FIFA Technical Study Group report highlights progress of women’s football

Nov 23, 2018

FIFA Technical Study Group report highlights progress of women’s football

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ set to kick off in France in less than 200 days’ time, FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has reported on the consistent improvements being made in the women’s game in their analysis of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018, which is now available here on

“By producing this in-depth report in collaboration with FIFA’s women’s football division, we can confirm the concrete progress that women’s football is making from a technical, tactical and fitness point of view. Such improvement is to a great extent due to the excellent coaching we are seeing across all confederations,“ says Branimir Ujević, the Head of the FIFA Coaching & Player Development Department, which is responsible for the TSG.

Among the key conclusions in the report are the improvements in goalkeeping and defensive organisation, as shown by the fact that since the launch of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2002, this year’s edition was the one with the fewest goals scored (89 compared to 113 at the previous edition in Papua New Guinea in 2016).

“On the one hand, goalkeepers are actively contributing to their teams’ build-up play, and overall we saw solid defensive structures and players with a great sense of anticipation, such as Japan’s Hana Takahashi. On the other hand, we witnessed a remarkable ability and attitude by the attackers to make the most out of the few chances that came their way. Patricia Guijarro, the tournament’s top scorer and best player, as well as Emelyne Laurent, are prototypes of clinical finishers,” comments FIFA Head of TSG and Women’s Football Technical Programmes Manager, Patricia González.

“The great tactical flexibility shown by the majority of teams confirms that players at U-20 World Cup level are increasingly mature. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see plenty of them excel during the Women’s World Cup 2019,” adds González.

The 108-page TSG report comprises statistics, interviews and videos, and it is the most comprehensive report of its kind ever produced by FIFA for a women’s competition.

The direct links to the TSG report in English, French, German and Spanish are available below.

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Deja ir Jalisco serie en casa ante Obregón

Nov 23, 2018

Deja ir Jalisco serie en casa ante Obregón

Los Charros de Jalisco cayeron por segundo día consecutivo ante los Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón, ahora con pizarra de 4 carreras por 3.

Roberto “Chapo” Vizcarra determinó que el americano Will Oliver abriera por Jalisco y el derecho lanzó por 6 innings y 1 tercio, tiempo en el que permitió 10 imparables y le anotaron 4 carreras; como relevistas vieron acción Jeff Ibarra, Felipe González, Mike Broadway y Grant Sides.

Con la Tribu, Nate Reed trabajó por 5 entradas y dos tercios, quien sólo toleró 5 hits y una carrera en su contra; Dustin Antolin, Edwin Fierro y Maikel Cleto fueron los relevos de Yaquis.

Ciudad Obregón tomó ventaja en el juego desde la parte alta del segundo capítulo, “Cacao” Valdez recibió pasaporte y anotó tras un doble de Dean Green, quien también pisaría el plato luego de un sencillo remolcador de Cheslor Cuthbert, y así poner 2-0 la pizarra.

En la siguiente entrada, Eury Pérez inició la tanda con un poderoso triple y se convertiría el propio Pérez en la tercera rayita para Yaquis, pues Juan Carlos Gamboa impactó para un sencillo productor. 

Charros respondió en el cierre del cuarto inning con un cuadrangular de Stephen Cardullo, que acercaba a los locales 1-3-

La novena sonorense puso una vez más distancia de tres rayitas sobre los jaliscienses en la séptima; Leo Heras pegó un doble y con otro doble de Armando Araiza, el ex Charro cruzó el pentágono.

Los albiazules reaccionaron en el cierre de la fatídica séptima entrada, primero con doble de Kevin Medrano que bateaba como emergente, y después con la misma dosis Robertson envió a Medrano a home para el 4-2 parcial. 

Ya en la novena baja y con dos outs, Amadeo Zazueta mandó la bola detrás de la barda, para que la pizarra finalizara 4-3 en favor de la visita. 

Este jueves culminará la primera vuelta en la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico (LMP), por lo que Charros buscará sacar el triunfo ante Yaquis en Zapopan. 

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 3700 Wood Valley

Nov 23, 2018
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 3700 Wood Valley
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 3700 Wood Valley at about 11 a.m. on November 2.

