Mayor Turner’s open letter to Houston about Prop B and moving forward

Mar 4, 2019
Mayor Turner’s open letter to Houston about Prop B and moving forward
Dear Fellow Houstonians, 
 
Everyone loves firefighters, and everyone wants them to be paid commensurate to what other firefighters are making around the state. Prop.B goes even further, and links firefighters pay to that of Houston police officers even though the organizational structures and promotional requirements are vastly different. Prior to and after the passage of Prop B, the city’s finance department and the Controller’s Office said the costs would exceed $100 million a year.

Because no funding source was included in Prop B. and the City is required to balance its books by June 30th of each year, the implementation of the voter approved measure places the City in a dilemma; increase the firefighters’ pay by 29 percent which will invariably cause a reduction in personnel and services, seek a determination from the court on whether Prop B conflicts with state law which could only be done after voters approved it, and/or negotiate with the union to phase in the costs of Prop B over multiple years. 

As mayor, I have made sure the city is pursuing all three paths. We have forwarded to the Union a proposal that would phase in the costs of Prop B over five years which would substantially eliminate the need to lay off or reduce services beyond the normal budgetary process. All pay raises would be retroactive to January 1, 2019. If there is an agreement, it would mitigate the continuation of any court action, and this entire matter would be behind us.
 
At the same time, the City, in the lawsuit filed by the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) in Nov. 2018, asked the court to rule on the legality of Prop. B. If the court rules as a matter of law, Prop B was preempted by state law, the HPOU lawsuit is terminated subject to appeal and Prop B is no longer before us.
 
However, until the court rules, the City is obligated to move forward in implementing Prop B with the effective date being January 1, 2019.
 
Since there have been some misstatements and confusion on the legal action the City has or has not taken surrounding Prop B, let me take a moment to lay out what we have done.
 
The Houston Police Officers’ Association sued the City of Houston and Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341 on November 30, 2018. In the 2018 HPOU litigation, the court is asked to determine whether Prop B can stand, since it conflicts with state law.  The City answered and appeared in the case as required and, later, also made an affirmative claim within the HPOU suit, seeking a declaration that Prop B conflicts with state law.

No new, separate lawsuit was filed by the City. No new parties were added in the 2018 HPOU lawsuit by the City. No money damages are sought by the City.
 
The Houston Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 341, the firefighters’ union, sued the City of Houston in 2017 seeking a pay raise for fiscal year 2018 after the union, not the City, walked away from the collective bargaining table. The union ignored the City’s requests that it return to the table. The union sued the City and asked a state court judge to set (not negotiate) all employment terms.
 
The City is not mounting a broadside attack, constitutional or otherwise, on the Fire and Police Employee Relations Act (FPERA). In fact, the City wants the firefighters’ union to return to the bargaining table so that a Judge is not asked to set pay without reference to any standards.
 
In my 30 years of public service, I have supported collective bargaining. I fought for collective bargaining for firefighters in the Texas Legislature in 2005. To this day, I am committed to collective bargaining.
 
Lastly, if an agreement cannot be reached with the union to phase in the costs of Prop B over multiple years and if the court does not timely rule on the legality of Prop B, the City is already defining parity between police and fire, re-programming its systems and preparing for a reduction in force as needed to balance the budget.
 
On January 15, 2019, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341 and Intervenor-Plaintiffs Patrick “Marty” Lancton, Gabriel Angel Dominguez, Roy Anthony Cormier, Brian Ray Wilcox, and Delance Shaw filed brand new claims in the 2018 HPOU litigation against new parties: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Finance Director Tantri Emo, Controller Chris Brown, and all elected city council members. The firefighters and their union seek the immediate implementation of Prop B.
 
None of the elected officials needed to be sued. Director Emo, who is not an elected official and does not “sit” at or on City Council, did not need to be sued. Although the process for radically restructuring the City’s Human Resource System and payroll methodology to accurately issue salary checks is difficult, 
it is well underway and will be done. Moreover, the City plans to make payments under Prop B effective as of January 1, 2019. 
 
The fact is that the City did not start any of the pending litigation involving the firefighters. Firefighters sued the city to destroy the City’s historic pension reform; not just the part relating to firefighters, but all the reforms for all municipal employees. That litigation could add hundreds of millions of dollars to the City’s costs, scuttle some or all the employee pension systems and financially ruin the City. Fire fighters sued the City in 2017 prior to Prop B, asking a court for a pay raise for the fiscal year 2018.  They have not dropped that lawsuit. They caused Prop B to be enacted. Now, again, in the 2018 HPOU litigation, they have sought the immediate implementation of Prop B as a way to expedite the receipt of money from the taxpayers.
 
