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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Faces Stern Test At #4 Purdue On Wednesday

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will travel to Purdue on Wednesday for a stern test as they take on the #4 Boilermakers.

Purdue is the highest ranked opponent Hofstra has faced since taking on #1 Villanova on December 22, 2017. The Pride’s most recent game against a nationally-ranked opponent was an 89-81 win over #24 Arkansas on December 18, 2021. This will mark Hofstra’s 13th game against a Power Five conference team in the Speedy Claxton era (since he joined the staff in 2013-14). During that time, the Pride has earned a trio of victories against Power Five schools (Arkansas, UCLA, and Florida State).

Tip-off from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The game will air on BTN+ and WRHU will carry an audio only broadcast on the HAWC. Links to both, as well as the live statistics, can be found on this page and on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com. 

The Pride is coming off an incredibly busy November that saw them play a total of nine games and travel nearly 8,000 miles. Hofstra picked up six wins during the month, the most-ever for the program in the month of November. The Pride has won two of its last three games, including a pair of wins in Canada, with its most recent game being a narrow overtime defeat at George Mason on November 30. 

Purdue is currently 8-0 on the season and most recently defeated Minnesota, 89-70, on Sunday. 

The Boilermakers have earned wins over Milwaukee, Austin Peay, Marquette, West Virginia, #6 Gonzaga, #8 Duke, Florida State, and the Golden Gophers this season. 

Hofstra and Purdue have met once before in men’s basketball with the Boilermakers winning that game back on November 11, 2012, in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. That contest was also played in West Lafayette. Hofstra’s most recent game against a Big Ten Conference team came last season when they dropped a narrow two-point decision at Maryland. It is Hofstra’s 16th game against a current member of the Big Ten. 

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Fordham Record-Setting QB Tim DeMorat Invited to 2022 Stats Perform Walter Payton Award Announcement

The two leading NCAA FCS passers, including Fordham senior quarterback Tim DeMorat,  and the top-ranked rusher in the FCS were invited on Monday to the announcement of the 2022 Stats Perform Walter Payton Award, which honors the offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision.

The trio of quarterbacks Tim DeMorat of Fordham and Lindsey Scott Jr. of UIW and running back Jaden Shirden of Monmouth were among 30 finalists for the Payton, which is named for legendary running back Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State as part of his Hall of Fame career.

A 54-member panel voted on the 36th annual award after the regular season. The announcement of the recipient will be made at the FCS National Awards banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.

DeMorat, a fifth-year senior from Merritt Island, Florida, led Fordham to its first playoff bid since 2015 and a 9-3 record. While the 6-foot-4, 220-yard DeMorat earned his third straight Patriot League offensive player of the year award, he completed 301 of 458 passes (65.7 percent) for 4,561 yards and 53 touchdowns against eight interceptions in the regular season. He added 330 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs, bringing his season totals to FCS season highs of 4,891 yards and 56 TDs, with another five touchdown runs.

Over his career, DeMorat set school records for completions (1,032), passing yards (13,454), and passing touchdowns (123). His passing yards and passing scores are also both Patriot League career records.

Scott, from Zachary, Louisiana, and a graduate transfer from Nicholls, was the Southland Conference player of the year, helping his 11-1 team to a national quarterfinal this week. He became the third player in FCS history to pass for seven touchdowns in one half of a game, then did it a second time. Through 12 games, the 5-11, 212-pounder is 273 of 377 (72.4 percent) for 4,185 yards and 55 touchdowns with six interceptions, adding 466 rushing yards and seven TD runs. His 210.6 pass efficiency is higher than the FCS single-season record.

Shirden, a sophomore from West Haven, Connecticut, leads the FCS in rushing yards (1,722) and rushing yards per game (156.5). He averaged 8.4 yards on 206 carries, and had four games over 200 yards and another two over 150 yards. The 5-9, 185-pound breakaway runner averaged 52.8 yards on his 13 touchdown runs, with eight over 50 yards and his two longest against Fordham (95 and 80 yards). He was named the CAA’s offensive player of the year as Monmouth finished 5-6 in its first season as a member of the largest FCS conference.

The Walter Payton Award, first presented in 1987, has a distinguished history of recipients, including Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.

Fordham senior wide receiver Fotis Kokosioulis was also a finalists for the Walter Payton Award, finishing in a tie for 14th.

Also at the national banquet, Stats Perform will present the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman player of the year) and Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year), and FedEx Ground will present the Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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USWNT General Manager Kate Markgraf Named Recipient of NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

U.S. Women’s National Team General Manager Kate Markgraf, who earned 201 caps for the USA, was one of the youngest players on the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning team, won two Olympic gold medals (2004 and 2008) and played 96 matches for Notre Dame in an All-American career highlight by winning the 1995 NCAA title, will receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award.

