El cuerpo técnico de Tomás Boy

May 31, 2019

Con la intención de fortalecer su equipo de trabajo para que el Guadalajara pueda alcanzar las metas trazadas para el Torneo de Apertura 2019, Tomás Boy incorporará a 2 elementos a su cuerpo técnico, con quienes ya ha laborado en anteriores proyectos.

José Luis Malibrán y Joaquín ‘Quino’ Moreno continuarán como sus auxiliares y a esta función se sumará Claudio Boy, quien estuvo con él en su etapa en Cruz Azul. Además, Sergio Martín, quien ha acompañado a Tomás durante gran parte de su carrera en el banquillo (Monarcas, Monterrey, Puebla, Veracruz, Atlas y Cruz Azul) será el preparador físico, tarea en la que contará con el apoyo de Armando ‘Picus’ Camacho, y como entrenador de porteros se mantendrá Luis Valls.

CORTESIA: CLUB CHIVAS

Read More

ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK IN IRVINE, CALIF. TO HOST 2019 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 31, 2019

ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK IN IRVINE, CALIF. TO HOST 2019 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Culmination of 2018-19 Academy Season Set for July 8-11

CHICAGO (May 29, 2019)-The Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. will host the 2019 Development Academy Championships from July 8-11. The Academy Championships serve as the finale of the season as national champions will be crowned for boys at the U-16/17 and U-18/19 age group as well as girls at the U-15 and U-16/17 age groups.

“Creating the best possible environment for players, coaches and referees is critical for performance and development,” said Jared Micklos, Director of Youth National Teams. “We identified Great Park as an ideal facility in a great location that will meet the needs of our athletes and create an enjoyable atmosphere for fans and spectators. We are excited to partner with a Development Academy club and a professional team in Irvine to showcase the top level of youth soccer and grow the game in our country.” 

The OC Great Park Sports Complex features 25 pristine soccer fields, highlighted by the Championship Soccer Stadium. The Stadium can hold 2,500 spectators and includes full locker rooms and training facilities as well as concessions and an upper-level viewing deck for spectators. The Stadium serves as home to USL Championship club Orange County SC and their youth Academy club while Academy club Strikers FC also hosts games at the Great Park Sports Complex.

OC Great Park’s selection as host for the Academy Championship comes after a thorough search process for the best possible venue. Irvine offers moderate July temperatures and little humidity, with an average high of 84 degrees and an average low of 63. The facility is located about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

“Irvine is proud to host the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championships at the Orange County Great Park,” said Christina L. Shea, Mayor of the City of Irvine. “The professional-level quality of our facilities matches the high caliber of the players participating in this championship event.”

The final four teams in the Academy Playoffs from the Boys’ U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups as well as the Girls’ U-15 and U-16/17 age groups will advance to the Academy Championships in Irvine. Development Academy travel partner Anthony Travel will assist all participating clubs with travel and housing needs for the Academy Championships.

Last season, Seattle Sounders FC U-16/17 and New York City FC U-18/19 took home the Boys’ Academy titles while FC Dallas U-15 and Real Colorado U-16/17 won the inaugural Girls’ Academy Championships.

Southern California represents a prominent market in the Development Academy, as 11 Boys’ clubs at the U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 levels as well as 11 Girls’ clubs call the area home. Events are a cornerstone of the Academy program. Held seasonally in the fall, winter, spring and summer, Showcase events feature competition between the top teams nationwide, while the Academy Championship stages semifinals and finals for the best of the best to compete for four national championships.

This year’s Boys’ Summer Showcase and Playoffs, which will determine the field for the Academy Championships, will be held from June 17-25, while the Girls’ event will be held June 20-29. The events will be held concurrently at the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, Calif. A playoff draw will be held for the boys on June 5 and for girls on June 12. For the U-15 Boys and U-18/19 Girls, Academy national champions will be crowned at the Summer Showcase in Oceanside.

