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puerto ricans want autonomous wbc team if people vote for statehood in june


on its undefeated romp through the world baseball classic, puerto rico toppled the united states. by the time the next wbc rolls around, puerto rico could be one of the united states. in june, puerto ricans will vote on whether to become the 51st state, subject to approval by congress. whatever the pros and cons of statehood, the puerto rican baseball players hope that they can continue to represent their island.beat the u.s., sure. be the u.s.?“hell no,” dodgers utility man enrique hernandez said.“never felt that way,” said former dodgers infielder alex cora, the general manager of team puerto rico.puerto ricans have been citizens of the united states for the last 100 years, but they cannot vote for president, and their representative cannot vote in congress. they have their own flag and






eddie rosario's sacrifice fly sends puerto rico into wbc title game


los angeles — carlos correa was 17 and watching the world baseball classic on television four years ago, too young to participate.when his chance came around this time, the houston astros' star shortstop was up to the task.correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning and scored the winning run in the 11th to give puerto rico a dramatic 4-3 victory over the netherlands on monday night.next up is a spot in the championship game."when i feel that i'm all excited, i try to calm down, breathe deep and concentrate on what we're doing," correa said. "this is something that we rehearse every day, so we will be able to do it well at the end."eddie rosario, who went 0 for 4, hit a sacrifice fly to center field in the 11th that drove in correa, triggering a massive celebration on the field and in t






us to puerto rico: add another option to status referendum


san juan, puerto rico — puerto ricans who want their island to remain a u.s. territory got a boost on thursday from the administration of u.s. president donald trump.the federal department of justice said in a letter addressed to gov. ricardo rossello that an upcoming referendum to decide the future of puerto rico's political status should include the current status as an option.rossello had submitted a draft of the ballot that only included two options: statehood or independence/free association. if a majority chose the latter, a second referendum would be held in october and would ask voters to choose between the two.the department of justice said that kind of ballot would raise questions about the vote's legitimacy."(the ballot) is not drafted in a way that ensures that its result will






cubs' javier baez: puerto rico not trying to show up foes in wbc


javier baez said puerto rico was merely having fun and displaying their flashy style during the world baseball classic.“that’s what it’s all about,” baez said saturday in his return to the chicago cubs and in response to a question whether puerto rico’s flair was up for debate. “this is a game, it’s not a season. everybody has their style. we’re just going to keep doing it like i play. i have a lot of fun. we’re not showing anyone up. i’m just going to keep doing what i’m doing.”baez added later, “i was really happy to be in it, and happy that we enjoyed it.”baez didn’t realized that he pointed toward catcher yadier molina before catching his throw and applying a tag on a steal attempt in pool f play until after the game, when his phone was flooded with messages and videos.“oh, whatever,”






puerto rico gov approves referendum in quest for statehood


san juan, puerto rico — puerto ricans are getting another s at voting on statehood after the island's governor on friday approved a non-binding referendum to determine the u.s. territory's political future.the referendum will be held on june 11 and gives voters two options: statehood or independence/free ociation. if a majority chooses the latter, a second referendum would be held in october and will ask voters to choose between the two."colonialism is not an option for puerto rico," gov. ricardo rossello said. "it's a civil rights issue ... the time will come in which the united states has to respond to the demands of 3.5 million citizens seeking an absolute democracy."backers say the referendum could help the island overcome a decade-long economic crisis as it struggles to restructure ne






puerto rico beats united states 6-5 to advance to wbc semis


by bernie wilsonsan diego (ap) — yadier molina and puerto rico are moving on to the world baseball classic semifinals after scoring four runs in the first inning and then holding on for a wild 6-5 win against the united states on friday night.puerto rico advances to the championship round for the second straight wbc. it reached the championship game in 2013 before losing to the dominican republic.by clinching pool f with a day to go, puerto rico (2-0) will play the netherlands on monday night at dodger stadium.the other semifinal spot from pool f will go to the winner of saturday night’s game between the united states (1-1) and the dominican republic (1-1). that team will play japan on tuesday night.with most of the 32,463 fans on their feet and chanting in the top of the ninth, a u.s rall






puerto rico edges netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach wbc final


los angeles — eddie rosario's sacrifice fly drove in carlos correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving puerto rico a 4-3 victory over the netherlands on monday night and a spot in the world baseball classic championship game.correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and t.j. rivera's solo shot in the second put puerto rico ahead 3-2.puerto rico will play either two-time champion japan or the united states on wednesday night at dodger stadium. the puerto ricans also reached the final in 2013, losing to the dominican republic 3-0.the blond puerto rican players, who dyed their hair in a show of unity that has caught on back home, jumped up and down in celebration on the field after a lively, emotional and sometimes-testy game that lasted 4 hours, 19 minutes.in the stands, th






wbc: united states on brink of elimination after loss to puerto rico


the road to the world baseball classic championship is painfully clear for the united states.win or go home. then win or go home again. then win again, for a third and final time.that is a tall order for any team, let alone one that is one game over .500 in the history of this tournament. but blue became the predominant color for the red, white and blue on friday night, after a 6-5 loss to puerto rico.puerto rico joined japan and the netherlands in clinching a spot in the wbc final four next week at dodger stadium.that leaves the united states facing the possibility of missing out on the semifinals for the second straight wbc. the u.s. plays the dominican republic on saturday, and either the home team or the defending champion will not advance to dodger stadium.“it’s pretty simple,” u.s. m






