Athlete Profiles

Arron Hernandez Tragic Life of Murder, Bisexuality & Suicide

On April 19, around 3 a.m., Aaron Hernandez, the former star New England Patriots tight end, scrawled three notes—one to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of his little girl, one to that daughter and a third to his prison friend, supposedly his gay lover. He placed the notes next to an opened Bible to the section on the new testament, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.” The same message he had on his forehead in addition to red marks on his hands and feet in an eerie way mimicking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

 

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Shayanna, right and her younger sister Shaneah, the girlfriend of murder victim Odin Lloyd in better times, before they introduced each other’s boyfriends that ultimately lead to tragic consequences.

 

He was found with his bed sheet wrapped around his neck with one tied one end of it to a bar on the window of his cell. A correction officer saw his limp body through the cell door at 3:03 a.m., and tried to resuscitate him. Hernandez was then rushed to UMass Leominster hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

It was a tragic to the former NFL star’s often volcanic life and it came on the same day players on his former team traveled to the White House to celebrate the New England Patriot’s Super Bowl win. Questions immediately began to swirl about why Hernandez, who had been acquitted  days earlier in connection with a separate double murder charge stemming from a drive-by shooting in 2012, picked this day to die.

 

 

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Odin Lloyd

Hernandez, known for never letting go of the gang connections he made growing up. He was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd—a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiancé’s sister at the time and allegedly had information on Hernandez being bisexual, and the star did not want that information out in the public.

What was Hernandez motivation to murder?

One of the three notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch. Hernandez’s sexuality was allegedly reveled with the murder investigations in which had sexual relationships with a male former high school classmate and that was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.

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Ernest Wallace

Ernest Wallace, a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder case, told detectives the victim had called Hernandez a “schmoocher,” which was taken by Hernandez and his companions as a gay slur. Wallace was also recorded saying during a jailhouse visit with Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, that he would not have helped Hernandez get rid of the murder weapon—a crime for which he is now serving a 4½-to-7 year sentence on accessory to murder charges—if he had known Hernandez was a “limp wrist,” multiple sources say.

Singleton was accused of helping Wallace discard of Lloyd’s murder weapon and was later sentenced to two years’ probation with one year under house confinement after pleading guilty to criminal contempt for refusing to cooperate with investigators in Boston investigating the double murder. Prosecutors in both Bristol and Suffolk counties said Hernandez had promised to set up a trust fund for Singleton’s children for her silence but never did.

Hernandez’s alleged longtime male lover, the high school friend, was interviewed extensively by authorities after Lloyd’s murder, and was forced to testify in front of a grand jury. Law enforcement officials also say Hernandez moved a large amount of money into three accounts shortly before his arrest for the Lloyd killing: one account was for his fiancée; a second was for his daughter; the third, where the most money was moved, was for that friend.

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Hernandez’s secrets went well beyond his sex life, according to court testimony and police records. His brushes with the law for extreme acts of violence began when he was playing football at the University of Florida. In 2007, Hernandez, then 17, was identified as a person of interest in a double shooting.

Then came the shooting in July 2012, when a Boston man spilled a drink on Hernandez but didn’t apologize. Prosecutors said that when an enraged Hernandez saw the same men later that night in a BMW, he leaned across a friend, Alexander Bradley, who was driving a Toyota SUV, from the passenger seat, and yelled to the occupants, “What’s up now, n****s?” Hernandez squeezed off five shots into the vehicle, according to Bradley. Two men died, a third was wounded. Hernandez was acquitted in that case last week after six days of deliberation. Jurors refused to comment on their verdict, but legal analysts speculate that the prosecution’s case was weakened by the fact that its main witness, Bradley, is a career criminal who had testified he wanted to hurt Hernandez.

Seven months after the Boston double murder, after a night at a Florida strip club in February 2012, Bradley says Hernandez shot him in the head, pushed him out of a vehicle and left him for dead. Bradley refused to cooperate with police but marked Hernandez for revenge. He testified on the stand in March 2017, “I didn’t want to cooperate with police. I wanted Mr. Hernandez’s life.”

