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Athletes In Your Community: Isles Nick Leddy helps Grow the Game at CityParks Street Hockey Clinic

New York Islanders Defender Nick Leddy was on hand at the final CityParks Street Hockey Clinic that took place at the Sunset Park Recreation Center in Brooklyn, NY on 11/17.

Leddy helped to teach kids from ages 8-12 basic hockey fundamentals, while also passing on invaluable knowledge on what it takes to be a successful professional athlete.

The CityParks Street Hockey Clinic is a six-week program that began in October free, which is not only free but also gave an opportunity to those with little to no experience a great opportunity at the sport of hockey.

Offered through the nonprofit City Parks Foundation, the initiative took place at three Brooklyn Parks, using portable equipment set up on an outdoor basketball court.

The finale featured Leddy, who had the opportunity to not only interact with the kids in attendance, but also sign autogaphs. All that participated also were able to recieve a voucher for two tickets for an upcoming Islanders game at the Barclays Center.

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Hofstra Women’s Hoops Roll Past Stony Brook 71-66

The Hofstra University Women's Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra University Women’s Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra University Women’s Basketball team won the unofficial “Battle of Long Island” with a 71-66 win over Stony Brook at the Mack Sports Center. Kelly Loftus led all players with 26 points including 6-of-10 from three-point range, while Ashunae Durant added 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The Pride improved to 2-0 on the season with another hard-fought, total team effort. “We’re a team that pulls together and I think that’s something that separates us from other teams,” explained Hofstra Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. “I’m very proud, top-to-bottom with this crew.”

Loftus was a factor early, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the opening minute of the game to establish the outside shooting option for the Pride. Outside shooting was a key for Hofstra in the early going.

“DK [assistant coach Denise King] helped with me with my shot before the game today,” Loftus explained. “I thank her for that because if she didn’t help me I don’t think my shot would have been on tonight. My teammates found me at the right time and I just knocked it down.”

Hofstra took the lead with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter on a three-point shot by Sydni Epps and never trailed again for the rest of the game.

Stony Brook had some success in the paint in the first half, outscoring the Pride 22-12 down low, but Hofstra made some adjustments defensively and were able to slow down the Seawolves inside attack in the second half. Brittany Snow led Stony Brook with 22 points for the night.

“We did try to get creative,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “Sometimes we went to a 2-3 [zone]. The more we can change things up [on defense] the better and I think this is the practice that we need…We did a good job of playing off screens in the second half.”

The game was marked by a lot of tough, physical play. Hofstra won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Stony Brook 38-36, but they owned a vital 16-8 advantage on the offensive boards which was able to turn the advantage into second-chance opportunities to score points.

“It was very physical down there,” Durant said. “Brittany Snow and their other five player are bigger than me, but we came out with more rebounds than them. Hey, it is what it is.”

Hofstra led at halftime 36-30 and then pulled away in the third quarter, increasing the lead to as many as 13 points.

To their credit, Stony Brook hung tough and made a fourth quarter run to pull to within as little as two points, but was never quite able to even the score. The Hofstra defense was a big reason for the win. Darius Faulk had another strong defensive game and made a key steal with just over five minutes left and then set up Durant for an open jumper that gave the Pride a five-point lead.

Loftus came through in the clutch late when she connected from behind the three-point line with 36 seconds left to again open up a five-point gap. Krystal Luciano made a key free throw with 14 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and ice the win for the Pride.

Hofstra returns to action on Thursday night when they face American University in Washington, DC. It will be the first road game for the Pride this season.

The Women’s Basketball team will return to the Mack Sports Complex on Thursday, December 3, when they take on the University at Buffalo.

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PHOTO GALLERY and POSTMATCH VIDEOS from the Cosmos 2015 NASL Championship

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Photo Gallery and Post-Match Videos from the New York Cosmos Match v Ottawa Fury FC on 11/15:


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Post-Match Press Conferences:

Head Coach Giovanni Savarese

Captain Carlos Mendes


Marcos Senna:

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Cosmos Win Soccer Bowl, Raul & Senna Go Out as Champions

The New York Cosmos Celebrating with the NASL Championship. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos Celebrating with the NASL Championship. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Gaston Cellerino scored all three goals to lead the New York Cosmos to a 3-2 win over Ottawa Fury FC in the 2015 NASL Soccer Bowl. It was the second title in three years for the Cosmos.

