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NOTES: New York Lizards v Boston Cannons for July 19, 2014

JoJo Marasco and Tommy Palasek. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

JoJo Marasco and Tommy Palasek. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Here are some notes for our New York Lizards (6-4) fans as the team will be on the road to take on the Boston Cannons (5-5) in Major League Lacrosse action on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Six Lizards remain in Denver for FIL World Games:

As the FIL World Games enter championship rounds in Denver, six Lizards players remain in Colorado with Team USA. To fill the six open roster spots, the Lizards have added Ari Sussman, Jordan McBride, Matt Madalon, Chris Laurita, Alex Zomerfeld, and Martin Cahill to the 25-man active roster.

Lizards and Cannons enter Saturday’s game without League leading face- off men:
Both teams will play Saturday’s game without their face-off specialists, who currently rank one and two in the League in face-offs. Chris Eck has won 157-256 face-offs so far this season for the Cannons, putting him in first place in the League, and Greg Gurenlian has won 154-253, ranking him second in the League.

New York leads MLL in penalty killing percentage:

Killing 88% of their penalties so far this season, the Lizards lead the League in the category, followed most closely by Rochester at 74.29%.

Lizards look to boost record on the road:

At 6-4 so far this season, the Lizards have only won one of their five games on the road in 2014, despite being 5-0 at home. The Lizards beat the Cannons earlier this season on Long Island, 11-10 and look to sweep the Cannons in 2014 with a win in Boston.

Last meeting:

The Lizards were able to defeat the Boston Cannons 11-10 in the teams last meeting on May 30. Two players to watch for New York  will be Tommy Palasek and JoJo Marasco, who both had huge games for New York in the team’s last victory against Florida on July 3.

Fans are able to catch the game between the Lizards and the Cannons on MSG Plus, with the face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. New York will next be in New York, this time at Stony Brook University on July 27 when they host the Chesapeake Bayhawks, with the face-off time for that game set for 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the New York Lizards, news and tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.nylizards.com 

 

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Cosmos Preview: Match V Ottawa Fury FC

After dropping the 2014 Fall Season Opener to the San Antonio Scorpions on July 12, the New York Cosmos (0-1-0) are looking for redemption on the road against the Ottawa Fury FC (0-0-1) in North American Soccer League Action on Sunday July 20.

Not the start they were hoping for:

It certainly was not the start the New York Cosmos had hoped for in the 3-1 loss to the Scorpions on July 12. Defender Hunter Freeman who earned the Emirates Cosmos Man of the Match for his goal in the 57th minute, while also recording five overall shots (three of them on goal).

Last season after the Cosmos lost to San Antonio the team was able to find what was needed to eventually earn the 2013 North American Soccer League Championship, the team hopes that will be the case yet again, but will have a tough road match as they prepared for what will be a physical and intense match on Sunday.

Last time they met:

The New York Cosmos were able to defeat the Ottawa Fury FC by a final of 1-0 on July 8 to conclude the 2014 North American Soccer League Spring season. On that day the team retired Giorgio Chinaglia’s No. 9, while having Italian Attacker Alessandro Noselli scored the game-winner for the team.

What to Watch For:

Midfield will continue to be a key for the Cosmos, especially in the match versus the Ottawa Fury FC. Danny Szetela and Joseph Nane will be two huge pieces to getting that part of the game going for New York. Also look for  Hans Denissen to potentially get more time on the pitch, as the striker recorded his first minutes against San Antonio and will be an impact player for the team throughout the rest of the season.

Welcome Back:

Defender Jimmy Ockford is back after sitting out Saturday with a concussion, while fellow d-man Roversio is also set to return to the team for the match on Sunday.

1495 Sports is proud to bring this interview with New York Cosmos Defender and Captain Carlos Mendes-click on the video below to check it out:

Also we have the following photo gallery from the Training Session held on July 18, 2014 for the members of Cosmos Country to enjoy:

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The Cosmos will be holding an official Viewing Party at the Football Factory, which is located on 6 West 33 Street in New York City, the match time is set for 3:00 p.m. The road trip for the team continued on July 26 at Fort Lauderdale before the guys return home to Shuart Stadium on August 2, when they host the Carolina Railhawks, with that game scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the New York Cosmos, news and tickets are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.nycosmos.com 

Information on the Football Factory can be seen here:

www.footballfactoryny.com 

For anyone in need of a soccer fix sooner are encouraged to check out the next rounds of the Cosmos Copa set to take place this Saturday (July 19) and Sunday (July 20).

There are now 16 teams competing for the championship. Saturday the matches are set for 6:30 p.m. at Pier 40, which is located at 353 West Street in New York, NY. On Field One Gambia v. Bolivia while on Field Two will feature Ireland v. Ecuador.

Information on the Cosmos Copa can be seen by clicking on the link seen here:

www.cosmoscopa.com

 

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Unlucky number seven: Cyclones drop seventh straight to Jammers

Amed Rosario. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Amed Rosario. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

All looked good at the start game for the Cyclones as they opened up a 5-0 lead against the Jammers.

