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St. John’s Paired with Vanderbilt for Opening Game of Maui Invitational

The St. John’s men’s basketball program will open the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational against Vanderbilt on Nov. 23 as revealed Tuesday with the official bracket for the 32nd annual event. All 12 contests of the Maui Invitational Championship Round at Lahaina Civic Center will be televised nationally by the ESPN family of networks.

Making its first-ever appearance in the prestigious Maui Invitational, the Red Storm will square off with Vanderbilt for the seventh time in program history. It is the first quarterfinal contest of the Championship Round with tip-off scheduled for 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2. St. John’s holds a 5-1 advantage in the series, but has not met the Commodores since 1977.

The Red Storm’s second matchup in Maui will be against Indiana or Wake Forest on Nov. 24. The opposite side of the bracket features Kansas, UCLA, UNLV and tournament host Chaminade, all potential opponents for St. John’s third game on Nov. 25. Prior to departing for Hawaii, St. John’s will host UMBC at Carnesecca Arena on Nov. 16 in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational opening game.

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is sure to deliver three days of the best basketball of the early season,” Tournament Chairman Dave Odom said. “This bracket features compelling matchups and exciting storylines starting on day one. It is said that the path to the Final Four starts in Maui. I have no doubt that this statement will be true this year.”

St. John’s, the eighth winningest program in NCAA Division I history with 1,795 victories, is one of four teams participating in the Championship Round that ranks in the top-10 on the all-time wins list (Kansas, UCLA, Indiana). The eight-team field has combined for 215 NCAA Tournament berths all-time, which includes the Red Storm’s 28 appearances in the “Big Dance.”

Travel packages for St. John’s fans are available through Oahu Travel, Inc., a third party travel vendor and Preferred Travel Agency for the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. For more information visit RedStormSports.com or call Oahu Travel, Inc. at 1-800-826-3822.

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Greg Gurenlian Named FOAthlete of the Year

Greg Gurenlian. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Greg Gurenlian. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

For the second consecutive year, New York Lizards’ faceoff specialist Greg “Beast” Gurenlian has been awarded the FOAthlete of the Year Award presented by The Faceoff Academy for his dominant performance at the faceoff ‘X’.

Gurenlian had a record setting season in 2015, during which he set records for single-season faceoff wins, faceoff percentage, and ground balls. With a 73 percent faceoff win percentage on the season, Gurenlian shattered his own previous record of 64 percent for the highest single-season faceoff win percentage in MLL history. “Beast” also recorded 167 total ground balls and four points (one goal and three assists) on the season, doing a little bit of everything to propel the Lizards to the top overall seed heading into the 2015 playoffs.

“When the FOA made this award, the idea was to give face-off athletes their own category that way it wouldn’t infringe upon any defensive athletes,” said Gurenlian. “It’s a huge honor but this is really going to our entire face-off unit. DeNap, Hartzell and Unterstein have been so great so I thank them for this.”

When asked about Gurenlian’s distinction and performance, Lizards’ Head Coach Joe Spallina commented, “There was never a player more deserving of an award; he is such a hard working, focused professional that not only impacts the MLL but the entire faceoff community. He is a pro’s pro!”

Along with the FOAthlete of the Year Award, Gurenlian is also the recipient of the 2015 Sportsmanship Player of the Year Award. He, along with fellow Lizard Jerry Ragonese and Chris Mattes, is a founder of the Faceoff Academy—a series of clinics and camps that provides aspiring players with elite instruction on every component of the art of the faceoff.

A Penn State graduate, Gurenlian will take the field again with the Lizards this Saturday, August 1st as the team takes on the Boston Cannons in the first round of the MLL playoffs. The game will be played at James M. Shuart Stadium, with the opening faceoff coming at 6:30p.m. Tickets to the game can be bought at NYLizards.com/Playoffs or by calling 1-855-NYLIZARDS.

The winner of that game will go on to play in the MLL Championship game on Saturday, August 8th in Kennesaw, GA at 7:00p.m.

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David Villa and Kwadwo Poku Honored by Major League Soccer

David Villa. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

David Villa. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York City FC forward David Villa and midfielder Kwadwo Poku have been named to the Major League Soccer Team of the Week for Week 21, the league announced on Monday.

Villa was also been nominated for Major League Soccer Goal of the Week for Week 21.

