Los Angeles Rams aseguran su primer título de la NFC en el 2017

Dec 24, 2017

Los Angeles Rams aseguran su primer título de la NFC en el 2017

Los Angeles Rams 27 vs 23 Tennesse Titans

Campeones de la Division NFC West. En solamente el segundo año en Los Angeles los Rams han asegurado su lugar en los playoffs este año y están a un paso mas cerca del Super Bowl. Los Rams (11-4) derrotaron a los Titans (8-7) 27-23 esta tarde tras el candidato de Jugador Mas Valioso en la liga en Todd Gurley. El corredor tuvo mas de 150 yardas en total en y 2 touchdowns.

El coach Sean Mcvay en su primer año dirigió a este equipo joven a los playoffs y entran con una de las ofensivas mas potentes de toda la liga. Jared Goff sigue mejorando en su segundo año con la ayuda de Sean Mcvay tirando por 301 yardas por el aire con 4 touchdowns.
Es el primer titulo de la división desde 2003 cuando el equipo todavía andaba en St Louis. Los Rams se preparan la semana que entra para jugar contra los 49ers y entran a los playoffs con una racha de victorias.

Nota Itai Fuentes

Fotografía: Rafael Perez

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Pumas tiene un gran plantel y buen grupo: Matías Alustiza

Dec 24, 2017

Pumas tiene un gran plantel y buen grupo: Matías Alustiza.


“Hay un buen grupo, todos estamos trabajando al parejo para estar a la disposición del técnico. Hay dos jugadores por cada posición y eso crea una competencia sana. Todos queremos jugar, pero será él quien elija al cuadro titular, sólo debemos estar preparados para cuando nos toque”, señaló Matías Alustiza en conferencia de prensa realizada en las instalaciones de la Cantera.


El delantero auriazul declaró: “poco a poco nos iremos adaptando porque tenemos un gran plantel, un buen grupo y sabemos lo que nos estamos jugando el siguiente torneo”. También añadió: “Creo y confío en mis compañeros, hay un buen grupo y todos vamos a salir adelante porque Pumas es un Club grande”.


Finalmente declaró: “Ayer se jugó un primer amistoso, sabemos que estos partidos solo nos sirven para prepararnos, pero estoy contento por lo que se hizo ayer ante Zacatepec”.

Cortesia: Club Pumas

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Kovalev-Mikhalkin & Bivol-Barrera March 3 at MSG

