Mayor Turner tours explosion site, visits with residents of damaged homes

Jan 25, 2020
Mayor Turner tours explosion site, visits with residents of damaged homes
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner toured Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Friday evening, following an explosion that killed two men and caused extensive damage to an estimated 214 homes in surrounding neighborhoods.

While at the site, the mayor also extended his condolences to the families of plant workers Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena, who were killed in the fiery blast.

“We are fortunate more lives were not lost and more people were not injured,” Mayor Turner said. “As we move forward as a city, we must think about how to protect neighborhoods, and that requires a conversation with residents, city council and other stakeholders.”

The mayor praised Houston Police, Houston Fire, the Office of Emergency Management, Houston Public Works and partner agencies that assisted with the initial response to the explosion reported around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators have not determined the cause of the blast. 

Following a media briefing with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Council Member Amy Peck, Police Chief Art Acevedo and Fire Chief Sam Pena, the mayor walked through a northwest Houston subdivision that felt the severity of the blast.

The explosion shattered windows, damaged garage doors, cracked drywall and left the interiors of several homes in shambles. 

“We will continue to work with the families who, through no fault of their own must clean up debris and repair or rebuild their homes,” Mayor Turner said. “I look forward to working with Council Member Peck, who represents the area. Houston is a changing city. We need to do everything we can to keep everyone safe.”
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DECLARACIÓN DE ÓSCAR DE LA HOYA SOBRE EL POSITIVO DE SUBSTANCIAS PROHIBIDAS

Jan 25, 2020

DECLARACIÓN DE ÓSCAR DE LA HOYA SOBRE EL POSITIVO DE SUBSTANCIAS PROHIBIDAS POR PARTE DE ALEJANDRA ‘LA TIGRE’ JIMÉNEZLOS

ÁNGELES, California 24 de enero de 2020. – “Es extremadamente desafortunado saber que Alejandra “La Tigre” Jiménez (13-0-1, 9 nocáuts), campeona mundial de peso supermediano CMB y OMB, ha dado positivo por sustancias prohibidas después de su pelea titular ante Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (6-2, 2 nocáuts) el 11 de enero “, dijo Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Como promotor de Franchon, estamos increíblemente decepcionados por ella, ya que trabajó increíblemente duro para defender sus títulos. Sin embargo, nuestro labor es garantizar la seguridad de nuestros peleadores tanto dentro como fuera del ring. Por lo tanto, siempre hemos insistido y apoyado las pruebas a través de la Asociación Voluntaria Antidopaje [VADA por sus siglas en inglés] para todas nuestras peleas por campeonato mundial. El pleito entre Jiménez y Crews-Dezurn no es una excepción. Ahora nuestro trabajo es buscar justicia para Franchon y trabajaremos arduamente con el CMB y la OMB para reinstalarla como campeona mundial”, finalizó.

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ALEXIS ‘LEX’ ROCHA ENCARA LA PRUEBA MÁS DIFICIL DE SU CARRERA ANTE BRAD ‘KING’ SOLOMON

Jan 25, 2020

ALEXIS ‘LEX’ ROCHA ENCARA LA PRUEBA MÁS DIFICIL DE SU CARRERA ANTE BRAD ‘KING’ SOLOMON EN EL RESPALDO DE GARCIA VS. FONSECA VIERNES 14 DE FEBRERO EN EL HONDA CENTER DE ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN ¡Los Boletos Están a la Venta!        

