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1495 Sports TV Presents Video Interviews from BIG EAST Media Day


1495 Sports had the honor of being a part of the 2019 BIG EAST Media Day held at Madison Square Garden and has the following videos for fans to enjoy:


St. John’s Men’s Basketball Star Mustapha Heron


St. John’s Men’s Basketball Star LJ Figueroa


Providence College Men’s Basketball star Alpha Diallo:


Providence College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley


Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Star Matthew McClung:

Georgetown University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Ewing



Villanova University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright

Marquette University Men’s Basketball Star Markus Howard


Seton Hall Men’s Basketball Star Myles Powell


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Big Things Happening for BIG EAST Women’s Basketball

The BIG EAST Conference as a whole was celebrating 40 years of existence through ups and downs and trying to remain one of the top tier Conferences in the National Collegiate Athletics Association. With the return of one of the top powerhouses in all of College Sports in the University of Connecticut there are a ton of exciting things that are happening on both the Men’s and Women’s side of the conference.,

All of the media gathered along with the various Colleges to help the team celebrate the 40 years, as well as a new College Basketball Sports season on 10/10 through the BIG EAST Conference Media Day that was held at Madison Square Garden. During the media day the Preseason Coaches Poll was released as well as the Preseason Player of the Year and the All-BIG EAST Team list.

Winning the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll to win the conference was DePaul University, as the Blue Demons were coming off its fourth BIG EAST Tournament title in the last six seasons.  The Poll saw DePaul earn all nine-first place votes and 81 points. DePaul is the winningest BIG EAST program since the realignment, averaging over 15 conference wins per year, while showing an .843  winning percentage (91-17).

Finishing with one of their highest rankings in the Preseason Poll is St. John’s University. The Red Storm have always had a great history with their women’s basketball team, but have never seen a #2 ranking in the Preseason polls.  Head Coach Joe Tartamella will have three starters returning with the team to go along with seven letter winners. Included in this group is scoring steals and assist leader Tiana England.

Leading the way in the player awards was Seton Hall’s Shadeen Samuels was selected to the 2019-2020 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, this is a first for the program since 1988. Samuels won the BIG EAST Scoring title in 2018-19, and according to Head Coach Tony Bozzella was one of the hardest working players to develop during her time at Seton Hall University.

There is a ton of excitement and a ton of things to watch for and  1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from BIG EAST Conference Media Day to give the fans of the conference thoughts from the amazing student-athletes as they get ready for the upcoming Women’s Basketball Season:

Seton Hall Women’s Basketball

Featuring Alexis Lewis, Barbara Johnson and Selena Philox

Seton Hall Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tony Bozzella:


St. John’s Women’s Basketball star Shamchya Duncan

St. John’s Women’s Basketball Star  Qadashah Hoppie:

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Washington Mystics Win First Championship led by Delle Done and Thibault

It was a first for Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and a first for WNBA’s winningest coach Mike Thibault— They are the recipients of the 2019 WNBA Championship.

With 21pts. and 9 Reb, Delle Donne fough through a herniated disk, the relentless offense and sharp shooting from Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Courtney Williams to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Washington, D.C.

“Every single person deserves this,” said Delle Donne. “A lot of people questioned why I went to a team who had never been in the playoff,” she added.

It is safe to say, there will be no more questions about that.

For most of the night, Washington and Connecticut played a seesaw match, as both teams took turns leading.

The first sign of a potential win for Washington came in the third quarter as Jones gave her fourth foul and took the bench. At that point, Delle Donne capitalized, making lay-ups, jumpers and even drawing fouls in the paint.

Coach Thibault told journalists that that was key to garnering a win.

“It was a big deal to get Jonquel out of the game.” he said, as he was fielded questions by reporters.

The largest lead didn’t come until the 4th quarter with 2:45 left on the shot clock. An unwavering Emma Messeman, the WNBA MVP of the series, who wrapped the game with 18 pts, sunk a jumper. Christy Toliver also frustrated Connecticut by often taking open shots, driving to the basket and defensively stopping their runs.

Asked what she whispered to Thiabault after the final buzzer, Delle Donne chuckled then mentioned a line from a Rod Stewart hit song.

” I said to him, ‘have I told you lately that I love you?”

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Undefeated prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera expanding fan-base to Florida

Undefeated prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera is a true throwback fighter; he just asks when and where, not who and why.

