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American Football Vallarta

They are the Champions!

On Sunday August 18th at 6pm the streets of downtown Vallarta and the Malecon were filled with hundreds celebrating the victory of the famous American Football team, Banderas Bay Pirates (Piratas de la Bahia).  People from Colma, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Tepic, Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay.

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It's perhaps understandable that World Cup hosts Brazil looked a little nervy in their opener against Croatia, though they still recorded a victory and poster boy Neymar a brace to pacify the home fans. However, they'll certainly hope to be a little more composed in their second Group A game against Mexico on Tuesday, and set themselves up for the knockout stages.

But, if Mexico's opening game is anything to go by, they shouldn't make life too easy for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side. They completely dominated Cameroon, and had two goals incorrectly chalked off by the officials before Oribe Peralta's was finally allowed to stand in the second half. With their confidence high, El Tri may well fancy their chances.

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Brazil's personnel was as expected in their opening game, albeit not quite in the regular order. Hulk started on the left instead of his usual right, with Neymar shifted into the centre of the attacking midfield band and Oscar in Hulk's normal position. It didn't quite work out, leaving the Seleção looking unusually disjointed and struggling to link their midfield and attack. It's likely Scolari will make amends and revert to his more regular shape here.

Mexico, however, aren't expected to make any changes from the team that downed Cameroon in their first match. That means coach Miguel Herrera should stick with his preferred back three, with Miguel Layún and Paul Aguilar tasked with providing width as wing-backs. Despite normally playing wide, Andrés Guardado will likely keep his position in central midfield, while Giovani dos Santos will operate in support of Oribe Peralta.

Projected lineups (left to right)

Brazil (4-2-3-1): Júlio César; Marcelo, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Neymar, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.

Mexico (3-5-2): Guillermo Ochoa; Héctor Moreno, Rafael Márquez, Francisco "Maza" Rodríguez; Miguel Layún, Andrés Guardado, José Juan Vázquez, Héctor Herrera, Paul Aguilar; Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta.

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Key matchups

The wide battle - Brazil love to attack from the wide areas, and in this match, they'll be able to dominate them. Mexico's formation means they're wholly reliant on their wing-backs to patrol the flanks, which was fine against Cameroon -- whose wingers and fullbacks were too conservative with their positioning to ever prove too much of an attacking threat -- but will be rather more difficult against the more attack-minded Brazilians.

With Brazil's wingers regularly drifting inside and the fullbacks pushing forward, Mexico's wing-backs will have to deal with a nightmarish 2v1 situation; not knowing whether to stick man-to-man with the wingers or push out to prevent Marcelo and Dani Alves finding space on the overlap. If Brazil take advantage of this superiority, they'll probably win the game.

Luiz Gustavo vs. Giovani dos Santos - One of the star performers in Mexico's opening game was the mobile striker Giovani dos Santos, who scored both of Mexico's wrongly disallowed goals before playing a big part in Peralta's winner. He played as a second striker, drifting across the field into pockets of space behind his more immobile strike partner. If he can do the same on the counter for Mexico here -- particularly behind Brazil's fullbacks -- he could cause problems. It'll likely be up to Brazil's most defensive midfielder, Luiz Gustavo, to stop him.

Dani Alves vs. Andrés Guardado - When Mexico do have the ball, one of their most important players will likely be Andrés Guardado, who'll likely start in central midfield despite being naturally more comfortable wide left. That's because he still has a tendency to drift wide to support left wing-back Miguel Layún. Throw dos Santos into the mix too, and they could be able to work their way into some space in behind Brazil's right-back Dani Alves, and create some goal-scoring chances.

Prediction

Mexico showed promise in their opening group game, though Brazil are much, much stronger than Cameroon. They'll likely take advantage of Mexico's tactical weakness out wide to record their second consecutive victory. 2-0 Brazil.

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BahiaOlypmicsWith the support and encouragement of the municipal government headed by Rafael Cervantes Padilla, the direction of Education, Culture and Sport, prepares athletes Banderas Bay, municipal selected to integrate the various disciplines to be contesting the state phases 2013 towards the National Olympiad next year.

Is being prepared, working hard every day, to participate
in sports, such as sailing, which is one of the major sports in our town, such as karate, taekwondo, athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, in short, virtually all sports that is participating in Banderas Bay, are preparing, "said the head of the area, Benito Lerma Castillo, who recalled that Banderas Bay captured 28 medals in the Olympics 2012.

The municipal official said that only in the sport of karate state phase of the 2013 Olympics took effect this year, in San José del Valle, where he also joined the select Nayarit which added to 28 athletes, they contend that their go to National Olympiad.