The award is given to six former NCAA student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the end of their intercollegiate athletics eligibility. Markgraf will receive her award at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio in January of 2023. The only other women’s soccer player to earn the award are former University of Wisconsin goalkeeper Dr. Heather Taggert, who currently specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Markgraf’s former National Team teammates Julie Foudy (Stanford University) and Mia Hamm (University of North Carolina).

“I really enjoyed my time at Notre Dame as student and an athlete and it’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years,” said Markgraf. “I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of the countless females that helped facilitate the opportunities to compete collegiately and professionally. The recognition of this award is for all of us to show that when given an opportunity, we all can achieve great things and raise the level of progress for all.”

Along with Markgraf, the other 2023 recipients are football kicker Phil Dawson, basketball players Allison Feaster and Dr. Marsha Harris, swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg and football player Peyton Manning.

Nominees for this prestigious award must be a college graduate, have received a varsity letter at an NCAA member institution and achieved personal distinction since graduation, which Markgraf certainly has, on and off the field. She has contributed to her alma mater as president of the Monogram club, a community comprised of former Notre Dame student-athletes and student support staff members, as well as an on-campus staff and a board of directors, and certainly enjoyed a distinguished career on the field as well as after her sporting retirement.

Markgraf was named as the first Head of Women’s Soccer and General Manger in U.S. Women’s National Team history on Aug. 12, 2019. In what was a newly created position, she took on the responsibilities of working with the head coach in creating, executing and monitoring technical plans for the U.S. WNT and all U.S. Youth National Teams, both short term and long-term.

Markgraf is charged with overseeing the technical and administrative staffs for all teams, managing the day-to-day activities around the teams, leading the planning of National Team activities, helping implement High Performance programs and representing U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team at various events around the country and the world. Beyond the senior team, she is responsible for influencing the development of women’s soccer within the Federation and the managing of the overall technical plan for the Women’s National Team program which include the hiring of Youth National Team coaches and staff.

Markgraf came to U.S. Soccer after spending eight years as a soccer commentator for ESPN and NBC as well as working in the academic arena.

Markgraf is one of just 12 American female players to appear 200 or more times for her country and started at center back in six consecutive world championship events for the USA. She played in 16 World Cup matches and 16 Olympic matches in her career. Known as a gritty defender with excellent speed and fitness, and an ability to dominate in the air, she started in 187 of her 201 caps. She was co-captain of the National Team during the latter part of her career. She famously scored her first and only international goal on Sept. 20, 2008, against Ireland, nailing a penalty kick to break her U.S. record scoreless streak of 192 games. She had eight career assists.

Her play at marking back during her sophomore year was instrumental in the Fighting Irish winning the 1995 NCAA championship and she was the Defensive MVP of the 1995 NCAA Final Four. She was a three-time All Big East selection and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior

At the professional club level, Markgraf played for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA, the first professional league in the USA, for all three years of its existence and then played a few matches for the Chicago Red Stars at the tail end of her career during the startup of the second pro league, the WPS. She also did a brief stint in Sweden with KIF Orebro DFF in 2005.

Markgraf came back to the National Team twice after the birth of her three children, first after son Keegan was born in 2006 and then briefly after her twins Xavier and Carson were born in 2009.

In 2005, she was accepted into Northwestern Law School in Chicago and Northeastern Law School in Boston but deferred to continue her soccer career. She earned her degree in Science Business at Notre Dame.

After retiring from professional soccer, Markgraf went into the academic world. She holds two graduate degrees: a Master’s in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research on elite athletes and the influence of Grit, a psychological metric predictive of success in elite domains, was the first of its kind and was published, with her as the co-author with her advisor, in the top Sport Psychology Academic Journal, the Journal of American Sport Psychology. In addition to her work for ESPN and NBC Sports as a soccer analyst, she served as a counselor charged with the development and management of the Student Employment Program at Cardinal Stritch University, which entailed overseeing more than 200 students and more than 30 supervisors.

In addition, Markgraf has served as a volunteer assistant coach with four Division I college programs, at Marquette, Harvard, Texas and with her alma mater at Notre Dame. She also coached youth soccer in the Milwaukee area for five years.

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FURY-OUS Finish: Tyson Fury Stops Derek Chisora in 10

WBC and Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) once again demonstrated why he is the king of the division by defeating Derek Chisora (33-13, 23 KOs) via 10th-round technical knockout Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The two men had faced each other on two prior occasions, but this was the first time that a world title was on the line.