Dec 24, 2017
Krusher Takes Manhattan
Two World Light Heavyweight Titles at Stake as
Sergey Kovalev Returns to New York vs. Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera Share HBO Bill
“The Krusher”
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
New York, NY:        Sergey Kovalev continues his rise back to the top of the light heavyweight division when he returns to the Mecca of Boxing on Saturday, March 3rd to defend the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title versus southpaw Igor Mikhalkin, originally of Irkutsk, Russia, now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany.  A skilled boxer, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line as he steps up to challenge one of the most fearsome punchers in professional boxing at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In the co-main event, newly minted WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia makes his second defense of the title against Cuba’s streaking Sullivan Barrera, the mandatory challenger. Viewed as a “toss-up” bout by boxing insiders, Bivol-Barrera matches a young, explosive champion against an experienced veteran hungry for his first world title fight. Presented by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Last month, the Big Apple welcomed Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the two-time light heavyweight world champion, with open arms as he made his New York debut with a stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the second round to reclaim his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Eager to return to the ring and to his new home, “Krusher” thrilled his large following of Russian fans last month and he expects an even bigger contingent to greet him in March. As he sits comfortably atop the light heavyweight rankings and in the top five pound-for-pound, Sergey’s goal is to put on a great show for the fans in attendance and watching on HBO.
Kovalev said, “I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden in November. It feels like my home. I’m very excited to go back to MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a great time watching my fight!”
Kovalev’s manager, Egis Klimas, added, “It’s still very difficult to find light heavyweights who want to fight Sergey. I’m surprised! Many thanks to Igor Mikhalkin, who is confident enough to take on The Krusher and get a big opportunity. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Shabranskyy is Ukrainian and Igor is Russian. They’re tough! Not afraid!”
Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs), 32, a southpaw originally from Irkutsk, Russia, now resides in Hamburg, Germany. He made his professional debut in 2007 with a second-round stoppage against Stefan Stanko and went on to win his first 11 bouts with seven of those wins coming by way of knockout. The lone blemish on Mikhalin’s record is a unanimous decision loss to former WBO Light Heavyweight Title contender Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. In the eight years since, Igor amassed several belts: the IBO Light Heavyweight World Title, EBU Light Heavyweight Title and the WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Mikhalkin will be making his US debut against Kovalev on March 3.
When asked about his upcoming title shot against Kovalev, Mikhalkin replied, “It is a great honor for me to fight in the United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in this weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev comes at the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I want to show the American boxing audience a great fight.”
Mikhalkin’s promoter, Erol Ceylan, of EC Box Promotions added, “We are happy to organize this fight together with Main Events. Kovalev is a big name in the light heavyweight division. Igor has absolutely earned this fight and he has the class to defeat Kovalev. Igor has already won many great foreign victories in his career and I’m sure that he will be successful again.”
In the co-main event, the young champion, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs), makes his New York debut and fights in the United States and on HBO for the second time. Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), who has become a fixture on HBO, returns to The Garden for his first world title fight. Both men were very focused on making this fight and facing each other. Some boxing commentators believe this matchup could be the fight of the night.
“This is not the first time that I am training for the most important fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me happy! Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted and I am glad that we will meet in the ring soon,” explained WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Dmitry Bivol.
Andrei Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, explained, “We have planned a very active schedule for Dmitry Bivol and World of Boxing in 2018 and are happy to start the year with an event at  Madison Square Garden on March 3rd with Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. I would like to thank Kathy Duva and HBO and hope that our partnership will prosper.”
Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov added, “We are glad that our first appearance in 2018 will be against one of the best in the division in the legendary Madison Square Garden.  Sullivan Barrera is a serious test for Bivol and we have a lot of respect for him taking this fight. We want to prove to the world that it was not by accident that this young kid became a world champion in only his 12th ring appearance, he is already fighting on HBO for his third time, and he is fighting one of the best fighters in the division with only one career loss that came at the hands of Andre Ward. Bivol has already been mentioned as a possible pound for pound prospect by many and we will continue fighting the best out there to prove this!”
Barrera said, “I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to win a world title.  I know it won’t be easy and I know I chose the toughest road than anyone to get here.  But I know all of the tough opponents I have agreed to fight and hard work will pay off.  On March 3rd, I will become the most deserving light heavyweight champion in boxing.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked, “We’re ready to showcase the light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden! We have Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater after big wins in November and we’re adding another light heavyweight champion to the card! Dmitry is a young champion with a bright future ahead of him if he can get past Sullivan, which is no easy task. And Sergey is taking on Igor Mikhalkin, who is a young, but experienced, southpaw and that’s given him some trouble in the past. We’ll round out the show with another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying night of boxing.”
About Kovalev-Mikhalkin:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be available shortly.
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Confirmado para los Octavos de Final de la Liga de Campeones Scotiabank CONCACAF 2018

Dec 24, 2017
Calendario Confirmado para los Octavos de Final de la Liga de Campeones Scotiabank CONCACAF 2018
Dieciséis de los mejores clubes de CONCACAF disputarán una competencia llena de acción durante tres meses


Miami (viernes, 22 de diciembre, 2017) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF) dio a conocer hoy las fechas y los horarios de los partidos de la ronda de cuartos de final de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018, principal competencia de clubes de la región.

La Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank coronará a un campeón de los dieciséis clubes clasificados de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe. Los emparejamientos para los octavos de final fueron determinados en el sorteo oficial, el cual se llevó a cabo el lunes, 18 de diciembre en Miami.

Los partidos de ida de los octavos de final están programados a jugarse del 20 al 22 de febrero. La acción comenzará el martes, en Centroamérica, con un enfrentamiento entre CS Herediano (CRC) y Tigres UANL (MEX). Mas tarde, en Colorado, los campeones de la Copa Canadiense y la MLS Cup 2017, Toronto FC (CAN) visitarán al equipo estadounidense de la MLS, Colorado Rapids (USA).

