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New York Riptide Fall to San Diego Seals 15-11

The New York Riptide are on a two game losing streak with the latest a tough 15-11 decision to the San Diego Seals in National Lacrosse League action on Saturday, January 25 at Nassau Coliseum.

JeanLuc Chetner and Tyson Gibson scored three goals each, while Tyler Digby followed with two goals to help lead the New York offense. Leading the way for San Diego was Zack Greer who had three goals.

San Diego used a very strong First Quarter scoring five goals, before the Riptide responded with three goals by the amazing duo of Gibson and Digby to get New York on the scoreboard.

Alex Woodall had himself a great showing in the face-off circle for New York winning 18 to Brandon Clelland who had 13.

The Seals offense was way too much in this one as they used another offensive spurt in the Third Quarter to seal the victory.

New York will now be on the road for the next few games, before they return back to Nassau Coliseum to play host to the New England Black Wolves on February 28 with the face-off time slated for 7:30 p.m.

Notes:

On January 20 the New York Riptide signed Long Island-native Myles Jones was signed to a protected player contract.  Jones got to see time in the game against San Diego and will look to make a huge impact with the team.

Jones was one of the best midfielders to ever done the Duke University Uniform, helping the Blue Devils win two National Championships and earning the All-American honors three times.

Myles owns the Duke midfield record for career and single-season points with 231 and 77 respectively and he ranks seventh in Blue Devil history in points (231), 12th in career goals (126) and fifth in career assists (105). His 231 points are the second most for a midfielder in NCAA Division I history and he was the first midfielder in NCAA history to record 100 career goals and 100 assists.

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St. John’s and No. 8/10 Villanova to Clash at MSG

After securing its first true road victory of the season on Saturday at DePaul, the St. John’s men’s basketball team will kick off a two-game homestand when it welcomes No. 8/10 Villanova to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call from “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Fans can also catch the action on the Red Storm Sports Network from Learfield IMG College with John Minko and Vin Parise narrating the action. That broadcast can be found on 570 AM WMCA, Sirius XM and TuneIn.

The Red Storm (13-8, 2-6 BIG EAST) will look to improve to 3-1 this season at Madison Square Garden when it hosts the Wildcats (16-3, 6-1 BIG EAST). Two of the Red Storm’s previous three MSG opponents also find themselves in the top 15 of this week’s Associated Press poll, as West Virginia, a team to whom the Johnnies handed their first loss of the season, climbed to no. 12 on Monday. Seton Hall, to whom the Red Storm lost in a heartbreaker on Jan. 18, maintained its spot in the rankings at no. 10.

Coming off their third Quad One win of the season on Saturday in Chicago, the Johnnies will look to top a Villanova team that rose one spot to no. 8 in the AP poll and sits at no. 14 in the NET. The Red Storm rose from no. 81 to no. 66 in the NET by virtue of its victory in The Windy City. As it stands through Monday’s release of the rankings, 13 of the Red Storm’s 18 BIG EAST games currently qualify as a Quad One contest.

The Red Storm has enjoyed more success against Villanova over the past two years than any other program in the BIG EAST, twice splitting the regular season series with the three-time reigning BIG EAST champs. In February of 2018, the Johnnies topped the No. 1 Wildcats to pick up the program’s first win over a top-ranked team since 1985. This past February at Madison Square Garden, the Johnnies erased a 19-point first-half deficit en route to a 71-65 victory over No. 13 Villanova behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from LJ Figueroa.

Figueroa is coming off the highest scoring outing of his St. John’s tenure in the team’s win over DePaul, as the junior wing posted a career-best 28 points to lead the Red Storm. The Lawrence, Mass., native went 7-of-12 from beyond the arc, finishing one shy of the program record for made triples and becoming just the seventh Johnnie in team history to hit seven or more threes in a single game. For his efforts, Figueroa, who also scored 13 points against Marquette on Tuesday, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor for the second time this season on Monday.

Figueroa was one of two Johnnies to crack the 20-point plateau on Saturday, as Mustapha Heron went 4-for-9 from three-point range and sank all six of his free throw tries en route to a 20-point finish. The outing marked his first time scoring 20 or more points since going down with a right ankle sprain on Dec. 10 against Brown. After averaging 9.3 points per appearance in his first four games post-injury, Heron has looked more like his old self over the past three games, averaging 18.7 points per outing while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three-point range. Heron is also a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe since the Seton Hall loss.

