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Fordham Flying High in First Road Victory over Columbia, 49-7

The #18/19 Fordham University Rams (3-1) were able to earn their first victory on the road by defeating Columbia University (0-1) in NCAA Football action on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Brian Wetzel. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Brian Wetzel. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fordham was able to use the passing game to earn the victory as Quarterback Mike Nebrich compiled 435 yards through the air, completing 32-of-48 of his passes and recording four touchdowns. Nebrich tied his career-high in scoring tosses while also recording his fifth career 400-yard passing game, surpassing John Skelton’s former school record of four 400-yard games.

There were a wide assortment of receivers that shined in the victory over Columbia including Sam Ajala (164 yards) and Brian Wetzel (86 yards) each grabbing ten passes and Tebucky Jones, Jr. hauling in seven for 129 yards and two scores.

The defensive effort was stellar for the Rams, as the unit limited Columbia to just 165 yards of total offense, 82 of those coming in the fourth quarter, and nine total first downs.

The victory over Columbia allowed Fordham to keep the Liberty Cup was dedicated in 2002, a year after the Columbia-Fordham game was postponed due to the attacks of September 11, 2001. At least 43 Columbia alumni and 39 Fordham alumni and students died at the World Trade Center, including two former Fordham football players: Nick Brandemarti ’00 and Kevin Szocik ’97.

Fordham will next be in action on September 27, as they open up Patriot League action on the road against Holy Cross. The Rams will next be home at Jack Coffey Field on October 3, when they host Lafayette College.

Notes:

The Rams have amassed 1,307 total yards over the past two games… It was the second straight game of the year in which the Rams had two 100-yard receivers (Jones (124) and Ajala (114) each had more than 100 yards last week vs. Rhode Island)… Ajala now has ten career 100-yard receiving games, four behind the all-time leader, Javarus Dudley (2000-03)

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Madison Square Garden Releases 2014-15 College Basketball Schedule

It was a cold winter’s night 80 years ago at Madison Square Garden on 50th Street and Eighth Avenue when College Basketball took to the Garden hardwood for the first time.  Since that first game on December 29, 1934, the memories have been countless for millions of college basketball fans as they have packed “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” from the Old Garden to the current transformed arena.  Coming off a year which saw the return of the NCAA Tournament after a 53 year absence, College Basketball comes back to the Garden for another exciting season that will create memories for years to come.

Madison Square Garden. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Madison Square Garden. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The 2014 – 2015 Madison Square Garden college basketball season Presented by Advance Auto Parts is packed with top national programs including SyracuseVillanova, Louisville and Duke, and will feature classic matchups, local rivalries and home team favorites.  Additionally, the 80th anniversary season will include marquee tournaments including the 2K Sports Classic, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Season Tip-Off, Jimmy V Classic, Gotham Classic, St. John’s University Red Storm and of course the BIG EAST Tournament.

Madison Square Garden will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Women’s Basketball at The Garden when Queens College takes on Immaculata, the two teams that started it all in 1975, in the annual Maggie Dixon Classic Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Sunday, January 4.  Following the celebratory matchup, St. John’s will square off against defending NCAA national champion, UConn, for the featured game.

“Since the first game at the Old Garden in 1934, to the return of the NCAA Tournament last season, Madison Square Garden has become the top destination for college basketball programs, both locally and nationally,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports.  “As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of college basketball at Madison Square Garden we welcome another great slate of matchups.”

As the “Presenting Partner of College Hoops” at The Garden, Advance Auto Parts will receive brand exposure inside the arena during a select lineup of premier college basketball tournaments and games. The company will serve as the Presenting Partner of the Holiday Festival and Maggie Dixon Classic and will have branding opportunities at the NIT, Jimmy V Classic, 2K Classic, Gotham Classic and all St. John’s games. In addition, Advance Auto Parts will have the opportunity to engage fans with on-court and digital promotions.

Additionally, a number of industry leading companies will partner with MSG Sports for the 80th anniversary season of College Basketball at Madison Square Garden. Coca-Cola Zero, Delta Air Lines, Kia Motors, UPS and The Rock will all receive promotion via MSG’s unique array of assets, including digital courtside signage, branding on the multimedia displays, GardenVision and other promotions.

The season kicks off with the nationally televised 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.  The semifinal matchups, which take place on November 20, will feature Texas vs. Iowa followed by Syracuse v. California.  All four teams will return to the court November 21 for the consolation and championship games.

