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Fidel reaffirms Cuba to donate World Classic prize money to Katrina victims

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• ‘None of our athletes will ever lack for anything for a decent life’

• Cuban leader honours Cuban baseball players and coaching team

• Describes their performance as a “colossal feat”

Fidel Castro with Leslie Anderson and Cuba’s national team in 2006. Photograph by Sven Creutzmann/reportage by Getty Images.

Fidel Castro with Leslie Anderson and Cuba’s national team in 2006. Photograph by Sven Creutzmann/reportage by Getty Images.

By MIGUEL HERNANDEZ, Granma daily staff writer

CUBA is to donate its earnings as runner-up in the 1st World Baseball Classic to victims of Hurricane Katrina in the southern United States, reaffirmed President Fidel Castro at the end of his welcoming speech to the brilliant Cuban team.

According to the regulations of the event’s organizers, of the economic benefits allocated to the teams, 9 per cent goes to the winner and 7 per cent to the runner-up. Continue reading

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Cuba headed to Classic final

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Globe and Mail reporter JEFF BLAIR quotes a Cuban reporter: “All I can say is, there’s a famous phrase that a Cuban reporter uses. It’s ‘You can draw your own conclusion.’”

SAN DIEGO (18 March 2006) — QUESTION: How many Major Leaguers does it take to hold a World Baseball Classic final, anyhow?

Answer: Not as many as everyone thought.

Cuba’s national baseball team took its act to the belly of the beast Saturday and sidelined an all-star squad representing the Dominican Republic 3-1 to advance to Monday’s final game, against the winner of a game between South Korea and Japan that was played later Saturday. The Cubans, an amateur powerhouse whose players earn about the equivalent of $20 (U.S.) per month in the Cuban league, knocked off another team laden with Major Leaguers, Puerto Rico, to advance to the semi-final round. Continue reading

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