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Chinese Taipei and Panama in Bronco League World Series

Sports SectionBy DAVID COFFIN for the Monterey Herald - As expected, Chinese Taipei will be in tonight's finale of the 2008 Bronco World Series at 7 p.m. at Jacks Park, but California Region champ Blossom Valley did not got out without a fight, finally succumbing 6-3. Panama City, the Caribbean Zone champ, built a 9-0 lead, then held off a Fountain Valley rally in the seventh for a 9-4 victory and the other slot in tonight's finale. Taipei pitcher Tu Chia Ming was cruising with a two-hitter until Blossom Valley put together three hits and an error for three runs in the sixth to pull within two of the Asia Pacific champs before Blossom Valley hurt itself on the base paths and Tu put the game away with four strikeouts among the next six batters. (more)
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Mariano Rivera Now With 28 Saves in 2008

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The star relief pitcher for the New York Yankees Panamanian Mariano Rivera now has 28 saves for the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, bringing his career total to 471. Mariano needs just seven more to tie Lee Smith at #2 on the all-time saves list with 478 career saves, and will move into sole possession of the #2 position with eight more. Both of these milestones will most likely happen during this 2008 season. And then interestingly enough, Mariano Rivera will find himself in the position of chasing the #1 all time career saves record holder Trevor Hoffman who is still active and pitching with the San Diego Padres. (more)

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Panamanian Swimmer Wins Heat in Beijing (Too Slow To Qualify)

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Hey! Good for him. Panamanian swimmer Edgar Roberto Crespo Echeverria finished in first place in the Men's 100m Breaststroke - Heat 2 with a time of 1:03.27. Even though he won his heat he will not be advancing to the semifinals which will be held tomorrow morning because his time was not good enough - he was about three seconds off of the qualifying pace. The World Record in this event is held by American Brendan Hansen at 59.13 seconds. Oh well, at least he represented.

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Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion Receives Big Welcome in Panama

Sports Section Boxing Scene.com By Ronnie Nathanielsz - Newly crowned World Boxing Association super flyweight interim champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion has received a big welcome on his return to Panama after scoring a tenth round knockout over AJ “Bazooka” Banal to win the interim title at the Cebu Coliseum last July 26. The CEO OF Optimum Sports Agency which manages Concepcion, Damon De Berry informed www.insidesports.ph as well as Viva Sports and Manila Standard Today that Concepcion was greeted by the officials of the Panamanian Boxing Commission and a representative of the WBA as well as other officials. (more)
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Panamanian Olympic officers gather in urgent meeting

Sports SectionPANAMA CITY, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Directives of the Olympic Committee of Panama (COP) gather on Monday in an urgent meeting to discuss the alternatives for the accreditation and entrance of the sportsmen to the Olympic Villa in Beijing. The accreditation problem in Beijing is because the COP president Miguel Sanchiz and COP vice president Fernando Samaniego can not leave Panama because a Panamanian prosecutor ordered them not to leave the country since there is a legal litigation between sports directives. Samaniego, who is the chef de mission of the Panamanian delegation, was quoted by locally daily "La Estrella de Panama" that "they should take a decision now, even if the decision could affect the participation of the Panamanian sportsmen in the Olympic Games". (more)
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Saladinho — bearing the hopes of a nation

Sports Section By Avinash Nair for The Hindu - Irving Saladinho is the flag-bearer of the three-member Panamanian contingent to the Beijing Games ... but more importantly it is winning a medal for his country that will be weighing on this 25-year-old’s mind. Panama’s only medal success came way back in the London Games in 1948 when Lloyd LaBeach won two bronze medals — in the men’s 100m and 200m. Since then though Panama has competed in every Olympic Games other than 1956 and 1980 the closest the nation came to winning a medal was in the 400m hurdles when Bayano Kamani finished fifth at the 2004 Athens Games, with an effort of 48.74 seconds. (more)
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Banal over-trained, lost steam

