Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Juan Manuel Lopez will appeal the one-year ban imposed by the Boxing Commission

Former double world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez will appeal the sanction imposed by the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico (CBPPR) following the comments made against the referee Roberto Ramirez after his defeat last March 10 against Mexico's Orlando Salido .

Lopez was suspended by the CBPPR for one year (after serving time medical suspension after the knockout Salido), a $ 10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

"We will definitely appeal the penalty, which we believe is too much for a boxer. We are already meeting with Juanma and his entire legal team and to carry out this appeal, "said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), a company that represents Lopez.

For the boxer, who on several occasions publicly apologized to the referee Ramirez, CBPPR and the people of Puerto Rico, the priority is to continue his career in the discipline plays, which is boxing.

"I recognize that I made a mistake and so I apologized to everyone I affected with comments, but just as I continue my career and vindicate my name at all," said Lopez.

Rivera concluded that "these are the only comments that will do about it."

Rashad Evans visit Puerto Rico before his fight against Jon Jones at UFC 145

LAS VEGAS - In the midst of their preparation for what will be his UFC 145 bout against champion Jon Jones, the challenger for the title at 205 pounds, Rashad Evans will visit Puerto Rico to share with local media and fans of the island, this 29 and 30 March.

Jon Jones or Rashad Evans?

Local journalists and fans can interact with "Suga" in a public living in the Shannan's Sports Bar restaurant in Guaynabo on Thursday March 29 at 8:30 pm ET on Friday 30th and then will display a practice in the Training Zone in the same city, beginning at 12:30 pm ET.

"I am very honored to represent the UFC in this visit to Puerto Rico. I am excited the truth. This will be my first visit to Puerto Rico, but I heard that is a very cute and very nice people. I am very happy to meet all the fans of the island. The pass very well, "said Evans.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship ® will return to Atlanta with a championship card at Philips Arena on 21 April.

Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones will defend his crown in the main event against Rashad Evans archrival.

This event marks the UFC return to the city since the September 6, 2008, about 15,000 fans filled the arena to watch the knockout Rashad Evans on Chuck Liddell at UFC 88.

"The fans in Atlanta sent me tweets constantly insisting again and again to bring the UFC back to his city," said UFC President Dana White.

"For Atlanta ... the UFC is back with the star's fastest rising in the UFC, Jon Jones, defending his crown," he said.

The UFC aficionado oldest is 88 and lives in Las Vegas

Fill in the blank with the correct number:
The oldest UFC fan I know has __ years old.

63? 67? 72?

Stop thinking you know. I sure will win.

I am convinced that the man with the record older fan of the UFC live here in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas.

A native New Yorker and a veteran of World War II, has worked extensively as an advertising executive, painter and sculptor. And in his spare time television taste has led to his wife, who has 62 years of marriage, many nights I asked: "Why are you watching this again? ".

"Because it's the best thing on TV!" Replied in a friendly tone, invoking humor as the main ingredient of their long marriage.

This peculiar superfanático born in 1923, is called Sam Chinkes and has just 88 years. While the main demographic of UFC fans is made up of men between 18 and 34 years, Mr. Chinkes is living proof that, even though the sport has also attracted a surprising number of women, older men are not immune to the attraction that cause the qualities and skills of the fighters in the cells. After all, the fascination with fighting is part of the DNA of every human being.

Chinkes that he has religiously watched the UFC since the beginning of the nineties. From the time that the UFC Royce Gracie put on the map with wins against Titans incredible 250 pounds.

"My wife is not interested," says Chinkes. "But she has her own TV." I look (CFU) whenever I can and most of the time I find it the best you are giving ... except for some of my favorite old movies. Watch mafia movies all the time. Is that I'm from New York. But sometimes I prefer the UFC instead of my films because I have already seen some many times. I make sure to find all the statistics before each fight. I'm crazy about the presenter Bruce Buffer. It is excellent! Very dramatic. A real pro. "

In his day, the fort was the foot race Chinkes, although he always felt drawn to boxing. As a child and growing up in the Bronx, he and some friends produced a punching bag using a bag of chips to beat him and prove their skills. They wore gloves and boxing without damage trained under a ladder fire.

