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Friday / November 15.
  • Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey landed his point guard of the future Sunday when Yosef Yacob committed after an official visit.

    The 6-foot, 160-pound Yacob plays for Archbishop Carroll High and the Team Final AAU program. He chose Binghamton over Rider, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris and Albany.

    “I picked them because they had a great staff and have always been loyal to me,” Yacob told SNY.tv.

    “I feel like I will make a positive impact when I come. I will be a leader and try to win as many games as possible.”

    Duke added yet another versatile, multi-faceted forward on Sunday when Semi Ojeleye committed during his home visit with Coach K.

    A 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward from Ottawa, Kansas High ranked No. 18 at his position by Rivals, Ojeleye said he chose Duke over Indiana, Oregon and Stanford.

    “Talking to my family and friends it just felt right,” he said by phone Sunday night after Scout.com first reported the news.

    Ojeleye said Coach K, who is coming off winning an Olympic gold medal this summer with LeBron, Kobe, KD, Carmelo and company, plans to remain in constant touch going forward.

    NEW YORK — Even after Sunday afternoon’s dramatic U.S. Open women’s final, the WTA rankings will say that Victoria Azarenka is No. 1 in the world and Serena Williams is No. 4.

    Yet anyone with a pair of eyes can see that Williams is not only the best player in the world right now, but more than likely the greatest ever.

    “I think Serena’s playing the best I’ve ever seen,” John McEnroe said on CBS during the first set of Serena’s 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium. “We’re  watching, to me, the best female player that’s ever played this game.”

    Since today is the first day college coaches can meet with recruits, here’s a quick Recruiting Rundown that I’ll likely update as the day goes along:

    **No coaches came to watch Andrew Wiggins Sunday at Huntington (W.V.) Prep because he is out of town until Sunday evening. That news was first reported by Scout.com, and confirmed by Huntington coach Rob Fulford. Fulford said Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is expected back Monday to watch Wiggins, but he’s not sure when Kentucky coach John Calipari might come.

    NEW YORK — What a difference a day made for Novak Djokovic.

    One day after falling behind David Ferrer in pre-tornado weather on Saturday, Djokovic re-set his game and then cleaned Ferrer’s clock, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals to reach his fourth U.S. Open final and notch his 60th match win of the season.

    Awaiting the defending champion in Monday’s final is Andy Murray, the Scotsman who completed his semifinal match Saturday and is still seeking his first Grand Slam title.

    “We all knew that he’s definitely a contender to win a Grand Slam title, you know, any year in last five years,” Djokovic said of Murray. “But it just wasn’t to be in the last four for him.

    “Tomorrow I guess he’s going to be very motivated to win the title. But me, too. Also I will try to win the match.”

    Aaron and Andrew Harrison will host all five of their suitors during in-home visits beginning Sunday, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com.

    The twins will host Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor, Villanova and SMU on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.

    Baylor gets its home visit with the Harrison Twins Sunday and Maryland on Monday, sources told SNY.tv.

    The Harrisons are expected to attend Midnight Madness at Maryland Oct. 12, when Philly point guard Rysheed Jordan is also expected to attend.