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(July 26, 2019) — In honor of Maxim Dadashev, an official GoFundMe account has been set up in his memory. All proceeds from the page will be donated to Maxim’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, and their two-year-old son. 

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GERVONTA DAVIS VS. RICARDO NÚÑEZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Jul 26, 2019

“We both have big knockout power and may the best man win. I hope he’s ready, because I was born ready,” – Davis

“I know that I can knock Gervonta Davis out. When we get in the ring, we will see who’s the best,” – Núñez

Baltimore Native Davis Makes Historic Hometown Defense

Against Mandatory Challenger Núñez This Saturday Live on SHOWTIME® From Royal Farms Arena In Event Presented by

Premier Boxing Champions

Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

BALTIMORE – July 25, 2019 – Two-time super featherweight champion and Baltimore native Gervonta “Tank” Davis went face to face with mandatory challenger Ricardo Núñez Thursday at the final press conference before Davis defends his WBA title in his hometown this Saturday from Royal Farms Arena in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Also in attendance Thursday and competing in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were former world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, who compete in a 10-round lightweight showdown, plus rising contender Ladarius “Memphis” Miller and former champion Jezzrel Corrales, who also compete in a 10-round lightweight affair.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with GTD Promotions, can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Royal Farms Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET. 

Davis vs. Núñez is the first world championship in Baltimore in nearly 50 years and Davis will become the first champion from Baltimore to defend his title at home in nearly 80 years. Davis has been fully embraced by his hometown leading up to his championship defense, including a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday where Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young presented him the Key to the City.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from the Baltimore Convention Center:

GERVONTA DAVIS

“Coming back to Baltimore and bringing this big event to the city means a lot. I’m training with my brothers that I grew up with and I’m around family and friends. It’s exciting.

“The main reason why I wanted to come back home was because of people getting killed in this city. I want to be seen as one of the people who can bring the city together on a positive note. I fought in LA, London and New York, so it was about time for me to come home.

“Camp has been great. I can’t wait to put on a show Saturday night. I appreciate Núñez for taking this fight. This undercard has great fights and possible future opponents for me. I’m just soaking it all in right now.

“July 27 we’re going to put on a great show, me and Núñez. We both have big knockout power and may the best man win. I hope he’s ready, because I was born ready.

 “I had a hard camp, so I don’t think it’s going to go past five rounds. I’m in a good space in my career and I’m excited to get in the ring.

“He’s a confident fighter with a lot of knockouts. We’re taking him seriously. It’s going to be a great night. He’s coming to take my spot. He’s coming up into my house, so I’ll be ready.

“People are going to see that I’m serious on Saturday. The rest of the division and everyone calling me out better be ready too. It’s all business on Saturday.

“It feels amazing to have this support from my city. I’m working my way up to being a big star and it’s unbelievable. I’m anxious and excited to get in the ring. I don’t want to rush the moment, because I should enjoy it. I’m soaking it all in.

“I know I’m facing a good fighter who can crack. I’m not taking him lightly at all. Mentally and physically I’m all-in. I have the whole city on my back and I have to come in there and show up on Saturday.

“I believe that Núñez is excited to be a part of this. He’s not scared and he’s enjoying the moment like I am. Hopefully he’s at his best Saturday night, but he won’t know how good I am until he gets in the ring. Right now it’s a game to him, but we’ll see Saturday night.”

RICARDO NÚÑEZ

“This is my first time in the United States and Baltimore is a beautiful city. I’m excited to bring a great fight to these fans. It’s my first time fighting for a world title and I’m happy to take advantage of it.

“I’ve had a strict diet and strong training camp. We’re going to give the fans a great party on Saturday night and it’s going to be a great fight. 

“I have a high knockout percentage and I know that I can knock Gervonta Davis out. When we get in the ring, we will see who’s the best. He’s the champion, but I’m here to take the victory. I’m here to win.

“Losses make you stronger. The loss I had made me more focused on the sport. I’ve worked harder in my training camp since then.

“We’re a few days out from the fight and I’m ready to knock him out and win the title. Anything can happen in the ring, so I hope he’s ready. The world is going to know who I am after this fight.

“I’m very confident about this fight. It’s going to be a great fight but I will get the victory. I’ve been in the gym working harder than I ever have. I can’t speak for him, but I hope he’s worked hard too.

“My style is to wait to see how my opponent fights and then adjust from there. No matter what, I’m a hard puncher.

“Saturday night it’s going to be a big spectacle. My entire country is going to be watching. I think we are going to see a knockout, not sure in what round, but we may get one.