That threat apparently prompted Hernandez to surround himself with  men from his gang past, men like Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who became Hernandez’s co-defendants after the murder of Lloyd in June 2013. Both men told investigators that Hernandez was the gunman in that killing. But it was the other information that Wallace offered about the motive that never made headlines, the fact that Lloyd knew Hernandez had a complicated sex life and could pass that information to his girlfriend, the sister of the Patriot’s player’s fiancée.

It was also well known that Hernandez was high on marijuana the night Lloyd was shot and killed, and  prosecutors said a joint with his DNA was found near Lloyd’s body. Investigators are now looking into claims by inmates at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center that Hernandez was smoking K2, synthetic marijuana, the night of his suicide.

A brief fight over Hernandez’s brain ended Thursday when the Worcester County District Attorney said his family’s wishes would be met and his brain would be studied by the vaunted CTE Center at Boston University, where scientists are researching the effects of concussions on the brains of athletes. Initially, the state medical examiner said that its pathologists wanted to study Hernandez’s brain, leading his attorney, Jose Baez, to claim this week that the ME was “illegally” holding onto the former NFL star’s brain, against the family’s wishes. After Baez’s press conference, held outside the ME’s office, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early released the brain.

 

220px-Aaron_Hernandez_cropped***Now that medical test will be done to his brain to help determine a mental condition from head trauma (CTE) he received as an NFL football player. We are wondering, what happens if proof is found that he in fact had brain damage, will the New England Patriots be legally challenged to reinstate the remaining funds of his contact, which they voided once he was charged with murder?***

What You Didn’t Know about Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York to an African American mother, Mary and Puerto Rican father who he is named after. He is the youngest of four and before his third birthday his father passed away , leaving Mary a struggling single mother.

While his mother worked as a housekeeper, his much older siblings helped to raise him as they lived in the projects of Red Hook. To pass the time, Anthony would watch hours of March Madness and NBA Playoff games.

After the passing of his father, his life would go on to change more once his siblings went on their own paths and left home. This time around, Mary had to take care of Anthony on her own and she moved her son to Baltimore when he was eight. What she didn’t know was that the area called the “The Pharmacy,” was plagued by drugs, prostitution and crime.

To keep her son away from trouble she threatened to keep him off the basketball court if he didn’t behave. This incentive would later help him in his high school, college and NBA career as a basketball player. By 1999, the high school sophomore from Towson Catholic High School was becoming one of the best ball players in the Baltimore area.

Although he was 6’5″, Anthony and his mother knew he wasn’t ready for the big leagues of basketball yet.  To keep from slipping with grades in school, Anthony later attended the strict Oak Hill Academy, and worked out more so that he would go from a skinny high school basketball player to become a possible division one college prospect. By the time he graduated he went to Syracuse University where he shined by helping the team out of a slump to become a winning streak that led to the Big East Tournament semifinals.

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From this point, the freshman and his teammates knew he had what it would take to join the NBA. He left college, with his coach’s support, and he became part of the top three picks in the NBA for 2003. He was selected by the much beleaguered Denver Nuggets. Once again, this time he went even further than his college team and brought the Nuggets to the playoffs, and later that year helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the Olympics.

More change would come in Anthony’s life. His behavior on and off the court started leading to his reputation as being “thug like,” and he knew that he quickly had to change his ways.

In 2008, the U.S. Olympic team would win a gold medal at the Beijing games redeeming themselves from the previous Olympics. When it came to playing in the U.S., the Nuggets went through turnover after turnover with coaches. After eight years with the Nuggets, Anthony was traded for the Knicks.

If there was anyone to help mellow Anthony out during that transition to the Knicks, it was Alani “La La” Vasquez, his girlfriend since 2004. In 2007, the couple welcomed their only child, son Kiyan and by 2010 the couple had married shortly before the trade announcement. In 2011, the Knicks made it to the playoffs and Anthony tied his postseason personal high of 42 points. Now, Anthony is playing for the team that he grew up watching during his childhood.

 

More Carmelo Fun Facts…

He owns a Soccer Team in Puerto Rico
♠He holds the record for the most points ever scored in the Madison Square Garden by any player in history. This game was in 2014 and he managed to get a whopping 62 points!

♣Carmelo and his Puerto Rican dad share the same first name. His dad also sadly passed away when Melo was only 2 years old, and the passing was due to cancer

♥He was cut from his high school team as a freshman.

♦He bought a pet camel.

♣He’s afraid of cats.

