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Black Wolves lacrosse leadership returns

It was announced that the New England Black Wolves coaching and management staff will return to the organization. General Manager and Head Coach Glenn Clark, Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coordinator Clem D’Orazio and Offensive Coordinator Darryl Gibson have agreed to multi-year extensions. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Clark will begin his sixth season as head coach in the 2020-21 season. Last January, Clark also assumed general manager duties upon the departure of former GM Rich Lisk. Since arriving to New England in 2015, Clark has compiled an impressive resume. In 2016, Clark was named NLL Coach of the Year after turning around a 4-14 team in 2015 to a squad that finished second in the East Division with a mark of 10-8 in 2016. Clark holds a 44-39 overall record with the Black Wolves, including a league best 8-3 mark in the 2019-20 campaign, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to propelling the Black Wolves to the top of the NLL standings, Clark boasts a stellar career as coach of the Canadian National Team. In September of 2019, he led the Canadian Men’s Box Lacrosse Team to its fifth straight gold medal at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Clark, no stranger to the gold medal, also won one as a player in 2003 and two as an assistant coach in 2011 and 2015. As a player, which included seven seasons with the Toronto Rock, Clark helped lead the organization to five NLL Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005).

“Very excited to be back with the Black Wolves. New England is a first-class organization and committed to putting a winning product on the floor,” general manager and head coach Glenn Clark said. “Clem, Darryl and I work very well together and we have a trust that allows us to challenge each other to become better at our craft. I’m looking forward to working together to build a championship team in New England.”

D’Orazio will begin his fourth season with the Pack as the defensive coordinator and second as the assistant general manager. During the 2019-20 season, the Black Wolves 10 defensemen collected a total of 376 loose balls and caused 65 turnovers. In the net, Jamieson posted an 82.9 save percentage and on the X, face-off specialist Joe Nardella finished with a 57.8 win percentage. Together, he and Clark will continue to oversee player personnel decisions, scouting and lacrosse operations.

Offensive Coordinator Darryl Gibson, who joined the Black Wolves in 2018, will return after helping lead the Black Wolves’ offense to a 135 goal, 197 assist and 332-point season. Prior to joining the coaching staff, Gibson served as the offensive coach with the Cobourg Kodiaks in Major Series Lacrosse. During his career he has also served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Swarm and as the head coach of the Newmarket Redbirds.

“We are thrilled that this talented group is returning to lead the Black Wolves,” said Amber Cox, Vice President of Mohegan Sun Sports. “Glenn and Clem have been diligently working towards building us into a championship team on the field the last several years, and with the addition of Darryl in 2018, had us on the verge of something really special when the 2019-20 season was cut short due to COVID-19. They’ve done a tremendous job assembling a group of players who are committed to growing our sport and organization on and off the field. These three men are proven winners and I believe they can help us finally hang a championship banner in Mohegan Sun Arena for this great fan base.”

Most recently, the National Lacrosse League announced that the 2020 Entry Draft will be held on September 17th at 7PM, virtually. The New England Black Wolves currently have the 18th overall selection.

For more information about the New England Black Wolves visit, blackwolves.com

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Spirit Join Kings-led Voter Registration Coalition “Rally the Vote”

The Washington Spirit joined “Rally the Vote,” a 20-team, nonpartisan coalition made up of professional sports franchises across the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, WNBA and NWSL. Launched by the Sacramento Kings, Rally the Vote is focused on encouraging fans to get in the game and make their voice heard by registering to vote and participating in elections.

The first-of-its-kind coalition, composed of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Sky, Chicago White Sox, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Fever, Los Angeles Football Club, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, New York Giants, Phoenix Mercury, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Storm, Washington Wizards and Mystics, Washington Spirit and Athletes Unlimited, aims to increase the amount of new registrations and ensure all of those who register to vote cast a ballot in November.

According to the most recent Census data, at least 88 million eligible Americans, or one-fifth of eligible voters, are not registered to vote and of those registered to vote, only 53 percent voted in the 2018 elections. In 2016, 100 million eligible voters in the country did not vote and over 60 percent of adult citizens said they had never been asked to register to vote. To help address the registration gap, Rally the Vote has been designed to leverage team digital platforms to reach out directly to fans to promote nonpartisan voter registration and encourage participation in elections.

