LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (CA) OCT, 2015 |  When one reviews the women’s
competition on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015, one thing was for
sure, Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas were the most consistent team
on the international circuit.

By never being seeded lower than fourth in an “Open” or “Grand Slam” event
on the FIVB World Tour 2015, the Brazilian pair compiled impressive numbers
to reach the top spot on the points standings to be crowned “champions” of the
international circuit in only their third-season together.

Agatha and Barbara’s consistency in winning the FIVB World Tour crown was
highlighted by the following in 2015:

• A three gold medal effort highlighted by winning the FIVB “senior” World
Championships in The Hague July 4.
• A tour-high 61 wins for 73 matches played at 12 events without being de-
feated in back-to-back matches.
• A near-perfect record in pool play record with only three setbacks in 34
• A tour-high 10 quarter-final appearances.
• A tour-tying seven podium placements.
• An appearance is six gold medal matches - the second-most on the tour.
• A 19-match winning streak - the second-best streak on the tour in 2015.

Despite being ranked No. 2 on the FIVB World Tour in 2014 with one gold
medal, four podium placements and nine quarter-final appearances, Agatha
and Barbara were considered as the No. 3 Brazilian women’s team entering
the 2015 season behind the compatriot pairings of Maria Antonelli/Juliana
Felisberta and Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca.

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PUEBLO (CO) OCT., 2015 | PUEBLO, Colo. – For the 22nd consecutive year, the
world's top bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls in the business will return to
Las Vegas for the richest bull riding event on the planet, the 2015 PBR (Pro-
fessional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough World Finals on Oct. 21-25 at UNLV's
Thomas & Mack Center, which offers a total purse of $2.3 million.  Qualifying for
this season finale is considered an incredible feat and often fulfills a life-long
dream for many bull riding athletes. This year, 40 talented bull riding stars made
the cut (refer to image above or/ tap here).

Joining these 35 men in Las Vegas will be five qualifiers from the BlueDEF Vel-
ocity Tour ranks. The Top 3 bull riders at the BlueDEF Finals on Oct. 9-10, who
were not already part of the Top 35 in the PBR world standings, gained entry.
The top performing international invitee from the PBR’s circuits in Australia, Bra-
zil, Canada and Mexico, along with the highest finisher in the 2015 BlueDEF Vel-
ocity Tour Standings, also qualified.  Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas), Derek Kol-
baba (Walla Walla, Washington) and Luis Blanco (Icanga, Brazil) qualified as the
Top-3 finishers while Justin Paton (Nebo, Australia) was the top-performing inter-
national invitee. Because Gay, Pacheco and Holmes, the Top-3 finishers in the
overall BlueDEF Velocity Tour standings, qualified for the World Finals by virtue
of the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) standings and BlueDEF Finals event
finishes, No. 4 BlueDEF Velocity Tour rider Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia)
earned the fifth spot to the Finals.

On the other side of the 8-second battles are the best bulls of the 2015 Built
Ford Tough Series season. Their 2015 slates are wiped clean and the only scores
that matter are those received at the World Finals. The bull that receives the
highest aggregate score in two rounds of competition will be declared the 2015
PBR World Champion Bull and receive $50,000.

Seven of this season's best bovine athletes are competing for the title: Roy
(Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls), Jared Allen’s Air Time (Jarrod Allen’s Pro Bull
Team), Sweet Pro’s Long John (D&H Cattle Co.), Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co.),
Stone Sober (D&H Cattle Co.) Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo-Berger/Struve)
and Jeremiah (Square Up-Smets/Dodson).

The honor of protecting the PBR bull riders for every 8-second ride at the Finals
has been bestowed upon Shorty Gorham, Frank Newsom, Jesse Byrne and
Cody Webster. The Top 35 riders voted on the bullfighters they want to have
watching their backs.

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LOS ANGELES (CA) OCT, 2015 | The American Film Institute announced today
the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts
and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. AFI FEST
will take place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings,
Galas and events will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL
Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian,
the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year;
Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight
selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic
movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are
among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for
the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award® con-
sideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, producer
Keith Calder and the British Film Commission’s Tara Halloran.

The AFI FEST program features 127 films (74 features, 53 shorts), representing
45 countries. The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (5), Special Screen-
ings (7), American Independents (9), New Auteurs (11), World Cinema (29),
Midnight (3), Breakthrough (5), Cinema’s Legacy (5) and Shorts (53), and
includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries, 10 official
Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions and 10 animated short films.  The
program will also present 18 films from 39 AFI Conservatory Alumni including
THE 33 writer Michael Thomas (AFI Class of 1978); 45 YEARS editor Jonathan
Alberts (AFI Class of 2001); ANOMALISA director/producer Duke Johnson (AFI
Class of 2006), cinematographer Joe Passarelli (AFI Class of 2006); CAROL
editor Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993); and more.

As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of
BY THE SEA (DIR Angelina Jolie Pitt) on Thursday, November 5. Among the
Centerpiece Galas will be WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (DIR Michael Moore) on
Saturday, November 7; THE 33 (DIR Patricia Riggen) on Monday, November 9;
and the World Premiere of CONCUSSION (DIR Peter Landesman) on Tuesday,
November 10. The Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of THE BIG
SHORT (DIR Adam McKay) on Thursday, November 12. Also previously
announced are the nine films in the American Independents section, which
represents the best of independent filmmaking this year, and 11 films in the
New Auteurs section, which highlights first and second-time narrative feature
film directors from around the world.  AFI FEST remains the only global event
of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to
the community. These free tickets will be available to the general public online
at beginning Monday, October 26. Available for purchase now at are AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes.

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DAYTONA (FL) FEB., 2016 | Running up front paid off long before the checkered
flag Saturday night for Denny Hamlin. Leading the field for the last 16 laps kept
him clear of two late-race cautions and enabled him to win the Sprint Unlimited
for the third time at Daytona International Speedway.

It marked the third consecutive Sprint Unlimited victory and fourth in the last
five years for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry)
took the checkered and caution flags simultaneously, after a multi-car mishap
during an “overtime” finish that extended the race four laps beyond its
scheduled distance of 75 laps.

There were seven cautions on the night. The one that necessitated the over-
time was caused by a Lap 73 backstretch incident that involved six cars
including the No. 18 M&M’s 75 Toyota Camry of reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Kyle Busch.

Reigning DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
finished second, after starting last in the 25-car field. Paul Menard (No. 27
Peak Antifreeze/Menard Chevrolet) finished third.

“This is a great team win,’ Hamlin said. “We’re looking forward to [the
DAYTONA 500].”  Former Sprint Unlimited champions and former DAYTONA.
500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015 were eligible for this year’s
annual “all-star” race, as were all drivers from the 2015 Chase for the
NASCAR Sprint Cup. Any remaining open positions were filled based on 2015
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. There also was a
notable substitution, with Brian Vickers filling in for injured Tony Stewart, a
three-time Sprint Unlimited champion. Vickers exited the race early, following
a Lap 23 accident that also ended the night for three-time event champion
Kevin Harvick.  The starting grid was determined Friday by a drawing involving
the crew chiefs for the 25 drivers entered. Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad
Knaus drew the top spot for his driver, a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion and
six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
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PHOENIX (AZ) - FEB., 2016 |  TEST DAY SOUNDBITES FT., Hélio Castroneves,
driver of the No. 3 Verizon Indy Car for Team Penske On coming back to

“To be honest, it’s great to be back here in Phoenix. It’s fantastic. The last
time I was here was in 2006, or the last time we raced here, but it’s great to
be back. Look at this weather – it’s awesome. I always like Phoenix. Phoenix
actually was the first visit in America when I came to test for Tasman Motor-
sports in 1995, so I really enjoy it here.”

FT., Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 20 Indy Car for Team Penske -
On what he likes about coming to Phoenix…

“Phoenix is very different – it’s a cool place, a cool race track. I did a lot of
racing here in Cup cars. My first actual oval experience back in an IndyCar
was at this track two years ago. It’s funny because the memory of two years
ago to now is very different. Now it’s not a big deal. You go wide open, flat all
the way around and we’re going seven or eight seconds quicker than a Cup
car. It’s kind of insane.”

FT., Will Power, driver of the No. 3 Indy Car for Team Penske -
On what makes him smile about coming out to Phoenix…

“Catcus, cacti…is that what you call it? I think it’s pretty cool seeing these
barren hills with the cactus on them. Makes me want to go for a bit of a hike
and check it out.”