Sports Section By Abac Cordero for the Philippine Star - There was a pall of gloom in AJ Banal's dressing room Saturday evening, almost an hour after the previously undefeated boxer took a stunning loss to Panama's Rafael Concepcion. For so long, the boxer who was designed to win the fight sat motionless on a plastic chair, shell-shocked, hardly saying a word even as the people closest to him tried to comfort him. His mother, Marlina, massaged his back and fanned him with a towel, while his trainer, Edmond Villamor, sat closely, whispering words that didn't even seem to register on the boxer. Banal's siblings, for they looked so much like him, were inside the room, too, just as stunned and heart-broken that the fight that was supposed to be won handily had slipped away. (more)
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Concepcion fulfills vow, stuns Banal via KO

Sports Section By ROY MEDINA for abs-cbnNEWS.com - In the end, Rafael "El Torito" Concepcion fulfilled a promise he had made: that he would not go back a loser to Panama. And that he did Saturday night by knocking out crowd favorite A.J. "Bazooka" Banal in round 10 of their 12-round "Laban na Banal: Panahon Na" card for the World Boxing Association interim super flyweight belt at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City. "I felt I was the stronger fighter because of better preparation," Concepcion said with sports commentator Dyan Castillejo translating his Spanish. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. counted Banal out 2:35 of the 10th round after Concepcion landed a straight right to the Filipino’s left temple. (more)
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Mariano Rivera Now With 24 Saves

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The New York Yankees star relief pitcher Panamanian Mariano Rivera now has racked up 24 saves for the 2008 MLB season. With every save this season Mariano takes another step toward the #2 position on the all-time career saves list. Currently Lee Smith holds the #2 spot with 478 career saves, and Mariano now has 467 career. He needs another 11 saves to tie Lee Smith, 12 to pass him and to take sole possession of the #2 spot. The #1 spot is held by San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman who is still active, has 18 saves this season, and 542 career saves or (currently) 75 more than Mariano.

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Panama’s Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion is ready for WBA world title fight against Banal

Sports Section East Side Boxing.com - Panama’s Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion is poised and ready to take on AJ “Bazooka” Banal in the much anticipated battle for the WBA Super Flyweight crown at New Cebu Coliseum, Philippines on July 26. Concepcion is ready for Banal. His training for the world title has been well planned with the final stages intensifying in New York with fellow Panamian’s and well renown trainers Hector Roca and Pedro Romero at the world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Hector Roca has trained no less than 18 world champions, including Iran Barkley, Aruro Gatti, Regilio Tuur, and Buddy Mcgirt, and he is famous for training Hillary Swank for her Oscar-winning role in the Clint Eastwood film Million Dollar Baby in 2004. (more)
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Carlos Lee with 21 Home Runs in 2008 MLB Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panamanian slugger Carlos Lee, who plays left field for the Houston Astros, now has 21 home runs in the 2008 MLB season. He is in 10th place in the National League, behind the first place Ryan Howard who has smacked 28 home runs for the Philadelphia Phillies. Carlos Lee last hit home runs on July 7th and 8th in games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carlos Lee is in third place overall in MLB with 73 RBI's this season.

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Mariano Rivera Now With 23 Saves in 2008 MLB Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I spent a lot of time in the hospital watching the New York Yankees play baseball. When you're lying flat on your back and not going anywhere (no choice) you spend a lot of time watching television. Thankfully, I like baseball and the NY Yankees are my favorite MLB team. In my absence Mariano has now racked up 23 saves at the halfway point in the season, just before the All Start break. In one of those games I thought Mariano was trying to kill me. On 5 July he came into the game against the Boston Red Sox with the Yankees leading 2-0. He managed to give up one run, two hits, and hit two batters with pitches. With the bases loaded and no outs he managed to pull it together, strike out two and get another to pop-up to secure the save. The sports announcer even said "this game is not appropriate for heart patients..." Nah, I never had any doubt that he would put them away - just made it more interesting.

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Mariano Rivera Now At 19 Saves in 2008 MLB Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Star New York Yankee relief pitcher Panamanian Mariano "Sandman" Rivera picked up his 19th save of the 2008 Major League Baseball season last night in the Yankees 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres. In what has become a trademark and typical Mariano Rivera appearance, he gave up one hit, pitched one inning, faced three batters, got one strikeout, and shut down the Padres in the 9th to secure his 462nd career save. Mariano Rivera now needs just sixteen more saves to tie Lee Smith at #2 on the all-time list. Trevor Hoffman, who holds the #1 all time spot with 539 career saves, continues to pitch with the San Diego Padres. He has 15 saves this season, six in his last ten appearances. Today, Mariano Rivera is 77 saves behind Trevor Hoffman for the #1 all time career save record.

