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chicaritoJavier Hernandez returns as a starter and scored in the win for the Red Devils'''' over Wigan

The Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernández returned to the team title with Manchester United and did so with a goal and assist in the Old Trafford stadium in the 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the start of the day four Premier League.

After seeing action just 18 minutes in three games, Hernandez received the opportunity of Alex Ferguson and started home, and even missed a penalty six minutes just washed his error in the plugin to work with the result.

Forced to victory, the Red Devils were better much of the first half and created the better chances, as a penalty "gifted"
nailing after Danny Welbeck, same as the badly executed "Chicharito" and who saved the Omani goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi Abdullah Harib.

Despite attempts by Mexican and Welbeck, the gunners were not
thoughtful on offense and Ali Abdullah Harib occasions was wise that was required to send the game to break scoreless.

Just six minutes had elapsed when the visiting goalkeeper complement erred because no forwarding service wise way and opened the way for the home win, as Paul Scholes, inside the area, fired

Manchester United seized the moment and continued his feast of goals. After a shot-Dutch center Alexander Buttner, diverting the ball Javier Hernandez on the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-0 and get his first target of the season, at 63 '.

The same Buttner, at 66 ', got his touchdown after a great individual move down the left, where you headed to the area, took off three defenders and shot from a tight angle to beat the goalkeeper for the 3-0 Omani.

Since the Dutch star Robin van Persie on the court, the "Chicharito" put half goal, but the striker failed local front of goal, the Mexican national team put another service, this outside the box to Nick Powell, who with powerful right managed the final 4-0, 82.

So, in a match where Hernandez Balcazar was active and took the opportunity in his return to the title, Manchester United reached nine points, while his rival was left with four.

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fishing-tournamentAfter a long wait, on Saturday three marlin were measured in their regulatory weight, but the first places of Friday conserved the lead and took the prizes, in the 7th Fishing Tournament of Marlin and Tuna of the Fishing Club of Banderas Bay

The afternoon of the second day of competition three new specimens of Marlin were presented to weigh-in at the amphitheater of Paradise Village, but the leaderboard did not change. This is because Juan Moll, aboard the boat 'Maverick' , presented a weevil of 117.400 kilograms which allowed him to stay in third place, despite that Luis Manuel Ocaranza, in 'El Matador', had registered one a little earlier of 115.600 that had supplanted Moll for a few minutes from the prize.
Also on the second day of competition the boat of the hosts, the Fishing Club of Bahia de Banderas, with Rodolfo Barcenas Escudero to the head, presented a 105.900 kilogram weevil to place in sixth position. In the two days of competition there was no catch of gold fish, tuna or sailfish in the regulatory weight, therefore the awards were deserted.

Then came the awards, but not before raffling many of the prizes among members of the registered fishing groups, which were attended by members of the board, led by Alberto Sánchez Cardenas.

When it was his turn to speak, he said that it was a good tournament, with few competitors but all in good spirits for participating in this tournament which gradually has been consolidated, especially thanks to the sponsors that help us.

On the subject of the lack of tuna, he said that it is probably due to the tuna vessels, which are very close to the coast and devour everything, but there are going to be talks with the Harbor to check the situation, as it is not certain. "Now we are going to prepare for the Fishing Tournament of Puerto Vallarta in November."

Vallarta Opina spoke with Esteban Torres Soto, captain of the team "Ana Maria", with over 20 years of experience, who narrated how it was that they pulled out the specimen that gave them the first place and how they barely got there in time for the weighing.

"It was up to the last minute. We had little time to get to the scale and we had to apply a little more pressure to the spool to be able to make it on time, but thank God we got there 3 minutes before closing time", he says with the satisfaction of a winner in the face.

Similarly he said that the marlin was captured in a place known as "the bank", which is located 46 nautical miles from the Marina of Nuevo Vallarta and was where most of the boats went, "there were a lot of dolphins who would not let us fish, we would complain because they would take the bait, but being stubborn we continued and at last we were lucky and we made it", he says while indulging in a drink from the sponsors.