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LOS ANGELES (CA) NOV., 2015 | AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi announces
today the feature and short films receiving this year’s Jury and Audience
Awards. The New Auteurs Grand Jury Award was presented to LAND AND
SHADE, while DISORDER received a Special Jury Mention for Direction, and
DESDE ALLÁ received a Special Jury Mention for Screenplay.   BOYS received
the Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short, and WORLD OF TOMORROW re-
ceived the Grand Jury Award for Animated Short.  This year’s Audience Award
recipients in the New Auteurs, World Cinema and Breakthrough sections in-
cluded MUSTANG, JAMES WHITE and MA.  The full list of winners is below.  The
Jury Awards honored works from the New Auteurs section, which highlighted 11
films from first and second-time feature film directors, and the Shorts section,
which included 53 films representing diverse international perspectives.  The
Audience Award winners were selected from among 54 films in these festival
sections:  American Independents, Breakthrough, New Auteur and World

NEW AUTEURS AWARDS: This year’s New Auteurs jury was comprised of Inkoo
Kang (TheWrap), Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times)
and Nigel M. Smith (The Guardian).  New Auteurs Grand Jury Award:  LAND
AND SHADE (DIR César Augusto Acevedo) Jury Statement: “For its visual
eloquence, formal rigor and emotional power, the New Auteurs Grand Jury
Award goes to LAND AND SHADE. Its observations of economic exploitation and
environmental degradation are as incisive as its characters are fully realized.
Writer director César Augusto Acevedo’s debut feature is an indelible portrait
of a family in rural Colombia, told with unwavering compassion and Bressonian
Grace.”  Special Jury Mention for Direction:  DISORDER (DIR Alice Winocour)
Jury Statement: “For the taut and muscular direction of her viscerally entertain-
ing thriller DISORDER, the jury recognizes writer/director Alice Winocour with
a Special Jury Mention. Through precise execution of her material, Winocour
subverts expectations commonly associated with genre films to deliver a brac-
ing experience that stuns and surprises.”


LAS VEGAS (NV) NOV., 2015 | Las Vegas – The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
team rocketed to its first Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship crown on
Wednesday, an impressive accomplishment for the new team in only its second
season of series competition.

“We congratulate Volkswagen and the Andretti Autosport group for their
success this year,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Building a brand new
team is no easy task, and in just two short years they’ve gone from one of our
newest entries to a championship-winning organization in their first full season
with the Beetle.”  A late season surge brought the title within reach for the
team. On Wednesday, Speed, who swept the series’ doubleheader in
Los Angeles, held off teammate Tanner Foust in a head-to-head battle on the
Strip.  “What a great way to win here, with all the climate issues and all the
drama,” Speed said. “It really feels great for the team because we came from
so far back in points. I’m super happy for Volkswagen Andretti to bring home
this championship!”  Speed jumped out to an early lead in the final, but was
soon passed by a pair of other drivers after first-lap contact that also included
Foust. As Foust fought his damaged Beetle around the course in an effort to
maximize points, Speed maintained the final spot on the podium to clinch the
championship over rival Sebastian Eriksson. Teammate Foust, a two-time series
champion, took the third spot in the 2015 championship standings.

“It really feels great for the team because we came from so far back in points,”
said Speed. “I’m super happy for Volkswagen Andretti to bring home this
Championship!”  Between Speed and teammate Tanner Foust, the Volkswagen
Andretti Rallycross Beetle has achieved 13 podium results in 2015 -- including
outright wins at four of the five most recent races. Speed stood on the podium
in each of the final five races this year, the longest podium streak for any
driver in the 2015 Supercar season. Foust’s record included a season-high
three wins. “This was a challenging season, but a hard-earned one that the
VARX team is extremely proud of,” said Clark Campbell, General Manager
Experiential Marketing Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Beetle GRC with
Scott and Tanner behind the wheel has proven itself as a solid contender and
a fan-favorite. I would also like to thank the organization behind the Red Bull
Global Rallycross Championship, it is not an easy task to stage these events,
but the increased viewership and media attention demonstrate that this is a
series to be taken seriously and one that we are proud to be a part of.”

Announcements about the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, including
an event schedule and broadcast information, are expected in the coming weeks.

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LOS ANGELES (CA) NOV., 2015 |  Estamos a solo dos días del juego inaugural
de la Copa Nissan con el partido entre Pumas de la UNAM y Monarcas Morelia,
este domingo 15 de noviembre en el StubHub Center en Carson, CA a las
4:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico.

Los Pumas de la UNAM llegan a este encuentro como superlíderes de la Liga
MX y ya calificados a la Liguilla, mientras que el Morelia sigue en la contienda
para llevarse un puesto dentro de la Liguilla después de su gran triunfo sobre
el Santos por 3 a 2.  Se espera que las grandes aficiones de ambos clubes
que residen en el Sur de California estén presentes para alentar a sus re-
spectivos equipos.

Como parte de la semana de Copa Nissan, el público podrá disfrutar de un
Festival de Futbol Mexicano con música en vivo, entretenimiento y
activaciones interactivas por parte de los patrocinadores.

Durante el medio tiempo, se le otorgará un reconocimiento especial a Manuel
Negrete, exjugador de Pumas y exmundialista '86, por su gran trayectoria
futbolística y los aficionados también serán testigos del concurso de La
Patada Millonaria de ESPN Deportes donde con un gol, el ganador se podrá
llevar Un Millón de Dólares.  Source: Primtime Sports

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HOLLYWOOD (CA) NOV., 2015 |  Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria, Oscar De La
Hoya join together to help launch the new season of WE tv’s David Tutera,
coinciding with the launch of Casa Mexico Tequila at Beso Restaurant.

Red carpet celeb’s included Micahel Pena, Bai Ling, Adrian Gonzalez (L.A.
Dogers), Urijah Faber (UFC), Kim Kimble (WE tv’s L.A. Hair, WE tv’s “The
Real Women of Telenovelas” stars: Sissi Fleitas, Adriana Catano, Maria
Raquenel & Lyduan Gonzalez and more…

WE tv announced today that it is developing a new unscripted series focused
on the visually-stunning and hugely-popular world of telenovelas.  Set in
Miami, and produced by Matador, the show will follow a group of beautiful
and fierce Latina actresses and actors working in this hyper-competitive world,
which has captivated hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe.

Telenovelas are short-run Spanish-language soap operas that have captured
hearts and TV screens around the world.  Sexy, dramatic and over-the-top,
telenovelas have taken the traditional American soap opera to a new level.  
First produced in Mexico and Latin America, over the last few years South
Florida has become the new home base for production of this TV genre, and
Miami has earned the nickname, “Telenovela Tinseltown,” as aspiring stars
descend upon the city in the hopes of making it big.

“The world of telenovelas has everything we look for in a WE tv show –
compelling characters, conflict, consequence and comic relief,” said WE tv
president Marc Juris.  “We could not be more excited about this project and
bringing these beautiful women and their stories and highly charged
relationships to WE tv viewers.  I think we’ll find the lines on the scripts in
these TV dramas sometimes pale in comparison to real life.”

The series will focus on the lives of a mix of high-profile and up-and-coming
actresses and actors in the telenovela scene as they navigate this drama-
filled world. The high-octane drama onscreen is nothing compared to the
real-life drama these people face.  These colorful frenemies compete for
roles and dates, walk the same red carpets and, of course, fight for the same
spotlight. And now they’re ready to take their careers to the next level.
Which, if any, of these ambitious talents will be the next breakthrough star?

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DAYTONA (FL) - FEB., 2016 | DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Denny Hamlin earned
his first Daytona 500 victory in the closest finish in the race's storied 58-year
history, pushing his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ahead of Martin Truex Jr.'s Toyota at
the finish line by one-hundredth of a second (0.010) -- a half-foot winning
difference in NASCAR's most celebrated event.

Hamlin, 34, called it the "biggest race of my life," and was still shaking his head
taking it all in as he spoke to reporters amid the falling confetti and loud
celebration in Daytona International Speedway's Victory Lane.

The two cars crossed the finish line simultaneously, and it wasn't until NASCAR
made the official call and television replayed the finish before most people --
in the pits and the grandstands -- were certain who had won.

"I had no anticipations of winning this race on the white flag lap," Hamlin said.
"I didn't know we had won. I knew it was close. I saw the pylon change and
blink at the last second with the 11. I heard people on the radio crazy and
excited and assumed we won at that point.  "If not, I was going to be PISSED,"
he added smiling.  Hamlin: 'I don't know where that came from'

Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards finished
third and fifth, respectively. Former Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick was
fourth. Last year's 500 winner Joey Logano was sixth, followed by Kyle Larson
in seventh, his best showing in the race to date.

It was Toyota's first ever win in NASCAR's premier event and the first Daytona
500 win for Joe Gibbs Racing in 23 years.  "This was a team victory," Hamlin
said. "My teammates did an amazing job all day; this is a proud moment for
everyone at Toyota. I don't know what happened, I can't even figure out
what I did."  Truex was understandably of mixed emotions following the race,
but mostly proud of his day and of establishing his team's good working
relationship with Gibbs' stable of Toyotas.

