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Cuba Bids Farewell to Former Olympic Champion Stevenson

Teófilo Stevenson y Muhammad Alí

Cuba paid its respects on Tuesday to the late boxer Teofilo Stevenson, one of the greatest Olympians of all time who turned down the chance to fight Muhammad Ali at the height of both fighters powers. Stevenson, who won three gold medals as a heavyweight boxer and turned down multi-million dollar offers to turn professional after emerging as a huge talent at the 1972 Munich Games, died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 60.

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Teófilo Stevenson

Teófilo Stevenson

Stevenson has left us. The news arrived yesterday after 4:00 p.m. No other amateur boxer shone so much in the history of that sport. He could have achieved another two Olympic titles hadn’t it been for certain duties that the principles of internationalism imposed on the Revolution. No money in the world would have been enough to bribe Stevenson. Glory be to his memory forever!

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World Champ Debuts in PanAm Games

Cuba Boxing

The 16th Pan American boxing tournament will begin Friday, when one of the best boxers in Latin America, Brazilian Everton Lopes, now the World Champion in the 64-kg division, will make his debut. Lopes will compete for the first time in Guadalajara, after proclaiming himself World Champion in Baku, Azerbaijan. His first contender will be Dominican Ricardo Garcia.

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Cuba Defeats Holland 4-1 in Rotterdam

Yadier Pedroso pitched a complete game to lead Cuba over Holland.

Coming off an embarrassing loss to Curacao on Friday, Cuba defeated the much tougher host Holland team on Sunday, by a score of 4-1 at the World Port Baseball Tournament in Rotterdam. Yadier Pedroso pitched a complete game allowing scattering five hits and striking out nine. He lost a shutout bid when Holland scored a lone run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Cuban Disabled Athlete Sets World Record in Ball Control

Lazaro Curbelo Pupo

Cuban disabled athlete Lazaro Curbelo Pupo set a new world record in ball control when he hit a football 183 times without letting it touch ground while carrying 105 pounds on his shoulders. This is the sixth such record for Curbelo, who suffers from dwarfism, and has become an expert on ball control with weights. “I felt a little nervous because I hadn’t tried a new record for over a year. I had to call on all my will to overcome the challenge. After so much sacrifice I couldn’t let down all the people that loves me and came to see me”.

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Cuba’s Dayron Robles Big Return

Dayron Robles

Dayron Robles of Cuba proved to be in top form on Sunday winning a star-studded 110-meter hurdles event at the IAAF World Challenge event in Hengelo, Holland. Robles 13.07 seconds time equaled the world record of Chinese sprinter Liu Xiang. The Cuban gold medalist from Beijing 2008, plagued by injuries during the last two years,

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First Cuban Victory at World Volleyball League

Voleibol Cuba

(Prensa Latina) The Cuban men”s volleyball team, placed second in the world, defeated South Korea 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-18) on Sunday, during the World Volleyball League being disputed in that city. The athletes of Orlando Samuels played a much more offensive game today, achieving their first victory and recording their first three points

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The Gold is Mine (+Photos)

Welcome Baseball Team

One had to be there to see it: A sea of people on the streets despite the heat, the strong sunlight and the long wait to welcome the baseball team. After a tour through several municipalities of the province the team of Alfonso Urquiola returned to Pinar del Rio where tens of thousands were awaiting to thank him for the dream come true of being champions again. One by one went up the stage: Lorenzo Quintana, David Castillo, Vladimir Baños, Norlis Concepción, Yosvani Torres, Yovani Peraza… all of them full of joy, waving the people and dancing with good reggeaton.

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Cuba's and World's Oldest Ballplayer Celebrates 100 Years

Cuba, Pelotero veterano

do betta fish sleep p>By Peter Bjarkman April 2011 has been the most historic of months in the baseball-loving nation of Cuba. An upset-filled post-season tournament has added a final exclamation point to a thrill-packed and record-filled Golden Anniversary edition of the island’s National Series championships. But if symbolic “gold” attached to a five-decade milestone

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Cuba to Take Young Team to Pan Am Freestyle Championship

Bandera Cubana

p>Cuba will take a young team to the next 2011 Senior Pan American Championships that will take place in early March in Rionegro, Colombia. The team is led by Yuniesky Blanco (74 kg), who was unbeaten in the last International FIS Freestyle World Cup, in which also participated Eduardo Mesa (96). Other two experienced are