The annual tradition of handing out the Heisman Trophy in New York will continue later tonight at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square (8 p.m. on ESPN).â†µ
Despite the controversy, Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton is the overwhelming favorite to win the award. The other three finalists are: University of Oregon running back LaMichael James, Standford University quarterback Andrew Luck and Boise State University quarterback Kellen Moore.
Other news buzzing around the Empire this morning:â†µ
-- NYC or Austin, TX? That's the question for free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, who's in absolute perfect position to cash-in during the offseason. The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are in a bidding war for the prized lefty, who could announce his choice sometime this weekend. SB Nation New York will have any breaking developments.â†µ
-- New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire netted 36 points and snagged 10 rebounds to lead the Knicks past the Washington Wizards, 101-95, on Friday night. New York is currently on a seven-game wining streak, a feat they haven't accomplished since the 2000-'01 season.â†µ
-- The New Jersey Devils lost, again. However, this time it was a bit more gut wrenching as a video replay helped the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory.â†µ
-- All three of SB Nation New York's college hoops teams are in action today:â†µ
Rutgers (5-2) plays Auburn in Pittsburgh, PA in the SEC/Big East Invitational (12:30 p.m., ESPN 2).â†µ
Tonight, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) travels a half hour to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse (9-0), fresh off its Top-10 victory against Michigan State, at 7 p.m.. Also at seven, St. John's (5-2) visits Fordham.