On Friday evening, NXT Takeover: New York, a WWE developmental league event, will pack Brooklyn's Barclays Center. On Saturday, Barclays will host the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. Sunday is WrestleMania. On Monday and Tuesday, WWE heads back to Barclays to broadcast Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.

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Former WFAN talk show personality Craig Carton has been given 42 months in prison for running a ticket Ponzi scheme on Friday by a federal judge in Manhattan. 

Carton tried a plea for leniency, saying he was a victim of childhood rape and gambling addiction. However, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon didn't see it through. 

"Gambling may be why you did what you did, but a gambling addiction is not an excuse for stealing from people," Judge McMahon said per Newsday's John Riley.

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Nov 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts in the second half of the Legends Classic against the California Golden Bears at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Nov 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts in the second half of the Legends Classic against the California Golden Bears at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

St. John's is losing it's best player.

Junior guard Shamorie Ponds announced on his Instagram account Thursday night that he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft and hire an agent. Ponds, who played for Thomas Jefferson HS in Brooklyn, will forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility after the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament this season, getting knocked out in the First Four play-in game by Arizona State.

"Playing for St. John's has been nothing less than amazing for me. To RedStorm Nation, I thank y'all each & every night for giving me the confidence to be myself and accept me for who I am thru my highs & lows," Ponds wrote in his Instagram post.

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SNY announced plans for a first-of-its-kind weekend hockey festival, Connecticut Ice, featuring Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UConn and Yale.

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