David continued his hot scoring streak, finding the back of the net on two more occasions in Sunday’s 5-3 win over Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium. Villa, who leads New York City FC with 12 goals has six goals (three braces) in the last four matches.

On the cusp of halftime, left back Angelino served up a pin-point pass from the halfway line to Villa in the Orlando City SC 18-yard box. The former Spain international showcased a soft touch, by trapping the ball with his right foot, shaking defender Sean St. Ledger and firing home the match’s first goal to the near post past Tally Hall.

Villa currently ranks third in goals in MLS, trailing Kei Kamara (15) and Sebastian Giovinco (13). New York City FC’s captain also added an assist on Mix Diskerud’s goal in stoppage time to guarantee all three points.

Kwadwo Poku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Kwadwo Poku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Poku, who made his third start of the season, had a hand in three of the Club’s goals. The Ghanaian was involved on the final three finishes — Villa’s strike in the 67th, Tommy McNamara’s left-footed blast in the 71st and Mix’s goal in the 93rd.

He has a team-leading six assists in his debut season in MLS.

Villa has been named to an MLS Team of the Week on six occasions, while Poku earned his first nod.

New York City FC will host the Montreal Impact on August 1 at Yankee Stadium, with the two teams set for a 2:00 pm match.

To vote for David Villa for MLS Goal of the Week for Week 21 fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/07/27/vote-now-2015-att-mls-goal-week-week-21

For more information on New York City FC and for tickets to the upcoming matches fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nycfc.com

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New York Lizards to Host Boston Cannons August 1 in the Major League Lacrosse Semifinals

New York Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Lizards will have an opportunity to host a first-ever Major League Lacrosse Playoff game on Saturday, August 1 against the Boston Cannons.

These two Northeast Rivals have much history together and also players who will be hungry to get vengance against their former teams.

For the Lizards they have former Cannons players Paul Rabil, Matt Poskay and Mike Stone, while the Cannons have former New York fan favorite Max Seibald on their roster.

The Lizards were able to sweep the Cannons during the 2014 season, while also winning both games during Boston during 2015.

When the Lizards went up to Boston on May 3, as Rabil made his mark against his former team-recording multiple two-point goals, a one-point goal and  two assist, in helping to lead the team to a 15-14 victory.

Also contributing to the offense were additional goals by Matt GibsonMike Stone, Kevin Unterstein, Ned Crotty, JoJo Marasco, Rob Pannell, and Matt Poskay. Pannell and Marasco each racked up 3 assists, Rabil had two and Crotty had one.

On May 8 these two rivals once again this time with New York earning a 15-12 victory over Boston.

Leading the offense in that game as Rob Pannell had a five-point game (three goals, two assists), JoJo Marasco tallied three goals and Tommy Palasek recorded a hat trick.

The New York Lizards and Boston Cannons are set to play on August 1 at James M. Shuart Stadium on the Campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead/Uniondale, N.Y. The game between these two is set for 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the New York Lizards and for tickets for the upcoming playoff game fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nylizards.com

 

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Greg ‘Beast’ Gurenlian Awarded USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year

Greg Gurenlian. Phto

Greg Gurenlian. Phto

Major League Lacrosse and US Lacrosse have awarded New York Lizards’ Greg “Beast” Gurenlian with the USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year Award. The voting was directed by the league’s game officials.

Gurenlian, a faceoff specialist for the Lizards, had a career year where he set records for faceoff wins, faceoff percentage, and ground balls—all three being pivotal statistics for the faceoff position. With a 73 percent faceoff win percentage on the season, 175 total ground balls, and four points (one goal and three assists) on the season, Gurenlian was a force all over the field doing a bit of everything for the first place Lizards.

“This award cannot have gone to a more deserving person,” said New York Lizards Head Coach, Joe Spallina. “He shows class on and off the field and has a true respect for the game.”

In addition to the 2015 Sportsmanship Player of the Year Award, Gurenlian was the recipient of the 2014 FOGO Award as the League’s premier faceoff specialist. He is a founder of The Faceoff Academy along with Chris Mattes and fellow Lizard Jerry Ragonese, which was established to provide instruction on every component of the faceoff at an elite level.

“This is a huge honor,” said Gurenlian. “We teach our kids at a young age about sportsmanship – that no matter how hard you hit, you help the guy up. We have to act accordingly, and to be recognized as someone who does this, especially as a coach, means a lot to me.”

