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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
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
At the onset of the high school softball season, there were a ton of unknowns at West Hempstead. The Rams were very competitive in 2016 and had a half-dozen returnees, but the extended winter gave head coach Chris Van Kovics little time to assess his team’s strengths or get in much work on situational softball. more
There’s been a little bit of change and some of the usual on the baseball diamond at West Hempstead, this spring. With the return of seven seniors who are leaving their mark on the program, a few newcomers on the roster, and the arrival of an energetic coach who took over the varsity after a short stint with the JV, the program is in good shape for the present and future. more
Hewlett exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to rally past West Hempstead, 11-8, to remain undefeated atop the Conference ABC-IV softball standings. more
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