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LAS VEGAS – The Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara fight featured the combination of two legendary Latino boxing traditions. Alvarez, the 23-year-old matinee idol from Guadalajara, represented the Mexican school of boxing – the art of controlled aggression. Lara, the amateur world champion from Guantanamo, represented the Cuban school of boxing – mastery of the ring and technical precision.

Both junior middleweight contenders upheld the storied boxing traditions of their proud cultures during their hotly contested bout at the MGM Grand on Saturday. Alvarez marched forward and attacked the body of his elusive opponent, landing especially hard with the signature punch of Mexican boxing – the left hook to the body. Lara employed a stick-and-move strategy, making Alvarez miss and making him pay.

Unfortunately for Lara, the Mexican style of boxing is more often rewarded by professional judges and that was the case on Saturday to the delight of the Alvarez fans who packed the Grand Garden Arena.

Alvarez won a split decision by scores of 117-111 from Levi Martinez and 115-113 from Dave Moretti. Judge Jerry Roth scored the fight for Lara by a 115-113 tally. Many boxing writers and fans agreed with Roth’s score, and more than a few believe the fight could have been a draw.

There were also many fight scribes and fans who thought Alvarez deserved the decision and saw no controversy at all in the scoring. Those same observers thought Lara moved his feet more than his hands during the fight and has no right to cry “robbery.”

Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 knockouts) certainly agreed with that sentiment.

“There’s a saying that to make love, you need a partner, and it’s the same thing with boxing, to make a fight you need a partner,” Alvarez said through Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez at the post-fight press conference.

“The first couple of rounds I was just trying to cut the distance,” Alvarez continued when asked if Lara’s stick-and-move tactics frustrated him, “but after a few rounds I was able to get inside and work the body. When I did that he started moving and running.”

After being soundly outmaneuvered and out-landed in the first two rounds, Alvarez’s vicious body attack enabled him to work his way into the fight during the middle rounds. The former junior middleweight champ appeared to take command of the bout when a big left uppercut landed to Lara’s right eye, producing a nasty cut that bled for the rest of the fight.

“When I cut him with that uppercut he ran even more,” Alvarez said, “but I thought I landed the harder punches and that’s why I won the fight.”

Alvarez threw more punches (415 to 386, according to CompuBox’s ShoStats) but connected with fewer total shots (97 to Lara’s 107). Lara soundly out-jabbed the crowd favorite, connecting with 55 of 246, while Alvarez only landed nine of 183 jabs (for a dismal 5 percent connect rate).

However, Alvarez made up for his lack of jabs in the power-punch department, connecting with 88 of 232 hard shots (73 of which were to Lara’s body). Lara landed 52 of 140 power punches, none of which were to the body.

Still, the shots Lara landed to Alvarez’s head – mostly jabs and straight lefts – were quality blows. Alvarez, however, appeared unfazed when he was caught and continued to march forward throughout the fight.

“I never really felt his punches,” Alvarez said during the post-fight presser. “You can’t really get hurt against a guy who is constantly on his back foot and backing away the whole fight. But I think he felt my power because he wanted to get away.

“I was prepared to pressure a boxer who moves a lot but I didn’t think it was going to be that long of a marathon.”

Lara and his team were unapologetic for the amount of lateral movement employed, reminding Alvarez’s fans at the post-fight press conference that art of boxing is to hit and not get hit.

“I did my job and it was disgraceful what they did to me,” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) said through his co-manager Luis DeCubas Jr. at the post-fight presser. “Whoever that judge was who had it nine rounds to three for Alvarez, there’s no words to explain for him having Canelo winning that many rounds.”

When Lara’s trainer Ronnie Shields heard Martinez’s score of 117-111, he thought for sure it was for his fighter.

“The styles are different,” said Shields when he was asked why he didn’t implore his fighter to move less and punch more between rounds. “Canelo’s a guy who likes to stand in front of his opponent and throw punches, and as you saw, all night long Lara was making Canelo miss and he made him miss badly. Lara was landing clean punches, so I told him to continue doing what he was doing.”

