Cuba Wins Women's Qualifying Basketball Championship
Cuba's women basketball team is already at home after winning the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship women's basketball by defeating Canada 79-71 in Xalapa, the capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz, said the website of the International Federation of that discipline.
The Cuban came to win, after winning 72 of 68 to Brazil, the favorite, in his previous stop, and also avenged its 53-40 setback to the Canadians during the playoffs.
Miranda Ayim,Oyanaisis Geliz, Clenia Noblet, and Marlén Cepeda excelled by Cuba, while Cuban attacker Yamara Bitter was selected the Most Valuable Player.
In the bronze medal match, Brazil defeated Puerto Rico 66-56. With these results, Cuba, Canada and Brazil get their ticket to the World Cup Championship to be held in Turkey 2014.
The other teams participating in the competition were Chile, Jamaica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Cuban Olympic Boxer Increases Weight for World Championship
The Cuban Lázaro Álvarez, current world title holder in the 56 kg division, will box in 60 kilos in the upcoming World Boxing Championship.
The Cuban boxing team coach selected Álvarez, world gold medal in Baku-2011 and bronze in London 2012, to reinforce the category to attend the World competition from October 11th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and aims to regain the throne by country, lost at the 2007 edition held in Chicago.
With that purpose, the well-experienced Julio Cesar La Cruz (81 kg), Yasniel Toledo 60 (now 64), Erislandy Savon (91) and Yohandry Toirac (more than 91) were also added.
Rounding out the squad appears Yobany Veitía (49), plus Gerardo Cervantes (52), Arisnoidis Despaigne (69) and Ramon Luis (75).
This 17th edition of the World Boxing Championship will be held at the Palace of Culture and Sports of Almaty until October 26th.
It will enforce the new Technical Regulations of the International Boxing Association, which eliminates the use of the head gear and modify the scoring system of judges.
Grand Prix de Ajedrez de París
Instalado en el 4to lugar quedó el GM cubano Leinier Domínguez, tras dividir con el GM francés Etienne Bacrot en la ronda 7 del Grand Prix de Ajedrez de París, otra vez liderado por el GM israelí Boris Gelfand.
Al mando de piezas blancas, Leinier (2 757 puntos Elo) eligió la apertura Española para enfrentar a un Bacrot (2 723) que respondió con la variante Berlinesa y tuvo ligera ventaja en final de torre y caballo contra torre y alfil, luego de 31 jugadas y acumulado de 3 puntos, aunque por desempate el caribeño es 4to y el galo 6to.
Ahora, la Tabla se presenta con Gelfand (5 puntos), Nakamura (4,5), Caruana (4), Leinier, Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Tomashevsky y Ponomariov (3,5), Fressinet, Grischuk y Hao (3) y Giri (2), en ese orden.
Chess Grand Prix de Paris
Installed in 4th place was the GM Leinier Dominguez, after splitting with French GM Etienne Bacrot closing the 7th round of the Paris Chess Grand Prix, again led by Israeli GM Boris Gelfand.
Commanding white pieces, Leinier (Elo 2757) chose the Spanish opening to face a Bacrot (2723) who responded with a Berlin variation and had slight advantage in rook and knight against rook and bishop, after 31 plays, and both accumulated 3 points, although the Caribbean tiebreaker is 4th and the Gaul 6th.
Now the Table is led by Gelfand (5 points), Nakamura (4.5), Caruana (4), Leinier, Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Ponomariov Tomashevsky and (3.5), Fressinet, Grischuk and Hao (3) and Giri (2), in that orden.