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New York Liberty Announce Roster Movements

The New York Liberty announced today that the team has waived forward Reshanda Gray.

“On behalf of the New York Liberty organization, I would like to thank Reshanda for being a true and consistent competitor as shown night in and night out in front of New York Liberty fans last season,” said Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb. “We wish her the best moving forward.”

Gray, a 6-2 forward reentered the WNBA for the first time in three seasons, joining the Liberty in 2019. She appeared in 34 games, starting in ten and averaging 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Additionally, Chinese center Han Xu and French guard Marine Johannés will remain overseas for the 2020 season and join the team in 2021.

In light of game scheduling changes in her home country due to COVID-19, Han is unable to report for the 2020 WNBA season. Similarly, Johannés will not report for personal reasons. The team remains in close contact with them and looks forward to welcoming them back for the 2021 season.

Johannés, a 5-10 guard, joined the Liberty in 2019 after her overseas commitments. She appeared in 19 games during her rookie WNBA season averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists per game.

Han was drafted 14th overall by New York in 2019. The 6-9 center appeared in 18 games averaging 3.0 points and 0.8 rebounds per game during her rookie campaign.

The WNBA announced on April 3 that the 2020 training camp and regular season will be postponed as developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic. The league continues scenario-planning for new start dates and innovative formats.

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

https://liberty.wnba.com/

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Flashback Series Video of the Day: D.C. United Post Match Press Conference Video from 2016

D.C. United fans check out this amazing video we were able to capture from a match that we covered in 2016. Featuring thoughts from members of the team after what was an amazing experience in Washington D.C.:

For the full coverage fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://1495sports.com/2016/09/25/d-c-united-stay-alive-in-playoff-push-with-huge-victory-over-orlando-city-sc/

 

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NWSL to allow small group training starting Monday

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced that all clubs may advance to Phase Two – Small Group Training under guidelines outlined by the NWSL Medical Task Force (MTF) in the league’s “Return to Play Phased Protocol”, subject to state and local governmental requirements.

“Following the advice and counsel of our medical advisors, the NWSL is pleased to be taking the next steps to safely return to competition,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird.

All groups during Phase Two must not exceed eight (8) players. Prior to entering a facility, all players must complete a Pre-Training Assessment (PTA) and have a daily symptom and temperature screening. In Small Group Training, clubs are permitted to use weight rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. Essential staff authorized in Phase 2 are coaches, athletic trainers, sports scientists, team physicians and equipment managers. All players and staff members are required to take both an Antigen polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and an Antibody (IgG) test prior to being present at any group trainings.

Beginning Saturday, May 30, 2020, teams may progress to Phase Three – Full Team Training provided that five (5) days of Small Group Training have been completed and doing so is not in violation of applicable state or local restrictions.

Throughout Phases Two and Three, players are required to arrive in their training gear and wear masks when arriving and departing the facility; shared water bottles will not be permitted, and staff will perform a thorough cleaning after each groups’ use of the facilities.

The following principles apply to all phases of the league’s return to play protocol:

  • All activity must follow state and local government and health agency mandates
  • Each team must have approval from their medical staff to advance to the next phase
  • Teams must limit staff to the essential personnel necessary to conduct each phase of training and competition
  • Players will undergo a daily symptom screening prior to entering team facilities
  • Players who are fulfilling self-quarantine for any reason are not permitted to train with other individuals or at team facilities
  • Players, coaches and staff who are sick or have close contact with individuals who are sick must inform the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer, stay home, and not participate in training
  • All individuals should practice good hand hygiene, and avoid touching their face, nose and eyes with their hands as much as possible
  • All facilities and rooms used are subject to NWSL Standards for Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sanitation
  • All facility staff, housekeeping and grounds crew will be scheduled to avoid contact with players and essential staff

The “Return to Play Phased Protocol” details health and safety guidelines and the league will continue to control the progression through each phase.

https://www.nwslsoccer.com/

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New York City FC to Begin Voluntary Individual Outdoor Workouts in Accordance with MLS and New York State Guidelines

New York City FC today announced that the Club will begin holding individual outdoor workouts for players on a voluntary basis beginning this morning.

Yesterday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York are now allowed to begin training. Major League Soccer (MLS) had previously announced that players could begin to use outdoor team training fields for individual workouts beginning May 6.

New York City FC Sporting Director, David Lee, said: “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the health and welfare of our players, staff and fans has been our number one priority. After close collaboration and with the approval of team doctors, MLS and the State of New York we will now be using our training pitch for individual player workouts. The safety procedures we implement will be extensive and will fully comply with social distancing procedures from the moment the players and the essential staff arrive to when they leave.

“We are committed to safely proceeding into a multi-phased approach to get our players back on the pitch and this is an important first step to help our players gain fitness in a controlled and safe environment.”

After close consultation with our Chief Medical Officer and NewYork-Presbyterian, NYCFC will implement detailed health and safety protocols during these workouts. The Club has used the MLS guidelines which were previously released by the league. They are the following:

Restricting training facility access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.
Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.
Completion of a Standard Screening Assessment survey by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.
Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.
Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to the field, and again on return to the parking lot.
Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.
Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after individual workouts.
Clubs will have the use of the outdoor fields at their training facility, divided into a maximum of four quadrants per field. A maximum of one player per quadrant may participate per training session with no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting) between players.
At this time, players and staff are prohibited from accessing locker rooms, gyms and training rooms.

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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Flashback Series Video of the Day: New York City and star Maxi Moralez Giving Back to the Community

The 1495Sports Flashback Series Video of the Day is this video look as New York City FC and star Maxi Moralez gave back to the Harlem Community in 2017:

For the full coverage from what was an inspiring and inspirational fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here

https://1495sports.com/2017/03/01/athletes-in-your-community-nycfc-new-dp-maxi-moralez-participates-in-city-in-the-community-event/

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Garden of Dreams Finding New Ways to Give Back as Stars Heather ‘Heat’ Hardy and Jamel Herring share stories to kids in need

The Garden of Dreams much like all the companies are finding new ways to give back during these new social distancing times. So they called upon two stars in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy and Jamel Herring who have shined in the world of boxing shared their stories via Zoom with the amazing children who are  a part of the Garden of Dreams Foundation:

Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy

Jamel Herring

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is committed to creating meaningful, unforgettable programs for children affiliated with our 30 local partner organizations. From across the tri-state area, Garden of Dreams partner organizations include hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations and were able to do that via being able to get such stars like Heather and James to share their amazing stories.

Both videos are compliments of the Garden of Dreams Foundation

For more information on the Garden of Dreams fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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1495Sports Flashback Series: Interview with Baseball Star Tyler Herron

Baseball fans are encouraged to check out this Flashback Series from 2016 as 1495 Sports got to interview Tyler Herron about playing for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and more: