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Liberty Complete Deal with Minnesota for Sugar Rodgers

New York Liberty Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer announced today that the team has acquired guard Sugar Rodgers in a trade with the Minnesota Lynx, in exchange for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft.

Rodgers, a 5-9 guard, was originally selected by the Lynx in the second round (14th overall) of the 2013 WNBA Draft. She appeared in 28 games during her rookie season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Rodgers shot 31.7 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from three-point range.

New York opens regular season action against Connecticut on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Liberty will then make their long awaited return to Madison Square Garden to host the Chicago Sky on Opening Night on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the team will host a fan fest outside of The Garden starting at 3 p.m., highlighted by music, prizes, guest appearances, a talent competition for local groups and basketball contests on the Liberty sport court.

Liberty season ticket packages and individual tickets are available at NYLiberty.com.

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PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEOS: Cosmos Training Session 4/16/14

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery and videos from a training session held by the New York Cosmos on 4/16/14.

PHOTO GALLERY:

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VIDEOS:

Interviews with:

Stefan Dimitrov:

Hunter Gorskie:

A taste of the Training Session that took place on 4/16/14

Cosmos Captain Carlos Mendes was named NASL Player of the Week on April 14, while also being named to the NASL Team of the week along with teammate Ayoze.

The Cosmos are now preparing for a very rough road test versus FC Edmonton on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. New York will return back home to Shuart Stadium on Saturday, April 26 as they take on the San Antonio Scorpions at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the Cosmos, to purchase tickets and more fans are encouraged to click on the team’s official site by clicking here:

http://www.nycosmos.com

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Mets Select RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka Outright LHP John Lannan

The New York Mets announced on Wednesday that the club has selected righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka’s contract from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast and outrighted lefthanded pitcher John Lannan.

Matsuzaka will wear #16 and will be available for today’s game at Arizona. The 6-0, 205-pounder was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA (19 earned runs/38.2 innings) in seven starts for the Mets last year.

He was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA (three earned runs/12.0 innings) and 12 strikeouts in two starts for the 51s. Matsuzaka’s last start came on April 12 at Fresno when he pitched 7.0 shutout innings with eight strikeouts.

Matsuzaka, 33, ranks third all-time among Japanese-born pitchers in wins (53) and strikeouts (642) and is fourth in starts (123).

Lannan, 32, was 1-0 with a 15.25 ERA (seven earned runs/4.0 innings) in five games this season with the Mets.

 

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Bellator Hosts Live Weigh-Ins Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m. from Iowa’s Mid-America Center

The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA (Bellator 117)  will take placeThursday at 5:00 p.m. CST from the Mid-America Center (One Harrah’s Boulevard, Council Bluffs, IA 51501). Bellator MMA will take place from the Mid-America Center on Friday, April 18th with the first fight taking place at 6 p.m. CST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 8 p.m. CST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney.

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:
Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Douglas Lima (25-5) vs. Rick Hawn (18-2)
Bellator Lightweight Semifinal: Patricky Pitbull (12-5) vs. Derek Campos (14-3)
Bellator Lightweight Semifinal: Derek Anderson (11-0) vs. Marcin Held (17-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Karl Amoussou (16-6-2) vs. David Gomez (16-7)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Houston Alexander (15-10) vs. Matt Uhde (3-4)
Catchweight Feature Fight (175lbs): Mark Stoddard (8-6) vs. Ryan Jensen (19-8)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Martin Trey Brown (6-2) vs. Jared Downing (9-4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Larue Burley (3-0) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (8-5)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Ben Crowder (10-11) vs. Joe Vedepo (14-8)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Victor Moreno (32-18) vs. Anthony Smith (17-11)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Josh Arocho (13-12) vs. Julio Cesar Neves (28-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jordan Parsons (8-1) vs. Tim Bazer (14-5)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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Isles Donovan and Nelson named to World Championships USA National Team

USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brock Nelson have been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships from May 9-25 in Mink, Belarus.

Donovan, 23, scored 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 52 games during his rookie season with the Islanders. The Edmond, OK, native added 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, ranking sixth on the team in scoring despite playing just 21 games. Donovan’s previous international experience includes playing on the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal.

Nelson, 22, scored 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 72 games as a rookie with the Islanders. The Warroad, MN, native finished fifth on the team in goals and sixth in points. On the international stage, Nelson played on the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team that won the bronze medal.

