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Obituary - March 06, 2021

Obituary - March 06, 2021

Dorothy Hicks

Dorothy Hicks, 94, died peacefully in Ajijic on February 8 at the...

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Hot weather coolers

Hot weather coolers

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t noticed the soaring temperatures that...

Arts & Entertainment

Local group to stage debut opera

3 MONTHS AGO
Local group to stage debut opera

Expat opera buffs starved of a fix in these culturally bereft times, should go online Saturday evening to watch – and support – a local version of “Madame Butterfly,” the first original production sponsored by the Universidad de Guadalajara’s Conjunto Santander. 

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Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

3 MONTHS AGO
Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

Daniel Reséndiz, a Guadalajara artist better known as Mack, has defended the Jalisco’s government’s initiative to allow urban artists the opportunity  to paint murals on columns supporting elevated sections of Guadalajara’s new Tren Ligero (subway) line.

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Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

2 MONTHS AGO
Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

The spirit of Christmas got a boost in Ajijic last week as seasonal decorations were installed at the central plaza.

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A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

3 MONTHS AGO
A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

The San Miguel de Allende Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival began in October and is spread out over six months through March 2021.

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Ribera Arts Review - January 27, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 27, 2021

LLT Readers Theatre

Lakeside Little Theatre’s rescheduled production of “It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To)” will take place Friday to Sunday, March 12, 13 and 14, with open-air seating on LLT’s Angel Terrace.

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Ribera Arts Review - January 16, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 16, 2021

Reader’s Theatre

The next production in Lakeside Little Theatre’s Ajijic Reader’s Theatre (ART) series is “It’s My Party,” with show dates of January 22 to 24. All performances are at 4 p.m.

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At the Movies - January 27, 2021

6 DAYS AGO

Wild Mountain Thyme

A pair of star-crossed lovers in Ireland get caught up in their family’s land dispute.

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At the Movies - January 09, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO

Invasion 2

With the fall of the alien ship Julia’s life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounter.

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Columns

Is homeopathy the placebo effect on steroids?

21 DAYS AGO
Is homeopathy the placebo effect on steroids?

Before I moved to Mexico I had never heard of homeopathy, an approach to medicine developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.

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Guadalajara’s ‘do it on foot’ archaeologist Otto Schöndube passes away

1 MONTHS AGO
Guadalajara’s ‘do it on foot’ archaeologist Otto Schöndube passes away

A pioneer in the archaeology of western Mexico, Otto George Schöndube Baumbach, died on December 30, 2020, at the age of 84.

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From New York ad executive to curing Indians in a remote village

6 DAYS AGO
From New York ad executive  to curing Indians in a remote village

As the 1960s came to an end, a woman who had built a fast-paced New York advertising career (Helen Rubenstein’s advertising manager, vice-president of a mid-sized advertising agency, copy group head for Baten Barton Durstine and Osborn), who had reared a family, and seen her husband pass away,...

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An affair of the heart: coldly, freely choosing a high, hard-minded way to leave

20 DAYS AGO

On an August afternoon in 1963 Astfulo (“Tulfo”) Diaz gave me a horse racing tip. In pueblos lining Lake Chapala, horse racing of both the most formal competitions, as well as the most casual pickup races were grandly popular. Spontaneously, without preparation, they could take place, mi...

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Social media alternatives

28 DAYS AGO

The toxic political climate now existing in 2021 has prompted some people to start investigating alternatives to “big tech” and its censorship.

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WhatsApp privacy concerns: is switching worth the hassle?

1 MONTHS AGO

The sensational headline responsible for alarming many read: “Millions of WhatsApp users ABANDON the app and switch to rivals Telegram or Signal ahead of privacy policy update that will force them to share their personal data with Facebook.”

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Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

1 MONTHS AGO
Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

With insurrection in Washington D.C. and Covid-19 vaccinations lagging around the world, only a fervent optimist can cherish January hopes that 2021 will be a year of golden good fortune.

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Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

4 MONTHS AGO
Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro has generally earned praise for the robust and no-nonsense way in which he has handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

4 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

4 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Salute to Mexico’s Bandera

6 DAYS AGO
Salute to Mexico’s Bandera

Though February 24 slipped by with little fanfare this year, it was Mexico’s Día de la Bandera, the national holiday commemorating the anniversary of the consummation of the War of Independence in 1821 and the subsequent adoption of the country’s first flag.

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Expect the Unexpected

13 DAYS AGO

If there´s one thing that can aggravate relative newcomers to Mexico living, it´s having to cope with situations that are out of their control. Old hands know that learning to expect the unexpected is the best formula for maintaining sanity.