Chisora began the fight in aggressive fashion, but Fury was able to find his distance, work the jab from the outside, and land quick combinations. This boded badly for the Zimbabwe-born challenger, who was hurt with vicious right hands in the following two rounds and even appeared to be on the verge of getting stopped early.

Fury then began to control the fight with much more ease, though Chisora did his best to connect to the body. In fact, according to CompuBox, the 38-year-old managed to land a total of 70 body shots throughout the fight, more than any of Fury’s previous opponents.

Nevertheless, Fury was much more successful with his own offense, landing 50 percent or more of his power punches in seven of the 10 rounds. By round eight, there was visible swelling below Chisora’s right eye, and it was clear that his corner needed to put a halt to the fight. However, in the tenth round, Fury landed a crunching combination that forced Victor Loughlin to put a stop to the bout at 2:51 of the aforementioned round.

Fury said, “Firstly, I want to say thank you to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me another victory tonight. Secondly, I just want to say what a fuc*ing crowd! Come on! 60,000 people here today. I love every single one of you people. You’re amazing. I’m flabbergasted for words to say how much it means to me.

“I felt good. I needed some rounds. I haven’t boxed since April. It’s been 8 or 9 months since then. I’ve been out of retirement. I’ve had a lot go on. I felt like I was landing my jab, landing some good punches. I take nothing away from Chisora. He’s an absolute warrior. It’s been a privilege to fight him three times. He’s an absolute British folk hero. What a warrior. What an African British warrior. We’ve done three epic fights, and what a tough man. I was hitting him with shots that would’ve knocked anybody else out, and he stood up to every one of them.”

Chisora said, “You know what, thanks to the ref. As a fighter, you don’t want to stop. You want to go out in your shield. Thank you, Tyson, I really appreciate this. There is a big fight coming up. Everyone wants to see one champion in the heavyweight division. The last one we had was Lennox Lewis. I would like to see him and Usyk in Saudi [Arabia]. That’s what we want to see now. That’s the fight we should make happen now.”

Dubois Overcomes Adversity to Retain Belt

London native Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) overcame three knockdowns in the first round before stopping South African Kevin Lerena (28-2, 14 KOs) at the end of the third round to retain his WBA ‘Regular’ heavyweight title.
 
Dubois had a difficult start as a counter left hook wobbled him and sent him to the canvas. The hard-hitting heavyweight then took a knee due to a right ankle injury and visited the canvas once more before the round ended.
 
In the second round, Dubois began to find his rhythm and even managed to hurt Lerena with a counter right uppercut followed by a left hook. In the following round, Dubois dropped Lerena with a straight right hand before ending matters with a fight-finishing flurry.

Lightweights: Ukrainian Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk (17-0, 9 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and won the European title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Yvan Mendy (47-6-1, 22 KOs). Scores: 117-112 and 116-112 2x.
 
Light Heavyweights: Karol Itauma (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a technical knockout win over Vladimir Belujsky (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 1:18 of the eighth round.
 
Lightweights: 18-year-old rising prospect Royston Barney Smith (4-0, 2 KOs) defeated Cruz Perez (3-4, 1 KO) via knockout in the first round. Time of stoppage: 1:02.

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Albany FireWolves start season 1-0 with victory in Buffalo

The Albany FireWolves (1-0) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (0-1), 11-10, at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York on Saturday evening.  Despite Buffalo recording 15 more shots on goal, the FireWolves were able to hold off their inner state foes and start the new season on the right foot.  

Tanner Thomson led the FireWolves offense with 7 total points in the game on 2 goals and 5 assists.  Connor Kelly added 6 points in his debut with the FireWolves, logging 2 goals and 4 assists.  Other new members to Albany Kieran McArdle and Ethan Walker contributed 4 and 3 points each, respectively.  Rookie John Piatelli tallied 3 points in his first career game on 1 shorthanded goal and assists.  Charlie Kitchen and Hiana Thompson each added 2 points in the victory.  Colton Watkinson, John LaFontaine, and Nick Chaykowsky each contributed 1 point to round out the FireWolves scoring.

In net, Doug Jamieson allowed just 10 goals while recording 44 saves.  Buffalo took a total of 54 shots in the game, 15 more than Albany. 

Joe Nardella went 15 for 25 from the faceoff dot, scooped up a game-high 17 loose balls, and caused 2 turnovers on the night.  Thomson added to his impressive line with 10 loose ball recoveries.  McArdle and Thompson each recovered 7 loose balls, while Kitchen, Watkinson, LaFontaine, Kelly and Piatelli each scooped up 6.  Kitchen, Kelly, and Chaykowsky each blocked 1 shot in the contest.

