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Ring of Honor Wrestling Returns to MCU Park on August 22nd

Ring of Honor had their Field Of Honor show at MCU Park in 2014 and will do so again in 2015. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Ring of Honor had their Field Of Honor show at MCU Park in 2014 and will do so again in 2015. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Ring of Honor Wrestling (“ROH”) will return to Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 to present Field of Honor at MCU Park on Coney Island.

The event will feature championship bouts, top ranked wrestlers and the distinctive next generation wrestling that makes ROH the world’s most innovative brand of pro wrestling.

Scheduled to appear: ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe, ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal, ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon, the Phenomenal AJ Styles, Mark Briscoe, The Kingdom with Maria Kanellis and more.

A full line-up will be available in the coming weeks exclusively at: www.ROHwrestling.com.

“Wrestling has a rich history at ballparks dating back almost a hundred years and we are excited to return to MCU Park, to celebrate that history by partnering with the Brooklyn Cyclones,” said Joe Koff, COO of Ring of Honor.

Tickets for this event will be on sale for Ringside Members on Wednesday, April 1st at 10 AM, by CLICKING HERE. Ringside members will need a pre sale password.

If you are not yet a Ringside Member, click HERE for more info on how to sign up.

Tickets for the general public go on sale this Friday, April 3rd at 10 AM at at brooklyncyclones.com, on the phone through 718-507-TIXX, or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.

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New York Cosmos Sign Keeper Keasel Broome

The New York Cosmos announced on Wednesday that the club has signed goalkeeper Keasel Broome Jr. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m thrilled about this opportunity to join the Cosmos,” said Broome. “Having just finished college this is a really exciting development in my career, being signed to a world-famous club with a talented squad.”

At Providence College Broome played every minute of every game in 2014 for the Friars who secured a 2-1 win over Xavier in the BIG EAST title game and subsequent NCAA triumphs over Dartmouth, Cal-Irvine and Michigan State.

“Broome is a young player with a lot of potential,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “He travelled with us during our preseason tour and we were impressed by what we saw during training. He has a great attitude and will fit in well here at the Cosmos.”

Broome, 23 is a Delaware native who played with Caravel Academy, before attending Providence College, and helped the Academy to the state soccer title in 2009.

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

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Hofstra MBB Juan’ya Green Named Finalist For 2015 Riley Wallace Award

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

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

Hofstra University junior guard Juan’ya Green was named a finalist for the 2015 Riley Wallace Award, it was announced recently.

The Riley Wallace award is presented annually to the top transfer in Division I college basketball. During his coaching career at Hawaii; Wallace welcomed many transfers into the program, which helped him to become the winningest coach in Hawaii history.

Green sat out the 2013-14 campaign after transferring from Niagara. He had a stellar 2014-15 season for the Pride, eventually earning him All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team honors.

Green’s first season in a Hofstra uniform after transferring from Niagara was strong in every facet of the game. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native led Hofstra in scoring, assists and steals, while ranking third on the squad in rebounding. He averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

Currently ranked sixth nationally in free throws made with 203, Green remarkably scored in double figures in all 34 games this season including a season-high 26 points at Charleston. His assists per game average ranks ninth nationally and he was the CAA Player of the Week on December 29. Green led Hofstra with eight double-doubles and also had the program’s first-ever triple-double this season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against LIU Brooklyn on December 28, 2014, at the Barclays Center. It was the first-ever triple-double, NBA or NCAA, at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

The 203 free throws made ranks as the second-most made in a season in Hofstra history and his 220 assists are the third-most in a single season in program history.

The recipient of the 2015 award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

For more information on the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gohofstra.com

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Argentina Wins Thriller over Ecuador at MetLife Stadium

Javier Pastore after scoring the game-winning goal for Argentina at MetLife Stadium. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Javier Pastore after scoring the game-winning goal for Argentina at MetLife Stadium. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The National Teams from Argentina and Ecuador  played in thriller in front of 48,000 strong on Tuesday Night.

The fans at MetLife Stadium rocked throughout this International Friendly. On this night though  it was Argentina earning the victory by a final of 2-1.

Sergio Aguero opened up the scoring for Argentina in the Eighth Minute via heading a corner opportunity from Angel Di Maria from the left side of the field.

Ecuador tied things up as Miller Bolanos finished off a great opportunity for Ecuador in the 24th minute, finishing off a pass from Walter Ayovi from the left wing.

Javier Pastore recorded the game-winner for Argentina in the in the 58th minute after a pass from Lucas Biglia.

In a game that saw a bunch of action and even saw a mix of snow and rain in the beginning of the session, the one thing that wasn’t seen was Argentina Star Lionel Messi, who watched from the stands at the Meadowlands. He also sat on the bench in the 2-0 victory against El Salvador in Landover, Maryland.

