Monthly Archives: September 2013

Over 300 Cuban baseball experts train foreign teams

beisbolRHC (Sept. 28) – Over 300 Cuban baseball experts are currently working as advisors in countries such as Canada, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and Jamaica, according to the Cuban Baseball Federation.

Outstanding Cuban specialists in the sports are working at Ontario’s Baseball Academy, such as Antonio Pacheco, Luis Ulacia and Juan Manrique. Other renowned players like Orestes Kindelán and Julio Romero are offering advice at the Italian Baseball Federation.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is a major target for Cuban supportive collaboration in the baseball field. Also important is the work being carried out in Mexico and in Nicaragua by Cuban trainers.

Relations between Cuba and Los Piratas de Campeche baseball team have considered the possible participation of several Cuban players with foreign baseball leagues.

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Do cities gain from subsidizing sports teams?

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerThroughout Canada and the U.S., rich monopoly owners of professional sports franchises are demanding new arenas and stadia or “modernization” of existing venues with funds from the public  treasury. This drive is part of the neo-liberal, anti-social offensive that forms the agenda of the state. Funding is often cut for parks, libraries and amateur sport facilities – under the pretext of “creating jobs” or boosterism in “public-private partnerships” – so that these P-3 facilities may be used for private gain. The following article by Neil deMauseauthor of the Field of Schemes and a website by the same name, examines how U.S. teams like the Phoenix CoyotesIndiana Pacers, and Atlanta Falcons have extracted sweetheart leases that pay them millions of dollars a year in public “operating subsidies” even as their host cities slash public services and raise taxes. Continue reading

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The day a 17 year old girl struck out Babe Ruth. . . and then. . .

All in a day’s work

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On April 2, 1931, during an exhibition game between the minor-league Chattanooga Lookouts and the New York Yankees, 17-year-old pitcher Jackie Mitchell found herself facing Babe Ruth.

She struck him out in four pitches. “I had a drop pitch,” she said, “and when I was throwing it right, you couldn’t touch it.”

The New York Times reported that Ruth “flung his bat away in high disdain and trudged to the bench, registering disgust with his shoulders and chin.”

“I don’t know what’s going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball,” he told a Chattanooga newspaper. “Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day.”

Next up was Lou Gehrig. She struck him out, too.


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Serendipity: Stumbling upon a beautiful game

Lamade Stadium from the hilltop above.

Lamade Stadium from the hilltop above ] Travis Waldron


THE easiest way to find the Little League World Series is to stumble upon it, because there aren’t many signs of its existence otherwise. That’s how I found it Saturday as I wound up Route 15 along the Susquehanna River on my way to Rochester, New York to cover soccer: by accident. The signs for South Williamsport started about 20 miles out, or at least that’s when I noticed them, but there wasn’t anything delcaring it as somewhere special, as the home of the Little League World Series or anything else. It seems like just another town tucked into the central Pennsylvania foothills. Continue reading

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Palestinian soccer chief: Israel ‘playing games’ in talks on easing travel restrictions

Kick-Israeli-racism-out-of-UEFAFIFA’s self-serving and so-called FAIR PLAY and TAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM policy not so “fair” and not so anti-racist. Palestinian FA chairman Jibril Rajoub accuses racist Israel of using “bullying” tactics to restrict its football (soccer) players, teams and tournaments.

By Haaretz

THE world soccer’s initiative to resolve travel restrictions on Palestinian players is doomed to fail unless Israel abandons its “bullying policy” and stops “playing games,” Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub has said. Continue reading

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Israeli Zionists dictate level of the playing field

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

Reasons to expel Israel from FIFA are adding up. Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub accuses Israel of using ‘bullying’ tactics, ‘playing games’ in talks on easing travel restrictions

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The NCAA’s history with concussions: A timeline

Court documents released in mid-July in an ongoing lawsuit against the NCAA, the national body governing the billion-dollar U.S. university sport empire, revealed the extent of the organization’s criminal unwillingness to act on policies aimed at preventing and treating concussions. Former college football player Adrian Arrington and other former athletes brought the suit against the NCAA, alleging that it was negligent in how it treated concussions because of its failure to adopt standards. The plaintiffs are currently seeking certification to make the case a class-action lawsuit. 

Instead of national standards consistent with the best ideals of amateur sport, the NCAA passed the buck and left much of its decision-making on concussions and other head injuries to its member institutions. The NCAA in fact, operates very like any typical capitalist cartel. The ThinkProgress, a US NGO, examined hundreds of pages of court filings made public and compiled a timeline of the NCAA’s history with concussions. “Because it is based primarily on court documents,” it states, “it is not necessarily comprehensive, but it paints a picture of the NCAA’s unwillingness to act — and its fears of legal liabilities if it did — on the concussion epidemic that was and still is plaguing its sports:


March 31, 1906: The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is founded to “protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time.” It has 62 members and is the result of President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to reform safety standards in college athletics. Continue reading

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