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Cyclones Earn Season Finale versus Staten Island but No Postseason

The Brooklyn Cyclones (42-34)  were able to earn the 3-1 regular season finale victory over the always tough Staten Island Yankees (37-38) but the Connecticut Tigers (42-34) earned a 9-8 victory over Lowell, and the earlier Season Victory over the Cyclones to advance to the New York-Penn League Playoffs.

Hat and Glove of one of the Brooklyn Cyclones Players. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hat and Glove of one of the Brooklyn Cyclones Players. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

In order for Brooklyn to advance to the Postseason they would have needed a victory from the Lowell Spinners (37-38) who had the lead early, and the opportunity to tie things up late, but in the end the Tigers held on to the victory and advanced to the 2014 Playoffs.

It was a season of missed opportunities for the Cyclones, who had the opportunity to earn a series victory over the Tigers but were unable to do it, while also being in the drivers seat heading into the final weeks of the season.

During that final stretch it was a tough three-game loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats that put Brooklyn in this position to begin with. There were many highlights during the course of the year though for the Cyclones, who got to see the development and growth of many young men during the course of the year.

Starter Corey Oswalt had an outstanding season, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, became an All-Star in 2014 with a 6-2 overall record and a 2.26 ERA.

Righty Marcos Molina was able to finish the season tied for the NYPL lead with seven victories, lead the New York-Penn League in ERA (1.77) and ranks among the top in strikeouts with 91 to become the first in franchise history that a pitcher has led all three major statistical categories.

The Cyclones found an Iron Man in Third Baseman Jhoan Urena, who not only played well in the field but came up with some big at-bats for the team throughout the year. Though he came onto the team later on Outfielder Michael Conforto thrilled fans with not only his great defensive play, but his bat.

Those are only four names that highlighted the 2014 Cyclones Season, as the legacy of greatness continues out on Coney Island as the 2014 Edition finished with a record of 42-34, their 14th consecutive season with a record of .500 or better.

Brooklyn also led the New York-Penn League in attendance with 231,628 fans coming through the gates at MCU Park – nearly 70,000 fans more than any other team in the ballpark.

Now fans will have to wait and count down the days till the 2015 season, to see what the new batch of Cyclones can bring while keeping an eye out on former Cyclones as you never know who will be promoted now that the season is completed.

For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones, and the most up-to-date news fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Bellator Hosts Live Weigh-Ins Thursday, September 4th from Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun

The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. EST from Mohegan Sun Casino (1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Montville, CT 06382). Bellator MMA will take place from Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, September 5th with the first fight taking place at 6 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will air LIVE on Spike TV at 8 p.m. EST.

All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator President Scott Coker.

The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.

As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.

MAIN CARD:
Featherweight World Title Fight: Patricio Pitbull (21-2) vs. Pat Curran (20-5)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo Lawal (12-4) vs. Dustin Jacoby (10-3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Lavar Johnson (18-9) vs. Cheick Kongo (21-9-2)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Burns (8-7) vs. Bobby Lashley (10-2)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marvin Maldonado (1-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (2-0)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (4-0) vs. Kin Moy (4-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Wessel (14-7) v s. Josh Diekmann (14-5)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Tamdan McCrory (11-3) vs. Brennan Ward (9-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Perry Filkins (8-1) vs. Dan Cramer (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli (6-1) vs. Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Phillipe Martins (0-1) vs. Pete Rogers Jr. (1-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Brandon Fleming (3-2) vs. Blair Tugman (5-5)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Scott Cleve (14-4) vs. Matt Bessette (13-5)

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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Cyclones Stay Alive to set up thrilling Regular Season Ending Finale

Looking to rebound from a tough three-game road trip to Tri-City, where the team fell by one run, the Brooklyn Cyclones (41-34) stayed alive for hopefully one more game with a 11-3 victory over the Staten Island Yankees.

Catcher Adrian Abreu in a photo taken earlier in the season, had a monster game for the Cyclones on 8/31/14. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Catcher Adrian Abreu in a photo taken earlier in the season, had a monster game for the Cyclones on 8/31/14. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

With the Connecticut Tigers defeating the Lowell Spinners early on in the day, it was up to Brooklyn to get a big victory at MCU Park to keep the hopes for a Wild Card Spot int the New York-Penn League Alive. Due to the tough road trip against the ValleyCats the Cyclones are locked up with the Tigers for the Wild Card, and there will be several scenarios that can all be played out on September 1.