The now famous "Tibi", also known as Esteban Torres, said that they have been fishing in most of the tournaments, or about 12 a year, but this year, due to external factors, this is just the first one, and they could no longer be in six. He said that they are going to the tournaments of Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Los Cabos, San Blas and in Puerto Vallarta he says that they have already won about 12 tournaments in the Marlin category and that they expect to take the one of this year.

It should be remembered that the team "Ana Maria" pulled a marlin of 262.500 kilograms, with a height of 3.49 meters, a billfish that was good enough to give them that coveted title during the 7th International Fishing Tournament of Tuna and Marlin of Banderas Bay, in Riviera Nayarit.

The Marlin Captures
1.- Ana María                                                          262.500 Kg
2.- Giallo                                                                 184.700 Kg
3.- Maverick                                                            117.400 Kg
4.- El Matador                                                         115.600 Kg
5.- Maverick                                                             112.200 Kg
6.- Club de Pesca de Bahía de Banderas       105.900 Kg

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traviesoArce returns to the ring after a 12 year absence his land

The Mexican boxer will face Panamanian Mauricio Martinez, this September 22 in Los Mochis polyfunctional Gym

MEXICO CITY (20/SEP/2012.) - The prodigal son returns to Los Mochis. In a land of several world champions in boxing, Jorge "Travieso" Arce comes again stand before his people on Saturday, after an Absence of 12 Years

"Note that I have not fought here since I proclaimed world champion. I've never gone back to fight here in Los Mochis, so they are already 12 years. You know that this is a land of champions and all have fought here, except me. I am currently the most popular and I have not submitted, then I get very excited that my governor will support me for this fight, just like people. It will be a great event, "said Arce in telephone interview

"El Travieso" (02/06/60, 46KO) takes on Panamanian Mauricio Martinez (1/12/36, 24 KO) this September 22 in Los Mochis polyfunctional Gym, Combat agreed to 10 rounds.

The five-time world champion in different divisions, the only Latin American pugilist, expected to give back to his people all the love and support he has received to train as monarch of the world.

"It's a little to give back to life of boxing and what I have given. I think fighting here and to give a great display of boxing will be great. Before I retiring from boxing, I wanted to retire in my land. Now given this opportunity, I'm training hard, "says the mochiteco.

Arce is someone who does not go unnoticed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. People identifies him, salutes him and wishes him well always before his fights. It is therefore felt that the boxer admits nerves to want to show the best of his repertoire of strokes.

"In fact, I feel more pressured to fight here in my country than elsewhere, because my family and friends, people who started with me learn boxing will be here . I'm a little nervous, but I feel well prepared for this fight, "he highlighted.

Arce also hopes that this fight is the help you get around the blade of his previous appearance where he finished "no contest" to the Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas, once stopped the fight by a blow to the ear not allowed to continue in the fight, only the second round.

Over rival on Saturday, "El Travieso" admits he does not know much of his career. However, warns deserve your undivided attention.

"I do not know much. I know it and Panamanian southpaw, but I've never seen him fight, but I'm ready for anything. I have a lot of experience. Let's see how we go, "notes Arce, of what will be his return to his beloved Mochis

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Boy surfing in ocean Sayulita Photograph: Sollina Images/Getty Images/Blend Images
Lush tropical jungle meets eminently ridable waves for all levels in this former fishing village turned artsy surf town just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s central Pacific coast. Colourful cafes and bars, and galleries peddling local Huichol tribal art, are plentiful and street food vendors sell original takes on the taco. Lunazul is a family-run surf school, where lessons start at $40pp including equipment, and they’re so confident of their teaching that anyone who doesn’t stand up on their first lesson doesn’t pay. Lunazul also rents high- quality shortboards, longboards and softboards for beginners, and runs trips to nearby secret spots.

Canggu, Bali

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A decade ago, Canggu was just a black-sand beach with one food shack, rice paddies as far as the eye could see and a fantastic reef break for intermediate surfers wanting to take their skill to the next level. The wave is unchanged, though a little more crowded in peak season and there’s now a vibrant cafe scene and some hip places to stay, though it’s kept a laid-back, wellness-crowd vibe with none of the brashness of Kuta or swankiness of Seminyak. The Shady Shack is a great new spot for juices, low-alcohol coolers and tasty vegan food. Canteen Café, where vintage surf and skateboards adorn the walls, does excellent coffee and brunch. The Chillhouse (doubles from €110 B&B) also offers surf lessons from €49, including board hire and a ratio of one coach to two guests. Yoga classes cost €9.

