Top coaches and experts to discuss evolution of women’s football in FIFA Women’s World Cup webinar

Jul 7, 2020

•Webinar to take place on Thursday 9 July at 4pm CET
•Media can follow live and submit questions via FIFA.com and YouTube
•Panel to include April Heinrichs, Pia Sundhage, Dawn Scott and Dr. Paul Bradley

To mark the one year anniversary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 this week, FIFA will host a special webinar with some of the world’s top international coaches and experts to discuss the evolution and development of women’s football, as well as the key findings from the recently published Physical Analysis Report from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

According to the report, France 2019 was a landmark tournament for the technical, tactical and physical development aspect of women’s football with more distance covered at a higher intensity by more players compared to previous editions of the tournament.

As part of the webinar, leading coaches and experts will join the authors of the report to discuss what the tournament meant for the evolution of football and what it means for the future tactical and technical development of the women’s game.

Date: Thursday 9 July 2020

Time: 4pm CET onwards

Panel (to be moderated by Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer):

  • Dr Paul Bradley – BASES-accredited sports scientist, Reader in Sports Performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a Consultant for FC Barcelona
  • Dawn Scott – Senior Women’s Physical Performance Manager for the English Women’s National Team and former High Performance Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team (2010-2019)
  • April Heinrichs – FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and Head of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ Technical Study Group (TSG)
  • Pia Sundhage – Head Coach, Brazil Women’s National Team and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year (2012)
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Bareman: Women’s football can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular

Jul 7, 2020

•    France 2019 was a game-changer for women’s football
•    Sarai Bareman reflects on the tournament and challenges since
•    Discusses COVID-19 relief plan and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

This time last year, Sarai Bareman was excitedly preparing for the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

Even then, on the eve of the showpiece match, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer knew that the tournament had smashed records, laying the foundation for a bright and exciting new era in the women’s game.

No-one at that stage, of course, reckoned on COVID-19 and its unprecedented impact on football and the wider world. But Bareman, while certainly not downplaying the challenges the pandemic poses, struck an optimistic note as she looked to the future for women’s football.

Before focusing on FIFA’s relief plan and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, however, she began by reflecting on a golden French summer and a tournament never to be forgotten.

FIFA.com: From a technical, tactical and physical point of view, France 2019 was the best FIFA Women’s World Cup ever. Why was it the best for you?

Sarai Bareman: Well for me it was the best because it represented the culmination of so many hours, days, weeks and months of hard work. For everybody involved, so much effort had gone into making this World Cup the success that it was. What we achieved in France was definitely one of the proudest moments of my career.

It was such a success in terms of the spectators and broadcast views. That made it all the sweeter. In the women’s football world, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is like a beacon; the very top of the pyramid. It is the biggest event we have every four years to showcase our sport and our athletes. It did it in the best possible way, and really opened the eyes of the world to what women’s football is all about.

A total of 1.12 billion viewers watched France 2019 – a record. Did you expect such success?

We targeted one billion as our objective for broadcast viewership and were able to exceed that, which was obviously amazing. I think it is what separated France from many of the previous editions of the tournament. More than one billion people from all around the world having access to our sport, tuning in to watch it. This was a game-changing moment for women’s football.

How will women’s football develop in the future with the help of FIFA?

I think FIFA’s prioritisation towards women’s football is bigger than ever, particularly off the back of France. We are planning to invest USD $1 billion over the next four years. We have tailor-made dedicated development programs for the 211 member associations. We have a very specific women’s football strategy that we are implementing and there is targeted research we are carrying out currently, to accelerate the professionalisation of women’s football.

We are working with partner agencies and organisations outside of the football family to support us and amplify the positive social impacts of our sport. Not only with those that are on the pitch – the players and coaches – but also for women in football. We are putting a lot of effort into education and increasing capacity and seeking to increase the number of women in football administration, and into decision-making bodies. I am very happy to have that level of momentum, which is being met with enthusiasm by our stakeholders too.

What was your personal ‘magic moment’ of France 2019?

That one is very easy for me. It was the opening match in Paris. I can remember it very clearly. Sitting in the stands with my colleagues; watching the opening ceremony; seeing the jets fly over; hearing the roar of the crowd when the two teams marched on to the field; seeing the flags and banners of France and Korea Republic waving throughout the stadium; every seat full.

I was crying. So much had built up to that moment. Then to see it come to fruition in such a big way, in a sold-out stadium, in such a beautiful setting, was incredibly emotional. It was a very powerful moment for me.

Who surprised or impressed you the most?

