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.
NPR – Sam Polinsky, a 27-year-old wrestler from Pittsburgh, came to Mexico’s lucha libra and branded himself as Sam Adonis, “El Rudo de las Chicas” or the “Ladies’ Bad Guy.” Then he decided to sport a 4-ft. flag with the face of Donald Trump on it.
AP – Puerto Rico won the Caribbean Series for the first time since 2000 with a 1-0 victory over Mexico in 10 innings Tuesday night.
MLB – The Caribbean Series began Wednesday in Culiacan with games between Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the afternoon, and a Mexico-Puerto Rico matchup in the nightcap.
ESPNfc – Next week’s Mexico-Iceland exhibition in Las Vegas should prove to be highly significant for some overlooked and forgotten names. With World Cup qualifying, Confederations Cup and Gold Cup games set for this year, it presents an opportunity for some new players to shine.
CBS – Mexico star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez finally ended his goal scoring drought on Saturday, grabbing a goal for Bayer Leverkusen against Borussia Monchengladbach in Bundesliga play. It was his first goal since October.
ESPN – The truth is that the NBA has been playing games for 25 years in Mexico. So it’s apparent that growing the game for the fans remains at the forefront of the NBA’s goals. But where managing director for NBA Mexico Raul Zarraga’s excitement escalates is from the movement afoot locally to develop Mexican players for the international stage and potentially the NBA.
Channel News Asia – Football officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are likely to meet next year to discuss a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. FIFA confirmed that co-hosting would be allowed at the 2026 tournament and that there would be no restrictions on the number of countries in a given bid.
Fox Sports – Mexico have been fined again for the chants of their supporters, this time due to homophobic chants at the match vs. the United States last month, and FIFA continues to look into another similar incident.
ESPN – The NFL returned to Mexico over these last few days, scheduling Monday Night Football between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders and organizing a three-day fan fest leading up to it. They love their football here, even if fútbol (soccer) remains the dominant sport.
ESPNfc – Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is not obsessed with equaling Jared Borgetti’s Mexico goal-scoring record, but admits it’ll be good when he finally does get it. The 28-year-old is one goal away from leveling Borgetti’s 46 goals for Mexico, but hasn’t scored for Mexico since the Copa America Centenario and only has three in 2016.
By Martin Rogers / USA TODAY Sports
It was the end of a streak, the end of “dos a cero.” the end of Mexico’s Columbus curse and, possibly, the start of some World Cup nerves for the United States.
The Americans started poorly, rebounded strongly, but ultimately came unstuck defensively to lose 2-1 to its fiercest rival at MAPFRE Stadium on Friday night to commence their final phase of World Cup qualifying in the worst possible fashion.
An 89th-minute header from Mexican veteran Rafa Marquez sealed a tense and tetchy encounter that the U.S. looked to have salvaged a point from on a difficult, physical and chilly night.
Having beaten Mexico 2-0 at this venue and this same stage of qualifying for the past four World Cup cycles, the U.S. was entitled to feel good about its chances of kicking off the last and most crucial part of the road to Russia in style.
Instead, it was Mexico that came out firing …
ESPNfc – Speak to Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio about football matters, rather than the chisme (“gossip”) that often dominates the sports pages in Mexico, and his eyes light up. Osorio slams his hands down on the table when making a point about tactical periodization, and a smile comes across his face when the seminal work “Science and Football” is mentioned. The esteem in which he holds the likes of Marcelo Bielsa and Sir Alex Ferguson is more than clear. Osorio, he himself would probably admit, is a football obsessive.
Reuters – Mexican Formula One Grand Prix organizers say Sunday’s race attracted an even bigger crowd than in 2015, bucking a trend of lower attendances in an event’s second year after the novelty has worn off.
Goal – Mexico has long been able to point to Europe as the club-team home of its best attackers, but more and more it’s now able to do so with its defenders as well. With the final round of World Cup qualification beginning this month with games at the United States and at Panama, El Tri’s best center backs are coming off sterling months in Europe.
Fox – Mexico hasn’t decided whether they will join the United States for a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup yet, but that it will not affect whether they bid or not. The country is committed to entering the bidding to host the tournament and will do it regardless of whether they are with the Americans. FIFA has yet to set all the rules for 2026 World Cup bidding and have not yet laid out a timeline,