“If you look at the first five rounds, we had it four-to-one. When you see your guy doing more than his opponent, that’s what you want to see, so you don’t ask for more.”

Lara staged a mini-rally in the final three rounds, when Alvarez typically fades a bit. The savvy southpaw landed one-two combinations and flashy right hooks on the fly as Alvarez loaded up and missed with big head shots, though he still continued to tag Lara’s body.

Roth scored Rounds 10 and 11 for Lara, which earned the Cuban the fight on the veteran judge’s scorecard. Moretti scored Round 10 for Lara. Martinez scored the final round for Lara. It wasn’t enough.

Lara lost for only the second time as a professional. His first setback came via majority decision against Paul Williams in 2012, a fight almost every observer apart from the official judges scored for Lara.

“This was worse than the Paul Williams fight,” Lara said of Saturday’s decision. “We need to do an immediate rematch, and I will show that I’m better than him just like I showed tonight. Oscar (De La Hoya) was a great boxer; he knows in his heart that this was a robbery, and so does Canelo.”

De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, which desperately needed Alvarez to win on Saturday due to the company’s recent split with former CEO Richard Schaefer and the potential loss of Al Haymon-managed fighters (of which Lara is one of), is not eager to grant Lara’s wish.

“There’s 10 guys in line who want to fight Canelo,” De La Hoya said. “Lara just got his shot, now he has to get back in line.”

De La Hoya acknowledged the trouble Lara gave the star of his promotional stable but he didn’t see any controversy in the decision.

“This fight reminds me of my fight with Pernell Whitaker,” De La Hoya said, recalling his somewhat controversial decision over the super slick American southpaw in 1997.

“Lara was the most avoided boxer on the planet. Why? Because of what he did tonight. And what did he do?”

The many Alvarez fans who attended the post-fight presser answered: “Run!”

“I apparently ran in my fight with Felix Trinidad and I lost the fight,” De La Hoya said, recalling his controversial majority decision loss in 1999. “And that was just for three rounds!”

De La Hoya’s showdown with Trinidad broke the pay-per-view buy and revenue records for a non-heavyweight bout, and a big part of the appeal of that fight was the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico angle.

Alvarez has a potential pay-per-view bonanza in front of him if a fight with RING and WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto, Puerto Rico’s most beloved fighter since Trinidad, can be made. The only fight bigger than Cotto vs. Canelo is Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, which most fans have given up on due to boxing’s Cold War.

However, De La Hoya has pledged to try do business with his former promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, which currently works with Cotto, and Arum seems willing to give peace a chance (provided Schaefer and Haymon aren’t in the mix), so Cotto-Alvarez is one super fight that might get made.

Alvarez and De La Hoya didn’t want to speculate on who might be next, but the soon-to-be 24-year-old star reminded the media that he will never avoid a challenge.

“I wanted to take the Lara fight because you guys said that I wouldn’t, and because he talked too much about me,” Alvarez said. “He said he’d take me to school, well guess what? I don’t think anybody wants to go to that school.”

Alvarez’s final comment was for the fans.

“I’m always going to take the best fights and the hardest fights, the fights you want to see.”

Alvarez beats Lara

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slide-danza-arabe-para-futuras-mamas-1311379681It's interesting how many people, including expectant mothers, pregnancy associated with "sedentary". Nothing is further from the truth. Most gynecologists advise women today moderate exercise (such as walking or Pilates) as long as they are many considerations among which, not to excessive pressure on the abdomen.