♠He listens to Willie Colon every day.

♥His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was a member of the Young Lords.

♦He won the Big East Rookie of the Year Award 10 times surpassing Allen Iverson even though he was in college for one

♠He became the sixth youngest and the 40th player to score 20,000 points in his career this year

♦He was on the cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

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Manchester City Team To Provide A Football Fantasy For One Lucky Winner in Latin America

Manchester City Team Up To Provide A Football Fantasy For One Lucky Winner in Latin America

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Contest brings star power to a Wix user in Latin America

Wix.com Ltd. (Nasdaq: WIX) and the English Premier League’s Manchester City have teamed up for an all-star campaign, featuring the Club’s star players, to reward a Wix user in Latin America.

Through the multi-country campaign, the competition which officially opens today, will grant an amazing opportunity to a user and football fan to promote their winning brand throughout Latin America and beyond.

Manchester City players – Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Claudio Bravo and Aleix Garcia – will promote the campaign, which is the latest in a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities giving Wix users the ability to promote their brands with the help of a star spokesperson. Pairing football fandom with Wix, the campaign will identify an outstanding individual that reflects both the work hard, play hard Wix brand and the winning team spirit of Manchester City. The campaign, and the winner, will be promoted via Wix and City’s social.

Wix works with artists, photographers, designers, musicians and small businesses all over the world and currently has over 26 million registered users in Latin America.

According to CAF, Development Bank of Latin America, one-third of Latin American workers are autonomous or small employers. SMEs represent more than 90 percent of companies in Latin America, they generate more than half of the employment and one fourth of GDP.

This competition goes beyond business owners, and is open to all Spanish and Portuguese speaking Wix users only in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“We are making a football fantasy come true. It is no secret that Latin America has a passion for football,” said Omer Shai, CMO of Wix. “Latin America is also one of our most dynamic markets, and we are combining the best of both worlds to give our winner an unforgettable prize. Our customers and their ingenuity are our greatest pride, and we love being able to delight them with such an exciting opportunity. We want to make some magic and create an experience beyond our winner’s wildest dreams.”

In February 2016, Wix became City Football Group’s Official Website Design & Hosting partner for their clubs Manchester City FC, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. Since then the company has been developing initiatives such as The City is Ours to engage the clubs’ fans.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City FC added, “We have a large fan base in Latin America, and their passion and support is invaluable to everyone at the Club. With Wix’s support, we will be able to offer them a unique opportunity to share their success stories and be featured in a campaign alongside some of their favorite players. We love the boundless creativity and energy and are certain that our fans will as well.”

How to enter:

The contest is now open for Spanish and Portuguese speaking Wix users only in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Wix users should submit their websites via the link below by March 30, 2017:

Wix and Manchester City will collectively choose one winner in early April. The winner will get an online advertisement for their website staring popular City players, which will be promoted across Wix and the Club’s social channels.

About Wix.comWix.com is a leading cloud-based web development platform with more than 102 million registered users worldwide. Wix was founded on the belief that the Internet should be accessible to everyone to develop, create and contribute. Through free and premium subscriptions, Wix empowers millions of businesses, organizations, professionals and individuals to take their businesses, brands and workflow online. Wix ADI, the Wix Editor and a highly curated App Market enable users to build and manage a fully integrated and dynamic digital presence. Wix’s headquarters are in Tel Aviv with offices in Be’er Sheva, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Berlin, Vilnius and Dnepropetrovsk.

About City Football Group
City Football Group is the owner of a number of football related businesses with global relevance. These include high profile professional football clubs, academies, technical support and marketing companies. CFG’s clubs include Premier League Title Winners 2011-2012 and 2013-14 Manchester City FC, Melbourne City FC of the A-League and MLS Franchise New York City Football Club. CFG is also a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos of the J-League. The Group also includes Manchester City Women’s FC and 2015-16 Westfield W-League Premiership and Championship Winners, Melbourne City Women’s FC. The common aim across all clubs is to provide the best possible experience and an unmatched opportunity for fans and communities to participate in, and benefit from, football at both a local and global level.

The Group’s support companies – City Football Services and City Football Marketing – operate from a number of offices around the world in support of the Group’s clubs, associate organisations and customer organisations. City Football Services shares footballing IP and “know-how” to recruit, develop, train and win. City Football Marketing creates media, marketing and fan engagement properties to support the commercial development of clubs and their partners.

