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Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has announced its six-member Class of 2018 to be inducted during the 14TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, October 13, in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.

The new CBHOF inductees are boxers Cocoa Kid and Angel Vazquez, judge Don Trella, and trainers John Harris, Bill Gore and Brian Clark.

Once again,” CBHOF president John Laudati said, “the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has elected a fantastic class of inductees. We are excited about the historical significance of inducing Cocoa Kid, the great fighter from the 1930’s. Our other honorees come from across the state. We hope to see a large contingent come out to congratulate a great local boxer, Angel Vasquez, and to celebrate the life of Willie Pep’s famous trainer, Bill Gore. This class also includes two other incredibly accomplished trainers, Bill Clark, of New Haven, and John Harris from Fairfield County. Don Trella, who is from my hometown of Waterbury, is one of the best boxing judges in recent history. It promises to be a great night for the entire boxing community: inductees, their families and friends, but, most importantly, our Connecticut boxing fans!”

Cocoa Kid (56-20-2, 48 KOs) came to prominence in 1933, when as an 18-year-old he registered a shocking upset of former world featherweight champion Louis “Kid” Kaplan, who was inducted into the CBHOF charter class in 2005. Cocoa Kid, who settled in New Haven, captured the New England welterweight and middleweight titles. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012 and passed way in 1966.

Considered one of the hardest hitting featherweights of his era, Vasquez won his first 21 pro fights and finished his pro career with a 22-2 (16 KOs) record. The Hartford native captured the WBO Latino, NABA and USBA featherweight titles. The highlight of his pro career came at home in Hartford, when he defeated previously unbeaten Berbardo Quinones (19-0-1) for the USBA crown.

Trella has been a boxing official for the past 21 years on the local, national and global scenes. He officiated more than 500 amateur bouts before he was awarded his first professional license in 2001 at Mohegan Sun, where he has been employed the past 17 years in various Human Resources positions, currently holding the title of Director of Employee and Guest Experience. A resident of Noank, Trella is highly regarded as one of boxing’s best judges. Last year, for example, he officiated three of the most high-profile fights in the world: Gennady Golovkin vs. Danny Jacobs, Vladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua (more than 90,000 fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium in London) and Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez.

Harris established himself as the preeminent trainer in Fairfield County, founding the Meadow Gardens Boxing Club in 1989, which was later renamed the John Harris Boxing Club, after he died in 2012 at the age of 85. A native of Cleveland, where he fought in the Golden Gloves, Harris lived most of his life in Norwalk. The highlight of his career was in 1993, when he trained four fighters who qualified for the National Golden Gloves Championships, including Travis Simms, a CBHOF Hall of Fame inductee and two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight world champion.

Gore is best known for training the great Willie Pep, who was also inducted into the CBHOF charter class, to a pair of world featherweight championships. Gore, however, also trained another all-time great, world light heavyweight champion Bob Foster. A native of Providence, Gore died in 1978 at the age of 84 and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.

Clark opened the Ring One gym in New Haven nearly 30 years ago to keep kids off the streets, producing many amateur champions, and even one light heavyweight world champion, Chad Dawson. Often bankrolling the gym, himself, Clark has become an icon in New Haven, where his gym is in one of the city’s roughest neighborhoods. Ring One is believed to be the oldest continuously operating boxing gym in Connecticut.

Tickets for the CBHOF 13th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $90.00, are on sale and available to purchase by calling Ann Murphy at Mohegan Sun (1.860.862.8846) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET, followed by a full sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. ET.

Go online to www.ctboxinghof.org for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 14th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or past CBHOF inductees.

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New York Liberty Start Western Trip in Los Angeles

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

In their final home game of the season, the New York Liberty (7-23) were defeated by the Atlanta Dream, 86-77. They close out their season with a four-game road trip out west, starting with a matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks (18-13) at the Staples Center, with tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. and the game to air on the MSG Plus channel.


Tina Charles’ 20.1 points per game rank seventh the league (as of 8/13).

Charles’ 7.2 rebounds per game are tied for ninth in the league (as of 8/13).

Charles ranks top-20 in the league in blocks per game (as of 8/13).

Kia Nurse’s ranks top-10 among rookies with 8.6 points per game (as of 8/13).

Nurse is shooting 86.4 percent from the free throw line, tied for eighth in the league (as of 8/13).

Brittany Boyd’s 5.3 assists per contest rank fourth in the WNBA (as of 8/13).

Boyd is tied for tenth in the league in steals per game with 1.3 (as of 8/13).

