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Ponce scored in overtime to give Mexico a 2-1 victory over Honduras in the CONCACAF Olympics qualifying championship game in Kansas City. Marco Fabián de
la Mora also scored the equalizing goal in the 75th minute. Both teams still will go to the Summer Olympics in London. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Mexico beat Canada 3-1 and Honduras beat El Salvador 3-2 in overtime to qualify for the summer Olympics. Marco Fabian, U.S.-born Miguel Angel Ponce and Alan Pulido scored for Mexico. Marcus Haber scored for Canada.
Both Mexico and Honduras will play in the CONCACAF region title game Monday in Kansas City.
The United States was knocked out of the tournament earlier this week when El Salvador tied it, 3-3.
The Tijuana newspaper Frontera reported Tuesday on quarterback Tim Tebow's first media conference with the New York Jets. The former Denver Bronco quarterback was traded to the Jets after Denver signed former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning. Story in Frontera (PDF): "Sube Tim Tebow al 'Jet Set'."
Item on Tebow defeating the Jets last year.
It appeared as if Xolo player Joe Corona's goal in the 67th minute was going to put the U.S. under-23 soccer team in a make-or-break semifinal game against Mexico to get to the Olympics this summer, but an extra-time 25-yard one-hop goal by Jaime Alas in the 94th minute against the U.S. substitute goalie knocked the U.S. out of the running and put El Salvador in another semifinal, likely against Honduras.
The Guasave Cotton Growers (Algodoneros) will move to Tijuana next season, giving the city its first Mexican Pacific League baseball team in 20 years, Frontera reported. Gusave, in Sinaloa state south of Los Mochis, has a population of about 286,000, less than a fifth that of Tijuana's. One wonders about the team's logo, which says, "Stronger than ever."
The team's move, and the Tijuana Xolos' arrival in Mexico's first soccer division, appear to show how far Tijuana has come as a major city. Or how it is coming back: The Tijuana Potros, during their 1977-1991 existence, were league champions in 1987-1988 and 1990-1991. The Algodoneros were champions in 1971-1972.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 4: Former Tijuana Toros owner Alberto Uribe Maytorena likely to play major role in club. Stories, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 5: Mexicali Eagles President Dío Alberto Murillo Rogers discusses Guasave team's move. He says it likely will change its nickname. He said the Eagles likely will start off their season by facing Tijuana, rather than Hermosillo. Story, Frontera (PDF).
News falls like bomb in Guasave. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 10: Guasave owner says team will stay in Sinaloa; league maintains silence on issue. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 9: Sinaloa governors announces tax breaks for Guasave team, says it will stay in Sinaloa. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Former Los Angeles Dodger great Pedro Guerrero will coach the Tijuana Truenos (Thunder) baseball team, Frontera reported. The Truenos play in the Mexican Northern League. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Former Oakland A's slugger José Canseco went 1 for 3 with a walk in his Mexican league exhibition debut as he helped lead the Quintana Roo Tigers to a come-from-behind victory against the Tabasco Olmecs 7-6. The game was played in Villahermosa, where the home team was staked to a 6-0 lead. Some criticized the Tigers for hiring Canseco, 47, saying it was a publicity stunt and bad form to hire a player who came to be known for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. He last played in the majors for the Chicago White Sox in 2001. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, Feb. 26: Canseco hits home run in Tigers' 4-3 loss to Campeche Pirates. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Mexico lost 4-3 to Puerto Rico on Monday, losing its title as Caribbean World Series champion to the Dominican Republic, where this year's series is being played. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Mexico lost 2-0 to the Dominican Republic's Francisco Liriano on Sunday and fell to 2-2 in the Caribbean World Series. The Dominican Republic is 4-0 while Puerto Rico and Venezuela are both 1-3. The Dominican Republic needs one more win in its next two games or one more loss by Mexico to take the title.
Duvier Riascos scored early in the first half, but Puebla tied the score with a penalty kick after Tijuana defender Javier Gandolfi pushed DaMarcus Beasley down in the penalty area as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in Puebla on Sunday.
Despite the tie, the Xolos improved to fifth-worst team in the relegation race.
Relegation story and tables.
Game story, El Mexicano (PDF). Game story, Frontera (PDF).
Only 500-peso ($39.50) and 550-peso ($43.50) tickets remain for the Xolos' home game against Cruz Azul on Sunday, Feb. 12; all the 300-peso ($23.75) end-zone tickets are sold out. Ad, in Frontera (PDF).
Carlos Valencia's two-run double helped Mexico defeat Venezuela on Saturday in the Caribbean World Series. Story, Frontera (PDF).
The Tijuana Xolos lost at home 3-1 to Santos Laguna. Santos' first goal was a close call on whether Darwin Quintero was offside to receive Oribe Peralta's pass and score in the 36th minute. The Xolos tied the score 1-1 in the second half on a penalty kick by Pepe Sand in the 55th minute after Peralta knocked the Xolos' Joe Corona to the ground on a corner kick. Peralta was given a yellow card for complaining about the call, and he was right in the sense that he was not directly to blame: it was his teammate Aarón Galindo who pushed the Xolos' Juan Pablo Santiago into Peralta, who then hit Corona. TV announcers said the penalty was the right call but that Galindo, and not Peralta, was to blame. Santos came right back with a goal by Christián Suárez on a cross by Jorge Iván Estrada in the 64th minute. Santos scored the clincher after a Santos player fell down all by himself just above the penalty area but the Xolos were called for a foul. Juan Pablo Rodríguez scored on the ensuring direct free kick in the 86th minute.
It was the Xolos' first loss under Xolos' coach Antonio "The Turk" Mohamed, who was hired in September.
Xolos now have fourth-worst record in relegation race.
Tijuana's next game is Sunday, at Puebla.
Game story, Frontera (PDF). Game story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Canada beat Mexico 3-1 and the U.S. beat Costa Rica 3-0 to advance to the summer Olympics in women's soccer. Canada and the U.S. will play in the CONCACAF championship game on Sunday in Vancouver, but both winner and loser will be going to London. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Mexican-American soccer player Edgar "El Gringo" Castillo, now with his sixth team in five years, indicated that he would like to be able to stay with the Xolos for a while. He said he hopes to be able to play for the U.S. national team again. He is only the second person to play for the both the Mexican and U.S. national teams. The 25-year-old father of three said he has spent most of his free time in San Diego and not in Tijuana. The defender previously played with Santos Laguna's 2008 championship team, América, the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Puebla. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, goal.com.
Carli Lloyd scored three goals Tuesday as the U.S. women's soccer team beat Mexico 4-0 in Vancouver, British Columbia. It avenged a 2-1 defeat to Mexico in Cancún 14 months ago in a World Cup qualifier. The top-ranked U.S. now must beat Costa Rica (world ranking of 41) on Friday to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Mexico (21st ranking) will have to beat Canada (seventh ranking) to qualify. Canada is 16-1-1 against Mexico, but that one loss knocked Canada out of the 2004 Olympics. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, SI.com.
Argentinian Pepe Sand scored in the 15th and 84th minutes to give the Tijuana Xolos a 2-0 victory over Chivas in Guadalajara on Saturday. Goalie Luis Michel appeared to have caught a slippery ball kicked by Miguel Almazán, but then it came loose, trickled away and Sand kicked it in. Reforma reported that Chivas had watered the field before the game, in an apparent attempt to slow down the Xolos, but that appeared to have backfired.