In the world of dance, one of the most recommended disciplines are Arab dances. It is even said that the Arab dance began as a fertility rite for women who would give birth. While it is said that the dancers through exercises Arab contraction / relaxation, they prepared for the subsequent delivery. This initial ratio of Arabic dance with pregnancy is a myth as no written evidence showing that so did the dance. However, today it is a dance that has gained popularity in North America for all mothers. Pregnancy Today Magazine says "pregnant women should create a playful relationship between her and her baby" ... "There is nothing better than Arabic dance to create such close contact with the baby."

Practically, Arabic dance is quite effective to adopt all the recommendations of doctors: is low impact, does not require great physical strength, movements can be modified depending on the stage of pregnancy and above all, fun. Arabic dance gives security, a sense of femininity for women and high self-esteem which is often weakened by psychological trauma during pregnancy. Most women prefer to attend a Dance Studio and entrusted to an instructor, but there are women who also works buy online video and dance from home, the important thing is to want to dance. There are even women accustomed to exercise, you have come to dance until the ninth month of pregnancy, and have even come to make public appearances as the teacher of this video on Youtube.

Of course all pregnancies and physical condition of women is different so it is essential to consult a doctor before continuing (or starting) a year. How footnote, usually it will be easier for women who exercised before pregnancy and doctors often prohibit the exercise to women who have been sedentary life. If you are not planning to be pregnant but mom, now is a good time to start dancing or exercising.

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regataMost likely, the history books will show the 2014 San Diego to Vallarta race as not a particularly fast race, but it wasn’t a slow one either. We had two world class trimarans entered, and without a spectacular weather system to hurl them at once in a while speeds, both entries beat the flat out speed record from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta established by Steve Fossett aboard Lakota (size/type) in 1998. Tom Siebels MOD 70 established the new mark of 2 days, 8 hours, 33 mins, 0 sec. Almost 6 hours later, HL Enloe’s Orma 60 limped across the line (broken port foil), also just an hour under Fossetts benchmark time. Renamed ‘Mighty Merloe’, this tri dominated the maxi-trimaran circuit when it was built and was the design basis for the MOD 70.

In the more traditional monohull fleet, there was good depth of entries. Twenty two boats were divided into four groups. Division 4 (4 boats) had the classic Lapworth designed Westward, who is making the West Coast ocean racing circuit this year, recently placing well in the 2013 Transpac… up to the classic maxi Velos (Tanton 73). Division 3 (5 boats) was the ‘50ish’ class including the venerable SC 50s, a J/125, and Rogers 46. Division 2 was the “West Coast 70s” class (6 boats). It is always a good thing when the 70s decide to show up. They are the hallmark of West Coast downwind sailing. Division 1 was the ‘turbo’ sleds (6 boats). These are the ‘sleds’ of the 21st century. They could also be called the “Transpac” class due to the design philosophy of the “TP” boats – 52s like Vincitore and Meanie, and 65s like Bad Pak. Smaller than the classes 70’s, but seem to have an extra forward gear and lots of speed.

In general terms, 2014 favored the smaller boats and Friday starters. The Division 3 and 4 boats started Friday, March 14, and got off the coast in a moderate but steady breeze. After 24hrs of sailing most of them had committed to staying off shore (recommended at a very nice skippers meeting with weather briefing from BuoyWeather and Peter Isler) and were well down past Punta Baja, gybing for some easterly progress. Saturday March 15 the Division 2 and 1 boats roared out of Point Loma on a better developed westerly breeze, but in 15 hours, most of the fleet was parked up at San Carlos while the Friday starters managed to escape the hole and kept steady progress south. By the time the sleds got going again mid-Monday, the Friday group was well past Cedros Island. This was key for the ‘little’ boats to stay in the game for overall honors.

