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PHOTO GALLERY and VIDEOS from Lizards Training Camp on 4/19/14

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photos and videos from a Training Session held by the New York Lizards on 4/19/14 at Stony Brook University:

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Sights from the Training Camp on 4/19/14:

Interviews:

Sean Brady

Max Seibald 

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PHOTO GALLERY and VIDEOS: 2014 Long Island Ducks Media Day

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photos and videos from 2014 Long Island Ducks Media Day. We are very happy to say that we will be covering the Ducks in the upcoming season so please do stay tuned for upcoming coverage:

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Interviews:

Pitcher John Brownell

Pitcher Josh Lansford 

Outfielder and Hitting Coach Lew Ford

Highlights from Media Day:

Includes thoughts from President and General Manager Michael Pfaff, Manager Kevin Baez along with Ford and Brownell:

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Mets Acquire RHP Zack Thornton from Pirates for Ike Davis

The New York Mets announced on Friday the club has acquired righthanded relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infielder Ike Davis. Thornton will report to Las Vegas (AAA) of the International League and the Mets will activate outfielder Chris Young from the 15-Day Disabled List.

Thornton, 25, is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (one earned run/7.1 innings) in four games with Indianapolis (AAA) of the International League this season. The 6-3, 220-pounder has issued one walk and struck out eight.

The Los Angeles, CA native went 7-3 with five saves, a 2.63 ERA (22 earned runs/75.1 innings) with 90 strikeouts in 42 games at three different levels in the Pirates organization in 2013. He posted a 3.07 ERA (five earned runs/14.2 innings) and one save in 11 appearances in the Arizona Fall League.

Zack was 4-0 with a career-high 16 saves in 48 contests with Stockton (A) of the California League in 2012 and was named to the Midwest League mid-season All-Star team in 2011 with Burlington recording 82 strikeouts in 83.0 innings.

Thornton was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Oregon.  He was traded to the Pirates in exchange for righthanded pitcher Chris Resop on November 30, 2012.

Davis, 27, hit .208 (5-24) with one home run and five RBI in 12 games for the Mets this year.

 

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UK Phenom Michael “Venom” Page Battles “The Sniper” Ricky Rainy on Bellator Pay-Per-View Saturday, May 17th

Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view will start off with a bang Saturday, May 17th as Michael “Venom” Page makes his US Television debut in the Bellator cage versus Rickey “The Sniper” Rainey in a welterweight feature fight. The two explosive strikers will be the first fight featured on the pay-per-view, followed by Will Brooks vs. Nate Jolly, Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo, and Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler, all from The Landers Center, located just outside of Memphis.

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.

Widely known in the UK as one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport, former kickboxing champion Michael Page brings his skills stateside looking to remain undefeated and collect the biggest win of his young career.

Rainey opened eyes with Bellator fans with his dominating April KO over Andy Murad that earned the North Carolina native a well-deserved first round victory. Always looking to push the pace during fights, Rainey looks to engage Page from the opening bell, and to create fireworks to kick off the pay-per-view portion of the fight card.

“After seeing the performance that Ricky put on at Bellator 116, the decision was a no brainer to get him back into our cage as quickly as possible,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Michael Page is one of the most explosive fighters this sport has, and to be able to put both these guys in the cage together is magic. I couldn’t think of a better fight to put on to kick off our pay-per-view than these two explosive, tall, long Welters that throw bombs.”

Bellator Pay-Per-View Fight Card:

Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Eddie Alvarez (25-3) vs. Michael Chandler (12-1)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo (12-3)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Fight: Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Bellator Lightweight Fight: Will Brooks (13-1) vs. Nate Jolly (13-5)
Bellator Welterweight Fight: Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Battle Finalized for Bellator Pay-Per-View Saturday, May 17th

Social media can often be a powerful tool. Getting your message out to the world has never been easier, and MMA icon Tito Ortiz found that out first hand when Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko posted a short video online challenging Ortiz to a fight at light heavyweight on the Bellator Pay-Per-View on Saturday, May 17th.

