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Bellator Returns to Southern California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino Friday, October 3rd

Bellator 127 is now set as the promotion will return to Southern California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino on Friday, October 3rd as Daniel Straus will battle Justin Wilcox in the main event live on Spike TV. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at the Pechanga Box Office, Pechanga.com or Bellator.com.

Straus enters the fight coming off one of the most memorable fights of 2014 as the Ohio native suffered a last second submission loss in a Featherweight Title fight against current Bellator Champion Pat Curran. At 22-5, he is widely considered one of the best featherweights in the sport and has won six of his previous seven fights. Straus is well aware that he faces a strong competitor in Wilcox, but knows that a victory means another title shot awaits and Wilcox is the only thing standing in his way.

“I’m ready to get back to work,” Straus said. “I love to stay active, fight as much as I can, and now I have the opportunity to get back on the road to getting my title shot, and Justin is in the way of that goal. I’ve got to focus on myself and what I’m doing, but you better believe I’ll have my eyes on Curran-Pitbull on September 5th as well.”

The night will also feature a battle of veteran welterweights as Karo Parisyan takes on Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis. A pure clash of styles, Parisyan enters the fight with half of his victories coming by submission, while Zaromskis has made his mark on the sport with dynamic KO’s, collecting 13 over his career. No strangers to the Bellator cage, Parisyan and Zaromskis have combined for 62 professional fights and are ready to put on an exciting fight for the fans on October 3rd.

Making his debut in the middleweight division, former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M’Pumbu will take on Hawaiian native Kendall Grove. In a battle of finishers, Grove has grabbed 13 wins by KO or submission, with nine coming in the first round, but will have to hold off M’Pumbu who is looking to make his mark in the middleweight division and end the fight as quickly as possible.

The full fight card will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

MAIN CARD:

Featherweight Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Karo Parisyan (24-10) vs. Marius Zaromskis (20-8)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (19-14) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (18-6)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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Brooklyn Nets Individual tickets for the 2014-2015 Season Now On Sale

Fans of the Brooklyn Nets get ready, as the 2014-15 season is just around the corner. The franchise announced on Friday that Individual Tickets are now on sale.

Joe Johnson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Joe Johnson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Nets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Nets home opener at Barclays Center on Monday, November 3. After making it to the Conference Semifinals the expectations are high for this squad.

Kevin Garnett, who is expected to return for his 20th season in 2014-15, averaged just 6.6 rebounds per game last season, which led the team. Brook Lopez, who is coming off foot and ankle surgery, averaged 6.0 rebounds in just 17 games.

Brooklyn will also look to Deron Williams and  Joe Johnson to continue their high-calibur play, while 2014 NBA Draft Picks Cory Jefferson, Markel Brown and Xavier Thames all hope to step-up and make an impact for the team.

Mason Plumlee is expected to step-up after being named to the NBA All-Roookie First team, and has impressed in the Off-Season.  Plumlee played 70 games (starting 22), averaged 7.4 points on 65.9-percent shooting and grabbed 4.4 rebounds with the Nets, and saw some time with the USA World Cup roster.

With new Head Coach Lionel Hollins  and the Barclays Center set to host the 2014-15 NBA All-Star game, it is a great time to be a Nets fan.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling 800-4NBA-TIX, by visiting brooklynnets.com or at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK.

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VIDEOS: Brooklyn Cyclones Postgame 8/21/14 ~ Daisuke Rehab Start

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame videos from the Daisuke Matsuzaka rehab start with the Brooklyn Cyclones on 8/21/14.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa and Tyler Moore

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Dice-K leads Cyclones over Yankees 2-0

Brooklyn showed why the saying “pitching wins ballgames,” holds true on Thursday night. The Cyclones (36-29) used timely hitting and solid pitching to defeat the Staten Island Yankees 2-0 at MCU Park.

Daisuke Matsuzaka. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Daisuke Matsuzaka. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The pitching staff, which  combined to strike out 13 batters, was led by Daisuke Matsuzaka, who went five innings, giving up no runs, on two hits, while striking out seven batters and only giving up two walks.

Matsuzaka wanted to go into the game throwing first pitch strikes and did it well.

“That was definitely something I wanted to do today. In my previous experience in rehab starts the guys tended to be pretty aggressive, I kept that in mind and wanted to attack them early,” the 2007 World Series Champion said via translator.

Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa saw this was a great opportunity for his young staff learn from a veteran like Dice-K.

“For our team it was huge. From a development stand point, we have 17 pitchers on our staff here for them to get a chance to see an established big leaguer, from them to watch him warm up, how he goes about his business, how he pitches, his balance point on the rubber, his ability to take the sting out of the hitters swing. He threw everything for strikes, constantly changed speeds, and kept the hitters off balance,” he said.

In the bottom of the fifth inning the Brooklyn bats broke the ice, with back-to-back doubles. After Pedro Perez started the inning with a two bagger, right fielder Michael Bernal drilled a double down the right line to plate Perez.

The Cyclones added insurance in the next inning. With Jhoan Urena on third, Tyler Moore put a chopper right back up the middle to make it 2-0.

Staten Island had the chance to plate the first run, as the Baby Bombers had bases loaded and one out. On this night Matsuzaka struck out the next two hitters he faced to keep the game scoreless.