The suspect, Wilfred Boudine (b/m, 25), is charged with capital murder in the 208th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Anthony Anderson, 63, of Houston.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office booking photo of Boudine is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Colbert and R. Ridel reported:

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the above address and found Mr. Anderson had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported by HFD paramedics to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Witnesses heard Anderson and the suspect talking inside a vehicle in the driveway of a vacant property and then saw Anderson walk away from the vehicle.  The suspect fired multiple shots at Anderson and he continued walking down the street.  The suspect then pulled up next to Anderson and shot him two more times before fleeing the scene in Anderson’s 2013 silver Toyota Corolla.

Surveillance video of the vehicle, which can be found on the HPD YouTube page at, was previously released to the public on November 3.

On November 13, Texas City Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined the driver was suspect Boudine.  He was taken into custody and subsequently charged for his role in Anderson’s death.  The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Nov 23, 2018
ABOVE: Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz face off before the media ahead of their three-round light 
heavyweight fight on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.)
Photos Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2018)Chuck Liddell (30-8) and Tito Ortiz (19-12-1) hosted their final press conference today at the “Fabulous” Forum  ahead of their three-round main event, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the aforementioned Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Light heavyweight contenders Deron Winn (4-0) of Liberty City, Mo. and Tom Lawlor (10-6) of River Falls, Mass. also participated in the press conference ahead of their three-round co-main attraction.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event:
Chuck Liddell, UFC Hall of Famer and Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion:
“You think I’m worried about you, Tito? You think that works when you play mind games with me? It’s going to be a lot of fun. Make sure you watch the fight. Don’t leave. It’s going to end quick. I’m putting him out. I’m putting this guy to sleep.”
Tito Ortiz, UFC Hall of Famer and Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
“I’m very thankful for Oscar for putting this fight together. Thanks to Chuck for accepting the fight. I’m really thankful for Dave Thomas. He’s been a friend of mine for twenty-five years. Thank you for putting this fight together with Chuck. I’ve known what he’s been doing for the last two and a half months. How he hasn’t been sparring. The guys he’s been wrestling with. Everything. So, jokes on you.”
Deron Winn, Light Heavyweight Contender:
“I’m excited. I’ve only had four pro fights. He [Lawlor] can convince himself that he is going to do something on Saturday night, but this is my time. His time has passed. This is my time. After Saturday, you’re going to be talking about me. I know a lot of you haven’t heard of me because I really haven’t had the exposure that a lot of these guys had, but I’m ready to shine. And in all reality, I respect Tom. I appreciate him for signing the bout agreement because it’s really hard for a guy like me to get opponents these days.”
“I trained with the best guys in the world. I have some of the best corner men in the world, the best coaches in the world. I’m prepared. This isn’t my first time under the spotlight so be prepared for it.”
Tom Lawlor, Light Heavyweight Contender
“I don’t have a prepared statement, but I’m prepared to make a statement this Saturday evening. I’m happy to be here representing not only myself but Golden Boy as they make this foray into the mixed martial arts world. I’ve been kind of out of work in the past few years. My job on Saturday is to put other people to work. I’m going to put Deron to work. I’m going to put the doctors to work. I’m going to make a statement, and at the end of the night you’ll be talking about me.”
Oscar De La Hoya, CEO & Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions 
“I’m really looking forward to our Golden Boy MMA event.  These guys have a history with each other, and it really is a pleasure to promote a trilogy. When you think about Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, you think about pioneers. You think about legends.”
Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 is a three-round light heavyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Fred Loya Insurance, FITE.TV and Casa Mexico Tequila. The fights will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The fight will be presented live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.
Tickets for Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 are on sale. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100, $150, $300, $500 and Ringside VIP $1,000. (Limited Number Ringside VIP Available Access To The Forum Club Included) Prices do not include applicable facility fees and service charges, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at or, and also at the Forum Box Office.
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Brenda Flores expondra titulo en Los Angeles