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The e-mail dystopia

6 DAYS AGO

After examining about a week of my emails not long ago, I realized how far we’ve come from the lovely hand-written letters we wrote when our writing told everybody we practiced “ovals” with love. Mine looked more like a series of broken noses.

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If the cartels distributed the vaccines

13 DAYS AGO
If the cartels distributed the vaccines

We don’t yet know for sure who will be distributing and applying the vaccines for us. The farmacias have been mentioned.

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Expat Living

Looking Back: A review of February news from the last 50 years

6 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: A review of February news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our February editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Reporter marks seven years

Founder and publisher of the Colony Reporter, Bob Thurston, writes in his Potpourri column: With last week’s issue of the Reporter we finis...

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Briefly - February 06, 2021

28 DAYS AGO

AstraZeneca vaccine not for sale

Mexico’s health regulator, Cofepris, has issued a warning about the illegal sale of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Mexico.

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City Living - January 25, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
City Living - January 25, 2020

Dragon dance

Sunday, January 26, experience the Chinese New Year with a presentation of the dragon dance, and other rituals, by the students and professors of Kung-Fu Dragón Inmortal, one of the most acclaimed Kung Fu schools in Guadalajara. The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25...

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City Living – March 16, 2019

2 YEARS AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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Weekly Worship - February 27, 2021

6 DAYS AGO

Little Chapel

There will be a guest speaker this Sunday before returning to Pastor Pete’s sermon series next week on the book of Daniel, titled “Survival Kit for the Final Days.”

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Delegation offices collect discarded batteries

6 DAYS AGO

Wondering what to do with dead batteries from all your household gadgets?

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Laguna Chapalac - January 27, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - January 27, 2021

LCS classes

Inez Dyer presents an Introduction to Spanish class Tuesdays, March 2, 9 and 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society gazebo.

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Laguna Chapalac - February 20, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - February 20, 2021

Open Circle returns

Loretta Downs presents “When Vulnerability Becomes Strength: From Care Giver to Receiver,” at the next meeting of Open Circle in the Lake Chapala Society garden, Sunday, February 21, 10:30 a.m.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

Village & Covid-19

Normally at this time in March, the tourists and snowbirds are trickling northward as fundraisers and community events are winding down, ending the high season at a leisurely pace.

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‘Tis the season to be scammed

1 YEAR AGO

At this time of year, as the snowbirds return and tourists are everywhere, it’s paradise … for scammers.

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North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2021

6 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2021

This week I’m sharing ethnic food options. When I put out the call asking for locals to share their favorite ethnic spots, I thought at least one person would tell me that Mexican food is ethnic food, but nope, my peeps got me!

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North Banderas Beat - February 13, 2021

20 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 13, 2021

Love is in the air 

Dinner at your favorite romantic restaurant is always a good idea for Valentine’s Day(Dia del Amor y la Amistad in Mexico), so I’ll share some suggestions below.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

Bocce Ball Tournament

A few weeks after hosting an elegant dinner dance in late January, the Bocce Ball Committee and aficionados of the sport donned shorts and t-shirts to face off in the 6th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on February 15.

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La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

Otra Vez

Last November, a little thrift store named Otra Vez opened its doors to the residents of La Manzanilla and became an instant hit with both the Mexican and expat communities.  Operating solely with donations and dedicated volunteers, it is now in its second year with no signs of slowin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

In the Bahia de Navidad everyone is doing their part to stay safe and help each other. As some businesses close down, others stay open to keep the community safe and supplied with basic essentials and information regarding Covid-19.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

Four years ago, a small team of big-hearted Canadian and Americans decided they wanted to give something substantial back to the community.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

28 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

Races

To celebrate the Día de Amor y Amistad (Valentine’s Day), two races, sponsored by the Municipal Sports Advisory Committee (Comude), will be held on Sunday, February 14 along two areas: the Malecon and the Rio Pitillal linear parkway.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 07, 2020

1 YEAR AGO

El Salado

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro last week signed a decree to increase the size of the protected area of El Salado marshland by 23 percent.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Days of the Dead in Michoacán

4 MONTHS AGO
Days of the Dead in Michoacán

Mexico’s Days of the Dead coincide with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Day, November 1 and November 2.

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When to tip – and not to tip

3 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Senate beefs up laws on access to beaches

5 MONTHS AGO

The Mexican Senate has approved reforms to the General Law of National Assets, increasing the fines for establishments or individuals that restrict access to Mexico’s beaches, to more than one million pesos.

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Masocta-PV highway not totally safe, US says

5 MONTHS AGO

Despite the recent renovations to the Highway 554 linking the Jalisco town of Mascota with Puerto Vallarta (reported in last week’s edition), the U.S. State Department believes the road is far from safe for travel.