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007, subsequently growing the program year over year. In Fall 2017, the Academy expanded its programming to include the Girls’ Development Academy.

The Academy focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize youth player development across the country. The Academy’s philosophy is based on increased training and fewer but more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

Entering its 13th year in 2019-20, the Academy season will be comprised of teams across five age groups in the Boys’ program: U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19, and five age groups in the Girls’ program: U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18/19. 

– ussoccer.com –

Read More

Jesse Hart-Sullivan Barrera Light Heavyweight Clash Set for Fury-Schwarz Co-Feature at MGM Grand

May 31, 2019

J

Fury-Schwarz and Hart-Barrera to stream LIVE and exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST

Mikaela Mayer, Guido Vianello and Sonny Conto to see action on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes undercard broadcast beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST/4:00 p.m. PST

Tickets starting at $50 available now at AXS.com

LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2019) — Jesse “Hollywood” Hart and Sullivan Barrera understand high stakes and are coming to Las Vegas, intent on cashing in with a potential world title shot on the line. Hart and Barrera will square off in a 10-round light heavyweight bout Saturday, June 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Hart-Barrera will serve as the co-feature to lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s title defense against unbeaten German challenger Tom Schwarz.

Fury-Schwarz and Hart-Barrera will stream live in the United States exclusively on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service – beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.

The undercard will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST/4:00 p.m. PST and will showcase undefeated 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer (10-0, 4 KOs), who will fight former world title challenger Lizbeth Crespo (13-4, 3 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and SES Boxing, tickets priced at $500, $300, $100 and $50 are on sale now can be purchased online through axs.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts box office.

On June 15, I’m coming to knock him out,” Hart said. “I refuse to lose. This is a legacy fight. I want the big names. I need a big name, and Barrera is the name. I don’t want to just win and coast to some boring decision. I’m coming to prove to the world that I can fight with these bigger guys. After I knock Barrera out, I’m coming for all the champions. The light heavyweights better watch out because ‘Hollywood’ Hart is here.”

“I am excited to face Jesse Hart, a great fighter who has also been in there with world champions,” Barrera said. “This is a must-win fight. Simple as that. Camp has been great for me, and I am looking forward to June 15. It’s going to be a great card, and I am going to show everyone in Las Vegas and watching on ESPN+ what I’m truly made of.”

Hart (25-2, 21 KOs) had two cracks at the WBO super middleweight world title, losing a pair of close decisions to longtime champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. The Ramirez rematch, which took place last December in Corpus Christi, Texas, was a bruising affair that saw Hart rally in the second half before losing a majority decision. Eleven of Hart’s last 12 victories have come via knockout, and he hopes to carry that power up to the light heavyweight ranks. The Philadelphia native fought on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao undercard in 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, knocking out Mike Jimenez in six rounds.

Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs), from Cuba, defected to the United States in 2009 and turned pro later that year. The Miami-based bruiser won the first 17 bouts of his career before dropping a decision to pound-for-pound great Andre Ward. A perennial contender, Barrera holds victories over Joe Smith Jr., Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Karo Murat and former super middleweight world champion Jeff Lacy. He challenged Dmitry Bivol for a light heavyweight world title last year and fought valiantly before being stopped in the 12th and final round.

Mayer is one of female boxing’s rising stars and has dominated her opposition as a professional. She went 6-0 in 2018, winning the NABF belt on August 25 with a shutout decision over the previously undefeated Vanessa Bradford. She made her 2019 debut February 15 in Hinckley, Minnesota, outclassing Yareli Larios over eight rounds. Crespo fought IBF featherweight world champion Jennifer Han in February 2018, dropping a tightly contested unanimous decision.

“It’s been a dream of mine to see women fighting alongside marquee names like Tyson Fury, and I’m grateful to be fighting at the MGM Grand on June 15,” Mayer said. “There’s still a lot the world hasn’t seen when it comes to my style and I’m ready to show everyone something special.”

