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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Picked Third in Blue Ribbon Preseason Poll; Green Honored

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball program was picked third in the preseason Blue Ribbon Forecast, released recently.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, now in its 34th edition, is widely known as the “bible” of college basketball. It’s a 400-page preseason preview guide with full stories on all Division I teams.

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The book ships in mid-October and the tablet version is available for download on Monday.

In addition to the Pride being picked third, junior guard Juan’ya Green (Philadelphia, PA) was named to the preseason all-conference team and was also chosen as the newcomer of the year by the publication.

There is renewed excitement surrounding the Hofstra Basketball program this season as the roster features three returning starters and the addition of four student-athletes who sat out last season. In addition, four talented newcomers will be on the roster this season as well.

Green will be playing his first year for the Pride in 2014-15 after playing two seasons at Niagara and then sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 17.7 points as a freshman and followed that up with 16.5 points per game as a sophomore for Niagara. In 2012-13 he was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) first team and was also a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-district selection.

Hofstra opens the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, November 14 when it hosts Jacksonville as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. The women will host Central Connecticut State at 6 p.m. and that game will be followed by the men taking on Jacksonville.

For ticket information call the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office at (516) HOF-TIXX.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
BLUE RIBBON FORECAST
1. William & Mary
2. Northeastern
3. Hofstra
4. James Madison
5. Elon
6. Drexel
7. Delaware
8. College of Charleston
9. UNC Wilmington
10. Towson

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
F-Scott Eatherton, JR, Northeastern
G-Damion Lee, JR, Drexel
G-Juan’ya Green, JR, Hofstra
G-Omar Prewitt, SO, William & Mary
G-Marcus Thornton, SR, William & Mary

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marcus Thornton, SR, William & Mary

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Juan’ya Green, JR, Hofstra

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Bellator Returns To Wichita On Friday, October 24th As Emanuel Newton Defends Title, Bobby Lashley Returns

Bellator MMA will put an end to its weekly season schedule on Friday, October 24th as the promotion will return to Wichita, Kan., for Bellator 130 live on Spike TV. The night will feature “The Hardcore Kid” Emanuel Newton once again putting his title on the line against English native Linton Vassell, while Bobby Lashley faces Karl Etherington in a heavyweight clash. The night will also feature the Bellator debut of the top-ranked Marloes Coenen, who battles Italian newcomer Annalisa Bucci. And a Bellator return to Kansas wouldn’t be complete without “The Caveman” David Rickels, who will take on Brazilian Davi Ramos.

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 Kansas Star Arena box office.

Fresh off his devastating and now signature spinning back fist victory, Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton returns to action to face English native Linton Vassell. Nicknamed “The Swarm”, Vassell enters the fight riding a nine-fight winning streak and is undefeated in Bellator at 3-0. Newton is aware of the tough challenges Vassell creates, but is thankful for the opportunity to get back to into the cage.

“I didn’t feel good about my last performance even though I got the knock out,” Newton said. “I wanted to get another fight as soon as possible so I could put on a better performance for the fans, and Coker, Bellator, Spike and Viacom really made it happen. I have to thank everyone involved and I am ready to put on an awesome fight for the fans on October 24th.”

“This was not an easy road but I’m living the dream right now, it was only a matter of time before I was fighting for the Bellator World Title,” Vassell said. “The time is now and I’m more than ready to be the first British Bellator LHW World Champion.”

After capturing his first win inside the Bellator cage on September 5th, Bobby Lashley is set to return to his home state of Kansas when he takes on the undefeated Karl Etherington on Friday, October 24th live on Spike. Lashley captured his first Bellator win with a rear-naked choke submission over Josh Burns, and is looking to move his record to 2-0 inside the Bellator cage with a victory on October 24th.

The long awaited debut of Marloes Coenen will also be featured on the Spike TV Main Card as the Dutch striker will face Annalisa Bucci in a featherweight affair. Since the arrival of Scott Coker in June, the female division has been reestablished in Bellator and Coenen will look to pick up another huge victory on October 24th.

The main card will be rounded out with a veteran lightweight clash as Rick Hawn returns to his natural weight class to take on Dave Jansen. Away from action for nearly 18 months, Jansen returns to the cage riding a six-fight win streak including an impressive victory over Marcin Held in 2013. With his ACL injury behind him and fully healthy, Jansen is counting the days until October 24th live on Spike.

“I’m ready to showcase my evolving skillset as a fighter and get right back into the mix,” Jansen said. “Rick is definitely a formidable and worthy opponent. I believe that this is a great matchup for me stylistically and I’m looking forward to delivering my best performance to date.”

“I can’t wait to get back into the Bellator cage a face a guy of Jansen’s caliber, he’s a really tough guy, will be a great test for both of us and I’m just ready to put on a great fight,” Hawn said.

The Bellator 130 preliminary card will showcase some of Kansas’s top-talent including, Ricky Musgrave fighting Joe Wilk, Cody Carrillo taking on Marcio Navarro and Daniel Gallemore facing Gzim Selmani.

Fan favorite and Kansas’s own David “The Caveman” Rickels will return to the Bellator cage to battle Davi Ramos. A former lightweight tournament winner, Rickels has tallied 10 of his 15 wins by KO or submission and is ready to put on an explosive fight for his hometown crowd.

The night will also feature the return of top-prospect Darrion Caldwell taking on Anthony Dizy, Nate Jolly will look to grab his first Bellator victory against Aaron Derrow, in addition to former welterweight tournament contender Sam Oropeza fighting Gary Tapusoa and a battle of heavy hitters between Derek Bohi and Alex Huddleston in a heavyweight bout.

