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Where we talk about several sports in just one post.

Last Week in Sports (11/24 – 11/30)

NFL

Football got off to an early start for week 13 with three games on a Thursday. The Lions beat Chicago, the Seahawks on a Super Bowl rematch took control over the 49’ers and Mark Sanchez and the Eagles took care of business at Jerry World when they defeated the Cowboys. Both teams came into the annual Thanksgiving Day game with an 8-3 record and tied for the top spot of the NFC East. That same offensive line that provided great protection for Romo on the game against the Giants was no where to be seen in Week 13. Romo did not have a single TD pass, he struggled finding his targets and did not even reach the 200 yard passing mark. The difference was mostly made in the running game where DeMarco Murray just ran 73 yards while the Eagles running back LeSean McCoy got up to 159. The final score was 33-10 and there will be a rematch on week 15.

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES

It was pretty much a complete domination by Mexico, the country which hosted the 2014 games in Veracruz, up until the last 70 hours of the competition. After being behind by over 20 gold medals in the medal count, the domination of Cuba in the Track and Field events including a win in the male marathon by Richer Pérez. The cubans got a total of 23 gold medals in these type of events while Mexico only managed to get eight. Two more in beach volleyball really sealed the deal for this delegation. While some may consider this result a failure for the host nation they can be proud of as it (Mexico) was awarded the most medals out of all the competition with 332. That way Cuba finished in first with 123 gold medals, Mexico second with 115 and Colombia was far back in third with 70.

SOCCER

The playoffs in the “Liga Bancomer MX”, got off to a weak start. Most of the games were decided by mistakes of the opponent than by good calls by the team that would end up winning. To make the story short between Pumas and America, the latter one advanced because of having finished at a higher spot during the regular season. Then Tigres and Pachuca was decided with the same argument benefiting Tigres. Toluca was no longer the team distinguished by its great playoff games and was lucky enough to eliminate Chiapas due to the same reasoning the last two games were decided with. Finally Monterrey was the only team to advance due to a positive goal differential after two games after losing the first by one but winning the second one by two. Now they will play America and Toluca will face Tigres.

In MLS action the final is set. Landon Donovan could not have a bigger stage to say farewell to his team and to the league that has seen him develop for many years. After a 2-2 tie in the aggregate with the Seattle Sounders, Galaxy advanced to the final due to the goal that L.A. scored as a visitor. They will play New England Revolution which eliminated the New York Red Bulls. Take into consideration that this was the last season New York only has one team, next year the New York Football Club will start competing and they have already signed international star David Villa to play for them. But the show must go on for now and both finalists will face each other on December 7th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

NCAA Football

It is hard to recap what happened in a league that has over 50 games every weekend but here are some of the highlights. Texas Christian University took care of business on the road and defeated Texas at Austin on Thanksgiving Day 48-10. The Oregon Ducks defeated Oregon State by 47-19. Baylor and Texas Tech battled it out at AT&T Stadium in what turned out to be a great game. At the end even though the Red Raiders outscored the Bears by 19-3 in the fourth quarter, the team from Waco, Texas got the win by 48-46. Number one ranked Alabama also played a high-scoring game against number 15 Auburn. This time a second half comeback by Alabama was good enough to take the “W” 55 to 44.

CRICKET

Last week in a game of cricket in Australia fans and players witnessed a horrific scene. A hit to the bottom of the neck of the 25 year old player left him unconscious. James Sutherland “CEO of Cricket Australia”, considered him a hero for kids around the nation and a role-model player. Two days after suffering the hit, Hughes lost his battle and died. His number 64 shirt is now retired and a match he was supposed to play with his national team against India has now been postponed.

Dando la Cara por México

A menos de tres días de que concluyan los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, Veracruz 2014 y México, como era de esperarse esta peleando la punta del medallero con Cuba. Este viernes 28 los de la isla nos han superado por primera vez desde que comenzó la fiesta deportiva. Pero más allá de que si México logra recuperar la posición de privilegio o no hay algo que esta quedando muy pero muy claro. En el país azteca, hay talento de sobra.

Con 286 medallas hasta el momento en el que estoy publicando esta nota, no hay país que se le pueda acercar a México. Desde mi punto de vista el único oro que estamos obligados a ganar es el de fútbol varonil. Se le puede llamar decepción al hecho de que en el béisbol los nuestros hayan quedado fuera de las posibilidades de contender por una medalla desde muy temprano. Pero no se le puede llamar fracaso. A que en el básquetbol solo las mujeres se hayan subido al podio tampoco es fracaso.

Cientos de atletas mexicanos se han subido al podio en estos juegos y estan teniendo sus cinco minutos de fama. En la gimnasia Cynthia Valdez con tres medallas de oro y una de plata se convirtió en la atleta con más preseas doradas en la historia de estos juegos, de Cynthia y sus compañeras solo nos enteramos cuando estan en este nivel de competencias.

A donde voy con esto. México ganó todas las medallas de oro posibles en el nado sincronizado, todas las de oro posibles en triatlón, modificado a duatlón por las condiciones del Golfo de México, se mantiene el dominio en los clavados, disciplina donde México es de los mejores del mundo, para muestra los logros de Fernando Platas, Paola Espinosa y Yahel Castillo entre otros. Diez oros en el Tae-Kwon-Do hablan por sí mismos. La lista es interminable pero vuelvo a repetir, en México hay mucho talento que asoma la cabeza en este tipo de competiciones, los medios masivos se aprovechan de sus resultados temporalmente y no volvemos a saber de ellos hasta que estan en una Universiada, Panamericanos y algunos de ellos en Juegos Olímpicos.