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Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

4 MONTHS AGO
Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

If you’re looking for ways to escape the captivity of sheltering in place, Go Bistro, by all accounts, is a safe haven from Lakeside’s forced introversion.

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101 different ways to use tortillas

4 MONTHS AGO

The tortilla is a central ingredient of an entire lexicon of cookery, whose sauces and stuffings serve only to give it variety and interest.

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Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic, elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

6 DAYS AGO
Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic,  elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

“Living is no Laughing Matter” came to me like a message from God — seriously — delivered to me in the middle of my morning sun, reading and coffee ritual, which never fails to turn my mind to higher things.

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Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic, elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

6 DAYS AGO

“Living is no Laughing Matter” came to me like a message from God — seriously — delivered to me in the middle of my morning sun, reading and coffee ritual, which never fails to turn my mind to higher things.

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

2 YEARS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

2 YEARS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Make-believe emporium reopens

6 DAYS AGO
Make-believe emporium reopens

KidZania, the “family entertainment center” that puts children in simulated work environments, reopened its doors in Guadalajara’s Plaza Patria on Saturday, February 20.

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Man jailed after needless killing

6 DAYS AGO

A homeless man who caused the death of a motorcycle food delivery courier after tossing a stone from a Guadalajara overpass has been remanded to custody for one year.

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Ecology Council reviews proposals to enhance environmental protection

6 DAYS AGO

A new initiative to enhance protection and conservation of the local environment was approved at the February 24 session of Chapala’s Consejo de Ecología (Ecology Council), a body that includes community leaders and local government officials.

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Popular Chapala sports complex undergoes major upgrade

6 DAYS AGO
Popular Chapala sports complex undergoes major upgrade

Chapala’s current administration has made improving public sports facilities a top priority of its public works agenda, so that local  youth and families can exercise, practice team activities and enjoy outings in a healthy atmosphere. 

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US company sets up shop to handle city’s vehicle emissions tests

6 DAYS AGO
US company sets up shop to  handle city’s vehicle emissions tests

Jalisco´s emissions testing program – now known as Verificación Responsable (Responsible Verification) – appears to be back on track following last week’s opening of the first private vehicle inspection station operated by the U.S. company DEKRA.

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Governor lays 1st stone of new UdG campus, vows to start work on 4th light train line

6 DAYS AGO

Work on metropolitan Guadalajara’s fourth light train (Tren Ligero) line will begin this year, regardless of whether the federal government approves any funding, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said this week, after laying the first stone of a new Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG) campus in Tla...

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Yes, foreigners can get vaccines, federal government reiterates

6 DAYS AGO

The federal government has been forced to come out and clarify that all resident foreigners in Mexico are entitled to free Covid-19 vaccines after reports from some inoculation sites that citizens without National Electoral Institute (INE) credentials were being denied shots.

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No Mexican virus variant

13 DAYS AGO

Mexico’s Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) has ruled out the existence of a Mexican variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus after analyzing four samples in which a mutation was identified by University of Guadalajara (UdG) researchers.

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Navy captain takes control in Vallarta

1 MONTHS AGO

Following the assassination of former Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval last month, the Mexican Navy (Semar) has taken charge of municipal public security in Puerto Vallarta.

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Three weeks of ‘low-cost’ fine dining

6 MONTHS AGO

Amid these troubled times, Puerto Vallarta has rescheduled its popular Restaurant Week promotion, set to run September 15 though October 10.

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Are wealthy nations doing enough to vaccinate the rest of the world?

21 DAYS AGO

As rich nations ramp up their Covid vaccination programs, many low-income and developing countries have yet to administer a single jab. 

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Biden makes bold moves on wall & DACA on day one

1 MONTHS AGO

On his first day in office, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an “immediate pause” on construction of the southern border wall, “to allow a close review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used, and to determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by ...

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The British Council marks a milestone

2 YEARS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

3 YEARS AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - February 13, 2021

21 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 13, 2021

Tony Andalón

Well-known lakeside entrepreneur Antonio “Tony” Andalón died Thursday, February 4, at the age of 68.

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Obituary - February 06, 2021

28 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 06, 2021

John Simmons

Following a short illness, Ajijic resident John Simmons died on January 29 at the Ribera Medical Center in Ajijic. He was 87 years old.

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‘Canelo’ returns to the ring in Miami, Florida

6 DAYS AGO

In what on paper looks like a huge mismatch, Guadalajara boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defends his WBA and WBC super middleweight championships against Avni Yildirim of Turkey, Saturday, February 27, in Miami, Florida.

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US-Mexico match-up to be highlight of Olympic qualifying tourney in GDL

6 DAYS AGO

At the end of March, Guadalajara will host the Concacaf Men’s 2020 Olympic soccer qualifying competition that was postponed at this time last year due to the Covid-19 pandmeic.

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