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)

The NCAA Tournament is here and the New York/New Jersey area will be well represented. Here's a look at who each local team is playing and what their chances of making a run are:

Syracuse (No. 8 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Salt Lake City, 9:57 p.m.
Thursday TV: truTV

The skinny: The Orange (20-13) are the No. 8 seed in the West Region and have their work cut out for them. After losing five of seven to close the season, including two losses to overall No. 1 seed Duke, the Orange now head out west to Salt Lake City for a late tip on Thursday against No. 9 Baylor (19-13). Losers of four straight heading into the Big Dance, the Bears are led by sophomore forward Tristan Clark (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and redshirt senior guard Makai Mason (14.6 points, 54 3-pointers), who led Yale to a victory over Baylor in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The good news for Syracuse is that junior wing Tyus Battle, a native of Edison, N.J. averaging 17.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.5 apg, will return to the court after missing two games with a back injury. "I'm feeling good," Battle told Syracuse.com Sunday evening in the Melo Center. "Almost close to 100 percent. I'll be ready to play."

How far can they go?: If Syracuse gets past Baylor, they will likely have face No. 1 seed Gonzaga (30-3) in the second round on Saturday. The Zags, who won the WCC regular-season title but lost to Saint Mary's in the conference championship game, have arguably the nation's best frontcourt in Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and Killian Tillie. It looks like Syracuse won't get past the second round.

St. John's (No. 11 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Dayton, 9 p.m.
Wednesday TV: truTV

The skinny: After losing five of seven to close the season, including a 32-point loss to Marquette on Thursday in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals, the Johnnies (21-12) were on the bubble in a big way. They had to sweat it out on Selection Sunday and didn't hear their name called until near the very end of the show, when it was announced they'll have a play-in game against Bobby Hurley and Arizona State (22-10) Wednesday night in Dayton. The game will feature a matchup of coaches who starred in college and both played in the NBA in Hurley, who led Duke to back-to-back NCAA titles in the early 1990s, and Chris Mullin, the greatest player in St. John's history. St. John's will have its hands full with 6-foot-4 Sun Devils star Luguentz Dort (16.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg), one of several Canadians in the Big Dance. Shamorie Ponds has waited three years to play in the Big Dance, and now it's his chance to play on a national stage. "It definitely adds fuel to the fire," Ponds said of being named the last team in. "We should go in there with that mindset since everyone wanted to count us out. We have to prove everyone wrong and play St. John's basketball."

How far can they go?: St. John's should be happy they're in the tournament given their late-season swoon. That said, it doesn't look like they'll last very long. Arizona State won six of eight down the stretch to earn a bid. The winner of this game gets MAC Tournament and regular-season champion Buffalo, the No. 6 seed, on Friday in Tulsa, Okla. Led by coach Nate Oats, the Bulls are 31-3 and were ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll last week.

Video: Powell, Seton Hall ready for Wofford in 1st round

Seton Hall (No. 10 seed, Midwest Region)

City/Tip time: Jacksonville, 9:40 p.m.
Thursday TV: CBS

The skinny: Myles Powell and the Pirates (20-13) enter the Big Dance red hot, having beaten Marquette and Villanova in the final week of the regular season before marching into the Big East Tournament final on Saturday night, where they fell to Villanova, 74-72. Powell, the 6-foot-2 junior guard, scored 78 points in three games at the Garden. Now they travel south to face No. 7 Wofford (29-4), which won the Southern Conference Tournament over UNC-Greensboro. The Terriers are led by senior guard Fletcher Magee, who's averaging 20.5 points and shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. Seton Hall guard Quincy McKnight will draw the assignment. "I'm more looking forward to the NCAA Tournament, I have more confidence in my team than I think I ever have," Pirates coach Kevin Willard said.

How far can they go?: If the Pirates can get past Wofford, they would likely get a rematch with No. 2 Kentucky, which faces No. 15 Abilene Christian in the first round. The Pirates, of course, stunned the Wildcats, 84-83, on Dec. 8 at the Garden behind some late-game heroics from Powell and Myles Cale. Beating Wofford and Kentucky back-to-back is asking a lot, but the Pirates have proven they can beat just about anyone this season. "We know we can play with anybody in the country and we're just going to get ready for the Tournament," Powell said.