Brooklyn needed to win first and they got exactly what they needed as starter Alberto Baldonado (3-4) had one of his biggest starts of the year, going five innings, striking out seven batters, walking one and giving up one run, which was earned. Baldonado pounded the strike zone, which kept the Staten Island offense off balance.

The Cyclones offense looking for redemption after a tough series with the ValleyCats responded in a big way, as the team was able to record 11 hits, with Michael Conforto and Adrian Abreu leading the way with three hits each.

Abreu had the monster night for Brooklyn, as the Catcher who is playing for the team banged up, drove in four runs-three of those on a homer in the bottom of the third inning that helped to lift the offense. Adrian also had an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Iron Man Jhoan Urena had a big day for the team, playing under the weather the Third baseman drove in two runs, one of them on an RBI double in the bottom of the third.

Brooklyn was also glad to welcome back to the offense Tomas Nido, who had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and found a spark in JC Rodriguez who had an RBI Triple in the bottom of the second.

Carlos Valdez, Eddie Villasmil and Brandon Welch all did well from the Pen for the Cyclones, as the trio combined for four strikeouts.

The victory sets up a thrilling season series finale for both the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Connecticut Tigers who are both hoping to play on September 1, though the forecast is saying there is a chance of rain. The most ideal scenario for fans of the Brooklyn Cyclones is a victory over Staten Island as the two rivals will meet at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Monday, as well as a loss by the Tigers to the Lowell Spinners.

A second scenario for fans of Brooklyn is that if the Tigers are Rained out, and the Cyclones are able to get a win on the road that means a Wild Card spot for the team. The Final Scenario is a Connecticut loss and Brooklyn getting rained out.

Brooklyn will have starter Casey Meisner (4-3, 4.08 ERA) on the hill in the regular season finale, as he will battle Staten Island  righty Sean Carley (1-3, 6.30 ERA). The game is slated for 7:00 p.m.

No matter what the stars will have to align for this team, who has fought and clawed their way into fans hearts over the summer. The Cyclones had to battle through much adversity and showed a ton of heart and character, do stay tuned to see if somehow this team can conjure up a postseason play and some more great baseball action at MCU Park.

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Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa 

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Team Effort leads #11/12 Rams to Season Opening victory over Saint Francis University

It was just the way a program wants to start of a Football Campaign,  beautiful weather, a packed crowd and a well fought game between two very good teams.

Chase Edmonds. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Chase Edmonds. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

In front of 3,462 rocking fans it was the #11/12 Fordham University Rams (1-0) that were able to earn a 52-23 victory over the St. Francis University Red Flash (0-1) in NCAA Football action at Jack Coffey Field on August 30.

Missing some key players to start the home opener Fordham found key contributions including the play of Freshman running back Chase Edmonds (Harrisburg, Pa.) who set the schools freshman running record with 181 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns (the former mark was 157 yards set by Xavier Martin in 2007). Edmonds also recorded 119 kickoff yards on three returns, while also making a tackle on special teams.

Edmonds actually got the game going for the Rams taking the opening kickoff 65 yards to the Saint Francis 35, but Fordham was not able to convert on the opportunity at the time.

Fordham’s defense, who was impressive throughout most of the night, as an early three-and-out play eventually set up a field goal for Michael Marando (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who completed a 29-yard-attempt to give the Rams a 3-0 lead.

Chase continued to set the pace for the Rams, having impressive runs of 44-yards in the Second Quarter. One play after that drive Quarterback Michael Nebrich (Burke, Va.)  completed a 23-yard pass to Wide Receiver  Robbie Cantelli (Holmdel, N.J.)  for a touchdown. That score with a Marando point-after attempt gave the Rams a 17-0 lead.

Nebrich finished the game with eleven passes for 188 yards and three scores, while the offense as a whole amassed 427 yards of total offense.

Linebacker Victor DiFusco (Mahopac, N.Y.) had a huge night on the defensive end leading all with 12 stops, nine solo. Defensive Lineman Marlon Crook, Jr  (Forestville, Md.) added seven, while also having 2.5 huge sacks and a forced fumble, while JQ Bowers (Sylvania, Ohio) had seven tackles, including one sack.

