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Israel Wins WBC Qualifier

(Israel’s Jason Marquis pitches to Great Britain’s Champ Stuart, who is a Mets prospect – Photo by Jason Schott)

Israel beat Great Britain 9-1 in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier Championship Game on Sunday night at MCU Park in Coney Island.

This is first time Israel will be part of the 16-team field in the World Baseball Classic. In March 2017, they will compete in Seoul, South Korea, in Group B, along with South Korea, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.

Israel got amazing pitching, led by Jason Marquis, and they got home runs from Blake Gailen, Ryan Lavarnway, and Cody Decker.

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Red Bulls Clinch Playoff Spot…And NYCFC Too

(Photo courtesy Red Bulls)

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

This is the seventh straight year the Red Bulls are in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Red Bulls improved to 13-9-9, 48 points and are now in first place in the Eastern Conference. new York City Football Club and Toronto have the same amount of points, but the Red Bulls have the edge on goal differential, +13.

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Israel Advances To WBC Qualifier Championship Game

(Israel and Brazil exchanged caps before the game, an international baseball tradition – Photo by Jason Schott)

Israel beat Brazil in a thriller, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at MCU Park in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

With the win, Israel advances to the WBC Qualifier Championship Game, Sunday at 6:00 pm. with a spot in the World Baseball Classic next March on the line.

Brazil will play Great Britain on Saturday night for the chance to reach the final game the following night. Great Britain beat Pakistan 14-0 on Friday night.

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Villa’s Double Puts NYCFC On Doorstep Of Playoffs

(David Villa with a header – USA Today Sports)

David Villa scored two goals to lead New York City Football Club to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC improved to 13-9-9, 48 points, and currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. They extended their home unbeaten streak to seven games, with six wins and one draw.

This weekend, NYCFC can earn a spot in the 2016 MLS Audi Playoffs with either an Orlando City SC tie against D.C. United Saturday, a New York Red Bulls win over the Montreal Impact Saturday or a New England Revolution tie or loss against the Columbus Crew Sunday.

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NYC Connections At WBC Qualifier in Coney Island

(Pakistan and Brazil in the first game of the WBC Qualifier on Thursday afternoon. Brazil won 10-0. Photo by Jason Schott)

The World Baseball Classic Qualifier is taking place this weekend at MCU Park in Coney Island. Great Britain, Israel, Pakistan, and Brazil are competing for the right to play in the WBC next March.

There are plenty of New York City connections to these teams, including former Mets Ike Davis and Josh Satin, and Staten Island native Jason Marquis, who are all playing for Israel.

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Ron Darling On The Upcoming MLB Postseason

(Turner Sports)

Ron Darling will be on the call for TBS, along with Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken, for the 2016 Major League Baseball Postseason.

TBS is the exclusive TV home of the 2016 American League Postseason, starting with the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and continuing through the ALCS.  This is TBS’ 10th season of MLB Postseason coverage, which began in 2007, and the network is completing its’ ninth regular season slate of Sunday game coverage.

Daring spoke at MLB on TBS Media Day and here is a sampling of the conversation:

How impressive has this late run by the Mets been, considering all their injuries?

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NYC FC Draws With Dallas In Battle of MLS Elites

(Khiry Shelton after celebrates his late goal – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club earned a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium in a battle of the two of MLS’ best teams.

Dallas leads the Western Conference, and has the most points in the MLS, 52, with a record of 15-7-8.

NYCFC is in second place in the East, with 45 points (12-9-9), just one point behind Toronto for the top spot. Toronto hosts the Red Bulls, who are in third with 44 points, in a pivotal matchup on Sunday afternoon.

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Super K Gets Red Bulls Big Win In Champions League

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Sacha Kljestan scored in the 90th minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 win over Alianza FC, a club from El Salvador, in their CONCACAF Champions League match on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena.

Gonzalo Veron, coming down the left side, whipped a pass into the box to Kljestan, who buried it in the right corner of the net for the only goal of the game.

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Nets Unveil Brooklyn Remix Uniform

A lot about the Brooklyn Nets will be new this season. They have a new head coach, Kenny Atkinson, and a revamped roster with a lot of new faces, including star point guard Jeremy Lin.

On Wednesday, the Nets continued the fresh feel of the 2016-17 season when they unveiled the Brooklyn Remix uniforms.

The Nets will debut the new uniforms at its home opener on Friday, October 28 vs. the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. They will wear the alternate uniforms for an additional three home games and 8 road games.

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NYCFC Promotes 20 for 20 initiative

(Photo courtesy of NYCFC)

New York City Football Club, alongside MLS WORKS, the US Soccer Foundation, SNHU and adidas unveiled a new mini-pitch at Public School 049 Willis Avenue School on Wednesday afternoon as part of the league-wide 20 for 20 initiative

The mini-pitch will offer the kids in this Bronx community a safe place to play, while providing a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play to continue the growth of the game.

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