JOSEPH DIAZ JR. VS. SHAVKAT RAKHIMOV FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Feb 12, 2021
JOSEPH DIAZ JR. VS. SHAVKAT RAKHIMOV FINAL PRESS CONFERENCEQUOTES
SATURDAY, FEB. 13 AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN 
Click HERE for Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/GoldenBoyVideo Credit: Golden Boy  INDIO, CALIF. (Feb. 11, 2021): Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1, 15 KOs) and Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino ahead of their 12-round fight for Diaz Jr.’s IBF Junior Lightweight Championship. 
The fight, which will headline a stacked card of action, will take place this Saturday, Feb. 13 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico, Russia, Tajikistan, Brazil and Argentina.
Below is what both fighters had to say at the presser:
Joseph Diaz Jr, IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion: “I’m focused on going out there and performing at my best. I want to entertain fight fans and show them what I am all about. I want to show that I am the best at 130 pounds.”
“It’s been a year-long layoff, but it’s been a great year-long layoff. I was able to witness the birth of my son, and I was able to spend some time away from boxing. I was able to enjoy life as a normal person.”
“But now I have this tough challenger ahead of me. We’ve taken this fight very seriously. We know exactly what he is all about. We know what he’s capable of doing, and we know he is a serious threat, but we know we’ll be able to adapt to anything on Saturday night.”
“I don’t feel like I get the respect that I deserve in this division. In my career in general, I haven’t gotten the respect that I deserve. But it’s all good. I’ve already dealt with so much adversity in my life. I’m already immune to it. I just focus on training as hard as I can to get the job done that night.”
“I faced a bit of adversity in the Gary Russell Jr. fight. I learned a lot that night. But I won’t let anything else prevent me from being what I want to be and doing what I want to do I the ring.”
“I’m ready for anything this Saturday. I’m ready for anything that he will bring to the table. If he thinks he will come in here and overwhelm me with his power–that is not going to happen. I’m strong and I’m big just like him. I will be able to take his shots and give them back. I worked my ass off to get this belt, and I’m not letting go.”
Shavkat Rakhimov, World Title Challenger:
“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. My dream has finally come true, so I am very glad.”
“Our game plan this Saturday is to do anything possible to win the fight. The key is to do anything that needs to be done to win. Diaz is going to be in for a big surprise on Saturday.”
“JoJo is a good boxer. But he will not be able to handle my power.”
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Pivotal heavyweight contenders’ bout at UFC APEX

Feb 12, 2021

PIVOTAL HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS’ BOUT BETWEEN

(#2) CURTIS BLAYDES AND (#4) DERRICK LEWIS

AT UFC® APEX IN LAS VEGAS

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#6) KETLEN VIEIRA vs. (#7) YANA KUNITSKAYA

(#10) ALEKSEI OLEINIK vs. CHRIS DAUKAUS

Las Vegas – UFC® continues its run of events at UFC APEX with a clash of top five heavyweight contenders, as No. 2 ranked Curtis Blaydes takes on No. 4 Derrick Lewis. In the co-main event, No. 6 ranked women’s bantamweight contender Ketlen Vieira faces No. 7 Yana Kunitskaya.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BLAYDES vs. LEWIS will take place Saturday, February 20 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The entire card will be on ESPN+, with the main card available in English and Spanish, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and the prelims at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

Blaydes (14-2 1NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) looks to continue his dominant win streak with a show-stealing performance. A Junior College National wrestling champion, Blaydes has beaten many of the top heavyweights in MMA. During his UFC run, he has delivered impressive wins over Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt and Junior dos Santos. Blaydes now aims to stake his claim for a title shot by snapping Lewis’ momentum to secure his fifth consecutive victory.

Fan favorite Lewis (24-7, 1 NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas) crowned himself as the greatest knockout artist in UFC heavyweight history in his last bout after landing a record-setting 11th KO. A former boxer under the tutelage of George Foreman, Lewis holds impressive finishes over Alexander Volkov, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga. He now strives to secure another shot at the title by becoming only the second person to stop Blaydes.

Vieira (11-1, fighting out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil) looks to kick off 2021 by delivering another head-turning performance against a top contender. Since joining UFC the roster in 2016, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has earned impressive victories over former women’s bantamweight title challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano. Vieira now looks to hold her spot on the 135-pound ladder by stopping Kunitskaya.