Iona (No. 16 seed, Midwest Region)

City/Tip time: Columbus, 9:20 p.m.
Friday TV: TNT

The skinny: After a 2-9 start to the season in which one player was booted from the team for fighting with an assistant, the Gaels (17-15) came on strong when it mattered most. Iona won 10 straight to capture the MAAC regular-season title and then win the conference tournament. The Gaels made league history by becoming the first program to win four tournament championships in a row. Iona will make its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in nine seasons under head coach Tim Cluess. It is the first time since Seton Hall in 1991-94 that a team from the New York Metropolitan area will appear in the NCAA tournament in four straight seasons. Their reward was a No. 16 seed and a date with North Carolina (27-6), the No. 1 seed in the Midwest and the No. 3 overall seed. The Tar Heels are one of three ACC teams who got No. 1 seeds, along with Duke and Virginia.

How far can they go?: The Gaels play a fun uptempo style and average 76.8 ppg. Four players average in double-figures. The Tar Heels, meantime, also like to get up and down and average 86.1 ppg, so this game could be a fun one. If Iona somehow pulls off the upset, the would be just the second No. 16 ever to topple a No. 1 after UMBC stunned Virginia last year.

Fairleigh Dickinson (No. 16 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Dayton, 6:40 p.m.
Tuesday TV: truTV

The skinny: Greg Herenda and the Knights (20-13) closed their season by winning eight straight and captured the Northeast Conference's automatic bid with an 86-76 win over St. Francis (PA) in which five players reached double-figures, led by Darnell Edge's 21 points, Kaleb Bishop's 20 points and 11 boards and Jahlil Jenkins' 20 points. They now face a play-in game against Prairie View A&M (22-12) in Dayton on Tuesday.

How far can they go?: Like Syracuse, the bad news for the Knights is they would likely have to face No. 1 Gonzaga next. The Zags have the talent and experience to make a run all the way to the Final Four and challenge for the program's first NCAA title after they lost the 2017 title game to North Carolina. Both FDU and Iona can take inspiration from UMBC last season, however, knowing that at least one No. 16 seed now has beaten a No. 1.

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Betting on later Week 6 games 00:00:58
On SNY's Place Your Bets, the crew explains why you should stay away from betting the Los Angeles Chargers at home against the Steelers.

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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A new era begins for St. John's 00:02:04
At Big East Media Day, new St. John's coach Mike Anderson describes the state of the program and what he expects from the team this season.

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

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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Venus Williams 1 on 1 00:03:01
World Team Tennis member Venus Williams catches up with Jonas Schwartz about the impact the New York Empire can have on NYC youth.

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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USWNT ticker tape parade 00:01:45
New York City hosts the USWNT World Cup ticker tape parade and celebration at City Hall.

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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USWNT react to championship 00:01:35
Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Crystal Dunn react to coming home 2019 World Cup Champions. They all comment on the special bond they share.

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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Catch up with Bryson DeChambea 00:03:13
Bryson DeChambeau finished 8th at the Travelers Championship and the 5-time PGA Tour winner wants to keep moving in the right direction.

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 at PGA Championship 00:03:22
At his PGA Championship press conference, Tiger Woods talks his Master win, return to relevance and why L.A. sports are better than N.Y.

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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Anderson is new St. John's coach 00:00:51
St. John's Athletic Director, Mike Cragg, introduces new head coach, Mike Anderson

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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Chris Mullin stepping down 00:00:51
St. John?s Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin is reportedly stepping down later this week. ASU?s Bobby Hurley is favorite to replace him.

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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Don?t be fooled, pro wrestling is harder than it looks. Ahead of Wrestlemania Loud Mouths got a firsthand experience with Curt Hawkins.

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 announces Connecticut Ice 00:02:31
SNY announced plans for a first-of-its-kind weekend hockey festival, Connecticut Ice, featuring Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UConn, and Yale

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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NEW YORK, NY, March 25, 2019 - At a press conference today at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, SNY announced its plans for a first-of-its-kind weekend hockey festival, Connecticut Ice. The inaugural three-day festival celebrating youth, amateur and collegiate hockey in the state of Connecticut will take place Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

The multi-day festival will include a Mites Cross-Ice Jamboree for 6-8-year old's, Youth Tournaments of which the Championship games in three divisions (Boys 12U and 10U and Girls 12U) will take place on the Webster Bank Arena ice, and High School and Prep School Rivalry Games. The festival will also include on-ice clinics and off-ice seminars for youth players and their families in conjunction with USA Hockey. All of this hockey activity will surround the first-ever tournament pitting Connecticut's four NCAA Division I Men's Collegiate hockey teams against each other. Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, University of Connecticut and Yale University will square off in a two-round, four game-tournament with all games broadcast LIVE on SNY.

