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Bellator 131 Weigh-In Results from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center

The Bellator weigh-ins have been completed from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center in preparation for Bellator MMA’s November 15th event. Bellator 131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th with first fight taking place at 3:45 p.m. PST and streaming live on Spike.com. The main card will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) live on Spike TV.

MAIN CARD:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight
: Tito Ortiz (205.5) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205.5)

Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (154.4) vs. Will Brooks (154.4)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (185.5) vs. Joe Schilling (186)
Catchweight Feature Fight (143 lbs.): Mike Richman (142) vs. Nan Phan (143)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (204.5) vs. Joe Vedepo (205)

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (186) vs. Kyle Bolt (186)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (125.5) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (125)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (145.5) vs. Alex Higley (145.5)
Catchweight Feature Fight (132 lbs.): Matt Ramirez (132) vs. Nick Garcia (125)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (185.5) vs. Bubba Pugh (185.5)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (135.5) vs. Mark Vorgeas (136)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (156) vs. Joao Faria (155)

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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VIDEOS: Hofstra MBB v Jacksonville

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from the Hofstra University Men’s Basketball game v Jacksonville on 11/14/14:

Some of the Sights from the Game:

Malik Nichols Dunk:

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring Head Coach Joe Mihalich and Student-Athletes Juan’ya Green and Brian Bernardi

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

http://www.gohofstra.com

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VIDEOS: Hofstra Women’s Basketball v CCSU

1495 Sports is proud to present the following videos from the Hofstra University Women’s Basketball game v CCSU on 11/14/14:

Some of the Sights from the game:

The Hofstra Women’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference 11/14/14

Featuring Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey and Student-Athletes Ashunae Durant and Elo Edeferioka:

 

For More information on the Hofstra University Women’s Basketball team and all the Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click here:

http://gohofstra.com/index.aspx

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Bellator Hosts Live Weigh-Ins for Bellator 131 on November 14

The weigh-in for #Bellator131 will take place Friday, November 14 at 5 p.m. PST from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center (3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110). #Bellator131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th with first fight taking place at 3:45 p.m. PST and streaming live on Spike.com. The main card will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) live on Spike TV.

All participants from Saturday 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:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight
: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)

Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nan Phan (20-13)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Joe Vedepo (17-8)

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (3-0) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (4-1) vs. Alex Higley (2-1)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (7-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (debut)

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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Maurer and Mendes Named to NASL Best XI

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The North American Soccer League unveiled its 2014 Best XI today which featured goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer and defender and captain Carlos Mendes of the New York Cosmos. The NASL Best XI is voted on by all 10 of the league’s head coaches and honors the best 11 players in the league each year.

Maurer recorded a league-high 11 shutouts in 24 appearances for the Cosmos in 2014. His 0.91 goals against average (GAA) was second highest in the league and he finished tied for second in the league in saves (67). Maurer posted a 10-7-6 record on the year and was named to the NASL Team of the Week twice during 2014.

This was Maurer’s first year as a fulltime starter for the Cosmos. Maurer made one start for the Cosmos in 2013, posting a 1-0 shutout victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks on November 2, 2013.

“It’s just a huge honor,” said Maurer on his selection. “The league was really strong this year. Thank you first and foremost to the team and our coaches – my goalkeeper coach, Memo Valencia. We do tons of video and training to help me get better every game.

“And credit obviously to our team for putting in all the work in front of me. They helped make sure shots were limited which is why we were able to get so many shutouts and keep our goals against average low.”

Mendes made 25 starts for the Cosmos in 2014 and was a key contributor to the team’s strong defensive performance throughout the year. The central defender played in the second-most minutes (2,238) on the team in 2014 and helped lead a backline that allowed the second fewest goals in the league (27). Mendes scored two goals and recorded one assist on the year and was named to the NASL Team of the Week a team-high five times in 2014. The Mineola, N.Y. native also took home NASL Player of the Week honors in Week 1 for his two-goal performance in the team’s 4-0 win over Atlanta.

Mendes was the first player to sign for the Cosmos ahead of the team’s 2013 re-launch season and was named the team’s captain. He made 13 appearances for the Cosmos during the 2013 season and was named to the NASL Team of the Week three times before leading the Cosmos to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks in Soccer Bowl 2013.

