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Rebecca Morse Returns for Fourth Season with Riveters

Rebecca Morse will continue to bring her versatility and leadership to the Riveters, re-signing for her fourth season with the club.

The New Jersey native has been a valuable performer for the Riveters, spending time at both forward and defense over the course of her 37-game NWHL career, which includes an Isobel Cup in 2018.

“Being from New Jersey, I am incredibly proud to wear the Riveters jersey and have been since I first put it on,” said Morse. “My commitment to growing the game and competing for another championship is why I remain aligned with the NWHL and continue to pursue my dream.”

Morse spent four seasons at Providence College, recording 60 points (16-44-60) in 136 games and finishing her career with a plus-27 rating. She was named a Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman. As a junior, she led the team with 52 blocked shots. Prior to Providence, she set the National Sports Academy record with 61 assists in 71 games.

While playing for the Riveters, Morse works as a Marketing Associate at a global financial services firm in Weehawken, NJ. She also coaches at hockey clinics, including ones for the high school in her hometown of Westfield. The high school started a girls’ hockey program three years ago.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Rebecca back for another season with the Riveters,” said General Manager Kate Whitman Annis. “She is a leader and is always pushing other players to do their best. She is a steady player who can be relied upon to make the big plays when we need her.”

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone

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NWHL’s No. 2 All- Time Leading Scorer Jillian Dempsey Returns to Boston Pride for 2019-20 Season

Jillian Dempsey, who shares the NWHL all-time lead in goals and is second in points, has re-signed to continue her illustrious career with the Boston Pride.

Dempsey has made a name for herself in four seasons with the Pride, tying for the league record in goals with 29 (with Madison Packer of the Riveters). Her 58 points rank her second all-time behind U.S. Olympian and former Pride teammate Brianna Decker. In the league’s first season, Dempsey helped lead the Pride to the Isobel Cup in 2016.

“I love being part of the NWHL’s growth,” said Dempsey. “The league has given me an opportunity to continue playing the game I love professionally and to coach young girls who have the same dreams and passion for the sport. Seeing young fans wearing Boston jerseys and cheering on the other side of the glass is one of my favorite parts of every game. It has been incredible to watch the Boston Pride fan base expand each season, especially with the Bruins partnership. The NWHL has played a significant role in the growth of women’s professional hockey, and I am excited to continue my career on the Boston Pride this coming season.”

In addition to playing professional hockey and coaching young players, Dempsey is a Grade 5 teacher at the Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School in her hometown of Winthrop, Massachusetts.

Boston’s captain for the past two seasons, Dempsey has provided steadfast leadership, becoming the league’s first two-time recipient of the Denna Laing Award. Each year, the award honors the player who most exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to her sport.

This past season, Dempsey tied for the team lead with 10 goals, a career high, and totaled 14 points in 17 games. She was selected to play in the NWHL All-Star Game in the last two seasons and, in 2018, was a member of Team NWHL for its two-game series against the U.S. Olympic Team.

Asked if there are areas of her game she continues to develop, Dempsey said, “Practicing accuracy and quick release of my shot is something I work on the most. I also work on power-skating, stickhandling, and faceoffs. I try to focus on the little details consistently, and I’m committed to improving every aspect of my game each season.”
Dempsey’s success has carried over from her time at Harvard, where she produced at more than a point-per-game pace, recording 148 points (76-72-148) in 129 games. As a junior, she was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, was a finalist for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and was a unanimous First-Team All-Ivy League selection.

She continued to rake in the accolades as a senior, as she was named a Patty Kazmaier finalist and a First-Team All-ECAC Hockey and All-Ivy selection. She spent two seasons with the CWHL’s Boston Blades before joining the Pride.

“It’s hard to believe that I’m going into my fifth season with the Pride,” said Dempsey. “I love being from Boston! Each major sports team has won at least one championship in my lifetime, which has been an incredibly special experience for me as a sports fan. Watching the Bruins’ Stanley Cup playoff run this year definitely made me even more excited and eager for the season and for another chance to compete for the Isobel Cup.”