He was running second behind fellow Camry driver Matt Kenseth for the final
20 laps but when Hamlin pulled out to make a run for the win on the final lap,
Kenseth went up to block the progress. Hamlin got by, and Truex and Busch
jumped in line behind as Kenseth got shuffled back and ultimately finished 14th.

"It hurts a little bit, but it's something to be proud of for sure," Truex said
managing a smile and insisting he didn't know if he had won or not at the
checkered flag. He said he was actually looking at the large video screen as
he went around the track for a replay.

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ATLANTA - FEB., 2016 | Espanol > unque se quedó corto en el intento y al
final el ganador de la WinStar Casino 400, celebrada en Forth Worth, Texas,
fue el campeón defensor Matt Crafton, el mexicano Daniel Suárez consiguió
un importante segundo lugar que lo coloca en muy buena posición dentro de
la NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Con este resultado, el regiomontano alcanzó ya su tercer Top 5 en la
categoría, además de tener la peculiaridad de haber terminado dentro del Top
10 en todas las competencias en las que ha participado este año a bordo de
una camioneta.  “Nos quedamos cerca una vez mas!!! Muchísimas gracias a
todos por sus mensajes de apoyo! Cada vez estamos más cerca, GRACIAS!”
— Daniel Suárez (@dnlsuarez).  La carrera de Crafton fue impresionante,
pues estuvo en la punta un total de 77 giros y de esa manera pudo obtener
su tercera victoria de la temporada, además de continuar como el líder
general en al clasificación de pilotos.  Suárez fue la sombra de Crafton, cerca
estuvo de pasarlo y obtener el triunfo, pero el monarca de la categoría echó
mano de su vasta experiencia para mantenerse en la punta y no ceder ante
los cada vez más constantes embates del piloto azteca.  La próxima carrera
de la categoría será la Drivin For Linemen 200 en Madison, Illinois, en la cual
Daniel Suárez espera continuar con sus buenos resultados, además de contar
también con un buen desempeños en la Xfinity Series.

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Lap 111 restart, the No. 4 of Christopher Bell tipped the back of Kyle Busch
Motorsports teammate Daniel Suarez's No. 51 entry, causing a chain reaction
to bring out the caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Suarez's truck immediately
got into race leader Matt Crafton's No. 88 Toyota, which immediately went
spinning on the 1.54-mile track.

NASCAR then brought out the red flag on Lap 112 while cleanup began.

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Air + Style is back in LA for year two!
This year, we’re taking the festival to Expo Park at the Coliseum.

Shaun White's Air + Style returns to Los Angeles on Feb 20-21 at EXPO
Park at LA Coliseum!

The two day festival features music on two stages along
with art, fashion, and technology exhibits, and the world’s best snowboarders
going head to head on Air + Style’s signature 16 story high snowboard jump.

Full Line Up Includes: J. Cole, Incubus, Kaskade, HAIM, Big Grams,
All Time Low, Action Bronson, Rudimental, A-Trak, Gramatik, Netsky,
A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Travis Barker,
The Struts, Migos, Allie X, Kaneholler and Bas, Cozz & Omen.

Event Date: February 20 -21

Location: EXPO Park at LA Coliseum

Tickets available NOW - this is an all ages event, kids under 10 are FREE with
a ticketed adult.

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LOS ANGELES (CA) SEPT., 2015 |  It was a near-perfect weekend for the Volks-
wagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team, which celebrated the one-year anni-
versary of the Beetle GRC’s on-track debut with four podiums—including two
victories—at the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) doubleheader from the Port
of LA. The pair of wins earned by Scott Speed makes him the winningest driver
in GRC history and puts him solidly in contention for the 2015 championship:
he now lies only 13 points behind the title leader with three rounds remaining
in the season. Tanner Foust proved the Beetle GRC’s mettle, and his own
tenacity, by claiming two hard-fought podiums at his home event.

“One year from the Beetle GRC’s race debut, and we get to celebrate its birth-
day with two incredible results here at the Port of LA,” said a beaming Clark
Campbell, General Manager, Volkswagen Experiential Marketing. “Our Volks-
wagen Andretti Rallycross team has matured so much in our short time comp-
eting in Red Bull Global Rallycross, but this weekend is the crowning achieve-
ment of our program so far.”  Scott Speed had an almost perfect Saturday.
After posting the second-quickest time of Friday afternoon’s qualifying session,
the driver of the No. 41 Merchant First Volkswagen Beetle GRC won both his
heat races, his Semifinal outing, and the main event, marking his first points-
paying victory of the 2015 season. Saturday’s result could only be topped by
Sunday’s, in which Speed set the quickest time in qualifying and followed it up
by winning his Heat, Semifinal, and Final, leading every lap of competition.  “It’s
been a fantastic weekend, obviously!” exclaimed Speed after his second cham-
pagne shower in two days. “With a new program like this, you’re bound to run
into difficulties, but we’ve overcome them, our Beetle GRCs are fast and durable,
and I see us as a major threat for the championship. I couldn’t be happier; I
feel so lucky to drive this car, I have an amazing teammate, and a great team.
I can’t say enough good things about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross!”  

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Mick Fanning (AUS) won the Hurley Pro at Trestles and Carissa Moore (HAW)
won the Swatch Women's Pro on a day that saw close calls and heavy battles
each heat. Their victories also earned them the yellow jerseys signifying the
men's and women's Jeep Leaders.

The morning opened to glassy conditions and the first men's Quarterfinal
FT., Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Joel Parkinson (AUS). Toledo, the 20 yr-old Brazil-
ian phenom, has won legions of new fans with his high-flying acrobatics. No. 4
on elite Tour rankings at the event's start, Toledo is already part of the Title
race. At No. 18 on the rankings, Parko needed a win, badly. But undeterred by
Parkinson's veteran status, Toledo surfed circles around him in the punchy
waves, taking the win and moving on to the Semis. The rest of the Quarters
saw usual suspects winning their heats, setting up some heavy Semifinal
matchups with just one big hiccup -- an interference call on Nat Young (USA)
against Gabriel Medina (BRA) at the start of Quarterfinal 4. The call cut one of
Young's scores in half, compromising his ability to catch up.

In the Semis, Toledo was less authoritative against countrymen Adriano de
Souza (BRA), who surfed away with the win. Similarly, Gabriel Medina (BRA)
went down to Rip Curl teammate, friend and mentor Fanning who earned two
nine-point-range scores during the bout.  The men's Final saw De Souza and
Fanning face off in increasingly bumpy conditions that now matched the tension
in the air. The stakes were high: For De Souza, it was about keeping his lead
going into the European leg. For Fanning, it was about overtaking the lead,
and possibly having another shot at glory. From the start, though, it was
Fanning who had the rhythm and ease. At the halfway mark, he had De Souza
combo-ed. De Souza battled back with a 9.07, but still needed an excellent-
range score win.

Among the CT women, the field saw a careful culling of some of the lower-
ranked women as momentum proved to win the day. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF),
who has been steadily improving with each event, defeated Lakey Peterson
(USA) in the opening Semifinal of the Swatch Women's Pro with two mid-range
scores. Peterson has also been in solid form, seeming to find her feet and
rising to No. 5 on the rankings.  "I can't blame anyone but myself," said
Peterson. "I made a lot of mistakes
at the start of the event I think. I got one good wave and was feeling confident
but then it went really quiet. I'm really disappointed in myself and the situation
but I'm trying to look at the positive."The Final saw Buitendag take on Moore,
one of the Tour's toughest opponents. The Hawaiian has two Titles to her name
and it only took a few waves to remember why: She made the most of every
wave and, despite Bianca's skill, read the waves better and made it all look

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LOS ANGELES (CA) SEPT., 2015 | It's not every day that you get to watch a
film on the banks of the L.A. River or at a Food Co-Op in Pasadena or the
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. But it's not every day that the Ambulante
Documentary Film Festival rolls into town. For three weeks, beginning Sept.
19, Ambulante will screen films on topics as varied as Latin boogaloo and
Haitian machete fencing, in locations  around Los Angeles and beyond.

This week, the festival announced its second, more expansive iteration, which
will include a handful of screenings in Northern California. The locations include
sites in Long Beach, skid row and Pacoima, but also locales such as Watsonville
and Seaside (outside of Monterey). The program consists of 28 documentaries
and 15 short films that will be screened at 21 locations. The goal, says
Christine Davila, who serves as director of Ambulante California, is to take
documentary film to new audiences in unexpected locations.