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Panama defeats El Salvador 1-0

Sports SectionPANAMA CITY, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Panamanian team won 1-0 against El Salvador in a World Cup soccer qualifier on Sunday. In the Rodney Carew stadium in Panama City, Luis Tejeda "Matador" scored the winner in the 20th minute. The coach of Panama, Costa Rican Alexandre Guimaraes, fielded forwards Blas Perez (from Tigres in Mexico), Jose Luis Garces and Tejada (from the America in Colombia). The field had some puddles due to the rains and they made difficult the game. At the 55th minute Panamanian Juan de Dios Perez was expelled for picking up his second yellow card. Salvadorian Manuel Salazar was out too for having two yellow cards. Both teams will play their second leg on June 22 in the Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvaor, El Slavador.
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Balbina Herrera Causes Houston Astos Defeat

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Presidential candidate Balbina Herrera threw out the first pitch in the Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. It should be noted that when Martin Torrijos threw out a ceremonial first pitch, he did it at Yankee Stadium, and Mariano Rivera caught the ball. Balbina decided to do this in Houston, and Panamanian slugger Carlos Lee caught the pitch. In an obvious case of political retaliation, the Yankees went on to pound the Astros 13-0. See? Balbina was hanging around in the wrong dugout. Whatever, more than anything else this was a chance for her to demonstrate that she (A) has a valid visa to visit the United States of America (unlike Ernesto "El Toro" Perez Balladares), and (B) there are no outstanding warrants for her arrest pending against her as a terrorist or murderer (unlike Pedro Miguel Gonzalez.) Good for her.

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Mariano Rivera Picks Up 18th Save of 2008 Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Mariano "Sandman" Rivera picked up his 18th save of the 2008 season on 12 June against Oakland. That makes 461 career saves. I think he's going to move into the #2 spot on the all time list this season. He keeps cranking them out... Panamanian Carlos Lee hit a 3-run home run, his 14th of the season, in the Houston Astros 8-4 loss today against the NY Yankees. I'm hoping Carlos Lee will get an at-bat against Mariano Rivera in his series.

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Panama vs. El Salvador Tomorrow in the Rod Carew National Stadium

Sports Section By Nicomedes Frías G. for La Estrella - The El Salvador national soccer team stepped onto the grass at the National Stadium in Panama this afternoon for the first time, where they will play against Panama the first game of the second round of classifying within CONCACAF for qualification for the World Cup South Africa 2010, according to Ramiro Soto, a journalist who is traveling with the team from El Salvador. "The Salvadoran team arrived at midnight on Friday in Panama City, they rested and ate breakfast in a hotel, and at 3:00 pm they went to the Rod Carew National Stadium to get to know the field," said the Salvadoran journalist. He said that during the practice both Panamanian and Salvadoran press will have access to the players, because it will not be a closed-door practice. “Apparently the director of the “blue team” Carlos De Los Cobos does not have anything to hide," said the journalist. Panama and El Salvador will play tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Rod Carew National Stadium, in the first game of the second round of the elimination games for World Cup qualifying within the CONCACAF. The return match will be held next Sunday in the Estadio Cuscatlàn in San Salvador.
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Mariano Rivera - Now 17 Saves in 2008 Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - You know the drill by now. Mariano Rivera now has 17 saves, he picked up another one yesterday against Oakland. His ERA is 0.90 with 30 innings pitched. The "Mariano watch of 2008" continues. Don't ask why, it just does. He needs 18 more to tie Lee Smith at #2 in the all time list with 478.

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Panama Going Nuts for Football (Soccer) - Euro '08

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In case you hail from the United States and don't have a clue, in Europe the national teams representing sixteen nations are playing the UEFA EURO '08 soccer tournament, a warm-up to qualifying for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Of the top ten FIFA ranked teams in the world, Argentina is #1 and Brazil is #2, but the remaining eight are all European teams (in order, #3 Italy, #4 Spain, #5 Germany, #6 Czech Republic, #7 France, #8 Greece, #9 England, #10 Holland.) By the way, Mexico is #14 in the world rankings, the USA is #21, and Panama is #60 (tied with Canada.) In Europe there are 53 teams and only 13 places in the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The European qualifiers get underway in August 2008 after UEFA EURO 2008, with 53 teams playing in 9 groups on a home and away basis. Today, Group C is playing with Romania vs. France at 11:00 am and then Holland vs. Italy at 3:45 pm.

