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Carlos Takam Starts Fast and Wins Convincing Victory over Jerry Forrest

CARLOS TAKAM (now 39-5-1 28KO’s) took to the national stage on Thursday night when he faced off with fellow heavyweight contender, JERRY FORREST (now 26-4 20KO’s) in a 10-round main event on ESPN. Both men were scheduled to fight different opponents – Oscar Rivas for Takam, and Jarrell Miller for Forrest, but when both fights fell through because of injury and a PED finding respectively, Takam and Forrest took the opportunity to square off.

Takam, who took the fight on just 12-days notice, came in at a strong 245 lbs and used every ounce to his advantage. In the first two rounds, Takam bullied Forrest around the ring sticking his jab, and moving extremely well for his frame. Mid-second round, Forrest landed a left hand, which would be one of his better landed shots of the bout. Takam would answer right back with a sweeping right hand that unsteadied Forrest.

Rounds three and four were more of the same as Takam kept Forrest on his heels, working from both the inside and outside, giving Forrest no opportunity to find his range, or settle in.

A clash of heads caused a cut on Takam’s left eye midway through the fight and slowed his momentum in the back half of the fight. Forrest tried to take advantage, looking to land a missile of a left hand, but Takam was able to maintain composure and stave off Forrest’s pressure in the late rounds.

In the final frame, Forrest’s corner urged him on as he needed a knockout to win, but it was Takam that came out and dictated the action, as he did for most of the fight. Takam kept Forrest at bey with his jab, sneaky overhand rights and veteran experience.

At the final bell, Carlos Takam earned a well-fought victory, winning by unanimous decision. (96-94, 98-92, 97-93) It was an impressive performance from the 39-year-old title seeking heavyweight.

Takam had this to say about the bout, “I was expecting more of a war, but the preparation for this fight was not easy… I was supposed to fight Rivas, but they said he can’t fight because of injury. My promoter, Joe DeGuardia, called and said they had a guy, Jerry Forrest, and I searched him up, and said let’s go, let’s fight.”

As for what is next for Carlos Takam, he has two names in mind, “Give me Rivas, and then give me Tyson Fury.”

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about Takam’s performance, “Tonight Carlos Takam showed why there are levels to this sport. Carlos used veteran prowess, balance and overall boxing ability not usually seen in 250 lb. 39 year old heavyweight fighter. Most importantly he showed that he is a consummate professional. He took this fight on 12 days notice, and few are aware, but, his father passed away only last month. That impacted him greatly but nonetheless he went forward with his commitment to boxing and prepared and performed. We salute his professionalism and look forward to an exciting future for Carlos in a hot heavyweight division.”

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New York City FC Drops Tough 1-0 Loss to Philadelphia Union

Hear from New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila along with defenders Anton Tinnerholm and James Sands after the club’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on 7/9

Soccer fans get excited as Major League Soccer had a thrilling start to the MLS is Back Tournament as New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union thrilled the fans that were watching at home.

New York City FC showed some great aggression to start the match and their return to the pitch. They were able to work the ball into some dangerous scoring opportunities through the opening 10′.

Keaton Parks had the first real great opportunity for the boys in blue, when he was able to touch a header at goal from a free-kick position that was saved by the Philadelphia Union keeper.

Manning the cage beautifully for New York City FC was keeper Sean Johnson who made some really nice saves from opportunities created by Philadelphia.  New York City FC continued to apply some great pressure on the offensive side of the ball, including a tremendous opportunity from Héber.

It was the visiting side that was able to cash in on the first goal of the match, as Alejandro Bedoya was able to net a beauty from a tight angle, converting on a defensive error made by the boys in Blue and finding the back of the cage.

Sadly New York was not able to find an equalizer and ultimately dropped the first match of the MLS is Back Tournament.  Up next will be another thriller as NYCFC takes on Orlando City on Tuesday, July 14 at 8:00PM ET. In a change to the schedule, City will round off group play with their third match against Inter Miami on Monday, July 20 at 9:00AM ET.

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Sky Blue Defeats the Houston Dash 2-0 to Move Into Second Place in the NWSL Challenge Cup Table

Sky Blue FC Celebrating a goal. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Sky Blue FC defeated the Houston Dash 2-0 Wednesday night in the third NWSL Challenge Cup preliminary round match, which was presented by Provident Bank. Forward Paige Monaghan and midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi both found the back of the net, helping the team secure its first win of the tournament. The win moves Sky Blue into second place in the Challenge Cup table with four points through three matches.

Sky Blue brought the energy early in the match, as they controlled the tempo throughout the first half. Offensively, McCall Zerboni, Paige Monaghan, Ifeoma Onumonu, and Jennifer Cudjoe all connected well through the midfield, putting pressure on the Dash defense. When Houston did win the ball, Sky Blue was quick to recover and shut down the counter-attack.