In the 84th minute, Sand headed in a Duvier Riascos shot for the second goal. Riascos missed a wide-open shot in the first half, and was involved in the first goal. He and defender both outstretched their hands as Almazán's kick went by; it was not clear which one of them touched it.
It is the first time Chivas has ever started a season with three straight losses; its coach, Fernando Quirarte, submitted his resignation after the game.
Tijuana now has two wins and a tie, and has gained a lot of breathing room in its attempt to avoid relegation back to Mexico's second division following the season.
Game story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
A compilation of online followers of soccer teams worldwide had Mexico soccer in 15th place and U.S. soccer in 16th place. Mexico had 85,050 Twitter follows and 932,627 Facebook followers for a total of 1,017,677, and U.S. soccer at 306,260 Twitter followers and 709,673 Facebook followers for a total of 1,015,933. The difference between the two totals was less than 2,000. Top ranked in the world was FC Barcelona with more than 30 million.
The Mexican professional club América had 809,135 Twitter and Facebook followers; no other Mexican clubs were listed.
Tijuana Xolos' forward Joe Corona was named the Mexican professional soccer league's top rookie of its Apertura 2011 season. He scored two goals for the Xolos, one in each of the team's first two games. He started in eight games and came in as a substitute in five. He missed games because he was selected to Mexico's under-22 team and then later was named to the United States' under-23 team. (He was born in Los Angeles to a Mexican father and Salvadoran mother.) He scored five goals in the Xolos' successful season to move up to Mexico's top professional league.
Front page photo, Frontera (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous mention of Corona.
Joe Corona photo by Hefebreo.
América ties game with Toluca 1-1 after official awards penalty kick that most said was undeserved. Story, Frontera (PDF) Over the weekend, Querétaro lost a game 1-0 to the reigning champion Tigres of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León when a ball went over the end line but play was allowed to continue and a goal was scored on the continuation. Story, Univision. In the first week of play, the Xolos were awarded a game-tying penalty kick against Morelia that TV announcers and soccer writers said was undeserved.
Gymnasts Daniel Corral and Alexa Moreno, shot putter Tania Jiménez y boxer Érik "Terrible" Morales were named "Distinguished Baja Californians of 2012." Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Javier Gandolfi scored a header off Leandro Augusto's free kick in injury time as the game was ending and the Tijuana Xolos defeated Monterrey 1-0 Saturday at Caliente Stadium. The goal occurred after Monterrey's Hiram Mier pulled down Tijuana's Egidio Arévalo Ríos by his shirt above the penalty box. The victory, coupled with the Tecos Estudiantes loss to San Luis Potosí on Friday, gave the Xolos breathing room in their quest to avoid relegation back to the second division.
Story on game, in Frontera (PDF).
Xolos forward Dayro Moreno returned to Tijuana from his Colombia and asked to be released from the team, Frontera reported (PDF).
Meanwhile, the Estudiantes Tecos lost at home to San Luis Potosí 2-0 and remained in last place in the relegation standings.
Tijuana Xolos midfielder Fernando Arce says team members don't know the story behind the absence of forward Dayro Moreno, the Xolos' leading scorer last season. Moreno was reported to have been in a car accident in his native Colombia, but there were rumblings before that that he would not be returning to the club. In the off season, the Xolos acquired another Colombian striker, Duvier Riascos, whose breakaway was responsible for the Xolos' lone goal last week in their game against Morelia. Riascos scored six goals for Puebla last season; Moreno scored five.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF)
The Tijuana Xolos tied the Morelia Monarcas 1-1 Friday in the opening game of the 2012 soccer season. The Xolos' goal was scored on a controversial penalty kick by Pepe Sand after Adrián Aldrete was called for a foul on new Colombian recruit Duvier Riasco, who had a breakaway to the right of the goal and had gotten past goalie Federico Vilar. Although TV Azteca America announcers Jesús López and Oscar Cano said it appeared the defender had not fouled Riasco, video replays appeared to show Riasco being pushed from behind and his leg hit as he tried to move it to the right to kick the ball near the end line. The game was played in Morelia.
Morelia coach upset with officiating (PDF).
In the 36th minute of the second half Riascos had another breakaway but the goalie, Vilar, came out above the penalty box to defend the ball and Riasco had to jump over him and the ball bounced away. Morelia just missed a goal in the 38th minute.
In the 23rd minute of the first half, the Xolo defense was caught flat-footed as three Monarch players got behind the last defender other than the goalia. Miguel Sabah's pass was easily kicked in by Rafael Márquez Lugo.
The Xolos opened their last season at home against the Monarchs on July 24 and lost 2-1 as a result of a penalty kick. While TV Azteca announcers said that penalty was undeserved, the view here was that it was deserved. Story on the 2-1 loss.
Things even out? The Xolos did have at least two phantom penalties called against them last year.
The Xolos salvaged a tie in their game Friday against Morelia, but they need wins to avoid being relegated back to the lower division. The other two teams the Xolos are competing against are the Estudiantes Tecos of the University of Guadalajara and Atlas. Estudiantes Tecos has won only one championship, in April 1994.
MexicoPerspective table, story, on relegation race
Boxer Jackie Nava inaugurated a gym named for her in Tijuana for the benefit of the city's youth. Her co-sponsors were boxer Antonio Margarito y her trainer, Miguel Reyes.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Nava also will fight Panamanian Chantall Martínez
for the Supergallo crown on Jan. 14 in the Tijuana municipal auditorium. Story, Frontera (PDF).
The Tijuana Xolos have signed Colombia forward Duvier Riascos, who played for Puebla in the just concluded fall 2011 season. He scored six goals, more than any Xolo did in the just-concluded season.
Riascos is the second reinforcement the Xolos have signed for the upcoming season, following
Gringo" Castillo, who came from the América Eagles.
Story, Xolos website. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, Dec. 21: Riascos presented to media. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Tijuana boxer Jackie Nava will inaugurate her gym Monday and fight for the Supergallo title against
Chantall Martínez on Jan. 28 at the municipal auditorium in Tijuana.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, January: Fight moved to Jan. 28; it previously was set for Jan. 14.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The Tigers of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León won their first Mexican soccer title in 29 years by defeating Santos Laguna 3-1 on Sunday. Santos Laguna played a man down after goalie Oswaldo Sánchez was ejected, on a controversial call, for upending Danilinho while he was taking a shot on goal. The Tigers' Lucas Lobos missed the penalty kick, however, and Santos Laguna took a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal in the 30th minute by Oribe Peralta Morone — the first goal the Tigers had given up in the playoffs. But second half goals by Héctor Raúl Mancilla
Garcés, Danilinho, and Alan Pulido sealed the championship for the Tigers. Santos Laguna's Felipe Baloy also was expelled in the 73rd minute. Santos Laguna, which won championships in in 1996, 2001 and 2008, has lost three out of the last four championship matches. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Dec. 14: Follow-up stories, Frontera (PDF).
Story on first game of championship match.
Lorena Ochoa, who left her lucrative golfing career to become a wife and mother, gave birth to Pedro
Conesa Ochoa, her first child, on Thursday. Story in Frontera.
Argentina Damián Álvarez scored in the seventh minute as the Tigers of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon defeated Santos Laguna 1-0 Thursday night in Torreón. The Tigers can win their first championship in 29 years with a tie or win on Sunday in Monterrey. If Santos loses, it would have lost three out of the last four championship matches. It will be tough for Santos: the Tigers have gone 585 minutes without giving a goal. Santos played a conservative game after Juan Pablo Rodríguez was ejected in the 25th minute in order to keep the score close and give Santos a better chance of the winning the championship, which is determined by the cumulative score of the two games. Story in Frontera (PDF). Story in El Mexicano (PDF).