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Mariano Rivera Picks up Win #2 and Save #16

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Mariano watch continues. Mariano Rivera picked up his second win of the season on 7 June and his 16th save yesterday, 8 June 2008, both against the Kansas City Royals. Mariano maintains an ERA of 0.64 with 28 innings pitched. The league leader currently has an ERA of 1.32 with a minimum of 64 innings pitched.

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Chile labour to goalless draw against Panama

Sports SectionESPN Soccer Net - VALPARAISO, June 8 (International Friendlies) - Chile disappointed after labouring to a 0-0 draw with Panama in a warm-up for the World Cup qualifying matches later this month. Colo Colo defender Jose Pedro Fuenzalida crashed a left-foot shot against the crossbar, while Chile had a host of further opportunities to win but consistently failed to convert. Panama were defensively-minded with Municipal de Guatemala goalkeeper Jaime Penedo the game's star. 'This was only a friendly, we surely will improve in the qualifiers,' said Chilean Guadalajara midfielder Hugo Droguett. Marcelo Bielsa's team will now travel to Calama in the north of Chile to train at an altitude of 2,600 metres above sea level in a bid to acclimatise for the South American qualifying match with Bolivia on June 15. Three days later, Chile visit Venezuela. Panama will play their opening fixtures in in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador on June 15 and 22. Meanwhile, Honduras secured a comfortable 3-1 win over Haiti in La Ceiba. Walter Martinez, David Suazo and Amado Guevara were on target for Honduras, while Marcorel Sapeor netted a consolation for Haiti, who had Furcel Brunel dismissed. Honduras travel to Miami on Monday for the the World Cup qualifying fixture against Puerto Rico. Last Wednesday, the team coached by Reinaldo Rueda won the first leg 4-0. Haiti will face Netherlands Antilles on June 15 and 22 in the preliminary qualifiers.
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Canada earns draw with Panama in friendly

Sports SectionCBC Sports - Canada scored a late goal in regulation to earn a 2-2 tie in a friendly against Panama Wednesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ante Jazic, a midfielder with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS, leveled the score with eight minutes remaining in the game. He received a centering pass from Tam Nsaliwa and fired a shot from eight yards out that bounced off the inside of the left post and into the net. Canada opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of play. Patrice Bernier fired a free kick from the right wing that was headed in by Jamie Peters to put Canada up 1-0. Nine minutes later, Panama's Luis Tejada tied the game at 1-1 courtesy of a penalty kick. Jose Luis Garces scored the go-ahead goal for Panama in the 48th minute. Garces buried a shot 10 yards out from the far post after Juan Perez sent a cross to him from the right wing. Both teams from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) used Wednesday's friendly as a tune-up for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers later in June. Canada will begin the first leg of qualifying on the road, starting a home-and-home set against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on June 15. Panama will host El Salvador in the first half of a similar home-and-home set. Panama Sports
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Garces scores for Panama in 1-0 win over Guatemala in friendly

Sports SectionCanadian Press - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Jose Garces scored in the 67th minute to lead Panama to a 1-0 victory over Guatemala in a friendly Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first half, Panama came out in the second half to control most of the offensive play. Panama had several scoring chances before the goal by Garces, who entered the game in the 59th minute for Blas Perez. Guatemala's best scoring chance came in the 71st, when Mario Rodriguez took a shot that went just wide a minute after entering the game. Marvin Avila had another near miss for Guatemala in the 72nd minute. The first half was an even matchup. Panama had three shots and Guatemala had two. Panama almost scored in the second minute, when Luis Henriquez got a clean run on Guatemalan goalkeeper Ricardo Foster, but Foster blocked the shot and ended the threat. Guatemala had two scoring chances early in the opening half. Jose Contreras had a shot go wide in the ninth and Abner Trigueros had one stopped in the 10th. Two yellow cards were issued in the first half. Guatemala's Gustavo Cabrera was shown the card in the fourth minute and Panama's Alberto Blanco received one in the 14th minute.
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And Just Like That - Mariano Rivera Now Has 15 Saves

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Blink, blink. Huh? The last time I looked the star relief pitcher for the New York Yankees Panamanian Mariano Rivera had 13 saves. When I checked the results today I found out he racked up two more when I wasn't looking, getting saves on Friday and Saturday against the Twins. His ERA remains low at 0.36 with only one earned run allowed in 23 game appearances and 25 innings pitched, as he continues his march to the hall of fame, "...off to never-never land..."