The lineup includes new and recently released documentary films. Among
them: "No Más Bebés," a new film by Rene Tajima-Peña on Mexican immigrant
women who were involuntarily sterilized in Los Angeles County hospitals in the
1960s and '70s, and the award-winning "Kings of Nowhere," by first-time
director Betzabé García, about three families who live in a partially submerged
Northwestern Mexican town. There are also films about music, protest, edu-
cation and Mexican wrestling. There will also be a special screening of the
1985 doc "Ornette: Made in America" in Leimert Park Village, in honor of the
recent passing of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Last year, Ambulante drew almost 2,000 people to screenings around L.A. This
year, with the additional screenings and a greater variety of locations, Davila
is hoping to draw even more.  "A lot of culture tends to be in rather exclusive
settings, which is great if you can access that," she says. "But we want to use
our environment — whether it's a parking lot or a vacant lot. People can be
walking along, and suddenly there's this film that you're confronted by. For us,
any empty space is a potential exhibition space."  The best part: all of the
screenings are free.  For the full Ambulante lineup, visit

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LOS ANGELES (CA) SEPT., 2015 | For the first time since the 2012 season, Red
Bull Global Rallycross will include a crossover jump in a course design in next
weekend’s Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International.
The crossover will be a key element in the brand new course design, which
spans .702 miles and a season-high 13 turns.

Unlike last year’s layout, the 2015 course will run counterclockwise, with
drivers charging from a starting grid in front of the SS Lane Victory into a pair
of left-hand turns. Drivers get their first taste of the dirt with a rhythm section
in turns three, four, and five, before hitting the dirt crossover jump (which will
be closed with a bridge element) and returning to pavement in turn six.

From there, drivers will attack the interior section of the track, with turns seven
through 10 running alongside the exterior section of the course. With the right-
hand turn 11, drivers will pass under the crossover before confronting the
Kobalt Tools Joker Lap, either making a hard left to take it or staying to the
outside to complete the regular lap. A sweeping left-hand turn 13 brings drivers
back to the frontstretch to complete the lap.

Tickets are still available for Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Subaru
Tecnica International, to take place September 12-13 at the Port of Los
Angeles. Click here to purchase tickets.

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LOS ANGELES (CA) SEPT., 2015 | All season long, the drivers of GRC Lites have
proven themselves to produce some of the most exciting racing in Red Bull
Global Rallycross, from the wild and unpredictable season opener won by Austin
Cindric in Fort Lauderdale to Oliver Eriksson and Alex Keyes’ last-lap battle in
Los Angeles last week. Now, the class will do something it’s never done since
being introduced to Red Bull GRC in 2013—leave the United States—in order to
help settle its championship fight.

The first-ever international GRC Lites rounds will take place next month at
Bushy Park Barbados, the only one of Red Bull GRC’s venues that the class
skipped last year. While local fans may not have yet seen a Lites race event,
they’ll be in for a treat: not only will they get to see two Lites finals alongside
the main Supercar class, but the class has also produced its closest-ever points
battle so far in 2015.

Cindric and Miles Maroney enter the weekend separated by a tiebreaker, as
Cindric’s three wins in 2015 hold court to Maroney’s one. Eriksson lurks a mere
five points behind them in third, boasting two victories of his own, while soph-
omore driver Alejandro Fernandez sits in fourth, within striking distance at 36
points back.  Behind them, two drivers with the potential to turn the champion-
ship on its head sit in fifth and sixth. Rough luck has dropped Tanner Whitten
from first to fifth in the standings and 76 points out of the top spot, but with a
brand new car for the weekend, a strong road-racing background, and a just-win
mentality, he’s a favorite to do big things in Barbados. Sitting in sixth, Alex
Keyes is one of only three Lites drivers with multiple victories in 2015, and a
threat to win nearly anywhere he races.

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LONG BEACH (CA) AUG., 2015 | For the 10th-time in FIVB World Tour history,
both the women’s and men’s gold medal matches will be Brazil versus the United
States confrontations as teams from the South and North American countries
won semi-final matches here Saturday afternoon at the US$800,000 ASICS
World Series of Beach Volleyball.  With the women playing both quarter-final
and semi-final matches Saturday while the men only competed to set the lineup
for the medal matches, the Brazilian pairs of Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca and
Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt advanced to the title matches on the
TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach where they will face Americans April Ross/
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, respectively.

The last time the Brazil vs. USA gender matchups happened at the same FIVB
World Tour event was in mid-April 2011 when the South Americans captured
the women’s finale before the North Americans topped the men’s podium.  
A southern California site was one of the previous Brazil-USA meetings when
the South Americans claimed both gold medals at the 1997 FIVB World Champ-
ionships in Los Angeles at UCLA.  The women’s medal matches will be played
first Sunday on the TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach starting at 10 a.m. Followed
by the men’s podium placement contests starting at 1:30 p.m.   The gold medal
winning teams will share the $57,000 first-place prizes in the fourth of five Grand
Slam events on the 2015 FIVB World Tour calendar.  After the eighth-seeded
Ross and Walsh Jennings advanced to the finals with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) win
in 53 minutes over sixth-seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany,
second-seeded Talita and Larissa gained a spot in the title match with a 2-0
(21-17, 21-18) victory in 42 minutes over seventh-seeded Louise Bawden and
Taliqua Clancy of Australia.

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LOS ANGLES (CA) FEB., 2016 | California Chrome & Victor Espinoza cruises
to victory this past Thursday' in a prep race for next month's Dubai World Cup
at the Meydan Racecourse.  To follow the action leading up to the big world
cup race check out the Twitter page @DRC_Meydan for updates and new
media video clips.

In addition,  As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years,
Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond
the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the
sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s.
Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected
by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted
2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of
such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the
Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achieve-
ment.”  In addition to numerous national television appearances through the
2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza
also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating
10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope,
in nearby Duarte.  With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing
the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican
on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes
June 6.  In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont,
Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II
Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a
performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths
on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and
generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.

Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A
three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins,
three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern
California riding titles.  First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the
67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and
personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The
remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during
a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe
Steiner.  Espinoza will be presented with the 2016 Woolf Award trophy in a
Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 13.

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AUSTIN (TX) Mar., 2016 | The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Conference
and Festival announced its Conference Keynotes, Featured Conversations and
Full Conference Lineup that will take place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19,
2016. The SXSW Film Conference is a crash course for working filmmakers,
industry pros and film fans. Covering a breadth of topics, from content creation
to new distribution models to what’s next in the film industry, attendees acquire
first hand knowledge from experts and entertaining speakers at the nexus of
creative industries, innovation and business. The schedule, complete with both
screening and conference dates and times is available @
In addition to the Festival’s nine days of film screenings, the SXSW Film
Conference features 200 informative and entertaining sessions, including
Keynotes, Conversations, Panels, Workshops, Round Tables and Mentor
Sessions, plus an additional 450+ Convergence sessions, which have been
announced on an ongoing basis, such as Future of Entertainment sessions with
J.J. Abrams, Andrew Jarecki, Geena Davis, Sam Esmail, Rami Malek, Christian
Slater, Kerry Washington and the creators of Broad City; a SXgood Featured
Session with Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates; and SouthBites Featured Speaker
Anthony Bourdain. Convergence sessions, co-curated by SXSW Music, Film and
Interactive, exist throughout the March event to give SXSW registrants access
to more networking and learning opportunities than ever before.  The 2016
SXSW Film Keynotes are Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg.

Newly announced Featured Conversations include Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton,
Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger, Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski and
David Lowery, Louis Black and Leonard Maltin, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sarah
Green were previously announced as Featured Conversations.


"The SXSW Film Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need
to achieve their goals, and what better way than bringing together a diverse
slate of today’s most talented creators.  We’re particularly proud of our ex-
panded Convergence programming, which is open to more than one badge
type and enhances the creative combustion that happens between SXSW Music,
Film and Interactive,” said Head of SXSW Film Conference and Festival Janet
Pierson.  “At a time when media makers are creating content for ever ex-
panding platforms, or hop-scotching between them, we are pleased by the
breadth of experience of this year’s speakers. They have rich, long careers that
evolved using the tools of our changing times. Keynotes Nelson George, Gale
Anne Hurd, Joe Swanberg, and many participating in our Featured Conver-
sations report from the trenches with their hard earned wisdom.”  2016 FILM
CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK to improve navigation of the rich panoply
of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference
has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content,
Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format,
ranging from one on one mentor sessions to hands on workshops to panels
with up to four industry experts.  

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AVONDALE (AZ), Mar., 2016 | Missing the most of the early session didn’t affect
Helio Castroneves too much.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner made up for lost time by setting the
fastest lap in the final three-hour session of the Verizon IndyCar Series Test
in the West, a two-day promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway.

