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Long Island Ducks Sign Blevins and other updates for 2015 Season

Bobby Blevins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Bobby Blevins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Bobby Blevins. He returns for his fourth consecutive season with the Ducks. In additional transactions, pitcher Kevin Vance has been signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Brett Lorin, a staple of the 2014 Ducks bullpen, has retired and been placed on the club’s reserve/retired list.

“Bobby put together an outstanding season in 2014 and we’re excited to have him back,” says Ducks President and General Manager Michael Pfaff. “At the same time we wish Kevin and Brett the best of luck.”

Blevins spent the entire 2014 season with the Ducks and posted career best numbers in earned run average (2.95), games started (27), innings pitched (189.1) and strikeouts (119). He finished the year ranked second in the Atlantic League in innings pitched and complete games (3), third in ERA and games started, and sixth in strikeouts. The righty compiled a 9-5 record and walked just 32 batters all year. In addition, he was named the Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Month for August after going 4-0 and posting league best totals in ERA (1.10) and innings pitched (49).

The 30-year-old first joined the Ducks in August of 2012 and went 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA in six games (four starts). He followed that up by posting a 3.75 ERA in two postseason starts, helping the Ducks to an Atlantic League championship. The Briarcliff, N.Y. resident rejoined the Ducks in September of 2013, went 1-1 with a 4.84 ERA in two regular season starts and tossed eight innings of one-run ball in the postseason en route to a second league title. In 35 games (33 starts) with the Ducks, Blevins is 11-6 with a 3.00 ERA and 145 strikeouts to just 44 walks. The Lemoyne College alum was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Lorin retires after posting a 2.77 ERA in 53 appearances for the Ducks in 2014 and reached the Triple-A level with Reno in 2013.

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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Sir’Dominic Pointer Collects Player of the Week Honors

Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer earned the BIG EAST’s Player of the Week award on Monday after being named to the conference’s honor roll the for last five weeks. The St. John’s senior was also tabbed CBSSports.com National Player of the Week for his performances in a pair of victories over Xavier and Georgetown. Pointer averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and shot 57.1 percent over the two games last week.

Pointer helped lead St. John’s (20-9, 9-7) to its sixth victory in the last seven games with an 81-70 rout of BIG EAST archrival Georgetown at Madison Square Garden. He matched a career-high with 24 points against the Hoyas marking his 14th straight game scoring double-figures. The Detroit native grabbed seven rebounds, swatted two shots and handed out two assists lifting the Red Storm to the 20-win mark for the second-straight season.

Last Monday, Pointer filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, nine rebounds, six blocks four steals and three assists in the Red Storm’s 58-57 triumph over Xavier at The Garden. He hit five of his first six shot attempts and became the 50th player in St. John’s history to record 1,000 career points with his tip-in at the 6:34 mark of the first half.

Pointer has received BIG EAST weekly honors in seven of the last 10 weeks. In the last five games, he has averaged a team-high 21.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals. He ranks in the top-10 of the BIG EAST in several statistical categories, including scoring (9th, 14.0 ppg), rebounding (4th, 7.6 rpg), field goal percentage (6th, 54.0 pct), steals (3rd, 2.0 spg) and blocks (T-2nd, 2.6 bpg).

St. John’s begins at two-game road stretch on Wednesday when the Red Storm carries its three-game win streak to Marquette. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. eastern on FOX Sports 1 and 570 AM (WMCA).  The Red Storm wraps up the regular-season on Saturday against No. 6/6 Villanova at the Wells Fargo Center at 2 p.m. on FOX and 98.7 WEPN-FM.

For more information on the St John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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Manhattan MBB Defense Stands Strong in Senior Day Victory over Quinnipiac

The Manhattan College Men's Basketball Seniors being honored on 3/1/15. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Manhattan College Men’s Basketball Seniors being honored on 3/1/15. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Manhattan Men’s Basketball team (16-13; 13-7 MAAC) was able to clinch the Third Seed in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference thanks to the 69-65 victory over Quinnipiac (15-14; 9-11 MAAC) in the Regular Season Home Finale on Sunday.

Manhattan was lifted by a last-second defensive stand, which is a reflection of the legacy that was left behind by the Four Seniors, who have helped to lift this Jasper program to not only a MAAC Championship but also National Television recognition.

In a back and forth game between the two schools, Manhattan was led on the offensive side of the floor by  Emmy Andujar, who had a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds. Ashton Pankey had a strong showing with his 17 points and eight boards.

Shane Richards continues his clutch shooting, finishing the night with nine points to now hold the single-season record.

Quinnipiac made it a fight till the end as Zaid Hearst impressed with his game-high 22 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds to average 21.0 ppg over five career match-ups with Manhattan.

