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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.

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

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Toot, Toot! Richard “Popeye” Rivera smokes Jaime Solorio in 8th round

Rising Hartford folk hero Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera kept his pro record perfect (8-0), knocking out his tough opponent,Jaime “Zarco” Solorio (12-4-2, 9 KOs), in the eighth round to capture the vacant ABF Continental cruiserweight title, last night (Saturday) in the main event on the “Fight Night at The Capital” pro boxing card, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford.

The reigning UBF All Americas light heavyweight champion, Rivera (8-0, 7 KOs) is arguably the hardest pound-for-pound puncher in New England, if not the entire Northeast. After breaking his last opponent’s ankle with the force of his power.

Boxing trainer Tony Blanco and his Hartford Boxing Center gym partner, Michael Tran, recently teamed with Rivera to form Hartford Boxing Promotions, which was promoting its first pro boxing event, “Fight Night at The Capital.”

“I’m excited to have promoted our first show here in Hartford and I hope other promoters will follow,” Blanco commented. “I’m happy for all of the fighters. This was our first but not last show. We’re bringing boxing back to Hartford.

“I’m also excited about Sharrad’s pro debut (Collier), who is like a son to me, and Richie, my brother and partner. Everything I do is for them, that’s who I work for them.”

The durable Solorio had only been knocked out once in 17 pro fights going into the ring against Rivera, who has knock out six of his seven victims.

The first was a feeling-out round, but Rivera picked up the pace in the second, landing several hard shots on his game Mexican opponent. The highly entertaining Rivera cruised through the third through fifth, picking his spots better, but it was bombs away in the sixth as Rivera landed a right that sent Solorio to the deck. Solorio was penalized a point in the sixth for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In the seventh round, Solorio appeared to be fighting to survive, frequently holding and clinching, but he came forward in spurts as Rivera started loading up for a knockout that finally came in the eighth round. Rivera had never fought more than four rounds, but he was determined to ward off his opponent’s wrestling, landing a right-left-right uppercut combination to close the show with only 30 seconds left in the contest.

“I want to thank everybody for being here and bringing our community together in one house,” Rivera said. “Happy Father’s Day. I dedicated this fight to my father who I love so much. I told everybody that he was going down in three, but Solorio was tough. I took him in deep water and I’m strong to the finish because I eat my spinach…..toot, toot!”

In an intra-Connecticut clash of junior welterweights, Danbury’s undefeated Omar “The Beast” Bordoy, Jr. (6-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Alexander “El Bravo” Picot (2-6-1), of Hartford, with only one second left in the sixth and final round of the co-featured event.

Bordoy was hampered by a cut over his right eye, suffered during the second round from an unintentional headbutt, who was fighting in his first scheduled six-rounder. He pivoted and threw a short, straight right that rocked Picot, dropping him forward on the mat as referee Shada Murdaugh immediately waved off the count, calling the doctor into the ring.

A star was born in a professional debut as two-time New England Golden Gloves champion “The Special One” Sharad Collier (1-0, 1 KO, fighting at home in Hartford, displayed his vast arsenal of skills, knocking out Antonio Castillo, Jr. (1-1) in round one.

The 21-year-old Collier showed the poise of a veteran and surprising power, especially considering he fought two full divisions higher than his natural weight class, due to his opponent weighing in as a junior middleweight. Collier decked Castillo early and finished him off with a barrage of unanswered punches until referee Danny Sciavone halted the action.

“Everything went the way I had planned,” Collier said after the bout. “Before the fight, I knew I was going to win, because I felt so good. People were asking me before the fight how I was feeling and, to be honest, I was a lot more nervous as an amateur.”

New Haven, CT lightweight Anuel Rosa (1-0, 1 KO) turned in an explosive pro debut, blasting an overwhelmed Roger Blankenship (1-3) around the ring until the referee Murdaugh stopped the action at the 49-second mark of the opening round. The 21-year-old Rosa dedicated the fight to his cousin, the late Luis “KO King” Rosa (23-1, 11 KOs), who tragically died last January in a car accident at the age of 26.

New Britain, CT featherweight Nathan Martinez (1-0) had another very impressive pro debut, pitching a complete shutout (40-35) on all three judges’ scorecards against Henry Garcia (0-2), despite it being an action-packed bout from start to finish. Martinez used lethal body shots, dropping Garcia with a left hook to the liver, and crisp combinations.

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Sky Blue FC falls on the Road to Orlando Pride, 3-2

Savannah McCaskill. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Sky Blue FC (0-9-2, 2 points) returned to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Saturday night, falling to the Orlando Pride (5-3-4, 19 points) at Orlando City Stadium, 3-2. The New Jersey club saw two different players record goals in the match, with Savannah McCaskill and Madison Tiernan scoring first-half tallies.

“To score two goals on the road and not come away with at least a point is disappointing,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “On two different occasions, we were able to persevere and find equalizers, which clearly shows the character of our team. However, we have to tighten up the small details in order to minimize the opportunities that our opponents are able to create.”