You are probably looking for an answer that is related to what happened on the field but I’m going to give you a different answer. The biggest surprise for me were the fans. I obviously expected a lot of fans to come. But what surprised me was just how incredible the fans were. Their level of engagement; how they showed up for the teams, as well as how diverse the crowds were at every match we went to.

It was beautiful to see so many families. Generations of families: grandparents, parents, children. I was blown away by the passion. I felt the fans knew they were part of something bigger than just this World Cup. They were part of a movement; something so much more than just what was happening on the field in front of them. You could really feel that energy.

You said the number of women in football should be increased. Gender equality is an important issue, and not only in football. How should the status quo be improved?

Firstly, what I loved about France is that it provided this incredible platform for those conversations to take place. That is the power of football – the power of women’s football. It provides a place where people can come together and actually have these open discussions. The athletes can also use that platform to voice their opinions.

From a very simplistic point of view – both personal, but also from the view of FIFA – everybody should be treated equally. That’s how simple it is for me. Our job in FIFA with respect to women’s football is to get it to the same level. We need it to be mainstream, so there is no longer a discussion about men’s and women’s football in the future. We will just simply talk about football. Until we see everyone who is responsible for delivering football, treating the men’s and women’s game in an equal way, we will continue to work towards that.

When you think about the legacy of 2019, women’s football was heading in the right direction. Now many fear its development has suffered a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are they right and how can this be counteracted?

I think the entire world of football has been impacted and we have to be very clear about that. Society as a whole, but football too. This is something that became very clear to us very early on, as we started to speak with our stakeholders – clubs, confederations, member associations, the leagues and players – to really try to gauge the feeling on the ground. How were people being impacted physically, as well as financially? That gave us a really good overview and ultimately resulted in the relief plan that FIFA has rolled out for the football family.

I am particularly proud of the way FIFA reacted in respect to women’s football. From the beginning, there has been a very clear message from the top, starting with the President: women’s football is important and must remain a priority. It has been an integral part in the process of creating a relief plan. The level of investment that we make as an organisation is increasing now because of what has happened. Dedicated money will be made available to all the member associations, specifically for the women’s game, and over and above what they were already receiving.

I know there is a lot of fear and to be honest I shared those fears at the very beginning. I think, though, we have to approach things in a positive way. It has always been my experience – particularly in the world of football – that moments of adversity lead to the biggest opportunities. Women’s football needs to catch a light on this and I think we can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular.

Australia and New Zealand will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. What does this mean for women’s football in those countries and the Asia-Pacific region?

It is hugely important. It is the first time a Women’s World Cup has been hosted in that region. It is the first time that two confederations will jointly host a Women’s World Cup. It will have a massive impact.

We have already seen off the back of France 2019 the increase in participation in the women’s game – especially in Europe. I saw figures for example in England. More than 800,000 women and young girls are joining grassroots programs after France. I know this will be the same in Asia and the Pacific. It excites me that it will result in many more opportunities for young girls in that region.

I was very fortunate to grow up in New Zealand where I had access to a club and infrastructure. I was able to play and I was very well supported. I think this Women’s World Cup will act as a catalyst and is going to open up so many eyes to how big women’s football is, and what a huge opportunity exists for the women’s game.

Twelve teams participated at the first Women’s World Cup in 1991; in 2019, it was 24. In 2023, it will be 32. It is safe to say that a lot has changed in the last 28 years. In your opinion, what should be the next step to lift the Women’s World Cup to the next level and to further increase the tournament’s value?

From a commercial perspective, there is a lot that we can do around activating the partnerships we have. Getting more people involved and ensuring that every fan that comes to a stadium to watch games or tuning in from home to watch on television has an enhanced experience —that’s something that we’ll put a lot of effort into over the next three years, particularly around technology and digital innovation. We’ve been able to gather a variety of data, tracking players and what’s happening on the field with the physical aspects of the game. With that alone, if we make the best use of it, we can hugely enhance the fan experience.

From a technical women’s football perspective, it is also about enhancing the experience for the players. We’ve got the best players in the world. It’s the biggest opportunity we have to showcase their skills and what they are capable of. It’s important that we continue to work to improve the conditions for those players so that they can continue to perform at their best and put on an incredible show for all those fans coming to watch them in 2023.

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Gas Leak Fire in The Alief Area, One Burn Victim

Jul 1, 2020

Firefighters arrived on the scene of a reported gas leak below ground to find 15 – 18 foot high flames. They contained the large fire with the assistance of Centerpoint crews. The gas was shut off and the scene was turned over to Centerpoint who is investigating the incident. Crews also stopped the fire from spreading to the home. The attics of two neighboring homes were checked with no sign of smoke or fire. One gas Centerpoint employee was burned and transported to the hospital. Firefighters from Stations 76, 68, 73, 10, 75, 83, 57 and Hazmat responded to this incident.

