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USA Boxing Converts Abandoned Department Store Into National Training Gym for Preparations for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

When the boxers of the USA Boxing Olympic Qualification Team arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. this week they walked into a new training facility with just over six months left until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and even less time to their qualification tournaments.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USA Boxing athletes have not been allowed to train in the national boxing gym at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (USOPTC) since March 2020 and have had to continue to make adjustments to their training plans, which included training at the French National Training Center in Paris in late 2020.

After being told they would not be allowed to begin 2021 at the USOPTC, the coaching and national office staff had to find a new home to begin the final preparations for the qualification tournaments taking place in May and June.

“After spending most of 2020 waiting to be allowed entry back into our national gym at the Colorado Springs OPTC, it was time that we took matters into our own hands and established a training space that can properly accommodate our team’s training needs,” said Matt Johnson, USA Boxing High Performance Director.

USA Boxing ended 2020 and the beginning of 2021 moving all equipment, which included four boxing rings, numerous heavy bags and strength and conditioning equipment, from their gym at the USOPTC to an abandoned department store in a mall in Colorado Springs to hold training camps, while housing the boxers and coaching staff at the nearby Hotel Eleganté.

“We are able to continue to move forward in this COVID environment by applying multi-layer protection protocols, pre-travel testing, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, regular cleaning, regular rapid antigen testing, daily health surveys and follow up PRC pool testing, as well as provide a top notch training facility in our temporary facility, which we are greatly thankful for John Bushman, owner of Hotel Eleganté and the training facility, to help provide these opportunities to our boxers,” stated Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director.

“The training facility and environment we have created has greatly reduced the risk to our boxers and coaches. USA Boxing strives to fulfill our stated mission to our boxers, ‘… (to) inspire the tireless pursuit of Olympic gold and enable our boxers and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence…’ in the face of a worldwide pandemic.”

The first training camp of 2021 began Jan. 14 and will run until Feb. 18, before the boxers head to Bulgaria and Spain for international competitions. USA Boxing will hold the final training camp before the America’s Olympic Qualification Tournament at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, in Chula Vista, Calif., in another makeshift boxing gym, which held the final training camp of 2020 in November.

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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Entertain Towson

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will return to the friendly confines of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex this week when it hosts Towson for a two-game set.

The Pride and the Tigers will face each other on Saturday and Sunday with both games beginning at 2 p.m.

The games will air on FloHoops and WRHU (88.7 FM) will provide an audio-only broadcast available on Pride Productions and WRHU.org. All links can be found at the top of this release and on the Hofstra Men’s Basketball schedule page on GoHofstra.com. For the audio only broadcast, via WRHU, Saturday’s game will air on WRHU (88.7 FM) – available on the Pride Productions portal and on WRHU.org – and Sunday’s game will be available on the HAWC (accessible via WRHU.org).

Hofstra is 7-6 this year and 3-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play after a weekend split with Delaware. The Pride led wire-to-wire on Sunday in holding off a late Blue Hen surge to get the victory. Jalen Ray, who had 23 points on Sunday and 25 on Friday at Delaware, leads Hofstra with 18.3 points per game. He is joined in double figures by senior Tareq Coburn and junior Isaac Kante with 15.0 and 12.7 points, respectively. Kante is also the Pride’s top rebounder with 10.6 caroms per game. Sophomore Caleb Burgess is averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 assists per game, and is coming off a career-best 17 points at Delaware on Sunday.

Towson enters this weekend with a 3-5 overall mark and a 2-1 record in conference play after sweeping UNCW on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Zane Martin leads Towson in scoring with 16.6 points per game and he is also tops on the team with 3.3 assists per contest. Nicolas Timberlake is second on the Tigers with 11.4 points per game. Solomon Uyaelunmo is Towson’s top rebounder at 6.1 rebounds per outing.

Hofstra is 44-27 all-time against Towson and the Pride has won five of the last six and eight of the last 11 in the series. The Hofstra/Towson series, which began with an 86-71 Pride victory during the 1982-83 season, is the Pride’s third-most common series in program history. The 71 all-time meetings ranks only behind Delaware (96) and Drexel (92).