“Hardship led me to boxing. When my first daughter was born I was unemployed, I worked construction to make ends meet. I found boxing soon after and here I am. 

“We’ve watched tape on Davis. We have studied him, broken his style down and we have a solid game plan. He’s not going to see me coming.

“My idol in boxing is my fellow Panamanian Roberto Duran and I want to do be able to do the things he has for our country. I’m here to make a great name for myself and my country.”

YURIORKIS GAMBOA

“This is a wonderful fight and a wonderful opportunity for me. We’re ready and Team Gamboa has made great efforts to prepare for this fight. I’m ready to get this victory on Saturday night.

“My focus is completely on Martinez. After this fight, we’re definitely looking to fight Gervonta Davis next. We’re going to be prepared for that fight too and we’ll be ready to come out with a victory there too.

“The difference with this fight has been the excellent preparation. In my previous fights I was not able to prepare with the proper time frame that I usually get for a fight. For this fight I have had excellent preparation. 

“I think he brings a lot of experience to the table but so do I. I think it is going to be a very good fight because we’re two boxers with great experience. On Saturday, we’re going to find out who is the best.

“I am not in the prediction business but I have prepared and I am going to give my best on Saturday.” 

ROMAN MARTINEZ

“I’ve had a very good camp for this fight. I’ve been working hard since my last fight. I’m facing a good fighter in Gamboa, but I have everything I need to take the victory back to Puerto Rico.

“I know that Gamboa is a well-rounded fighter with a lot of experience. But I have a lot of experience as well and that’s going to help me get this victory.

“I’ve kept getting stronger and kept in good shape since my loss. I think all of that work will show itself in the ring on Saturday.

“We’ve sparred with people who move and have similar styles to Gamboa’s. I think that’s going to help me expose some of the defensive flaws that my opponent has.”

LADARIUS MILLER

“I had a great camp. I’m prepared to fight a former world champion and a warrior. Jezzrel is a tough competitor. He’s done something that I’m trying to do, which is become a world champion. He’s a great stepping stone for my career.

“On July 27 I’m ready to showcase my skills and talent. I’m here for a reason. I come from a rough background but I’m here now. Whatever it takes to come out victorious on July 27, I’m ready.

“I feel like I have the power to stop Corrales. His chin has been suspect his whole career. He’s gone down in a few fights. I respect him because he’s a true champion, but I feel like his chin is suspect. I want to go out there and test it out.

“I know that Corrales is here trying to make his presence felt. What he’s done, doesn’t mean anything to me. I know what I’m capable of. This is nothing new to me. He’s going to be in for a rude awakening Saturday night.”

JEZZREL CORRALES

“I want to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible. This was a great training camp and I worked hard to perform at my best on this stage.

“We’re here to fight and I’m well prepared to take the victory home on Saturday night. My power and my preparation is going to be the difference in this fight.

“I have everything that I need to beat Miller on Saturday. He’s never faced anyone like me. My experience and the strength will be like nothing he’s ever seen.

“In the ring, anything is possible. When you have heart and go into the ring, you can make anything happen. I’m more than ready to leave it in the ring on Saturday.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“Thank you for everyone coming out. Baltimore is a city that has raised world champions and the city continues to prosper with this very special homecoming this Saturday night featuring Baltimore’s own, Gervonta ‘Tank; Davis taking on Ricardo Núñez.

“This is more than two fighters going head to head in the ring. This is an inspiration to Gervonta’s hometown, and his fans and peers coming behind him, that anything is possible, even when the odds are against you.

“This is an event where we all get to witness what a historic and iconic city Baltimore is, and one that hasn’t seen a world title defense from one of their own in almost 80 years. It is a homecoming for our two-time world champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis and Mayweather Promotions is really looking forward to promoting our first boxing event here in this city that has birthed a star with a fight of this magnitude.

“We’re rolling out the red carpet at Royal Farms Arena, and ladies and gentlemen, I promise you from top to bottom that this will be a very very entertaining and exciting card.”

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

“Let me start off by asking a basic question. Why are we here? We’ve got a really strong three card fight, that’s obvious. We’ve got a little of everything. We have an Olympic Gold Medalist, we have three former world champions, we’ve got six quality fighters in the lighter weight divisions and we’ve got great match-ups.

“In Ladarius Miller vs. Jezzrel Corrales we have an up-and-coming contender against a former 130-pound champion. The co-feature battle is between two former 130-pound champions. Cuban Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa is long known as one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, and he’s up against three-time champion Roman Martinez.

