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México.- Aunque faltan más de dos meses para que se realice UFC 180, el peleador estadounidense de origen mexicano, Caín Velásquez, se declaró listo para defender su título de peso completo ante el brasileño Fabricio Werdum.

El Polyforum Siqueiros de la ciudad de México fue el escenario donde se reunieron los principales protagonistas del evento, y en el cual algunos aficionados tuvieron la oportunidad de estar presentes para aplaudir y abuchear a los peleadores, o reír con lo vivido ahí.

Caín Velásquez, uno de los más ovacionados de la tarde, y también de los que más cuestionamientos recibió, dejó en claro que está en óptimas condiciones para defender su título de peso completo, “estoy al 100 por ciento, de mi lesión estoy bien, estoy tirando con todo”.

Será la primera ocasión que pelee en México, “estuve esperando esto por muchos años, la gente nos apoya, quería pelear aquí, mis padres son de aquí”, aunque reconoció que será complicado medirse a Werdum, a quien consideró como “uno de los mejores”.

Fabricio Werdum, por su parte, sabe que tendrá a toda la afición en contra por medirse a Caín, lo que calificó como normal, aunque provocó las carcajadas cuando dijo “si empiezan a abuchearme llamaré a mi madre”.

Un aficionado preguntó a Caín quién sería su próximo oponente tras acabar con Werdum, lo que provocó burlas para el brasileño, quien sólo sonrió, mientras que el de raíces mexicanas se mostró respetuoso y dijo que no piensa en eso, primero “debo ganar” el 15 de noviembre.

Dana White, presidente de UFC, pidió a los aficionados hacer preguntas, pero no pedir boletos para la función, lo que hizo sonreír a los presentes, y también confirmó que volverán a México en 2015 con dos eventos, aunque no precisó cuándo.

Diego Sánchez, quien se medirá con Norman Parke, tuvo el careo más intenso, pues durante la rueda de prensa el segundo comentó que venía a pelear “a la jaula del león para arrancarle la cabeza” a su rival.

Sánchez, apoyado por la afición, atinó a responder: “Me gusta cuando vienen a arrancarme la cabeza porque significa que no voy a correr. Voy a dar lo mejor”.

También habló Erik “Goyito” Pérez, quien dijo que antes era imposible que un mexicano llegara a Ultimate Fighting Championship, pero “lo he hecho realidad en el show más grande de artes marciales mixtas”.

Así, entre risas, abucheos, aplausos, careos y nuevas noticias, todo está listo para UFC 180, que se llevará a cabo el próximo 15 de noviembre en la Arena Ciudad de México; los boletos, que van de los siete mil a los 350 pesos, saldrán a la venta este miércoles.

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DEP10796894c19460c_0Inglaterra.- Samuel Eto’o fichó el martes por dos años con el Everton y podría debutar este mismo sábado contra Chelsea, el mismo club de la Liga Premier inglesa que recién rescindió su contrato.

El artillero camerunés de 33 años anotó 12 goles en 35 partidos en su única temporada con Chelsea.

“Lo que me llamó la atención es que no ha perdido la ambición’’, comentó el técnico de Everton Roberto Martínez. “Para ser alguien que lo ha conseguido casi todo, sigue manteniendo el deseo que tenía a los 15 años cuando se fue a España y demostró su calidad. Por diversos motivos, quiere demostrar algo’’.

“Estamos muy entusiasmados y creo que Everton es el equipo ideal para él. La afición lo va a respaldar para que pueda empezar en forma, pero tendremos que ser un poco pacientes con su condición física y cuidarlo para que esté en su mejor nivel’’.

Eto’o se suma a un Everton que quedó quinto en la pasada temporada de la Premier.

“Me impresionó el estilo de juego de Everton’’, dijo Eto’o. “Me pude dar cuenta de inmediato que con este equipo se puede jugar fútbol’’.

Eto’o cambió de club apenas horas después que perdió la capitanía de la selección de Camerún, reemplazado por el centrocampista Stephane Mbia. Eto’o ya había sido descartado por el técnico Volker Finke para los próximos partidos de las eliminatorias de la Copa de Africa, lo que presagia el final de su carrera con la selección.

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DEP107723391e66071_0España.- Más de un mes después de anunciar su fichaje, el Barcelona presentó el martes oficialmente al delantero uruguayo Luis Suárez, quien se declaró “orgulloso’’ de vestir la prestigiosa camiseta azulgrana y prometió no volver protagonizar un mordisco en una cancha de fútbol.

“Quiero agradecer la confianza del club, el entrenador y la gente en mí. Jugar en el Barsa es un sueño desde chico’’, aseguró el futbolista, aparentemente arrepentido de su acción sobre el defensor Giorgio Chielini en el pasado Mundial de Brasil, el 24 de junio, cuando mordió al italiano y recibió un duro castigo por parte de la FIFA: cuatro meses de inhabilitación.

“Quiero olvidar ese partido: a los aficionados les diría que no se preocupen, que no lo haré nunca más’’, aseguró Suárez, pese a mostrarse esquivo en el análisis de lo ocurrido. “La sanción es la que es y hay que aceptarla. Sobre si he tomado medidas para evitarlo en el futuro, es un tema privado, pero sí aclaro que he tratado con los profesionales adecuados. Si me pongo a pensar en todo ello no puedo dormir, y ahora duermo muy tranquilo’’, reveló.

Ante la insistencia de los informadores, intentó justificar su demora en las disculpas a Chielini. “Esos días estaba muy deprimido y no tenía ganas de hacer nada. Pedí perdón y ahora quiero pensar en el presente. Me preocupé por si afectaría el fichaje, claro. Pero sobre todo, por lo que había hecho. Trato de borrarlo: lo pasado, pisado’’, cerró.

El Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo suavizó el 14 de julio el castigo original, permitiéndole entrenar con sus nuevos compañeros y disputar partidos no oficiales. Pero el uruguayo no podrá volver a saltar a la cancha hasta el 24 de octubre, justo previo al primer clásico de la temporada en la liga española, contra el Real Madrid.