St. Francis University did not go down without a fight, as the Red Flash started to find a groove in the Fourth Quarter. Running back Khairi Dickson had a  career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense.

In the end Rams found key contributions in all the right places to earn the victory, while also putting their name down in the history book in quite a few categories. For Fordham the 52 points put on the board by the Rams is the most in a season opener on Jack Coffey Field against an NCAA FCS opponent (previous record was the 51 points scored by Fordham against Rhode Island in last year’s season opener).

Fordham was also able to earn their eighth straight victory at home, which sets a school record for longest home winning streak since the venue opened in 1970. The former seven-game mark was set between 2001 and 2002.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video:

Head Coach Joe Moorehead and Players Michael Nebrich and Chase Edmonds:

The Rams will now go on the road to take on a very tough Villanova team on Saturday, September 6. Fordham will return back to Jack Coffey Field on September 14, when they host the Rhode Island Rams for a 1:00 p.m. start time.

Fans are encouraged to click on the link seen below to find out more about the Fordham University Athletics Department:

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Blevins, Ducks, Blank Camden, 7-0

Bobby Blevins pitched a complete game shutout while Dan Lyons and Adam Bailey each drove in a pair of runs as the Long Island Ducks crushed the visiting Camden Riversharks 7-0 before 4,629 fans at Bethpage Ballpark Friday night. With the win, Blevins improved his record to 9-3 on the season.

Bobby Blevins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Bobby Blevins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Blevins got off to a bit of a shaky start, allowing two hits in three of the first four innings, but managed to pitch his way out of trouble each time. He the settled in and dominated for the rest of the evening. The 29-year-old righthander retired 17 of his final 18 batters and did not allow a hit after the fourth inning. He has now made 11 consecutive quality starts for the Ducks.

“I started out a little slow, but I finally settled into a groove,” Blevins explained. “I’m just staying aggressive and keeping the ball down in the zone and staying competitive out there. It’s believing in my stuff and maintaining my between starts preparation and staying healthy.”

In his last 11 starts, Blevins has been dominant. He is 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA. His control has also been excellent as Blevins has only walked four batters in his last 65 2/3 innings.

“He’s always throwing strikes,” Shortstop Dan Lyons said. “It gives us a lot of confidence that he’s going to do his job.”

Blevins got all the help he needed in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Brandon Bantz doubled home Adam Bailey with the game’s first run.

The Ducks took control of the game in the fourth inning when shortstop Dan Lyons singled home two runners with a bases-loaded single to centerfield that gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead. Fehlandt Lentini followed with another RBI single and the Ducks led 4-0 after four.

“I got a pitch that I could handle and fortunately hit it over the second baseman’s head,” Lyons said. “It was a big situation. We were able to get some runs that inning and take the pressure off of Bobby.”

Bailey drove home another run in the fifth inning while three walks and a hit batsman led to two more Long Island runs in the seventh inning to provide the final margin of victory.

The win gives the Ducks a boost as they head into Labor Day weekend in the thick of the playoff hunt.

“I think this is a great momentum boost going forward,” Blevins said. “We feel great and we need every win we can get. We’re starting to hit the ball, we’re playing together. We’re making productive outs. That’s the sign of a good team. We’ve just got to put it together each night and play all nine.”

“We feel really good about where we’re at,” Lyons added. “We’re hitting our stride right now and starting to win a bunch of ball games. It’s going to be fun down the stretch.”

Long Island returns to action Saturday as they face the Riversharks at 7:05 PM. There will be fireworks for all fans in attendance after the game. Slated to start the game will be Ducks righty Shaun Garceau (12-3, 4.90 ERA) who is scheduled to take on Riversharks Cesar Sanchez who is making his season debut for the visitors.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video:

Dan Lyons and Bobby Blevins:

NOTES:

Sunday’s game will be Jewish Heritage Night and will also feature an appearance by Wubbzy from the TV show, “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

Monday there will be an all you can eat BBQ that fans can purchase a ticket to for $25. It includes admission to the game against Camden. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the ALS Association.

Lew Ford picked up two hits. He has not hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games. Ford also has 44 multi-hit games this season.

