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Keith Strudler: Vote Like Lebron

Oct 5, 2016

As we all know from watching this peculiar presidential election, public opinion can change fast. NBA superstar LeBron James can attest to that. A few years ago, when Ohio born and raised James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, Ohioans treated LeBron like he was the Devil. If the Devil also stole your girlfriend and your parking spot. But only a few years later, after he came home and won the first championship in forever for the hard-luck town, those perceptions shifted a bit. So much that he could probably win the governorship right now. Without even campaigning. But LeBron isn’t a politician, at least not in the traditional sense.


On Thursday Night Football, St. Louis topped Tampa Bay 31-23.

On Saturday at 8:25 p.m., the Jets will face off against the Cowboys in Dallas.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., undefeated Carolina will see the Giants in the Meadowlands, Tennessee goes head to head with New England, and Buffalo sees the Redskins in Washington. At 8:30 Arizona is in Philadelphia.


In the NBA finals, Cleveland bested Golden State 96-91 to give the Cavs a 2-1 series lead. LeBron James finished with 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had eight assists and drained a big 3-pointer that put the Cavs ahead by seven with under two minutes remaining.


In baseball, in interleague play, the Yankees topped Washington 6-1, Toronto edged Miami 4-3, and it was Detroit over the Cubs 6-0.


In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland bested Chicago 94-73 to win the series 4-2 and Houston topped the Clippers 119-107 to even the series at 3 games apiece.


In baseball, in the American League, Tampa Bay defeated the Yankees 6-1, Boston edged Seattle 2-1, Houston won against Toronto 6-4, Kansas City doubled up Texas 6-3, and it was Detroit over Minnesota 13-1.

In the National League, the Cubs slid past the Mets 6-5, Philadelphia doubled up Pittsburgh 4-2, Cincinnati edged San Francisco 4-3, Colorado beat the Dodgers 5-4, and it was San Diego over Washington 8-3.

In interleague play, St. Louis beat Cleveland 2-1.


In the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament, UAlbany goes up against No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday at 3 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse will face Johns Hopkins at noon on Sunday.

Keith Strudler: King James Goes Home

Nov 5, 2014

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. If it did, I’d be writing this from my ski chalet in Switzerland while my 7 year old cures Cancer. Things haven’t gone exactly according to plan for the sports fans of Cleveland, either. That’s pretty much true for all of sporting history, but particularly true at this very moment, where their beloved Cavaliers are now 1-2 to start this NBA season. That wouldn’t be entirely unusual, if it weren’t for the fact that this season marked the return of the Chosen One LeBron James, who returned from Miami to finally bring a title to beleaguered city. And he brought all-star forward Kevin Love with him, who, along with point guard Kyrie Erving, would form the new holy trinity of power in the Eastern Conference, something the Heat managed for the past several seasons.

World Cup:

Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.

With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among soccer's all-time greats.

Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tight and tense World Cup final. Goetz beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.


World Cup:

In World Cup action, England scored a draw with Costa Rica 0-0, Uruguay edged Italy 1-0, Greece defeated the Ivory Coast 2-1, and Colombia beat Japan 4-1.


Union College men’s baseball team is going to the Division III NCAA tournament for the first time since 1965. This comes after winning the Liberty League title for the first time last Saturday.

The UAlbany softball team is headed the the Division I NCAA tournament on Friday.

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LeBron James has followed his career-high 61 points in Monday's win over Charlotte by scoring just 22 points in a loss at Houston. The Rockets stopped the Miami Heat’s current  8 game winning streak in the last 34 seconds.

Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace is sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and left ankle.

Two weeks ago the Syracuse Orange were ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press men's basketball poll and were one of two unbeaten teams in Division I.

LeBron James Sets New High With Miami Heat

Mar 4, 2014

In the NBA, the Nets had a 96-80 rout of the Chicago Bulls in Brooklyn. Deron Williams scored 20 points and Joe Johnson had 19. The Bulls committed 28 turnovers and lost for just the second time in 11 games.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. After that, the Nets would have to sign him for the rest of the season if they wanted to keep him. Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23, becoming the NBA's first openly gay player, and it expires today.