Nov 23, 2018
Los Angeles, California – La popular boxeadora femenil Louisa ‘Bang Bang Lulu’ Hawton,
(8-2-0, 4 KOs), de Perth, Australia  se volverá a enfrentar a la mexicana Brenda ‘La Bonita’ Flores, (15-4-1, 3 KOs) de Tijuana, Baja, California, México en un combate titular pactado a 10 asaltos que marcará la revancha que se realizará el sábado 8 de diciembre en la función Indiscutible que cobrará vida en el Stubhub Center de Carson, California
El pasado 8 de septiembre en el Forum de Inglewood, Flores conquistó el campeonato mundial de peso Atomo (102 libras) del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) al vencer por puntos a Hawton en un aguerrido combate de principio a fin.
La función indiscutible es encabezada por la monarca invicta e indiscutible campeona mundial de peso welter Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) quien se enfrentará a la dos veces retadora a títulos mundiales Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes, (18-4-3, 1 KO), oriunda de Güiliche, Polonia, pero residente de Marshfield, Massachusetts en un duelo pactado a 10 giros por todos los títulos de peso welter.
Los boletos para la función que es una promoción de 360 Boxing Promotions, tienen un costo de $25, $50, $100 y $150 y pueden ser adquiridos en  AXS HERE. El StubHub Center está localizado en el 18400 Avalon Boulevard de Carson, California 90746. Para más información visite la página
También estará en acción el cuatro veces campeón en cuatro diferentes divisiones Román ‘Chocolatito’ González, (47-2, 39 KOs), de Managua, Nicaragua quien se enfrentará al ex campeón mundial Pedro ‘Jibran’ Guevara (32-3-1, 19 KOs) de los Mochis, Sinaloa, México en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso supermosca que será televisado en vivo por HBO en su gustado programa “Boxing After Dark®” comenzando a las 10:20 p.m. Este/Pacífico.
“Estamos muy emocionados con esta revancha entre Louisa Hawton y Brenda Flores, su duelo pasado en la función superfly 3 fue un combate de toma y daca a lo largo de su duración y uno de los más memorables en el área angelina en lo que va del 2018, es una revancha que la gente pidió al término del primer combate y creo que esta función del 8 de diciembre es el lugar perfecto para que se realice, pues la función es encabezada por la mejor boxeadora femenil del mundo”, dijo Tom Loffler de 360 promotions. Las puntuaciones en la primera pelea fueron de 97-93 y 96-94 para Flores y de  97-93 para Hawton, en una pelea en la cual ambas tuvieron muy buenos momentos y se conectaron a placer con ambos puños.
Hawton, quien entrena en Los Angeles bajo la tutela del ex campeón mundial Buddy McGirt ha disputado sus últimas cuatro peleas en Los Angeles, espera una fuerte pelea contra Flores quien es más alta pero no tiene la rapidez de Hawton. El pasado 6 de junio en Hollywood Hawton noqueó en el cuarto asalto a Elvia Treviño en una espectacular actuación.
Para Flores de 28 años de edad su pelea contra Hawton fue su primera en Estados Unidos, la mexicana ha ganado ocho de sus últimas nueve peleas incluyendo su más reciente el pasado 9 de noviembre en Tijuana en donde venció por decisión a Lucia Hernández Núñez en un combate a seis rounds.
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Nov 23, 2018


 Saturday, January 19 From MGM Grand Garden Arena


Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

 Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, November 24


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – November 20, 2018 – Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former four-division champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner were all business on Tuesday as they concluded their two-city press tour in Los Angeles announcing their Saturday, January 19 showdown for Pacquiao’s WBA Welterweight World Title. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.


Promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Broner welterweight world championship event will go on sale on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased online through, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.


Here are what the fighters and executives had to say on Tuesday.



“This fight is going to be a good fight. I have to pass through him before fighting Floyd Mayweather. I want to prove to the boxing fans that Manny Pacquiao is still in the pack. You will see more fights with Manny Pacquiao here in the United States.


“He’s young and he’s fast – and he’s fast with his mouth. There will be more action in the ring – we know what the people want. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a fight you will never forget.


“I continue my career as a boxer because boxing is my passion. When I hung up my gloves once, I felt sad not being in the ring and giving inspiration to people in the Philippines and boxing fans.”


On potentially fighting Floyd Mayweather again:

“I don’t think Adrien will agree with that, because I need to pass through him. This is not an easy fight.”


On working with Al Haymon:

“I have only good things to say about Top Rank – they helped me a lot. But I’m really thankful to be partnered with Al Haymon and have a chance to work with him.”


“[Broner’s] a funny guy. I think after his boxing career, he could have another career as a comedian. I don’t get upset about the jokes. I can’t help but laugh when I look at his face.”


Will the Mayweather rematch be next?

“I can’t give you an answer, but if you ask me, it would be good for me to have that fight.”



“January 19, I am coming to win. Screw the money, I’m going to be victorious. They keep talking about a Pacquiao-Mayweather 2, but I’m going to mess those plans up. I just don’t see Manny Pacquiao beating me.