“The two fighters in our main event have a combined record of 44 fights and 39 KOs and I know they’re both looking to make Saturday a short night. This is the first time ever for SHOWTIME in Baltimore. This is the first Baltimore world title fight since 1970. Gervonta is the first Baltimore native to defend in his hometown in almost 80 years. But how did we get here? It’s really due to two men: Calvin Ford and Gervonta Davis.

“Coach Calvin is reserved and quiet. He certainly doesn’t talk about himself a lot. I am glad to see that he is getting the recognition that he deserves, not just as a boxing trainer, but as a trainer of young men, because that is what is at the heart of what Calvin Ford does at his gym. It’s not about building world champions in boxing, it’s about building world champions in life. This is a little taste of the spotlight for coach Calvin and I’m happy to see him get it because he does 99.99 percent of his work outside of the spotlight with no one watching and no one giving credit.

“The other reason we’re here is because of Gervonta Davis. The story about Gervonta starts for me in 2014 when Leonard and Floyd Mayweather first brought him to my attention. Obviously Gervonta and Calvin had been working together well before that and as long as I’ve known ‘Tank’, he’s talked about coming home to fight in Baltimore. But what’s really impressive about that is that this is not just about fighting at home, it’s not just about doing it for fans, it’s not just an ego thing. This is about giving back to his community because the reality is, this is not just a fight.

“This is an entire event that will produce massive financial benefits for Baltimore. We are all here because of these two men’s’ desire to be here. If ‘Tank’ hadn’t insisted to do this, then none of us are here and the community is not reaping any of the financial benefits that come along with this.”

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Evan Holyfield Kick-Off Press Conference Quotes

Jul 26, 2019

Evan HolyfieldPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Houston, TX:          Yesterday at the Fighter Nation Gym in Houston, Texas junior middleweight prospect Evan Holyfield, middle son of Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield, officially announced he has teamed up with Main Events to launch his professional career. Below are quotes from this event:
Evan Holyfield:“I signed with Main Events! First off, I would just like to thank God for allowing me to get to this position. There were times in my life when things didn’t make sense and I always prayed for perseverance. I want to thank Kathy Duva for taking a chance on me. I want to thank my whole team and I want to thank my mom. We have been through a lot and it took a lot to get here. I probably wouldn’t be here without her.”

Termite WatkinsPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Maurice “Termite” Watkins – Holyfield’s Manager/Trainer:“About 30 something years ago I got to meet this man named Lou Duva. We got to become friends and he had this fighter. His name was Evander Holyfield. I want to give a big shout out to Evander because I would not be here without him. Toi Irvin, Evan’s mother, thank you for trusting me with your son. We’ve made this decision and we have come a long way in a short time. We have a little way to go until we get where we want to be – and that is that championship of the world!
“When I met Lou Duva, he had Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Mark Breland and he did some great things in the boxing world. But, really, I have to give the credit to Dan Duva. Dan was actually the brains behind things. They have both gone to be with the Lord so it is my pleasure to introduce the woman who is Main Events now, Kathy Duva.”

Evan Holyfield and Kathy DuvaPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events:“Thank you, Termite. Almost 35 years my late husband’s company made advances as a young up-start boxing promoter. He made it clear that we had arrived in a very big way when Dan announced that we had signed six boxers from the greatest Olympic boxing team of all time. Most of those fighters went on to achieve greatness as world champions. In the professional ranks, two of those fighters had such spectacular careers that they are now accepted universally among the all-time greatest practitioners of the sweet science. Tragically, we lost one of them last week, Pernell Whitaker. The other, of course, was Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.
“His iconic fights with Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Buster Douglas, George Foreman Riddick Bowe, and, of course, Mike Tyson placed him among the all-time heavyweight greats. His historic career is now the stuff of legends. Back then Main Events was blessed to have the opportunity to launch Evander’s career and guide his assent. As he became the undisputed cruiserweight champion in just his 12th fight and then, as if to defy the many pundits that that pronounced him as too small, Evander patiently explained that it isn’t the size of the man but the size of his heart that matters. He landed a right hand to knockout Buster Douglas and become the undisputed heavyweight world champion.
“Back in 1984, my job at Main Events was publicist. So, obviously I could go on with great pride to speak about Evander’s many accomplishments but that is not why you asked me all to be here today. We have something very different in mind, as Termite and Evan have already told you. I used to laugh because when Dan would joke with Evander whenever he congratulated him on the birth of another son, that Dan was going to ask for dibs on signing him someday. I never imagined in my wildest dreams it would actually happen. But I am delighted and amazed to tell you that it did.
“People have asked me what made me decide to sign Evan. I have to say that when I met him just a few weeks ago that three things jumped out at me. We very rarely sign pro debut fighters at Main Events, and I have never signed a big-time fighter’s son. But he truly is a super athlete. He already has what we call ring intelligence. He is a student of the game and he is analytical in his approach to his chosen profession. Finally, he has a passion to succeed. That became crystal clear to me as I read the book this talented young man wrote when he was still a teenager. That’s right. He wrote a book! Talk about a work ethic! When I was teenager all I could do was get my term papers turned in on time.

