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Past, present and future of Dominican athletics

Updated: August 2, 2003, 6:38 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Luis Pujols stepped up to the plate, called his shot and brought the Pan American Games to a sizzling start.

The nephew of the San Francisco Giants coach of the same name, dressed in a Dominican baseball uniform, swung a bat at a baseball sitting atop a mini-flame in the field at the Olympic Stadium. That triggered a wire extending across the stadium to the games cauldron, which then ignited to resounding cheers.

Moments earlier, Juan Marichal, ...

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