In addition to Mayer-Crespo, the ESPN2/ESPN Deportes undercard broadcast will also include the following fights:

  • Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (3-0, 3 KOs), a 6-foot-6 heavyweight who represented his native Italy at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will return in a six-rounder.
     
  • Featherweight Isaac Lowe (17-0-3, 6 KOs), a stablemate of Fury’s, will fight an opponent to be named in a 10-rounder.
     
  • Top super middleweight prospect Cem “Champ” Kilic (13-0, 8 KOs) will see action in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be determined.
     
  • Sonny Conto (2-0, 2 KOs), as big-punching heavyweight from Philadelphia, will make his Las Vegas debut in a four-rounder. Conto’s two professional fights — both first-round knockouts — have lasted a total of 3:30.
     
  • German heavyweight prospect Peter Kadiru (3-0, 1 KO) will fight an opponent to be named in a six-rounder.

For more information, visit: www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing; Facebook:facebook.com/trboxing; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing.

Sign-up to ESPN+ at www.espnplus.com.

Read More

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+® TICKETS GO ON SALE

May 31, 2019

Las Vegas – The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento prepares to host its second UFC event as the promotion returns to the capital of California for the first time in over two years on July 13. The show will feature an action-packed card with top contenders and hometown favorites in what will be a can’t-miss night for fight fans. The main event is still to be announced.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+® will stream live from Golden 1 Center exclusively on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 13 (in both English and Spanish), with the prelims kicking off at 2 p.m. PT. Doors open at 1 p.m. PT.

Sacramento’s own Team Alpha Male will have a strong presence on this card, as longtime members Josh EmmettAndre Fili and Darren Elkins, among others, will look to put on impressive performances in front of their hometown fans. No. 8 ranked featherweight contender Emmett (14-2, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks to work his way back into the top-5 rankings by taking out No. 9 ranked Mirsad Bektic(13-1, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Fan favorite Fili (19-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) competes at home for the first time in over six years as he battles Brazilian standout Sheymon Moraes(11-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.). No. 14 ranked featherweight Elkins (25-7, fighting out of Portage, Ind.) aims to bounce back into the win column by being the first person to KO Jiu Jitsu phenom Ryan Hall(7-1, fighting out of Falls Church, Va.).

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • No. 11 ranked women’s strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo (8-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks to defend her spot in the rankings against former Invicta FC strawweight champion Livinha Souza (12-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Exciting lightweights clash as Beneil Dariush(16-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Drakker Klose(10-1, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) both aim to extend their win streaks to three-in-a-row
  • Olympic wrestling silver medalist and No. 10 ranked women’s bantamweight contender Sara McMann (11-5, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.) returns to action against former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano (5-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • International middleweights hunt for their first wins of 2019 as Marvin Vettori(12-4-1, fighting out of Mezzocorona, Italy) battles Cezar Ferreira(14-7, fighting out of Miami, Fla. by way of Ibitinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Light heavyweight knockout artists go to war as Gian Villante (17-11, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.) aims to take out Mike Rodriguez (10-3, fighting out of South Easton, Massachusetts)
  • Dana White Contender Series signee Karl Roberson(7-2, fighting out of Neptune, N.J.) expects a standup battle when he meets John Phillips (21-9, fighting out of Swansea, Wales) in the UFC
  • Top Chinese prospect Pingyuan Liu (12-5, fighting out of Henan, China) intends to remain undefeated in the UFC when he meets Jonathan Martinez(10-2, fighting out of Plainview, Texas)
  • Team Alpha Male prospect Benito Lopez(9-1, fighting out of Oroville, Calif.) looks to bounce back from his first professional loss against Dana White Contender Series veteran Martin Day (8-3, fighting out of Kailua, Hawaii)

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

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+® go on sale Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 30 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

Read More

Suspect Charged in March Fatal Shooting at 4700 Market Street

May 31, 2019
 
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another man at 4700 Market Street about 9:10 a.m. on March 7.  