Villanova, which has won two of the last four national championships, earned its sixth consecutive victory on Saturday by outlasting Providence, 64-60, on the road. Collin Gillespie, who is averaging 16.7 points per game on the team’s current winning streak, scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday. Gillespie, the only active Villanova player to average more than 12 minutes per game on the 2018 national championship team, leads the team in both scoring (15.1 ppg) and assists (4.6 per game).

Sophomore forward Saddiq Bey, the team’s second leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, ranks second in league with a 45.7 percent success rate from beyond the arc. As a team, Villanova ranks 28th in Division I with 9.5 made triples per game.

The Wildcats also boast one of the league’s top rebounders, as freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl ranks fourth in the conference with 9.4 boards per contest. The Overland Park, Kan., native has won each of the last three BIG EAST Freshman of the Week awards.

Beginning with Tuesday’s tilt against the Wildcats, the Red Storm will play four of its next five games at home with three of those contests coming at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” The Johnnies will play host to Georgetown on Feb. 2 before welcoming Providence to Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 12 and Xavier to Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17. The Red Storm will also travel to Creighton for a game on Feb. 8 during that stretch.

Tickets for all St. John’s home games at Madison Square Garden and Carnesecca Arena are available by visiting RedStormTix.com or calling the St. John’s Ticket Office at 1-888-GO-STORM.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Figueroa Earns BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Spot

Following a career-best effort that propelled the Red Storm to its first true road victory of the season, LJ Figueroa has earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

Figueroa received his second honor roll nod of the season after averaging 20.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the floor, including a 42.1 percent showing from long distance.

On Tuesday night against Marquette in Milwaukee, Figueroa rebounded from a less-than-stellar first half to finish with 13 points. He scored 11 points and dished out two assists in a latter stanza that saw the Red Storm slash a 14-point deficit to just two in the waning minutes of the contest.

A few days later in Chicago, Figueroa put forth one of the best long-range shooting performances in St. John’s history in the Red Storm’s 79-66 win over DePaul. He connected on seven 3-pointers, falling one shy of the overall program record and tying St. John’s records for triples in a BIG EAST game and a road game. He became just the seventh Johnnie to ever hit seven or more in a single contest, one of only four to do so against a conference foe.

Figueroa set a new career-high against the Blue Demons with 28 points, surpassing the previous mark of 25 that he had reached twice, including earlier this season against New Hampshire. The Lawrence, Mass., native also dished out three assists and surrendered only one turnover in 29 minutes of action.

Figueroa and the Red Storm will play twice this week at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” meeting No. 8 Villanova tomorrow night before welcoming Georgetown for a Sunday matinee. Tickets for both games are available by visiting RedStormTix.com.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Meet the New York State Boxing HOF Class of 2020

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) has officially announced its 28-member Class of 2019. The ninth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 19, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“I am proud that we are continuing to honor New York men and woman in boxing for their dedication to the sport that they’ve served,” NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “This is our way to thank them all and let each new inductee know that we do remember all that they did and continue to do. The Class of 2020 is strong across the board, boxers and non-participants, continuing the NYSBHOF tradition of honoring our own.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include three-time World light heavyweight title challenger Jorge Ahumada (42-8-2, 22 KOs), of Woodside, Queens by way of Argentina; (1975-78) WBC super featherweight World Champion Alfredo “El Salsero” Escalera (53-14-3, 31 KOs), of New York City by way of Puerto Rico; WBC super featherweight World title challenger Freddie “The Pitbull” Liberatore (20-4-1, 11 KOs), of Bayside, Queens; WBC middleweight World Champion and four-time New York Golden Gloves winner Dennis “The Magician” Milton (16-5-1, 5 KOs), of Bronx; World heavyweight title challenger and two-time New York Golden Gloves winner Lou Savarese (46-7, 38 KOs), of Greenwood Lake; and WBA super middleweight title World title challenger Merqui “El Corombo” Sosa (34-9-2, 27 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic.

Posthumous participants being inducted are Brooklyn welterweight Soldier Bartfield (51-29-8, 33 KOs), who fought a reported 55 world champions; Bronx middleweight Steve Belloise (95-13-3, 59 KOs); NYSAC and World lightweight champion (1925) Jimmy Goodrich (85-34-21 (12 KOs), of Buffalo; World heavyweight title challenger Tami Mauriello (82-13-1, 60 KOs), of Bronx; WBA light middleweight World champion (1982-83) and four-consecutive New York Golden Gloves titlist Davey “Sensational” Moore (18-5, 14 KOs), of Bronx; and World lightweight champion Freddie “The Welsh Wizard” Welch (74-5-7, 34 KOs), of New York City by way of Wales.

