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Last Saturday night, NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum welcomed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the first time in history. The long-anticipated event drew a crowd of 11,198, compiled a gate of more than $1 million, and saw five Long Island-born fighters compete on a card headlined by former middleweight champ Chris Weidman of Baldwin. more
Of its many positive traits, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s split-season concept gives six of the eight teams a reboot every year and an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs regardless of the first 70 games. more
The Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame, soon to be located at the new Nassau Coliseum, recently announced its third class of inductees, led by Olympic gold medalist hurdler Derrick Adkins and numerous former NFL players. more
Two years removed from capturing the Major League Lacrosse championship, the New York Lizards are in need of a strong finish to make the playoffs this season but took a considerable step June 29 with a thrilling 15-14 victory over first-place Ohio before a crowd of 5,108 at Hofstra. more
The Merrick Elite Premiere soccer team finished this year’s season with their first three-pronged victory. The all-girls PAL team, which played in the Under-10 division of the Long Island Junior Soccer League this year, took home first place at its Premiere League tournament as well as at the New York State Arch Cup, and finished as finalists in the Long Island Cup. more
For a second straight year, late-game heroics lifted New York City over Long Island in a thrilling Empire Challenge. Paul Inzerillo drilled a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give NYC a 37-35 victory before a crowd of 8,621 at Hofstra in the 22nd edition of the high school football all-star showcase on June 21. more
Tapwrit surged past favorite Irish War Cry in the stretch and edged clear under jockey Jose Ortiz to win by two lengths, becoming the fifth Belmont winner in nine years to skip the Preakness after competing in the Derby. more
The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday won’t include the Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming) or Preakness (Cloud Computing) winners but could attract its largest field since a record 15 broke from the starting gate in 1983. more
A young Calhoun girls’ track and field team made considerable strides this spring and is poised for a greater leap next season. The Lady Colts won the Division AA championship for the second consecutive year. more
Playing five playoff games in six days eventually took a toll on Mepham’s baseball team. The 12th-seeded Pirates, after winning three do-or-die games in the Nassau Class A double-elimination tournament, saw their 2017 campaign end May 20 with a 7-4 defeat at No. 4 Garden City. more
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