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Trayvon Robinson once a Long Island Duck now signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks

The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced that outfielder Trayvon Robinson has been signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He will report to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nevada. Robinson is the first 2015 Atlantic Leaguer to be signed by an MLB club, and the Ducks’ 73rd player signed by MLB all-time.

“Trayvon is an exceptional talent that deserves this opportunity,” says Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “We wish him the best of the luck in the Diamondbacks organization.”

Robinson appeared in both of the Ducks’ Spring Training victories over the Bridgeport Bluefish this past weekend. On Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark, he drew a walk in four plate appearances. The following day in Bridgeport, he picked up a single in four at-bats. The Los Angeles native was signed by the Ducks on April 13.

The former Major Leaguer reached the game’s highest level with the Seattle Mariners in 2011 and 2012. Over 90 games, he compiled five home runs, 26 RBI, 28 runs, 16 doubles and seven stolen bases. The 27-year-old has played 10 seasons of professional baseball and spent the entire 2014 season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He was named an All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2009-11) as well as an MiLB.com Organization All-Star with the Dodgers in 2010. Robinson was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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St John’s WBB Handford, Grant Named MBWA All-Met

Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Following a 2014-15 campaign that saw the pair lead the Red Storm to the postseason for the eighth-consecutive year, Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant have been honored by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, earning spots on the All-Metropolitan First and Second Teams, respectively.

The two juniors will be honored at the 82nd Annual All-Met NIT/MBWA Haggerty Award Dinner on Wednesday night at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

At a combined 1,235 points on the season, the pair of junior guards joined to form the most productive single-season offensive duo in program history.

Handford, a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-consecutive season, also finds a spot on the All-Met First Team for the second-straight year.  This is third career All-Met honor for the Newark, N.J., native, who took home All-Met Rookie of the Year accolades as a freshman following the 2012-13 season.

This season, Handford put together one of the greatest campaigns in the history of St. John’s, tallying 655 points and leading the BIG EAST in scoring at 19.3 points per game.  The junior’s point total was good enough for the second-highest single-season output in school history and helped propel her into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,514 points), just 436 points shy of the top spot on the ledger.  Handford also finished 10th in the BIG EAST in rebounding this season with 6.5 boards per contest.

Grant, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, earns the first All-Met honor of her career after complete her first full season at St. John’s in 2014-15.  The Piscataway, N.J., native netted 580 points on the year, good enough for the fifth-best single-season effort in program history.  The junior guard finished fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 17.1 points per game in addition to topping the Red Storm in three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage.

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New York City FC Hosting Portland Timbers 4/19 (today) ~ Preview

The New York City Badge shown on the Yankee Stadium Video Board. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York City Badge shown on the Yankee Stadium Video Board. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

New York City FC (1-2-3) and the Portland Timbers (1-2-3) are two teams looking to move up in the Standings early in this Major League Soccer Season.

Now these two teams will battle at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 19 (today) with the first kick set for 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday NYCFC drew a tough 1-1 result against the Philadelphia Union, while the Timbers are coming off a 2-0 loss to Orlando City SC on April 12.

The good news for fans of the team from the Bronx, is that the team played much better in front of their fans at Yankee Stadium in the home-and-home tilt against the Philadelphia Union.

For the Portland Timbers, this match is an important one as the team looks to avoid losing to another expansion team this season.

Players to watch for in the match are Kwadwo Poku and Khiry Shelton, while Portland will look to  Darlington Nagbe to spark the offense.

New York City FC have a few players banged-up as David Villa and defender Jason Hernandez at halftime of Thursday’s match against Philadelphia due to injury. Hernandez (calf strain) is out of Sunday’s match against Portland, while Villa (hamstring strain) is questionable.

Defenders Josh Williams and Shay Facey are also questionable with adductor strains.

Portland also has a few injuries as as Will Johnson (leg), Diego Valeri (knee), Ben Zemanski (knee) and Michael Nanchoff (hernia) are all still out. Jack Jewsbury could return to the starting lineup, as could Dairon Asprilla.

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Cosmos Blank Rowdies 2-0 in Home Opener

Leo Fernandes scored the game-winning goal for the New York Cosmos on 4/18. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Leo Fernandes scored the game-winning goal for the New York Cosmos on 4/18. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos played a strong game from start to finish and came away with a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday night. An enthusiastic crowd of 12,550 filled Shuart Stadium for the club’s home opener.