The favorable expectation for athletes of Banderas Bay in the phase
state, both individual and as a team is in athletics, taekwondo, gymnastics, boxing and sailing, predicted Lerma Castillo, who also announced that the headquarters of the National Olympiad in 2013, sailing will Banderas Bay.

As for the improved results compared to 2012, Benito Lerma Castillo, said that is expected to decline due to low number of athletes contenders after being reclassified all categories in all disciplines of the National Olympiad.

Given the reluctance of students counted the various sports schools operating in Banderas Bay, due to the change of coaches, Benito Castillo said most assume changes without conflict, and consequently continues unimpeded athletes preparing for integration of selected municipal bound state phase of the National Olympiad 2013.

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Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs, left, and Janis Smedins are two-time defending FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings champions as nearly 2,000 athletes from around the globe are preparing for April's start of the 2015 FIVB World Tour.

PUERTO VALLARTA OPEN: 6 - 11 OCTOBER 2015

Countdown clock at 60 days for start of 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

The Puerto Vallarta Open will be the seventh Open event on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 calendar in a season that extends from late April to mid-December. It will be the first after the FIVB World Tour Finals, with points from the tournament going towards the 2016 ranking.

The pre-Olympic 2015 season includes five FIVB Grand Slams, a new FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, a special FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour season Final in the United States and six FIVB Opens.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 also launches the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender, which will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Five Grand Slams, which offer $800,000 in prize money each, will also take place on the road to the World Tour Finals. A new innovative and dynamic FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series including three tournaments offering $800,000 each in prize money will complete the schedule. Six Opens offering $75,000 in prize money, per gender, also feature in the build-up to the World Tour Finals.

The FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals, which will feature the top eight teams per gender based on a cumulative ranking of points from Grand Slams, Majors and Opens, will be followed by a further three Open events, which will be the first events on the 2015-16 Beach Volleyball Calendar.

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Vallarta news.- People who attended Diving Grand Prix that took place at the Impulso Guanajuato Aquatic Center, left with big smiles on their faces, after divers Jahir Ocampo and Dolores Hernández conquered the bronze medal for the mixed synchronized event of 3 meter springboard.
 
In their first competition working as a couple, the current Divers World Series medalists made a remarkable performance competing side by side, for the gold medal, with the  Chinese couple Hu Qiyuan and Liu Lingrui, who at the end of the five rounds, finished  277.80 units.

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  • But he likely won’t serve prison time for tax fraud.Under Spanish law, a prison sentence of less than two years can be served under probation, meaning Lionel Messi and his father are unlikely to go to jail.

Barcelona’s Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined 2 million euros ($2.2 million) after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a court in the Spanish city said on Wednesday.

The court handed the same jail sentence to the Argentine soccer player’s father, Jorge, and fined him 1.5 million euros. However, in Spain it is customary that those sentenced to under two years for non-violent crimes do not serve time in jail.

Messi, 29, and his father were accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of 4.2 million euros ($4.7 million) in tax between 2007 and 2009.

The court found that they had used a web of shell companies to evade taxes on income from the player’s image rights.

Messi, five-times World Player of the Year, said during the trial that he had no knowledge of the dealings and that his father had control over his financial affairs. But the court said this was not enough for him to avoid charges.

The defendants can appeal to the supreme court, the Barcelona local court said in its statement.

Messi and his father had already paid 5 million euros to the tax authorities as a “corrective” measure after formal investigations were opened.

The footballer is 10th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s highest-earning athletes over the past decade, with an estimated income of $350 million during this period. ($1 = 0.9034 euros) (Reporting by Angus Berwick and Emma Pinedo; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

 

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HARDNuevo Vallarta is home to the first Beach Polo tournament held in the beaches of the Mexican Pacific and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta our host for the reception, while Nuevo Vallarta Peninsula has become the home of beach polo.

The Polo in this mode brings sun, sand, sea, bikinis, rock and fashion to make an amalgam in this concept rarely seen in our country.

Enjoy Riviera Nayarit Maserati Beach Polo Cup, presented by Car Armoring Shield Automotive and is part of this event with the best energy generated by the combination of horse and polo player to make a magnificent sport class and style.

Live this great show, where polo players, tourists and special guests will be united generating great excitement and fun.

Note that this tournament will support the program "Andares Smile" with a percentage of sales revenue to the tournament and commemorative shirts Maserati Riviera Nayarit Beach Polo Cup

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With explosive speed, a powerful left foot and a penchant for slicing through opposing defenses, Edgar Castillo has established himself as one of the top young American soccer players.