"We never golpeábamos hard - but once I saw the stars", Chinkes said. "I'm not a fighter. Never in my life I was involved in a fight. But if the UFC had existed when I was young, I would have liked to train to fight. I am absolutely sure I could have done. I would have understood my fighters, was a good strategist. I am a survivor of World War II, so I reason that way. "

"I've always loved sport. He's athletic. There is an art of maintaining balance, and hit at the same time to avoid being beaten. The strategy that implies is most impressive. It is also a mental challenge for anyone who enters the ring or the Octagon. "

I asked Mr. Chinkes to name their favorite UFC fighters.

"The guy from Canada ... what's his name? GSP ... "he answers himself. "The guy who defeated heavyweight champ recently ... the heavyweights ... Brock Lesnar! Yes He liked me for a while, but I saw that however hard it is and however great, can not withstand a hit. Or am I wrong? ".

Extra Material: As (accidentally) met Sam Chinkes

Good stories, like $ 100 bills allegedly miraculously do not fall from heaven on your skirt. A cosmic fate caused my path crossed with that of Mr. Chinkes. I was reading only, which seems the last bookstore in the world when a man sat at the table near me. As I recall, I always had sympathy for the elderly, particularly those with positive energy always see the glass half full. The man next to me, very relaxed but confident, gave this description. I asked him what he was reading and conversation went on from that moment as if he had known for years.

He seemed very attentive, proving to be a very agile mind.

"You must read a lot," I guessed.

"In fact, not much," he replied.

That led us to an area even more interesting: He has been married for 62 years with the same woman. 62 years! What else other than food, water and a toilet you can enjoy a relationship of 62 years?

Always fascinated me the most, by the knowledge they have accumulated and could save the suffering of learning at the expense of our own mistakes. I always resented the way apparently, and in my opinion, society treats the elderly as second class citizens. There are other cultures in which the elderly are revered. Here we treat differently, like all senile everyone, something that does not want to be.

And always, always, always fascinated me the people who manages to make her marriage work for long. 30 years. 40 years. 50 years. And freedom from the marriage, but enjoy it. When I was a divorced, married me arouses interest when long share their secrets and tips.

"Want to know the secret?" He asked. "Humor. We laugh all the time. I used to think that years of youth were the best. But the truth is that years old are best. We laugh more now than ever. "

Then he asks you to guess his age. I focus on his face and build. Always possessed an incredible (and totally useless) ability to guess the weight of someone with a margin of error of two or three pounds. It comes from my background as a wrestler. The old people always cost me, because some age prematurely and others do very well.

"76", I told Mr. Chinkes.

My mistake amuses him.


We talked some more and somehow we started discussing the television programming. I live in a house with four rooms and I have a 20-inch television that never, even once, I turned on or looked at. My friend looks pretty instantaneous.

"You know what's best on TV today?" He asks rhetorically. "The UFC".

I did not react immediately. I did not make the connection. UFC ¿? Should be the three initials of an organization for the elderly.

You could be referring to the UFC that I know and my passion - Ultimate Fighting Championship.

But for sure ... "What do you mean UFC? It does not refer to the UFC fights in cells, right? ".

"Yes, fighting in cells! I love ".

And he did. Apparently each demographic group in the world is susceptible to the UFC, which is one of the few places where you get to the top in its own right. Unlike in other areas. The UFC is not the industry to-know-who. Nor the one who has more money, or the best lawyers, or the prettiest fool. It's a heads up. The best man win. Sam Chinkes "understands" reminding me - reminding us all - we must learn to evolve and keep our minds open while we are alive.

I accompanied him to his car. I wanted to show something. Open the trunk of his car. There are dozens of black shirts. Lift one: The picture of a fighter giving a front kick to the face to another. Reminiscent of the technique used to knock Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that we all took away the breath.

"I drew it from memory in just seconds," said Chinkes.

Chinkes Sam gave me one of the shirts. And I admire so much in this extraordinary fan, and love for the UFC, I wrote this story about him.

Sam has never been to a UFC live event. The UFC and I'll change that soon.

Junior Dos Santos spoke about his fight with Alistair Overeem at UFC 146

The Brazilian champion heavyweight Junior Dos Santos will headline the undercard of UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Facing him will have a very dangerous opponent, which will challenge for the belt in the division: Alistair Overeem.

'Two Saints will retain his title at UFC 146?

'Gypsy', also known as the belt snatched the Mexican Cain Velasquez on November 12, 2011 at just 64 seconds into the first round in Anaheim, California.

On its commitment to Overeem, Junior Dos Santos said he was well: "It is a good chance to win another fight. It will also be my first defense and I'm anxious. "

Dos Santos spoke about the fighting style of his rival: "Overeem is different from Cain. It is another style of fighting, Cain is a kickboxer and Alistair has another style. However, I will make a good strategy to overcome torque and retain the title '.

