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Sports Round-Up Jan. 25

The New York Mets honored their Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza by changing the address of their spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to 31 Piazza Drive. The devout Catholic was a six-time All-Star for the Mets.


St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, hosted the second annual Noreen Shea Memorial Basketball Tournament Jan. 20. This year’s tournament honored fallen FDNY firefighter Steven Pollard, who died in the line of duty one year ago while trying to save two people trapped in the wreckage of a car crash on the Mill Basin Bridge. He was 30 years old.


In the first enshrinement ceremony since 2015, St. John’s University, Jamaica, inducted eight outstanding individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020 on Jan. 18-19.

The honorees, who represent the 21st induction class in the hall’s history, include:

  • Keegan Bradley: three-time PGA Tour winner and 2011 PGA Championship winner
  • Felipe Lopez: five-year NBA veteran and fourth-leading scorer in program history
  • Jackie Ahlers: women’s volleyball standout who was the first student-athlete in program history to earn All-America Honorable Mention recognition
  • Yury Gelman: current men’s and women’s fencing coach who has coached the U.S. Olympic fencing team five times
  • Roman Linscheid: six-time NCAA All-American as a track and field thrower
  • Joe Russo: 22-year baseball coach who led his teams to two College World Series appearances
  • Da’Shena Stevens: four-time women’s basketball All-Big East selection who became the first player in program history to be named an All-American
  • Chris Wingert: men’s soccer standout who won the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top player in 2003 to go along with two Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors and two First Team All-American nods

The St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, men’s basketball team has partnered with the Go 4 the Goal Foundation to raise funds for children in New York City battling pediatric cancer. The “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” game in Brooklyn will take place Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. against Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.

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