Prop B requires that the City substantially increase firefighter compensation.  It was misrepresented to the public as bringing about pay “parity.” In fact, Prop B requires that firefighters benefit if police officers get benefits or raises, even though their working conditions are completely different, but police officers do not benefit from firefighter benefits or raises.
 
Citizen-driven charter amendments like Prop B are not always carefully-drafted, much less fully-vetted documents when they arrive at City Hall.  When they are not, there is next to nothing a city can do to correct even the most glaring constitutional and legal errors in a citizen-driven charter amendment. A city’s only meaningful opportunity to save itself from unconstitutional additions to the City Charter, or obvious efforts like Prop B, comes after the proposed charter amendment passes. After an election, such determinations should be made by our courts.
 
The City contends that Section 24 to Article IX of the City Charter, approved by voters on November 6, 2018, as Proposition B (“Prop B”), is preempted by State law because:
 
1.      Chapter 174,  the State of Texas’ collective bargaining law, contains an express preemption clause that states, “(t)his chapter preempts all contrary local ordinances, executive orders, legislation, or rules adopted by the state or by a political subdivision or agent of the state, including a personnel board, civil service commission, or home-rule municipality” and Prop B is contrary to the provisions of Chapter 174;

2.      If not expressly preempted, Prop B is impliedly preempted because it frustrates both the express policies of the State of Texas stated in LGC Section 174.002, and numerous other provisions of LGC Chapter 174 regarding compensation, bargaining, and conditions of employment; and

3.      Prop B is void under art. XI, § 5 of the Texas Constitution because it is inconsistent with the general laws of the State of Texas.
 
In this case, the City has asked a court of law to have the final say. That is how our system of law should work.
 
Let me end where I started. We love and respect our firefighters and want them to be appropriately compensated. Having said that, I don’t believe the voters intended to place our City in financial turmoil, cause our credit rating to tumble and increase the costs of City debt.

As mayor, I have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the financial stability of this city and that includes presenting a balanced budget. Prop B threatens to erase all the financial gains of pension reform and place us in a financial crisis. As a city, we cannot let that happen.

We must work together to find a path forward no matter how bumpy the course or how hot the rhetoric. 
 
There is just too much at stake.
 
Sincerely,

Sylvester Turner
Mayor
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Paddy Barnes, Vladimir Nikitin and Joseph Adorno Added to St. Patrick’s Day Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Mar 4, 2019
March 17: Paddy Barnes, Vladimir Nikitin and Joseph Adorno Added to St. Patrick’s Day Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

LIVE on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET
NEW YORK CITY (March 4, 2019) — Vladimir Nikitin and Irish sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan are on a collision course for a rematch of their quarterfinal bout from the 2016 Rio Olympics, won by Nikitin via highly controversial decision. Nikitin will fight Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight bout on the undercard of Conlan’s 10-round featherweight tilt against Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, March 17 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
 
Conlan-Hernandez will be the special attraction for this special St. Patrick’s Day card, with the welterweight showdown between Luis Collazo and Samuel Vargas serving as the main event. In the newly announced co-feature, two-time Irish Olympic bronze medalist and former world title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1, 1 KO) will look to get back in the win column against Oscar Mojica (11-5-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder at bantamweight. Barnes challenged Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight world title last August and lost via fourth-round knockout.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56, and $31 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.
 
Conlan-Hernandez, Barnes-Mojica and Collazo-Vargas will stream live and exclusively at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN. The entire undercard, including Nikitin-Tapia, will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
 
“The fight I want after I take care of business on March 17 is Michael Conlan,” Nikitin said. “He wants revenge, and I want to show everyone that I was, and still am, the superior fighter. I respect Michael and his team. While there is no bad blood outside the ring, we have unfinished business inside the ring.”

Said Conlan: “Nikitin is a rival from the 2016 Olympics and clearly someone who I look forward to fighting in the professional ranks. This is the second time we’ve fought on the same card, and I look forward to seeing his progress as a professional.”
 