A Penn State graduate, Gurenlian will take the field again with the Lizards this Saturday, August 1st as the team takes on the Boston Cannons in the MLL semi-finals. The game will be played at James M. Shuart Stadium, with the opening faceoff coming at 6:30p.m. Tickets to the game can be bought at www.NYLizards.com/Playoffs or by calling 1-855-NYLIZARDS.

The winner of that game will go on to play in the MLL Championship game on Saturday, August 8th in Kennesaw, GA at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the New York Lizards and for tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nylizards.com

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Mets Acquire RHP Tyler Clippard

The New York Mets on Monday announced the club has acquired two-time All-Star righthanded pitcher Tyler Clippard and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league righthanded pitcher Casey Meisner. To make room on the 40-man roster, righthanded pitcher Erik Goeddel was transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List.

Clippard, 30, was 1-3 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA (12 earned runs/38.2 innings) in 37 games for the Athletics this season. Lefthanders are 7-70 (.100) against Clippard this year.

The 6-3, 200-pounder has held lefthanders to a .183 (172-942) career batting average and righthanders to a .197 (186-942) mark.

Clippard went 7-4 with one save a 2.18 ERA (17 earned runs/70.1 innings) and 82 strikeouts in 75 games for the Washington Nationals in 2014. He led the majors with 40 holds last year.

Clippard was named to the NL All-Star team in 2014 and 2011. He is the only pitcher to appear in 70 or more games in each of the last five seasons (2010-2014).

The Lexington, KY native is 38-28 with 51 saves, a 2.87 ERA (169 earned runs/529.2 innings) and 586 strikeouts over his nine-year major league career with the Yankees, Nationals and Athletics. He was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, before he was traded to Washington on December 4, 2007 for righthanded pitcher Jonathon Albaladejo.

Clippard has pitched in the postseason in 2012 and 2014 with the Nationals, allowing one run in 6.0 innings over six appearances.

Meisner, 20, was the Mets third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He was 10-4 with 2.35 ERA (29 earned runs/111.0 innings) in 18 starts combined this year with Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.

For more information on the New York Mets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=nym

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WWE® Unveils The Ultimate SUMMERSLAM® Experience at the Barclays Center

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Barclays Center announced today the addition of several fan events to take place at Barclays Center as part of the Ultimate SummerSlam Experience in Brooklyn.  Tickets will be available this Saturday, August 1, at noon EST through Ticketmaster.

On Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, WWE will host “WWE Superstar Meet and Greets” at 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant presented by American Express at Barclays Center.  These exclusive sessionswill give WWE fans an opportunity to get autographs and photos with their choice of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Randy Orton®, Roman Reigns®, Dean Ambrose®, Bray Wyatt, WWE Divas Charlotte, Paige and Becky Lynch, WWE Legend Sting and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®.

On Saturday, August 22, a special “SummerSlam Panel” will take place at Barclays Center, giving fans a chance to ask questions directly to WWE Superstars.  The topic of the panel will be NXT®, where WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, NXT Champion Finn Bàlor, NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, WWE Superstar Kevin Owens, WWE commentator Corey Graves and host Byron Saxtonwill discuss the evolution of one of the hottest entertainment brands in the world seen every Wednesdaynight at 8 p.m. on WWE Network.

The “SummerSlam Panel” will feature a 90 minute discussion and Q&A with fans in attendance.  General admission and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available.  The VIP ticket includes priority floor seating, a professional photo with select panel Superstars and an exclusive, autographed limited edition poster.

Tickets for “WWE Superstar Meet and Greets” and the “SummerSlam Panel” will be available this Saturday, August 1, at noon EST and can be purchased online by visiting http://www.barclayscenter.com,http://www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center on Monday, August 3 at noon. For more information on SummerSlam Week activities, please visit www.SummerSlam.com.

In addition, WWE NXT will make its historic debut in New York City on Saturday night, August 22, asNXT Takeover: Brooklyn will emanate live from Barclays Center.  NXT Takeover: Brooklyn is NXT’s biggest event to date, and will be broadcast live on WWE Network.  The main event will feature Finn Bàlor defending his newly crowned NXT Championship against former Champion Kevin Owens.  The event will also include appearances by NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, Samoa Joe, Rhyno, Enzo Amore, Big Cass, as well as a special appearance by international superstar Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Tickets for NXT Takeover: Brooklyn are currently available through Ticketmaster.

For more information on the WWE Fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.wwe.com

For more information on the Barclays Center Fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.barclayscenter.com

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