Marco Senna and Leo Fernandes scored for the Cosmos while Jimmy Maurer had to make only two saves to keep Tampa Bay off the scoreboard.

The large crowd got to see the legendary Pelé during pre-game ceremonies and a strong performance from the home team once the match got under way.

“It was definitely one of the greatest days of the new era,” Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We had a lot of energy inside the place.”

The Rowdies played their best soccer in the opening five minutes, getting the game’s first quality scoring chance when Juan Guerra shot the ball just over the cross bar in the fourth minute.

New York Cosmos Honorary President Pele at the 2015 Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Cosmos Honorary President Pele at the 2015 Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Cosmos quickly were able to turn the tide and began to gain control of the ball and the match.

Marco Senna got the Cosmos on the board in the 11th minute on a penalty kick after Darnell King of the Rowdies was called for a hand ball just in front of his own goal. Walter Restrepo made a pretty cross in front that led to the hand ball.

That goal gave the home team momentum that they did not lose for the rest of the match.

At the half, the Cosmos had a 4-3 edge in shots and controlled the ball for 53 percent of the time. After the first five minutes, the Rowdies were not given much chance to run their offense and use set scoring plays.

Wálter Restrepo was impressive in the Cosmos Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Wálter Restrepo was impressive in the Cosmos Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York added to its lead early in the second half on a goal by Leo Fernandes from nine yards out. The 23-year old former Stony Brook University star has two goals in his first three matches with the Cosmos.

“I have to say there’s no surprise about that,” Savarese said. “He’s an excellent player who is developing, has great qualities. We juts have to continue helping him to reach an even bigger point because there’s still room for improvement. He has so much talent and he’s showing it every single game.”

The Fernandes goal was set up by a pretty pass by Restrepo, who now has an assist in all three matches for the Cosmos this season.

The match became physical at times as eight yellow cards were handed out by the officials. Tampa Bay received five yellow cards while the home team was booked on three occasions.

Raúl González Blanco during his home debut for the New York Cosmos on 4/18. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Raúl González Blanco during his home debut for the New York Cosmos on 4/18. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Cosmos were also pleased with the play of Raúl who had a strong performance, controlling the tempo of the match. He remained in the game until the third minute of stoppage time despite dealing with a hamstring condition.

“Today I felt very good,” Raúl said. “The last two, three weeks I can only do one training completely with the team because I have a problem with my hamstring. I hope next week to improve my performance for the team.”

Raúl is also adjusting to playing on artificial turf which he said takes some getting used to.

“It’s very difficult for me to play on this stuff,” Raúl addmitted. “Last week we did only one training in the stadium. I need a little bit of time to understand. It’s very different, the pass of the ball, the movements, its totally different than when you play on grass. I’m going to do my best in every training and every day.”

With the victory, the Cosmos now have two wins and a draw in three matches this season.

The Cosmos return to action next Saturday, April 25th when they head back on the road to face the Atlanta Silverbacks.

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New York Cosmos Home Opener Today -Notes and Pre-Match festivities

Cosmos Celebrating/Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Cosmos Celebrating/Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos (1-1-0) will have their home opener on April 18 (today) against the Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-1-0) in North American Soccer League Action at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

New York is going to not only have an action packed match on the filed, but prior to the first kick there will be many great pre-match festivities.

One thing to watch for is  the Champions for Children’s Health Night Presented by the New York Hospital Queens. Part of the proceeds of the game will go to the Pediatric Center, which has dedicated their time and efforts to providing personal, friendly and convenient medical care to children and adolescents.

Fans should also keep an eye out for Cosmos Legends  Pelé, Franz BeckenbauerWerner Roth, Hubert Birkenmeier, Randy Horton, Andranik Eskandarian and other greats are all slated to be at the Stadium.

Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. with the action also set to air on ONE World Sports and ESPN 3, in case if you can’t be there in person.

Here are some notes for the Home Opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies:

Special home opener

This season’s home opener will be one to remember. Club icons Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer will be present to see the team’s 2015 home debut, with Pelé also being honored to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his signing with the team. To add to the excitement, Spanish legend Raúl González Blanco will make his first appearance at the home stadium in front of thousands of Cosmos fans.