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

Hofstra University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (gohofstra.com)

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News and Notes from the Buffalo Sabres as they prepare to take on the Capitals

The Buffalo Sabres are getting ready to fly down to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals in National Hockey League action on Friday and here are some news and notes from the team:

The Sabres announced that the team has reassigned goaltender Dustin Tokarski from Rochester (AHL) to the team’s taxi squad and loaned forward Rasmus Asplund to the taxi squad.

Tokarski was signed by Buffalo to a two-year contract this offseason. Dustin is a two-time Calder Cup Champion, and had spent the 2019-20 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who are in the AHL.

The goalkeeper had made his NHL debut in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Lighting and started 27 games over the course of his career.

Making his first appearance for the Sabres on Tuesday was goaltender Jonas Johansson, who stopped eight of nine shots in the final 20 minutes during the team’s 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kyle Okposo has yet to make an appearance for the Sabres due to an upper-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

In 165 games played the Sabres have  won 90-54 games against the Capitals. They have struggled while playing at Capital One Arena having a 16-18 mark.

When looking at the scheduled goalies Carter Hutton holds a 1-2-0 record with a 2.66 GAA and a .899 Save Percentage for the Sabres while Ilya Samsonov holds a 1-0-01 record, with a 3.66 GAA and a .868 Save Percentage.

Hutton played most recently against the Philadelphia Flyers, in the game that was played on Monday, which was a 6-1 victory the netminder made 21 saves.  During the second game Hutton suffered an injury, with the team making an update on how he is feeling during the course of the day today. 

The Capitals outrank the Sabres in Power Play percentage, as they are ranked in 9th place with 25.0 to Buffalo who is sitting in 15th Place with 20. Buffalo holds a lead in the face-offs as they are ranked 10th with 51.7 percent to the 45.3 mark for Washington D.C., which ranks 27th.

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

Official Buffalo Sabres Website | NHL.com

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Sky Blue FC re-signs defender Caprice Dydasco for 2021

Sky Blue FC has signed defender Caprice Dydasco to a new contract for the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season. The terms of the deal include a one-year contract with a second-year Club option.

“I am grateful and excited for another opportunity to play for a club that is continuing to push boundaries and compete each year,” said Dydasco. “This year, I am looking forward to getting fully healthy, playing, and growing on and off the pitch. This is a special group, and I cannot wait to contribute to the team’s success.”

“We are excited to have Caprice back on the pitch this spring after unfortunately missing last season due to injury,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “She is coming back even stronger with a hunger and desire to compete every single day and drive herself and the team forward.”

Dydasco, 28, joined Sky Blue in 2019 and started all but one match in her first season with the Club. During the 2019 season, Dydasco played and started in 23 matches for a total of 2,028 minutes. She completed over 800 of her passes for a 76% success rate while recording 42 clearances and 38 interceptions on the backline. Unfortunately, Dydasco suffered a torn ACL during preparations for the 2020 season and sat out the year rehabbing.

“Capy was really shining when she came into preseason last year, so the knee injury was unfortunate timing,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “We have seen how hard she has worked to come back from this, so we are excited to see her pick up where she left off.”

Sky Blue FC will begin the 2021 pre-season on February 1, with the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup set to kick-off mid-April. The team is preparing for a 24-match season in 2021, beginning in mid-May.

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Fordham Men’s Basketball takes tough 73-58 loss to Davidson

Fordham men’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Fordham Men’s Basketball team (1-6, 1-6 A-10 Conference) had a solid shooting performance but fell to Davidson by a final of 73-58 in NCAA action on Wednesday.

Leading the way on offense for the Rams was Chris Austin who had 19 points in 40 minutes of play. Josh Navarro followed with 14 points, Joel Soriano had eight points and Jalen Cobb had seven points.

Momentum was in favor of Fordham, who was able to take a 14-11 lead 6:05 into the game, as Austin was able to record eight of those Fordham points. Things went cold for the Rams, as the Wildcats started to gain momentum having a 19-3 run to take a 30-17 lead with 8:12 remaining in the half.

Fordham fought through the whole game, as they were able to cue the deficit to six, 35-29 on an Onyi Eyisi dunk with 2:23 remaining on the clock. Davidson regained momentum thanks to Kellan Grady, who hit a shot from beyond the arc before halftime that gave Davidson a 39-28 lead.