 LOS ÁNGELES, California 24 de enero de 2020.- Alexis “Lex” Rocha (15-0, 10 nocáuts) intensificará la calidad de oposición cuando defienda su título welter Continental de las Américas del CMB frente a Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 16 nocáuts) en un duelo a 10 giros en el respaldo de García vs. Fonseca. La función se efectuará el 14 de febrero en el Honda Center de Anaheim, California y será transmitida en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.           Rocha es un zurdo de 22 años de edad de Santa Ana, California quien es considerado como uno de los mejores prospectos en ascenso de la división welter. Después de realizar su debut en el boxeo de paga en 2016, el poderoso boxeador ha estado subiendo las clasificaciones de las 147 libras al participar en los eventos más grandes del Sur de California en los últimos años. Rocha, tras defender su título regional frente a Berlín Abreu Roberto Valenzuela Jr., buscará pasar la prueba mas difícil de su carrera cuando se enfrente a Solomon.          “Estoy emocionado y espero con ansias pelear en casa desde el Honda center,” afirmó Alexis Rocha. “Brad Solomon es una gran prueba en el aspecto de competición y presenta un gran reto, pero estoy mas que listo. Buscaré dejar una grata impresión el 14 de febrero, y espero recibir el reconocimiento que merezco como uno de los mejores peleadores de la división welter”, puntualizó.          Solomon es un experimentado contendiente de 36 años de edad quine fue un destacado amateur antes de iniciar su carrera profesional en el 2008. El nativo de Lafayette, Lousiana capturó varios campeonatos Golden Gloves y también posee una victoria en los amateurs frente a Javier Molina. Como profesional, Solomon ha derrotado a púgiles de la talla de Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez y Adrián “El Tigre” Granados. Solomon vendrá tras una derrota ante Vergil Ortiz Jr. en lo que fue un esfuerzo muy valiente, y ahora buscará tener una mejor noche frente a Rocha.          “Vengo a dejar una grata impresión en esta pelea”, afirmó Brad Solomon. “Acabo de pelear en una cartelera de Golden Boy en diciembre, y ahora voy a regresar pronto para mostrar de qué soy capaz. Así que no se pierdan mi pelea el 14 de febrero porque mostraré que todavía tengo muchos asuntos pendientes en este deporte”, subrayó.          Como fue anunciado previamente, Ryan García (19-0, 16 nocáuts) de Victorville, California defenderá su cinturón ligero Plata de CMB ante Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 nocáuts) de Managua, Nicaragua en la batalla estelar a 12 asaltos.           Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (46-5, 28 nocáuts) peleará contra Carlos Morales (19-4-4, 8 nocáuts) de Los Angeles, California en el duelo co estelar a 10 vueltas en peso ligero.           Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (15-0, 10 nocáuts) de Las Vegas pondrá en juego su cinto welter NABF ante Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 nocáuts) de Baltimore, Maryland en un combate a 10 episodios.  
Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-2, 1 nocaut) de Los Ángeles, California se enfrentará a Anthony Casillas (8-1, 4 nocáuts) de Southgate, California en un duelo a seis giros en peso pluma.           Bektemir Melikuiziev (4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Shoimbek, Uzbekistan defenderá su cinto supermediano Continental de las Américas del CMB ante Marco Antonio Peribán (25-5-1, 16 nocáuts) de Ciudad de México, México en un choque a 10 rounds.          Evan Sánchez (6-0, 5 nocáuts) de Parlier, California participará en un duelo a seis episodios en peso welter.          Alejandro “PinPon” Reyes (2-0, 2 nocáuts) de Mexicali Baja California, México retornará en un combate a cuatro asaltos en peso ligero.           García vs. Fonseca es un duelo a 12 episodios por el título ligero Plata del CMB presentado por Golden Boy. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” La función se efectuará el 14 de febrero en el Honda Center de Anaheim, California y será transmitida en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN

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NEWLY CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS MAKE FIRST TITLE DEFENSES AT UFC® 248 IN LAS VEGAS

Jan 25, 2020

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW:

(C) ISRAEL ADESANYA vs. (#3) YOEL ROMERO

(C) ZHANG WEILI vs. (#4) JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK

TICKETS FOR UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO AT

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PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN AND ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to T-Mobile Arena with two thrilling world championship bouts. Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya goes for another show-stealing performance against No. 3 ranked contender Yoel Romero. Strawweight champion Zhang Weili will take on the toughest test of her career when she meets former titleholder and No. 4 ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO will take place Saturday, March 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will stream live 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 U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. 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 on ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) 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.

Among the standout fighters of 2019, Adesanya (18-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand by way of Lagos, Nigeria) capped off the year by dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in front of the largest-ever UFC live audience. The former kickboxer has also earned spectacular victories against Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson. Adesanya now looks to kick off his 2020 with another highlight-reel finish to secure his first successful title defense.

A perennial contender at 185 pounds, Romero (13-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) is considered one of the most dangerous competitors in the entire sport. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist wrestler has delivered sensational knockout wins over former UFC champions Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Romero now aims to achieve his destiny by capturing UFC gold and handing Adesanya his first MMA loss.

The first Chinese UFC champion, Zhang (20-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) made history when she delivered a spectacular 42-second knockout against Jessica Andrade in August to capture the title. Riding a 20-fight win streak, Zhang has also netted impressive victories over Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor since joining the UFC roster in 2018. Zhang now aims to secure her first successful title defense against the former strawweight queen.

