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Panama Vibrates with World Soccer

Sports Section Panama, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The name of Panama is not heard often in world soccer, but the passion of Panamanians for this sport is reaching feverish proportions as the FIFA 2006 World Soccer Cup in Germany approaches. Most Panamanians believe Brazil will win the title, while some give their vote to Argentina or England, and a few, to France or Italy. The current soccer fever is not new in Panama, as fans closely follow international tournaments and Spanish teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Panama had a major victory in 2005, when it was runner-up at the Golden Cup in the US, however, it failed in its attempts to advance from the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifications for the world showcase this year. Soccer is slowly beginning to replace baseball as the most popular sport here. Nonetheless, the New York Yankees and its Panamanian ace reliever Mariano Rivera, and Milwaukee’s slugger Carlos Lee are still favorites. RPC TV Channel 4 has announced full and live coverage of the world cup, while media outlets launch advertising to attract readers, viewers and radio listeners. http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B9A1C16F7-34DD-44FA-A03F-92862F6C1FF5%7D&language=EN
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World Cup Preview (Costa Rica)

Sports SectionAfter a rough qualifying round of matches, Costa Rica is primed to make its third appearance in the 2006 World Cup Finals. The team struggled at the start of the qualifying schedule, dropping games to Mexico at home and the United States on the road before a victory over Panama in the six-team final round. Despite any struggles, Costa Rica bounced back with enough wins to secure its future in the 2006 tournament. Head coach Alexandre Guimaraes has brought a wealth of experience and coaching expertise to a team that has a strong shot at moving past the group match stage in '06. The coach helped bring the club to a spot in the 2002 tournament, and returned to the team to help it into the 2006 tournament. Veteran striker Paulo Wanchope leads the team into 2006 for the last time. Wanchope announced he would retire at the end of the upcoming tournament.
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Panama Women's Soccer Team Qualifies for Gold Cup

Sports Section The Panamanian women's soccer team beat Guatemala 3-0 today at the Rommel Fernández stadium in Panama City, and qualified to participate in the Soccer Federation Group B Gold Cup which will be played in the United States in November. Adela Machado opened the scoring at ten minutes into the game to give Panama a 1-0 lead. Panamanian Amarelis de Mera increased the lead to 2-0 at 24 minutes of the first half. The game could have been even more lopsided in favor of Panama and they blew several scoring opportunities offered up by Guatemala.
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WBA Light Flyweight champ Roberto "Araña" Vasquez's 3rd Title Defense Tonight

Sports Section by Christian Giudice: On Saturday, May 20, Panama will hold the first Pay-Per-View event in its storied boxing history. The 8-bout card will be held at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, and transmitted by Cable Onda throughout the commercial entities of Panama, Venezuela and various countries within the region. The event will highlight the third title defense of WBA Light Flyweight champ Roberto "Araña" Vasquez's current reign. In a bout that could be his last at 108 pounds, Vasquez (21-1, 17 KO’s) faces Venezuela's Noel "El Verdugo" Arambulet in a 12-rounder. Arambulet (22-5-1, 11 KO’s), who hails from Falcon, Venezuela, held the WBA Minimumweight title in 1999 and regained it in 2002, but might be recognized more for his losses to little big men – Koki Kameda, Brahim Asloum, and Yutaka Niida – during a career that has spanned nearly 10 years. While Vasquez tries to punch his way out of 108, where he has etched a unique legacy, Arambulet, 31, attempts to revive a career on the downside. Yet, he has stated to various Panamanian boxing writers that his ring experience will be a deciding factor. Thus, it is essential that the elder Arambulet – who has lost three of his last five contests – must control the momentum early to resist the powerful southpaw. Several Panamanian prospects such as Roynet Caballero, Javier Tello and former WBO Bantamweight champ Mauricio "Cry Baby" Martinez will also be featured on the PPV card. General admission to the show costs $8, while ringsiders pay $25-$60.