Lo que se debe de hacer es apoyarlos incondicionalmente de aquí en adelante. Algunos por falta de recursos dejan de entrenar para ponerse a trabajar. Muchos deben tomar transporte público para llegar a sus entrenamientos, pocos se pueden dar el lujo de estudiar en una buena escuela por tal de poder entrenar como su nivel de competencia se los exige.

Hay pocos futbolistas que cuentan con títulos universitarios, pues ellos también le dedican una buena parte de su día a los entrenamientos. La diferencia son los salarios. Mientras a un atleta que le dedica su tiempo al atletismo para intentar sobresalir a nivel nacional y mundial muy apenas se le paga parte de sus viáticos, a un futbolista profesional en nuestro país se le paga por partido, por publicidad, viáticos incluidos, instalaciones de buen nivel a su disposición, doctores y a final de cuentas con su salario le alcanza y le sobra para un coche y muy probablemente una casa. El Tri” es de las cinco selecciones con mayores ingresos en el mundo. Según la revista Forbes, la selección mexicana durante el pasado ciclo mundialista (2010-2014) gasto 10.3 millones de dólares. Se estima que los salarios del cuerpo técnico de la selección mayor superan los 25 mdd. Mientras tanto la selección de básquetbol que nos representó dignamente en el pasado mundial de España tuvo que pagar para poder llevar exceso de equipaje, según Gustavo Ayón, ahora jugador del Real Madrid.

A Carlos Slim se le puede criticar el manejo de Telmex pero el hombre es un sabio a la hora de apostar por deportistas. En el 2004 él y su familia le prestaron el apoyo incondicional a un muchacho que se dedicaba al karting a los 14 años. Diez años después, Sergio Pérez estaría junto a Fernando Alonso celebrando su segundo lugar el en Gran Premio de Malasia. Esteban Gutiérrez pasó por el mismo proceso aunque hasta el momento no ha logrado subirse al podio. Cuando menos se esperaba, gracias a tener dos pilotos en la máxima categoría del automovilismo y los patrocinios de Slim y Slim Jr. a dos escuderías de la F1 en noviembre la Ciudad de México albergará otro Gran Premio.

Ana Guevara tuvo que irse de México junto con su entrenador Raúl Barreda para prepararse en el ciclo Olímpico rumbo a Atenas 2004. En cuanto comenzó a dominar la Liga Dorada y se consagró en Paris como campeona del Mundo le llovieron patrocinios. Muchos se olvidaron de sus esfuerzos que la llevaron al quinto lugar en Sydney 2000 y llamaron fracaso al segundo lugar en Atenas. Ejemplos como los de Ana y Sergio hay miles en México.

Las fortunas que varias empresas se gastan en la selección de fútbol podrían ser bien aprovechados por los boxeadores, gimnastas, canoistas, corredores, tenistas y muchos otros deportistas que se tienen que rascar con lo que pueden para poder sobresalir y darle a México las alegrías que le esta dando en estos Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe.

Hasta países como Cuba, que no son territorialmente muy grandes y mucho menos en población saben de la importancia del apoyo al deporte. En el atletismo nos estan matando pues han conseguido 22 oros por siete de México. Para ser un país tan pequeño pero en materia deportiva altamente desarrollado es de llamar la atención.

Al final del día espero que en México quienes nos estan manteniendo en la pelea por el dominio de estos Juegos Centroamericanos reciban el apoyo que merecen, ya que si en política no tenemos una buena cara que dar al mundo, en el deporte sin duda hay cientos de atletas que nos llenan de orgullo.

La delegación mexicana. Hay talento, solo falta apoyarlos incondicionalmente (La Afición)
La delegación mexicana. Hay talento, solo falta apoyarlos incondicionalmente (La Afición)

Last Week In Sports (Nov. 17-23)

FORMULA 1

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)

It was a much anticipated race under the lights of Abu Dhabi without a much anticipated result. The final 55 laps of the 2014 Formula 1 Season decided the winner of the entire year. Lewis Hamilton came in as the favorite but just 17 points behind was a german with an incredible will to win. Nico Rosberg, who has been friends with Hamilton since their days back in karting series when they were both around 12 years old took their lifelong rivalry to the biggest stage there is in motorsport. Rosberg who had qualified in first lost his lead before even getting to turn one. After being able to keep his teammate within reaching distance after one pit stop Rosberg faced his worst nightmare. His engine lost a tremendous amount of power and instead of fighting for a championship he had to fight the car to finish the race, which he did ending up in 14th spot. That way Lewis was able to relax for most of the race just working to keep Felippe Massa away from the lead. The brazilian put up a fight but was about 2 seconds shy of going past the now two-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton, who had been serious and barely talking the past week showed quite some emotion in the post-race stage when he had already sealed the deal. Rosberg was obviously not happy with his result but conducted himself appropriately and congratulated his teammate, plus acknowledged the superiority of Hamilton not just that day but throughout the season.