Sennen Cove, Cornwall

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If Newquay is the loud, beating heart of the UK surf scene, Sennen Cove is its more peaceful and reflective soul. It takes another hour to get there, almost as far as Land’s End, but it’s worth every minute. The waves are some of the most consistent in the country, with a beach break that works left and right and will suit most abilities, but is far less crowded than many Cornish surf spots. The location feels wild and unspoiled with clear ocean, rolling grassy hills and craggy cliffs. The Sennen Surfing Centre offers lessons from £30, and board and wetsuit can be hired on the beach from £14. Yurt accommodation costs £19pp a night at Whitesands Lodge just inland from the beach. Ben Tunnicliffe’s Sennen Cove family-friendly restaurant is worth a visit for fresh, unfussy seasonal cooking, or a guest ale with a view of the waves at its wooden outdoor bar, the Surf Den.

Hoddevik, Norway

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Thanks to recent advances in wetsuit technology, surfing in the icy waters off Norway is not just possible but wholly enjoyable. There are zero crowds and the beaches are wild and rugged – in natural amphitheatres with steep majestic mountains all around. The cliffs also protect the waves from the wind and the swell is remarkably consistent, with breaks to suit all levels. Lapoint Surf Camps runs packages in the fishing village of Hoddevik for beginner and intermediate surfers, including accommodation for seven nights, small-group lessons, board and wetsuit hire and use of the house kitchen from €577.

Waikiki, Hawaii

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California may be the obvious capital of surfing in the US, but Hawaii, where the sport originated, is its spiritual home. Waikiki, the beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu, is a great place to learn to surf, as the water is warm, the waves roll in gently and the rides are long, so when you do stand up you really get to enjoy it. With its high-rise backdrop, Waikiki is often dismissed as a tourist trap but it’s now finding fresh favour among visitors wanting a tropical beach holiday with some urban benefits, such as good food and decent coffee. Affordable hotels aren’t easy to come by but Maile Sky Court has doubles from $105. Star Beachboys runs group surf lessons for $40pp.

Lagos, Portugal

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In the south-west corner of the Algarve, Lagos is well-placed to pick up swells from every direction; it has breaks for all levels of surfer within easy reach. The town beach, Meia Praia, is a good beginner’s wave, while Zavial, 20 minutes’ drive west, is a world-class point break for experienced surfers. The attractive old fishing town boasts great sea-themed restaurants such as Escondidinho (Rua do Cemitério 38) and The Blue Door (Rua dos Ferreiros 17), but a big part of the Lagos sell has always been that it is a good place to party. Mellow Loco, run by pro surfers Marlon and Melvin Lipke, is the wildest spot, and Stevie Ray’s has popular live funk and soul nights. Health-conscious surfers will love new juice and salad bar Bora, healthy breakfast gem Fresca and the health store and restaurant Mar D’Estorias.The oldest surf camp provider in town, Surf Experience, is introducing a Girl Fitness Surf Week () by sports coach and surfer Sophie Everard from 24 September-1 October. It costs £800 and includes meals, surfing, yoga, trail running, mountain biking, outdoor fitness classes, accommodation and transfers from Faro airport; flights are not included. Lagos Surf Rentals rents boards from €15 a day.

El Paredón, Guatemala

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A growing band of travellers are converging on the small fishing village of El Paredón, which offers Guatemala’s most consistent surf at a beach break that never gets crowded and can accommodate most levels of surfer, depending on the tide. Turtles nest on the black sand beach, and mangrove forests grow all around. At Paredón Surf House private surf lessons cost about £12, board hire starts at £10 a day, and dorm beds £8 a night. The surf house supports a social enterprise, La Choza Chula, which has built a secondary school and library in the village, and provides English lessons for children.