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Clipper Fleet ready for Leg 6 to Panama Canal

Sports Section As the crew and Skippers prepare for the next race (Leg 6) of the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race, thoughts are turning to the conditions and strategies for the race ahead. The downwind sail from Victoria to the Panama Canal is expected to take around three weeks and the teams have been busily mending sails from the battering they took in the North Pacific. Today’s restart will see the fleet departing from Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 1605 LT (2305 GMT), rather than at 1030 as previously published due to a delay in sourcing engine parts. The two injector pumps were booked onto a flight from the UK yesterday and were being transferred onto a seaplane when they reached Vancouver this morning for the final hop to Victoria. After departing from the pontoons in the Inner Harbour at two-minute intervals to their boat songs, the fleet will circle the Harbour in formation before heading out for the start of Race 8 to Panama City. Over in Seattle…: Meanwhile across the border in Seattle, Clipper Ventures has been recruiting local crew for the Clipper 07-08 Race with 11 having already signed up to take on the challenge next time around. The Clipper team made a dash across the border on Monday night to host an event for people interested in taking part in the next Clipper Round the World Yacht Race starting next September. http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=23989


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Clipper yachts set to sail away

Sports Section By Matthew Gauk: Yachts in Round the World Race leave at 2 p.m. for leg to Panama After a whirlwind week and a half stay in Victoria, the crews of the 10 yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Race will depart today for warmer waters. The yachts will line up at the starting point off Clover Point and at 2 p.m. sail south toward Panama. After a few days in Panama the yachts will leave for Jamaica, head to New York, then Jersey in the Channel Islands, and finally arrive in July in Liverpool, England, where they started their journey last September. During their stay in Victoria, those crew members who are continuing on have been wined and dined and shown around town. Over the last few days, the crews have been busy preparing the boats for the rest of the race, mending sails and loading provisions. They are to be seen off Wednesday morning in the Inner Harbour with a parade and each boat's individual theme song.
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Sycuan Signs Mauricio Martinez

Sports Section Sycuan Ringside Promotions has signed the No. 2-ranked bantamweight in the world, Mauricio Martinez of Panama, to an exclusive, multi-year promotional agreement. Martinez, the former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, is ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association and the WBO among 118-pounders and has a record of 30-6-1 with 21 knockouts. The 30-year-old southpaw also is ranked No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation and No.13 by the World Boxing Council. Martinez, who is managed by Randall Ramirez, was the WBO bantamweight champion from 2000 to 2002. He won the title with a fifth-round knockout of Lester Fuentes Sept. 4 in England and then defended successfully Dec. 16 with a first-round knockout of Esham Pickering in England. Martinez, who has won 11 of 12 bouts dating back to February of 2003, won the WBO Latino bantamweight championship with a 10th-round knockout of Edinso Torres Nov. 19 and successfully defended in his most recent outing, a second-round knockout of Diego Martinez March 26. Both bouts were in Panama.
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Crew praised in clipper's big test

Sports Section CREW members won praise after they powered the Glasgow Clipper across the finishing line of the latest stage of the round the world race. The clipper came eighth out of the 10 vessels following a 5600-mile voyage from China to Canada. Glasgow Clipper ended up behind a Chinese crew and the New York Clipper to cross the finishing line within 14 minutes of each other. Skipper Rory Gillard said: "We overtook New York Clipper four times in the last two hours but they beat us to the line. My crew did a phenomenal job." The crew will rest in the Canadian port of Victoria before embarking on their next stage, south to Panama City and the Panama Canal. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5051884.html
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Catcher Ruiz shows off arm in first start

Sports Section By SCOTT LAUBER, The News Journal: One night after being called up, catcher Carlos Ruiz got his first start for the Phillies on Saturday. "They told me I was going to be playing [Saturday], and I called my mom in Panama at 3 o'clock in the morning," Ruiz said. "It's unbelievable." Ruiz, 27, is regarded as a solid defensive catcher, and he caught Giants outfielder Randy Winn trying to swipe second in the first inning. "He's not afraid to call [pitches] that's out of the norm," reliever Geoff Geary said. "And he's got an arm on him." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz "is going to catch quite a bit" while Mike Lieberthal is on the disabled list with a bone bruise on the outside of his left knee. http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/SPORTS01/605070350/1002/SPORTS
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Panama's Alselmo Moreno retains regional bantamweight title