NFL

Interesting week in the NFL. The first shocker came from the Oakland Raiders who had not won a single game throughout the season but managed to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday Night Football. On Sunday Seattle and Denver got back to their winning ways and defeated Arizona and Miami respectively. It was also a good day for Aaron Rodgers who led the Green Bay Packers over the Vikings claiming the first spot on the NFC North with a 24-21 win. But the most exciting game once again involved the Dallas Cowboys as they showed up at MetLife Stadium in New York to face the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys came off from a bye week where all their division rivals including Giants had lost. Eli Manning had thrown five interceptions on the past game. The game headed in the right direction for the local team who had a 21-10 lead heading into halftime. The Cowboys responded with 21 points on the second half including a game-winning drive of 80 yards with less than two minutes to go in the game. With a 31-28 win the team owned by Jerry Jones is 8-3 this season, about to clinch a playoff ticket.

SOCCER

It was a record just like any other that was meant to be broken and Leo Messi had been lingering around it for a long time. Telmo Zarra had of 251 La Liga goals. Messi had tried to break it at the Santiago Bernabeu during the derby but was unluck for that one and the next two matches. Saturday against Sevilla not only did he tie the record, but with a hat-trick he set a new one in 253 and counting. Barcelona ended up winning the game 5-1. Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-0 to keep the lead of “La Liga” after 12 weeks. In the MLS Playoffs L.A. Galaxy took the lead on the first leg of the Western Conference Final with a 1-0 win and the New England Revolution beat Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the Eastern Conference Final. In Mexico the playoffs are set and America will be facing Pumas, Tigres against Pachuca, Atlas will play against Monterrey and Toluca will have Chiapas as their opponent in the first elimination round.

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES

Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)
Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)

Mexico continues to dominate the medal count in Veracruz with just a week to go in the games but Cuba is closing in strong and with the wide range of track and field events they might find what they need to attack the host nation. Some of the highlights from last week were Horacio Nava’s (MEX) first place in the 20 km. race-walk with a time of 1:25:05 while Mirna Ortiz from Guatemala took gold on the women’s side with a Games record of 1:35:43. In soccer both teams from Mexico (men and women) advanced to semifinals with a perfect streak during the group stage. The men will face Cuba while the women will play Costa Rica. Mexico dominated the synchronized swimming events with seven out of seven wins and that can be considered as to what is making the difference between Cuba’s 63 gold medals and the 67 earned by Mexico so far. Colombia is in third with 51.

NBA

We are just getting started with a long basketball season and some teams are over the expectations while others are below. Lebron James came back to Cleveland hoping to be the secret element to bring the Cavs back to title contention. Up to this point we can say King James is missing having Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by his side since the team he is now playing for is in an early season crisis after a four game losing streak. Toronto is the best team in the league so far with a 9-1 record after ten games. Both Dallas and San Antonio have a 7-3 record heading into the last week of november while the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant can’t find a groove and are 3-7. Last week they were demolished by the Mavericks at Dallas 140-106 just after beating the Rockets on the road.

Last Week In Sports (November 10-November 16)

GOLF

Despite most of the attention of Mexico being centered on what happened abroad with their soccer national team, both the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) tours made stops in Mexico. The men played in Playa del Carmen Mexico at the Mayakoba Classic. There after three days of action Charley Hoffmann took first place with a scorecard of -17. Followed by Shawn Stefani just one stroke behind. Representing the host country at “El Camaleon Golf Club” were Carlos Ortiz, Oscar Fraustro, Roberto Díaz, Rodolfo Cazaubón and José de Jesús Rodriguez. The first two finished in the ninth spot with eleven strokes under par. Cazaubón along with Díaz and Rodriguez did not make the cut after the second round. Meanwhile in Mexico City at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Christina Kim claimed her first LPGA Tour win in nine years even after losing a five stroke lead which decided the winner between Kim and Shanshan Feng in a playoff hole. Coming in at the 19th spot was Alejandra Llaneza, the best mexican in the tournament.

SOCCER

Most national leagues were in a break this past week due to the international matches that were played around the world. Probably one of the most attractive matches on paper was the Netherlands vs Mexico game which was considered by many a rematch from the past World Cup game in Brazil where Mexico lost in the last minute. This time, at the Amsterdam Arena Mexico found in the return of forward Carlos Vela, its best weapon to seek revenge. Vela scored the first two goals for “El Tri” while Javier Hernández sealed the deal for the visiting squad. Wesley Sneijder and Daley Blind tried to make a push to tie the game but this time it did not work out. 3-2 was the final score. One of the few leagues that dares to stop when there is international action going on is the MLS. They had their Conference Semifinals where Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy advanced to the final after defeating Real Salt Lake 5-0 after two games. FC Dallas tied 1-1 with Seattle Sounders but the result benefited Seattle who will play L.A. in the next round. On the Eastern Conference Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls will punched their ticket to play New England Revolution in the Conference Finals.

Formula 1

Abu Dhabi is the last stop for the 2014 Formula 1 Season which even though failed to deliver in engine sound, is really putting up a show when it comes to how competitive it has been. Even though the Constructors Championship was decided back in Russia for Mercedes, its two drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are fighting for the Drivers Championship. Rosberg from Germany is 17 points behind Hamilton but new this year is a double-points system where a first place would give him 50 points instead of the 25 a win gives away. That being said Rosberg needs to win and Lewis can’t come in second if the German wants to take home the glory. Important to mention that in 11 races this season Mercedes has been 1-2. While many other teams look to improve their constructors rankings for the money they get, Caterham will be back on the grid after missing the last two races due to economic problems. Most of the money raised to come back was donated by fans of the team. Marussia is definitely out and will hardly be seen taking the grid next year.