"We are very pleased to announce Connecticut Ice and to bring this festival to the City of Bridgeport," said Steve Raab, President, SNY. "Connecticut's love for hockey is tremendous and the opportunity for it to be a catalyst for us to make a major, positive impact in the state is exciting. This annual festival would not be possible without the enthusiastic support already pledged by every part of the state's hockey community."

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Francesa talks contract decision 00:02:46
SNY host Jonas Schwartz sat down with WFAN's Mike Francesa to expand on his twitter comments about his contract and future of his show.

What does the future hold for Mike Francesa?

SNY's Jonas Schwartz sat down with the longtime WFAN host and Francesa says there's a lot that must be figured out with both his subscription-only app and his WFAN show.

"First thing's first: I have to decide whether it's just gonna be the app or be the FAN," Francesa said. "We have to work this out because there are some issues where I think we are hitting a conflict. The app's gotten big enough more quickly than we thought, and I think there's a point where it does impact the radio show. So we have to decide how to work both of them."

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Powell talks after Wofford loss 00:01:39
Seton Hall guard Myles Powell spoke after the team's first round loss to Wofford and is proud of how his team fought all season.

Seton Hall guard Myles Powell spoke about his team's effort in their 84-68 loss to Wofford in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday and reflected on the season as a whole.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Fletcher Magee set the Division I career record for 3-pointers, poured in 24 points and led seventh-seeded Wofford to an 84-68 victory over Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

Magee hit seven treys against the No. 10 seed Pirates to help the Terriers to their first tournament win in five tries. Wofford also won its 21st consecutive game overall.

Magee now has 509 3-pointers in four seasons, breaking the career mark set by Oakland's Travis Bader in 2014. Duke's J.J. Redick (457), Tennessee's Chris Lofton (431) and Davidson's Stephen Curry (414) also rank in the top 10.

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Mar 20, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Quincy McKnight (0) during practice day before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Stamey)
Mar 20, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Quincy McKnight (0) during practice day before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Stamey)

Seton Hall (20-13) is in the tournament for the fourth year in a row, tying the program record for consecutive appearances. The team is an at-large selection for the third straight season.

"I'm so proud of what we accomplished and where we are," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "I'm also excited, if we play that hard (in the NCAA Tournament), I'm excited about it. I really am. That's what I told the team."

Seton Hall reached the Big East Conference tournament final last weekend, falling to Villanova by 74-72 in the title game. The league tournament gave the Pirates a sense of what they might be capable of.

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St. John's was the 68th team selected in the NCAA Tournament's field of 68, and they looked the part Wednesday night as they never held a lead in a 74-65 loss to Arizona State in a First Four matchup of No. 11 seeds in the West Region. St. John's was eliminated and still hasn't won a Tournament game since 2000. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) This was the worst day for Mustapha Heron to have a nightmare of a game. The Auburn transfer had just six points after entering the game averaging 14.9 points per game for the season. Heron didn't score in the first half and finished 1-for-11 from the field with four turnovers. Early in the second half he went to the line for three free throws and missed all three attempts. Marvin Clark II did not score and finished 0-for-5 from the field after averaging 10.8 points per game during the season.

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Iona preps for showdown 00:01:01
Jeane Coakley talked to Iona Gaels senior guard, Rickey McGill, ahead of the team leaving for the NCAA Tournament to face North Carolina.

MAAC champions Iona are back in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, but as a No. 16 seed have a tall task ahead of them with a matchup against No. 1 North Carolina set for Friday in Columbus at 9:20 p.m. 

Senior guard Rickey McGill talks to SNY's Jeane Coakley about returning to the Big Dance and how they can pull off the big upset like UMBC did last year as the first ever No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the Tournament.