“Intentaré entrenar para llegar de la mejor manera’’, dijo. “Estando en el Barcelona, te van a mirar con lupa. Acepto cualquier tipo de reto. Estoy acostumbrado y no voy a tener ningún problema’’.

Suárez volvió a jugar el lunes por primera vez, disputando 15 minutos en un partido amistoso en que el Barsa goleó 6-0 al Club León mexicano.

“Las sensaciones fueron emocionantes y lindas, pero aún no me lo puedo creer. Saber que voy a tardar un tiempo en volver a jugar se hace difícil’’, prosiguió el flamante fichaje, quien lució el dorsal nueve en su debut.

La del martes también fue su primera rueda de prensa desde el incidente con Chielini.

“Es un orgullo tenerle entre nosotros. Es un gran fichaje’’, declaró el vicepresidente del Barsa, Jordi Mestre, quien cifró en 81 millones de euros el coste del traspaso con el Liverpool, y la cláusula de rescisión, en 200 millones de euros.

En total, Suárez se perderá 11 partidos oficiales (ocho de liga y tres de la Liga de Campeones) con su nuevo club, mientras que también quedó privado de disputar la próxima Copa América con Uruguay, pues le restan otros ocho encuentros de sanción con la selección charrúa.

“Los partidos con el Barsa me duelen y los de la selección en Copa América todavía más por el esfuerzo que se hizo, pero intentaré apoyar al máximo desde fuera’’, comentó.

El Barsa fichó a Suárez el pasado 11 de julio, pero la sanción original de la FIFA, que le impedía el contacto con cualquier ámbito futbolístico, demoró la presentación oficial con el conjunto azulgrana, que finalmente pudo celebrar el acto, una vez que el TAS emitió el fallo definitivo.

“Ha querido ser jugador del Barsa. Es un deseo largo y eso es importante’’, comentó el director deportivo Andoni Zubizarreta, quien definió a Suárez como un futbolista “muy competitivo, que va mucho más allá de un goleador. Siempre estuvo entre nuestras referencias’’.

Con el Liverpool, el oriundo de Salto acumuló 78 dianas en tres temporadas y media, contado partidos de la Liga Premier inglesa, Liga Europa y Liga de Campeones. El goleador inició su andadura en 2005 en el Nacional de Montevideo uruguayo, fichando a continuación por el Groningen (2006-2007) y el Ajax (2007-2010) de la liga holandesa.

Suárez fue el goleador de la última temporada de la Premier, y su en palmarés figura también el trofeo de la pasada Bota de Oro al máximo cañonero de Europa.

El internacional desechó la etiqueta de superestrella. “Las estrellas están en el cielo. Vengo a aportar como cualquier otro. Jugar con Messi, Neymar y el resto de figuras me motiva, dan ganas de aplaudirles. Pero esperamos no depender únicamente de dos o tres. Nunca me imaginé estar donde han pasado tantos grandes delanteros: me llena de orgullo. La posición no será un problema, puedo jugar en cualquier puesto del ataque’’.

Suárez, broma mediante, también intentó despejar dudas sobre su inactividad tras recuperarse a contrarreloj de una lesión de rodilla. “Apuré tanto para jugar el Mundial que luego me costó volver a empezar. Pero no tengo ninguna molestia. Solo me duelen los pies de no usar los zapatos de futbol’’, concluyó.

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DEP107731856b4f609_0Pensilvania.- Juan Garza lució durante cinco entradas y México arrolló el martes 11-1 a Venezuela para avanzar en la Serie Mundial de Pequeñas Ligas.

México avanzó al duelo que repartirá un boleto para la final internacional. Ese encuentro se disputa el miércoles, contra el perdedor del enfrentamiento entre Corea del Sur y Japón.

Garza recibió una carrera y cuatro hits, en una actuación que incluyó seis ponches. Asimismo bateó un jonrón solitario en la parte baja del primer episodio.

El encuentro se dio por concluido bajo la llamada “regla de la misericordia’’, luego que México rayó tres veces en la parte baja del quinto acto para colocarse arriba por 10.

Ruy Martínez conectó tres imparables y produjo tres carreras por el equipo mexicano de Guadalupe, mientras que Daniel Quiroz aportó otros tres hits y un par de impulsadas.

El equipo de Maracaibo quedó fuera de la competencia.

En un duelo entre eliminados, que se disputó también el martes, Nashville se impuso 12-9 a Vancouver.

México.- Para el arquero bajacaliforniano Luis “Abuelo” Álvarez las medallas que consiguió México en la cuarta Copa Mundial de Tiro con Arco en Polonia, son reflejo del trabajo y preparación previo a dicho compromiso.

Con muestras de cansancio producto del largo viaje, Álvarez Murillo recalcó que el hecho de que en fechas recientes se destaque más en competencias por equipos no significa que no busquen el podio en individuales.

El bajacaliforniano resaltó que “en Polonia simplemente tuvimos una buena ronda por equipos, en el aspecto individual también tiramos bien, pero la diferencia es que llegamos a las finales por equipo”.

Indicó que no es algo que les preocupe, “para eso hay más competencias, y para eso entrenamos tan fuerte, los resultados vendrán solos, pues serán producto de mucho entrenamiento y de poner el corazón en cada uno de nuestros tiros al blanco”.

Por otra parte, sobre si los resultados en Polonia podrían ser un buen parámetro para el Campeonato del Mundo que se celebrará en Croacia, resaltó que “todavía falta mucho para ello, debemos seguir entrenando y aprendiendo”.

Finalmente, al hablar sobre el equipo nacional, destacó que entre sus integrantes hay una gran armonía y camaradería, y “con todo el tiempo que hemos pasado juntos los compañeros se han convertido en nuestra familia”.

