Russo opens up about Francesa 00:01:10
While on The Climb podcast, Chris Russo opens up about the bad years he had doing the show with Mike Francesa and what ultimately saved it.

Legendary sports talk radio show host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo joined SNY's Jonas Schwartz on "The Climb" podcast, and he had loads to say about his former radio show co-host Mike Francesa

It is no secret Russo and Francesa had their fair share of qualms during their 19 years in the WFAN booth, and Mad Dog admitted that there "four or five really bad" fights in that span.

At the end of the day, though, both sides knew they needed to at least work it out on air.

"You have to admit, 'I need him, he needs me.' " Russo said. "We gotta figure out a way to make this work."

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Chris Mullin joins SportsNite 00:00:51
St. John's head coach Chris Mullin joins SportsNite ahead of the Red Storm's game against Villanova and alludes to how to slow them down.

Inconsistent since the start of Big East play with a 6-6 conference record, St. John's has a huge game on Sunday when it hosts No. 13 Villanova at the Garden.

Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin joins SportsNite to discuss what his team needs to do to come away with a win against the Wildcats.

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Feb 12, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Feb 12, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

JAMAICA, N.Y. (AP) Mustapha Heron had a season-high 28 points as St. John's beat Butler 77-73 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Heron hit 10 of 12 foul shots.

Marvin Clark II had 18 points for St. John's (18-7, 6-6 Big East Conference). Shamorie Ponds added 14 points and seven rebounds. Justin Simon had seven rebounds for the hosts.

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St. John's effort falls short 00:00:57
Chris Mullin and Marvin Clark II comment on St. John's poor rebounding effort in their 70-56 loss to Providence

Alpha Diallo had 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead Providence to a 70-56 win over St. John's on Saturday.

Nate Watson had 18 points for Providence (14-10, 4-7 Big East Conference). Isaiah Jackson added 12 points and seven rebounds. David Duke had 11 points for the visitors.

Shamorie Ponds had 20 points for the Red Storm (17-7, 5-6). LJ Figueroa added 14 points. Marvin Clark II had eight rebounds.

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St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. (Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. (Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports)

If the NCAA tournament began today, St. John's would be a No. 9 seed in the Big Dance, according to the latest ESPN bracketology.

The Red Storm did themselves a big favor by knocking off No. 10 Marquette on the road on Tuesday, and now play five of their next six games at home. This stretch is pivotal for the Johnnies (17-6, 5-5 Big East), who can really help their NCAA tournament chances by taking care of their home court -- both at Madison Square Garden starting with Saturday's tilt against Providence and at Carnesecca Arena.

St. John's best opportunity for another signature win during the homestand comes on Feb. 17 when they host No. 14 Villanova, which is undefeated in the Big East (10-0) entering its tilt on Saturday at Marquette.

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NY deserves championship teams 00:01:32
The New England Patriots added another trophy to the Boston area trophy case and it's now time for New York to reclaim the best sports town.

With the New England Patriots collecting yet another Super Bowl ring, it was another reminder that Boston sports have been superior to New York sports. 

This one fact paints the picture perfectly: A 4-month-old baby who lives in Boston has experienced more parades than a 45-year-old Mets-Jets-Knicks fan living in the Big Apple.

Well, it's time for that to stop and SNY's Marc Malusis believes it can. He explains in his "State of the New York Sports Fan" speech...

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Feb 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) shoots during the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Feb 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) shoots during the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 28 points, including a go-ahead layup with 16 seconds left, to give St. John's a 70-69 victory over No. 10 Marquette on Tuesday night.

The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles and was their first defeat at their new home this season after 14 victories.

Marquette, which trailed 49-34 early in the second half, took a 69-68 lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by Sacar Amin with 32 seconds left

 

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Feb 2, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) shots over St. John's Red Storm forward Sedee Keita (0) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Feb 2, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) shots over St. John's Red Storm forward Sedee Keita (0) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman phenom Zion Williamson scored 29 points, Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double and No. 2 Duke routed St. John's 91-61 on Saturday.

RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds while Jones had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while also playing lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. The Blue Devils (19-2) shot 56 percent while winning their fifth straight.

Williamson stuffed the stat sheet in this one - hitting 13 of 17 shots while finishing with five steals, two blocks and a couple of his customary highlight-reel dunks. >> Read More

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett react during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett react during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Knicks and their fans fantasize about a potential future featuring some combination of Zion Williamson, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Williamson says it would be pretty sweet to play with those players.

"I mean, it would be dope to play with KD and Kyrie, but like I said I'm enjoying college and whichever team drafts me I'm going to be ready to play hard and work," Williamson told me in the Duke locker room after going for 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks as No. 2 Duke beat St. John's 91-61 on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Knicks (10-41) own the NBA's worst record and have full on "Stopped Tryin' for Zion." This week, they traded Kristaps Porzingis and nearly half their team to the Dallas Mavericks, and now have nearly $75 million in cap space to pursue two max free agents this summer, with Durant and Irving squarely in their sights.

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Jan 30, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) dunks the ball past Creighton Bluejays forward Christian Bishop (13) in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jan 30, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) dunks the ball past Creighton Bluejays forward Christian Bishop (13) in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points and St. John's had its best shooting game of the season while forcing Creighton into its worst shooting game, rolling to an 83-67 win on Wednesday night.

Mustapha Heron added 17 points and LJ Figueroa 15 for the Red Storm (16-5, 4-5 Big East Conference), who snapped a two-game skid. Ponds also had eight rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

Despite missing its last four shots, St. John's shot 65 percent (15 of 23) in the second half to finish the game at 57.9 (33 of 57). Its previous best was 57.4 percent. >> Read More

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Red Storm lose to Hoyas 00:01:40
Patrick Ewing and Georgetown avenged an early-season loss to St. John's with an 89-78 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

NEW YORK -- The chances of St. John's getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament may have died in a series of failed putbacks in the final minutes on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

With the Red Storm trailing Georgetown by two points with about 1:20 remaining, L.J. Figueroa made a steal at midcourt and the Garden crowd let out a tremendous roar because the home team had at chance to tie the game after trailing for much of the second half. Figueroa opted for a pull-up 3-pointer from the left arc that rimmed out, and St. John's then had one, two, three, four good looks at a putback that would've tied the game.

None of them went through the net, Georgetown big man Jessie Govan ended up with the ball and fed Mac McClung for an uncontested dunk on the other end.

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Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

NEW YORK (AP) Mac McClung scored 25 points, Jessie Govan added 20 with nine rebounds and Georgetown beat St. John's 89-78 on Sunday.

McClung was 9-of-19 shooting with four 3-pointers and slammed home a dunk in transition with 1:11 to go for an 81-77 lead after the Red Storm missed three shots on their possession. A block by Govan led to another easy transition basket by Josh LeBlanc for the Hoyas (13-7, 3-4 Big East) as they avenged a 97-94 overtime loss to St. John's in Washington on Jan. 5.

LeBlanc added 15 points for Georgetown, which had lost four of its previous five games.

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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)

Old friends and rivals Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing with renew their rivalry on Sunday in a critical Big East game at Madison Square Garden.

St. John's (15-4, 3-4) and Georgetown (12-7, 2-4) are both under .500 in league play and need to win some games if they're going to make a push toward the NCAA tournament. Typically, Big East teams need to finish at least 9-9 in league play to make the Big Dance.

"I'm looking forward to playing my old buddy Chris one more time," Ewing, the former Georgetown and Knicks legend and current Georgetown coach, said Thursday.

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Hofstra tops JMU 85-68 00:01:02
Hofstra travelled to James Madison to secure their first conference road win. The Pride's defense led to offense in a strong effort.

Hofstra traveled to James Madison to secure their first conference road win, 86-68. The Pride's ever-changing defense led to offense in a strong effort.