Nikitin (2-0, 0 KOs) was a standout amateur for his native Russia who won medals at the European Championships and World Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, his disputed decision over Conlan advanced him to the medal round and made headlines around the globe. Conlan’s double middle-finger salute to the AIBA-appointed judges became the indelible image of the Rio Olympics. As a pro, Nikitin has won a pair of dominant six-round decisions and hopes another victory sets the stage for the long-awaited rematch.
 
In other undercard action:
  
Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (11-0, 10 KOs), the 19-year-old power punching prodigy, will face the durable Victor Rosas (10-8, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder at lightweight. Adorno has seven first-round stoppages on his ledger.
 
Bronx native Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (12-1, 8 KOs) will take on Adriano Ramirez (10-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout. Vargas has won six in a row since a controversial disqualification loss.
 
Puerto Rican super lightweight prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (11-0, 5 KOs) will make his Top Rank debut against Ricardo Maldonado (8-8-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
 
Lee Reeves (2-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Irish national champion as an amateur, will continue his professional journey against Eduardo Torres (1-1, 0 KOs) in a four-round welterweight fight.
 
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BRIAN CASTAÑO & ERISLANDY LARA FIGHT TO HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SPLIT-DRAW IN TITLE FIGHT

Mar 4, 2019

ERISLANDY LARA & BRIAN CASTAÑO FIGHT TO HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SPLIT-DRAW IN TITLE FIGHT SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

Heavyweight Slugger Luis Ortiz Earns Unanimous Decision

Over Christian Hammer

Eduardo Ramirez Scores Ninth-Round TKO of Bryan De Gracia

In Telecast Opener

 Watch The Encore Presentation Monday At 10 P.M. ET/PT On

SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Photos from Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Photos from Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

BROOKLYN (March 3, 2019) – Former 154-pound world champion Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Brian Castaño fought to a highly competitive split-draw Saturday at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. With the draw, Castaño retains the WBA belt in what was the toughest test of his career against the longtime top 154-pounder in Lara. The judges scored the fight 115-113 (Castaño), 115-113 (Lara) and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), who was fighting in his first U.S. main event, held a large advantage in power connects (181-103) while Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) found success landing his left hand down the middle on his way to a 34 percent to 27 percent advantage in power accuracy.

In the close, difficult-to-score fight, five of the rounds were separated by three or fewer connects and three of those rounds favored Lara. In the final two rounds, Castaño ramped up the pressure and connected on 44 punches, while Lara landed only 24 punches across the championship rounds. Castaño won the final three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, the Argentine would have lost his belt.

After the hotly contested fight, both fighters have options, including a rematch, in the talent-rich super welterweight division.

“I know I won the fight. I feel I was robbed,” a disappointed Castaño told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray. “If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I waited for him this time so I can wait for him again if he wants the rematch. I would give him the rematch if he wants. I can also go ahead and fight any other champion that wants to fight me. I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me. Hurd or anyone else.”

Lara, on the other hand, felt he did enough to claim the belt: “I thought I won the fight by landing the more accurate and effective punches. Castaño came to fight but he never hurt me and I hurt him.  All I can do is give the fans great fights and that’s what I’ll continue to do.  I have a lot of fight left in me and I’m not going anywhere.

“If we have to fight him again, I’ll fight him. Hurd or Castaño.  Anybody, I’ll have the rematch with both.”

In the co-feature, Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over a game Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KOs). Although the judges scored the fight 100-90 and 99-91 twice, both men fought through bloody noses at different points in the fight and both were stunned in a back-and-forth second round.

Ortiz, who earned his third consecutive victory since dropping a thrilling slugfest with WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder one year ago, is now looking for another world title shot.

“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” said Ortiz. “It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit. Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40-years-old. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready.”

Although Hammer fought with more energy and with more resolve than in previous fights with other top-tier heavyweights Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin, Ortiz used his superior technique and skills to eventually cruise to the lopsided decision. Ortiz averaged 45 jabs thrown per round and landed 61 jabs to just 20 for Hammer, while also connecting on 49 percent of his power punches. Ortiz made a conscious effort to attack Hammer’s body with 33.6% of his total connects (45 of 140) coming via body shots. 

“I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work,” said Ortiz. “So I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out because I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.”

“Ortiz is a very good and experienced fighter,” said the 31-year-old Hammer, who was making his American debut. “He’s technical and smart but he’s not as intimidating as people say he is. I respect Ortiz but I don’t think he’s the best fighter I’ve ever faced.

“I’m very confident going forward. I know that I can go the distance with anyone and I’m willing to fight anyone. People thought I’d get knocked out but I proved them wrong.”