“We had a little issue with the Hitachi car in the first session, but were able to
take full advantage of the second one,” said Castroneves, whose lap of 19.2735
seconds (190.894 mph) was the overall fastest lap of the two days of running.
“The car seemed to be very solid in qualifying trim and we were able to jump
into race mode. It’s going to be fast and non-stop. The Phoenix fans are going
to have a heck of a race.”

The Hondas of Marco Andretti (190.286 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (189.663 mph),
Takuma Sato (188.679 mph) and Carlos Munoz (188.209 mph) rounded out the
top five for the session as teams focused on race runs in traffic over outright

Three incidents – two involving Castroneves’ teammates – slowed the session.

Will Power brought out a caution about an hour into the session with smoke
trailing from No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet after 16 laps.  With less
than 50 minutes remaining, Simon Pagenaud slowed in front of a pack of cars
after suddenly losing tire pressure in Turn 2. The resulting traffic jam forced
Sato to take evasive action and make light contact with the wall with the right
rear of the No. 14 ABC Supply Co/AJ Foyt Racing Honda. Both cars were able
to resume the test.

With about 30 minutes remaining, Jack Hawksworth made contact with the
Turn 2 wall bringing an early end to his session. Hawksworth was uninjured in
the incident.  “We came into Turn 1 and the car just got loose,” Hawksworth
said. “I caught it, but by that time it had all the lateral force and just took me
into the wall. I don’t know what happened, but we snapped and that was it.”

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ANAHEIM (CA) - FEB., 2016 | ANAHEIM, Calif. – PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders)
Canadian Tanner Byrne captured his first career Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS)
win during the Anaheim Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Honda Center.
More than 25,000 fans attended the three-day event, which was the 19th con-
secutive year the elite BFTS has visited Southern California.

The 23-year-old Byrne sealed his victory with an 86.5-point effort on Jeff Rob-
inson’s Doc Mosley during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He went
4-for-4 on the weekend to earn 570 points toward the PBR world standings and
launch himself from 33rd place into the Top 10, landing in sixth. Here is his
winning ride:

Three-time PBR World Finals Champion Robson Palermo finished second in
Anaheim, riding three of the four bulls he faced and winning the championship
round with an 89.5-point ride on Dream Catcher (Evan Matthews). For the
second place finish, he earned 400 world standings points.

Paulo Lima, the only other rider to be perfect on the event, captured third
place with 295 world standings points to regain the lead in the PBR world

Using an 88.25-point ride on Mortimer (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) to win
Round 3, Cooper Davis placed fourth in the event, going 3-for-4 for the
weekend. Davis picked up 215 world standings points, while Eduardo Aparecido
earned 200 world standings points for his fifth-place finish.

In sixth place, Cody Nance picked up 155 points toward the world standings,
and Lachlan Richardson placed seventh with 120 world standings points to
round out the Top 7 in the event.

Derek Kolbaba, the 19-year-old PBR rookie sensation who won the 15/15
Bucking Battle on Saturday, led the Anaheim Invitational heading into the
championship round, but failed to cover his last bull, tying for ninth place in the
End.  Sweet Pro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) won the Salem
NationaLease High-Marked Bull award in Anaheim with his career-high 46.25-
point score. Bruiser tossed Valdiron de Oliveira in 5.83 seconds during the
15/15 Bucking Battle for his winning out

The Anaheim Invitational was the fourth of 26 stops on the 2016 Built Ford
Tough Series. The tour will stay on the West Coast next weekend, stopping in
Sacramento, California, on Feb. 5-6, for the Sacramento Invitational for one
last event at Sleep Train Arena. Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship
Round will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. ET.  Fans
can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for down-
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COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS  - MARCH 2016 | Reigning World Champions
Carissa Moore (HAW) and Adriano de Souza (BRA) were joined by a selection
of their Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT) peers at the 2016 season
launching press session for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by BOQ in
Coolangatta.  Moore claimed her third World Championship in spectacular
fashion at the last event of the 2015 season and has spent the last few months
celebrating, training and focusing on defending her crown. Moore won an
incredible four out of 10 events on last year’s CT, the first of which was right
here on the Gold Coast.

“I really happy to be back on the Gold Coast with a clean slate,” Moore said.
“I love this place! Everyone’s got a really great energy, everyone gets behind
the event. Hopefully we get some good waves and we can put on a show. I
just really want to continue to be passionate, and enthusiastic and surf with
my heart and put on good performances.”

De Souza is heading out at the Quiksilver Pro in unfamiliar territory as
reigning World Champion. This season will be his 10th among the elite on CT
and will see him hit the water in the coveted WSL Jeep Ratings’ Leader Yellow
Jersey.  “I don’t feel like I’m number one,” De Souza said. “I definitely feel
comfortable and confident leading into the first event, but I don’t feel like I’m
above everyone else. Last year was the best year of my life with what I
achieved, but this year is just another year, hopefully it can be similar to the
last one.”  The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be one of the only events that
three-time World Champion Mick Fanning will compete in this year as he plans
to take a personal year for 2016. However this will not affect the way the
former event winner and Coolangatta local will approach the competition as the
always determined Fanning eyes of the win.  “Definitely a different perspective
on this season’s event with the personal year, but if I’m here, I’m here to win,”
Fanning said. “We’ve had an incredible run of swell, maybe the best the bank
has ever been. It’s different, but I’m feeling good. I have a goal to requalify
this year and I’m certainly motivated to perform at home.”

QUIK & ROXY event will be carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports
Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport,
Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and
Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.

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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., October 2015 - Orange County Restaurant Week will
celebrate its eighth year as the region's largest culinary event, with the 2016
Orange County Restaurant Week to be held from Sunday, March 6th through
Saturday, March 12th. This year, 140 restaurants in 21 Orange County cities
will offer a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establish-
ments, to upscale and fine dining. New to this year’s event is an $80 “luxe”
menu offering with wine or cocktail pairing. During the weeklong event, the
participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a
cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have
the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who
will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style.
Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price
categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 or
$80. Guests will have the opportunity to search the list of 140 participating
restaurants by name, location and price point at >

A few 2016 participating restaurants are attached below (tap for full updated
List @

25 Degrees - Huntington Beach  |  320 Main- Seal Beach
370 Common – Laguna Beach  |  Amorelia Mexican Café – Costa Mesa
Andrei's Restaurant- Irvine  |  AnQi Bistro- Costa Mesa
Beachcomber Café- Newport Beach  |  BLK Earth Sea Spirits-Huntington Beach
- Newport Beach-Bluewater Grill Restaurant  |  Newport Beach & Tustin
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Newport Beach  |  Brio Tuscan Grille
- Irvine
Bruno’s Italian Kitchen- Brea  |  C4 Deli - Santa Ana
Canaletto – Newport Beach  |  Catal- Anaheim
Cedar Creek Inn–Brea & San Juan Capistrano | Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen @ Brea
Chapter One: the modern local- San Juan Capistrano
Chela’s Mexican Grill–Laguna Niguel |CUCINA enoteca-Newport Beach or Irvine
SOL Cocina- Newport Beach  |  Solita- Huntington Beach
Spaghettini - Seal Beach  |  Tapas Restaurant – Newport Beach
TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea
& Irvine

"As we enter into our eighth year for Orange County’s largest culinary
celebration, OC Restaurant Week, we are thrilled to be able to join nearly
two-thirds of the cities the county for this event,” explained Pamela Waitt,
president of the OC Restaurant Association. “This year, we go one step further
in connecting OC diners to restaurants on our rich culinary landscape by
introducing an exciting new element to the pricing structure with an $80 prix-
fixe pairing ‘Luxe’ dinner menu offering!”  

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ARCADIA (CA) JAN., 2015 | The ninth stakes win of California Chrome’s career
in Saturday’s $200,500 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita reminded winning
rider Victor Espinoza of the horse’s sixth stakes win in the 2014 Kentucky
Derby.  California Chrome took the lead with a quarter-mile remaining in the
Grade 2 San Pasqual at 1 1/16 miles. While 7-1 Imperative offered a brief
challenge in the stretch, California Chrome was too sharp in his first start in
nine months, and won by 1 1/4 lengths.  “He accelerated in the stretch,”
Espinoza said. “In the Kentucky Derby, he had a kick in the stretch and today
he did the same thing. I’m so proud of him.”

The Kentucky Derby remains California Chrome’s most famous win and
contributed to him being voted Horse of the Year in 2014. This year, the same
Horse of the Year title is a goal for a popular 5-year-old who will be sent to
Dubai later this month to be prepared for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at
Meydan Racecourse on March 26.