Orlando got on the board tonight very quickly, finding the back of the net in the 2ndminute. On the sequence, Chioma Ubogagu was played into a run on the left flank before a sending a ball into the penalty area. The beneficiary of her distribution was Sydney Leroux, who touched around a defender before finishing and giving her team an early 1-0 advantage.

Sky Blue FC leveled things up in the 16th minute after Imani Dorsey picked off a Christine Nairn pass in the midfield and fed the ball to McCaskill, who then headed upfield with possession. As the Pride defense began collapsing on her, McCaskill hit an overlapping Dorsey to her left, who struck a left-footed shot that was turned away by Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. There to collect the rebound was McCaskill, who one-touched the equalizer into the back of the net.

The Pride regained the lead in the 31st minute, as Nairn sent a looping ball into the box that found Leroux with a diving header. Her touch was enough to redirect the service into the goal and make it a 2-1 contest.

In the 37th minute, Sky Blue FC was once again able to equalize. Following a throw-in by Christina Gibbons, Katie Johnson got off a shot that forced Harris to make a diving save. Similar to the first Sky Blue FC goal, Madison Tiernan was positioned perfectly to grab the rebound and fired a one-timer past Harris to make it all level at two goals apiece.

The second half saw back-and-forth action throughout, with both sides creating their fair share of opportunities. However, it would be Orlando that found the eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute.

On that series, Marta played Alex Morgan into space on the left flank, where she then sent a cross towards the far post. There to receive her pass was Rachel Hill, and she was able to strike a header that made it a 3-2 game. That count would remain until the final whistle was blown, giving the Pride the win on its home soil.

Next up for Sky Blue FC is a road pairing with Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday, June 27. The team will return home to Yurcak Field on July 7 to host the Chicago Red Stars. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

For more information on Sky Blue FC and for tickets to the upcoming matches fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.skybluefc.com

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New York Liberty struggle in Minnesota, 85-71

Bria Hartley. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Liberty briefly held a 7-6 advantage early, but a Minnesota Lynx layup gave them a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game. The Lynx (4-6) led by double figures for the entirety of the later three quarters eventually taking the contest, 81-75, Saturday night.

The Liberty (3-6) got off to a sluggish start, registering just 16 points in the first quarter. The output marked their fourth consecutive quarter with less than 20 points, dating back to their contest against the Aces.

New York had no answer for Minnesota’s dynamic duo of Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore. The two combined for 45 points on 60 percent shooting.

Minnesota managed to keep New York off the glass. The Liberty brought down just three offensive rebounds and 22 in total, matching their season-low against Indiana (6/2).

Bria Hartley had a solid all-around game for the Liberty, notching nine points to go along with six assists. It was her third game this season with six helpers.

Tina Charles finished with 12 points, her lowest output of the season.

Epiphanny Prince got her first extended action of the season after an abbreviated debut against Las Vegas. The guard finished with eight points in 14 minutes off the bench.

The loss was the second in a row for the Liberty, who have dropped four out of their last five. They will look to right the ship at home against the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Westchester County Center.

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Sky Blue FC Signs Imani Dorsey to Full Professional Contract

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

Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on June 15 that it has released forward Imani Dorsey from her national team replacement contract and signed her to a full professional contract. To make room on the roster for Dorsey, the team has also waived defender Kayla Mills.

Dorsey, 22, was the no. 5 overall selection by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 NWSL College Draft this past January. The Duke University product made her professional debut for Sky Blue FC last weekend against the Washington Spirit at Yurcak Field, where she was in the Starting XI and played 71 minutes.

“Imani had a very good performance for us this past Friday, which was obviously the first start of her professional career. She plays with a lot of explosiveness, and her movement off the ball provides a great addition to our attack,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We also want to take the time today to thank Kayla for all of her contributions to Sky Blue FC, and we want to wish her nothing but success in the future.”

Dorsey was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and received United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America accolades. Last fall, she had a standout senior campaign at Duke, leading the Blue Devils with 47 shots, 38 points and a team-best 14 goals. Additionally, she recorded five game-winners and made 25 starts. She also went on an incredible offensive run where she scored a goal in six straight contests.

Internationally, the Maryland native has competed within the U.S. Women’s National Team system at the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.

Mills was in her second season with Sky Blue FC after the team selected her with the no. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. During her time with the club, she made 13 starts over 16 appearances.

Sky Blue FC starts a three-game road trip this weekend, first taking on the Orlando Pride on Saturday. The team will return home to Yurcak Field on July 7 to host the Chicago Red Stars. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

For more information on Sky Blue FC and for tickets to upcoming matches fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.skybluefc.com

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New York Liberty Hit the Road for Second Matchup against the Lynx

New York Liberty Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Liberty (3-5) could not get anything going offensively against the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday, falling 78-63 at home. Having dropped three out of their last four, they will look to avenge an earlier season setback against the Minnesota Lynx (3-6).

QUICK HITS

Tina Charles’ 21.9 points per game rank second in the league (as of 6/14).

Charles’ 7.3 rebounds per game are good for 12th in the league

Kia Nurse’s ranks fourth among rookies with 13.1 points per game (as of 6/14).

Nurse is shooting 90.3% from the charity stripe, the seventh best mark in the WNBA (as of 6/14).