Hossegor, France

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When the swell is pumping, Hossegor’s pounding beach breaks are not for the faint-hearted, but experienced and strong intermediates revel in some of the best waves in the world, and some of the warmest sea temperatures in the Atlantic. La Sud, at the southern end, is a calmer, more sheltered spot for beginners and improvers. With world-class waves come world-class surfers, and as a result there’s no shortage of relaxed places to hang out and party. Lou Cabana on the naturist Plage des Culs Nus has a tasty daily menu and great music and vibes at sunset. Meg’s Café is the place for coffee and Tante Jeanne the ultimate ice-cream spot. Collective Soul is good for vintage furniture, art and clothes. Local surf shaper Chipiron makes custom boards, offers surf lessons from €38 a day and rents good quality boards from €10. The rental cost is taken off the price for anyone who later buys a board. Hostel h2O Holidays does B&B from €30pp.

Tofo Beach, Mozambique

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From a wave-riding point of view, Mozambique is relatively unexplored, yet much of its 2,500km coastline is surfable, with tropical blue waters washing on to palm-fronted white sandy beaches. Tofo, on the Ponta da Barra peninsula, is a pretty beach town with a central market that sells bright sarongs as well as fruit, veg and fish. Small, clean waves are protected by a headland and a reef, so it’s a good place for learners and improvers, though more advanced surfers won’t have to travel far to find challenging reef breaks, and the world-class, right-hand point breaks at nearby Tofinho beach. Errant Surf offers seven nights in a shared house from £78pp, surf lessons from £12 and board hire from £13 a day.

San Vicente de la Barquera, Spain

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On the coast of Cantabria, amid the meadows, dunes, forests, cliffs and beaches of the Oyambre natural park, sits the estuarine village of San Vicente de la Barquera. Merón is its main beach, with great conditions for learning and more difficult peaks for more advanced surfers. San Vicente has many excellent seafood restaurants, such as Boga-Boga, which has been running for 50 years and has a great nautical-themed interior, but the region is also famed for its ham, wine and cheeses. Nácar, an offshoot of the Michelin-starred Annua, does tasty and reasonably priced tapas. Dream Surf Camp offers a week’s accommodation plus full board and surf kit in both normal and glamping tents from €229pp. Ten hours’ lessons costs €95. Yoga, mountain biking and massages are available, and there’s an on site bar with musical instruments to borrow.

 

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karate-championshipsOver 500 competitors from 10 different countries will visit the Riviera Nayarit from August 14-17 to participate in this international event, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 world competition in Argelia. 

The 12th ISKF Pan-American Karate Championships will be celebrated from August 14-17 at Nuevo Vallarta’s Paradise Village Hotel in the Riviera Nayarit. This martial arts encounter consists of technical and refereeing seminars, as well as competitions ranging from green to black belt levels.

Five hundred competitors from nine different countries will participate in this international competition, including Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and the United States.

The secretary of the Mexico chapter of the ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation), José Luis Dueñas Castañeda, indicated 200 of the competitors are Mexican; 80 of them are from Nayarit, many of them living in the bay area. Around 100 companions will join the competitors.

“I can say the sponsorship of the Riviera Nayarit has been magnificent,” he stated. “We’re very grateful for the wonderful support we’re receiving, including the excellent service and the follow up that is being given to our event.”

The technical seminars will take place on Thursday the 14th, led by master Hiroyoshi Okazaki in the morning and in the afternoon by master Yutaka Yagushi. On Friday the 15th those who wish to go up a level will present their Dan examinations; there will also be a seminar held for the judges.

The Kata and Kumite eliminations will be held on Saturday the 16th with the finals on the last day. The participants are aged 8 and older. This competition will also qualify fighters 18 and older for the 2016 world competition in Argelia.

“There are very few opportunities to hold events of this magnitude so that was the main purpose for organizing this event; it was also important for us to add our ‘grain of sand’ in attracting resources to the area,” added Dueñas Castañeda.

