Hayes yields AMA Pro SuperBike victory in Wisconsin

Jun 3, 2014

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1, 2014) – Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike king Josh Hayes made it clear that he’s not ready to be put out to pasture any time soon at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader. The 39-year-old dug deep in difficult conditions on Sunday and claimed the 43rd victory of his AMA Pro SuperBike career in a showcase of bravery and skill.

Just keeping his R1 on two wheels over the twice-stopped race’s final two laps was a supreme test of his skills as the rain poured down on the Wisconsin circuit. The Mississippian made it through despite a number of near-crashes on the tense run to the checkered flag – which was actually shown as a final red flag, stopping the race for good when a number of last-lap incidents.

 

“I’m really happy for my team,” Hayes said. “Big thank you to Monster Energy Graves Yamaha for providing me with what I need to win races.”

 

Commenting on the level of difficult of today’s victory, Hayes said, “It was harder than the hardest lap I’ve ridden around this racetrack just to negotiate around.”

 

Hayes’ Factory Yamaha teammate, Cameron Beaubier, made his first real rookie mistake during the dry portion of Sunday’s contest, prior to the race’s first red flag. The 21-year-old was the favorite coming into Race 2, having dominated in the lead-up to the race, reeling in the pole position and the win on Saturday.

 

Beaubier appeared content to sit just behind early-leader Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas and wait for the race’s second half before making his move, similar to the strategy he used so frequently en route to his 2013 GoPro Daytona SportBike crown.

 

However, looks can be deceiving. Beaubier lost the front of his No. 2 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Turn 1 on lap six of 13 and crashed out of contention. If he had won the race, he would have had more than a full race’s points lead over three-time champ Hayes, but the miscue completely altered the complexion of the developing title fight.

Later that same lap, riders started to signal it was raining in the back half of the circuit and the race was red flagged shortly after.

 

Until the stoppage, Cardenas was glued to Hayes’ rear wheel at the front of the race, well separated from the remainder of the pack. Cardenas’ teammate, Roger Hayden, was all alone in third at the time, with ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony leading a group that included Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, KTM/HMC Racing’s Fillmore and third Yoshimura runner Clark.

 

At the restart, the frontrunners all took to the circuit with full slicks. The race resumed with Hayes opening an early advantage over Cardenas, while Hayden and Clark settled into a close fight for third.

 

However, when the rain returned a second time, it was with a vengeance. Hayes managed to hold on for the win, but Cardenas plummeted down the order.

 

Meanwhile, Anthony blasted forward and claimed the runner-up spot, the first podium result of his AMA Pro SuperBike career.

 

Hayden was credited in third, followed by Clark, who picked up his third fourth-place result of the season.

 

“It was pretty good,” Hayden said. “Actually, I don’t really don’t deserve third place; I got lucky with Cameron crashing. Those guys were faster than me. I’m just glad to finish the race on the two wheels.”

 

Fillmore crashed on the final lap, but was listed in fifth, as the late red flag reset the final results by a lap. He was followed by Pegram and Cardenas.

 

Spaniard Bernat Martinez finished in eighth on the Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha R1, while Seven Sports’ Trent Gibson and Dumas Superbike Team’s Fancois Dumas rounded out the top ten.

 

Despite being a lap down when the first red flag was shown, Beaubier reentered the fray from the pits at the restart. The rookie ran off track once and later crashed a second time. However, despite his difficult day, he picked up 13th place points for his title campaign.

 

As a result, Beaubier and Hayden are now tied atop the order with 90 points apiece. Hayes is right there as well, sitting third with 85 points.

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

 

RoadRace Factory/Red Bull’s Jake Gagne swept the weekend’s GoPro Daytona SportBike action at Road America on Sunday, taking it to the field once again en route to his third class victory. Gagne was the master of the four-mile track and led all 12 laps in the weekend’s second race.

 

Much like Saturday’s race, drama in the late laps put Gagne’s result in doubt when rain began to fall on the final lap. The leaders slowed their pace until the checkered flag flew moments later.