For the first time in the 30-year history of the NIT Season Tip-Off, eight teams will play at Madison Square Garden on three consecutive nights. GeorgiaGonzagaMinnesota and St. John’s will play in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals on November 26 while LIU BrooklynSaint Joseph’sStony Brook and Western Kentucky each play as part of a Thanksgiving doubleheader on November 27.  The championship and third-place games will be played November 28.

On Tuesday, December 9, the Jimmy V Classic returns to Madison Square Garden featuring matchups of storied programs – Illinois Fighting Illini and the Villanova Wildcats in game 1 followed by Indiana Hoosiers and theLouisville Cardinals. All four teams appeared in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will come together for a second time to raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The annual Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Presented by Advance Auto Parts is back for another classic matchup on Saturday, December 14, teaming up local rivals. The Holiday Festival is the longest-running in-season college basketball event and will feature favorites St. John’s and Fordham University in the marquee game with Rutgers University taking on Manhattan in game one.

The Gotham Classic is back at Madison Square Garden and will feature Pepperdine vs. Richmond in game one, followed by West Virginia and North Carolina State on Saturday, December 20.

One week later, Indiana will face Georgetown in a neutral site national matchup on Saturday, December 27.

In its 31th consecutive season, the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life returns to The Garden Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14.

The 2015 Postseason NIT returns to The Garden for its 78th season on Tuesday, March 31st with the semifinals and the Championship set forThursday, April 1.

2014-2015 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

 

2K CLASSIC BENEFITING WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

Thursday, November 20             Texas vs. Iowa                                     ESPN2                           7:00pm

Syracuse vs. California                           ESPN2                           9:00pm

 

Friday, November 21                  Consolation Game                                  ESPN 2 or ESPNU           5:00pm

Championship Game                               ESPN2                           7:30pm

 

NIT SEASON TIP-OFF

Wednesday, November 26          Semi-Final Doubleheader

St. John’s vs. Minnesota                          ESPNU                          7:00pm

Gonzaga vs. Georgia                              ESPN2                           9:30pm

 

Thursday, November 27             LIU-Brooklyn vs. Stony Brook                 ESPNU                          4:00pm

Western Kentucky vs. Saint Joseph’s        ESPNU                          6:00pm

 

Friday, November 28                  Consolation Game                                  ESPNU                          4:30pm

Championship Game                               ESPN2                           7:00pm

 

JIMMY V CLASSIC

Tuesday, December 9                Villanova vs. Illinois                                ESPN                             7:00pm

Indiana vs. Louisville                              ESPN                             9:00pm

 

MSG HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Sunday, December 14                Manhattan vs. Rutgers                            TBD                              12:00pm

St. John’s vs. Fordham

 

GOTHAM CLASSIC

Saturday, December 20              Pepperdine vs. Richmond                        ESPN3                           7:00pm

West Virginia vs. NC State                      ESPN2                           9:30pm

 

INDIANA VS. GEORGETOWN

Saturday, December 27              Indiana vs. Georgetown                          TBD                              12:00PM

 

MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Sunday, January 4                      Women’s Doubleheader

Queens College vs. Immaculata University                                   10:30am

St. John’s vs. Connecticut                        ESPN2                           1:00pm

 

  1. JOHN’S RED STORM

Tuesday, January 6                    Villanova                                               FOX SPORTS 1               9:00pm

Wednesday, January 21              Marquette                                              FOX SPORTS 1               7:00pm

Sunday, January 25                    Duke                                                     FOX                              2:00pm

Saturday, January 31                  Providence                                            FOX                              12:00pm

Saturday, February 7                  Creighton                                              FSN-L                           12:00pm

Monday, February 23                 Xavier                                                   FOX SPORTS 1               8:00pm

Saturday, February 28                Georgetown                                           CBS                              12:00pm

 

BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life

Wednesday, March 11 – Saturday, March 14

 

78th ANNUAL NIT

Tuesday, March 31                     Semifinal Doubleheader

Thursday, April 2                       Championship Game

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New York Cosmos Back to School Clinics are a hit Helping to shape future Stars of Soccer

The 2014 New York Cosmos Back to School Clinics have been a hit in various communities, thanks to the unique blend of actives and one-on-one interaction with the stars from the club.

Children of all ages and from all Neighborhoods gathered to learn from the best trainers out there, getting some great one-on-one skills training via various fun filled activities.

During that time the kids will have the chance to get to meet a member of the New York Cosmos, on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the children in attendance were able to meet Attacker Stefan Dimitrov who not only signed autographs but also participated in some of the activities as well.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video from the Back to School Clinic from Park Slope featuring Stefan Dimitrov:

Days like today help to shape future stars of the sport of soccer, hopefully a passion and appreciation for soccer was gained and will be kept with these young men and women for the rest of their lives.

