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St. John’s Men’s Basketball To Face Cal in 2018 Legends Classic Championship Round

The complete schedule for the 2018 Legends Classic was officially released on Tuesday, featuring a semifinal matchup between the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team  and Cal on Monday, Nov. 19, at Barclays Center. Temple and VCU will square off on the opposite side of the bracket and the winners will meet the following night in Brooklyn in the title contest of the 12th annual event.  A consolation game will precede the championship tilt.

 

St. John’s pairing with the Golden Bears in the Legends Classic will mark the Red Storm’s first-ever matchup with the Pac-12 foe. On the second day of the marquee early-season event, the Johnnies will either rekindle their rivalry against Temple or square off with VCU for just their second meeting in series history. Dating back to 1931, St. John’s owns a 32-21 record against the Owls, while a meeting with the Rams would be their second in the last three years.

Prior to making the short trip to Brooklyn, the Red Storm will host a pair of Legends Classic regional round games at Carnesecca Arena. St. John’s will welcome Loyola Maryland to Queens on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for its 2018-19 season opener.  Three days later, the Johnnies will host Bowling Green on Friday, Nov. 9.

Tickets for the Championship Rounds at Barclays Center can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. All four games of the Championship Rounds will air on ESPN networks.

St. John’s carries an exciting mixture of returning talent and highly touted newcomers heading into 2018-19.  Led by the BIG EAST’s leading scorer last season in Shamorie Ponds, the Johnnies return four players that saw significant minutes in a 2017-18 campaign that featured a pair of wins against top-five foes.  Justin Simon and Marvin Clark II combined to average nearly 25 points a season ago while Bryan Trimble Jr. demonstrated dangerous range during his freshman season.

The Red Storm will welcome seven newcomers in 2018-19, including former five-star recruit Mustapha Heron, who recently transferred to St. John’s after scoring more than 1,000 points in two seasons at Auburn. Mikey Dixon and Sedee Keita are set to make their Red Storm debuts after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations, along with JUCO All-American LJ Figueroa. The Johnnies will look to three true freshmen to make contributions in their rookie campaigns, as Marcellus Earlington, Josh Roberts and Greg Williams Jr. are primed to take the court at Carnesecca Arena for the first time this fall.  In addition to Heron, the Red Storm welcome two more transfers in former top 100 recruit Eli Wright from Mississippi State and 2017-18 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year David Caraher from Houston Baptist.

For more information on St. John’s Men’s Basketball and the rest of the Red Storm Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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New England’s Top and Most Promising Boxers to be Showcased on ‘Slugfest at the Sun’ Card June 30th at Mohegan Sun Area

Many of New England’s best and most promising boxers will be in action JUNE 30 on the “SLUGFEST AT THE SUN” card, presented by JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING, at Mohegan Sun Area in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The “Common Man,” Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs), returns to the ring after being inactive the past 11 months recovering from a broken jaw. The popular Irish-American will face Mevlin ‘The Romantic Redneck’ Russell  (11-4-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Smith burst onto the boxing scene in 2016 when he defeated, top rated light heavyweight, Andrzej Fonfara on NBC in Chicago, and again later that year, when he knocked living legend Bernard Hopkins clear out of the ring, becoming the first person to ever KO the former multi-division world champion and future Hall of Famer.

Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing had this to say about June 30th, “We are thrilled to be up in New England for this sensational show at Mohegan Sun on June 30th that will be filled with local favorites and headlined by an international favorite (Joe Smith Jr). Boxing history is full of exciting fighters from New England and on June 30th fans will be treated to local fighters aiming to continue a rich tradition of tough New Englanders.”

In the eight-round co-featured event, two-time middleweight champion Kali “KO Mequinonoag” Reis (13-7-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of Cranston, RI, is coming off her eye-opening performance last month against undisputed women’s world welterweight champion and pound-4-pound Queen, 33-0 Cecelia Breakus, in the first female bout ever featured on HBO. Reis floored Braekhus once, but she lost a 10-round decision. The former WBC and UBF World middleweight champion will meet former world title challenger Patty “La Elegante” Ramirez (11-5, 5 KOs), of Mexico, on Aug. 30 at Mohegan Sun.

Six New Englanders are scheduled to provide support on the undercard, including 2016 N.E. Golden Gloves champion “Action” Anthony Laureano  (7-0, 3 KOs), of East Hartford (CT), in a six-round junior welterweight match against Mexican knockout artist Juan de la cruz Rodriguez (8-9-1, 6KOs). Laureano earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Manchester Community College.