Home opener record

After going 1-1-0 (W-D-L) in their first two contests, the Cosmos are finally playing their first home game of the season. New York defeated Fort Lauderdale 2-1 in its reboot match at home two seasons ago and bested Atlanta 4-0 in the first home match of 2014. With a win over the Rowdies on Saturday the Cosmos would move to 3-0-1 in season-opening matches at Shuart Stadium; their lone loss came to San Antonio in the 2014 Fall Season home opener.

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Hofstra MBB Dion Nesmith Named To Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team

Dion Nesmith. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Dion Nesmith. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra University graduate guard Dion Nesmith was named to the 13th annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team, it was announced on Friday.

The 20 winners of the 13th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Teams were announced today by NACDA.

Nesmith averaged 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Hofstra (20-14) in 2014-15. He played in all 34 games, making seven starts. His scoring average ranked fourth on the team, while he was second on the squad in assists and third in steals (46). His 49 three-pointers ranked fourth on the team.

Academically, Nesmith was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic Team this year. It marked Nesmith’s second consecutive season earning conference all-academic honors.

Nesmith, who earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Monmouth, has a 3.47 grade point average as he pursues an MBA in business analytics.

“Our Association congratulates this year’s scholar-athlete award winners,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student-athletes who exemplify I-AAA athletics and this year is no different, as we recognize the scholar-athletes of the year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games listed on the nomination form.  To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible).  To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution.  Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2015.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Amanda Braun, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph’s; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Phillip Hutcheson, Lipscomb; Chris King, UTPA; and Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul.

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 14th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

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New York Liberty Select Five Players in 2015 WNBA Draft

The New York Liberty selected guard Brittany Boyd (ninth overall) and center Kiah Stokes (11th overall) in the first round of the 2015 WNBA Draft tonight. In addition, the team drafted guards Amber Orrange (23rd overall) and Laurin Mincy (27th overall) along with forward Michala Johnson (28th overall).

The two first round picks were acquired in separate transactions with the San Antonio Stars and Minnesota Lynx. The Liberty traded fifth-year guard Alex Montgomery to the Stars for the ninth overall selection used to acquire Boyd. The team also traded guard Anna Cruz, the 16th and 35th picks to the Lynx for the 11th (Stokes), 23rd (Orrange), and 28th (Johnson) picks.

“This was an outstanding draft for us,” said New York Liberty Senior Vice President of Business and Basketball Operations Kristin Bernert. “All of the players we selected today are people of quality character and fill key positions on our roster. We thank Alex Montgomery and Anna Cruz for their contributions to our team on and off the court.”

“We were surprised Boyd was still available,” said Liberty Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. “She was an obvious choice; she enhances our ability to attack the basket. She can really fill up a stats sheet.”

“Our objective in moving up in the draft was specifically to acquire Kiah Stokes. Her athleticism, length, and basketball IQ are the collective characteristics of where the New York Liberty are heading. We are thrilled with both picks.”

Boyd, a 5-9 guard, earned a 2015 AP All-American (2nd Team) selection as a senior with the University of California. Boyd was also named to the All-Pac 12 Team and All-Pac 12 Defensive Team three years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015). In her collegiate career, Boyd averaged 13.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.8 per game.

Stokes, a 6-3 center, set Connecticut’s single-season record for blocked shots as the Huskies captured their third consecutive NCAA championship this season. Named the 2014-15 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Stokes ranks third all-time at UConn for career blocks. Stokes posted collegiate career averages of 4.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game.

Orrange, a 5-9 guard, was an All Pac-12 selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior and is 20th all-time in Stanford history in points (1,414). Orrange averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game in her collegiate career.

Mincy, a 6-0 guard out of the University of Maryland, was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior. In her collegiate career, she averaged 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Johnson, a 6-3 forward out of the University of Wisconsin, suffered a season-ending injury in December 2014. Prior to the injury, Johnson had started all six games and was averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. As a junior in 2014, Johnson was named to the first-team All-Big Ten.

New York opens regular season action against the Atlanta Dream on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. The home opener, presented by Kia, will feature a free giveaway to the first 5,000 fans. The team will host 17 home games during the 2015 regular season, along with one preseason matchup against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, May 27 at 11 a.m.

Season ticket packages are available by calling 212-465-6073 or by visiting NYLiberty.com.


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