Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing at 5300 Coke Street

Jul 24, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 5300 Coke Street about 8 p.m. on Wednesday (July 22).

The suspect, Lloyd Dewayne Jackson (b/m, 52), is charged with murder in the 230th State District Court.  A booking photo of Jackson is attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim, 49, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives K. Collier, J. Stroble and R. Watson reported:

A witness stated the victim and Jackson got into a confrontation in an apartment at the above address that escalated when Jackson stabbed the victim several times and then fled the scene.  Jackson later returned and was taken into custody without incident.
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UFC® RETURNS TO UFC APEX WITH FIVE ACTION-PACKED CARDS IN AUGUST

Jul 24, 2020

UFC® RETURNS TO UFC APEX WITH FIVE ACTION-PACKED CARDS IN AUGUST

TOP MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDERS CLASH AS (#8) DEREK BRUNSON AND (#9) EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN HEADLINE FIRST AUGUST EVENT

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#3) JOANNE CALDERWOOD vs. (#6) JENNIFER MAIA

(#12) VICENTE LUQUE vs. RANDY BROWN

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Las Vegas with a series of action-packed cards every Saturday night in August, kicking off with a clash of top middleweight contenders as No. 8 Derek Brunson looks to hand No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan his first professional loss.

The remaining cards will be announced at a later date. All events will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance pursuant to a Health, Safety and Operations plan approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BRUNSON vs. SHAHBAZYAN will take place Saturday, August 1 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, with the prelims kicking off at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

A staple of the middleweight top 10, Brunson (20-7, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) returns to action intending to once again stop the ascent of another fast-rising prospect. Despite his All-American wrestling background, Brunson has developed into one of the most explosive strikers in the division with knockout wins over Lyoto Machida, Uriah Hall and Sam Alvey. He now looks to extend his current win streak and work his way back towards the top five by becoming the first person to defeat Shahbazyan.

One of the youngest athletes on the entire UFC roster, Shahbazyan, 22 (11-0, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) has quickly developed into the middleweight division’s top prospect. Hailing from the same gym as former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Shahbazyan has shown incredible skills during his young MMA career by finishing all but one of his victories in the first round, including wins over Brad Tavares, Jack Marshman and Charles Byrd. He now takes a step up in competition and looks to prove that the hype around him is deserved with his most critical victory yet.

Additional bouts on the card include:

·         A critical bout in the women’s flyweight division sees No. 3 ranked contender Joanne Calderwood (14-4, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland) step up on short notice to take on No. 6 ranked Jennifer Maia (17-6-1, fighting out of Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil)

  • In an exciting welterweight bout, No. 12 ranked contender Vicente Luque (19-7-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) looks to defend his spot in the rankings against rising prospect Randy Brown (12-3, fighting out of Queens, N.Y.)
  • In an thrilling lightweight rematch, Lando Vannata (11-4-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) and Bobby Green (25-10-1, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.) look to replicate their first Fight of the Night performance
  • Light heavyweight veterans meet when veteran Ed Herman (26-14 1 NC, fighting out of Portland, Ore.) meets Gerald Meerschaert (30-13, fighting out of Milaukee, Wisc.) on short notice
  • Kevin Holland (18-5, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) and Trevin Giles (12-2, fighting out of Houston, Texas) look to build their win streaks in a clash at middleweight
  • Veteran bantamweight Frankie Saenz (13-6, fighting out of Scottsdale, Ariz.) aims to make a statement against Jonathan Martinez (11-3, fighting out of Plainview, Texas)
  • Perennial top contender Ray Borg (13-5, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) looks to spoil the debut of UFC newcomer Nate Maness (11-1, fighting out of Henderson, Ky.)
  • Middleweights Eric Spicely (12-6, fighting out of Olneyville, R.I.) and Markus Perez (11-3, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) battle to return to the win column
  • In a battle of featherweight prospects looking to earn their first UFC win, Jamall Emmers (13-5, fighting out of Mentone, Calif.) welcomes the debuting Timur Valiev (16-2, fighting out of Moscow, Russia)

Visit the UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

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BIG-TIME BOXING IS BACK!

Jul 22, 2020
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SHOWTIME SPORTS® AND PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS RETURN TO THE RING WITH ROBUST LIVE BOXING SCHEDULE SPANNING FIVE MONTHS

Nine Live Events * 18 Undefeated Fighters * Nine World Champions and Eight World Championship Fights Begin Saturday, August 1

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NEW YORK – July 22, 2020 – SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions announced today a lineup of nine live boxing events featuring 18 undefeated fighters, nine world champions, and eight world championship fights including one world title unification bout. The schedule comprises 22 critical matchups from bantamweight to heavyweight and features some of the biggest stars in the sport today – Gervonta Davis, Leo Santa Cruz, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, David Benavidez and more. It is the largest collection of world championship boxing announced since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a stoppage of the sport.

The SHOWTIME boxing schedule begins on Saturday, August 1 and runs through the end of 2020. Initially, each live telecast will be presented without fans in attendance from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Included in the schedule are four world title eliminators, three interim title fights and 13 bouts in all pitting top-10 ranked fighters.

There are two SHOWTIME PPV® events in the lineup presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The first in late September is a pay-per-view doubleheader featuring four world title bouts in back-to-back three-fight events on the same night all for one price. Doubleheaders are common in the NFL, NBA and MLB. There hasn’t ever been a boxing PPV doubleheader – until now. The second blockbuster PPV event in October is a unique clash with the winner earning world titles in two weight classes. 

