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Five Spirit Players Called Up to USWNT for October Friendlies

 Five Washington Spirit players have been called up to compete with the U.S. Women’s National Team in next month’s friendlies against England and Spain, U.S. Soccer announced today.

Making the call-up list from the club are forward Ashley Hatch, goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury, forward Trinity Rodman, midfielder Ashley Sanchez and midfielder Andi Sullivan. With five of the 24 latest call-ups coming from the defending NWSL champions, Spirit players will make up over 20% of the USWNT when it travels to Europe in early October. Hatch has the most goals scored for the USWNT out of the bunch, with four goals in 13 appearances while Sullivan leads the group in appearances for the USWNT, clocking in at 33 international contests. Kingsbury will look to maintain her spotless record as she earned a clean sheet in her sole appearance for the USWNT on April 12 against Uzbekistan.

Of the seven Spirit players that competed with the national team during July’s Concacaf Women’s Championship in Mexico, defenders Kelly O’Hara and Emily Sonnett are the only ones not getting the nod for next month as they continue to rehab lingering injuries.

The USWNT will take on England and Spain in two international friendly competitions next month beginning with a match at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday, October 7. Following the first matchup between the U.S. and England in over two and a half years, the defending World Cup champs will head to Pamplona for a Tuesday, October 11 match against Spain at Estadio El Sadar.

For more information on the Washington Spirit fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Run it Back: FIGHTNIGHT Live Continues Slate of Fall Brawl on Saturday

South Philadelphia is the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 1, as FloSports FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast comes back less than a week later to continue its schedule of Autumn Action.Three-straight weekends of Fall Brawls continue on FloCombat and Facebook as the fan-friendly platform partners with King’s Boxing once again, this time for an excellent eight-bout expedition live from 2300 Arena beginning at 7 p.m.

“Our 65th show continues our schedule of three fights in three weeks and this one features one of our favorites, Christian Carto, and a host of others who have proven KO power,” said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. “We had an outstanding time last week with Marshall Kauffman and the King’s Promotions stable upstate and we know 2300 Arena will be electric on Saturday. Siddique Farooqi and Michael Woods – founder of NYFIGHTS.com – will be on the call to make certain of it.”

As part of FIGHTNIGHT LIVE’s blockbuster multi-event deal with FloSports, Saturday’s 7 p.m. card will air in its entirety on FloCombat. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE plans to continue to deliver a regular slate of boxing and MMA cards via the subscription-based FloSports platform. Fight fans can witness every explosive knockout and drama-dripped decision from regional rising stars – as well as the 10,000-plus events streamed annually by FloSports via the web, the FloSports mobile app (iOS and Android), or connected TV platforms such as AppleTV, Roku, FireTV, Vizio and others – for as little as $12.50 per month. Fight fans can subscribe with a monthly or annual membership today at https://www.flocombat.com/ to be ready for a full schedule of FIGHTNIGHT LIVE events in 2022. 

Additional FIGHTNIGHT LIVE programming – such as event previews, some undercards and highlights – will be available through the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook channel, which boasts nearly 88,000 fans and almost 100,000 followers, and on the Everlast page which is followed by more than 442,000.

At 2300 Arena on Saturday, Philly favorite Carto (19-1, 13 KOs) takes part in the eight-round main event against once-beaten Hector Andres Sosa (14-1, 8 KOs). Carto –  25 years old and in his sixth year as a professional – has quality wins over Alonso Melendez (14-1) and James Smith (12-1) and is coming off of two-consecutive first round stoppage victories. Power punchers  Atif Oberlton (6-0, 5 KOs) of Philly, Kenny Robles (9-2, 3 KOs) of Staten Island, Quadir Albright (6-0, 6 KOs) of South Philly and Kashon Huchinson (9-5, 2 KOs) of Reading, Pa., are among those matched tough in separate bouts on Saturday.

Now in its fifth season, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is the fan-friendly platform that – among other aspects – prides itself on creating a home for rising combat sports stars and regional boxing and MMA promotions. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has showcased more than 975 fighters and 26 promotions during 64 live event broadcasts from 27 different cities and three countries since May 2017, and in doing so, the platform has generated the loyal interest of fight fans from across the United States and around the globe, including significant audiences in Mexico, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, and even fans in South America, Asia and Australia.  

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of Annapolis, Md., the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally via FloSports, through web, mobile devices (both iOS and Android) and connected TV solutions, such as Roku, FireTV and AppleTV. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at: https://www.flocombat.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

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‘Ruthless’ Ronny Reyes looking to make it two in a row at ‘Rocking Fights’

What makes a great fighter nickname? Some fighters like Star Boxing’s Richie “Popeye the Sailor Man” Rivera are given a nickname from their childhood that just sticks. Others are bestowed a nickname that fits the fighters out of the ring persona, like Star Boxing’s former WBO World Champion, “The Common Man” Joe Smith Jr. Then there are those that are given a nickname based on a fighter’s style inside the ring – enter, “RUTHLESS” RONNY REYES (New York, NY 1-0). 