At the end though Brooklyn’s (15-18) hardships continue, as Jammers’ second basemen Erik Lunde brought home the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th breaking a 6-6 tie, to give Jamestown (14-18) the lead, and eventually the visiting team were able to get the runs needed to pick up the victory.

With the loss the Cyclones dropped their seventh straight game 8-6 in ten innings, at MCU Park on Thursday night. Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa saw his team, who made four errors while also leaving 14 men on base, give the game away.

“Losing teams will find ways to lose. Unfortunately we are in the midst of that right now. This is a game tonight that we didn’t lose as much as we flat out gave it away.”

The Cyclones struck first when first baseman Michael Katz grounded out to second to score center fielder Joe Tuschak.

Brooklyn added to their lead in the second with four more runs. The big hit being a two RBI double from shortstop Amed Rosario, who went 4- for- 5.

Gamboa and the rest of the SNY audience that was watching the live broadcast, saw the young shortstop show off some of his offensive skills

“He had fantastic game with the bat tonight. Running the bases, driving in runs, he really put on a show showing what he is capable of doing on the baseball field,” Gamboa said.

Jamestown answered in the top of the third scoring four runs off of Cyclones starter Casey Meisner, which included a two run home run by Staten Island Native Kevin Krause.

The Jammers then took a 6-5 the lead in the top of the fifth on a dropped fly ball by Tuschak in center field. Brooklyn tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Jhoan Urena recorded his second RBI of the contest on a ground out to second which scored Tuschak. After the fifth the Cyclones bats went cold and they couldn’t find a way to regain the lead.

On the positive side of things Gamboa feels like this recent stretch will be used as a learning experience to show the players that in professional baseball if you play hard night in and night out things can change or poor play can knock a team out of a playoff race.

“As a group if they think they are going to win just by showing up or feeling sorry for themselves this thing can mushroom and keep on going until they make a conscious decision to play hard for a nine innings and focus so we do not make the little mistakes that make the outcomes of games,” he said.

The Cyclones look to avoid the sweep and snap their losing streak tomorrow in the series finale against Jamestown. In the finale it will be Brooklyn lefty Carlos Valdez (2-1, 5.03 ERA) slated to take on Jamestown righty Tyler Eppier (0-1, 3.12 ERA) in a game that is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video featuring Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa:

Fans are encouraged to visit the Brooklyn Cyclones official website for news, information and tickets for the upcoming games-seen here:

www.brooklyncyclones.com

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Cyclones Slump Continues with 5-2 Loss to Jamestown

The Brooklyn Cyclones (15-16) are currently in the middle of one of their toughest stretches of play, currently the team is on a six-game losing streak with the latest rough night coming in the form of a 5-2 game to the Jamestown Jammers (12-18) on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn has just been unable to answer the call with runners in scoring position, with this month of July being an unfriendly one to the Cyclones as the team is currently 4-11.

The Cyclones showed glimpses of life but just were unable to cash in on the opportunities they did have. Brooklyn plated runs in the bottom of the second and third innings but could not find the hits needed in the later part of the games to regain the momentum.

Driving in the runs in the game were Michael Bernal who hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second and Jhoan Urena who recorded a RBI double in the bottom of the third. Urena is currently the only player in the NYPL who has appeared in 32 games this season. Tomas Nido recorded two hits in the game, while Amed Rosario, Michael Katz and Anthony Chavez all tallied a hit in the game.

Brooklyn will look to snap out of the July slumber on Thursday in the second of a three-game set with the Jamestown Jammers to be played at MCU Park.  First Pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. and the pitching matchup for that game may feature a battle of right-handed pitchers as  Cyclones Casey Mesiner (0-2, 5.40 ERA) takes on Jammers Marek Minarik (1-2, 3.38 ERA).

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video featuring Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa:

Fans are encouraged to click on the official Brooklyn Cyclones website seen below for more news, information and tickets:

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Fired Up Liberty Defeat Dream 77-75

The New York Liberty (8-13) were fired up thanks to the crowd of 17,252 thanks to the campers at Madison Square Garden, thanks to the fire and determination the hosts were able to defeat the Atlanta Dream (15-6) by a final of 77-75 in WNBA action on Wednesday.

New York controlled the momentum for most of the game, until the Dream came storming back in the Third Quarter, that was until the Fourth when the Liberty regained the momentum and eventually won the game.

The Liberty had four players in double-digit scoring as Tina Charles led the way with a double-double of 18 points and 15 boards. Sugar Rodgers had a great showing tonight with her 15 points, willing her way to the bucket while also having some nice moves during the course of the game. Plenette Pierson whose aggressive mentality and leadership had another fine shooting performance with a season-high 14 points and Anna Cruz got some huge shots throughout, rounded out all scoring with her 10 points.

For Charles the Center was able to record her 17th double-digit game. She also added 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Rodgers was once again a super-sub for the team in her fifth double-digit game of the season. Pondexter got the game-winning shot with about 0.4 left on the clock while also adding team-high seven assists.

