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Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper Relocated to Mohegan Sun

Featuring national programs UConn, Southern California, Vanderbilt, and Brigham Young, the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper will take place at Mohegan Sun on December 2 and 3.

Due to the recent announcement by the NCAA regarding the start date to the 2020-21 college basketball season and the uncertainty of the opening of indoor arenas in New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gazelle Group has announced that the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper will be relocated to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“We are pleased to be able to bring the best of college basketball to Mohegan Sun, especially under these trying circumstances,” says Gazelle Group president Rick Giles. “Mohegan Sun features a prime location, an outstanding facility, and the proper amenities to provide a safe, secure, and controlled environment. We truly value our relationship with Barclays Center and we look forward to returning there in 2021.”

Match-ups, television arrangements, game times, and ticket information for the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper will be announced at a later date.

For fans who have already purchased tickets to the Legends Classic Championship Rounds at Barclays Center, tickets will be refunded automatically.

For further information about the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper, go to www.legendsclassic.com and follow us on social media on Twitter @legendsbball, Instagram @legendsclassic, and Facebook @legendsclassic.

In the 2019 Legends Classic, then-No. 18 Auburn won the title with a win over Richmond (79-65) in the Championship Game.

The Gazelle Group and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame are collaborating to produce multiple college basketball games at Mohegan Sun from November 25 through December 4, 2020 and have named the space “Bubbleville”. Bubbleville will house several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provides a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements.

About the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
Begun in 2007, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper has become one of the nation’s most eagerly-anticipated early-season men’s basketball tournaments. Regularly attracting the top programs and coaches in the country, four teams from the most prestigious conferences in the country head to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Barclays Center – the home of the Brooklyn Nets – to complete in the nationally televised Legends Classic Championship Rounds.

About Old Trapper
Old Trapper Smoked Products has produced its signature line of authentic handmade meat snacks from its headquarters in Forest Grove, Oregon since 1969. Those 50 years of experience, complemented by continued investments in state-of-the-art processes, result in top-quality products that are distributed nationwide.

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About the Gazelle Group
The Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com .

About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper. Entering its 40th season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.

About Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.” Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at ‪1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163‬.

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https://mohegansun.com/

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

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Merrimack Star Paige Voight Added to Riveters’ Strong Forward Corps

Paige Voight, a dynamic, all-zone forward who was among the leading scorers at Merrimack during her collegiate career, has signed a contract to join the Metropolitan Riveters for the upcoming NWHL season.

Voight led Merrimack in scoring in her freshman year in 2015-16 and was second on the team in scoring as a sophomore (one point behind Mikyla Grant-Metis, now a member of the Toronto Six). In 2015, she won a gold medal at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships with the U.S. National U-18 Team.

“The NWHL has done an outstanding job creating a platform for younger players and continuing to advance the game, and now I am very excited to continue my playing career in the pros with a great organization like the Riveters,” said Voight. “It’s going to be a thrilling season and I cannot wait to get on the ice with the Rivs.”

Over four seasons with Merrimack between 2015-2019, the 5-7 forward from Minnesota scored 42 goals and added 34 assists for 76 points in 140 games. Voight made the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2016.

Voight is the latest impressive addition to the Riveters’ forward lines, which feature Madison Packer, Kate Leary, Kendall Cornine, Rebecca Russo, Emily Janiga, and Tatiana Shatalova, among others signed by GM Kate Whitman Annis and head coach Ivo Mocek.

“The main goal of this offseason was to add some offensive depth, so once there was a chance to sign Paige Voight, Kate and I did everything we could to get it done,” said Mocek. “Paige is a very strong offensive talent with international hockey experience, and she had an outstanding college career at Merrimack. She will bring exactly what the Riveters need.”

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Washington Capitals Sign Forward Daniel Carr

The Washington Capitals have signed Daniel Carr to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$415,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced recently. Carr is currently playing for HC Lugano of the Swiss Hockey League (SHL) and will remain with the team until the commencement of the Capitals’ 2020-21 training camp.

Carr, 28, played in 11 games with the Nashville Predators last season, scoring one goal. In addition, he recorded 50 points (23g, 27a) in 47 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) , tying for 10th in the AHL in points. The 6’0″, 191-pound forward led the Admirals in goals – despite ranking seventh on the team in power play goals (4) – and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (6).

In 238 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the St. John’s IceCaps, the Laval Rocket, the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee, Carr has 211 points (104g, 107a).

Carr has appeared in at least six NHL games in each of the last five seasons between the Montreal Canadiens, the Vegas Golden Knights and Nashville. Carr recorded a career high 16 points (6g, 10a) in 38 games with the Canadiens in the 2017-18 season. In 111 career NHL games, Carr has 36 points (16g, 20a).

With HC Lugano in the SHL this season, Carr has three points (2g, 1a) in four games.

