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Cosmos come to contract extension for Mads but not for Hans

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The New York Cosmos announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forward Mads Stokkelien to a contract extension for the 2015 season. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“I’m excited to return to the Cosmos,” Stokkelien said. “The club has made some strong additions in the offseason and I’m looking forward to getting back to work and meeting some of the new players.”

Stokkelien signed with the Cosmos in January 2014. The 24-year-old Norwegian striker posted team-high totals in goals (8) and assists (4) during the Cosmos’ 2014 North American Soccer League season. He appeared in every league match and scored twice during the club’s run through the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.

“Last season was Mads’ first season in the U.S. so he had to adapt to a new league,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “However, he showed continued improvement throughout the season and was a key part of our attack, so we’re delighted to have him back.”

Before signing in New York, Stokkelien played for Norwegian side Stabæk. In 2013 he tallied 22 goals in 33 appearances, helping Stabæk achieve promotion to Norway’s first division, Tippeligaen. He made his Tippeligaen debut with IK Start in 2008, where he played alongside Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman for two seasons.

The team also announced that it did not reach agreement on a new contract with Hans Denissen. The Dutch forward registered three assists in 12 league appearances in 2014, but will not be returning in 2015.

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St. John’s MBB Takes On Creighton Wednesday At CenturyLink Center Omaha

The St John's Men's Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St John’s Men’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s men’s basketball team visits CenturyLink Center Omaha on Wednesday to square off with Creighton (9-12, 0-8) at 9 p.m. eastern on FOX Sports 1. Kevin Kugler and Bob Wenzel will call the action for the national telecast. The Red Storm radio broadcast with John Minko will air on 570 AM (WMCA).

St. John’s (13-6, 2-4) has won two of its last three BIG EAST contests, including an 83-70 victory in its first conference road win of the year at Providence on Jan. 14. The Red Storm’s most-recent league victory came over Marquette, 60-57, last Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Sir’Dominic Pointer delivered one of the top all-around performances of his career posting 15 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, six blocks and two steals versus the Golden Eagles.

The Red Storm is coming off a 77-68 setback against No. 5 Duke on Sunday at The Garden. St. John’s led for the majority of the contest and had a 10-point advantage with 8:35 remaining, but could not settle Duke’s game-closing 26-7 run. The Blue Devils scored 12 of their  final 26 points at the free-throw line. St. John’s has finished the non-conference portion of the regular-season schedule with an 11-2 (.846) record, the program’s best out-of-conference mark since going 10-1 (.909) in 1990-91.

Pointer averaged 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in St. John’s two contests last week to earn BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition for the second time in the last five weeks. The 6-foot-6 senior from Detroit currently ranks in the top-10 of the conference in rebounds (7.3), field goal percentage (53.4), steals (2.2), blocks (2.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).

Things To Know

  • St. John’s has shot 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from downtown in its four road contests.  The Red Storm had its top 3-point shooting performances of the season in wins at Providence (58.8 pct, 10-of-17) and at Syracuse (56.3 pct, 9-of-16). D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV each had four 3s against the Orange on Dec. 6 to snap Syracuse’s 55-game non-conference win streak at the Carrier Dome with a 69-57 victory. St. John’s also handed the Friars their second loss in 12 games this season at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with an 83-70 win behind Greene IV’s five 3-pointers and four from Harrison.
  • In his last three games playing at least 30 minutes, Sir’Dominic Pointer has led St. John’s in nearly every statistical category. During this stretch, Pointer has produced team-highs with 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.3 blocks, 2.3 steals, and has a 50.0 percent (19-of-38) field goal shooting mark to go with an 84.2 percent (16-of-19) free-throw shooting rate. Pointer posted double-doubles in the last two games. He went for 15 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks, six assists and two steals last Wednesday in a 60-57 victory over Marquette. Pointer is coming off a 21-point, 10-rebound performance versus No. 5/6 Duke where he also added four assists, three blocks and three steals.
  • Since returning to the starting lineup on Jan. 14, Rysheed Jordan has recorded a team-high 16.8 points shooting 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from downtown. Jordan has posted at least 15 points in each of the last four games and he has shot at least 42.9 percent from the field. Jordan recorded 18 points versus Duke hitting two 3-pointers and going 4-of-5 (80.0 pct) at the free-throw line.
  • St. John’s is 39th in the nation holding opponents to a 39.0 field goal shooting percentage this season. In the last three BIG EAST contests, the Red Storm kept Marquette (Jan. 21), DePaul (Jan. 18) and Providence (Jan. 14) all below the 40.0 percent mark. St. John’s has a 12-1 record in games when the opposition is shooting under 40.0 percent from the field.
  • Phil Greene IV has elevated his scoring average to 17.5 points per game while hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) of his attempts from 3-point territory in road games. D’Angelo Harrison is averaging 20.0 points on the road and has a 43.5 percent (10-of-23) 3-point field goal mark.

