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Richard Pitino cut down the nets for the first time. And it likely won't be the last.
After 53 years, the NCAA tournament returns to Madison Square Garden.
St. John's ended its season on a sour note, losing in an ugly upset to RMU.
Sunday was a dream for Manhattan's Steve Masiello, but it didn't last long.
St. John's got it done in a must-win game. One down, one to go.
Jason Brickman needs three assists to become the fourth to notch 1,000.
SJU remained on the fast track to March Madness despite Tuesday's slow start.
The Storm continued their push for the Big Dance with an upset over the Hoyas.
It seems SJU will crash March Madness after all following Sunday's stunner.
St. John's finally put it all together. Is this a sign of more good things to come?
After a disastrous 2012-13 season, Hofstra's reboot has been remarkable.
No one's played six Super Bowls like Mike Lodish. His new career has crunch.
St. John's bagged its first Big East win, but can they carry over the momentum?
It's still early, but St. John's is running out of time to save the season.
Georgetown effectively ended its rivalry with St. John's on Saturday with a rout.
Shabazz Napier leads UConn to the 2K Sports title over Indiana.
Steve Lavin needs to get the Johnnies to the Sweet 16 or he probably never will.
This Fordham football team is ready to make its own history.
Joey Falcone, a military vet and the son of an ex-Met, now stars at Columbia.
At age 24, former Hofstra star Charles Jenkins' future is suddenly up in the air.
Big East tournament preview: End of an era for the conference.
The Johnnies learned a lot in Syracuse -- and it had nothing to do with basketball.
Meet New Rochelle's Janet Rice, the inspiration behind Ray's Super journey.
On the Big Apple's brand-new stage, a Kentucky understudy stole the show.
The Mets starting pitching enters the Subway Series on a roll.
Ivan Nova answered Andy Pettitte's challenge with a gem of his own.
The Mets aren't better than the Yanks on paper, but they've been better in 2012.
With all due respect to Josh Hamilton, he's got competition in David Wright.
In the final college hoops game of the season at MSG, Stanford won in a rout.
LIU-Brooklyn isn't your typical No. 16 seed, and here are five reasons why.
At-large nod got Iona dancing, but the Gaels are hungry to prove they belong.
Seton Hall's stumble against Louisville throws tournament hopes up in the air.
The Johnnies' future hangs on Moe Harkless' pending NBA decision.
Big East tournament begins Tuesday. And Syracuse will be tough to beat.
Four New York teams with NCAA dreams played Sunday -- only two survived.
Rutgers leap-frogged over St. John's in the Big East after a dramatic win.
Suddenly hot St. John's snapped its 0-for-10 skid against ranked teams.
Iona, now MAAC champs, has its sights set on March and the NCAA tournament.
Seton Hall proved that on its best day, it can beat just about anybody.
St. John's defeats DePaul, as five freshmen continue to defy the odds.
Rutgers threw a scare into second-ranked Syracuse. That's progress.
Don't stick a fork in St. John's just yet. The Johnnies are not done.
Seton Hall and St. John's are going their separate ways as the season closes out.
Overmatched Johnnies left it all on the floor vs. No. 11 Georgetown.
The LIU-St. Francis rivalry is all good in their Brooklyn neighborhood.
Can the Iona Gaels take it one step further than they did a year ago?
St. John's lost another player, and then suffered its worst loss of the season.
St. John's was overpowered by Syracuse, which looks like best team in country.
Seton Hall's on a roller coaster, from Top 25 to losers of four straight.
St. John's and its 'Fab Five' freshmen played game of season vs. West Virginia.
St. John's inexperience showed in its first overtime defeat.
St. John's keeps playing ranked opponents -- and keeps losing to them.
Brandon Jacobs could play a pivotal role in the Giants' running game on Sunday.
With Steve Lavin watching, St. John's-Louisville was an ugly sight.
Pinstripe Bowl win helps Rutgers put collapse vs. UConn behind them.
Rutgers returns to a bowl game Friday, this time in its own backyard.
If early results are any indication, it could be a wild ride ahead in the Big East.
Moe Harkless outdid Allen Iverson. Not bad for your first Big East game, eh?
Amir Garrett had the loudest three-point, two-rebound night a player can have.
With many players' minutes increasing, St. John's found a way to win.
SJU won't face a team more talented than Kentucky, which lived up to its ranking.
Bluegrass-bound St. John's bands together during Steve Lavin's absence.
It's hard to look at the bright side after a Rutgers loss as dark as Saturday's.
Next week, Rutgers can nab share of Big East title -- and perhaps a BCS bowl bid.
St. John's would have a pair of big wins at MSG, if not for Garden-variety mistakes.
Game 4 of the season marked St. John's first defeat -- and its coming-out party.