It is worth writing here, about the completely different, “nuclear fast” trimarans. They started on Saturday also. In a single 24 hour period, with no special weather conditions, the two trimarans, basically match racing as they romped down the coast on a 500 mile/day pace, went winging through the Friday start fleets. Someone has a cool story to tell as we heard there were a few ‘crossings’ with the Tris zooming astern by a few boat lengths at 30 knots. They both went way outside in the first 24 hours (almost to Guadalupe Island) and avoided the trap the other Saturday starters lumbered into. Mostly because they could. But speed has a price. At some point in day two, Mighty Merloe discovered they had a broken port foil. They aren’t sure if they hit something or it just failed after 10 years of really fast sailing and lunging through the ocean. The foils provide significant stability to the tri design while it is hurling along. Without it, the boat is much more prone to pitch poling (bows dig into the water and the boat capsizes stern over bow!). So the crew adapted their tactics, and slowed the boat on one gybe, but held on tight on the other (when the broken foil would be retracted and out of the water anyway). And so it went down to the finish. Orion finished in two days, eight hours, thirty-three minutes, zero seconds. Race Committee spent more time at anchor finishing boats at Punta Mita than both the tris did sailing the 1000 mile course.

So by Tuesday, March 18, the sleds were passing Mag Bay and their hopes of a shot at first to finish were coming back. No special weather/surfing the waves (that is in the brochure)… just steady ‘better’ progress for the big boats. The Friday boats were entering the ‘crossing’ zone (where the race restarts) as they prepared to round the tip of Baja and cross the Sea of Cortez. And again, most of them pulled through this part of the course without major parking. And again…the sleds didn’t. Division 3 boats Bretwalda 3 and Hamachi along with Division 4 Velos played this hole the best and stretched their lead on everyone, which turned into a 1-2-3 overall performance, respectively for these sailors. Congratulations and ‘well played’!

And, for the third time, the sleds slid into yet another dead zone south of Cabo. “Brutal” was how it was described by several of the more experienced competitors. With tracking courtesy of Yellowbrick, family, friends and the Race Committee could watch each boat with, most notably, its speed and distance to go, updated each hour. Not often do you see sleds going 0.8. As for “inside or out” with respect to rounding Cabo… from watching the tracker, it would seem that the inside paid this year. That is not always the case. But for Vincitore (1st Class 1), Peligroso (2nd Class 1) and Pyewacket (1st Class 2), ducking under Cabo this year was the move.

Besides thanking all the skippers and crew that chose to come play with us, to say thank you to the following is an understatement. This event was brought to you by Steve Maloweny, Vallarta Race Chair. This is Steve’s second “PV Chair”, and he, in cooperation with MEXORC, brought the event back to Marina Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta proper. Thanks also to Karen Bush, trophy Chair, and to Commodore Sinks, Director Biehl and all the other members that came down to lend a hand and/or share in the camaraderie of this great west coast race.

Another huge thanks goes out to Bob Shinn and his Grand Banks 42 Andante, which was the finish boat. Bob and his boat came south in the cruiser rally “FUBAR” late last year. Having a nice platform and being at anchor for five days to finish boats, store provisions, supply a dinghy for support, electronics, radios, etc. is huge. Thanks also to SDYC member Mike Satterly who lives in Sayulita MX and assisted with many logistical details, not the least of which was helping at all hours on the finish boat. Both Bob and Mike are veterans of the PV race , even sailing together years ago when Manzanillo was the destination port. A special crew thanks goes out to Phil and Nancy Rink, a couple from Seattle and cruising MX for the last year, who happened to be anchored near the finish and jumped right in to help keep marks inflated, load beer bags, run for ice, vet finish formulas, and otherwise keep the RC company. And finally, everyone participating should acknowledge the Mexican Board of Tourisim, who actively supports this event, this year helping to underwrite the kickoff party at SDYC and the awards dinner at the Vallarta Westin Resort.

    Footnote:

First, we would like to thank the skipper and crew aboard Holua. They lost their prop just 17 miles into the race. Without much indecision, they determined the proper and safe thing to do was return to SD to consider a repair, before deciding to inquire if it would be possible to resume racing. In the end, they decided to retire and forego the trip, and other plans to participate in MEXORC. Tough call, but thank you for all the proper consideration of safety and the rules.

Then, it occurs to me that there are two kinds of ‘courage’ when it comes to light air racing. First, there are those that have put so much preparation, time, money, etc. into participating in the race but realize when the fun meter is broken, and retire from the race to preserve their sanity. SC 50 Deception should be applauded for that kind of courage. They swung by the RC finish boat in Punta Mita in high spirits and good humor. That takes courage and perspective.

Then, there are those who will keep sailing come hell, glassy water, scurvy…whatever. They deal with the seemingly prejudicial weather. They steel themselves against the slatting, and demoralizing lack of progress. While everyone no doubt has these stories…Mirage should be applauded for this courage…they gave their final five mile check in at 0356 PDT. They were going 4 kts. They gave their 2 mile check in at 0500 making 1 kt. At the 0700 tracker ping, they were .4 nm from the finish and going .3. And at 0832, they crossed the finish line! While they didn’t really have another choice, the last five miles of their 1000 mile journey took a little more than four and a half hours. That is a different kind of courage. Standing O.

We hope to see you all in 2016!

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – An historic exception is being made for US Under-20 international Juan Pablo Ocegueda, who is set to train at Chivas de Guadalajara in the build up to June’s U-20 World Cup.

The club confirmed to MLSsoccer.com on Monday that the 19-year-old left back is currently on loan at the Chivas institution from Liga MX club Tigres UANL, but the club’s “Mexican-only” policy doesn’t allow him to feature in official matches for the Rebaño Sagrado due to his decision to play for the United States.

There were suggestions in the Mexican press that Ocegueda would head north to his native Southern California to join Chivas USA following the US U-20 side’s successful CONCACAF qualification for the World Cup earlier this month.

But Chivas sporting director Dennis te Kloese says MLS rules prevented that from happening.

Gringo Report: Te Kloese reveals Chivas USA masterplan

“Our initial idea was to have him in Chivas USA, but league regulations make this too difficult and therefore he will be here in Guadalajara training to be able to play the U-20 World Cup,” Te Kloese told MLSsoccer.com on Monday.

Ocegueda was solid in defense during the qualifiers and started four of the US U-20 team’s five games under coach Tab Ramos. He has been a regular in the US U-20 cycle under Ramos.

Ocegueda previously played in Southern California for club side West Coast before te Kloese, who was formerly youth director at Tigres, signed him for the Monterrey club in January 2009.

The youngster’s long-term club future is still unknown, although if he was to play for the Guadalajara parent club, it would be a major shift in policy.

There is only one known case of a former US international playing for the Guadalajara parent club and that is current Chivas USA defender and Orange, Calif., native Carlos Borja. He played for both the US U-17 and U-20 teams and later featured in Chivas de Guadalajara’s reserve side Tapatío.

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All Ready For The Match Between FC Before The Zacatepec Coras

Game starts at 20:30 in the Cora Estadio

Tickets at the Government Palace and the Stadium Box Office

The Referees Committee of the Mexican Federation FC3tbol appointed to work in the quatrains that date one of the Apertura 2014 Ascent MX. For the game between FC Coras before the XXI Century Zacatepec the central referee will be Ángel Flores Galicia, assisted by Alfredo David Riveroll Ribbon and Mayte Ivone Chavez Garcia.

The fourth official will be Baruch Absalon Castellanos and advised by Antonio López Chávez.

The meeting is scheduled for this Friday at 20:30 pm in the Stadium Cora Nayarit capital. Policy Coras FC headed Jose Luis Higuera Barberi reported that the Government Palace box office will be open that day from 9:30 to 14:30.

Cora Stadium box office is open from 18:30. Prices range from 50 pesos to the Goal zone, the Preferred Area 100 Area 150 pesos and the Cora-Zone.