Player for Santos Laguna, the reigning Mexican league champion, just as he was as a high school phenomenon in Las Cruces, N.M., where he was born and raised.

But despite his talents and his development as a player in the United States, Castillo will never play for the national team. He holds dual American and Mexican citizenship, and after being wooed by Mexico's former coach, Hugo Sánchez, Castillo decided earlier this year to represent Mexico in international competition. FIFA rules prohibit a player from changing countries after turning 21.

Even more frustrating for United States soccer officials, Castillo said he would have liked to have played for the United States but never attracted much interest until Mexico reached out to him first.

"It would have been nice — to be from the U.S. and play for the U.S.," Castillo said in an interview last week when he was in the Los Angeles area with Santos for the SuperLiga tournament. "I was wondering what the U.S. was thinking, why they were not calling me."

The case of Castillo, who has played for Mexico's national team and the country's under-23 team, exemplifies a situation that United States officials want to avoid.

"There is a sense that we can't let this happen again," said Hugo Salcedo, a member of the 1972 United States Olympic soccer team, who has worked with FIFA and advises Hispanic soccer players in the United States on their careers. "Now we have more American scouts looking at the Hispanic community and trying to bring players into our national camps."

Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation, said Castillo was more of an exception than part of a pattern. He cited defender Michael Orozco, who was born to Mexican parents and raised in Orange County, Calif., and plays for San Luis in Mexico and is on the United States Olympic team for the Beijing Games.

Since being elected to his post in 2006, Gulati has stressed reaching out to players in immigrant and urban communities and reducing the cost of playing competitive youth soccer.

The recent creation of the United States Soccer Development Academy, a league of 62 top youth club teams, is one strategy. The Los Angeles Fútbol Club, a primarily Hispanic team that Gulati said officials previously did not know much about, has been one of the academy's surprise success stories.

He also pointed to the hiring of Wilmer Cabrera, a native of Colombia, as coach of the United States under-17 men's team.

Bob Bradley, the coach of the United States national team, tried to persuade Castillo to consider playing for the United States after Mexico made its move. He said he viewed this situation as a function of Castillo's rapid development.

Coaches were familiar with Castillo as a young player in New Mexico, Bradley said, but he had not truly caught their eye until after he debuted for Santos in 2006. By then, it was too late.

"When he had just begun to play for Santos regularly, Mexico brought him in for a friendly," Bradley said. "That makes the process more challenging. There's more tension to the whole thing, and the time line of trying to watch a guy for a little bit and find the right time is more difficult."

Bradley attended the Santos-Chivas USA game last week, which Chivas won, 1-0. Castillo was one of the most dangerous players on the field, creating some of Santos's best scoring chances with swift probing runs from the left side.

"We want to always do everything possible to be on top of the talented players that could play for the United States and try to bring them into our teams at the right time," Bradley said. "When we miss out on somebody, it is frustrating for sure."

For those who knew Castillo in Las Cruces, his situation is equally frustrating

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JetSurf

The calm waters and wide sand bar in the Riviera Nayarit’s Wind Capital are two top reasons why the area was chosen to host the world’s second Jetsurf school.

Bucerías has long been known as the best spot for kitesurfing, but now it’s also the ideal destination for Banderas Bay’s newest extreme watersport: Jetsurfing.

Juan Carlos de Urquidi, Manager of the Jalisco-Nayarit Jetsurf Club, explained the reasons why they chose the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit in an interview held just a couple of weeks from the launch of this new area attraction.

“After analyzing the bay area we found that the best point to demonstrate and teach Jetsurf was by Bucerías—the waves here are calmer for a longer period of time plus there’s the sand bar, making this area less dangerous for falls,” said Juan Carlos de Urquidi.

The PR and Promotions department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau will bring international press and travel agents to experience this new activity, which they can them promote after the fact as an additional attraction offered by the Destination.

“The idea is to position Banderas Bay as an international hotspot to come learn to Jetsurf. The first school was started six months ago in Cancun and it was very successful; now we have the world’s second Jetsurf school here in the Riviera Nayarit,” he added.

There will be competitions held around the sport and it will be included in several of the Destination’s events. For example, the upcoming Punta Mita Beach Festival will include a Jetsurf exhibition.

The club is located on Playa Destiladeras in the Playas de Huanacaxtle neighborhood of Bucerías, Nayarit. Among their services they offer half-hour and one-hour classes, as well as 10-lesson packages; they also sell boards and accessories. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/JetSurfJaliscoNayarit?ref=br_rs.