UFC 

The show had to go on despite its main attraction being ruled out due to an injury. Cain Velasquez, who was in attendance had to watch how Fabricio Werdum, who would have been his opponent took the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title by knocking out Mark Hunt in the first round. Besides being a special night for UFC, since it was the first time the world-leading martial arts organization stopped in Mexico it was also the final of the Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. Alejandro Perez beat José Quinonez by split decision after a three rounds. His victory meant he now has a contract to fight with the UFC. 21,000 fans in attendance, a record for the “Arena Ciudad de México” who had just days earlier hosted an NBA regular season game between the Rockets and the Timberwolves.

NFL

After winning their game in London where the beat the Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys had their bye week this past week and if they performed any strange kind of voodoo to affect the teams in their division, it worked. The New York Giants (their next rival) lost 17-10 against the San Francisco 49’ers. The Green Bay Packers showed no mercy on the Eagles, probably a top contender on the NFC East by 53-20. Also the Redskins have not won a game after beating the Cowboys on the road. This time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out on top by 27-7. Another surprising victory was presented to us by the Rams who were untamable against the Denver Broncos by 22-7. Peyton Manning was unable to extend his streak to 16 of games where he has thrown at least two touchdown passes.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic probably has never won a final game as easy as it came this past weekend in London. It was a much anticipated final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals between the number one and two in the world, Roger Federer. One of the most decorated tennis players of all times hurt his back in the semifinal match against his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. With just a day to recover it was impossible for the 33 year old swiss to recover and play against Djokovic. That way, Federer withdrew from the final game just two hours before the finalists were supposed to take the court. Andy Murray stepped up to the plate to play some exhibition games in front of the fans who had already paid a ticket for the show. The fans will receive a partial refund according to organizers.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Central American and Caribbean Games “Veracruz 2014” started last week with 31 countries not including the United States. So far Mexico has the lead in the medal count with a total of 47 including 23 gold medals. Followed by Cuba with 27 (12 gold). Due to the dangerous conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, the triathlon was changed to a duathlon last saturday. Also the host country added three gold medals to its count in Tae-Kwon Do. A weird fact happened when a table tennis player from Cuba instead of flying to Veracruz, took off to the United States. This event which lasts from November 14 to the 28 can be used to qualify for the Olympic Games in “Rio de Janeiro 2016”

Last Week in Sports (10/13/14 to 10/19/14)

Here is a look at some of the most important stories in the world of sports this past week.

NFL

Once again I will start things off by talking about the Dallas Cowboys. The team was coming off an impressive victory on the road against the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. They had a bumpy week that started with Joseph Randle being caught stealing underwear and cologne at a store in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area (he will now endorse it). The next day a survey came out stating that the team owned by Jerry Jones was no longer America’s team, but now the Denver Broncos held that title. Pretty sure if that same survey was handed out today the Cowboys would recover that spot. Playing their first division game of the season against the New York Giants they had a shaky first half but a very solid second. DeMarco Murray  ran for 126 yards becoming the first player to go over 100 for seven consecutive games in the history of the NFL. Tony Romo had another great day in Arlington passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys are now 6-1 after beating the Giants 31-21. Last time they started this well was in 2007.

On the Sunday Night Football game history was made. Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre’s record of 508 career touchdown passes and just moments later he went for a record setting 509 on a third and goal opportunity. Demaryius Thomas caught the ball that from now on will be displayed in Canton, Ohio at the NFL Hall of Fame museum. Manning would leave the game but not before he threw one more touchdown pass (510) against the San Francisco defense. It was a historic night at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado where the dominant 42-17 win by the Broncos will hardly be remembered by the score.

WATCH: Peyton Manning 509 TD Pass

SOCCER

Euro 2016 Qualifiers continued early this week. Germany can’t find a way to play like it did to achieve the World Cup title just a few months back and was tied by Ireland in the last minutes of the game for a 1-1 draw. A header from Cristiano Ronaldo helped his national team (Portugal) get three points on its visit to Denmark 1-0. A game determined by UEFA (the European association that regulates soccer in Europe) as a high-risk match proved to be just that. Serbia hosted Albania hoping politic turmoil in between both nations did not affect the game but it was a drone flying over the field carrying a flag from Albania the last straw that angered Serbian players. One of them pulled the flag down and when that happened all hell broke loose and there was a big fight among players and those on the bench as well as in between fans in the stands. That way Martin Atkinson from England had no other choice but to suspend the game. While Albanian players were received as national heroes, Serbia wants UEFA to award them an automatic win. Chances are both teams get suspended from competition from now in.

In Mexico the national league is only four games away from going into playoffs. America played Monterrey hoping to get a win after two straight games without it. They did just that playing against a team that was in second place before the game and now sits in the fifth spot after. Monterrey after losing 0-2 against the leaders of the competition has let Toluca, Atlas and Tigres stand in the way between them and the top of the leaderboard. Chivas, one of the most popular teams in the league hired a new coach, (the same one that could not get Mexico to the World Cup) José Manuel de la Torre. They played León  who won the last championship setting the stage for a great comeback but in the end 2 goals from “La Fiera” and one from “El Rebaño” just made things worst .