Keith Strudler: Sports Mount Rushmore

Feb 19, 2014

So for the record, there are no actual Mount Rushmores for sports. There’s no baseball Rushmore, with Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron chiseled into some rock ledge. And there’s no mountain with Johnny Unitas next to Jim Brown. So any discussion of the Mount Rushmore of any sport is purely hypothetical, as are many sports debates.

Ligety Split, American Ted Ligety Wins Giant Slalom

Feb 19, 2014

Mike Miller hit five of his seven 3-point tries and finished with 19 points as Memphis outlasted New York 98-95.

The Indiana Pacers still own a three-game lead over the Miami Heat in the NBA's Eastern Conference, after both teams won their games yesterday. The Pacers had a 108-98 win over the Hawks in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the heat kept pace as LeBron James poured in a season-high 42 points in a 117-106 win at Dallas.

Women's Downhill Tie, First Time Ever

Feb 12, 2014

There was a big upset in college basketball Tuesday night.

No. 5 San Diego St. took a 20-game winning streak into Laramie, Wyoming before being upset by the Wyoming Cowboys 68-62. San Diego State drops to 21-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

Meanwhile, fourth-ranked Wichita State had a 78-67 win over Southern Illinois. Ron Baker scored 19 points.

That leaves Wichita State and Syracuse as the only remaining unbeaten teams. No team has had a perfect regular season since Saint Joseph's in 2004.

Saints Beat Peacocks, Snap Three-Game Losing Streak

Jan 24, 2014

The Siena men's basketball team had a 64-47 victory over Saint Peter's Thursday at Times Union Center.

The Saints snapped a three-game losing streak and are now tied for sixth with Monmouth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t such a good night for UAlbany. The Danes lost to New Hampshire 60-56.

The UAlbany women’s team crushed New Hampshire 88-47.

The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs have strengthened their holds on the NBA's two conference races following last night's losses by Miami and Oklahoma City.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the Knicks earned their third straight win by downing the Heat 102-92 in New York.

The Heat ended a three-game winning streak and fell to 27-9, 1 1/2 games behind the East-leading Pacers. LeBron James had 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 for Miami.

The Thunder were clobbered in Denver as Randy Foye scored 24 points in the Nuggets' 101-88 win over Oklahoma City.

In the NBA, Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the third quarter and hit the game-clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left in New York's 89-85 victory over Detroit. The Knicks outscored the Pistons 32-17 in the third period and handed Detroit its season-high fifth straight loss.

Phil Dawson FG Helps San Francisco Beat Packers

Jan 6, 2014

In the NFL, Phil Dawson drilled a 33-yard kick to give the San Francisco 49ers a 23-20 win over the Packers in Green Bay in the NFC wild-card game. Colin Kaepernick kept the winning drive alive by escaping a blitz on third-and-8 and scrambling for an 11-yard gain to the 27 with 1:13 left. Kaepernick was all over the field, rushing seven times for a team-high 98 yards and completing 16 of his 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.

It was an emotional night for the Siena men’s basketball team Monday night at Times Union Center.

With 12:06 left, the Saints were trailing by 13 points until junior guard Evan Hymes sparked a 22-0 run that helped the Saints rally to beat Fordham 79-69 before a crowd of 6,131. Siena junior guard Rob Poole scored a career-high 28 points.

This afternoon UAlbany faces an uphill battle against Pitt.

Christmas Day Nightmare In New York

Dec 26, 2013

There were five games in the NBA on Christmas Day and it was not pretty for New York fans.

The first game of the day had the Bulls whipping the Nets 95-78 in Brooklyn, giving Chicago its first winning streak since mid-November. Taj Gibson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 15 points. The Bulls trailed 50-49 early in the second half before Butler hit a 3-point to spark a 21-5 run that put Chicago in control the rest of the way.

In the NBA, Tyson Chandler returned from injury and J.R. Smith hit a go-ahead jumper in the second overtime and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-101 on Wednesday night.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and Beno Udrih added a season-high 21 for the Knicks.

John Wall scored 21 points and made two big defensive plays against Deron Williams down the stretch to lead the Washington Wizards to a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Detroit knocked off Boston 107-106. Charlotte topped Toronto 104-102 in overtime.

