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Metropolitan Riveters Edged by Whitecaps, 1-0

Metropolitan Riveters Celebrating

The Metropolitan Riveters had their undefeated streak snapped by the Minnesota Whitecaps by a tally of 1-0 in NWHL action in Tuesday night action. There was a playoff atmosphere around both teams and both played an exciting brand of hockey.

Both teams were able to play some stellar defense, as the game was scoreless for nearly 60 minutes. There was a ton of great chances by both teams but the goalkeepers for both teams were very impressive. Amanda Leveille was perfect in the cage for Minnesota making 38 stops, while Sonja Shelly had a tremendous night in the cage for the Riveters making 36 saves.

Sadly for the Riveters a couple of late penalties was the biggest factor in the game, as the game eventually went into overtime. Haley Mack, who is one of the rising stars for the Whitecaps was able to cash in on a 5-on-3 power play with 10 seconds left to lift Minnesota to the victory.

The last time these two teams met, it was in a semifinal matchup to determine who would go to the 2020 Isobel Cup Final, so this game had a very similar feel to it.

Some of the positive things that came out of the game for the Riveters was the fact that they were able to outshoot the Whitecaps by a tally of 38-37.

Up next for the New York Riveters they will be taking on the Buffalo Beauts in NWHL action on January 27th, with the game scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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Capitals win 3-2 Thriller over Islanders

The Washington Capitals were able to skate hard and found themselves on the side of a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders in NHL action on Tuesday night.

Washington was able to take an early lead thanks to a goal from John Carlson at the 11:06 mark, but that was quickly erased by an Islanders tally by Noah Dobson around the 15:33 mark.

Things were fast and furious between these two teams, and the fast paced scoring continued in the Second Period when Mathew Barzal recorded a goal at the 10:01 mark, that gave the Islanders a 2-1 edge.

Daniel Sprong responded with a beautiful wrist shot at the 17:21 mark to make things all even up again. For Sprong the goal was the first of the season.

Both teams played some outstanding defense, and thanks to some beautiful passing it was the Capitals that were able to get the game-winning goal thanks to a low-stick side goal by Justin Schultz.

Overall the Capitals had a 37-34 edge over the Islanders in shots on goal, but it was New York that held the edge in hits by a tally of 18-14.

Both keepers had some outstanding plays as Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves for the Capitals, while Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves in the cage for the Islanders.

The Capitals and the Islanders will both have a day off before taking each other on in a game on Thursday (January 28) which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Baltimore Orioles sign Infielder Freddy Galvis

The Baltimore Orioles announced recently that they have signed Infielder Freddy Galvis to a one-year contract for the 2021 season.

Galvis, 31, appeared in 47 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, making 31 starts at shortstop and 11 at second base. He posted a combined .977 fielding percentage between the two positions. He hit .220/.308/.404 (31-for-141) with seven home runs, 18 runs scored, and 16 RBI. In his last full season, in 2019, Galvis hit a career-high 23 home runs and recorded a career-high 70 RBI in 147 games, while slashing .260/.296/.438 (145-for-557). He has been a Gold Glove finalist at shortstop three different times in his career (2016, 2017, 2018) and was the Philadelphia Phillies recipient of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award.

A native of Venezuela, Galvis was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 2, 2006, as an International free agent. He made his Major League debut on April 5, 2012, and has spent time with the Phillies, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cincinnati Reds during his nine-year MLB career. Galvis has appeared in 801 career games (779 starts) at shortstop, 142 games (114 starts) at second base, and 27 games (19 starts) at third base in his career. He led the National League in fielding percentage by a shortstop in three-straight seasons, in each of 2016 (.987), 2017 (.989), and 2018 (.986), and his .989 fielding percentage in 2017 was tops in the majors by a shortstop. He appeared in all 162 games in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018 and led the NL in starts by a shortstop in both 2016 (153) and 2017 (155). Since his debut in 2012, his .984 fielding percentage as a shortstop ranks second-best among active players. Galvis is a career .247/.291/.385 (880-for-3565) hitter with 156 doubles, 26 triples, and 95 home runs.

To make room on the 40-man roster, INF/OF Chris Shaw has been designated for assignment.

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Major League Soccer 2021 Season to Begin April 3

Major League Soccer announced the 2021 MLS season will begin on Saturday, April 3 and feature 34 matches for each of the league’s 27 clubs. MLS’ 26th regular season will conclude on MLS Decision Day, November 7, and the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs will begin November 19. MLS Cup will be played on Saturday, December 11.

Clubs will be permitted to open preseason training on February 22, six weeks prior to MLS is Back opening weekend. In accordance with MLS health and safety protocols, players will be required to quarantine and conduct individual trainings upon reporting back to their clubs.

The 2021 season will feature the debut of the league’s 27th club, Austin FC, and their new world-class stadium. MLS also will see the opening of two new soccer stadiums in Ohio this season for FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew SC. In addition to regular season matches, the 26th season will include the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, Campeones Cup, and Leagues Cup during the late summer window. MLS clubs also will participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Canadian Championship and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League in 2021.

The league also anticipates dozens of players competing for their respective national teams in competitions such as FIFA World Cup qualifying, Concacaf Nations League Finals, the Concacaf Gold Cup, Copa América, the European Championship and the Summer Olympics.

