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Impact Wrestling Returns to NYC for Three Dates in June

Fans of Impact Wrestling seen on SPIKE TV should start to get excited as the company will return to New York City for three dates in June.

It was announced that TNA will bring cameras to New York City for the very first time for three incredible IMPACT WRESTLING live events June 25-27 at The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, including a live taping of the hit TV show  when they are in the area on Thursday.

Tickets go on sale May 9th at 10AM EST at ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets and toll free at 800-745-3000.Be a part of three electrifying nights when IMPACT WRESTLING invades the city that never sleeps.

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D’Angelo Harrison Named St. John’s First Haggerty Winner Since 2002

The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association named St. John’s junior guard D’Angelo Harrison the New York City collegiate basketball player of the year on Tuesday. Harrison will receive the 2014 Haggerty Award – named for St. John’s basketball and baseball standout Lieutenant Frank C. Haggerty, who was killed during military service in World War II – at the 81st annual NIT/MBWA All-Met College Basketball Awards Dinner on Tuesday evening in Westchester, N.Y.

The 2014 honor marks the 25th time a student-athlete from St. John’s has won the Haggerty Award. The last Red Storm team member to earn the nod was Marcus Hatten in 2002.

“D’Angelo has put in the work and it paid dividends all season long,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “His performance on the court and leadership of the team have been outstanding and will serve as a catalyst for his senior season. Dee is most deserving of the Haggerty Award and All-Met honors.”

“The award is special to me for a few reasons,” said Harrison. “One, because it’s named after the great Frank Haggerty, who was a St. John’s basketball and baseball star who died during World War II. I am humbled to accept this award in Lieutenant Haggerty’s memory. This is also a great honor because even though St. John’s players have received this award the most throughout history, a St. John’s player hasn’t been honored with this award since 2002. I am grateful to be able to bring this back to our campus and represent so many who have come before me.”

The 20th All-BIG EAST First Team selection in St. John’s history following an outstanding 2013-14 season, Harrison became the 48th Red Storm player to reach the 1,000-point plateau a year ago (eighth-fastest, 57 games). Harrison is now 10th in St. John’s history with 1,601 career points, only 327 from surpassing Felipe Lopez and the all-time top three (third, 1,927 points, 1995-98).

Harrison finished fourth in the BIG EAST, and tied for 106th nationally, with a 17.5 points per game scoring average in 2013-14. He finished fourth in the conference with an 86.1 percent mark at the free throw line, his 1.9 3-point field goals per game tied for 10th, his .370 success rate from long-range ranked 15th and his 4.9 rebounds tied for 20th. The rising senior is now St. John’s all-time career 3-point leader with a record of 198, as he surpassed former leader Willie Shaw on Dec. 21 of this season.

Harrison was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor roll six times in 2013-14 and now owns 15 weekly BIG EAST honors for his career. The sharpshooter was a first-time BIG EAST Player of the Week on Dec. 23 and an Honor Roll section on Dec. 2, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 9 this past season. He was a six-time honoree as a sophomore in 2012-13 after earning one BIG EAST Rookie of the Week selection and one Honor Roll nod as a freshman in 2011-12.

Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson was also honored, with an All-Met second team mention. The 2012-13 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year announced on March 24 that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

A 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, Sampson averaged 12.8 ppg (17th in the BIG EAST) and was the Red Storm’s leader in rebounding (6.1 rpg, tied for seventh in the league) as a sophomore in 2013-14. His season field goal percentage of .495 was ninth among all BIG EAST players and 95th nationally. He led St. John’s in scoring six times and in rebounding on 11 occasions.

Sampson’s career high in scoring came with a 23-point effort via a career-best 11-of-15 field goals in a 77-52 victory over Butler at The Garden (Feb. 18). He fired at a 52.2 percent clip from the floor in St. John’s final 17 games of the 2013-14 season (11-6 record), while averaging 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, and helping the Red Storm complete its climb into a tie for third in the BIG EAST regular season standings.

Sampson completed his Red Storm career with 915 points and 420 rebounds in 66 games with 65 starts, averaging 13.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest. He averaged 30.3 minutes per outing and connected at a 46.9 percent clip from the field (383-of-816). Sampson’s squads made NIT appearances in 2013 and 2014, where he averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg across three contests.

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Manhattan Men’s Basketball Trio Honored with All-Met Honors

Manhattan College seniors George Beamon and Rhamel Brown earned All-Metropolitan Area honors, the Met Basketball Writers Association announced on Tuesday, April 22. Beamon was a first-team selection, while Brown earned a spot on the second team. Beamon is the first Jasper to earn first-team All-Met honors since Peter Mulligan in 2005.Steve Masiello gained the Peter A. Carlesimo Coach of the Year award for the second time. He was the Metropolitan Area Co-Coach of the Year in 2012, his first season at Manhattan College.

Beamon had a remarkable senior season, helping lead the Jaspers to the 2014 MAAC championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance, in which Manhattan led Louisville, the defending national champions, with two minutes left before the Cardinals pulled out a 71-64 win.

Beamon averaged a team-leading 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in helping the Jaspers reach 25 wins during the 2013-14 season. The 25 wins are the second most in program history, one behind the 1994-95 team that won 26 games. Beamon finished his career with 1,843 points, which ranks fourth in Manhattan College’s program history. He also ranks third all-time in steals (162) and 10th in three-point field goals made (123).

