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Thursday / October 17.
  • Freddy Asprilla is headed to Canisius.

    The former Kansas State big man committed during an unofficial visit to the Buffalo, N.Y., school Friday and will have one year of eligibility remaining beginning in the fall of 2012.

    “Freddy Asprilla has decided to transfer to Canisius from Kansas State instead of turning pro as anticipated,” said Art Alvarez of the Miami Tropics, a mentor to Asprilla.

    “Freddy’s family wants him to finish school and graduate. He has verbally committed to coach Tom Parrotta on an unofficial today [Friday].”

    Asprilla started 13 games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Wildcats. He had transferred from Florida International.

    NEW YORK — My 82-year-old father calls it a “zapper.”

    My 6-year-old daughter, Grace, used to refer to it as a “te-mote.”

    Whatever you call it, you better have your remote handy when March Madness rolls around.

    That’s because for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament, four different networks will broadcast the games.

    CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV will show every game of the new 68-team event beginning March 15.

    “Everyone in America is going to be able to see every game, beginning to end,” Jeff Behnke, senior vice president of Turner Sports, said during a breakfast with reporters Friday in Manhattan.

    NEW YORK — When LeBron James came to Madison Square Garden last season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was asked by a swarm of reporters his thoughts about potentially joining the Knicks as a free agent.

    When he came to the Garden as a member of the Miami Heat in mid-December, he was pressed about why he made his famous “Decision.”

    Now, in his latest trip to the Big Apple, James was grilled about whether the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony to make them a legitimate title contender.

    “I believe that at the end of the day he has to do what’s best for himself and his family, and I think everything else takes care of itself,” James said before the Knicks beat the Heat, 93-88, at MSG.

    As Rutgers coach Mike Rice prepares his team to face No. 2 Pittsburgh on Saturday night at the RAC, his future backcourt will be on display in the SNY Invitational.

    “I think it’s going to be incredible,” Rice said of the event. “I’ll watch it on TV.”

    Rutgers associate head coach David Cox and assistant Van Macon plan to be in the stands at LIU-Brooklyn Friday to watch 2011 Rutgers signees Myles Mack and Mike Taylor.