 

“To come out of here and get pole and two wins, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Gagne. “It was a nice race and I tried not to make any mistakes. It started raining at the end and it made me a little nervous. We’ll try to keep the momentum going into Barber and keep going faster.”

JD Beach on a Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, and Dane Westby aboard a Yamalube/Westby Racing entry, battled for second place, with Beach earning the spot for his second podium of the weekend in a race stopped when teammate Garrett Gerloff crashed.

 

Westby rebounded from a last-lap mechanical issue on Saturday to get the result he’d been looking for since he contended for the win in the DAYTONA 200 in March.

 

Danny Eslick earned a solid fourth in his comeback from a crash on Saturday. The DAYTONA 200 champ cleared away from a hostile battle for fifth, which was won by Tomas Puerta on his RoadRace Factory/Red Bull machine. Team H35’s Benny Solis, D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph’s Steve Rapp and Kyle Wyman Racing’s Kyle Wyman all finished within a second of Puerta.

 

Veterans Jake Zemke of GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing and BGN Gonzalez pilot Blake Young also earned top ten finishes.

 

Gagne now leads series points over Eslick by 22 points.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport

 

After two red flags, the race shaped up as a five-lap affair with two of the most experienced SuperSport riders in the class, with TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim topping Celtic Racing HVMC pilot Corey Alexander in a photo finish.

 

Alexander led the white flag lap, but Gillim made the pass in turn one. Alexander retook the lead in turn fine and looked to have the drive off of turn 14, but Gillim was able to draft by and win the race by just 0.015 seconds.

 

“It’s so amazing after all of the bad luck I’ve had here over the years. I’m glad we could put on a good show for all the fans,” said Gillim. “He had a good gap on me and I slipped coming out (of the last turn). I thought I was done but somehow a miracle happened.”

 

Tuned Industriers rider Jason Aguilar took an impressive third. The youngster earned his first AMA Pro SuperSport podium in a tough fight with Kaleb De Keyrel of De Keyrel Racing, Alexander’s teammate Wyatt Farris on the Celtic Racing HVMC entry and House of Paint Designs’ JC Camacho. Just 0.170 seconds separated the four riders as they passed the checkered flag in a big blur. Aguilar went from 14th starting spot to achieve the best result of his young career.

 

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

 

KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman battled his way to a thrilling victory in Sunday’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contest at Road America.

 

Wyman out-dueled Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson Benny Carlson and Ruthless Racing’s Danny Eslick during an intense final lap to claim the checkered flag first by a scant 0.033-second margin.

 

“It was a fun race,” Wyman said. “There was a lot going on I’m just really happy to be up here for Millennium Technologies at their home race and to redeem myself from Daytona and get maximum points.”

 

Eslick crossed the stripe in second with Carlson just another 0.123 seconds back in third.

 

Pole sitter Tyler O’Hara on the Josh Chisum Racing Bartels Harley-Davidson XR1200 took fourth, missing out on the win by just three tenths of a second.

 

O’Hara clawed his way back into contention on the race’s final lap after losing more than three seconds at mid-distance. The Californian was forced to take evasive action to avoid early leader Steve Rapp on the Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson when the defending champ crashed in turn one working lap four of seven.

 

Folsom Harley-Davidon’s Gage McAllister narrowly edged Thunder Roads Magazine’s Ryan Kerr and Chili Pepper Racing’s Hayden Schultz for fifth.

 

Next Race

 

Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama for the Triumph SuperBike Classic on June 21-22.

 

Source and Photography: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Sigue la mala racha de Chivas USA, Philadelphia Union los golea #CHVvPHI

May 31, 2014

Alineación Chivas USA: Kennedy, Avila, Zavaleta, Lochhead, Toia, Delgado (Rosales 45’), Alvarez (Finley 68’), Minda, Rivero, Barrera (Pelletieri 87’), Torres

Alineación Philadelphia Union: MacMatch, Gaddis, Williams, Okugo, Fabinho, Edu, Nogueira, Fred, Cruz (Pfeffer 86’), Maidana, Casey (Wenger 75’)

 

Carson, CA. El día de hoy Sábado 31 de Mayo del 2014 en el StubHub Center después de una derrota contra los Timbers de Portland las Chivas USA se enfrentaron contra Philadelphia Union. Este fue el partido decisivo para ambos equipos para pasar a la Conferencia Oeste y Este respectivamente. 

