Wanda Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, "Empty Seats," which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. Wanda, of course, is best known as the host of "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.

In "Empty Seats," they were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they'd be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they're often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.

Wanda will be at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza signing her new book on Friday night at 6PM.


Ben McAdoo will remain the New York Giants' head coach at least until the end of the season despite the team's 1-8 start. Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement today that they won't evaluate the team and make any moves until the end of the season. McAdoo's future has been a major topic the past two weeks in the wake of a 34-point home loss to the Los Angeles Rams and yesterday's 10-point loss to the previously-winless San Francisco 49ers.

The 40-year-old McAdoo has seen his team fall apart after making the playoffs in his rookie season as an NFL head coach last year.

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For the second consecutive season, the University at Albany men’s soccer team won the America East championship.  The Great Danes knocked off second-overall seed UMass Lowell on the road 1-0 in double overtime on freshman Andreas Assiotis’ first career goal.

In five career meetings with the Riverhawks, UAlbany has alternated wins and losses.  It was the second time this season that UAlbany has beaten UMass Lowell, after winning 1-0 to open America East play at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on September 30.  Each of the last three games between UAlbany and UMass Lowell has ended 1-0.

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Today kicks off the first games of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Some local matchups to watch:

Cornell is at Syracuse at 7 p.m.

Colgate is Connecticut at 7 p.m.

Iona College at UAlbany 7 p.m.

UMass Lowell at UMass 7 p.m.

Siena is at Charleston at 7 p.m.

Central Connecticut is at Hartford at 8 p.m.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly ready to fight a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Jones told the six owners on the compensation committee he had hired high-profile attorney David Boies and was prepared to sue if the group voted to extend Goodell's deal. Jones has since been embroiled in a dispute sparked by Goodell's six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over alleged domestic violence.

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Former Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday when his private plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

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The Boston Celtics have picked up their ninth straight victory since an 0-2 start, but they were challenged by a team that knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers the previous night.

Kyrie Irving poured in a season-high 35 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining that put the Celtics ahead to stay in a 110-107 victory over the Hawks. Jayson Tatum added 21 points in a game that featured 25 lead changes before Boston improved to an NBA-best 9-2.


Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds for his first major victory.

Kamworor ran the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds.

Shalane Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany and became the first American woman to win the New York marathon since 1977.

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You can cross the Houston Astros off the list of major league teams without a World Series title.

The Astros are champions in their 56th big league season following a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 7 at Los Angeles. They did it with another big homer from George Springer and an outstanding performance from their bullpen.


Dodger Stadium will be hosting Game 7 of a World Series for the first time in its storied history.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have stretched the Fall Classic to the limit by rallying for a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. The Dodgers were baffled by Justin Verlander over the first five innings before surging ahead in the sixth and smacking the 24th home run of the series.

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Ezekiel Elliott could be out of the Dallas Cowboys' lineup until mid-December.

A federal judge has cleared the way for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension it handed to the Cowboys running back over domestic violence allegations.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the request for a preliminary injunction from players' union attorneys working for Elliott. Failla has put the ruling on hold for 24 hours to give Elliott's legal team time to appeal, a likely move. She heard arguments from both sides on Monday in federal court in Manhattan with Elliott in attendance before rendering her decision hours later.

Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking “no” for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world.

Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling’s highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping. Draft Animals reveals a story as much about bike racing as it is about the never-ending ladder of achieving goals, failure, and finding happiness if you land somewhere in-between.

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Joe Girardi is out as New York Yankees manager after 10 seasons. The team made the announcement Thursday. A person familiar with decision says Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recommended that Girardi not return. Girardi succeeded Joe Torre after the 2007 season and led the team to a World Series title in 2009 but has fallen short each year since.

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The Houston Astros climbed out of a two-run hole on Wednesday, then blew a two-run lead in extra innings before knotting the World Series at a game apiece.

George Springer unloaded a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning to lift the Astros past the Dodgers, 7-6 in Los Angeles. Cameron Maybin started the rally with a leadoff single and stole second before scoring on Houston's fourth home run since the ninth inning.


The 2017 MLB season is nearing its end, while the NFL, NBA and NHL seasons are just getting going. Here to discuss sports is CBS 6's Brittany Devane and Keith Strudler of Montclair State University. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The New York Mets' pitching staff was in disarray this season, compiling the third-worst ERA in the majors. General manager Sandy Alderson hopes to see improvement after naming Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in Mets history.

Callaway spent the last five years handling Indians pitchers and oversaw a staff that led the majors with a 3.30 ERA and 1,614 strikeouts this year.

The Mets had 12 pitchers start at least one game as injuries destroyed the rotation. Jacob deGrom and Robert Gsellman were the only Mets hurlers to start more than 18 times.

Callaway also takes over a lineup that led the National League with 224 home runs but was 11th in on-base percentage on the way to a 70-92 record.


The Houston Astros have a little time to savor their American League Championship win before taking the field Tomorrow in Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros shut out the Yankees 4-0 in Saturday’s ALCS Game 7 in Houston.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have set their rotation for the first three games of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

Lefty Rich Hill will start Game 2 for L.A. after ace Clayton Kershaw pitches the opener against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Yu Darvish has the starting assignment for the third game.

Justin Verlander will start Game 2 for Houston.