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The Banderas Bay is located between the states of Nayarit and Jalisco and is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the world. In fact, it is part of “The Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club,” based in France. Besides being the country’s largest bay, it receives the flow from the Ameca River, which is for all intents and purposes the border that divides both states and their cities: Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco and Nuevo Vallarta in Nayarit.

The bay is ideal for the practice of sailing sports of every kind. Its unique characteristics allow sailing to be practiced during the windy season as well as making it the perfect host destination for world-class events such as the Biannual Copa Mexico Regatta, which includes the J24, Láser, Optimist, Kite Surf, WindSurf, Club 420, Oceánica and Wesmex classes, the Wind Festival and the Optimist North American Championships (OPTINAM).

If you know your sailing, here’s some more technical info courtesy of Kites Surf Vacation:

  • Dominant winds: W. Respect to shore: side-onshore Best direction: SW, W.
  • It blows during the afternoon.
  • Best season: March, April, May and June.
  • The wind season is from January to June, after that the sea is so warm there is no sea breeze.
  • It is usually onshore but sometimes swings to the west a little.
  • The wind is always from sea breezes and is from 5-20mph.
  • Usually starts around 12-1 p.m. and on a good day continues until sunset 7-8 p.m.
  • You can get out 4-5 days a week easily in the wind season.

You can rent equipment for kitesurfing, windsurfing or even catamarans at the hotels or right on the beach. There are also specialty schools that can teach you the best techniques to ply the waters of the Banderas Bay.

If you’d rather take a tour on a luxury sailboat during the day or at sunset, we recommend you check with your hotel’s concierge or your travel agent. There are several tours available, so get your sunblock ready and prepare to weigh anchor!

 

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soccer-drawBenedetto inaugurated himself as scorer of the Xolos

In a debut night for the managers, the Xolos led the opening minutes, but Atlas retaliated to achieve a draw that tastes like defeat for the border team. 

Seven minutes were enough so that Jorge Almirón from the Xolos could score a goal in the Apertura 2013. Soccer returned to Tijuana and did so with a draw that in the end tasted like defeat.

On this night of debuts, the coach had visualized a good start and so it was for the newcomer Dario Benedetto, author of the goals of the Club Tijuana.

The return of Fernando Arce benefited the team as he attempted shots from outside the area. The fourth minute had just started when he sought to surprise the goalkeeper Alan Lopez, but the shot went above the goal.

The first minutes were of wide domain of Tijuana, which culminated at 7 ', when Benedetto took the ball from Facundo Erpen and upon the departure of the goalkeeper he scored the first one of the night

A goal that gave them confidence to keep attacking, however, Atlas attempted to pressure and at 13', with a free kick by Jahir Barraza arrived the first dangerous attack for the visitors, but his shot went over the goal of Adrian Zermeno.

Tijuana did not give up, at the 16', when Diego Olsina endured the ball, it went to Arce who shot from outside the area but the ball hit the crossbar.

Again, Benedetto dominated the night. At minute 18, he stole the ball, again outwitted Erpen and perfectly defined upon the bad exit of the keeper.

Atlas managed to close the gap on the scoreboard after a mistake by defender Xoloitzcuintle, who fouled in the area at 28' on Jahir Barraza and the referee signaled the maximum penalty. Vicente Matías regained at 30 by putting the match two to one.

With the score in its favor, Tijuana managed the game in the opening minutes of the second half, while Atlas wanted to take advantage of the errors that the Xolos might have, since the only arrivals were generated by Jahir Barraza.

A night that served so that Benedetto could consecrate himself to the team, when minute 64 came, he gave the third one of the night for Tijuana. The Argentinian received a through ball from Paul Arriola, he taunted the goalkeeper and scored his first "Hat-trick" in the First Division.

Given the downside, Atlas did not give up and Vuoso with a backward somersault scored the second for his team at 63'. The game seemed to be controlled by Tijuana, but at 83', Vuoso was able to outwit Gandolfi and pass it to Edson Rivera, who tied the game.