The strong start paid off in the 17th minute when Monaghan found the back of the net for the team’s first goal of the tournament. Zerboni picked the ball up in midfield, then played it to Onumonu, who slotted it through to a darting Monaghan at the penalty spot. Monaghan then touched the ball past an oncoming Campbell, and tapped it into the open net, giving Sky Blue the 1-0 lead.

Sky Blue did not let up after their first goal, as they stayed on the front foot and continued to create chances. The team doubled the lead in the 34th minute off a shot from Kawasumi. Campbell had come out of her box to clear the ball away from an oncoming Onumonu. Kawasumi, who was waiting on the left side, quickly settled the clearance and chipped the ball into the back of the net from about forty yards out. With the goal, Sky Blue entered halftime up 2-0 over the Dash.

Houston came out of half time looking for a comeback, but the team was unable to break through Sky Blue’s compact and cohesive defense. Centerbacks Estelle Johnson and Gina Lewandowski each made several key clearances, helping to hold Houston to zero shots on goal in the second half. On the other end, Sky Blue maintained the majority of the possession, continuing with the strong midfield connections.

The team pushed for a third goal in stoppage time when Evelyne Viens drove a shot to the near post, forcing Campbell to make the diving save. After a few more minutes of added time, the whistle finally blew, and Sky Blue officially added three points to their Challenge Cup campaign.

After the match, Monaghan’s goal to open up the scoring was named the Secret No Sweat Play of the Game. Meanwhile, Kawasumi, whose 34th-minute goal was her first in a Sky Blue uniform, earned the Budweiser Woman of the Match, as well as the Saker ShopRite Woman of the Match for her help in securing the victory for her team.

“It was just an appropriate reward, especially for Naho,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe on the midfielder’s performance. “She’s just been so smart and so clever and doesn’t always get the praise that she deserves. I thought that was just a perfect opportunity for her. We’re really happy with her out wide. I thought she did a great job.”

With the 2-0 victory, Sky Blue earned its second shutout of the tournament, having given up just one goal through three games. The tight defense, combined with the strong showing offensively, helped Sky Blue become one of only two teams to have a positive goal differential at this point in the Challenge Cup.

“I think it was just a great reward,” said Coombe on the victory. “I think it’s an element of relief, but also just how well-deserved it was for the shift the players put in and how well they are playing.”

The team will conclude the preliminary round on Monday, July 13, at 10 p.m. ET against the North Carolina Courage. A win in this match would likely result in Sky Blue finishing second in the NWSL Challenge Cup table.

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New York Mets Announce 2021 Schedule

Citi Field . Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Excitement continues to build for the New York Mets and their fan base, as plans are already being made for the 2021 Season. It was announced by the franchise today the team’s schedule for next Spring with many great rivalry games that are set to play at Citi Field.

The Mets are set to open the 2021 regular season with a three game series starting on Thursday, April 1 at Washington versus the Nationals. The Mets Home Opener at Citi Field will be Thursday, April 8 vs. Miami. The opening homestand will continue Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 vs. the Marlins before the Philadelphia Phillies visit Citi Field, Monday, April 12-Thursday, April 15.

 

 

Highlights of the 2021 home schedule include:

 

  • Boston Red Sox                     Tuesday, April 27-Wednesday, April 28
  • Baltimore Orioles                    Tuesday, May 11-Wednesday, May 12
  • Atlanta Braves                        Friday, May 28-Sunday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Toronto Blue Jays                  Friday, July 23-Sunday, July 25
  • Los Angeles Dodgers             Friday, August 13-Sunday, August 15
  • Washington Nationals            Friday, August 27-Sunday, August 29

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Baltimore Orioles Release 2021 Schedule

The Baltimore Orioles announced that their 2021 home schedule will begin on Thursday, April 8, at Oriole Park against the Boston Red Sox, as part of a seven-game homestand against the Red Sox (three games) and Seattle Mariners (four games). The club will begin the 2021 season on the road against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, April 1.

The Orioles will host each American League East divisional opponent for three series throughout the season. The New York Yankees will play 10 games in Baltimore, April 26-29, May 14-16, and September 14-16. The Red Sox will visit Camden Yards for 10 games, April 8-11, May 7-10, and September 28-30. The Orioles will also host the Toronto Blue Jays for nine games, June 18-20, July 6-8, and September 10-12. The Tampa Bay Rays will travel to Baltimore for nine games, May 18-20, August 6-8, and August 27-29.

The 2021 Interleague slate features visits to Baltimore by the New York Mets (June 8-9), Washington Nationals (July 23-25), Miami Marlins (July 27-28), and Atlanta Braves (August 20-22). The Orioles’ road schedule against National League opponents will include visits to the Marlins (April 20-21), Mets (May 11-12), Nationals (May 21-23), and Philadelphia Phillies (September 20-22).

The Orioles will be hosting 13 weekend series in 2021, including a three-game weekend set with Washington from July 23-25. The home schedule will also consist of five games played on holidays including Mother’s Day (May 9 vs. Boston), Memorial Day (May 31 vs. Minnesota), Juneteenth (June 19 vs. Toronto), Father’s Day (June 20 vs. Toronto), and Labor Day (September 6 vs. Kansas City).