“He’s still in great condition. He’s trained his ass off. I have to keep my composure and stay focused on my game plan. But I’m not going to tell you what that plan is.


“Hope isn’t my strategy – there will be no luck. I feel like he can’t beat me. Look at my resume – what do I do to southpaws? I stop them. Going into this fight, I’m very confident. I’m going to do what I always do to southpaws and dismantle him.”


STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

“These two fighters have resumes that you’re all familiar with. On the surface they seem very different, but they’re more similar than you’d think.


“They’re two of the most entertaining and popular fighters in the sport. They are also two fighters who are all heart. We’ve seen them in tough fights, and there’s one thing you know you’re going to get out of Manny Pacquiao and AB, and that’s 100 percent effort throughout the fight.


“When Adrien Broner and Manny Pacquiao fight, it’s a huge event. Add in Mayweather Promotions and MGM Grand and Las Vegas, and it’s one of the biggest fights of the year. There’s a lot at stake – this will be an all action fight. It will be a special weekend, and we can’t wait.”


JOE RAMOS, Head of MP Promotions

“We all know Adrien is hungry, but he’s fighting boxing’s only eight-division champion. Manny will show the world that he’s the best fighter on the planet come January 19. Don’t miss a chance to be part of history.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“We know we have a great fight come Jan. 19. You’ll see a future Hall of Famer in Manny Pacquiao, and a guy in Adrien Broner who has never backed down from a challenge. He knows he has to be at his best to beat Manny Pacquiao. The style matchup with these two guys is very intriguing. I promise you this will be a great fight.”


RAVONE LITTLEJOHN, Co-Head of About Billions Promotions

“It’s going to be a great fight. If my man AB hits the right shot, it could be a short night. We’ve never been down for the count, and we’re not going to start now. We know the position we’re in. It’s a pleasure to fight a legend like Manny Pacquiao.”


RICHARD STRUM, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports

“This fight kicks off another tremendous year of entertainment for MGM. I’d like to welcome Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, two of the sport’s most iconic fighters, back to MGM Grand and Las Vegas.”

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Nov 23, 2018


Youngest Modern Era MNT Lineup Falls Narrowly to Four-Time World Cup Champs;
Ethan Horvath Made Five Saves to Earn Budweiser Man of the Match Honors;
Christian Pulisic Becomes Youngest Player to Captain MNT

GENK, Belgium (Nov. 20, 2018) – Fielding the youngest lineup in the team’s modern era, the U.S. Men’s National Team battled hard, but a strike from Matteo Politano deep in second-half stoppage time saw the U.S. fall 1-0 to Italy at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.

Having previously started the two youngest MNT lineups earlier this year, head coach Dave Sarachan deployed a starting XI with an average age of 22 years, 71 days. He also made history by selecting the youngest captain in modern era (1990-present), handing 20-year-old Christian Pulisic the armband for the very first time.

But while the USA showed some positive moments, the young side ceded much of the possession to Italy during the first half. In control through much of the match, the Azzurri took multiple looks at the U.S. goal, but was thwarted time and again thanks to a heroic effort from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Taking the field in Belgium where he suits up for Club Brugge, the 23-year-old Horvath was called into action in the third minute, turning away a point-blank attempt from Federico Chiesa. He followed it up with another brave stop on Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci in the 18th minute, pushed a belted effort from Domenico Berardi over the bar in the 39thand parried a free kick from Marco Verratti in the 44 th to keep thing scoreless at the break.

Horvath was again called into action just before the hour-mark but did brilliantly to thwart a one-on-one attempt from Kevin Lasagna in the 59 th minute.

Gaining confidence to push forward, the USA nearly pulled ahead in the 64 th minute as Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right picked out Walker Zimmerman at the back post, but his headed effort was pushed out for a corner kick by Salvatore Sirigu. Just as that chance came, Horvath was called on again to make perhaps his best save of the night, stretching full out to push Vincenzo Grifo’s effort out for a corner kick in the 70 th minute.

Becoming the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018, substitute Romain Gall tested Sirigu in the 90th minute, unleashing a low blast that forced the Italy ‘keeper to push the ball out for a corner kick.

Just as it looked like the USA would earn a hard-nosed draw, Italy broke through when Roberto Giagliardini combined with Politano in the box. With the defense collapsing around him, the substitute poked his effort past Horvath to give Italy the 1-0 victory in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.

