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Rashida Ellis wins 2022 Elite Women’s World Championships gold

 Lightweight Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) closed out the 2022 Elite Women’s World Championships the same way she began this tournament, having fun and winning.

Ellis, who won bronze at the 2019 Elite Women’s World Championships, became the first American woman to win the lightweight division at the IBA World Championships following her 3-2 decision victory over 2019 World Champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil.

“It’s about time,” stated Ellis following her victory. “I feel good, I worked hard for this. I had to just fight my fight and look what happens when I do.”

Ellis was in the lead following the first round, which saw the judges score it 4-1. The second and third round were more evenly matched, with both rounds being scored 3-2 for the American, resulting in a final 3-2 decision.

This marked the fifth time the American and Brazilian have met in international competition, with Ferreira taking the last three decisions, including the recent 2022 Elite AMBC Championship finals held this March in Ecuador.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said USA Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh. “This year she has changed after coming out of the Olympics disappointed, so she got herself in really great shape for this and produce a performance that was world class. All five of her performances were world class.”

Ellis defeated Marija Malencia of Croatia (5-0), Krisandy Rioz of Venezuela (5-0), Jaismine of India (4-1) and Donjeta Sadiku of Kosovo (5-0) in route to her championship bout.

Click here to have a look back at this year’s Elite Women’s World Championships:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/2022-Women-World-Championships

Final Results

60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, dec. over Beatriz Ferreira/BRA, 3-2

INFORMATION:

www.usaboxing.org

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Lince Dorado enters MLW Battle Riot

Major League Wrestling today announced a new participant in the 40-wrestler Battle Riot as MLW returns to New York City’s Melrose Ballroom on June 23, featuring an MLW Fusion TV taping.

🎟Grab your tickets at www.MLWNYC.com and on Eventbrite.

The Battle Riot has officially become lucha lit with Lince Dorado entering the 40-wrestler extravaganza! 

The lynx of lucha looks to outlast 39 other wrestlers as MLW makes its highly anticipated return to the Big Apple after 3 years.

Innovative as he is evasive in the ring, Lince promises to claw through the competition and grab his golden ticket to a shot at the World Champ. A wily wrestler with a penchant for pouncing his opponents, Dorado will have to move quick and avoid being pinned, thrown over the top rope or submitted in literally the biggest match in the sport.

Having toured on the Japanese and Mexican circuits, Dorado can adapt to a variety of wrestling styles and competitors. A newcomer to MLW, Lince is determined to showcase his world class talents in the ring.

Could Dorado’s lightning speed and endless lucha arsenal ignite victory? Find out LIVE in New York City on June 23 at MLW Battle Riot IV!

Who will outlast, outfight and out riot 39 other wrestlers and earn a title shot against the World Champion? Find out June 23 in the Big Apple at the Melrose Ballroom!.

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

https://mlw.com/

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball to Meet Iowa State in Big 12-BIG EAST Battle

 The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team will travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State in next season’s Big 12-BIG EAST Battle, it was announced on Thursday by the conference offices.

The two teams will meet on Sunday, Dec. 4 inside Hilton Coliseum.  Tip-off time and a TV designation for the matchup have not yet been determined. 

Red Storm Head Coach Mike Anderson is 8-3 all-time against Iowa State as a head coach, having last met the Cyclones during the 2014-15 season while at Arkansas.

St. John’s and Iowa State have met only once in the history of the two programs, a 71-47 win for the Johnnies on Dec. 21, 1948, at Madison Square Garden.

Last season, after notching just two wins during the 2020-21 campaign, Iowa State went 22-13 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. 

St. John’s is 1-1 in the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle, defeating West Virginia at Madison Square Garden during the 2019-20 season before falling to eventual national champion Kansas this past December at UBS Arena.  A trip to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech during the 2020-21 season was called off due to COVID concerns.

The BIG EAST went 8-2 during the first edition of the event in 2019-20.  The conferences have split each of the last two seasons, going 3-3 in 2020-21 and 5-5 a year ago.

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

https://redstormsports.com/

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New NABA Super Flyweight Champion John “Scrappy” Ramirez made major statement on DAZN

Newly crowned North American Boxing Association (NABA) Super Flyweight Champion John “Scrappy” Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) made a major statement last Saturday night in the DAZN’s opening bout on the Zurdo Ramirez-Dominic Boesel card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in Association with Zurdo Promotions, live from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.

Ramirez’ statement was, “I’m here to takeover!”

The 25-year-old Ramirez, fighting out of nearby East Los Angeles, patiently set up his Mexican opponent, Jan Salvatierra, until exploding midway through the opening round when he landed a powerful right hook that wobbled Salvatierra. Ramirez showed poise beyond his years, blinding Salvatierra with a jab and following with a straight right that landed on the button, which not only dropped his 8-1 foe, but knocked him right out of the ring in an instant Knockout of the Year candidate at 2:25 of round one.

“When you land a shot like that,” Ramirez explained, “you can feel everything. I knew it was a money shot. I was certain the fight was over right after the right hook because he pulled back. Going into the fight, I knew we were on whole different levels. He’s a good fighter who I wanted to fight on the great opportunity on DAZN.”

“It feels good to win my first title belt, but I wasn’t surprised. All I needed to do was be patient, stay focused,  and have faith. Winning the title was my main focus. I’m ready to fight anybody with a belt at 115 pounds. I’m her to takeover and prove I’m the best. I’m happy that people all over the world saw me fight, but it wasn’t overnight like some said. I’ve been working hard for the past five years.”  