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Surveillance Photo of Suspect Sought in Fatal Shooting at 8700 Richmond Avenue

Jul 1, 2020
Houston police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 8700 Richmond Avenue about 10:45 p.m. on June 24.  

The suspect is described as a heavy-set black male with dreadlocks.   A surveillance photo of the suspect, seen getting into a white Mercedes Benz sedan with dark-tinted windows, is attached to this news release.  

The victim, Deaundra Charles Pipkins, 23, was transported to HCA Houston Healthcare West where he was pronounced deceased.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Miller and Detectives M. Arrington, M. Perez and D. Stark reported:  

Mr.  Pipkins was shot at least one time while he sat in the passenger side of a vehicle traveling eastbound at the above address.  The driver transported him to the hospital.  

The suspect was last seen in the Mercedes sedan driving eastbound on Richmond Avenue and then turned southbound onto Dunvale Road to flee the scene.  

Anyone with information in this case, or on the identity of the wanted suspect, is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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UFC® KICKS OFF EVENTS ON UFC FIGHT ISLAND WITH THREE THRILLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Jul 1, 2020

UFC® KICKS OFF EVENTS ON UFC FIGHT ISLAND WITH THREE THRILLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(C) KAMARU USMAN vs. (#1) GILBERT BURNS

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI vs. (#1) MAX HOLLOWAY

(#3) PETR YAN vs. (#6) JOSE ALDO

UFC® 251: USMAN vs. BURNS AT YAS FORUM AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW

Las Vegas – UFC® holds its first in a series of events on UFC FIGHT ISLAND, headlined by a trio of world championship bouts. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will go for his second successful title defense when he takes on teammate and No. 1 contender Gilbert Burns. In a featherweight championship rematch, Alexander Volkanovski defends against former champion and No. 1 contender Max Holloway. The vacant bantamweight championship is up for grabs when No. 3 ranked contender Petr Yan faces former featherweight champion and No. 6 bantamweight Jose Aldo. All events on UFC FIGHT ISLAND are the result of a partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.

UFC® 251: USMAN vs. BURNS will take place Saturday, July 11 at Yas Forum on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in 2019.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 251: USMAN vs. BURNS online at http://espnplus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and ESPN+, and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with the first four bouts also simulcast on UFC Fight Pass.

Initially turning heads by winning season 21 of The Ultimate FighterUsman (16-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Auchi, Nigeria) has been unbeaten for over seven years. After earning a dominant victory over Tyron Woodley to capture the UFC welterweight championship in early 2019, Usman closed out the year by delivering a thrilling knockout victory over heated rival Colby Covington. Usman now aims to secure his second successful title defense against the division’s fastest rising contender.

Burns (19-3, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has wasted no time fighting his way into title contention since returning to welterweight in August 2019. Following impressive victories over Demian Maia, Gunnar Nelson and Aleksei Kunchenko, Burns put on the best outing of his career in a dominant win against Tyron Woodley in May. Burns now aims to earn UFC gold by dethroning his teammate with another spectacular performance.

Newly crowned champion Volkanovski (21-1, fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia) aims to prove his incredible title victory over Holloway was no fluke. The former rugby player immediately made waves upon joining the UFC roster, securing thrilling victories over Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins and Jeremy Kennedy. Volkanovski is now gunning to go 2-0 against Holloway and begin building his own legacy as a dominant featherweight champion.

A former UFC featherweight champion, Holloway (21-5, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) is looking for a measure of revenge against the man who took his belt. During a spectacular unbeaten streak at 145 pounds that lasted almost six years, Holloway delivered show-stealing victories against Brian Ortega, Frankie Edgar and Anthony Pettis. Holloway now has his sights set on evening the score with Volkanovski to reclaim his featherweight championship.

Unbeaten for over four years, Yan (14-1, fighting out of Yekaterinburg, Russia) has quickly emerged as one of the top bantamweights in the world since joining the UFC roster with a KO victory against Teruto Ishihara in 2018. Since then, he has secured impressive wins over Urijah Faber, Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson. Yan now looks to take out another legend and achieve his dream of becoming UFC champion.

