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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.

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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
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  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:

http://www.gohofstra.com/HomePage.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=22200&KEY=

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King Mo Lawal Signs Long-Term-Extension With Bellator MMA

As King Mo prepares for his September 5th battle with Dustin Jacoby, the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion has a much clearer outlook on his future, as King Mo has signed a long-term-extension with Bellator that will keep the Mayweather Boxing Club product inside the Bellator cage for years to come.

“This was one of the easiest decisions I could have made,” Mo said. “After everything that went down over the last six or seven months, I didn’t think this was something that would ever happen, but when Coker came on board with Bellator, everything changed. This is where I want to be. I don’t care who I fight, when it is, or where it is. I get paid to fight, and that’s what I’m going to do for Bellator. That’s it.”

A staple with Bellator, Mo has gone 4-3 inside the Bellator cage including victories over Seth Petruzelli, Mikhail Zayats, and Jacob Noe. In his last fight, Mo suffered a razor thin decision loss over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Bellator 120, and has made it no secret a rematch is something he would be open to. But before Mo can get his hands on Rampage, Mo will battle Dustin Jacoby live on Spike September 5th.

Originally scheduled to fight Tom DeBlass, an injury forced DeBlass out of action. Marcus Sursa was next up for Mo, but Sursa also fell victim to the injury bug. With his next fight finally set, Mo is ready for a new chapter with Bellator that begins September 5th live on Spike TV.

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Full Card Finalized for Bellator 125 Friday, September 19th From Fresno’s Save Mart Center

With a near 40 KO’s between the two, a middleweight clash between Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef and Doug “The Rhino” Marshall will be can’t miss television on Friday, September 19th as the two square off in the main event of the evening at Bellator 125 live on Spike.  The night will also showcase a full preliminary card featuring some of California’s top talent. Tickets for the event are available at the Save Mart Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or Bellator.com.

Kicking of the Spike.com portion of the night will be a battle of California natives as Ron Keslar faces Jesse Juarez. A former welterweight tournament finalist, Keslar has grabbed five of his 11 victories by submission and will put his skills to the test against an experienced fighter in Juarez who has tallied 30 professional fights and 13 finish victories.

Looking to maintain his undefeated record, Fresno’s own and top MMA prospect Chris Honeycutt will make his Bellator debut and fight Aaron Wilkinson on September 19th.  Hailing from the UK, Wilkinson is making his Bellator debut and enters the cage having previously won four of his last five fights.  At 4-0 Honeycutt has recorded three of his wins by first round KO or submission and is ready to put on an explosive and exciting fight for this hometown crowd.

After recording a TKO win over Josh Arocho in his Bellator debut at Bellator 117, Julio Cesar Neves returns to the Bellator cage to face California native Poppies Martinez.  At only 20-years-old, Neves holds a strong 29-0 record, but will have to hold off the veteran Martinez, who will rely on his strong ground game and has posted 18 wins by submission, 16 coming in the first round.

Both looking to make their mark under the Bellator banner, Anthony Ruiz will fight Rafael Carvalho in a middleweight battle. A MMA veteran, Ruiz is entering the Bellator cage for the first time and has tallied 33 professional wins, 22 coming by KO or submission. With only one professional loss, Carvalho has recorded eight of his nine victories by knockout and his looking for the KO against Ruiz.

Rounding out the preliminary card will be two featherweight battles as Joel Neal faces Paul Ruiz and Jonny Bonilla-Bowman looks to improve his perfect record. Granson Clark will take on George Zuniga in a middleweight bout and California native Matt Ramirez will make his professional debut against Oscar Ramirez in front of the Save Mart Center fans.

Full fight card is listed below.

MAIN CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: James Irvin (17-10) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight:  Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Sergio Cortez (9-8)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)

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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Catching up with the New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos have been preparing for an away match against the Indy Eleven, while the practices have been going the franchise has made two exciting announcements which fans of the Cosmos Country can see here.

The New York Cosmos will get to celebrating Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Cosmos will get to celebrating Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It was announced on Wednesday the launch of “Cosmos Futsal” the first-ever Manhattan-based soccer school in partnership with the World Class Learning Academy, the private elementary school located in New York’s East Village. Taught by players and coaching staff of the New York Cosmos, the 2013 North American Soccer League (NASL) Champions, registration for Cosmos Futsal is currently open and available to all kids in Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

“The New York Cosmos are a New York City team born and raised so we’re excited to partner with the World Class Learning Academy to help develop the next generation of soccer players in the U.S., especially those from this great city,” said Erik Stover, chief operating officer for the New York Cosmos.

Based at the World Class Learning Academy on 44 East 2nd Street in Manhattan’s East Village, Cosmos Futsal will offer three hour-long sessions as well as weekend pick-up games for 10 weeks this fall. 10 sessions, taught by players and coaches, will cost $280 and are open to the public. Families can register at www.nycosmostdp.com.

The franchise also announced on Wednesday that Midfielder Macros Senna will join a team of Elite Soccer players to play in a Match for Peace that will be held on September 1.

Senna will be join by former Argentine national team captain Javier Zanetti, along with Argentine soccer legends Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are expected to play at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It will be a celebrity packed match which is being backed by Pope Francis and sponsored by the Pupi Foundation, a Buenos Aires-based charity founded by Zanetti.

Marcos is expected to join the rest of the team when they take on Indy Eleven in an important road match for the team on August 30, with the kick-off for that match set for 7:30 p.m.

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

http://www.nycosmos.com/home

For more information on the Match for Peace fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.matchforpeace.org

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Cyclones Walk-off against Yankees, 3-2

Amed Rosario was the hero on Wednesday night, as the Brooklyn Cyclones (40-31) continued their push to the playoffs with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings, over the Staten Island Yankee, at MCU Park.

Staten Island struck first in the first inning, as First baseman Connor Spencer hit a sac fly to drive in Devyn Bolasky.
The Cyclones answered it the bottom half of the third, when Third baseman Jhoan Urena reached on an infield single, following the hit Spencers threw the ball away trying to get the speedy Urena out, which allowed Michael Conforto, who was 4- for- 5 with two singles and two doubles, to score.

Brooklyn would take the lead in the sixth. Alfredo Reyes grounded into a double play which allowed Tucker Tharp to score.

With fans of both teams getting into the game the Baby Bombers came back to tie the game in the next half inning. Following a single by Spencer, Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes threw three wild pitches to allow Spencer to come home.

The Cyclones found their magic in the bottom half of the eleventh. Center fielder Tucker Tharp reached on an infield single to start the frame. Following the Tharp hit, Second baseman Anthony Chavez reached on a bunt single. Alfredo Reyes put down a sac bunt to move the runners over. Yankee pitcher Matt Wotherspoon walked Adrian Abreu. With the bases loaded, Wotherspoon hit Rosario which lifted the Cyclones to the victory.

Relievers Kelly Secrest, Shane Bay, and Brad Wieck combined for five strike outs, while only giving up two hits in four innings of work.

Brooklyn continues their quest for a playoff berth tonight (August 28) when they travel to Tri-City to play the ValleyCats. Arias Martires (1-0 1.10 ERA) gets the ball for the Cyclones, who lead Connecticut by two games in the Wild Card race.

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Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa:

For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones, news and tickets fans are encouraged to click here:

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