Bria Hartley is tenth in the league with 4.0 assists per game (as of 6/14).

Both playoff contending teams from a season ago, New York and Minnesota have gotten off to sluggish starts in 2018, with just three wins apiece thus far.

The Lynx Achilles’ heel this season has been turnovers; they lead the league with 15.7 per game (as of 6/14)

KEY MATCHUP

Both Tina Charles and Maya Moore are slotted second in the league in minutes per game seeing 34.1 minutes each on the hardwood. Charles’ team-leading production encompasses 21.9 points a contest though the forward has missed the 20-point benchmark in her last two contests. Moore adds 17.6 points each time around for the Lynx as one of three Minnesota players to average double-figures on the season.

LAST MEETING

On May 25, 2018, Maya Moore, despite spending a good portion of the fourth quarter on the bench, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds left to lead the Lynx to a 78-72 victory over the Liberty.

Moore finished with 20 points for Minnesota, while point guard Seimone Augustus led the team with 21. Tina Charles notched a double-double for New York, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The contest marked the home opener for the Liberty and their first game at the Westchester County Center.

COMPLETE ARSENAL

Wednesday’s game against Las Vegas featured the return of Epiphanny Prince and Kiah Stokes; Prince had yet to play this season due to a concussion sustained in the league’s off-season, while Stokes missed three games to nurse a lingering foot injury. While both were on tight minute restrictions, the contest marked the first time this season that every player on the Liberty roster saw action on the court.

OFFENSIVE HUB

Tina Charles had her most efficient game of the season against Las Vegas, hitting 60 percent of her shot attempts en route to 19 points. The forward also added three assists, her fourth game in a row with at least three helpers.

MOVING ON UP

Kiah Stokes raised for three blocks in her return Wednesday which promoted the center to second all-time in program history with 148 rejections. The post defender is now seven blocks away from tying the all-time record and eight shy of the outright superlative.

ROAD TRIPPIN’

The Liberty have competed in eight contests and are 1-1 on the road. The Liberty have registered 81.5 points per game and converted 88.2% of its looks from the charity stripe. Moreover, New York corrals 48.5 rebounds per game, 7.0 thefts a contest and adds 4.5 swats as the visitor, topping its performances at home.

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 Mets Celebrate Jacob deGrom All-Star Level Performance with 4 for $48 Ticket Offer For Games Through July 15 at Citi Field

The New York Mets today announced a “4 for $48” ticket promotion to celebrate Jacob deGrom’s All-Star level performance this season.

Now through July 15, fans can take advantage of this unique and limited time offer to purchase 4 tickets for $48 (deGrom’s uniform number) for the Mets homestands vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates (June 22-June 27) and versus the Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals (July 6-15). Seats for this promotion are in select areas and must be purchased online at mets.com/degrom.

One of the most anticipated promotional giveaways this season will take place on Saturday, July 7 vs. Tampa Bay (4:10 p.m.), where the first 25,000 fans will receive a Jacob deGrom Bobblehead presented by Your Local Ford Dealers.

Entering play today, deGrom…
· Leads the NL and ranks second in the majors in ERA (1.55)
· Is fifth in the majors with 113 strikeouts
· Went a franchise-record eight straight starts allowing one or fewer runs from April 21-June 2

Below is the schedule of games the “4 for $48” deGrom promotion will apply for:
Friday, June 22 vs. Los Angeles-NL (7:10 p.m.)
Amed Rosario Free Shirt Friday presented by Goya to all fans in attendance
Saturday, June 23 vs. Los Angeles-NL (7:15 p.m.)
Home Run Apple Figurine to the first 25,000 fans presented by Delta Air Lines
Sunday, June 24 vs. Los Angeles-NL (1:10 p.m.)
Mets Cap to first 15,000 fans presented by Nathan’s Famous
Monday, June 25 vs. Pittsburgh (7:10 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 26 vs. Pittsburgh (7:10 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 27 vs. Pittsburgh (7:10 p.m.)
Friday, July 6 vs. Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m.)
Marvel Entertainment presents the Noah Syndergaard as Thor Free Shirt Friday presented by Your Local Ford Dealers to all fans in attendance
Saturday, July 7 vs. Tampa Bay (4:10 p.m.)
Jacob deGrom Bobblehead to the first 25,000 fans presented by Your Local Ford Dealers
Sunday, July 8 vs. Tampa Bay (1:10 p.m.)
Yoenis Céspedes Shin Guard to the first 15,000 fans presented by Foxwoods Casino
Monday, July 9 vs. Philadelphia (4:10 p.m. Doubleheader)
Tuesday, July 10 vs. Philadelphia (7:10 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 11 vs. Philadelphia (7:10 p.m.)
Thursday, July 12 vs. Washington (7:10 p.m.)
Friday, July 13 vs. Washington (7:10 p.m.)
Free Shirt Friday presented by H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers to all fans in attendance
Saturday, July 14 vs. Washington (4:10 p.m.)
Reversible Rally Cap to the first 25,000 fans presented by M&M’s
Sunday, July 15 vs. Washington (1:10 p.m.)
W.B. Mason Toy Truck to the first 15,000 fans

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

https://www.mlb.com/mets