Justin Tucker Kicks Ravens To Field Goal Victory

Dec 17, 2013

In the NFL, Justin Tucker's sixth field goal of the game was a 61-yard boot with 38 seconds left to give the Baltimore Ravens an 18-16 win at Detroit. Tucker also hit field goals of 53 and 49 yards as the Ravens improved to 8-6, one game behind first-place Cincinnati in the AFC North.

In the NBA, Boston beat Minnesota 101-97 behind Jared Sullinger's 24 points and 11 rebounds. Sullinger chipped in 15 points and six boards in the fourth quarter alone, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining.

In the NFL, Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 last night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play. Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal put the Patriots up 20-17 before Newton drove Carolina 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown.


Checking news on the ice, Buffalo beat Los Angeles 3-2 in a shootout. The NY Islanders defeated Nashville 3-1. It was New Jersey over the NY Rangers 3-2. Carolina passed Colorado 2-1. Washington edged Columbus 4-3 in overtime. Florida passed Anaheim 3-2. Philadelphia blanked Ottawa 5-0. Tampa Bay won against Montreal 2-1 in a shootout. Winnipeg bested Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. Phoenix defeated St. Louis 3-2 in overtime and Calgary fell to San Jose 3-2 in overtime.

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In the NBA, on their third try, the Miami Heat have scored their first road victory of the season. LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the two-time NBA champion Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95.

James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games.

Meanwhile, Kemba Walker scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson added 18 and the Charlotte Bobcats held off a late run by New York to beat the Knicks 102-97.

Heat Dominate NBA Opening Game Against Bulls

Oct 30, 2013
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The NBA season officially got under way Tuesday night.

The Miami Heat celebrated their second straight NBA championship by distributing rings and raising the title banner before facing the Chicago Bulls. Miami built a 54-33 halftime lead in a 107-95 win over the Bulls. Miami scored 37 points in the second quarter alone, more than Chicago accumulated the entire first half. LeBron James had a team-high 17 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose finished with 12 points in his first game since missing all of last season because of knee surgery.

Take Two, Miami Wins Game 7 Final

Jun 21, 2013
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It was another close one last night in Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Miami. The Heat held just a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter before LeBron James secured the victory with 27.9 seconds left. The final score was 95-88 and the win makes the Heat back-to-back NBA champions -- and third since 2006. Overall James poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year.

Chris Bosh Saves Heat And Miami Take Game 6

Jun 19, 2013
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The San Antonio Spurs just couldn't put away the Miami Heat.

The Heat managed to force a seventh game Thursday night in the NBA Finals by scoring the last six points to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. LeBron James and Ray Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter after the Spurs failed to come up with rebounds of missed Miami shots.

In other NBA news, the proposed deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would have sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is off.

Oakland Sweeps Yankees 3-2 In 18 Innings

Jun 14, 2013
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Well, it was a long one.

In the American League, Oakland beat the Yankees 3-2 in 18 innings. Nate Freiman drove in the game winner with a hit off Mariano Rivera. The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the first and the A's tied things up with two in the third before getting the win and a three-game sweep.

Elsewhere, Baltimore defeated Boston 5-4 in 13 innings. Chris Davis singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs, giving the Orioles a win in the opener of a four-game series. Kansas City cruised ahead of Tampa Bay 10-1 and Toronto defeated Texas 3-1.

Keith Strudler: Lebron Vs. History

Jun 13, 2013

In the period of the next several days, the history of basketball may or may not be rewritten. At stake is far more than the next NBA Title, which will go to either the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. The Spurs hold a 2-1 game lead in the best of seven series and could potentially defeat the favored Heat team before ever having to return to Miami for Games 6 and 7. Or, Miami could rebound and overwhelm the Spurs with superior talent and up-tempo play, taking their second consecutive title and laying the groundwork as the league’s most current dynasty. With that comes the historical directive of one superstar LeBron James, the most dominant player in the league.

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In baseball news, checking the American League, Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Monday night to spoil Nick Swisher's first game back in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte lasted only 4 2-3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Elsewhere, it was Houston over the Angels 2-1 and Seattle doubled up the White Sox 4-2.