Former women’s featherweight title challenger Kunitskaya (13-5 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Saint Petersburg, Russia) quickly made waves after dropping down to the UFC’s 135-pound division.  A lifelong martial artist, she has netted memorable victories over Julija Stoliarenko, Marion Reneau and Lina Lansberg since joining the world’s largest MMA promotion in 2018. Kunitskaya now hopes become only the second fighter to defeat Vieira and continue her climb up the ranks.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Charles Rosa (13-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Peabody, Mass.) squares off with Darrick Minner (25-11, fighting out of Nebraska City, Neb.) in an exciting featherweight bout
  • No. 10 ranked heavyweight contender Aleksei Oleinik (59-14-1, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) makes his 75th professional appearance against rising Chris Daukaus (10-3, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (30-19 2NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) goes for his third straight win against rising prospect Tom Aspinall (9-2, fighting out of Liverpool, London)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Phil Hawes (9-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) hopes to deliver another highlight-reel finish when he takes on Nassourdine Imavov (9-2, fighting out of Paris, France) at middleweight
  • Jared Gordon (16-4, fighting out of Queens, N.Y.) hopes to halt the momentum of Danny Chavez (11-3, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) in a featherweight bout
  • Due to COVID-19 protocol, Drakkar Klose (11-2-1, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) now meets replacement opponent Luis Pena (8-3, fighting out of Gilroy, Calif.) at lightweight
  • Former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (24-14-1, fighting out of Chesterton, Ind.) faces John Castaneda (14-3, fighting out of Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Nate Landwehr (14-3, fighting out of Clarksville, Tenn.) locks horns with Julian Erosa (24-9, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) in a featherweight bout
  • Shana Dobson (4-4, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) hopes to build off her biggest victory to date when she takes on Casey O’Neill (5-0, fighting out of Gold Coast, Australia) at flyweight
  • Tristar Gym standout Aiemann Zahabi (7-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) returns to the Octagon against Drako Rodriguez (7-1, fighting out of Sioux City, Iowa) at bantamweight
  • Serghei Spivac (11-2, fighting out of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova) looks to build off the momentum of his most recent victory when he faces Dana White’s Contender Series signee Jared Vanderaa (11-4, fighting out of Hemet, Calif.)

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Se reprograma el Partido Entre Chivas de Guadalajara y Club León para octubre

Feb 12, 2021

Los Angeles, CA (febrero 11, 2021) – PRIMETIME Sports anunció que el partido internacional amistoso entre Chivas de Guadalajara y Club León originalmente programado para el 28 de marzo, 2020 en el Earthquakes Stadium en San Jose, California, ha sido reprogramado para el sábado, 9 de octubre, 2021 a las 4:30 p.m. en el mismo lugar.  Todo aficionado que tenga un boleto para la fecha original podrá usarlo para acceder al partido en octubre. El partido está cerca de ser totalmente vendido y los precios de nuevos boletos serán sujetos a cambio. En caso de querer un reembolso, dicha transacción deberá de llevarse a cabo a través de la entidad o persona donde se adquirieron los boletos.   Como siempre, la prioridad de PRIMETIME Sports, de los Clubes participantes y del Earthquakes Stadium, es la de garantizar la seguridad y bienestar de los jugadores, entrenadores, personal, pero primordialmente, la de los aficionados. Es por esto que nos apegaremos a todas las reglas y protocolos del estado de California relacionadas con COVID-19. PRIMETIME Sports, Chivas de Guadalajara, Club León y Earthquakes Stadium agradecen mucho la paciencia y comprensión por parte de todos los aficionados durante estos inesperados tiempos por los que la comunidad ha tenido que pasar.  ¡Nos vemos en octubre!

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Se Reprograma el Partido Entre América y Pumas UNAM en Carson

Feb 12, 2021

 Los Angeles, CA (febrero 11, 2021) – PRIMETIME Sports anunció que el partido internacional amistoso entre Club América y Pumas UNAM que se jugaba originalmente el 28 de marzo del 2020 en el Dignity Health Sports Park en Carson, California, ha sido reprogramado para la fecha FIFA de octubre 2021 en el mismo estadio.  El día y horario exactos se confirmarán en las próximas semanas. Este partido será parte de la celebración oficial de los 105 años del Club América. Todos los aficionados que tengan un boleto para la fecha original podrán usarlo para acceder al partido en octubre. El juego ya está casi totalmente vendido y los precios de los nuevos boletos serán sujetos a cambios. En caso de querer un reembolso, dicha transacción deberá de llevarse a cabo a través de la entidad o persona donde se adquirieron los boletos.  Como siempre, la prioridad de PRIMETIME Sports, de los Clubes participantes y del Dignity Health Sports Park, es la de garantizar la seguridad y bienestar de los jugadores, entrenadores, personal, y primordialmente, la de los aficionados. Es por esto que nos apegamos a todas las reglas y protocolos del estado de California relacionadas con COVID19. PRIMETIME Sports, el Club América, Pumas UNAM y Dignity Health Sports Park agradecen mucho la paciencia y comprensión por parte de todos los aficionados durante estos inesperados tiempos por los que la comunidad ha tenido que pasar.   ¡Nos vemos en octubre!