For more information on the Long Island Ducks, News and Tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Cosmos Sign Danny Mwanga on Loan from Colorado Rapids

The New York Cosmos announced today that the team has signed forward Danny Mwanga on loan from the Colorado Rapids. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This is a great opportunity for me in joining the Cosmos,” said Mwanga. “I’m looking forward to getting started in training with the guys, working hard and hopefully contributing to the team’s title defense.”

Mwanga, 23, was drafted by the Philadelphia Union with the first overall pick of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and was one of three finalists for the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year award. During his stints with the Union (2010-2012), Portland Timbers (2012) and Colorado Rapids (2013-2014), Mwanga has scored 15 goals and recorded 10 assists across 98 regular season games.

“We’ve been looking to make additions to our options at forward and we believe Danny provides that,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Danny is an experienced player who is still young and we are looking forward to having him join us.”

Mwanga was born in Congo and moved to Oregon in 2006, before playing college soccer at Oregon State University from 2008-2009. He earned his U.S. citizenship in June 2013.

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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

The Hofstra University Men’s Basketball team released the full schedule for the 2014-15 Schedule on Thursday, as the Pride are slated to have 13 Non-Conference Games and 18 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for a 31-game schedule.

Hofstra Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Hofstra Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Hofstra fans will have the opportunity to attend home games for two nationally-televised home appearances. The Pride will face Northeastern on Thursday, February 12 and William & Mary on Sunday, February 22. Both games will air nationally on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) live from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

The Pride will also have a very tough overall schedule, as the guys are set to take on North Carolina State, Stony Brook and Columbia all highlight the Non-Conference teams. Conference wise Hofstra will open up play against the two opponents Hofstra faced in last season’s CAA Championship as the Pride defeated UNCW in the first round before dropping a hard-fought decision to eventual conference champion Delaware in the quarterfinals.

Here is the full schedule, which is  subject to change and times for all contests will be announced at a later date.

  Fri, Nov 14  Jacksonville University Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Mon, Nov 17  North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC   TBA   Twitter Link
  Fri, Nov 21  Stony Brook University Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Sun, Nov 23  Wagner College Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Tue, Nov 25  University of South Florida Tampa, FL   TBA   Twitter Link
  Fri, Nov 28  Jackson State University Jackson, MS   TBA   Twitter Link
  Tue, Dec 02  Norfolk State University Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Sun, Dec 07  Appalachian State University Boone, NC   TBA   Twitter Link
  Wed, Dec 10  Coppin State University Baltimore, MD   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Dec 20  Columbia University New York, NY   TBA   Twitter Link
  Tue, Dec 23  La Salle University Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Sun, Dec 28  LIU Brooklyn Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)   TBA   Twitter Link
  Wed, Dec 31  Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Jan 03  UNCW * Wilmington, NC   TBA   Twitter Link
  Mon, Jan 05  University of Delaware * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Thu, Jan 08  College of Charleston * Charleston, SC   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Jan 10  Elon University * Elon, NC   TBA   Twitter Link
  Wed, Jan 14  Northeastern University * Boston, MA   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Jan 17  UNCW * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Wed, Jan 21  Drexel University * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Sat, Jan 24  James Madison University * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Wed, Jan 28  College of William & Mary * Williamsburg, VA   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Jan 31  Towson University * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Wed, Feb 04  University of Delaware * Newark, DE   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Feb 07  Elon University * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Thu, Feb 12  Northeastern University * Mack Sports Complex   7:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Tickets Twitter Link
  Sat, Feb 14  Drexel University * Philadelphia, PA   TBA   Twitter Link
  Wed, Feb 18  Towson University * Towson, MD   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sun, Feb 22  College of William & Mary * Mack Sports Complex   4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Tickets Twitter Link
  Wed, Feb 25  College of Charleston * Mack Sports Complex   TBA   Tickets Twitter Link
  Sat, Feb 28  James Madison University * Harrisonburg, VA   TBA   Twitter Link
Colonial Athletic Association Championship
  Fri, Mar 06  First Round Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sat, Mar 07  Quarterfinals Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)   TBA   Twitter Link
  Sun, Mar 08  Semifinals Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)   TBA NBC Sports Network
Twitter Link
  Mon, Mar 09  Championship Game Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)   TBA NBC Sports Network
Twitter Link

For more information on Hofstra Men’s Basketball as well as the rest of the Hofstra Athletics Department, fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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