“There’s no better way to be heard than by voting and it’s important we all do our part to lower barriers to the ballot box,” said Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “The idea of ‘one person, one vote’ is part of the reason I fell in love with this country as a teenager. Whether you agree or disagree with your elected officials, voting gives us an opportunity to make our voices heard. At the Kings, we believe that sports teams have a unique responsibility to use our platforms for positive change, and we’re excited to Rally the Vote alongside these incredible teams.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide, there has been a dip in voter registration and as a coalition made up of digitally-focused organizations, Rally the Vote teams are committed to reaching out to their fans and communities over the coming months to encourage civic engagement by using their social media platforms to raise awareness about voter participation and share reminders about voting-related deadlines, reaching millions of followers across the country.

To provide additional resources to participating teams and help grow the coalition, Rally the Vote has partnered with When We All Vote and RISE, two national nonpartisan nonprofits focused year-round on raising public awareness around the importance of voting.

When We All Vote is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy and through strategic partnerships. When We All Vote will provide participating teams a custom voter registration portal and will host the Rally the Vote registration page, connecting interested individuals with critical information on how to register and cast their ballot.

RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. RISE’s nonpartisan voter registration and education initiative, RISE to Vote, partners with teams, leagues and athletes to improve civic engagement in our country. RISE will offer its civic engagement curriculum and voter registration workshops virtually to players, employees and community partners of interested teams.

“When We All Vote is excited to partner with Rally the Vote as we work to increase participation in every election and close the age and race voting gap,” said When We All Vote CEO Kyle Lierman. “Fans may not be able to make their voices heard in sports arenas right now, but they can make their voices heard by voting. The sports world has the power to change culture and reach people where they are. Through Rally the Vote we will reach tens of millions of eligible voters with critical registration and get out the vote information this year.”

“When RISE began our RISE to Vote initiative three years ago, our vision was to empower athletes, teams and leagues to be leaders for increasing civic engagement in our country and make voting an integral part of our sports culture,” said RISE CEO Diahann Billings-Burford. “The Rally the Vote coalition is evidence of the sports community embracing their role as leaders, and together, we will have a tremendous impact. Our fervent belief is that if athletes unite around the action of voting and share how important it is to take that step, then people around the country will follow their lead and be inspired to act.”

To help drive voter awareness and participation, coalition members are encouraged to give employees a paid day off to vote and use their arenas and stadiums to expand access to voting opportunities this election cycle. The Bucks, Bulls, Kings, Timberwolves and Lynx, and Wizards and Mystics have previously announced that Election Day will be a paid day off for all employees. The Kings recently confirmed Golden 1 Center will be used as a Vote Center for the eleven days leading up to and on November 3, providing increased access and a safe, socially distanced site for residents to register to vote and cast ballots. Kings employees will also serve as election officers at the Vote Center to help address the expected shortage of poll workers due to COVID-19. The Bucks and Pacers/Fever will be encouraging their staff to serve as poll workers on Election Day as well. In addition, the Bucks and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Washington Wizards and Mystics, have offered their arenas, Fiserv Forum and Capital One Arena respectively, to city officials to serve as voting sites for the upcoming election.

Rally the Vote was originally launched by the Kings on September 25, 2018 (National Voter Registration Day) as the first time sports franchises from different leagues came together as a coalition to address the registration gap by directly reaching out to fans across the country to provide a seamless way to register to vote. In 2018, the 9-team effort reached millions of people by leveraging team social media platforms and registered thousands of voters in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

To learn more about the goals of Rally the Vote from Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, read his 2018 op-ed titled ‘Let’s Uberize Democracy’: How Professional Sports Teams Are Rallying the Vote.

For more information, to register to vote and take action visit rallythevote.org.

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Undefeated Super Middleweight Prospects Juan Barajas & Jose Resendiz headlining RJJ Boxing Promotions card

Undefeated super middleweight prospects Juan “Just Business” Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs) and Jose “Toro” Resendiz (11-0, 8 KOs) headline the August 27th RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS® event, starting at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT, from Marinaterra Hotel & Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.

RJJ Boxing’s first show since January 30th at Yakima Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington, will be held two nights prior to this event, Aug. 25th at the same venue, headlined by undefeated Mexican knockout specialist Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (21-0, 16 KOs) against Jose Rosario Cazarez (20-5-1, 10 KOs), also streaming live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Barajas, fighting out of Victorville CA, is a relatively tall super middleweight, standing 6′ 4″ with an advantageous 80″ reach, whose should feel at home fighting for the 8th time in Mexico. Barajas registered his statement victory, to date, back in May 2019, when he won a 10-round majority decision against 18-4-3 Lanell Bellows in Memphis. In his UFC FIGHT PASS debut a year ago, Barajas followed up with an impressive 8-round unanimous decision win versus 20-7-1 Fidel Hernandez in Tucson, AZ.