With Austin FC joining MLS, the 2021 season will feature 27 clubs, 14 in the Eastern Conference and 13 in the Western Conference.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, Major League Soccer continues to work with the league’s three Canadian clubs regarding plans for the 2021 regular season. More details on plans for the Canadian teams will be announced in the near future.

Similar to the 2020 MLS season, COVID-19 testing protocols will again play an important role in MLS’ competition framework. MLS continues to work closely with the league and MLSPA’s infectious disease advisors on health and safety protocols, including testing. During the regular season, all players, technical staff and essential club staff will continue to be tested every other day, including the day before each match day. In addition, clubs will take chartered flights for all road trips until further notice.

MLS continues to meet with the Major League Soccer Players Association and players to discuss working together to put MLS on a secure footing given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. On January 5 MLS presented the MLSPA with a proposal that committed to paying the players 100% of their salaries this year, in return for a two-year extension of the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement. The MLSPA provided a response to the league’s proposal January 23. Although no agreement has been reached, MLS is committed to meet as many times as necessary with the MLSPA in the coming days to finalize an agreement.

Major League Soccer will announce the complete 2021 regular season schedule, including the national broadcast schedule for the league’s media partners in the U.S. and Canada, in the coming weeks.

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Meets Georgetown on Wednesday at McDonough Arena

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Playing on the road for the third-straight game, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team travels to our nation’s capital for a Wednesday afternoon matchup with Georgetown.

The 67th all-time meeting between the Johnnies (4-9, 1-7 BIG EAST) and Hoyas (1-5, 1-5 BIG EAST) is slated for a 4 p.m. tip on BEDN (FloHoops).

St. John’s narrowly missed adding a win to its ledger on Monday night at Villanova. The Johnnies rallied from 17 points down with 8:32 remaining in regulation to tie the game and force overtime against the Wildcats. The Red Storm’s miraculous comeback fell short in the end, however, as the Wildcats utilized clutch free throw shooting in the extra period to hold off the Johnnies, 81-78.

On the offensive front, Leilani Correa shined against Villanova, finishing with a team-high 29 points to go along with five assists and three steals. Unique Drake reached the 20-point plateau for the first time in her career, recording 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor while draining four of her five free-throw attempts. Kadaja Bailey joined Correa and Drake in double figures with 19 points. The junior guard also grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the third of her Red Storm career.

St. John’s enters Wednesday’s matchup with Georgetown looking for its second win in BIG EAST action. Dating back to the 2014-15 season, the Red Storm has won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams. The Johnnies swept the regular-season series a season ago. St. John’s upended the Hoyas, 71-54, in its 2019-20 BIG EAST home opener on Jan. 3, 2020, before defeating Georgetown, 74-68, at McDonough Arena on Feb. 2, 2020.

Georgetown enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 1-5, having played only BIG EAST games this season. The Hoyas are led offensively by Kelsey Ransom, who is averaging 9.8 points per game. Graceann Bennett paces Georgetown in rebounding, pulling down 6.3 boards per contest.

Following its matchup at Georgetown, the Red Storm will travel to Storrs, Conn., on Feb. 3 for the first time since 2012, as Connecticut spent the last seven seasons in the American Athletic Conference before rejoining the BIG EAST this summer. The Johnnies and the Huskies are slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Fordham Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Neubauer Leaving University

 Jeff Neubauer, men’s basketball head coach is leaving Fordham, effective immediately, said Ed Kull, Fordham University’s interim director of athletics. Associate head coach Mike DePaoli will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season and a national search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.

“Fordham Athletics appreciates Coach Neubauer and his commitment and leadership to our men’s basketball program over the past six seasons,” Kull said. “We are grateful for Jeff’s hard work and dedication, and thank him for his service to Fordham. We wish him and his family the best in the future.”

“We thank Jeff Neubauer for his hard work and dedication on behalf of our student athletes and the University,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “We wish him well as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.”

Neubauer has been at Fordham for the past six seasons, compiling a 61-104 record during that stretch. Overall, Neubauer is 249-238 in 16 seasons as a head coach. The Rams, 1-7 overall and in Atlantic 10 play, return to action on Wednesday, January 27, as they host Duquesne University for an Atlantic 10 contest in the Rose Hill Gym at 6 p.m.

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Fordham MBB Hosts Duquesne on Wednesday

The Fordham University Rams continue the 2020-2021 Atlantic 10 season, Fordham’s 118th varsity season, by hosting the Duquesne University Dukes in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m.

The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Andrew Bogusch (play-by-play) and Darwin Zook (color) announcing and broadcast live on WFUV (90.7 FM) and on www.wfuvsports.org with Emmanuel Berbari (play-by-play) and Andrew Posadas (color) handling the announcing chores.

Wednesday night’s contest will be the 44th meeting between Fordham and Duquesne on the hardwood. The Dukes lead the all-time series, which started in the 1949-50 season, 27-16, and took this year’s first meeting, 48-45, on January 9, in Pittsburgh Tavian Dunn-Martin scored eleven points for the Dukes while Chris Austin led all scorers in the game for the Rams with 17.

For more information on the Fordham University Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

Fordham University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (fordhamsports.com)