 

Cabe destacar que las Chivas USA han perdido sus pasados 11 juegos y Philadelphia Union ha perdido 12 juegos.

 

Durante el minuto 27” Leandro Barrera de Chivas USA metió la mano dentro del área chica y Philadelphia Union anotaba al cobrar el penal al minuto 28” y así es como Conor Casey abre el marcador de la noche para los Philadelphia Union.

 

A lo largo del partido vimos mucha intervención del arbitro  Allen Chapman, la cual no fue bien recibida por el publico.

 

En el minuto 66” Conor Casey volvía a hacer de las suyas al anotar  un segundo después de recibir un centro por la punta izquierda, metiendo así un gol de cabezazo.

 

En el minuto  75” Christian Oscar Maidana anotaba el tercer gol de la noche para Philadelphia Union, pareciendo que venia en una posición adelantada, pero el arbitro lo marcaba como Gol, aunque para Kennedy no era gol, hubo un poco de descontento en los jugadores de Chivas USA.

 

 

Tilson Oswaldo Minda fue expulsado en el minuto 83’ después de que cometiera una falta contra Maurice Edu de Philadephia Union.

 

Philadelphia Union se llevaba la victoria contra las Chivas USA 3 goles a 0. Cabe destacar que se conto con la asistencia de  espectadores de mas de 5 mil espectadores.

Fotografias: Samuel Coronado

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On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter

May 20, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 20, 2014) – For many people involved in or familiar with the sport of motorcycle racing, the 1971 film “On Any Sunday” ignited passion across the globe as it became one of the most iconic Motorsports films ever produced.  On April 19, 2013, Red Bull Media House, in association with Freeride Entertainment, began production on its follow up called, “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This coming weekend, Director Dana Brown will film parts of the highly anticipated documentary at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. when the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship riders take to the track during Round 3.

 

In 1971, director Bruce Brown’s “On Any Sunday” changed the way the world viewed motorcycle racing. Now, more than 40 years later, Bruce’s son, Dana Brown, is eager to give the same kind of insider look at motorcycle racing by sharing the heartfelt stories and passions of real-life riders.

 

” ‘On Any Sunday’ was a masterful film that captured the thrills and excitement of motorcycle riding back in the day and I can’t wait to see the modern day take when it comes out this Fall,” said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. “The movie is still a personal favorite of mine and I’m thrilled that Dana Brown has selected our series to be a part of the new documentary.”

This news adds even more excitement to an already action-packed planned weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend. The riders of AMA Pro Flat Track will take to the track for the legendary Springfield Mile on May 25, 2014. For tickets and more information regarding the event,please visit http://www.illinoismda.com/ or call 217-753-8866 or 888-468-1622.

“On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” Official Teaser Link:

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How to Watch

FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.

About On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter

In 1971, Bruce Brown’s “On Any Sunday” opened in theatres and wrote its place in motorcycle history. It also transcended the sport to reach a wide audience through a cast of engaging characters and variety of heartfelt stories. Now Red Bull Media House, in association with Freeride Entertainment have teamed up with Bruce Brown’s son and acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown to continue this family tradition with “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter”. A lot has happened in the past 40 years, but the passion for riding is timeless and continues today. More info at OnAnySundayFilm.com.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
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AMA Pro Racing Announces Second Season of Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year Award

Apr 29, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 29, 2014) – AMA Pro Road Racing and Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. have reached an agreement to name the 2014 Roadracing World AMA Pro Racing Young Gun Of The Year.

The Young Gun Of The Year Award is based on Roadracing World’s 18 consecutive years of recognizing the best young road racers in North America. The 2014 version of the annual feature recognized 32 riders – 12 of them AMA Pro riders – and was published in the April, 2014 print edition of Roadracing World magazine. One of those riders is likely to be named the 2014 Roadracing World AMA Pro Road Racing Young Gun Of The Year and receive a $2,500 cash award.

