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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Is soccer in the US letting Hispanic talent slip through the cracks?

*All those weekend soccer pick-up games and community leagues? They’re not sanctioned by a major soccer association, so it’s hard for working-class U.S. Latino soccer players to break into the big leagues or international play. It seems U.S. soccer has an elitist side. VL By Kristan Heneage, The Guardian As Miguel Ibarra posed for photographs

Monday, June 8th, 2015

American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza Donates Belmont Stakes Money to Charity

*Victor Espinoza was born in Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico. He won his first horse race in the Hipódromo de las Américas in Mexico City in 1992. His donation will benefit a cancer treatment center in California. VL By...

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Roberto Clemente Biopic in the Works at Legendary

*The movie will be produced by the same people who produced “42,” the movie about the life of Jackie Robinson. VL By Dave McNary, Variety , the first Latino inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Legendary has acquired life...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

What Chris Rock got wrong: Black Latinos and race in baseball

*When I first heard the Chris Rock piece about the lack of blacks on Major League Baseball I thought, what about all the Afro-Latino players? Adrian Burgos Jr., much better at analyzing baseball than me, takes up...

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Victor Espinoza wins second straight Kentucky Derby

*This is the third Kentucky Derby win for Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza. He won the race last year and on 2002. When interviewed immediately after the race Espinoza said “I’m one lucky Mexican.” VL By Gary Klien, The...

Monday, April 27th, 2015

From football to fútbol

*Some context for this story: according to the U.S. Census, Latinos make up 13.5 percent of the population in Durham, NC. A slightly higer percetnage, 13.9, is foreign born, and 19.4 percent speak a language other than...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A Latino Marathoner Outruns a Childhood of Poverty

*Great story! Fernando Cabada will be running today’s Boston Marathon. He’s a world-class runner, and his story is inspiring. VL By Linsay Crouse, The New York Times Fernando Cabada — a poor Latino from one of the...

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Fair Or Foul? Latino College Football Player Suspended For Being Homeless

*NCAA athlete housing rules have been under close watch since the USC Reggie Bush scandal. But there is an important difference here. Nacita made the Baylor team as a walk-on – no scholarship, no housing plan. VL...

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Minnie Minoso dies; White Sox legend paved way for Latino players

*Minnie is one of the greats. He was the first Afro-Latino great. He debuted in Major League Baseball two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. VL By Associated Press/San Francisco Gate CHICAGO — When Minnie...

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Cannibals and Poets

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco A dear friend once described politics in her country as a struggle between cannibals and poets with each side taking turns running the country.  When the cannibals are in power they eat...

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

New to U.S.,Sisters Help School Return to Dominance in a Flash

*What a wonderful story! Two young ladies, immigrants from Mexico, have reignited the hopes of a state basketball championship for a school in small Texas town. VL By Scott Cacciola, The New York Times LEVELLAND, Tex. –...

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Latino boxers struggle to raise funds for Olympic dream

*We tend to think of Olympic athletes every four years, but their training and find raising is uninterrupted. The hopes of many Latino boxers rest on an every-four-years chance. They also rest on their ability to pay...

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

‘We are so blessed': Grandparents proud of Romo’s success

*This is for all you Tony Romo fans out there. And for those who aren’t, it’s a great story about abuelo and abuela’s pride. VL By David Flores, KENS TV I wrote my first story about Felicita...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Béisbol Looms Large In Thawing Cuban Relations

*It’s still too early to know how the thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations will pan out. Major League Baseball is more eager than most to see a change. VL By Esteban Randel, Remezcla When President Barack Obama and...

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