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone

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WBC Female World Champion Eva Wahlstrom defends her super featherweight title on August 2nd

Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions will give away the house August 2 nd on another installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, offering free admission to its loyal fanbase, at the famed Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of Finland, will headline in a 10-round bout against challenger Yareli “Chocolita” Larios (13-2-1, 3 KOs), of Mexico.

“We want to give back to the Las Vegas boxing community because RJJ Boxing started and remains based here in the boxing capital of the world,” RJJ Boxing CEO/co-founder Keith Veltre explained. “What better way to do it than to headline the card with a world title bout? There will be a very limited number of ringside seats on sale. All other tickets will be FREE! This is our way of saying thank you to Las Vegas boxing fans for their tremendous loyalty to RJJ Boxing the past five-plus years.”

Fans can register online to receive their free tickets, by going to www.RoyJonesJrBoxing.com and following instructions.

RJJ Boxing co-founder and living legend Roy Jones, Jr. will host a meet-and-great for ticket holders prior to the fights.

Former European champion Wahlstrom captured her WBC female World super featherweight title in 2015, when she won a 10-round decision over Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre. She followed with four successful title defenses to date, all by way of 10-round decisions, versus Dahiana Santana (35-7), Anahi Esther Sanchez (14-0), Mayra Alejandra Gomez (18-5) and Melissa St. Vil (10-2-4).

Last December, Wahlstrom traveled outside her native Finland to fight for the first time as a professional, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, moving up in weight to challenge undefeated IBF/WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor (11-0), the 2012 Olympic and 5-time AIBA World Amateur Championships gold medalist from Ireland. Wahlstrom extended Taylor, now 14-0 (6 KOs) and undisputed world lightweight champion, the full 10-round distance, albeit in a losing effort.

She returns to America for her second pro fight, as well as her fifth WBC world title defense.

“When I found boxing as a 15-year-old,” Wahlstrom explained, “Roy Jones Jr. was the first boxer I watched and who I was inspired by. It feels almost unreal that over 20 years later he wants to sign me, but maybe that is the reward for two decades of hard work. I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I’ve had a few dreams during my career and fighting in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, is one of them.

“It has been a tricky road to arrange this fight and I would like to thank Natlyn Jones (Roy’s wife), who has fought for me and this fight, regardless of setbacks or obstacles. To be fighting in the main event of a high-level event like this feels incredible, especially as a woman boxer.
The way Natlyn and RJJ Boxing have shown me trust and loyalty in recent months has also built a foundation for future cooperation.”

Yareli, a former WBC FECOMBOX super featherweight champion, will be fighting outside of her native Mexico for only the second time. In her last fight this past February, Larios lost an eight-round decision in Hinkley, Minnesota, to North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion Mikaela Mayer (10-4, 4 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian.

I’m excited to meet Yareli Larios,” Wahlstrom said. “She is a young, dangerous opponent who will surely come very well prepared for this title fight. Her father is an ex-WBC champion, so this fight surely has extra importance for their entire team. We must be well prepared for whatever they bring. I wish her all the best for her preparation.”

Scheduled to fight on the Aug. 2nd FREE RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS card in the 10-round, co-feature is undefeated, WBA No. 14-rated junior welterweight Kendo “Tremendo” Casteneda (16-0, 7 KOs), the reigning North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion from San Antonio, Texas.

All fights and fighters are subject to change. Opponents and other fights will soon be announced.

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Boston City Resumes Kingston Stockade Rivalry

Boston City FC travel to Hudson Valley this weekend to visit rivals Kingston and then host the Stockade in Revere on Sunday, June 30, in National Premier Soccer League action.

The double-header kicks off at Dietz Stadium in Kingston on Saturday at 6pm then comes to Harry Della Russo Stadium eight days later, kickoff 6pm. Tickets for the June 30 match in Revere are available at www.BostonCityFC.com.

The Lions and Stockade have always contested exciting matches since first meeting in both clubs’ inaugural seasons in 2016. The playoff-chasing Stockade (6-1-3) are riding a nine-match unbeaten streak, six of those being wins, having not lost since the opening day of the season. Boston City (1-8-2) are without a win in five outings, but several personnel changes and a combative attacking approach in last week’s home loss to the unbeaten New York Cosmos did provide lively entertainment and optimism for the remainder of the season.

