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Cosmos Add Flores & Mulligan but Unable to Come to Terms with Diaz

 

The New York Cosmos announced on Friday  that the team has acquired El Salvadoran international Andrés Flores from Turín-FESA Fútbol Clube (El Salvador), with the midfielder signing a multi-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I really enjoyed my stay with the team last season,” Flores said. “It’s a great coaching staff with an attacking philosophy and I had very good chemistry with my teammates. Coming back to New York permanently was something that I was always wanted to do.”

Flores, 24, spent the 2014 NASL Fall Season with the Cosmos on loan from Turín. He appeared in 8 league games, recording one goal and one assist and helping the team to its second consecutive postseason appearance.

A San Salvador native, Flores has also made 39 appearances for the El Salvador senior national team. He also serves as captain for the national team, most recently during the 2014 Copa Centroamericana tournament. Flores originally made his debut for El Salvador in 2008 against Trinidad & Tobago.

Flores began his youth career with Academia Chelona and moved to Argentina’s River Plate in 2006, where he spent three years. In 2009, Flores returned to El Salvador with A.D. Isidro Metapán where he made over 60 appearances and led the club to multiple Primera Division titles. In 2012, he joined Viborg FF in Denmark for one year on loan before returning to Metapán.

“We’re delighted to bring back Andrés to our squad,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He’s a key player for the El Salvador national team and his pace and ability provides us with another attacking threat.”

The New York Cosmos also announced that the team has signed fullback Jimmy Mulligan to a contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Mulligan, 23, made two starts in the 2014 Fall Season, making his professional debut on October 25, 2014 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He’s a Medford, N.Y. native who played at St. John’s University from 2009-2013. Mulligan finished his Red Storm career by earning both third team NSCAA All-Northeast Region accolades and second team All-BIG EAST honors.

The team also announced that it did not reach a new agreement with Diomar Diaz and that the Venezuelan midfielder will not return for the 2015 season.

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New York Lizards 2015 Season Schedule Released

The New York Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Lizards. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Major League Lacrosse has officially released the 2015 season schedule. The 2015 season will kick off on Sunday, April 12.

The Lizards will begin their season at home on April 12 against the Ohio Machine at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium at 5:00 PM.

Highlights of the Lizards 2015 season schedule include a home game against perennial rival, the Boston Cannons on Friday, May 8, and closing out the season against the defending MLL Champions, the Denver Outlaws, on Thursday, July 9. In 2015, the Lizards will play all seven of their home games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.

The Lizards full 2015 schedule is as follows:

Game Date

Opponent

Time (EST)

Sunday, April 12

vs. Ohio Machine

5:00 PM

Sunday, April 19

@ Rochester Rattlers

1:00 PM

Sunday, April 26

vs. Rochester Rattlers

5:00 PM

Saturday, May 2

@ Boston Cannons

6:00 PM

Friday, May 8

vs. Boston Cannons

7:30 PM

Saturday, May 16

vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks

5:00 PM

Saturday, May 30

@ Charlotte Hounds

7:00 PM

Friday, June 5

vs. Florida Launch

7:30 PM

Saturday, June 13

MLL All-Star Game

7:00 PM

Saturday, June 20

vs. Charlotte Hounds

7:00 PM

Friday, June 26

@ Florida Launch

7:30 PM

Friday, July 3

@ Chesapeake Bayhawks

7:30 PM

Thursday, July 9

vs. Denver Outlaws

7:30 PM

Sunday, July 19

@ Ohio Machine

7:00 PM

Saturday, July 25

@ Denver Outalws

5:00 PM

Saturday, August 1

MLL Semi-Finals

4:00/6:30 PM

Saturday, August 8

MLL Championship Game

7:00 PM

 

2015 season tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling the Lizards office at 1-855-NYLizards. Special early bird prices, starting at just $105 per ticket, are available through next Tuesday, December 23rd. Single game tickets will go on sale March 3. More information about 2015 season tickets can be found at NYLizards.com/Season-Tickets.

For more information about the Lizards 2015 schedule, be sure to check back to NYLizards.com or call 1-855-NYLizards.