The Autonomous University of Nuevo León Tigers will play the Santos Laguna Guerreros for the fall championship of Mexico's top professional soccer league. The Tigers beat Querétaro 1-0, which had an own goal, and Santos Laguna defeated Morelia 3-2 to get into the championship match.
What might have been for the Tijuana Xolos, who did not make the playoffs? The Xolos defeated Santos Laguna 3-1 in an away game in Torreón and tied the Tigers 1-1 in a home game Oct. 2.
The Tigers, in a home game, beat Santos 2-1.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).
The Tijuana newspaper El Mexicano Friday got into the Tim Tebow act, putting his photo on its sports section front with the headline: "¡Bajan a Jets! Con Touchdown de Tim Tebow." Tebow, a former University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner, scored a 20-yard winning touchdown Thursday night as he led the Denver Broncos 95 yards with five minutes left in the fourth quarter to defeat the New York Jets 17-13. Story, El Mexicano. (PDF) Story, Frontera. (PDF)
Update, Dec. 15: Frontera publishes article about controversy over whether the devout Tebow is Denver's quarterback of the future, despite having a 7-1 record as a starter this year. Associated Press story in Frontera.
Image taken from TV from Jay Leno "Tonight Show" headlines segment Dec. 12.
Bronze medals made by the Casa de Moneda de Mexico (the Mexican Mint) for the recently concluded Pan American Games in Guadalajara have been turning a grayish or steel-like color.
Juan Pablo Santiago scored the tying goal for the Tijuana Xolos on a rebound off a free kick and knocked last year's champion, the UNAM Pumas, out of the playoffs.
Story in Frontera. A number of Xolos fans attended the game.
The state of Baja California honored Baja California athletes who won medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. The ad said Baja Californians won 20% of Mexico's gold medals. The ad, El Mexicano.
Update, Nov. 4: Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán honors Baja California athletes who won medals in the games. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano.
Mexican-American Adrián González won his third gold glove, his first with the Boston Red Sox after winning two with the San Diego Padres. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, Nov. 3: González also wins the silver slugger award for first basemen in American League. González always fell short of the award in the National League because he had to compete with St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols. Story, El Mexicano.
The Xolos' Dayro Moreno missed on a penalty kick in the 85th minute and San Luis Potosí tied Tijuana 0-0 in the Xolos' last home game of the season. Tijuana also played with only 10 men after leading scorer Pepe Sand was tossed from the game in the 59th minute.
The crowd was happy, however, to learn that Tijuana had moved up from last place in the relegation race due to a loss by Estudiantes Tecos de Guadalajara. Story, El Mexicano. League standings (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF).
A last-second three-point didn't go in and Mexico lost the basketball final in the Pan American Games 74-72 to Puerto Rico on Sunday. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera (PDF). It was the last day of the games. Final standings (PDF).
Mexico defeated the U.S. 71-55 in basketball on Saturday to advance to the Pan American Games final in Guadalajara. Mexico was last in the final in 1991, when it lost to Puerto Rico.
Update: Puerto Rico beats Mexico, 74-72, in final.
Meanwhile, Mexicans Horacio Nava and José Ojeda won the gold and silver, respectively, in the 50-kilometer walk, and Iván García and Rommel Pacheco won gold and silver, respectively, in 10-meter platform diving.
Jerónimo Amione scored in the 75th minute as Mexico defeated Argentina 1-0 to win the Pan American Games soccer championship in Guadalajara.
Mexico wins 9 golds, 5 silvers and 6 bronze in the Pan American games in Guadalajara. Its 31 golds are the most it has ever won in the games. Its previous high was 23, in Mar del Plata, Argentina 16 years ago. Winning gold medal No. 24 was Daniel Corral of Ensenada on the pommel horse. It was Mexico's first gold medal in men's gymnastics in 44 years.
Mexico defeated Costa Rica 3-0 to advance to Friday's soccer final in the Pan American games in Guadalajara. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Meanwhile, Mexicans Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz took the gold and silver medals, respectively, in 10-meter platform diving. In the standings, Mexico is in fourth place in total medals with 84, behind the United States' 187, Brazil's 90, and Cuba's 77. Canada has 82 medals, Colombia 62 and Argentina 50. Story, Frontera (PDF).
El Mexicano said sources told it that Tijuana Xolos' soccer player Joe Corona, a Sweetwater High graduate, will play for the U.S. under-23 team. Earlier this year, Corona played for the Mexican under-22 team, but was not selected to play for Mexico's Pan American games team.
Corona can play for Mexico, the U.S. or El Salvador, as he was born in Los Angeles to a Mexican father and Salvadoran mother.
Corona, 21, scored the first goal for the Xolos when they moved up to the first division.
Update, Nov. 3: ESPN story on Corona named to U.S. under-23 team.
Update, Nov. 8: San Diego State University story on its former player making the under-23 team.
Update, Dec. 10: SanDiegoRed story on Corona to practice with U.S. U-23 team.
Story on Corona being named to Mexico's under-22 team.
The Tijuana Xolos tied Atlante 1-1 in Cancún on Saturday, leaving the Xolos at the bottom of the standings and in danger of being relegated to the second division. Argentinian Pepe Sand scored in the 40th minute for the Xolos and José Gustavo Sand and Oscar Rojas tied it for Atlante in the 61st.
The Tijuana Xolos won their first home game in the first division 3-2 over Pachuca on Saturday. The victory came in the first night game in Caliente Stadium; the lights installation was completed last week.
Raúl Enríquez scored the first goal in the 43rd minute and Juan Pablo Santiago
scored the others, with headers in the 48th and 68th minutes. An own-goal had given Pachuca a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute and Elías Hernández tied the game 2-2 in the 62nd minute. The team now has two wins, six ties and five losses. Story, Frontera (PDF) entitled: "They See the Light"
The Mexicali Eagles will open their 36th season in the Mexican Pacific League on Wednesday night in their renovated "Nido" (Bird's Nest) stadium. The Eagles will play the Naranjeros of Hermosillo. The newspaper Frontera reported that eight Eagles players have played at some point or other in the major leagues. The first baseman is Mike Jacobs, 30, a Chula Vista Hilltop High graduate who played for the Mets, Marlins and Royals. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Eagles beat the Naranjeros 13-1 in Hermosillo before 13,115; Jacobs hit a solo home run and Jorge Guzmán hit a grand slam. Pitcher Marco Duarte beat his hometown team.
Jackie "The Aztec Princess" Nava won her boxing match Saturday in Tijuana against Soledad Matthysse by unanimous decision, pushing her record to 25-4-3. El Mexicano put the story on its sports section front. Story, El Mexicano (PDF) Story, Frontera (pdf).
Update, Oct. 10: Nava almost filled the municipal auditorium. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
The Grupo Corona spirits company places full-page ad congratulating Jackie Nava (PDF).
El Mexicano runs its own half-page ad (PDF).
Update, Oct. 18: Nava backs National Action Party hopeful Josefina Vázquez Mota for president (PDF).
Argentine Javier Yacuzzi, who scored a tying last-minute goal for Tijuana against América two weeks ago, was called for a last-minute extra time penalty Saturday, allowing host Atlas to tie the Xolos 2-2. If the Xolos don't improve, they could be relegated back to second division. Argentine player Pepe Sand scored in the 64th minute with a header for the Xolos after Atlas player Hugo Rodríguez was sent off with his second yellow card. In the 82nd minute, the Argentine-born Mauro Gerk deflected Fernando Arce's kick with his chest for the Xolos' second goal. Arce was sent off the field in the 86th minute. Story, Frontera (pdf). Story, El Mexicano (pdf).