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

https://www.nhl.com/capitals

 

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New York City FC Take Tough 2-1 Loss to New England Revolution

VIDEO: New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila and star James Sands shares these thoughts after the clubs tough 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer action on 10/11 at Yankee Stadium.

A Three Game Winning streak for New York City FC was snapped on Sunday in the Club’s 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer action at Yankee Stadium. New York did not have a ton of time to recover from their last match and lost their aggressive brand of play, which ultimately led to them falling to their rivals from New England.

The Revolution were able to tally the first goal thanks to a beauty of an opportunity by Teal Bunbury, who slotted a goal past the onrushing Sean Johnson,

New York City FC was able to regain their form as the play went along, they were able to maintain the possessions of the ball for the majority of the Fist Half of play. The New England defense though was up to the task though denying many of the chances that were created.

The Boys in Blue were rewarded for their tremendous play, thanks to a goal from Taty Castellanos, who found some room on the 53′ but that opportunity was denied by Revs keeper Brandon Bye.

Head Coach Ronny Delia tried to bring in some fresh legs at this point in the match, calling upon Gary Mackay-Steven and Ronald Matarrita into the match. Even though NYCFC tried a wide range of strategies it was the Revs that wound up with the second goal of the match at the 80′ thanks to Lee Nguyen cashed in on a penalty kick opportunity.

Alex Callens was able to make the match interesting with a header from the corner in the last minute of stoppage-time, but the last minute chances by NYCFC were denied by New England and the visiting side were able to walk away with the points.

New York City FC still remains in the Fifth Spot in the Major League Soccer standings, and will look to regain their winning ways in a match against the Orlando City SC on Wednesday Night. New York City FC and Orlando will play down in Florida at Exploria Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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

https://www.nycfc.com/

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Washington Capitals Sign Three Defenders to the Team

The Washington Capitals have been a very busy team thus far as they have been making some big time moves to make the squad a contender for the Stanley Cup in the 2021 Season. Most recently the Capitals have signed three defenders in  Paul LaDue, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Cameron Schilling to the team.

LaDue, 28, recorded an assist in two games with the Los Angeles Kings last season. Additionally, the 6’2″, 200-pound defenseman registered 27 points (9g, 18a) in 48 games with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Grand Forks, N.D., native recorded five points (2g, 3a) in 33 games with the Kings in the 2018-19 season. LaDue led all team defensemen with at least 15 games played in shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (402 shot attempts for, 393 against) and ranked second in hits per 60 minutes of play (7.01).

LaDue attended the University of North Dakota, winning an NCAA Championship during the 2015-16 season.

Originally selected by Los Angeles in the sixth round, 181st overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, LaDue has 18 points (5g, 13a) in 69 career NHL games.

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Washington Spirit Finish Fall Series First in Northeast Pod

The Washington Spirit have finished first in the Northeast Pod in the 2020 NWSL Fall Series. With Sky Blue’s convincing 3–1 win over the Chicago Red Stars recently, the Washington Spirit’s first place position in the Northeast Pod was mathematically confirmed. With a 2–1–1 record, seven points and a plus-one goal differential, the Spirit best both geographic rivals.

Sky Blue finish the group in second, at 2–0–2 with six points and a minus-one goal difference. With Saturday’s loss, Chicago drops to 1–1–2 in the Fall Series, finishing bottom of the group with four points and an even goal differential.

Heading into Saturday’s game, a Red Stars win by any margin would have seen the Chicago outfit top the Northeast Pod. Before Saturday’s loss, Chicago was 1–1–1 with four points, but had a plus-two goal differential. A win would have left Chicago and Washington tied on points, with the Red Stars claiming top spot on goal difference.

The Northeast Pod was defined by parody. In two games against Sky Blue, for example, the Spirit were 1–1, scored two goals and conceded two goals. In two matches facing Chicago, Washington was 1–0–1, netted three times and allowed two goals.

In games between Sky Blue and the Red Stars, each team won once and lost once — with each squad winning convincingly at home. At SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago, the Red Stars cruised to a 4–1 win, but lost 3–1 when travelling to Montclair, NJ. Interestingly, Chicago did not win a game away from home, while the Spirit and Sky Blue both won their away matches against each other.

With both the Red Stars and Sky Blue sending six and four players on loan, respectively, combined with various injuries for all three teams, the Fall Series allowed the three head coaches, Richie Burke (WAS), Freya Coombe (NJ) and Rory Dames (CHI) to play younger players vying for future spots on the team.

Of the five goals the Spirit scored in four games, there were five different goal-scorers — Paige Nielsen, Bayley Feist, Jessie Scarpa, Crystal Thomas and Kumi Yokoyama (in that order).

With the Northeast Pod having wrapped up all its games on Saturday, the points have been locked in. The Spirit currently sit in third place in the league standings, but there are still three games left to play in the Fall Series.