Among the greatest fighters in MMA history, Aldo (28-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) hopes to become the eighth athlete to win championships in two UFC divisions. A two-time UFC featherweight champion, Aldo holds sensational victories over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Frankie Edgar (twice), Chad Mendes (twice) and Urijah Faber. Aldo now aims to capture the vacant bantamweight championship and add to his incredible legacy.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a rematch of former women’s strawweight champions, No. 1 ranked contender Jessica Andrade (20-7, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) runs it back with No. 2 Rose Namajunas (9-4, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)
  • No. 14 ranked women’s strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (9-1, fighting out of Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil) hopes to continue her hot streak against returning Paige VanZant (8-4, fighting out of Portland, Ore.)
  • No. 7 ranked light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir (17-4, fighting out of Fribourg, Switzerland) takes on highly touted UFC newcomer Jiri Prochazka (26-3-1, fighting out of Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (22-6, fighting out of Francisco Beltrao, Parana, Brazil) squares off with Muslim Salikhov (16-2, fighting out of Buynaksk, Dagestan, Russia) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Entertaining featherweights collide as Makwan Amirkhani (15-4, Turku, Finland by way of Kurdistan) meets Danny Henry (12-3, fighting out of Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Leonardo Santos (17-4-1, fighting out of Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to deliver another highlight-reel finish against undefeated Roman Bogatov (10-0, fighting out of Orenburg, Russia)
  • Marcin Tybura (18-6, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) locks horns with unbeaten Alexandr Romanov (11-0, fighting out of Comrat, Moldova) in a heavyweight bout
  • No. 14 ranked flyweight contender Raulian Paiva (19-3, fighting out of Santana, Amapa, Brazil) faces debuting Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-3, fighting out of Aktobe, Kazakhstan)
  • Karol Rosa (12-3, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to secure her fourth consecutive victory when she takes on Vanessa Melo (10-7, fighting out of Taboao da Serra, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Martin Day (8-3, fighting out of Kailua, Hawaii) looks to secure his first UFC win when he meets Davey Grant (11-4, fighting out of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England)

The UFC will then continue events on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with:

  • UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: KATTAR vs. IGE on Wednesday, July 15
  • UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: FIGUEIREDO vs. BENAVIDEZ 2 on Saturday, July 18
  • 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.

A full line of UFC FIGHT ISLAND products, including t-shirts, hats, water bottles, tote bags, and more are available now on UFCStore.com

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El mediocampista Juninho anuncia su retiro del fútbol profesional

Jul 1, 2020

El mediocampista Juninho anuncia su retiro del fútbol profesional

El tres veces campeón de la Copa MLS y dos veces ganador del MLS Supporters’ Shield con LA Galaxy se retira después de disputar 210 partidos en Major League Soccer

LOS ANGELES (Martes, 30 de junio, 2020) – El exmediocampista del LA Galaxy Juninho anunció hoy su retiro del fútbol profesional. El brasileño de 31 años de edad termina su carrera profesional como uno de los mediocampistas más destacados en la historia del club, ayudando al club a conseguir dos títulos del MLS Supporters’ Shield y tres Copas MLS. Sus 189 partidos jugados para el Galaxy son la segunda mayor suma de cualquier mediocampista del equipo, detrás del salvadoreño Mauricio Cienfuegos (206).

“Estoy extremadamente orgulloso de mi carrera y de todo lo que he logrado, pero es hora de que deje de jugar y pase al siguiente capítulo”, dijo Juninho. “He tenido la suerte de jugar este deporte profesionalmente durante más de 10 años y estoy agradecido con todos mis entrenadores, compañeros de equipo y aficionados que he conocido en el camino. Cada uno de ustedes han jugado un papel fundamental en mi vida y he formado amistades que durarán para siempre. Gracias a São Paolo, Chicago Fire, Club Tijuana y especialmente al LA Galaxy, donde tuve los mejores recuerdos de mi carrera, por todo su apoyo. Me siento honrado de representar a Los Ángeles con este club y haber sido parte de tres títulos de la Copa MLS”.

Durante su carrera profesional en la MLS con LA Galaxy y Chicago Fire, Juninho disputó 210 partidos en total, 197 como titular, al marcar 19 goles y registrar 25 asistencias durante más de 17,000 minutos jugados. En partidos de postemporada, el mediocampista central registró 21 partidos jugados adicionales, 20 como titular, un gol y cuatro asistencias.

Como miembro del LA Galaxy, el All-Star de la MLS 2015 ayudó al club a conseguir los títulos del MLS Supporters’ Shields en el 2010 y 2011 y a capturar la Copa MLS en el 2011, 2012 y 2014. Su gol decisivo ante Seattle Sounders FC en el partido de vuelta de la Final de la Conferencia del Oeste 2014 de la MLS le dio el pase a la Final de la Copa MLS 2014 al Galaxy, donde el club se convirtió en el primer equipo en la historia de la MLS en conseguir cinco victorias de la Copa MLS.