The goals by the Argentine-born players mean that Tijuana still has only had one goal scored this season by a Mexican-born player. See story below.
The Tijuana Xolos tied the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 1-1 with a goal in the 88th minute but still remained winless at home. If things don't improve, the Xolos will be relegated back to the second division next year. Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune gives a good update on the Xolos.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Esto: "Dog that barks but doesn't bite." Argentine midfielder Javier Gandolfi knocked in the tying goal off Raúl Enríquez's free kick; La Crónica said Gandolfi appeared to be offside, but it was not called.
Adrian Gonzalez not only lost the battle title in the last week, but his team, for the second straight year, suffered a historic collapse and missed the playoffs. Gonzalez, who still had the batting title lead with an average of .340 as of Saturday morning, wound up at .338, second to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera at .344. Thus, a Venezuelan wins the American League batting title; Gonzalez was seeking to become the first Mexican to win the title since Beto Ávila of Veracruz won it in 1954.
Gonzalez's Boston Red Sox suffered a historic collapse (as did the Atlanta Braves) and lost the wild card spot to the Tampa Bay Rays after the Sox lost 4-3 to Baltimore Wednesday night after leading 3-2 with nobody on base for the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth. Tampa Bay scored six in the eight, one in the ninth and one in the 12th to beat New York 8-7 just minutes after Boston lost. Last year, Gonzalez's San Diego Padres suffered a historic collapse, losing 10 straight games and the National League West crown to the eventual world champion San Francisco Giants.
Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers went 3-for-5 to increase his American League-leading batting average to .343 while Adrian Gonzalez went 1 for 3 and remained at .338. It appears that Gonzalez now will not become the first Mexican to win a major league batting title since 1954.
Update, Sept. 28: Cabrera remained at .343, and Young and Gonzalez at .338.
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
The Tijuana Xolos scored 12 seconds into the game with América in Mexico City but wound up with a 1-1 tie after the linesman did not call an offside against the Aguilas' Christián Benitez in the 85th minute. Argentine Javier Yacuzzi scored the Xolos goal for fellow Argentinian and new Xolo head coach Antonio Mohamed. Story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano. El Mexicano, Page 2.
Yacuzzi's goal meant that only one of the team's goals this season has been scored by a player born in Mexico. Mention of Xolos' foreign-born goal scorers.
Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 4 in the first game and 1 for 4 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees to fall three points behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who went 2 for 3 in a 10-6 win over Baltimore. Cabrera is at .341 and Gonzalez and Michael Young of Texas at .338. Gonzalez would be the first Mexican to win a major league batting title in 57 years if he can surge past Cabrera and finish ahead of Young.
Update, Sept. 28: Cabrera .343, and Young and Gonzalez at .338.
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
Mexican-American Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer and was the catcher for Clayton Kershaw's 21st victory, a 6-2 win for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Diego Padres in which Kershaw "pitched for the cycle."
Kershaw gave up only four hits: a home run to Aaron Cunningham, a single to Nick Hundley, a double to Orlando Hudson and a triple to Venezuelan Alberto Gonzalez. Now that Adrian Gonzalez is with the Red Sox, the Padres do not have any Mexican or Mexican-American players.
Adrian Gonzalez's batting lead is down to one point with four days left in the regular season. The Boston Red Sox's Gonzalez is batting .340, the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera .339 and the Texas Rangers' Michael Young .338. Cabrera went 3-for-4 in the Tigers' 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Young went 2-for-3 in the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. Gonzalez went 1-for-4 in Boston's 9-1 loss to the Yankees. Gonzalez is trying to become the first Mexican to win a major league batting title in 57 years.
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
Adrían González has gone 10 for 16 this week to break out of his slump and is now batting .341 in his bid to become first Mexican to win a major-league batting title since 1954. The Texas' Rangers Michael Young is second at .334 and The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera third at .333.
In 1954, Beto Ávila of Veracruz won the American League batting title with the same average González has, .341.
González's hitting, however, has not helped the Boston Red Sox stop their losing slide, and they now have just a 2 1/2 game wild card lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Update, Sept. 23: Gonzalez .341, Young .335, Cabrera .333
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
The Xolos hired Argentine Antonio Mohamed as their new coach, replacing the fired Joaquín del Olmo, El Mexicano reported.
He lead Club Atlético Huracán of Argentina back to the first division in 2007, only to be fired the next season after six games. Huracán is where he started as a player in 1988. Wikipedia. In December 2010, his Club Atlético Independiente won the South American Cup. He announced on Sept. 5 that he was leaving the club, after compiling a record of 16 wins, 16 losses and 19 ties.
Mohamed, 41, is called the Turk because of his Syrian and Lebanese ancestry. He played most of his career in Mexico.
He even has coached in Tijuana before: When he was coach of the Argentine team Colón last year, it played against the Xolos at Caliente Stadium in an exhibition game, El Mexicano reported.
The Tijuana Xolos fired coach Joaquín del Olmo after the team once again dominated play on the field but lost on the scoreboard, 2-0, to Estudiantes de Guadalajara. The Xolos remained winless at home. The club's press release.
El Mexicano diplomatically wrote that del Olmo "had stopped being the coach." The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that he had been fired, despite appeals from his players. The team now has one win, five losses and three ties. (While the print edition of the paper called the Xolos' opponent the Estadiantes (a non-word which perhaps could be translated as stadium denizens), the online edition calls them the Estudiantes (Students).
Also, the club's cheering and music-making section, La Masakr3, abandoned the premises after the club did not allow 65 members who did not have tickets enter the stadium. This caused the Xolos lost a good part of their home field advantage. Story, El Mexicano (this also is written about in the Union-Tribune article.)
The slumping Adrián Gonzalez is barely hanging on to his lead in the American League batting. González was injured as he slumped last September as well as the Padres had a free-fall and wound up losing the National League West crown to eventual world champion San Francisco. This year, González's Red Sox are in a free fall, although still holding on to a slim wild card lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.
González is hitting .333, while Miguel Cabrera of Detroit and Michael Young of Texas are both hitting .331. ESPN league leaders.
Update, Sept. 19: Gonzalez goes 5 for 7 in doubleheader, raises average to .338; Cabrera, Young do not play and remain at .331
Update, Sept. 20: Gonzalez goes 3 for 5, raises average to .340; Young average up to .333 and Cabrera's stays at .331
Update, Sept. 22: Gonzalez goes 2 for 4 in Bosox loss to Orioles, now at .341; Young .334 and Cabrera .333. ESPN league leaders
Update, Sept. 23: Gonzalez .341, Young .335, Cabrera .333
Update, Sept. 28: Cabrera .343, and Young and Gonzalez at .338.
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
The Tijuana Xolos salvaged a 1-1 tie with a header by Pepe Sand in extra time.
El Mexicano wrote that the officiating was terrible, including the penalty kick that Toluca was awarded. However, two Xolos defenders clearly knocked down Nestor Calderón in the penalty area and Uruguayan Iván Alonso converted on the rebound of his penalty kick in the 67th minute to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead. Xolos' coach Joaquín del Olmo's protest of the penalty got him thrown out of the game. It almost became the third game in which giving up a penalty kick caused the Xolos to lose. Story, El Mexicano. Story, Frontera. Second page, Frontera.
