ESPNfc – Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s goal on Friday against Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying wasn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to his status as a Mexico legend. But the goal — which brings him temporarily level with Jared Borgetti on 46 goals — means that Hernandez’s place as Mexico’s top scorer is consolidated. And considering “Chicharito” is still only 28 and likely has two more World Cups in him, it will be a long time before anyone overtakes his eventual haul at the top of the list.
Stuff – New Zealand’s Artem Sitak has struck good form ahead of the Davis Cup clash against Korea in just under two weeks, claiming the doubles title at the $50,000 Guadalajara Challenger in Mexico. Sitak, ranked 55th in the world, and Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez beat Australian fourth seeds Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith 6-3 1-6 10-5 in the final.
Goal -Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio has fewer vocal critics after Friday’s victory over Costa Rica, but seems genuinely indifferent to outside support or criticism.
Texans – The Mexican National Team’s road to this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup will take the defending tournament champions through Houston for a key match against perennial African World Cup participant Ghana.
ESPNfc – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has called on El Tri fans to desist from using the goalkeeper chant that has caused the Mexican federation (FMF) to be sanctioned on multiple occasions by FIFA, who have ruled it to be anti-gay.
ESPNfc – At age 28, Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez could end the international break as the top scorer in the history of the Mexico national team, a statistic that may or may not be significant, but at the end of the day shows the kind of goal scorer and player with whom Mexican soccer has been blessed.
Goal – While Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano and Gio dos Santos are among the injured El Tri players, the Ticos say Mexico has the depth to be dangerous.
NYT – Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found in Mexico, apparently in the possession of a newspaper editor who had a media credential for the event and, the authorities say, more: other game-day clothing and equipment from Brady and another player, possibly from other Super Bowls.
Fox Sports – Mexico has a slew of injured players. It’s certainly not a dire situation for Mexico as they sit comfortably in second place of the qualifying group, but the injuries keep coming. On Monday, Andres Guardado was added the growing list. Here is who is out for Mexico:
Daily Mail – Matador Antonio Romero was the victim of a 1,160-pound bull named Caporal who punctured him 11 inches deep in him rectal area Sunday in Mexico City. He is seen writhing in pain in the hard-to-watch video.
Fox Sports – Mexico are feeling good right now. They got four points from two away matches against the United States and Panama to start World Cup qualifying, but there are still eight matches to play. Juan Carlos Osorio is well aware of that, and that El Tri need to continue improving so they can make a deep run at next year’s World Cup.
NYT – It was around 4:45 p.m. on Monday when the first sign emerged that Mexico had lost its protest over the way it was eliminated from the first round of the World Baseball Classic. For that was when Venezuela, and not Mexico, took the field at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco y Atletismo for pregame stretching and batting practice.
BBC – Mexico’s football federation has imposed stiffer sanctions against two players from top flight clubs involved in rows with referees. They have been suspended for a year, after referees went on strike over the initial bans regarded as too lenient.
NYT – Mexican sports fans mourned a weekend without soccer after referees for the country’s first-tier league refused to officiate games in protest of the decision not to impose tougher punishments on two players who shoved officials.
AP – Francisco “Paquin” Estrada, the manager of Mexican League baseball team Bravos de Leon, was found Thursday hours after his club and league officials reported him missing.
Golf – As the PGA Tour takes its World Golf Championship format to Mexico City for the first time, we offer an in-depth journey on where to play, stay and dine.
ESNfc – It’s now or never for fringe and backup options for the Mexican national team. With World Cup qualifiers set against Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago at the end of March, many aspiring members of El Tri’s roster now have only a couple of weeks left to impress manager Juan Carlos Osorio.
CBS – Mexican national team star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could soon be playing in MLS. The Bayer Leverkusen man is in talks with Major League Soccer over a possible move to the United States.
Goal – Porto suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League game on Wednesday night, but the misery continued after the game as the severity of Hector Herrera’s foot injury was revealed.
Washington Post Soccer leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada already were talking about a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, so they likely were well prepared for FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s announcement Thursday that FIFA will encourage bidders for soccer’s biggest tournament to partner up.