To be eligible for the award, riders must have been no older than 18 years old at the start of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season. The award will go to the eligible rider with the most overall points in either the SuperSport or GoPro Daytona SportBike classes and a check will be presented during the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing Awards Banquet.

 

“We’re happy to work with AMA Pro Racing to name the 2014 Roadracing World AMA Pro Racing Young Gun Of The Year,” said Roadracing World founder John Ulrich. “For almost two decades we have recognized the top up-and-coming road racers in the country in our annual Roadracing World Young Guns feature. Many of our Young Guns have gone on to great success with AMA Pro, and this is a great way to work with AMA Pro Racing to acknowledge their aspirations and accomplishments.”

 

AMA Pro Road Racing riders who will be eligible for the coveted award at the conclusion of 2014 include: Garret Gerloff, Ryan Matter, Jake Lewis, Mario Alvarez, Andre Ochs, Max Finders, Erick Sanchez, Mathew McAllister, Christian Crosslin, Hayden Schultz, Kaleb De Keyrel, Richie Escalante, Joe Roberts, Nick McFadden, Eziah Davis, Jason Aquilar, Tucker Lancaster, and Bodhi Edie.

 

Past Roadracing World Young Guns who have won AMA Pro road races include Corey Alexander, the late Tommy Aquino, J.D. BeachCameron BeaubierJosh DayJason DiSalvoDustin DominguezDanny EslickBobby FongJake Gagne, Nicky Hayden, Roger HaydenTommy HaydenJosh HerrinJake HoldenJohn HopkinsElena MyersShane NarbonneHuntley NashTyler OdomJoey PascarellaChris Peris,James Rispoli, Ben Spies, Chris Ulrich and Blake Young.

Next Up
AMA Pro Road Racing heads to Road America for Round 2 in Elkhart Lake, Wis. May 30-June 1, 2014. For tickets and more information regarding the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/superbike-doubleheader-ama-pro-racing.html.

How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
Photography: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson
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NYRedBulls 4-0 Houston Dynamo.

Apr 24, 2014


Harrison, NJ. BereaVision- 23 de Abril el Red Bull de New York tenia compromiso en casa ante un rival que lo igualaba en puntos, desde Houston el Dynamo venia con la esperanza de sacar un buen resultado .Pero no contaban con el buen estado animico de los de casa despues de ganar en casa y sumar de a tres, los Red Bulls veian bien organizados en todas las lineas siendo superior al Dynamo y haciendo valer su localia al minuto 12 Wright Philips (99) anota su primer gol de la noche con una magnifica asistencia de Henry (14) .
El Dynamo golpeado trata de anotar el tanto de la paridad pero los de casa se defienden bien no pierden la calma y de contra ataque nuevamente hacen daño al Dynamo con una jugada que comineza Henry en media cancha filtra pase para Roy Miller (7) en la banda izquierda y este al quitarse un rival gana linea de fondo para asistir a Philips para su segundo de la noche al minuto 23 ,hasta este punto paresia que era la noche esperada por los Newyorquinos que miraban como su equipo ganaba sin tantos problemas y mostrando un extraordinario juego de futbol , asi terminaba la primera mitad con una jugada de peligro de Dynamo pero que no concreto .

Los proximos 45 minutos los empezo Dynamo queriendo redusir el marcador en contra que tenian pero Red Bulls nuevamente comienza a tener control de el partido y a ser mas preciso en en ataque por las bandas con incorporaciones de Kimura (27) y de Miller por la otra banda ,Red Bulls se vuelve mas insicivo en el ataque y consige un terser gol esta vez el capitan Henry remata a puerta despues de un rebote que deja el guardameta Tally Hall (1) despues de un tiro a puerta de Philips (99) al minuto 65 .