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New Panamanian World Boxing Champ - Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno

Sports Section By Carlos Carrillo for La Prensa - Panamanian boxer Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno was crowned today as the new world champion in the BANTAMWEIGHT (118 Lbs) division of the World Boxing Association (WBA) by beating former reigning champion Ukrainian Wladimir Sidorenko in a unanimous decision. Moreno becomes the 25th Panamanian who has been crowned as a World Boxing Champion. Moreno technically dominated the majority of the rounds in the world title fight which was held in Dusseldorf, Germany. In the end the judges scored the fight 116-113, 116-112 and 116-112, to give the crown to the Panamanian.
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Mariano Rivera Now Has 13 Saves in 2008 Season

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The star relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, Panamanian Mariano Rivera, racked up his 13th save of the 2008 MLB season on 28 May in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Mariano has only given up one run in 23 innings pitched this season, and his 0.39 ERA leads the league. Mariano now has 456 career saves and still needs 22 more to tie Lee Smith at #2 on the all-time list. Meanwhile, the #1 all time career save leader Trevor Hoffman currently has 535, or 79 more than Mariano Rivera, and he keeps cranking them out for the San Diego Padres. So far in 2008 Hoffman has 11 saves, each one extending his record, and keeping the gap between him and Mariano Rivera.

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Mariano Rivera Picks Up 12th Save for 2008

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - New York Yankee star relief pitcher Panamanian Mariano Rivera just picked up his 12th save for the 2008 Major League Baseball season in the Yankees 6-5 comeback win over Seattle. Mariano faced three batters and put them down in order with one pop-up to the infield and two strike outs to clinch the game for the Yankees.

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Boxing world champion Duran to lead Olympic Delegation of Panama

Sports SectionPANAMA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The four times world champion of boxing, Roberto Duran, also called "Hand of Stone", will be the sports ambassador of Panama and will lead the Panamanian delegation to attend the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008, Ramon Cardoze said on Friday. Cardoze, director of the Panamanian Sports Institute (Pandeportes) said: "It is a great honor for us that Duran be our sporting ambassador, role that he has performed with great dedication." The famous boxer will attend the Olympiad together with Irvin Saladino, world champion of long jump and who is going to be the Panamanian flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the games next August 8,Cardoze said. (more)
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Saladino jumps 8.73 metres for the seventh biggest leap of all time

Sports Section The Canadian Press - HENGELO, Netherlands — Irving Saladino of Panama leaped 8.73 metres at the FBK Games on Saturday for the seventh biggest long jump of all time. On his first attempt, the world champion had a back wind of 1.2 metres to set the mark, the longest jump in the world in 14 years. Saladino is working on a new technique which he hopes will allow him to break the world record of 8.95 meters of Mike Powell. The 25-year-old Saladino jumped 8.53 at last year's FBK Games, but complained the sand pit was too short. Organizers extended the runway this year.
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Brennan, Sutton to play for Canada in Brazil friendly

Sports Sectioncbc.ca - Toronto FC defender Jim Brennan and goalkeeper Greg Sutton were named Thursday to the Canadian national men's senior soccer team that will face Brazil and Panama in a pair of exhibition contests. Brennan and Sutton were included in Canadian coach Dale Mitchell's 23-man roster, and are joined by other Major League Soccer players such as goalkeeper Pat Onstad and midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (of the Houston Dynamo), Adrian Serioux (FC Dallas) and Ante Jazic (Los Angeles Galaxy). Canada faces Brazil in Seattle on May 31 and Panama in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on June 4. The exhibition games will serve as a tuneup for Canada's first World Cup qualifying matches, a two-game series against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 15 (on the road) and June 20 (in Montreal). (more)
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