Los partidos de ida del martes serán los primeros en jugarse entre los ocho partidos programados para la primera semana de la Liga de Campeones.

El miércoles por la noche, el siete veces campeón de CONCACAF Club América (MEX) visitará al Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) en San José, Costa Rica, mientras que el Tauro FC (PAN) recibirá al FC Dallas (USA) en Panamá. Para cerrar la noche, FC Motagua (HON) se enfrentará al Club Tijuana (MEX).

Los partidos de ida cerraran finalizarán el jueves por la noche, cuando el actual campeón de la Liga CONCACAF Scotiabank CD Olimpia (HON) reciba a los New York Red Bulls (USA) y Santa Tecla FC (SLV) enfrentándose al Seattle Sounders FC (USA).

Además, Cibao FC (DOM) será sede del primer partido de la Liga de Campeones en la República Dominicana, cuando reciba al CD Guadalajara (MEX).

Los partidos de vuelta de los octavos de final se jugarán entre el 27 de febrero y el 1 de marzo, comenzando con Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Colorado Rapids (USA), Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. CS Herediano (CRC) y Club Tijuana (MEX) vs. FC Motagua (HON) el martes, 27.

Los partidos continuarán el miércoles con FC Dallas (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Cibao FC (DOM) y Club América (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC). Los dos últimos partidos de los octavos de final, verán a New York Red Bulls (USA) en casa frente a CD Olimpia (HON) y Santa Tecla FC (SLV) en Seattle Sounders FC (USA).

El rango de fechas para los cuartos de final de ida, que se disputarán entre los ocho ganadores de los octavos de final, es del 6 al 8 de marzo. Los cuartos de final de vuelta están programados entre el 13 y el 15. Las semifinales y la final de ida y vuelta de la competencia están programadas para abril.

El ganador de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018 representará a la región en la Copa Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA 2018, que se disputará en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

Calendario de la Liga de Campeones CONCACAF Scotiabank 2018 – Octavos de Final

*En hora del este (hora local) y el equipo local aparece primero

Martes, 20 de febrero de 2017
20:00 CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX)
22:00 Colorado Rapids (USA) vs. Toronto FC (CAN)

Miércoles, 21 20 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs. Club América (MEX)
20:00 Tauro FC (PAN) vs. FC Dallas (USA)
22:00 FC Motagua (HON) vs. Club Tijuana (MEX)

Jueves, 22 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Cibao FC (DOM) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX)
22:00 CD Olimpia (HON) vs. New York Red Bulls (USA)
22:00 Santa Tecla FC (SLV) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (USA)

Martes, 27 de febrero de 2017
20:00 Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Colorado Rapids (USA)
20:00 Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. CS Herediano (CRC)
22:00 Club Tijuana (MEX) vs. FC Motagua (HON)

Miércoles, 28 de febrero de 2017
20:00 FC Dallas (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN)
20:00 CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Cibao FC (DOM)
22:00 Club América (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)

Jueves, 1 de marzo de 2017
20:00 New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. CD Olimpia (HON)
22:00 Seattle Sounders FC (USA) vs. Santa Tecla FC (SLV)

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Dec 24, 2017



Plus, 168-Pound Champion David Benavidez Makes First World Title Defense in a Rematch with Ronald Gavril in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature


Tickets on Sale Saturday, December 23 at 10 a.m. PST!


LAS VEGAS (December 21, 2017) – Two-division world champion Danny “Swift’’ Garcia returns to the ring to take on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.


In the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.


The card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing.  Tickets for the live event go on sale Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available at AXS.com.


“I’m excited just to get back in the ring,” said Garcia, who was reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017. “I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”


Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) was a unified world champion at super lightweight and welterweight and has fought and defeated many of the most formidable opponents in both divisions spanning two generations—Morales, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them.  Four of his five opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 10 of his last 14 opponents were world champions or former world champions.


“I was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,” continued the 29-year old Philadelphia fighter.  “I’m ready to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight division.”


In his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders, Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman in a hard-fought, exciting fight that aired live on CBS. The SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS broadcast drew the biggest boxing audience of the year, more than five million viewers which remains the largest audience to witness a primetime boxing broadcast since 1998.