City Football Group is majority owned by Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG). ADUG is an investment and development company privately owned by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In December 2015, ADUG divested a 13% shareholding to a China Media Capital-led consortium, creating an unprecedented platform for the growth of CFG clubs and companies in China and internationally. City Football Group’s headquarters are in Manchester and it has offices in Abu Dhabi, London, New York, Melbourne, Singapore and Tokyo.

 

 

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Wix.com y Manchester City se asocian para crear un comercial exclusivo a un ganador

El concurso ofrece la exposición de las estrellas a un usuario de Wix en América Latina

Wix.com Ltd. (Nasdaq: WIX) y Manchester City, de la English Premier League, se han asociado para crear una campaña increíble en la que participarán los jugadores estrella del Club y premiar a un usuario de Wix en Latinoamérica.

A través de la campaña en varios países, la competencia, que se inaugura oficialmente hoy, otorgará una asombrosa oportunidad a un usuario y fan del fútbol para promover su página web ganadora en América Latina y más allá.

Los jugadores de Manchester City – Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Jesús, Claudio Bravo y Aleix Garcia – promoverán la campaña, que es la más reciente de una serie de oportunidades únicas para los usuarios de Wix y que ofrecen la capacidad de promover sus páginas web con la ayuda de un portavoz estelar. Uniendo la fanaticada del fútbol con Wix, la campaña identificará a un individuo sobresaliente que refleje el trabajo duro y el juego duro de Wix y el espíritu del equipo ganador de Manchester City. La campaña, y el ganador, se promoverán en Wix y en los medios sociales del City.

Wix trabaja con artistas, fotógrafos, diseñadores, músicos y pequeños negocios en todo el mundo y actualmente tiene más de 26 millones de usuarios inscritos en América Latina.

Según CAF (Corporación Andina de Fomento), Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, un tercio de los trabajadores latinoamericanos son autónomos o pequeños empresarios. Las empresas pequeñas y medianas (PYME) constituyen más del 90 por ciento de las compañías en América Latina, generan más de la mitad de los empleos y una cuarta parte del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB).

Esta competencia no se limita a los dueños de negocios, y está abierta a todos los usuarios de Wix en Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay y Venezuela.

“Estamos haciendo realidad una fantasía futbolística. No es un secreto que América Latina siente pasión por el fútbol”, dijo Omer Shai, director general de Marketing (CMO) de Wix. “América Latina es también uno de nuestros mercados más dinámicos, y estamos combinando lo mejor de los dos mundos para dar a nuestro ganador un premio inolvidable. Nuestros clientes y su ingenio son nuestro mayor orgullo, y nos encanta poder deleitarlos con una oportunidad tan emocionante. Queremos hacer un poco de magia y crear una experiencia que supere los sueños más locos de nuestro ganador”.

En febrero de 2016, Wix se convirtió en el socio de Diseño y Alojamiento del Sitio Web Oficial de City Football Group para sus clubes Manchester City FC, New York City FC y Melbourne City FC. Desde entonces la compañía ha estado desarrollando iniciativas como La Ciudad es Nuestra para atraer a los fans de los clubes.

Omar Berrada, director de Operaciones de Manchester City FC, agregó: “Tenemos una gran base de fans en América Latina, y su pasión y su apoyo son invaluables para todo el mundo en el Club. Con el apoyo de Wix, seremos capaces de ofrecerles una oportunidad única de compartir sus historias de éxito y presentarlos en una campaña junto con algunos de sus jugadores favoritos. Nos encantan la energía y la creatividad sin límites, y estamos seguros de que a nuestros fans también”.

Cómo participar: 

El concurso está abierto para usuarios de Wix en Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay y Venezuela. Los usuarios de Wix deben presentar sus sitios web a través de los enlaces a continuación a más tardar el 30 de marzo de 2017:

Wix y Manchester City elegirán colectivamente a un ganador a principios de abril. El ganador recibirá un anuncio en línea para su sitio web protagonizado por populares jugadores del City, que se promoverán en los canales sociales de Wix y del Club.