The Orioles will play 17 home games in September, their busiest month at Oriole Park. The Orioles have three three-team homestands: an eight-game homestand from May 31-June 9 (Minnesota, Cleveland, New York-NL), a 10-game homestand from September 6-16 (Kansas City, Toronto, New York-AL), and one nine game homestand from August 20-29 (Atlanta, Los Angeles-AL, Tampa Bay).

Baltimore will travel for two 10-game road trips: May 21-30 (Washington, Minnesota, Chicago-AL) and June 24-July 4 (Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles-AL). The Orioles will complete the home portion of their regular season schedule with a seven-game homestand against the Texas Rangers (September 23-26) and Red Sox (September 28-30). The Orioles will finish the regular season on the road with a three-game road trip to Toronto, October 1-3.

The Orioles will make more information available regarding ticket sales for the 2021 season at a later time.

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Alex Ovechkin ‘We Will Skate Again’ T-Shirt and Face Masks Now Available with All Proceeds Benefitting Community Programs

The ‘We Will Skate Again’ T-Shirt Now on Sale. Photo Compliments of the Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals continue to make a positive impact in the community as star Alex Ovechkin has been making ‘We Will Skate Again’ T-Shirts and Face Masks and other amazing Items that are now for purchase in the Alex Ovechkin Store.

 

All proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit the Tucker Road Ducks, while all proceeds from mask and neck gaiter sales benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Feeding the Frontlines fund.

 

The face mask features two layers of fabric and is available in three designs featuring the Ovechkin logo. The neck gaiter is also available in three designs.

 

The Tucker Road Ducks are a Prince George’s County, Md., based youth hockey team. In 2017, the Ducks lost their rink in a fire. Efforts are currently underway to rebuild the Tucker Road Ice Rink. The team’s parent organization, The Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization, has a mission of making youth hockey accessible to any child, regardless of socio-economic status.

 

To support COVID-19 relief efforts, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation created the “Feeding the Frontlines” fund to provide meals to heroes in the medical community. Feeding the Frontlines is fueled by donations from all MSE teams – the Capitals, Mystics, Wizards, Go-Go and District Gaming – with players, coaches, owners, MSE staff and fans contributing to deliveries made at multiple District hospitals and testing sites.

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Takam-Forrest Ready for Heavyweight Showdown Tomorrow 7/9 on ESPN

Highly regarded Star Boxing world heavyweight contender, CARLOS TAKAM (38-5-1 28KO’s) continues his march for a second world title shot this Thursday night against tough challenger JERRY FORREST (26-3 20KO’s), a winner of 19 of his last 20 bouts.

Both heavyweights tipped the scale this afternoon inside of the ESPN bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Takam looked to be in phenomenal shape weighing in at a strong 245.7 lbs, a testament to his work ethic through the difficulties of finding training during the COVID pandemic. Forrest weighed in at a fit 225.6 lbs and looked to be in great shape as well in a fight which he has prepared for months.

Takam was slated to face off with Oscar Rivas in a highly anticipated fight in the heavyweight division, but when Rivas pulled out with injury, Takam remained in fighting shape, and took the Forrest fight on just under 12 days’ notice.

Takam is coming off of two dominating wins since signing with Hall of Fame Promoter, JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING. First, he dismantled Craig Lewis in his USA debut in boxing’s return to the Catskills at Resorts World Catskills in September of 2019. Then in February, Takam dominated a game Fabio Maldonado over 10-rounds at Star Boxing’s acclaimed “Rockin’ Fights” series from the Paramount in Huntington, NY.

Forrest makes his ring return for the first time in 2020, last having fought to a second round demolition of Martez Williamson in September of 2019. Forrest packs a heavy punch, with a KO ratio of 68.7% and will look to use that to his advantage over the veteran Takam. Forrest was scheduled to face top heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, but Miller was disqualified from the bout after testing positive for PED’s.

Carlos Takam had this to say about the bout, “I’m pleased to be fighting after all, I’m most grateful to fight for ESPN and to be able to give boxing fans a good fight. For the past two weeks I didn’t think I was fighting since my fight with Rivas fell through, but luckily I stay ready for war. Thank you to Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for this great opportunity.”

Star Boxing CEO, JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Takam’s opportunity, “I am thrilled the ESPN audience will be able to see Carlos Takam tomorrow night. Takam – Forrest is a significant fight in a hot heavyweight division. Carlos is a true pro, he didn’t let the Oscar Rivas pullout affect him. He stayed ready, and now can jump in on less than 2 weeks-notice to capitalize on this opening provided by Jerrell Miller’s botch up, and against a tricky and capable southpaw in Forrest. This will be Carlos’ 3rd fight in less than a year, and kudos to him as he is a fighter who wants to be in that ring.” DeGuardia also said “Kudos to Top Rank and ESPN for keeping boxing on national TV during this COVID-19 ‘no-fans’ environment. ”

Takam-Forrest is presented by Top Rank in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and DBE.

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