Reyes is set to fight for the second time at “Rockin’ Fights,” this Saturday October 1st, and will bring his ruthless in-ring aggression to ‘wow’ the anticipated sold out crowd. To do so Reyes will need to go toe-to-toe with TRAVIS “PRETTY BOY” CRAWFORD (Corpus Christi, TX, 0-1) over their 4 round super featherweight bout. The Reyes-Crawford undercard bout takes place on the same card as the highly anticipated pro debut of former MMA standout, JOHN GOTTI III (Oyster Bay, NY, Pro Debut) as well as the 10 round ABO Cruiserweight Championship bout between LYUBOMYR PINCHUK (Pittsburgh, PA 14-3-1 8KO’s) vs JOEL SHOJGREEN (Brooklyn, NY 13-3 12KO’S). 

Reyes made his pro debut at Star Boxing’s, June 11th, “Rockin’ Fights” 42 where he had the crowd on its feet as he ruthlessly went to battle with then, fellow professional debut super featherweight, Hector Bacerra. Reyes controlled the action against the game Bacerra in an exciting, four round all out brawl. After buzzing Bacerra a few times in the third and fourth rounds, Reyes would get the unanimous decision sweep (40-36 x3).

The trash talk has been heating up since the Reyes-Crawford fight announcement was made, and it will almost certainly spill into the ring come fight night on October 1st. In an interview with KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi, Crawford pulled no punches, “I feel like it’s going to be a landslide win. He throws very wide, very open. Those are mainly the fighters I like to get because it’s easy to counter them and pick them apart.” 

Reyes, smirked at Crawford’s sentiment, adding for himself, “This fight I will demonstrate the true meaning of ruthlessness and why that’s me! I would also love to mention how boxing ain’t for everyone. [Crawford] will learn that October 1st and start applying for an office job.” 

Whether you are team “Ruthless”, or team “Pretty Boy”, one thing is for certain, these two are ready to throw down.  Very few tickets remain to Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights” 43, as all ringside, all floor seating, all stage and all loge seats are SOLD OUT. Be sure to get your tickets before it is too late.

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 Nico Ali Walsh Returns on Lomachenko-Ortiz Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN on October 29

Middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of “The Greatest,” is set to make his New York City return.

Ali Walsh will fight Billy Wagner in his first scheduled six-rounder Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Ali Walsh-Wagner joins the undercard of the lightweight main event between former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and the unbeaten Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz. In the featherweight co-feature, two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez battles former world champion Jessie Magdaleno.

The entire Lomachenko-Ortiz card will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets starting at $56 are on sale now and available to purchase at Ticketmaster.com.

“I am thrilled to be back in action on another significant card. Lomachenko is one of the greats of his era,” Ali Walsh said. “My first year as a professional has been a tremendous learning experience, and I have a great team to help me get to the next level. I respect Billy Wagner and am preparing to showcase everything I’ve learned in the gym from my incredible trainer, Kay Koroma.”

Ali Walsh (6-0, 5 KOs) made his pro debut in August 2021 with a first-round knockout and has been dominant in the paid ranks apart from one minor hiccup. Last December, he made his Madison Square Garden debut and edged Reyes Sanchez by majority decision. Following a pair of quick knockouts to start his 2022 campaign, he fought Sanchez in an August rematch at Pechanga Arena San Diego, the same building where Muhammad Ali lost to Ken Norton via split decision in 1973. Ali Walsh cleared up any doubt, doubling over Sanchez with a left hook to the liver in the second round. Wagner (5-2, 1 KO), from Browning, Montana, has won two straight since a February 2021 knockout loss to Javier Martinez inside the MGM Grand Bubble.

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New York Jets & Sky Sports Agree to New International Partnership

The New York Jets and Sky Sports have entered into a partnership for the 2022 NFL season making the Jets one of the first NFL clubs to secure a broadcast television deal in the United Kingdom since the NFL’s International Home Marketing Area (IHMA) initiative was launched in January. The new deal provides fans with Jets shoulder programming, and exclusive team content throughout the season.

As the 2022 NFL season begins, Sky Sports will provide their viewers the chance to catch up on the latest exclusive content that highlights the New York Jets, including the Emmy Award-winning ‘One Jets Drive,’ and ‘Flight 2022.’

“We could not be more thrilled to connect with new fans in the United Kingdom through Sky Sports,” said New York Jets President Hymie Elhai. “The UK has become the second home of the New York Jets. This partnership allows us to provide our UK fans with Jets content throughout the season and assist with the growth of our brand and this game internationally.”

‘One Jets Drive’ will air Wednesday’s weekly On Sky NFL Channel at 21:30. ‘Flight 2022’ started airing on September 4th and will go into Sky on Demand as a programming stack.