Judging from the San Pasqual, California Chrome will be competitive in the
Dubai World Cup, a race in which he was second in 2015.  California Chrome
($3.20) was timed in 1:43.39 for his win in San Pasqual. He had an ideal trip.  
Espinoza positioned California Chrome in second for the first six furlongs,
following the 38-1 outsider Alfa Bird, who set fractions of 24.82 seconds for the
opening quarter-mile and 49.12 seconds for the first half-mile.  Racing on the
outside, California Chrome moved closer to Alfa Bird on the turn before taking
the lead. He led by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go.  “I was confident the
whole way,” Espinoza said.  Espinoza said that California Chrome’s six-furlong
workout in 1:10.04 at Santa Anita on Jan. 2 gave him more confidence that
the horse was ready for the San Pasqual.  “He put me in a different mentality,”
he said.  Imperative, best known for winning the $1.5 million Charles Town
Classic in West Virginia in 2014, closed from fourth to finish second. Imperative
gave trainer Richard Baltas a brief thrill in the stretch when he closed into
California Chrome’s lead for a few strides, but the moment was short-lived.

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LONG BEACH (CA) MARCH 2016 | Tickets on sale for Long Beach ePrix Long
Beach|11 Jan 16.  Tickets for round six of the FIA Formula E Championship in
Long Beach are now on sale with early bird prices starting from $25.

The famed Southern California street circuit has been hosting races since the
1970s, and is Formula E’s home in the USA. Run on a modified 2.1km (1.5 mile)
version of the iconic circuit, last year’s inaugural race was the venue of Nelson
Piquet Jr’s breakthrough maiden victory on his way to securing the drivers’ title.

To witness history being made once more, early bird prices start from just $25
for access to standing/unreserved grandstands when purchased before March

For an extra $10 fans can get exclusive access behind the scenes with a
pitlane walk.  Children 12-years-old and under enter for free. Concession -
discount tickets, for children ages 13-16 and adults 60 and over, are priced at

General admission - $25 | General admission including pit walk - $35 |
Concession / Discount (children ages 13-16 and adults over 60) - $20 |

To buy tickets for the Long Beach ePrix on April 2 click here. Tickets will be
sold at the gate on the day of the event subject to availability.

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FONTANA (CA) MARCH 2016 | Seconds after crossing the finish line .714 seconds
ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon summed up Saturday's TreatMyClot
300 by Janssen in one short sentence.  "I'd rather be lucky than good," Dillon
chortled on his team radio after ending evading Busch's last-ditch attempt to
pinch the winning No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet into the outside wall
at Auto Club Speedway.  And that was just the final stanza of a crazy final lap
that saw: 1) Busch slow to a crawl, short on fuel; 2) Daniel Suárez take the lead
from his Joe Gibbs racing teammate on the backstretch, only to run out of fuel;
3) Busch regain the lead despite cutting a left front tire on his final lap; and
4) Dillon come from a half-lap down to pass Busch as the drivers approached
the finish line.

Dillon led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted.  "Well, I just had to stay
focused," said Dillon, who did a masterful job of saving fuel in snapping Busch's
three-race winning streak. "(My team) said (Busch) had a flat. I was worried
about our fuel and stayed focused on that the whole time.

"He tried to screw me right there at the end, but it didn't work out for him, did it?
I'm proud of these guys. Man, that was fun. I didn't think we had a car to do that,
and we didn't, but we did what we had to do to win the race …  "Sometimes things
just go your way, and today they definitely did."  Busch, on the other hand, led
133 of the 150 laps and appeared destined to tie Sam Ard's record of four
victories in as many consecutive races. In fact, Joe Gibbs Racing seemed headed
for its third straight 1-2-3 finish before Erik Jones ran out of fuel on the
next-to-last lap, Daniel Suárez emptied his tank a lap later, and Busch cut his tire
after taking the white flag.  The victory was Dillon's first of the season, first at
the two-mile track and seventh of his career.  Darrell Wallace Jr. finished third,
and Suárez limped across the finish line in fourth place, maintaining a 10-point
lead over fifth-place finisher Elliott Sadler in the series standings. Kevin Harvick,
Brendan Gaughan, Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier completed the
top 10.  Second with two laps left, Jones came home 15th, one lap down.

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LONG BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 | GTA, Fuentes maintained his lead in class
moving up to 9th overall in the race. On lap 23, Montecalvo was issued a drive
through penalty for contact with Peter Cunningham, in the No. 42 Acura/HPD-
RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GT. Tim Pappas, in the No. 54 Black
Swan Racing Dodge Viper GT3-R moved into second in GTA.

On lap 26, Race Control issued a debris/fluid on track flag for turns 9 and 10.
Soon after, Cooper’s ATS-V.R slid into the tire wall through turn 9 and the
No. 8 car came into the pits for a mechanical issue ending his charge.

At the checkered, O’Connell crossed the line ahead of Parente by 1.14 seconds,
with Long in third, 8.012 seconds behind Parente. Fuentes finished first in GTA
and 8th overall with, Pappas second, and 11th overall. Newport, California’s
Brent Holden, in the No. 44 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 finished third in class
and 13th overall. The post-race technical infraction reversed first and second
places in GT. Results are final. For Parente it’s his first career Pirelli World
Challenge win. Fuentes continued his dominating season with his 5th
Consecutive GTA race win.

Of note, Davison was awarded the Optima Battery Best Start award for gaining
seven positions. The VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award went to Holden for
gaining seven positions overall during the race.

“Long Beach is always tricky but it was a good race for us,” said Fuentes. “We
were fighting with some of the GT guys and we were always racing even if
they aren’t in our class. We were trying to stay out of trouble as we have a
race next weekend at Barber. The restarts were pretty challenging today.
Scuderia Corsa gave my a great car as usual. I pulled out of some trouble
today with a win. At the start of the race, I think something happened to me
because I fell asleep at the green flag. I lost too many position and Frankie
(Monteclavo) and couple of Bentleys were in front of me. At the second
restart, I think Frankie fell asleep on the one. In turn two, we were side-by-side
and I had just enough room slide through. I made it through the gap between
Frankie and the wall. It was a pretty good pass.”

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LONG BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 |  Renowned for its glamour and stardom, the
bright lights of Southern California were joined this weekend by the history,
pageantry and outright speed of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And with
the Verizon IndyCar Series making its 33rd appearance on the storied street
circuit, it was of little surprise to see another historic race unfold.

In just the fourth Long Beach race to run without caution, pit strategy earned
Simon Pagenaud the lead in the waning stages and the Team Penske driver
held off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon to win the fastest Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach by the narrowest margin of victory in race history. It is
Pagenaud's fifth career win and first since joining Team Penske since 2015.

“I’m just so proud of the guys,” an enthusiastic Pagenaud said in victory lane.
“The pit sequence won it … I don’t know what to say. The PPG car is actually
good luck for me. Every time I’m driving this car, I get good results. Hats off to
Ben (Bretzman), my engineer. A big gamble, as you know, paid off...”   
Castroneves led 47 of the first 51 laps until pitting on Lap 52. Pagenaud was
able to stay out two more laps before making his final stop for fuel and
Firestone tires, returning to the track just ahead of the charging Dixon and

Castroneves finshed third, followed by the No. 2 Team Penske Verizon
Chevrolet of Juan Pablo Montoya and 2013 race winner Takuma Sato in the
No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda. The victory was Pagenaud’s first in
Indy cars at Long Beach, though he won two sports car races here. Team
Penske has now six Long Beach wins, the last coming from Will Power in 2012.
"Hats off to my whole crew, to Kyle Moyer, my strategist, as well," Pagenaud
said. "The (No.) 22 team is just on it this year, compared to last year. We've
just gone a big step forward. I believe there's some more to come, so it feels
great, and everybody is just having a good time, too. Great day." Dixon was
disappointed Pagenaud didn't receive a more severe penalty for the pit lane
exit, but accepted the runner-up finish. Pagenaud leads the championship after
three of 16 races with 134 points, ahead of Dixon (120), Montoya (106),
Castroneves (92) and Tony Kanaan (82).

"It appeared Simon turned a little early and crossed the (pit exit) line that
you’re not meant to cross," Dixon said. “It is what it is. So second place today
and Team Target did a hell of a job, and pit stops were clean, and I think we
had really good pace."  The race was the first caution-free event at Long Beach
since 1989 and first caution-free Verizon IndyCar Series race of any kind since
Mid-Ohio in 2013...

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NEWPORT BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 |  The awesome support by indie film
aficionados, NBFF staff/volunteers, as well as new media turned out a record
 level of attendance at the 2016 Newport Beach (50,000).

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the
2016 Festival. On April 28, 2016, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with
the Southern California premiere of The Fixer starring Dominic Rains, James
 Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Melissa Leo at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido, Newport
Beach) with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza.

The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated outstanding contribution to global
 cinema at a special event during the 17th annual Festival at the Balboa Bay
 Resort on April 23. Additionally, The Festival’s selection committee reviewed
 more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened over 400 films, representing 50
 countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.  

