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Jacob deGrom Named National League Cy Young Award Winner

New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom was named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) on November 14th..

DeGrom, who received 207 points, including 29 of 30 first place votes, joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012) as the only pitchers in team history to win the NL Cy Young Award.

The righthander led the majors in ERA (1.70), opponent’s slugging (.277), opponent’s OPS (.521) and home runs per nine innings (0.41). He finished second in the majors in innings (217.0) and fourth in the majors with a career-high 269 strikeouts. DeGrom ended the year holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 29 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history (min. 50.0 combined innings in those starts) and hurled 24 consecutive quality starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history.

“I want to thank the Baseball Writers for this honor,” deGrom said. “I’m extremely humbled to win this award along with some other great former Mets such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and R.A. Dickey. I’d especially like to thank my teammates, coaching staff and my family.”

“Jacob had one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. “The entire Mets organization is proud of his accomplishment and this is a moment all Mets fans can celebrate.”

DeGrom was named to his second All-Star team this year (also 2015) and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was just the 10th time since 1920 that a pitcher had at least 200.0 innings and an ERA of 1.70 or lower in a season. He’s the only pitcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have a season with a sub-2.00 ERA, at least 260 strikeouts, 50 or fewer walks and 10 or fewer home runs allowed.

“I had the best seat in the house to watch Jacob’s brilliance every fifth day,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said. “His competitive spirt is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and simply the best season I’ve ever witnessed from a pitcher.”

“Jacob clearly established himself as the best pitcher in baseball for 2018,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “His consistency and competitiveness were unmatched. I’ve always been impressed with his professional and dedicated approach on and off the field in addition to being a tremendous teammate.”  

DeGrom will be presented with the award during the 96th Annual New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner on January 26, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

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

https://www.mlb.com/mets

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2019 Mets Tickets Go On Sale Friday November 16 AT 10:00 AM

The New York Mets today announced that tickets for all 2019 regular season home games at Citi Field will go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10:00 am at mets.com/tickets and (718) 507-TIXX. Season tickets and partial plans are on sale now at mets.com/TicketPlans.

Highlights of the 2019 regular season home schedule include:
· Home Opener at Citi Field vs. the Washington Nationals, April 4
· Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, July 2-3
· 1969 World Series 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, June 28-30 vs. the Atlanta Braves
· Interleague Series at Citi Field include:
o Minnesota Twins, April 9-10
o Detroit Tigers, May 24-26
o Cleveland Indians, August 20-22
· Weekend Series vs. N.L. Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, September 13-15

The 2019 season will feature the return of popular weekend promotions:
· Free Shirt Fridays – All fans in attendance will receive a free Mets t-shirt, including two replica jersey giveaways, at each Friday game at Citi Field (excluding July 5)
· Super Saturdays – Fans will enjoy unique giveaways and promotional items, including a Todd Frazier WWE Day Bobblehead on April 6 and a Mr. Met on the Moon Bobblehead presented by Citi on July 27
· McDonald’s Family Sunday – Every Sunday home game includes pre-game activities on the Mets Plaza, promotional giveaways at the gate, and the opportunity for kids to run the bases postgame in the Mr. Met Dash presented by Northwell Health

For the complete 2019 promotional calendar, visit mets.com/promos.

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A Star is Born-Interview with ‘The Alien’ Kristen Stadtlander

Kristen Stadlander after her amazing Main Event with Tenille Dashwood at Create A Pro Wrestling. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

When you find your place in this world, it is a beautiful thing. People will know that you are where you belong, and you know it as well. You know that you are home. Whenever you see Kristen Stadtlander in the ring wrestling, you know that is where she belongs. With her curious alien gimmick having told some of the best in ring wrestling stories of her young career so far, and she is just getting started.

“When I first started to train for stunts, I was in a place mentally where I had left my first college as an athletic training major because it didn’t feel right. Luckily my parents were super supportive and once I started training for stunts, it was the first time in my life I finally felt like I knew what I was supposed to be doing,” Stadtlander said of her journey to the world of stunts and Pro Wrestling. “Wrestling became an option two years later because I was able to meet Tony who is one half of a Tag Team by the name of the Down Boyz, who work at a company by the name of Victory Pro Wrestling. After sitting and watching them do it for about two years, I felt like I needed to be in the ring and doing what they were doing.”

Kristen had gained a ton of popularity with the fans of Victory Pro Wrestling, and eventually made her way to Create A Pro Wrestling school, who have trained some of the fastest growing stars in the world of Professional Wrestling.

“I heard about Create a Pro by being friends on Facebook with some of the VPW guys and saw they were doing some of the shows, so I decided to check it out.” Stadtlander said about how she had heard about the school.”