Shlemenko signed his bout agreement the day he called out Ortiz. After 8 days, Ortiz’s bout agreement is now in and the fight that started as a challenge has now become a reality. Ortiz and Shlemenko will now join a card headlined by a Bellator Lightweight Title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, as well as a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between Rampage Jackson and King Mo from The Landers Center, located just outside of Memphis.

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.

The reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion wasted no time in his call out of Ortiz, after the Russian striker collected his 50th victory in March with a win over Brennan Ward. Currently riding a 13 fight win streak including finishes over Doug Marshall, Ikuhisa Minowa and Maiquel Falcao, Shlemenko has his sights set on a new challenge in the form of Ortiz.

“Tito Ortiz says he is healthy and he wants to fight. So now he has a fight. Me,” Shlemenko said. “I will fight Tito, and I will beat him. I have a great respect for Tito Ortiz, but I have wanted to fight Tito for a long time, and this is my chance. I am moving up to light heavyweight for this fight, and I will win. When I am done with Tito, I will continue to defend my middleweight belt in Bellator.”

As one of the most recognizable faces in MMA, Ortiz enters the fight making his Bellator debut and will be welcomed to the cage by the man they call “Storm”. Ortiz’s storied career includes victories over some of the sport’s most notable names and Ortiz will look to start his Bellator career off with a victory on May 17th.

“This fight really came out of nowhere and it took me by surprise, but it took me about three seconds to accept the fight,” Ortiz said. “I’m healthy, I feel great, and I’m ready to do this. I knew I wasn’t going to get any easy fights in Bellator, it’s never what I wanted, and they delivered with a great fight for May 17th. Shlemenko is a tough guy, he’s the Middleweight Champion, but he’s fighting at my weight class, the weight class where I have beaten some of the best in the world, and it’s going to be a very bad night for him.”

“Shlemenko’s one of MMA’s greatest champions, he’s riding a 13 fight win streak and he’s got an incredible level of confidence he can beat anyone in the world. When I saw the immediate fan response following the callout, I knew this was a fight I wanted to make provided we received commission approval,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Of the thousands of opinions that came out when this was announced, half think Alexander destroys him and half think Tito does the same. This will be a great fight.”

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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Isles Colin McDonald Names to US National Team for 2014 World Championships

USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald has been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. McDonald joins Islanders teammates Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson on the national squad.

McDonald, 29, scored 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 70 games this season with the Islanders. This is the Wethersfield, CT native’s first time representing his country at an international tournament

The Edmonton Oilers selected McDonald in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Draft. In 122 career NHL games with Edmonton, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Islanders, McDonald has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists).

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Pat Curran Defends Featherweight Title Against Patricio Pitbull Friday, June 6th from Winstar World Casino

The Bellator Summer Series will start with a bang as Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran will defend his title against featherweight tournament winner Patricio Pitbull Friday, June 6th from Winstar World Casino.

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 Box Office.

This will be the second meeting between the World Champion and the top 10 featherweight, as Curran successfully defended his title against Pitbull at Bellator 85 with a split decision victory. Pitbull still feels he won the contest, and has no plans on letting his June 6th fight end up in the judges hands.

“I’ve been wanting this rematch with Curran for a long time, and it’s finally here,” Pitbull said. “I won that first fight, and I should be Bellator Featherweight Champion right now. This time, I’m not going to let it go to the judges. Curran has started to get cocky and he’s disrespecting me. He has no idea what I’ve been through to get to the title. I’m going to put a brake on his tongue on June 6th.”

The strong words from Pitbull are no surprise to Curran, who has exchanged verbal barbs with the Brazilian in the past. With certainty no love lost between the two, Curran is expecting fireworks on June 6th.

“Pitbull has been running his mouth a lot lately and everyone is sick of hearing it,” Curran said. “I’m ready to shut him up for good. I’m an even better fighter now than I was the first time we fought and I’ll show you Pitbull a true champion fights on June 6th.”

“Curran and Pitbull are two of the best featherweights on the planet,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Curran’s win in their first fight last year makes for a great 2nd title fight. This should be fireworks on June 6th. We always look to kick off our Summer Series strong, and this main event will be a fantastic anchor to what will be an incredible night of fights.”

Additional fight card information will be made available in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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