Como jugador del LA Galaxy, los 189 partidos jugados de Juninho son la octava mayor suma en la historia del club y la segunda suma más grande de cualquier mediocampista que ha representado al Galaxy, detrás de Cobi Jones (306), Landon Donovan (253), Kevin Hartman (243), Mauricio Cienfuegos (206), A.J. DeLaGarza (204), Todd Dunivant (193) and Greg Vanney (193). Sus 180 partidos jugados como titular son la octava suma más grande en la historia del LA Galaxy, y sus 23 asistencias son la novena mayor marca en la historia del club.

Juninho originalmente se unió al Galaxy a condición de préstamo del São Paolo a comienzos de la temporada 2010. Permaneció con el club durante la racha más exitosa en la historia del club antes de unirse al Club Tijuana en el 2016. Regresó al club para terminar su carrera como miembro del LA Galaxy en la temporada 2019.

Oriundo de São José dos Campos, Brasil, Juninho jugó para varios equipos juveniles de São Paulo empezando en el 2004, consiguiendo el título del Campeonato Sub-17 en el 2006. Después de fichar con el primer equipo de São Paulo en el 2008, pasó la temporada 2009 a préstamo con el Toledo de Brasil. En el 2010, se unió al LA Galaxy a préstamo antes de firmar un contrato permanente con el club en el 2013. Después de la temporada 2015, Juninho se unió al Club Tijuana de la Liga MX, donde jugó 20 partidos del 2016-2019. Su paso por Club Tijuana incluyó un préstamo al Chicago Fire FC en el 2017.

Récords con LA Galaxy

PARTIDOS COMO TITULAR

JUGADOR/PARTIDOS COMO TITULAR

Cobi Jones – 281

Kevin Hartman – 238

Landon Donovan – 237

Mauricio Cienfuegos – 198

A.J. DeLaGarza – 196

Todd Dunivant – 188

Greg Vanney – 182

Juninho – 180

Omar Gonzalez – 178

Peter Vagenas – 164

MINUTOS JUGADOS

JUGADOR/MIN

Cobi Jones – 25157

Kevin Hartman – 21735

Landon Donovan – 21652

Mauricio Cienfuegos – 17710

A.J. DeLaGarza – 17249

Todd Dunivant – 16643

Greg Vanney – 16273

Omar Gonzalez – 15785

Juninho – 15621

Peter Vagenas – 14511

ASISTENCIAS

JUGADOR/PARTIDOS JUGADOS/ASISTENCIAS

Landon Donovan (253) – 107

Cobi Jones (306) – 91

Mauricio Cienfuegos (206) – 80

Robbie Keane (125) – 45

David Beckham (98) – 40

Simon Elliott (122) – 33

Ezra Hendrickson (139) – 26

Peter Vagenas (183) – 25

Juninho (189) – 23

Romain Alessandrini (61) – 22

Giovani dos Santos (77) – 22

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JORGE ‘EL NIÑO DE ORO’ LINARES TO FACE JAVIER ‘EL ABEJON’ FORTUNA FOR THE WBC DIAMOND LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Jul 1, 2020
JORGE ‘EL NIÑO DE ORO’ LINARES TO FACE JAVIER ‘EL ABEJON’ FORTUNA FOR THE WBC DIAMOND LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
INDIO, CALIF. (June 29, 2020) – A high-stakes battle of international proportions heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. as Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) takes on Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC Diamond Lightweight Championship. The fights will take place on Friday, August 28 and will be streamed live on DAZN.  The event will be closed to the public and media. Details for the undercard will be announced shortly. “Temperatures will reach record-breaking numbers this summer as we present a high-level clash between two battle-tested former world champions,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Linares’ legacy as a future Hall of Famer is etched in stone. During his time with us, he has conquered three divisions and traveled all over the world as he demonstrated his courage as a fighter. But make no mistake: Linares is not done yet. On August 28, he’s in for a tough fight against a man who is just as quick-handed as he is, so expect both men to bring a lot of firepower. Golden Boy boxing is back, and that means competitive fights are back.”  Linares is a Venezuelan contender who boasts one of the most impressive resumes of any active fighter today. The quick-handed 34-year-old has earned world titles in the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions and faced some of the best fighters in recent years. After a dominant performance against Carlos “The Solution” Morales in February, Linares is ready to regain his throne as the King of the Lightweights. “I’m ready to return to the top of the lightweight division,” said Jorge Linares. “I have been training in Japan, a place that nourishes me and provides me with the best environment to train. At the same time, I’m also grateful to be headlining a card during this difficult time for the world, but I hope to provide everyone with a bit of diversion and excitement as I get closer to regaining my throne as the king of the 135-pound division. Fortuna is a 31-year-old southpaw who is currently ranked No. 1 by the WBC in the lightweight division. The native of the Dominican Republic is a proven veteran who captured the interim WBA Featherweight Title against then-undefeated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland in 2012, while in 2015, he defeated once-beaten Bryan “El Tiquito” Vazquez to capture the WBA Super Featherweight Title. In his last shot at a world title, Fortuna lost a close split decision victory to Robert Easter Jr., and in his last outing, Fortuna dominated former world titles Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar to earn his status in the division. 
“Don’t make any excuses on fight night,” said Javier Fortuna. “Not the Covid. Not the travel. Nothing. Don’t blame it on an injury either. Just fight. Come ready for war because that’s what I’m going to do. And when you lose, don’t make any excuse.”
“I commend Jorge Linares for taking this fight while so many other top contenders didn’t want the fight,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing. “I expect Javier Fortuna to be in top shape and ready for a battle he will win. Javier Fortuna will be the first three-time world champion from the Dominican Republic.”
Linares vs. Fortuna is a 12-round fight for the WBC Diamond Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Teiken Promotions and Sampson Boxing. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take Friday, August 28 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
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¡GOLDEN BOY, DAZN Y FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO, PRESENTARÁN EL GRAN RETORNO DEL BOXEO DE CALIFORNIA!