“We are proud to announce the strongest and most comprehensive schedule of fights in all of boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Each bout on this schedule, our largest schedule announcement since 2018, carries high stakes and significant implications. From highly regarded prospects to emerging stars to established champions – all in tough matchups – this lineup delivers on our promise to provide boxing fans with the best talent, the most exciting fights and the highest quality presentation in the sport. We are thrilled to return to live boxing with this star-studded schedule of exciting, meaningful fights.”

Philadelphia’s 122-pound rising star Stephen Fulton Jr. will headline SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on August 1 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) against talented, fellow undefeated contender Angelo Leo of the Mayweather stable in a marquee 12-round matchup for the vacant WBO junior featherweight world title. The Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions. This will mark the first live boxing event on SHOWTIME since ShoBox: The New Generation on March 13 when the network presented what was to be the last nationally televised professional sporting event in the U.S. for several weeks.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be finally getting back to boxing,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Everyone has been patiently waiting and the series of fights that we will collectively put on over the next few months will be great for boxing and the sports world in general. We’re kicking things off August 1 with a world title opportunity for our rising contender Angelo Leo who has been consistently grinding and taking care of business. He’s facing another young and focused undefeated fighter and only one of them can be crowned champion. Both guys are confident that the title belongs to them, which is going to make for a great fight from the first bell.”

“I have been really impressed with both Fulton and Leo,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Fulton’s resume includes victories over eight undefeated fighters. Angelo Leo will be the third straight unbeaten fighter he’s faced. Leo has passed every test he’s had with victories against some of the toughest fighters in the division. The winner of this match will be soaring to new heights in the division.”

“This is my time. I’ve prepared for this my whole life,” said Fulton. “He will be a world champion one day, but not this time.”

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and to continue where I left off,” said Leo. “It’s an honor to be the main event on SHOWTIME and to be fighting for the WBO belt.”

The fight-by-fight schedule follows:

August 1

Main Event: Stephen Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) vs. Angelo Leo (19-0, 9 KOs) – Vacant WBO Junior Featherweight World Championship

Co-Feature: Tramaine Williams (19-0, 6 KOs) vs. Ra’eese Aleem (16-0, 10 KOs) – Super Bantamweight Title Eliminator

Co-Feature: Joe George (10-0, 6 KOs) vs. Marcos Escudero (10-1, 9 KOs) II – Light Heavyweight Bout

About: Fellow Americans and undefeated fighters Fulton and Leo are legitimate top-10 junior featherweight contenders who will meet for the vacant WBO 122-pound world title. A southpaw from New Haven, Conn., Williams will clash with Las Vegas-based Aleem in an intriguing, 50-50 matchup between talented, undefeated prospects. Managed by All-Pro lineman Trent Williams, Houston’s George upset Escudero in an exciting ShoBox affair last November.

August 15

Main Event: David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) – WBC Super Middleweight World Championship

Co-Feature: Rolando Romero (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. Jackson Marinez (19-0, 7 KOs) – WBA Lightweight Interim Title

Co-Feature: Otto Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs) vs. Travis Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs) – Heavyweight Bout

About: Undefeated Benavidez, 23, kicks off his second reign as WBC Super Middleweight Champion. In 2017, he became the youngest 168-pound champion in boxing history by defeating Ronald Gavril on SHOWTIME at just 20 years old. Angulo is coming off an upset win over heavily hyped and then unbeaten prospect Anthony Sims Jr. The power-punching “Rolly” Romero of the Mayweather stable, who has scored five first- or second-round stoppages in his last six fights, is an undefeated ShoBox alum ranked No. 10 by the WBA while Marinez is ranked No. 6. Wallin vs. Kauffman is an intriguing heavyweight matchup between the Swedish southpaw and the veteran Kauffman. Both fighters have survived bouts with the COVID-19 virus, made full recoveries and are anxious to get back in the ring. The winner will undoubtedly receive another big fight. The loser will go to the back of the line in the busy heavyweight division. This Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. The Romero vs. Marinez bout is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

September 19

Main Event: Erickson Lubin (22-1, 16 KOs) vs. Terrell Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KOs) – WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator Bout

Co-Feature: Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-1, 9 KOs) vs. Eduardo Ramirez (23-2-3, 10 KOs) – WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator Bout

Co-Feature: Jaron Ennis (25-0, 23 KOs) vs. TBA – Welterweight Bout

About: Lubin, already a veteran at just 24 years old, has excelled since his shocking first-round loss to Jermell Charlo three years ago. Gausha is a former U.S. Olympian with just one loss. Both men are poised and hungry for a signature win and the opportunity to fight for a unified 154-pound title, which will be on the line the following week. Nyambayar and Ramirez are legitimate top-10 contenders. Nyambayar faced Gary Russell Jr. in February on SHOWTIME in the last SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast before the COVID-19 shutdown. Ramirez, of Mexico, is coming off a stoppage of previously unbeaten Leduan Barthelemy. A graduate of the popular ShoBox: The New Generation series, Philadelphia native Ennis has fought twice on ShoBox and twice on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition cards. Ennis is a former National Golden Gloves Champion ranked No. 12 by the WBO and No. 14 by the IBF. This Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by TGB Promotions and the Ennis bout is in association with D & D Boxing.