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Distrito Federal— Cristiano Ronaldo enfrenta el dedo acusador de la modelo británica Rhian Sugden, quien reveló que el astro del futbol la ha perseguido con mensajes de texto.  La estrella portuguesa e integrante del Real Madrid ha rechazado la versión de la belleza de 27 años, a quien conoció supuestamente en un restaurante en Manchester.  La historia, seguida por medios británicos, asegura que Cristiano le pidió el teléfono a Rhian para mantener el contacto, pero comenzó a mandarle insistentes mensajes, algunos de ellos subidos de tono.

El acoso llegó a tal grado que Rhian cambió varias veces de número, pero el futbolista los conseguía e insistía en verla.  La británica, quien mantiene desde el año pasado una relación con el actor Oliver Mellor (‘Coronation Street’), es conocida por sus candentes sesiones fotográficas, e incluso ha realizado algunos desnudos.

La polémica para el también conocido como CR7 (por sus iniciales y su número de playera en el Real Madrid) lo persigue, pues se dio a conocer que hace unos días contrató a Paris Hilton como DJ.

En 2009, la socialité y el futbolista fueron captados en una fiesta en Los Ángeles, unas imágenes que dieron la vuelta al mundo, en especial porque Hilton declaró que Cristiano era gay.  Este fin de semana, medios portugueses difundieron que el futbolista contrató a Hilton para que fungiera como DJ en su discoteca Seven, enclavada en un complejo hotelero de lujo en Algarve, en una sesión que se realizaría ayer.

Apenas en diciembre pasado, Hilton declaró, sin tapujos, que es una de las DJs mejor pagadas del mundo. Y parece que es cierto.  De acuerdo con varios medios españoles, la también actriz cobró por cuatro noches de trabajo como DJ en Ibiza 2 millones de euros (unos 35 millones de pesos).

“Ha ganado dos millones de euros por las cuatro noches en Amnesia, 260 mil por hora. Los asistentes parecen pasárselo bien, pero es cierto que la mayoría de ellos están tan colgados que no se dan cuenta de que ella se limita a darle al play a un megamix de Beyoncé”, aseguró una fuente al periódico inglés The Sun.

La multimillonaria se estrenó el miércoles pasado en la Main Room de Amnesia, en la primera de las cuatro fiestas Foam&Diamonds que protagonizará todos los miércoles de agosto, acompañada por los DJ’s residentes Caal Smile y Les Schmitz.

Posteriormente paseará en las cabinas de discotecas de Barcelona, Saint Tropez, Portugal, Atlantic City, Corea del Sur y Marbella.

Roberto Ruiz

I hate predictions that are anything but bold, yet are still labeled as such. It is not bold to predict that the Bucks will suffer a fifth consecutive losing season. Similarly, it is not bold to predict that Jabari Parker will lead the Bucks in scoring. I am sorry, it’s just not.

Keeping that in mind, I will allow you this breath of fresh air because here are some truly bold predictions in regards to the upcoming Bucks season.

Jabari Parker: 23.5 points per game.

It is easy to look at 23.5 points per game and think that it is easily attainable. Keep in mind, though, that Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 17.9 ppg last year. I should also mention that the last rookie to attain that high of a scoring average was Allen Iverson in the 1996-1997 season.

Parker came into this league known for his scoring prowess and he finds himself on a team lacking a proven scorer. I foresee the starting lineup featuring three players (Kendall Marshall, John Henson, and Larry Sanders) who have no interest in putting the ball in the basket with any kind of regularity, and this should play right into Parker’s hands.

The one thing that might hurt Parker is that he may be taken off the court at the end of close games. His defensive limitations are well documented and he was consistently taken off the court in such situations while at Duke. The competition does not get any easier at this level, so he will need to step up his defense in a big way if he wants to be a factor at the end of games.

The bottom line is that Parker will be starting by the second month of the season, if not right away. Parker has the skills to be an elite scorer in this league, and he will be given every opportunity to shine on this roster. Will he be given plenty of scoring chances? Yes. Will he score on a high percentage of those chances? Maybe. Will he need to? Probably not.

Bucks Season Record: 20-62

Let me explain before jumping to conclusions. I like this team. I do. I love the future potential of this roster. But I hate the potential of this roster translating to victories on the court this season. 20 wins would likely leave the Bucks with one of the three worst records in the league, and that is where this team, presently constructed, belongs.

Jason Kidd could be a great coach, we just don’t know yet. He is still learning on the job and I do not expect him to put it all together as quickly as he would need to. While I hated the way the organization went about trading for Kidd, his upside as a coach is significantly higher than that of Larry Drew.

They could reach 20 wins by the new year if all of their young players make huge leaps coming into this year. Every year it seems there is one team that overachieves and makes a dangerous playoff run. Remember the Indiana Pacers in the 2010-2011 season? That is the ceiling of this years Bucks team.

In reality, this team could have eight players under the age of 24 on their roster. This does not lead to victories in the present, this leads to victories in the future. That being said, this team will be quite exciting to watch, regardless of their record.

OJ Mayo: Not a Buck

Mayo will start more games for another team this year than for the Bucks. On the surface this may seem like a no-brainer, but which team really wants to trade for an overweight shooting guard making 8 million? If he were Russian at least we could have sold him to Mikhail Prohkorov, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets. All jokes aside, Mayo was quickly riding the pine for coach Drew last season, and Kidd will be even quicker to slap the dreaded “DNP-Coach’s Decision” label on him. Additionally, Mayo will not only delay the growth of players like Parker and Knight, but also put a cramp in the transition game (where running is required).

kyle-lohseBy Roberto Ruiz

Season after season, at-bat after at-bat, the Brewers have thrown away golden opportunities to bring another pennant back to Milwaukee. As the Brewers continue their journey to capture their second division title in four years, let’s look back at previous years for clues for what to watch for.

In 2011 they posted the best record ever in Milwaukee, going 96-66 behind strong seasons from Ryan Braun, Nyjer Morgan, and Prince Fielder. Bolstering their pitching corps with Zach Greinke before the season brought high hopes to a franchise that didn’t have too many years to hang their hats on. Still, when the playoffs rolled around the Brewers lost the gusto that made them the favorites heading in. After being pushed to 5 games by a scrappy Arizona Diamondbacks team, the Brewers advanced to face their hated division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals had proven to be a thorn in the side of the Crew, and this series was no different. The stronger, confident Cardinals beat the Brewers in 6 games and advanced to win the World Series. Collectively, Brewers fans for the first time started to accept the fact that maybe, just maybe, the Cardinals had our number.