Former University of New Haven basketball star, New London, CT undefeated heavyweight Cassius Chaney (12-0, 6 KOs), meets Elder “Baron” Hernandez (5-2, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in a six-round bout. Chaney is coming off a vicious second round KO win at Madison Square Garden against Tim Washington. Chaney is promoted by Main Events.

New Haven, CT junior lightweight prospect William Foster III (8-0, 6 KOs), a three-time N.E. Golden Gloves champion, puts his undefeated pro record on the line in a six-rounder versus Tryrome Jones (4-3-1, 1 KO). Foster is promoted by Murphy’s Boxing.

Exciting South Boston, MA junior welterweight, and Union Local 941 railroad laborer, Joe Farina (2-0, 2 KOs) throws-down with Steve Moore (1-3, 1 KO) in a six-round junior welterweight battle.

In a pair of six-round fights, Worcester, MA junior middleweight Andy Gonzalez (6-2, 5 KOs) has prepared to upset unbeaten Wendy “Haitian Fire” Toussaint (8-0, 2 KOs). Toussaint’s last three fights have ended via TKO, and the Long Island fighter plans on extending the streak to four, while Springfield, MA junior middleweight Anthony Velazquez (2-0, 2 KOs) will try to make an impression against Anthony Woods (1-6-1).

TICKETS:
Tickets for the live event start at $30 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com by clicking HERE or by going to www.StarBoxing.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
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New York Jets Host 5th Annual Movie Night Featuring Marvel’s ANT-MAN

The New York Jets will host their fifth annual movie night on Tuesday, July 10 at MetLife Stadium. Marvel’s ANT-MAN (the original) will be shown on the videoboards, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Jets Movie Night is presented by Toyota and supported by JetBlue and NRG.

In addition to watching the movie from the field, other available activities will be:

  • Jets Fest and Jets Experience.
  • Tours of the Jets locker room until the start of the movie.
  • New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders will be available for pictures.
  • Jets Legends Appearances.
  • Turtle Back Zoo and Liberty Science Center activations

Concessions will be open at MetLife Central and EY Coaches Club featuring $7 value meals and $3 value chips, popcorn, pretzel or soda along with $2 value bottled waters.

Admission and parking are free, but tickets are required.  For tickets and additional information, visit newyorkjets.com/movienight. Ticketing for this event will be mobile-only. Tickets will be available through your Ticketmaster Account or by downloading the Ticketmaster Mobile App. Jets Season Ticket Holders should use Jets Rewards cards for event entry.

Jets Season Ticket Holders will receive 250 Jets Rewards Points for attending Movie Night.

 

What:               Jets Movie Night presented by Toyota and supported by JetBlue and NRG

When:              Tuesday, July 10

Doors open for Season Ticket Holders: 5:30 p.m.

Doors open for General Public: 6:30 p.m.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN (PG-13), will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Where:             MetLife Stadium.

 

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Washington’s Dell Donne, Seattle’s Stewart Named WNBA Players of the Week

Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 11-17.

 

Delle Donne was selected Player of the Week for the 13th time in her six seasons.  She averaged a WNBA-high 27.0 points per game last week as Washington went 1-1.  She was also sixth among Eastern Conference players in rebounding (6.5 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (55.6, 20-of-36), tied for second in steals (2.0 spg) and first in minutes (36.3 mpg).

 

The 6-5 forward/guard opened her week by scoring a season-high 36 points and adding six rebounds in a 95-91 win over the host Connecticut Sun on June 13.  She then registered 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a 97-86 home loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on June 15.

 

For Stewart, the Player of the Week honor is her fourth in three seasons.  She led the Storm to a 2-0 mark as Seattle improved to 8-3, the third-best record in the WNBA.  The 6-4 forward led the Western Conference in scoring (26.5 ppg) and tied for fifth in rebounding (8.0 rpg).  She also ranked fourth in field goal percentage (69.6, 16-of-23), including 6-of-9 from three-point range, while tying for second in steals (2.0 spg) and averaging 3.0 assists.

 

Stewart started the week with season highs of 30 points and four three-pointers in a 96-85 home win over the Chicago Sky on June 12.  She also contributed seven rebounds and three blocks in the victory.  Stewart then finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals as Seattle defeated the visiting Sun 103-92 on June 15.

 

Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut’s Jasmine Thomas, the Dallas Wings’ Liz Cambage, the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson, Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles and the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi.

