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Bellator Adds Italian Featherweight Annalisa Bucci To Expanding Women’s Division

The roster additions continue for Bellator as the promotion has added the #6 ranked featherweight in the world as Annalisa Bucci (7-3) has joined Bellator and will compete in the United States for the first time in her career.

“I feel extremely honored, excited and thankful to be part of the first group of females, fighting for Scott Coker in the new Bellator MMA Women’s Division,” Bucci said. “I cannot find the right words to truly express how I feel. This is more than a payoff for years of hard work, love and dedication to this sport. This is a dream come true!”

Known for her dangerous kickboxing and Muay Thai, Bucci has become synonymous for pushing the pace and keeping her opponents on their heels, and is simply known as “No Fear” within MMA circles.

With the signing, Bellator now has a collection of four of the best featherweights in the sport, as Bucci joins the #2 ranked Marloes Coenen, #3 ranked Julia Budd, and #8 ranked Talita Nogueira.

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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“The American Psycho” Returns As Stephan Bonnar Joins Bellator

The Bellator Light Heavyweight division has seen a new arrival as fan favorite Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar (15-8) has agreed to terms on a new Bellator contract.

Fighting in front of millions on Spike TV against the likes of James Irvin, Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans and an iconic showdown with Forrest Griffin, Bonnar has established himself as one of the biggest personalities in the sport during his nearly fifteen year professional career. Last competing in 2012 against Anderson Silva, Bonnar is eager to get back to work, and has a good idea about who his first opponent should be inside the Bellator cage.

“I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz,” Bonnar said. “We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.”

“Stephan is a guy that has been a huge part of this sport and we are excited have him part of the roster,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “He was one half of probably the greatest and one of the most important fights in MMA history, and it happened on Spike. When you look at our Light Heavyweight division, with names like Rampage, Tito, King Mo, Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”

Bonnar will also be involved in various components relating to Bellator, including the possibility of on-air commentating and analysis. Bonnar is expected to compete this year live on Spike TV.

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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Manhattan College Men’s Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

The Manhattan College Men's Basketball Team Celebrates with Jasper Nation after winning the 2014 MAAC Championships. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Manhattan College Men’s Basketball Team Celebrates with Jasper Nation after winning the 2014 MAAC Championships. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The 2014 Reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Champions the Manhattan College Jaspers announced the full schedule for the 2014-15 season.

Manhattan will have the Home Opener as well as the Conference Opener against Marist College on Sunday, December 7 at Draddy Gym. It is looking like the Jaspers will have the opportunity to play at both Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center this season, as the team is slated to take on Rutgers University at MSG on December 14 and longtime rivals Fordham University at the Barclays on December 22.

Here is the full schedule:

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff
Sat, Nov 15 Florida State at Tallahassee, Fla. TBA
Tue, Nov 18 UMass at Amherst, Mass. 11:00 AM ESPN2
Sat, Nov 22 Binghamton Uncasville, Conn. 5:30 PM
Sun, Nov 23 Navy or Northeastern Uncasville, Conn. TBA
Sat, Nov 29 George Mason at Fairfax, Va. TBA
Fri, Dec 05 Fairfield * at Fairfield, Conn. TBA
Sun, Dec 07 Marist * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sun, Dec 14 Rutgers New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden) 11:00 AM
Wed, Dec 17 Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA
Sat, Dec 20 Morgan State Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Mon, Dec 22 Fordham Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) 6:00 PM
Fri, Jan 02 Niagara * at Niagara University, N.Y. TBA
Sun, Jan 04 Canisius * at Buffalo, N.Y. TBA
Wed, Jan 07 Saint Peter’s * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sat, Jan 10 Niagara * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Fri, Jan 16 Saint Peter’s * at Jersey City, N.J. TBA
Sun, Jan 18 Rider * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Fri, Jan 23 Quinnipiac * at Hamden, Conn. TBA
Sun, Jan 25 Monmouth * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Fri, Jan 30 Siena * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sun, Feb 01 Monmouth * at West Long Branch, N.J. TBA
Fri, Feb 06 Canisius * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sun, Feb 08 Rider * at Lawrenceville, N.J. TBA
Fri, Feb 13 Iona * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sun, Feb 15 Fairfield * Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Sat, Feb 21 Siena * at Albany, N.Y. TBA
Mon, Feb 23 Marist * at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. TBA
Fri, Feb 27 Iona * at New Rochelle, N.Y. TBA
Sun, Mar 01 Quinnipiac Draddy Gymnasium TBA
Thu, Mar 05 -
Mon, Mar 09
2015 MAAC Championships Albany, N.Y. TBA