Riding the high of a strong 2011 was not enough for the 2012 Brewers. The team started slow and ended up trading Greinke mid-season. After giving up on advancing to the playoffs, the Brewers started winning again, finishing with a record of 36-23 in the months of August, September, and October. The pressure of proving 2011 was no fluke proved to be too much. Star first baseman Prince Fielder had left after no-showing against the Cardinals and went on to moderate success for the Detroit Tigers. Frankly, the Brewers sorely missed his bat protecting Braun in the lineup, and the starting pitchers did not live up to the lofty standards set the previous season.

2013 was a lost season, as the floundering Brewers were forced to restock after using up their farm system in previous years.

That brings us to 2014. A season that only the hardcore fans believed would be a positive year for the Crew. The future certainly looked bright with potential young stars in Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, Scooter Gennett, and Wily Peralta. Still, young players tend to regress after a strong first season, and only Gomez had a significant amount of time in the majors. The Brewers have been at the top of the division since April 5th, which is no small feat for such a young team. Gone is the swagger that was once present in spades with Rickie Weeks, Fielder, Braun and Morgan. Newly arrived is a quiet confidence from Jonathan Lucroy, Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Scooter Gennett. To be honest, though, Gomez provides enough swagger for any team. This team started strong and now looks to finish strong in a division stacked with perennial contender St. Louis, and upstart Cincinnati.

So can they do it?

The Brewers have, frustratingly, been the untamed team that tries to do things their way. The players swing at balls in the dirt, and balls thrown just below their hairline. They leadoff with home-runs, not walks. This is not the M.O. for the Cardinals.

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DEP1065903381a21f5_0México.-  El mexicano Carlos Vela, delantero del equipo español Real Sociedad, entrenó al parejo de sus compañeros esta mañana y podría ver acción en alguno de los tres partidos que sostendrán en territorio holandés en su gira de pretemporada.

Vela, quien la víspera realizó trabajo personalizado por separado, ya trabajó con sus compañeros, en una jornada donde el técnico Jagoba Arrasate contó con casi la totalidad de su plantel.

El delantero uruguayo Diego Ifrán, quien regresó de su cesión en el Deportivo la Coruña, y el atacante Alfred Finnbogason, refuerzo para el curso que está por iniciar, hicieron ejercicios personalizados por molestias físicas.

Los “txuri-urdín” buscan ponerse a punto lo antes posible, ya que jugarán la tercera ronda de clasificación de la Europa League el 31 de julio y el 7 de agosto; conocerán a su rival el próximo viernes en el sorteo que realizará la UEFA en la ciudad de Nyon, Suiza.

Real Sociedad programó dos sesiones de entrenamiento para este martes y en el trabajo vespertino, que se realizará a puertas abiertas, los futbolistas alternarán entre ejercicios al interior de las instalaciones y trabajo al exterior, sobre el césped de Zubieta.

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article-2692878-1FAA81B200000578-482_964x635At a party 24 years in the making, hundreds of thousands of Germans showed their admiration and adoration for their World Cup winners in a parade to the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.

The players, in matching black T-shirts bearing the number “1,” lapped up the love by playing up to the estimated 400,000 people packing the “fan mile” in front of the landmark.

Fans began arriving overnight to secure good spots to welcome home coach Joachim Loew’s team and the trophy. Germany’s fourth World Cup, the first since 1990, crowned years of work by Loew to modernize the team, and followed near misses at recent tournaments.

At a stage set up at the Gate, Mario Goetze, the scorer in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the final on Sunday, was greeted with deafening cheers by the sea of fans waving black, red and gold Germany flags.

Midfielder Toni Kroos led the crowd in a chant of “Miro Klose” — a tribute to veteran striker Miroslav Klose, whose two goals took his World Cup tally to 16 and made him the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.

As the players waited to take their accolades, the fans welcomed each of them with a chant of “football god” — giving Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller, Goetze and Klose the loudest cheers.

“We’re just mega-proud of this achievement, after standing here in 2006 and 2008 as third and then as second — and now we’ve finally done it after this long journey, with this sensational team,” defender Per Mertesacker said.

There were problems with the sound system, meaning most of the players’ words were lost to the crowd. The supporters didn’t mind, though, and cheered even louder as defender Jerome Boateng, back in his hometown, shouted: “I can’t hear you!”

The team plane landed at Tegel Airport in midmorning after flying low over the “fan mile.”

Captain Philipp Lahm led the team off the aircraft holding the trophy aloft, to a chorus of “Football’s Coming Home” from fans on the airport’s viewing terrace.

He was followed by Schweinsteiger, draped in a German flag and sporting a bandage over a cut under his right eye, the result of a tackle in the final.

From the airport, the team set off on a two-hour trip to downtown Berlin in a bus painted with the years of Germany’s World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

The team changed shirts and climbed aboard an open-top truck for the last part of the trip to the Brandenburg Gate, crawling through the crowds at snail’s pace. The festive crowds followed in the wake of the bus as it passed.

People traveled to the celebration from all over the country: “They’ve all taken their holidays to come here. It’s absolutely crazy,” Uhlig said. “We were behind the stage where the bus pulled up. Just incredible.

Berlin resident Katrin Fels, who brought her daughter, said: “We knew it would happen. It was clear from the start of the year that we had the best team. It’s perfect, perfect for all generations.”

Munich also was getting in on the act, with Germany’s large contingent of players from Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich heading for the Bavarian capital after the Berlin celebrations. Bayern and the local government planned a reception at the airport.