Toi Irvin and Evan HolyfieldPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

“I met his mom, Toi Irvin, for the first time yesterday. All I could say is Toi you have raised an impressive young man. I am thrilled at the prospect of promoting his career. Particularly, because I am able to announce it here in this very ring that once graced Kenny Weldon’s gym. This ring hosted some of the greatest fighters of all time. Muhammad Ali fought in this ring and Evan’s dad trained in this ring. I think you can almost taste the history of the ring right now.
“It is with great pride and anticipation that I am here to tell you how thrilled we are at Main Events, my whole staff, that we are going to play a role in this young man’s career. I am one of the only people in this room who is old enough to remember watching Termite Watkins when he was in the amateurs. I became very familiar with his colorful background when he coached the Iraqi amateur boxing team. Then he called me out of the blue one day and asked me if Main Events would be interested in signing one of his young recruits. I wasn’t able to help him then but I am glad I am glad I was able to say yes when he called this time. I look forward to getting to know Termite and the rest of his team much better in the coming months and years. From what I can see, I can tell this is going to be a really fun ride!”

Holyfield and WatkinsPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Termite:“I am just honored and thrilled that this guy from North Shore is over here doing business with Kathy Duva. When I wanted to put this team together, I wanted to make sure it was complete. Really and truly though I can’t take the credit. It was a God thing. It was God that brought this team together. When we were just coming together, I called a guy named Tim Hallmark. I was so honored that he would even take my call. I knew him because he was the one that took Evander Holyfield and made him big and strong. We here at Fighter Nation we want to have the best equipment. My friendship with Tim just grew and flourished. In my opinion, Tim Hallmark, is one of the greatest strength and conditioning coaches in history.

Tim HallmarkPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Tim Hallmark – Evan’s Sports Performance Coach:“First off, I am just so blessed to be here. The Word of God says, ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.’ And that is just the truth. I have been a sports performance coach for 40 years. I have worked with just about every sport out there. Some of the greatest people I have been blessed to meet are in boxing. Hands down.
“I don’t know how many of y’all actually knew Kenny Weldon. If Kenny didn’t like you, you knew it. If Kenny liked you, you knew it. For whatever reason he liked me. I came for Kenny’s funeral and Termite and I reconnected. I came over here to Fighter Nation to see what was going on and if you have ever seen it, it’s like going to church in a gym and a dance hall all at the same time. It is crazy awesome. While I was there someone came in the door and they needed some help. Termite stopped the workout. Everybody came over and everybody prayed for that person. Every time I have been back here that’s what I see. That is what goes on here five and six nights a week. This ground is part of God’s plan. Just to say I am a little part of Fighter Nation makes me very proud.
“Evander and I had been talking about Evan turning pro. I said to him and I said to Toi that you need to go and see Termite at Fighter Nation. Evan came down to see if it was a good fit. He took Evan into his home and showed him the way we do things. I have been very blessed because between Toi and Evander I get the inside scoop about this young man. Toi would call me and tell me things about Evan that only a mama would know. These things would give me an advantage. I have been working with Evan for about 14 months.
“I have worked with a lot of athletes in a lot of sports and this guy is really unique. He has a variety of assets that are crazy. Evan could have been successful in whatever he wanted to do. This is what he chose to do. He is super smart because he is a great listener. He doesn’t say a lot but then he will say something to let you know he was tuned in. I have the greatest expectations about what this man is going to do and I am thankful to be part of it.”