Striker Hugo Bomfim scored his second goal in three matches but will be without strike partner Jhonata Batista, who is suspended after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season, as is fellow forward Rigoberto Jimenez.

A trio of new midfielders and the return of joint top-scorer John Dumbuya boosted the Lions last week, giving Boston City supporters hope that the NPSL season can end on a high note. The club’s final two home matches in Revere will be at Harry Della Russo Stadium on June 30 against the Stockade and July 6 when New York Athletic Club are the visitors.

Match facts:
Kingston Stockade (6-1-3) vs Boston City FC (1-8-2)
Saturday, June 22, 2019, Kickoff 6pm
Dietz Stadium, Kingston, NY

Match facts:
Boston City FC (1-8-2) vs Kingston Stockade (6-1-3)
Sunday, June 30, 2019, Kickoff 6pm
Harry Della Russo Stadium, Park Avenue, Revere, MA

Boston City FC vs. Kingston Stockade match notes: Boston City FC and Kingston Stockade FC have met five times previously and the Stockade have never won in Boston… The Lions edge the series by 3 wins to 2… In 2016, a comeback victory from 2-1 down to win 3-2 sparked Boston City’s nine-match unbeaten run to the playoffs in the club’s first season… Exactly three years prior to this Saturday’s match on June 22, 2016, Boston City hosted the Stockade for the first time and won 2-0… In 2017, the series was split as each team won at home, Kingston by 2-1 and the Lions by 2-0… Leonardo Carvalho, who returned to the Boston City squad last week after a spell with the club’s BSSL team, scored in both those matches… 2018 saw just one meeting, which was in Kingston where a depleted Boston City side suffered a 5-1 defeat… defender Jadson Leite was red-carded at halftime of that match and will complete a lengthy suspension over the period of these two matches… Of the current Boston City squad, seven players have faced the Stockade before: Avner Alves, Ralph Angrand, Jhonata Batista, Santi Cardona, Leonardo Carvalho, Rigoberto Jimenez, Jake Wagmeister... Nineteen players have made their debuts for a new-look Boston City FC this season with the latest being midfielders Geovane Silva and Pablo Guimares against the New York Cosmos last week… Boston City need to score one more goal this season to equal last season’s total of 12, which were scored by 8 different players… Only four players have scored the 11 Boston City goals this season: Batista 4, Dumbuya 4, Bomfim 2, Jimenez 1… In 2016 the Lions scored 29 goals and 30 in 2017.

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Sky Blue FC celebrates Pride Celebration Night with Athlete Ally and Play Proud

Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it will be supporting two initiatives to benefit Athlete Ally and Play Proud leading up to their Pride Celebration Night on Saturday, June 22, when the team faces Orlando Pride at Yurcak Field at 7 p.m. ET.

A live auction has opened up today for exclusive Nike Pride t-shirts that will be worn by Sky Blue players during the pre-game warm ups on Saturday, June 22nd. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Athlete Ally. The auction will be live up until the 60th minute of the Sky Blue Pride Celebration Night. You can bid on the warm-up tops by clicking here.

Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Their mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.

Sky Blue will also be donating back $5 of every 2019 Pride t-shirt sold during the month of June to benefit Play Proud. The June 22nd Pride Celebration Package will be available for purchase which includes a ticket and a 2019 Pride t-shirt starting at $35.00. Individual tickets and the 2019 Pride t-shirts are also be available for purchase.

Play Proud is an initiative led by Streetfootballworld, a global network of soccer-based organizations who are using the world’s favorite sport as a force for good. Play Proud is working to make the sporting world a better place for LGBTQ+ youth, using a coach-centered approach.

“Diversity and inclusion is an important pillar for our club,” stated Sky Blue General Manager Alyse LaHue. “Having the opportunity to not only celebrate the LGBTQI community and allies during our Pride Celebration month, but also take the opportunity to raise funds for these great groups gives us another chance to engage our fans in meaningful ways.”