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Bamboo Nutra’s Champions Challenge Lights Up Children’s Hospital Of Orange County With Bellator Stars

Global health supplement and lifestyle company Bamboo Nutra has once again teamed with Bellator MMA for their “Champions Challenge” campaign by visiting the Children’s Hospital Of Orange County with MMA stars Emmanuel Newton and Cheick Kongo, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, and acclaimed humanitarian Rex Crain.

Bamboo Nutra and Bellator recently launched a nationwide community outreach program called the “Champions Challenge” that has the two companies visiting schools and hospitals with a key message to young people to become a champion in their everyday lives while doing something each day to help others in their lives.

The latest “Champions Challenge” visit took place Monday, April 14th with visits to young people at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

“Today was just an incredible day here at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County,” Crain said. “To see the smiles of these kids’ faces is really a special sight. The parents are excited, the hospital staff is excited, and in the midst of the struggle and setbacks these families are dealing with, if we can offer just a few minutes of positivity, it’s a homerun for everyone involved.”

“It’s a privilege to be able to spend time with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County,” Rebney said. “When you walk into that room with Champions like Emanuel Newton and Cheick Kongo and you see faces light up, it puts everything in perspective.  This is a spectacular program that Bamboo Nutra’s created and a key example of the altruism that great companies can exhibit.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bamboonutra.com/compassion/champions-challenge

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New York Liberty select two players and acquire Tina Charles in 2014 Draft

The New York Liberty selected guards Tyaunna Marshall (14th overall) in the second round and Meighan Simmons (26th overall) in the third round of the 2014 WNBA Draft tonight.

“We went into the draft looking for perimeter help and were able to secure solid additions to our roster with Tyaunna and Meighan,” said Liberty Head Coach and General Manager Bill Laimbeer. “Tyaunna fits the profile of the Liberty’s big guards, and Simmons was a great value pick and can push the ball in the style we want to play.”

Marshall, a 5-9 guard, finished her career at Georgia Tech as the team’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 career points. She was also one of five Georgia Tech players of all-time with more than 1,500 career points and 600 career boards. A three-time All-ACC selection, Marshall was named to the All-Defensive Team in each of her final two seasons. For her collegiate career, she averaged 16.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Simmons, a 5-9 guard, was an All-American selection at the University of Tennessee and finalist for the National Player of the Year Award as a senior. She became the fifth Lady Vol in school history with over 2,000 career points. Simmons was named the Southeast Conference Co-Player of the Year as a junior after averaging a career-best 16.8 points per game. She was also named the conference’s Freshman of the Year in XX. Simmons posted collegiate career averages of 14.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Earlier in the night Laimbeer finalized a trade with the Connecticut Sun, acquiring former WNBA Most Valuable Player and No. 1 pick Tina Charles. The Liberty traded second-year forward Kelsey Bone, 2014 first round selection Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland) and its 2015 first round pick to the Sun in exchange for Charles and a third round draft choice in 2015.

“Tina is obviously one of the best players in the league,” said Laimbeer. “Our franchise felt we needed to add All-Star caliber players, especially with our return to Madison Square Garden, to put a competitive team on the court. With Cappie, Essence and Tina, we have a sound nucleus to build a championship caliber team.”

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, Charles is entering her fifth season in the league. She was the unanimous WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2010 after posting the best rookie season in WNBA history with a league-record 22 double-doubles. Charles established a WNBA record with 398 rebounds and set the rookie mark for the most boards in a game with 23. Voted the Most Valuable Player in 2012, Charles set a Connecticut Sun scoring record, averaging 18 points per game. She also won her third-straight rebounding title with 10.5 rebounds per contest. For her career, Charles has posted a double-double in 80 games, including career averages of 17.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in 130 games.

A native of Queens, NY, Charles attended Christ the King High School and went on to play collegiately at the University of Connecticut. While at Connecticut, Charles won back-to-back National Championships and was name the BIG EAST Player of the Year as a senior.

Bone appeared in all 34 games (two starts) last season for the Liberty, averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, she ranked third and fifth, respectively among all rookies in rebounding and scoring en route to being named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team.

The Liberty will tip-off the 2014 preseason with back-to-back games against the Connecticut Sun, beginning with a road contest at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m., followed by a home matchup on Thursday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Exhibition play concludes on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. against the Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena.

New York opens regular season action against Connecticut on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Liberty will then make their long awaited return to Madison Square Garden to host the Chicago Sky on Opening Night on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the team will host a fan fest outside of The Garden starting at 3 p.m., highlighted by music, prizes, guest appearances, a talent competition for local groups and basketball contests on the Liberty sport court.

Liberty season ticket packages and individual tickets are available at NYLiberty.com.

 

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