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Old 01-31-2012, 12:17 AM   #431 (permalink)
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  • Ugandan Little League team prepares to face Canada, finally - ESPN


    Players from Uganda and Canada meet for the first time.

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    KAMPALA, Uganda -- Down the dusty road they came, jogging past the diamonds carved into farmland, toward the players who had come halfway across the world for a baseball game. They should have met five months ago in Williamsport, Pa., but maybe it was better that they do it here, in Nakirebe, Uganda, at a baseball complex that can only be described as, pardon the cliché, ekisaawes kye ebiroto. That's Lugandan for "fields of dreams."

    Applause filled the hills as they shook hands, Jonah with Trevor, Gingo with Connor, Augustus with Colby, Khana with Nick …

    After introductions by the coaches, George Mukhobe for the players he had nurtured in Uganda, Dean Cantelon for the Little Leaguers from Langley, British Columbia, the kids gathered up their stuff for a combined practice. "I couldn't stop bawling," said Christine Ens, the mother of Riley, a first baseman/pitcher for Langley.
    Despite the rust from not having played competitively since the World Series, the Canadians looked good and ready for the big game Tuesday.

    But one look at the Ugandans, who have been practicing day in and day out for weeks, and you know exactly what Jimmy Rollins means when he says, "Man, they can play."
    Former major league baseball player Gregg Zaun gives instructions to Ugandan players.

  • Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins sees potential in Ugandan Little Leaguers - ESPN


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    When Rollins first saw filmmaker Jay Shapiro's piece on Ugandan baseball on the Aug. 14 "SportsCenter," he tweeted his appreciation, and Shapiro reached out to him. "I talked to a lot of players," Shapiro said, "but Jimmy stayed in it for the long haul."

    The Rollins Family Foundation provided $10,000 for the Pearl of Africa Series between the Ugandan Little Leaguers who were denied a trip to Williamsport, Pa., because of visa problems, and the team from Langley, British Columbia, that they were supposed to play in the first round. But it's Rollins' effervescent presence that has made an even bigger difference.

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    This can't be said enough: The Ugandans can play. "They are so fluid and natural," said first baseman Derrek Lee, who's here with his brother, Bryan, to lend a hand. "None of the robotic stuff you see in America, where we're probably overcoached."
  • Ugandan Little Leaguers hand Canada 2-1 loss, but nobody seems to care about the score - ESPN

    Ivan Luyombya pitches to Yi-An Pan, with Cole Cantelon on second with two outs in the top of the sixth.

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    NAKIREBE, Uganda -- They call it "the Ugandan finish." After a victory, Ugandan baseball players run into the outfield and launch themselves into an all-out slide...They'll play again later this week, near the source of the Nile in Jinja, but not before going on a safari together at Lake Mburo National Park. The trip will be as eye-opening for the Ugandans as it will be for the Canadians because most of the players have never been able to afford to travel around their own country.

    As for the 200 or so witnesses, well, they not only saw a great game -- "I especially liked it that the little guy scored the winning run," Rollins said -- but a great beginning.

    Call it the Ugandan start.

    Ugandan Little League players celebrate their 2-1 victory against the Canadian team from Langley, British Columbia. Felix "Abooki" Barugahare is hoisted on his teammates shoulders after scoring the winning run.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:32 AM   #432 (permalink)
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Dominican Republic: Dirks gets to play hero as Leones win crown
Andy Dirks, Leones del Escogido


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The Caribbean Series gets under way Thursday, pitting the winners of the four Winter League winners against each other. Each team will play the other three squads twice, with the top two teams advancing to the championship Feb. 8. Obregon will represent the Mexican Pacific League after sweeping its best-of-7 series with Guasave; Aragua toppled La Guaira, 4-2, in the Venezuelan Winter League Championship Series; and Mayaguez triumphed over Caguas, 5-2, in the best-of-9 Puerto Rican Winter League Finals.
Australia: Round 2 Preview: Win or go home for Aces, Sox

Sydney's Harris and Melbourne's Huber each had big Rd. 1 performances.