Going into 2019, Rivera and his head trainer, Tony Blanco, who co-promotes Rivera (along with partners Rivera and Michael Tran) under the Hartford Boxing Promotions banner, vowed to keep their light heavyweight/cruiserweight more active and the plan has worked to perfection.

Rivera (14-0, 11 KOs), the 28-year-old knockout artist from Hartford (CT), will be fighting November 1st at Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.

It will mark his sixth fight of 2019, fourth since he signed a co-promotional deal with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and also the third on a card promoted by Hall of Famer Christy Martin.

“The plan has been to stay busy and expand my fan-base,” Rivera said. “I’m amazed about how many of my fans (from Hartford) are going to my Florida fight. I watched a friend book 10 flights and Airbnb. I’ve got such a good fan-base. I have friends and family in Florida who are going to my fight. (Rivera is of Puerto Rican heritage and Florida is home to many Puerto Ricans and Puerto-Rican Americans.)

“Boxing is more of a business today, but fighters still need to fight. I use a little of boxing’s old and new like technology. It’s all about risk and reward to have wealth and health when your career is over. The plan has been to stay busy. No breaks to take, the grind never stops. I’ve always been a little jittery before a fight, but I’ve become much comfortable in the ring. I’ve had the will to win and to fight my fight.

“We have a good relationship with Joe (DeGuardia). Joe genuinely believes in my potential. He’s allowing ‘Popeye’ to take off and allowing me to take a stay-busy fight on another promoter’s card like November 1 in Florida, even though I just fought on his show a few weeks ago and will be fighting on his show in December as well.”

Blanco is thrilled with his working relationship with DeGuardia, as well as the friendship he and Rivera have developed with Martin. “Working with Joe has been fantastic,” Blanco remarked. “I knew that I would, but we’re closer now. He’s a visionary and I like the way he works. We’re on the same page and together we’re going to bring a big show to Connecticut in December.

Christy has been so good to us. She has a great soul; I love her and we’re glad to be back with her for this stay-busy fight. We really want to keep Richie busy. I honestly can’t wait to see what the future holds for ‘Popeye.’ Everyone is very excited.”

“I’m pleased that fans in Florida will get to see ‘Fight Night at the Hard Rock,'” DeGuardia added. “‘Popeye’s’ got as great persona, in and out of the ring, and with this activity the future is bright for him.”

Martin has become one of Rivera’s top supporters, commenting: “First, he’s a great person. This venue only seats 500, but everybody wants to watch ‘Popeye’ fight. In another 5-6 fights, he’ll be fighting top 10 guys and in 1 ½ -to-2 years, I think he’ll be fighting for a world title. He’s being moved at the right pace and understands marketing, unlike so many other boxers who don’t understand its value. He is ready, willing and able to post on social media. I appreciate Joe DeGuardia for letting him fight on my show. He is building a following, because everybody who meets him or watches him fight love him. ‘Popeye’ is a kid that really gets it!”

Tickets are priced at $65.00 (ringside) and $40.00 (general admission) and available to purchase at the venue.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.


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Heron and Figueroa Named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team

Heading into their first campaign under the direction of Head Coach Mike Anderson, Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa have been recognized by the conference’s coaches with spots on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team, it was announced on Thursday morning.

The release of the Preseason All-BIG EAST squads coincided with the conference’s annual media day at Madison Square Garden, the home of the BIG EAST Tournament since 1983.  The Red Storm was picked to finish ninth in the league’s annual preseason poll.

Heron and Figueroa are both coming off stellar debut campaigns in red and white, helping the Johnnies win 21 games and make the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2015.

Heron ranked second on the team and 13th in the BIG EAST in scoring a year ago, pouring in 14.6 points per game on 44.0 percent shooting from the field.  He led the Johnnies and ranked seventh in the league in three-point field goal percentage, converting on 40.3 percent of his chances from beyond the arc.  The Auburn transfer scored in double figures 23 times in 31 appearances with six outings of 20-plus points, including a season-high 28 points in the Red Storm’s overtime win against Butler on Feb. 12.  Just five days later, he played a key role in the Johnnies upset of Villanova, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Red Storm upend the defending national champions at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

Figueroa finished third on the team and led all BIG EAST newcomers in scoring last season, averaging 14.4 points per game to go along with a team-high 6.4 boards per contest, the latter of which was good enough for 10th in the league overall.  He also ranked third in the conference in steals with 1.8 per game.  The versatile 6-foot-6 wing led the team with a 51.3 field goal percentage, including a 38.3 percent success rate from three-point range.  He reached double figures in scoring 27 times in 34 appearances while leading the team and ranking sixth in the BIG EAST with six double-doubles, including a 19-point, 10-rebound effort against Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament.