 

For more information on the WNBA Players of the Week, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

 

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New York Liberty Returns Home for Tuesday game versus Atlanta

Kia Nurse. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Liberty (3-6)  got into an early hole against the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday, and they could not climb out, falling 85-71 on the road. With four losses in their last five games, they will look to end the skid at home at the Westchester County Center  against the Atlanta Dream (6-5).

QUICK HITS

Tina Charles’ 20.8 points per game rank third in the league (as of 6/18).

Charles’ 6.9 rebounds per game are good for 12th in the league (as of 6/18).

Kia Nurse’s ranks fourth among rookies with 12.3 points per game (as of 6/18).

Nurse is shooting 90.9% from the charity stripe, the seventh best mark in the WNBA (as of 6/14).

Bria Hartley is tenth in the league with 4.2 assists per game (as of 6/18).

The Liberty and the Dream have identical point differentials for the season (-3.7 per game).

KEY MATCHUP

Since entering the WNBA a year apart from each other, Tina Charles and Angel McCoughtry have been two of the most consistent superstars in the league. For her career, Charles has averaged 18.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while McCoughtry checks in with 19.4 points and 5.0 rebounds a contest.

LAST MEETING

On August 11, 2018, Shavonte Zellous led all scorers with 20 points as the Liberty held on to beat the Dream in Atlanta, 83-77.

New York led by double figures for much of the game, but Atlanta cut the lead to one with under a minute to play. Epiphanny Prince scored four points in the final 30 seconds to seal the Liberty victory.

Tina Charles added 15 points and eight rebounds for New York. Brittany Sykes led Atlanta with 16.

SPREAD OUT ATTACK

Saturday’s contest at Minnesota saw 11 Liberty players enter the scoring column, the second game in a row that many players have found the bottom of the net. The bench chipped in 40 of New York’s 71 points.

ROOKIE X-FACTOR

A trend in Liberty victories this season has been superb play by rookie Kia Nurse. When New York has come out on top, the guard has scored 18.3 points per game. In defeats, she has averaged 9.3 a game.

POINTS IN THE PAINT

The Liberty pace the WNBA with 23.7 three-point attempts a game, so they are susceptible to losing the battle on the inside. The Lynx held a 20-point advantage in points in the paint on Saturday, the largest disparity the Liberty have seen this season.

MISSING THE CHARITY STRIPE

The Liberty shot just seven free throws against Minnesota on Saturday, and they now sit 0-3 on the season when they have seven or less attempts from the line. They rank top five in the league in free throw percentage with an 80 percent clip, but their 15.6 chances per game rank last.

For more information on the New York Liberty and for tickets to upcoming games fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://liberty.wnba.com

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New York Jets Announce 2018 Training Camp Schedule

The New York Jets 2018 Training Camp will provide fans with opportunities to watch practice, including four open practices specifically designed to host large crowds. These practices will be at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, except for the Green & White Practice Scrimmage at Rutgers University on Saturday, August 4. Additionally, there will be three days of joint sessions with the Washington Redskins open to the public in Richmond, VA from August 12-14. The team will break camp prior to the Week Three preseason game against the Giants. The Jets 2018 Training Camp is now presented by M&T Bank, which entered a multi-year agreement last year as the Official Community Bank of the New York Jets and is supported by Atlantic Health Systems, BASF, Dell-EMC, JetBlue, MetLife, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, SAP and Toyota.

Players will continue the Jets tradition of signing autographs for fans after practice along the fence line. However, autographs are not guaranteed for every fan in attendance.

Admission and parking at all Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required.  Beginning now, fans can register and download tickets by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. For the first time, ticketing for all events – including the Green & White Scrimmage – will be mobile-only. Print-at-home PDF tickets will no longer be available. Fans can manage their tickets by visiting Ticketmaster.com or downloading the official Ticketmaster mobile app. Tickets will also be available to manage in the Official Jets Mobile App prior to the event. Beginning this season, as part of a League-wide initiative, all ticketing for Jets games at MetLife Stadium will be mobile-only. For information on Open Practices, parking and directions visit newyorkjets.com/camp. Fans attending Training Camp are encouraged to check the website for security and carry-in procedures.

Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844 or visit newyorkjets.com for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. Updates are also available on Twitter (@nyjets) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Jets).

Green & White Practice Scrimmage at Rutgers University Presented by M&T Bank 

On Saturday, August 4, the Jets Green & White Practice Scrimmage will be held at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a gameday-like atmosphere, along with fan entertainment and family-friendly events. Starting at 3:00 p.m. near the Rutgers Block R Party area, autographs from Jets Legends, an appearance by the       Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders, Jets Fest, Jets Experience and the Jets Shop. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and practice will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will take place at the conclusion of practice. Green and White Practice Scrimmage is presented by M&T Bank.