La asistencia al estadio fue buena con 13,078 aficionados que apoyaron a Red Bulls cada minuto de partido y acambio el equipo mostro un futbol exquisito que provoco un penal a favor ya para concluir el partido sobre Henry que fue derrivado en la area chica .El encargado de cobrar fue el goleador de la noche Philips quien convirtio en gol para llevarse un Hat trick y dejar al equipo 4 a 0 a favor.

En conferencia de prensa Mike Petke dijo sentirse satisfecho por el funcionar de su equipo que hizo un 90% lo que el indico y eso para el es algo que lo llenaba de satisfaccion y dijo que ni el esperaba un resultado tan bueno pero que bueno que se ganara de esta manera.

ALINEACION DE RED BULLS

31 Luis robles GK
4 Jamison Olave DEF
27 Kasuke Kimura DEF
5 Armando Lozano DEF
7 Roy Miller DEF
12 Eric Alexander MID
11 Dax McCarty MID
8 Peguy Luyindula MID
10 Lloyd Sam MID
99 Bradley Wright Philips FWD
14 Thiery Henry FWD

SUPLENTES

21 Ruben Bover Izquierdo
19 Eric Stevenson
16 Connor Lade
22Jonathan Steele
18 Ryan Meara
20 Matt Miazga
22 Jonathan Steele

ALINEACION DE DYNAMO

1 Tally Hall GK
4 Jermaine Taylor DEF
5 Warren Creavalle DEF
26 Corey Hashe DEF
18 David Horst DEF
13 Ricard Clarck M
27 Oscar Boniek Garcia M
28 Tony Cascio M
20 Andrew Driver M
12 Will Bruin F
23 Giles Barnes F

SUPLENTES

16 A.J. Cochran
15 Mark Sherrod
7 Omar Cumming
10 Alexander Lopez
24 Tyler Deric
22 Brian Ownby
17 Servando Carrasco

POSESION DE BALON
RED BULLS 54.4%
DYNAMO 45.6%

BereaVision/Nueva York.

Levi Morales

Fotos/Video: Huriel Bello.

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2015 Honda NM4 Features and Benefits

Apr 22, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to transport yourself into the future, this is your machine. By design, the NM4 shakes up the status quo and explodes conventional barriers in order to attract a whole new segment of forward-thinking riders to motorcycling. Beneath its futuristic bodywork there’s a 670cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, automatic dual-clutch transmission and ABS. Storage pockets in the fairing plus saddlebags add real-world utility, and the rear turn signals are neatly integrated into the rear bags. The rider settles easily onto a comfy seat that’s perched a low, 25.6 inches off the ground, and there’s also a cool and practical rider backrest feature—the passenger seat flips up and can be set at three different angles and slides fore and aft to one of four positions. Full LED lighting lets the NM4 stand out whether it’s coming or going, the fat, 200mm rear tire imparts a cool look, and the meter display can be illuminated in any of 25 different color choices—nearly one for every day of the month.

Features and Benefits

  • Neo-futuristic styling highlights Honda’s capabilities for innovation.
  • Sophisticated, liquid-cooled SOHC eight-valve 670cc parallel-twin engine pumps out abundant torque for a linear and smooth power delivery.
  • Remarkably low seat height of 25.6 inches along with the 62-degree forward angle of the cylinder assembly help create a very low center of gravity, making the NM4 feel distinctly nimble and fun to ride.
  • Second-generation Automatic six-speed Honda Dual Clutch Transmission uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes: Manual (MT), which allows the rider to shift gears using buttons, and two automatic (AT) modes—S for sportier riding and D for everyday use.
  • Twin engine balancer shafts quell vibration for smooth, comfortable operation, and rubber-mounted floorboards also add to rider comfort.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors numerous variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for existing riding and atmospheric conditions, thereby delivering optimal performance and crisp throttle response over a wide range of operating conditions.
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS) provides full antilock functionality for secure braking action.
  • Full LED lighting for the headlight, taillight and turn signals give bright illumination and a distinctive appearance with reduced power draw.
  • Convertible passenger seat flips up to provide a backrest for the rider; three-way adjustable for lean angle, four-way adjustable for fore-and-aft positioning.
  • Integrated storage includes two saddlebags plus two storage pockets in the upper cowl.
  • Rider floorboards for added comfort.
  • Large 18-inch front wheel and fat rear wheel with 200mm tire lend a distinctive look.
  • High-tech meter display can be set to any of 25 different colors. Stock settings alter by drive mode: white for Neutral; blue for D; pink for S; red for MT.
  • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories†
Passenger Backrest, Rear Seat Cowl, Tall Windscreen, Heated Grips

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

Final accessory list TBD and subject to change without notice.