Albany capitalized on 2 out of 4 power play opportunities with goals coming from Walker and McArdle. 

The FireWolves are back in action for their home-opening game versus the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, December 17.  For more information regarding tickets, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.

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Dutch top USMNT 3-1 ending World Cup run

The United States Men’s National Team came up short on Saturday against the Netherlands, falling 3-1 at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. This ended the US run at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the first round of the knockout phase of the tournament and sent the Dutch team onto the Quarterfinals. 

The Dutch jumped out early in the 10th minute when Denzel Dumfries sent a cross from the right corner over to Memphis Depay at the top of the box, sending a shot past US goalie Matt Turner into the bottom left corner of the net. The Americans struggled on the offensive end for the duration of the game and had even more difficulty on the defensive side countering the Netherlands slow, deliberate ball control style of play after they took the lead.

The Americans’ best chance came in the 43rd minute when Timothy Weah took a hard shot from long range, but Dutch goalie Andries Nuppert was able to make a diving save to preserve the lead. The Dutch came back down the other end a few minutes later in stoppage time when Dumfries sent another cross from the right side of the box to find Daley Blind in the center of the box to fire a shot past Turner to go into halftime leading 2-0.

In the second half the US showed a brief flash of life after bringing in a few substitutions for fresh legs. The Americans broke the shutout in the 76th minute when a Christian Pulisic cross from the right side of the box caught Haji Wright’s foot at a weird angle sending the ball on an upward trajectory over Nuppert’s head into the left side of the net bringing the score to 2-1. Hopes were quickly extinguished for the Americans a few minutes later in the 81st minute when Daley Blind sent a high arcing pass from the left side over the pack to Dumfries on the right side of the box who fired a quick shot which Turner had no chance to save, bringing the final tally to 3-1.

News and notes:

  • US striker Josh Sargent missed the game after sustaining an ankle injury in the previous match against Iran on Tuesday. 
  • This was the third consecutive World Cup appearance for the USMNT ending in the Round of 16. The US lost to Ghana in 2010 and Belgium in 2014. 
  • The US will co-host the next FIFA World Cup in 2026 alongside Canada and Mexico.
  • Denzel Dumfries helped on all three Dutch goals, assisting on the first two goals and scoring the third. 
  • Memphis Depay’s goal was his 43rd international for the Netherlands, second place all-time in Dutch history. 
  • The Netherlands plays Argentina in the Quarterfinal round on Friday December 9 at 2pm on Fox and Telemundo. Argentina defeated Australia 2-1 in their Round of 16 match. 

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball to Open BIG EAST Play at Butler on Friday Night

Off to its best start since 2014-15, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team will kick-off conference play at Butler on Friday night.  

The Red Storm and Bulldogs are set to tip-off from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The contest will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloSports with Johnny Soper and Garrett Butcher on the call.  

The Johnnies will arrive in Indianapolis with a 6-0 record on the year coming off a pair of hard-fought wins at the Las Vegas Invitational. On Nov. 25, St. John’s held a then-top 20 scoring offense in-check and battled out a 61-57 over Memphis. The following day, the squad halted a late-game run from UTSA to seal a 69-64 win at The Mirage.   

St. John’s is led by a pair of talented scoring guards Kadaja Bailey and Jayla Everett, who have found their groove offensively in the early going. Bailey leads the team averaging 15.2 points per game, shooting 49.3 percent from field-goal range. Everett follows just behind averaging 14.5 points a contest. The redshirt senior has been sharp from downtown, shooting 39.5 percent from long range. In the win over Memphis, the Pittsburgh transfer led all scorers with 16 points and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.  

The defense has played a crucial role in the Johnnies success, not allowing an opponent to score over 65 points through six games. The group is currently holding the opposition to just 52.8 points per game, which ranks first in the conference and 25thnationally.   

Butler enters conference competition with a 4-2 record and are riding a three-game winning streak, its longest since the 2019-20 season A new-look roster, five of the top-six scorers for the Bulldogs are newcomers, led by IUPUI transfer Rachel McLimore who is averaging a team-high 12.5 points per game.  

 The Red Storm have taken the last five meetings from its conference foe. Last year, St. John’s defeated Butler, 73-61, on Feb. 9, 2022. Forward Rayven Peeples posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards in the road win.  

In his 11th year at the helm, Head Coach Joe Tartamella is 6-4 in conference opener’s. Last year, the Red Storm picked up an 88-75 victory over Seton Hall in its league opener on Dec. 5, 2021.   

Following Friday’s game, the Johnnies will have a quick turnaround as they welcome no. 13/14 Creighton to Carnesecca Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.   

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