 

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No. 20/23 St. John’s Rides Four-Game Win Streak into Friday’s Contest with St. Mary’s

St. John's University Men's Basketball. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

St. John’s University Men’s Basketball. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

No. 20/23 St. John’s is back in action at Carnesecca Arena on Friday squaring off with St. Mary’s (6-2) at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. The nationally ranked Red Storm has played some of its best basketball this season in Queens as it enters the contest boasting a 5-0 record at Carnesecca Arena. Rich Ackerman and Jim Spanarkel are on the call for FOX Sports 1. St. John’s radio announcers John Minko and Brandon Tierney can be heard on 970 AM (WNYM).

St. John’s (8-1) is in the AP Top-25 Poll for the second straight week and earned its first ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll on Monday after a pair of convincing wins over Fordham and Fairleigh Dickinson. The Red Storm has won four straight games, all by double-digits margins, and has stifled opponents with a defensive effort that has not allow more than 57 points in a game during this stretch.

D’Angelo Harrison continues to perform at a high level averaging 22.0 points during St. John’s recent win streak. He received consecutive BIG EAST Player of the Week honors and has been recognized by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association as the top player in the region for the last two weeks. The 6-foot-4 senior guard who currently leads the BIG EAST in scoring (19.7) and ranks sixth in rebounding (7.2) has already landed on watch lists for several national awards.

St. John’s is coming off a 21-point win over Fordham on Sunday in the MSG Holiday Festival. Harrison and Rysheed Jordan combined for 46 of the Red Storm’s 71 points and converted 70.3 percent of their field goal attempts. Jordan matched a career-high 24 points (9-of-12 FG), hit three 3-pointers and made four steals to pace the Red Storm.

Things To Know

  • St. John’s has reeled off four straight wins and has a 17.0-point margin of victory during this  streak. The Red Storm has shot 47.9 percent from the field while holding opponents to a 35.8 field goal percentage over this stretch. D’Angelo Harrison has averaged 22.0 points while shooting 54.9 percent (28-51) and 95.8 percent (23-24) at the free-throw line.
  • The Red Storm has won all five of its contests at Carnesecca Arena this season, including its recent 22-point victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 10. St. John’s has elevated its play in Queens averaging 76.2 points, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 72.3 percent at the free-throw line. The Johnnies have outrebounded opponents 42.0 to 35.0 and have swatted 8.8 shots per game at Carnesecca Arena.  Chris Obekpa was one of St. John’s top performers against FDU as he went for his second double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) of the year and recorded six blocks.
  • The Red Storm has shot 76.3 percent (45-59) from the free-throw line in the last three contests.  St. John’s shot a season best 80.0 percent (20-25) in a hostile road environment to snap Syracuse’s 55-game home win streak on Dec. 6. D’Angelo Harrison has connected on 21 straight free-throws heading into Friday’s contest with St. Mary’s. It is the second longest streak of free-throws for his career after opening the 2013-14 season with 23 in a row. Harrison ranks fifth in program history with 492 career free-throws made.
  • Sir’Dominic Pointer has elevated his offensive production in the second half this season averaging 7.0 of his 10.2 points after halftime. He boasts a 75.8 percent (25-33) field goal mark in the second stanza. Overall, Pointer is fourth on the team in scoring, while ranking in the top-10 of the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.7), field goal percentage (57.8), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.7).
  • D’Angelo Harrison moved into sixth place on St. John’s career scoring list with his 22-point performance on Sunday versus Fordham. Harrison is the second active leading scorer in NCAA Division I with 1,778 points over his four year career at St. John’s, only trailing BYU’s Tyler Haws (2,206). He is 32 points away from matching Zendon Hamilton (1,810 points – 1994-98) for fifth place on the all-time list. Harrison has earned back-to-back BIG EAST Player of the Week honors. In the last three games, Harrison  has averaged 24.0 points and shot 57.9 percent (22-38) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-18) from 3-point range

About the Series

  • St. John’s takes on St. Mary’s for the first time in four years and it will be the third meeting overall. The programs have split their two contests in a series that dates back to 1967.
  • In the last meeting on Nov. 16, 2010, the Red Storm dropped a 76-71 decision at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. Dwayne Polee II led the Red Storm with 16 points and Malik Boothe added 15 on 5-for-8 shooting. Clint Steindl was the top scorer for St. Mary’s with 22 points hitting 7-of-10 3-pointers.
  • St. Mary’s is the second team from the West Coast Conference that St. John’s will play this season. The Red Storm was edged by then-No. 10/8 Gonzaga in the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship Game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28.