In Spain the soccer world is getting ready to see Real Madrid play Barcelona in what is said to be the biggest rivalry around a soccer ball that there is in the world. Before that happens this past weekend Madrid played Levante in what seemed to be target practice for the team managed by Carlo Ancelotti. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, one from James Rodriguez, one from Isco and another one from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (his 3rd with Madrid), sealed a 5-0 victory the week prior to “El Superclásico”. On the other side, Messi is just one goal away from tying Telmo Zarra as the player with the most goals in “La Liga”(250). He scored once in the 3-0 win against Eibar and refused to be substituted late in the second half.

BASEBALL

It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. That is probably what both teams that will be playing in the MLB World Series told themselves after clinching a spot for the Wild Card game on their respective divisions a few weeks back. The Kansas City Royals have not been defeated in their first postseason run in 28 years. The team swept Oakland, L.A. Dodgers and the Orioles. The San Francisco Giants are a bit more used to playing this far into the season. They recently were crowned champions when playing against the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series. This time around they beat Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game, 3-1 in the series against the Washington Nationals, and 4-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals where the last game came down to the wire but a three-run home run by Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the ninth inning sealed the deal at home for the Giants (6-3). The 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants starts this tuesday.

On a quick note, the Texas Rangers announced Jeff Banister as their new skipper after Ron Washington resigned late in the 2014 Season due to personal problems after eight years leading the Rangers clubhouse leader. Banister comes from Pittsburgh hoping to bring the Rangers back to the postseason, an instance they have not showed up to in the past two campaigns.  I will address his personal story in a later date.

GOLF

Major championships were over a while back in the PGA Tour this year but that doesn’t golf players have stayed at home since then. This past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Ben Martin took the win finishing 20 strokes under par, just two strokes below his closest competitor Kevin Streelman. Mexico’s rookie Carlos Ortiz played in his second tournament as a PGA pro and that did not seem to matter. The former Mean Green golfer finished tied for 18th spot with 11 strokes below par. He is now 33rd in the Fedex Cup Rankings.

RUNNING

Just three weeks ago the Marathon world record was shattered in Berlin, Germany. This past sunday, Abraham Cheroben was aiming to do the same with Zersenay Tadese’s World Record of 58:23. The 21-year-old Kenyan ran the Medio Maratón Valencia with that goal. “I’m satisfied with my win but I’m not totally happy because I was targeting a world record today. I’m convinced I can break the 58-minute barrier for the distance”, were the Cheroben’s words right after the race that has been won by Kenyans the past nine editions. His time of 58:48 is the fastest time for anyone who has ran this distance the past two years.

CAR RACING

The Formula 1 is on a two week break from racing. While the Formula travels from Europe to America in Mexico City representatives from “Tilke”, a german architecture firm presented the design of the new “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” track which will be used to host the “Mexico Grand Prix” on November 1st of 2015 per the preliminary calendar. The track is expected to be the second fastest in the world just behind the historic Monza circuit in Italy. Cars should be able to reach a top speed of 328 kms/h and organizers expect to receive over 120,000 fans at the track’s grounds on race day.

WATCH: F1 Mexico Grand Prix Track Design

In NASCAR Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag at the GEICO 500 in Talladega. 32 of the 43 drivers that started the race finished in the same lap that the leader did. Matt Kenseth who is also fighting for the Sprint Cup championship made it finished just 0.141 seconds behind Keselowski. With just four races to go in the season it is Joey Logano from Team Penske who leads the pack. He finished 11th at Talladega in a race that had 38 lead changes.

RACQUETBALL

Mexican racquetball player Paola Longoria had not made major headlines in Mexico until last night when she lost against the American Rhonda Rajsich at the Stockton Pro Am (11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4). The reason this was important was because it meant the end to a 152 game winning streak from the mexican superstar. Oddly enough it happened against the same person she had lost to in may of 2011. Since that game Longoria had not lost a single match until now. Longoria’s chance to restart her streak will come at the Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico from november 14 to the 30th.

Last Week in Sports (10/06/14-10/12/14)

Starting today, every monday I will be posting a summary of the most important news in the world of sports over the weekend.

NFL

Even though we still have to wait to see how the Monday Night Football game pans out to be, it will hardly overtake the show that Seattle and the Dallas Cowboys displayed yesterday at CenturyLink Field, the house of the 12th man. (considered the second loudest stadium in the NFL right behind Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City)

Dallas was coming off an overtime win over the Houston Texans at home but was expected to face an even harder test on the road against the Super Bowl XLVII Champions.  Things did not start well for the team managed by Jason Garrett and due to a couple of mistakes early in the game, they fell behind 10-0. The underdog responded quickly with some great plays by Tony Romo and came back to take the lead 10-17 before halftime. A fielding mistake by the special teams and a mistimed pass by Travis Frederick were key mistakes to give hope to the Seahawks and turn things around in their favor 20-17. Cowboys came back to tie but another field goal by the Seahawks gave the lead to a team that was getting lucky.

The key play of the game happened with less than five minutes to go in the game. 3rd and 20 for the Cowboys and Tony Romo avoids a couple of sacks to find Terrance Williams 23 yards away. Williams makes the best catch of the game right on the borderline of the field having his toes save him from an incomplete pass. In that same series DeMarco Murray takes the ball for a touchdown and gives the Cowboys its 5th win of the season. They will play division rivals (New York Giants, Washington Redskins) the next two weeks before traveling to London to play the Jaguars.

