The fifth day of competitions in the 2014-2015 Grand Prix Chess ended with another draw for the Cuban Grand Master Leinier Domínguez, who on this occasion faced the American Hikaru Nakamura.
While in Baku, where the event is held, Cuban has posted four boards and had a setback against the Italian Fabiano Caruana. Leinier is the best chess player in Latin America, owner of 2751 Elo points. Today he played with the black pieces, and tied with Nakamura (2764) after 56 moves of an English Opening.
After Caruana and Gelfand, are Nakamura and Svidler with three units, and midpoint left is Kasimdzhanov, Tomashevsky, Karjakin and Radjabov are located.
Then Dominguez and Grischuk appear, with two points and in the end of the system Mamedyarov and Andreikin, holders of 1.5 per capita.
Tomorrow the Cuban will play with white pieces against Mamedyarov, while Kasimdzhanov face Andreikin and Caruana will face Svidler.
Karjakin will play with white against Gelfand, Radjabov will faced Grischuk while Tomashevsky face Nakamura
Source: Prensa Latina
Cuban Under-21 soccer team is in El Salvador, making friendly games that are part of their preparation for the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) 2014. Raul Gonzalez Triana, team manager, explained that the preparation scheduled for 11 weeks has been fulfilled.
Cubans played against El Salvador’s team in the stadium Las Delicias, in the city of Santa Tecla, adjacent to the capital, where the former won two goals to nil. "This friendly games here gives us the possibility that the team can go about getting ahead of the Central American Games," said Gonzalez Triana.
From El Salvador Cubans will travel to Honduras, where they also have two very important challenges and then return to Havana and play two or three more games. Later, in early November they leave to Mexico to give the final touch to the preparation and optimally get to Central.
This team has almost the complete template that was in the World Cup in Turkey, but now with another year of experience and growth. Luis Miguel Seara, trainer of the team, said the team is in good shape. "We carry 11 weeks of preparation and objectives have been met ", he pointed in a morning practice.
The young team is motivated and quite optimistic about the results that may be on this tour. They hope to match performance with physical and technical-tactical sport demands in the region.
Source: Prensa Latina
The Cuban men's volleyball team will face his pair of Guatemala in search of a second success in the II Panamerican Cup U-23, which takes place in Havana. Both female and male national teams have not performed well in recent international competitions.
The Trinidad and Tobago team felt to the hosts. The latter will go searching for a new win over Central in the tournament held at Havana's Sports City Coliseum.
The game of the Greater Antilles was superior in all aspects, especially in the attack, which managed 37 points. The offense was pretty local distributed with Osneil Rendón top scorer with 11 goals, followed by Osmany Uriarte with nine points, while by Trinitarians Nicholas Prescott finished with four.
Rodolfo Sanchez, head coach of the Cuban team, said at the conclusion of the match that despite markers team did not develop their potential, because they made too many mistakes. In this regard, he noted that his disciples have to deal with that situation when encountering Dominican Republic and Mexico.
The Cup will be held in a program of all against all until Thursday 9, while Friday 10 the fifth will be discussed, and the bronze and gold medals. This continental event awards two seats for the World Championship of this category to be held in 2015.
Source: Prensa Latina
The expected battle between the Cuban Rancés Barthelemy and Argentine Fernando Saucedo ended with victory for the wide world lightweight champion, who with this win reaffirms its title awarded by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
This victory not only marked the first defense of his belt, but also improved his unbeaten march to 21-0, with 12 wins by knockout, after the three judges give scores of 120-108 in his favor at the end of the fight scheduled with 12 rounds.
Cuban, 28 years old, controlled actions in the ring from the first episode, showing a better technique and using the speed and power of his straight right. He hardly ever failed punishing the Argentine.
Saucedo, 32, who saw his numbers fall to 52-6-3, with 8 knockouts, has always been unable to overcome the work of Cuban champion and although showed strength, momentum was insufficient to choose to triumph.
Source: Diario de Cuba
Over a month ago, the Cuban pitcher Hector Manuel Ripoll Mendoza flew to Japan after signing a contract with the Yomiuri Giants; also came his head coach in Cuba, Carlos Soto Soto, who will work with the technicals of the aforementioned team.
Notable physic conditions of Mendoza immediately aroused the interest of the Japanese franchise, now it is the time for the young boy from Isla de la Juventud to prove himself. "The level is very high, all players are well prepared and know what they have to do at all times, as the tactical technical thinking and concentrating here are a priority in the preparation," said Mendoza.
The strict discipline, rigorous schedule and long hours of training are some of the changes he must adapt to, but the deal has been really good "they are great people and all the time try to make me feel good, this has positively influenced my preparation" he said.
"The thinking on the box, trust in my pitches and concentration, I have seen improvement in all aspects, but still need to keep working on something as important as controlling and incorporating 4 straight seams to increase my speed; I feel that every day will be getting better and that drives me to follow best pitcher still hope to return to help “Los Piratas de la Isla” in everything I can " concluded Mendoza.
After having surgery on his right elbow, the Cuban pitcher Jose Fernandez has returned to throw the ball after four months of being operated. Apparently his return to the majors will be sooner than expected.
The rehabilitation process seems to be going great, as the Marlins right-hander made 25 throws from 30 feet, half the distance from the mound to the plate, in a brief training in stadium Marlins Park, and then finished its work he said he felt fine.
This process will continue under supervision and Fernandez is scheduled later throw from 45 feet, sessions three to four minutes, until gradually increase the distance. The approval of his doctor Neal ElAttrache is evidence that surgery on May 16, had the expected results.
The ace of the rotation of the Marlins did not throw a ball since May 9, when the second baseman for the San Diego Padres Jedd Gyorko hit a grand slam that ordered his release from the mound in the sixth inning and made end his performance with the Marlins in 2014.
At just 22 years old, Fernandez had established himself as one of the most promising pitcher in the major leagues, after his successful debut with the Marlins in 2013 Fernández-hander went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings, numbers that arguably endorsed his appointment as Rookie of the Year.
Source: Diario de Cuba