"Anytime you win on the road, it's like gold," said head coach Joe Mihalich.

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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 premiere episode, SNY's Jonas Schwartz sits down with sports talk radio legend Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. They chat about the very beginnings of Russo's broadcasting career, the origin of the "Mad Dog" nickname, the rise of the Mike and the Mad Dog show, his infamous battles with Mike Francesa, the details of how their show ended, and the challenges he faced when moving to Sirius XM and MLB Network.

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A Star Rises at Hofstra 00:03:07
SNY's Chris Williamson heads to Hofstra to tell the story of Justin Wright-Foreman, who is having a historic season for the Pride.

SNY's Chris Williamson heads to Hofstra to tell the story of Justin Wright-Foreman, who is having a historic season for the Pride.

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Jan 19, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Kamar Baldwin (3) defends against St. John's Red Storm guard Greg Williams (4) in the second half at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Jan 19, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Kamar Baldwin (3) defends against St. John's Red Storm guard Greg Williams (4) in the second half at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kamar Baldwin scored 30 points, Jordan Tucker added 24 and Butler held off St. John's for an 80-71 win on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (12-7, 3-3 Big East) had their largest lead after a 17-2 run made it 58-36 early in the second half, but the Red Storm (15-4, 3-4) scored 12 straight in one run and six straight in another to close within 73-69 with 50 seconds remaining. Butler made 7 of 8 free throws from there to secure the victory.

Baldwin was two points of career high and grabbed eight rebounds for Butler. Tucker was 6 of 11 from 3-point range. Sean McDermott scored seven points to go with his 12 rebounds.

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Jan 16, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) drives to the basket against Creighton Bluejays guard Ty-Shon Alexander (5) during the second half at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) drives to the basket against Creighton Bluejays guard Ty-Shon Alexander (5) during the second half at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds had 22 points and five assists in his return from a back injury and St. John's broke away from Creighton for an 81-66 victory Wednesday night.

Mustapha Heron scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Red Storm (15-3, 3-3 Big East), who lost their previous two games. That quickly knocked St. John's out of the AP Top 25 this week after the school's first appearance in four years.

LJ Figueroa had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Justin Simon added 16 points and four steals. >> Read More

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Mullin takes blame for struggles 00:00:45
Chris Mullin and Marvin Clark II try to stay positive after St. John's played without Shamorie Ponds and lost their second straight game.

NEW YORK (AP) Femi Olujobi had 27 points and eight rebounds in his New York homecoming and DePaul pulled away from No. 24 St. John's, beating the short-handed Red Storm 79-71 on Saturday night for its first win over a ranked team in almost three years.

Star guard Shamorie Ponds sat out with a lower back strain for St. John's (14-3, 2-3 Big East), which dropped its second straight game since moving into the AP Top 25 for the first time in four years.

Paul Reed added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Demons (10-5, 2-2), who snapped a 17-game skid against ranked opponents that dated to a victory over No. 11 Providence in February 2016. The last time the Blue Demons defeated a ranked foe on the road was a season earlier at No. 24 Seton Hall. >> Read More

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Jan 8, 2019; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Paschall (4) is double teamed by St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and guard Mustapha Heron (14) during the first half at Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 8, 2019; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Paschall (4) is double teamed by St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and guard Mustapha Heron (14) during the first half at Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

St. John's could easily be undefeated right now.

If it weren't for a highly controversial call at the end of the Seton Hall game and a blown lead in the final minutes at Villanova on Tuesday, the Red Storm would be 16-0 and 4-0 in the Big East.

Instead, the No. 24 Johnnies are 14-2 and 2-2 in the league, behind Villanova, Marquette and Seton Hall. They play three of their next four games at home -- beginning with Saturday against DePaul (9-5, 1-2) -- and need to take care of the home court in those games.

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St. John's falls to Villanova 00:01:08
St. John's lost their second game of the season 76-71 to Villanova. Tarik Turner breaks it down.

