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January 21, 1999.


HAVANA - The Capitalinos team was crowned champion, for the fifth consecutive time, of the VI Superior League of Basketball. The metropolitans, led by technical director Miguel Calderon, beat the Orientales by four games to two. For the Giraldillos Roberto Carlos Herrera, and the guard Juan Leopoldo Vazquez and the center Ernesto "The Bear" Williams stood out with honors.

Things are moving as they should in the winter classical Cuban baseball tourney: Incumbent champion Pinar del Rio won first in category A, with an advantage of 2.5 games over the closest rival, Isla de la Juventud.

In category B, the blue Industriales are five comfortable games away from the team Havana. In category C, Villa Clara leads, four games ahead from Ciego de Ávila. And in category D, the toughest one, Granma is 1.5 games ahead of Guantánamo.

In mid-January, the great batting of the leftfielder of Villa Clara, Michel Perdomo, who averaged 455, with eight pushed runs and three homeruns highlighted the show.

The Cuban ladies' team of judo shone in Japan when winning second place in the Copa Fukoka, celebrated in said country. More than 180 judo teams met, from 28 countries. The Cuban students directed by Ronaldo Veitía won one gold medal, following a year of victories with Driulis González, 57 Kg. Legna Verdecia, 52 Kg., and Diadenis Luna, 78, Kg., won silver medals. The superweight Daina Beltrán reached bronze to complete the showing of the island team.

The national tournament of boxing was held on January 22, in the city of Sancti Spiritus, 300 kilometers east of the capital. In this event were the cream of the crop of Cuban boxers, including Olympic winner Maikro Romero. Also present were Olympic and world champions Ariel Hernández, age 75, and the legendary Félix Savón, 91.

The secretary of the PanAmerican Confederation of Basketball, the Puerto Rican Genaro "Tutu" Marchand announced in a press conference held in La Havana that Cuba will be the host for the male and female contest which will be celebrated during the first two weeks of May of this year. According to Marchand, the event will provide qualifications for the pre-Olympic tournaments for both male and female teams. Cuba is hoping to qualify and participate in the last Olympic games of this century in Sidney in 2000.

Iván García, Cuba Free Press.

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