Rutgers won in Bronx while two rivals lost, blowing Big East race wide open.
St. John's was able to rally to earn a win in Steve Lavin's season debut.
The youthful Johnnies got off to a flying start with a win over William & Mary.
What better way to preview St. John's season than to introduce all nine players?
Late strikes by a pair of sophomores mean Rutgers can go bowling again.
Stony Brook is in the hunt after losing a heartbreaker at the buzzer last year.
Tim Cluess has Iona scrubbing the court, so it can wipe the floor with the MAAC.
Turnovers doomed the Scarlet Knights on a special day for Eric LeGrand.
St. John's took its first step in a promising future in an exhibition win over C.W. Post.
Sans Steve Lavin, St. John's is preparing for exhibition play.
New coach Steve Masiello is shaking things up at Manhattan College.
Red Storm misses Steve Lavin, but that doesn't mean they're idle without him.
St. John's invited 26 walk-ons for a 6 a.m. tryout. We were there.
Now 5-1, Rutgers is one of the biggest surprises in college football.
A young, inexperieced St. John's team took to the floor for Midnight Madness.
Nearly a year after Greg Schiano's darkest day, Rutgers is rising once more.
The Atlantic-10 conference tourney will be making the move to Brooklyn in 2013.
Coaching young, short-handed St. John's team won't dim Steve Lavin's enthusiasm.
Seven under-the-radar relievers came up big as the Yanks clinched a playoff berth.
An open letter to my father, a Giants fan whose life was cut short on 9/11.
A trio of Giants tight ends are hoping to fill Kevin Boss' big shoes this year.
Rutgers hopes to beat the odds in 2011. We've got the season preview here.
Yonkers native Jimmy Kennedy wants to prove he's the best tackle in the NFL.
It was about water balloons and Yankees memories for some kids affected by 9/11.
New York Mets fans at Citi Field may have seen last of Carlos Beltran.
Irving, Walker and Faried lived out draft dreams in very different ways Thursday.
Things fell apart quickly for Bartolo Colon against the Blue Jays on Monday.
God's Gift Achiuwa is one of the biggest names coming to SJU -- literally.
R.A. Dickey is not producing results for the Mets this season.
After a hot start to the season, Terry Collins' Mets are in a nosedive.
New coach Steve Masiello says Manhattan will become the best program in NYC.
Brandon Knight & Co. ended the longest Final Four drought in Kentucky history.
Game-winners are nice, but defense has Kentucky on the Final Four's doorstep.
Queens native Doron Lamb didn't have his best game, but UK still prevailed.
Ohio State, UNC, Marquette and Kentucky will descend on Newark this weekend.
A memorable season of improvement and new excitement is over for St. John's.
On Thursday night, there was heartbreak to be seen in St. John's locker room.
Steve Lavin's confidence and swagger is rubbing off on his St. John's team.
Sean Evans and others must step up for the Red Storm in D.J. Kennedy's absence.
D.J. Kennedy's teammates are amazed at how well he's handled his injury.
The Red Storm hope to have better luck against Gonzaga this time around.
Kemba Walker's faith in teammates was rewarded as UConn won the Big East.
UConn's Kemba Walker is on a run that mirrors Gerry McNamara's '06 magic.
SJU fought valiantly afterward, but D.J. Kennedy's torn ACL is a cruel blow.
Slumping St. John's faces a rematch with Syracuse today. Why all the optimism?
The 2000 St. John's team will always remember their Big East title run.
Rutgers topped the Hall in OT, then quickly turned focus to St. John's matchup.
This year's Big East tournament should be the most competitive in a long time.
SJU seniors won final home game before what could be memorable postseason.
Seton Hall damaged St. John's chances at a double-bye in the Big East tourney.
Blue-collar Red Storm put "hammer to rock" and watch the victories pile up.
St. John's is a team no foe should want to see in the Big East tourney or Big Dance.
One of the country's hottest teams, St. John's believes now is its time.
Playing its first game as a ranked team this season, St. John's passed the test.
St. John's is back in the Top 25, and the team is making sure not to lose focus.
Dwight Hardy was just one of the seniors who helped St. John's topple No. 4 Pitt.
If they ranked the most animated college coaches, Dan Hurley would be Top 25.
Assist machine Scott Machado has Iona clicking as MAAC tournament approaches.
Another Seton Hall game vs. a ranked opponent, another devastating loss.
Seton Hall invaded Rutgers' home and won a clash of Jersey's Big East teams.
It's official: When it comes to college hoops, St. John's owns MSG again.
Led by Julian Boyd, LIU has its sights set on an NCAA tournament berth.
Seton Hall suffered a demoralizing loss to No. 7 UConn on Saturday.
From the day Steve Lavin came aboard, St. John's-UCLA has been a hot ticket.
