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Midday Rumble: winning the transfer shuffle, Daly called up, Garrett stays home

Plus: could the Islanders move from the Barclays Center?

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Will wonders never cease - Jeff Goodman of ESPN wrote nice things about St. John’s in the transfer market. Now, some of the snark may have been blunted by ESPN’s editorial staff, but still, St. John’s made the list of ten teams that won the annual transfer shuffle (ESPN Insider, $):

Chris Mullin and his staff added a couple guys from big-time programs. Sure, they weren't huge contributors, but Justin Simon (Arizona) and Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State) are high-character and should be able to help the Red Storm get back to relevance. Clark will sit and have two years left, while Simon will sit and have three remaining with the Johnnies.

Rachel Daly was called up to the English National team for two Euro qualifying matches on September 15 and 20. Congratulations to the former St. John’s soccer star, currently tearing things up for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League!

England v Serbia: UEFA Women's European Championship Qualifiers Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

The baseball season is over for former St. John’s basketball wing (and rising minor league pitcher) Amir Garrett. Why didn’t the Cincinnati Reds bring him up for a few Major League innings? The Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to the Reds’ General Manager, who generally spoke about a lack of playing time (for the losing Reds major league club) for players like Garrett; and certainly, for a cost-conscious lower-revenue team, not starting the Major League Baseball service time clock that affects when a player like Garrett would be due for a raise is likely a huge issue as well.

The Islanders have a buyout for their lease at the Barclays Center, which is to say - their time in Brooklyn will have been short-lived, perhaps as short as three total years, including last season. Is it a case of "same old Islanders"? Sharing with the Brooklyn Nets, revenue issues and some obstructed view seats have played into the Islanders' general dissatisfaction with Barclays (from fans to ownership). But where would they go? Will they build their own stadium since no one in NY seems to be willing to put down big taxpayer dollars for the hockey team? (Thankfully. Kudos to NY’ers for being averse to dropping millions on the sports whims of millionaires who could afford to pay for it themselves.)

Charlie Strong gets a big win for Texas over Notre Dame after a pair of poor seasons for the powerful Longhorns.

WOW, Troy Aikman, who announced football games for Fox as one of their top announcers, is not in love with bringing Skip Bayless into the Fox Sports organization. Of course, Skip Bayless peddled a rumor that Aikman was gay in the past to drum up interest in a book, so, you know, maybe he has a point.