Miguel Herrera, Manager of Mexico’s National Football Team Sacked

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On Sunday, July 26, Mexico beat Jamaica in football during the CONCACAF Gold Cup victory in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. What should have been a time of national pride has quickly turned to worry after Coach Miguel Herrera assaulted a reporter the day after the 3-1 win. Yesterday, Herrera was officially fired after an investigation into the incident.

After years of going through coaches, El Tri, Mexico’s National Football team had found in Coach Miguel Herrera a stable, albeit fiery presence since 2013. During his tenure, Mexico had only seven losses, 11 draws and 18 wins. However, in the media there have been critics of Herrera’s skill as manager over the national team and the Mexican reporter who was attacked, Christian Martinoli of TV Azteca had been one of them.

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Despite the win on Sunday, many commentators spoke on El Tri’s deficiencies as a team and how its win was very narrow. El Tri advanced to the final as a result of two knockout-round matches and late penalty kicks, calls that many thought were controversial.

Even Mexico’s Footbol Federation President Decio de Maria called into question how the team came to its win during its semifinal game, especially since most of its top players were missing.

We all saw what happened on the pitch…We won at the Gold Cup, but none of us like how it happened,” de Maria said.

When it came to the altercation between Martinoli and Herrera, TV Azteca released a statement about journalists having the right to express themselves without threats.

Our country needs brave journalists, who are able to share their opinions and who enjoy the freedom of doing so without being attacked…Mexico needs more liberty, more public debate and less violence.”

In 10 weeks Mexico will be up against the United States on Oct. 9th for the deciding game for which team will go to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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J. Lo. Would Let Ex Ben Affleck Drown!

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The first incarnation of Bennifer will not be getting back together, at least not for the moment. As Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner try to enjoy a quiet vacation as a family for the last time with their three children, Violet, Serafina and Samuel in the Bahamas, rumors are heating up that Affleck’s ex-fiance, Jennifer Lopez, may be behind the split. Even fans of the former couple think they would be great back together and that it will only be a matter of time.

However, Lopez is still with her much younger off-again/on-again paramour and backup dancer, Casper Smart. Days after Affleck and Garner released a statement about their divorce Lopez was spotted walking a dog in New York with Smart.

Many speculated Affleck and Lopez were secretly back together after running into each other at the Academy Awards in Feb. because he whispered into Lopez’s ear. Affleck also ran into Bradley Cooper at the event and whispered something into his ear as well. I’m pretty sure that Affleck is not running off into the sunset with Cooper either.

When asked a hypothetical question last year as to which ex-boyfriend (Diddy or Ben Affleck) she will save if she was on a raft with space for one, she quickly responded:

I’d let both those motherf*****rs drown!”

Lopez is currently in New York for the filming of her new cop show, “Shades of Blue” through her company, Nuyorican Productions. Yesterday she was spotted on set in Jamaica and Briarwood in Queens. She will star as single mother and detective Harlee Santos.

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ARGENTINA VS CHILE: 2015 COPA AMERICA FINAL REVIEW

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The 44th edition of the Copa America, South America’s premier national tournament this Saturday afternoon, will be most intriging. We have Argentina, World Cup Finalist, who are hungry for a trophy they have not held since 1993. Their opponents will be the hosts, Chile, La Rojo, who have been quite impressive in this competition and historically a tough opponent for “La Albiceleste.”

Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, are a talented bunch who started slowly from Group B, drawing with Paraguay 2-2 in the opener. Then they squeezed by Uruguay, the defending champions, 1-0, followed by another close one, 1-0 over Jamaica. They topped the group but offensively had not shown the potential.

Chile, from Group A, set the tone early with a 2-0 win over Ecuador. They had an exciting 3-3 draw with Mexico, and then blew away Bolivia 5-0 to win the group.

The knockout stage was a revelation as Argentina played its best game in years, outplaying Colombia throughout but not on the scoreboard. It ended 0-0 and in penalty kicks it took Carlos Tevez to hit the winner that put the Argentines over 5-4. In the semi-finals, Lionel Messi was the facilitator as he set up a lot of the goals and after a close first half leading 2-1, Argentina opened up and won going away 6-1 in their rematch with group opponent Paraguay.

Chile disposed of Uruguay 1-0 with a 81st minute goal from Mauricio Isla and put away Peru 2-1 in the semifinals with two Eduardo Vargas tallies and four for the tournament lead thus far. The crowds have made a major difference and it has increased with each victory. But Jorge Sampaoli of Chile recognizes the final hurdle will be the hardest.

“We have achieved something great as a group of players, achieving the dream of playing the final here in Chile.”

Sampaoli shared,

“Now we must be well prepared for what is coming.”

That something is the quiet storm, Argentina, who has Messi and scorers in Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, or even Angel DiMaria who scored twice against Paraguay. But often it has been the misses that has defined Argentina and not the goals. But they are playing an excellent brand of football now. Chile is motivated by its home cooking and the desire to win their first ever Copa. However, experience and Messi will be the difference as Argentina will win, by a goal most likely, and raise their first Cup since the days of Gabriel Batistuta.