Bria Hartley ranks top-15 in the league with 3.8 assists per game (as of 8/13).

The Sparks have won seven of their last eight regular season matchups against the Liberty.


Rebecca Allen has been surging for the Liberty of late with 14.5 points per game over her past two, including 13 against the Sparks. As part of the New York second unit, she will matchup against LA’s Riquna Williams, who is averaging 18.5 points per game against the Liberty this season.



On August 8, 2018, Chelsea Gray scored 19 points for the Sparks as they hung on to beat the Liberty, 82-81.

Sugar Rodgers hit a pair of threes with under 10 seconds to play to make it interesting, but the Sparks did their job at the free throw line as they held off the comeback attempt.

Tina Charles led all scorers with 27 points, while Rebecca Allen and Amanda Zahui B both chipped in 13 points off the bench.



Due to various injuries, the Liberty had just eight available players for Sunday’s matchup against the Dream. As a result, Tina Charles played the entire contest for the first time this season, finishing with 26 points. The veteran is currently tied for second in the league with 33.1 minutes per game.



Despite checking in at 5’9”, Brittany Boyd has proven to be one of the better rebounding guards in the league this season. Among players under six feet, Boyd ranks fourth in rebounding with 3.8 per game. Her nine rebounds against Atlanta on Sunday set a new career high.



In five of the last six games, the Liberty have entered halftime either tied or with the lead. However, they have been on the losing end of each of those matchups. Over that span, New York is averaging 42.8 first half points, compared to just 32.5 after the break.

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Washington’s Delle Donne, Minnestoa Moore Named WNBA Players of the Week

 Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 6-12.

Delle Donne was named Player of the Week for a league-leading fourth time this season and the 16th time in her six-year career after Washington (20-11) went 3-0 to extend their overall winning streak to six games.  She ranked first in the WNBA in scoring (27.7 ppg) and third in field goal shooting percentage (63.0) while connecting on 57.1 percent of her three-point attempts.  Delle Donne also averaged 5.7 rebounds for the week.

The 6-5 forward/guard opened the week with 30 points, four rebounds and three assists in a 103-98 road win over the Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 7.  On Aug. 9, she finished with 30 points, six rebounds and two assists in a 100-77 home win over the league-leading Seattle Storm.  The 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player closed out the week with 23 points and seven rebounds in a 93-80 win over the visiting Dallas Wings on Aug. 12.

Moore earned Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and 20th time overall, tying Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi for the fourth most nods in WNBA history.

The reigning WNBA All-Star Game MVP led the Lynx to a 2-1 mark as Minnesota ended the week with a 17-14 record.  Moore led the Western Conference in scoring (25.7 ppg) and steals (3.0 spg) while ranking third in three-point field goal percentage (56.0). She also averaged 5.7 rebounds.

Moore opened the week with 31 points, six rebounds and five assists in an 85-64 win over the host Chicago Sky on Aug. 7.  On Aug. 9, she poured in 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, in an 89-73 win at the Las Vegas Aces.  Moore closed out the week with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals in an 81-72 loss to the visiting Storm.

Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Atlanta Dream’s Renee Montgomery and Elizabeth Williams, Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot, the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones, the Aces’ Kelsey Plum, the Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles, the Mercury’s DeWanna BonnerBrittney Griner and Diana Taurasi and the Storm’s Breanna Stewart.

.For more information on the WNBA Players of the Week, visit wnba.com/awards.

The 2018 WNBA regular season continues through Aug. 19 and the playoffs begin on Aug. 21.  For more information on the WNBA and game tickets, fans may visit wnba.com.

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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 8.13

On what he noticed with Sam Darnold today…

Not much, I got to look at the film. I was looking at both sides of the field right now. So I didn’t really concentrate on the quarterbacks. Seven on seven looked good from a group standpoint but I didn’t focus on him solely.

On practice today…

I thought we got good work in both sides. They did a good job, we did a good job, that’s how it’s supposed to be run. And we get more good work tomorrow.

On what he noticed from Marcus Maye…

I mean he missed the spring so it’s going to take him a while to get back to normal but, mentally he’s very good, we like where he is right now. We just got to keep monitoring him and make sure he comes along.

On if Brian Winters suffered any setback…

No. We just left him inside, so he can get treated.

On if Dimitri Flowers got hurt in practice…

I heard he did, but I don’t know what happened to him, so I’ll go inside and see.

On the roles Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa play in Darnold’s development…

Well he just got to get used to throwing to different guys. As he gets to know the player and know what they can do, I’m sure he’ll figure that part out. Josh (McCown) can help him to certain degree, but experience can also help him even more, so just being out there, getting used to the guys and the receivers and that’s what we’re trying to do with him.