The match was also the last in the illustrious careers of Raul and Marcos Senna who are retiring at the conclusion of the season.

“We’re going to miss them tremendously, most importantly, two great people,” said Cosmos Captain Carlos Mendes after the match. “I think they are top professionals who came in and trained hard every day and their experience has rubbed off on the guys. You can’t replace Marcos and Raul and obviously the locker room will be different next year.”

The Cosmos scored early as Cellerino’s first goal came in the 8th minute. The play was set up by a strong run by Danny Szetela down the left side. Szetela made a header that Cellerino controlled with his chest and then kicked past Fury goalie Romuald Peiser to give New York an early 1-0 lead.

“Scoring early was important for us,” Cosmos Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We talked about an early goal being important for us because it would change the dynamics of the match.”

It certainly did change the dynamics. After taking the lead, the Cosmos took control of the first half and limited Ottawa to just one shot while New York took six. The home team controlled the middle of the field and prevented Ottawa from establishing a consistent attack. When the Fury did get the ball, goalie Jimmy Maurer was active in intercepting crosses and snuffing out chances.

The home team held a 1-0 lead at halftime, although they had several other chances to add to their lead throughout the first 45 minutes.

The game picked up pace in the second half. Defender Mason Trafford of Ottawa was given a red card in the 68th minute which gave the Cosmos an 11-10 manpower advantage for the remainder of the match.

Still, Ottawa did not quit, as Tom Heinemann scored the first of his two goals in the 70th minute to even the score at 1-1.

The Cosmos answered quickly as Cellerino tapped in a perfect pass from Walter Restrepo and New York led 2-1 in the 72nd minute.

Cellerino scored again in the 85th minute off a pass from Raul that made the score 3-1 and gave the Cosmos breathing room. The Fury kept fighting as Heinemann scored again in stoppage time to make the final score 3-2.

The celebration was on and the NASL post-season record-setting crowd of 10,166 at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University joined in the festivities.

Raul and Marcos Senna. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Raul and Marcos Senna. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Raul was very pleased to have his career end with another title. “I’m very happy,” Raul told reporters. “I’m very proud for everything I did and thank you to the club, my teammates and the fans for this amazing year. For me now, I start a new life with another project. I’m happy, but I’m also very sad…It is like a dream…I have one part of my heart for the Cosmos.”

For Senna, this was his second title with the Cosmos. He will continue working with the Cosmos organization now that his playing career is over.

“To win next to Raul was an ideal situation,” Senna said through an interpreter. “I’m thankful for him being here throughout the year as he made the difference many times and scored many goals. In addition, today, he didn’t get the goal, but he got the assists. He’s a player that is a game-changer.”

So the Cosmos season ended with a championship and the careers of two greats of the game ended with another championship.

Savarese was proud of his team and of Raul and Senna. “We feel very lucky, our organization, to have these two great players retire with us. [They] make a coach’s life easier because of the quality when they play. They were important all year to push everybody to higher standards. The way they finished their careers today couldn’t be any other way because they’ve been successful.”

New York will now head into the offseason hoping to build on that success. The franchise has now won seven NASL titles and this one was particularly sweet as two star players saw their careers end on a fitting note.

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PHOTO GALLERY & POSTGAME VIDEO: Hofstra Hoops Home Opener 11/13

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery and postgame video from the Hofstra Hoops Home Opener that took place on 11/13 at the Mack Sports Complex:


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Hofstra Women’s Basketball

Featuring Head Coach Kilburn-Steveskey along with student-athletes Ashunae Durant and Darius Faulk.

Hofstra Men’s Basketball


Head Coach Joe Mihalich along with student-athletes Brian Bernardi and Juan’ya Green:

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Hofstra Pride Basketball Teams Score Dramatic Opening Night Wins

The Hofstra Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams both opened their seasons Friday night with dramatic wins at the Mack Sports Complex. The women scored a hard-fought 65-63 victory over Navy in the opener, while the men overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat Canisius 96-85.