Draw that tastes like defeat for the Xolos, who will not play on the second against America, while the Atlas welcomes the Panzas Verdes from Leon.

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Given the downside, Atlas did not give up and Vuoso with a backward somersault scored the second for his team at 63'. The game seemed to be controlled by Tijuana, but at 83', Vuoso was able to outwit Gandolfi and pass it to Edson Rivera, who tied the game.

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Germany had a hisrotical semi-final, when they defeated The samba dancers, Brazil, with the score of 7 – 1, in a record breaking score in the history of the World Cup to qualify to the final as a serious favorit to win the title.

In the other semi-final, Argentina met one of the best teams in this World Cup, The Oranje, and Argentina made it to the final through penalty shootouts, to meet Germany in the Final. Let’s take a close look at the head to heads between the teams, and compare their perfomance so far in this World Cup.

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The facts:

  • Germany are set to play in their eighth World Cup final; more than any other nation. They have won three titles, and just one of their last four appearances in the World Cup final (1990 vs Argentina).
  • Germany have now reached a World Cup final in each of the last seven decades (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982 and 86, 1990, 2002 and now 2014).
  • Argentina are set to play in their fifth World Cup final, they have won two and lost two of the previous four.
  • This will be the third World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. They met in successive finals in 1986 and 1990, with each team lifting the title (3-2 Argentina in 1986, 1-0 Germany in 1990).
  • Germany v Argentina is the most played match up in the World Cup final.
  • This is the 10th time that teams from Europe and South America face each other in the final. Seven of these finals have been won by the teams from South America.
  • Both sides will face off for the seventh time at the World Cup, the only fixtures that have been played as often are Brazil v Sweden and Germany v Yugoslavia/Serbia (seven times).
  • Germany have won three and lost just one of the previous six World Cup encounters with Argentina.
  • Germany had eliminated Argentina from the 2006 World Cup (1-1 AET and 4-2 on penalties in the quarter-final) and from the 2010 World Cup (4-0 in the quarter-final).
  • The 4-0 defeat in 2010 is Argentina’s heaviest World Cup defeat in the last 40 years (0-4 v Netherlands in 1974).
  • Argentina have won nine out of 20 games against Germany (D5 L6), though. The last meeting (August 2012, Frankfurt) saw Argentina win 3-1.
  • No side have kept as many clean sheets as Argentina in the 2014 World Cup (four, Germany have three).
  • Argentina are yet to concede a goal in the knock-out stages at this tournament (despite playing extra-time in two of their three games).
  • On the last five occasions that Germany have failed to score in a World Cup match, they have lost.
  • The last time Germany scored in a World Cup match and lost was the 1994 quarter final defeat to Bulgaria (1-2).
  • Germany are unbeaten in 17 internationals (W12, D5).
  • Argentina have won four out of five penalty shootouts at the World Cup, Germany won four out of four (including the one against Argentina in 2006).
  • Miroslav Klose has scored more World Cup goals than any other player in history and as many as the entire current Argentinian squad (16).
  • Only Lothar Matthäus (25) has played more World Cup games than Klose (23, as many as Paolo Maldini).
  • Klose is the only player in both squads who has already played in a World Cup final (2002, 0-2 v Brazil).
  • Argentina’s Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo lead the way in terms of crosses attempted from open play, with Rojo’s haul of 25 so far bettered only by team-mate di Maria (32).
  • Thomas Müller has played a hand in 16 World Cup goals in 12 appearances at the finals (10 goals and six assists).
  • Müller (2010 and 2014) and Klose (2002 and 2006) are the only players in history to score 5+ goals at consecutive World Cup tournaments.
  • Müller is the first-ever Golden Boot winner to reproduce his number of goals at the following World Cup (five goals in 2010, five in 2014).
  • Müller could also become the first player ever to win the Golden Boot at successive World Cups.
  • Lionel Messi has been the most creative player at World Cup 2014, setting up a tournament-high 21 goal-scoring chances for team-mates.
  • Messi has embarked on a tournament-high 65 dribbles so far, completing (another-high) 39 of them.
  • No German player has created more chances for their teammates in the 2014 World Cup than Mesut Özil (15).
  • Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has attempted a competition-high 509 passes so far.
  • Mascherano has also made the most tackles so far – 28.
  • Andre Schürrle has scored three times in just 156 minutes of action so far at this World Cup.
  • Only Tim Howard (27) has made more saves in the competition than Manuel Neuer (23).
  • Lionel Messi has scored five World Cup goals to date, but none of them in the knockout stages.
  • Angel di Maria or Sami Khedira will become the 10th player to win both the Champions League and the World Cup in the same season. Seven of the previous nine have been German (Bayern Munich 1974) along with Christian Karembeu in 1998 and Roberto Carlos in 2002.

