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New York Cosmos Sign Salvadoran International Junior Burgos

The New York Cosmos announced today the signing of midfielder and Salvadoran national team member Junior Burgos.

“I’m excited and motivated for a new challenge here in the U.S., especially with such a prestigious and historic organization like the New York Cosmos,” Burgos said. “I am thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to giving back on the pitch for the trust that Joe Barone, Carlos Mendes, and the rest of the coaching staff have put in me as well as connecting with the Cosmos fan base and the community as a whole.”

The 30-year old midfielder will provide a creative element to the squad and also his reputation of a dead-ball specialist, including winning the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) Goal of the Year for one of his efforts from set pieces.

Burgos began his professional career with Toronto FC before leading the Atlanta Silverbacks’ attack on two separate occasions in 2014 and then again after re-joining the club during the fall season in 2015. He also played with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on loan in 2016 after signing a contract with Atlanta United of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Reno 1868 in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2017.

He most recently featured for top Salvadoran club CD FAS, playing in 17 league matches and scoring twice.

Burgos has represented El Salvador since 2014, scoring his first goal with the national team that same year in a 2-0 win over Nicaragua in an international friendly. Burgos is a second generation Salvadoran international following his father, Efrain Burgos Sr., who played for the nation in the 80s.

“Bringing in a player with international experience like Junior is fantastic for the club,” Cosmos Senior Vice President Joe Barone said. “We believe he will be an impact player for our team this year.”

“We’re delighted to have Junior join us and bring his caliber of talent to the New York Cosmos,” Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes said. “He’s an active member of the Salvadoran national team and brings key experience to our squad.

“He’s a gifted playmaker and a major threat on set pieces that provides us the ability to break down any team.”

More info on the team and 2019 NPSL Founders Cup will be announced at a later date.

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

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Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan Madison Square Garden Saturday, April 20th

World Championship Boxing returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 20th as two of the sport’s biggest stars face off in the year’s most anticipated welterweight showdown when TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD puts his WBO Welterweight World Title on the line against the pride of Bolton, England, AMIR “King” KHAN.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), is ranked by many experts as the world’s best fighter, a switch-hitting dynamo who has reigned supreme in three weight classes. Crawford made history when he unified all four 140-pound titles in 2017 before moving up to Welterweight.

Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), at 17 years of age, captured a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The lightning quick former unified 140-pound champion has won seven of his last eight bouts as he prepares to take on the pound-for-pound king in a legacy-defining superfight.

This exclusive presale starts NOW and will end February 13th @ 11am. Get the best seats before they go onsale to the public!

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Hofstra MBB Wright-Foreman Earns Fourth Met Award Of Season

Cementing himself as arguably the best player in the New York metro area, Hofstra senior Justin Wright-Foreman was named the Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week today. It is the fourth time this season he has won this honor.

A 6-2 senior guard from Queens, NY, Wright-Foreman — who also was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the week and previously captured the MBWA designation on Dec. 4, Jan. 15 and Jan. 29 — led the Pride in a pair of victories last week that represented the team’s 18th triumph in its past 19 games and improved its overall record to 21-4.

Wright-Foreman opened the week with a leisurely 16-point output in Hofstra’s 102-61 win over Elon on Thursday, adding four assists and two steals.

Next, at home, Wright-Foreman erupted for a 48-point effort in a 93-87 win over William & Mary. The total tied the program’s scoring record, set by Bill Thieben against Wilkes in 1954-55. It was a career-high, a Mack Sports Complex record and a CAA record in a conference game. Wright-Foreman shot 66.7% (16-of-24) from the field and drained seven 3-pointers.

For the week, Wright-Foreman averaged 32 points per game and shot 69% (22-32) from the field, 56% (9-16) from three and 85% (11-13) from the free throw line. He added four assists and two steals.

This season he is averaging 26 points per game, along with 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Wright-Foreman has started all 25 games and is averaging 36.8 minutes per game, while shooting 52% from the field and 43% from three-point range.

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

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Roy Jones Boxing Promotions signs agreement with announcer Sean Wheelock for UFC FIGHT PASS SERIES

Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions announced today that it has reached an agreement with highly respected announcer Sean Wheelock to handle blow-by-blow responsibilities for all its shows to live stream on UFC FIGHT PASS
®.

The inaugural RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass event was January 26, when “Mighty” Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs) knocked out Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-1-2, 13 KOs) in the second round to become the mandatory challenger for WBO Junior Bantamweight World Champion and fellow Filipino, Donnie Nietes.

The Jan. 26th show was the first under a new agreement between Palicte’s promoter, RJJ Boxing, and UFC FIGHT PASS®, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.