Since joining the school Kristen has debuted in Five States outside of New York and is the Champion of two promotions. Stadtlander is the first ever female graduate of the company, and just recently was in the first ever women’s main event of the company with former WWE and current Ring of Honor star Tenille Dashwood.

She had this to say on being in the first women’s main event of the company, “It was such an honor. When I first heard about it, I was extremely nervous, because I was thinking that if I didn’t do well that I would be a disappointment; but everything went so perfectly and Tenille was such a pleasure and honor to work with.”

The transformation from her time at Victory Pro Wrestling to her current time at Create a Pro and the other various companies for Kristen has been an amazing one. Her stock has risen in leaps since she started her current ‘Alien’ Gimmick, but her performance goes beyond what she wears in the ring, as she has the athletic prowess to match performing moonsaults and flips that are equal to the male counterparts in the ring.

On the Alien Gimmick, Stadtlander had this to say, “It is a weird extreme version of myself. Most of the greats in wrestling will always say be the best character you can be is one where you take yourself and times it by ten. My whole life I never really fit in anywhere, but I always had something interesting about me not everyone knows. Aliens don’t fit in with humans and there is so much curiosity about them that is so intriguing. That is kind of how I feel.”

Fans have been gushing about the work of Stadtlander thus far, who recently has worked with such companies as Queens of Combat and had an impressive match with John Silver at Beyond Wrestling. Both companies are recognized as some of the top in the world of Independent wrestling.

“The feedback from the Beyond match was absolutely incredible and unexpected. I was in awe by the number of positive things I heard about it. I never thought it would have turned into something as big as it did,” Stadtlander said.

The world of Pro Wrestling is not an easy one to get into, especially in the physical realm, as injuries can strike at any time. Prior to making her way to the ring Stadtlander had one injury, which was a broken heel. Kristen shared her thoughts on how she got through that and staying mentally strong,

“The broken heel happened before I debuted. It was at the end of my third month of training. I broke the heel in my left foot. I went to practice everyday and sat and watched. I think it actually helped me more than just in the ring training would have done.”

Times like that take a lot out of you mentally, one could get anxious to get back to work and the regular routines, but Kristen had an amazing ability to stay mentally strong. She had this to say on that,

“It is hard to stay mentally strong when you are very hard on yourself in this business, and I’ve had a lot of breakdowns. But luckily, I have an amazing support system in my family and my boyfriend, to always bring me down to earth when I go insane.”

Thanks to the amazing support and love she has gotten from her friends, family and loved ones this incredible young lady has achieved goals that people can only dream about. Like being in a small segment for the WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge, as well as the most recent all Female PPV Evolution. Kristen has also done a ton of stunt work as well and was an extra in the Movie John Wick 2.,

On the amazing experience she had with working on the set with John Wick 2 and the WWE Kristen had this to say, “John Wick 2 was the only movie I’ve worked on so far and it was one quick scene in the actual movie. It was long and the shows they gave us to wear were extremely painful (haha). But it was cool being behind the scenes, however I’d rather be on set as a stunt person rather than an actress.” Stadtlander had this to say on working for an extra for the WWE, “Extra work for the WWE is always a cool experience because you never know what is going to happen. Everything is always getting changed randomly so it is always fun.”

Fans should keep an eye out for the Alien, as her stock is about to keep rising and one can see this star easily soaring in the ranks of the WWE NXT System (the developmental system for the WWE) and even standing among the many great women in the WWE.

“Goals right now include wrestling in more places and for bigger companies and being one of the greatest wrestlers ever. I want to change the way people see women’s wrestlers and show what hard work and dedication actually looks like,” Stadtlander said. “I don’t want to be a great women’s wrestler, I just want to be a great wrestler.” “I never thought it would have turned into something as big as it did and her advice to those going after a dream is; Nothing ever gets easy. You must be consistent and prove why you want it and why you deserve it. It is extremely difficult to get good and even harder to get noticed. Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of giving up.”

For more information on Create a Pro Wrestling Academy fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://createaprowrestling.com/

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VIDEOS: BIG EAST Media Day 2018

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from the BIG EAST Media Day that was held at Madison Square Garden on October 25. Villanova was selected to win the BIG EAST Conference, as the Wildcats were received eight first-place votes from the league’s head coaches and a total of 79 points in the poll.

Here is Head Coach Jay Wright with his thoughts on the upcoming season for the Wildcats and more:

St. John’s placed fourth in the poll, but will be very dangerous this season. The Red Storm have a nucleus of three quality starters. Junior guard Shamorie Ponds led the league in scoring in all games with a  21.6 average. Ponds was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, while being the first Red Storm player to win the award since Malik Sealy shared the award with Georgetown’s Alonzo Mourning in 1991-92. Mustapha Heron will give St. John’s a huge boost , as the Auburn Transfer averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals for the SEC Regular Season Champs.