Acerca de Wix.com

Wix.com es una plataforma líder de desarrollo de sitios web basada en la nube con más de 102 millones de usuarios registrados en todo el mundo. Wix fue fundada con la idea de que Internet debería ser accesible para todos a fin de desarrollar, crear y contribuir. Mediante suscripciones gratuitas y premium, Wix empodera a millones de negocios, organizaciones, profesionales y particulares para que pongan en línea sus empresas, sus marcas y su flujo de trabajo. Wix ADI, el Wix Editor y un Mercado de Aplicaciones muy organizado permiten a los usuarios construir y administrar una presencia digital dinámica y totalmente integrada. Wix tiene su sede en Tel Aviv y oficinas en Beerseba, San Francisco, Nueva York, Miami, Berlín, Vilna y Dnipropetrovsk.

Acerca de City Football Group
City Football Group es el dueño de varios negocios relacionados con el fútbol con relevancia mundial. Estos negocios abarcan destacados clubes profesionales de fútbol, academias, apoyo técnico y compañías de marketing. Los clubes de CFG son los ganadores del Título de la Premier League 2011-2012 y 2013-2014 Manchester City FC, Melbourne City FC de la Liga A y la Franquicia New York City Football Club del MLS (Fútbol de Grandes Ligas). CFG es también un accionista minoritario en Yokohama F. Marinos de la Liga J. El Grupo también abarca al Manchester City Women’s FC y a los Ganadores del Campeonato y la Primera División de la Liga W Westfield de 2015-16, Melbourne City Women’s FC. El objetivo común de todos los clubes es ofrecer la mejor experiencia posible y una oportunidad sin igual para que los fans y las comunidades participen y se beneficien del fútbol, tanto a nivel local como internacional.

Las compañías de apoyo del Grupo – City Football Services y City Football Marketing – operan desde varias oficinas en distintos países en apoyo de los clubes del Grupo, organizaciones asociadas y organizaciones de clientes. City Football Services comparte IP (protocolo de Internet) de fútbol y “conocimiento práctico” para reclutar, desarrollar, entrenar y ganar. City Football Marketing crea medios, marketing y propiedades de captación de fans para apoyar el desarrollo comercial de clubes y sus socios.

City Football Group es de propiedad mayoritaria de Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG). ADUG es una compañía de inversión y desarrollo, de propiedad privada de Su Alteza el Jeque Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. En diciembre de 2015, ADUG enajenó una asignación de acciones del 13% a un consorcio encabezado por China Media Capital, creando una plataforma sin precedentes para el crecimiento de clubes de CFG y compañías en China y otros países. La sede de City Football Group está en Manchester, y tiene oficinas en Abu Dhabi, Londres, Nueva York, Melbourne, Singapur y Tokio.

 

J.Lo and A-Rod Dating?

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship continues to heat up as the couple was spotted sitting next to each other while riding on the back of a golf cart on at the New York Yankees’ spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles in Tampa, Florida.

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez show their romance is growing - as they get photographed together at a baseball game. The new couple were seen sitting side by side on the back of a golf cart at the New York Yankees' Spring Training game against the Baltimore Orioles in Tampa Florida. J.Lo, who is from the Bronx, NY, wore a Yankees cap as she showed support to her boyfriend who is now a special instructor to the world famous team. He retired from professional baseball last summer. 18 Mar 2017 Pictured: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Photo credit: FAITH RANKIN/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA25084_001.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

“They looked comfortable with each other and were seen holding hands,” a witness told ET  “They were waving to fans as they drove away on the golf cart.”

Despite retiring from professional baseball last year, A-Rod is still involved with the Yankees, while J.Lo, a Boogie down Bronx,  native herself, rocked a blue Yankees hat to show her support.

This was the latest outing in the couple’s romantic Florida trip. Last week, the Lopez wore in a leggy white mini-dress while on a dinner date with the former athlete.

Fat Joe Rocks the house at Floyd Mayweather ’s Star Studded 40th Birthday

In celebration of his 40th birthday, world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather threw himself a bash as big as his career Saturday night in Los Angeles, in a ballroom downtown, Mayweather welcomed celebrity guests: Bobby Brown, Justin Bieber,  Mariah Carey, the Kardashians,  into a star-studded room decorated to the max. Bronx Rapper fat Joe bought down the house perfomring some of his hits “Make it Rain” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up”

 

The boxing superstar was seen dancing away and appeared to be enjoying the design on his incredible cake which featured boxing gloves, a championship belt and suitcase full of cash completing the iced decorations.
“The cake took about 72 hours to make. It had to be transported in two pieces because it was too tall to fit in my SUV, It had over 12 feet of swarovski crystals on it… and it was loaded with over a hundred personal photos ranging from childhood to now showcasing the 40 years of Floyd.”