In the telecast opener, Eduardo Ramirez (22-1-3, 9 KOs) caught Bryan De Gracia (24-2-1, 20 KOs) with a vicious right uppercut in the ninth, stunning his opponent and suddenly breaking open a close fight. Ramirez pounced on the dazed De Gracia and unleashed a wave of punches which forced referee Benjy Esteves to call the fight at 2:10 of round nine.

The southpaw Ramirez, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, was trailing on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage according to two out of three judges (the third had it even). Ramirez, known to grow stronger in the later rounds, connected on 36 punches in round number nine, by far his highest connect total on the night. Although De Gracia was the more aggressive fighter, the Panamanian failed to consistently land punches. De Gracia was accurate on just 27 percent of his power punches, while Ramirez landed 38 percent of his. 

“I definitely knew it was close but my corner kept telling me to keep going and going, and that’s when I caught him,” said Ramirez, who was fighting with a heavy heart following the passing of his grandfather. “I didn’t just come here to fight.  I came here to do something and I did it.”

With the win, Ramirez is now in line to face WBA (Regular) Featherweight World Champion Can Xu and will be looking to challenge for a world title fight in the deep featherweight division.

In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN action that streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page, Edwin Rodriguez(31-2, 20 KOs) won a 10-round cruiserweight fight via unanimous decision over Mitch Williams (16-7-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 96-94 twice and 98-92. Coverage on social media also sawAntonio Russell (13-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr., stop Jose Maria Cardenas (16-4, 13 KOs) 22 seconds into the sixth round of their bantamweight fight. In the opening bout of the digital presentation, Leduan Barthelemy (14-0-1, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Miguel Angel Aispuro (11-7-2, 7 KOs) by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73 in their eight-round super featherweight attraction.

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Mayor Turner joins tribute to fallen heroes at the Houston Fire Dept. 2019 Memorial Ceremony

Mar 4, 2019
Mayor Turner joins tribute to fallen heroes at the Houston Fire Dept. 2019 Memorial Ceremony 
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341, and many others to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Houston Fire Department.

The 2019 Houston Fire Department Memorial Program honored 73 individuals who served the City of Houston and died from injuries suffered in the line of duty. 


The first HFD line of duty death took place in 1899 and the most recent firefighter death happened in 2017.  The memorial service at the HFD Memorial Garden included a reading of each name and the placement of roses and helmets to honor their memory.

“This is one of the times the City comes together to pay respects to firefighters who gave their lives while serving. We also pay our respects to their family members who lost loved ones,” Mayor Turner said. “As a city, we will not forget and we’re forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.”

“When men and women in the line of duty give of themselves, I think we can all agree 100 percent that you take the time to remember, you never forget their sacrifice. I don’t care what battles we’re going through now, that should never get in the way of remembering firefighters, police officers or municipal workers who gave their life on behalf of the city,” the mayor continued.

“Tomorrow we can work on all those other things, it is important that our city maintain civility, respects and appreciation for those who give of themselves in the line of service,” the mayor said. “I separate this day, and that has nothing to do with all the other issues we’re tackling 
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CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS MEXICO CITY PRESS

Mar 4, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL ‘MIRACLE MAN’ JACOBS MEXICO CITY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOSSATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 AND STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN

(ABOVE: Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs pose for the media in Mexico City during the second stop of their three-city press tour to promote their May 4 showdown at T-Mobile Arena and streamed live exclusively on DAZN)Click HERE for Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsVideo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions MEXICO CITY (March 1, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs(35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the second stop of their three-city press tour with a full day of interviews and a press conference at the TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City, Mexico. The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Below is what today’s participants had to say at the event: CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion: “It’s important to fight in May and September on the dates where Mexican fighters have represented the country. I accept the responsibility of participating in big fights like these. It’s an honor to represent my country the way others have.”
“This will not be my last fight at 160 pounds. It’s the weight where I feel best. I will be here for a while. I would still like to have challenges at 168, but I’m fine at 160 pounds.” “All fighters look for the knockout. It’s always spectacular. I will go out there to look for it. But I will train for 12 rounds. If the opportunity for the knockout presents itself, I will take it.” DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion: “This means everything to me. I take my hat off to Canelo for accepting this fight. He’s a true champion to me. That said, it’s our duty to make sure you all receive a great fight. I will bring my arsenal to make sure it’s a great fight.”
“Whether it ends by knockout or decision, you will see a great battle. I can speak for Canelo and myself by saying that we will give everything in this fight. I guarantee that I will not only be champion on May 4, but also king.”  EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “This is what we wanted. We wanted big fights to leave a big footprint in the history of boxing. It appeared impossible at first. Based on hard work and discipline, we grew little by little-he as a fighter and we as trainers. Thank you to Saul for your loyalty and of believing in us. “Now the only thing left is to prepare day by day in boxing. We have a big fight, and I want Canelo to be the first-ever Mexican fighter to unify all the titles in a division. No one has ever done that, but Saul will.” JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez: “I can’t help but remember watching him fight here for the first time. But the times have changed. I feel nostalgic seeing so many people and seeing what the presence of Canelo does to the boxing public. There have been many years of working to get where we are. Thank you, Saul. Thank you for believing in us.” “This May 4, you will see a great fight. They say styles make fights. And that’s what will happen in this fight. We have the two best middleweights in the world. When you have the best fighters in the world fighting each other, you can expect a great fight.” 
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Danny is a very special individual. He is a dedicated, hardworking family man. He has survived a lot on his life. I affectionately refer to him as my son. We have worked for a long time to get this far. On May 4, when he steps into the ring, I will look forward to him finishing the fight with his hand raised.” OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “This fight is important because it will feature two world champions who will unify their titles to demonstrate who is the best at 160 pounds. This battle is also significant because it features two of the most resilient fighters in the history of the sport.”
“With Canelo, we have a young man who has fought as a professional since the age of 15. He’s fought the best fighters at 147 and 154, and in December moved up to 168 pounds to become a three-division world champion. With Jacobs, we have a man who defeated a challenge much tougher than a fight: a battle with cancer. He then returned to win two world titles.” “May 4 will be a great night for Golden Boy and we expect a tremendous performance from our champion, Canelo Alvarez.” EDDIE HEARN, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport: “I want to congratulate many people involved in this promotion. We thank Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo for accepting this challenge. We want to thank DAZN, who are really changing the sport in the United States. We want to thank Tecate, the sponsors, and TV Azteca, for hosting this magnificent event.” “When you have a champion like Canelo who wants to be the best and fights the best, we have what it makes for a great moment. With Danny Jacobs, he will not only face a great champion, but a great man. They told him he may not live again and might not walk again. They also told him that he would definitely never fight again. But here he is. We have a fight that you will forget on May 4.”  JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America: “Boxing is having a bit of a moment. And after much discussion and investment across the industry, this fight – Canelo vs. Jacobs – stands out to me as the most significant matchup on the calendar. This is the fight of the year and I am very, very proud to say that DAZN will be broadcasting it exclusively in the U.S.” “Simply put, this fight has got everything. Champion vs. champion. A global superstar. An inspiring New Yorker with a story for the history books. And a world-class venue in the world-class fight city. The only thing missing from this blockbuster showdown is the pay-per-view price tag – and that’s because DAZN is different.” “And so, to the two DAZN fighters on this stage, I wish you tremendous luck in camp over the next two months and I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for this great fight.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

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U.S. Women’s National Team to Honor Iconic Women with Names on Back of Jerseys March 2

Mar 4, 2019

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO HONOR ICONIC WOMEN WITH 
NAMES ON BACK OF JERSEYS AGAINST ENGLAND ON MARCH 2

U.S. WNT Will Face England in Game 2 of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX

CHICAGO (March 2, 2019) – In connection with the SheBelieves theme, the U.S. Women’s National Team will wear the names of iconic and influential women on the back of their Nike jerseys when the team faces England in Nashville, Tenn., on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX in the team’s second game of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.

Each member of the U.S. WNT – a ground-breaking group of women in their own right – selected the name of a woman who has inspired them in their pursuit of excellence both on and off the field. The women range from historic to contemporary, hail from diverse backgrounds and champion a variety of causes.