The fights and presentations will take place in the host hotel’s Convention Center free of charge for tourists and visitors wishing to see this top-notch competition. To get your access wristband please contact José Luis Dueñas at 322 105 11 76 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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lisoccerMexican soccer’s reigning champ faces the #2 team in regular season play

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – May 7, 2014 - Deportes Telemundo, home of Club León, and mun2, the leading Hispanic entertainment cable network, presents the away match of the Liguilla semifinal in the Liga MX 2014 Closing Tournament with a vibrant encounter between León and Toluca, this Thursday, May 8 at 9PM EST/8PM CST/6PM PST live on mun2. The professional and experienced Deportes Telemundo sportscasting team, featuring Andrés Cantor, Sammy Sadovnik and Carlos Hermosillo, brings its expert commentary to a match that pits the current champ against the second best team in regular season play. León is out to repeat last season’s stellar performance to win the championship for the second year in a row. Every second of this eagerly awaited event will be aired live on mun2, deportestelemundo.com, the m.telemundo.com mobile page, and in high definition on the “Deportes Telemundo” mobile app.

Toluca won its tenth and last title on May 23, 2010, when it beat Club Santos Laguna in penalty kicks after a memorable save by Alfredo Talavera. The team comes to the semifinals after eliminating the Xolos de Tijuana 3-1. Toluca held the #2 spot repeatedly in regular season play and was the team with the best goal difference in the tournament.

Club León takes the field fresh off of eliminating tournament leader and favorite Cruz Azul, a feat it accomplished with two ties (1-1 in León, Guanajuato and 2-2 at Mexico City’s Estadio Azul). The tiebreaker was the number of goals scored by the away team.

The two clubs last met on the field on the 15th day of the tournament, Sunday, April 13, when Toluca won a hotly contested match 2-1 at Estadio Nemesio Díez in Mexico City. They have never played each other in short Liguilla tournaments, but they did feature in one of the most memorable tournaments in Mexican soccer back in the 1974-75 season, when the Liguilla system consisted of a series of reciprocal home and away games between four teams. The team with the most points won, with no final match like the ones played today. The game that determined the championship that year featured none other than Toluca and León. Toluca took home the title after Estupiñán scored a single goal in minute 51 of the game. Ironically, the winning lineup also featured Uruguay’s Roberto Matosas, father of current Léon coach Gustavo Matosas.

About Deportes Telemundo:

Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media’s sports division, is one of the United States’ leading providers of Spanish-language sports content. In addition to being “the home of the Olympic Games in Spanish in the United States,” Deportes Telemundo presents Mexican national team games in the World Cup eliminations; all Club León home games in the Liga MX; and the leading boxing program in Spanish, “Boxeo Telemundo.” It also has the TV and online rights in the US Spanish-language market to the FIFA World Cup, the world’s top soccer tournament, on all platforms (except radio) from 2015 to 2022.

In addition to top sporting events, Deportes Telemundo produces two leading sports and entertainment programs: “Titulares y más” and “Titulares Telemundo,” which present analysis of the latest sports news along with entertainment and lifestyle segments. The award-winning Deportes Telemundo team of sportscasters is led by the world-famous Andrés Cantor, with Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Carlos Hermosillo, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Ana Jurka, René Giraldo and Kaziro Aoyama.

About mun2:

mun2 is the destination for young, Hispanic adults 18-34 and 18-49, providing authentic, vibrant Latino content for the fastest growing population group in the U.S. As the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, mun2 combines the best in reality, scripted, music and sports programming to reflect the diverse lifestyle and language of its audience.  The networks’ content can be found across multiple platforms, including its award winning mun2.tv site. With offices in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, the network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.

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SPWWith the World Cup in Brazil looming, The Associated Press takes a look at 10 great players in the tournament's history:

PELE:
Considered by many the greatest player in football history, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil. He was a teenager when he helped the "Selecao" lift the trophy in 1958, then four years later he won again despite playing only one match because of an injury. Pele's career was at its peak when he led Brazil to victory in 1970. He remains the only player to win three titles.

DIEGO MARADONA:
Maradona was joint FIFA player of the 20th century with Pele. "El Pibe de Oro" inspired Argentina to victory in the 1986 tournament. The English will never forgive him for his "Hand of God" goal en route to winning in Mexico. And perhaps his own people, the Argentines, will never forgive him for being a terrible national coach four years ago in South Africa. But as a player, Maradona was peerless in his heyday, although drug problems marred the end of his career.