The New York Jets were awarded international marketing rights to the United Kingdom in 2022 as a part of the NFL’s IHMA initiative. The initiative provided all 32 NFL clubs the right to pursue and bid on international markets with the goal of globally expanding the game of American football.

The partnership was made possible with the assistance of SPORTFIVE, a global, full-service sports and entertainment marketing agency that the team partnered with early this year to expand its presence in the UK.

The Jets preseason contest against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium previously aired live on Sunday, August 28th in preseason Week 3.

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Willie Mack vs. Calvin Tankman set for Philly 10/30 at MLW FIGHTLAND

Major League Wrestling recently announced  Willie Mack vs. Calvin Tankman for MLW FIGHTLAND ’22 on Sunday, October 30 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

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 Tickets start at $15 at MLW2300.com and the 2300 Arena box office. 

The card is a FUSION TV taping, airing on beIN SPORTS nationwide on cable and dish and in over 60 countries around the world.

A hoss fight will go down in South Philadelphia as the ring is reinforced on October 30 when Willie Mack collides with Calvin Tankman one-on-one.

The Mack is focused on climbing the rankings and a win over one of MLW’s top super heavyweights would put Mack instantly in the Top 10 rankings. 

Tankman, one-half of the World Tag Team Champions, has been a force to reckon with since debuting in MLW in late 2020, including an undefeated streak lasting 5 months. 

“When we announced Willie was coming to MLW, we saw a wave of requests for this match, and what the fans want, they get,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. “Styles make fights and both men can rumble on their feet and in the air, which makes this one hell of a throwdown.”

Will South Central LA’s self-proclaimed “chocolate thunder” make a big splash in South Philly? Or will the Heavyweight Hustle steamroll over The Mack?

Find out LIVE Sunday night, October 30 in Philadelphia at MLW FIGHTLAND ’22!

Major League Wrestling returns to Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena on Sunday, October 30. Buy tickets at http://MLW2300.com.
 

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USA Advances to the Women’s World Cup Semifinals With Win Against Serbia

Behind Alyssa Thomas‘ double-double (13 points, 14 rebounds), the USA prevailed over Serbia in the quarterfinals at the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney. The game saw the USA trail for the first time (11-7) at the competition but a 20-0 run paved the way for a berth into the semifinals.

The victory improves the U.S.’s all-time record against Serbia at the Women’s World Cup to 2-0. The inaugural matchup occurred in 2014 where the USA won, 94-74.

USA will face the winner of quarterfinal matchup between Canada and Puerto Rico.

TEAM NOTES

Let’s Ride: By advancing to the semifinals, the USA will play for a medal in 10 straight FIBA Women’s World Cups (dating back to 1979). The U.S. is on a 28-game winning streak at the World Cup (dating back to 2006) with three gold medals during the streak (2010, 2014, 2018).

Like A Good Neighbor: The USA continues to share the ball, accounting for 23 assists on 28 field goals tonight. In six games, the U.S. has 165 assists on 235 made shots, a ratio of 70.2%.

It’s In The Game: The USA crocheted together a series of stops at the end of the second quarter that carried into the third. The U.S. led 38-33 with 3:39 left in the second and the Americans held Serbia scoreless until the 5:15 mark of the third. Over that 8:24 of game time, the USA went on a 20-0 run to lead 58-33.

Just Do It: The U.S. shot 41.8% (28-67 FG) from the floor, 35.4% (11-31 3FG) from 3-point range and 91.3% (21-23 FT) from the line. Serbia shot 30.0% (21-70 FG) from the field and 25.0% (4-16 3FG) from 3 and 75.0% (9-12 FT) at the charity stripe.

PLAYER NOTES

Maybe She’s Born With It: Picking up where she left off in the Group Phase, Thomas had another impressive effort. She scored 13 points (3-4 FG, 7-8 FT) to go with 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 28 minutes. She has had four games with at least 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals at this competition.

Additionally, Thomas is the first player to record a 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists performance for the U.S. in a World Cup game since Maya Moore had 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists (vs. Serbia in 2014).

What Happens Here, Stays Here: Fresh off a WNBA Championship with the Las Vegas Aces, A’ja Wilson had her third game of 15-plus points. In 22 minutes tonight, the reigning WNBA MVP scored 15 points (5-7 FG) and pulled down eight rebounds.

They’re Gr-r-r-eat!: The U.S. bench outscored Serbia’s, 42-15. Kelsey Plum had a game-high 17 points as a reserve while Sabrina Ionescu and Ariel Atkins each chipped in seven. The USA is averaging 48.3 bench points per game at the World Cup.

What’s Next

Semifinals vs. CAN/PUR

Sept. 30 @ TBA ET | Sept. 30 @ TBA AEST

TBA ESPN Network/ESPN+

https://www.usab.com/