When building a brand,” RJJ Boxing CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre said, “it is extremely important to have crucial people to be a part of that brand. When fans tune in the first impression, they see is the commentator. Adding a veteran like Sean Wheelock adds to the credibility and story-line that Roy Jones Jr Boxing is building. Roy and I feel lucky to add such a great asset as Sean.”

Known more for his mixed-martial-arts work, Wheelock has commentated numerous boxing matches during his celebrated career, including the last two years for RJJ Boxing, in addition to shows that aired on ESPN Friday Night Fights, CBS Sports Network and Cancun Boxing.

Wheelock also worked as a pro boxing referee and he currently serves as a member of the Kansas Athletic Commission.

“It’s an honor to work for RJJ Boxing Promotions as its blow-by-blow commentator for this new game-changing series on UFC FIGHT PASS,” Wheelock commented. “Roy is my all-time favorite fighter and his partner, Keith Veltre, is a rising super-star promoter. This also continues my great relationship with UFC FIGHT PASS. It’s an absolute dream gig for me.”

In addition to RJJ Boxing, Wheelock also commentates on UFC FIGHT PASS for Karate Combat, Quintet Grappling, World Lethwei Championship and M-1 USA MMA.

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

www.RoyJonesJrBoxing.com

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Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer Set to Battle for April 13 Clash for Undisputed 160 pound Championship

Undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME to crown the women’s undisputed 160-pound world champion.The blockbuster unification from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will be the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is arguably the most significant women’s boxing event in history.

Shields vs. Hammer features two of the consensus top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world squaring off to crown only the second undisputed champion in female boxing history.The fight, originally scheduled for November 2018, was postponed due to a now-resolved medical issue suffered by Hammer.

The 23-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division champion who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles. The 28-year-old Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) owns the WBO belt, is the WBC Champion in Recess, and has dominated the women’s middleweight division for more than eight years. Shields and Hammer fought on the same card last June on SHOWTIME, with both fighters winning impressively to set up the first undisputed showdown in the women’s 160-pound division.

The winner of Shields vs. Hammer will join Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class.

Shields vs. Hammer is promoted by Salita Promotions.Ticket prices and on-sale date will be announced next week by Boardwalk Hall.

“I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals.I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13,” said Shields.”Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never-before-seen heights.I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”

“I have waited a long time for this moment,” said Hammer.”I am bigger, stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields.I am undefeated and have been a champion for over eight years.I can’t wait to show the world that I am the best and undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”

“SHOWTIME Sports has a long history of featuring the best in women’s combat sports, whether it was with Laila Ali and Christy Martin in boxing, or Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey in MMA,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION.”More recently, since 2016 we have featured today’s elite with Claressa Shields, Christina Hammer, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano appearing in an industry-leading 10 presentations of women’s boxing. Male or female, SHOWTIME has delivered the best fighters in their toughest matchups, and April 13 will be no different.We have two of the best pound-for-pound female fighters in the world facing each other with all four middleweight titles at stake. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

“The biggest women’s fight of all time is set to take place on April 13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita.”Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, both champions, both in their prime, are not only taking on the biggest challenge in their respective careers by meeting each other in the ring, but are breaking barriers for boxing and for women in sports.April 13 is destined to be an electric and historic night of boxing live on SHOWTIME.”

“Shields vs. Hammer is the biggest and most important fight in women’s boxing history – two undefeated unified champions in their prime battling for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world,” said Shields’ manager Mark Taffet. “Christina Hammer is indeed a very good fighter and champion, but Claressa Shields is once-in-a-lifetime.The same intense focus and determination that got Claressa through life, earned her two Olympic gold medals, and won her five world titles in eight pro fights will carry her to victory on April 13.”

“We are very excited to bring world-class championship boxing back to Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall,” said Matt Doherty, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. “This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract world-class sporting events and increase visitors to our destination.”

Shields was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. The Flint, Mich., native turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight. Shields moved down to middleweight for her June 22 headliner on SHOWTIME, defeating Hanna Gabriels to win the IBF and WBA titles and become a two-division champion in just her sixth professional contest.After Hammer was named WBC Champion in Recess due to her medical issue, Shields picked up the vacant WBC title last November with a unanimous decision over Hannah Rankin.She most recently defended all three titles in December against Femke Hermans.

Hammer, of Dortmund, Germany, has been the dominant force in the women’s middleweight division since winning the WBO title in 2010.Hammer became unified champion in 2016 with a unanimous decision over WBC titlist Kali Reis and made four defenses as unified champion. In her eight years as champion, Hammer has lost just a handful of rounds across 16 world title fights. Hammer, who also models professionally and was recently featured at Fashion Week in New York City, made her U.S. debut on June 22 after campaigning mostly in Germany since turning professional in 2009.After being forced to withdraw from the November unification due to the health issue, Hammer won a non-title fight via second round knockout last Saturday, February 9 in Germany.