In the end though the spirits of those in attendance was not damped, as the energy was electric from the beginning to the end of the night.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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For more information on MetLife Stadium fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Staten Island Yankees Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Staten Island Yankees are excited to announce the 2015 promotional schedule, the best one in franchise history! From bobblehead giveaways to pop culture-inspired nights, this summer will have a little something for everyone.

Individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, April 18, at noon. We will be hosting a kick off event at Richmond County Bank Ballpark from 2-4 p.m. featuring former New York Yankees Cecil Fielder and Mickey Rivers signing autographs, as well as chances to win Derek Jeter collectables.

Friday, June 19 vs. Brooklyn Opening Day: Field of Dreams, sponsored by Richmond University Medical Center

  • Dwier Brown (John Kinsella, Kevin Costner’s father) from the movie Field of Dreams will be signing autographs and throwing out the first pitch
  • Magnetic Schedule Giveaway to first 2,500 fans in the ballpark
  • RUMC blood drive for men’s health awareness; Donor’s will receive one (1) free ticket voucher to a future Staten Island Yankees game
  • In honor of Father’s Day weekend, we’ll have a post-game catch on the field led by Dwier Brown for fathers and non-fathers alike
  • In-game Hospitality 10 Card Inc. Match Card Game

Sunday, June 28 vs. State College Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame Night

  • Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Staten Island’s only NFL franchise, the Staten Island Stapletons
  • S.I. Sports Hall of Fame will be on hand with pieces from their historical collection

Saturday, July 4 vs. Hudson Valley Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watching America’s Pastime followed by post-game fireworks against the Manhattan skyline. It’s the perfect way to celebrate our nation’s birthday!
  • Get spectacular views of Staten Island Yankee fireworks as well as other fireworks shows across the New York Harbour

Wednesday, July 15 vs. Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night, presented by Gold’s

  • Celebrating the 15th anniversary of our first New York-Penn League Title, the first 2,500 fans in the park will get a 2000 Championship Team Card Set

Friday, July 17 vs. Brooklyn #beatBKLYN Night

  • We’re turning up the heat on Minor League Baseball’s fiercest rivalry, showcasing some of the things that make Staten Island > Brooklyn
  • #beatBKLYN Rally Cap Giveaway to first 2,500 in the park
  • Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be on hand for an on-field contest for charity

Saturday, July 18 vs. Lowell FDNY Appreciation/Dellin Betances Bobblehead Giveaway

  • Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the FDNY and 100th anniversary of Engine 161/Ladder 81
  • All Staten Island firehouses will be represented at the ballpark, along with the FDNY’s ceremonial color guard and National Anthem singer
  • Free Dellin Betances Bobblehead for the first 2,500 fans in the park

Saturday, August 1 vs. Aberdeen Jason Arnold “No-No” Night

  • Free Jason Arnold Bobblehead for the first 1,000 fans in the park, commemorating the first and only no-hitter in franchise history
  • Special appearance by Jason Arnold himself

Saturday, August 8 vs. Hudson Valley Game of Thrones Night

  • Author of the book series that brought the HBO hit show to life, George R.R. Martin will be in attendance to sign autographs
  • The team will wear special jerseys on-field donning the team name for the night, Staten Island Direwolves. Jerseys will be auctioned to support the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.
  • Staten Island Direwolves Hat Giveaway to first 2,500 fans in the park
  • Appearance by a real, live wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Sunday, August 9 vs. Brooklyn Blue Lives Matter

  • Come support Blue Lives Matter, the non-profit organization created to help the families of law enforcement during their time of need
  • Wife of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, Maritza Ramos, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
  • Staten Island Yankees Blue Lives Matter bracelets will be given to the first 4,000 fans in the park

Wednesday, August 12 vs. Williamsport 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer

  • We’re inviting man’s best friend to ballpark once again! Call 718-313-1335 to purchase dog tickets.
  • David Frei of the Westminster Kennel Club and his agility dogs will be on hand for a pregame demonstration

Friday, August 14 vs. Williamsport NYPD Appreciation Night

  • Help us honor the men and women who serve to protect us each and every day
  • Units from all five boroughs will be represented in the ballpark
  • We will be doing in-park fundraising for a cause chosen by local law enforcement

Saturday, August 15 vs. Vermont Staten Island Star Search

  • We’re looking for the borough’s “diamond in the rough”! Contestants will showcase their talent in front of the fans of Richmond County Bank Ballpark for a chance to be named Staten Island’s best. Auditions are Saturday, May 9. Contact ifontenot@siyanks.com to reserve an audition spot.
  • Foam Finger Giveaway to the first 2,500 fans in the park, sponsored by Richmond County Savings Bank