“My plan for today was if runners got in scoring position was to get strike outs. Make sure they don’t get back home, I was able to get that in the first inning and continue it for the rest of the game,” Daisuke said.

Brooklyn closer Shane Bay retired the Yankees in order in the ninth to remain a perfect 14 of 14 in save situations this season. Relievers Brad Wieck and Kelly Secrest combined for two scoreless innings, as the two combined to strike out  five Staten Island batters.

The Cyclones, who leads Connecticut by two games in the Wild Card race, returns to action tomorrow night when they welcome the Tri-City ValleyCats to MCU Park. Martires Arias, 1-0 1.59 ERA, gets the ball for the Cyclones with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 P.M.

For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones, news and tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Talita Nogueira Latest Addition To Bellator Women’s Division

Just days after Bellator President Scott Coker reinstated the women’s division to Bellator by bringing in top featherweights Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, Bellator has a new addition to the roster as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Talita Nogueira (6-0) has joined the promotion. Currently ranked in the Top 10 Featherweight rankings, the multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion will now call Bellator home and is excited about what the future has in store.

“Joining Bellator is like a dream come true,” Nogueira said. “Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”

Beginning her MMA career in 2009, “Treta” was a spotless 4-0 before walking away from MMA to focus exclusively on jiu-jitsu. In 2013 Nogueira returned to MMA and collected two more first round submission victories, and now has the opportunity to compete inside the Bellator cage on Spike TV.

“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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Brooklyn’s Loss is Staten Island’s Gain as Baby Bombers Get Huge First Game Victory over Cyclones

Depending on what part of the Verrazano you live in, on August 20 you either got some good news or some bad news. If where you reside is out on Staten Island home of the Yankees (32-31) you got some good news as your team is now 2.5 games back in the Wild Card Standings.

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

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

For those who happen to reside in Brooklyn (35-29), the news wasn’t completely bad but a 14-4 defeat to your New York-Penn League Rivals, and one of the teams you will need to beat to maintain your top spot-it was in fact bad news.

In the first of seven games, this night went to the Yankees who were able to hit their offensive strides at just the right moment. Staten Island was able to record two huge innings in the Bottom of the Fourth and Fifth plating seven and five runs respectively.

This night started off in favor of the visiting team who plated two runs in the top of the second.  Second Baseman Tyler Moore recorded his first home run on a fly ball to Center Field. Catcher Adrian Abreu added a run later on with an RBI single.

Staten Island tied things up in the bottom of the third, that was highlighted by an RBI Double from Luis Torrens (11). The Baby Bombers proceeded to make solid contact for the two huge innings in the bottom of the Fourth and Fifth Inning.

The Brooklyn bats did not go down without a fight as there were a few small glimpse of hope that gave the contingency of Cyclones fans in attendance hope, but at the end of the day the Yankees pitching was just too much.

Leading the way for the Staten Island Yankees pitching was Jordan Cote, who worked five strong innings, giving up one run, while striking out four batters. Mean while the Baby Bombers bats lived up to the billing, as the offensive unit as a whole recorded 13 hits.

Recent All-Stars in Third Baseman Ty McFarland and Catcher Luis Torrens continued their fine hitting performances. McFarland led the way with his three hit and three RBI performance, while Torrens had two hits and three RBIs.

Brooklyn, meanwhile was led by Catcher Adrian Abreu with his three hit, two RBI performance. Thanks to the Lowell Spinners Walk-Off Victory over the Connecticut Tigers the boys from Brooklyn will remain in the top spot in the Wild Card Standings for now, though it will certainly be a tight race to the end.

These two teams will meet again on Thursday, August 21 this time the series moving to MCU Park. It was announced by the Cyclones that New York Mets Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will make the start on Thursday for the Brooklyn Cyclones as part of his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment. It is the final Jersday Thursday at MCU Park so fans are encouraged to get to the gates early, the first pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video:

Postgame Thoughts from:

Staten Island Manager Mario Garza along with Players Ty McFarland and Jordan Cote

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Brooklyn Nets Star Brook Lopez and Coca-Cola Team-Up to Get the Ball Rolling at Barclays Center

Athletics and Academics were both huge parts to Brooklyn Nets’ star Brook Lopez upbringing, as the combination helped to shape the Young Star into the NBA Player that he is today.

Lopez took some time on Wednesday to give back, while teaming up with Coca-Cola to ‘Get the Ball Rolling’ with the future stars of not only the Brooklyn Nets, but just about any sport out there.

With 50 children from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in attendance, Lopez and Coca-Cola treated the future to a Question and Answer session, along with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the practice court at the Barclays Center.

Lopez, who not only gave a few words to the kids before the ‘Get the Ball Rolling’ Clinic, but he also opened up the floor later on to some very intense questions afterward.

At the end the hope for both Lopez and the folks at Coca-Cola is the fact that the future of the NBA, MLB or whatever sport learned that healthy living, along with staying in school will ensure a bright future for all in attendance.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from the event:

Some of the Sights from the Get the Ball Rolling Program:

Lopez Q and A with the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club:

Lopez answers questions for the New York Media including 1495 Sports:

For more information on the Brooklyn Nets fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.nba.com/nets/

For more information on Coca-Cola fans should click here:

http://us.coca-cola.com/home/

For more information on the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club fans should click here:

http://www.madisonsquare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=clubhouses_flatbush 

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