The Xolos are in next-to-last place with 6 points, with one win, four losses and three ties.
The Xolos again played well enough to win; all of their losses but one have been by one goal.
For one reason or another, and despite many opportunities, the Xolos just have not been able to put the ball into the goal, except in the game they won against Santos Laguna 3-1. The ball just has not been bouncing their way.
Foreign-born goals dominate: Since Tijuana-born Fernando Arce scored against Santos Laguna on Aug. 6, all the Xolos' goals have been by the Xolos' foreign players. Indeed, all the goals scored by the Xolos this year but Arce's have been scored by players born outside Mexico.
Update, Oct. 9: On Oct. 8, Mauro Gerk, an Argentine-born naturalized Mexican, scored.
Against Atlas: Sand, Mauro Gerk (Argentine-born).........2-2 tie on Oct. 8.........away
Against Tigres de UANL: Javier Gandolfi (Argentina)......1-1 tie on Oct. 2.........home
Against América: Javier Yacuzzi (Argentina).................1-1 tie on Sept. 25.....away
Against Toluca: Pepe Sand (Argentina)........................1-1 tie on Sept. 11.....away
Against Querétaro: Dayro Moreno (Colombia)...............1-1 tie on Aug. 28......home
Against Cruz Azul: Moreno.........................................2-1 loss on Aug. 20....away
Against Puebla: Moreno............................................1-1 tie on Aug. 14......home
Against Santos Laguna: Moreno, Sand, Fernando Arce...3-1 win on Aug. 6.......away
Against Monterrey: Moreno, Joe Corona (U.S.-born).......4-2 loss on July 30.....away
Against Morelia: Corona............................................2-1 loss on July 23.....home
Update, Oct. 15: Two Mexicans, Raúl Enríquez and Juan Pablo Santiago, score for Mexico against Pachuca.
The Xolos also lost 1-0 to Chivas de Guadalajara on Sept. 2 (home game) and to Estudiantes de Guadalajara 2-0 on Sept. 18.
Corona, a Sweetwater High School graduate who missed the previous week's game when he left the Xolos to play with Mexico's under-22 squad, did not play Sunday against Toluca. He was born to a Mexican father and a Salvadoran mother in Los Angeles.
Arce is 31; Sand also 31; Moreno is 25 and will turn 26 on Sept. 16; Corona is 21; Yacuzzi is 32; Gerk is 34; Gandolfi is 30.
The Tijuana Xolos travel to Toluca to play Sunday, and Frontera points out that Jorge Hank Rhon has a dilemma: He has always been a fan of Toluca, where he was born on Jan. 28, 1956. Hank Rhon's Caliente Group is the sponsor of the Xolos, and his son, Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza, is the team president. Story, Frontera.
Mexico's richest man, Carlos Slim, visited with Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrián González and his father, David, last month in Boston, Frontera reported. It said Slim gave González a dinnerware set featuring images from the Mexican Revolution (likely the set that can be bought at Slim's Sanborn's chain) as well as a book showing the collection of Slim's Soumaya museum in Mexico City. Frontera said Slim's visit was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Revista
Puro Beisbol. Revista Puro Beisbol's article on Slim's visit. Frontera's story.
Update, Sept. 23: Another story on Slim's visit; Plantronics' Alejandro Bustamante also is in the photo.
Previous story on Adrián and David González in MexicoPerspective
Bob Bradley, the former coach of the U.S. soccer team, may become the coach of Santos Laguna in Torreón, Frontera reported. The Xolos beat Santos 3-1 earlier this year.
The Tijuana Xolos tied Querétaro 1-1, remaining winless at home in their first season in Mexico's first division. San Diego viewers watching KZSD Azteca America Channel 15, at least those watching it on AT&T U-Verse, missed the Xolos' Dayro Moreno's tying goal in the 38th minute because the game switched to a Genie Bra commercial (left photo) that went from the 35:56 mark to the 44:33 mark (right photo) in the first half. José Martínez scored for the Gallos in minute 33.
A father of a Mexicali Little League team player who could not afford to fly to Pennsylvania to watch his son play in the Little League World Series was given a airplane ticket to get there by patrons of the Calexico restaurant where he has worked for nine years. The Los Angeles Times' Diane Pucin reports that Marco Espinoza has been a waiter at Celia's Restaurant for nine years, and that his son,
Victor Bejarano, is an infielder with the team.
Mexicali plays against Japan in the international final at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Story, Los Angeles Times.
Update, Aug. 28: Mexicali lost, 5-2. Bejarano played centerfield.
Mexicali IMMS won another extra-inning game Wednesday to get to the international team title game in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Bruno Ruiz hit a home run in the top of the ninth to give Mexico a 2-1 victory over Venezuela. On Saturday, Mexicali will play Japan, a 9-6 winner over Venezuela in the loser's bracket. The winner of Saturday's game will play the U.S. winner in the Little League World Series championship game next week.
Mexicali got out of a bases-loaded, none out jam in the bottom of the sixth with a strikeout and a pitcher-to-catcher-to-first-base double play that sent the game to extra innings. In the seventh, Venezuela's right fielder threw out Álvaro Valdez at home. Mexicali starter Carlos Arellano struck out 11 in seven innings. Story, Frontera. Photo, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano.
Montana will again play Huntington Beach, a 2-0 winner of Thursday's game with hometown favorite Keystone Little League of Clinton County, Pa. to determine the U.S. champion Saturday. Montana's Ben Askelson hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh to give his team a 1-0 victory over Huntington Beach on Wednesday night.
Xolos' player Joe Corona, who went to Sweetwater High School in San Diego County, has been named to Mexico's under-22 national soccer team. There had been speculation as to whether Corona would play for Mexico or the U.S., although Corona had said he would rather play for Mexico. He was born in Los Angeles to a Mexican father and a Salvadoran mother, so he could play for El Salvador as well. Story, Frontera.
Update, Sept. 1: San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler has a good story on Corona's dilemmas.
Tijuana Xolos coach Joaquín del Olmo said he still had a bad taste in his mouth from Saturday's 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul in Mexico City, where again the Xolos could not capitalize on their many opportunities. The Xolos next play at home Sunday against Querétaro. He said that although the offense has not taken advantage of its opportunities, where the team needs the most work is defense, where lapses have cost the Xolos dearly. Story, Frontera.
Bruno Ruiz singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Mexicali's Little League team beat defending champion Japan 3-2 in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday. The Mexican team now is 2-0. IMSS Mexicali's next game is at 1 p.m. PST Wednesday, against Venezuela. Story, Frontera.
Quizzical question: Why isn't El Mexicano covering the Mexicali team's games?
The Tijuana Xolos lost 2-1 in an away game to Cruz Azul in Mexico City on Saturday in which all three goals were scored on headers. Colombia Dayro Moreno of the Xolos struck first with a header through the legs of goalie Yosgart Gutiérrez and the Xolos had a 1-0 lead at halftime. But Edixon Perea scored three minutes into the second half and Emanuel Villa 20 minutes later for Cruz Azul. Villa got a red card 10 minutes after that, but the Xolos could not capitalize.
The Xolos now have one win, three losses and a tie; Cruz Azul three wins, one loss, two ties.
Update, Aug. 22: Xolos Coach Joaquin del Olmo laments team's inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
The IMSS Mexicali team beat China Taipei 3-0 in an opening Little League World Series game in Willamsport, Pa. Story, Frontera.