The most dominant champion in UFC strawweight history, Jedrzejczyk (16-3, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) successfully defended her title five times during a reign that lasted more than two years. Throughout her career, she has delivered thrilling victories against Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha (twice), Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk now aims to further add to her legacy by becoming the first fighter to reclaim the UFC’s 115-pound championship.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a pivotal middleweight bout, No. 8 ranked contender Derek Brunson (20-7, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) takes on undefeated No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Fan favorite Alex Oliveira (19-8-1 2NC, fighting out of Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces Max Griffin (15-7, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Unbeaten grappling ace Rodolfo Vieira (6-0, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes on Saparbek Safarov (9-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • No. 15 ranked welterweight contender Neil Magny (21-8, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) meets surging Li Jingliang (16-5, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • In an exciting lightweight bout, Beneil Dariush (17-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) squares off with Drakkar Klose (11-1-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Emily Whitmire (4-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) takes on Polyana Viana (10-4, fighting out of São Geraldo do Araguaia, Para, Brazil) in a strawweight bout
  • Danaa Batgerel (6-2, fighting out of Erdenetsagaan, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia) faces Guido Cannetti (8-4, fighting out of San Antonio de Padua, Buenos Aires, Argentina) in a 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 UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO go on sale Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.axs.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 23 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 3900 Yellowstone Boulevard

Jan 25, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested after he fired shots at Houston police officers at 3900 Yellowstone Boulevard about 3:15 a.m. on Thursday (Jan. 23).

The suspect, Gregory Calvin Gaines (b/m, 37), is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and possession of a controlled substance in the 183rd State District Court.  A booking photo of Gaines is attached to this news release.

One HPD officer, R. Hansen, assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, discharged his duty weapon.  He was sworn in as an officer in September 2011.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant R. Bass and Officers M. Millington, L. Lopez and S. Martinez reported:

Officers were on patrol when they observed a silver Buick LeSabre commit multiple traffic violations.  Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 3900 block of Yellowstone Blvd. and the vehicle turned south onto Sherwood Drive.  The back seat passenger, later identified as Gregory Gaines, leaped from the vehicle and was armed with a handgun.  Gaines fired multiple shots at the officers and struck their patrol vehicle.  Fearing for their lives, Officer Hansen discharged his duty weapon in the direction of Gaines, who quickly fled the scene on foot.  No one was struck or injured. 
 
The driver of the vehicle was detained without incident as responding officers canvassed the area for Gaines. 

A short distance from the scene, Gaines was located hiding under a vehicle.  He was taken into custody without further incident.  Gaines’ gun was located within close proximity of where he was hiding.  He was found to be in possession of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.
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One Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Fatal Shooting at 7201 Bissonnet Street

Jan 25, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 7201 Bissonnet Street about 4:10 a.m. on January 12.  

The suspect, Andy Lopez (H/m, 17, is charged with capital murder in the 178th State District Court.  A booking photo of Lopez is attached to this news release.  

A second suspect remains at large.  He is described only as young-looking Hispanic male, wearing a gray hoodie, dark pants ripped at the knees, and white tennis shoes.  Photos of the wanted individual are attached to this news release.  

The victim, Elwin Joseph Oubre, 57, also known as “Shorty,” was pronounced dead at the scene.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:

An unknown Hispanic male entered the convenience store at the above address while the clerk was outside the secured booth. The male demanded the clerk open the booth and an altercation ensued.  The victim, who sometimes cleaned up at the store, attempted to intervene and was fatally shot.  The suspect fled the scene. 

The clerk suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

Further investigation identified Lopez as a suspect in this case.  He was arrested today (January 23) by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and charged for his role in the shooting.  

Anyone with information on this case or the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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JASON QUIGLEY STOPS FERNANDO MARIN IN ROUND THREE IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY

Jan 25, 2020


JASON QUIGLEY STOPS FERNANDO MARIN IN ROUND THREE IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY AND DAZN’S THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
FERDINAND ‘LUCKY BOY’ KEROBYAN SCORES SECOND-ROUND KNOCKOUT AGAINST AZAEL COSIO IN THE CO-MAIN EVENT THURSDAY, JAN. 23 AT THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER IN COSTA MESA, CALIF. 

(ABOVE: Jason Quigley lands a left hand against Fernando Marin in their fight on Jan 23. at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.)

PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

COSTA MESA, CALIF. (Jan. 23, 2020): Irish contender Jason Quigley (18-1, 14 KOs) made quick work of Fernando Marin (16-5-3, 12 KOs) by defeating him via knockout in the third round of a 10-round super middleweight battle in the main event of Golden Boy and DAZN’s Thursday Night Fights at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Quigley ended matters with a time of 1:47 of the aforementioned round. The event was streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. “I was catching him with some good shots in the second round,” said Jason Quigley. “He’s got a hard head; I’ll tell you that. I knew he could take some heavy shots. I was happy to get him out of there in the third round. I think everyone knows me well. I like to get into a brawl. That was my downfall in the past. Tonight, working with Andy Lee was great. We’re maturing and progressing every time.” Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (14-1, 9 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. stoppedAzael Cosio (21-9-2, 18 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama via knockout in the second round of an eight-round super welterweight fight. Kerobyan won with time of 2:07 of the round just mentioned. “I think I did great. Fighting in my hometown is such a big deal,” said Ferdinand Keroyban. “It gave me more motivation to get the knockout win. I feel like this was a great way to start off the year. I’m going to keep going. For everyone who’s watching, keep tuning in. I’m going to keep putting on a show.” Mihai Nistor (2-0, 2 KO) of Bucharest, Romania beat Jaime Solorio (12-4-2, 9 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico via knockout in the first round of an eight-round heavyweight fight. Nistor won with a time of 2:24 of the aforementioned round. “I felt great,” said Mihai Nistor. “I trained a lot for this fight. Now I must wait for my next fight.” Gregory “Goyo” Morales (11-0, 7 KOs) of Villa Union, Mexico stopped Giovanni Delgado (16-10, 9 KOs) of Tacubaya, Mexico via knockout in the fourth round of a six-round featherweight fight. Morales won with time of 0:58 of the round just mentioned. “I felt amazing. I was calm and did what I had to do,” said Gregory Morales. “My opponent was tough. He had an awkward style. He knew how to cover my punches. Besides that, it was an easy fight. I’m going to stay active and build my record. I’m going to be even more active than last year.” Eduardo Reyes (10-17, 6 KOs) of Tamaulipas Mexico defeated Daniel Perales (11-20-2, 5 KOs) of Nuevo Leon, Mexico via unanimous decision in a four-round welterweight bout. Reyes won with scores 36-40, 37-39 and 36-40. “This was a good fight,” said Eduardo Reyes. “We thought my opponent was going to be tougher. I dominated the fight. I felt strong. Once we saw my opponent couldn’t go forward anymore, I started to box him without taking too many risks.”
Quigley vs. Marin was a 10-round super middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The event took place Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event was streamed live on DAZN, RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series was also be available on Pluto TV’s FIGHT Channel and regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area click here.

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Daniel Roman Media Workout Quotes

Jan 25, 2020
Photos from Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions H
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2020) – Thompson Boxing Promotion’s WBA and IBF World Super-Bantamweight champion, Daniel Roman, held a workout for the media today at the City of Angles Boxing gym in Los Angeles. Roman defends his titles against unbeaten WBA mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev on the stacked World championship triple header bill on Thursday January 30 at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Roman, who is the only unified champion in the super-bantamweight division, has remained unbeaten since 2013, becoming one of the most accomplished fighters in boxing. Here is what he and his team had to say about this sensational matchup.
“Murodjon Akhmadaliev beat my teammate Isaac Zarate so I’m very familiar with him,” said Daniel Roman. “I know he’s a strong kid, an aggressive fighter, he’s hungry and he’s going to try to take me out as best he can.”
“He makes a few mistakes, he likes to fight with his hands down, not sure if that’s his style, but those are the flaws I see in him,” Roman continued. “Akhmadaliev might not have the experience as a pro, but he was a great Olympic amateur who won a bronze metal. At this level there are no easy fights. His style and my style are going to make for a great bout.”
“It was a great training camp like always,” concluded Roman. “We expect Akhmadaliev to come with his best and we are not taking him lightly. My shoulder injury is behind me and I’m feeling 100%. This is a world championship fight and we are ready to go.”
“Danny is a true professional, he’s discipline, he sacrifices, he works hard,” stated trainer and manager Eddie Gonzalez. “If I ask him to do something he goes beyond. I’m very confident his going to beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev.”
“I think Roman is one of the best fighters in boxing period,” said Ken Thompson, CEO of Thompson Boxing Promotions, Roman’s promoter. “He’s fought all over the world and won world titles. He’s the best fighter we’ve ever had at Thompson Boxing. I’m expecting him to have a spectacular performance.”
“I can’t think of any fights the Danny Roman has been in that wasn’t action packed,” said Thompson Boxing matchmaker Alex Camponovo. “He hasn’t lost many rounds in his career and I expect him to dominate in this fight.”
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