The suspect, Lavonie Demon Land (b/m, 35), is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 228th State District Court.  A booking photo of Land is attached to this news release.

One victim, Jose Juvenal Gonzalez, 30, was transported to an area hospital where he died on March 9.  The second victim, Jose Miguel Gonzales, 20, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Turner and Officer J. Flores reported:

The victims, who are brothers, were at a convenience store at the above address when one of them began arguing with an unknown suspect.  The suspect then produced a gun and began shooting, striking both victims multiple times.  The suspect then fled the scene.

Further investigation led to the identity of Land as the suspect in this case.  Land was charged on Tuesday (May 28) while in the Harris County jail for a separate aggravated assault charge.
Read More

The Houston Fire Department Announces 8th Annual “Operation: Save A Life” Safety Campaign

May 31, 2019
WFire Chief Samuel Peña and representatives from Kidde and Home Depot will announce the kick-off of the continued partnership “Operation Save a Life” public safety campaign.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, working smoke alarms in a reported fire cut the risk of dying in half and help prevent needless injuries to residents and emergency responders.

As part of the campaign, Kidde is donating its Worry-Free smoke alarms featuring a sealed-in 10-year battery that provides 24/7 fire safety protection. Kidde is also launching a series of public service announcements aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.As a joint sponsor in the Operation Save a Life initiative, The Home Depot will be hosting Save a Life Saturday events at select Houston-area stores.
Read More

LA Galaxy participará en la primera edición de Leagues Cup, una competencia anual entre la MLS y la Liga MX

May 29, 2019

LA Galaxy participará en la primera edición de Leagues Cup, una competencia anual entre la MLS y la Liga MX

LA Galaxy enfrentará a Club Tijuana en los cuartos de final del torneo de eliminación directa el martes, 23 de julio en el Dignity Health Sports Park como parte de Leagues Cup; Boletos para el partido se pondrán a la venta el 6 de junio

LOS ANGELES (Miércoles, 29 de mayo, 2019) – Major League Soccer (MLS) y Liga MX, con el apoyo de la Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf), anunciaron hoy la creación de Leagues Cup, una competencia oficial y anual entre las mejores ligas de fútbol de Norteamérica que se jugará a partir de julio.  

La edición 2019 de Leagues Cup contará para esta primera edición, con cuatro clubes de cada liga en un torneo de ocho equipos de eliminación directa, en cuartos de final que se disputará del 23 al 24 de julio en los estadios de los clubes de la MLS. Las semifinales serán el 20 de agosto en las sedes que se determinarán según los resultados de los cuartos de final. La final de Leagues Cup se jugará el miércoles 18 de septiembre en una sede en EE. UU. por anunciar.  

LA Galaxy iniciará su participación en la competencia oficial ante el Club Tijuana en los cuartos de final del torneo de eliminación directa por disputarse en el Dignity Health Sports Park el martes, 23 de julio a las 8 p.m. PT. Boletos para el partido se pondrán a la venta el jueves, 6 de junio a las 10:00 a.m. PT llamando al 1.877.3GALAXY (342.5299) o visitando la página web www.lagalaxy.com/tickets.  

Para 2020 y futuras ediciones, MLS y Liga MX estudiaran la opción de expandir Leagues Cup a incluir más equipos participantes.  Si bien serán criterios deportivos por definir los que determinarán los participantes de ambas ligas en las ediciones futuras de Leagues Cup, para la edición inaugural de 2019, los cuatro clubes de la Liga MX se seleccionaron según resultados de competiciones recientes, mientras que los cuatro participantes de la MLS fueron invitados a competir. Todos los clubes participantes han ganado títulos nacionales.

