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Fordham’s Chase Edmonds Named Top NCAA FCS Freshman

Chase Edmonds. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Chase Edmonds. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fordham University Freshman Running Back Chase Edmonds was named the 2014 recipient of the Sports Network’s  Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top NCAA FCS freshman. He will receive his award at the annual Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia tonight.

The top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman, receives the Jerry Rice Award named for the legendary wide receiver who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State. The award, in its fourth season, will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.

The Rice Award has been a barometer for FCS greatness. The first three winners have been former Towson running back Terrance West (2011), now with the Cleveland Browns, and two 2014 Walter Payton Award finalists for FCS player of the year, Villanova quarterback John Robertson (2012) and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp (2013).

Edmonds, the first Fordham football student-athlete to receive a major player of the year award from the Sports Network, enjoyed a record-setting rookie season, carrying 294 for 1,838 yards and 23 touchdowns and returning 24 kickoffs for 514 yards (21.4 average). He set school marks for most rushing yards in a season (former record was 1,596 set by Carlton Koonce in 2012) and surpassed Kirwin Watson’s former record of 20 rushing touchdowns set in 2003.

Edmonds led the Patriot League and is fourth in the NCAA in all-purpose yards per game (176.64) and he led the league and is seventh in the country in rushing yards per game (131.3). He also was tops in the Patriot League and is fifth in the NCAA FCS in scoring (10.3 ppg) and was first in the league and is second in the FCS in rushing touchdowns and third in the nation in total rushing yards.

Saving his best for last, Edmonds rushed 18 times for 208 yards and one touchdown in the second round NCAA FCS Championship game at New Hampshire while also returning seven kickoffs for 164 yards and catching two passes for 13 yards.  His 385 all-purpose yards were a Patriot League single-game record (previous was 370 set by Lehigh’s Ronald Jean in 1999) and his 208 rushing yards and 164 kickoff return yards were the top marks for Patriot League player in an FCS playoff game. Edmonds also set an NCAA FCS Championship game record with a 91-yard touchdown run, surpassing the previous long of 90 yards set by Henry Fields of McNeese State in 1994.

On the year, Edmonds amassed 2,473 all-purpose yards, setting a Fordham and Patriot League single-season record (former league mark was 2,425 set by Colgate’s Kenny Gamble in first League season in 1986 and the former school mark was 2,133 set by Javarus Dudley in 2003), while his school-record 1,838 rushing yards puts him fourth in the Patriot League single-season record book, and his school-record 23 rushing touchdowns ties him for second all-time in the conference. Edmonds also set a school record with 144 points scored this fall, bettering Kirwin Watson’s 2003 mark of 126 points.

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Mets Sign John Mayberry, Jr.

The New York Mets announced on Monday the club has signed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to a one-year contract. In order to make room on the 40-man roster the Mets designated righthanded pitcher Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

Mayberry, who turns 31 on December 21, hit .212 (31-146) with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 78 games between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays in 2014. The 6-6, 230-pounder batted .243 (17-70) with five home runs and 15 RBI vs. lefthanders last year. He was traded by the Phillies to the Blue Jays on August 31 in exchange for infielder Gustavo Pierre.

For his career, Mayberry has hit .269 (132-490) with 30 home runs, 78 RBI and a .533 slugging percentage vs. lefthanders.  He has also hit .304 (34-112) with seven home runs and 21 RBI as a pinch-hitter.

Mayberry, Jr. is the son of former major league outfielder John Mayberry, who played in the majors from 1968-1982 with the Royals, Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees.

He has hit .241 (308-1,276) with 77 doubles, 53 home runs and 171 RBI during his career with the Phillies and Blue Jays. Mayberry has played all three outfield positions and first base.

Mayberry was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He completed his degree in political science from Stanford the following year.

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Storms over Fordham in Finale of MSG Hoops Festival

Rysheed Jordan. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Rysheed Jordan. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The No. 24 St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (8-1) were able to hold off a good Fordham University team (3-5) in a 74-53 victory in the finale of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

Fordham put up a good fight getting an early lead in the First Half of play, but St. John’s came storming back to regain the lead and never looked back in the victory.

Leading the way for the Red Storm was Sophomore Guard Rysheed Jordan (Philadelphia, Pa.) who matched a career-high with 24 points, a total he previously reached against Georgetown on Feb. 16, 2014. The performance marked the third-career 20-point game for Jordan, who also matched a career-high with three 3-pointers.

