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St. John’s Men’s Basketball def Binghamton, 77-61

St. John's Men's Basketball prior to the game v Binghamton University. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s Men’s Basketball prior to the game v Binghamton University. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team improved to a 2-0 record with a 77-61 victory over Binghamton University on 11/14/16 at Carnesecca Arena.

Leading the way for the Red Storm was the Freshman Duo of Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett.  Ponds registered his first career double-double for St. John’s, while LoVett tallied a game-high 23 points against Binghamton.

As a team, the Red Storm made 11 of its 26 attempts from downtown. Combined with their 11-of-22 showing from deep in the season-opener against Bethune-Cookman, the Johnnies have sank 11 or more three-pointers in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when St. John’s made 11 against Cornell on Dec. 21 before draining 13 against Bryant on Dec. 23.

The Red Storm also saw contributions from Yankuba Sima and Bashir Ahmed, who had eight points and five rebounds each. Tariq Owens added seven rebounds. On the defensive side of the court Kassoum Yakwe, the BIG EAST’s leading shot blocker last season, swatted five Binghamton shots and grabbed four rebounds.

St. John’s will be in for an interesting test now, as the team will go on the road to take on a very tough Minnesota team on Friday, November 18 at 9:00 pm. The Red Storm will return home on Tuesday, December 29 as they host Delaware State in a game that is set for 6:30 pm.

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Student-Athletes Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett 

Head Coach Chris Mullin

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Frank Lampard Departs New York City FC

Frank Lampard. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Frank Lampard. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Frank Lampard is set to leave New York City Football Club following the conclusion of his contract.

The most prolific goal-scoring midfielder of his generation, the 38-year old will depart when his contract expires at the end of 2016.

Signed by New York City FC in 2014, Frank made 31 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals.

He assured his place in club history with the team’s first-ever hat-trick against the Colorado Rapids on July 30, 2016 which helped NYCFC towards the MLS Playoffs for the very first time.

Lampard told NYCFC.com: “As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years.”

“My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing.”

“I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city.”

For Lampard’s Head Coach, Patrick Vieira, Frank’s influence at NYCFC transcended even his stellar efforts on the field of play.

Vieira said: “Everybody talks about Frank’s goal-scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals.”

“What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.”

“It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna echoed Vieira’s sentiments and expressed his gratitude to Lampard.

“On and off the pitch he has been a fantastic ambassador. I would tell any young player to watch Frank, to see how he’s conducted himself over the last two years and to use that as inspiration as to how an elite, professional footballer should approach the game” said Reyna. “From the second he walked through the door, he’s set the example.”

“Frank will always be part of the history of this club and we thank him for playing an important role in so many special moments in our young history.”

Everyone at New York City FC would like to thank Frank for his service and wish him all the very best of the luck for the future.

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Cosmos Claim 2016 NASL Championship in Thriller at Belson Stadium

Celebration. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Celebration. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fight and Heart, those were the main two themes for the New York Cosmos throughout the 2016 Season. In the end it was fight and heart that led the team to its second consecutive North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship and eighth overall on Sunday night in the victory over Indy Eleven.

It wasn’t just any victory, but after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer the teams had to go to penalties to determine a winner, in which the Cosmos were able to secure the victory by a final of 4-2.

The play from both teams was a true test of heart and grit, and there was plenty of tired legs after giving everything they had to bring back a championship.

Netting the penalty shot that would ultimately help New York win the championship was Ryan Richter, who this time last year was on the opposing side of The Championship Final.

“It’s funny how life works,” Richter said. “I didn’t think I’d be here. But here I am, winning a championship with the New York Cosmos.”

Both clubs had great opportunities in regular time as Jairo Arrieta had a great chance for the Cosmos, while Don Smart had one that went off the crossbar.

After being unable to convert during regular time and during the extra frame, the match would be decided in a penalty shootout. The home side was up to the task, converting all four attempts en route to lifting the Soccer Bowl Trophy for the third time in four seasons.

The Cosmos are the first back-to-back NASL champions of the Modern Era and just the second in the league’s history, joining the 1977-78 Cosmos.

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The New York Cosmos Celebrating with the 2016 NASL Championship Trophy:

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Unselfish play leads to positive results for St. John’s Men’s Basketball in victory over Bethune-Cookman

St. John's Men's Basketball huddle prior the game on 11/11/16. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

St. John’s Men’s Basketball huddle prior the game on 11/11/16. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The theme for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball (1-0) home opener was unselfish play and that this team is a family. It sure showed as the energy of the game and the pace was just the way one would hope for in the 100-53 victory over Bethune-Cookman.