The next and final New York Cosmos Back to School Clinic will be held on September 17 on the same turf where the Cosmos themselves train, Mitchel Field, Long Island at 5:30 p.m.

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Full Card Finalized For Bellator 128 Friday, October 10th, Emanating From WinStar World Casino & Resor

Bellator MMA will return to WinStar World Casino on Friday, October 10th for Bellator 128 live on Spike TV as Bantamweights Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren meet to unify the 135 lbs. Bellator Bantamweight Title in the main event of the evening. The night will also feature the return of “MVP” himself Michael Page, as the welterweight battles Nah-Shon Burrell and a full preliminary card.

The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office.

Kicking off the Spike.com portion of the night will be a battle of Oklahoma City natives J.C. Cottrell and Jonathan Gary.  Both looking to make their mark in their Bellator debuts, Gary has won three of his previous four fights and has recorded nine wins by KO or submission. Cottrell is coming off a first round submission victory and has posted seven of his 12 professional wins by submission.

Five-time Bellator veteran Cortez Coleman will return to the bright lights and battle William Florentino. Known for his ability to finish fights, Coleman has recorded seven wins by KO or submission, five in the first round. Florentino is ready to get back into the cage after grabbing a decision victory against Guillermo Martinez Ayme in his Bellator debut at Bellator 121 and with four of his five wins coming by submission, Florentino will look to his ground game to take down Coleman.

Oklahoma’s own Treston Thomison will face Cody Walker in a featherweight fight. Walker has recorded all three of his professional wins by submission, but after falling short in his Bellator debut at B121 Walker is looking for redemption against Thomison on October 10th. Thomison has won four of his previous five fights all by first round KO or submission and is looking for the finish against Walker in front of his home state crowd.

Rounding out the preliminary card will be a featherweight battle between Emmanuel Sanchez and Stephen Banaszak and former middleweight tournament semifinalist Jason Butcher will meet Andreas Michailidis under the Bellator banner.

Johnathan Martinez will look to maintain his undefeated record in a fight against Brandon Seyler in a flyweight bout and Danny Sykora will face Bellator veteran Jason Sampson in a lightweight battle.

Full fight card listed below.

Main Card:
Bantamweight Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (16-3) vs. Joe Warren (11-3)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Michael Page (6-0) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (10-4)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Tiger Sarnavskiy (28-2) vs. John Gunderson (35-16)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Bubba McDaniel (22-8) vs. Emiliano Sordi (12-4)

 

Preliminary Card:
Lightweight Feature Fight: J.C. Cottrell (12-2) vs. Jonathan Gary (10-4)
Welterweight Feature Fight: William Florentino (5-3) vs. Cortez Coleman (10-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Treston Thomison (8-2) vs. Cody Walker (3-2)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Johnathan Martinez (1-0) vs. Brandon Seyler (2-1-1)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Danny Sykora (7-4) vs. Jason Sampson (10-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Emmanuel Sanchez (8-1) vs. Stephen Banaszak (3-3)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Andreas Michailidis (5-1) vs. Jason Butcher  (7-1)

Featherweight Feature Fight: John Teixeira (16-1) vs. TBD

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Bellator Hosts Live Weigh-Ins Thursday, September 18th from Fresno, California

The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator 125 will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. PST from the Fresno Hotel & Conference Center (2233 Ventura St. Fresno, CA 93721). Bellator MMA will take place from the Save Mart Center (2650 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710) on Friday, September 19th with the first fight taking place at 4 p.m. PST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will air LIVE on Spike TV at 9 p.m. EST.

All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator President Scott Coker.

The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.

As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.

MAIN CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Art Becerra (4-4)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Nate James (13-8) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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FXFL Announces Coaching Staff for Inaugural Season

The FXFL, a new developmental league for professional football players, announced today the four head coaches for its inaugural season. Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Terry Shea will be at the helm in Boston when training camps open around the league on September 25th. Joining Shea, is former USFL and University of Houston head coach John Jenkins, along with John Bock and Sandy Buda.

“As a developmental platform, the FXFL placed an emphasis on procuring the best instructors and teachers to serve as coaches in this league,” said FXFL Commissioner, Brian Woods.

The FXFL, which opens regular season play on October 8th, named Terry Shea as head coach of the Boston Brawlers. Shea has been serving as a quarterback consultant to future NFL draft prospects. Most recently he worked with Robert Griffin III “RG3″ (2nd overall pick 2012), Blaine Gabbert (10th overall pick 2011), Sam Bradford (1st overall pick 2010), Matthew Stafford (1st overall pick 2009), and Josh Freeman (17th overall pick 2009). Shea also trained and developed current college quarterbacks Collin Klein (Kansas State) and Tommy Rees (Notre Dame).