Sports Section Alselmo Moreno, known as Chemito, beat Venezuelan challenger Felix Machado on points in Panama City to retain the Fedecentro regional bantamweight title, local media reported on Sunday. The 10-round fight took place in the ATLAPA Convention Center on the shores of the Pacific coast Panama Bay. Moreno began the fight with a clear dominance of the early rounds, as his Venezuelan rival was unable to figure out his fighting style. The three World Boxing Association judges were unanimous in giving Moreno the victory, scoring the bout 98-91, 97-94 and 99-91. Source: Xinhua http://english.people.com.cn/200605/08/eng20060508_263739.html



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BROTHER DEREK is the Favorite at Today's Kentuck Derby

Sports Section BROTHER DEREK was a bit unlucky when he drew selection spot 16 in the post position draw order. His connections had the option of choosing near the rail or on the outside, and opted to go outside with post 18. That was probably the smart move; if they had picked the inside and the break didn't go well, he might have lost all chance from the outset. With the outside draw, jockey Alex Solis will have a chance to get a good position in the first run down the long Churchill stretch. An interesting battle could loom with Lawyer Ron just to his inside in post 17. If this pair of headstrong colts try to outduel each other early, it could change the tactics of the entire race. More realistically though, Sinister Minister (#4) and Sharp Humor (#9) will be on the front end. Hendricks has insisted all along that his horse doesn't need or want the lead, and the thought here is that he is right on target. Post 18 is not a hindrance and should actually fit perfectly with the type of race he needs to run to win. His prep races have been as impressive as any horse in the race, he has been handled beautifully for his entire career; his jockey is the best in America that has never won the Derby. Since arriving in Kentucky, the California bred has looked like a winner during his morning training and in the paddock schooling sessions. Don't be fooled by those who say he is too speedy or hasn't had any tough races, he is the horse to beat and anything at 5-2 or more is a gift.
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What Panamanian Athlete Earned $10 Million in 2005?

Sports Section Alex Solis : A native of Panama City, Solis reached national prominence in 1986 as the regular rider of multiple grade one stakes winner Snow Chief. He won his first California riding title in '92 and rode Dare and Go to an upset win over Cigar in the '96 Pacific Classic. He won eight Grade I races in '97 in addition to the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He won his first Breeders' Cup race in 2000 aboard Kona Gold and has ridden the following major stakes winners: Megahertz, Sweet Return, Singletary, Pleasantly Perfect, Kona Gold, and Johar. Based in southern California, Solis has won 20 meet riding titles overall, including six consecutive at his home bases during 1996-97. His 2005 stats showed him earning $9,647,743 from 729 mounts, good for 14th place nationally. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby three out of four years with Captain Bodgit in 1997, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.
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Panama Jockey in Kentucky Derby

Sports Section A daily look at Brother Derek, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby and the morning-line favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Today, Dan Hendricks' assistant trainer, Francisco Alvarado, talks to Times staff writer Robyn Norwood about being Brother Derek's regular exercise rider, as well as his hopes for jockey Alex Solis, who like him, grew up in Panama. I just got here Wednesday night. I stayed back to take care of the barn at Santa Anita. I've been getting on this horse for so long. Since he left, I was missing him already. I was kind of eager to get here. I know he missed me too. He has a great personality. He's easy to handle, outside. Inside, once he's put in his stall, that's it. It's like, 'That's my castle, don't come near me. Leave me alone.' He'll bite, charge like a dog, try to take your head off. Other than that, he's fine. In the gate, he's fine. We took him today and he stood there like an old pro, like he'd been there before.
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River Plate to play Panama national squad

Sports Section PANAMA CITY, May 2 (Xinhua) -- River Plate, of the Argentine league's top teams, will play a friendly game with the Panama national squad on May 20, Panama's football federation said on Tuesday. The federation said that a contract for the match, which had been postponed before, had been signed, and that the game will take place in the Rommel Fernandez stadium in Panama. Julio Cesar Daly, the famed former Panamanian player, will manage the Panama national team. Panagol, as Daly is known, is already manager of the nation's under-17 national squad. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-05/03/content_4504172.htm
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Panama U-21 football team wins rematch 1-0 in CAC qualifier