The players will wear the following names on the back of their jerseys:

No.PLAYERINSPIRATION
7Abby DahlkemperJennifer Lawrence
12Tierna DavidsonSally Ride
19Crystal DunnSerena Williams
8Julie ErtzCarrie Underwood
22Emily FoxElena Delle Donne
21Adrianna FranchBriana Scurry
18Ashlyn HarrisCardi B
17Tobin HeathDoris Burke
16Rose LavelleJ.K. Rowling
10Carli LloydMalala Yousafzai
20Jessica McDonaldMaya Angelou
3Samantha MewisMia Hamm
13Alex MorganAbby Wambach
1Alyssa NaeherRobin Roberts
23Christen PressSojourner Truth
11Mallory PughBeyoncé
15Megan RapinoeAudre Lorde
4Becky SauerbrunnRuth Bader Ginsburg
14Casey ShortKatie Sowers
2Emily SonnettTina Fey
6Andi SullivanJessica Mendoza
25McCall ZerboniMother Teresa


To find out more insight on how the players decided on their individual, check out this article on ussoccer.com

The SheBelieves initiative originated in 2015 in the lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. WNT celebrating women and encouraging the female leaders of tomorrow to unapologetically pursue their dreams, athletic and otherwise.

In the past four years, the SheBelieves initiative has evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

As one of the most popular women’s teams in the United States, the U.S. WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

This is the fourth edition of the SheBelieves Cup, the elite four-team international women’s soccer tournaments in the world. Joining the top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team in the tournament are Brazil (ranked No. 10), England (No. 4) and Japan (No. 8), all of which are headed to France this summer for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The USA opened the 2019 SheBelieves Cup with a 2-2 draw with Japan on Feb. 27 in Chester, Pa., while England defeated Brazil, 2-1, in the tournament’s first match of the day. With England in first place, the match tonight in Nashville will be an important clash to determine the eventual champion.– ussoccer.com –

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LA Galaxy anuncia decisión sobre el delantero Giovani dos Santos

Mar 4, 2019

LA Galaxy anuncia decisión sobre el delantero Giovani dos Santos

El delantero de 29 años de edad deja de formar parte de la nómina del club

LOS ANGELES (Viernes, 1 de marzo, 2019): LA Galaxy ejerce su única opción de compra de contrato garantizado durante la temporada baja, a la que cada club tiene derecho, sobre el delantero Giovani dos Santos. Por lo tanto, el delantero deja de formar parte de la nómina del club.

“Hemos estado trabajando con el jugador esta pretemporada para llegar a un acuerdo que sea lo mejor para ambas partes”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Hemos tomado esta decisión y creemos que es lo mejor para el club y para Giovani. Trabajaremos con el jugador y sus representantes para encontrar una solución dentro del campo para el próximo paso del jugador. Apreciamos lo que ha contribuido a nuestro club y le deseamos lo mejor en su futuro”.

Dos Santos, de 29 años de edad, se unió al LA Galaxy durante la temporada 2015 procedente del Villarreal de La Liga española y registró 77 partidos jugados para el club, anotando 26 goles y sumando 22 asistencias. 

Transacción: LA Galaxy ejerce su única opción de compra de contrato garantizado sobre el delantero Giovani dos Santos.

Para más información sobre los contratos garantizados, favor oprima aquí.

LA Galaxy comenzará la temporada regular 2019 de la MLS ante Chicago Fire el sábado, 2 de marzo a las 5 p.m. PT.  Boletos para el partido están a la venta ahora, oprimiendo aquí.

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Suspect Charged in Incident at 5219 Airline Drive

Mar 4, 2019
Suspect Charged in Incident at 5219 Airline Drive
Charges have been filed against an armed suspect arrested after exchanging gunfire with two Houston police officers exchanged gunfire with the armed suspect at 5219 Airline Drive about 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday (February 27).  

The male suspect, Carlos Caseres-Martinez (H/m, 20), is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of burglary of a building in the 184th State District Court.  Caseres-Martinez sustained gunshot wounds to his left arm and was treated and released from Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.  

A booking photo of Caseres-Martinez is attached to this news release.  

HPD Officers C. Eskridge and R. Martin, who discharged their duty weapons, were not injured in the incident.  Officers Eskridge and Martin were sworn in as officers in January 2016 and December 2014, respectively, and are assigned to the North Patrol Division.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant M. Ynosencio and Detectives E. Contreras, D. Hobson and M. Glover reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a burglary of a business call at the Cash America Pawn Shop at the above address and found a large hole cut in the back of the business.  Officers then saw a light shining and movement inside the business, indicating someone was inside.  As officers attempted to set up a perimeter, Officer Martin noticed the suspect’s( Caseres-Martinez) hand emerge from the hole in the building.  He gave Caseres-Martinez verbal commands to show his hands but instead, the suspect stuck a gun through the hole, pointed it toward Officer Martin and fired several shots.  Fearing for his life, Officer Martin discharged his duty weapon.  Caseres-Martinez and Officer Martin continued to exchange gunfire and the suspect then exited the building and attempted to flee on foot southbound.  