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- When St. John's and Villanova met Tuesday night at Finneran Pavilion, one team was ranked and one team was not.

It was quite the reversal of roles.

St. John's entered as the No. 24 team in the nation while defending NCAA champion Villanova is unranked. But on this night, the Red Storm learned that the Big East still runs through the Wildcats.

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St John's continues to dominate 00:00:47
St John's had one of their first tests of the season beating Georgetown in D.C. for the first time since 2003. Villanova is up next.

WASHINGTON (AP) Shamorie Ponds made six 3-pointers and had 37 points and five assists as St. John's beat Georgetown 97-94 in overtime on Saturday to snap a 13-game losing streak against the Hoyas in the nation's capital.

The Johnnies had lost 13 straight games at Georgetown with its last win on January 18, 2003.

St. John's started overtime on a 7-1 run and Ponds made 1 of 2 free throws with 23 seconds left for a 97-94 lead.

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St. John's knocks off Marquette 00:00:51
St. John's coach Chris Mullin and guard Shamorie Ponds talk about the Red Storm taking down 16th-ranked Marquette on Tuesday night.

NEW YORK (AP) - Shamorie Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a highly anticipated matchup between two of the nation's top guards, and St. John's rebounded impressively from its first loss of the season by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

Marvin Clark II had 22 points and Mustapha Heron added all 16 of his after halftime for the Red Storm (13-1, 1-1 Big East), who snapped Marquette's eight-game winning streak.

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Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell dribbles as Butler Bulldogs guard Kamar Baldwin trails during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Powell dribbles as Butler Bulldogs guard Kamar Baldwin trails during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Senior Mike Nzei had his fourth career double-double and Shavar Reynolds hit a 3-pointer as time expired to help Seton Hall beat St. John's 76-74 on Saturday night in the Big East opener for both teams.

Nzei had 14 points and 10 rebounds - his first double-double of the season - and Reynolds finished with eight points. Myles Powell scored 15 points and Quincy McKnight and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 14 apiece for Seton Hall (10-3). The Pirates have won six in a row and nine of their last 10.

Seton Hall trailed by as many as 14 points and Mustapha Heron hit two free throws to give the Red Storm (12-1) a 69-59 lead with 6:35 to play. St. John's went scoreless for the next four-plus minutes and Mamukelashvili's 3-pointer capped a 10-0 run that made it 69-all with 3 1/2 minutes left. 

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Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts after scoring against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts after scoring against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Shamorie Ponds and Myles Powell became good friends while playing against each other on the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

Ponds competed for the NY Lightning, while Powell played for the NJ Playaz.

Both guards then committed to New York-area schools within two weeks of each other in September 2015. The 6-foot-2 Powell, a Trenton, N.J. native ranked No. 81 by ESPN.com, chose Seton Hall over UConn, VCU, DePaul and Pittsburgh on Sept. 19...

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St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) reacts after his team defeated Villanova 79-75 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) reacts after his team defeated Villanova 79-75 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) - Marvin Clark II and Mustapha Heron scored 23 points apiece and Shamorie Ponds had 13 points and nine assists to help St. John's beat Sacred Heart 104-82 on Saturday night.

LJ Figueroa had 15 points and five assists and Justin Simon scored 10 for St. John's (12-0), which is off to its best start since opening the 1982-83 season with 14 consecutive wins.

Simon's dunk gave the Red Storm a 14-0 lead and Clark hit five 3-pointers in a span of three minutes, 33 seconds to make it 29-10 with 12: 57 left in the first half. Sacred Heart (4-8) scored the first seven second-half points to trim its deficit to 53-45 but St. John's answered with an 18-0 run - including two 3s apiece by Ponds and Heron - and cruised from there.

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SNY, the television home of the Mets, Jets and all things New York sports, is now home of New York City's first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY).

RUNY is set to join Major League Rugby after the league's launch this year with seven teams, with home games being played at MCU Park on Coney Island.