Sports Section By William Ysaguirre - Freelance Writer: The Panama under 21 football team ended Belize’s hopes of qualifying for the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) under-21 football championships in Cartagena Colombia with a second victory by a 1-0 score at the M.C.C. grounds in Belize City on Sudnay, April 23. Panama’s striker #11 Gabriel Torres delivered the winning goal in the fourth minute of the second half when he drove the ball up the right flank to the goal line and blasted in a shot from the corner of the 18-yard box. Belize goalie Woodrow West got had gone to the corner of the goal to close the angle and got a glove on the ball but could not stop it from deflecting into the far left corner of the net. Belize had also lost the first game in Panama City when two players were ejected with red cards, but Belize’s strikers Bernard Linarez and Marlon Mesa still managed to score two goals in the 2-4 loss.
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Reef Classic Latin Pro Panama

Sports Section Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 April, 2006 : - - Competition day one of the fifth stop of the Latin-American Surfing Tour 2006, the Reef Classic Latin Pro Panama, was a total success, with an amazing surfing level that was joined all day long with two to three feet perfect and consistent waves. Top rated surfers faced a day of close heats and lots of surprises. A great contingent of Porto Rican and Venezuelan surfers made their way to Panama, improving the surfing level and making of the second round a ground for exiting heats, defined, most of the cases, on the last minutes. Conscious of the negative swell forecast, the contest organizers decided to make the most of the heat sheet today, so first, second and part of the third round heats went to the water in good conditions. Today´s best performance was made by the Costa Rican surfer Luis Vindas, who did a great wave selection and approached every inch of each section to make strong moves and ride them to the shore.
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Bahamas crush luckless Panama

Sports Section The Bahamas sent a clear warning to Division 2 rivals and host nation Argentina with a 9 wicket mauling of Panama at Corimayo. After Panama were dismissed for 134, the Bahamas simply tore into the Panamanian bowling to race to victory in only 16 overs for the loss of just the one wicket. Yet earlier in the day, after being put in to bat, it looked very likely that Panama were going to set the Bahamas a challenging total, at one point being handily placed at 122 for 4 in the 32nd over. Captain and opening bat, Soyeb Chohan (28), continued his solid form, with Tariq Daya (23) and Irfan Tarajiya (29) both making good contributions. What followed was a batting collapse, inspired largely by the left-arm spin of Narendra Ekanayake (6 for 12 in 6 overs), later unsurprisingly named Man of the Match, and Panama lost their remaining 6 wickets for the addition of only 12 runs to be all out for 134 in 38,1 overs. Venris Bennett weighed in with 2 for 30, and wicket-keeper Greg Taylor Jnr again had a fine day behind the stumps, snaring four catches and a stumping.
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Upcoming Boxing Matches in Panama City

Sports Section The following fights are scheduled for May 20th: At Panama City, Panama, Roberto Vasquez, Panama, vs. Noel Arambulet, Venezuela, 12, for Vasquez's WBA light flyweight title; Miguel Callist, Panama, vs. Juan Mosquera, Panama, 12, for Callist's WBA Fedelatin light welterweight title; Rafael Concepcion, Panama, vs. Jonathan Aguilar, Panama, 10, for the vacant WBC Fecarbox super flyweight title. http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060407/SPT/604070310/1013/SPT

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US Boys Dominate Tennis Tournament in Panama

Sports SectionI stopped by to snap some pictures of the Panama Bowl Copa Banco Uno 2006 at the Curundu Flats last week, and ended up getting a picture of most of the semi-finalists and the overall winner. Congratulations to the US Boys Team (1991 year) and their coach Martin Vandaalen. (Photo Below)
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FIBA: PAN - Search for new coach underway in Panama

