Sep 10, 2019
HOUSTON – The City of Houston and local agencies are working closer together to increase suicide awareness and prevention support for those who have bravely served our country, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday in conjunction with the start of National Suicide Prevention Month.

The effort is part of the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families. Houston is one of the initial seven U.S. cities to participate in the challenge, founded last year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“An estimated 300,000 veterans live in the Houston-area. We all have a role to play in preventing suicide, especially when it comes to those who have served our country with duty, honor and courage,” Mayor Turner said. “I’m proud of my Veterans Affairs Office for accepting the Mayor’s Challenge and joining with vital on-the-ground local agencies to address the epidemic of veteran suicide.”

National statistics show 20 veterans die by suicide every day; a rate much higher than in the civilian population. Rates for Houston are not available but obtaining better local data is one of the goals of the Houston Mayor’s Challenge. 

“Preventing veteran suicide is the highest clinical priority at the VA and we are committed to bringing as many resources as possible to bear to solve this issue here in Houston,” said Frank Vazquez, Houston VA Medical Center Director.  “There really is no single cause of suicide and we know that no single organization can end Veteran suicide alone. Houston VA is proud to be a part of the Houston Mayor’s Challenge and work with our community partners to put an end to Veteran suicide.”

The Houston Mayor’s Challenge has already implemented several measures to eliminate gaps in the roles of local agencies that serve veterans. Among the accomplishment in the first year:The Harris Center and the Houston VA now have a hand-off system between the two agencies to assist with the care of veterans.A network of communication between local hospitals and the VA to assist with veteran care is being built.The Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department are better able to identify suicidal behavior and will begin referring people to ensure follow up care is offered.The Houston Health Department is working with hospitals and the Houston VA to enhance care coordination for veterans who are discharged after suicide attempts.“The Harris Center is proud to be the first Local Mental Health Authority in the State of Texas to have a memorandum of understanding directly with the VA that allows us to coordinate care for veterans,” said Wayne Young, Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center. “This has already led to over 60 veterans in our community getting immediate access to intensive behavioral health care management through our mobile crisis outreach team with the goal of linking veterans to long term mental health services. The mission of The Harris Center to transform the lives of people in our community living with behavioral health and intellectual and development disabilities is strengthened by the work we are doing on this project with all these outstanding organizations.”

Agencies participating in the Houston Mayor’s Challenge include:City of Houston Veterans Affairs OfficeHouston VA Medical CenterTexas Health and Human Services Commission, Veteran ServicesThe Harris CenterHouston Police DepartmentHouston Fire DepartmentHouston Health DepartmentMental Health America of Greater Houston, Veterans Behavioral HealthCombined ArmsUTHealth Trauma and Resilience Center“Combined Arms is proud to play a role in the prevention of suicides in our community,” said Monique Rodriguez, Combined Arms social services manager. “Through the Houston Mayor’s Challenge, we are able to enhance our coordination of care for veterans who need mental health services, distribute VA gun locks and connect veterans to quality community resources.”

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide – and those who know a veteran in crisis – can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press one, or chat online at, or text to 838255.
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Sep 10, 2019

USMNT Next Faces Uruguay in St. Louis on Sept. 10 (8 p.m. ET; FS1, TUDN, Univision)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Sept. 6, 2019) – In the 70th meeting of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, the U.S. Men’s National Team fell 3-0 in front of 47,960 fans at MetLife Stadium.

The match began as a tug of war with first Mexico and then the USA gaining spells of possession, but it was the U.S. that carved out the first real chance on goal in the 14th minute. Sergiño Dest, making his senior international debut with the USA, took the ball in stride on the overlap from Alfredo Morales before cutting inside and unleashing a drive from a few yards outside the box that was curling toward the upper right corner before Mexico netminder Jonathan Orozco was able to punch it away.

Seven minutes later however, it was Mexico with a 1-0 lead on its only shot on goal in the first half as Jesús Manuel Corona wriggled free of the USA defense before picking out Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer Javier Hernandez to head home.

Near the half hour mark, Christian Pulisic nearly caught a weak back pass but Orozco got to the ball in time to smash it off Pulisic, who chased the ball down again, this time near the top of the box. The Chelsea man was hindered by a defender draped over his back as he tried to settle the ball and turn to get a shot toward the vacated goal, but Mexico escaped the danger.

Pulisic again put Mexico under pressure 10 minutes later with a long run during which he eliminated multiple Mexico defenders off the dribble before finding Morales at the top of the box, but the Bundesliga midfielder’s shot skidded wide of the left post.

Emerging from halftime down 1-0, the USMNT began brightly before tensions flared between the two rivals on a few occasions as play got choppy due to persistent fouling. U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter went to his bench just before the hour mark bringing on forward Jordan Morris and later Josh Sargent and Sebastian Lletget to try and spark the attack.

Yet it was Mexico adding to its lead in the 78th minute when the U.S. was caught trying to play out of the back and Erick Gutierrez picked off a pass, drove to the top of the box and slotted the ball in for the 2-0 lead.

The U.S. didn’t go down without a fight and carved out multiple chances to get on the board. Morales hit a shot off the right post in the 80 th minute after a free kick was headed back to him near the top of the box by Sargent, who had an opportunity to score himself from the penalty spot in the 88th minute but the young striker’s shot was saved by Orozco.

In the intervening moments between the USA’s chances, Mexico scored a third on a counter attack in the 82nd minute as Uriel Antuna capped off Hirving Lozano’s cross to put El Tri out of sight.

Next on the Schedule: The USA heads to St. Louis, Missouri to tackle fifth-ranked Uruguay at Busch Stadium in its last match before Concacaf Nations League play begins in October. The game will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, TUDN and Univision.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Javier Hernandez (Jesús Manuel Cornoa), 21st minute: Mexico gained possession in the U.S. half and worked the ball out to Corona on the right touchline where he dribbled past two defenders into the box and picked out a pinpoint cross to the back door for an unmarked Hernandez to head into the left side of the net. USA 0, MEX 1 [WATCH]

MEX – Erick Gutierrez, 78h minute: As the USA tried to pass from its goalmouth upfield, Mexico pressed and ultimately Gutierrez picked off a pass in the middle of the field 30 yards from goal. He drove to the top of the box before sliding a rolling shot into the lower right corner. USA 0, MEX 2 [WATCH]

MEX – Uriel Antuna (Hirving Lozano), 82nd minute: Mexico recovered the ball after the USA hit the post and sprang forward with Lozano beating one defender and carrying the ball into the U.S. defensive third before slipping Antuna in on goal. From just inside the top of the box, the LA Galaxy man coolly rolled the ball into the right side of the net. USA 0, MEX 3 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Plays:
MEX – Jonathan Orozco, 14th minute: 
The USA put the first real chance of the game on goal when Alfredo Morales played Sergiño Dest up the left side and the 18-year-old left back cut inside as he neared the final third then unleashed a curling drive toward the upper right corner that Gonzalez had to punch away.

MEX – Jonathan Orozco, 29th minute: As the USA cleared its defensive lines, a Mexico defender played a weakly headed pass back toward his own goal that Pulisic nearly chased down. Orozco arrived to the ball just in time to kick it off the Chelsea attacker, who stayed with the play and couldn’t quite get a shot off at the vacated goal as he tried to bring the loose ball down and turn toward goal with a Mexico defender drape over his back.

MEX – Jonathan Orozco, 88th minute: The U.S. won the ball at midfield and Sebastian Lletget curled a sumptuous ball around the flank of the Mexico defense into the box for Jordan Morris who was brought down as he collected the ball. Referee Joel Aguilar pointed to the spot and Josh Sargent stepped up to take the kick. He put a low, hard shot toward the left corner, but Orozco guessed correctly and got down to parry the strike.