September 26 – SHOWTIME/Premier Boxing Champions PPV Doubleheader

In One of the Main Events: Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) – WBC Middleweight World Championship

Co-Feature: Brandon Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KOs) vs. Damien Vasquez (15-1-1, 7 KOs) – WBA Super Bantamweight World Championship

Co-Feature: Diego Magdaleno (32-3, 13 KOs) vs. Isaac Cruz (19-1-1, 14 KOs) – IBF Lightweight Title Eliminator Bout

About: Houston’s Charlo will defend his title against WBC No.-1 ranked Ukrainian Derevyanchenko in one of the main events of this pay-per-view twin bill that boasts four world title fights. Charlo has held the WBC middleweight title since 2019 and reigned as the IBF junior middleweight champion from 2015 to ‘17. Charlo holds wins at 154 pounds against championship-level fighters including Cornelius Bundrage, Austin Trout and Julian Williams. Derevyanchenko has twice challenged for the IBF middleweight title in 2018 and ‘19, losing only to top-level opponents Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin. The 23-year-old Figueroa claimed the interim WBA 122-pound title with an eighth-round stoppage of Yonfrez Parejo last April, before successfully defending the title with a homecoming KO of Javier Chacon in Edinburg, Texas. After being upgraded to the “regular” titlist, Figueroa retained his belt after a 12-round draw against Julio Ceja last November. The southpaw Vasquez is coming off a stoppage win over Alejandro Moreno in February of 2020. Magdaleno vs. Cruz is an IBF title eliminator matchup of ShoBox alums currently ranked 10th and sixth, respectively.

The Other Main EventJermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) – WBC, WBA and IBF 154-Pound Unification Bout

Co-Feature: Mario Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs) vs. Ryan Karl (18-2, 11 KOs) – WBA Super Lightweight World Championship

Co-Feature: Daniel Roman (26-3-1, 10 KOs) vs. TBA – Super Bantamweight Bout

About: In the other main event of this two-part, six-fight pay-per-view telecast, Jermell Charlo will take on Rosario in just the eighth world title unification fight in the 154-pound division’s history. It is also just the second fight with three super welterweight world title belts up for grabs. In January, Rosario upset Julian Williams to win the WBA and IBF titles. Last December, Charlo regained the title by stopping Tony Harrison. At stake is supremacy in a talent-rich division. The 25-year-old Barrios from San Antonio has held the WBA (regular) super lightweight title since September of 2019. His opponent Karl hails from Houston and is ranked No. 9 by the WBA. A regular sparring partner of Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo, Karl is trained by Ronnie Shields. Roman is a former unified super bantamweight champion, having held the WBA (Super) and IBF titles from 2019 to January 2020. Roman’s 19-bout winning streak was snapped in January in a split-decision loss to Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Ranked in the top five by all four sanctioning bodies, Roman previously held the WBA title from 2017 to 2019. This unique PPV doubleheader is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and promoted by Lions Only Promotions and TGB Promotions. The Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario match is co-promoted with Sampson Boxing.

October 10

Main Event: Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12 KOs) vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (15-0, 8 KOs) – IBF Welterweight Interim Title

Co-Feature: Xavier Martinez (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Claudio Marrero (24-4, 17 KOs) – Super Featherweight Bout

Co-Feature: Malik Hawkins (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Subriel Matias (15-1, 15 KOs) – Super Lightweight Bout

About: The 31-year-old Lipinets has won three significant fights in a row since his lone loss to Mikey Garcia, including a dominant stoppage that sent former word titlist Lamont Peterson into retirement. Uzbekistan’s Abdukakhorov is coming off his biggest win to date over former world titlist Luis Collazo and is yet to taste defeat since turning professional in 2015. With Abdukakhorov ranked No. 1 by the IBF and Lipinets ranked No. 3, the winner will be in prime position to challenge the unified 147-pound world champion Errol Spence Jr. Sacramento’s Martinez of the Mayweather stable is an exciting prospect who thrilled ShoBox viewers when he scored one of the quickest knockouts in the history of the series last November, while Marrero is a grizzled veteran who held the WBA interim featherweight title in 2017. Hawkins of the Mayweather stable is trained by Calvin Ford and a teammate of two-division world champion Gervonta Davis. Every one of Matias’ 15 career victories as a pro has come by way of knockout, with his only setback a unanimous-decision loss to Petros Ananyan back in February. This Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by TGB Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and Mayweather Promotions. 

October 24 – SHOWTIME/Premier Boxing Champions PPV

Main Event: Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) vs. Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) – WBA Super Featherweight World Championship/WBA Lightweight World Championship

About: This blockbuster main event will be contested at the super featherweight limit of 130 pounds. The winner of the match, however, will be in the unique position to earn world championships at 130 and 135 pounds on the same night.Two crowd favorites with massive followings will meet with Santa Cruz’s newly won WBA (Super) 130-pound world title on the line. The unbeaten “Tank” Davis is a two-division world champion and reigning WBA lightweight titlist at the age of 25. He emerged as a bona fide star in 2019 with sold-out main event bouts in Baltimore and Atlanta. “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz is a four-division world champion who avenged his only professional loss to Carl Frampton. The stage is set for one of the best matchups that can be made in all of boxing. Both men are all-action fighters. Davis boasts a knockout percentage of .957 while Santa Cruz is one of the busiest punchers in the sport. The winner of this fight will rightfully earn a top-10 spot on the coveted pound-for-pound list. This Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, TGB Promotions, GTD Promotions and Santa Cruz Boxing Club.

November 28

Main Event: Chris Colbert (14-0, 5 KOs) vs. Jaime Arboleda (16-1, 13 KOs) – WBA Super Featherweight Interim Title

Co-Feature: Richardson Hitchins (11-0, 5 KOs) vs. Argenis Mendez (25-5-3, 12 KOs) – Super Lightweight Bout

Co-Feature: TBA

About: The WBA interim super featherweight champion Colbert has fought five times in the past 20 months. Arboleda of Panama earned a split-decision win over veteran Jayson Velez in a WBA junior lightweight eliminator in February. New York City’s Hitchins of the Mayweather stable represented his parents’ home country of Haiti in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Mendez is a former IBF Super Featherweight champion from the Dominican Republic. This Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. The Hitchins vs. Mendez bout is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

December 12

Main Event: Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12 KOs) vs. Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs) – WBC Bantamweight World Championship

Co-Feature: TBA

Co-Feature: TBA

About: France’s Oubaali will be defending the WBC bantamweight world title for the third time. Donaire is the No. 1-ranked contender and fighting for his eighth world championship. A four-division titlist and former pound-for-pound mainstay, Donaire fought brilliantly in what many picked as 2019’s Fight of the Year, a decision loss to Naoya Inoue. At age 37, Donaire is attempting to defy the belief that the smaller the fighter, the earlier the prime. The Premier Boxing Champions event is promoted by TGB Promotions.

