June 23, 2012 |
The powers that be haven't made life easy for Riverside boxer Josesito Lopez. The scrappy fighter now has the opportunity to make so many other powerful men's lives uncomfortable Saturday night when he steps into his substitute's role in a Staples Center main event against Ventura's Victor Ortiz. Lopez (29-4, 17 knockouts) was added to the Showtime-televised bout last month after Ortiz's scheduled rematch with world welterweight champion Andre Berto was snuffed by Berto's positive steroid test.
June 12, 2012 |
Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz has a June 23 main event at Staples Center scheduled against Riverside's scrappy Josesito Lopez, but should Ortiz win as expected he has landed a Sept. 15 pay-per-view date against Mexico's star fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoyaannounced Alvarez-Ortiz on Tuesday, titling the third version of the event as "Knockout Kings," and with a nod to Saturday's disputed Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, Schaefer said, "Judges, leave your scorecards at home.
May 21, 2012 |
The promoter for Riverside welterweight Josesito Lopez said Monday that the boxer has verbally agreed to replace Andre Berto and fight former world welterweight champion Victor Ortiz of Oxnard on June 23 at Staples Center. Lopez (29-4, 17 knockouts) last fought in September, dropping a questionable split-decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. protege Jessie Vargas on the undercard of Mayweather's knockout victory over Ortiz. Lopez is a tough, smart boxer "who knows how to use the lost art of digging that left hook to the body," according to promoter Dan Goossen.
May 19, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Alleged drug kingpin Victor Emilio Cazares, among the most wanted trafficking suspects in the United States, has been arrested in Mexico, U.S. and Mexican officials say, despite having changed his appearance through plastic surgery. A senior U.S. law enforcement official in Mexico confirmed this week that Cazares was captured April 8 at a highway checkpoint near the western city of Guadalajara. Mexican authorities on Friday confirmed Cazares was in custody. Mexican authorities did not make the arrest public at the time, and it has not been previously reported.
May 3, 2012 |
Fans tuning in late to the Angels-Twins game Wednesday night on Fox Sports West might not have known Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was throwing a no-hitter. They might have noticed had they been paying close enough attention to study the line score or other graphic, but anyone waiting for the verbal cue of hearing the words "no" and "hitter" uttered in a sequence would have to wait until after a fly ball had settled into the glove of right fielder Torii Hunter for the final out. Victor Rojas, the Angels' television play-by-play announcer, and analyst Mark Gubicza decided to stick to the unwritten baseball code that a mere mention of a no-hitter might jinx it. Rojas, whose father, Cookie, played big league baseball for 15 years, said Weaver's was the third no-hitter he's called without actually saying the words.
April 5, 2012 |
Spring might be a good time to visit Hotel Victor in Miami's South Beach. The oceanfront Art Deco hotel that opened in 1936 and was refurbished in 2004 has a special that saves on room rates and offers a few extras too. The deal: The Spring Package at Hotel Victor, now operated by Thompson Hotels, comes with discounted room prices, two cocktails, a 15% discount on spa services and free Wi-Fi. Use the code "SPRING" when making a reservation. When: The deal is good for stays through June 30, subject to availability.
February 15, 2012 |
Mitt Romney left his native Michigan behind 46 years ago. He has returned repeatedly during a presidential pursuit that is now in its sixth year, but rarely with the desperation evinced now. "Michigan's been my home, and this is personal," Romney says in a new TV ad that features vintage black-and-white photos, including one of a teen-aged Mitt and his square-jawed father, the state's late governor, George Romney. The candidate was speaking of the state's economic distress, but might as well have been addressing his presidential campaign, whose fate could rest on whether he beats back a strong challenge by his newest chief opponent, Rick Santorum, in the state's Feb. 28 primary.
January 30, 2012 |
Reporting from New York -- They stood so close there was barely room to breathe, their cellphone cameras raised and at the ready. Hundreds of New York Giants fans crammed into a Times Square sporting goods store last week, some waiting for three hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the city's newest Super Bowl-bound sensation. Some fans wore crisp Victor Cruz jerseys, while others sported newly minted T-shirts reading "Cruuuuuuuz" on the front - the Giants cheer that sounds like booing - with a diagram of salsa steps on the back, the star receiver's touchdown celebration of choice.
January 27, 2012 |
Prince Fielder's landing in Detroit was a big surprise, but it turns out the Tigers were not the most unexpected entrant in the sweepstakes. The Dodgers were secretly in at the end too, losing out only when the Tigers upped the ante after learning last week that Victor Martinez had severely injured a knee and probably will sit out the upcoming season. Needing a middle-of-the-lineup bat to protect Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers ponied up a nine-year, $214-million contract and on Thursday introduced Fielder as their newest member.
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January 18, 2012 |
A former official of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and two of his brothers have been charged with engaging in an elaborate scheme to enrich themselves by steering contracts for construction projects at the city's housing projects. Federal prosecutors allege that Victor Taracena, who supervised construction projects at the housing authority from 2003 to 2007, arranged for numerous contracts to be awarded to companies controlled by his brothers, Bennett A. Taracena and Diego L. Taracena.