SOCCER

With most club activity suspended for the week due to FIFA Dates national teams in North and South America played friendly games while teams in Europe continued Euro 2016 Qualifiers. Mexico played Honduras on thursday and won 2-0 with goals from Oswaldo Alanis and “Chicharito” Hernández who is now just nine goals behind Jared Borgetti as the all-time best national team scorer. On sunday they played Panama and with the first goal of Erik Torres with the national team they took the win (1-0).

Among other important results Landon Donovan said farewell to the U.S. Men’s National Team. He played his last 40 minutes with the jersey he wore 157 times and 19 of them as the captain of the squad. After not being included by Jurgen Klinsmann to play in the World Cup the decision of retiring was clear for the best soccer player to ever represent the red, white and blue on a soccer field. Unfortunately after a memorable night Ecuador’s Enner Valencia tied the game in its final stretch for a 1-1 draw.

Brazil beat Argentina in what is probably the biggest rivalry in soccer at an international level. Diego Tardelli scored both goals for the “Verde Amarela”. Messi had a chance from the penalty spot to temporarily tie the game but he missed. This friendly game was played in Beijing, China.

In Euro 2015 Qualifiers scores Spain beat Luxemburg 4-0 after falling 2-1 earlier in the week to Slovakia. England had an easy week winning 5-0 over San Marino and 1-0 over Estonia. France beat Portugal 2-1 even with Ronaldo on the pitch but even more shocking Germany lost against Poland 0-2.

MLB

We are approaching the very end of a very long baseball season and surprises keep popping up. Probably the biggest one is that the L.A. Dodgers aren’t in the hunt for a World Series anymore. Now the Kansas City Royals are back to a spot they are not very used to be in. They are facing the Orioles in the American League Championship Series who are also pretty unfamiliar with this stages. Their rival in the biggest stage in baseball will come from the winner between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals who are playing to reach the National League Championship Series to access the World Series.

F1

A very unusual week unfolded in Formula 1. Most people have now seen or heard the accident in which Marussia’s driver Jules Bianchi was involved back in the Japan Grand Prix. Today Bianchi is still in critical condition in a hospital in Japan and is being supervised by a medical team lead by two doctors provided by Ferrari. Most of the people that surround F1 races say they are having a tough time dealing with the situation. But the show must go on and Russia welcomed the highest category in auto-racing for the first time. A circuit with lots of turns and few spaces to overpass other drivers built around the same Olympic Park that hosted the recent 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

It was again the Mercedes drivers who occupied the top two positions . Lewis Hamilton came in first after leading the whole race and Nico Rosberg finished second in a competition where most cars only needed one stop Marussia only had Max Chilton’s car on track as a tribute to his teammate. Unfortunately he had to abandon the race early on due to technical difficulties. With the 1-2 for Mercedes Benz drivers, the team secured the Constructors Championship with three races to go in the season. Apparently Russia is having to pay $50 million as a hosting fee per year for this new venture. Next up is the United States Grand Prix in Austin (special coverage from the Circuit of the Americas, stay tuned).

TENNIS MASTERS

Roger Federer has shown the world he is not done playing great tennis. The swiss who for a very long time had ranked number one in the world won the Shanghai Masters for the first time in his career after defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2). A close match that was mostly defined by Federer’s efficiency from the net taking 24 of 35 points. With the absence from Nadal in the tournament, combined with this result, Federer is now second in the ATP Rankings just behind Novak Djokovic.

CHICAGO MARATHON

There were close to ideal conditions in the “Windy City” yesterday for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. No world-records were broken, nor even course records and that is mostly due to a highly conservative pace from the leaders on both the women’s and men’s side of the field. It was a Kenyan podium on the men’s side with Eliud Kipchoge taking first place with a time of 2:04:11. Followed by Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba less than a minute behind. On the women’s side Rita Jeptoo won the race with a 2:24:35 Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 2:24:35, Mare Dibaba came second and Florence Kiplagat finished third. Jeptoo from Kenya also clinched the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors title.

OTHERS

Finally mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz made his PGA debut at the Frys.com Open in Napa Valley, California. The University of North Texas alumni and “Web.Com Player of the Year”finished with a scorecard of one stroke under par to rank 57 allowing him to rank 56 in the PGA Tour. Also Paola Longoria from Mexico won the U.S. Open in racquetball after defeating María José Vargas from Argentina 3-0 at Minneapolis. It is Longoria’s fifth U.S. Open title and 150th consecutive win for the player from San Luis Potosi.

Nanjing 2014

Estamos a la vuelta de la esquina de los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud y realmente en nuestro país lo único que hemos oído es sobre el abanderamiento de la delegación mexicana. Poco se sabe del camino a la clasificación para estos juegos y del viaje de estos jóvenes a Nanjing, China.

La única empresa que le ha dedicado un buen espacio a la promoción de quienes nos representarán en China es Claro Sports. Un canal que por el momento sólamente se transmite por internet podemos conocer el perfil de varios de los aztecas que han conseguido su pase a la olimpiada.

Aqui vemos a quienes fuera de los reflectores se han ganado el derecho a representar a nuestro país. Algunos van por su segunda olimpiada que se realiza cada dos años. Del 16 al 28 de agosto miles de jóvenes representarán a sus países en 28 deportes incluyendo el golf que en el 2016 hará su debut dentro de la justa veraniega en Rio de Janeiro.