About the Series

  • St. John’s is 6-3 all-time versus Creighton. The programs split the regular-season meetings in 2013-14 as BIG EAST rivals.
  • The Red Storm earned a 70-65 victory in their last contest on Feb. 9, 2014 over then-ranked No. 12 Creighton at Madison Square Garden. D’Angelo Harrison led St. John’s with 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play.
  • St. John’s and Creighton met for the first time as BIG EAST counterparts on Jan. 28, 2014 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Down by 18 with 12:02 left in regulation, St. John’s went on a 28-10 run to tie the game at 60-60 before Doug McDermott drained a 3 with 2.8 seconds on the clock to give the Bluejays a 63-60 victory.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Sir’Dominic Pointer Named MBWA Co-Player of the Week

Sir'Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer collected Co-Player of the Week honors from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6 senior from Detroit averaged 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals for St. John’s in two games versus Marquette and No. 5 Duke last week.

Pointer led the Red Storm to its second BIG EAST win on Wednesday posting 15 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks, six assists and two steals in a 60-57 victory over Marquette. He shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the field against the Golden Eagles.

On Sunday versus Duke, Pointer led St. John’s in scoring for the second straight game. He recorded 13 consecutive points in a five minute stretch during the first half against the Blue Devils and finished with a team-high 21 points (9-of-17). Pointer added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season to go with four assists, three blocks and three steals.

Pointer is the second St. John’s player to receive the MBWA Player of the Week Award this season. D’Angelo Harrison earned it on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. The honor is chosen from Division I, II, III players from the 74 metropolitan area schools. Pointer shared this week’s award with Hakeem Harris (NYU) and Darian Hooker (NYIT).

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Fordham MBB Hosts Rhode Island on Wednesday

Mandell Thomas. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Mandell Thomas. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Fordham University Rams continue their 2014-2015 season, the 112th season of varsity basketball at Rose Hill, and continue their Atlantic 10 season by hosting the University of Rhode Island Rams in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m.

The game will be streamed live on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network and also broadcast on WFUV (90.7 FM) and http://www.wfuvsports.org and can be followed live via livestats. Follow the links above.

Fordham enters the game with a 5-12 overall record, 0-6 in the Atlantic 10, following a 79-59 league loss to George Washington in the Rose Hill Gym last Thursday. Rhode Island enters the game with a 13-5 overall record, 5-2 in the conference, after a 53-48 A-10 win over St. Bonaventure in Kingston on Sunday.

Wednesday night’s contest will be the 62nd meeting between Fordham and Rhode Island on the hardwood with Rhode Island leading the all-time series, which started in the 1941-42 season, 36-25. Rhode Island took this year’s first meeting, 68-65, on January 7 in Kingston as E.C. Matthews scored 24 points for Rhode Island while Eric Paschall had 19 for Fordham.

Notes
* Fordham freshmen Eric Paschall and Chris Sengfelder are the only set of freshman teammates to be averaging more than 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Paschall is fifth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 16.9 ppg average while also pulling down 5.8 rpg, while Sengfelder is averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg. The only other freshman combo that was averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg were Purdue’s Isaac Hass and Vince Edwards but Hayes is now averaging 9.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg while Edwards is averaging 9.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg.

* The 2014-2015 Fordham men’s basketball squad is becoming adept at taking away the ball. Through games of January 25, the Rams are second in the Atlantic 10, averaging 7.1 steals/game, including a season-high eleven in the South Carolina State game on Dec. 31. Junior Mandell Thomas leads the Rams with 38 steals, ranking second in the conference (2.2/game).

* Through games of January 25, the Fordham Rams have the Atlantic 10’s fifth leading scorer, and top freshman scorer, in freshman guard Eric Paschall (16.9 ppg) while Mandell Thomas is second in the conference in steals (2.2/game). The Rams also have the fourth leading rebounder in junior forward Ryan Rhoomes (8.6 rpg) while Antwoine Anderson is eighth in assists/game (3.5) and Rhoomes is seventh in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.4/game.

For more information on the Fordham University Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Sir’Dominic Pointer Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Sir'Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s senior Sir’Dominic Pointer was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time in the last five weeks on Monday after averaging 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in two games. Pointer shot 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field in the Red Storm’s contests versus Marquette and No. 5 Duke last week.