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Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

St. John's is making its first NCAA appearance under Chris Mullin, the school legend who is in his fourth season as head coach, making steady improvement. St. John's last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and hasn't won a game in the tourney since 2000.

"It's a good step forward," Mullin said Sunday night.

"Historically, traditionally, this is where St. John's has always been. To get back to this point, I'm happy for my players first and foremost. ... Every year, we've gotten progressively better."

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St. John's ahead of play-in game 00:02:06
St. John's players Shamorie Ponds, Justin Simon, Mustapha Heron, Marvin Clark II and head coach Chris Mullin talk before their play-in game.

St. John's found its way into the NCAA Tournament but will have to do it via a play-in game on Wednesday night against Arizona State. 

Shamorie Ponds, Justin Simon, Mustapha Heron, Marvin Clark II and head coach Chris Mullins spoke on Tuesday about pressure and expectations ahead of the play-in game.

The winner of the play-in game will draw No. 6 seed Buffalo in the West Region. 

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Mar 16, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell (13) drives to the basket against Villanova Wildcats guard Collin Gillespie (2) 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) drives to the basket against Villanova Wildcats guard Collin Gillespie (2) during the second half of the Big East conference tournament final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As one of the country's hottest teams, Seton Hall played themselves into the tournament over the final weeks of the season that included a run to the final of the Big East Tournament. 

Their NCAA Tournament fate decided, the Pirates (20-13, 9-9 Big East) now have definite answers of their fourth straight tournament appearance. 

10-seed Seton Hall will head to Jacksonville in the Midwest Regional and play 7-seed Wofford in the first round Thursday.

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Johnnies react to NCAA bid 00:02:17
St. John's head coach Chris Mullin and the Red Storm players react to the news that they are headed to the NCAA tournament

They had to hold their breaths, but St. John's is in -- barely. 

The Johnnies secured a NCAA Tournament berth Sunday as an 11-seed, but will have to play in the "First Four" round Wednesday against Arizona State in Dayton, Ohio. The winner of that matchup will earn the right to play No. 6 Buffalo in Tulsa. 

St. John's (20-12, 8-10 Big East) is coming off a blowout loss against Marquette last Thursday in the Big East Tournament. Whether they'd done enough during conference play, coupled with a relatively weak non-conference schedule, put the Johnnies squarely on the bubble entering Selection Sunday.

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Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm forward Sedee Keita (0) and guard Justin Simon (5) and guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and forward Marvin Clark II (13) react on the bench during the second half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm forward Sedee Keita (0) and guard Justin Simon (5) and guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and forward Marvin Clark II (13) react on the bench during the second half of a quarterfinal game of the Big East conference tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After St, John's defeated then-No. 13 Villanova on Feb. 17, the only question regarding the Red Storm's NCAA Tournament future was what seed they would get. 

But after going 1-4 to close out the regular season with two losses to Xavier and one apiece to DePaul and Providence and then getting destroyed by Marquette in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals, the Johnnies are squarely on the tournament bubble heading into Selection Sunday and have to wait anxiously until early Sunday evening to see if they're going dancing.

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Kevin Willard proud of his team 00:00:53
Head coach Kevin Willard comments on Seton Hall's hard-fought loss to Villanova in the Big East final

NEW YORK (AP) - Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, beating Seton Hall 74-72 on Saturday night behind seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth and key contributions from freshman Saddiq Bey.

Seton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson's long inbounds pass bounced off the backboard and was slapped away by the Wildcats, who got to party on the Madison Square Garden floor yet again.

The 25th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats (25-9) were in the Big East final for a fifth straight year, and have won four of the last five championships. The only loss during that span was to Seton Hall in 2016, and Powell and the third-seeded Pirates (20-13) gave Villanova all it could handle once again.

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Mar 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell (13) celebrates with guard Quincy McKnight (0) during the second half in the Big East conference tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell (13) celebrates with guard Quincy McKnight (0) during the second half in the Big East conference tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

NEW YORK (AP) - Myles Powell sparked Seton Hall with 18 second-half points and Big East player of the year Markus Howard of Marquette came up short on a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pirates a chippy and foul-filled 81-79 victory in the Big East Tournament semifinals Friday night.

The third-seeded Pirates (20-12) will face top-seed and defending champion Villanova in the final Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in a rematch of the 2016 title game won by Seton Hall. >> Read more

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