"The partnership with SNY is a big moment for rugby in New York," said RUNY GM James English. "Delivering our games to our fans on a major platform that reaches 11 million homes, promoted with other major sports in the region, has been a huge goal of ours and we are thrilled to put RUNY on the map in this deal."

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Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) handles the ball against Georgetown Hoyas during second half of first round game in Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) handles the ball against Georgetown Hoyas during second half of first round game in Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) LJ Figueroa and Mikey Dixon scored 13 points apiece and St. John's won its 11th straight and remains undefeated with an 86-52 victory over St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Wednesday night.

St. John's (11-0) is off to its best start since the 1982-83 squad opened with a program-best 14 straight wins.

Marvin Clark II and Shamorie Ponds added 12 points each for the Red Storm, who had 11 of 12 players score and finished 34-of-63 (54 percent) shooting.

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2018 Game Experience 00:00:51
As part of SNY Play Ball week, 500 local youth athletes attended a Harlem Globetrotters game at Barclay's Center and Madison Square Garden

SNY teamed up with the local community on Tuesday to support youth sports and brought kids from Brooklyn out to see the Harlem Globetrotters. 

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St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds moves the ball against the California Golden Bears in the second half of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds moves the ball against the California Golden Bears in the second half of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

LJ Figueroa scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Shamorie Ponds had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high 14 assists to help St. John's beat Wagner 73-58 on Sunday night.

The Red Storm (10-0) is off to its best start since Chris Mullin helped the team to 14 consecutive wins to start the 1982-83 season. Ponds had the most assists by a St. John's player since Omar Cook had 13 against Boston College on Jan. 10, 2001.

Ponds assisted on a 3 by Figueroa that gave the Red Storm the lead for good less than 30 seconds into the second half and sparked an 18-2 run. Mustapha Heron and Ponds hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap the spurt and make it 47-32 as Wagner missed 11 consecutive field-goal attempts. The Seahawks (4-5) trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

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Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) puts up a shot against Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Issac Vann (23) in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) puts up a shot against Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Issac Vann (23) in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shomorie Ponds scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and combined with Justin Simon for nine points in a game-ending run as undefeated St. John's fended off Princeton 89-74 on Sunday at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.

Princeton trailed by 19, 75-66, with eight minutes left after Ponds scored 10 points in a 26-8 run. But the Tigers responded by outscoring the Red Storm 18-5, capped by a 3-pointer by Jose Morales, and closed within six with 3:41 remaining but didn't score again, missing their final six shots.

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St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) reacts after his team defeated Villanova 79-75 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) reacts after his team defeated Villanova 79-75 in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) (Laurence Kesterson/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marvin Clark II made four 3-pointers and scored 21 points, Mustapha Heron added 17 points and undefeated St. John's held off Mount St. Mary's 85-71 on Wednesday night.

It's the first time St. John's has been 8-0 since the 1990-91 season, when Malik Sealy and the Johnnies eventually reached the Elite Eight.

LJ Figueroa had 13 points and 11 rebounds for St. John's, which has won its last 11 non-conference home games. Justin Simon added 14 points and Shamorie Ponds, who had averaged 27 points in his last four games, had 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

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Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) handles the ball against Georgetown Hoyas during second half of first round game in Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) handles the ball against Georgetown Hoyas during second half of first round game in Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

MIAMI (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 37 points, including a personal 9-0 run down the stretch, and St. John's rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat Georgia Tech 76-73 on Saturday at the HoopHall Miami Invitational.

Justin Simon and LJ Figueroa each scored 13 for the Red Storm (7-0), who are off to their best start since 1994-95.

Jose Alvarado scored 17 for Georgia Tech (4-3), while James Banks III and Brandon Alston each scored 14 for the Yellow Jackets. Moses Wright scored 12 for Georgia Tech, which has dropped two straight.

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St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds puts up a shot against Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Issac Vann in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds puts up a shot against Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Issac Vann in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

During what is shaping up to be another bleak winter for New York's pro basketball teams, Shamorie Ponds and St. John's could be the bright light for Big Apple basketball.