St. John’s University will be holding a toy drive from 12/19 to 12/22 fans are encouraged to bring a new toy to the ticket office prior to the game  to receive a ticket offer for those games.

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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New York Lizards Add 12 Players Via 2015 Supplemental Draft

2015 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft is officially in the books and the Lizards added 12 players to their roster in preparation for the 2015 season.

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

With their first pick of the draft, 6th overall, the Lizards picked up Shamel Bratton, who played with the Lizards in 2014.

“Shamel was somebody we were set on getting back here. He’s a very athletic two-way midfielder,” said Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina. Joining Shamel on the field this season will be his twin brother Rhamel, who was picked up in the 12thround. Shamel and Rhamel played together at Huntington High School before they attended University of Virginia, where they were both members of the men’s lacrosse team.

Other notable pickups from the draft include Stephen Peyser and Cody Jamieson.

“We are really excited to get [Peyser] back. He was fighting off some injuries last season and we think he will be ready to go in April” said Spallina. “And Cody Jamieson is a world class talent. He is really looking forward to getting back into the MLL. He is someone with a championship pedigree and a proven scorer.”

Spallina added, “I was really happy with the way the draft broke out for us. We were able to address some needs as well as take some calculated risks with a few players with tremendous upside.”

These 12 new players will join the rest of the Lizards team when training camp kicks off at the end of March. The 2015 season is expected to kick off in early April.

2015 SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT RESULTS

Player Overall Pick  Position College
Shamel Bratton 6th Midfield Virginia
Shane Sturgis 16th Attack Penn State
Stephen Peyser 20th Midfield Johns Hopkins
Lee Coppersmith 22nd Midfield Johns Hopkins
Cody Jamieson 38th Attack Syracuse
Chris Piccirilli 46th Defense Villanova
Anthony Biscardi 54th Midfield UMass
Matt Poskay 70th Midfield Virginia
Andrew Casimir 78th Defense Dowling
Max Van Bourgondien 86th Midfield Cornell
Rhamel Bratton 94th Midfield Virginia
Chris Coppolecchia After Round 12 Defense Quinnipiac

Shamel Bratton (midfield): Played in three games with the Lizards in 2014, had one assist. Twin brother Rhamel also drafted by the Lizards.

Shane Sturgis (attack): Graduated from Penn State in 2014. Led PSU in goals, assists, and points during senior season (33g, 17a, 50 p)

Stephen Peyser (midfield):  Played five of six seasons with the Lizards. Played in 11+ games every season with the Lizards. Played in five games with Chesapeake in 2014, scoring two goals and adding two assists

Lee Coppersmith (midfield): Played in one game in 2014 with Florida Launch and three games in 2013 with Boston Cannons. 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins

Cody Jamieson (attack): Did not play in the MLL in 2014, but played with the Hamilton Nationals from 2011-2013. Scored 26, 25, and 23 points in each season with the Nationals from 2011 until 2013. Scored the game winning goal in overtime in 2009 to help Syracuse defeat Cornell and win the NCAA Championship

Chris Piccirilli (defense): Graduated from Villanova in 2014. Second on the team with .455 shot percentage his senior season, tied for third on team with 17 caused turnovers

Anthony Biscardi (midfield): Played in one and two games with the Ohio Machine during 2012 and 2013 seasons, respectively.

Matt Poskay (midfield): Played eight seasons with Boston Cannons from 2006-2013. 267 career points, .379 career shot percentage

Andrew Casimir (defense): 2011 graduate of Dowling College

Max Van Bourgondien (midfield): Played in one game with the Lizards in 2013 before suffering season-ending injury.