For more information about the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team, as well as the other Jaspers Athletic teams fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gojaspers.com/HomePage.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=12500&KEY=

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Cyclones Use Big Third Inning to beat Yankees, 8-2

Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa called a meeting before tonight’s game talking about executing with men on base. His team answered his call, as the Cyclones(39-31) exploded for 14 hits in their  8-2 victory over the Staten Island Yankess at Richmond County Bank Ball Park on Tuesday night.

Casey Meisner chats with 1495 Sports after striking out 11 batters on 8/26/14. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Casey Meisner chats with 1495 Sports after striking out 11 batters on 8/26/14. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

“We had a brief meeting today because last night was a very tough game to lose. We pitched well, we played good defense, we had an opportunity it seemed like every inning,we just couldn’t get a big hit,” Gamboa said. “We need to really focus with men on base, which we did not do last night, and tonight as soon as we got second and third, we were able to get a ground out to get a run, and get another guy over to third, and he scored. We did all the things we didn’t do last night.”

It was in the bottom of the third inning that the Brooklyn bats came to life, as the offense plated five runs on seven hits. Brooklyn started the scoring on a bloop single by Alfredo Reyes. Following the Reyes RBI, catcher Adrian Abreu ground out to short which scored Tucker Tharp. Designated hitter Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena joined the hit parade with RBI singles. Brooklyn’s big inning concluded on a hit by Pedro Perez which was going to third base, Staten Island third baseman  Renzo Martini made an errant as he tried to get the speedy Urena back to the bag, instead Jhoan would score to give the visiting team a 5-0 lead.

Staten Island broke the shutout bid in the bottom of the fourth inning as Connor Spencer laced a double to right field. Left Fielder Chris Breen worked a walk to set the stage for Ty McFarland, who proceeded to rip an RBI double to center field to help the Baby Bombers cut the lead to 5-1.

The Cyclones were able to add on  insurance runs in the top of the fifth on an Urena RBI Triple. Jhoan, who had two RBIs, then came home, on an error from Staten Island Shortstop Jose Javier, to make it 7-1. Rosario added his second RBI of the contest on an infield single that scored Reyes.

Back-to-back singles by Spencer and Breen helped the Yankees plate their second run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and that accounted for all the offense on this night-as Game 2 of this current three-game set went the way of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

For Casey Meisner and the rest of the Cyclones Pitchers who took the hill, the run support they got from the offense was more than enough. Overall the pitchers struck out  14 Yankees batters, which was led by Meisner, who went six innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out a career-high 11 batters.

Meisner has been pitching well in August going 3-0 and he has struck out 21 batters in his last two appearances.

““I had a good mind set coming out there. The month of August has been good for me, so I’ve been trying to go deep into games, get outs, first pitch strikes is a big thing and just be comfortable out there,” the 19- year- old starter said.

Relievers Gaither Bumgardner and Eddie Villasmil both pitched well, as the duo combined to strike out three batters, while also keeping the Staten Island bats from getting a rally started.

Brooklyn and Staten Island meet again tomorrow in the regular season finale at MCU Park. First Pitch is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. Scarlyn Reyes (2-3 2.57 ERA), gets the ball for the Cyclones, who currently leads the Connecticut Tigers by two games in the Wild Card Standings.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame video:

Manager Tom Gamboa and Starter Casey Meisner:

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

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

http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/splash/

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Long Island Ducks Strong Play has team in Contention for Wild Card Spot

The Long Island Ducks (20-25)  have heated up in the month of August, stringing together some huge series victories to find themselves in Second Place of the Liberty Division.