Upset-minded Resendiz, who hopes to take advantage of this great opportunity, is riding an 8-fight knockout streak into this battle of undefeated prospects.

Juan “Just Business” Barajas (L) will put his 11-0 record on the line Aug. 27 against undefeated super middleweight Jose “Toro” Resendiz.

Another power puncher, Mexican lightweight Luis “Sparring” Gallegos (16-0, 15 KOs) steps up in terms of fighting a quality opponent in fellow Mexican Oscar “Terrible” Flores (12, 12 KOs) in the 8-round, co-featured event. This fight doesn’t figure to go the distance, because the two Mexican fighters have 27 combined knockouts in 28 wins. 15 for 16 (Gallegos) and 12 12 (Flores). Gallegos, 22, was a 14-time Mexican National champion who was unable to qualify for the Mexican Olympic Boxing Team due to an unfortunate injury.

Rising-star Lester Martinez (4-0, 4 KOs) faces Abraham “Pan” Hernandez (8-2, 4 KOs), of Mexico, in a six round lightweight fight. Last year, Martinez made his pro debut at home in Guatemala City under extremely rare conditions, taking on 3-time, 2-division Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (32-11-1, 26 KOs), who hasn’t fought again since he was stopped in the second round by Martinez. The 24-year-old Martinez, who was a standout amateur boxer, is on a mission to become World champion prior to his 10th pro fight.

Undefeated Colorado welterweight Jose Arellano (8-0, 5 KOs), a Mexico native, meets Flavio Cesar Santos (6-1) in a 6-round match opening live UFC FIGHT PASS streaming.

Also scheduled to fight on the card, off-UFC FIGHT PASS, is Phoenix’ pro-debuting lightweight Jose Miguel Valenzuela against his Mexican opponent, Guillermo “El Gratano” Borboa (1-2-1, 1 KO), in a 4-round bout. Other undercard fights will soon be announced.

To sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com, or download the UFC app.

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Wendy Toussaint to Fight Isiah Jones. on August 22 in Star Boxing Action

Undefeated, Haitian born, Long Island super welterweight WENDY “HAITIAN FIRE” TOUSSAINT (11-0 5KO’s) has been making a name for himself in the tri-state area since his pro-debut at Star Boxing’s “Rockin’ Fights” series.

Now, the 28-year old Toussaint will lace them up in Las Vegas for the first time in his toughest test to date, against Detroit’s ISIAH JONES (9-2 3KO’s). The bout will take place on the undercard of Toussaint’s fellow Long Island sparring partner and Star Boxing stablemate, #4 world rated (WBO) light heavyweight, JOE “THE BEAST” SMITH JR.’s (25-3 2KO’s) WBO World Title Eliminator against #3 world rated (WBO) light heavyweight, ELEIDER “STORM” ALVAREZ (25-1).

Toussaint has found dynamite in his hands as of late, winning five of his last six bouts by knockout. This past February, Toussaint took on the always tough Jermaine Corley at The Paramount. With his full arsenal on display, Toussaint disposed Corley via second round TKO after a vicious uppercut, followed by a right hand.

Toussaint had this to say about the opportunity, “I am ready to fight. I am always ready to fight. Nothing changes for me. The Haitian Fire is ready, anytime, anywhere.”

Jones will be making his third straight appearance at The Bubble, against his fourth consecutive undefeated opponent. In his most recent bout, Jones earned a tough fought majority decision over previously unbeaten Donte Stubbs. The 26-year-old Detroit native will look to keep the momentum on August 22.

“Wendy is a talented boxer,” said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA, “he has a very high ring IQ and power in both hands. He has tremendous potential. Jones will be a great test for Wendy.”

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New York Liberty Look to Continue to Show Grit in Tough Test vs Fever

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

The New York Liberty (1-7) have shown that they are going to be a tough team to face in this 2020 WNBA Season, and they look to continue to develop, evolve and get some positive results in a test against the Indiana Fever on (3-4) on Thursday.

Here are some interesting notes:

The Liberty are coming off a 93-78 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks late Tuesday night.

LA went up as much as 21 points, however, New York rallied in the second half to force the game into a single-digit deficit late in the third quarter.

New York’s offense was led by another career-high performance from rookie Jazmine Jones. Jones posted a game-high 24 points (8-16 FG), as well as 5 steals.

Layshia Clarendon continued their consistent scoring streak with 11 points and 5 assists.