Now, Garcia looks to re-establish his once dominant position at welterweight, a division that boasts more top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the sport than any other weight class; fighters including world champions Errol Spence Jr., Thurman, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and more.


“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.


Like Garcia, Rios has fought many of the top welterweights of this era including world champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. The hard-nosed slugger from Oxnard, Calif., has 34 wins, 25 by knockout. The 31-year-old Rios always comes prepared to battle. With an aggressive style and granite chin, he is one of the most entertaining boxers in the sport. In his last fight he scored a TKO victory over Aaron Herrera on June 11. A victory over Garcia, a top-10 welterweight in his own right, would immediately change the course of Rios’ career and demand that he be placed among the top-ranked in the division.


“I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!’’


“SHOWTIME is poised to start the year with two crucial welterweight main event matchups,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “Following the January 20th event pitting Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson, Garcia vs. Rios features two of the most battle-tested and ferocious 147-pound fighters in the world. Add in the Benavidez vs. Gavril II co-feature, a fight that is guaranteed to deliver dramatic action, and we are picking up right where we left off in 2017 delivering the most compelling and important matchups in boxing’s deepest divisions.”


“We’re looking forward to the action at Mandalay Bay Events Center in February,’’ said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. “Both Garcia and Rios are seasoned fighters that have faced the toughest competition in the welterweight division and they are both very hungry for a big win. The co-feature rematch between the youngest reigning world champion David Benavidez and challenger Ronald Gavril we already know will be thrilling. All four of these men have proven that they’ll put it all on the line in the boxing ring to leave no doubt about who the better man is. In addition, we are working on a crowd-pleasing undercard now. Everyone on this card will need to bring their ‘A game’ to Las Vegas in order to be victorious on February 17.”


“Danny Garcia is one of the most battle-tested, skillful boxers in the sport. What he did in running through the 140-pound division before moving up to welterweight is simply amazing,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “’Bam Bam’ Rios is a throwback warrior. He never met a fight that he backed down from. Putting Garcia and Rios into the ring against each other promises nothing but fireworks in a match that should provide maximum entertainment for fans.  It’s the kind of fight that belongs in Las Vegas, a classic battle that harkens to welterweight wars of the past.  The first match between Benavidez and Gavril left enough room for doubt that a rematch should settle any remaining questions. I’d expect both boxers to come in with something to prove and that translates into a fan-friendly match.’’


The 21-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning world champion in boxing and the youngest 168-pound champion in history at 20-years, nine months old when he scored a split decision against Gavril to win the super middleweight title on September 8. The bout featured multiple swings of momentum, thrilling exchanges and a wild 12th round. Benavidez and Gavril pushed each other to deliver the best performance of their respective careers thus far.


“I feel I won the fight,” said Gavril immediately after the decision. “I dominated the pace. I can’t say anything else… The only thing I can do is to ask for a rematch.”


On February 17, Gavril will get it.


“No excuses this time,” said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “The minute Benavidez finished the fight I requested the rematch—on behalf of the winner—for the sole reason that he needed to win by emphatically and not by split decision. I wanted the public to be able to have the rematch so that everyone will know who the best is. I expect this time Gavril will say that he’s really been beaten. As the youngest reigning champion in the sport today, I want no doubt that Benavidez is the better man. It was a great fight the first time and this time we’ll see who the best truly is. No excuses. No doubt.’’


Fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz., Benavidez had scored 10 straight knockouts leading up to the match against Gavril. His eight-round KO victory over Rogelio Medina put him position for the vacant title.


“This is a fight that my father, my team and I decided to take again to show everybody that I’m really the champion and there’s more to me than just being the youngest world champion,”  Benavidez said. “I feel like I’m the better fighter and I’m going to definitely show it this time. I learned from that first fight that he puts on a lot of pressure. He likes to throw at the same time that I’m throwing. There are a couple different approaches to take against that. It’s going to be a great night of fights. Danny Garcia and ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, these are two fighters I look up to in the sport and it’s an honor to fight in their undercard. My training has been going well. We decided to bring in a strength and conditioning coach and I feel really strong. I believe I’ll be very prepared.”


Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) rose rapidly through the ranks by scoring seven straight victories including four by knockout since 2015. The 31-year-old Gavril was born in Bacau, Romania and now lives and fights out of Las Vegas. He fought a brilliant match against Benavidez, seizing control in the middle rounds and even dropping the young contender in the 12th with less than a minute left in the fight. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Gavril lost on two of the three judges’ scorecards.


“I can’t wait to get into the ring again and take that belt,” said Gavril. “I learned his game plan quickly during the first fight, I blocked it well then, and I plan to do the same again. He has fast hands and power, I won’t take that from him, but I am prepared for whatever plan he comes in the ring with. I know I have what it takes to win this time. Preparing for this fight the second time around has been different, training has been more intense, and my team is preparing me to take him out once and for all. I can’t let him win. Some people said I won back in September, and were surprised by my performance. I thought it was close, and I thought the knock down gave me the advantage to win. All I can do is be ready. I don’t think either of us will upset the fans on fight night. I want to thank Floyd Mayweather and Leonard for another opportunity against Benavidez. He’s a great fighter and tough competitor and this will certainly be a great fight.”

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Antonio Mohamed espera una alegría obteniendo Copa MX

Dec 21, 2017

Rayados está de vuelta


Antonio Mohamed espera una alegría obteniendo Copa MX


Cuando más cuesta arriba es el camino, el empuje de la Mejor Afición es fundamental para que el Monterrey afronte los retos con la frente en alto, uniendo fuerzas para regresar al protagonismo.


El futbol brinda rápidas oportunidades para Rayados teniendo como meta aprovechar el momento y hacerse de la Copa MX Apertura 2017, objetivo inicial para el Equipo y Antonio Mohamed.


“La Afición va a respaldar cien por ciento al Equipo. Es muy noble y cuando más se necesita, está con nosotros. Entre todos lo podemos lograr, arrancar de nuevo”, dijo el Estratega en conferencia de prensa durante el día de medios.


“La espina con nosotros mismos por hacer las cosas bien. No hay más que aprender y pensar en lo que viene. Estoy bien, enfocado en ganar (la Copa MX) para darnos una alegría como Grupo y dar una pequeña caricia a la Afición”, agregó.

Cortesia: Club Monterrey

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Se Anuncian Ganadores de los Premios CONCACAF 2017

Dec 21, 2017
Se Anuncian Ganadores de los Premios CONCACAF 2017
Miami (martes, 19 de diciembre de 2017) –  La Confederación de Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF) anunció hoy los ganadores en las nueve categorías restantes de los Premios CONCACAF 2017. El domingo 17 de diciembre, Alex Morgan y Keylor Navas fueron anunciados como la jugadora y el jugador del año de CONCACAF, durante la cuarta edición de los Premios Univisión Deportes.

En una votación equitativamente dividida entre los entrenadores y capitanes de las selecciones femeninas y masculinas de las Asociaciones Miembro, así como los medios de comunicación y los aficionados, Navas capturó el premio por segunda vez, mientras que este es el segundo premio consecutivo y el tercero en total para Morgan.

Los ganadores en las otras categorías son: Porteros del año: Keylor Navas (CRC) y Adrianna Franch (USA); Entrenadores del año: Greg Vanney (USA) y Eva Espejo (MEX); Árbitros del año: Cesar Ramos (MEX) y Lucila Venegas (MEX); Gol del año: Amaury Escoto (MEX), en el minuto 85 del partido v. CD Guadalajara.

Por segunda vez, la Confederación también otorgó el Premio al Mejor Desempeño de CONCACAF al equipo o individuo que mejor ejemplificó la excelencia a través del desempeño, y al hacerlo ayudó a elevar aún más a CONCACAF a niveles más altos del deporte. El Premio al Mejor Desempeño de este año fue para la selección nacional masculina de Panamá.

Los mejores XI también fueron seleccionados, con Estados Unidos, Costa Rica y México colocando un total de 10, 4 y 3 jugadores respectivamente, en los equipos.

Los ganadores de los premios del año pasado se pueden encontrar aquí.

