Freelance

A sampling of my freelance work for other publications, updated regularly. Unless otherwise noted, story appeared in print:

It’s good to be (a) King
Publication: Michigan Today (web)
Description: I shadowed Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, throughout the day, and report on his experience, providing background about his journey to the NBA.
Date: June 30, 2014

A Big Risk
Publication: Sports on Earth (web)
Description: Note to NBA teams: Don’t draft centers. Data shows why it’s a bad idea.
Date: June 25, 2014

Liberty Drop Third Straight
Publication: Newsday
Description: In WNBA action at Madison Square Garden, the San Antonio Stars went on a huge third quarter run to beat the New York Liberty.
Date: June 6, 2014

Secret Life of a Country Club Caddy
Publication: Narratively (web)
Description: An essay on my summers spent as a golf caddy, complete with illustrations.
Date: May 27, 2014

Technology for Peace
Publication: Stony Brook University website
Description: A profile on Atefeh Riazi, chief information technology officer at the United Nations, and her journey from Iran to Stony Brook to the U.N.
Date: May 19, 2014

A Private School in a Most Public Park
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: The Manhattan College baseball team plays its home games in Van Cortlandt Park, a public park in the Bronx, where the players serve as the grounds crew and the environment can be unsettling for opponents.
Date: April 26, 2014

The Maestro of March
Publication: Sports on Earth (web)
Description: When it comes to exceeding expectation in the NCAA Tournament, no coach is better than Michigan’s John Beilein, who guided the Wolverines to the national title game last year.
Date: March 18, 2014

The New King of California: San Diego State
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: The SDSU men’s basketball team has won an impressive 40 straight games against schools from its home state of California. Where does that rank among other teams’ active streaks against their home state?
Date: February 28, 2014

The Best Ever?
Publication: Sports on Earth (web)
Description: UConn’s Breanna Stewart is only 19, but she already has a Final Four MVP and five gold medals to her name and a drive to get better. Can she be the best in women’s hoops history?
Date: February 5, 2014

Unlikely broadcast duo Pasch, Walton, swear they get along
Publication: Arizona Daily Star
Description: I talked to the most entertaining broadcast team in college basketball, ESPN’s Dave Pasch and Bill Walton, about their on- and off-air relationship.
Date: January 29, 2014

Former North Babylon star Bria Hartley excels for UConn
Publication: Newsday
Description: I talked to Bria Hartley’s high school coach, personal trainer, and current coach Geno Auriemma for my feature on the senior guard.
Date: December 23, 2013

Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh on basket with 4 seconds left
Publication: Newsday
Description: Two former Big East rivals squared off in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.
Date: December 18, 2013

College Basketball Rising Star
Publication: CBS Local (web)
Description: Every Tuesday (starting on Dec. 10), I profile a college basketball player you should keep your eye on.
Date: Winter 2013-14

Arizona’s late burst enough to top Duke at Garden
Publication: Newsday
Description: No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke in the finals of the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Date: November 30, 2013

Shabazz Napier, UConn escape with one-point win over Indiana
Publication: Newsday
Description: Napier scored 27 points in the 2K Sports Classic championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Date: November 23, 2013

College football columns
Publication: SaturdayBlitz.com (web)
Description: A collection of my writing during the 2013-14 college football season for Saturday Blitz, a FanSided website.
Date: Fall 2013

Behind the scenes with Trey Burke at the 2013 NBA draft
Publication: Michigan Today (web)
Description: I shadowed Michigan’s Trey Burke throughout draft day, from his hotel to the green room to the post-draft media circuit, to deliver this all-access piece.
Date: June 28, 2013

Tom Koehler’s Journey to the Majors
Publication: Stony Brook University website
Description: Tom Koehler, a New Rochelle High School and Stony Brook grad, returned to New York to pitch for the Miami Marlins against the Mets.
Date: June 14, 2013

Splashing Cash Rarely Pays Off
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: The Dodgers are the latest example of a baseball team spending big in the offseason and failing on the field.
Date: May 7, 2013

Big East: One More Time, With Feeling
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: Reporting from Madison Square Garden, my feature story on the final Big East Tournament as we know it.
Date: March 18, 2013

Russ Smith Plays Through Grief
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: During the Big East Tournament, Louisville’s Russ Smith found out his high school coach, the legendary Jack Curran, had passed.
Date: March 18, 2013

Poor-shooting Hofstra routed by George Mason
Publication: Newsday
Description: Hofstra’s offensive struggles continued in a CAA game against George Mason.
Date: February 21, 2013