The World Series begins Tuesday in Los Angeles.


Enrique Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night behind Clayton Kershaw to reach the World Series for the first time in almost three decades.

Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Cody Bellinger had three hits as Los Angeles ended Chicago's title defense with a dominant performance in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.

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The NBA season opener was supposed to feature a matchup between LeBron James and former teammate Kyrie Irving. Instead, a gruesome injury overshadowed an otherwise entertaining game as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 102-99.

Gordon Hayward had to be carted off the floor after breaking his ankle in the first quarter of his Celtics debut. He went up for an alley-oop pass and fell awkwardly following a collision with James.

Hayward had his leg wrapped in an air cast as he left the arena.

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Despite her 5-foot-2, 130-pound frame, Jen Welter always excelled in athletics, from tennis to rugby to women’s football.  Welter credits her determination for helping her crack one of American’s most stubborn glass ceilings. In 2015, she became the first female coach in the National Football League, working with the Arizona Cardinals’ linebackers in the preseason. But as Welter writes in her new memoir "Play Big," it took years of adversity in life and sports before Welter found herself on the sidelines. Now, she hopes her story can inspire others.

The American sports stadium, for all its raucous glory, is an overlooked centerpiece -- a veritable temple -- of our national culture. A hallowed ground for communal worship, this is where history is made on grass, artificial turf, hardwood, and even ice; where nostalgia flows as freely as ten-dollar beers; where everything thrills, from exploding fireworks to grinning cheerleaders.

If you’ve ever wondered how they coordinate those fighter jet flyovers with the national anthem, how many hot dogs they serve in a day at Citi Field, how boozy pregame tailgates are kept in line, or what on earth AstroTurf is made of, look no further.

Rafi Kohan is a freelance writer and editor, and an amateur ivy groomer. Formerly, he served as deputy editor at the New York Observer and has written for GQ, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Town & Country,, and more. His new book is The Arena.


Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone, and that his season could be over.

Rodgers got hurt after throwing a roll-out pass in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-10 loss at Minnesota. The Packers said yesterday that the injury could force the All-Pro to miss the rest of the season.

Brett Hundley is now the starting quarterback, with Joe Callahan promoted from the practice squad to serve as the backup.


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The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading to Chicago with a two-games-to-none lead over the defending World Series champs in the National League Championship Series.

Justin Turner capped his four-RBI day by slamming a three-run homer off John Lackey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Turner's second homer of the postseason ended another dramatic night for the Dodgers, who remained unbeaten in these playoffs and moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988. It came on the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's walk-off homer that gave Los Angeles Game 1 of the World Series against Oakland.

The Cubs went ahead on Addison Russell's solo homer in the fifth inning, but the lead didn't last long. Turner tied it with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.

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The Chicago Cubs are back in the National League Championship Series for a team-record third consecutive year. All it took was a comeback from an early 4-1 deficit, a crazy fifth-inning rally, an eighth-inning pickoff and a seven-out save by their closer.

Addison Russell drove in four runs and the Cubs took Game 5 of their NL Division Series by outscoring the Nationals, 9-8 in Washington.

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The New York Yankees are back in the American League Championship Series for the first time in five years after taking the final three games of their LDS against the Indians.

Didi Gregorius was 3-for-4 with a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to a 5-2 triumph in Game 5 at Cleveland. Gregorius put New York ahead to stay with a solo shot in the first inning and added a two-run blast that put the Bombers ahead 3-0 in the third.


Next year's World Cup won't include the United States.

The Americans were eliminated in their final qualifying match on Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 decision at Trinidad. The outcome ends a U.S. streak of seven straight appearances at soccer's showcase.

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The winless New York Giants are going to be without offensive catalyst Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season.

The Giants announced Monday that Beckham will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week, and his season officially ended when he was put on injured reserve later in the day along with fellow receiver Dwayne Harris.

Head coach Ben McAdoo called it "a sad situation."

The 24-year-old Beckham was hurt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-22 loss to Los Angeles when Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward fell on his ankle and pinned it to the turf.

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There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona elected to start Trevor Bauer over Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber in Game 1 of their AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. Francona's strategy worked on Thursday as Bauer led the Indians to a 4-0 shutout of the Yanks.

Bauer was outstanding over 6 2/3 innings, holding New York to a pair of hits and one walk while striking out eight. He had a no-hitter until Aaron Hicks lined a one-out double in the sixth.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have moved into the NL Division Series for the first time in six years by putting the "wild" in the wild-card game.

Paul Goldschmidt belted a three-run homer and Jake Lamb was 4-for-4 with three runs scored as the DBacks outscored the Rockies, 11-8 at Phoenix. Goldschmidt opened the scoring with a first-inning blast, but the Diamondbacks squandered most of a 6-0 lead before getting two-run triples from pitcher Archie Bradley in the seventh inning and A.J. Pollock in the eighth.

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The New York Yankees are in the AL Division Series after rolling past the Twins in the wild-card game.

The Yankees spotted Minnesota an early 3-0 lead before belting three home runs in an 8-4 victory in the Bronx. Didi Gregorius tied the game with a three-run blast in the bottom of the first. Brett Gardner added a solo shot in the second, two innings before Aaron Judge went deep in his first postseason game. Judge's two-run blast put the Yankees ahead 7-4.