24-year-old boxer Benjamin Flores passed away on Tuesday after collapsing following a fight at a charity event in Dallas last week. Flores lost in his bid for the NABF’s super bantamweight title against Al Seeger. The referee stopped the fight at 2:10 of the eighth round, but Flores collapsed soon after and never regained consciousness. The Mexico native was 19-4 in his all-too-brief professional career.
His death has devastated the boxing community in Texas and Mexico, as well as his family. Flores’ 16-year-old brother, Miguel, is an aspiring boxer in his own right who looked up to Benjamin and dreamed of one day fighting on the same card. After this, Miguel had every reason to give up on boxing. But not only is he continuing to box, he’s vowed to win a world championship in his brother’s honor.
You’ll have to excuse Packers WR Donald Driver if he decides to fly down to Houston instead of play football this weekend. His father, Marvin Driver, is still hospitalized after being beaten into unconsciousness during an arrest over traffic tickets. Family members and a community activist allege that Marvin was in “perfect condition” when the officers arrived, but sometime after that, while in police custody, the 56-year-old man was beaten so severely that he was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition and listed as “unresponsive.”
(We really do not recommend putting a bat anywhere near Donald Driver and the police officers right now.)
There are no pleasant details about the incident; there never are. But as the HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports, the circumstances surrounding this alleged assault paint the officers involved in a particularly unsavory light: Read more…
HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM - NO PATS-COLTS ON TV:Woe to those TV viewers in Houston:
This map from THE506.COM shows the broadcasting range of Sunday’s NFL late game on CBS. Red represents the areas that will see New England face Indianapolis, while blue shows who’ll be seeing Houston vs. Oakland.While the rest of the country will be enjoying Super Bowl XLI 1/2 between the Pats and Colts, southeast Texas will be treated to a Texans-Raiders barnburner - meaning, you’ll want to lock yourself in a barn and set it on fire after watching it.
And for you folks in Cleveland (in gray) - you get nothing! Well, close to nothing. Due to NFL rules, the CBS game can’t be shown in your city because the Browns will be on Fox at the same time. Enjoy your game against the Seahawks!First the Cavs get swept, then the Indians blow it, and now this. These are not the best of times in northeast Ohio.
MARATHON RUNNERS SCALPING SPOTS FOR FUN & PROFIT: Some runners for an upcoming race are hoping to cash in on their selective spots:
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE jogs in with news that signees for the Houston Marathon have been auctioning off their registrations to the highest bidders.The January race had 17,000 spaces available for official entry, but the spots sold out quickly by September. Now desperate long-distancers have been willing to pay up to $500 for a chance to hoof it in Houston.
Sole-less scalpers have been going to sites like eBay and Craigslist to offer up their numbered bibs, hoping to snag a hefty sum in return.Houston has become a popular destination for the running set. Race organizers say the Marathon has already helped sell out nine hotels in preparation for the event.
But we wonder why a city with a well-known air pollution problem would be such a hit with heavy breathers. Maybe the racers get high on the fumes.Then again, this is the same crowd that’s willing to pay over $200 for the chance to run 26 miles straight.