MAIN CARD:

Light Heavyweight World Title Fight: Linton Vassell (14-3) vs. Emanuel Newton (24-7)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Karl Etherington (9-0) vs. Bobby Lashley (11-2)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Annalisa Bucci (7-3) vs. Marloes Coenen (21-6)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Dave Jansen (19-2) vs. Rick Hawn (18-3)

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Derek Bohi (3-2) vs. Alex Huddleston (4-1)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Aaron Derrow (12-8) vs. Nate Jolly (13-6)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Anthony Dizy (5-0) vs. Darrion Caldwell (5-0)

Middleweight Feature Fight:  Gary Tapusoa (8-2) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Gzim Selmani (4-1) vs. Daniel Gallemore (3-2)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Marcio Navarro (9-11) vs. Cody Carrillo (5-8)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Ricky Musgrave (11-4) vs. Joe Wilk (17-9)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Davi Ramos (5-0) vs. David Rickels (15-3)

 

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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Bellator Hosts Live Weigh-Ins Thursday, October 2 from Pechanga Resort and Casino

The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. PST from Cabaret Theater inside Pechanga Resort & Casino (45000 Pechanga Parkway. Temecula, CA 92592). Bellator MMA and Bellator 127 will take place from Pechanga Resort & Casino on Friday, October 3rd 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:
Featherweight Feature Fight: Justin Wilcox (14-6) vs. Daniel Straus (22-5)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Fernando Gonzalez (21-12) vs. Karo Parisyan (24-10-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rafael Silva (21-4) vs. Rob Emerson (10-16-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Christian M’Pumbu (18-6-1) vs. Kendall Grove (19-14-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch (2-1) vs. David Duran (2-2)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (6-7) vs. Ray Sloan (7-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Sergio Rios (8-0) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Malik Merad (19-11) vs. Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (15-13) vs. Joe Pacheco (7-2)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Johnny Cisneros (8-3) vs. Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Justin Baesman (14-5) vs. Johnny Mercurio (6-6)

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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Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom Named NL Rookie of the Month for September

Major League Baseball named Mets righthanded pitcher Jacob deGrom the National League Rookie of the Month for September. It was deGrom’s second NL Rookie of the Month award. He also captured the honor in July. The last pitcher to win the AL or NL Rookie of the Month twice was the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez in 2013.

Jacob, 26, went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA (five earned runs/27.0 innings) in four September starts, striking out 38 and walking six. He is only the second Mets player to earn Rookie of the Month honors since the Award was established in 2003. Justin Turner won in May of 2011.

The righty tied the modern-era major league record with eight consecutive strikeouts to begin a game on September 15 vs. Miami. He tied Houston’s Jim Deshaies. The Mets righty finished with a career-best 13 strikeouts that night. He ranked fourth in the NL among all pitchers with 38 strikeouts in the final month, including 23 over his final two starts. He allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his four starts in September.

Overall, deGrom earned the Rookie Triple Crown, leading the NL in strikeouts (144), ERA (2.69) and tied for the league lead with nine victories.

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

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Brooklyn Bolts Unveil Primary Roster

The roster for the Inaugural Season of Brooklyn Bolts football has started to take shape as training camp opens in Coral Springs, FL.  The team features players from football factories like Notre Dame, Auburn, Oregon, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

At the Quarterback position, Corey Robinson – who is one of just five quarterbacks in NCAA FBS history to throw for over 3,000 yards and accumulate 3,000 yards of totel offense in four different seasons.  The Paduch, KY native who attended Troy University ranks ninth all-time with 13,477 career passing yards.  He will be competing with Kolton Browning from the University of Lousiana-Monroe.  The former All-Sun Belt signal caller finished his senior campaign with 2,179 passing yards and 23 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury.

Joining Robinson and Browning in the back field are Dennis Johnson – who appeared in eight games for the Houston Texans last season, and Mario Fannin, who was a member of the 2011 BCS Champion Auburn Tigers.  Fannin spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos organization following his time with the Auburn Tigers.

Another recognizable name on the Bolts roster is Mike Golic, Jr. who spent four seasons with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  He has spent parts of the last two years with the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Pirates.  His father is a host of the national radio program Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio.

The full roster is listed by clicking on the link seen here:

http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/news/?article_id=1949

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VIDEO: FWE ReFueled Preview Show feat AJ Pan and Steven Dumeng

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following preview video for the FWE Wrestling ReFueled Show that is set to take place on October 3 and 4 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. AJ Pan and Steven Dumeng break down the two great nights of pro wrestling action fans can catch, while also giving their predictions:

For more information on FWE Wrestling and to buy tickets for FWE ReFueled fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.fwewrestling.com

 

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Bellator 126 Weigh-In Results from Phoenix, Arizona

The Bellator 126 weigh-ins have been completed from the Grand Canyon University Arena in preparation for Bellator MMA’s September 26th event. Bellator MMA will take place from GCU Arena (3300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017) on Friday, September 26th 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.

MAIN CARD:
Middleweight World Title Fight: Brandon Halsey (184.4) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (184.6)
Lightweight Tournament Final: Patricky Pitbull (155.6) vs. Marcin Held (155.7)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Thiago Meller (145.4) vs. Bubba Jenkins (146)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (135.5) vs. Ed West (135.9)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Catchweight Feature Fight (160 lbs.): Raymond Pina (159.4) vs. Larue Burley (155)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Jacob Ortiz (186) vs. Clifford Starks (185.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Rossborough (245.8) vs. Ryan Martinez (256.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Michael Parker (136.3) vs. Joe Taimanglo (135.7)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Stuart Austin (235.2) vs. Dan Charles (228.3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Campos (153.3) vs. Estevan Payan (155.4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Brandon Girtz (156) vs. Benny Madrid (155.9)

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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