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Venezuela asks to replace Puerto Rico as Group C site

Updated: December 28, 2005, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela offered to host part of next year's World Baseball Classic in place of Puerto Rico and suggested moving the final to Canada, proposals aimed at keeping Cuba in the 16-team tournament.

Such an arrangement would open the way for communist-led Cuba to participate in the first World Cup-style baseball tournament. Cuba is banned from playing on U.S. soil, and Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.

"We hope that the United States government changes its position," ...

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