College Basketball Tale of the Tape
Publication: CBSLocal.com (New York)
Description: Every Thursday (starting on Feb. 7), I break down five of the top match-ups for the upcoming Saturday, determining which team has the edge in various categories. The link remains the same each week as the new games are added.
Date: Winter 2013

Five Things: Cats Upset Cuse and Minnesota Loses Fourth Straight
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: January 28, 2013

Five Things: Butler Prevails in Battle of Bulldogs; No. 1 Loses Again
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: January 22, 2013

Five Things: NC State Beats Duke; Calipari Loses First SEC Home Game
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: January 14, 2013

Tulane’s 20-0 run to begin second half too much for Hofstra
Publication: Newsday
Description: In the first game of a triple-header at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Hofstra men’s basketball team lost to Tulane.
Date: December 23, 2012

In the Title Game, ND Shoots for a BCS Sweep
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: A win over Alabama in the national championship would give Notre Dame a victory against a team from every major conference this season.
Date: December 22, 2012

Five Things: Butler Did It Again and Arizona’s Big Day
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: December 17, 2012

A Sports Journalist with a Fanboy Side
Publication: GelfMagazine.com
Description: I interviewed Grantland.com writer Bryan Curtis in advance of a Varsity Letters event.
Date: December 11, 2012

Five Things: Indiana Dunk Clinic and UNLV Survives
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: December 10, 2012

No. 4 Duke beats St. John’s in Maggie Dixon Classic at MSG
Publication: Newsday
Description: In the second game of a women’s basketball double-header at Madison Square Garden, Duke handled St. John’s.
Date: December 10, 2012

Five Things: Rupp Streak Snapped and Cincy Wins at Buzzer
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: December 3, 2012

Five Things: Charleston Upsets Baylor and BYU’s Full Court Press on Recruit
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: November 26, 2012

D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer lead St. John’s
Publication: Newsday
Description: My story from Carnesecca Arena, where the St. John’s men’s basketball team beat Florida Gulf Coast.
Date: November 25, 2012

Five Things: Wake-Up Call for Wolfpack and Big Ten Expansion
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Charlotte)
Description: Every Monday during the college basketball season, I recap the previous weekend’s action, highlighting five amazing plays, upset victories, or other noteworthy events.
Date: November 19, 2012

Closing the Gap
Publication: GelfMagazine.com
Description: I interviewed ESPN the Magazine writer Seth Wickersham in advance of a Varsity Letters event.
Date: October 30, 2012

Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert Lament NHL Lockout
Publication: Newsday
Description: On the day the 2012-13 season was supposed to start, former New York Rangers greats talk about the possibility of the entire season being cancelled.
Date: October 12, 2012

The Red River Has Run Dry
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: When it comes to major college football rivalries, which stand out as far as the teams’ rankings at the time of the matchup?
Date: October 11, 2012

New York Liberty Eliminated from Playoffs by Connecticut Sun
Publication: Newsday
Description: My story from the Prudential Center, where the Liberty beat the Shock in the final game of the regular season.
Date: September 30, 2012

New York Liberty Heads to Playoffs with Win Over Tulsa Shock
Publication: Newsday
Description: My story from the Prudential Center, where the Liberty beat the Shock in the final game of the regular season.
Date: September 23, 2012

New York Liberty Beats Los Angeles Sparks to Stay in Playoff Hunt
Publication: Newsday
Description: My story from the Prudential Center, where the Liberty beat the Sparks in a key WNBA game.
Date: September 10, 2012

College Football Tale of the Tape
Publication: CBSLocal.com (Los Angeles)
Description: Throughout the season I break down the top 10 match-ups for the weekend, determining which team has the edge in various categories. The link remains the same each week as the new games replace the previous week’s.
Date: Fall 2012

NFL Rule Changes for 2012 Season
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: A look at the rule changes for the upcoming NFL season.
Date: August 29, 2012

NFL’s Top Draft Picks in 2012: What to Expect
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: With quotes from coaches, GMs, and scouts, an analysis of the Top 10 draft picks as they enter their rookie season. (Note: article is two pages; link is below advertisement.)
Date: August 27, 2012

Around the World, Close to Home
Publication: Lake George Mirror
Description: A personal essay on Harry’s miniature golf course in Lake George, N.Y., where I vacation with my family every summer.
Date: August 24, 2012

Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Tight Ends
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: Projecting the 10 best fantasy tight ends for the upcoming season.
Date: August 21, 2012

Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: Projecting the 10 best fantasy receivers for the upcoming season.
Date: August 16, 2012

NBA Draft Preview
Publication: ESPN Radio
Description: I spoke with ESPN Radio (Springfield, MA) hours before the NBA Draft, discussing, among others, point guard prospect Scott Machado.
Date: June 28, 2012

Paralyzed Eric LeGrand Still Loves Football
Publication: Newsday
Description: I spoke with former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand, who was making an appearance at the opening of a playground, about the New Orleans Saints bounty program.
Date: May 6, 2012

Top 10 NFL Games to Watch in 2012
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: The 10 must-see games for the upcoming NFL season.
Date: April 19, 2012

Five Things: Bow to the Brow and Kentucky’s Win
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: My “5 Things” column following the NCAA Tournament championship game.
Date: April 3, 2012

Five Things: Kentucky’s Balanced Attack and Louisville’s Bluegrass Battle
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: My “5 Things” column following Final Four weekend.
Date: April 2, 2012

Five Things: Rock Chalk Run and Kentucky’s Dominance
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: My “5 Things” column following the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, in preparation of the Final Four.
Date: March 26, 2012

Five Things: Upsets and Double Digit Delight
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: My “5 Things” column following the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Date: March 19, 2012

Five Things: Bubble, Brackets, and Big Ten
Publication: CBSLocal.com
Description: In the first of a series of NCAA Tournament post-weekend recaps, I deliver “5 Things” from Selection Sunday weekend.
Date: March 12, 2012

NCAA Tournament Preview: Iona and Loyola
Publication: ESPN Radio
Description: I spoke with ESPN Radio (Springfield, MA) about the NCAA Tournament draws for Iona and Loyola.
Date: March 12, 2012

Jermel Jenkins Reflects on Iona Career
Publication: ICGaels.com
Description: I spoke with senior guard Jermel Jenkins in anticipation of Iona’s Senior Day.
Date: February 27, 2012

When I Knew: Scott Machado
Publication: ESPN the Magazine
Description: I help tell the story of when Iona point guard Scott Machado, the nation’s leader in assists, knew he had exceptional passing skills.
Date: February 20, 2012

For Those of You Scoring With Grade Points…
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: Why Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, and not LSU vs. Alabama, is the real No. 1 vs No. 2 in college football.
Date: November 3, 2011

September: When Baseball’s Interns Arrive
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Description: Which September call-ups have performed the best for their major league clubs?
Date: September 1, 2011

Mets Fans Shy Away from Citi Field
Publication: amNewYork
Description: Why does attendance at Citi Field continue to decline? (Longer version appeared in print paper)
Date: June 7, 2011

Their Bumpy Roads to the Final Four
Publication: amNewYork
Description: How Kentucky, UConn, Butler, and VCU made their way to Houston.
Date: March 31, 2011

St. John’s Storms Toward NCAA Tournament
Publication: amNewYork
Description: Head coach Steve Lavin has St. John’s on the brink of a Big Dance bid in his first year at the school.
Date: February 17, 2011

Vermont Trio Returns to New Rochelle
Publication: Patch.com
Description: Three local players—two from Iona Prep and another from New Rochelle HS—come home as Vermont plays Iona.
Date: December 27, 2010

Iona-Syracuse Men’s Basketball Preview
Publication: WAER (Syracuse, NY)
Description: To preview the Syracuse-Iona game, I spoke with Syracuse sports radio about Iona’s Mike Glover.
Date: December 18, 2010

Antoine Mason of Niagara Returns to New Rochelle
Publication: Patch.com
Description: New Rochelle basketball star returns to his hometown as Niagara plays Iona.
Date: December 10, 2010

Iona Golfer Dylan Newman Shines in Fall Season
Publication: Patch.com
Description: My profile of New Rochelle native and Iona golfer Dylan Newman.
Date: October 27, 2010

One-on-One with Machado
Publication: ICGaels.com
Description: I covered the Iona College men’s basketball team this season. Here is my profile of point guard Scott Machado.
Date: February 1, 2010

Iona-Marist Men’s Basketball Halftime Show
Publication: ICGaels.com Radio
Description: I appeared with Iona radio announcer Ed Ingles during halftime of the Iona-Marist game to talk about the MAAC.
Date: January 28, 2010

Last Man Standing
Publication: Basketball Times Online
Description: Profile on Ohio State basketball player David Lighty.
Date: November 21, 2009

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