Additional Notes:

  • Tonight’s Starting XI for the U.S. had an average age of 24 years, 150 days – the youngest lineup to start a USMNT game in 2019. The Starting XI averaged 19 caps.
  • USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter started six players who appeared in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Final: Reggie Cannon, Aaron Long, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Having been part of U.S. squads at the 2017 U-17 World Cup and 2019 U-20 World Cup, 18-year-old defender Sergiño Dest made his senior international debut for the USMNT against Mexico tonight.
  • Center back Miles Robinson also made his USMNT debut as a second half substitute, coming on in the 58th minute for Walker Zimmerman.
  • Zack Steffen captained the USMNT for the second time tonight. Steffen previously wore the armband in the 6-0 Gold Cup group stage win against Trinidad & Tobago on June 22, 2019 in Cleveland.
  • Veteran midfielder Alfredo Morales made his first appearance for the U.S. since a 3-1 win against Puerto Rico on May 16, 2016 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
  • Since 2000, the USA is 14-9-6 against Mexico. The U.S. is 19-36-15 against Mexico all-time.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: September 6, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Attendance: 47,960
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Weather: 62 degrees; cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 0 0
MEX                         1 2 3

MEX – Javier Hernández (Jesús Manuel Corona)    21st minute
MEX – Érick Gutiérrez (Héctor Herrera)                    78
MEX – Uriel Antuna (Hirving Lozano)                        82

USA: 1-Zack Steffen (capt.), 20-Reggie Cannon, 4-Walker Zimmerman (22-Miles Robinson, 58), 3-Aaron Long, 18-Sergiño Dest (16-Daniel Lovitz, 67); 8-Weston McKennie, 6-Wil Trapp (17-Sebastian Lletget, 77), 15-Alfredo Morales (14-Jackson Yueill, 90); 21-Tyler Boyd (11-Jordan Morris, 58′), 9-Gyasi Zardes (19-Josh Sargent, 67), 10-Christian Pulisic
Substitutes not used: 12-Sean Johnson, 7-Cristian Roldan, 13-Tim Ream, 24-Paxton Pomykal
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

MEX: 1-Jonathan Orozco; 21-Jorge Sánchez, 5-Diego Reyes, 15-Héctor Moreno, 23-Jesús Gallardo (31-Fernando Navarro, 87); 8-Carlos Rodríguez (7-Orbelín Pineda, 89), 16-Héctor Herrera, 18-Andrés Guardado (25-Érick Gutiérrez, 77), 24-Roberto Alvarado (26-Uriel Antuna, 76), 17-Jesús Manuel Corona (22-Hirving Lozano, 70), 14-Javier Hernández (29-Alexis Vega, 87)
Substitutes not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 3-Carlos Salcedo, 4-Edson Álvares, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 10-Luis Montes, 9-Raúl Jiménez
Head coach: Gerardo Martino

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 17
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Aaron Long (caution) 45th minute
MEX -Alfredo Morales (caution) 58
MEX -Jorge Sánchez (caution) 58
MEX -Javier Hernández (caution) 74

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Ivan Barton (SLV) Man of the Match: To Be Determined