Bethpage Ballpark. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Bethpage Ballpark. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With both the York Revolution and Somerset Patriots in a firm lead for both the Freedom and Liberty Division, the hope for fans of the Flock is that the team can get a bid into the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Championships via the Wild Card. For the Atlantic League they take the best team in the First Half of Play and the Second, but here is the interesting predicament-both York and Somerset have been a First Place Team for both halves of the season.

This is where the Wild Card comes in as the final two postseason spots would go to the two teams with the best overall records in 2014.  As of August 26 both the Lancaster Barnstormers and the Sugar Land Skeeters are tied for the best record holding a 62-52 mark.

As for the Ducks they currently hold a 60-54 record, the guys will be heading down to Somerset for a huge three-game set against the Patriots.

Long Island will look to redeem a four-game home stand against the Patriots, where the guys dropped three out of the four to their longtime rivals. Every game is essential for the Ducks who look to gain the final Wild Card spot or even potentially clinch the Liberty Division in the Second Half of play.

The Ducks are very familiar with being able to make a push in the second half as in 2009 they were able to win the Second Half of the Liberty Division in 2013. If Long Island can once again make a push to the playoffs it will be the team’s fourth straight postseason berth and 10th in the past 11 seasons.

There is plenty of time and games against the Patriots to make a comeback, as there are 26 left against their rivals. With the three-game set starting on August 26, that will be a huge chance for the Ducks to make up ground.

Fans interested in learning more about the Long Island Ducks upcoming games, for the most up-to-date news and tickets are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.liducks.com/home/

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Brooklyn Cyclones Playoff Tickets Now on Sale

MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Brooklyn Cyclones announced on Monday that tickets are now on sale for the 2014 New York-Penn League Playoffs. Brooklyn who have been on quite a roll and currently hold the lead in the Wild Card Chase, wanted to give fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to any and all playoff games that may happen at MCU Park.

Game A – which would be Game #1 of the NYPL Semi-finals – would be played on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00 PM at MCU Park.

All tickets will cost just $10 and only box and field box tickets will only be available.  Seats can be purchased by visiting the MCU Park box office, by calling 718-507-TIXX, or by visiting the Brooklyn Cyclones official website by clicking here  http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/home/

The tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded for the price of the tickets, fees will not be refunded.  Tickets purchased at the ballpark must be returned to the ticket office by October 10 to be refunded.

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Newly Released Videos from House of Glory Presents Quest for Glory

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following newly released videos from the House of Glory Presents Quest for Glory that took place on August 17:

Interviews done by Brandon Lewis:

Alex Mason and Ariela Nyx:

Good Hank Flanders:

House of Glory will next have a show on September 19, as they will present The Movement with some exciting matches already being announced. Here is the card -subject to change:

Tag Team Gauntlet Match with 6 tag teams. It will start with two teams once one team is eliminated another team will come out until there is one team left standing and that team will receive a House of Glory Tag Team Championship match against The Amazing Red and Crimson.

The teams for this Tag Team Gauntlet will be named next week.

Other matches that have already been announced are the following:

House of Glory Heavyweight Championship
(C) Ricochet Vs. Smiley.

Pick Your Poison Matches:
Brian XL Vs Joey Janella.

Anthony Gangone Vs The Amazing Red.

Ken Broadway W/ Mikey Kidd & Larry Dallas Vs Bonez

For more information on House of Glory fans are encouraged to check out the following links:

Official Website:

http://www.houseofgloryonline.com

Official Facebook Site:

https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfGloryWrestlingSchool

To check out the other videos from Quest for Glory fans are encouraged to check here:

http://1495sports.com/2014/08/17/videos-interviews-with-the-stars-of-house-of-glory-presents-quest-for-glory/

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