Ramirez is an LA inner-city sports legend whose journey started on the gridiron, not in a ring, when he was a key member of the Lincoln High football team, profiled in a 2015 documentary, “ESPN 60: Letterman.” The players were from a crime-ridden section of Hollywood riddled with drugs and guns. Ramirez was a 5’ 4”, 160-pound running back on a team that, starting in Pop Warner competition, advanced to Lincoln High, which hadn’t experienced any degree success in football. Lincoln High went on to become a 3-time league champion, highlighted by its semifinal playoff appearance in his senior year, which eventually led “Scrappy” to a roster spot on the Los Angeles Valley College’s football team.

“Scrappy” has been moved on the fast track by 3 Point Management (3 PM) having fought 10 times in less than 1 ½ years. And he wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

“I’m ready to go,” he concluded. “I’m looking to get all the world title belts and be part of some cool things.”

Ramirez was one of four 3 PM stablemates to have their hands raised in victory Saturday night on the same card. Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs), no relations to “Scrappy” but his mentor and friend, outclassed Dominic Boesel from the opening bell, stopping him in round four of their WBA Light Heavyweight World Eliminator. “Zurdo” is the official mandatory challenger for WBA Super Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol , recent winner against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

The other two 3 PM winners were light heavyweight Kareem Hackett (10-0, 5 KOs) and lightweight Carlos Nava (8-0, 5 KOs). Hackett won a 6-round unanimous decision over Joshue Obando, while Nava knocked out Yampier Hernandez in the sixth round.

INFORMATION:

Website: www.ZurdoPromotions.com

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Gotham FC Acquires 2023 International Spot and Allocation Money From Chicago

Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League has announced a trade with the Chicago Red Stars. Gotham FC will receive a 2023 international player spot and $20,000 in allocation money in exchange for a 2022 international player spot.

Gotham FC will return to action Sunday, May 22 against Racing Louisville FC for a 5 p.m. contest at Red Bull Arena. Tickets are available for purchase at www.gothamfc.com/tickets. Fans can also catch all the action live on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Twitch internationally.

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Washington Spirit Rallies to Draw Portland, Earn Point

The Washington Spirit earned another point in the table Wednesday night by way of a 1-1 draw with Portland Thorns FC. Emily Sonnett set the tone in the defensive third early with a sliding block in the box in the fourth minute of action and another clearance to end a Portland threat a minute later.

The 26th minute saw a great centering pass to Ashley Hatch in close-range that was tipped out of play by a Thorns defender. The next minute, Hatch found Trinity Rodman at the top of the box who fired off a direct shot too high. The next Spirit attempt came in the 31st minute when Ashley Sanchez fed a through ball to a driving Hatch for a shot from the right side of the box that went high. Sanchez then got a shot off herself from the top of the box but was just wide left.

In minute 37, Portland had its best first-half chance when the side forced a Spirit defensive turnover and Christine Sinclair fired off a shot just over the reach of Aubrey Kingsbury and directly off the crossbar. The Thorns’ Sophia Smith found herself on a breakaway four minutes later but slipped in the box before she could get a shot off. Washington made a push late in the first half with two offensive chances from Bayley Feist. Feist had a crossing ball tipped wide in the 42nd minute and was able to put the ball at the goal-line in the 43rd before Portland cleared and sent us into the break shortly after.

Aubrey Kingsbury started the second half playing spoiler to a Thorns breakaway chance, intercepting a crossing ball to the center of the box and regaining possession for Washington. Portland continued an offensive clinic through the first 15 minutes of the second 45. Sophia Smith sent a crossing shot just wide right in the 52nd minute and broke through in the 57th with a right-footed shot from a tough angle into the bottom left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. Just three minutes later, Portland looked ready to double its lead but Kingsbury made a key stop on another Sophia Smith strike and an Emily Menges attempt just missed off to the left.

Washington climbed even in the 63rd minute when Anna Heilferty sent a perfect cross into the center of the box that drew Thorns’ goalkeeper Bella Bixby off the line. Ashley Hatch rose up for the header and buried the feed from Heilferty into the bottom left corner of the goal, colliding with Bixby in doing so. Both Hatch and Bixby were shaken up on the play and received attention from athletic trainers but were able to remain in the game.

The Spirit appeared to flip the switch with another two great scoring chances in the following ten minutes. In the 67th, Ashley Sanchez chased down a rebound and chipped a shot toward the upper right corner of the net but Bella Bixby made an impressive diving save to reset the defense. Washington looked to have taken the lead in the 72nd minute when Emily Sonnett buried a loose ball off a corner kick from Sam Staab but the offside flag was raised late and we remained even at one goal apiece.

Aubrey Kingsbury kept the Spirit in position to earn at least a point in the 77th minute when she made a save on a close-range shot from Meghan Klingenberg after a missed shot and a blocked shot from Morgan Weaver and Samantha Coffey, respectively. The goalkeeper battle continued in the 81st minute when Bixby made back-to-back stops on Rodman and Sanchez.

Anna Heilferty had her second shot on goal of the match early in stoppage time but was stopped again by Bixby. Portland’s Meaghan Nally missed wide on a last-chance free kick two minutes later and full time was called shortly after, sending Portland and Washington on their way with a point each.

The Spirit will now head north to Seattle to take on OL Reign for the third time in as many weeks on Sunday, May 22. After the week-long trip to the Pacific Northwest, Washington will head down to Orlando for its third consecutive road match on Friday, May 27.

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

https://washingtonspirit.com/

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1495 Sports TV presents: Washington Mystics Practice Report 5/19/2022

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Washington Mystics Practice Press Conference Video from 5/19/2022. This is prior to the team’s game vs the Atlanta Dream on Friday May 20, with the tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Video features thoughts from General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault, Elizabeth Williams and Tianna Hawkins:

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

https://mystics.wnba.com/