Tragedy Strikes Brazilian Football Team

Photo by Mantos do Futebol

Photo by Mantos do Futebol

Many had hoped Tuesday,  Nov. 29 would be the beginning of a fairy tale ending for Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, but it turned into a nightmare as almost all the members of the team, a flight crew, and the journalists on board the privately chartered LaMia jet died tragically while heading to Colombia the day before the Copa Sudamericana finals.

Officials from Colombia‘s aviation agency and local police report that some of the possible reasons for the crash, which was near the jungle region of the country, may have been due to unfavorable weather conditions and electrical problems. There is also the possibility that the plane ran out of fuel while it was only 18 miles away from its destination.

In total, there were 71 casualties and six survivors. The survivors include aircraft mechanic Erwin Tumiri, flight attendant Ximena Suarez, journalist Rafael Henzel Valmorbida, and football players Jackson Ragnar Follman, Alan Ruschel and Hèlio Hermito Zampier.

Goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha initially survived the wreckage, but later died from the injuries that he sustained.

This year, the small club was gaining major attention after it managed to attract Brazilian superstars back to their home country after many had played for other countries, like midfielder Cleber Santana who spent many years with Athletico Madrid.

After learning of the terrible event, Brazilian President Michel Temer “declared three days of national mourning,” according to nbc.news.com.

In a show of solidarity and sportsmanship, Colombia’s football team Atlètico Nacional asked the Copa Sudamericana organizers to award the title to Chapecoense.

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

World Series Champion & Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

BY CORKY SIEMASZKO for NBC NEWS

Joe Maddon was six years from leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in more than a century, and sitting on a kid-sized chair in a private home-turned-preschool, when a light bulb went on in his head.

He had come to a Christmas party at a daycare in his beloved Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to meet some of the area’s Hispanic residents — the very people who were being blamed for the crime, for the drug abuse, for the joblessness and despair that was gripping his hometown.

The proud city that once was home to more than 30,000 people in 1980, when the coals mines were operating and the garment factories were humming, had lost a third of its population when those jobs went away. And those who stayed were leery of the new arrivals.

As the kids clambered in and out of his lap and their parents filled their plates with Dominican delicacies and chattered happily in Spanish and English, Maddon had this revelation: “He said, ‘This is exactly what I grew up with,'” Amilcar Arroyo, a local businessman who was at that bash, recalled. “This is the way we Italians grew up. A mom and pop business, all the children around. He was touched by that reality.”

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And thus began Maddon’s unlikely quest to save his city from the anti-Hispanic bigotry that was ripping it apart.

See complete article here: http://nbcnews.to/2eLc5o6

Undefeated Rising Star David Benavidez Knocks Out Denis Douglin

 

Undefeated Rising Star David Benavidez Knocks Out Denis Douglin in Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN

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Undefeated rising contender David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) knocked out Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Douglin, who is trained by his mother Saphya, opened the fight very aggressive, stealing the first round on all three judges’ scorecards. Douglin continued to press the action, also winning the second round battle with two of the three judges, but Benavidez would soon settle in and take control of the war.

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I knew Douglin wasn’t going to go out without a fight,” said Benavidez. “So I came in here and started slower than I usually do, just using my jab a little bit more.”

The 19-year-old Benavidez made the necessary corrections in round three and never looked back, chipping away throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. In the sixth, Benavidez teed off on Douglin with damaging punches to both Douglin’s body and head.

In the seventh round, Benavidez was still having his way when one of the top turnbuckles gave out, causing the ropes on one side of the ring to collapse, and stopping the fight momentarily. When the action resumed, Douglin came forward with a flurry, but that burst of energy was short-lived.

Benavidez regained control in the eighth round, and in the ninth he scored the only knockdown of the fight. In the tenth and final frame, Benavidez threw a barrage of punches, several of which buckled Douglin, causing referee Gary Rosato to intervene and stop the fight at :35 into the round.