HolyfieldPhoto Credit: Hosanna Rull/Main Events

Termite:“Evander asked me if I would consider training his son and I said, ‘Can he fight?’ He said, ‘I think he can.’ I said, ‘Of course I will!” Evander sent him down here to stay with me for a week or so and asked me to tell him if I thought he could fight. We fell in love with him. This kid can fight. As a trainer you want a guy that’s got heart. He’s got heart. That’s something that you have got to be born with. Then you look for talent. This guy has speed. He’s got power. He has a lot of pressure with the Holyfield name. I told him he only needs to worry about what he can do.
Holyfield:“I appreciate everyone coming together to support me. I want to thank my team. I want to thank y’all for supporting me. You each poured something into me. The glass used to be half full but now we are overflowing. We are going to take it one day at a time and reach our goal of becoming a champion.”
Duva:“Tim [Hallmark] has been in my boxing life for 35 years and he is one of the kindest most-generous, thoughtful men I have ever known. This is part of what makes this so special is that I am going to get to work with him again. I want to take the time to thank everyone for coming out and joining us today. I want to thank everyone from the Fighter Nation Boxing Gym here for your hospitality. I want to thank Evan for putting his faith in us. We will not let you down. I want to thank Toi for trusting us with her son. We will not let you down. I want to thank Termite Watkins for his indominable spirit and for welcoming Main Events so fully into his family. I want to thank my staff. I want to thank God too because everyone else did. I don’t want to leave Him out.
“We are just beginning now to plan Evan’s fights. Obviously, in the beginning when he is fighting often he can’t fight in Houston all the time but we ultimately intend to bring him here. We are very familiar with the market and we love coming here. Watch for the announcement coming soon that will provide you with the details of his upcoming pro debut.”

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USMNT TO FACE FIFTH-RANKED URUGUAY ON SEPT. 10 IN ST. LOUIS

Jul 26, 2019

USMNT TO FACE FIFTH-RANKED URUGUAY ON SEPT. 10 IN ST. LOUIS

Busch Stadium Will Host USA’s Final Match Before Start of 
Concacaf Nations League Competition; 
FS1, Univision and TUDN to Broadcast Beginning at 8 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (July 25, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National team will face fifth-ranked Uruguay on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in St. Louis in the USA’s final match before the start of the Concacaf Nations League, a tournament that will help determine qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision and TUDN. The USMNT takes the field at Busch Stadium for only the second time, following the 6-1 win against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Nov. 13, 2015.”We look forward to this challenge against an excellent Uruguayan team. They possess a mixture of top-level offensive difference makers and experienced defenders that have competed on the world stage for years,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “Part of the development of our team is being able to consistently compete against teams with the profile of Uruguay. In the National Team we also speak about the importance of tradition, and St. Louis has one of the great soccer legacies in the United States. We look forward to adding to that history in September.”TICKET INFO 
Tickets for USA vs. Uruguay go on sale to the public Wednesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.As the official payment technology sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® has made special arrangements for Visa cardholders to participate in an advance sale of tickets for this match prior to sale to the general public. This advance sale will take place from Tuesday, July 30, at 10 a.m. CT until Wednesday, July 31, at 8 a.m. CT through the purchase link at ussoccer.com. [Note: ussoccer.comwill only list the Visa presale on its order page during the time frame listed above.] As the preferred card of U.S. Soccer, Visa will be the only payment method accepted during the Visa presale. Terms and conditions apply.ST. LOUIS NATIVES 
Since the start of the 2022 World Cup cycle, the USMNT has received contributions from a pair of St. Louis natives. Fulham-based defender Tim Ream has represented the United States a total of 35 times in international competition, including starts in five of six matches in the USA’s run to the final of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Former St. Louis Scott Gallagher striker Josh Sargent won the Silver Ball as the second-leading scorer at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and captained the USA’s U-17 World Cup team that same year. Now at Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga, the 19-year-old has appeared eight times for the senior USMNT, scoring two goals.URUGUAY ALL-STARS 
Meantime, Uruguay boasts an array of stars representing club champions from Spain, Italy and France. Their attack is led by Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) and Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), who have combined to score 106 goals for La Celeste. The Uruguayans reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, falling to eventual champion France.HISTORY WITH LA CELESTE 
Holding an even 2-2-2 record, the match in St. Louis marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two nations and first in 17 years. An early powerhouse of international football, Uruguay was already four-time Copa America champions by the time of the first meeting with the USA at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Playing just its fourth-ever international match, the USMNT fell 3-0 that day to a Uruguay team that would go on to win the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup and take its second title 20 years later in Brazil.The teams last met in a tune-up for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with the USA using goals from Tony Sanneh and DaMarcus Beasley to earn a 2-1 victory against La Celeste on May 12, 2002 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.USMNT IN THE ‘LOU 
The match marks the USMNT’s second game in nearly 20 years in St. Louis, which for generations was widely considered the soccer capital of the United States and the team’s unofficial home. St. Louis has produced a host of USMNT players over many generations and is home to 10-time NCAA men’s champion Saint Louis University, where Ream played his college soccer.”We are very excited to bring our U.S. Men’s National Team back to Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We know that soccer fans have enjoyed games at Busch Stadium in the past, and this should be another great, world class matchup.”Prior to the win against St. Vincent, the USA last played to a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at Busch Conference & Sports Center (now World Wide Technology Soccer Park) on June 4, 1997.The USMNT is 6-1-2 all time in the city of St. Louis (5-1-1 in World Cup Qualifiers) and is 8-1-2 in the state of Missouri.- ussoccer.com –
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SELINA BARRIOS vs. NINA GALLEGOS

