Mexico, the host team, beat Cuba 1-0 Monday night in the second semifinal contest of the Caribbean Series and will play tomorrow against Puerto Rico to define this year’s champion.
Confusion in the method to define the classification of the teams in the Caribbean Baseball Series led to changes in the semifinals rivals in the games to take place on Monday. Cuba will now play the Mexican team while Venezuela plays Puerto Rico. The finals among the winners is on Tuesday.
Cuba obtained its second win without a loss by defeating the Puerto Rican team 6-1 on Friday evening in the week long Caribbean Series tournament being held in Culiacan, Mexico. Cuba plays the Venezuelan team on Saturday.
Cuba, represented by Granma, started this year’s Caribbean Series with a 4-0 shutout over Tigres del Licey, representing the Dominican Republic. The one-week tournament, which also includes teams from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico, is being played in Culiacan, Mexico.
It took 40 years but Granma finally obtained its first Cuban baseball championship and they did it in superb form, blanking defending champion Ciego de Avila 4-0 in the final series.
The year 2016 revealed the slow recovery made in Cuban sports, but it also revealed the country’s growing concern about the unstoppable escape of national talent which continues to undermine the chance of creating stability within the world’s sports elite.
If something had been missing to put Cuban baseball in a coma state, it was an institution like Real Madrid coming to Havana to give it the final blow. “We know that there is a lot of interest in soccer here in Cuba. It already seems to be the most important sport here and we want this to continue like this,” said Joaquin Sagues.
The Marabana Marathon took place on Sunday morning in Havana with over 4,700 participants. The event draws long distance runners from around the world and is highly popular among Cubans. (62 photos)
From the moment I saw Jurgen Klinsmann arriving in a white and red 1957 Chevrolet, I knew that the friendly football match between the Cuban and US teams that took place on October 7th was a sign of something more.
The Cuban and USA national soccer teams play an exhibition match today in Havana at 12:30 p.m. at the Pedro Marreros Stadium