Aquí le damos un vistazo a la votación en cada una de las categorías de este año:

1. Keylor Navas (GK) | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)
2. Hirving Lozano (FW) | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED)
3. Andre Blake (GK) | Jamaica; Philadelphia Union (USA)
1. Alex Morgan (FW) | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Samantha Kerr (FW) | Australia; Sky Blue FC (USA)
3. Christine Sinclair (FW) | Canada; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
1. Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)
3. Andre Blake | Jamaica; Philadelphia Union (USA)
3. Jaime Penedo | Panama; FC Dinamo București (ROU)
1. Adrianna Franch | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
2. Ashlyn Harris | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
3. Cecilia Santiago | Mexico; Club America (MEX)
1. Greg Vanney | United States; Toronto FC (CAN)
2. Hernan Dario Gomez | Colombia; Panama Men’s National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio | Colombia; Mexico Men’s National Team
1. Eva Espejo | Mexico; CF Pachuca (MEX)
2. Roberto Medina | Mexico; Mexico Women’s National Team
3. Amelia Valverde | Costa Rica; Costa Rica Women’s National Team
1. Cesar Ramos | Mexico
2. Joel Aguilar | El Salvador
3. Kimbell Ward | Saint Kitts and Nevis
1. Lucila Venegas | Mexico
2. Carol Anne Chenard | Canada
3. Marianela Araya Cruz | Costa Rica
1. Amaury Escoto | Mexico; Lobos BUAP (MEX) v. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 85th minute, SEP 26
2. Camila | Brazil; Orlando Pride (USA) v. Houston Dash (USA), 16th minute, JUN 17
3. Ernesto Sinclair | Panama; CD Plaza Amador (PAN) v. CD Arabe Unido (PAN), 88th minute, AUG 20

Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)

Cristian Gamboa | Costa Rica; Celtic FC (SCO)
Hector Moreno | Mexico; AS Roma (ITA)
Kendall Waston | Costa Rica; Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN)
Roman Torres | Panama; Seattle Sounders FC (USA)

Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica; Sporting CP (POR)
Christian Pulisic | United States; Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Hector Herrera | Mexico; FC Porto (POR)
Wilde-Donald Guerrier | Haiti; Qarabağ FK (AZE)

Alberth Elis | Honduras; Houston Dynamo (USA)
Hirving Lozano | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED)


Adrianna Franch | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)

Abby Dahlkemper | United States; North Carolina Courage (USA)
Ali Krieger | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn | United States; FC Kansas City (USA)
Emily Menges | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)

Allie Long | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Carli Lloyd | United States; Houston Dash (USA)
Jessie Fleming | Canada; UCLA (USA)
Lindsey Horan | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)

Alex Morgan | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Marta | Brazil; Orlando Pride (USA)

Premio al Mejor Desempeño
Después de haber obtenido un lugar en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, el equipo nacional de hombres de Panamá fue nombrado el martes como el ganador del Premio al Mejor Desempeño 2017.

Liderados por el entrenador Hernán Darío Gómez, los Canaleros terminaron terceros en la ronda final de la eliminatoria de CONCACAF para Rusia 2018, compilando un récord 3W-4D-3L. La campaña fue destacada por una victoria por 2-1 sobre Costa Rica, en el último día de juego, cuando el defensor Román Torres anotó dramáticamente el gol ganador del juego cuando faltaban dos minutos del tiempo regular.

En 12 de los 16 partidos, Panamá concedió un gol o menos. Panamá se convertirá en el 11° país de CONCACAF en clasificarse en la Copa del Mundo.

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France 2019 dreams come into view for referees

Dec 21, 2017

France 2019 dreams come into view for referees

The road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ is proceeding with great strides for the teams aiming to qualify, but also for the match officials. FIFA in cooperation with the confederations recently developed a revised list of 35 referee and 69 assistant referee candidates – representing all six confederations and 56 countries – for the biggest tournament in women’s football.

The list of candidates takes into account several qualities, including game performances, football understanding and fitness, and for the first time at this stage of preparations for the Women’s World Cup, FIFA is announcing referee trios. This allows the referees to prepare as a team throughout the build-up to the tournament, and thus helps to improve overall performances.