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City of Houston Announces the 10th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell. Registration is Open and Volunteers are Needed!

Jul 22, 2020
City of Houston Announces the 10th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell. Registration is Open and Volunteers are Needed!
HOUSTON – It is time to register for supplies or to volunteer at the Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest presented by Shell. The City has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to distribute food, masks, backpacks, and school supplies for Houston-area elementary students and their families. 
Event Details
Date: 
Friday and Saturday, August 7-8, 2020 
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., both days or while supplies last 
Location: NRG, Yellow Parking Lot (8797 S. Main Street)
Pre-Registration:Pre-registration is recommended and will begin on Monday, July 20th for all elementary school students and their families in the surrounding Houston area. Please register here: https://www.houstontx.gov/btsf/registermystudent.htmlVolunteer Opportunities:Friday and Saturday, August 7-8 (2 shifts per day)Shift 1: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Shift 2: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.Please register here: https://www.houstontx.gov/btsf/volunteersneeded.htmlVolunteers must adhere to CDC guidelines. Masks and gloves will be provided.Volunteer Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 5, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. via webinar.
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HFD Fire Capt. Leroy Lucio loses battle with COVID-19.

Jul 22, 2020
HOUSTON –  The following is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on the death of Houston Fire Capt. 
Leroy Lucio who died from Covid-19 Monday night.

“I ask the City of Houston to join me in praying for Capt. Leroy Lucio’s family. His death leaves a void in the department and in the hearts of the men and women that he mentored and supervised during his 30 year career in the Houston Fire Department.

“We are grateful for his service to the city. May he Rest In Peace.” 
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Mayor Turner Discusses COVID-19 Impact on City Employees, Offers Condolences to Families of Two Employees Who Died

Jul 22, 2020
Mayor Turner Discusses COVID-19 Impact on City Employees, Offers Condolences to Families of Two Employees Who Died
Mayor Turner talks about the impact of COVID-19 on City of Houston employees.
HOUSTON –   Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner extended prayers and condolences to the families of two Houston Public Works employees who passed away last week due to COVID-19. Natarvia Robertson worked in Customer Account Services, and Michael Sanchez (pictured below) worked in Transportation & Drainage Operations.

Both individuals were essential employees reporting to work every day to support Houstonians. Her family and extended family will greatly miss Robertson. Sanchez was a husband, father, brother, and son. His family wants Houstonians to know that he had a passion for serving our City. “These two colleagues were essential employees reporting to work every day to support Houstonians and provide basic services that keep Houstonians safe during this pandemic.,” said Carol Haddock, PE, Houston Public Works Director. “We have adjusted how we do business because of the pandemic. However, for around 3,000 of our 4,000 employees, telecommuting is not an option. It’s just not possible to run a treatment plant from your home office, unclog a stormwater drain from your living room or repair a broken water main if you aren’t physically here.”The mayor also thanked all municipal employees and first responders who are working to protect Houston during the pandemic. The virus, which is spreading throughout the community, has taken a toll on the City’s overall workforce.Houston Municipal Employees (excluding HFD and HPD)286 positive casesHouston Police DepartmentOf 190 officers quarantined, 142 have tested positive for COVID-19, and 48 others are waiting for test results. Two hundred thirty other officers who tested positive for the virus have returned to work.Houston Fire Department 162 firefighters in quarantine38 have tested positive189 HFD firefighters have contracted the virus; 151 are back at workNo fire stations have been closed due to lack of staffing “This month, I am asking people to be very intentional and very focused about putting on a mask,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The goal for us is to slow the spread, flatten the curve, and reduce the number of people going to the hospital so that our health delivery system is not overwhelmed.
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Javier Hernández regresa a Los Ángeles, se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back

Jul 22, 2020

Javier Hernández regresa a Los Ángeles, se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back

LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 20 de julio, 2020) – El delantero del LA Galaxy Javier Hernández ha regresado a Los Ángeles y se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back debido a una lesión en la pantorrilla derecha sufrida durante un entrenamiento la semana pasada, anunció hoy el club.

En el último partido de la Fase de Grupos en Orlando, Florida, LA Galaxy enfrentará al Houston Dynamo el jueves, 23 de julio a las 5:00 p.m. PT en vivo por FS1 y TUDN.

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PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN NO. 1 ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 5 DARREN TILL HEADLINES

Jul 22, 2020

PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN NO. 1 ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 5 DARREN TILL HEADLINES

FINAL UFC FIGHT ISLAND CARD

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FEATURED BOUTS:

MAURICIO RUA vs. ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA 3

(#14) FABRICIO WERDUM vs. (#7 – LHW) ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON

Las Vegas – The final event of the UFC® run of shows on UFC FIGHT ISLAND is set to be headlined by a pivotal middleweight bout as former champion and No. 1 ranked contender Robert Whittaker takes on No. 5 Darren Till. Also on the card, MMA legends Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira look to settle their historic trilogy. All events on UFC FIGHT ISLAND are the result of a partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: WHITTAKER vs. TILL will take place Saturday, July 25 at Flash Forum on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The full event will be simulcast airing live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (English and Spanish) with the prelims starting at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT and the main card at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The event will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance

The first New Zealand-born UFC champion, Whittaker (21-5, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) aims to return to his winning ways and secure the next shot at his lost title. Whittaker first captured his championship after moving up in weight and going on an incredible winning streak that included stoppage wins over Jacare Souza, Derek Brunson and Brad Tavares. This streak was capped off with back-to-back wins over Yoel Romero to earn and retain the belt, in two of the best fights in the division’s history. He now intends to make a statement and cement his claim as the clear No. 1 contender.