The Rams were able to start the second half with a 16-6 spurt, to make it a one point game, following a Jalen Cobb jumper with 14:37 left, but the Wildcats once again regained their offensive momentum with 16 unanswered points to take a 61-44 lead.

One of the keys for the Davidson victory and the fact that the Wildcats have been playing well as of late, is the fact that the Wildcats have been outrebounding their opponents in 13 of the last 14 games this year. Davidson outrebounded Fordham by a tally of 37-25.

Davidson has always played well against Fordham, taking the past eight meetings, while also leading the all-time series, 10-2.

Fordham continue the 2020-21 A-10 Conference season on Wednesday, January 27 when they host Duquesne University at Rose Hill Gym, with the tip scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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

Fordham University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (fordhamsports.com)

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball falls to Seton Hall, 87-64

St. John’s Women’s Basketball Team Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Andra Espinoza-Hunter registered a game-high 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting from the floor to lead Seton Hall past St. John’s, 87-64, on Wednesday afternoon.

A trio of Johnnies reached double figures, as Qadashah Hoppie led the way for the Red Storm in scoring for the third-straight game. The senior guard finished with 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor. The Staten Island native also tied Unique Drake in dishing out a team-best six assists.

Kadaja Bailey turned in double figures for the fifth time this season, chipping in 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. The junior guard also grabbed three rebounds.

Leilani Correa rounded out double-digit scorers with 12 points to go along with a trio of boards.

Rayven Peeples paced St. John’s in rebounding with eight. The junior forward also grabbed a team-best three steals.

After being held to 0-of-5 shooting from the floor through the first 40 seconds of action, Seton Hall fired off a 10-2 run to take an early lead after three minutes of action.

The Red Storm (4-8, 1-6 BIG EAST) went without a point for nearly three minutes before Drake snapped the Johnnies’ scoring drought with a pull-up jumper to cut into Seton Hall’s lead, 10-4. The two teams traded blows over the next minute before the Pirates converted on a pair of fast breaks, growing their lead to 10, 16-6, midway through the opening quarter.

St. John’s began to chip away at Seton Hall’s advantage over the reminder of the period, pulling the score within seven, 22-15, after 10 minutes of action.

The home team uncorked a 21-9 run to open the second stanza and balloon their lead to 19, 43-24. The Johnnies locked in defensively down the stretch, holding the Pirates without a field goal over the final four minutes to pull the score within 14, 46-32, at the half.

Bailey led the way for the Red Storm through the first 20 minutes with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.

On the other side of the break, Seton Hall (7-3, 5-2 BIG EAST) used an 8-2 run to grow its lead to 20, 54-34. The Pirates continued to dominate over the next few minutes before the Johnnies pieced together an 8-2 run of their own, trimming their deficit down to 16, 63-47.

With 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Seton Hall’s Desiree Elmore converted on an and-one to build the Pirates’ lead back up to 19, 66-47, after 30 minutes of action.

The Johnnies would move within 16 twice over the final frame, but that was as close as they would get, as Seton Hall pulled ahead by 23 in the waning seconds.

The Red Storm will return to action on Monday, when the team travels to Villanova for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Wildcats.

For more information on the St. John’s Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

St. John’s University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (redstormsports.com)

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Buffalo Sabres fall to Flyers 3-0

It was a physical game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers, in the end it was Philadelphia that was able to earn a 3-0 victory in NHL action on Tuesday night.

Recording the goals for the Flyers was Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny and Kevin Hays who all skated great at the Wells Fargo Center. Keeping buffalo in the game between the pipes was Carter Hutton, making 19 saves in two periods of action. Hutton was later replaced by Jonas Johansson.

During the game Hutton was able to take an elbow to the head from one of the Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov early in the second period.

One of the things that really disappointed the Sabres was the fact that they were able to be able to find the back of the cage, even though the team were able to generate 40 shots and 11 quality attempts at 5-on-5. The Sabres especially had one of their best quality shots during a 5-on-3 power play during the first period, which saw Victor Olofsson who had a wide-open net.

Philadelphia and Buffalo have met plenty of times in the past, but there seemed to have been a bit of an edge between the two teams on Tuesday. They have a total of eight meetings this season, so it will be interesting to see if a rivalry will form during the course of the NHL season.

Buffalo is now enjoying some time to game plan and will travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals in a game that is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday.

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

Official Buffalo Sabres Website | NHL.com