De México son 78 representantes que a partir de mañana entrarán en acción junto a más de 200 delegaciones donde como siempre el amplio favorito en el medallero son los Estados Unidos.  A falta de cifras oficiales se espera que sean más de 3,000 atletas los que participan de este evento.

México cuenta con esperanzas de medalla, especialmente en el atletismo donde esta Valeria Ortuño en la caminata y Ricardo Vera en el pentatlón. Este último es considerado por muchos expertos en la disciplina como serio contendiente a una presea. En el tae-kwon-do que por lo regular le da alegrías a nuestro país, Mitzi Carrillo puede ser quien levante la mano por esa disciplina.

No digo que los seleccionados de fútbol y básquetbol regresen con las manos vacías, por supuesto que también hay esperanzas ahí, pero habrá que poner especial atención en las disciplinas individuales que lo mismo y en dos años seguirán dando de que hablar

La Mujer y el Deporte

Danica Patrick, piloto de NASCAR, busca llegar a la F1 (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, piloto de NASCAR, busca llegar a la F1 (Getty Images)

¿Cuando vas corriendo y te pasa una mujer en que piensas? ¿Cuando estas con tus amigos jugando fútbol y una mujer te pasa el balón entre las piernas, cómo te sientes?

La verdad que a ningun hombre le gusta que estas cosas les pasen, pero de repente suceden. Las mujeres poco a poco se han ido ganando lugares más importantes en el deporte mundial. Sin embargo siempre se minimizan los logros cuando vivimos en un mundo en su mayoria machista.

No se le pone el mismo interés al mundial de fútbol femenil que al varonil. No se le paga igual a la mejor mujer de la Womens National Basketball Association, que al mejor jugador de la National Basketball Association.

¿Esta bien decir que por más campeonatos que ganará Mia Hamm, debería ser recordada de la misma manera en la que nos acordamos de Pelé? Merecería Serena Williams no sólo competir contra las mejores tenistas de la historia, sino además como contra gente como Pete Sampras y el mismo Roger Federer? ¿Tiene el derecho Annika Sorenstam de ser la imagen de un juego de video como Tiger Woods? Éste último siendo acusado de violencia doméstica en contra de su ex-pareja.

La verdad que personalmente a todas las preguntas anteriores yo contestaría que sí. No por no ser de los pocos atletas afortunados en ganar millones haciendo lo que más les gusta pero el llegar a la cima se logra por méritos propios sin importar si eres hombre o mujer.

A la mente me viene el momento en el que Kathrine Switzer se incorporó a la Maratón de Boston en 1967, y a pesar de que oficiales forcejearon con ella, la mujer de apenas 20 años continuó hasta la meta para ser la primera mujer en cruzar la meta de de la carrera atlética más antigua del mundo.

Hoy por hoy, las mujeres tienen estándares más fáciles de entrar a la meca del atletismo, por lo regular 30 minutos más lento que los hombres de su misma edad.

Mientras el fútbol, el básquetbol, el golf, el tenis y muchos otros deportes crean ligas separadas para hombres y mujeres, en el automovilismo se estan viviendo momentos de mucho cambio rumbo a la igualdad de géneros en ese deporte.

Danica Patrick es sin duda de las pioneras en incursionar en las categorías dominadas por el hombre. Primero en la Indy Car donde ganó en Japón  y ahora lo hace en la Serie Nascar. Más allá de las ganancias por correr en circuitos por todo el mundo, Danica ha usado su imagen para no sólo crearse popularidad a ella misma pero también a la NASCAR y a la Indy Car en su momento.

Bernie Ecclestone, máximo dirigente de la Fórmula 1 y uno de los hombres más poderosos en el ámbito deportivo no le cierra las puertas a la estadounidense, sin embargo no lleva prisa por incorporar a Danica en la máxima categoría.

Quien ya está a un paso de ser la primer mujer piloto en competir dentro de la F1 es Susie Wolff. La británica tuvo sus primera pruebas a bordo de un Williams en el circuito de Silverstone dónde solo dio cuatro giros que dejaron con buen sabor de boca a los presentes. Así que no la descarten para la próxima temporada, apenas tiene 31 años de edad.

El hombre por lo regular es más fuerte, mientras que hay un buen número de mujeres que se destacan por ser más competitivas que los hombres. Mientras el hombre busca presumir su lugar entre otros hombres, la mujer se quiere poner al parejo en la clasificación del hombre.

Cuando voy corriendo y me pasa una mujer, no se me acaba el mundo.  No me gusta que pase pero se que al paso que vamos estoy ante una mujer que va a lucharme al tú por tú desde ese momento hasta el final. Al final pase lo que pase habrá respeto de mi parte hacia ella.

Así debe de ser. No se cuanto tiempo tarde todo en cambiar pero poco a poco las mujeres han demostrado que merecen más respeto en el mundo del hombre. Si en el ámbito político hay mujeres tan fuertes como la alemana Angela Merkel al mando de un país, porque no dejar que la mujer crezca en los deportes que apasionan a toda una sociedad.

No se debe discriminar a la mujer, hacerla sentir menos y mucho menos demeritar sus logros. Las mujeres en el deporte buscan lo mismo que el hombre, superarse día con día.