Source and Photography: Honda Powersports

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Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins at 49-Years-Old Made History

Apr 19, 2014

HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

SHAWN PORTER DOMINATES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI IN DEFENSE OF IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; PETER QUILLIN RETAINS WBO MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Replay

Sunday, April 20 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

and Tuesday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2014) – Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov.

In the co-feature bouts, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 14 KOs) overwhelmed Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) to remain undefeated and retain his IBF Welterweight World Championship with an impressive fourth-round TKO over the veteran fighter. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision win over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs) in a fight controlled by “Kid Chocolate.”

The event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, took place at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Boxing’s elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace. Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career.

After the judges scores were read, SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Hopkins what he thought of the split decision. He responded, “Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50.”

When Gray asked about his legacy, Hopkins compared himself to another boxing great. “I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I’ll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I’ll let them break down my legacy.”

On his future, Hopkins said, “We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period.”

A disappointed Shumenov told Gray, “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the scorecard. I tried hard. Bernard, but he was the better man tonight. I chose the wrong strategy and used the wrong style. I am angry that I couldn’t get the victory. I am a true warrior and I want to fight only the best. Tonight, obviously it wasn’t my fight.”

In the middle fight of the three fight SHOWTIME telecast, Porter rushed Malignaggi right from the opening bell and opened up a cut on Malignaggi’s cheek in the first round. In the second round, Malignaggi was clearly hurt by a leaping left hook from the champion.

Early in the fourth, Porter threw a powerful right hand to the temple, dropping Malignaggi for the fourth time in his career. While Malignaggi gamely continued, he was clearly hurt. Porter closed the show with a barrage of punches that sent Malignaggi down again and forced referee Sam Williams to wave waved off the fight without a count at 1:14 of round four.

In the aftermath, Gray asked Porter what it was that Malignaggi had told him just moments after the bout. “Paulie, wished me the best and I don’t know what he is looking at for himself [in the future] but he said, ‘Make sure they know that I lost to a great champion. Go out there and be great.’ I am going to honor his words and his wishes.”

Speaking about the win, Porter said, “I definitely needed this victory. To get it like that from a guy like this. He touched me in every way possible being in the ring with him. I knew what he was coming with. But I always had questions of my own. I came in and answered those questions tonight.”

When asked what he wants next, Porter said, “I’m going to enjoy this and let my team handle what is next. I’m sure they will all communicate. We’ll come up with the next game plan and we’ll tackle it.”

Gray then asked Malignaggi what it was that he told Porter. “I just said, ‘Don’t make me have lost to an average fighter. Go be great so that I can say that a really great fighter beat me.’ I know that he has that potential.

Regarding retirement, “If I do retire, and I don’t want to make that decision right now while I am emotional, but I don’t want to do it off of an average champion. I want to do it off of a great champion.

Breaking down the fight, Malignaggi said, “He was controlling the distance. I couldn’t get going. He was going away and then bringing the attack. He mixed it up well. He came right at me at times and then, at other times, he moved away.”

When asked about retiring and focusing the rest of his career solely on his commentating work for SHOWTIME, Malignaggi said, “I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now I would tell you that I am stopping fighting but maybe I’d change my mind next week. I want to go home and think about it.”

Quillin, who implemented his game plan from the first round, was the stronger, quicker and more effective fighter. While Konecny never appeared to be in jeopardy of going down, he wasn’t able to adjust to Quillin’s style and won 2 just rounds combined on the three judges’ scorecards. The scores were 120-108 and 119-109, twice.

After the fight, Quillin said, “I’m thankful that I was able to get up in here with a tough customer in front of me and get up and fight.”