On if there has been any changes of the depth chart at quarterback…


On if will change the change the depth chart or wait until the end of the preseason to make a decision…

I’ll probably wait until the end to make my decision.

On what Kearse has meant to the team…

Extremely smart, a very hard worker, tough, durable, reliable. He’s been a breath of fresh air, he does all the little things, he does all the things right and he’s a gamer. He shows up on Sunday, every Sunday and I think he’s been a good guy for the young guys, young receivers to follow after from a work ethic standpoint.

On some of finest memories with the Washington Redskins…

Just coming back here and seeing Doug (Williams) is great. Doug is very close to me, he got me into coaching as a matter of fact. Just seeing the burgundy and gold has been great. Obviously the Super Bowl, but it’s more so the guys I played with: the Darrell Greens, the Charles Manns, the Dexter Manleys, the Wilber Marshalls, the Alvin Waltons and all those guys I played with are really the fondest memories that I have.

On if he talked to any of his former Washington Redskins teammates…

I have not seen them yet but I’m sure I’ll catch up with them in the next day or so.

On why it is difficult to find a good edge rusher…

They just come in spurts. They’re hard to come by, some years you’ll get a bunch of them, other years you won’t get as many, but you have to look and find them, they’re out there. Obviously, the great ones get gobbled up early and then you have to find some with traits and then it has to work out for you. You have to keep your head down and they’re hard to come by. They’re a premium obviously, and some of those guys are playing basketball as well, the athletic guys, at 6-4, 6-5, but they’re out there.

On the edge rushers on the Jets roster…

Well we don’t have the name guy. We don’t have the Lawrence Taylor, so to speak, but we have guys that work hard and are very tough at the point of attack. You don’t need a name guy, you just need a guy with production and the production will make the name. Disrupting the quarterback is the big thing as well as setting the edge. We have certain guys that can do a lot of things right now. We’re mixing and matching to get a feel for what guys can and can’t do right now in the second week of training camp (like) we’re supposed to.

On what he’s seen from Dylan Donahue in the last week…

He’s made a few plays in the game. He’s got to continue in practice and he’s got to continue growing and grasping the system and we’ll see how the other games play out.

On Darnold’s ability to take what he’s learning in the classroom to the field…

It’s important for every rookie to take it from the classroom to the field. The fact that you can learn it and then come out and apply it says volumes about your learning ability and your mentality and what you’re trying to do. So, we think we have a bunch of rookies that can do that.

On if Lorenzo Mauldin made the trip to Virginia

No, he didn’t make the trip.

On if Mauldin’s leg is the reason why he did not make the trip


On his impressions of and expectations for Terrelle Pryor…

Well we know he’s a freakish athlete. He’s just coming back so we’re taking it easy with him, so expectation number one is to get healthy. When he gets healthy and we see him at full tilt then we’ll see what he can do fully but he is a freakish athlete, he has great hands, he has great size. From playing against him in Cleveland, we know he can play, we just got to make sure monitor him the right way.

On if there’s a chance Darnold could start the second preseason game…

All my three quarterbacks need to be ready to play.

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Staten Island Yankees Fight Against Cancer

The Staten Island Yankees. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Staten Island Yankees players and staff will be joining the fight against breast cancer in honor of General Manager Jane Rogers.

The Staten Island Yankees have encountered many changes over the past 20 years, but one thing that has always stayed the same is Jane Rogers’ presence. As the first person to be hired by the Staten Island Yankees, she rose from office manager to special assistant and eventually took on the role of General Manager. Jane has put her heart and soul into the organization since her hiring and is proud to be a part of the team’s history and success. This past year, Jane was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment throughout this season.

“The support of the Staten Island Yankees ownership, staff, coaches, team and fans has been overwhelming,” said Rogers. “Since being diagnosed almost six months ago, I certainly haven’t been alone in this journey. I truly believe the positive energy everyone sends my way has much to do with my recovery. I’m looking forward to resuming my normal work activities at the ballpark and thank everyone for their amazing support! Please come out and join us on August 29th.”

As a part of the fundraising effort, Mia Passione Salon provided their services to the Staten Island Yankees for a “Shave Your Head for Cancer” event. All male front office Staten Island Yankees staff members, along with outfielder Alex Junior, pitchers Matt Sauer and Frank German, athletic trainer Jon Becker and clubhouse manager Joe Valenti, shaved their heads as a sign of support for Jane in her courageous fight.