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argentina-penales_655x438Roberto Ruiz

Well, at least Brazil wasn’t shut out. Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the most lopsided defeat of Brazil since 1934, and the first time Brazil has lost at home since 1975. This was the third World Cup that Germany’s core has played together and their chemistry was evident throughout. The first goal, scored by Thomas Muller was a simple miscommunication as he was left unmarked by the far post on a corner kick.  The flood gates opened after the second German goal, and the Brazilians were left floundering after giving up four goals in six minutes. Brazil did not get on the board until the 90th minute on a goal by Oscar. It bears mentioning that Brazil was without two of its best players. Neymar was forced to sit with a broken vertebrae and Thiago Silva was suspended after receiving a second yellow card for the tournament in the quarterfinal match against Colombia.

Argentina overcame the Netherlands in penalties (4-2) after playing to a draw in the first 120 minutes of action. Both sides had plenty of opportunities throughout the match to gain the upper hand but were never able to capitalize. While the Netherlands will likely continue whining about the referees playing favorites with South American teams, it was Argentina that had a goal wrongly disallowed for being offside late in the match.

Germany rolls into the World Cup final with a ton of momentum, and one has to wonder if this German squad will be the first European team to win in the western hemisphere. Standing in their way is Argentina, the squad led by the best footballer in the world Lionel Messi. Messi’s squad has marched through the tournament with confidence, something that has been lacking for Argentina in previous Cups.

Argentina advanced from a fairly weak group (F) and convinced many that they were destined for another World Cup disappointment with their play early on. After beating Switzerland and Belgium each 1-0 they were still not showing the kind of tenacity you would expect from a semifinalist. One can’t argue with the results, though, as they once again willed themselves to victory, this time over a strong Netherlands team to get them to the finals.

A World Cup victory would cement Messi’s legacy as one of the best players of all time. Messi has long been considered the most talented player in the world but has often been knocked for his lack of big game wins. Fortunately, soccer is an 11 vs 11 sport so blaming only Messi for Argentina’s struggles in the World Cup was unfair, but the star always gets all of the blame.

Argentina is also anchored by Sergio Romero. Romero is rarely talked about when discussing the best goalkeepers in the world, but his steadiness between the sticks is exactly what Argentina needs. Romero is not prone to the mental lapses of other inexperienced goalkeepers that teams are often faced to rely on, and this leads to his confidence being sky high. He is only trending upward after clean sheeting the Netherlands for 120 minutes and then stopping two out of four penalty kicks when stops were most needed.

Germany won the Group of Death (G) to advance past the group stage. Germany then limped to victory over Algeria 2-1 before edging France 1-0. Though Germany has consistently been winning the entire tournament, they were not dominating the opposition like you would expect. Obviously, that changed in the semifinals.

Germany is led by a balanced attacking unit that is spearheaded by Muller. Muller is often flanked by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos, and together they create a dangerous midfield that can outsmart any defense. With Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose coming off the bench they have firepower in spades.

Germany’s biggest strength stands in their own goal in Manuel Neuer. Neuer often makes up for a suspect defense with spectacular goalkeeping. He has the reflexes and wrists necessary to make the incredible saves, and the intelligence to set his defense correctly for any oncoming attack. Neuer will have to be at his best in order for Germany to stand up to Argentina, and he is more than up for the challenge.

One has to feel bad for soccer fans in Brazil. Their hated rival Argentina advances to the final and has an opportunity to celebrate winning the World Cup on Brazilian land. While it would be logical to support any team facing your rival, does it make much sense to support the team that just destroyed yours? While Germany may have won Brazils respect with their 7-1 victory, I guarantee you it did not win them any fans. Running up the score rarely does.

While Germany is sure to be the favorites heading into the match on Sunday at 2:00pm, I believe that Argentina will continue their winning ways and give Messi the World Cup trophy he so desperately deserves.

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Two games, two identical results, two heartbroken nations.

The United States were outmatched and outscored by Belgium 2-1. Coming into the game as underdogs, the United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) felt confident that their biggest strength, interior defense, would lend well to stopping Belgium’s strong central attack. In reality, the only thing stopping the Belgium attack was the stellar goalkeeping of Tim Howard. The bend but don’t break defense broke many times for the USMNT and left Howard in 1 on 1 situations far too often. Belgium had 27 shots on goal throughout the game, which is astonishing in itself when considering that it is tied for the second most shots on goal since 1996. Even better, Howard had 16 shots defended, a World Cup record. Admirably, after the game Howard did not blame the strainer of a defense.

“Belgium are a good team with a lot of good players but so are we,” Howard said. “We” is the key word there, because he is the only USMNT player who did not rave about the goalkeeping.

It would have been hard to imagine a better World Cup farewell performance for Howard, who at 35 years old is doubtful to return in a starting role for the next World Cup. For years, Howard has been the stabilizing force that the USMNT so desperately needed, and he had a big hand in making the USMNT relevant.

Belgium advances to face Argentina in the round of eight, but they do so with a new found respect for the USMNT. Actually, maybe they just have a new found respect for Tim Howard.

Mexico went through a similar gamut of emotions in their 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. Guillermo Ochoa, the lauded Mexico goalkeeper, finished off what has to be considered one of the finest goalkeeping performances in the World Cup tournament history. After putting on a goalkeeping clinic in the Group round, Ochoa showed the Netherlands why he was not to be trifled with. Ultimately, Ochoa could not make the 1-0 Mexican lead hold up after Dutch striker Wesley Sneijder nailed a laser from outside of the box in the 88th minute. With defenders blocking his view, Ochoa never had time to react and the Dutch, just minutes from elimination, knotted the game at 1 all. After a penalty in the box in the fourth minute of stoppage time, a converted Dutch penalty kick left many Mexico fans shaking their heads in disbelief. Unlike the US, Mexico led for most of the match and proved that they deserved to be in the tournament after barely qualifying last fall.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera blamed the coaches after the match, as he has done every time his team has struggled in Brazil this year. He had a point this time, though, as Dutch forward Arjen Robben spent more time flopping then playing soccer. Ultimately, Robben had the last laugh as the penalty that led to the Dutch winner was garnered by his final flop of the match.