Amanda Zahui B and Kia Nurse each added 9 points apiece, while Zahui B grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

New York recorded season-highs in steals (10) and free-throw percentage (95.7%) in the contest.

The Indiana Fever are also coming off a Tuesday night loss, falling to the Las Vegas Aces, 98-79.

Candice Dupree was Indiana’s leading scorer with 20 points. Tiffany Mitchell added 14 points, while Teaira McCowan and Kelsey Mitchell finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Both teams sit atop the WNBA’s leaderboard in free throw percentage, with Indiana leading the league at 82.9%, and New York in third with an average 82.5%.

In 2019, the Indiana Fever won the season series, securing wins in 3 of the 4 total matchups.

Despite dropping three contests to the Fever, New York averaged 80 points per game in the 2019 series.

Since 2000, the Liberty’s 30-45 record against the Indiana Fever marks the team’s lowest winning percentage against a WNBA franchise (.400).

MILESTONES TO WATCH FOR: 

Amanda Zahui B – Currently has 852 career points and 521 rebounds.
Kia Nurse – Currently sits at 839 total career points.
Layshia Clarendon – Approaching 1500 career points (1480)

The game between the Liberty and Fever is set to tip at 6:00 p.m. with the game to be aired on the YES Network.

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

https://liberty.wnba.com/

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Zelo Pro Wrestling: Stronger Together on FITE PPV

FITE, the premiere global digital platform for sports and entertainment announced the worldwide pay per view carriage of Zelo Pro Wrestling: Stronger Together . The event will be streamed live on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8pm ET from Chicago, IL from Joe’s on Weed Street to all PPV buyers via the FITE platform. There will also be a live audience, following all rules mandated by the City of Chicago and the CDC for a safe and entertaining evening.

“Pro Wrestling is in the DNA of Chicago. It has always been an event that brings people together – regardless of age, gender, race, occupation, education – and gives them an opportunity to escape the stresses of daily life,” said Zelo Pro Promoter, Matt Bacaling. “We need that, now, more than ever. We have found an opportunity to do so in a safe and over-cautious manner for all attendees and everyone involved, and we couldn’t be more excited!”

Stronger Together is headlined by Women’s Champion, Laynie Luck vs. Brooke Valentine — plus former WWE superstar, Aidan English aka Drama King Matt Rehwoldt, Elayna Black, J Fowler, Jay Raves, Missa Kate, Blackheart Battalion, Cole Radrick + more. (card subject to change).

Zelo Pro Wrestling: Stronger Together Order Link:
https://www.fite.tv/watch/zelo-pro-stronger-together/2p7uo/

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Orioles Win Extra Inning Thriller over Phillies 10-9

The Baltimore Orioles (8-7) continue to show why they are going to be a team to watch in the 2020 Major League Baseball Season with a thrilling extra inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (5-7) on Tuesday night. Thus far the Orioles have been able to pick up some clutch hits that has helped to propel them to some big time victories.

It was a game that would cause many fans grey hairs as the two teams were tied at 8 and needed extra innings to determine a winner. With the new rules in place the Birds were able to have an automatic runner in Andrew Velazquez on second base. Austin Hays came to the plate and ripped a ball past the Phillies outfielder for what was determined to be an inside the park homer that lifted Baltimore to the thrilling victory.

Baltimore has done a tremendous job thus far of riding this 60 game season, manning the ups and downs of the season with a great energy thus far. The game against the Phillies is just one example of that as it had a bit of everything including a dropped ball, four lead changes and two blown saves.

It was a thriller in every sense of the word and the type of game that will help give the Orioles confidence as they continue in the season.

The Orioles and the Phillies continue a three-game series tonight (Wednesday) at Citizens Bank Park as lefty Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.91 ERA) takes on righty  Zach Eflin. Game Two is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and fans wanting to catch the action can do so on the MASN 2 Network.

Prior to the game against the Phillies the Orioles saw the return of lefty John Means from the bereavement list to the injured list. Means originally left the team to attend a family matter and missed a scheduled start against the Nationals this past weekend.

It was announced via social media that Means and his family lost his father after a very long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Means holds a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA this season after two stars and was the Orioles lone All-Star a season ago, so the team will be looking to his experience to help bolster the pitching staff.

John has been struggling with some injuries missing one start due to an arm issue. Thus far in his starts he has been a little shaky having a rough five run outing against the Yankees, but followed that up with a better outing in the team’s 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

It will be interesting to see how Manager Brandon Hyde will play means and what he will do with the rest of the rotation.

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

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