Jul 1, 2020
¡GOLDEN BOY, DAZN Y FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO, PRESENTARÁN EL GRAN RETORNO DEL BOXEO DE CALIFORNIA!  VERGIL ORTIZ JR., EL REY DEL NOCAUT, ENCABEZARÁ EL EVENTO ESTELAR ANTE SAMUEL VARGAS
INDIO, California 29 de junio de 2020. — ¡Golden Boy, DAZN y Fantasy Springs Resort Casino están orgullosos de anunciar el regreso del boxeo profesional de talla mundial en el sur de California! En el evento estelar de este anticipado retorno Vergil Ortiz Jr. 15-0, 15 nocáuts) pondrá en juego su faja Oro Welter de la AMB ante Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 nocáuts) en un duelo a 12 episodios.             La función se efectuará el viernes 24 de julio desde el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino en Indio, California y será transmitida en vivo por DAZN. El evento estará cerrado para el público y los medios, a la vez que iniciamos la primera etapa de nuestro responsable retorno.             “Preparando nuestro regreso no ha sido fácil, pero sabemos que tenemos una responsabilidad de presentar eventos boxísticos de alto nivel tan pronto que podamos para nuestros peleadores y aficionados”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Esta cartelera mostrará nuestro compromiso de presentar peleas competitivas a pesar de las circunstancias actuales cuando Vergil Ortiz Jr., el futuro del boxeo, ingrese al tinglado contra Samuel Vargas tal y como fue planeado en marzo”, subrayó.             “Además el contendiente ligero Héctor Tanajara Jr. tomará un gran paso adelante en cuanto a su calidad de oposición contra el experimentado contendiente zurdo Mercito Gesta”, continuó De La Hoya. “Estamos viviendo unos tiempos difíciles, pero nuestros púgiles son más fuertes, y por lo tanto quiero agradecerles por aceptar estos retos durante estos tiempos. Quiero también agradecer a la Comisión Atlética de California (CSAC, por sus siglas en inglés), Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, DAZN y todos los involucrados a la vez que trabajamos juntos para hacer que este evento sea un éxito”, finalizó.             Ortiz Jr., tras debutar en el boxeo de paga en 2016, ha vencido a todos sus oponentes por la vía del cloroformo. El nativo de Grand Prairie, Texas, quien tiene raíces en Michoacán, México, participará en su primera pelea del año tras un espectacular 2019 donde noqueó a púgiles de la talla de Mauricio “El Maestro” HerreraAntonio “Relentless” Orozco Brad “King” Solomon. El contendiente de 22 años de edad está un poco sorprendido porque su debut en 2020 se llevará a cabo tan tarde en el año en este caso en julio, pero de todos modos está preparado para el reto.              “Estoy muy agradecido y emocionado de estar encabezando el primer evento de Golden Boy después de la cuarentena”, afirmó Vergil Ortiz Jr. “Estoy contento que sea contra el mismo oponente, así que estamos continuando justamente donde empezamos en marzo. Va a ser una pelea difícil, y será una gran manera de iniciar el año para mí”, subrayó.             Vargas es reconocido como un reto difícil en la división de las 147 libras. El nativo de Bogotá, Colombia se han enfrentado al quien es quien de los pesos welter como Amir “King” KhanLuis CollazoDanny “Swift” Garcia y Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. El experimentado boxeador de 31 años de edad está totalmente confiado en que puede vencer a Ortiz Jr. a pesar de la incertidumbre que ocurre en el mundo hoy en día.              “Estoy contento de estar regresando y entrenando en Las Vegas”, aseveró Samuel Vargas. “Creo que todo pasa por algo. Este tiempo me ha beneficiado. Estoy listo para dar la sorpresa, y creo que puedo salir con la mano en alto. El mundo está muy extraño hoy en día, y este evento será diferente. No habrá aficionados. Pero no tengo duda de que voy a ganar”, amenazó.             Héctor “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (19-0, 5 nocáuts) incrementará su calidad de oposición cuando se mida ante el dos veces retador al campeonato mundial Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-3, 17 nocáuts) de Cebú, Filipinas en el duelo co estelar a 10 giros por el cetro ligero USNBC.             “Estoy listo para el mejor de la división”, dijo Héctor Tanajara Jr. “Quiero ser campeón del mundo, y a la única manera de hacerlo es enfrentar a peleadores fuertes como Mercito Gesta, un experimentado zurdo quien ya ha combatido por un título mundial. A la misma vez, estoy muy agradecido por estar peleando en estos tiempos muy difíciles. El boxeo está regresando poco a poco, y estoy orgulloso de ser parte de la primera cartelera de Golden Boy después de esta gran pausa en el mundo deportivo”, finalizó.             “Estoy tan emocionado de pelear este 24 de julio frente a un peleador talentoso, joven, y con buena técnica como lo es Héctor Tanajara Jr.,”, afirmó Mercito Gesta. “Durante la pandemia, había estado entrenado virtualmente con mi equipo en San Diego, pero ahora estoy en Los Ángeles entrenando con Marvin Somodio y mi papá en el Wild Card Boxing Club. Pese a que este combate será diferente porque no habrá audiencia, amigos y familia, estoy bien preparado para dar un gran espectáculo contra Tanajara Jr. Espero que todos vean esta cartelera en todo el mundo y en especial en mi ciudad natal de Ciudad Mandaue, Cebú, Filipinas porque el boxeo de Golden Boy ha regresado. ¡Salamat, Mabuhay!”             Shane Mosley Jr. (15-3, 9 nocáuts) de Pomona, California realizará su debut con Golden Boy en una batalla a ocho vueltas ante Jeremy Ramos (11-8, 2 nocáuts) de Colorado Springs, Colorado.             Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (18-0, 7 nocáuts), la campeona mundial del este de Los Ángeles, California, regresará a la división de las 108 libras ante un oponente que se anunciará en breve.             Héctor Valdez (12-0, 8 nocáuts), el recién firmado prospecto de Dallas Texas, tendrá accion a seis asaltos en peso supergallo.             El poderoso prospecto welter Evan Sánchez (7-0, 6 nocáuts) de Parlier, California abrirá la velada en una pelea a seis asaltos.             Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas es un combate a 12 giros por al campeonato Oro Welter de la AMB presentado por Golden Boy. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” El evento se llevará a cabo el viernes 24 de julio en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo por DAZN.
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DUSTIN POIRIER NAMED INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF FORREST GRIFFIN COMMUNITY AWARD PRESENTED BY TOYO TIRES