The undercard for the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

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Hofstra MBB Heads South For Key Road Swing

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will head south for a pair of key Colonial Athletic Association contests, beginning with Thursday’s game at Charleston. The Pride will also face UNCW on Saturday.

Tip-off from TD Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.

There will be Pride Productions live video, audio and statistics of the game, with links available on this page and on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com. The video broadcast is via Charleston, while the audio only broadcast is courtesy of WRHU (88.7 FM).

Hofstra improved to a stellar 21-4 overall and 11-1 in league play with a 93-87 victory over William & Mary on Saturday. Senior Justin Wright-Foreman had another virtuoso performance for the Pride in the game as he scored 48 points on 16-24 shooting to carry the Pride to the win. The scoring total marked a career-high, a David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex record, a CAA conference game record and is the fourth-highest total in NCAA Division I this season. He was assisted in the game by graduate student Jacquil Taylor with 11 points and 15 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Wright-Foreman upped his scoring average to 26.0 points per game, while Taylor is now averaging 7.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per outing. Senior Desure Buie leads the Pride with 5.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while Taylor has blocked a team-best 39 shots this year.

Charleston is 20-6 overall and 9-4 in CAA action after a narrow 86-84 win over Drexel on Saturday. Jarrell Brantley had 22 points to lead the Cougars, while Grant Riller posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Riller leads Charleston with 21.2 points and 4.0 assists per game, while Brantley is second in scoring (18.5) and leads the way in rebounding (7.9).

The match-up will pit two teams with two of the highest scoring duos in the nation. Hofstra’s duo of Wright-Foreman and junior Eli Pemberton (15.0) rank fifth nationally with a combined 41.0 points per game. Riller and Brantley rank eighth in the nation with 39.7 points per game combined.

Hofstra is 5-6 all-time against Charleston with all 11 previous meetings occurring since the Cougars joined the CAA in 2013-14. Charleston had won four straight in the series before the Pride earned an 86-72 victory in Hempstead back on January 19. Pemberton led Hofstra with 26 points in that contest.

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Carli Lloyd Named to 23-Player Roster for 2019 SheBelieves Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, which features the top-ranked Americans, No. 4 England, No. 8 Japan and No. 10 Brazil. All four teams will be participating in this summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Brazil, Japan and the USA are three of the seven teams that have participated in each of the seven previous Women’s World Cup tournaments.

U.S. WNT 2019 SheBelieves Cup Roster (Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 40/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 146/41)

All 23 players on the U.S. roster were with the WNT for its first two games of the year that were played in France and Spain in January.

“The SheBelieves Cup is a positive event in many ways, but it’s extremely valuable to get three challenging games against World Cup-bound teams in a short time span that can simulate navigating through group play,” said Ellis. “These are all teams that can go deep in the tournament this summer and provide the kind of tests we need as we continue to work to crystallize our lineup and our final roster for the World Cup.”

The U.S. team begins its schedule at the fourth annual edition of the world’s most elite four-team women’s tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on FS1). England will kick off the competition against Brazil (4 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) in the early game that day.

2019 SheBelieves Cup Schedule

All the teams will then travel to Nashville, Tenn. and Nissan Stadium where the USA will play England on Saturday, March 2 (3:30 p.m. CT on FOX), which will be preceded by Brazil vs. Japan (1 p.m. CT on ussoccer.com). The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 5, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. as Japan takes on England (5:15 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) followed by the tournament finale, featuring the USA against Brazil (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

The 2019 SheBelieves Cup will take the USA halfway through Countdown to the Cup, the team’s 10-game pre-World Cup schedule. Following the tournament, the USA will have two friendly matches in April – against Australia and Belgium –

Date Match-Up Kickoff Venue TV
Feb. 27 England vs. Brazil 4 p.m. ET Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa. ussoccer.com
Feb. 27 USA vs. Japan 7 p.m. ET Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa. FS1
March 2 Brazil vs. Japan 1 p.m. CT Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn. ussoccer.com
March 2 USA vs. England 3:30 p.m. CT Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn. FOX
March 5 Japan vs. England 5:15 p.m. ET Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. ussoccer.com
March 5 USA vs. Brazil 8 p.m. ET Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. FS1
and then three “Send-Off Series” games, against South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico, before leaving for France andthe 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“We are excited about the upcoming tournament and excited about the selection of players that we will have on the SheBelieves roster,” Ellis added. “Aside from injuries, we are building consistency in the group and testing ourselves against other high caliber teams. These remaining eight matches narrow our focus and we will use these games as fantastic opportunities to continue to come together as a team on and off the field.”