Ponds shares his thoughts on his evolution and the hype for the upcoming season, which fans can see by clicking on the video seen here:

Heron shares his thoughts on his journey to St. John’s what is next for him and more:

Head Coach Chris Mullin shares his thoughts on his evolution as a coach and more seen here:

Georgetown is picked for Seventh Place, as the Hoyas finished with a 15-15 overall record with a young roster. The Hoyas return starter Kaleb Johnson bringing back 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Head Coach Patrick Ewing shared the following thoughts from BIG EAST Media Day:

Seton Hall is picked for Eighth Place for the Conference. The Pirates are coming off their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and third straight season of double-digit BIG EAST Wins. Forward Michael Nzei averaged 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds while making 17 starts, he will now enter the season as a Postgraduate on his way to earning his MBA from Seton Hall.

Nzei shares his thoughts on his journey and his passion for playing for the Pirates here:

Creighton was chosen ninth, as the Blue Jays are coming off a 21-12 season that included an NCAA bid. They have won 20 or more games in 18 of the last 20 years.  Players to watch for will be Martin Krampelj and Davion Mintz.

Krampelj averaged 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds before going down with a knee injury. He shares his thoughts on what got him started in the world of College Hoops, his evolution as a basketball player and more seen here:

Mintz meanwhile averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 assists for the Blue Jays. He is a three-year starter, who leads active players with 194 assists in BIG EAST games. Fans can see his thoughts by clicking here:

For more information on the BIG EAST Conference fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.bigeast.com/

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Ponds Receives Votes for Preseason AP All-America Team

The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Shamorie Ponds, as the junior guard received votes for the Preseason AP All-America Team, it was announced this afternoon.

Ponds finished 10th in the voting for the six-member team, which features Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, North Carolina’s Luke Maye, Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, and Nevada’s Caleb Martin.

No BIG EAST player received more votes than Ponds, who finished ahead of Marquette’s Markus Howard (5) and Villanova’s Eric Paschall (1) in the “other receiving votes” category.

Last season, Ponds led the BIG EAST in scoring at 21.6 points per game and broke the St. John’s sophomore scoring record with 647 points on the year. Just the 10th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in his second season with the team, Ponds posted one of the most memorable stretches in program history in February, scoring 33 points in the Red Storm’s win over Duke at Madison Square Garden before pouring in 26 against Villanova in St. John’s first win over a no. 1 opponent in 33 years.

Not only a gifted scorer, the Brooklyn native became the first player in St. John’s history to average at least 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists over the course of an entire season.

Last week, Ponds was one of 20 players nationwide to earn a spot on the preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, an accolade that recognizes the top point guard in the game of college basketball.

Tickets for the 2018-19 St. John’s basketball season are on sale now. Fans can secure their spot for games at Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden by calling 1-888-GO-STORM or visiting RedStormTix.com.

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NYCFC to Host Fan Appreciation Day at Final Game of the Regular Season on October 28th

On Sunday, October 28th, New York City FC will host Fan Appreciation Day at the Club’s final match of the regular season against the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium. Fans will be able to participate in a number of special events in and around Yankee Stadium on gameday. The match begins at 4:30 pm and gates will open at 3:00 pm.

Prior to kickoff, a Fan Fest will take place outside of the stadium from 1:00 – 3:30pm on River Avenue featuring live music, games, and more. NYCFC partner Degree will host a 3v3 round-robin soccer tournament so fans can Play More, Move More, Live More. Registration starts at 1:00 pm. In addition, Ford will be hosting a VR experience and there will other activations from New York Presbyterian, JAG, and AT&T on-site.

Inside the stadium, fans will be treated to select discount concessions and a national anthem performance by Yankees legend, Bernie Williams. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to randomly win items and money-can’t-buy experiences as they arrive at the stadium, including:

Seat upgrades (including to pitchside and into the Delta Sky 360 Suite)
Autographed memorabilia
Playoff tickets
Game experiences such as City Sendoff, honorary captain, setting off the smokestacks, and press conference attendance
20% off all merchandise

At the conclusion of the match, the annual “Shirts Off Our Backs” tradition will take place where fans will have the opportunity to exchange shirts with a first team NYCFC player on the field.

The week leading into the match, NYCFC partner Tinder, the world’s most popular lifestyle app for meeting new people, will be connecting 50 NYC singles at the match. With the help of NYCFC players, Tinder will be gifting complimentary single tickets to celebrate the single life. The first 50 Tinder users to arrive at a select location on Thursday, October 25th will be greeted by NYCFC first team players and will receive their single ticket to the match. To participate, follow NYCFC and Tinder social accounts to find out where and when.