While the Knicks and Nets are a combined 15-30 entering Friday, Ponds and the Red Storm are off to the program's first 6-0 start since 2009-10.

The Red Storm will look to secure their first 7-0 start since 1994-95 when they take on ACC foe Georgia Tech in the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Saturday afternoon at AmericanAirlines Arena (ESPNU, noon). Georgia Tech features former Christ the King star Jose Alvarado, who is coming off a 24-point outing in a loss to Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.

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UFC: Jones down to fight Lesnar 00:00:27
UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones admits that he would like to fight Brock Lesnar in the octagon and give the fans what they want.

Jon Jones wants Brock Lesnar to give UFC fans what they want and meet him in the octagon for a star-studded showdown.

"Brock Lesnar is a massive man, a very scary dude," Jones told SNY this week. "I'm aware that the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Give the fans what they want, and in return I'll be a happy man as well. I am up for fighting Brock Lesnar as well. I really hope he decides to come back to the UFC so we can make that happen for all the fans."

While a bout between the two former UFC champions has yet to be confirmed, Jones will be the first one making a comeback. On Dec. 29, the 31-year-old will return to the cage in Las Vegas against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 following his 15-month suspension for a second failed drug test. 

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Ponds sees more maturity in team 00:01:16
St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds discusses how this year's 5-0 team is more mature, focused and like a family compared to last year's squad.

St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds discusses how this year's 5-0 team is more mature, focused and like a family compared to last year's squad.

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WFAN Radio turmoil 00:02:04
Daily News Live's Bob Raissman discusses the in-fighting at WFAN involving Mike Francesca and other station personnel

Daily News Live's Bob Raissman explains the drama at WFAN featuring Mike Francesa and others.

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Carton found guilty of fraud 00:02:19
SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Bob Raissman of the Daily News discuss the news that former WFAN host Craig Carton was found guilty of fraud.

Former Jets QB and current WFAN host Boomer Esiason opened up about his former co-host Craig Carton's fraud conviction on Thursday morning.

"This is a cautionary tale of how your life can spiral out of control and affect so many around you, including your own family, the people that you work with and the people that you try to do business with on the outside," Esiason said. "Last night there was a moment that where I said, 'I can't believe it's finally come to an end.' He's destroyed a lot of people in his wake, and that's what a gambling addiction can do to you."

Carton, 49, was found guilty on Wednesday on three charges -- securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud -- for his role in a Ponzi scheme.

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Carton found guilty of fraud 00:02:19
SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Bob Raissman of the Daily News discuss the news that former WFAN host Craig Carton was found guilty of fraud.

SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Bob Raissman of the Daily News discuss the news that former WFAN host Craig Carton was found guilty of fraud.

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The groundbreaking WWE Evolution pay-per-view event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. (Courtesy @WWE)
The groundbreaking WWE Evolution pay-per-view event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. (Courtesy @WWE)

World Wrestling Entertainment, better known to the general public as WWE, frames itself as family-friendly entertainment -- a paradoxical label for a company that books predetermined fights.

Families, however, comprised a massive chunk of cheering fans at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. They were there to watch WWE Evolution, the first all-women's pay-per-view event in the company's history. Professional wrestling is typically the domain of young men and boys, perhaps because WWE performers are the closest thing that'll get to real-life comic book superheroes, right down to the costumes. 

But Sunday night, there was an unprecedented massive number of mothers and daughters, and fathers and daughters, who turned out to watch the main event between Nikki Bella, a former WWE world champion and reality TV star, and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey, the current Raw Women's champion. Before that, there was an undercard of seven other matches -- three-and-a-half hours of sports entertainment led by women. And for many of the families in attendance, that was the point and the appeal.

