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Periódico 26 – Sports

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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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GM Bruzón Wins Cuban National Chess Championship

Lázaro Bruzón won his sixth crown in the Cuban national men´s chess championshipsHavana.- With one day in advance, Lázaro Bruzón won his sixth crown in the Cuban national men´s chess championships, as he totals six points in eight of the nine rounds, thus becoming unattainable for the rest of the contestants.

In the last round, the largest winner of these events drew with Yusnel Bacallao in Santa Clara´s Chess Palace, thus taking an advantage of 1.5 units over his closest pursuers.

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Two More Cuban Baseball Players to Play in Japan

Havana.- After the contract signing of slugger Alfredo Despaigne with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, from the Japanese Baseball League (NPB by its Spanish acronym), Higinio Vélez, president of the Cuban Federation, told JIT sports publication that pitcher Raidel Martinez and outfielder Leonardo Urgellés will do the same soon with the Chunichi Dragons.

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Cuba Beats Puerto Rico, Qualifies to Semifinals in Caribbean Series

Cuba beats Puerto Rico, qualifies to semifinals in Caribbean Baseball SeriesHavana.- The Granma baseball team, representing Cuba in the Caribbean Series, beat Puerto Rico´s Criollos de Caguas for its second victory and qualified to the semi-finals.

Cuba scored first in the second inning when Carlos Benitez brought in Dennis Laza with a single to the centerfield, out of starter Jarret Leverett.

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Cuban Baseball Manager: We Can Advance in the Caribbean Series

Martí noted that the win over the Dominican Licey Tigres, breaks the streak of three consecutive losses in the first game by a Cuban squad in the Caribbean SeriesHavana.- Carlos Martí, manager of Granma, team representing Cuba in the Caribbean Baseball Series, held in Culiacán city, Mexico, said that winning the first game is very important in the aspirations to advance in the event.

Cuba beat 4-0 the Dominican Republic in the opening game of the 59 th Caribbean Series, with win to Lázaro Blanco and excellent relief by lefty Liván Moinelo.

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