Jun 29, 2020

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier has been named the inaugural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Awardpresented by Toyo Tires®. Named in honor of UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, the award will recognize a UFC athlete for their exceptional volunteer and charity work and the meaningful impact their efforts have on the community.

Announced earlier this year, the Forrest Griffin Community Award is presented annually as part of UFC Honors President’s Choice category, as the award recipient is personally selected by UFC President Dana White. UFC Honors, presented by Toyo Tires® is the company’s annual awards program recognizing UFC athletes, performances, and moments throughout each year.

As the inaugural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award, Dustin will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. All donations are courtesy of Toyo Tires. Dustin will be honored for this award later this year during the 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, which will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“Dustin is a great athlete, but more importantly he’s a great human being,” UFC President Dana White said. “He is a kid who works hard and is passionate about giving back to not only his community, but to those who are less fortunate.”

“We would like to congratulate Dustin on being selected as the first-ever Forrest Griffin Community Award recipient,” Toyo Tires Vice President of Marketing Tim Chaney said. We admire and commend Dustin for his efforts to support his local community and are pleased to donate $25,000 to the charity of his choice.”

In April 2018, Dustin and his wife, Jolie, established The Good Fight Foundation, with the mission of being committed to helping those in need and to fighting to change the world by doing positive things in the community.