Jul 26, 2019

August 3, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas


SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 25, 2019)
 – Female lightweight contender, Selina “Aztec Queen” Barrios (5-1, 2 KOs), will return to the ring on Saturday, August 3rd at the Alzafar Shrine in San Antonio, Texas. Barrios will face Nina Gallegos in a four-round bout. This is Barrios first fight since her first career loss to former WBC world champion Melissa Hernandez in April.  “I am ready to return to the ring and fight in my hometown of San Antonio. I learned a lot from my loss to a world champion in my last bout and now I have worked hard to make sure that never happens again in my career.” said Barrios in preparation for this fight. “She entered the gym with more intensity and her punches felt harder.” said Rick Nunez, Barrios’ trainer. “She is ready to make a statement and jump back into the world title conversation.” “We believe Selina Barrios has the ability to be a world champion and is doing something few other fighters are doing, consistently staying active and looking for the best competition available,” said Kerry Dangle, Barrios’ co-manager. “This fight will be a hometown fight after her first loss, but we have big plans for her in the future and are excited at what the future holds for her.” “Selina is one of the most gifted and powerful women boxers in the sport, we are expecting a tremendous performance on August 3rd and big fights in 2020.” said Colin Campbell, Barrios’ co-manager. 

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Jessie Magdaleno-Rafael Rivera Set for Navarrete-De Vaca ESPN Co-Feature at Banc of California Stadium

Jul 26, 2019

August 17: Jessie Magdaleno-Rafael Rivera Set for Navarrete-De Vaca Co-Feature at Banc of California Stadium LIVE on ESPN

Live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Tickets starting at $25 on sale now!

LOS ANGELES (July 25, 2019)— Former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno will take on Rafael Rivera in a 10-round featherweight clash Saturday, Aug. 17 at Banc of California Stadium. The Magdaleno-Rivera fight will be the co-feature underneath Emanuel Navarrete’s WBO junior featherweight world title defense against Francisco “Panchito” De Vaca.

Navarrete-De Vaca was elevated to main event status after Jose Benavidez Jr.’s leg injury forced him to pull out of his welterweight bout against Luis Collazo.

Navarrete-De Vaca and Magdaleno-Rivera will headline the inaugural fight card at the year-old stadium and will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“This is a great opportunity as I continue my quest to become a two-weight world champion,” Magdaleno said. “Nothing is going to stand in my way, especially Rafael Rivera. He is a tough guy, but I am in a different class.”

“I have experience at the highest levels of the sport, so Magdaleno is not going to intimidate me,” Rivera said. “I know what a win would mean for my career. I am going to bring my Mexican fighting spirit to Los Angeles and hand Magdaleno the second loss of his career.”

Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KOs) will be making his second ring appearance since losing his world title in April 2018 in a Fight of the Year contender to Isaac Dogboe. The Las Vegas native, who made one successful defense of the belt he won from future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in November 2016, moved up to featherweight following the Dogboe defeat. He returned March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, and won a wide unanimous decision over former world champion Rico Ramos. 

Rivera (27-3-2, 18 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, has never been knocked out as a pro and is two fights removed from a spirited effort in a decision loss to WBA super world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. In July 2018, he dropped a tightly contested split decision to top featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez, who was 19-0 at the time.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Iron Boy Promotions, tickets priced at $100, $80, $70, $60, $45 and $25 (not including applicable fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at the Banc of California Stadium box office.

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About Banc of California Stadium

Located in the heart of Los Angeles in Exposition Park, Banc of California Stadium is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. Home to the Los Angeles Football Club, the stadium is a $370 million, state-of-the-art, world-class venue specifically designed to present all types of star-studded live entertainment and creates an unparalleled fan experience for music, sports, and more. At a capacity of 23,500 for concerts (22,000 for soccer), the venue’s unique “outdoor arena” design provides for an intimate experience with excellent sightlines of the stage from every seat and superior quality sound throughout the house. Banc of California Stadium sits atop the hallowed grounds of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which hosted some of the most legendary music artists of all time — befitting its history, the new stadium continues the tradition of hosting the very best in live entertainment. For more information, visit www.bancofcaliforniastadium.com.