Upcoming Matches

France vs Germany play today in a European battle at 11:00am. France getting this far is a bit of a surprise, but it seems like they outperform expectations every World Cup. Germany has a strong attack but have at times looked suspect in the tournament. Upset watch is on high alert for this game. France looking as strong as it has in the tournament coupled with Germany under-performing will lead to an earlier than expected German demise.

Brazil vs Colombia will be the match many will circle on their calender. Played today at 3:00pm, the match features two South American heavyweights, with the winner likely grabbing the title of “favorite” for the remainder of the tournament. Only because I hope to avoid near-certain riots if Brazil loses, I will have to go Brazil here. Strong team, strong crowd and strong emotions rarely lead to a loss.

Argentina vs Belgium on Saturday at 11:00am. Two offensive minded teams will lock horns in what should be the tournaments first shootout outside of the Group stage. Lionel Messi has led Argentina to two late victories in previous games and looks to put Argentina on his back once more. Belgium may be exhausted for this match after playing 120 minutes on Tuesday, so look for them to start strong in the first half but wilt by the time the second half is in full swing.

Netherlands vs Costa Rica will round out the semifinals and will be played Saturday at 3:00pm.The Cinderalla of this World Cup, Costa Rica will look to stun the Netherlands and advance in this tournament. While Costa Rica has surprised many with their run, I fully expect it to stop here. Beating Greece in penalties is one thing, beating the Netherlands is a whole different story.

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Screen-Shot-2014-06-30-at-11.12.14-AMBUCKS REACH AGREEMENT WITH JASON KIDD TO BECOME NEW HEAD COACH 
The Milwaukee Bucks today named Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach. The Bucks signed Kidd after the Brooklyn Nets agreed to release him from
his contract in exchange for two second round picks in the 2015 and 2019 NBA Drafts. Kidd will be the 14th head coach in the history of the Bucks franchise. He joins Milwaukee following a 19-year Hall-of-Fame-caliber NBA playing career and, most recently,
serving as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
 
“When you list the characteristics that make a successful head coach, you would include leadership, communication and a competitive drive,” said
Hammond. “Jason used all of those traits to become a 10-time All-Star player in the NBA, and has now translated his on-court success to the bench. We welcome him to the Bucks organization and look forward to building a Championship-caliber team with him as
our head coach.”
 “Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate,” said Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. “We believe his focus,
vision and intensity will help him work alongside John and David (Morway) to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks as we aspire to achieve excellence over the next several years. We are excited that Jason will call Milwaukee his new home.”
Kidd, 41, most recently served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets where he guided the team to a 44-38 record, earned the sixth seed in the Eastern
Conference Playoffs, and was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month twice. The Nets upset the three-seed Toronto Raptors in seven games in the First Round before falling to the Miami Heat in the Second Round.
Before becoming a head coach, Kidd enjoyed an exceptional 19-year NBA playing career, which included 10 All-Star Game appearances and an NBA Championship
in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. He was named to the All-NBA First Team five times, All-NBA Second Team once, to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team four times and All-Defensive Second Team five times. Kidd also won gold medals with Team USA in
the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
When Kidd retired in 2013, he ranked second all-time in NBA assists and steals behind John Stockton. His 107 triple-doubles are third all-time behind
Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. He also ranks third on the League’s all-time lists in minutes and 3-point field goals, sixth in games played, first among guards in rebounds and 71st in points scored. He joined Grant Hill as one of two players in the NBA
to win the Joe Dumars Trophy – given to the winner of the annual NBA Sportsmanship Award – multiple times. Kidd received the honor following the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
The second overall pick of the Dallas Mavericks in the 1994 NBA Draft, Kidd shared Co-Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill. He played in 1,391
regular season games with Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York. His teams qualified for the postseason 17 times, and he played in 158 playoff games, including three trips to the NBA Finals (2002, 2003 – New Jersey; 2011 – Dallas).
Born March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, Kidd played two seasons at the University of California, where he averaged 14.9 points, 8.4 assists and 5.9
rebounds, and was a Consensus All-America selection in 1994.

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With enough fantastic finishes and heart stopping goals to last a lifetime, this World Cup has proven to be an entertaining one. We head into the weekend with 16 teams left, and plenty of Latino fútbol squads to watch. Let’s take a look at the remaining teams, and what matches we have to look forward to.

Group A

Unsurprisingly, Brazil locked in the top spot and head into the next round to face Chile in a tough pairing. Brazil and Chile have both been strong in this tournament, so expect this matchup to be an absolute brawl. Brazil has one of the strongest units this year, but I would not be surprised to see Chile push this one into extra time, and perhaps even pull out a stunner if it gets to penalties. El Tri finished in second place and have been “rewarded” with facing the Netherlands in the next round. Let me put it this way: if this World Cup had been held in Europe instead of Brazil, the Netherlands would have entered this tournament as the odds-on favorites. As it stands, no European team has ever won a World Cup outside of Europe. Still, this is not the round the Netherlands are going to lose in.

Group B

The Netherlands and Chile have advanced out of this group. Though we have already gone over their opponents for this week, let’s delve into these teams a little more. The Netherlands boast a strong squad and seem to be unfazed by the Brazilian heat. They have dominated this tournament more than any other squad thus far, and it is their coach’s ability to hide their weaknesses that does them that favor. They use a 4-3-3 formation to highlight their talented forwards, and it helps. Though they are not the most talented squad across the board, at least on paper, their cohesiveness will make them a tough knockout. Chile was kind of put in their place after losing to the Netherlands 2-0, and now face the tough Brazil squad. Chile may have been a dark horse coming into the tournament, but their schedule seems to have done them in. Like I said, though, don’t count out Chile until the final whistle blows.

Group C

Colombia and Greece advance after the injury-time stunner for Greece against Ivory Coast. Colombia advances to take on a Uruguay who will probably be without their striker with cannibalistic tendencies, Luis Suarez. This can only a good thing for Colombia, who would have much rather faced Costa Rica in the round of 16. As it stands, the dangerous Uruguay team will not be able to stand up to Colombia without their best player. Greece, along with Costa Rica, was a surprising team advancing into the round of 16, and they have their injury-time penalty kick to thank for that. Ivory Coast was another dark horse for this tournament as a good team that has often been stuck in tough groups. I think they can officially shed the title of unlucky after being unable to advance in yet another World Cup. To be honest though, it would have been fun to see the lightning quick offense of Ivory Coast going against Costa Rica instead of Greece (be advised: there is nothing wrong with your television, that is just how slow the Greek team moves).