Sunday, August 16 vs. Vermont Italian Heritage Night

  • Enjoy some of the finest Italian food found in any ballpark in the country
  • Renowned Elvis/Frank Sinatra impersonator Frank James will be at the park performing some timeless classics

Friday, August 28 vs. Hudson Valley Irish Heritage Night, sponsored by Richmond County Savings Bank

  • Staten Island Yankees Shamrock Hat Giveaway to the first 2,500 fans in the park
  • Irish heritage music and entertainment throughout the game

Sunday, August 30 vs. Connecticut Military Appreciation Night

  • Help us honor the men and women who sacrifice to help us keep our freedom
  • We will be doing in-park fundraising for a cause chosen by a local military organization

Friday, September 4 vs. Tri-City Fan Appreciation Night

  • Players will wear Staten Island-themed jerseys on the field as a tribute to another great season on the island
  • All fans in attendance will have the chance to win a game-worn Staten Island flag-themed jersey during the game
  • End-of-the-season coupon and gift card giveaways from local restaurants and businesses throughout the game

Weekly Promotions

  • Big Money Mondays: Every Monday during the season we will give fans the chance to win prizes and money. Through a series of games like Nine Innings of Winning to win door prizes, High Roller Dice for $25,000 or a baseball-themed Monty Hall problem, fans will get the chance to kick the week off with a win.
  • Post-game fireworks: After every Friday and Saturday night game, fans will be treated to a spectacular post-game fireworks show set against the Manhattan skyline.
  • Kids Run the Bases: After the conclusion of every game, all kids in attendance are invited to take a jog around the bases just like the Baby Bombers after they hit a homer!

For more information on the Staten Island Yankees fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t586

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D’Angelo Harrison Selected To Play In Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game

D'Angelo Harrison. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

D’Angelo Harrison. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison is one of 21 seniors selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to participate in the 2015 Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game. The game will be played on Final Four Friday, April 3, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Harrison will play for the East All-Stars, coached by University of Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. Harrison is joined on the East All-Star roster by five other BIG EAST players, including LaDontae Henton (Providence), Darun Hilliard (Villanova), JayVaughn Pinkston (Villanova), Matt Stainbrook (Xavier) and Kameron Woods (Butler).

A first team NABC District 5 selection, a USBWA All-District II honoree and a first team All-BIG EAST choice as a senior, Harrison helped lead St. John’s to an NCAA Tournament berth and a 21-win season.

The guard finished second in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game and reached double-figures in 30-of-33 contests, including 14 20-point efforts. The senior also ranked sixth in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0) and eighth in free throw shooting (79.9 percent).

One of just three St. John’s players all-time to reach the 2,000-point mark, Harrison finished his career as the third-leading scorer in program-history with 2,178 points. The guard reached double-figures in 107-of-125 games in his career and also recorded 53 20-point performances. Harrison drained a program-record 264 3-pointers and ranks ninth all-time in BIG EAST history with 1,178 points in league games.

Harrison, who also earned first team All-BIG EAST accolades as a junior, became the fifth St. John’s player to earn multiple first team All-Conference honors and the first player since Marcus Hatten (2002-03) to earn back-to-back first team accolades.

For more information on the St John’s University Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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St. John’s Names Chris Mullin Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Chris Mullin. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Chris Mullin. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Thirty years after leading St. John’s to the highest point in program history with an appearance in the 1985 Final Four, Chris Mullin is returning home.

Director of Athletics Chris Monasch announced on Tuesday that the Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer and St. John’s basketball legend has been named the 20th head coach in the University’s storied 107-year men’s basketball history. A longtime NBA star and front office executive, Mullin transformed St. John’s into the top team in the nation during his venerable playing career in Queens.

A press conference to formally introduce Mullin as St. John’s head coach is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Carnesecca Arena. Fans can watch the press conference on ESPN3 produced by SJU-TV, St. John’s University’s broadcast platform.

“We are very pleased to welcome back Chris Mullin to St. John’s,” said Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President, St. John’s University. “I know that Chris will be an inspiring coach for our basketball players and a great ambassador for St. John’s University. His passion for the game and love for the university is a winning combination that will strengthen our basketball program, and support our efforts to ensure student success in academics and athletics.”

“Obviously, it’s a surreal experience coming home and returning to St. John’s University. This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life,” said Mullin. “There are so many people who have had a great influence on me to reach this point, especially my parents, Coach Carnesecca and my former teammates. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Gempesaw for providing me this tremendous opportunity to give back to the university where I spent some of the greatest years of my life.”