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It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration!

Jul 26, 2019

HOUSTON – Wands ready! Calling wizards, squibs, and muggles to join the Houston Public Library (HPL)  in celebrating ‘The Boy Who Lived” special day! Children and teens will be able to celebrate Potter’s birthday at various neighborhood libraries on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. They are also invited to go dressed as their favorite character! Everyone will get sorted into their Hogwarts House, meet fellow fans, enjoy games, trivia, and much more!  It’s going to be magical!

The celebration ends with an exciting belated birthday bash at HPL’s Central Library’s Plaza on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 beginning at 4 PM. There are going to be lots of fun activities and even a concert with the original Wizarding Rock band Harry and the Potters. Concert begins at 6:30 pm.

All event are free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313. 

Stanaker Neighborhood Library
611 S-Sgt. Macario Garcia,77011, 832-393-2080
Wednesday, July 31 | 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Jungman Neighborhood Library,
5830 Westheimer, 77057, 832-393-1860
Wednesday, July 31 | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Vinson Neighborhood Library,
3810 West Fuqua, 77045, 832-393-2120
Wednesday, July 31  | 2 PM – 4:00PM
 
Collier Regional Library,
6200 Pinemont, 77092, 832-393-1720
Wednesday July 31 | 2:30PM – 4:30PM

Morris Frank Library an HPL Express Location,
10103 Fondren, 77096, 832-393-2410
Wednesday, July 31 | 3 PM – 4:30PM

Heights Neighborhood Library,
1302 Heights Blvd., 77008, 832-393-1810
Wednesday, July 31 | 12:30PM – 2:30PM

Park Place Regional Library,
8145 Park Place, 77017, 832-393-1970
Wednesday, July 31 | 3 PM – 5:00PM

 

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Ascenso de los campeones continentales

Jul 26, 2019

Los campeonatos continentales de África, Sudamérica, Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe alcanzaron su punto culminante el mes pasado, hecho que se ha visto reflejado en esta Clasificación Mundial FIFA/Coca-Cola con un buen número de cambios significativos. Lo que no sorprende es que los campeones continentales sean los principales beneficiados en la clasificación de julio.

Brasil (2.ª, +1), flamante campeón sudamericano, ha superado a Francia (3.ª, –1) y sigue muy de cerca a Bélgica, todavía líder por un estrecho margen de tan solo 20 puntos. Otros combinados presentes en la Copa América ascendieron también unos cuantos peldaños, como es el caso de las cuartofinalistas Uruguay (5.ª, +3), Colombia (8.ª, +5) y Venezuela (26.ª, +7), que alcanzó su mejor posición en el ranking tras llegar a cuartos en la competición continental. Argentina (10.ª, +1), que consiguió la tercera plaza, completa el cuarteto de selecciones sudamericanas entre las diez primeras, dominando así los primeros escalafones de la clasificación.

Por su parte, algunas de las escuadras participantes en la Copa Africana de Naciones y en la Copa Oro de la Concacaf también han avanzado considerablemente en la clasificación.

Tanto México (12.ª, +6), campeón de la Concacaf, como EE. UU. (22.ª, +8), finalista de la competición continental, subieron un buen número de puestos. Mención especial se merece Haití (83.ª, +18) que, contra todo pronóstico, se coló en las semifinales.

Argelia (40.ª, +28), vencedora de la Copa Africana de Naciones, es la selección que ha subido más peldaños y ha cosechado más puntos (+117) en esta edición de julio; por su parte, la subcampeona Senegal (20.ª, +2) no adelantó muchas posiciones, si bien ocupa ahora el mejor puesto de su historia. Tanto Nigeria (33.ª, +12), semifinalista en el torneo continental, como las cuartofinalistas Madagascar (96.ª, +12) y Benín (82.ª, +6) comparten haber ascendido en la tabla gracias a su buen rendimiento en la Copa Africana de Naciones.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a la clasificación completa.

La próxima Clasificación Mundial FIFA/Coca-Cola se publicará el 19 de septiembre de 2019.

