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Friday, July 25, 2008


Spending time in the cellar - Brooklyn goes from first to worst in 2008

A season that began with high hopes has found the Brooklyn Cyclones scuttling in mediocrity, with a 14-18 record as of Monday. Comment.

Player of the Week - Jordan Abruzzo rules the plate

This past week catcher Jordan Abruzzo was by far the “Player of the Week” for the Brooklyn Cyclones. In his eight games since being sent to Brooklyn to play with the Cyclones, Abruzzo is batting a solid .321, with nine hits in 28 at bats including two doubles, a home run and four RBI’s. Comment.

Panthers stay hungry - Talented squad hosts college showcase at Wagner

As one more college showcase remains on their schedule, the New York Panthers’ fast pitch softball team is preparing to wind down their sizzling summer season. Comment.

Next stop: the Olympics - Gleason’s Gym sends top boxers to world stage

Legendary Gleason’s Gym was where ring titans from the United States Olympic Boxing Team tweaked their jabs, refined their upper cuts and added polish to their punches before departing for Beijing on July 21. Comment.

Joe Torre kids become champs

With an emphatic 17-2 victory over Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Inner City Little League last Thursday, the Joe Torre East Highway Little League took home the Brooklyn championship for the “Majors” division (ages 10-12). Comment.

Graduating with honors - Nazareth, Xaverian standouts cap off stellar careers

Len Smith of Nazareth Regional and Dominick Scavelli of Xaverian took some major special awards to climax and officially end their high school careers. Comment.

Exile from Brooklyn - John Servidio back from purgatory

To get a more intimate glimpse into the world of minor league baseball, Courier-Life has been following the season of Cyclones right fielder John Servidio, a recent 26th round draft pick out of Barry University in Miami. Comment.

Brooklyn Aces hit the ice

For the last eight seasons Brooklyn has belonged to pro baseball. Comment.

Battling biceps, fighting forearms

The Astella Development Corporation and New York Arm Wrestling Association will joined forces to present the 26th Annual Kingsboro Arm Wrestling Championships in conjunction with the 18th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest, July 26 at 12 p.m. the Coney Island boardwalk between West 10th and 12th streets in front of Astroland Amusement Park. Comment.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Straw helps fans glimmer & shine

Former Met and current Sportsnet analyst Darryl Strawberry helped one Brooklyn Cyclones fan get on the ball. Candy Valenti, posing with Strawberry and her two daughters, Victoria and Paige, won the Cyclones’ “Dirtiest Car in the Parking Lot” contest, held before the team’s second game against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Her prize: a package courtesy of Spongetech, a one-step wash and wax system, presented by Strawberry himself. Comment.

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Sitting in the best seats in the house...

Brooklyn Cyclones fans of all ages enjoy an afternoon of baseball at KeySpan Park (1904 Surf Avenue) from the view at the Courier-Life box. The season kicked off last month, with play all summer long in Coney Island. For more information on the hometown team, go to Comment.

Sexy ‘Seniors in Shape’

The “Seniors in Shape” summer program at Aviator Sports, for persons ages 55 and older, runs through August 16 and meets Mondays and Thursdays from 4:15-8:30 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Comment.

Prospect Park hosts 5K workouts

Runners training for a long distance race or just looking for some running motivation are encouraged to come out for a 5K workout every other Wednesday night in Prospect Park. Comment.

Player of the Week - Yuri makes it a game

This past week was one that the Brooklyn Cyclones would love to forget as they lost five straight games. While it was not a good week by any means, the pitching staff did not fare as bad as it sounds as the Cyclones lost on consecutive days by scores of 4-3; 2-0; 3-2 and 1-0. With a timely hit or two the loses could have easily turn into wins, but it was just not meant to be. Comment.

Play by play...

Hey coaches and parents, have sports news? Little league scores? Big game coming up? Let us know about it! Comment.

On the right track - Metro SportsMed backs kids

Three college-bound students received a green helping hand when Metro SportsMed presented them with $3,500 for their higher education during a ceremony at KeySpan Park. Comment.

Moneyball Night

The Brooklyn Cyclones will try to ease the stress of bankers, accountants and financiers by celebrating their hard work with Moneyball Night, a night of fun and games at 7 p.m., July 23 at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. There will be fireworks immediately following the game, and after every game that week. Comment.

Martial arts masters

Advanced brown and black belt Brooklynites showed off some of their most dangerous moves during the Amateur Athletic Union’s Karate Championship in Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Inside the Ring of Combat - Hard-hitting brawlers meet for XX showdown

Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat XX brought plenty of excitement to the Jersey Shore. The event was highlighted by an impressive performance from Tom Gallicchio as he successfully defended his USKBA Welterweight Title against Doug Gordon with a rear naked choke in the first round. Comment.

Expanded home sharing program

Younger New Yorkers have responded to New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ expanded Home Sharing Program, a unique affordable housing option and free matching service, which has recently allowed younger “hosts” under the age of 60 to share their homes with older “guests.” Comment.

Cyclones - Fits and starts for Brooklyn

This year has been a season of fits and starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who came into the year with high expectations after a division title but are now a mediocre 12-14. Comment.

Celebrity softball game

Two teams of New York celebrities will step up to the plate to help raise awareness about autism and funds for autism research during the Third Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Softball Game at 12:30 p.m., July 27 at Coney Island’s Key Span Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment.

Batter up at KeySpan Pk

KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, celebrated Bat Day at a recent game. The first 1,250 kids to arrive at the park received a 28-inch wooden bat, presented by the Daily News. Pictured are (left to right) Julie, Liz, and Rachel Sirett with their dad, Greg, and their prized bats. Comment.

AVP Crocs Tour returns to Coney - Volleyball stop leads to Beijing games

Gluttons stuffing their face with hot dogs may still be the hottest draw in Coney Island, but the glistening, barely clad young bodies of Olympians competing on the beach is catching up. Comment.

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