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.
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.