Líder Bélgica (sin cambios)
Entran en el grupo de las diez mejores Colombia (8.ª, +5), Argentina (10.ª, +1)
Salen del grupo de las diez mejores Suiza (11.ª, –2), Dinamarca (13, –3)
Total de partidos disputados 146
Selecciones que disputaron más partidos Argelia, Nigeria y Senegal (8 c/u)
Selección que ganó más puntos Argelia (117)
Selección que escaló más puestos Argelia (28)
Selección que perdió más puntos Nicaragua (43)
Selección que descendió más puestos Burundi (14)
Nuevas selecciones en la tabla Ninguna
Selecciones que ya no figuran en la tabla Ninguna
Selecciones inactivas/no clasificadas Ninguna

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UFC RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH A FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE

Jul 26, 2019

UFC® RETURNS TO VANCOUVER WITH A FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE BETWEEN

(#4) COWBOY CERRONE AND (#5) JUSTIN GAETHJE

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+:

(#10) GLOVER TEIXEIRA vs. (#14) NIKITA KRYLOV

(#11) URIAH HALL vs. (#13) ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: COWBOY vs. GAEHTJE AT ROGERS ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 26

Vancouver, Canada – UFC® makes its fifth stop in Vancouver with a blockbuster clash of lightweight contenders featuring two of MMA’s most exciting fighters, as No. 4 ranked Cowboy Cerrone faces No. 5 Justin Gaethje. Plus, former light heavyweight title challenger and No.10 ranked Glover Teixeira goes for his third consecutive win against dangerous finisher and No. 14 Nikita Krylov.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: COWBOY vs. GAEHTJE will air live from Rogers Arena exclusively on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, September 14, with the ESPN+ prelims kicking off at 2 p.m. PT. Doors open at 1 p.m. PT. All UFC live events will also be available in English and Spanish.

A former lightweight title challenger and perennial fan favorite, Cerrone (36-12, 1 NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M., USA) has delivered some of the most spectacular fights in UFC history. Throughout his storied career, he has netted thrilling victories over Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, Mike Perry, Matt Brown and Rick Story. Cerrone now looks to remain undefeated in Canada and continue his ascent up the 155-pound rankings against one of the division’s most dangerous competitors.

Known as “The Highlight,” Gaethje (20-2, fighting out of Arvada, Colo., USA) has proven to be among the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster. In only five appearances, he has taken home six Fight Night bonuses. During his UFC tenure, he has delivered incredible wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson and James Vick. Gaethje now aims to earn his third consecutive victory over one of MMA’s most respected athletes and further stake his claim as a lightweight title threat.

A 17-year MMA veteran, Teixeira (29-7, fighting out of Danbury, Conn. by way of Governador Valadares, Brazil) has fought the who’s who of MMA. Known for his heavy hands and punishing grappling attack, he has picked up impressive victories against former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Currently riding a two-fight win streak, he is now poised to stop yet another surging contender.

An unpredictable and dynamic finisher, Krylov (26-6, fighting out of Donetsk, Ukraine) has yet to go to a judges’ decision in 32 MMA bouts. Equally dangerous with his striking as he is on the mat, Krylov has delivered highlight-reel finishes against Ovince Saint Preux, Ed Herman, Walt Harris, Francimar Barroso and Fabio Maldonado. He now hopes to use Teixeira as a stepping stone to crack the light heavyweight division’s top 10.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • KO artist and No. 11 ranked middleweight contender Uriah Hall (15-9, fighting out of Queens, N.Y. by way of Kingston, Jamaica) takes on submission ace and No. 13 Antonio Carlos Junior (11-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • No. 13 ranked heavyweight Marcin Tybura (17-5, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) faces rising No. 15 Augusto Sakai (13-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • No. 14 middleweight contender David Branch (22-6, fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y.) hopes to rebound against gritty Andrew Sanchez (12-4, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Belleville, Ill.)
  • No. 15 light heavyweight contender Misha Cirkunov (14-5, fighting out of Toronto, Canada by way of Riga, Latvia) aims to slow the momentum of undefeated prospect Jim Crute (10-0, fighting out of Bendigo, Australia)
  • In a clash on undefeated bantamweights, Canadian Cole Smith (7-0, fighting out of Squamish, B.C., Canada) takes on Miles Johns (8-0, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.)
  • Kyle Prepolec (12-6, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada) takes on Austin Hubbard (10-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) in a battle of lightweight prospects
  • Heavyweight Todd Duffee (9-3, by way of Boca Raton, Fla.) returns from a four-year hiatus against Jeff Hughes (10-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio)
  • Louis Smolka (15-6, fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii) faces Ryan MacDonald (10-1, fighting out of North Platte, Neb.) in an exciting bantamweight bout

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®: COWBOY vs. GAETHJE go on sale Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.ca. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members have the opportunity to purchase tickets today via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, July 25 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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