Senior Guard D’Angelo Harrison (Missouri City, Texas) moved into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time St. John’s scoring chart with a 22-point effort. Harrison, who has scored at least 20 points in four games this season, now has 1,778 points in his career. Harrison also made 2-of-5 3-pointers to record his third-straight multi-trey performance and extend his school-record total to 218.

St. John’s finished with 10 steals, marking the third time this season that the squad has had at least 10 steals in a contest, while also matching a season-high by forcing 20 turnovers. St. John’s previously forced Minnesota into 20 miscues on Nov. 26.

Fordham had several impressive performances considering the Rams feature a team that features just three players in double-figure scoring.

Eric Paschall. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Eric Paschall. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Leading the way for the Rams was Freshman Guard Eric Paschall (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) who finished the game with 14 points, and Eight Boards. Junior Guard Mandell Thomas (Rochester, N.Y.) and Freshman Forward Chris Sengfelder (Leverkusen, Germany) both finished the game with 11 points each.

St. John’s will next be in action on December 19 when they host Saint Mary’s  at Carnesecca Arena, with the tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. Fordham will next be in action on December 22 when they head into the Battle of the Bronx versus local-area rival Manhattan College at the Barclays Center, tip-off for that game scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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St. John’s Postgame Press Conference

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Manhattan Men’s Basketball Fights but falls to Rutgers during MSG Holiday Festival

Aston Pankey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aston Pankey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports


The Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team (2-6) put up a good fight but in the end fell to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-4) by a final of 63-55 in the Holiday Festival held at Madison Square Garden.

Manhattan was able to put up a good fight in the Second Half of play, having had the Rutgers lead cut to Five at one point in time. The Scarlet Knights were able to cash in on the turnovers they were able to cause and earn the victory.

Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was Forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.)  who finished the night with 24 points. Sophomore Forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo) had himself a strong inside game finishing with 16 points.

For Manhattan the Jaspers saw two players finish with double-digit scoring as Senior Forward Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y.) who finished with 21 points and Nine Boards, while Junior Forward Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y) had 10 points.

Manhattan will next be in action on December 20 at Draddy Gym when they take on Morgan State with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Head Coach Eddie Jordan and Student-Athletes Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Holds Off Tough UCF Team in 62-48 Victory

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team (8-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) were able to hold off a tough UCF (4-4, 0-0 AAC) team in a 62-48 victory at Carnesseca Arena on Thursday night.

UCF had gotten off to a hot start early in the First Half of play, as St. John’s had gotten into foul trouble early on the game. The Red Storm had found their momentum and rhythm in the later part of the game tying things up at 26 at the Half thanks to some huge Free Throws by Sophomore Guard Aaliyah Lewis (Staten Island, N.Y.)

Junior Guard Aliyyah Handford (Newark, N.J) was able to record her 1,000 point in the game against UCF. With her bucket in the Second Half Handford became the second fastest player in the team’s history to reach the milestone and finished the night with 15 points.

Leading the way in scoring for St. John’s was Junior Guard Danaejah Grant (Piscataway, N.J.) who finished the night with 20 points, going 10-of-15 from the field. The Red Storm had two other players in double-digit scoring as Lewis recorded 12 points and Sophomore Forward Jade Walker (Maplewood, N.J.) tallied 11 points.

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team will next be in action on December, 14 when they host NJIT at Carnesecca Arena, with tip-off time for that game set for 2:00 p.m.

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Fordham Head Football Coach Joe Moorhead’s Contract Extended

Fordham University athletics director David Roach has announced that football head coach Joe Moorhead’s contract has been extended by one year and will now run through the 2022 season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Coach Moorhead has done a tremendous job the past three years and we are excited that he will be leading our football program for the years to come,” said Roach. “Coach Moorhead is a true man of Fordham who is not only a great football coach but also an excellent representative of Fordham University.  You only have to see how our student-athletes respond to his leadership and vision to see what a great job he has done here.  We all look forward to next season and future seasons with Joe Moorhead as our head coach.”

Moorhead just completed his third season at Fordham as the Rams went 11-3 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS Championship for the second season and only the third time in school history.

