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Morning Coffee! Heisman Trophy Edition

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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).

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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. 

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Other news buzzing around the Empire this morning:

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-- 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.

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-- 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.

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-- 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

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-- All three of SB Nation New York's college hoops teams are in action today:

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Rutgers (5-2) plays Auburn in Pittsburgh, PA in the SEC/Big East Invitational (12:30 p.m., ESPN 2).

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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.