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March, 20, 2007 - 02:09 PM / ET

ESPN Deportes La Revista Unveils List of 'Next Hispanic Athletes'
Florida Marlins Hanley Ramirez on the Cover

NOTE TO EDITORS: Click here for image of April’s cover: http://media.espn.com/MediaZone/Abril_2007.htm

New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE - BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2007--ESPN Deportes for the second consecutive year, ESPN Deportes La Revista, the only general sports Spanish-language magazine in the U.S., will unveil its list of the "Next Hispanic Athletes." The list, to be unveiled in the April issue, features the 14 most outstanding Hispanic young athletes of today who promise to become the sports stars of tomorrow. Florida Martins HANLEY RAMIREZ graces the cover.

The complete list includes CARLOS VELA, considered by many to be the heir to Hugo Sanchez; FRANCISCO GARCIA of the Sacramento Kings; DIEGO SANCHEZ, future UFC champion; Paraguayan golfer JULIETA GRANADA; VERONICA CHARLYN CORRAL, of Mexico's Under-20 Women's National Team; AARON HERNANDEZ, first Hispanic to be selected to U.S. Army American Bowl; Chivas USA soccer players DAVID ARVIZU and FRANCISCO MENDOZA; BRYAN ARGUEZ of the U-20 U.S. Men's National Team; boxer JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, JR.; professional skateboarder PAUL RODRIGUEZ JR; ROBIN PRENDES, who represented the U.S. in the 2006 FISA Junior World Rowing Championship and Mexican race car driver SALVADOR DURAN.

To celebrate its annual NEXT Hispanic Athletes issue, ESPN Deportes La Revista is hosting the NEXT Hispanic Party at Finnegan's River in Downtown Miami, Tuesday, March 27.

Also in this Issue:

-- Barcelona's dynamic duo: Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola came to the Spanish club as child prodigies. Although the quality of both players is undeniable, the first has been covered in glory while the second has been relegated to the background and is only now beginning to have a real opportunity on the team. In this article, the Argentinean soccer players reflect on the situation.

-- De la Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr. There's been a lot of talk about what seems to be the final bout between two of the best boxers in recent times. Oscar de la Hoya will be seeking to retire with a grandiose flourish: as the only boxer with ten titles in six divisions, coupled with the defeat of the welterweight champ and pound-for-pound best boxer in the world; meanwhile Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will attempt to spoil the fun for the "Golden Boy." The two points of view about the most eagerly awaited fight of the year will be featured in our April issue.

-- The 10 Reasons to see Major League Baseball. One of the most respected writers on the subject of baseball, Enrique Rojas, conducts an in-depth analysis of what promises to be a history-making season for the Big Leagues. Will Barry Bonds break the home-run record? What can we expect from Daisuke Matsuzaka? Who will Roger Clemens be playing with? The answers to these and many other questions are in the April issue of ESPN Deportes La Revista.

Other interesting subjects:

-- The best season ever for Major League Soccer. The difficult years for the U.S. soccer league are over. The hiring of stars such as David Beckham, the building of new stadiums, the expansion towards Canada, and the new talent springing up are some of the indications demonstrating that Major League Soccer is ready to take root and flourish with an audience that had seemed interested only in football and baseball.

-- Everything for soccer: After an accident that left his legs paralyzed, Colombian soccer player Diego Fernando Cortes is now fighting - not just to walk again, but to actually return to the soccer field. In our April issue, Cortes himself tells us about his rehab and what he's planning so he can touch the ball again.

-- No criticism: This issue marks the debut of a new section of short interviews with Mexican soccer star Mario Mendez, who tells us how things have gone with his adaptation to Argentinean soccer on the Velez team.








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