The city has arranged it to show Tijuana Xolos soccer games on a big screen at the
Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno Municipal Auditorium, not far from Caliente Stadium. Cost to attend the Xolo Fest is 30 pesos ($2.43). Home and away games will be shown.
The club's next game is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cruz Azul.
The Tijuana Xolos and Puebla tied 1-1 in a Xolos home game at Caliente Stadium. Although the Xolos dominated much of the game, they could not capitalize and now have one win, two losses and a tie. They next play Cruz Azul (two wins, one loss, two ties) in an away game Saturday. Cruz Azul is undefeated and untied at home.
Goals Sunday were scored by the Xolos' Dayro Moreno in the seventh minute and Puebla's Duvier Riascos in the 15th minute. Moreno, from Colombia, was a new hire for the Xolos this season.
Story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano.
With a first-half goal from new hires Fernando Arce and goals from Argentine José Sand and Colombian Dayro Moreno in the second half, the visiting Tijuana Xolos defeated the Santos Laguna Guerreros 3-1 on Saturday in Corona Stadium in Torreón. Santos went ahead 1-0 following the second phantom penalty called against the Xolos in as many weeks, making it look like the referees had it in for the Xolos, particularly when a Tijuana player was held in the penalty area earlier and nothing was called. Moreno, Sand and Arce were additions to the club after it moved to the first division. Arce, who scored the first goal, played for Santos Laguna last season.
Story headlined "First Bark", Frontera.
The Xolos, now 1-2, host Puebla on Sunday, Aug. 14. Update, Aug. 11: Game with Puebla is sold out.
Proceso devotes five pages this week to an article on Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrián González, who has a good chance to become the first Mexican to win a batting title since 1954*. The story talks about how his father, David, who loved to play baseball, moved from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, at age 22 to Tijuana, where he started an air-conditioning installation business. He had just married Alba Sabín of Guaymas, who knew nothing of baseball. The couple made sure all three of his sons were born in San Diego. All played baseball; it looked like the eldest, David, would play pro ball but an injury ended that. Adrián's brother Édgar made it to the majors at age 30 with the Padres, and played in San Diego in 2008 and 2009 when Adrián was there. Gonzalez played from 2006-10 with the Padres and now has a 7-year, $154 million contract with the Red Sox.
* In 1954, Beto Ávila of Veracruz won the American League batting title with a .341 average while playing with the Cleveland Indians. As of Wednesday, Adrián González was batting .356; his closest competitor was Michael Young of the Texas Rangers at .335. González also was leading the American League in runs batted in with 90.
Update, Aug. 6: González at .352, Young at .334
Update, Aug. 9: González at .350, Casey Kotchman of Tampa Bay Rays has an eight-game hitting streak and is second at .341; Young at .334.
Update, Aug. 11: Gonzalez .348, Kotchman .340 (hitting streak ended), Young .335
Update, Aug. 14: Gonzalez .351, Kotchman and Young .335
Update, Aug. 19: Gonzalez .343, Young .342, Kotchman .332
Update, Aug. 22: Gonzalez .343, Young .337
Update, Aug. 24: Gonzalez .346, Young .337 Gonzalez hits two homers in 11-5 Bosox victory over Young's Rangers
Gonzalez is second in RBI race at 97 to Yankees' Curtis Granderson with 98; Yanks' Mark Teixera has 95. Frontera
Update, Aug. 25: Gonzalez .347, Young .337 Gonzalez homers in 13-2 Bosox victory over Rangers
Update, Aug. 27: Gonzalez .347, Young .338. Gonzalez tied for RBI lead with Granderson at 103 despite Granderson hitting third of three record grand slams by Yankees in 22-9 win over A's on Thursday.
Update, Sept. 8: Gonzalez .343, Young .333; Gonzalez's 106 RBIs second to Granderson's 109. ESPN league leaders
Update, Sept. 14: Gonzales .340, Young .335
Update, Sept. 19: Gonzalez .338; Miguel Cabrera of Detroit Tigers and Young, both .331
Update, Sept. 20: Gonzalez .340; Young .333 and Cabrera .331
Update, Sept. 22: Gonzalez .341, Young .334 and Cabrera .333
Update, Sept. 23: Gonzalez .341, Young .335, Cabrera .333
Update, Sept. 28: Cabrera remained at .343, and Young and Gonzalez at .338.
Final update, Sept. 29: Cabrera .344, Gonzalez and Young .338
The Mexican newsmagazine Proceso reported that the Caliente sports book has been allowing bets on the Xolos soccer team. The Grupo Caliente run by former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon sponsors the Xolos soccer team, which recently moved up to the first division of Mexican soccer. The article indicated that the world soccer federation known as FIFA opposes the participation of people associated with soccer clubs in gambling operations. The club has said that the team is not owned by Hank or Grupo Caliente; the team president is Hank's son, Jorgealberto Hank.
Update, Jan. 26: Caliente still taking bets on Xolos. Ad in El Mexicano (PDF).
The Xolos started their first game a visiting team in Mexico's first division by going up 2-0 on goals by Dayro Moreno and Joe Corona. A defensive lapse allowed a goal by Sergio Santana to bring the score to 2-1 at halftime. Early in the second half, a referee awarded a penalty kick to Monterrey when all that happened was that Santana appeared to have fallen on his own accord and to have faked that he had been brought down in the penalty area during a free kick. Luis Pérez's penalty kick tied the game, and Monterrey then scored two more goals to win 4-2. The Xolos obviously have some defensive work to do.
UPDATE, Aug 2: Frontera says fight was seen by 30 million viewers.
Tijuana's Xolos soccer team lost 2-1 Saturday to the Morelia Monarchs at Caliente Stadium in Tijuana's first game in the first division despite former Sweetwater High player Joe Corona's goal.
The announcers for TV Azteca and El Mexicano newspaper claimed that the penalty kick that won the game was undeserved, but the Xolos' Javier Gandolfi, trailing Joao Rojas in the penalty box on a breakaway, clearly tripped Rojas up and did not touch the ball until Rojas had fallen to the ground. The TV Azteca announcers also at first pronounced Corona offside when he scored his tying goal late in the first half, when he clearly was not (although two Xolo players caught in an offside trap would have been had they touched the ball that bounced off the goalie during a free kick). The Xolos lost because of two defensive lapses leaving Morelia players wide open during counterattacks. Luis Alonso Sandoval scored the first goal and Miguel Sabah the penalty kick for Morelia. El Sol newspaper and TV Azteca did correctly point out that Morelia should have been awarded a penalty kick in the fourth minute of the first half that also involved Rojas and Gandolfi.
Assistant coach Roberto Hernández said it was difficult for his team to get used to the artificial turf at the Tijuana stadium. He coached the team because Tomás Boy was serving a suspension he received at the end of last season. Story, Frontera.
The Xolos are sponsored by Grupo Caliente, owned by former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, arrested last month and then released after numerous illegal weapons were found on his property near the stadium. Hank is from the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Meanwhile, the Monarchs are from President Felipe Calderón's hometown, Morelia. Calderón is a member of the National Action Party.
Reforma writes about the U.S. women's soccer team's 3-1 win over France and Japan's 3-1 victory over Sweden. U.S. coach Pia Sundhagen of Sweden now does not have to coach against her own country in the final on Sunday. Frontera gave the stories a nice display. Stories in Frontera.
Mexico's 1-0 loss to Uruguay and Argentina's 3-0 victory over Costa Rica knock Mexico out of the Copa América.