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reggataTogether with the world cup that took place last January, this regatta gives her a pass to enter the Pre-Olympic Championship in Rio de Janeiro this year, as well as entry into the World Championships in Spain, where she will be representing Mexico.

There were two championships at play in the J24 category—one from North America and one for the 2014 Mexico Cup. Both were won by Mike Ingham and the “Digger” team, with athletes from Sweden, Mexico, Denmark and the United States.

“This is probably the best place where I’ve ever sailed, it’s excellent! This is the best regatta thanks to its organization and its hosts,” Ingham said. “The conditions are perfect and we were never worried.”

The Oceanic trophy was awarded to “Bandido” and its captain, Ernesto Amtmann, who is also the Honorary President and Founder of the Mexico Cup Regatta.

“I think I can honestly say the Riviera Nayarit is poised to become one of the main—if not the top—tourism destination for nautical sports in the country and in the Mexican Pacific. It’s a rare place where you can sail 365 days of the year, there’s nowhere like this to the north or the south; it’s a very privileged location,” he added.


For a complete list of results please visit: http://www.regatacopamexico.com/

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national-olympics-medalsIn this year 2013, for the first time in history, the athletes of Bahia de Banderas were at the National Children and Youth Olympiad on basketball, beach volleyball and archery teams.
The Mayor of Bahia de Banderas, Rafael Cervantes Padilla, and the President of the System for the Integral Development of the Family in Bahia de Banderas (DIF), Maria del Refugio Gomez de Cervantes, recognized athletes and coaches of the municipality who participated in the National Children and Youth Olympiad 2013.At a ceremony held in the Municipal Auditorium San José del Valle, the mayor greeted and recognized parents of children and young athletes of Bahia de Banderas who have excelled in a meritorious way outside the municipality and outside the state of Nayarit , and by his own experience as a practitioner of the sport of horsemanship, he recognized that it is not easy to reach national levels in any sport. In turn the Director of Education, Culture and Sports of Bahia de Banderas, Castillo Benito Lerma, welcomed athletes and parents.

A total of 42 medals, predominantly in Sail, and whose athletes of this discipline, such as Carlos Sainz, Juan Bosco Varela, and the twins Cristina and Andrea Ortiz Vivas are part of the national team that contends in international events.

The athletes of Bahia de Banderas who won medals in 2013 are: John Bosco Varela Barba, Carlos Sainz Meza, Cristina Ortiz Vivas, Manuel Dussault Gomez, Andrea Ortiz Vivas, Patzy Tello Esmeralda Zepeda, Maria Guadalupe Pena Meza, Romario Cardenas Ruiz, Julio Samir PerezEsparza, Ismael Alonso Hernández Patiño, Samuel Carrasco Álvarez, Coral Dueñas Rivera, Joe Emmanuel Salazar Bueno, and Sergio Alán Pérez Pinto.By the hands of the Mayor and the President of the DIF of Bahia de Banderas, all participants in the 2013 National Olympiad were recognized, athletes and coaches, an estimate of in between 60 and 70 recognitions.

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