Their Preseason All-BIG EAST honors are the latest in a long line of accolades for both Heron and Figueroa.  Heron, a Second Team All-SEC selection at Auburn in 2017-18, was named to the All-Met Second Team this past spring for his efforts in leading the Johnnies back to the Big Dance.  The Waterbury, Conn., native also earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2016-17.  Figueroa, a Third Team All-Met honoree, garnered NJCAA Division I First Team All-America recognition in 2017-18 after leading Odessa College to a 28-5 record and a spot in the national title game.

Seton Hall (77 points), led by Preseason Player of the Year Myles Powell, edged out Villanova (76) by one point for the top spot in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Pirates’ prognostication ended a streak of five consecutive top spots in the preseason poll for the 2016 and 2018 national champions.  Xavier (52) came in third while Marquette and Providence (50) tied for the fourth spot.  Georgetown (49) and Creighton (45) came in sixth and seventh, respectively, while Butler (21), St. John’s (19) and DePaul (11) rounded out the preseason predictions.

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Loaded Reno boxing card announced for Oct 25 in Inaugural RJJ Boxing & Silver Legacy event o-promoted with Joey Gilbert Promotions

Roy Jones Boxing Promotions has announced a loaded full- card for its latest installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, October 25 in the great fight town of Reno, Nevada.

Co-promoted by Joey Gilbert Promotions, in association with Silver Legacy Resort Casino at THE ROW, the event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, from inside the Grande Exposition Hall at Silver Legacy.

Four highly competitive, entertaining matches will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS, preceded by a pair of four-round bouts to open the show.

San Antonio’s undefeated super lightweight prospect Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda (16-0, 7 KOs), the reigning North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion, will take on battled-tested Estonia-native Stan Martyniouk (20-2, 6 KOs), who lives in Belmont, California, in the eight-round main event.

The co-featured event will showcase Reno fan-favorite Oscar “Chapito” Vazquez (15-2, 3 KOs) against Mexican bantamweight Gilberto Mendoza (15-7-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Vazquez has won 13 of his last 14 fights, while Mendoza is riding a four-fight win streak, winning eight of his last nine.

Undefeated Sacramento cruiserweight Blake McKernan (10-0, 2 KOs) faces New York veteran Shawn Miller (18-5, 7 KOs) in another eight-round bout on UFC FIGHT PASS. McKernan is looking for an impressive win against a former World Boxing Federation (WBF) title challenger such as Miller to build his name recognition outside of the region.

The opening UFC FIGHT PASS bout will match Reno featherweight prospect Ricard Lucio (2-0, 2 KOs) versus Sacramento’s pro-debuting Samir McQueen in a four-rounder.

Scheduled to fight on the undercard on the non-UFC FIGHT PASS segment is Reno lightweight Peter Cortez (1-1) vs. undefeated Las Vegas lightweight Daquan Mays (3-0, 1 KO), and Reno lightweight Kenny Davis, Jr. (0-2-1) vs. Philip Schwartz (3-0-1, 2 KOs), of Stockton, CA, in a pair of four-round fights.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are available for $25, $45 and $65 and can be purchased at the Silver Legacy Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 775-325-7401 or 1-800-MUST-SEE.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is offering a special RJJ Boxing room rate at its hotel as well as its connected sister properties, Eldorado Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno. Click on the respective property links for more information.

Doors open at 5 p.m. PT, first bout 5:45 p.m. PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS starts at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET




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2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Times Announced For New York City FC

New York City FC will begin their 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoff run in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm. The match will air live on FS1.

NYCFC finished atop the Eastern Conference standings with a Club-record 64 points and earned a bye into the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Club will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Round One match between Toronto FC and D.C. United.

Should NYCFC advance to the Eastern Conference Final, the match will take place on Wednesday, October 30 and air live on FS1. Kickoff time for this match will be announced at a later date.

Ticketing information for the matches can be found at the following link: click here

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