The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival jury featured an impressive roster of film
industry professionals, including Amanda Salazar, Vice President of Film
 Acquisitions at Fandor, Film industry veteran, Arthur Jeppe, Executive Director
of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Dan Brawley, award-winning independent pro-
ducer, screenwriter and director, Hans-Martin Liebing, Executive Vice President,
Acquisitions, Research, and Network Operations for Pivot, Jennie Morris, Screen-
writer Kenneth Young, Program Director for the Austin Gay & Lesbian Inter-
national Film Festival (aGLIFF), Jim Brunzell III, Toronto International Film Fest-
ival’s Lisa Haller and Kim Leadford, co-founder of StarStream Media.



BEST FEATURE FILM – Embers – Claire Carré, Director
BEST ACTOR – George Kosuros  – American Wrestler: The Wizard
BEST DIRECTOR – Claire Carre – Embers
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Rudiger Barth, William A. Kirkley  – Orange Sunshine
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Off The Rails – Adam Irving, Director
BEST EDITING – Chris Catanach – Orange Sunshine

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – Hi, How Are You – Director, Daniel Johnson
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – The Last Barn Dance – Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson, Directors
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – Violet – Windy Marshall, Director
BEST FOREIGN SHORT FILM – Deszcz – Malina Maria Mackiewicz, Director

 Ranarivelo, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Clock Maker’s Dream – Cashell Horgan, Director

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LAS VEGAS (NV) OCT., 2015.  |  It’ll be lights out in the Sunshine State when
UFC® returns to Amway Center with a lightweight title bout as newly crowned
champion Rafael Dos Anjos looks to defend his title for the first time when he
meets No. 2 contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a highly-anticipated
rematch on Saturday, Dec. 19. In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight
champion Junior Dos Santos clashes with former STRIKEFORCE® champion
Alistair Overeem in a bout that could have major title implications in the wide
open division. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs. COWBOY 2 will be the
second consecutive championship bout to air nationally on FOX and eighth overall.

After putting on one of the best performances of his career against Anthony
Pettis at UFC 185, Dos Anjos (24-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) cap-
tured the 155-pound title, becoming the first Brazilian to hold the UFC lightweight
championship. In addition to his impressive wins over former champion Benson
Henderson and Nate Diaz, Dos Anjos also handed Cerrone his last loss back in
2013. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt will put his title on the line when he and
his former foe meet again.

Since dropping a decision loss to the champion, Cowboy (28-6, 1NC, fighting
out of Albuquerque, N.M.) went on to dismantle the lightweight division by
picking off top contenders in one of the most talent-rich divisions in the sport.
Undefeated in his last eight appearances, Cerrone has wins over the likes of
Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, Myles Jury, Edson Barboza and Jim Miller. A Muay
Thai expert who holds 15 wins by submission and five by knockout, Cowboy
has proven he has the heart of a champion and is now looking for the belt to
solidify his place atop of the division.  

To set the stage, former UFC heavyweight champion Dos Santos (17-3, fighting
out of Salvador, Bahai, Brazil) makes his long-awaited return against Overeem
(39-14, 1NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands), the former
STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion who owns 18 wins by knockout.

Plus, UFC FIGHT NIGHT showcases local talent as Orlando’s own Josh Samman
will have home field advantage when he meets Tamdan McCroy in a
middleweight bout. Coconut Creek’s powerhouse gym, American Top Team,
will be represented by 10th-ranked featherweight Nik Lentz, welterweight
Hayder Hassan and featherweights Cole Miller and Jim Alers, while Boca Raton’s
Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman and Vicente Luque compete under the
Blackzilians banner.      

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SEIGNOSSE/HOSSEGOR/CAPBRETON, Landes, Aquitaine/France Oct., 2015 |
Gabriel Medina (BRA), 21, reigning WSL Champion, and Tyler Wright (AUS), 21,
have emerged victorious this afternoon, claiming the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro
France respectively, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 - 2 metre) waves at Culs Nus.
Stop No. 9 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Quiksilver
and Roxy Pro France, delivered a week’s worth of the world’s best surfing, with
the WSL elite and the classic Autumn conditions combining for a high-per-
formance surfing extravaganza.

Medina, who claimed his maiden CT victory in France in 2011, was dominant
throughout the 35-minute Final, blasting the clean righthanders with speed,
power and progression to post a 17.50 out of a possible 20 and claim an
emphatic win. The victory sees Medina move up two places to fifth on the
Jeep Leaderboard.  “It feels so good, I’ve been trying so hard this year. I’m so
stoked, my board felt really good and everything went my way,” Medina said.
“I’m really glad to be back on the podium and especially for a win. I’m stoked
to be back in France, which has always been good to me. I promised myself I
would win an event this year for my grandfather who passed away a couple of
months ago. ”

Durbidge, whose form throughout the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France was undeniable,
found himself out of rhythm in the final heat of the event, finishing Runner-Up for
the second time this season. Durbidge’s French performance moves him to 10th
in the world heading into Portugal.  “I had some really good heats, but the final
was just one-sided, Gaby was on every good wave,” Durbidge said. “It was just
one of those heats that you don’t want to have again. But I have to just look at
the positives, it’s another podium finish and I’m right there for a win, I’ll try to
bring it home next time. I love Portugal and have done well there in the past so
I look forward to that.”  Despite an exciting opening heat this morning in which
he posted massive scores, Julian Wilson (AUS), 26, was stopped in the Semi-
finals, lacking opportunities to perform. However, Wilson’s equal third in France
provides another excellent result for the Queenslander this season, moving him
to 4th on the WSL Jeep Rankings.

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LAS VEGAS (NV) SEPT., 2015 | UFC announced a series of important steps to
bring mixed martial arts (MMA) events to New York.  These efforts include the
scheduling of the organization’s first, professional MMA event in New York since
the state’s ban in 1997.  This event will take place at Madison Square Garden
on April 23, 2016 featuring UFC’s top champions competing with other world-
class athletes inside the Octagon®. UFC is also taking additional steps through
the federal courts to ensure the event’s success.

“We believe fight fans have waited long enough to experience live UFC events
in the state of New York and we are thrilled to announce our first event at
Madison Square Garden,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “Professional MMA is legal around of
the world and it is about time New York followed suit.”

In August, UFC filed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the
Second Circuit – the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over New York –
stating that New York’s prohibition of regulated professional MMA events
violates the First Amendment rights of athletes and fans throughout the state.

On September 28, UFC filed a new case in federal court, reiterating its claim
that the New York law banning MMA events is unconstitutional.  This out-of-date
law is too unclear for the public to understand, and has allowed regulators in
New York to pick and choose arbitrarily what events they will permit.  Events
featuring every combat sport except MMA seem to be allowed in New York,
though this is not explicitly stated in the law.  The statute, and the state’s
pattern of enforcing it, violates the Constitution’s prohibition on unconstitutionally
vague laws.

Later this week, UFC will ask a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction
against New York state officials enforcing its unconstitutional law. Without such
an injunction, the event at Madison Square Garden will not be able to proceed.

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FORT LAUDERDALE  (FL) OCT., 2015  | Brazilian men and women were
Golden, but not without a colossal fight from the silver medalists of United
States and Germany.  By the time the men’s gold medal climax got underway
at the inaugural Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on Sunday,
the atmosphere was electric, with the capacity grandstands and overflow
crowd at the oceanside big screen super-charged after two incredible bronze
medal bouts and a breathtaking battle for women’s gold. Brazil had swept all
three, thrilling South American fans and leaving the horde of US supporters
ravenous to see the tournament’s only remaining Americans take home an
ultimate home-country triumph against Brazilian arch-rivals. But there was
no beating the man they call The Mammoth.

The crowds were on their feet for Florida’s own Nick Lucena and Olympic Gold
Medalist Phil Dalhausser, as well as for reigning FIVB World Champions Alison
Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt, who are adored by the area’s massive contingent
of Brazilians. The teams were one-all in their two previous matches of the
season, and with a $100,000 prize – the biggest of the FIVB World Tour – for
the winning pair, as well as the honor of being crowned best of the best in the
important new tournament, they came out fighting. While the Americans played
with skill and heart, the speed of Bruno and the blocks of the “mammoth” 6’8“,
233-pound Alison were insurmountable. The Brazilians won 21-13, 21-15 to
clinch the gold and conclude their season with the unprecedented achievement
of being named FIVB World Champions and World Tour Finals Champions in
 single year.  