Kathrine Switzer fue la primer mujer en competir en la maratón de Boston
Kathrine Switzer fue la primer mujer en competir en la maratón de Boston

 

 

#MásQueFutbol

México vuelve a quedar a nada del 5to Partido
México vuelve a quedar a nada del 5to Partido

México se emocionó con su selección por tres partidos y 85 minutos del cuarto cotejo. Después de una eliminatoria mundialista donde Graham Zusi de Estados Unidos le dió la oportunidad al Tricolor de acceder al repechaje los de verde se convirtieron en protagonistas de Brasil 2014.

La Selección Mexicana de Fútbol dio pena ajena en la eliminatoria mundialista pero del 13 al 29 de julio fue puro orgullo para todo un país y quienes viven fuera de esta tierra. Por 355 minutos todo fue fútbol para el país, todo fue alegría. Ochoa era héroe nacional, al Piojo  a nada estuvo de ser la nueva cara del Angel de la Independencia y los otros 22 jugadores formaban parte de una nueva Biblia. Al minuto 356 de la participación de México en el mundial, todo cambio, o regresó a la normalidad.  Schneider abrió una puerta que Ochoa tenia casi inpenetrable y Robben, quien había comentado que el arbitraje sería factor en el juego se aventó un clavado (según él) que le alcanzó a Holanda para dejar a México atrás y estancados en Octavos de Final por quinta ocasión consecutiva.

El arbitraje en Brasil 2014 ha estado casi peor que las condiciones en las que se viven en las favelas del país anfitrión, da miedo. La FIFA quien ha dicho que los problemas de Brasil no tienen nada que ver con el organismo rector del balompié mundial. Lo poco de lo que se tiene que encargar la FIFA es del arbitraje y eso ha sido una gran mancha en este mundial. El haber contado con una juez central de la misma confederación de uno de los equipos involucrados en un partido tan importante es cuestionable y personalmente un gran foco rojo.

Pero bueno, eso es punto y aparte. Algo que no se puede cambiar. Regresemos a la situación de México. Algo que se le aplaudió al tricolor por 355 minutos fue la actitud, las ganas de ganar, el carácter. Pero si quieren trascender era necesario llegar al quinto partido, hacer una diferencia a lo ocurrido desde 1994. Bulgaria, Alemania, Estados Unidos, Argentina y Holanda sin jugar su mejor fútbol nos sacan en un abrir y cerrar de ojos por algo que le llamo conformismo. Nos sentimos del otro lado cuando si sabemos algo a ciencia cierta es que la pelotita rueda por 90 minutos, más el tiempo de compensación. No hay porque dejar de jugarle a ningún rival por esa cantidad de tiempo especialmente si un equipo quiere trascender.

Sin hacer un análisis a fondo del partido México vs Holanda sabemos que eso fue lo que faltó. Gio marcó su gol y desde entonces Holanda se dedicó a poner a México en su lugar histórico, en cuatro partidos y hasta ahí. Se dejo la garra, la ambición y la determinación y el buen fútbol por un lado, se conformaron con meterle un gol a una escuadra que ahora pinta para dar el maracanazo que Uruguay hizo en 1950.

Desde que pito el arbitro el final del partido los mas de 100 millones de mexicanos se (nos) vimos desencajados, tristes pero si muchos les aplaudieron y lo siguen haciendo. Los invito a que no lo hagan.

Porque consideraron fracaso cuando Ana Guevara no ganó las Olimpiadas, cuando Bernardo Segura fue descalificado tras ganar la marcha de los 20 kilómetros en Sydney 2000. Cuando Fernando Platas no ganó nada en Atenas 2004 y que decir de cuando Lorena Ochoa se retiró, ahí si fueron unísonos los adjetivos de fracasados para cada uno de ellos. Una cosa si, ellos tiene más medallas de oro que el fútbol mexicano en toda su historia.

La velocista Ana Guevara hizo historia al ser la primera mexicana en estar en lo más alto del podio en un mundial al ganar los 400 metros planos ademas de la Golden League en el 2002. Fernando Platas obtuvo infinidad de oros en Panamericanos y Centroamericanos,  y plata en Sydney 2000, Lorena Ochoa lideró los rankings de la PGA y ganó dos majors (British Open y U.S. Open). El boxeo ni se diga, un deporte donde México es potencia año tras año y quieran o no el Canelo Alvarez es digna prueba de ello pero la lista de pugilistas exitosos es larguísima.

Ahora la selección mexicana vuelve a tierras aztecas tras jugar como nunca y perder como siempre. Jugaron bien por 355 minutos pero cuando había que dar el famoso “fua” para lograr trascender y llegar al ansiado quinto partido. Insisto, México juega bien, tiene nivel, tiene apoyo (de sobra) pero ayer constataron que ni ellos se creen capaces de hacerlo. Que el problema llega a lo mental y es algo difícil de cambiar.

Por piedad México, por piedad sociedad, no todo es fútbol. Hay golfistas, corredores, automovilistas, ciclistas, clavadistas, pugilistas que le han dado mil alegrías al país pero no resuenan tanto cómo un top-16 de México en el mundial. A quienes por cierto se le dan 9 millones de dólares (FIFA) y no se diga lo que viene de los patrocinadores y las primas de la misma Federación Mexicana de Fútbol. Por favor mexicanos y mexicanas, entendamos algo, no todo es fútbol.