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Sep 10, 2019

Photos from Johnny Garcia / Devin Haney Promotions

LAS VEGAS (September 6, 2019) – Rising star and undefeated lightweight contender, Devin “The Dream” Haney (22-0, 14 KOs), has wrapped up training camp for his upcoming showdown with Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs). Haney vs. Abdullaev, promoted by Matchroom Boxing and Devin Haney Promotions, will be a 12-round main event bout for the WBC interim lightweight championship on Friday September 13 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Haney, who will be making his first appearance at “The Mecca of Boxing” – Madison Square Garden, will look to make it a memorable one as he has plans to take over the lightweight division. TICKETS START AT JUST $30 (PLUS FEES) AND ARE AVAILABLE FROM TICKETMASTER HERE
Here is what Haney had to say about the upcoming fight: On his upcoming fight against Zaur Abdullaev: “I know Abdullaev is focused, he’s been at the top of the rankings for a while now, so I know he’s ready to fight. He’s an undefeated fighter, who has beaten some quality opposition, so I take him very seriously. I’m just very excited to face Abdullaev because it will show the world my skills and why I am the new face of the sport.” On his recent training camp: “Training camp has been great. We started strength and conditioning with Coach Reggie at Phase 1. I really got stronger and I can feel the difference. I spent the next portion of camp at the SNAC System facility in the Bay Area working with Victor Conte. There I worked on my speed and explosiveness with well renowned track coach Remi Korchemny. I’ve had a world class training camp, with everything from strength and conditioning, to tremendous sparring, included with a lot of rest and recovery. This will be another memorable performance like my last fight on DAZN.” On fighting for the WBC interim lightweight title: “The WBC Interim World Championship means a lot to me. Some people kept labeling me a prospect when I knew I was so much more. Being able to fight for an Interim World Title means everything. This not only makes me the WBC mandatory for Vasiliy Lomacheno, but I’m able to do Interim Title defenses, until Loma is ready to fight. I believe the winner of Haney vs Abdullaev is in a really good position with the WBC.”
On headlining at Madison Square Garden on DAZN? “This is something I’ve always dreamed about for sure. MSG is the most historic and iconic arena in all of sports. I’m headlining a card full of great fights. Heather Hardy (22-0) vs Amanda Serrano (36-1) for the WBO World Female Featherweight Title will be a very exciting fight. My good friend from Las Vegas, Michael Hunter (17-1) vs Sergey Kuzmin (15-0) will be a terrific fight as well. There are only two losses between all six of the fighters on the main card. This is my first time at the Hulu Theater, and I’m going to put on a helluva show. Everyone should get their tickets now, because it’s going to be a great night of boxing and entertainment.”

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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 6742 Hillcroft Avenue

Sep 10, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred 6742 Hillcroft Avenue about 3:05 p.m. on Aug. 3.

The suspect, John Melendez (H/m, 30), is charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court.  A May, 2009 booking photo is attached to this news release.  Melendez remains wanted at this time. 

The victim, Jose Armas, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Barrow and E. Martinez reported:

Officers responded to a shooting call in a business parking lot at the above address and learned Mr. Armas had been fatally shot.  Armas and a suspect were apparently involved in a road rage altercation when the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim.  

Witnesses stated the suspect, described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a short haircut, fled the scene in a red mini-van.

Further investigation identified the suspect as John Melendez and, on Thursday (September 5), he was charged for his role in this incident.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Melendez is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Applications Being Accepted for Police Chief Acevedo’s Youth Police Advisory Council

Sep 10, 2019
The Houston Police Department is inviting Houston area high school students to apply for the 2019-2020 Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC).

Students will address issues affecting youth and the community, participate in community service projects and attend youth leadership conferences throughout the state.  Additionally, the YPAC meets regularly with Chief of Police Art Acevedo and other top HPD officials.

Recent photos of YPAC members with Chief Acevedo are attached to this news release.

YPAC members are required to meet five times during the school year at the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis in downtown Houston.
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Fifty days to go until the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™: tickets to watch the stars of tomorrow now available

