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Vida en el Valle
Former Riverbank High School standout runner Germán Fernández closed his collegiate career at Oklahoma State with a 10th-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA men's track and field championships last Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Fernández, the 2009 champion in the 1,500-meter run, led the majority of the way. He led going into the final lap but fell back and finished in 3:46.62. The winner, Indiana's Andrew Bayer timed 3:43.82.
"First of all, I'm just really, really proud of Germán," said Oklahoma State coach Dave Smith. "Seven weeks ago, I thought his career at OSU was over.
"He found his way out of the woods and got back into it and got training again, and he's healthy."
Fernández has a best time of 3:39.0 at the distance.
Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito has decided to retire after a 38-8 (27 KOs) career that included a controversial confiscation of plaster inserts inside his hand wraps prior to a 2009 bout.
Margarito has been bothered by a surgically repaired eye he injured in a fight against Manny Pacquiao, and an Achilles tendon injury has been slow to heal.
The eye injury has been reviewed harshly by the New York Athletic Commission.
Mexican boxer dies
Enrique Bolaños, a Mexican boxer who fought three times for the world lightweight title and lost each time, died of heart failure in Pasadena. He was 87.
Bolaños finished his boxing career in 1952 with a 79-22-5 (44 KOs) record.
He was born in México, and came to the U.S. at age 17.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruby.
El Tri vs. El Salvador
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO -- Los jugadores y el cuerpo técnico de la selección mexicana de futbol viajaron el lunes a San Salvador para su encuentro de el martes ante El Salvador en el Estadio Cuscatlán.
Los seleccionados nacionales se hospedaron el lunes en un hotel de la Terminal 2 del aeropuerto capitalino, y esta mañana un numeroso grupo de reporteros, fotógrafos y camarógrafos se dieron cita en el lugar para dar cobertura a la salida de los mexicanos.
El viaje fue en un vuelo especial.