Of the remaining games, OL Reign would have to win both their matches and the North Carolina Courage needing a win by a three-goal margin to vault the Spirit in the standings.

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

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Sky Blue Closes Fall Series With 3-1 Win Against Chicago

Sky Blue FC march onto the pitch. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Sky Blue FC played the Chicago Red Stars to a dominant 3-1 victory on Saturday, October 10, at Montclair State University Soccer Park at Pittser Field, the home of New York Red Bulls II. The fourth and final Fall Series match was presented digitally for Sky Blue fans courtesy of NJM Insurance Group.

The game started very back-and-forth, with both teams trying to find their footing early. Sky Blue’s first clear chance came in the 11th minute when forward Ifeoma Onumonu earned a free-kick just outside the box. Midfielder Domi Richardson stepped up to take the kick, but she curled it just over the bar.

Sky Blue was back on the attack in the 25th minute when defender Erica Skroski found Midge Purce running free on the right sideline. Purce played the ball across the goal and past the Chicago defenders to the feet of forward Paige Monaghan. The forward, who was waiting in front of the goal, tapped in the ball to put Sky Blue up 1-0.

Just a few minutes later, Chicago was back in the attack looking for the equalizer. Forward Kealia Watt approached the goal quickly from the right side of the box. Sky Blue defender Imani Dorsey made a crucial tackle and knocked the ball over the end line and away from danger.

Sky Blue doubled their lead in the 35th minute when midfielder Sarah Woldmoe played a through ball to Monaghan on the left sideline. Monaghan then played the ball first-time across the box to Onumonu, who settled the ball then touched it past Naeher for her third goal of the Series.

Sky Blue’s dynamic offensive trio was back for more in the second minute of stoppage time. Purce found space on the right sideline and played a ball across the box to Monaghan near the far-left corner of the six. Monaghan then headed the ball into the back of the net to put Sky Blue up 3-0 over Chicago heading into halftime.

At the beginning of the second half, the Red Stars came out looking for a comeback. In the 50th minute, defender Casey Short played a cross towards Morgan Gautrat in the center of the box. The Chicago midfielder then slid onto the ball, but her shot went right to Kailen Sheridan.

Just five minutes later, Chicago was back in the attack when a cross was played in from the right sideline towards Arin Wright at the near post. Sheridan came off her line to punch the ball away, right before it could connect with the Chicago midfielder.

In the 62nd minute, Sky Blue was back on the other end, looking to add to their lead. Onumonu played the ball to Purce near the right-center of the box. Purce then ripped a shot towards goal, but it went over the bar.

Just ten minutes later, Onumonu pushed for more as she drove through the midfield and earned a free-kick just outside the box. Richardson took the kick once more, but her shot went over the bar.

Chicago’s attack kept pushing for a goal late in the game. In the 81st minute, forward Savannah McCaskill broke into the box and ripped a shot towards the upper right corner of the goal, but Sheridan made the quick reaction save to tip the ball over the bar.

The Red Stars’ offensive pressure eventually paid off in the 88th minute, when the team earned a free-kick just outside of the left corner of the box. Defender Tierna Davidson stepped up to take the kick, and she curled the ball towards the far post. The cross connected with Gautrat, who put Chicago on the board with a headed ball to the near post.

Sky Blue almost added to their lead in the second minute of stoppage time when Purce drove into the attacking third and found Onumonu behind the Chicago backline. Onumonu then broke free in the box, but Naeher came out to deflect the ball away before the forward could put a shot on goal. The whistle blew just moments later to secure the 3-1 victory for Sky Blue.

“Going into the game, we knew that Chicago likes to be aggressive with the way that they play,” said Sky Blue Head Coach Freya Coombe after the match. “We knew that we would be able to get in behind at times, and we focused on making sure that we took advantage of that. I could not ask for more in terms of our clinical finishing that we had on those opportunities. The front three performed excellently today.”

Forward Paige Monaghan had a career day scoring two goals and recording one assist for Sky Blue in Saturday’s matchup. Her clinical performance in front of goal and her ability to connect with teammates earned Monaghan the Saker ShopRite Woman of the Match award.

Forwards Midge Purce and Ifeoma Onumonu both played alongside Monaghan to complete the front three’s explosive performance on Saturday. Onumonu scored her third Fall Series goal against Chicago and is now tied for second-most NWSL goals this fall. Meanwhile, Purce recorded two assists and helped create many opportunities on Saturday.

Midfielder Nicole Baxter made her first career NWSL start during the match. Additionally, forward Mikaela Howell made her NWSL debut after coming on for Skroski in the 89th minute.

The victory over the Red Stars concluded Sky Blue’s Fall Series campaign. The team ends the Series with six points through four games, and they currently sit in fourth place in the Fall Series standings. A loss or draw from the NC Courage in their final match would secure a fourth-place finish for Sky Blue.

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