There is a possibility that these two teams will meet once again when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Playoffs on March 7, as the Bobcats are currently the 6th seed. Right now the match-up is either Manhattan/Quinnipiac or Manhattan v No 11 Marist either way tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.

Prior to the game the program took time to honor their seniors Andujar, Pankey, RaShawn Stores and Donovan Kates who improved to 76-52 (49-27 MAAC) as a class, including finishing up 35-13 at Draddy Gymnasium.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos:

Some of the sights from the Manhattan College Senior day and game v Quinnipiac:

Manhattan MBB Press Conference Featuring:

Emmy Andujar, Donovan Kates, Ashton Pankey and RaShawn Stores along with Head Coach Steve Masiello:

For more information on the Manhattan Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gojaspers.com

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Manhattan MBB Hosts Quinnipiac On Senior Day

Draddy Gym. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Draddy Gym. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Manhattan (15-13; 12-7 MAAC) hosts Quinnipiac (15-13; 9-10 MAAC) at Draddy Gym on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live on ESPN3.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – Prior to the game at 1:30 p.m., the Jaspers will honor seniors Emmy Andujar, Donovan Kates, Ashton Pankey and RaShawn Stores.

#2 – A win today or a Monmouth loss to Siena will give Manhattan the No. 3 seed in the upcoming MAAC tournament.

#3 – The Jaspers can do no worse than the No. 4 and will be looking to avenge an earlier 73-59 loss to QU.

QUICK HITS
* Andujar, Kates, Pankey and Stores are a combined 34-13 at Draddy Gymnasium during their four years in Riverdale.

* This season, Manhattan is 8-2 at home while averaging 74.6 ppg, on 46.7 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from deep.

* Nine of the 10 home games have been decided by 10 points or less.

* The Jaspers have also claimed 12-of-14 and 17-of-20 at home dating back to last season.

* Sunday’s game also marks the 13th time (4-8) this season that Manhattan has played on the ESPN family of networks.

* In the first meeting, Andujar scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 12 rebounds and is averaging 15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 1.5 apg against Quinnipiac for his career.

* The Jaspers, which finished with a season-best 15 in the win vs. Fairfield, is 16-2 when recording at least 10 steals over the last two years and 27-5 during Masiello’s regime, including posting a 19-2 record against MAAC opposition.

* Junior Shane Richards scored 14 points at Iona, fueled by three triples, while tying his own single-season record total of 77 that he shares with Jeff Xavier.

For more information on the Manhattan Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gojaspers.com

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Red Storm WBB to Close out Regular Season at Xavier on Sunday

Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Danaejah Grant. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Coming off the team’s fifth win in its last six tries, the St. John’s Red Storm will close out the regular season on Sunday, traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a 2 p.m. matinee with the Xavier Musketeers.

RED STORM QUICK HITS

  • With a convincing 60-49 road win over Butler on Friday night, the Red Storm picked up its 20th win of the season.  The win marked the second-straight season that the Red Storm has reached the 20-win plateau and the fifth time in the last six seasons overall.
  • Following her 21-point, nine-rebound outburst against Butler, Aliyyah Handford upped her season-long point total to 569, passing her total of 567 from a year ago.  569 currently ranks as the sixth-best single-season total in program history, and Handford is within striking distance of the next few spots on the ledger.  The second-leading scorer in the league at 20.3 points per game, Handford could very well pass Debbie Beckford (573 in 1981-82) and Tawana Jackson (579 in 1994-95) and move into fourth place on the single-season record list by the conclusion of Sunday’s contest.
  • The Red Storm’s lone four-year player this year, Amber Thompson continued her season-long assault on the St. John’s record book on Friday against Butler.  With 14 boards in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, Thompson boosted her season-long total to 316, breaking the single-season record that she set just one year ago (313).  The all-time leading rebounder in St. John’s history, the Newark, N.J., native bumped her career total 1,030, opening up a first-place cushion of more than 160 boards over second place (Dianne Pugh- 868).
  • With 487 points so far on the season, Danaejah Grant is just 13 points away from becoming the ninth player in St. John’s history to record 500 or more in a single season.  Should she reach the mark, Grant would make 2014-15 only the second time in program history that a pair of teammates has each reached 500 in the same season (Aliyyah Handford has 569).  The other occasion came in 1981-82, when Debbie Beckford (573) and Kerry Karst (542) led St. John’s to a 25-7 record.
  • This season, the Red Storm has yet to lose a game in which it leads at the half.  St. John’s is 15-0 when leading at the break and 1-0 when tied with the opposition.  The Red Storm has also picked up four wins in games when trailing at the intermission.