Now the WNBA will be on to the 2014 All-Star game that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, July 19. New York will have Cappie Pondexter and Tina Charles representing as Pondexter was announced as one of the starters, while Charles is named as one of the reserves.

After the All-Star Game the Liberty will be on the road for three big road games out West to take on Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix before returning back to the Garden on July 29 to take on the Washington Mystics. The game between the Liberty and Mystics is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with the game set to air on the MSG Network.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video featuring:

Head Coach Bill Laimbeer and players Sugar Rodgers, Tina Charles, Plenette Pierson, and Cappie Pondexter

For more information on the New York Liberty, news and tickets all fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.wnba.com/liberty/

 

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Curran vs. Pitbull Headline September 5th Kickoff From Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena Live On Spike At Bellator 123

Bellator delivers a night of must-see fights for MMA fans featuring some of the most exciting fighters in the sport as Pat Curran, Patricio Pitbull, King Mo, Cheick Kongo & Bobby Lashley return to action on Friday, September 5 from the Mohegan Sun Arena live on Spike TV.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

The night will be headlined by a Featherweight Title fight between two of the very best in the sport as reigning Bellator Champion Pat Curran defends his belt against Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull. The fight has been nearly two years in the making after Curran successfully defeated Pitbull in 2013 with a narrow split decision victory. After Pitbull stormed through the Season 9 Featherweight Tournament, both Pitbull and Curran have engaged in verbal sparring matches via social media that has resulted in one of the most anticipated fights of 2014.

“I’ve been wanting this rematch with Curran for a long time, and it’s finally here,” Pitbull said. “I won that first fight, and I should be Bellator Featherweight Champion right now. This time, I’m not going to let it go to the judges. Curran has started to get cocky and he’s disrespecting me. He has no idea what I’ve been through to get to the title.”

“Pitbull has been running his mouth a lot lately and everyone is sick of hearing it,” Curran said. “I’m ready to shut him up for good. I’m an even better fighter now than I was the first time we fought and I’ll show you him how a true champion fights on September 5th.”

King Mo returns to the cage after his controversial loss to Rampage Jackson at Bellator 120, as the American Top Team product will square off against New Jersey native Tom DeBlass. DeBlass enters the fight 2-0 in Bellator and is looking for the biggest win of his career against King Mo on September 5th.

“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Mo is the next step to get to my ultimate goal, and I’m not taking it lightly. I’m fighting in a huge fight back on the East Coast for a promotion I love. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

The main card will be rounded out by the Bellator debut of fan favorite Bobby Lashley, who brings a 10-2 record into the cage while also currently holding the TNA Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley will square off against Bellator veteran Josh Burns in a heavyweight clash to open the September 5th show live on Spike TV.

The night will also feature a clash of heavyweights as Cheick Kongo returns to the Bellator cage to face the heavy handed Lavar Johnson. Both veterans of the sport, the two giants will engage in a slugfest that should produce fireworks live on Spike TV.

More announcements on the September 5th fight card from Mohegan Sun Arena will be made in the coming weeks.

MAIN CARD:

Bellator Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (20-5) vs. Patricio Pitbull (21-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Cheick Kongo (21-9) vs. Lavar Johnson (18-9)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (12-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)

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

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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New York Liberty Center Tina Charles Selected to 2014 WNBA All-Star Game

Tina Charles. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Tina Charles. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Liberty center Tina Charles was selected as a reserve for the 2014 Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game, the league announced on  Tuesday. The game will be played at US Airways Center on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPN.

Charles will make her third appearance in the WNBA All-Star game, having been previously selected in 2011 and 2013. The 2010 WNBA MVP, Charles was also picked to play for Team USA in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun” exhibition game that year. No All-Star game was played in 2010 due to the FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic. 

In her first season in New York, Charles leads the Liberty in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She ranks sixth in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding. Charles has also recorded eight double-doubles this season, as well as eight 20-plus point games.

Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on July 7, Charles guided the Liberty to back-to-back wins over Tulsa and Minnesota. She opened the week with a 28-point, 14-rebound effort against the Shock, followed by a career-high 32 points and 10 boards against the defending WNBA Champion Lynx.

Charles will be joined on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster by Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter who earned her sixth career All-Star selection and third-straight as a starter.

Reserves were chosen by the league’s 12 head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and one player regardless of position.

Eastern Conference Reserves: Western Conference Reserves:

Jessica Breland, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky) Seimone Augustus, Backcourt (Minnesota Lynx)

Tina Charles, Frontcourt (New York Liberty) Candice Dupree, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)

Erika de Souza, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream) Glory Johnson, Frontcourt (Tulsa Shock)

Katie Douglas, Backcourt (Connecticut Sun) Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)

Briann January, Backcourt (Indiana Fever) Danielle Robinson, Backcourt (San Antonio Stars)

Chiney Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Connecticut Sun) Lindsay Whalen, Backcourt (Minnesota Lynx)

Replacement players, who will take the roster spot of players who cannot play due to injury, will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.  Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury will be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team.

The Liberty will next be in action on Wednesday as they take on the Atlanta Dream at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m.

For more information on the New York Liberty, news and tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.wnba.com/liberty/

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