Clubes de la MLS:

  • LA Galaxy – Cinco veces campeón de la MLS Cup y dos veces campeón de la U.S. Open Cup;
  • Chicago Fire – Campeón de la MLS Cup y cuatro veces campeón de la U.S. Open Cup;
  • Houston Dynamo – Dos veces campeón de la MLS Cup and actual campeón de la U.S. Open Cup;
  • Real Salt Lake – Campeón de la MLS Cup. 

Clubes de la Liga MX:

  • Club América –Trece veces y seis veces campeón de la Copa MX;
  • Cruz Azul – Ocho veces campeón de la Liga MX y cuatro veces campeón de la Copa MX;
  • Tigres UANL – Cuatro veces campeón de la Copa MX, actual campeón de Campeones Cup y siete veces y actual campeón de la Liga MX;
  • Club Tijuana – Una vez campeón de la Liga MX.

El torneo ha sido avalado por Concacaf.

“Concacaf está comprometida a continuar desarrollando competiciones que unirán a la Confederación y brindarán más oportunidades para desarrollar jugadores y conectarse con aficionados apasionados por toda nuestra región”, dijo el Presidente de Concacaf, Víctor Montagliani. “Junto con nuestras expandidas competencias de clubes como la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank, Leagues Cup organizada por Liga MX y MLS, fortalecerá aún más nuestra Confederación y es un precursor para colaboraciones a futuro entre Concacaf, Liga MX, MLS y otros constituyentes importantes”.

“Estamos entusiasmados de llevar nuestra alianza con Liga MX al próximo nivel con Leagues Cup,” dijo el Comisionado de la MLS, Don Garber.  “Tenemos una intensa rivalidad entre selecciones, y Leagues Cup provee una gran oportunidad de incrementar la creciente rivalidad entre clubes de la MLS y Liga MX”.

Enrique Bonilla, Presidente Ejecutivo de Liga MX, dijo: “La rivalidad entre clubes de la Liga MX y la MLS crece constantemente, al igual que el nivel deportivo de ambas competencias.   Sabemos que en toda la región hay una gran cantidad de aficionados que siguen el desarrollo de nuestros torneos y creemos que Leagues Cup nos permite acercar más a la Liga MX a esta gran afición, así como a seguir fortaleciendo nuestro deporte en la región, la cual es ya la más importante del continente en cuestiones de infraestructura, impacto mediático y calidad del espectáculo.   Este gran evento, marcará el nuevo inicio de esta relación a futuro, con una visión a largo plazo”.

La marca y el logotipo de Leagues Cup también se dieron a conocer, representando cómo el fútbol une a los aficionados, mientras promueve la unión de los tres países y la rivalidad deportiva entre las dos ligas. 

Soccer United Marketing (SUM), la empresa de fútbol más preeminente de Norteamérica operará y comercializará Leagues Cup

Calendario Leagues Cup™ 2019

(Horarios en tiempo del Pacifico) / *Sujeto a cambios

Martes, 23 de julio

Chicago Fire vs. Cruz Azul (SeatGeek Stadium – Bridgeview, IL) 8:30 p.m.

LA Galaxy vs. Club Tijuana (Dignity Health Sports Park – Carson, Calif.) 11:00 p.m.

Miércoles, 24 de julio

Houston Dynamo vs. Club America (BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, TX) 8:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake vs. Tigres UANL (Rio Tinto Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT) 10:30 p.m.

Martes, 20 de agosto

Semifinal 1 *

Semifinal 2 *

Miércoles, 18 de septiembre

Final

* Semifinales de Leagues Cup:

  • Si la Semifinal es club de la MLS contra club de la MLS, BBVA Compass Stadium en Houston y Dignity Health Sports Park en Los Angeles han sido predeterminado como sede de Semifinales en su lado respectivo del bracket 
  • Si la Semifinal es club de la Liga MX contra club de la Liga MX, BBVA Compass Stadium en Houston y Dignity Health Sports Park en Los Angeles han sido predeterminado como sede de Semifinales en su lado respectivo del bracket 
  • Si la Semifinal es club de la MLS contra club de la Liga MX, el club de la MLS será sede de dicha Semifinal 

ACERCA DE LA GALAXY

LA Galaxy es un equipo profesional de fútbol de Estados Unidos ubicado en Los Ángeles que compite en Major League Soccer (MLS). Es uno de los equipos más ganadores de la liga, ganando cinco títulos de la Copa MLS (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) – cuatro títulos del MLS Supporters’ Shield (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011,) dos títulos de la Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2001, 2005), y es uno de solo dos equipos de la MLS en ganar la Copa de Campeones de Concacaf (2000).