“Today, we are proud to welcome home a true St. John’s and New York City sports icon,” said Monasch. “Three decades ago Chris Mullin led a resurgence of St. John’s basketball and since then we have admired his accomplishments in the professional ranks as a player and executive. As we embark on this next chapter of our storied history, it is with great pride and excitement one of our most revered student-athletes returns to take the reins of a program he once vaulted into the national spotlight.”

“I look forward to mentoring our current and future players, passing along knowledge and aiding in their development to help them reach their goals, similar to the impact Coach Carnesecca had on me thirty years ago,” said Mullin.

With nearly a decade of NBA front office experience, Mullin spent the last two seasons working for the Sacramento Kings organization as a senior advisor, providing guidance to owner Vivek Ranadivé and general manager Pete D’Alessandro regarding player transactions and supervising the organization’s college and overseas scouting program. Mullin previously served five years as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors.

One of the great collegiate and NBA players of all time, Mullin was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. A two-time gold medalist who ranks seventh all-time on the USA Basketball Olympic scoring list, Mullin was first enshrined in Springfield in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States Olympic team, also known as the original “Dream Team.” He was the ninth individual affiliated with St. John’s basketball program to be inducted into the national hall.

The most-decorated player in program history, Mullin is St. John’s all-time scoring leader with 2,440 career points, starring at the University from 1981-85 under Hall of Fame Head Coach Lou Carnesecca. Mullin gave New York a four-year period to rival any other, leading St. John’s to four-straight NCAA Tournaments. He was a two-time All American who also garnered consensus First Team All-America honors as a senior.

“When it was time to choose a college, it was an easy choice,” Mullin explained during his 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement speech. “I packed a bag, went 12 miles down the Belt Parkway and went to St. John’s University.  I chose the best coach, the best city and I played in The World’s Most Famous Arena. “

Mullin is the only player in conference history to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year three times (1983-85). He is also just one of three players to win the Haggerty Award three times, an honor bestowed upon the best collegiate player in New York City. A member of the 1984 United States Olympic team, Mullin took home his first gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

In his final season at St. John’s, Mullin averaged 19.8 points to lead the program to its second Final Four and its first No. 1 ranking since 1951. Mullin received the John R. Wooden Award at the conclusion of the 1984-85 campaign as the nation’s top player. He was also named the Player of the Year by both United Press International and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Mullin not only was the first St. John’s player to reach 2,000 points, but he set career records for steals, field goals, and was top five in assists. He still holds St. John’s career free-throw percentage and free-throws made records (84.7 pct, 682-of-805), and ranks in the top 10 in program history for 17 different statistical categories.

St. John’s conferred Legacy Honors upon Mullin in 2005, permanently enshrining his No. 20 above Carnesecca Arena and at Madison Square Garden during St. John’s home games. Mullin was inducted into the St. John’s Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2015.

Selected by the Golden State Warriors with the seventh-overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Mullin spent 13 years of his 16-season NBA career with the organization. He became the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired with his No. 17 hoisted to the rafters of Golden State’s Oracle Arena on March 19, 2012.

Mullin scored 17,911 points over his career playing for the Golden State Warriors (1985-97, 2000-01) and Indiana Pacers (1997-2000). Mullin guided Golden State to five playoff appearances, and is joined by fellow Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain as the only two Warriors to average 25.0 points per game in five-straight seasons (1988-93).

He is one of only two Warriors to average 25.0 points per game in five-consecutive seasons (1988-93), the other being fellow Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, helping Golden State to five straight playoff appearances.

Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star for the Warriors (1989-93) and garnered All-NBA honors four times, including a selection to the All-NBA First Team in 1992. He averaged 18.2 points per game throughout his career while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line. Mullin still holds several Warriors franchise records including games played (807) and steals (1,360), and is fourth on the team’s career scoring list.

Following his NBA playing career, Mullin worked in the Warriors’ front office from 2002-09 and was named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations on April 22, 2004. In this role, Mullin oversaw day-to-day operations, including college and international scouting, salary cap management and preparations for the NBA Draft. Mullin served as an NBA analyst for ESPN and ESPN radio for three years before joining the Sacramento Kings’ front office on September 5, 2013 as Advisor to the Chairman.

One of New York City’s greatest players, Mullin is among the most recognizable figures in the history of Big Apple basketball. The lefty from Brooklyn began his high school career at Power Memorial before starring at Xaverian for his final two years.  Mullin led Xaverian on a run to a New York State Championship in 1981 and was named New York State’s “Mr. Basketball” and a McDonald’s All American that same year.

Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Mullin and his wife, Liz, who is an alumna of St. John’s, have four children, Sean, Christopher, Liam and Kiera.

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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