The 2015-16 Hofstra Women's Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The 2015-16 Hofstra Women’s Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The women’s team was led by Ashunae Durant who scored 17 points and added 13 rebounds including 10 on the offensive boards. Jakelle King-Gilchrist totaled 15 points and shot 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc, while Anjie White added 13 rebounds with eight of those coming on offensive glass.

Overall, Hofstra outrebounded Navy 52-32 which was a key to their victory.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Hofstra Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said after the game. “That fight, that resilience, that maturity that you saw and against a good team…This was a total team effort as you can see.”

The Pride trailed by as many as eight points in the first quarter as Navy dominated the paint early, scoring 14 of their 21 first-quarter points from in close. But Kilbrun-Steveskey changed up the defense and the Pride was able to slow down the inside shooting of Navy who managed only 14 more points in the paint over the last three quarters.

“They’re a smart team, they’re trained very well,” Kilburn-Steveskey explained. “So we were improvising [on defense] and I’m so proud of them because it almost felt like we couldn’t do the same defense twice. We kept switching it back and forth and showing them different lineups.”

Darius Faulk. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Darius Faulk. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra led by five at the half and grabbed a nine-point advantage early in the third quarter, but Navy remained disciplined and took a 63-60 lead with 1:06 left in the game. After White scored off an offensive rebound with 35 seconds left, Darius Faulk made a key steal and the ensuing layup to give the Pride the lead for good.

“They always get on me about reaching in,” Faulk said. “I said I had to get the steal at this point, so I reached in, got the steal…two points.”

Faulk made a free throw to extend the Pride lead to 65-63 with six seconds left. Navy had one final trip up the court, but Taylor Dunham’s three-pointer missed and the Pride had a dramatic and well-deserved victory.

The men’s team fell behind quickly against Canisius as the team was unable to slow down guard Malcolm McMillan who had 18 points in the first 12 minutes of the game and finished with a game-high 33. At one point, the Pride trailed 36-18 and looked like they were in for a long night.

But coach Joe Mahalich switched from a man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 zone and Hofstra gradually regained pecked away at the Canisius lead.

“Our man-to-man defense was horrible, so we played zone,” Mihalich explained. “We came out soft and they took advantage, especially McMillan. He got some confidence and the basket just kept getting bigger and bigger for him.”

The Pride bounced back and went on a 13-2 run and trailed by only two points at the half, 47-45.

 Juan'ya Green. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Juan’ya Green. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Juan’ya Green overcame a slow start and caught fire down the stretch. Green finished with 16 points with many of them coming in the clutch.

“For the first 30 minutes, we didn’t see the Juan’ya we know,” Mihalich said. “For the last 10 minutes, it was the best Juan’ya we’ve ever seen.”

Meanwhile, Brian Bernardi set a new Hofstra record with eight three-pointers in one game. He finished 8-of-11 from behind the arc and led all Pride players with 26 points.

“Every time I shoot I think it’s going in,” Bernardi said. “I try to be sneaky and get to a place where I can get my shot off.”

“There are guys who can shoot and there are shooters,” Mihalich added. “Brian’s a shooter. There are a lot of guys who can shoot, but being a shooter is a mentality.”

The Hofstra Men's Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

In all, six Hofstra players finished in double figures and the Pride outrebounded the Golden Griffins 41-34. Malik Nichols and Rokas Gustys each finished with 10 boards and 13 points.

Although the Pride took a four-point lead early in the second half, Canisius again went on a run and led by as many as 11 with 9:08 left in the second half. Again, Hofstra refused to quit and went on a 12-2 run to get right back in the game largely due to the outside shooting of Bernardi and some hustle under the boards.

“It was a very mature win,” Mihalich said. “That had loss written all over it. We were in trouble…So that’s a win that can really pay dividends for us. We swam back and took control in the second half but they went back up by eight but we just never lost our composure and we made plays…That’s what winning teams do.”

The men’s team returns to action Monday at 7 pm when they host Malloy. The women’s team will host Stony Brook on Tuesday at 7 pm. Both games are at the Mack Sports Complex.

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Single Game Mets Tickets Go On Sale November 30 at 10 am

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The National League Champion New York Mets today announced their promotional schedule for the 2016 season at Citi Field featuring more than 500,000 promotional items.