'For me, I'm the favorite of the fight, but that does not matter. All fights yet and I do not care if they think I'm the favorite or not. What is valuable is to show what I am in the Octagon and be the best, "said Rio.

This is the first time an event will be made only heavyweight fights so JDS is aware of the responsibility involved. "It's a big responsibility, but I feel good and calm. I'm in a good time and just want to enjoy it. Cherish the scepter '.

'Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson,' Big Foot 'Silva. I want to see them all! "Said the champion of the division.

Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem will face off at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the title of UFC heavyweights.

Djokovic wins his third title with solvency in Miami

Novak Djokovic won his third win in the Miami Masters Series 1000 by defeating Andy Murray 6-1, with a solvent 7-6 (4), in two hours and 17 minutes.

Djokovic was very secure in his game and just gave Murray a unique opportunity to achieve a "break point" throughout the match, giving a picture of why it is number one in the world today.

Djokovic took little time to break the service of Murray, who saved a break point with two consecutive aces in the fourth game, but could do nothing to push the player from Belgrade, which was hopelessly with a 3-1.

Keep up the pace that puts Djokovic the game is very complicated, especially on a hot afternoon as vivid today in Key Biscayne, and Murray did his best to respond to Serbian.

Three unforced errors from Djokovic in the fifth game began to break Murray about the service of his rival, but the favorite of the tournament brought out the best of their right to impose a 4-1 final for the first set.

And is that Murray, the only player in the circuit that has been able to win on two occasions since the Serbian Djokovic took the ATP number one in July 2011, did not see today how to keep them down.

The tennis Dumblane, which beat Djokovic in the final of the Masters Series Miami 1000 in 2007, hoped to extend his streak especially with the Serb, who had won five of their last eight meetings.

However, Miami did not find how to beat Djokovic, who reached the final of the tournament without dropping a set and played a little tennis with no cracks.

The world number one was anxious to close the first set and got it by breaking the British service again in the sixth game and closing the set with an "ace" to a crushing 6-1.

Serbian tennis player, winner in Miami in 2007 and 2011, was released, winning 13 of their last 18 points of the first set.

The second was more even, but the improvement of the British was not enough to turn around the result.

The Scot got cooler the final after playing just three games in the tournament, thanks to the abandonment of Canadian Milos Raonic in the third round and Spanish Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Thanks to these contingencies, Murray had been on the track about three hours less than Djokovic, who did have to play the semifinals on Friday, where Argentine Juan Monaco ousted.

However, this difference was not reflected on the track. Murray suffered to make their service games, with several opportunities to break the serve by the Serbian, who solventaba his serve to go with much credit equaling the set (3-3).

The world number four, who this season had lost just three games and had won in Brisbane and a finalist in Dubai, increased the intensity of her tennis and improve their performance to complicate the life of the Serbian tennis player.

Equalizer spent four to five equal and serve to Murray. The Scots again suffered the unspeakable, but was able to save another point of "break" in their next game based on claw, which led the Miami put an audience definitely on your side.

But there arose again the figure of world number one, who drew six games and the "tie break" set the pace based on "aces" and power to take the match and win his second tournament of the year, after Australia Open in January.

Ferrer: "I have no obligation or pressure added"

David Ferrer, who faces the number one band of the Spanish team's tie against Austria in Davis Cup, which will compete this weekend in Oropesa del Mar (Castellón), refused to face a duel with a "pressure or obligation Added ".

"I have a greater obligation and I'm number one. Everyone has their role. When I was Rafa was the same. If I win my party are other good players in the team that can take the tie on. What is clear is that there must be union of the five, including the captain, to win, "said David Ferrer.

Ferrer refused any kind of confidence against Austria despite the condition of choice that gives Spain the Central team.

"It will be difficult. It is true that we are at home and that makes us favorites. But it must be demonstrated on the track. Going to be tough games. Jurgen Melzer is a great player, I have won on land and Nico Almagro also . In doubles, for example, are among the best in the world. It will not be an easy tie, "said David Ferrer.

The Alicante player, who missed the first round, played in Oviedo, against Kazakhstan, is reunited with Davis Cup, which comes with three titles already achieved this season (Acapulco, Buenos Aires and Auckland).

