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Sports Wrap up for Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013

Leinier Tied For Sixth Consecutive Time

Cuban GM Leinier Domínguez has agreed his 6th consecutive draw at the Paris Chess Grand Prix, and will have a hard close in the 10th and final round of the event.

This time the Russian GM Alexander Grischuk (2785) was the opponent faced by Leinier (2757), who came to depend on a Petrov defense with black pieces and signed peace in 30 moves.

Now, Russian GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (2703) will rival Leinier, important duel to maintain the supremacy he's got now by tiebreak.

The closing will also have the caps of Leinier-Caruana, Gelfand-Ponomariov, Giri-Nakamura, Tomashevsky-Ivanchuk, Grischuk-Bacrot and Wang-Fressinet.

Table appears formed by Caruana and Gelfand (6.5), Nakamura and Bacrot (6), Grischuk and Leinier (5), Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Wang and Tomashevsky (4.5), Fressinet (4) and Giri (3).

Cuba Women's Team Travels to Mexico

Cuba women's team traveled Thursday to Mexico to participate in the FIFA U-23 Volleyball Tournament, which will take place from 5th to 12th to come in Mexico.

According to the website of the contest, the Cubans are in Group B, based in Mexicali city, and its first opponent will be Brazil on Saturday 5th, and then come up with the United States and China, on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

According to the program, all teams will rest on Tuesday, and Kenya will top Germany on Wednesday and Thursday, in that order.

The Cuban team is coached by Juan Carlos Gala and trainers Wilfredo Robinson and Juan Carlos Cruz.

Millions of Tickets Already Requested for FIFA World Cup

Fans have requested 4.5 million tickets for the 64 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, reported the International Soccer Federation (FIFA).

Most of them, around 3.4 million or 77%, comes from the host country, followed by Argentina, which added 223,686 requests, followed by the United States with 175,122, FIFA reported in a statement.

French FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil described the amount of applications as impressive and considered that this reveals an extraordinary interest in the event scheduled for Brazil, five times world champion.

Petitions are being accepted until October 10th, but this will not guarantee a ticket, since FIFA will hold a raffle when the demand exceeds the capacity of the stadiums.
According to FIFA, the matches of greater interest for fans are the finals, the opening and the matches of Brazil, the only team that already knows its position in the draw: head of Group A.

The raffle for the key matches will be held on December 6th, with the World Cup to be held from June 12th to July 13th, and the decisive match to be played in Rio de Janeiro's Maracaná Stadium.


Edited by Eduardo González
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