One of the many highlights for Head Coach Chris Mullin, was the 21 assist and the overall impressive defensive performance of the team. Overall the Red Storm converted on 62.3 percent of their shots (33-of-53), the team’s highest total since the Red Storm sank 66.1 percent of its chances against Fordham on Dec. 7, 2013.

Everything clicked for St. John’s as those observing the game could clearly see the joy and passion that each player had for playing on the court. That energy was also given right back to the 4,371 that packed Carnesecca Arena for an amazing Home Openining Experience.

With the victory, the Red Storm extended its unbeaten streak in home-openers at Carnesecca Arena to 13, dating back to the 2004-2005 season.

Leading the way on the offensive side was Federico Mussini, who led the Red Storm with 20 points. , Marcus LoVett recorded 19 points, while two other players reached double figures as  Yankuba Sima and Malik Ellison each added 11 points.

St. John’s returns to action on Monday night, hosting the Binghamton Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena. The game, which will air nationally on FS1, is a campus-site contest in The Battle 4 Atlantis.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

St. John’s Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Federico Mussini, Tariq Owens and Marcus LoVett 

Head Coach Chris Mullin:

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Preview: St. John’s Men’s Basketball v Bethune-Cookman

The St. John's Men's Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team enters into the 109th season in its storied history, along with the 2016-17 season with the ninth-most victories in the NCAA Division 1 history. The Red Storm and Bethune-Cookman will meet for just the second time in thie history of the two programs on friday night. The first contest came during the 2008-2009 campaign.

St. John’s has won its last 12 home openers dating back to 2003-04-all at Carnesecca Arena. Heading into the 56th season at playing at Carnesecca, the red storm hold a 457-91 (.834) in 548 games on its on-campus home.

The Red Storm returns five players who saw action in more than 20 games last season, including Federico Mussini and Amar Alibegovic who each played in 32 contest.

Last Season Mussini finished second on the team in scoring with 10.7 ppg, and led the conference in free-throw percentage. Alibegovic scored double-figures six times, including a career-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting against Villanova on Feb. 13.

Another returning player to watch for will be Malik Ellison, who made an appearance in all 18 Contest in BIG EAST play during the 2015-16 season. Ellison averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 assist-per-game, including a season-high 17-point performance against Creighton on New Year’s Eve.

Preseason BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Shamorie Ponds will join Junior Guard/Forward Bashir Ahmed and Richard Freudenberg in making an immediate impact for the Red Storm this season.

St. John’s and Bethune- Cookman will air on the FS1 Network, with the start time set for 9:00 p.m.

Note:

Fans attending the game tomorrow will be in store for a treat as the University has two new LED video displays inside Carnesecca Arena. The historic arena now features the third-largest video displays in a college basketball venue.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held at Carnesecca Arena:

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Head Coach Chris Mullin 

Guard Malik Ellison and Guard/ Forward Bashir Ahmed

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Magical Run for NYCFC comes to an end with Loss to Toronto

New York City FC prior to match v Toronto FC. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York City FC prior to match v Toronto FC. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Magical 2016 New York City FC Season came to a close in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals, via a 5-0 loss to Toronto FC. Leading the way for Toronto FC was Sebastian Giovinco, who had three goals and an assist.

The visitors also saw scoring from Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio. Toronto FC wins the two-legged aggregate series 7-0 and advances to face the Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference finals.

New York had one of their best chances come off the boot of Frank Lampard  in the 38th Minute, but the shot was saved by keeper Clint IrwinTony Taylor came in and provided some great oppotunities for the club as a sub in the 56th minute.

For New York City FC, this is a season that many fans will never forget as the boys in blue had an opportunity first-ever MLS Cup playoff game at Yankee Stadium.

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Head Coach Patrick Vieira

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Cardiac Cosmos Championship bound with thrilling 2-1 victory over Rayo OKC

Juan Arango. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Juan Arango. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Cardiac Cosmos continue to give fans and supporters thrilling victories, the latest in the NASL Championship Semifinals a 2-1 decision over Rayo OKC.

This victory sets up a meeting in The Championship Final with Indy Eleven, who prevailed 1-0 over FC Edmonton in the other semifinal. The Cosmos will host the match at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University next Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET.

Rayo OKC netted the first goal in the match in the First Half, as Futty Danso connected on a free-kick in the 37th minute to give the visiting side momentum before the end of the frame.

As the Cosmos came out to the pitch for the Second Half, the team found energy and scoring from Juan Arango in the 73rd minute.

Magic was found seconds from stoppage time, as Yohandry Orozco was able to net the game-winner for the New York Cosmos.

Now the Cosmos will prepare for their second straight Championship Final, looking to become the first back-to-back champions of the NASL Modern Era.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the Match between the New York Cosmos and Rayo OKC:

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New York Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese

Jimmy Maurer, Carlos Mendes, Jairo Arrieta and Yohandry Orozco:

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