“This is an incredibly important step forward,” Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, explained. “It’s a further marker in the three-year process that started last year. In 2018, we expect to see improvement from candidates in terms of their fitness, technical knowledge and football understanding. We’ll be testing them throughout the year and then selecting the best.”
Read the full story on FIFA.com
List of candidates

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Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets Los Angeles Press Conference

Dec 21, 2017

Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets

Los Angeles Press Conference Quotes & Photos


Three-Division World Champion Garcia Faces 140-Pound World Champion Lipinets Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME® 

From the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas &

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions


Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME 

LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2017) – Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets went face-to-face for the first time Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their main event showdown on Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The matchup of top-5 ranked junior welterweights will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions.


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage will also feature two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy in a rematch against Kiryl Relikh for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title.


Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT and will be available at Ticketmaster.com.


Lipinets will be making the first defense of his world title while Garcia looks to become only the third fighter in modern history to become a champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao*.


Here is what the press conference participants had to say Monday from the Conga Room at L.A. Live:




“A world champion like Sergey Lipinets is more exciting an opponent for me than an easy title defense. I wanted a challenge and this man presents that. He’s a bigger man naturally. He’s going to be very hungry and motivated. He knows a victory over me launches his career to the top. That’s going to make this an interesting fight.


“To win a world title in a fourth division is a big deal to me. My dad always wanted a three-division world champion, and now I have a chance to give him a fourth title. That’s something that really excites me.


“It’s been a great return to boxing since my layoff. When I came back, I wanted to move fast and take on big challenges. That’s what we’ve been doing so far. I want to take on any challenges that people think I can’t achieve. I think slowly we’re proving to everyone that I’m better than ever and I’m going to keep taking on the kinds of fights that will cement my legacy.


“It would be a great accomplishment to be in the discussion with guys like Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, that would be a win in itself. But it wasn’t on my mind when taking this fight. I just want to keep fighting the best out there. There’s still more for me to accomplish until I’m on the same level as Pacquiao and Marquez.


“It’s going to be a great fight. Like I’ve said, the challenge for me is that I’ll be fighting the bigger man. On fight night, that advantage he has on me might be enough to make it that much more exciting. It will be interesting to see how well I adapt to the size. I have to make adjustments to overcome those challenges. This should give the fans the excitement that we want to give them.


“My only focus is on February 10 against Sergey Lipinets. That’s my target throughout the entire camp. There may be more opportunities for me on the horizon, but you’ll see on fight night that I’m one hundred percent focused.


“I know that I have the possibility to be the biggest star in boxing like a Floyd Mayweather, and I think I’m on track to accomplish that. I don’t see a lot of guys in the sport with the resume of accomplishments that I have. I’m going to continue take on the best and beat my opponents convincingly.”




“Mikey Garcia is a great champion and I want to be in the position that he’s reached in this sport. The only way there is to go through him.


“I’m taking on a great challenge against Mikey Garcia, and many people think I’m not ready. This is the fight that I wanted. I’ve had many obstacles in my way throughout my career and I’ve overcome them all. I’m going to overcome Mikey Garcia just like that.


“Every time I have sparred with top fighters, like Terrence Crawford, I have learned more about what I need to improve to get to the next level in this sport. That kind of experience has helped my confidence increase and will help me when I face Mikey Garcia.


“A lot of things can happen when you move up in weight. Usually people use some pop. Whatever version of Mikey Garcia shows up; I’ll be ready for him.


“I believe I’m going to win, Mikey believes he’s going to win, and it will all unveil in the ring. One thing I can guarantee; it’s going to be a great fight.


“Every fight I’ve had has been against a tough opponent who has helped get me to this point. Now, I’m ready to fight the best, and Mikey Garcia is truly that.


“I had to work very hard to make the transition from champion kickboxer to a champion boxer. I did everything I had to do, moving from gym to gym and sparring everyone. I always aimed for the best and wanted to be the best at what I do.”


ROBERT GARCIA, Mikey’s Brother & Trainer


“We know that Sergey Lipinets is a very dangerous fighter. He’s a really strong champion. I know he’s going to be hungry because he wants to become a big name by beating Mikey.


“Mikey is very smart in the ring. We’re going to come in there with a good game plan. We’ll have some big sparring partners. Strong, heavy guys who will give Mikey a big challenge in sparring.


“Mikey has to be in great shape for this fight. You can easily win the first eight rounds, but there are still four left. You have to be able to finish the fight. A great power puncher like Lipinets can finish you in one round.”