Sep 10, 2019

With only 50 days to go until hosts Brazil take on Canada in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup™ on 26 October in Brasília’s Estádio Bezerrão, Visa cardholders still have an exclusive opportunity to secure tickets with a 50% discount until Monday, 9 September 2019 at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time.Tickets for the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil start at five Brazilian real and will be available in two categories, both of which will provide access to the two matches played in the respective double-header.Public sales start on 9 September at 12:00 (midday) Brasília timeAs of 9 September at 12:00 (midday) and until the day of the final on 17 November, all fans will be able to apply for tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via All tickets purchased by 27 September will benefit from early-bird prices.While the only official platform on which to secure tickets will be, fans will also be able to apply for tickets over the counter, in the host stadiums from 23 October until 17 November.“Every kid dreams of playing for their country at a World Cup. It’s a unique opportunity and they have to enjoy it, but they also have to be focused and do a good job because not everyone gets to be a world champion,” commented Brazil’s goalkeeping great and FIFA Legend Júlio César, one of the football icons that the world first became aware of at the FIFA U-17 World Cup along with Ronaldinho, Neymar, Toni Kroos, Celestine Babayaro and Cesc Fàbregas, among many others.“I can only encourage Brazilian and international fans to secure their tickets and support a new generation of football stars.”Besides the Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília, Goiânia’s Estádio da Serrinha and Estádio Olímpico as well as Vitória’s (Cariacica) Estádio Kléber Andrade will stage the youth showpiece.Further details on the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ are available here on
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Sep 10, 2019


Azat Hovhannisyan raises his hands in victory after stopping Franklin Manzanilla on the Sept. 5 Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles)

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy 

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 5 2019): Explosive Armenian contender Azat ‘Crazy A’ Hovhannisyan(18-3, 15 KOs) earned a shot at the WBA Super Bantamweight World Title by defeating Franklin Manzanilla (18-6, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela via knockout at 2:58 of the fourth round of a scheduled 12-round eliminator fight in the main event of the Sept. 5 edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event was streamed live on and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation.  “This was a very easy fight at first,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “I could have made it a 12-round fight, and he would not have touched me. But wanted to make it a tough fight. I wanted to make it an exciting fight. I didn’t even feel his punches. If Rey Vargas doesn’t want a rematch and Danny Roman is injured, then I want Emmanuel Navarrete.” “We knew that Azat Hovhannisyan was a good fighter,” said Franklin Manzanilla. “We also knew he was a tough warrior. But I’m a man who likes to clash too. I tried to box, but I had to fight because that’s what people pay to see. It was the wrong game plan, but either way I’m going to rest and see what opportunities are out there for me. I’ll be back.” In the co-main event Edwin Valentin (9-0, 8 KOs) of Salinas, Puerto Rico defeated Julio Bassa (21-9, 13 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia via unanimous decision in an eight-round lightweight battle. Valentin won with three scores of 79-73.  “If feel happy. It was a fight that lasted the distance,” said Edwin Valentin. “I’m happy with Julio for giving me the opportunity. It was a fight with an experienced warrior. This fight will help on the long run because there’s big things coming, if God permits it. Now, I’m to go back home to Puerto Rico and continue to work hard. I want to give thanks to all my people, my team who did an excellent job. Yes, we need to make some adjustments, but we’re happy and grateful for the opportunity.” Super Featherweight prospect James Wilkins (8-1, 6 KOs) of Staten Island, N.Y. beat Luis May (21-16-1, 8 KOs) via six-round unanimous decision. Wilkins earned two scores of 79-73, while one judge had it 78-74. “I’m happy with the win. I boxed, and I boxed smart,” said James Wilkins. “I fought a veteran, and I feel like I did great. What’s next? Whatever Golden Boy wants for me.” Chris “Milly” Ousley (12-0, 9 KOs) of Chicago scored a six-round unanimous decision win against Even Torres (7-9, 5 KOs) of El Paso, Texas in a super middleweight fight. Ousley won with two scores of 59-55, while one judge scored it 60-54. “I thought I did great,” said Chris Ousley. “I knew I had a tough opponent, but I wanted to put on a show for all the fans in Los Angeles.” Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (16-2-1, 6 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas defeated Martin Martinez (19-18-1, 12 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in an eight-round welterweight bout. Acevedo won with scores of 78-74, 79-73, and 79-73. “I was in there with a veteran,” said Herbert Acevedo. “He’s a tough guy, and he’s been in the ring with some great guys. I want to thank Golden Boy for the opportunity.”

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