St. John's ended its brutal stretch with an affirming win over No. 3 Duke.
If the Johnnies want to go dancing in March, they must right the ship -- fast.
Red Storm's formula at Carnesecca? Miss free throws, lose in the waning moments.
Seton Hall's most recent defeat was even more gut-wrenching than the last.
Malik Boothe provided a spark for St. John's in its win over Notre Dame.
Ex-Gator Jonathan Mitchell is making the most of his time at Rutgers.
Following latest drubbing, Red Storm need to stop the bleeding ... soon.
Things could've been different with Jeremy Hazell as Hall loses to Cuse.
St. John's experienced a moment to savor against No. 13 Georgetown.
It's only fitting that the coach from the Bronx won the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl.
Seton Hall coughed up a 14-point halftime lead in its loss to Dayton at the Rock.
Basketball's great, but graduation comes first for Hofstra's Jenkins.
Iona's Mike Glover scores big and earns his Optimus Prime moniker.
New coach Mike Rice has Rutgers striving for more on the hardwood.
Fordham won a thriller before a packed house as St. John's failed to seal the deal.
St. John's free throw woes could cost Lavin's club a chance to dance.
Duke freshman Kyrie Irving made the most of his return to New Jersey.
Steve Lavin shook things up -- but his starting lineup didn't matter Wednesday.
Reunited at Wagner, Dan and Bobby Hurley can't get hoops out of their system.
Meadowlands in October? Awful. Yankee Stadium in November? Sweet for Irish.
Ashton Gibbs led Pitt past Texas and let fans in NYC know what they're missing.
Steve Lavin was ecstatic to get his first win at St. John's.
Early returns say Steve Lavin and staff can handle the great recruiting rat race.
Steve Lavin has assembled an impressive staff at St. John's. Can it deliver?
St. John's preview, part 1: Can Lavin instill a killer instinct?
Ladies and gentleman, Allen Iverson has found a team ... in Turkey!
Saturday's loss to Navy was yet another demoralizing defeat for Notre Dame.
St. John's head coach Steve Lavin was a star at Big East media day.
Dodd leads Scarlet Knights earn come-from-behind win against UConn.
Rutgers is a team at a crossroads as Friday night's Big East opener looms.
Rutgers has a two-game losing streak, and perhaps a quarterback controversy.
Rutgers let a golden opportunity slip away against North Carolina.
The Nets aren't a playoff team. But if they get Carmelo Anthony, all bets are off.
Topping the Tar Heels could vault Rutgers into the national conversation.
Rutgers overcame a sluggish first half to win its opener over Norfolk State.
Freshmen Deering, Thomas could play key roles when Rutgers kicks off season.
After all the blood, sweat and tears, Rutgers' lean years are ancient history.
Rex Ryan said Jason Taylor will take Calvin Pace's place in the starting lineup.
On base when A-Rod hit his 600th homer, Derek Jeter was first with congratulations.
For one night at least, the Bronx Bombers are going to bed as second-place citizens.
"We got lucky," Yanks manager Girardi says after pitch merely bruises A-Rod.
Sergio Mitre's performance proves the Yankees need another starter.
Mets, Braves will clash as heavyweights. What a difference 50 days can make.
Gems are the Yanks' best friend. And CC Sabathia delivered one on Thursday.
Jesus Feliciano is on his way back to Puerto Rico, likely as Mets' center fielder.
Now in Brooklyn, Wally Backman has his sights set on another big league call-up.
"Stupid" pitches dogged Andy Pettitte in a valiant effort vs. the Phillies.
Magic man? At 47 years old, Jamie Moyer bewildered the Yanks.
Jon Niese was brilliant against the Padres -- just ask Rod Barajas.
The best way for LeBron James to increase his marketability? Win a ring.
Don't look now -- David Wright's projected to hit 29 homers in 2010.
On Thursday, the Bronx Bombers' promising 2010 season almost imploded.
A week ago nothing was working. Now, Jerry Manuel's team can do no wrong.
The Mets lost the Subway Series opener, but they gained a new starting picher.
An exciting week has turned into a troubling one for the New York Yankees.
The Nets hoped the lottery would be a franchise-changing event. Didn't happen.
The Mets exhibited an unfamiliar trait in their recent homestand -- heart.
Mets weren't banking hopes on Barajas and Davis, but they'd be lost without 'em.
Kyle Smith believes Columbia can challenge in the Ivy, but it will take time.
Confident after 9-1 homestand, first-place Mets motor toward Philadelphia.
The Mets look brand new, winning six in a row and ascending to the NL East lead.
Mets skipper ponders a lineup shift as righties Wright, Bay, Francoeur struggle.
Newark prep star Lance Thomas hopes to give Duke an edge against Butler.