RONALDO:
He is the most prolific scorer in World Cups with 15. He was a youngster in the Brazil squad that won the 1994 World Cup, then helped Brazil reach the final both in 1998 and 2002. He had convulsions hours before the 1998 final in France and didn't play well in a 3-0 loss to the hosts, but four years later in Yokohama he scored twice in the final to give Brazil its fifth world title. Ronaldo's last World Cup was in 2006.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE:
People who don't know football remember Zidane for the headbutt that put Marco Materazzi on the floor in the 2006 final. That earned Zidane a red card and an ignominious end to a glorious career. The connoisseurs cherish a player gifted with uncommon skill and technique, coupled with a penchant for big-game goals. The three-time world player of the year helped France win the 1998 World Cup on home soil -- scoring on two headers in the final -- and the 2000 European Championship. Soon after, he was sold by Juventus to Real Madrid for a then-record fee of $65 million.

JUST FONTAINE
Fontaine holds a record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon: Scoring 13 goals in a single tournament. Fontaine took six games to achieve his feat in 1958 in Sweden, where he was a last-minute inclusion for France. Entering the tournament, the Moroccan-born Fontaine was a little-known forward outside of the French league. Yet he tormented opponents with his speed and finishing touch -- and even with someone else's boots. He had to borrow a pair after damaging his own boots in practice.

FRANZ BECKENBAUER
Beckenbauer defined the role of libero, and his elegant and effortless style earned him the nickname the Kaiser. Beckenbauer is the only man to captain (in 1974) and coach (1990) a team to the World Cup title. Beckenbauer made 103 appearances for Germany and is considered the football power's greatest player. He also served as coach and president of Bayern Munich, where he won every available club honour as a player. At 68, he has given up official functions but still works for television and remains vastly popular in Germany.

JOHAN CRUYFF
He never won a World Cup, never was top scorer and played only one final tournament. Yet it was more than enough to turn Johan Cruyff into a World Cup great because less than a handful of the game's greatest stars combined beauty, speed, vision and elegance like he did. At the 1974 event in West Germany, Cruyff led the Oranje with guile and cockiness as the Netherlands beat teams like Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil with free-flowing "Total Football" to reach the final against the host team. In his finest moment, the lanky playmaker used his dumbfounding body feints and speed to cut through the German defence from the opening kickoff to force a penalty and give the Netherlands the surprise lead. Shockingly, with the cup for the taking, Cruyff and the Dutch machine sputtered and stopped.

EUSEBIO
Of all the spectacular moments in Eusebio's two-decade career, perhaps the most memorable was the comeback he inspired by Portugal against North Korea in the quarterfinals of the 1966 event in England. After Portugal fell 3-0 behind, Eusebio scored four goals in just over 30 minutes, demonstrating the athletic prowess and sure-eyed finishing that made him one of the world's top scorers in the 1960s. Born into poverty in Africa, Eusebio became known as the Black Panther for his agility and hard-charging attacks. He was awarded the Ballon d'Or in 1965, and twice won the Golden Boot - in 1968 and 1973 - for being top scorer in Europe. He died in January.

LEV YASHIN
The only goalkeeper ever voted European footballer of the year, Lev Yashin helped to redefine goalkeeping, producing acrobatic saves and marshalling his defence as few had done before. After bursting onto the international scene with spectacular stops against eventual winner Brazil at the 1958 tournament, he led the Soviet Union to fourth place in 1966, a result the team has yet to better. During a 20-year professional sports career, Yashin's exceptional reflexes even allowed him to be a multi-sport champion, winning the Soviet Cup ice hockey trophy with Dynamo Moscow.

GIUSEPPE MEAZZA
Regarded by many as the greatest Italian player, Meazza played in two World Cups, and Italy won both. Born and bred in a Milan suburb, the diminutive Meazza was 24 when Italy hosted the tournament in 1934. Used on the right wing rather than his favouritecentre-forward position, he unsettled defences with his dribbles and set up the move that led to Angelo Schiavio's winner in the final against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, his only goal was from the penalty spot against Brazil in the semifinals, his last appearance in an Italy shirt. AC Milan and Inter renamed their venue Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (better known as San Siro) after his death in 1979.