The Roslyn, N.Y. native scored 20+ points in 17 games this season, including two games in which he scored more than 30 points. He totaled five double-doubles this season and finished the season ranked among the top 10 rebounders in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Beamon was a first team All-MAAC selection for the second time in his career and earned first team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Brown earned a spot on the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team, earning a place as one of the top 25 defensive players in Division I college basketball. Brown finished a spectacular senior season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots per game, which ranked third in the nation.

The Brooklyn native garnered second team All-MAAC honors after the season and was named to the all-district second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He was part of a Manhattan defense that limited opponents to 40.9 percent shooting from the field during the 2013-14 season.

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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Zeke Upshaw Earns All-Met Third Team Honors

Zeke Upshaw. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Zeke Upshaw. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra graduate forward Zeke Upshaw (Chicago, IL) was named to the All-Met Third Team, it was announced on Tuesday by the Met Basketball Writers Association.

Prior to this award, Upshaw has also been named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 10 second teams.

Upshaw had an outstanding season for Hofstra as he led the Pride and the CAA with 19.8 points per game. Upshaw’s influence was felt in several areas as he started all 33 games this season, averaging a team-best 36.5 minutes per game. In addition he drained 91 three-pointers, which is tied for the second-most in a single season in program history.

Zeke also averaged 4.2 rebounds per contest and compiled 61 assists, 25 steals and seven blocks in 2013-14. His 655 points this season are the 10th most in a single season in Hofstra history.

Upshaw transferred to Hofstra after playing three seasons at Illinois State. During his career with the Redbirds he played in 62 games and scored a total of 100 points. His scoring increase from 2012-13 to 2013-14 led the entire nation.

This season, Upshaw had 17 games of 20 or more points, eight games of 25 or more points and three games of 30 or more points. He poured in a career-best 37 points at Richmond on November 19.

Hofstra (10-23) saw its season come to a close in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship where it dropped a narrow decision to eventual conference champion Delaware. The 10 wins were three more than the Pride had in 2012-13 and Hofstra also picked up its first postseason victory (78-70 over UNCW in CAA Championship First Round) since the 2011 CAA Tournament.

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Islanders to Play Second NHL Game in Brooklyn

The New York Islanders will play the second-ever National Hockey League game at Barclays Center on Friday, Sept. 26 when they take on the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders will make Barclays Center their new home beginning with the 2015-16 season.

Tickets will go on sale for the preseason game beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting http://www.barclayscenter.com/ or http://www.ticketmaster.com/, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, Apr. 26 at noon (if still available). Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK. For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.

Islanders season ticket holders will have exclusive presale access starting Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. Brooklyn Nets All Access season ticket holders and American Express Cardmembers will also have exclusive presale access.

“We are extremely excited to play our second game at Barclays Center,” New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “It was a special night, seeing all of our passionate fans pack the building last September and hearing the ‘Lets Go Islanders’ chant throughout the game. We are looking forward to making Brooklyn our home the following season. This is a great way for our fans to see how easy the commute is to this world class facility in Brooklyn, the friendly staff that awaits them as they walk through the entrance, and the numerous amenities that only Barclays Center offers.”

“Last year’s inaugural Islanders game at Barclays Center proved that Brooklynites are excited about NHL hockey coming to the borough,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said. “We are thrilled to give Brooklyn another sneak peak at its future hometown NHL team and are committed to growing its fan base, building its brand, and making the team a big part of the community. Barclays Center offers great access for our guests via the Long Island Rail Road, subways, and buses and we are looking forward to another big crowd at the game en route to the Islanders’ full-time move to Brooklyn.”

Barclays Center and the Long Island Rail Road are coordinating to provide extended train service to accommodate the guests after the Islanders-Devils game.

Barclays Center is currently accepting deposits for priority to purchase Islanders season tickets for the inaugural season. Current Islanders season ticket holders have first rights to purchase season tickets.  For more information, fans can click on the Islanders logo, located at http://barclayscenter.com. Capacity for hockey at Barclays Center is 15,795.

As with all events at Barclays Center, arena staff will work closely with the MTA to coordinate mass transit to and from the arena and with the NYPD and other City agencies to ensure safety and security procedures are strictly followed and enforced.

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Bellator 120 Fight Week Schedule Now Set

With the Bellator 120 fight card now set, the schedule for fight week has been completed. Bellator 120 will be held on Saturday, May 17th from The Landers Center, located just outside of Memphis. The night begins on Spike at 8:00 PM EST, transitioning to pay-per-view with five fights on pay-per-view, including the trilogy fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, along with a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final fight between Rampage Jackson and King Mo, along with Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz.

On Thursday, May 15th, a press conference will be held in Memphis featuring Alvarez, Chandler, Jackson, Lawal, Shlemenko, Ortiz and Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. The day will also feature open workouts, featuring the same collection of talent. Location of both events will be made available in the coming weeks.

On Friday, May 16th, weigh-ins will be held at The Landers Center at 5pm EST.

And of course, Saturday, May 17th will feature Bellator 120.

The full fight card for Bellator 120 can be found below:

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)


Bellator Spike TV Fight Card:


Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Final: Patricky Pitbull (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3)
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)


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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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:


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


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