Rhamel Bratton (midfield): 2011 graduate of University of Virginia. Twin brother Shamel also drafted by the Lizards.

Chris Coppolecchia (defense): 2012 graduate of Quinnipiac University. During his junior season, he ranked third on the team in ground balls with 49.

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New York Cosmos Announce 2015 Spring Schedule

The New York Cosmos will get to celebrating Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Cosmos will get to celebrating Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The North American Soccer League (NASL) and New York Cosmos today announced the 2015 Spring Season schedule. The Cosmos’ 2015 home opener will take place on Saturday, April 18 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Cosmos will begin the 2015 season on the road against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday, April 4 at Lockhart Stadium.

“We’re excited about the additions we’ve made to the team in the offseason and are looking forward to the start of the season,” Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “With the spring schedule format, every game will be critical.”

The Cosmos will play 10 matches during the 2015 Spring Season – five games at home and five games on the road, while taking on each team in the league once. The winner of the Spring Season, which will run through Saturday, June 13, will earn one of the top two seeds in The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament.

The Cosmos will close out the spring with their inaugural match against Jacksonville Armada FC at home on Saturday, June 13. The kickoff times for the 2015 Spring Season and the Fall Season and full promotional schedules will be announced at a later date.

COSMOS 2015 HOME SCHEDULE – SPRING SEASON
Game Times TBD
Cosmos vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (Saturday, April 18)

Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury (Saturday, May 2)

Cosmos vs. FC Edmonton (Sunday, May 10)

Cosmos vs. San Antonio Scorpions (Saturday, May 23)

Cosmos vs. Jacksonville Armada FC (Saturday, June 13)

Cosmos 2015 season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase them by calling 855-71-COSMOS or at http://www.nycosmos.com/seasontickets.
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Jenry Mejia and Jeurys Familia Continue Great Mets Tradition by Participating in Holiday Party

The New York Mets have long had a tradition of giving back to the community, and one of the more popular events that is held is the Holiday Party.

With each new year that passes the fans wonder who will have the chance to play Santa, and every year children walk away with an experience that will last them a lifetime.

2014 was no difference, especially on December 16 as Jenry Mejia and Jeurys Familia joined the long list of players who attended and participated in the Holiday Party. This edition featured students from PS 57 (New  York), PS 19 (Corona), PS 140 (Queens), PS 330 (Flushing), PS 143 (Corona), PS 89 (Corona).

Smiles were on the faces of all participants and 1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video from the day:

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Enters USA Today Sports Coaches Poll at No. 25

Following a 9-0 start to the 2014-15 campaign, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team is back in the national rankings for the first time this year.  After receiving votes in both polls since the outset of the season, the Red Storm cracked the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll this week, checking in at No. 25.

Joe Tartamella at St. John's University Basketball Media Day. Photo by Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Joe Tartamella at St. John’s University Basketball Media Day. Photo by Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

While this is the Red Storm’s first appearance in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll in nearly two years, the Red Storm made a pair of appearances in the Associated Press Poll last season, climbing as high as No. 22 last February.

St. John’s is the only team from the BIG EAST currently featured in the Coaches Poll, as conference foe DePaul, previously at No. 25, fell out of the rankings this week.  Seton Hall is also receiving votes in the poll.

The Red Storm have been on fire this season, claiming victory in its first nine contests by an average margin of 13.3 points per game under third year Head Coach Joe Tartamella.

St. John’s  9-0 record marks the best start to season for the program since 2004-05, when the team rattled off 11-straight wins to kick off the year.

Tartamella has led his team to a few signature victories in the early going, knocking off perennial mid major power Marist on the road and besting nationally-acclaimed South Florida at the Sun Dome.  The Red Storm also picked up a home win against the Florida Gators, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

The Red Storm returns to action this weekend, playing host to the Seventh Annual St. John’s Chartwells Holiday Classic.  Coach Tartamella’s squad will kick off play on Saturday, facing off against Auburn at noon in Carnesecca Arena.

For more information on St. John’s Women’s Basketball fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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