Monthly Archives: June 2015

Friendship first: Cuba baseball visits Atlantic Canada

Photo from Dennis Woodworth’s posts in Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour Information Group in Facebook (Click to enlarge)

Photos from Dennis Woodworth’s posts in Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour Information Group in Facebook (Click to enlarge)

Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour logoAfter four years of work, the Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour is bringing their Cuban friends to play baseball and visit Atlantic Canada. Twenty three combined players, coaches, translators and government officials will land at 12:20 a.m. on June 30th to participate in the first Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour on Canadian soil. The Cuban team will visit Halifax at Mainland Common on June 30th, Bridgewater at the Kinsmen Field on July 2nd, Moncton on July 3rd at Kiwanis Park, and Fredericton on July 5th at Royals Park. All games start with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Australia’s Steve Smith named world’s best cricket batsman

SYDNEY, June 15 — Former stand-in captain of the Australian cricket team Steve Smithwas named the world’s best Test batsman, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) latestplayer rankings stated on Monday.

Smith jumped to No. 1 in the ICC’s rankings after his brilliant first-innings 199 earned him man-of-the-match honours in Australia’s second-Test triumph over the West Indies inJamaica on Monday morning.

The Australian captain-in-waiting leapfrogged Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla to become the first Australian to top theTest rankings since captain Michael Clarke did so in 2012.

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China faces uphill task against US in women’s World Cup quarters

China's players celebrate a goal during a round of 16 match between China and Cameroon at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, on June 20, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

China’s players celebrate a goal during a round of 16 match between China and Cameroon at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, on June 20, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

OTTAWA (June 22) – China will meet the United States, the 2-0 winner over Colombia in a last 16 encounter on Monday, for a Women’s World Cup semifinal spot in a repeat of 1999 final.

Although the US was unbeaten against China in the World Cup and Olympics, the “Steel Roses” may have opportunities to reach the last four this time. Continue reading

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Maradona to run for FIFA president

Why not, why not!!

Diego Maradona and the late Hugo Chavez

Diego Maradona and the late Hugo Chavez

The Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona told radio station Radio La Red in Buenos Aires late in May that his complaints about FIFA corruption had been ignored for years. “I was treated like a crazy person,” he said. “Now the FBI has told the truth. There is no soccer. There is no transparency. Enough lying to people and dinner parties to re-elect Blatter.” Now he is putting it on the line.

Maradona will run for the presidency of scandal-hit world soccer body FIFA, media reported Monday. Continue reading

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Blatter may retain FIFA presidency

TASS (June 14) – The president of the world football’s governing body FIFA Sepp Blatter, who announced on June 2 he would resign after 17 years in the role, may however retain his post, Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag has reported. Continue reading

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Geopolitics is behind the FIFA scandal as the war against Russia enters a new front

Soccer CorporatizationThere is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading

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Why the United States is targeting FIFA

SSoccer Corporatizationystemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading

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Cuba has qualified 403 athletes for XVII Pan Am Games in Toronto

Delegación cubana en la ceremonia inaugural de los XVI Juegos Panamericanos 2011, en el estadio Panamericano de Guadalajara, en México, el 14 de octubre de 2011.  AIN FOTO/Juan Pablo CARRERAS/sdl

Cuban delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 14, 2011 | Juan Pablo Carreras / AIN

Cubans will compete in 29 sports with more spots to be assigned in track and field, swimming, diving and tennis. “Cuba is aiming for second place among the countries at the XVII Pan American Games,” being held July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada.

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Circus Maximus: Olympic spoilsport

The '92 Games in Barcelona are by many thought to be the most succesful Games in history | David Meenagh/Flickr

The ’92 Games in Barcelona are by many thought to be the most succesful Games in history | David Meenagh/Flickr

By ANDREAS SELLIAAS

Book review: In his new book, Circus Maximus, economist Andrew Zimbalist analyses the benefits and risks of hosting a sports mega-event and finds that the economic risks by far exceed the benefits.

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US embargo still punishes Cuban baseball players

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By MATT PEPPE*

Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban baseball phenom, agreed on February 23 to sign with the Boston Red Sox. He is the latest talent from the baseball-crazy nation to join the Major Leagues. Moncada will receive a $31.5 million signing bonus, which should make him financially secure for life. But because of the U.S. government’s continued economic war on the Cuban people, in the form of the 54-year-old embargo, Moncada – unlike MLB prospects from any other country on the planet – will be forced to surrender residency in his native land to realize his professional dreams. Continue reading

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