World Golf Championships in Mexico Debuts in 2017

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Tournament relocates from Miami to Mexico City

The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced last week that the World Golf Championships tournament held in Miami at Trump National Doral since 2007 will relocate to Mexico City and be renamed the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, beginning in 2017.

The move is the result of a seven-year agreement through 2023 with Grupo Salinas, a collection of companies based in Mexico City primarily involved in retail, television and telecommunications. Grupo Salinas is overseen by founder Ricardo Salinas and his son, Benjamin Salinas Sada.

“Since the debut of the World Golf Championships in 1999, the intent has always been to conduct these tournaments around the world,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Once it became apparent that we would not be able to secure sponsorship at levels that would sustain the event and help it grow at Trump National Doral, we began having serious discussions with Ricardo and Benjamin Salinas, who expressed strong interest in bringing a tournament to Mexico City to benefit golf and its development throughout Mexico. We are very excited about this new opportunity and what it brings to the World Golf Championships.”

“With this great Championship, Mexico is recognized as a mayor player in golf. We have some of the best golf courses in the world, and we’ll have the top 50 golfers playing here,” said Benjamin Salinas, CEO of TV Azteca. “We welcome all –sponsors, golfers, and audiences– to turn their eyes towards Mexico and discover the vast opportunities it offers to the international community.”

Your Editor Asks: Is the Salinas Group alert?

War Against All Puerto Ricans

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The Bill to Free Puerto Rico

By Nelson Denis

War Against All Puerto Ricans

Congressman Luis Gutierrez has filed a historic bill on behalf of Puerto Rico. It creates a specific referendum, which enables Puerto Rico to choose between Independence and Commonwealth.

The “statehood” option is not included in this bill because the US congress will not give statehood to Puerto Rico…not with Donald Trump in the White House, the GOP in control of the entire legislature, and mass deportations on the Six O’Clock News.

The Gutierrez bill, also known as HR 900, allows Puerto Ricans living in the US to participate in the referéndum. This will increase the eligible electorate from 3.5 million, to roughly 9 million Puerto Ricans.

There is an understandable feeling that only Puerto Ricans living on the island should vote in this referendum. However, Puerto Ricans are a very large extended family. One million of us were forced to leave the island over the past twelve years, and nearly 800,000 of us settled in the Orlando, FL area.

We travel back and forth to the island, and visit our families constantly. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to vote?

With respect to the “statehood” option, it has been painfully clear for decades, that there are enormous obstacles within the US government, economy, and social structure, against the statehood of Puerto Rico. Rep. Gutierrez himself discussed several of these obstacles in a recent editorial.

It is time to resolve the political status of Puerto Rico…before the US Financial Control Board, and the people behind it, suck all the life out of the island.

Nelson Antonio Denis is a writer, film director, and former New York State Assemblyman

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Adrián González pushes for trend among MLB Latinos after getting accent on jersey

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Adrian Gonzalez #42 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base after hitting a single in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

After 12 years in Major League Baseball and four more in the minor leagues, the name on Adrián González’s back had been missing one thing important to any Latino player: the accent mark.

However, before a recent game, the Mexican-American slugger debuted his new Los Angeles Dodgers jersey with the fully correct spelling of his name.

“After 16 years in baseball, there was only one thing I needed to put an accent on,” he wrote on Instagram, before challenging teammate Enrique Hernández do the same. He added the hashtag #PonleAcento.

Hernández, who is from Puerto Rico, accepted González’s challenge and shared his own jersey photo.

“Look how pretty Hernández looks with its accent. I already got it @adrian_eltitan, so now I invite all my Latino brothers to get their accent,” he captioned an Instagram post of his jersey.

The two Dodgers join second baseman Robinson Canó, who has had the accent on the ‘O’ on his uniform since joining the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season. (His previous team, the New York Yankees, has no names on its jerseys.)

Fútbol; the Other Football: MLS Takes One Step Forward, One Back

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SANDY UT- OCTOBER 10: Matthew Miazga #3 and goalie Ethan Horvath #12 both of the United States react to the 2nd goal by Honduras during the semifinal round of the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match at Rio Tinto Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. Honduras beat the United States 2-0. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) (2015 Getty Images)

In a winning stroke for U.S. soccer this week, Chelsea announced the signing of American defender Matt Miazga from the New York Red Bulls to a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The 20-year-old goes to Chelsea having made 38 appearances for the Red Bulls, having been with them since he was 18.

“It’s a huge move for [Miazga]. Being 20 years of age and now getting the opportunity to go overseas and proving himself is big,” said U.S. men’s team coach Jürgen Klinsmann in an interview before Sunday’s friendly with Iceland.

“It’s big I think for our program,” he told reporters. “It’s big for us when a player moves to a Champions League team, a big team, a big club. We are happy for him, we are pleased but we know also he is just developing.”

“Developing” is the key word here. Another key is the $5 million the Red Bulls receive for a player who has an opportunity to excel and be challenged in a competitive environment. So that when he returns home he can be a greater asset to our national team.

A win-win.

What isn’t likely to prove as much of a winning stroke is the L.A. Galaxy signing 35-year-old Ashley Cole – who, it should be pointed out, hasn’t played a competitive match since March.

So why isn’t it a good thing? After all, Cole has name recognition and will probably sell seats on that basis alone.

The problem was best stated by Juan Carlos Osorio, a former Red Bulls coach and now coach of Mexico’s national team: ” I think the time when a player is at his peak performance is to be spent in Europe and not in MLS. I think, at this time, that league is for players at the end of their careers and not for a player who still has a lot to give.”

So Cole may not have the sort of impact on the field that the Galaxy hope.

From always expanding teams without solidifying the talent base of current ones and constantly bringing in aging stars, Major League Soccer behaves like it knows it’s a mediocre league.

Instead, MLS should follow the model of the Portuguese league, Lisa Nos. It isn’t one of the biggest leagues in Europe, but it produces and fosters fantastic talent that it sells to big clubs around the world.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Deco and Matic have not only drawn attention to the league but also brought millions of dollars to the clubs that gave those players their start. As a resulte, the league scouts young talent from all over the world.

I have witnessed many second-division games in Portugal live, and the quality of soccer is very high. Beira Mar versus Benfica B is likely to be a much better game than what you’ll see at most MLS stadiums in the U.S.

This isn’t so much a critique of the MLS, but of the model by which it chooses to populate its teams. Better talent makes a better league. A showcase for young talent rather than for fading stars may be just what the MLS needs.

Focusing on acquiring young talent, honing the player’s skills and selling them would put the MLS on better financial footing – and make it a league players strived for instead of one they think of as a retirement home.

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