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About New York City Football Club

New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in New York City that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference of the league. It was announced as the League’s 20th franchise on May 21, 2013 and is the first and only MLS Club located within the five boroughs of New York City. Majority owned by City Football Group (CFG), New York City FC plays its home games at Yankee Stadium, which is also home to minority owner, the New York Yankees.

New York City FC kicked off its inaugural MLS season in March 2015 and has former US National Team captain Claudio Reyna as its Sporting Director and Domènec Torrent as its Head Coach. Torrent, former Head Coach of Girona FC and Assistant Coach at FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has most recently been Pep Guardiola’s right hand man at sister club Manchester City. In November 2016, construction began on New York City FC’s elite First Team training facility featuring one and a half grass fields, team offices and medical and welfare facilities. The facility was opened for the 2018 MLS season and officially named Etihad City Football Academy in New York. The third Academy built across the globe by CFG, the design was overseen by New York based architect Rafael Viñoly, who designed the training facilities for New York City FC’s sister Clubs Manchester City FC and Melbourne City FC.

For more information fans are encouraged to click on the link seen below:

https://www.nycfc.com/

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Meet the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation announcing team for its Inaugural PPV card “Rise of the Titans”

World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) has announced that Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. has joined the WBKFF all-star announcing team – Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Jessica Penne – for its November 9th Pay-Per-View fight card, “Rise of the Titans”, airing live from Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

“Rise of the Titan” PPV will be headlined by a WBKFF middleweight title fight between Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks and “Irish” Brennan Ward, as well as Chris “The Crippler” Leben and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, plus the combat sports pro debut of All-Pro linebacker Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “Rise of The Titans”, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, in North America on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV and DISH in the United States, as well as Rogers, Shaw, Bell TV and SaskTel in Canada, and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website, for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Tickets are on sale available to purchase by going online here: https://www.caspereventscenter.com/events/detail/world-bare-knuckle-fighting-federation-championship

Ticket prices range between $200.00 – $500.00 for Ringside, $50.00, $30.00, $20.00, $10.00 in the 100 Level Grandstands.

Jimmy Lennon Jr. has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame. In addition to working Showtime Championship Boxing shows, Lennon has announced MMA for Strikeforce on Showtime and CBS, in addition to working for the now defunct Elite XC and K-1.

Rutten, who was recently appointed WBKFF president, is one of the most popular color commentators in MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase champion was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as well in 2015. He popularized the punch, knee and kick to the liver in MMA and is also a movie/TV actor.

Kenny Rice has hosted the long-running TV show “Inside MMA” on AxsTV alongside Rutten, they discontinued the show in 2016 after 9 years and 432 episodes. He is a veteran sportscaster, responsible for play-by-play in boxing, MMA, kick boxing, Kentucky Derby etc, Rice has announced 26 different sports at the highest level.

Penne was the first Invicta FC atomweight champion, who competed in Bellator’s first women’s bout, and she currently fights in the UFC as a strawweight. Penne will handle fighter interviews.

Hendricks vs. Ward will be contested for the WBKFF middleweight title, while the WBKFF light heavyweight crown will be on the line for Leben vs. Baroni, two of the most polarizing MMA fighters.

MMA veteran Mike “The Rhino” Bourke, who upset living legend Ken Shamrock in his most notable win, will challenge former NFL star Merriman,who recently signed h WBKFF contract.

WBKFF will also launch its $100,000 Lightweight Tournament, showcasing eight fighters in four separate quarterfinals bouts. Tournament contestants include UFC veterans Issac Vallie Flagg, along with veteran MMA fighters Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, Ireland-native Jay “The Mellow Fellow” Cucciniello, Estevan “El Terrible” Payan, Robbie “Problems” Peralta, Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis, and South African Leon “The Iron Lion” Mynhardt.

Las Vegas middleweight Joey Angelo takes on Albuquerque’s Julian “Nitrane” Lane, Ultimate Fighter runner-up Christina Marks meets professional boxer Jasmine Clarkson for the WBKFF Women’s Flyweight Championship, and Internet MMA sensation Chris “Mighty Mouse” Yarborough faces Jeff Summers in a middleweight match opening the PPV broadcast.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Additional undercard fights will be live-streamed prior to the PPV broadcast with full details to be announced.

Newly adopted rules including holding and striking, spinning back-fists and hammer fists will be used in all WBKFF fights, which will be contested in a traditional boxing ring for optimum viewing and safety. All men and women’s matches will feature five (two-minute) rounds.