ACERCA DE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Con sede en la Ciudad de Nueva York, Major League Soccer cuenta con 24 clubes a lo largo de Estados Unidos y Canadá. Nashville SC e Inter Miami CF arrancan en 2020, y el club 27 de la liga, Austin FC, debuta en 2021. Para obtener más información sobre MLS, visite www.FutbolMLS.com y www.MLSsoccer.com.

ACERCA DE LIGA MX
La Liga MX es la máxima categoría del futbol en México, se compone de 18 Clubes distribuidos por todo el país. La sede de la Liga está en un nuevo complejo deportivo en Toluca, Estado de México. Visita www.ligamx.net.

Read More

BARC TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL SENIOR PROM

May 29, 2019
HOUSTON – You are cordially invited to BARC’s 3rd Annual Senior Prom. Pet owners may bring their senior dogs and cats to partake in festivities. If you don’t have a silver haired furry friend, you may just leave the prom with a new roommate. BARC’s senior pets — dogs and cats 5 years and over — will be available for $5 adoption fees during the event.
 When: Friday May 31, 2019
            6 pm – 8 pm
               
Where: 3300 Carr St.
              Houston, TX 77026 
The Senior Prom Event highlights will include: $5 adoption fees for all adoptable senior pets Pets available for foster care   Official prom portraits by Nature Dog Photography  Gifts, giveaways, and prizes for senior pets donated by PetSmart, Kriser’sNatural Pet, Pur•E•Sense, and more!  Prom attire is encouraged but not required to participate in the “Best Dressed” prom costume contests for both human and pet attendees!  And of course, what prom would be complete without music, dancing, decorations, and refreshments? 
 
“We are very excited to host such a unique event for the community and for our own senior pets. We hope the community opens their homes to senior pets,” said Jennifer Barrera Wandrey, Outreach Manager at BARC.  
 
The simplest, but most powerful thing Houstonians can do to help BARC and pets throughout the community is to foster, volunteer, donate and adopt. If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or a foster pet parent at BARC. By getting animals into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.   
 
About BARC 
BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in more than 25,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition.  BARC works each day to improve the health and safety of Houstonians and their pets by pioneering programs such as low cost and no cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach. Through these programs and with support from community partners, BARC’s live release rate has improved from single-digits in 2009 to an 85% in 2019. 
 
Visit www.houstonbarc.com or www.houstonbarcfoundation.org for more information. 
Read More

Featherweight championship thriller headlines UFC 240 in Edmonton

May 29, 2019

FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP THRILLER BETWEEN (C) MAX HOLLOWAY AND (#4) FRANKIE EDGAR HEADLINES UFC® 240 IN EDMONTON

TICKETS FOR UFC® 240: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR AT ROGERS PLACE

GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 31

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN 2 AND ESPN DEPORTES

Edmonton, Canada – UFC® returns to Edmonton with a highly anticipated featherweight championship bout that will see titleholder and No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Max Holloway defend his belt against No. 4 ranked contender Frankie Edgar.

UFC® 240: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR takes place Saturday, July 27 at Rogers Place and will stream live nationally 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 United States as part of an agreement announced last month and continuing through 2025.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 240: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV and then will be able to watch it via the web or on the ESPN App on any connected device. 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 and Spanish on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes linear networks starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. 

