NEW YORK – (Staff report from Official News Release) – New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto‘s blistering start maybe compared to another rookie across town, but that comparison didn’t stop the Topps Baseball Card company from issuing its latest Topps NOW card, depicting Conforto who was coming off Tuesday’s two-homer, four-RBI day against the San Diego Padres.
Conforto Card by Topps NOW
Topps recognized Mets INF Jose Reyes with his own card in celebration of Reyes’ 2000th MLB base hit last weekend and also honored NYM starter Noah Syndergaard on April 20.
BOSTON – (Staff Report From Official News Release) – NESN announces the launch of NESNgo to provide fans live in-market streaming of all NESN-televised regular season Boston Red Sox games and other NESN programming. NESN live streaming is available throughout much of the network’s home territory (New England except Fairfield County, CT) on the heels of NESN reaching a licensing agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) earlier this year.
This new streaming offering is available without any additional costs to “authenticated subscribers” who already have NESN in their channel lineup from participating television providers. Fans just need to sign in using their existing TV service provider username and password.
Streaming can be accessed via NESNgo.com and the NESNgo app for mobile phones and tablets, which is available in both the iTunes (Apple) and Google Play (Android) App Stores. Over the next few months, some cable distributors are expected to enable NESN live streaming on their own “TV Everywhere” app and/or on their company website.
“Live in-market streaming will provide Red Sox fans who are on the go a means to watch games anytime, anywhere they go, on virtually any device,” said Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO. “For years, NESN has wanted to extend live streaming access to our viewers, so we couldn’t be more excited to launch NESNgo this season. This is a significant milestone in NESN history.”
With NESNgo fans can watch NESN 24 hours a day including Red Sox pre- and post-game coverage, Red Sox games, NESN’s sports news programs, and the network’s entire programming lineup with the exception of Bruins telecasts at this time.
TV service providers that have currently activated authentication for NESN’s live streaming include: Xfinity (Comcast), Cox Communications, MetroCast,
NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – New York City, the great “Big Apple” will need to do a name-change to become the “City of Light” this June when “Roland-Garros in the City” arrives in time for the famed French Open finals, June 9 – 11. Created by the French Tennis Federation (Federation Française de Tennis ), organizers of the world’s premier clay court event, Roland-Garros (known as The French Open), in partnership with the Swiss watch brand, Longines, and Lacoste, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience the feel of Paris at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City.
“Roland-Garros in the City” will capture the excitement and magic of the French Open with the live transmission of the matches of the men and women semi-finals and finals on a big screen in the Plaza, free for all to watch. A real, full size red clay court in the tradition of Roland-Garros will be the focal point, providing free classes and recreation for the general public.
Event hours are Friday, June 9th 11am – 7pm (semi-finals); Saturday, June 10th: 9am – 6pm (Women’s Finals); Sunday, June 11th: 9am – 5pm (Men’s Finals). Roland-Garros matches will be shown on the giant screen at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza daily from 9am-6pm, starting on Monday, June 5th.
In the lead-up to “Roland-Garros in the City,” two French food trucks will travel around the city from June 3 – 8, offering delicious, free ice cream, information about the event and an opportunity to watch the matches. The waterfront space will feature an historic gallery depicting images and the stories behind the classic Roland-Garros posters – created by some of the world’s most famous artists including Joan Miro and New York-based artist Viz Muniz, 2017 Roland Garros poster artist – and an interactive replica of the famous Bridge of Locks along the Seine will encourage lovers to lock their love in metal throughout the event.
Other activities include Longines’ “Smash Corner” at which you can test the speed of your serve, Lacoste Boutique, photo activation and a Kid Zone, a special place for youngsters to play with other children in their age group.
NEW YORK – (Special to Digital Sports Desk) – (Staff Report from Official News) – It’s all about RE2SPECT. New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter helped break a the Topps Baseball Card company break a “Topps NOW” record as the card manufacturer sold more than 15,000 special cards within a 24-hour period, breaking the previous regular-season mark set last year when Ichiro notched his 3,000th MLB career hit.