This fall, Moorhead led the Rams to their first Patriot League title since 2007 as the Rams went a perfect 6-0 in league play. The Rams were ranked as high as seventh in the NCAA FCS. Moorhead had a record 20 players earn All-Patriot League honors, including quarterback Mike Nebrich, who was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, and freshman running back Chase Edmonds, the 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.

The Fordham offense continued to excel under Moorhead, a former Ram quarterback, setting school single season records for most points (569), most rushing yards (2,353) and most rushing touchdowns (31) while Edmonds broke school single season marks for rushing yards (1,838) and rushing touchdowns (23).

In the classroom, two of Moorhead’s players earned Academic All-America honors® with Brett Biestek being named to the First Team for the second straight year and Dan Light to the second team.

“I am very grateful to Father McShane, the Board of Trustees, Dave Roach and Jeff Gray for their continued support and unwavering commitment to Fordham Football,” said Moorhead. “My staff and I will continue to do everything in our power to continue the success we have experienced the past three years, on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are determined to continue to provide to Fordham University, its alumni, faculty, staff and fans a program of which can be proud. I remain very excited for the future.”

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New York Liberty Announce 2015 Regular Season Schedule

The New York Liberty Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Liberty Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Liberty announced on Thursday the 2015 regular season schedule and are offering fans an exclusive holiday ticket plan featuring five marquee matchups at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty will tip off the season against the Atlanta Dream on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.at The Garden.

Holiday ticket plans start as low as $25 and fans will receive a five-game ticket pack, a Liberty scarf, and exclusive access to a pregame shoot-around. The five exciting matchups in the ticket plan include opening night against the Atlanta Dream (June 5), Phoenix Mercury (June 11), Connecticut Sun (July 16), Chicago Sky (Aug. 11) and Washington Mystics (Sept. 11).

Season ticket packages are available by calling 212-465-6766 or by visiting NYLiberty.com. To purchase the Holiday ticket plan, fans can click on the following link -


The Liberty, which enters its 19th season in franchise history, will play five of their first six games at The World’s Most Famous Arena, including facing the defending champion Phoenix Mercury on Thursday, June 11. In addition, New York will play Washington (June 14), the Indiana Fever (June 19) and Los Angeles Sparks (June 28) at The Garden.

New York will face three Eastern Conference foes to close out the regular season, taking on Connecticut (Sept. 9) and Washington (Sept. 11) at home, followed by a road trip to Indiana (Sept. 13).

The Liberty will host several exciting theme nights at The Garden throughout the season, including Dad’s and Daughter’s Day, Inspiring Women Night, Pride Day, Hoops for Troops, Breast Health Awareness and the annual Camp Day game.

2015 New York Liberty

Regular Season Schedule


Fri.   5          Atlanta                             7:30 pm

Sat.  6          at Washington                    7:00 pm

Tue.  9          Indiana                             7:00 pm

Thu. 11         Phoenix                            7:00 pm

Sun. 14         Washington                       6:00 pm

Fri.   19         Indiana                             7:30 pm

Sun. 21         at Atlanta                          3:00 pm

Fri.   26         at Tulsa                            7:00 pm

Sun. 28         Los Angeles                       3:00 pm

Tue. 30         at Chicago                         7:00 pm



Thu.  9          at Washington                    11:30 am

Sun. 12         at Atlanta                          3:00 pm

Wed.15         San Antonio                       11:00 am

Thu. 16         Connecticut                       7:00 pm

Sat.  18         at Phoenix                         7:00 pm

Tue.  21        at Seattle                          7:00 pm

Wed. 22        at Los Angeles                   7:30 pm

Wed. 29        at Indiana                         7:00 pm



Sun. 2           Seattle                             3:00 pm

Fri.   7          at Chicago                         7:30 pm

Tue. 11         Chicago                            7:00 pm

Fri.  14          at Connecticut                    7:00 pm

Sat. 15          Tulsa                                7:00 pm

Wed.19         at San Antonio                   7:00 pm

Fri.   21         Atlanta                             7:30 pm

Sun. 23         at Indiana                         6:00 pm

Fri.   28         Minnesota                         7:30 pm

Sat.  29         at Connecticut                    7:00 pm



Tue.  1          Atlanta                             7:00 pm

Thu.  3          Chicago                            7:00 pm

Sun.  6          at Minnesota                      6:00 pm

Wed. 9          Connecticut                       7:00 pm

Fri.   11         Washington                       7:30 pm

Sun. 13         at Indiana                         5:00 pm

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