Sports Section PANAMA CITY (FIBA World Championship) - Nolan Richardson led Panama to a surprise qualification for the FIBA World Championship but a new coach will be in charge when the tournament gets underway in August. Richardson, a former NCAA-title winning coach with the Arkansas Razorbacks, has not re-applied for the job after being given a short-term deal last year and is not expected to. He oversaw the team through the 2005 FIBA America Championship and they finished fifth. Since the end of the tournament, the position has been vacant. Six coaches have applied to coach the team at the FIBA World Championship in Japan, none who hail from Panama. They are Americans Laurin Watkins and Terry Layton, Puerto Ricans David Rosario and Carlos Morales, Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio and Uruguayan Cesar Somma. Panamanian Basketball Federation president Miguel Sanchiz told PA Sport: "Panama does not have national coaches. The few coaches the country has are not experts, without the necessary aptitude." One consideration will be the coach's salary demands. Panama will take part in the Centrobasket 2006, the 20th Centro-American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and the FIBA World Championship between August 19 and September 3 in Japan. Panama are in Group B with Angola, Germany, hosts Japan, Spain and New Zealand. http://www.noticias.info/asp/aspComunicados.asp?nid=156447&src=0


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Tobagonians in 'Panama' quarters

Sports Section TOBAGONIANS Yolande Leacock and Yohansey Williams scored impressive victories in Panama on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals. Olivia Bennett failed in her quest to reach the final eight of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Panama Bowl. After beating American Stephanie Kent 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the "round of 16", third-seeded Bennett was upset 6-3, 6-4 by Ekaterina Mezhiritskaya. The 15-year-old Trinidadian had comfortably defeated the Russian (6-2, 6-2) at this very stage last week in Costa Rica before going under in the second leg of the three-stage junior circuit. Leacock, who turned in a horrendous performance in Costa Rica by winning one game in her first match as No. 2 seed, cruised into the quarters with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jacklyn Lambert of Bermuda.
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Panama Bowl 2006 - International Tennis Tournament

Sports Section The Panama Bowl (Copa Banco Uno) 2006 is being played at the Panama National Tennis Stadium in the Llanos de Curundu in Panama City. The tournament started on March 13th, and will run through the 18th. The tournament is sponsored and sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and attracts young players from all over the world. This is an under-18 tournament, and most of the participants were in the 14-17 age range. The red clay surface is different and challenging for many of the players who don't get many chances to play on clay. This tournament is a "grade 4" tournament, meaning that its a relatively low-ranking competition, and is meant to be the kind of competition for younger players to earn some points and experience for their international rankings. It was nice to talk to the players and coaches, and to see some excellent tennis skills on display from some young and very talented players.
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Tennis trio in Panama

Sports Section Shammi Kowlessar: TRINIDAD and Tobago players Yolande Leacock, Olivia Bennett and Yohansey Williams are in Panama for the final leg of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit which served off yesterday. And the United States-based youngsters will need to improve significantly on last week's performances in Costa Rica if they are to make any impact in the under-18 tournament. Leacock was seeded second in the Costa Rica Bowl but managed to win just one game while fellow Tobagonian Williams also went out in the first round. After cruising in the first round, Bennett seemed on her way to reaching the quarterfinals after drubbing Francesca Segarelli 6-1 in the opening set. But the player from the Dominican Republic fought back to take the second set in a photo-finish (7-5 in the tiebreak) and then secured the decider 6-3.
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No-Hitter? 10-run Rule? The Dutch? Jeez...

Sports Section Shairon Martis made his mark on the World Baseball Classic. The San Francisco Giants minor leaguer pitched the first no-hitter in the new tournament, leading the Netherlands over Panama 10-0 Friday in a game stopped after seven innings because of a mercy rule. Martis ended the game with his 65th pitch - the limit for starting pitchers in the first round - when Cesar Quintero hit into a a double-play grounder. Martis walked one - Olmedo Saenz with two outs in the first - and struck out none. The only other runner he allowed was when Adolfo Rivera reached on fielding error by third baseman Ivanon Coffie leading off the seventh. "I was thinking I had to keep the fastball low to get as many groundballs as possible," Martis said. "I used fastballs and sliders. ... I feel very proud of having thrown a no-hitter, and I really don't have any other words to describe it."
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Panama (0-2) vs. The Netherlands (0-2) in WBC