Officer Eskridge rushed to assist Officer Martin and located Caseres-Martinez running westbound on East Rodgers Street.  He gave the suspect verbal commands to show his hands but instead, Caseres-Martinez fired his weapon at the officer.  Fearing for his life, Officer Eskridge returned fire.  Caseres-Martinez continued to flee and attempted to hide under a nearby vehicle, but was quickly located and taken into custody.  Officers recovered a gun in his possession.  Caseres-Martinez was transported by HFD paramedics to the hospital. He was subsequently charged for his role in this incident.    

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Stabbing of Two Men at 4101 Parker Road

Mar 4, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in Stabbing of Two Men at 4101 Parker Road
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the stabbing of two men at 4101 Parker Road about 11 p.m. last Friday (Feb. 22).

The suspect, Larry Rodriguez (H/m, 40), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault-serious bodily injury in the 178th State District Court.  He is not in custody.  

A 2015 booking photo of Rodriguez is attached to this news release.  

The victims, Luis Lopez, 44, and Aaron Hernandez, 46, were transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers B. Salazar and A. Williams reported:

Mssrs. Lopez and Hernandez were in the parking lot of a convenience store at the above address when a male suspect assaulted both of them with a knife.  Both victims are expected to survive their injuries.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Further investigation led to the identity of Rodriguez as the suspect in this case and he was subsequently charged on Wednesday (Feb. 27).  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Larry Rodriguez is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Confirmados los Emparejamientos para los Cuartos de Final de la Liga de Campeones

Mar 4, 2019

Confirmados los Emparejamientos para los Cuartos de Final de la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank 2019
Los partidos de ida están programados a jugarse del 5 al 6 de marzo
Miami (viernes, 1 de marzo de 2019) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) confirmó hoy los emparejamientos y el calendario para los cuartos de final de la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank 2019. La segunda ronda de la principal competencia de clubes de la región se llevará a cabo del 5 al 6 y 12 al 4 de marzo. 

La ronda de 16 culminó la noche del jueves en Toluca, con Sporting Kansas City uniéndose a Atlanta United FC, CA Independiente, CF Monterrey, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls, Santos Laguna y Tigres UANL en la ronda de cuartos de final.

Los partidos de ida de los cuartos de final están programados para comenzar el martes, 5 de marzo en Nueva York, seguidos por los partidos de vuelta la siguiente semana. En abril, los ganadores de los cuartos de final se enfrentarán en las semifinales, seguidos de las finales la última semana de abril y la primera semana de mayo.

Los aficionados podrán seguir toda la acción a través de la red de socios con derechos de la Confederación, incluyendo Univisión Deportes (Estados Unidos), Yahoo Sports (Estados Unidos), Fox Sports Latinoamérica (México y Centroamérica), Flow Sports (Caribe) y otros socios locales. Para otros territorios, el evento estará disponible en Concacaf GO (sujeto a restricciones de territorio).

Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank 2019 – Cuartos de Final
*Hora del Este y el equipo local figura primero

Martes, 5 de marzo de 2019
20:00 (20:00) New York Red Bulls (USA) vs Santos Laguna (MEX)
22:00 (21:00) Houston Dynamo (USA) vs Tigres UANL (MEX)

Miércoles, 6 de marzo de 2019
20:00 (20:00) Club Atletico Independiente (PAN) vs Sporting Kansas City (USA)
22:00 (21:00) CF Monterrey (MEX) vs Atlanta United (USA)

Martes, 12 de marzo de 2019
21:00 (19:00) Santos Laguna (MEX) vs New York Red Bulls (USA)
23:00 (21:00) Tigres UANL (MEX) vs Houston Dynamo (USA)

Miércoles, 13 de marzo de 2019
20:00 (20:00) Atlanta United (USA) vs CF Monterrey (MEX)

Jueves, 14 de marzo de 2019
20:00 (19:00) Sporting Kansas City (USA) vs Club Atletico Independiente (PAN)

Abril – Mayo
2-4 Semifinales de Ida
9-11 Semifinales de Vuelta
23-25 Final de Ida
30-2 Final de Vuelta

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