Group D

Costa Rica and Uruguay advance out of this group in surprising fashion. Costa Rica because, well, they are Costa Rica. They will get a warm-up match with Greece before most likely getting destroyed by the Netherlands in the next round. Uruguay is surprising because of the controversies in their win against Italy. Italy was forced to play a man down after an egregious foul by Claudio Marchisio, and were unable to withstand the pressure afterward. As mentioned, Uruguay strike Suarez bit another player this week, so expect him to be severely punished.

Group E

France will be advancing out of this group with either Ecuador or Switzerland joining them. France will be tasked with facing either Iran or Nigeria in the next round, and it is expected that they will easily advance. I foresee Switzerland grabbing the second spot and being rewarded with Argentina. Though I suppose rewarded is not the appropriate term.

Group F

Argentina is one of the best teams in the world and easily advanced out of this group. They get an easy win next round as well but are then going to be (likely) facing the tough test that is Germany. That game would be one for the ages, so let us hope that both teams advance as expected. The second to come out of this group will likely be Iran, so expect them to be fed to the lion that is France.

Group G

This group is by far the most exciting. I expect whomever ends up advancing in the top two spots to  beat their counterparts in Group H. Group G was a strong group this year, and I would be surprised to not see two teams advancing into the round of eight. Germany and United States are my picks to advance and take on Belgium and (likely) Algeria. Either way, the United States have had an amazing World Cup experience. After getting placed in the group of death they deftly maneuvered and they will not go down without a fight. If they ever clean up their early and late game miscues they will be a team to be reckoned with. They should have left the Portugal game with a win but a draw against the fourth ranked team in the world is nothing to hang your head about.

Group H

Belgium will be advancing as the top spot and will be joined by the winner of the Algeria-Russia game. As I have mentioned before, Belgium benefited from playing in a weak group and I would not be surprised to see them fall in the round of 16.

 

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The 2014 World Cup started with a bang for the Red, White, and Blue when only 30 seconds into the match, team captain Clint Dempsey netted a perfectly placed strike into the back of the net. The problem was the next 85 minutes of play, where the Americans were constantly playing on their half of the field, fighting to keep the Black Stars of Ghana from tying it up. Inevitably, Ghana scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute of play and it looked like the team that broke hearts all across the nation four years ago when they knocked the Americans out for the second straight World Cup, would stop the US from starting off this tournament with a win. Second-half substitute John Brooks, who claimed to have dreamt that he would score, ensured that the Americans left with a victory when he headed in a beautiful corner from Graham Zusi just four minutes later. The celebration was on. A team that had no momentum whatsoever scored twice when they needed to the most, and left Natal, Brazil with three points after the 2-1 victory.

After the match, focus quickly shifted to the health of star forward Jozy Altidore and defenseman Matt Besler both left the game with apparent hamstring injuries. Altidore’s injury seemed severe, and the announcers openly questioned whether or not Altidore would be able to return to the World Cup after it looked like he got shot while sprinting after a deep pass. Besler asked to be removed during halftime after reporting that his hamstring was tightening up. Besler was replaced by Brooks. In addition to those two, Dempsey suffered a broken nose after he took a hard knee to the face. Though Dempsey was able to finish the game, he reported that he had trouble breathing. Dempsey hoped that it would be fixed by the time the US face Portugal on Sunday.

After surviving Ghana’s test this past week, the focus now switches to Portugal, who got clobbered by one of the favorites to win the tournament, Germany, 4-0. That is the nature of the World Cup, your prize for survival is another must-win game. If the United States is able to defeat Portugal, they will only need a tie with Germany to ensure that they will be one of the two teams to advance out of Group G. Portugal has one of the best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, but they will be without three top players after defender Fabio Coentrão and forward Hugo Ameida both went down with injury and have been ruled out for the Group stage, and the talented yet abrasive center back Pepe is forced to sit out after receiving a red card for the most foolish of penalties against Germany. All told, a victory against Portugal is certainly attainable, and it would all but ensure safe passage into the round of 16 for the US.

Group A

World Cup favorite Brazil is sitting at the top along with Mexico after finishing this week with a 3-1 win versus Croatia and a 0-0 tie against El Tri. Brazil’s victory was fueled by two outstanding goals by its star player Neymar. Mexico has looked stronger than expected after beating Cameroon 1-0 behind Oribe Peralta’s follow up goal after Charles Itandje blocked Giovani Dos Santos’s initial attempt. Dos Santos, the Mexican star player, also had two goals wrongfully disallowed after being called offside. Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa played the game of his life against Brazil, and has been rightfully applauded for his splendid effort.

Group B

The favorites in this strong group have to be the Netherlands and Chile. Netherlands got off to a quick start in defeating defending champions Spain 5-1 in their opener behind two goals from Robin Van Persie. Chile powered through Australia 3-1 after scoring twice in the first 14 minutes of play. The Netherlands are a favorite in this tournament, but keep your eye on Chile. Chile possesses a strong team and could make a run in the tournament this year.

Group C

Colombia cruised through Greece 3-0 to jump to the head of this Group. Colombia is one of the stronger teams and has to be considered the favorites, along with Ivory Coast, to advance from this group. Ivory Coast has had the misfortune of playing in tough Groups in the past, but that is not the case this year with Colombia, Greece, and Japan.

Group D

This formidable Group contains Uruguay, England, Italy, and Costa Rica. While many had written off Costa Rica when they saw them in the same Group as three perennial powerhouses, they turned heads with a strong 3-1 victory over Uruguay. While Italy and Costa Rica are in good positions to advance, I would expect Italy to jump ahead of Costa Rica based on goal differential.