"I've been up a few games but I am confident because I started well, winning many games. Maybe the first day cost me a bit like everyone, but I have wanted to play and give a good level of tennis," said Ferrer, happy to play in Oropesa del Mar, near his home.

"It's nice to play in your community. Come more friends and family closer and more is a plus," he said.

Chris Singleton: The rookie spent $ 10,000 in lottery

During the past week the lottery was one of the most important topics of conversation in the United States because of a millionaire in the boat Megamillions close to $ 640 million.

The NBA was not immune to this madness and the most significant case was that of the Washington Wizards player Chris Singleton . The rookie selected in the eighteenth position of the last draft used his Twitter account to make public its bid: $ 10,000 in lottery. The guard wins a figure close to a million and a half in his first year in the NBA and considered a good investment to buy lottery tickets, "was either this or spend it at clubs."

Throughout the week was in charge of defending its financial operation. As reported by Yahoo, Singler had to go to several stores to buy all the tickets, because there were not enough in one. There were three WINNERS with the numbers 2-4-23-38-46 and the 'megabola' 23, divided the spoils, unfortunately for him, was not the acertante from the combination. The player himself said in the social networks that had won something (normal after the investment), but did not know the exact amount because I had not checked the tickets.

Singleton has started 38 games with averages of 22.1 minutes, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 points per game.

Kobe Bryant blames "basketball gods" of their Canaston

Have you seen the incredible Kobe triple the Nets?

With suspense. So came the decisive basket Lakers-Nets ( 91-87 ). Kobe Bryant , one of the best players in the final minutes, charged with the responsibility to kill off the game and got it. Everything was whiteboard move Mike Brown came out to perfection with two players: Kobe and Pau . Gasol had a mission to make Kobe a lock for the NBA comfortable and throw it more than fulfilled in blocking, as recognized technical and scoring after the meeting.

Kobe launched without any defense from beyond the triple line and the ball took his part to enter. According to ESPN, since the first ball hits the rim until it enters spent nearly two seconds (from 8.7 to 6.8).

A hoop from warming 'pissed' to Humphries , who joked about it: "Before the game I said, go easy on this rim is loose. This may hurt us in the fourth quarter. Not really, but the ring if it is more loose ".

The Lakers guard rather than the ring was grateful to several deities, "gods of basketball were on our side today," although a more earthly gave Deron Williams , the victim of 'Canaston': "Take that for scoring baskets as Throughout his career, is no longer a surprise. "

Everyone was aware that the move would be for Bryant, Pau but blocking prevented the Nets' defense could stop the basket: "Kobe was free, but all of Hall knew he was going to throw the last shot "said coach resigned New Jersey Avery Johnson.

The Christian image is better than Messi

The Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the image most valued by the market, about 40 million, three more than the Argentine Leo Messi, according to a study by the IPAM marketing school Lusa.

The report, widely reported by local media, was developed under a scientific methodology called "Reputation Index Deportiva", whose goal is to assess the reputation, popularity and reputation of an athlete or coach.

Through the analysis of income, presence in the media, internet, record, social dimension and impact, Ronaldo gets a 77 on a scale of 0 to 100, while Messi sum by 74.

In the Network and in terms of outreach, the 'seven' of Real Madrid exceeds the '10 'Barca as it has, for example, most followers on the social network "Facebook" -42 million compared to 34 - and is cited more scientific articles (2,157 versus 1608).

The Portuguese also won the Argentine wage -13000000 to 12 - but lost in the total income, track record and media exposure.

Messi has rights of image you provide, annually, 21 million euros and accumulated 18 titles and three groups Ballon compared with 10 trophies and a distinction Ronaldo as the best footballer in the world.

For Daniel Sa, director of IPAM - Marketing School The Oporto and Aveiro and study author, "the advantage of Ronaldo to Messi is due mainly to the irreverent style, strong and aggressive Portuguese profile contrasts with the Argentine international off ".

Also, five years of Portuguese at Manchester United, who dispute the English championship, the most visible and profitable of all, give advantage.

IPAM himself earlier this year released a study that placed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, as more valuable from the standpoint of marketing that of Barcelona, ​​Josep Guardiola.

The thorn stuck Leo Messi

In a season that Leo Messi is determined to break all the records have or might have, the Argentine international has found a new incentive to keep proving to be one of the most complete players in the world. The 'Flea' looks to AC Milan striker break his slump when Italian teams in front.

