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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 +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.

USA vs. Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic Tonight!

After 39 games in 16 days in 6 different cities, the 2017 World Baseball Classic concludes tonight.  The United States will battle Puerto Rico in the WBC championship game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The championship game will be televised by MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET on  ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will televise the title game in Spanish


This is the farthest Team USA has ever advanced in the WBC, in the title game by beating Japan 2-1 in Tuesday night’s semifinal. That was Japan’s only loss of this tournament. The win came three days after the United States beat the defending WBC champion Dominican Republic in San Diego.


Puerto Rico came close to winning the 2013 World Baseball Classic, falling in the title game to the Dominican Republic, who finished that tournament at 8-0. Now, Puerto Rico (7-0) is trying to become the second team to complete a WBC undefeated and make history as well.

“From defeat we learned, but we learned more from the great success we had in 2013,” Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez said Monday. “We have the talent, we have the staff, and we were able to execute the game and the plays as they should be executed. Then they were able to reach far, and that was what we learned the best.”

It took 11 innings on Monday night for Puerto Rico to outlast the Netherlands in the first WBC semifinal, a 4-3 game that was full of many exciting moments

These two teams met once already during this tournament, with Puerto Rico beating the United States 6-5 last Friday in a second-round matchup at Petco Park in San Diego.

Dominican Republic Beats U.S. in World Baseball Classic

On Saturday night, the majority of the ballpark-record crowd of over 37,000 danced, sang and cheered with DR flags (and some with plantains) the Dominican Republic’s baseball team as it dramatically rallied to beat the United States 7-5 and put itself a victory away from advancing to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia put the finishing touches on the victory with a perfect ninth and did an imitation of teammate Fernando Rodney’s arrow shot on the mound as his teammates poured on to the field to celebrate.


The Dominican Republic hasn’t lost a WBC game in eight years, winning 10 consecutive behind a daunting and relentless collection of hitters and overall talented players such as: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Dellin Betances (Yankees), Robinson Cano (Mariners), Bartolo Colon (Braves), Neslon Cruz (Mariners), Hanley Ramirez ((Red Sox), Jose Reyez (Mets), and more…


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.”

A Very Happy New Year for Dominican Slugger Edwin Encarnacion



It’s truly a New Year for the Cleveland Indians.

Though they were just a game short of a World Series title, the Indians finalized a $65 million, three-year contract with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday.

Cleveland aggressively pursued the La Romana-born pelotero, who has averaged 39 homers over the past five seasons. Encarnacion hit 42 home runs and drove in 127 runs last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost to the Indians in the American League Championship Series.

Encarnacion’s agreement is the largest in the Cleveland Indians’ history, surpassing a five year deal in 2007 with now NY Yankee Travis Hafner that added $57 million in guaranteed money and a $56 million, four-year contract with free agent Nick Swisher, now an Atlanta Brave, ahead of the 2013 season.

Black Box Helps to Uncover Mystery behind Brazilian Plane Crash

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Negligence may have played a large part in the doomed flight of the chartered LaMia jet that crashed in Colombia, in which most of the Chapecoense football team perished, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of the Colombian aviation agency.

The recordings from the black box from the plane leaked earlier today on social media and contained audiotapes of the pilot requesting to land.

Total electric failure.”

Those were the pilot’s last words before the plane plummetted into a mountain in the Andes region.

The complete lack of fire, which was a blessing in disguise to the survivors, suggests the plane lacked enough fuel to land 18 miles away from its destination.

The lone member of the flight crew to survive, Ximena Sanchez, a Bolivian flight attendant, was able to further corroborate that theory once she was pulled out of the plane.

We ran out of fuel.”

To make matters worse, the plane was flying at maximum capacity and made no pit stops to refuel.

Bocanegra also suspects that the pilot “dumped fuel” or that the “lack of fuel was caused by a leak,” which could have been found before the flight if the 17-year-old British plane was inspected more frequently.

Of the 77 people on board, six managed to survive.


Tragedy Strikes Brazilian Football Team

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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

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

Alvarez vs. McGregor | UFC in NYC at MSG

UFC in NYC. Alvarez vs. McGregor. !ts on!!

The stage is set for the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event in the state of New York, taking place at Madison Square Garden tonight! With a main event title fight between current UFC lightweight king Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor leading the way.


This UFC 205 will most likely go down as the biggest event in MMA history. It has already broken MSG gate record of 13.5 million and an expected PPV record as well, bringing them well over 50 million bucks!

They may need extra security as president elect Donald Trump called UFC honcho Dana White (they are buddies) and told him, he may attend.

Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor are beast in the octagon…but in the end one will be gone.


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Cubs Manager Joe Maddon Goes to Bat For Hometown Hispanics

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


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.”



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

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Warriors in the Cage: Dominick Cruz & Henry Cejudo

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

Photos courtesy of UFC/Getty Images

The Latino Faces of the UFC

Latinos have a long and storied history in the world of combat sports. In boxing, legendary figures such as Julio Cesar Chávez and Oscar De La Hoya proudly touted their Latino heritage while winning championships and glory. At the dawn of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie was its first dominant superstar, more recently followed by Anderson Silva, long considered the best in the world.

Carrying the banner for Latinos in the sport are now two rising stars: Dominick Cruz and Henry Cejudo. Cruz is the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion while Cejudo is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. Both are budding megastars and both are keenly aware of their status as Latino stars in a sport that gains popularity every day.


“The Dominator” Dominick Cruz

Growing up in Tucson, the man they call “The Dominator” was introduced to combat sports quite literally by accident. “I got into wrestling in the seventh grade and I got into [it] because I walked into the wrong room,” he said. “The coach said I wasn’t a soccer player, I was a wrestler. I started practicing that day and haven’t stopped since.

After an undefeated amateur career, he had a successful career in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, becoming its last bantamweight champion before it was absorbed by the UFC. It wasn’t long before Cruz achieved glory in the UFC, capturing the bantamweight championship twice.

I come from Tucson, Arizona, which is 70 percent Hispanic,” Cruz said. “It’s in me, that pride of being Hispanic. I feel it. In the way that the Mexicans always fought, they’re just tough and stubborn. I feel that’s in my bloodline and I’m proud of that.


“The Messenger” Henry Cejudo

The youngest of six children, the Olympian Henry Cejudo was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his older brothers. “I loved that wrestling was all about one-on-one combat,” he said. “I was always too small to play football, too short to play basketball, but when I saw that wrestling had weight classes, I knew I was home and I fell in love with it from the start.

Cejudo was an amateur superstar, winning four state wrestling championships. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in 2008, he set his sights firmly on Olympic glory, winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. He retired from the sport in 2012 to compete in mixed martial arts. His pedigree and his impressive skills caught the attention of the UFC. Settling in as a flyweight, Cejudo has amassed a 10-1 record and is now one of the coaches on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“I want to become the best in the world,” he said. “What else is there to do in sports, but to want to be the best?”