Jessica Fequiere scored a game-high 19 points to rally the University at Albany women's basketball team to a 62-56 win over Manhattan Wednesday in Riverdale. The Great Danes overcame a 12-point deficit to win their fourth straight road game. Manhattan (2-6) shot 90 percent from the field in the first quarter in building their double-digit lead, but UAlbany held the Jaspers to a six points in second quarter and trailed 27-22 at halftime. Fequiere gave UAlbany (6-2) its first lead since the first quarter with a fast break layup early in the third quarter. UAlbany went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter and gradually pulled away down the stretch.
Athlete of the Year: Anthony Carlucci, Ichabod Crane When assessing his own skills on the pitch, Carlucci settled on one main attribute. "I like to pass the ball," Carlucci said. Carlucci's playmaking skills helped propel the Riders to a Section II Class B title and a berth in the state title game. The star midfielder tallied 13 goals to go with a Section II-best 23 assists. "It is hard to believe he is only a junior," Ichabod Crane coach Michael Young said. Carlucci flourished as Young, the Riders' first-year coach, shifted the junior to the middle of the field this season. "The last few years, he had played on the outside," Young said. "We sat down before the season and talked.
East Rutherford, N.J. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. A week after being benched by former coach Ben McAdoo, Manning was put back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo. "My gut right now says Eli should be the starter," Spagnuolo said in explaining the move after practice Wednesday. The 36-year-old Manning was told of the decision on Tuesday. He had walked into Spagnuolo's office on Monday after McAdoo was fired and told the former defensive coordinator that he wanted to start again. "It's important to play, that's what I love to do," Manning said after practice.
Athlete of the Year: Kevin Vargas, Troy After watching him during individual workouts and preseason practices, Troy coach Mike Murnane understood he had a unique talent in Vargas, a first-year player with the Flying Horses. Murnane received further affirmation during the season opener. "The ball went down in their end and Kevin was 20 yards behind the play. He blew right past the kid to get to the ball," Murnane said. Vargas spent his lone season in Section II competition confounding opponents with a mixture of speed, foot skills and tenacity. Named the 2017 Suburban Council Player of the Year on a vote of league coaches, Vargas delivered 23 goals and four assists for the Flying Horses.
New York Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024. A memo from the NFL's compensation committee to team owners and obtained by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension. That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process. All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee's power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Since then, the league's total revenues have more than doubled to over $13 billion.
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New York Aaron Boone acknowledges that one of his first tasks as New York Yankees manager is to convince his players he can do the job. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's successor at a Yankee Stadium news conference on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. "That's a respect you earn, and hopefully I think in short order I'll be able to earn that respect, that they'll be able to look at me, trust in me, know that I have their interest at heart, but know that hopefully I know what the heck I'm talking about," he said. "That's something that you have to earn over the initial days in spring training, in the season.
Albany Siena junior guard Nico Clareth took it as a slap in the face, literally. No, he wasn't talking about coming off the bench for the first time this season. Clareth meant getting the contact lens knocked out of his right eye by a Robert Morris player on Saturday. He had to come out of the game with 17:03 left and went back to the locker room for a replacement lens. "After they hit me in my face, I was a little upset," Clareth said. "Yeah, I think that was really it. They hit me in my face." Clareth got his revenge with back-to-back 3-pointers after Robert Morris had sliced Siena's 16-point lead to four midway through the second half.
Q: How long have you been on the job at UAlbany? A: I am working on my 12th year here. Q: Before that, you were at the College of Saint Rose. A: I was there for 11 years, something like that. Q: Your wife (Lisa) is in the business, too, right? A: She is. She is the head athletic trainer at St. Rose. Q: Who is the better trainer? A: She is. Without a doubt. Q: Really. Are you saying that because she is your wife? A: Yes (laughs). She was the head athletic director at Stony Brook. That's how we met. She still cheers for Stony Brook no matter what. She won't talk to me if UAlbany beats them in anything. Q: So, do you guys talk shop at home? A: Rarely. It's more of a juggling act with our daughter (5-year-old Averi).
Albany When it comes to his University at Albany basketball team, coach Will Brown is like a penguin. He's uncomfortable when things are in the 70s or 80s. Brown may have to get used to the heat. His heralded defense broke down in the second half Saturday against Columbia, but the offense bailed out the Great Danes at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany put up 57 points after halftime to overcome a 10-point deficit and defeat the visitors from New York, 86-82. The Danes (8-1) haven't put up that many points in a half since March 16, 2016, in a College Basketball Invitational overtime loss to Ohio U. What was strange against Columbia is the halftime score was a UAlbany-friendly 29-26.