Up Next: Earlier Tuesday, the MNT announced it would play regional foe Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The match will serve as one of two domestic matches to begin 2019. Kickoff time and the MNT’s further schedule for next year will be announced at a later date.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini), 90+4th minute: The USA looked like it would take a 0-0 draw home, but Italy continued to press and broke through as Gagliardini fed Politano into the box where he finished past Horvath from close range. ITA 1, USA 0 FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 3rd minute: Federico Chiesa ran onto a long ball over the top and strolled into the box on the right. Taking an additional touch, the Italy striker was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a save with his right.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 16th minute: Streaking into the box on the left, Domenico Berardi did well to get into the box and looked to get a shot off before Carter-Vickers came through to deny the attempt and put it out for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 18th minute: Italy gained another dangerous opportunity as Emerson was fouled about 30 yards from goal on the left. Stefano Sensi swung in a free kick, finding Leonardo Bonucci alone in the area, but his shot from the penalty spot was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a point-blank save.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 39th minute: After Italy moved the ball around outside the area, Berardi took it on his left foot and unleashed a swerving effort that Horvath pushed over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 44th minute: Reggie Cannon upended Emerson and Italy earned another dangerous opportunity to the left of the USA goal. Marco Verratti swung in a low ball that threaded through the USA penalty box, but Horvath’s foot work was superb and kept the ball off the goal line before it was cleared.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 59th minute: While the USA showed more in the attacking third early in the second half, it still allowed Italy openings on the counter attack. The Azzurri caught the MNT out just before the hour mark when Kevin Lasagna got on the end of a ball and leapt past Walker Zimmerman only to see Horvath powerfully charge off his line to deny the attempt.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 64th minute: The USA nearly pulled ahead just after the hour mark. Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right swung through to the back post where Walker Zimmerman’s snap header was kept out when Sirigu dramatically pushed the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 70th minute: Stefano Sensi played a square pass to Vincenco Grifo who let rip an effort destined for the top right corner, but Horvath used all of his 6-4 frame to stretch at full extension and push the ball out for a corner kick.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 90th minute: The USA found one final chance, as substitute Romain Gall pushed forward through the midfield. Taking the space given to him, Gall let loose on a low blast that Sirigu dove to his left to push out for a corner kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made five saves to earn Budweiser Man of the Match honors.
  • With nine of 11 starters 23 years old or younger, the average age of the USA XI came in at 22 years, 71 days, besting the MNT’s previous modern era-record of 22 years, 160 days which came on May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia.
  • Five of 11 starters were also age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent.
  • At 20 years, 71 days, Christian Pulisic became the youngest MNT captain of the modern era (1990-present), beating Landon Donovan who first captained the MNT at 22 years, 220 days in a World Cup Qualifier on Oct. 9, 2004 at El Salvador.
  • Entering the match in the 83rd minute, Romain Gall became the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018 and 23rd overall under head coach Dave Sarachan. The 20 debuts in 2018 ties 2007 for the second most in the MNT’s modern era history, sitting just one back of the record of 21 in 1992.
  • The MNT moves to 1-8-3 all-time against Italy.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, John Brooks, Jonathan Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin were healthy scratches from tonight’s match.

– U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy
Date: November 20, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Luminus Arena; Genk, Belgium
Attendance: 13,500
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Weather: 38 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F
USA                          0    0   0
ITA                            0    1   1

ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini)       90+4 minute

USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 5-Cameron Carter Vickers, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 26-Aaron Long; 25-Reggie Cannon (19-Jorge Villafaña, 75), 9-Marky Delgado (20-Wil Trapp, 62), 4-Tyler Adams, 23-Kellyn Acosta (14-Sebastian Lletget, 83), 18-Shaq Moore (7-Bobby Wood, 62); 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (27-Romain Gall, 83), 13-Josh Sargent
Substitutes not used: 1-Brad Guzan; 3-Matt Miazga, 11-Tim Weah, 16-Julian Green
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