SHOWTIME EXTREME® Results:

Sadam Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Michael Clark (44-9-1, 18 KOs) via a first-round knockout (2:06) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout.

Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs) defeated Otis Griffin (24-15-2, 10 KOs) in an 8-round light heavyweight bout via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-71.

Zachary Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Hector Marengo (6-7-4, 4 KOs) via TKO due to the request of Marengo’s corner to end the scheduled 6-round junior welterweight bout.

Tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast will replay on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.

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LA GALAXY II GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS WITH A 3-1 VICTORY OVER THE ORANGE COUNTY BLUES

Apr 19, 2014

LA GALAXY II GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS WITH A 3-1 VICTORY OVER THE ORANGE COUNTY BLUES

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, April 19, 2014) – LA Galaxy II battled back from a goal down to beat the Orange County Blues 3-1 at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium on Saturday evening.

Charlie Rugg, Chandler Hoffman and Laurent Courtois all scored for the LA Galaxy’s USL PRO affiliate to improve Los Dos’ record to 3-1-1 in their inaugural campaign.

The Blues took the lead in the ninth minute when Edgar Santana capitalized on a defensive miscue to slot the ball past LA goalkeeper Cody Laurendi.

LA Galaxy II almost equalized immediately after going behind after Raul Mendiola rounded then laid the ball off perfectly to Rugg, who could only hit his shot off the post. Despite several chances to equalize, Los Dos went into the second half down to their inner-state rivals.

Head coach Curt Onalfo’s side eventually found their goal in the 49th minute when a brilliant pass from captain Rafael Garcia put Rugg one-on-one with the keeper and he finished with aplomb.

Jack McBean was introduced for the goal scorer Rugg in the 69th minute and he made an instant impact. Just four minutes after coming on, the Orange County native headed down an Oscar Sorto cross perfectly into the path of Hoffman who finished easily from close range.

The Blues nearly clawed their way back into the match five minutes later but William Prado missed wide after rounding Laurendi with the goalmouth gaping. Los Dos sealed the victory in stoppage time when substitute Laurent Courtois chipped a beautiful ball over McLain after another lay off from McBean.

LA Galaxy II return to action on April 25 when they travel to Phoenix to take on Arizona United in the club’s first ever road match. The game will take place at 7:10 p.m. at Peoria Sports Complex.

LA Galaxy II Season Ticket Memberships begin at just $6 per game. For more information on LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II memberships, or group and single tickets, visit www.lagalaxy.com or call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299).

LA GALAXY II 3 – OC BLUES FC 1

04.19.2014: StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium – 7:30 p.m. PT

Attendance: 435

OC: 9’: Edgar Santana (Assisted by Allan Russell)

LA: 49’: Charlie Rugg (Assisted by Rafael Garcia)

LA: 73’: Chandler Hoffman (Assisted by Jack McBean)

LA: 90’: Laurent Courtois (Assisted by Jack McBean)

LA Galaxy II: Cody Laurendi; Oscar Sorto, Daniel Steres, Bradley Diallo, Eder Arreola (Kyle Venter 85’); Robbie Rogers (Laurent Courtois 79’), Andre Auras (Alejandro Covarrubias 65’), Rafael Garcia©, Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg (Jack McBean 69’), Chandler Hoffman

Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Aleksandar Đoković

Head Coach: Curt Onalfo

OC Blues FC: Patrick McLain; James Turner (Ntokozo Tshuma 72’), Fabrice Gautrat, Ryan O’Leary; Seth Moses, Seung Ju Kim (William Prado 75’), Stephen Okai, Mehrshad Momeni (Joshua Suggs 50’), Edgar Santana (Enrique Cardenas 57’), Gibson Bardsley (Cesar Rivera 63’); Allan Russell©

Substitutions not used: Mohammad Mohammedi, Taylor Peay

Head Coach: Dariush Yazdani

Disciplinary Summary:
OC: Gibson Bardsley (caution) 6’

LA: Andre Auras (caution) 37’

LA: Rafael Garcia (caution) 61’

OC: Fabrice Gautrat (ejection) 88’

Statistics LA OC

Shots 23 4

Saves 0 4

Corners 4 3

Fouls 8 14

Offside 3 7

Shots on Goal 7 1

Match Officials:

R: Daniel Radford, A1: Adrian Gonzalez A2: Eduardo Jeff Jr.; 4th: Hector Perez

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Sykes wins his first race of the season

Apr 14, 2014

Alcaniz (Spain), Sunday 13 April 2014 – The opening race at MotorLand Aragon has been won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) after a masterful of performance the reigning World Champion.