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Aug 22, 2018; Williamsport, PA, USA; Mid-Atlantic Region first baseman John Calabrese (5) reacts after losing to the West Region 10-0 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 22, 2018; Williamsport, PA, USA; Mid-Atlantic Region first baseman John Calabrese (5) reacts after losing to the West Region 10-0 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island has been eliminated from the tournament following a 7-3 loss to Peachtree City (GA).

Derek Mendez got the start for Mid-Island and hit cleanup. On the mound, Mendez pitched two innings and allowed four earned runs but at the plate he went 1-3 with an RBI.

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There is a reason former NBA start Lamar Odom is considered a "walking miracle," and he revealed why in the latest of Kevin Hart's "Cold as Balls" web series. 

Normally, these interviews with Hart are funny given his comic nature. However, things got deep when Hart brought up Odom's darkest moment back on Oct. 13, 2015. The 2011 6th Man of the Year was found unconscious and bleeding from his nose at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada. 

Odom was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital, and said he was inches from death...

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Aug 22, 2018; Williamsport, PA, USA; Mid-Atlantic Region first baseman John Calabrese (5) reacts after losing to the West Region 10-0 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 22, 2018; Williamsport, PA, USA; Mid-Atlantic Region first baseman John Calabrese (5) reacts after losing to the West Region 10-0 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island suffered their first loss to Honolulu, 10-0, in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.

Chris Bedford got the start for Mid-Island, who represents the Mid-Atlantic region at the LLWS. Though a couple runners were on, Bedford managed to roll a grounder to second baseman Gregory Bruno that looked to end the inning. However, a costly error would force home the first run of the game. 

Then, with bases loaded, Bedford hit a batter, sending home another run. Luckily, though, he would strike out another Honolulu hitter to end the inning. 

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Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

It was a pitcher's duel between Mid-Island Little League and Post Oak Little League from Houston, TX, but Mid-Island took a 2-1 win to stay undefeated in Williamsport. 

Gregory Bruno, who is Mid-Island's ace, tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to keep Houston's lineup at bay throughout the afternoon. Bruno also collected six strikeouts as well. 

Houston had their ace in Ryan Selvaggi on the mound as well, and he was dealing early on. In the bottom of the third, though, Mid-Island finally struck after getting back-to-back hits. Selvaggi, then, got a little wild, tossing two errant pitches that allowed a run to score. 

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One of the best sporting events of the year kicks off in Williamsport, PA on Thursday as the Little League World Series begins. And the New York area will have a team to root for in the Mid-Island Little League team, who won the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

To get ready for their first game against the Midwest region at 3 p.m. today, here is a little background on how the Mid-Island All-Stars made it to this special tournament. 

Gregory Bruno tosses a perfect game

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UFC 230 will take place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 3.

The event will be available via pay per view.

The card and details for UFC 230 have not yet been announced, but it makes sense that an enormous star such as Conor McGregor would be there for a huge MSG event.

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Is a hot dog a sandwich? 00:00:20
Legendary eater Joey Chestnut finally answers the big question, Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Hot dog eating contest eating champion Joey Chestnut wants you to know that a hot dog is not a sandwich.

"Hot dog is its own thing," Chestnut told SNY Tuesday on the eve of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. "It doesn't need to be qualified as a sandwich. A hot dog is part of America and its own thing."

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Justify wins the Belmont Stakes 00:03:26
Justify wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, pulling off the historic Triple Crown and achieving horse-racing immortality.

NEW YORK (AP) - Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years.

Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Kentucky Derby. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer.

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Baffert on Justify's chances 00:01:34
Marc Malusis talks with Justify's owner Bob Baffert about the pole position and the mindset going into the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt's bid to sweep the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday's race.

Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.

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GEICO SportsNite: Belmont Stakes 00:02:03
Marc Malusis speaks with Hofburg's trainer Bill Mott to discuss their chances at upsetting betting-favorite Justify in the Belmont Stakes.

SNY's Marc Malusis speaks with Hofburg's trainer Bill Mott to discuss their chances at upsetting betting-favorite Justify in the Belmont Stakes.

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