Their records are more than discrete. In seven games in which has been before Italian teams, Messi could only score a goal ... and penalty . It was in the group stage of this edition of the Champions League against Milan and Allegri. In that game at San Siro on November 23, Nesta brought down inside the area Xavi and Messi (who saw the yellow to make a 'paradinha' and had to repeat the launch of the maximum penalty) scored his first goal against an Italian club for the first time in his professional career. Before, Messi also had played against the Rossoneri in the group stage and failed to beat in no time at Abbiati.

It all started in 2005/06 season against Udinese
's first face to face Messi to a whole country of the boot was on the 2005/06 season. The Argentine was in training and playing with the first team and the club was measured at Udinese in the group stage of the Champions League. In the first meeting between the two, Barça endorsed a win at Udinese (4-1) and Messi played until the 70th minute. Frank Rijkaard replaced him Ezquerro. In the match played at the Friuli stadium, the 'Flea' saw the whole game from the bench.

The Argentina international had to wait three seasons to re-measured to an Italian team was in the 2009/10, the year that Barcelona had to play against Inter Milan on three occasions.

On the first day of the group stages of the Champions League, Barca did not exceed 0-0 to the 'neroazzurri' at San Siro. Leo Messi played 90 minutes and this time the powder was wet. Of the 15 shots he made, six were on goal.

On the fifth day of that same group stage, the set of Pep Guardiola gave a lesson in football by Jose Mourinho and Inter won 2-0 with goals from Piqué and Pedro. Messi, who arrived with physical complaints that party, did not have minutes and saw the whole game sitting on the bench. As fate would have both teams in the semis again to cross. On the way Inter Milan managed to turn Messi who was unmarked and won 3-1. In turn, the solitary goal of Pique did not serve to give the ticket to the final to Barcelona. Leo turned to leave with his tally to zero.

If he can break the curse of the Italian teams, with the albiceleste international goals continue to be added to a meteoric career. And is that at this point in season Messi is also the top scorer in the Champions League with 12 goals.

Closed London 2012 soccer

The resolution of the CONCACAF qualifying has left practically closed the composition of the football tournament of the Olympic Games in the absence of Oman, Senegal meeting, to be held on 23 April in Coventry one day before the draw.

Mexico and Honduras in the tournament carry the day of the CONCACAF Under 23 and both the number of qualifiers for the men's game in London in 2012 amounted to fifteen selections.

Oman and Senegal, representatives from Asia and Africa, settled a playoff at the stadium in the City of Coventry, and close the payroll.

Argentina will not defend title
The main novelty is the absence of defending champion Argentina. Brazil and Uruguay will be representing South America and as usual contenders to fight for the podium.

The Charruas return to the Games after a long time, who won consecutively in 1924 and 1928.

Spain, European champion and a list of juicy young figures, leads the contingent of the Old Continent, which also includes host Britain, Switzerland and Belarus.

Asia now be represented by Japan, bronze in Mexico 1968, South Korea and United Arab Emirates; Pacific by New Zealand, and Africa Gabon, continental champion surprising, Morocco and Egypt.

CR7 conquers the kingdom with a prodigious party

The more you yell, worse. Because more is growing. And if Christian and makes a difference without being bitten, when he feels persecuted is lethal. You can go to take a right to electrocute the ball and in through the square owned by the St. Vitus dance. Of course, those who once whistled, now sit back in silence. This happened yesterday in the old Sadar, Ronaldo hostile territory, where his two previous visits and had won or had marked. Retaliated last night with a performance that will take time to forget in Pamplona. Brace of goals and assists.

The local parish soon nor a minute to throw pepper in the eye. At the start of heating, the warble of 'the Portuguese ...' invaded the hottest fund pinko feud. Rather than duck down, the Luso grabbed a ball and close enough to be seen, but timely away not to tempt fate, began to juggle with the ball. It was a message. "Pitad, pitad, then we see."

And both. He started the match and grabbed the ball that put the first goal in Benzema. He had previously led to two faults, one with yellow Sergio. All this in six minutes. He followed with two heels. And told with an air-ground missile that almost slips. The second time lucky. Golazo right leg out of a portentous. He pulled up his pants to show it and he had his moment of glory.

In the second half down the piston. Higuain is cluttered with no goal and one goal between them soured sung. He avoided going to shock aware that he carries a yellow suspension. But never forget the 7 of Madrid. Before finishing the match ended its losing streak at the launch of faults. He signed his double-throw.

After the celebration, turned to the warm background, looked at his fist. His dedication. Higuain then attended the fifth, which completed the scoring.

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