Sports SectionWell, somebody has to win this game. Panamá lost to Puerto Rico 2-1 and to Cuba 8-6 in 11 innings. The Netherlands lost to Puerto Rico 8-3 and to Cuba 11-2. The Dutch will start a 19-year old named Shairon Martis. Panama will start Miguel Gomez. Andruw Jones is not in the starting lineup for the Dutch. After the game is over, the teams will get together and swap canal stories. Panamá has the more famous one, but the Dutch make up for that with quantity. http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/328932.html

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Cuba 8, Panama 6, 11 innings

Sports Section SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Cuban and Panamanian fans brought their flags and hopes to Hiram Bithorn Stadium expecting a good show. Cheered by a handful a raucous fans, the favored Cubans nearly lost the game during a ninth-inning meltdown, then bounced back win their World Baseball Classic opener 8-6 in 11 innings. Panamanian fans jumped in the stands and waved their flags when their team scored twice in the ninth to tie the game 6-all. Panama nearly won it then, leaving the bases loaded, but couldn't come back again after pinch-hitter Yoandry Garlobo's go-ahead single in the 11th. "The whole team is prepared mentally and physically, and any one of us could have done the same,'' Garlobo said. Ruben Rivera hit a three-run homer for Panama (0-2), which trailed 6-4 in the ninth and loaded the bases with no outs against the Olympic champions.
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Panama Muscle Martial Arts Gym

Sports SectionJacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey Wrote: Trying to figure out the location of a martial arts studio in Panama City - Hi, my boyfriend and I will be visiting Panama City for a week next month, and he would like to continue training in martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing) while we're there. He's found a martial arts studio (http://www.panama-muscle.com/page.asp?PID=5) in the city but we cannot find the location on our map: "Calle 50 (entre Mcdonalds y Multimax arriba de Gyrasol)". Where is that, exactly? What are the cross streets or other nearby landmarks? We're tentatively planning on staying in the Las Vegas Suites Hotel (http://www.lasvegaspanama.com/) which is in the neighborhood "El Cangrejo" -- how far is that from the martial arts studio? Thanks!
Jacqueline Passey

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Nationals (ss) 10, Panama 7

Sports Section VIERA, Fla. – Carlos Lee, Sherman Obando and Manuel Rodriguez homered for Panama's national team, which wasted a two-run lead and lost to a Washington Nationals' split squad 10-7 Saturday. Lee hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Obando had three hits, including a two-run homer. “I'm happy to be here,” said Lee, Milwaukee's All-Star left fielder. “I can only do so much, so it will take the whole team to (win the WBC). It's nice for baseball to see fans from different countries having the opportunity to see big league players together on one team.” Panama's roster includes Bruce Chen, Olmedo Saenz. The Yankees' Mariano Rivera opted not to participate. Roberto Kelly quit last month as manager, complaining he didn't get enough support from Panamanian baseball officials, and was replaced by Anibal Reluz. During first round play in San Juan, Panama is grouped with Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands, making it unlikely the Panamanians will advance. Washington's Frank Diaz had three hits, including a three-run homer, and needed only a triple for the cycle. The Nationals' Ian Desmond singled for a 7-6 lead in the eighth, and Larry Broadway followed with a three-run homer. Jason Bergmann was the winner, and Santos Hernandez was the loser.


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Five of 16 teams in World Baseball Classic to have uniform ads

Sports Section NEW YORK (AP) - Five of the 16 teams in the inaugural World Baseball Classic will have advertisements on their uniforms. Japan, China and Taiwan will have ads for soft drinks made by Asahi, the commissioner's office said Thursday. Venezuela will have ads for Maltin Polar, a nonalcoholic malt drink, and Panama will have ads for the Cable and Wireless telecommunications company. In addition, Japan will have ads on its helmets for Konami, a Japanese entertainment corporation that develops video games.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Baseball/MLB/2006/03/02/1470195-ap.html
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The Swimming Pool at Ft. Clayton

Sports SectionThe pool at Clayton is very nice, and is probably one of the best pools in Panama City for swimming laps. They only charge $1.00 per person to get in, and they have memberships and stuff like that for regulars. The pool is always clean and well maintained. They usually have at least a couple of lanes marked off for lap swimmers. See below for photo/maps and pics.
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