Former UFC welterweight title challenger, Till (18-2, fighting out of Liverpool, England) made an immediate impact in the middleweight division with a victory over perennial top contender Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to moving up in weight, Till had established himself as one of the best welterweights in the world with marquee wins over Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson. Now, Till seeks to earn another shot at UFC gold by taking out his first former champion.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rua (26-11, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) looks to make it three in a row against fellow Brazilian legend Nogueira. One of the most exciting and dangerous athletes to compete in UFC and PRIDE, Rua has secured wins over a who’s who of MMA icons, including Alistair Overeem, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Rampage Jackson, Forrest Griffin and Lyoto Machida. He now intends to prove that he still has what it takes to compete with the best in the world.

Nogueira (23-9, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) plans to make the most of his third fight with Rua with a career-defining win. A former PRIDE standout, Nogueira made waves when he joined the UFC in 2009 by earning wins over former champions Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans. Now, he looks to get back in the win column with another signature finish in what could be his last bout.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former UFC champion and No. 14 ranked Fabricio Werdum (23-8, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) takes on former three-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson (18-6, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden) in the heavyweight division
  • In a matchup of top women’s strawweight contenders, former champion and No. 7 ranked Carla Esparza (17-6, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) attempts to hand undefeated No. 9 Marina Rodriguez (12-0-2, fighting out of Santa Catarina, Brazil) her first loss
  • Paul Craig (12-4, fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland) battles fellow light heavyweight grappler Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • An exciting welterweight matchup sees Alex Oliveira (20-8, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) take on Peter Sobotta (17-5, fighting out of Balingen, Germany)
  • Looking to set a record for fastest back-to-back UFC wins, Khamzat Chimaev (7-0, Stockholm, Sweden) returns to welcome Rhys McKee (10-2-1, fighting out of Northern Ireland)
  • Veteran lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (25-7, fighting out of Federal District, Brazil) looks to spoil the UFC debut of Jai Herbert (10-1, fighting out of England, United Kingdom)
  • Nicolas Dalby (15-2, fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark) intends to put on another exciting performance when he meets Jesse Ronson (21-10, fighting out of London, Ontario, Canada) on short notice at welterweight
  • In a heavyweight bout, Tom Aspinall (7-2, fighting out of England, United Kingdom) aims to make a good first impression on UFC fans when he takes on Jake Collier (11-4, fighting out of Cuba, Mo.)
  • Undefeated featherweight prospect Movsar Evloev (12-0, fighting out of Ingushetia, Russia) looks to hand Mike Grundy (12-1, fighting out of England, United Kingdom) his first UFC loss
  • Streaking Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser (18-6-1, fighting out of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada) steps up on short notice to take on Raphael Pessoa (10-1, fighting out of Atuba, Parana, Brazil)
  • No. 13 ranked women’s bantamweight Bethe Correia (11-4, fighting out of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil) aims to defend her spot in the rankings against Pannie Kianzad (13-5, fighting out of Helsingborg, Skane County, Sweden)
  • Ramazan Emeev (18-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) looks to bounce back into the win column against short-notice replacement Niklas Stolze (12-3, fighting out of Magdeburg, Germany) in a welterweight bout
  • Top English bantamweight prospect Nathaniel Wood (16-4, fighting out of England, United Kingdom) aims to get back to his winning ways with a statement win over John Castaneda (14-2, fighting out of Minneapolis, Minn.)

UFC will then wrap up its first series of events on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: WHITTAKER vs. TILL on Saturday, July 25.

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Mayor Turner’s Statement on the Death of Rep. John Lewis. Flags on All City Buildings will be Lowered in Honor of Rep. Lewis.

Jul 22, 2020
Mayor Turner’s Statement on the Death of Rep. John Lewis.
Flags on All City Buildings will be Lowered in Honor of Rep. Lewis. 
HOUSTON –  The following is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on the death of Civil Rights Icon, Rep. John Lewis.

“Today, flags will be lowered to half-staff at Houston City Hall and all City of Houston buildings to honor late Rep. John Lewis. He may have been elected by a single congressional district in Atlanta, Georgia, but his life of service impacted all of us. I thank Rep. Lewis for uplifting and inspiring a generation. 

“Rep. Lewis was a warrior in the fight for civil rights. He was an honorable man who exuded grace and dignity while he fought passionately for racial equality and justice for all. 

“From his days marching with Dr. King to the many times he was arrested and beaten for daring to protest segregation, Rep. Lewis never lost his faith, courage, or commitment to fight for freedom.

“During his service and leadership in the U.S. Congress, Rep. Lewis was a champion for uplifting people and advocated for affordable housing, fair pay, education, voting rights and so much more. 

“In 2019, I invited Rep. Lewis to be the Grand Marshal of the City – Black Heritage Society MLK Day Parade, and he honored Houston with his time and wisdom. He challenged us to be brave, to be bold, and never to give up.

“In the coming days, the lights of Houston City Hall, Montrose Bridges, and other buildings will be lit red, white, and blue in memory of Rep. Lewis, an American Hero. 