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PASADENA (CA) Oct., 2015 | Paul Aguilar scored in the 118th minute to give
Mexico a 3-2 victory over the United States in the CONCACAF Cup on Saturday
night, earning the Tricolor berth at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion qualified for its seventh Confed-
erations Cup.  Aguilar climaxed a memorable, end-to-end match with his drama-
tic goal. After the U.S. cleared the ball out of the penalty area, Raul Jimenez
lifted it in the air to the right side. With near inch-perfect technique, the Club
America star maintained remarkable concentration to drill a right-footed volley
past goalkeeper Brad Guzan.  As expected, the Rose Bowl had an electric atmo-
sphere as the game started with much intensity from the players and an emo-
tionally charged capacity crowd of 93,273.  The Tricolor struck first in the 10th
minute through forward Javier Hernandez, who tallied his first-ever goal against
the USA. In a quick succession of pin-point passes that pried open the American
defense, Jimenez found an unmarked Oribe Peralta on the right side of the
penalty area. As he zeroed in on Guzan, Peralta shuffled a short pass to the
center of the box for Hernandez to knock in at the left post.  It did not take the
USA long to equalize. Midfielder Michael Bradley sent a free kick from the left
side into the area. An onrushing defender Geoff Cameron got a step on his
marker and headed the ball past goalkeeper Moises Muñoz to knot the score at
1-1 in the 15th minute.  Both sides had additional chances in the opening 45
Minutes.  Bradley came close on a couple of occasions. As he charged towards
the net, the U.S. captain fired a 16-yard attempt wide right in the 32nd minute
and placed another left-sided free kick towards the near post that forced Muñoz
to make a diving save just before halftime.  In between those misses, the Mex-
icans were involved in a controversial play in the 34th minute, when they were
called for an offside while Peralta slammed into Guzan after the play. A shoving
match between the teams ensued and Peralta was issued a yellow card by ref-
eree Joel Aguilar.  The Mexicans held the ball for huge stretches of time in the
second half, forcing a fatigued U.S. side to use exert substantial levels of energy
on defense.  Mexico took its second lead in the first extra-time period as Peralta
the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year – slotted home past Guzan off an assist
by Aguilar to break a 1-1 deadlock in the 108th minute.  The Americans again
equalized in the second extra time. Substitute Bobby Wood, who has a penchant
for scoring vital late goals off the bench, lived up to his reputation. The 22-year-
old Germany-based forward latched onto a DeAndre Yedlin pass, beating Muñoz
from seven yards to make it 2-2.

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BARBADOS - OCT. 2015 |  Tanner Foust gave Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
its fourth consecutive race victory, while Scott Speed earned his class-leading
seventh podium of the season, in Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross
Barbados II main event. The 1-2 finish eliminated all other drivers from champ-
ionship contention and set up a head-to-head battle between the two teamm-
ates in Las Vegas next month.

“Barbados is amazing—I figure we should just have every race here!” Foust
said after the victory. “The track is awesome, they made some changes to the
facility here since last year and it’s getting better and better. So far, it’s a
Volkswagen sweep here both years, which is pretty amazing. The car wasn’t
the fastest all day today, and didn’t qualify at the top, but by managing the
cars through the long race we pulled it off. Thank you to the fans for coming
out, we could hear you coming down the straightaway!”

Coming into the day, Speed had a 33-point lead over Ken Block in the
standings, but neither driver could capitalize in the heats as Speed scored
three points and Block took two. In the first corner of the main event, Block
saw his championship hopes go up in smoke when first-lap shuffling pushed
him out of the main groove and saw him drop to last in the 10-car final. Speed
now holds a 36-point lead over Foust in the standings with one race remaining.

“We managed to keep the wheels on it this time!” Speed added, referring to a
spectacular hit from Patrik Sandell in Saturday’s final that obliterated his left
front wheel. “Either way, the championship winner is on our team, which is
perfect. We couldn’t ask for a better weekend.”

In GRC Lites, Austin Cindric completed the Olsbergs MSE sweep of the
weekend, beating teammate and Saturday winner Oliver Eriksson to the
finish. AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez completed the podium for the second
day in a row, setting up a four-way battle between Sunday’s podium finishers
and fourth place finisher Miles Maroney for the championship in Las Vegas.

The final round of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross will take place at the
Village Lot on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, November 4. Tickets are
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LAS VEGAS (NV) OCT., 2015  | Las Vegas – UFC’s December to remember will
be highlighted by an unprecedented three-event fight week featuring some of
the sport’s biggest stars. The action begins Thursday, December 10 as No. 6
strawweight contender Paige VanZant battles No. 8 Joanne Calderwood on
UFC FIGHT PASS® in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VanZANT vs.
CALDERWOOD. The following night No. 2 featherweight contender Frankie
Edgar and No. 3 Chad Mendes serve as the marquee bout of The Ultimate
Fighter®: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale. Both events will take place
at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The blockbuster weekend culminates Saturday night when the first feather-
weight champion in UFC history, Jose Aldo, and interim champion Conor
McGregor, finally settle their differences in the main event of UFC® 194®:

Former lightweight champion Edgar (18-4-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.)
looks to secure a shot at the title with a win in the five-round main event of
The Ultimate Fighter Finale. “The Answer” is riding a four-fight win streak that
includes wins over Mendes’ teammate Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, UFC legend
BJ Penn and Charles Oliveira. A win here would solidify his place as the No. 1
contender in the stacked 145-pound division. Mendes (17-3, fighting out of
Sacramento, Calif.) looks to get back in the win column after a short notice
loss to McGregor in July. With a full camp behind him, the Team Alpha Male
standout is confident the result will be different and that he will leave the
Octagon® in line for another shot at championship gold.

Setting the stage for Edgar and Mendes will be the much anticipated return of
third-ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0, fighting out of
Dagestan, Russia), who looks to keep his perfect record intact when he meets
No. 9 Tony Ferguson (20-3, fighting out of Ventura, Calif.). Ferguson is coming
off back-to-back Performance of the Night victories, and he hopes to climb
into the top five of the division by handing Nurmagomedov the first loss of his

To headline the first UFC FIGHT PASS card on American soil, VanZant (6-1,
fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) meets Scottish sensation Calderwood (10-1,
fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland). VanZant, who is one of mixed martial arts
fastest rising stars, will need to use her relentless attack to counter Calder-
wood’s dangerous striking in hopes of staying undefeated inside the Octagon
and take one step closer to a shot at the title. With four wins by knockout –
three in the first round, the Scot is the most dangerous opponent to date for
the Team Alpha Male prodigy.  For more information or current fight news,
visit  All bouts live and subject to change.  Tickets for THE
Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at or through

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ORANGE COUNTY, (CA) SEPT., 2015 |Orange County, Calif] The Golden Foodie
Awards is excited to announce the 2015 nominees and presenters. The winners
in 24 categories will be awarded during the sold out show at The Fairmont
Newport Beach hotel on Sunday, September 27. Now in its fourth year, the
Golden Foodie Awards honors the best chefs, bartenders, food and drink of
chef driven and independent restaurants in Orange County, California.

The September 27th red carpet affair will be joined by the who's-who in the
culinary world, including the celebrity master of ceremonies, Simon Majumdar
from the Food Network. Guests are welcomed on the red carpet with Roca
Patron and Ketel One cocktails while they are led to the outdoor garden
overflowing with fabulous food and drinks.  

The Golden Foodie Awards will kick off with more than 25 tantalizing food and
libation stations for guests to enjoy. Ketel One craft cocktails, wines by Coppola
and at the Roca Patron Bar, be among the first to see the "Art of Patrón Virtual
Reality Experience” through immersive 360-degree Oculus technology.

During the Awards ceremony, guests will delight in glamorous desserts and
drinks including VOSS Sparkling and Still Water, Sofia Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
Wine,  Patron Citronge Mango to spice up sparkling wine if chosen.  Coppola
Black Diamond Pavilion and Claret Coppola Diamond Collection. Desserts to
include:  "Golden Goo Goo Peanut Buttah” by Pastry Chef, Jeffry Kahle, the
"Golden Eclipse Cake"  by Rachel Klemek and Vicky Hsu. Chef Deb Sims of
Maro Wood Grill will serve her Golden Foodie Award winning Banana Bread
Pudding and Villa Roma will serve Chocolate covered strawberries and
Alfajores.  The tables will also be adorned with Valenza Chocolatier’s Bonbons
of Gold and B. Toffee.  Hosting the event is Simon Majumdar a world renowned
broadcaster and author who has dedicated the second half of his time on this
planet to fulfill his ambition to “Go Everywhere. Eat Everything”.  The enter-
taining Awards will feature local celebrity presenters announcing the winners
in all categories. Each winner will be presented with the Golden Foodie Award
statuette covered in 14-carat gold.  The event honors extraordinary culinary
talents by embodying the community in ‘peer’s choice’ vote for the Chef of the
Year Award, Pastry Chef of the Year Award and Best New Restaurant
categories.  The other 21 categories are the ‘People’s Choice Food Awards’ and
voted on by the public.

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