Colombia: LCBP Award Winners named (Spanish)

Manager of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year

18U IBAF: Results 18U Oceania Championship January 30

Monday, January 30:
New Zealand 2 - CNMI 4
Australia 3 - Guam 1

Venezuela: Yusmeiro Petit, Finals MVP


United States: USAB names '11 award winners
18U National Team manager and 2011 USA Baseball National Coach of the Year Scott Brosius

Italy: Telemarket Rimini confirms Brandon Chaves for 2012


Germany: Mainz Athletics bring Dennis Kelly back to Europe


Japan: Mahara questionable to start 2012 season
Takahiro Mahara

Czech Republic: Pat Ahearne, Greg McCarthy not returning to AVG Draci Brno

France: Rouen Huskies to renovate parts of Stadium


South Korea: Where are they? 2011 Former KBO'ers

Great Britain: LondonSports.com to host ex-MLB players at skills camp on March 18
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Caribbean Leagues: 'Pandemonium' expected for Caribbean Series



2012 Serie del Caribe Schedule
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ThursdayFebruary 02:
Venezuela Puerto Rico 2:00 p.m.
Mexico DomRep6:00 p.m.

FridayFebruary 03:
Puerto Rico Mexico 2:00 p.m.
DomRepVenezuela 6:00 p.m.

SaturdayFebruary 04:
Venezuela Mexico 2:00 p.m.
DomRepPuerto Rico 6:00 p.m.

SundayFebruary 05:
Puerto Rico Venezuela 2:00 p.m.
DomRepMexico 6:00 p.m.

MondayFebruary 06:
Mexico Puerto Rico 2:00 p.m.
Venezuela DomRep6:00 p.m.

TuesdayFebruary 07:
Mexico Venezuela 2:00 p.m.
Puerto Rico DomRep6:00 p.m
Colombia: Sincelejo one away from LCBP Championship (Spanish)
Kohei Maso, Toros de Sincelejo Starting Pitcher.

Cuba: Cruz leads Las Tunas to third place in the East (Spanish)
Yordanis Scull, Las Tunas

South Korea: High school sophomore joins Orioles, drawing ire of KBO


Japan: Changes for 2012: Hiroshima Carp
Jamaica: Baseball Could Be Major Hit in Jamaica
Oceania: Results 18U Championship January 31
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CNMI 1 Australia 18
Guam 2 
- New Zealand 9 
Germany:
Czech Republic: Ahearne, McCarthy find new Homes in Czech Republic
Spain: Edgar Hernandez new Manager of CB Sant Boi
Italy: North East Knights add three Pitchers for 2012 Season in IBL
Austria: Matt Patrick to play for Dornbirn Indians
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Colombia: Monteria Lions stay alive with a 3-2 win in Game 6, still down 4-2 in LCBP Series (Spanish)

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Italy: Garfoose comes to Italy: Dirk Hayhurst joins Danesi Nettuno

Dirk Hayhurst
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Taiwan: The CPBL, Lamigo Monkeys sign Pitcher, Matt DeSalvo (Chinese)

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Australia: Blue Sox take game one as Boss bashes Aces
Dae-Sung Koo picked up his 3rd save of the Postseason.

Dominican Republic: Moises Alou anounces Escogido's Serie del Caribe reinforcements (Spanish)


Brazil: Barry Larkin among hosts for MLB International Elite Camp in Brazil


Cuba: Pinar del Río and Industriales expected to play at a packed Estadio Latinoamericano (Spanish)

Odrisamer Despaigne, Leones de Industriales and Yosvany Torres, Pinar del Río

Oceania: Results 18U Oceania Championship February 1

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Guam 11 
CNMI 7 
Japan: NPB clubs hit diamond as spring training starts
Seiichi Uchikawa, Softbank Hawks

Spain: New Manager for Baseball Barcelona

Italy: Michele Gerali to North East Knights

South Africa: VOB Weekly Round Up 1/29/2012

Canada: 2012 Calendar of Events announced
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I like the Ugandua and Canada picture.. very cool shot
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I like the Ugandua and Canada picture.. very cool shot
It's an even cooler story. I think it will be the ending to Jay Shapiro's "Opposite Field" documentary.
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