ITA: 1-Salvatore Sirigu; 2-Mattia De Sciglio, 19-Leonardo Bonucci (capt.), 13-Francesco Acerbi, 21-Emerson; 18-Nicolo Barella (5-Roberto Gagliardini, 76), 23-Stefano Sensi, 6-Marco Verratti; 14-Federico Chiesa (10-Vincenzo Grifo, 46), 9-Kevin Lasagna (20-Matteo Politano, 87), 11-Domenico Berardi (17-Moise Kean, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Alessio Cragno, 8-Leonardo Pavoletti, 3-Gianluca Mancini, 22-Gianluigi Donnarumma, 4-Cristiano Biraghi, 16-Sandro Tonali, 15-Daniele Rugani
Head coach: Roberto Mancini

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 3 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 17
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Mattia De Sciglio (caution) 19th minute
USA – Reggie Cannon (caution) 43
USA – Shaq Moore (caution) 43
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution) 45+1
ITA – Stefano Sensi (caution) 58

Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
4th Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR) Man of the Match: Ethan Horvath

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WBA Middleweight Champion Rob Brant Signs Co-Promotional Agreement with Top Rank

Nov 23, 2018

WBA Middleweight Champion Rob Brant Signs Co-Promotional Agreement with Top Rank

First fight under co-promotional agreement with Greg Cohen Promotions and Rapacz Boxing will be announced shortly

Top Rank has signed WBA middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant to a multi-year co-promotional agreement with Greg Cohen Promotions and Rapacz Boxing, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today.

Brant, from St. Paul, Minn., defeated then-champion Ryota Murata via unanimous decision on Oct. 20 in Las Vegas, throwing a mind-boggling 1,262 punches. Brant (24-1, 16 KOs) is unbeaten as a middleweight and looking to unify the division.

Brant’s first fight under this new agreement will be announced shortly.

“I am very excited to be a part of one of the oldest and most prestigious promotions in the sport of boxing,” Brant said. “I look forward to reaching my maximum potential and maintaining my status as a world champion under Top Rank. This is a dream come true, and I will not take this opportunity for granted.”

“We are delighted to have entered into a co-promotion agreement with Greg Cohen Promotions and Rapacz Boxing to exhibit future fights for middleweight champion Rob Brant,” Arum said. “Rob is a tremendous talent, he comes with very high character, and he will be a future superstar in the United States.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Top Rank,” Cohen said. “They are the gold standard in our business, and with the platform that ESPN provides, Rob Brant will become a household name. We can’t wait to get started.”

“For years, as Rob developed in Minnesota, we always believed he has had the necessary intangibles to become one of the top names in this sport,” said Cory Rapacz, CEO of Rapacz Boxing.  “His performance on Oct. 20 against Murata showed he has world-class talent, and now we’re confident this new partnership with the sport’s biggest platform, Top Rank on ESPN, will give him the opportunity to reach the highest levels of stardom. This is a fantastic deal for everyone involved.”

Brant, a six-year pro, turned pro following a decorated amateur career that included gold medals at the 2009 U.S. National Championships and 2010 National Golden Gloves Championships. A 178-pounder for much of his amateur career, Brant moved down to middleweight when he transitioned to the paid ranks. He won the first 22 bouts of his career before moving up to super middleweight to participate in the World Boxing Super Series, where he lost a unanimous decision to hometown favorite Juergen Braehmer in Schwerin, Germany.

He immediately returned to the more comfortable confines of the middleweight division. In March, he knocked out Colby Courter in the opening round to set up his title challenge versus Murata. Armed with a new trainer in his corner, former light heavyweight world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Brant put forth a combination punching tour de force, immediately stamping himself as an elite middleweight.

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Canelo vs. Rocky – WBA Super Middleweight  World Championship Fight 