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Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 303 Rosamond Street

Feb 12, 2021
Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 303 Rosamond Street about 9:55 p.m. on January 16.  

The suspects, Rickkeem Sparks (b/m, 20) and Isack Jayvon Robinson (b/m, 19), are charged with capital murder in the 232nd State District Court.  Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.    

Both are accused in the death of  Victor Alvarez, 21.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives A. Bock and A. Turner reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to shooting at an apartment complex at the above address and found Mr. Alvarez lying on the ground near a parked vehicle.  He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Alvarez to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

Further investigation identified Sparks and Robinson as suspects in this case.  Sparks was taken into custody on Monday (February 8) and charged for his role in the shooting.  Robinson was arrested on Thursday (February 10) and charged for his involvement in the shooting.  
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Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and UP Art Studio invite Texas Artists to apply to the Mini Murals Program Artist Registry 2021

Feb 12, 2021
HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and UP Art Studio invite Texas Artists to apply to the Mini Murals Program Artist Registry 2021. The program has paid local artists over $300,000 over the past five years, and it has many upcoming opportunities for commissions in 2021. 

Mini Murals is an award-winning program curated and managed by UP Art Studio, a Houston-based civic art consulting firm. The program commissions artists to paint small-scale murals on traffic signal control cabinets and other utility cabinets in the right of way in diverse neighborhoods of Texas cities. Over the past five years, UP Art Studio has commissioned artists to paint more than 300 Mini Murals. Major funders have included the City of Houston, the City of Austin, and management districts. 

For the first time since the program’s inception in 2015, applications will be accepted year-round and reviewed quarterly, allowing artists to apply any time.   “Together with our clients, we are so happy we can provide income to artists through our Mini Murals Program,” said UP Art Studio principal Elia Quiles. “The pandemic has hit artists hard, and we are grateful to our wonderful clients for funding programs that allowed us to pay artists in 2020”, added Noah Quiles, UP Art Studio principal.  “The Mini-Murals program has livened our urban landscape with art and has created opportunities for emerging artists to hone their craft through an investment in their creative services – their artmaking,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ve seen that this has helped to launch the early creative careers of artists who have since gone on to pursue public projects on a larger scale. Among other things, the success of this program in supporting the artistic development of Houston-area artists encourages our collaborative work with UP Art Studio and Houston Public Works, as we seek more opportunities to host public artwork in communities across the city.”  “I have been in the program since the very beginning. Currently, I do just a handful of Mini Murals a year and enjoy seeing new artists come along with new brilliant designs and executions,” said Mini Murals artist Anat Ronen. “I love this project for two main reasons. First, the initiative employs a large number of artists for a large number of boxes. Second, the initiative brings art to parts of town otherwise not having any.” How to Apply To apply to join the Artist Registry, artists should visit the Artist Info page at MiniMurals.org and read the following materials: Program Overview for Artists Application: Mini Murals Artist Registry Program Rules: Mini Murals Artists The application form, with supporting documents, must be electronically submitted by March 15, 2021.  All applications must include a , which include a resume and examples of relevant prior work, which will be reviewed by a selection panel. Artist selected for the registry will be informed by March 30, 2021. Artists accepted for the Registry receive ongoing notifications of Calls for Renderings. These opportunities to submit ideas for specific, funded Mini Murals commission are open only to artists in the Mini Murals Artist Registry. Responding to the Call for Artists is therefore an essential foundational step towards receiving a commission. UP Art Studio and its clients particularly seek diverse artists, with lived experience of project areas – which include many underserved areas that historically have been home to people of color.  Applications received after the March 15 deadline will be held for consideration by the review panel until the next Call occurs. 
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Mario Barrios Arrives in California to Start Training Camp with Virgil Hunter

