Twitter By admin – April 25, 2018 Previous articleFamily science nightNext articleDPS identifies man killed in Sunday wreck admin WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting in Fort Stockton to gather input from residents on rural transportation needs.The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Rooney Park Small Community Hall on Highway 285 in Fort Stockton.The public meeting will gather input from the public to help the Odessa District develop the 2019-2022 Rural Transportation Improvement Program, which is the mechanism used by TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to fund projects for the next four years, a TxDOT news release stated. It includes all federally funded projects.For those who can’t attend the meeting, three exhibits will be available for review 15 days before and after the meeting. The exhibits are online at https://tinyurl.com/y9nkm9fy. The exhibits will also be available at the following locations:Andrews Maintenance Office, 1000 S. Main, Andrews.McCamey Maintenance Office, 830 W. Fifth Street, McCamey.Monahans Maintenance Office, 3411 S. Stockton, Monahans.Odessa District Office, 3901 E. Highway 80, Odessa.Pecos Maintenance Office, 197 South Frontage Road IH-20 West, Pecos.Sanderson Maintenance Office, 53 N. US Highway 285 Sanderson.Written comments may be submitted to Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Robert Ornelas, P.E., 3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, Texas, 79761 or by email at [email protected] 15-day public comment period to submit written comments will close at the Odessa District Office at 5 p.m. May 25.The Odessa District includes Andrews, Crane, Ector, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler counties.More Information Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Public meeting set to discuss rural transportation needs WhatsApp Texas Department of Transportation.
The obvious lede most boxing writers chose to run with in their stories from Saturday night’s one-round drubbing from rising star Gervonta Davis of late substitute Hugo Ruiz was that Davis’s ring entrance lasted longer than the fight.Perhaps Davis and his team knew the action in the ring was going to be brief. Instead of facing future Hall of Famer Abner Mares in an opportunity to score the first signature win of his burgeoning career, Davis had to face a guy coming in on less than two weeks notice. Ruiz had won a 10-round decision over his own late-notice opponent in the Jan. 19 pay-per-view opener of Manny Pacquiao’s win over Adrien Broner. Ruiz had twice been stopped at 122 pounds in the past four years, and was fighting at 130 pounds for the first time. Yet the promotion tried to present the bout as just as tough of a challenge as Mares would have been. Davis is certainly going to be the name that everyone is targeting. One of the things Mayweather said he loved about Tank is that “he’s got a mean streak in him, he got dog in him, he’s hungry.” But the longer you feed a hungry dog opponents who have their mouths duct-taped shut, the less they have to flex their full skills.The good news is that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Davis. He told Sporting News prior to his fight that if he got Ruiz out of there in five rounds or less, he was going to try and fit another fight in before a projected Baltimore homecoming in July. He got Ruiz out of there in one round. That puts him on pace to fight at least four times in 2019, maybe even five. That’s something that Mayweather did in his true breakout year.Mayweather punctuated that 1998 with a win over Angel Manfredy, a guy who had built himself into a solid name off his persona more than his skills. I remember the winner of that fight being the likely Fighter of the Year, as Manfredy upset Arturo Gatti before the Mayweather showdown. Is there a similar possible opponent out there for Davis for sometime in 2019? If they’re not looking to make a Lomachenko fight, it doesn’t seem like it. If he’s going to become the pay-per-view star his team foresees, he needs a legitimate dance partner to help him reach that level. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe “Thriller” entrance that Davis made, alongside some zombie dancers, lit up social media just prior to the fight. It’s one of the more entertaining entrances we’ve seen since the days of Naseem Hamed, who himself made a “Thriller” more than two decades ago. Maybe the most comical part of the entrance was that Davis almost didn’t know how to match the bravado as he walked to the ring. Though he’s a confident fighter, it seems like he’s still coming to terms with the level of star power his handlers and much of the public have prophesied. Hamed shimmying and swaggering to the ring this was not.The one-round knockout was a beauty, but premeditated by all in the know. Sources told Sporting News that had Mares not suffered a detached retina and was forced to pull out of the fight, the outdoor venue in Carson were intent on adding bleachers in order to set a new attendance record for the space.That doesn’t mean that Davis didn’t make a splash. At least a half-dozen A-list athletes and musicians pulled up in support of Davis and his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., including Drake, Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Meek Mill, and Lil Wayne. It was beneficial that GRAMMY week descended upon Los Angeles just a quick 20-minute drive away, but you can’t discount the fact these celebrities came to an outdoor show in 52-degree weather, which is cold for southern California.Davis did what you’re supposed to do against a late substitute — he didn’t waste any time and got him out of here. Can you remember the last time one guy broke another guy’s nose with a sweeping hook? That’s what Davis managed to do and that forced the usually-gritty Ruiz to a knee and referee Jack Reiss to halt the bout with one second left in the first round.But before and after the fight, when asked about potential future foes, it became quite clear that Mayweather Promotions is in no hurry to push Davis into marquee matchups.“Every time he has came to me, when I say, ‘Who you wanna fight?,’ he say, ‘It doesn’t matter,’” Mayweather said at Thursday’s press conference. “So, he don’t pick and choose. So, if y’all wanna criticize anybody, criticize me, criticize Leonard Ellerbe or criticize whoever. But don’t criticize the fighters. The fighter’s job is to go out there and fight and be the best that they could possibly be.”Mayweather said after the fight that Davis isn’t “gonna go out there and call out certain names” and “whoever we put in front of you, just go out there and do your job.”But that’s the antithesis of what Mayweather himself did in his career. He won his first Fighter of the Year in 1998 at the age of 21 after fighting seven times that year, picking up his first world title at 130 pounds. Davis is 24-years-old. By that point in his career, Mayweather already had a marquee win over Diego Corrales and followed it up with wins over solid names Carlos Hernandez and Jesus Chavez.The problem for Davis is he is currently in no man’s land at 130 pounds. The rising star is undoubtedly the biggest name in the division. He needed extra time to make the super featherweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in, though his team says he’s not killing himself to make weight. There are some big names at featherweight that could provide Davis with a chance to add a legitimate scalp to his resume — Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr. for starters. But the fight everyone sees as an evenly-matched showdown is one with Top Rank pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko.Mayweather came up with a number of excuses about a fight with Lomachenko. A few years ago, it was that nobody knows who Lomachenko is. This time, it was even sillier.“We’re not going to call any particular fighter out, and it’s not like we’re ducking and dodging anyone,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight Saturday. “Lomachenko has to fight as many fights as possible, extremely quick, because he’s very, very old. Tank is like 10 years or 11 years younger than Lomachenko. Lomachenko will be 40 before you know it.”The three-division champion is actually only 30-years-old. Leonard Ellerbe was similarly dismissive of the idea that Davis needs a marquee fight when speaking with Sporting News.“He don’t need anything,” Ellerbe said to Sporting News after raising the point that he’s still in search of a signature win. “It’s not about Hugo Ruiz, it’s about Gervonta Davis, what he brings to the sport. He brings excitement, entertainment. And this is what the new generation — that old s— is out. He has that special connection with this younger generation. You see — look at the guys who come out to support him for this.”When asked about Lomachenko, with one reporter saying that’s “the big one,” Ellerbe wasn’t so sure.“It could be — Gervonta Davis with anybody is going to be a big fight,” Ellerbe said. “Because he has that star power. He is the guy. He is the guy that all of these guys are going to be gunning at.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year