Sunday's Tijuana marathon suffered a major problem Sunday when runners followed the media car when it took a turn at the Lincoln monument instead of continuing to follow the guide car, cutting 800 meters off the route and causing the race to lose its official status.
Simon Kariuki was the men's winner with a time of 2:14:04. The best time for a Tijuana resident was Héctor Hernández at 2:33:32. The women's winner was Mary Akor with a time of 2:37:57.
The race was part of the 122nd birthday celebration for Tijuana.
Frontera gave a nice spread to the U.S. women's come-from-behind victory over Brazil in the World Cup soccer tournament in Germany. Amy Wambach's miraculous header in extra time of the second overtime period tied the game 2-2 and the U.S. won on penalty kicks, 5-3. If Brazil had had a goalkeeper of the caliber of the United States' Hope Solo, it would have won the game, which saw some questionable officiating. Brazil's Marta scored on a penalty kick in the second half, a goal in the first overtime period and also made her penalty kick in the penalty-kick playoff. Poor Brazilian defender Daiane scored an own-goal that was partly the responsibility of her goalkeeper and then was the only Brazilian player to have her penalty kick stopped, handing the U.S. the game. Not only that, Wambach beat her to the cross she headed into the goal.
Story, Frontera. AP story.
Mexico defeated Uruguay 2-0 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City to win its second Under-17 FIFA championship. Mexico previously won in 2005.
Antonio Briseño scored in the 31st minute and Giovani Casillas scored on a breakaway during injury time. Story, Frontera.
In the Copa América tournament taking place in Argentina, Mexico's national team has lost 2-1 to Chile and 1-0 to Peru. Mexico must defeat Uruguay and have Costa Rica beat Argentina to advance from its group. Mexico is playing a relatively young team and was handicapped by having players suspended because of a prostitution scandal.
Starting July 29, Mexico's under-20 team will be among 24 teams playing for a FIFA championship.
Frontera reported that Dominican Republic player Juan Uribe of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubled off Padre Luke Gregerson to break up a no-hit-game attempt by the San Diego Padres with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday. The paper reported that Venezuelan Dioner Navarro then singled to drive in the game's only run. Story, Frontera.
The paper noted that the Padres never have thrown a no-hitter in their 43-year history. The San Diego Union-Tribune mistakenly reported that if the Padres had gotten one more out, they would have had a combined no-hitter. Under Major League Baseball rules, a team can only have a no-hitter if the other team has no hits when a game is concluded. If the Padres had gotten the third out in the ninth without giving up a hit, they only could have achieved a no-hitter if they had scored in extra innings and won the game while continuing to hold the Dodgers hitless or if the Dodgers had scored in extra innings to win the game without the benefit of a hit. No-hitter rules.
Eight players of Mexico's under-22 national soccer team were suspended for six months and fined 50,000 pesos (U.S. $4,244) for having prostitutes visit their hotel in Quito, Ecuador, where they had been training. The team is participating in a Copa América tournament in Argentina, and starts off against Chile on Monday, July 4. Among those suspended is Jonathan dos Santos, who plays for Barcelona. He is the younger brother of Giovani dos Santos, who scored the final goal for Mexico and set up another in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the U.S. in Pasadena in the Gold Cup. Giovani dos Santos' goal was considered to the best of the tournament. Suspended utility player Jacobo Gómez claimed he was not involved.
Mexico overcame the loss of five players where clenbuterol was found in their systems to defeat Honduras in overtime, 2-0, on Thursday and advance to play the United States Saturday in Pasadena for the Gold Cup championship. The United States defeated Panama 1-0.
Nuevo León beat Baja California 63-58 in Tijuana on Wednesday to become the under-21 national basketball champions. Story, El Mexicano.
In what could be a big blow to Mexico's hopes of winning this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, five Mexican players, including goalie Guillermo Ochoa, were suspended for having clenbuterol in their systems. The Gold Cup is under way; the championship game will be played June 25 in Pasadena. Story, Frontera.
The Tijuana Xolos soccer team acquired goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo for $3 million from the Autonous University of Nuevo León Tigres. Story, Univision. It was the latest in a series of moves for the club that recently was elevated to Mexican soccer's first division. The club hopes the moves will give the Xolos enough firepower to prevent them from being relegated back to the second division next year, as sometimes happens with recently elevated teams. Story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano.
The Xolos soccer team, which recently moved up to the first division, will play its first game at noon July 24 in Caliente Stadium in Tijuana. The games will be broadcast on TV Azteca.
Story, Frontera. Morelia is the capital of Michoacán, President Felipe Calderón's home state.
On the same page is a story talking about ownership of the club. Mexican Soccer Federation rules allow a club to be disqualified if its owners or directors are found to be involved in illicit activity. The club president is Jorge Hank Inzunza, the son of former Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, who was detained on suspicion of illegal weapons possession Saturday. The team's directors said the club operates under the auspices of Servicios Profesionales de Operación, S.A. de C.V., which is made up of Mexican businessmen and does not include Hank Rhon. The directors said Hank Rhon's Grupo Caliente is the primary sponsor of the team.
The Xolos trophy for ascending to the first division of Mexican soccer toured El Mexicano newspaper on Wednesday. Team president Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza said the stadium would be reconfigured to seat 33,333 and that lights would be put in to permit night games. Story, El Mexicano.
The Tijuana Xolos advanced to the first division of Mexican soccer on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Irapuato Freseros (Strawberry Growers).
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Alexandra Moreno of Mexicali won four gold medals in gymnastics in the National Olympiad in Mérida, Yucatán. Story, El Mexicano. Moreno, who has been participating in international gymnastics events, began training in Frisco, Texas, in December, according to the website Ensalada Deportiva.
Fans cheered in above photo after the Xolos' goal; many had to stand as tickets were oversold.
Alejandro Molina headed in the tying goal in the 66th minute as Tijuana tied Irapuato 1-1 on Wednesday at a packed Caliente Stadium. The Tijuana goal, as usual, occasioned a beer shower — fans toss the contents of their drinks into the air when Xolo goals are scored. Tickets for the game were oversold, and many fans watched the game standing. Jerry Galindo of the Xolos was given a red card in the 86th minute for a hard foul on Cuauhtémoc Blanco. Despite being a man down, the Xolos played aggressively, just missing several goals.
If Tijuana wins at Irapuato on Saturday, the Xolos advance to the first division. If not, they will play a two-game series with Irapuato to determine which team moves up.
Xolos first-half action near the Irapuato goal on Wednesday.
Fans of the Tijuana Xolos soccer team waited more than two hours on Monday at Pueblo Amigo to buy tickets for Wednesday's finals game against Irapuato. If the Xolos can defeat Irapuato in the home-and-away series, they advance to the first division. The crowd waiting for tickets was well-behaved. Last week in León, police used tear gas to hold back a crowd trying to buy tickets for Saturday's game against the Xolos. The Xolos won that game 2-0.
Joshua Ábrego and Luis Orozco scored as the Tijuana Xolos defeated León 2-0 in León on Saturday to advance to the finals of the second division. Two León players were ejected and fans rushed the field during the game. The Xolos previously won 1-0 in Tijuana on Wednesday.
The Xolos will host Irapuato in Tijuana at 1 p.m. in Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and then play in Irapuato on Saturday. If the Xolos win the series, they advance to the first division. If they don't, they still have an opportunity to do so.
During a rush for tickets on Friday ahead of the game, authorities used tear gas to disperse an unruly crowd.