“I’m excited to have been named to the NASL Best XI,” said Mendes on the distinction. “This award goes out to all the guys who have played alongside of me. We’ve worked hard all year, and they’ve been a big part of me winning this award.”

Maurer and Mendes played in every minute of the 2014 Spring season for a Cosmos defense that allowed just three goals in nine games and posted a modern day NASL record shutout streak of 372 minutes.

“It’s great to have two of our players make the starting XI for the year,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese on the accolades of Maurer and Mendes. “I’m very proud of both of them, and overall, the nomination of one or two players is always attributed to the hard work of our entire group. I’m proud of all my guys and what they did this year.”

2014 NASL Best XI:

Goalkeeper

Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos)

Defenders

Tiago Calvano (Minnesota United FC)

Justin Davis (Minnesota United FC)

Darnell King (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

Carlos Mendes (New York Cosmos)

Midfielders
Rafael Castillo (San Antonio Scorpions)

Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC)

Lance Laing (FC Edmonton)

Walter Restrepo (San Antonio Scorpions)

Forwards

Fafa Picault (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC)

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

http://www.nycosmos.com/

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New York City FC Unveils First Home Jersey

NYCFC Unveils First Ever Home Jersey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

NYCFC Unveils First Ever Home Jersey. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The buzz and excitement has been building around New York City FC for some time and on November
13, the club unveiled its first ever home jersey at an amazing event held at Terminal 5.

Teaming up with Adidas and features a clean classic look in the iconic Manchester City Blue, with white and dark blue detailing.

The jersey also features the Club’s badge, which was chosen by the fans and will allow the players to perform at their maximum capacity.

“We are delighted with the look and feel of our first home uniform, which we hope our fans will love as much as we do,” said NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “Presenting it for the first time makes us even more excited about our first season in the MLS and seeing our team wearing it on the field.”

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos:

Sights from the Jersey Unveiling:

Thoughts from NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Striker David Villa

For more information on NYCFC fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.nycfc.com

Fans are also encouraged to check out our quick videos from the NYCFC Jersey Unveiling event by clicking here:

http://bambuser.com/channel/1495Sports

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American Express, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center Give Guests the Ability to Pay with Smartphones at Events

American Express, the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center are launching a pilot program of the Brooklyn eWallet, a digital payment Barclays Centersolution integrated directly into the Brooklyn Nets mobile application1. Built on the American Express Serve® platform, Brooklyn eWallet lets guests use their smartphone to purchase food and drinks at any Barclays Center event without reaching for their wallet.

“Visitors to Barclays Center are constantly using their smartphones around the venue. Now with the eWallet, they can easily and quickly buy food and drinks while interacting with digital content served up by American Express and the Nets,” said Joanna Lambert, senior vice president, Product Development and Management, American Express. “This pilot program continues our innovative partnership with the Nets and Barclays Center to redefine the ways that fans connect and experience events.”

“We are proud to become the first NBA arena to offer a mobile wallet program,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. “Brooklyn eWallet complements the state-of-the-art technology that’s already in Barclays Center and continues our goal to provide the best in-event experience of any sports and entertainment venue.”

Using Brooklyn eWallet is simple. Guests can access the eWallet through the Brooklyn Nets app. It’s easy to add a funding source using the “card snap” capability that scans a plastic credit, charge, debit or prepaid card. Guests can store up to 10 cards, from any issuer, in their eWallet. To pay at a participating concession stand in Barclays Center, guests tap “Make a Purchase” in the eWallet to open the QR code scanner. All they need to do is scan a QR code generated by the merchant with the smartphone camera.

The Brooklyn Nets mobile app is available for free download for both iPhone and Android platforms (available at iTunes store and Google Play store) and features live game scores and stats, an interactive schedule, team news, team roster, Brooklyn Nets Instagram feed and Twitter integration, ticket information, and the ability to post a message to the scoreboard during a game at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn eWallet supports a larger initiative between American Express and the National Basketball Association todeepen fans’ love for the game through innovative digital experiences, including the recently launched “Home Court Advantage” digital destination that delivers custom league content, access to players, and now innovative ways to pay.

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

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

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