“May he rest in power.”
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Dynamo Head Coach Tab Ramos

Jul 17, 2020

(on the state of the team two days prior to its next game) “It was nice to first of all get on the field and play, that was the most important part. I know that’s what the players wanted, you know that’s what they were dreaming about for the last few months. It was nice to get on the field, obviously we had a really difficult opponent to start with. It became more difficult on the field to try to limit them from creating opportunities, because they are so talented, but overall happy with the team. I know they are happy that we have confidence back, it was not easy living with a 4-0 loss for the last 3-4 months. So yeah, so I think we’re back for the next game and hoping like every team to get into the next round.”

(on how he navigates coaching the team during this time) “I’m just trying to coach the team like I would always coach the team. It’s really no different, you know I still have the personal conversations. We still talk about if they have any issues off the field, we talk about that. So really, it’s not a whole lot different. I think what’s different is how together we are and it’s important for us, all the things that we do, we do together, because obviously you know we all depend on each other. We are in an environment here which we feel like at this point is safe, but still – we have to be careful and the more we are together the better it is for everybody.”

(on if the last match was disheartening due to the outcome) “I think obviously there’s no question, we’re disappointed when you have a 3-1 lead and coming out with a 3-3 tie. I think you’re always going to be disappointed. At the end of the day, you know when I think about the fact that we gave up the third goal and it was still about 20 minutes to play in the game. I thought the team did quite well and try to win the game after that. You know LAFC is one of those teams that has so many weapons. Vela obviously wasn’t there, but I think you know Bradley Wright-Phillips coming in was also a great boost for them, in particular in the first half. So, you know they have a lot of good players, they got a lot of points last year, they were the leader in the league. You know that, probably the best team in the league. So, I think overall it was a really tough task for us to match up with this team in the situation we were coming in but I feel like we overcame that hurdle. Like I said before, I was happy that we were drawn into a really difficult group. I want to see where we stand and how we have to move forward, so having said that I think our first step was really positive.”

(on what he saw in training to move Memo Rodriguez more toward the center) “Yeah, I mean, that’s a great question and that’s something that Memo and I talked about in October when I first came on. I mentioned to him that I had seen him play a lot and that I felt that he was an interior player, not a winger. So it doesn’t mean that he couldn’t play some more games out on the wing coming inside, but I do feel like his best position is being that number eight or that number 10 in the middle of the field and not wide.”

(on his relationship with Portland Timbers head coach Gio Savarese) “That’s a great question, so Gio and I are very good friends. I respect him so much in the way he is, not just as a coach, but as a person. As a player, he was always a very hard worker, he certainly earned everything he got playing soccer and I think his team reflects that. They are a hard-working team and although they have good players they all get behind the ball. They all defend, they will all work very hard and I think that’s the reflection that they have of their coach.”

(on how the defense can approach the through-ball) “First of all, I think every defense is having trouble with LAFC’s through balls. They did it all of last year, they did it all the year before that. That’s how they play, they’re able to do that because they have such great possession in the middle of the field and such great wingers who can create. So, they have a great team, in terms of how this game is going to be. It’s going to be different because Portland is not LAFC. They play different, they try to get you a little bit more on the counter. Whereas LAFC, they want to take charge of the game the whole time. So, it’ll be a completely different game. I wouldn’t take, you know, we always want to correct mistakes and we want to get better, but I wouldn’t necessarily take the through balls that we gave up against LAFC as something that’s automatically going to happen against Portland.”

(on the status of Marcelo Palomino and Adam Lundkvist) “Palomino was out, it wasn’t just before the match, Marcelo was out for the last almost three weeks. He’s back now in training. So, we’re happy to have him. He is ready to go for Saturday, obviously, he hasn’t played on a full field for a long time. So, we have to consider that, and Adam is recovering pretty well from the injury. I think he will be 100 percent for the game.”

(on giving Nico Lemoine his first MLS appearance last Monday) “I don’t look at it that way, I’m not sitting on the bench thinking ‘how can I make Nico Lemoine’s first start a good one for him.’ Nico is a good player, this is why I asked if we could sign him from our second team and bring him on board, because I think he can contribute. I’m very happy for Nico, because he earned that opportunity and the reason he came on the team at that moment wasn’t because he was a young player and we needed to bring a young player on. He came on because we thought that was the best player we could put on under the circumstances during the game. So, I’m very happy for him, I think he’s got a great career ahead of him. A lot of learning, but it’s a great career ahead of him. He’s got some qualities that most players don’t have and I’m looking forward to working with him into the future.”

(on Sam Junqua also making his MLS debut) “Yeah, Sam has been performing really well in practice. So, at the moment Adam (Lundkvist) went down it’s not like it came into our mind to switch someone else into that position. So, we could have potentially put Zarek (Valentin) at left back and then brought in a right back, which is Jose Bizama, who’s been out for a long time. So, we really didn’t want to mess with the team because we thought that Sam, although he’s a young player, he’s been doing really well in practice. We thought he’d be up to the task, he came in at a very difficult moment and did a great job. So, we’re happy with that.”

Director Tecnico del Houston Dynamo Tab Ramos

(sobre el partido del sábado contra Portland Timbers) “Si, vamos al sábado con bastante confianza que se recuperó con el partido contra Los Ángeles.  Porque sabíamos que iba a ser un partido sumamente difícil, pero en cuanto a lo que viene hacia Portland, los que nos preocupa, un poquito más primero que todo, crear más ocasiones por nuestra parte. Sé que convertimos tres goles contra LAFC. Pero creo que podíamos haber creado más ocasiones todavía. Sobre Portland y su equipo, nos preocupa el movimiento de (Sebastián) Blanco porque es un jugador que se mueve por todo el campo, en diferentes situaciones y también (Diego) Valeri.  Porque Valerie es un jugador que se ubica muy bien cuando nosotros tengamos la pelota y él se encarga de ubicarse en sitios donde puede empezar jugadas de transición. Entonces, esas son las dos cosas más importantes en el momento que nos preocupan de Portland”.