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By Bob Cohen

The 14th Annual Sidral Aga International Sports Classic came to an end late Sunday with the finals of the Open division basketball played in front of a full house at the Municipal Gym. Again in the finals was the Sidral Aga team, captained by Howard Kelsey and included a list of players that have played on a professional or Olympic level during their careers.

The last two years, the team suffered their first two losses in event history, facing the Mexican National team for the first time in 2005 and again in 2006. The Sidral Aga team is made up of players who have retired from competitive basketball and most fall into the over 45 bracket. Playing the younger and stronger Mexican squad was a difficult task and the "older" guys couldn't take the trophy in the finals in the 100+ degree heat inside the gym.

This year, the format changed, as a Masters division was formed and many from the Sidral Aga team played in the over 45 event. The Mexican Masters team was permitted to have any players that were over 40 years of age. The game was played at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Playing as the Vancouver Shadows the old guys filled the basket quickly and often against their Mexican opponent, the Euro Oficinas and led 36-20 after the first quarter. The lead opened to 60-35 at the half and Captain Howard Kelsey led the way, scoring 18 points by halftime.

The Mexican team was outmanned and had only two players on the bench, but did have a strong big man inside and a good long range shooter that launched some "threes" from beyond 25 feet. Bob Hieltjes and Jeff Moore form the Vancouver squad helped Kelsey, who finished with a game high 26 points, by adding 16 each. The bench finished out the final quarter as the good natured Masters final was won by Vancouver 91-69.

The Sunday Open Division final was played Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM and many of the same cast was looking for a second trophy. Added to the Sidral Aga team was the best point guard from Mexico, Enrique Zuniga, who was permitted to play as the National Team was not involved this year. Add Barry Randall and Jeff Moore to the backcourt and Bob Hieltjes and Lars Hansen to the frontcourt and there was quite a team on the floor. Ron Putzi was the first man in from the bench to replace any player.

Their opponents were named Selecion Vallarta, the best players from the Puerto Vallarta area. The team lacked a bit in size and did not offer the challenge that the powerful National Team did the last two years. But the team was tough, aggressive and was quite familiar with the gym and the warm conditions with had always hurt the team from the north.

Sidral Aga opened up a 25-17 lead almost completely on the shoulders of Barry Randle, who filled the basket with four "three pointers" in the opening quarter. Zuniga handled the ball throughout the first half with assists to all his supporting cast, especially Randle. The lead at halftime was 42-31 as Vallarta was staying close enough to take advantage of any lapses by the older, more experienced team.

No lapses or collapses occurred as Sidral Aga won by a final of 71-57, with Randle leading all scorers with 32 points and Zuniga scored 16, most in the second half. The game might be the end of the long reign of the Sidral Aga team in open competition. The youngest player is 43 and there are a few that are over 50 and Kelsey might opt to play in the Masters in future years.

Another good year of competition and fun was offered at the Municipal Gym and after the final each winning and finalist team was called out and presented with trophies. This year that also included a girl's team for the first time. Photos of the closing ceremonies show just some of the participants and award winners.

Picture, After the basketball finals, all award winners were presented with trophies in a party like atmosphere.

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MEXICO CITY — Mexicans are refusing to move on from the controversial penalty awarded to the Netherlands that knocked them out of the World Cup, with many registering their disapproval at the ballot box on Sunday.

Many Mexicans wrote, “No fue penal” (“It was not a penalty”), on ballot papers for regional elections in Nayarit and Coahuila, local media reported, rendering their votes invalid.

Mexico led the Netherlands in the last 16 of the World Cup until the 88th minute of their game in Fortaleza on June 29, until Wesley Sneijder equalised.

Arjen Robben then won a disputed injury-time penalty that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to send Mexico out of the tournament.

The phrase “it was not a penalty” has become common among Mexicans with president Enrique Pena Nieto even using it in a recent speech given to the tourism industry.

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guayaExpect a night ride, beach activities, a BMX and antique bike exhibit, mountain routes, street rides and plenty of fun for every skill level; the Corsa Beach Party car exhibit will also be in full swing at the same time.