Group E

Switzerland hit an injury-time stunner to defeat Ecuador 1-0. With France leading this weak Group, the second spot is up for grabs and Switzerland is in a good position to advance. If there was ever a time for Switzerland to gain confidence before the round of 16, it would be against Ecuador and Honduras.

Group F

This Group is the classic case of a clear cut top-dog, with no real challengers to unseat the king. In this Group, Argentina is the king. Iran, Nigeria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina will battle for the second spot, though the word battle is not quite appropriate. Unfortunately, one of those three have to advance, and I think Iran has the best chance.

Group H

Belgium, Russia, South Korea, Algeria. Belgium is the only team that deserves to advance, but I bet Russia joins them. Belgium will greatly benefit from playing in this terrible group, but do not expect any country from this group to advance past the round of 16.

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Podrás abrir el app de Univisión Deportes – para transmisión en español – o WatchESPN – en inglés – para ver el partido.

Todo comienza el 12 de junio en el estadio Arena de São Paulo, Brasil. Sé que estarás pendiente de lo que ocurrirá – si eres un fiebrú – , ya que ese jueves justo en el momento de la apertura, son muchos los que estarán trabajando; por lo tanto es difícil estar pegados al televisor para ver los juegos de la Copa Mundial.

Vivimos en una época con mucha suerte, ya que la tecnología nos permite estar en todos lados, sin estar físicamente.  Gracias a la internet, los smartphones y tablets podremos disfrutar de estos partidos que nos suben la adrenalina. Aquí te daré algunos trucos para que puedas programarte y no perder ni un segundo del mundial sin que tengas que estar en casa.

Con tu celular, ya sea un Samsung Galaxy S5 o Note 3, iPhone 5S o 5C, o el HTC One, podrás  abrir el app de Univisión Deportes – para transmisión en español – o WatchESPN – en inglés – para ver el partido.

Todavía no existe un celular que se escuche tan alto como quiero, es por eso que para tener una experiencia completa es más efectivo tener una bocina externa, siempre recomiendo las JBL o Sony, si estás cortito en el presupuesto consigue la Mini-We que se conecta a tu teléfono por Bluetooth, en Amazon puedes conseguirla por unos $33.

Si estás en el carro, los Apps de Univisión para Smartphone te ayudarán mucho, así que tu bocina externa podrás utilizarla también si tu radio no tiene Bluetooth.

Para aquellos que tienen acceso a una computadora e Internet en el trabajo, pueden ver o escuchar la transmisión de la Copa Mundial en español a través del site de Univisión Mundial Brasil 2014 o en inglés por WatchESPN.com eso si tienen ESPN como parte de la suscripción de uno de estos proveedores de televisión por cable.

Para los niños existe una aplicación diseñado por McDonald’s donde podrán participar en retos interactivos haciendo goles y además tener los resultados del torneo. Otra aplicación que hay que descargarla por obligación es el de la FIFA, para que puedas leer los reportajes, conocer estadísticas, resultados y calendario de partidos.

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Existen otras opciones más eficientes para los que tienen Smartv, donde podrás utilizar el navegador del televisor o las aplicaciones que provee el sistema operativo. Si no tienes televisión por cable o satélite, pero sí un Xbox 360 o Xbox One, también podrás ver los partidos descargando el app WatchESPN a tu consola.

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2368210_full-lndBrazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has issued a passionate rallying cry on the eve of his team’s FIFA World Cup™ opener, telling an expectant nation: “This is our World Cup.”

Scolari’s words at a packed press conference in Sao Paulo were backed by Brazilian forward Neymar, tipped by many to be the star of the event as excitement in the South American nation builds to fever pitch. “To all Brazilians I want to tell you the time has arrived. This is our World Cup,” said the coach, who was at the helm the last time the five-time champions won the tournament, in 2002.

Scolari, whose team take on Croatia on Thursday at the new Corinthians Arena, vowed however to take each game at a time. “There are seven steps,” he said. “We have to go up those seven steps but to start we have to think of the first step. We can’t jump the seven steps. The first step is tomorrow against Croatia. After that we have six steps that we want to go up if we want to win the World Cup.”

Barcelona star Neymar, the focus of so much attention in the build-up to the tournament, said the “time has arrived” that all Brazilians and the whole world have been waiting for.

“We hope that this last day goes by very quickly. I am anxious of course but also I’m extremely happy being where I am today because many people would like to be here,” he said. “I really hope I can help my team in the best possible way to fulfil the dream of the players, and Brazilians, which is to win the World Cup.”

Scolari has the luxury of being able to field the same team that destroyed world champions Spain 3-0 in the final of last year’s Confederations Cup, with Neymar the focal point of a powerful and settled line-up. He said he felt his 2014 squad had the same commitment to hard work as the side that won the 2002 World Cup, featuring the likes Ronaldo and Rivaldo.

 

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2354145_full-lndAfter Australia, the first of the 31 teams to land in Brazilian territory for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ last week, Croatia and Iran arrived in the country on Tuesday, 3 June.

Brazil’s rival in the opening match on 12 June at the Arena de Sao Paulo, the Croatian national team arrived at the Salvador International Airport at 4:15pm (local time). From there, the delegation went straight to the Team Base Camp in Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, in the metropolitan region of Salvador .

In addition to the hosts in Group A, Croatia will face Mexico and Cameroon in the group stage.

Iran arrived in Brazil shortly before the Croatians, landing at the Sao Paulo International Airport at 4:10pm (local time). The Iranians, who start the campaign in the FIFA World Cup against Nigeria on 16 June in Curitiba, also face Argentina (21 June) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (25 June), and will prepare for the group stage matches at the Corinthians Training Centre in Sao Paulo.

Upon arrival in Sao Paulo, coach Carlos Queiroz said that Iran will do everything possible to have a successful campaign in the FIFA World Cup.

“As we came from the other side of the world we arrived earlier to start our preparation. We have earned the right to play against the best and now it’s time to do it. We have 90 minutes in each game and we will use them the best possible way”, Queiroz said.