Throughout the first two years of the foundation’s existence, the Poiriers have launched a series of initiatives for those in need throughout their hometown of Lafayette and neighboring Acadiana, Louisiana. These programs include annual Thanksgiving food drives, back to school campaigns, and fundraisers to help purchase necessity kits for hundreds of women experiencing homelessness, as well as furniture for local shelters.


Dustin has also utilized his fight-worn UFC Fight Kits, auctioning off his inventory of apparel to raise donations for families of fallen law enforcement officers, and building a local playground for Aaron Hill, a terminally ill seven-year old of Lafayette. Hill, diagnosed with a genetic brain disorder, requested to have a special needs playground built for his friends who attend Prairie Elementary School.

 
In May 2019, he was awarded with the key to the city of Lafayette by Mayor Joel Robideaux for his work with The Good Fight Foundation and his contributions to the community. Following his most recent fight in September 2019 against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov and Poirier each raffled off their fight-worn UFC Legacy Series Walkout Jerseys, raising more than $100,000 with a direct match from UFC, totaling $200,000 donated directly to the foundation.

The funds generated from this global auction helped purchase hundreds of car seats, which were donated to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lafayette. Later that year, Poirier and his foundation also partnered with former UFC heavyweight Justin Wren’s “Fight For The Forgotten” organization. As part of this joint partnership, Poirier and Wren were able to use the funds raised and the platform to combat the water crisis in Uganda. During the campaign, they exceeded their fundraising goal of purchasing new water wells, and also secured 43.21 acres of land and a solar powered water well to create a more self-sustainable living environment for the Batwa Pygmy Tribe.

This year, Dustin and his team have stayed active in the community with relief efforts associated with COVID-19 by donating more than 1,000 meals to frontline healthcare workers at local hospitals and clinics.  Currently ranked no. 3 in the lightweight division, Dustin is a veteran of 32 fights and has compiled a record of 25-6, 1 NC (18-6, 1 NC UFC) while competing in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions since his debut in 2009.

During his tenure inside the Octagon®, Dustin has become a notable fan favorite by defeating former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (2), former UFC lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, as well as winner of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter® Diego Brandao and winner of season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter® Jonathan Brookins. 

For more information regarding The Good Fight Foundation, please visit TheGoodFightGroup.com.

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LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

Jun 29, 2020

LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

El mediocampista del LA Galaxy II hizo su debut con la selección mayor de Panamá el año pasado

LOS ANGELES (Viernes, 26 de junio, 2020) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha adquirido al mediocampista Panameño de 20 años de edad, Carlos Harvey, en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II. Harvey, quién fue nombrado a la lista de los mejores 20 jugadores menores de 20 años de la USL en el 2019, actualmente se encuentra a préstamo del Tauro F.C. de Panamá. Harvey será agregado al plantel del Galaxy después de recibir su Visa P-1. 

“Carlos es un jugador joven y prometedor que nos ha impresionado durante su tiempo a préstamo con el club”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Creemos que puede contribuir en nuestras próximas competiciones mientras continúa desarrollándose como jugador. Nos complace agregarlo a nuestro equipo”.

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Oriundo de la Ciudad de Panamá, Harvey hizo su debut profesional con el Tauro F.C. de la Liga Panameña de Fútbol en julio del 2018. Se unió al LA Galaxy II a préstamo la temporada pasada, registrando 19 partidos jugados – todos como titular – y convirtiéndose en jugador clave para Los Dos en la media cancha.

A nivel internacional, Harvey fue convocado por primera vez a la mayor de la Selección Nacional de Panamá para un partido amistoso ante la Selección de EE.UU. el 27 de enero del 2019 en el State Farm Stadium en Glendale, Ariz. Antes de su debut con la selección mayor, Harvey jugó seis partidos, cinco como titular y registró una asistencia para la Sub-20 de Panamá durante el Campeonato Sub-20 de Concacaf del 2018.

LA Galaxy competirá en el Grupo F del Torneo Especial MLS is Back en Orlando, Florida, el cual comenzará el 8 de julio 8. Galaxy jugará partidos de Fase de Grupos ante Portland Timbers, LAFC y Houston Dynamo, quienes también forman parte del Grupo F.

Transacción: LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista internacional panameño Carlos Harvey a préstamo del LA Galaxy II.

Nombre: Carlos Harvey
Posición: Mediocampista 
Estatura: 5’10”
Peso: 165 lbs.

Fecha de Nacimiento: 3 de febrero, 2000

Edad: 20
Ultimo Club: Tauro F.C.
Lugar de Nacimiento: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Ciudad Natal: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Nacionalidad: Panamá

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