(sobre la adaptación a la burbuja en Orlando) “Si, bueno. Primero que todo, los primeros días había mucho nerviosismo porque, obviamente, vimos que los otros equipos habían tenido problemas, habías casos. Y había positivos y a medida que va pasando el tiempo y uno se empieza a sentir un poquito más cómodo. Creo que en este momento, creo que nos sentimos seguros en donde estamos, donde comemos donde tenemos reunión, donde vamos a entrenar. Todas esas cosas ya que el equipo en este momento se siente cómodo y creo que la MLS ha hecho un gran trabajo para mantenernos seguro”.

(sobre la nueva posición de Memo Rodriguez) “Si, bueno. Creo que primero, tenemos que tener paciencia con Memo. Recién está jugando en esa posición con nosotros. Aparte, es una es una posición que, si uno mira alrededor de la liga, es una posición que está cubierta normalmente por jugadores extranjeros que tienen un costo. Y Memo siendo un jugador nuestro, un jugador de Houston que tenga la posibilidad de jugar una posición tan importante dentro del equipo, creo que es importantísimo para para el club. Y bueno, creo que para la para los niños que vienen de abajo para verlo también. Pero en cuanto a su función en general, creo que no cabe duda, que como cualquier jugador joven, va a tener sus altibajos. Pero él tiene buena técnica para jugar esa posición. Aparte tiene buena capacidad física para ir de área a área. Y es lo que le estamos pidiendo, porque Memo aparte de tener buena técnica nosotros le exigimos que él tenga recuperación de balón. Entonces estamos trabajando con él acerca de eso y creo que él va a seguir mejorando a medida que pase la temporada”.

(sobre la mentalidad del equipo en buscar a proponer en la ofensiva) ““Creo que es una pregunta importante, si es verdad, todos los entrenadores vivimos de esos momentos. Lo que sí le voy a decir es que, veo el fútbol de una manera y quiero jugar al fútbol de una manera y de la manera que creo que es adecuada para mí para y para el tipo de jugador que quiero. Sea, hay que recordar que estoy en un equipo que fue formado por otras personas. No fue un equipo armado totalmente por mí. Habiendo dicho eso, tenemos jugadores importantes que a mí me gusta muchísimo y creo que con este equipo podemos hacer buen futbol. A veces se demora tiempo, si existen posibilidades que se pueda perder por supuesto, lo que sí le voy a decir es que en ningún momento Houston va a ser un equipo que va a salir a defenderse solamente. Porque fuimos a Kansas City a presionar a uno de los mejores equipos de liga y desafortunadamente perdimos cuatro a cero. Pero no perdimos 4-0 por querer defendernos, nosotros perdimos 4-0 por salir a ganar. Y así va a ser, así es lo que quiero del equipo. Quiero confianza con el equipo y a veces eso se demora un poquito de tiempo pero la idea que nunca va a ser de salir solo a defenderse y a jugar a no perder”.

(sobre la regla de utilizar cinco cambios) “Si, es un poquito raro porque, no cabe duda, que cinco cambios en un partido cambian el partido. Prácticamente uno está jugando con un equipo diferente cuando hace cinco cambios. Nosotros elegimos a ser cuatro en este partido, como todo el mundo sabe, tenemos tres ocasiones para sólo cinco cambios, aparte de medio tiempo. Y creo que para este partido se hicieron los cambios adecuados. No quiere decir que para el próximo partido no usemos los cinco para poner piernas frescas. Pero en realidad, lo que quiero hacer quiero que el equipo evoluciones. No se trata tanto de darle minutos a jugadores, sino a que el equipo vaya mejorando. Sí veo que lo podemos hacer con dos cambios el sábado nada más, a lo mejor se hacen dos cambios nada más. Sé que no estoy pensando necesariamente que tengo que usar los cinco cambios”.

(sobre cómo se puede utilizar las características de Alberth Elis) “Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con usted en este caso. Queremos idealmente que Alberth se le juegue balones al espacio. Ahí es donde él tiene su mejor posibilidad, porque sí, como usted dice – creo que es uno de los jugadores más rápidos de la liga y un jugador muy potente que entra en el área muy bien. No necesariamente nosotros estamos buscando Alberth al pie siempre, a veces sí. Obviamente, si lo podemos encontrar en extremo uno contra uno le vamos a dar el balón. Pero también es importante que al contragolpe se lo encuentre en espacio y es lo que están buscando frecuentemente”.

(sobre lo que aprendió de los cambios que hizo al medio tiempo) “Si, bueno. Obviamente, no estamos contentos de haber desaprovechado la ventaja de 3-1 que teníamos. Y bueno, el segundo tiempo no se dio de la manera que lo queríamos. Sabemos que defensivamente tenemos que seguir mejorando. Hemos en este momento nos hemos dado siete goles los últimos dos partidos y obviamente el partido de hace cuatro meses es casi otra liga, pero igual tenemos que juntarlos todos. Y defensivamente, tenemos que ser mejores y vamos a competir con un equipo de playoff. Estoy seguro de que vamos a seguir mejorando en ese aspecto y que el equipo va a ir cada vez a más”.