Mexican pitcher Jaime García of the St. Louis Cardinals had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning and finished with a 6-0, two-hit victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Story, El Mexicano. (The headline mistakenly calls Jaime "Jesús"; his middle name is Omar.) García is from Reynosa.
Alejandro Molina headed in a goal 25 minutes into the second half and the Tijuana Xolos hung on to defeat León 1-0 Wednesday afternoon in Tijuana in a foul-filled game that saw Tijuana play the last 10 minutes down a player after Gastón Otreras was ejected. The Xolos, shown celebrating the goal, play León again on Saturday in León in a game that is key in deciding whether the Xolos advance to the first division. The Xolos need to win or tie the game to make it to the second division finals. Story in El Mexicano. The crowd at Estadio Caliente. Story, Frontera. Story, La-Ch.com.
Michelle Rentería of Mexicali won three weightlifting gold meals in the Olimpiada Nacional
2011 in Mérida, Yucatan. She is a junior high school student in the Valle de Mexicali. Story, El Mexicano.
Los Truenos de Tijuana (The Tijuana Thunder) lost their third consecutive game to the Marineros de Ensenada on Sunday, 4-0. The Thunder lost their home opener on Friday 11-2 in the Cerro Colorado stadium. On Saturday, the Marineros also won 4-0 behind the arm of Kobayashi Ryoka of Japan; the loser was Francisco A. Valdez of Ensenada. On Thursday, the Truenos beat the Marineros 8-4 in Ensenada's home opener. The series has gone back and forth, opening in Ensenada, then going to Tijuana, then going to Ensenada, back to Tijuana, and will be in Ensenada again on Monday and in the Cerro Colorado stadium on Tuesday. The Truenos schedule
UPDATE, April 20: Truenos lose 7-2 on Tuesday, and lose series to Ensenada, four games to two.
Jackie Nava of Tijuana wound up tying Ana María Torres in the "Reinas en Guerra" (Fighting Queens) boxing match Saturday in Boca del Río, Veracruz. They are considered to be the best female fighters in Mexico, and Frontera reported that both their records are 24-3-3. The match was scored 95-95 by all three judges. She showed off her shiner (right photo) in an interview with Channel 12 in Tijuana; the photo at left is also taken from Channel 12's newscast. Nava, known as the Aztec princess, turned 31 on April 11.
UPDATE, April 20: Frontera reports the match was seen by 25 million Mexicans.
UPDATE, April 21: Jackie Nava is interviewed by Frontera in Tijuana
UPDATE, April 28: Jackie Nava meets with Mayor Carlos Bustamante.
Tijuana will hold a marathon and a half-marathon as part of its observance of the 122nd anniversary of its founding on July 10. The running events will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Abraham Lincoln traffic circle.
El Mexicano devoted the better part of a page on Saturday to San Diego Padres Spanish-language broadcaster Eduardo Ortega, a Tijuana native who was honored by the Padres before Friday's Dodgers-Padres rain-marred tilt that was suspended in the ninth inning with the score 2-2.* Ortega also threw out the first ball on the Padres' "Fiesta Mexicana" night. Ortega, a Padres' broadcaster for 25 years, also is the subject of a feature story on pages 57-58 of the Padres' gameday magazine, SD Blueprint (issue 01). 2005 MLB.com article on Ortega and Spanish-language broadcasters
UPDATE, April 12: El Mexicano runs a feature story on Ortega and mentions how he used to work at the Calimax on Boulevard Díaz Ordaz in Tijuana.
El Mexicano on Saturday also mentioned that former Dodger great Duke Snider, who also was a broadcaster for the Padres during their first three years of existence, was honored posthumously at at Petco Park Friday. Previous mention of Duke Snider in MexicoPerspective.com
* - The Dodgers eventually won, 4-2, on Saturday.
San Diego's Hoover High School beat Tijuana 94-62 to win the
El Torneo Binacional de Basquetbol
Estudiantil 2011 in Tijuana over the weekend. Story and picture, El Mexicano.
Hoover's top scorers were Angelo Chol, who has signed to play at the University of Arizona, with 37 points; Cris Jones 16; and Alex Pérez 11. Tijuana's top scorers were Sergio García with 23, Santiago Simental with 17 and Armando Guzmán with 10.
The Mexican Sports Association (La Confederación Deportiva Mexicana, Codeme) will honor Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán on Thursday with its governor prize for having the best sports program in Mexico. Story, El Mexicano.
Tijuana's Frontera newspaper put San Diego State University's loss Thursday to UConn in the Sweet 16 phase of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament on the front page of its sports section on Friday with the headline "Atorados," (Jammed, or Stuck). Front page Its story on Page 15 was headlined "Pierden Aztecas y termina 'sueño' " (Aztecs lose and the dream ends). Story.
The Tijuana newspaper Frontera ran an Associated Press story "Avanza SDSU a 'Dulces 16,' " about second-seeded San Diego State's 71-64 double-overtime win Saturday over seventh-seeded Temple in Tucson, sending SDSU to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament. Neither Frontera's story nor the one in San Diego's main newspaper mentioned one of the key plays of the game — Temple's Argentine player Juan Fernandez's crossing into the foul lane too soon, allowing SDSU player Kawhi Leonard another free attempt, which gave SDSU one more point in the first overtime, allowing it to play the second overtime.
San Diego's Hoover High School will play in a binational high school basketball tournament in Tijuana April 1-3, the newspaper El Mexicano reported. The tournament is called El Torneo
Binacional de Basquetbol Estudiantil 2011. Hoover Coach Ollie Goulston said among those who will be playing is Angelo Chol, who has been signed to play at the University of Arizona.
Story, El Mexicano
Frontera newspaper runs an article on Dodgers' slugger and Fallbrook resident Duke Snider dying in an Escondido hospital. In yet one more sign of the decline of major metropolitan dailies, the San Diego Union-Tribune only runs a wire story for his obituary and fails to mention that he was the Padres' original color commentator. Story, Frontera. Duke Snider, original Padres color commentator
Joakim Soria, the closer for the Kansas City Royals, is asking that the media stop referring to him as the Mexicutioner, out of respect for those being killed in Mexico's violence.
The blogger Rany Jazayerli, on his blog Rany on the Royals, had this to say about the request:"The Mexicutioner is dead. Long live His Mexcellency."
Soria formerly pitched for the Ciudad Obregon Yaquis, who recently won the Caribbean World Series.
A Consulta Mitofsky poll finds that boxing has become Mexico's second-favorite favorite sport and baseball has become its third-favorite. Basketball, previously in second place, fell to fourth. The poll also found that Chivas de Guadalajara has become the nation's favorite team in the nation's favorite sport, soccer.
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* - under 1 percent
Club América, rated second, remains by far the most-hated team in the country.
Chivas has 11 championships to América and Toluca's 10 each. Last year's champions were Toluca and Monterrey.
Congratulations to the Yaquis of Sonora state's Ciudad Obregón for having won the Caribbean World Series for the first time, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The victory means that of the four teams now participating in the series, Mexican teams have won six times, Venezuelan teams seven times, Puerto Rico 14 times and the Dominican Republic 18 times. Venezuela won the title in 2009 when the series was held in Mexicali. The last time a home team won was in 2008 in the Dominican Republic; the Dominican Republic hosts the series again next year.
Mexico to play Venezuela in soccer at 8 p.m. March 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Story, Frontera.
Mexican infielder Jorge Cantú signs a one-year, $850,000 contract with the San Diego Padres. Story, Frontera. He played for the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers last year.