About Sky Blue FC

Based in New Jersey, Sky Blue FC is one of the nine member clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which boasts the entire U.S. Women’s National Team and some of the greatest international players in the world. Operated by Sky Blue Women’s Soccer Inc., Sky Blue FC was originally established in the fall of 2006, making its debut on the field with the launch of Jersey Sky Blue in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues in 2007. Sky Blue FC made its professional debut in 2009, winning the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer championship that year. Sky Blue was also a founding member of NWSL, which launched officially in 2013.

For more information on Sky Blue FC Fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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New York Liberty To Host Chicago Sky Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET

The New York Liberty will host the Chicago Sky at Westchester County Center on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. ET. In partnership with the non-profit of the night, the Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW), the Liberty will also host a diaper drive to benefit the Westchester County Diaper Bank.

 

One in three caregivers can’t afford to provide a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a child clean, dry and healthy. The JLCW runs the Diaper Bank in partnership with the Westchester County Executive’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Social Services in order to provide free diapers to families, so they don’t have to choose between other basic necessities and diapers.

 

The Diaper Bank’s greatest need at this time is larger sizes (3,5,6) and pullups. Fans are encouraged to donate diapers or wipes to help local babies and families in need.

 

The Junior League of Central Westchester is a nonprofit women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism; developing the potential of women; and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

 

Visit ticketmaster.com/nyliberty to purchase tickets for Wednesday’s game.

For more information on the Westchester County Diaper Bank fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.volunteernewyork.org/

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https://liberty.wnba.com/

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Cyclones Blast IronBirds 4-1 in Thriller at MCU Park

The Brooklyn Cyclones are off to a great start to the 2019 season, currently holding a 2-1 record. The Baby Bums defeated the Staten Island Yankees in a two game series before dropping a game to the Aberdeen IronBirds on Sunday (yesterday). Aberdeen scored the first four runs of the game, but yet somehow the Cyclones were able to walk away with the victory.

Pitcher Mitch Ragan made his debut for the Cyclones in the game against Aberdeen on Sunday, tossing one scoreless inning of relief and Angel Manzanares went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

In the game on Monday, the Cyclones were able to blast away the IronBirds to improve to a 3-1 record on the season.  Brooklyn plated the first run of the game in the Bottom of the First Inning as Joe Genord hit a sacrifice fly to plate Ranfy AdonThe Cyclones scored again in the Bottom of the Third Inning, cashing in on some sloppy overall play by the IronBirds. Anthony Dirocie scored for Brooklyn on throwing error by the Catcher.

Later in the inning Luke Ritter hit a bomb to left field that caused a bit of controversy if you were an Aberdeen fan, as it may have hit the foul pole for those who were fans of the visiting team. In the end of the day though the call stood and Brooklyn took a defining lead.

Starting pitcher Nathan Jones did well in his first professional start with the Cyclones. The righty pitched two scoreless innings, while striking out five batters and only giving up one walk. The Brooklyn Bullpen took the rest of the game holding the IronBirds to one run to earn the victory in front of an energetic crowd of 5,487 at MCU Park.

1495Sports is proud to bring the following video from after the team’s 4-1 victory on Monday:

News and Notes from the Brooklyn Cyclones…..

In the game on Friday night versus the Staten Island Yankees first baseman Joe Genord became the first player from the entire 2019 MLB Draft class to collect a hit.. Prior to the homer in the fourth inning, ’19 Draft Selections had gone 0-for-33 with 12 strikeouts according to the MLB Pipeline.

Welcome Back:……

There are six players on the Cyclones roster who have played for the team previously, including three players who have been New York-Penn League All-Stars. Yeudy Colon, Jaison Villera, Jose Medina, Guillermo Granadillo, Anthony Dirocie and Angel Manzanarez have all played for the Cyclones.

Hello Brett…..

The New York Mets have announced they have come to terms with their First Round Selection 3B Brett Baty. Baty is expected to join the GCL Mets, who begin play on June 25.

New Faces to Brooklyn…..

There are 11 players from the recent MLB Draft that will be in uniform for the Cyclones this evening. Four position players Nic Gaddis, Joe Genord, Luke Ritter and Zach Ashford. Pitchers Justin Lasko, Andrew Edwards and Mitch Ragan all made their debuts.

For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://brooklyncyclones.com/home/