Living non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Oneida judge Don Ackerman, Wantah, Long Island journalist/producer Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Buffalo manager Rick Glaser, Rockaway Beach journalist Jack Hirsch, Bronx boxing broadcaster Max Kellerman, Ardsley ringside physician/NY Medical Director Dr. William Lathan, Orangeburg judge Julie Lederman, Hyde Park referee Ron Lipton, and Staten Island/Catskill trainer Kevin Rooney.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Brooklyn’s Ring Magazine editor Lester Bromberg, New York City sportswriter Dan Daniel, Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym founder Bobby Gleason, Sunnyside, Queens boxing writer Flash Gordan, Manhattan journalist A.J. Liebling, Long Island City’s NYSBHOF co-founder Tony Mazzarella and New York City manager Dan Morgan.

There are a number of firsts regarding some Class of 2020 inductees: husband-wife – Dr. William and Melvina (Class of 2018) Lathan; daughter-father – Julie and Harold (Class of 2012) Lederman. Bobby Jr. and Bobby Cassidy, Sr. (2013) are the fourth son and father inducted into the NYSBHOF, but the first boxer/journalist combination. The others are boxers Floyd and Tracy Patterson, executive administrators Bobby and Murray Goodman, and referees Arthur, Sr. and Arthur Mercante, Jr.

Welch is going into the NYSBHOF as a boxer, but he also managed fellow Class of 2020 inductee Goodrich.

Each attending inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his or her induction into the NYSBHOF.

The 2020 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Don Majeski, Ron McNair, Jim Monteverde and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.

Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult and $60.00 for children (under 16) and includes a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, as well as a full course dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the day. Tickets are available to purchase by contacting NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304 or depcomish@aol.com.

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New York Liberty Hire Shelley Patterson As Assistant Coach

The New York Liberty today announced the hiring of 30-year coaching veteran, Shelley Patterson as assistant to the team’s new head coach Walt Hopkins.

“I am overjoyed to welcome Shelley to New York as a part of the Liberty coaching staff,” said Hopkins. “The value of her steady demeanor, her ability to create and maintain genuine relationships, and her nearly unparalleled experience and knowledge cannot possibly be overstated.

After working alongside her for three seasons, I can say with absolute certainty that we are not only getting a fantastic coach, but also an exceptional human being who exemplifies many of the qualities that are necessary to build a sustainable, championship-level culture. We are extremely fortunate to have her with us.”

Shelley Patterson’s 30-year coaching resume includes ten seasons with the Minnesota Lynx, where she provided support in scout preparation and game planning as well as individual player development.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the New York Liberty organization,” said Patterson. “I look forward to working alongside Walt Hopkins and a Liberty team that has great potential and a promising future.

Walt and I shared many days and nights in the office together planning and strategizing for upcoming opponents, so I know all about his work ethic. His positive attitude will be contagious and very important when creating a new culture for future champions.”

Prior to joining the Lynx, Patterson, a coaching veteran in both the professional and collegiate ranks, spent the previous three WNBA seasons (2006-2009) alongside Brian Agler in Seattle. Patterson also spent several segments of eight years with five additional WNBA franchises working in different capacities.

Patterson’s WNBA coaching career began in Houston during the 1999 WNBA season, where she served as Director of Basketball Operations and won a WNBA Championship with the legendary Comets. She then spent four years (2000-2003) working as an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever before joining the coaching staff of the Phoenix Mercury in 2004.

Additionally, Patterson served as head coach for the National Women’s Basketball League’s Chicago Blaze in 2005 and worked as an assistant coach with the late Anne Donovan and the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL during the 1998-99 season.

Her coaching career began in 1989 when she served as recruiting coordinator at Indiana State University. Patterson has also held positions at Ohio University, the University of Arizona, Wake Forest and Dayton.

Patterson is from San Jose, California and is a graduate of Washington State University.

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USA Women’s National Team Defeats Connecticut 70-64

Trailing by two points early in the fourth quarter, the USA Women’s National Team closed with a 25-8 run to defeat the University of Connecticut 79-64 in an exhibition game on Monday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

“Once we got past not starting all five UConn players and some media people mad at me, the game got off to a great start,” joked USA coach Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx). “(We played) exactly how we wanted to play, and I thought we had a great sense of urgency about us, great passion about what we were doing, got some easy stuff, played in transition. They didn’t make many shots, and then the second quarter was the exact opposite, shooting 21.0%.

“The third quarter, we came out with a really good focus on where we were going to be successful – we didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half, and we were determined to pound that thing inside and try to establish that, and I thought (Sylvia Fowles) was terrific.”

Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx/Louisiana State) led the USA with 19 points and six rebounds; Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks/Stanford) tallied 14 points, five rebounds and three assists; Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame) added 12 points; and Tina Charles (New York Liberty/Connecticut), who was one of five UConn alumni on the USA roster, grabbed nine rebounds and had five assists and six points.

“We got stops and blew up some of their plays,” Fowles said of the USA in the fourth quarter. “Not letting them get 3s off. I think they got comfortable shooting 3s, and we shut that down in the fourth quarter.”

To pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, as well as the other seven people who tragically died on Jan. 26, the players wore a black band on their jerseys, the arena observed 24 seconds of silence before the game and the teams let an eight-second shot clock and 24-second shot clock expire on the first possessions.

“That was kind of the one calming factor throughout all of this – we all had each other,” said Sue Bird (Seattle Storm/Connecticut). “As a USA Basketball team, we had each other. Obviously, the UConn players have each other, and then we were able to come together tonight and play. I think knowing the relationship that he had with this program and knowing the relationship that he had with a lot of the individuals in USA Basketball, this was the perfect place to be, to be honest. Playing a basketball game with all of these people who were impacted by him.”

Following the emotional start, the USA led 7-0 in the first few minutes and then 22-11 after the first quarter.

Connecticut fought back in the second period, however, and after a 17-2 run, led 28-27 with 2:54 to play. Connecticut went ahead by two points, 31-29 after a 3-pointer from Crystal Dangerfield, and the USA tied the game at 31-31 at halftime after a jumper from McBride.

The USA took a seven-point lead at 7:11 in the third quarter, but UConn fought back and was trailing by one point heading into the fourth period, 52-51. UConn scored first in the fourth quarter and then led 56-54 at 9:05, but from there it was all USA, as the 25-8 run sealed the victory for the USA.

This group of USA Women’s National Team athletes had just one practice together on Sunday, Jan. 26, and then a morning shootaround before taking the court against the Huskies.

“I think we expected a test. I think the way we came out we were very happy with that in the first quarter,” said Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm/Connecticut), who was playing in her first game back since suffering a ruptured Achilles last March. “We were running, we were just being aggressive. We knew that they were going to come at us with a second punch.

“We are going to continue to grow,” Stewart said of the team. “We had one practice, and now we will have some more before the next game. But, it’s not something that is new to us for USA Basketball. We are used to coming together last minute and having to play a game. We will use this time to get better for Tokyo.”

Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) did not play due to back soreness, and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces/South Carolina) was out after recently have her wisdom teeth removed.

After practicing in New York on Jan. 29 and 30, the USA will travel south to play the University of Louisville at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 (ESPN), which will wrap up its winter 2020 college series.

Following its game against the Cardinals, the USA will move on to Serbia to compete in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Feb. 6-9 in Belgrade. The USA opens against host Serbia on Feb 6, takes on Mozambique Jan. 8 and closes against Nigeria on Jan. 9. All three games will tip at 2 p.m. EST and will stream on ESPN+

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

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Sky Blue FC Re-sign Midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi

Sky Blue FC midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi has agreed to a new one-year contract ahead of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Season. Per team and league policies, further details were not discussed.

“I am excited to have Naho play for Sky Blue for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “Naho is very technical and calm on the ball which suits the style of the team. She is a great teammate and a fan favorite.”

Kawasumi joined Sky Blue in 2018 after being acquired in a trade with Reign FC. Kawasumi finished the 2019 season playing in 19 games (10 starts), notching one assist.

“Naho is an absolute professional of the game and brings so much steady energy to our club,” stated Sky Blue General Manager Alyse LaHue. “She is another player for us that we felt was integral to have back on our roster for 2020 in terms of what she brings both on and off the field through her veteran lead-by-example presence.”

Since coming to the NWSL in 2014, Kawasumi has 87 regular season appearances, scoring 18 goals and notching 20 assists. In 2014, Kawasumi scored nine goals and tallied five assists in just 20 matches. She was a part of the 2014 Reign FC run in the Championship against FC Kansas City playing a full 90 in the 2-1 loss. In 2017, Kawasumi scored six goals and led the league with nine assists.

Kawasumi made her first appearance for the Japanese national team in 2008. In 2011, she helped Japan win their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup championship. The following year Kawasumi was part of the squad that finished second to the U.S. WNT in the 2012 London Olympics, receiving the nation’s first-ever silver medal for women’s soccer at the tournament. In 2015 Kawasumi was a part of the squad that made it to the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking runner-up to the U.S. WNT.

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

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