Single game tickets will go on sale Monday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/Tickets and (718) 507-TIXX. An exclusive presale for Citi cardmembers starts Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.at Mets.com/CitiPreSale. Fans are also encouraged to utilize their Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card on all Mets offers throughout the season as they will receive 2 points for every dollar spent on all dining out and entertainment purchases, including Mets tickets and concessions. Season ticket and partial plans are available now as well at Mets.com/Tickets.

2016 will feature the return of the popular weekend promotions Free Shirt Fridays, Super Saturdays and Family Sundays. Highlights include Opening Day vs. Philadelphia at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, April 8; Rematch of the 2015 World Series vs. Kansas City on June 21-22. Weekend series vs. the Chicago Cubs June 30-July 3, Los Angeles Dodgers May 27-29 and the Washington Nationals July 8-10 andSeptember 2-4. The Subway Series takes place on August 1-2.

Free Shirt Fridays – Designs below (All games start at 7:10 p.m.)

On the following 12 Friday dates, all fans will receive a uniquely designed Mets themed T-Shirt:

  • April 29 vs. San Francisco Giants
  • May 20 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • May 27 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • June 17 vs. Atlanta Braves
  • July 1 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • July 8 vs. Washington Nationals
  • July 29 vs. Colorado Rockies
  • August 12 vs. San Diego Padres
  • August 26 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • September 2 vs. Washington Nationals
  • September 16 vs. Minnesota Twins
  • September 23 vs. Philadelphia Phillies


Super Saturdays –  June 18 and August 13

Super Saturdays will include some of our most popular giveaway items. A pair of Saturday home games will feature post-game concerts: June 18 (time TBD) vs. the Atlanta Braves and August 13(7:10 p.m.) vs. the San Diego Padres. The 2016 Mets Concert Series headliners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The performances will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game from a stage in the outfield behind second base.  Admission to the concert is included in the price of the game ticket.

Fireworks – April 9 and September 3

There are currently two fireworks nights in 2016 all following Saturday night games on April 9 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies (7:10 p.m.) and September 3 vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Fireworks will be launched from Citi Field’s roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360-degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark.

Saturday Premium Giveaway

At the following Saturday games, the first 15,000 fans will receive the following premium giveaway items:

  • April 30vs. San Francisco Giants – Noah Syndergaarden Gnome presented by Citi (7:10 p.m.)
  • May 21vs. Milwaukee Brewers  – Bucket Hat (time TBD)
  • July 9vs. Washington Nationals – Fedora Hat (time TBD)
  • August 27vs. Philadelphia Phillies  – Bobblehead #1 (7:10 p.m.)
  • September 17vs. Minnesota Twins – Bobblehead #2 (7:10 p.m.)
  • September 24vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Knit Cap (7:10 p.m.)

Family Sundays (All games scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.)

  • Every Sundayhome game is “Family Sunday” at Citi Field. Beginning 2 hours prior game time on the Mets Plaza, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, there are Mets featured family-friendly activities including kids inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, entertainment and a postgame Mr. Met Dash when kids 12 and under can come down onto the field and run the bases, weather permitting.

The following is the complete list of promotions on Sundays.  Promotional items will be given out to the first 15,000 fans.  All Sunday games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

  • April 10 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – Rally Towels to all in attendance
  • May 1 vs. San Francisco Giants (1:10 p.m.) – Baseball Socks
  • May 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:10 p.m.) – Eye Black
  • May 29 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1:10 p.m.) – TBD
  • June 19 vs. Atlanta Braves (1:10 p.m.) – Father’s Day Caps (All fathers & Kids 12 and under)
  • July 3 vs. Chicago Cubs (1:10 p.m.) – Sunglasses
  • July 10 vs. Washington Nationals (1:10 p.m.) – Wristbands
  • July 31 vs. Colorado Rockies (1:10 p.m.) – Fathead (player TBD)
  • August 14 vs. San Diego Padres (1:10 p.m.) – W.B. Mason Toy Truck Giveaway
  • August 28 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – Lunch Bag
  • September 4 vs. Washington Nationals (1:10 p.m.) – Jersey Tote Bag courtesy of MLB Network
  • September 18 vs. Minnesota (1:10 p.m.) – Batting Gloves
  • September 25 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – 2017 Schedule Magnet

Times for Saturday and Sunday games may change, subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN.

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