Feb 12, 2021
MARIO “EL AZTECA” BARRIOS
Mario Barrios Arrives in California to Start Training Camp with Virgil Hunter
HAYWARD, CA (February 10, 2021) – Undefeated WBA Super Lightweight Champion, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs), has arrived in Hayward, California, to start training camp with coach Virgil Hunter. Barrios, who resides in San Antonio, TX, recently defended his title against Ryan Karl (18-3, 12 KOs) in October of 2020. Barrios is awaiting a fight date from the PBC to make his 2021 debut.
“Leaving home early to start training camp with Virgil has been the game changer in my career,” said Barrios, who has stopped nine of his last ten opponents. “It’s a sacrifice that I feel needs to be made as enter the second half of my career. All the fights from here on out will be against top level opposition, and there is no room for error. Everything is on the line each and every time I step in the ring so I’m doing everything in my power to stay on top.”
There are many big opportunities for Mario Barrios, who at 25-years old, is on the verge of super stardom.
“I know there are plenty of big names that for me to fight that the fans want to see,” Barrios continued. “After talking to my team, I’m excited about what lies ahead, and the possible names that have been presented. 2021 will be another monumental year in my career.”
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Mayor Turner Applauds Comcast for Awarding $1 Million in Grants to BIPOC-Owned, Small Businesses in Houston

Feb 12, 2021
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Comcast Corporation, and several community leaders gathered at City Hall today to announce the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, which will award $5 million dollars of grants to hundreds of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses in five cities nationwide, including $1 million in Houston.
 
Beginning on March 1 through March 14, eligible businesses in Houston, in addition to Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia, can apply for a $10,000 grant at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants in Houston, or 500 grants overall, will be awarded in May 2021. The Investment Fund is the latest extension of Comcast RISE, the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in October 2020 that initially focused on black-owned, small businesses and then extended to BIPOC-owned to help those hardest hit by COVID-19. “The City of Houston knows the pandemic has created challenges for many small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses, and we continue to do everything we can to help them survive until things get better,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will ensure that 100 small businesses that exist today continue to exist tomorrow. I highly encourage BIPOC-owned small businesses that are in most financial need to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
 
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is focused on small businesses who have been in business for three or more years with 1-25 employees. Businesses must be in the following geographic locations to be eligible: Houston, TX (Harris and Fort Bend Counties).
 
To help drive outreach about the program and provide additional support, training and mentorship, Comcast has also awarded more than $2 million to nearly 20 community-based organizations in the five cities, including Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Black Chamber, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT, Houston East End Chamber and Cámara de Empresarios in Houston, as well as the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), Operation Hope, Ureeka, U.S. Black Chambers, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Asian American Chamber of Commerce.
 
“Small businesses have always played an integral role in Houston’s growth and future,” said Ralph Martinez, senior vice president for Comcast’s Houston region. “In the midst of the pandemic, these entrepreneurs provided many of the services and resources that have kept our communities up and running.”
 
Studies show that BIPOC-owned, small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and recent research by JPMorgan Chase Institute found that Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Philadelphia were in the top markets for sharp declines in local commerce spending. Additionally, the majority of applications for the Comcast RISE marketing and technology services component are from these five cities.
 
“Unfortunately, many small businesses in Houston were not able to withstand the many months of suppressed revenues.  While we remain optimistic about our economic recovery, public-private partnerships will play a vital role in minimizing the disruptions that so many small businesses, specifically minority-owned business, are facing,” said Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum who chairs the City of Houston’s Economic Development Committee.
  In addition to the investment fund, Comcast RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” provides the opportunity for BIPOC-owned, small businesses nationwide to apply for one or more of the following support focus areas for the opportunity to receive one. Over 700 recipients were announced in November, with the next wave of recipients to be announced in March 2021.
 Marketing Services: The following services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, and its creative agency, Mnemonic, are designed to help recipients with their marketing and media campaigns, including:Media: A linear TV media campaign to run over a 90-day period.Creative Production: Turnkey :30 TV commercial production, plus a media strategy consultation and 90-day media placement schedule.Consulting: Advertising and marketing consultations with local Effectv marketing, research and creative teams to gain insights on how to drive business.Technology Makeovers: The state-of-the-art equipment and technology upgrade from Comcast Business includes computer equipment as well as Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for up to a 12-month period. (Taxes and other fees may still apply for technology makeover services.)  
In addition, all eligible applicants will receive a monthly Comcast RISE newsletter with educational content, and all small business owners can visit the Comcast RISE destination on the X1 platform, which features aggregated small business news, tips, insights and more. The destination is designed to help businesses grow by empowering them through inspiration and entertainment. Just say “Comcast RISE” into the X1 voice remote.
 
Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched this summer. In June, 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced the development of a comprehensive, multi-year plan to allocate $75 million in cash and $25 million in media over the next three years to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.
 
More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or the marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com.
 
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