SCOUTING XAVIER

  • The Musketeers enter Sunday’s regular season finale with an overall record of 15-13 and a 7-10 mark in league play.
  • Losers of four of their last five, the Musketeers have two players averaging in double figures.  Junior forward Briana Glover leads the team at 10.9 points per game, while Raeshaun Gaffney checks in behind her at 10.0 points per outing.
  • The Musketeers are pulling down just 37 rebounds per game this season, with no player averaging more than 5.1 per outing.

 

ST. JOHN’S VS. XAVIER- THE SERIES

  • Sunday will mark the fourth meeting all-time between the Red Storm and the Musketeers, with St. John’s holding a 2-1 advantage in the series.
  • The two teams split during Xavier’s first season in the BIG EAST in 2013-14, with each team claiming victory on its home floor.
  • Earlier this season on Dec. 3, St. John’s handed Xavier a 65-42 loss at Carnesecca Arena in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.  42 points in the second-lowest point total to which St. John’s has held an opponent in BIG EAST play this season.

For more information on the St John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to stay here:

http://www.redstormsports.com 

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Hofstra MBB Closes Regular Season At James Madison; Game Will Air On SNY

Moussa Kone. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Moussa Kone. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will head to Harrisonburg, Virginia on Saturday to face Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison in the regular season finale for both squads.

Tip-off from the JMU Convocation Center is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised in the New York area on SNY. Check local listings for broadcast information in your area. Al Koken and Brad Jackson will have the call for the television broadcast.

Hofstra (19-11, 10-7 CAA) and James Madison (18-12, 11-6 CAA) will meet in the regular season finale and possibly in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship.

The Pride will be in the 4/5 game in the conference tournament next week regardless of the results from this weekend. That game will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hofstra has had a solid month of February as the Pride is 5-2, including wins in three of its last four games. Hofstra rolled past Charleston, 73-40, in its last game on Wednesday as senior center Moussa Kone celebrated his senior night with his fifth career double-double and second of the season as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kone’s had an incredible first half as the Bronx, NY native scored 14 first half points to match the entire output in the opening 20 minutes by the Cougars.

The Pride will look to even the season series with the Dukes as JMU rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first game between the squads and earned a 69-63 victory over Hofstra back on January 24 in Hempstead. Kone had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in that game, while Hofstra was led by 16 points and seven assists from junior guard Juan’ya Green.

Hofstra holds a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series with James Madison. The Pride and the Dukes split last season’s meetings with each team winning on their respective home courts. The squads first met when Hofstra joined the CAA beginning in the 2001-02 campaign. JMU won the only meeting in 2012-13 in Harrisonburg and before that Hofstra went 13-1 over a stretch of 14 games against the Dukes, including winning 12 straight in the series from 2003-2011.

Hofstra is led in scoring this season by Green, who is averaging team-bests of 17.2 points, 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals. Junior forward Ameen Tanksley is tops on the team with 5.7 rebounds and ranks second with 16.9 points per game.

The Dukes have a pair of players averaging in double figures as Ron Curry is first on the team with 13.6 points per outing, while Yohanny Dalembert is second with 11.6 points per game. Dalembert is JMU’s top rebounder with 5.9 per contest.

For ticket information to the CAA Championship visit HofstraTickets.com or call the Hofstra Athletics Box Office at (516) HOF-TIXX.

For more information on the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gohofstra.com

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New York City FC Signs Draft Pick Connor Brandt

Connor Brandt, who was selected as New York City FC’s second pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, has signed a contract with the Club and joins the roster for their inaugural season.

Brandt has been with the Club throughout preseason in Jacksonville, Fla., Manchester, England, and Charleston, S.C.

While Brandt spent the majority of his playing career at the University of San Diego as a midfielder, he impressed at left back at the MLS Combine in Florida and is currently transitioning to the position with New York City FC.

“It’s been a good transition for me,” he said. “I had a few spells at left back my junior year at USD, so I’m familiar with the position,” said Brandt. “I like it because of the way we like to play. We attack out of the back, so not only am I playing a defensive role, I’m still getting to attack and get up the flank like I normally would in college.”

“I had a meeting with the team when I was there in Florida. They made me feel I was very welcome before I was even drafted. I left the room thinking, ‘I’d love to play for Jason and Claudio.’ They’re pushing me to be a better player and better person off the field as well.”

While Brandt is adjusting to a new position, his playing philosophy already fits into Jason Kreis’ possession-based style. Kreis  had this to say:

“Connor has worked hard to make an impression throughout our training camp. He adjusted well to our system and has shown that he has the ability to help our team today, and has the potential to develop into an even more important player in the future.”

For more information on NYCFC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nycfc.com

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