Jeter’s jersey number (No. 2) retirement ceremony highlighted a Mother’s Day affair with thousands of New York Yankees fans tuned-in to the emotional moment. Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, created two cards commemorating the event for $9.99 each, which were exclusively sold to fans on Topps.com.
Combined, the two Topps NOW Jeter jersey retirement ceremony cards sold 13,542 copies with 7,791 (Card No. 147) and 5,751 (Card No. 148) copies, respectively.
“Topps NOW captures the greatest moments as they happen throughout the season, and Derek Jeter’s number retirement ceremony was something that Yankees fans and baseball fans are going to remember for a long time,” said Jeff Heckman, Topps Director of E-Commerce. “It will be a special part of people’s collections, and we are thrilled to capture the moment.”
Along with the base cards, Topps NOW also offered a limited amount of autographed cards, and relic cards that contained a piece of the base used in that night’s game that featured special marks dedicated to Derek Jeter’s number retirement ceremony. Those cards sold out within 30 minutes.
Topps NOW is an on-demand trading card program that honors the greatest moments and milestones for MLB layers and teams just as they happen. The program began in 2016. These cards mark the first time Jeter, one of the most popular baseball players for collectable card fanatics, had a Topps NOW card produced of him.
The two Jeter cards also became the top of two best selling cards of 2017, surpassing the rookie cards of Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ (2,241) and Yankees’ Aaron Judge (2,151). The top selling Topps NOW card leading up the Jeter ceremony is the card immortalizing Ichiro’s 3,000th MLB hit in 2016. That card sold 11,550 copies in just 24 hours.
PONTE VEDRE BEACH – The FedExCup is here to stay.
Ten years into their partnership, FedEx has extended its sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s season-long points list and postseason events another 10 years through the 2026-27 season, the Tour announced Tuesday morning. Since 2007, the FedExCup standings have determined the pecking order for golf’s elite players throughout the season and into the FedExCup Playoffs, which includes four playoff tournaments culminating in the Tour Championship.
FedEx Cup Trophy
“The FedExCup revolutionized the fan viewing experience and competitive landscape of the PGA TOUR, establishing a cohesive narrative throughout the schedule and a compelling conclusion to the season with the FedExCup Playoffs,” new PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is the defending FedExCup champion after emerging from a three-way playoff with Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell to win last year’s Tour Championship.
McIlroy, ranked No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings, is one of nine players to hoist the FedExCup. Tiger Woods is the only two-time FedExCup champion, winning the inaugural title in 2007 and another in 2009.
Dustin Johnson sits atop this season’s FedExCup standings with 2,148 points after three victories. Justin Thomas also has three wins on the campaign and ranks second with 1,852 points.
McIlroy has zero victories this season and ranks 48th with 462 points. He has four top-ten finishes on the year heading into The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. this weekend
BOSTON – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, following his fifth Super Bowl ring, has been selected to be on the cover of “Madden NFL 18.”
Brady, who will turn 40 in August, becomes oldest player to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports football video game.
EA Sports Gaming
EA Sports announced Friday morning that Brady follows teammate Rob Gronkowski, who was on the cover of last year’s edition. It marks the first time in Madden’s 29-year history that teammates have been on the cover in back-to-back years.
“Madden 18” is dubbed the G.O.A.T. edition and the cover image shows Brady emitting his trademark scream.
Brady grew up a few miles away from where Electronic Arts, or EA, opened in his hometown of San Mateo, Calif.
According to ESPN, a young Brady would work out in the EA gym, in part because the company employed a family friend who lived across the street from him.
“When this all came about,” Brady said, “I thought, ‘How cool is that to do this knowing when I was a kid in high school I was tagging along down there, working out where it all started?’ It’s been such a great game over a long period of time. I played it so much when I was younger, a little less now. … My son Jack loves beating up on me.”
Gronkowski was limited to just eight games in 2016 because of a back injury after appearing on the cover, the latest NFL player to fall to the so-called “Madden Curse.”
Brady isn’t worried about the curse.
“The cover is a great honor for me,” Brady said in a prepared news statement. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!