BUDDY MCGIRT, Lipinets’ Trainer


“We will be prepared for any and every thing. This way, when fight night comes, we’ll have an answer for everything. The key is that we just have to be on point from the opening bell to the end. There’s no way around it.


“We’re going to cover everything in training camp. You have to have every option available to you on fight night. This way, you’re never surprised in the ring. Sergey won’t go in there swinging to get a knockout, he’s going to be disciplined and focus on getting the victory.


“I believe that Sergey is on a mission. I know Mikey Garcia is on a mission too, and I respect that. I respect that these two men are fighting each other. Champions do what Sergey is doing, and that’s fighting the best.”


RICHARD SCHAEFER, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports


“This is going to be a huge night for the 140-pound division. It will be another toe-to-toe showdown at the Alamodome in San Antonio, where so many great matchups have taken place before. Tickets start at just $20 so we expect another great crowd of fight fans down in Texas.


“This matchup features two undefeated fighters, two big punchers and 50 wins, 40 by knockout, between the two of them. These guys are both champions who are daring to be great. These are exactly the kind of fighters that the public likes. These fighters will push themselves to be great.


“These guys only know one thing, and that is winning. Sergey Lipinets is the biggest puncher at 140-pounds and it seems like Mikey Garcia always seeks out these big punchers.


“Mikey is looking to do something that only Manny Paccquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have done, in moving up from 126 pounds through 140 pounds winning titles at each division. It is very difficult to carry that power up from featherweight. You have to tune-in to see an exciting fighter like that trying to make history.”


STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports


“What boxing needs are great fights. Good, high quality matchups like Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton, Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia and Errol Spence vs. Kell Brook. There needs consistently be good fights, and that’s what we have been doing at SHOWTIME for the last couple of years. No other network has done the quality of fights that SHOWTIME is doing. No other network is as committed to the sport as SHOWTIME has been.


“The best need to fight the best, and that is what Mikey Garcia has done. He came off of a two-and-a-half-year layoff and in 18 months he’s had four fights, two title fights and will be going for a title in a fourth weight class, something only Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have done before. That’s what great fighters do.


“Historically the fighters who separate themselves as legendary, are the ones who challenge themselves and travel across weight classes to seek these challenges. But there are two sides to this story. Those who have been paying attention have seen Sergey Lipinets make a lot of noise on SHOWTIME cards lately. He has risen very quickly.


“If you just look at Lipinets’ record, 13-0, and think about him fighting Mikey Garcia it would sound crazy. But if you look at the kind of competition he’s faced, his last seven opponents have a combined record of 163-15. That’s not something you usually see 13 fights into a career. Lipinets is a combat veteran, and whatever happens in the ring, he will be ready for it. It’s going to make for an exciting night.”

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Rayados de pie y con la frente en alto

Dec 21, 2017

Rayados de pie y con la frente en alto

El Monterrey quiere cerrar con título el 2017

Aunque perder la Final del Apertura 2017 de la Liga BBVA Bancomer fue un golpe duro para el Monterrey, el futbol siempre presenta nuevas oportunidades las cuales el Equipo las toma con la frente en alto.

Para Rayados es prioridad resarcir las heridas y ganar la Copa MX Apertura 2017 ante el Pachuca, siendo claves la  fuerza y unión de todo el entorno albiazul, expresa Antonio Mohamed.

“Estamos de pie, de vuelta para poder jugar una nueva Final. Con mucha ilusión (hay que) levantarnos, tenemos una Final (de Copa MX) el jueves, seguir de pie y pensar que el semestre podemos cerrarlo con un título. Estamos de pie y más fuertes que nunca”, dijo el estratega en conferencia de prensa.

“No nos vamos a caer, el Grupo de Jugadores está muy fuerte, nosotros también. Hay un lazo entre todos y la Afición . El mensaje es que crean en este Grupo y proyecto, la Directiva hace todo para que tengan un gran Equipo que disfruten todos los fines de semana. Necesitamos el apoyo de la gente para volver a empezar, esa pasión para seguir fuertes”, recalcó ante los medios.

Cortesia: Club Monterrey

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