One of the most versatile players in the BIG EAST, Pointer filled the stat sheet averaging 5.0 assists, 4.5 blocks, 2.5 steals to go along with a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio during the two game stretch. Pointer currently ranks in the top-5 of the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.3), steals (2.2), blocks (2.2) and has an 11.8 scoring average this season.

Pointer delivered one of the top performances of his career on Wednesday to lead St. John’s to a 60-57 victory over Marquette at Madison Square Garden. He went for 15 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks, six assists and had two steals. Then on Sunday, Pointer recorded his second straight double-double and the fourth of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds versus Duke. He also notched four assists, three blocks and three steals versus the Blue Devils.

The Red Storm has had a player earn a BIG EAST weekly award nine straight weeks. D’Angelo Harrison has received six honors, including BIG EAST Player of the Week recognition on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Rysheed Jordan was named to the honor roll on Dec. 15, Phil Greene IV on Jan. 19 and Pointer collected the award on Dec. 29.

St. John’s returns to action Wednesday versus Creighton at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The contest will air on FOX Sports 1 and 570 AM at 9 p.m. eastern. The Red Storm is back at Madison Square Garden Saturday versus Providence at noon on FOX.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Aliyyah Handford Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for Fourth-straight week

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

For the fourth-consecutive week and the seventh time overall this season, Aliyyah Handford has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced this afternoon by the league office.

The junior guard had yet another spectacular week for the Red Storm, averaging 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a 1-1 weekend for St. John’s, shooting 54.5 percent from the field.

Against Georgetown on Friday night, Handford registered 22 points, tied a career-high with six assists and pulled down five boards in a 74-57 win.  It was the Newark, N.J., native’s sixth-straight contest scoring at least 20 points.

In the Red Storm’s loss to Villanova on Sunday, Handford drained nine of her 16 attempts from the field, tallying 19 points, five rebounds and three assists.

St. John’s has a critical BIG EAST matchup this upcoming weekend, when the Red Storm travels to Seton Hall for a showdown with first-place Seton Hall.

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Hofstra MBB Heads To William & Mary For Pivotal Contest

Juan'ya Green. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Juan’ya Green. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will head to Williamsburg, Virginia on Wednesday as the Pride will look to return to their winning ways when they face William & Mary at 7 p.m.

Pride Productions will have live audio of the broadcast, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m. The broadcast, which will also be available on WRHU (88.7 FM), will have Dan Savarino and Mark Weiner on the call.

Live video of the contest can be found at TribeAthletics.com.

Despite dropping three of its last four games, Hofstra (14-7, 5-3) is having a strong season led by the high-scoring duo of junior forward Ameen Tanksley and junior guard Juan’ya Green.

The Pride will need Tanksley to returning to the scoring form that saw him reach double figures in each of the squad’s first 19 contests this season. Tanksley scored just nine against Drexel on Wednesday and was held to five on Saturday versus James Madison. He still leads the team with 17.8 points per game and ranks second with six rebounds per outing.

Green is Hofstra’s second leading scorer at 17.3 points per contest, while also tallying team-highs of 136 assists and 31 steals. He also is averaging 4.8 rebounds per outing.

Sophomore guard Brian Bernardi and graduate guard Dion Nesmith are also in double figures with 12.2 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.

Hofstra went 1-1 last week, routing Drexel, 86-58, on Wednesday before dropping a close 69-63 decision to James Madison on Saturday. Green led the Pride with 16 points and seven assists, while senior forward Moussa Kone tallied his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jamall Robinson was also in double figures with 10 points.

William & Mary (12-7, 6-2 CAA) moved into a first place tie in the conference standings with a 78-62 victory over Northeastern on Saturday. The Tribe had four players in double figures in the win, led by 19 points from Omar Prewitt.

Marcus Thornton leads William & Mary with 19.1 points per game. He is joined in double figures by Prewitt (12.8), Terry Tarpey (10.7) and Daniel Dixon (10.6). Tarpey leads the team with 8.3 rebounds and has also dished out 69 assists to lead the squad.

This contest will pit two of the eight players nationally to notch a triple-double this season as Green had his for Hofstra against LIU Brooklyn on December 28 (15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) and Tarpey had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against James Madison on January 10.

Hofstra is 14-8 all-time against William & Mary, with all 22 meetings occurring since the Pride joined the CAA in 2001-02. The teams split the meetings over the last two seasons with each squad winning on its respective home court. Hofstra is 6-6 against William & Mary in Williamsburg.

Hofstra returns home after the William & Mary game and will host Towson on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by the American Sports Network. Check your local listings for broadcast information in your area. The broadcast will not be available on television on Long Island, but will be available at GoHofstra.com/PrideProductions and CAA.tv. For ticket information visit HofstraTickets.com or call (516) HOF-TIXX.

For more information on the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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