The Staten Island Yankees will also be wearing pink jerseys on August 29, which will then be auctioned in a “Jersey Off the Back” auction throughout the game. All proceeds from the auction will join the total donation.

In addition to the players wearing pink on-field jerseys, the Staten Island Yankees will be giving away pink shirts with a donation. The shirts will have the Staten Island Yankees primary logo on the front and don the number 99 along with Rogers’ name. Every dollar donated will be combined with the proceeds from the jersey auction and will go to the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, per Jane Rogers’ wishes.

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New York City FC Loan Saad Abdul-Salaam to Phoenix Rising

Saad Abdul-Salaam has joined Phoenix Rising of the USL on loan for the remainder of the 2018 season. NYCFC retain the right to recall Abdul-Salaam at any point during the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.

The defender has made 4 appearances and registered 2 assists to this point in NYCFC’s MLS campaign.

Prior to joining NYCFC for the 2018 season, Saad played 64 times in three seasons for Sporting KC and was named the team’s “Defensive Player of the Year” in 2016 after completing six assists before being traded in December 2017.

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New York City earn 3-2 Victory over Toronto FC

New York City FC. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi recorded two goals, including the 88th-minute winner, to lift New York City FC to a 3-2 victory over a Toronto FC side that played almost the entire match with 10 men after Jozy Altidore was shown red in the 11th minute Sunday at BMO Field.

After missing seven games due to injury, David Villa made his triumphant return to the NYCFC lineup with the game’s first goal in the 15th minute. A mishit first-time strike by Anton Tinnerholm landed favorably on Villa’s foot and the NYCFC captain took a touch around Nick Hagglund before a low finish inside the far post.

Sebastian Giovinco leveled in the 27th minute against the run of play before Tajouri-Shradi slipped a shot below a diving Alex Bono nine minutes later.

Victor Vazquez equalized in the 51st minute, bravely heading among defenders to latch onto a Marky Delgado headed pass. It looked for a while the Reds would play to a second consecutive 2-2 draw, but Tajouri-Shradi sealed the road win two minutes from full-time with a thunderous left-footed strike.





Thoughts on the team’s play with a man up…

I didn’t like it I said to them, my players in the first half.  But we had the same problem in the second half.  We had to play narrow because they can play in between the lines.  At the end, this is football.  In the last game we drew the game in the last five minutes and today we won the game in the last five minutes.  I’m very happy for my players because they fight until the last moment and they believed in themselves.

The importance of getting David Villa back…

We were able to win without David because we have a strong team and strong players.  But obviously everyone knows that David is special for us because, as you’ve seen today, in his first action he was able to score a goal.  Sometimes we play with David and Jo, sometimes we play four-four-two, and sometimes we play with wingers wide.  We can play in different ways.  For me it’s the best way to play football.

What did you see on the red card?

Believe me, I didn’t see because I was on the bench.  I didn’t see what happened in the moment.  I don’t want to say it was a red card, but I don’t know.




Thoughts on the game…

It was a very hard game.  We knew Toronto was going to play well at home and really respect their home territory.  Obviously, we didn’t feel like we capitalized when Jozy (Altidore) was shown the red card but just happy for the three points.

What happened on the red card?

I didn’t do anything personally, we just had a few encounters throughout the game.  It was all body though, nothing with the legs until he reacted.  Obviously, he didn’t like it, but he reacted but I didn’t do anything.

On the fans reactions towards you throughout the remainder of the match…

It doesn’t bother me.  I really focus on what’s on the field and how the team functions and how I play.  I don’t really give importance to what happens outside of that.



On being back in the lineup…

I’m happy to be back to be with the team.  I was very worried.  It was a bad time for me because I couldn’t help the team and I lost my focus. I did everything to help us out but the knee says no every time so I need to wait until my knee says yes. To play 70 minutes, in a difficult scenario because we played with a lot of heat, a lot of hours in the trip and travel, but I’m happy.  I’m happy for the victory of the team, that is the most important thing.  To help the team win the game I’m happy for as well.

On having an immediate impact on the game…

I was feeling good in the first half.  Probably in the second half I was feeling a little bit tired.  We had a plan before the game for me to play about 60 minutes, I can play 70 minutes finally, so I’m happy.  Obviously, I need time, I need time because I spent a lot of time away, I need time to gain confidence in my knee.  But obviously my body is not in the same condition as the other players because I was out.  I tried to do my best and the first half I was feeling very good, not only for the goal, not only for the plays, because my knee managed very well.

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