Sykes, who led from turn one was never headed, coming home seconds ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) completing the podium. Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) crashed during the final lap whilst in second place, but the Italian rider was able to rejoin, eventually crossing the line in eighth place.

Other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies was fourth ahead of Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia).

Twelfth place Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike) was the EVO Category best classified after a thrilling 17 lap race left the crowd enthralled in the Spanish sun, just ahead of local rider and other EVO entrant David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Guintoli still leads the standings, but he is now tied up in points with Baz, whilst Sykes is just one point shy of the French duo.

Results:

 

Position Pilot Time (seconds behind winner)
 1 Sykes (Kawasaki)

17 Laps/90.848 km in 33’38.583

 2 Baz (Kawasaki)

4.275

 3 Rea (Honda)

8.418

 4 Davies (Ducati)

15.715

 5 Laverty (Suzuki)

19.305

 6 Guintoli (Aprilia)

21.998

 7 Elias (Aprilia)

24.018

 8 Giugliano (Ducati)

27.894

 9 Haslam (Honda)

29.077

 10 Lowes (Suzuki)

29.863

 11 Melandri (Aprilia)

34.820

 12 Camier (BMW)

35.255

 

Source: SBKWorld.com

Photography: J. Nelson / SBKWorld.com

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Descubren el Album y la Canción Oficial del Mundial

Apr 8, 2014

La FIFA y Sony Music Entertainment se complacen en anunciar la lista de canciones que componen uno de los discos más esperados de este año: One Love, One Rhythm, el álbum oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014™. Los aficionados a la música y al fútbol del mundo entero ya pueden descargar We Are One (Ole Ola), la canción oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014™, lanzada el 8 de abril al mercado.

Ahora, tras el anuncio a principios de este año de los artistas que interpretarán la canción oficial y el himno oficial, el álbum oficial incluye varias de las estrellas más famosas del panorama musical, que contribuirán con sus sonidos inconfundibles al ritmo de la máxima competición del fútbol mundial. Junto a Shakira, intérprete de la canción oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2010™, y Ricky Martin, quien ha grabado el tema ganador del concurso Supersong de este año, en el disco figuran Carlinhos Brown, Bebel Gilberto y otros grandes nombres de la música brasileña. El álbum oficial saldrá a la venta el 12 de mayo, aunque los pedidos por adelantado se pueden cursar a partir de este 8 de abril.

Thierry Weil, Director de Marketing de la FIFA, recibió con satisfacción esta noticia y declaró: “Estamos encantados con la publicación de One Love, One Rhythm: el álbum oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014™. La asociación con Sony Music Entertainment nos ha brindado la oportunidad de incluir en la alineación de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA a varias de las grandes superestrellas del mundo de la música. Estoy seguro de que los seguidores de la música y del fútbol del mundo entero disfrutarán de esta magnífica mezcla de estrellas internacionales de primerísima fila y de fantásticos artistas brasileños. Este disco pondrá un ritmo excepcional al fútbol en Brasil”.

Este 8 de abril se ha producido también el lanzamiento de la canción oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014™: We Are One (Ole Ola), escrita y coproducida por Pitbull e interpretada por Jennifer López y la estrella brasileña Claudia Leitte. Ya puedes oír la canción que se convertirá en la banda sonora de la gran competición de este año.

El disco One Love, One Rhythm: el álbum oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014™, disponible en dos ediciones, estándar y deluxe, incluye las canciones siguientes:

Cortesia:FIFA

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