Fan Experience Amenities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

For Open Practices, fans can take advantage of bleachers for enhanced viewing (up to 1,000 fans), a shuttle service to and from the parking lot, water stations close to the field, cooling zones, a food court provided by Village Supermarkets and a fan zone fully equipped with family-friendly activities. Fans will also enjoy Training Camp staples including Jets Fest, featuring skills challenges, music, inflatable rides, virtual reality and the Jets Shop tent filled with new merchandise for the 2018 season.

Season Ticket Holders are encouraged to bring their Jets Rewards cards and earn 250 bonus points when attending any open practice date. In addition to the 250 Jets Rewards points that Season Ticket Holders will receive, there will also be a discount on merchandise. Club/PSL Holders will receive a 25% discount while Non-PSL Holders will receive a 15% discount.

Exclusive Jets Club and PSL Season Ticket Holder Day

On Saturday, July 28th, Jets Club and PSL Season Ticket Holders will be invited to join a private day at camp.  In addition to being the first group to see the 2018 Jets practice, fans will receive a free water bottle.

Joint Training Camp Practice with the Washington Redskins

Leading into their preseason game at FedEx Field on August 16, the New York Jets and Washington Redskins will participate in joint practices at Washington’s Bon Secours Training Center from August 12-14. This will be the first time the Jets have participated in joint practices with another club since holding joint sessions with the New York Giants in SUNY Albany in 2005. These practices will be free and open to the public. Online registration will be open in late June and is required for entry to Camp. Available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond can be found at www.redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/parking

Gen Jets Kids Club Presented by M&T Bank

At all Open Practices and the Green & White Practice Scrimmage, members of the Gen Jets Kids Club presented by M&T Bank, will have a kids-only player autograph area. Space is limited to the first 125 kids each day on a first-come, first-served basis, so parents are encouraged to check in their children at the Gen Jets tent upon arrival. Fun activities for kids will be announced at practice all throughout the summer.

2018 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule

For all practices at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (AHJTC), gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Fan parking will be in the BASF lot and shuttles will begin at 1:00 p.m. For the Green & White practice scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University, gates will open at 6:00 p.m.  All dates and times are subject to change including cancellations due to inclement weather.

 

Date Location Time Event/Access
Thursday, July 26, 2018 AHJTC Players Report – No Practice
Saturday, July 28, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm PSL Holders/Club Holder Day
Sunday, July 29, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Saturday, August 4, 2018 Rutgers University 7:00pm Green & White Practice Scrimmage
Friday, August 10, 2018 MetLife Stadium 7:30pm New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, August 12, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA
Monday, August 13, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Richmond, VA TBA TBA
Thursday, August 16, 2018 FedEx Field 8:00pm New York Jets @ Washington Redskins
Saturday, August 18, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Sunday, August 19, 2018 AHJTC 1:30pm Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Break Camp

 

For more information on the New York Jets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.newyorkjets.com

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Cyclones Take Two Out of Three from Staten Island Yankees to start of Season Strong

The Brooklyn Cyclones celebrate scoring a run. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Brooklyn Cyclones took two games of a three game set against New York-Penn League Rivals the Staten Island Yankees to start off the 2018 Season on a strong note. All of the players got to see time on the field for the Cyclones, including the pitchers and that will be a huge bonus to the team as the season goes along.

The finale was a 4-2 victory over the Baby Bombers at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, in what was a beautiful day for baseball. It was also Father’s Day, which was celebrated afterward with an amazing on the field catching experience with those who attended the game.

Brian Sharp had three hits in the finale, including a homer to lead the Cyclones to the victory. Jose Brizuelo had three hits, David Thompson had two hits and an RIBI and Jose Medina had two hits and a run.

Staten Island saw contributions from Andres Chaparro, who had two hits, as well as Frederick Cuevas. Junior Soto has recorded a hit so far in the young season for the Baby Bombers.

The Cyclones will return to MCU Park for a three game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades that starts on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Staten Island will take to the road for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners, before returning to Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Thursday to host the Aberdeen IronBirds, with the first pitch for that series slated at 7:00 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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Brooklyn Cyclones Interim Manager Rich Donnelly and Staten Island Yankees Manager Lino Diaz

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

http://brooklyncyclones.com

For more information on the Staten Island Yankees fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.milb.com/staten-island