• Cuba says three baseball players flee island


    HAVANA: Cuba confirmed on Friday (Saturday in Manila) that three baseball players have fled the island, the latest in a series of defections affecting the sports powerhouse. Cuba’s national baseball commissioner, Heriberto Suarez, identified the men as utility player Osniel Madera, infielder Lazaro Alonso and catcher Yoel Rojas — all members of the Vegueros de Pinar del Rio club. He provided no details on the circumstances around their departure, but they had been rumored to be missing for several days.



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