When asked about Douglin’s resilience, Benavidez said, “I hurt him a lot of times, but I kept my cool. I knew I was going to get him out of there sooner or later and that’s exactly what I did tonight. This is a good victory for me. Douglin is a tough veteran. He started fast and swinging wildly, and his offense probably looked better on-camera than it was, but he did what he had to do to survive until the final round.”

Benavidez continued, “It was important to me to get the stoppage and show everybody that I am just as strong in the late rounds as I am early on. I love this. This is what I signed up for. I want tough fights.”

A disappointed Douglin said, “I was in this fight, I just got winded. I was in great shape and everything, but I got winded there towards the end. Benavidez is a tough, young fighter. He was able to make me stay in there longer than I wanted to, but I feel good and I’ll be back.”

Benavidez concluded, “Right now, I would like to say that I don’t think about that. I’m just trying to progress in my career and I’m not trying to call anybody out. But if I do dream about fighting anybody, it would be whoever is the champion at that weight. I’m going to work hard to get to that spot.”

NY Mets Ace Closer Jeurys Familia on summer Issue Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

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Jeurys Familia, dynamic pitcher for the New York Mets, is LatinTRENDS’ August issue cover person. In this exclusive interview Familia talks about representing the Latino community, his community outreach program focused on foster children Familia’s Family, and what motivates him to succeed.

 

This month also includes interviews with Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro who stars as Jesus in this summer’s remake of “Ben Hur,” the sizzling Benjamin Bratt starring in “The Infiltrator” and beauty Ana Isabelle starring in “The Eyes.”

Urban music star De La Ghetto also speaks with LatinTRENDS about his new single “Acércate” from his new album “Mi Movimiento.”

In celebration of the New York Dominican Parade, LatinTRENDS identified 10 community influencers committed to engendering positive change within New York’s dynamic Dominican Community. The special feature includes interviews with the following influential men and women of various fields such as; law, music, fashion, STEM, business, politics and the arts.

Adriano Espaillat, New York State Senator and first Dominican-American elected to Congress; Los Hermanos Rosario;  Iconic merengue band “Los Hermanos Rosario” Members include Rafa, Luis and Tony Rosario; Angela Fernandez, Esq, Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Parade; Carolina Torres, Activist and Girl Scout “Future Woman of Distinction Award” winner; Wilton Cedeno, Director of Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Con Edison; Appointed by Mayor Deblasio to New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors; Francisco Diaz, President of American Association of Latinos in STEM (AALSTEM); Rafael Alvarez, Founder, president & CEO of ATAX Franchise, Inc. and winner of the IFA’s Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award; Cenia Paredes, Fashion designer and creator of Cenia Fit with a collection available at HSN; Rigo Peralta, Visual artist with exhibits in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Juan J. Camilo, Founder and owner of Dyckman Beers Co.

The August issue also includes “South African Travel” and business guides “Live Video 101”and “Snapchat as a Personal Branding Tool for Business.”  Also see “How to Get Unstuck: A Mindful Approach” and “Resilience: The Secret to Wellbeing” for tips on constructing a meaningful life.

In addition and in celebration of this summer issue, LatinTRENDS will host an event in Times Square on August 8th, which will be attended by this issues in-book featured personalities and a significant group of community influencers, artist, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and the media.

 

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Laurie Hernandez, Young NJ Latina, Aims for Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Image: zimbio.com

Image: zimbio.com

The first US-born Latina heading to the Summer Olympics since 1984 is Laurie Hernandez, from Old Bridge, NJ — not to mentioned one of the youngest has she recently turned 16, as reported by NBC.

So proud of everyone who competed I can finally say I’m representing USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. –Laurie Hernandez via Twitter (@lzhernandez02)

She tweeted her excitement as well as a big congratulations to her teammates. Hernandez is known for her vibrant routines and has been nicknamed the “human emoji” by International Gymnast Magazine and “baby Shakira” by the gymnastics podcast Gymastic. She went undefeated in four competitions she participated in, two international and two domestic, in 2015. She also won all-around gold as well as a silver and a bronze in the national champions. Will her skills bring home the gold in Women’s Gymnastics for the US? Watch her routines here at the Olympic Gymnastics Trials and you be the judge!