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Rafael Arrate Wins First Stage of Tour of Cuba

The caravan, heading west, will not stop until Havana´s Capitol.Guantánamo.- Rafael Arrate (Santiago de Cuba), Javier García (Artemisa) and Yoandry Freyre (Sancti Spíritus) were the medalists, in this order, in the first stage of the Guantánamo-Pinar del Río-Havana Cuba's National Road Cycling Tour, which started yesterday in this city.

Arrate, champion of the day, also won the intermediate sprint of this first stage, earning thus the right to wear the yellow jersey of leader.

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Caribbean Baseball Series: The Sorrels Receive the National Flag

Star player, Alfredo Despaigne received the national flagGranma's Sorrels baseball team took a short break from their intense training sessions this Monday, January 30, to receive the national flag which will fly in the upcoming Caribbean Baseball Series, taking place February 1-7 in the Mexican city of Culiacán.

Star player, Alfredo Despaigne received the national flag from Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesias, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee National Secretariat

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Fidel Castro Always Had Strong Links with Sports

Fidel Castro always had strong links with sportsRight fielder and former member of Cuban baseball team Luís Giraldo Casanova considered the recently deceased leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as the best sponsor of sports in Cuba.

Casanova recalled Fidel's concern for the development of all sporting disciplines and his eagerness for baseball victories.

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The Great Slugger of Cuban Baseball

Tributes from the nation’s sporting community in recognition of Fidel's unconditional support to the movement November 26, the entire island received the news of the passing of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, with great sadness. Tributes from the nation's sporting community in recognition of his unconditional support to the movement immediately started to arrive.

One such came from Cocodrilos de Matanzas manager, Víctor Mesa, a man for which Fidel expressed great affection. "I was by his side for a long time and now I feel sad, very sad, its one of the hardest pieces of news we have received in recent years, I'm sure that it hit every member of Cuba's sporting family very hard," stated Villa Clara's former star central fielder.

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Spanish Football Star Butragueño Attends Clinic for Children in Havana

I urge you all to enjoy and learn as much as you can with these classes, he saidHavana.- Emilio "The Vulture" Butragueño, former Spanish ace soccer player, assessed as very timely the campus conducted these days in this city by the Real Madrid Foundation with 100 children from 10 primary schools of Havana.

Butragueño, current Director of Institutional Relations of the club, was directly involved in this interesting activity, included among the 400 social projects that the foundation has in 73 countries, by kicking the ball and giving their knowledge to this group of children from the Cuban capital city.

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Athletics: Lescay’s 43.6 Seconds in the 4×400

Lescay (center) turned in an outstanding time in the last stretch of the 4X400 relay in Río de Janeiro. Among the successes of Cuban athletics in the Río de Janeiro Summer Games, some of the least noted are the individual performances of the 4x400m men's relay team members.

The team's unquestionable accomplishment was given its rightful place - a 2:59.53 time, equivalent to 1,199 points on the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) scoring charts.

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Cuban Mejías wins Two Events in the Colombia Women’s Tour

Mejías will make official her contract with the Weber Shimano Ladies Power in January 2017Havana.-Cuban cyclist Marlies Mejías, who run invited for the Weber Shimano Ladies Power, won the points classification and the intermediate sprints events of the first edition of the Colombia Women's Tour with 55 and 47 units respectively.

The five-stage competition ended on Sunday and its winner was Colombian Ana Cristina Sanabria (Bogota Mejor para Todos) with time of 9:36:13 hours, while the Coldeportes Claro Zenu (29: 00.42) won the teams event.

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Cuban Bruzón ranks First at Chess Tournament in Mexico


Bruzón, first seed of the contest due to his 2 615 ELO units, achieves only one draw and four wins, Havana.- With almost perfect performance of 4.5 points in five outings, Cuban Lázaro Bruzón appears as solo leader of the Jugando en Concreto chess tournament played in Villa Hermosa, Mexico.

Bruzón, first seed of the contest due to his 2615 ELO units, achieves only one draw and four wins, the latter over the local Juan Carlos González (2502), and his opponent today will be American Julio Becerra (2550).

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Everything Ready for Cuba-U.S. Friendly Football Match

Cuba-Cosmos3Havana.- Coaches Juergen Klinsmann and Raúl Mederos, from the United States and Cuba, respectively, announced their lists for the friendly match to be played on Friday at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana.

Klinsmann, of German origin, chose 23 outstanding athletes, including figures playing in several of the world's best leagues. The United States gets ready to take part in the final round of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), which will grant tickets for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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