From 1964 to 1967, he was one of the quarterbacks on the University of Oregon’s football team. From 1968 to 1969, he was a graduate assistant coach at Oregon. From 1970 to 1975, he coached at Mount Hood Community College. From 1976 to 1983, he coached at Utah State. From 1984 to 1986, he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State. From 1987 to 1989, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Cal.

From 1990 to 1991, he was the head football coach at San Jose State, where he compiled a 15-6-2 record. From 1992 to 1994, he coached at Stanford, and in 1995, he coached the British Columbia Lions. From 1996 to 2000, he was the head football coach at Rutgers University. While he was awarded the Big East Coach of the Year in 1998 after posting a 5-6 record, the second biggest turnaround in college football at that time, and recruited and coached future NFL players L.J. Smith, Mike McMahon, Mike Barr, Nate Jones, and Reggie Stephens.

“I believe the quarterback position can derive an enormous benefit from the developmental platform, which the FXFL provides” said Woods. “Terry Shea has a proven track record for developing some of the best at that position.”

From 2001 to 2003, he was the Quarterbacks Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2004, he became the Offensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Following the 2004 season, he returned to the Kansas City Chiefs, once again as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2005. On January 12, 2007, he was let go by coach Herm Edwards and joined the Miami Dolphins shortly thereafter. Shea went on to coach the quarterbacks for the St. Louis Rams for the 2008 season.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Shea in Boston for our inaugural season,” said Boston Brawlers President and General Manager, Doug Reffue. “He brings a wealth of football knowledge to our team along with a proven ability to teach young players.’

The FXFL also announced the hiring of John Jenkins as Head Coach of the Florida Blacktips. Jenkins served as the head football coach the University of Houston from 1990 to 1992, compiling a record of 18–15. A proponent of the run and shoot offense, Jenkins also coached professional football in the United States Football League (USFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). He served as the head coach of the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades in 2006. During his career as a coach, Jenkins has mentored a number of notable quarterbacks such as Andre Ware, David Klingler, Jim Kelly, Anthony Calvillo and Doug Flutie.

Leading the charge in Omaha will be a local product in former University of Nebraska-Omaha Head Coach, Sandy Buda. Buda was head coach at UNO from 1978 to ’89 and then helped launch the Omaha Beef indoor team in 2000. In 2013, Buda was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. Buda has assembled an all-star staff including former NFL signal-caller Sage Rosenfels, who will coach the quarterbacks.

Veteran NFL player John Bock was also named as Head Coach of Brooklyn Bolts. Bock spent six season in the NFL, where he played for Marv Levy, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Jon Gruden. Most recently Bock served as an assistant coach at Florida International University. Joining Bock on the Brooklyn Bolts staff will be former NFL players Marvin Jones, James Brown, Nate Poole, Deon Dyer and Kelvin Kinney. Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Rod Rust will serve as a consultant to the Bolts. Also serving as coaching consultants will be Don Strock, Danny Hope and Fred O’ Connor.

For more information on the FXFL and the upcoming season fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Hofstra WBB Graduate Anma Onyeuku Signs Professional Contract for a Team in Spain

Anma Onyeuku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Anma Onyeuku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Former Hofstra all-conference forward Anma Onyeuku has signed a professional contract to play with ADBA in Spain.

Onyeuku signed with a franchise (official name: Agrupación Deportiva Baloncesto Avilés) that plays in Spain’s Liga Femenina 2, which is the second division of the women’s league of basketball in the country. Teams in this league are eligible for promotion to Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, which is the highest level of professional women’s basketball in Spain. ADBA is coached by Yolanda Mijares.

A four-year contributor to the Pride, Onyeuku earned All-Colonial Athletic Association Third Team honors as a senior in 2014. The 5’10” forward averaged a team-high 11.4 points and posted 6.4 rebounds-per-game while notching 44 steals with 14 blocks.

Onyeuku scored in double figures in 20 of the 27 games in which she played in her final collegiate season. The Fayetteville, Georgia native posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds at Central Connecticut State and registered a CAA double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds at UNCW. She had back-to-back double-doubles against William & Mary and the College of Charleston, respectively and also reached double digits in both points and rebounds versus Delaware.

Onyeuku finished her Hofstra career with 876 points and 519 rebounds. She graduated with a degree in exercise science.

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