Unbeaten at 145 pounds for almost six years, Holloway (20-4, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) has utilized dynamic striking to topple the featherweight elite. Over the course of his spectacular run, he has delivered thrilling stoppage wins against Jose Aldo (twice), Brian Ortega, Anthony Pettis and Cub Swanson. Originally scheduled to face Edgar on two previous occasions, Holloway aims to add another legend to his resume and stake his claim as the most dominant featherweight champion in UFC history.

A former lightweight champion, Edgar (23-6-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) looks to join the short list of athletes who have won titles in two UFC divisions. Throughout his legendary career, he has netted spectacular victories over BJ Penn (three times), Cub Swanson (twice), Chad Mendes and Gray Maynard. With history in his sights, Edgar looks to become the first fighter to defeat Holloway at 145 pounds since 2013 and reach the top of the division.

UFC® 240: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR will mark the 30th UFC event in Canada, dating back to its inaugural fight card in the Great White North at UFC 83 in 2008. During this time the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization has staged thrilling cards from coast-to-coast in 11 different cities—Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 7 ranked flyweight contender Alexis Davis (19-9, fighting out of San Jose, Calif. by way of Niagara Falls, Canada) looks to re-assert herself in the title picture against dangerous prospect Viviane Araujo (7-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil)
  • No. 8 ranked Lauren Murphy (10-4, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) faces No. 12 Mara Romero Borella (13-5 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Ponte dell’Olio, Italy) in a clash of flyweight contenders
  • Gillian Robertson (6-3 fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way out Niagara Falls, Canada) goes for another impressive submission win against gritty Sarah Frota (9-1, fighting out of Balneario Camboriu, Brazil)
  • Erik Koch (15-6, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) makes his welterweight debut against Kyle Stewart (8-1, fighting out of Tempe, Ariz.)
  • More fights to be announced soon

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

Visit UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC® 240: HOLLOWAY vs. EDGAR go on sale Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. MT. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. MT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 30 starting at 10 a.m. MT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

Read More

Jay Harris to Battle Angel Moreno for European Flyweight Title LIVE on ESPN+

May 29, 2019

Saturday: Jay Harris to Battle Angel Moreno for European Flyweight Title LIVE on ESPN+

Latest edition of #MTKFightNight to begin streaming at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

 One of Wales’ premier talents, Jay Harris is ready to take the next step. The unbeaten Harris will battle former world title challenger Angel Moreno in a 12-rounder for the vacant European flyweight title Saturday from Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Harris-Moreno will headline an #MTKFightNight card on ESPN+ — the leading multi-sport streaming service — Saturday, June 1, beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

Harris (15-0, 8 KOs), from Swansea, Wales, is a six-year pro who captured Commonwealth flyweight honors in February 2017 with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Thomas Essomba. He defended that belt in November 2018, overcoming a cut left eye to knock out Ross Murray in the third round. Moreno (19-3-2, 6 KOs), from Madrid, Spain, is a former European flyweight champion who has fought at the upper reaches of the sport. He challenged WBC flyweight world champion Charlie Edwards on March 23, dropping a unanimous decision at Copper Box Arena in London.

In other action scheduled for the ESPN+ stream:

  • Craig Evans (19-2-2, 3 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO European lightweight title in a rematch against Stephen Ormond (27-5, 13 KOs). The two locked horns in June 2017, as Evans knocked down Ormond twice in the 10thand final round of an action-packed fight to win a unanimous decision.
     
  • Sultan Zaurbek (6-0, 4 KOs), the big-punching southpaw lightweight prospect from Kazakhstan, will see action in a six-rounder against an opponent to be named. This will be the fourth bout of 2019 for Zaurbek, who was last seen knocking out Chenghong Tao in Dubai on April 5.
     
  • Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15 KOs) will return from a nearly two-year layoff to face Richmond Djarbeng (29-3-1, 23 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight bout.

Use the hashtags #MTKFightNight and #HarrisMoreno to follow the action on social media.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 filmsFans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

Read More