Nov 23, 2018
Canelo vs. Rocky – WBA Super Middleweight 
World Championship Fight 
Live in U.S. Movie Theaters December 15
Fathom Events and Golden Boy Promotions Present ‘Canelo vs Rocky’ Title Fight Live on the Big Screen From Madison Square Garden in NYC
DENVER – November 20, 2018 – Fresh off his middleweight victory over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) steps up to 168 lbs. to face Rocky Fielding(27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December 15. Broadcast live from the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City, boxing fans can catch all the action in their local cinemas as Canelo challenges Rocky for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title in what is certain to be a thrilling 12-round main event.
In the co-main event, middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will look to make a second potential Knockout of the Year performance before 2018 ends as he takes on Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round battle.
Tickets for “Canelo vs. Rocky” can be purchased online at or at participating theater box offices.
The live broadcast of “Canelo vs. Rocky,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Fathom Events, is set for Saturday,December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT/ 7 p.m. MT/ 6 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. AK/ 4 p.m. HI. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
A 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England, Fielding will be making his U.S. debut as he defends his title against one of the biggest names in boxing. Fielding has only suffered one loss in his career as he worked his way up the division through some of the toughest fighters in the U.K. Fielding’s last fight was in July, a victory over Germany’s Tyron Zeuge to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title.
“This is great way to watch Canelo make history as he steps up in weight to win a world title in a third division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m pleased that fans will be able to watch this event at local cinemas across the nation.”
“With each of his fights broadcast in cinemas, Canelo continues to enthrall boxing fans coast to coast,” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. “We’re pleased to partner once again with Golden Boy, and for the first time with Matchroom and DAZN, to bring this highly-anticipated bout to fans nationwide.”
Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.
Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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January 18: Bryant Jennings-Oscar Rivas Heavyweight Battle

Nov 23, 2018

January 18: Bryant Jennings-Oscar Rivas Heavyweight Battle Tops ESPN+ Card at Turning Stone Resort Casino
Live on ESPN+ at 9:30 p.m. ET
Featherweight sensation Shakur Stevenson to make 2019 debut in the co-feature

VERONA, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2018) — Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings is itching for another heavyweight world title shot. The 34-year-old Philadelphia native has won five consecutive bouts, four by knockout, and is intent on making an emphatic statement.

Jennings will put his IBF International and NABO heavyweight belts on the line in a 12-round showdown against the unbeaten NABF champion Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated featherweight sensation and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson will face an opponent to be determined.

Rivas’ participation in the bout is contingent on him defending his NABF title on Dec. 1 against Fabio Maldonado in Quebec City.

Jennings-Rivas and the Stevenson bout will stream live at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+ — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN. The undercard will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), ticket information for this world-class night of boxing will be announced shortly.

“I’ve been in this situation before. This is not a tall order at all,” Jennings said. “The job is to stay focused. I’m going to keep grinding and not take anybody lightly. Talk is cheap.”

‘‘I’ve waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” Rivas said. “Jennings is an excellent boxer. He is a world-class fighter and exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to face. It is now time to take care of business and step up for the real challenges.’’

“I am ready to begin 2019 where 2018 left off,” Stevenson said. “This will be the year where I take my career to the next level. The fans are going to be in for a treat. It’s my time to shine.”

Jennings (24-2, 14 KOs), a former football, basketball, and track star at North Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin High School, did not pick up a pair of boxing gloves until he was 24 years old. He turned pro following an abbreviated 17-fight amateur career and quickly rose the ranks despite his limited experience. He fought valiantly in a 2015 title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, pushing the future Hall of Famer the distance in front of 17,056 fans at Madison Square Garden. Following a TKO defeat to Luis Ortiz later that year at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Jennings took 20 months off, returning to action in August 2017 under the Top Rank banner.

Since then, he has been one of the busiest heavyweight contenders as he seeks another shot on the world championship stage. In his last bout, Aug. 18 in Atlantic City as the headliner on an ESPN-televised card, Jennings recovered from a fourth-round knockdown to stop longtime contender Alexander Dimitrenko in the ninth.

Rivas (24-0, 17 KOs), a former Colombian amateur standout who now lives in Montreal, has fought all but two of his professional bouts in Canada. A nine-year pro, he transitioned to the paid ranks following a 2007 Pan American Games silver medal and quarterfinal berth at the 2008 Olympics. At 31 years old, the athletic, 240-pound Rivas is in his physical prime. He won the NABF title on Sept. 28, 2017 with a spectacular first-round stoppage against former world title challenger Carl Davis Drummond. In his last outing, May 19 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, he wore down Herve Hubeaux and prevailed via 10-round unanimous decision to retain the NABF title.

Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs), a proud native of Newark, N.J., authored one of the great United States amateur careers. At the 2016 Olympics, Stevenson earned a silver medal following a controversial 2-1 decision loss to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez in the championship match. Using that heartbreak as motivation, Stevenson soon showed why he is considered among the sport’s rising stars. He went 5-0 with three knockouts in 2018, and in his last fight, Oct. 13 on the ESPN-televised undercard of the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez Jr. main event, he knocked down Viorel Simion three times en route to a first-round TKO. Simion, 21-2 entering the fight, had never been knocked down as a pro.

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