Dynamo DF Zarek Valentin

(on what the team took away from the first game of the tournament) “I think first and foremost, we have to be a little bit disappointed with how the result went. We never want to give up a lead, especially one that was two goals. I think there are definitely a lot of positives to take from it. Primarily that LAFC is one of the best teams in the league. So, taking a point from them can be viewed as a positive, but I think that we definitely want to build on what we saw and play a little bit more of a complete game. I think that there’s definitely room to improve going to Portland, win all three points and hopefully a situation where we can move to the top of the group.”

(on how the team can build on the last performance and carry over to the game on Saturday) “I think there’s a few points in which we can emphasize going to the next game against Portland. One of those is just communication, a lot of times when there’s moving parts on the field, it’s difficult to navigate situations, the easiest ways to communicate whether you’re passing on runners, you’re staying with the runner or whether there’s quick free kicks or set pieces and things like that, communication is massive. We can always improve on that and that is something that we can take from game-to-game. Obviously, there’s individual moments that will be a little bit more specific to LAFC. They pack a lot of number centrally, so we have to make sure we get to the ball and they get their heads down, obviously, if you get pressure on good players but don’t get close enough to potentially make them make a decision then it becomes easy. With guys like (Diego) Valeri and (Sebastian) Blanco, who I know well, we have to make sure that we close them down and not give them as much space, and time to make decisions, because they’re going to punish you.”

(on the play of the Houston Dash in the NWSL Challenge Cup) “First and foremost, I think the NWSL has put on an incredible tournament in Salt Lake City. It’s been great to see and I think the competition levels have been fantastic. I’m excited to continually watch the Dash more specifically, as they’ve been one of the more spoken about “fun teams” to watch. Obviously, down in Houston we have a little bit more access to that and where I would say, we are a little bit on the front foot in terms of recognizing skill and stuff like that. Obviously, Rachel (Daly) has had an incredible tournament and there’s been some players that have really been able to step up and make a name for themselves, which is exciting to see. I think that now the Dash have turned some heads and suddenly it’s one of the organizations that is being spoken about, which rightfully so, and I can’t stress enough that my teammates and I were talking about it and we’re excited to see them hopefully move on in the tournament.”

(on playing with Gio Savarese and Tab Ramos) ““There are some similarities and I think that there are definitely some differences. I think some of the similarities would be that they were both attacking players. So, they definitely want to enjoy the ball and also give the player the ability to express themselves, because that’s what they did. Gio was a goal scorer and Tab’s resume speaks for itself as well, but I think that both coaches want to give the players the space to create for themselves because and not give them too many barriers. Because as players they wanted to have that creativity, that freedom as well. I think one of the biggest differences would probably be personality. Tab is a little bit more, I would say less gif-able than Gio. Gio wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s there and he’s passionate and he wants to be on the field with you and cheering you on. You can see that he’s in the game, when he leaves, he’s sweating, and you know he’s been there with you. Obviously, Tab is a little bit more controlled and pensive about kind of the way he goes about things. Neither is right or wrong, I think that is definitely what you’ll see on the sidelines. I mean every game Gio is doing something where people are looking and saying ‘oh man, that’s a coach that definitely wants to be there with his players’ and then Tab is one of these guys that you know really is knowledgeable that will pull you aside and maybe not be as outwardly emotional but definitely has incredible knowledge in the way he goes about coaching.”

(on Memo Rodriguez’ performance against LAFC) “Memo and I spent a lot of time in the individual training session period of the Dynamo. We have obviously, we were split up into quadrants like most teams and memo was the player to my right or left, depending on the way you were. We were able to run and suffer and work together and I was able to see his work ethic from putting in work on fitness, we challenged each other and kind of have little bets. Then obviously, to see the work you put in whether we were shooting or dribbling, whatever it might be. So, to see him put in that work and to dedicate himself to his craft, was inspiring. It just proves that he belongs at this level and he can really excel and be one of the better midfielders in this league in my opinion. I am his biggest fan, hopefully he’ll tell you that, if not maybe his mom will go first, but I’m definitely a solid number two.  I think that he can sky is the limit for him as long as he continues to put in the work, put in the effort, which I know he does. He can become an incredible player and it’s great to see that he is reaping the benefits of that, but also he’s cognizant of the fact that it’s just one game. He scored two goals in one game and now he wants to do the same thing in the next game. He wants to continuously push himself and to enjoy the challenge that comes with that. Ultimately, as most people that cross the ball will tell you, a lot of times those guys make you look pretty good. So, his run was incredible, Mauro’s (Manotas) initial movement helps set everything up and those guys made my ball look pretty decent at the end. Don’t forget Alberth (Elis) doing all the hard work and all the running for me.”

(on how he feels about his experience in the bubble) “As a union member I was involved in a lot of these calls and the background and everything for the past few months. I’ve said that upon seeing a few of my friends and colleagues in the league I’ve thanked them for all the work they’ve been doing. They have been working 18, 19, 20-hour days for the past few months and it’s a lot of work that goes into this. Ultimately, outside of Nashville and Dallas there hasn’t been many positive tests. The players feel safe, this is safer than Houston at this moment in time. We don’t have to go to the grocery store, we don’t have to leave our house to do anything. We can stay in our bubble and focus on the game and focus on our opponents and focus on soccer. That’s the most important thing at this moment. The fact that we are able to give 110 percent and we don’t have to think about the outside world is a kudos to the league, obviously. There are some difficult protocols, we have to wake up early to do testing and things like that. If waking up at 7:15 a.m. to have access to testing, so that we can play the game we love, that’s no problem at all. Again there’s a lot of moving pieces but credit to the league for putting on this tournament in such quick fashion and being successful with it, knock on wood, until the end of it. Which will be early, mid-August.”

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