us to puerto rico: add another option to status referendum


san juan, puerto rico — puerto ricans who want their island to remain a u.s. territory got a boost on thursday from the administration of president donald trump.the federal department of justice said in a letter addressed to gov. ricardo rossello that an upcoming referendum to decide the future of puerto rico's political status should include the current status as an option.rossello had submitted a draft of the ballot that only included two options: statehood or independence/free association. if a majority chose the latter, a second referendum would be held in october and would ask voters to choose between the two.the department of justice said that kind of ballot would raise questions about the vote's legitimacy."(the ballot) is not drafted in a way that ensures that its result will accur






outages increase as puerto rico company crumbles amid crisis


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — spoiled food. damaged appliances. shuttered businesses.a recent increase in power outages is taking a heavy toll on puerto rico as the u.s. territory’s heavily indebted public power company struggles to modernize decades-old equipment that is crumbling amid a deep economic crisis.the frequent loss of power, coupled with rising power bills, is spooking potential investors. it has frustrated business owners who complain of lost revenue and forced homeowners to buy new appliances amid unexpected surges.“it’s never been worse,” mariela aguirre, a 49-year-old sales trainer, said of the weekly outages in her neighborhood tucked in an upscale suburb near the capital. “this is turning into a third world country.”most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april






it's last twins game for awhile for trio of wbc-bound players


    west palm beach, fla. — paul molitor acknowledged the twins’ quartet of wbc players — kennys vargas, hector santiago, eddie rosario and jose berrios, all playing for team puerto rico — in front of their teammates on saturday and wished them well. but the first three of those players have one more piece of business before they leave: playing today against the nationals.    santiago will start and pitch three innings or 45 pitches, while vargas serves as the designated hitter and rosario plays right field, where the twins have been told he might be stationed in world baseball classic games next weekend. then they’re off to arizona for the first team workout on tuesday.    molitor said the twins will scout puerto rican games closely, and it’s possible that the foursome, and particularly v






twins send chargois to rochester, and more cuts should be coming


the twins on friday optioned righthander j.t. chargois to class aaa rochester, ending a rough spring for the bullpen prospect.chargois was one of the favorites to break camp with the major league team but simply didn't pitch well, giving up eight earned runs over 81/3 innings, including two home runs. opponents batted .410 against him. it was bad enough that he fell behind hitters, but he remained fastball intensive when behind in the count. they also want him to work on holding runners on base better. clearly, chargois fumbled his opportunity.the twins now have 43 players in camp - a big number for this time of year. i would not be surprised if they make more cuts either after tonight's game or before tomorrow night's game in sarasota.the puerto rican twins players arrived in the clubhous






monday's page 2 tipsheet


tipsheetcompiled by kenchiaknow thisthis marks the first time since the 64-team ncaa tournament field began that two big ten teams seeded seventh or worse made the sweet16.watch thisthe world baseball classic ends with a mere three games at dodger stadium, two semifinals and a final. the americans played their way in late saturday; they face japan on tuesday, but first comes a semi between the bert blyleven-coached dutch and the twins-heavy puerto ricans (8 p.m., mlb network).random fandom"i am very encouraged by the gophers men's bb team improvement and direction. but, in some ways next year could be more difficult. they won't be sneaking up on anyone and will have to shoulder the 'high expectations' burden.""zeemann" on startribune.com.tweeted"thank you for the best five years of my life






javier baez's glovework sparks puerto rico to world baseball classic stunner


javier baez is known for his dramatic style, and the chicago cubs' infielder gained plenty of notoriety tuesday night for his daring tag.baez pointed toward home plate before he caught a throw from catcher yadier molina and applied a quick tag on nelson cruz on a steal attempt to end the eighth inning of puerto rico's 3-1 victory over the dominican republic in pool f play of the world baseball classic at san diego's petco bark.baez's hustle also enabled puerto rico to score a run in the fourth. baez reached safely on a throwing error by third baseman adrian beltre and eventually scored on a double by eddie rosario that enabled puerto rico to take a 2-1 lead.the loss was the d.r.'s first in wbc play since 1911. puerto rico will play the united states on thursday at petco park.






puerto rico map offline download


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residente weighs in on puerto rico's independence with trevor noah


during his stop at the daily show to discuss his self-titled album and documentary on his ancestral ties, grammy award-winning mc residente took a moment to reflect on returning to puerto rico after his music was censored for four years when he cursed puerto rican governor luis fortuño for laying off thousands of public employees.read: trailer: residente traces roots in 10 countries in album documentary“i was like the bad guy back home, but then he lost and i was able to perform again in front of 30,000 people, and it was great,” he said of the tear-jerking moment, which he wishes his late grandmother had the opportunity to witness.the calle 13 alumnus, a major champion for oscar lopez rivera’s freedom, later touched on his vision for the u.s. territory. “i’m one of the five percent of peo






correa homers, puerto rico advances in wbc, beats italy


guadalajara, mexico — carlos correa hit a three-run homer, and puerto rico qualified for the second round of the world baseball classic with a 9-3 victory against italy on sunday.correa connected in the fourth inning, belting a drive to left-center to make it 7-3. the houston astros star also walked twice and scored two runs.enrique hernandez also drove in three runs for puerto rico, which went 3-0 in the first round. puerto rico also beat venezuela 11-0 and mexico 9-4."from the beginning there was no doubt that we can get past this round but the goal is to win it all," hernandez said. "every wbc game means the same, there*s no small opponent. we have a lot of pride and what we showed here we are going to bring it to the table in the next round, that*s what you can expect."next up for puer






us coast guard unloads major drug haul in puerto rico


san juan, puerto rico — a u.s. coast guard official in puerto rico says the agency has made the largest seizure of cocaine in the region in years from a boat off south america's northeastern coast.coast guard spokesman ricardo castrodad says a preliminary analysis puts the haul at 4.2 tons, with an estimated street value of $125 million. that would make it the largest found in the atlantic since 1999.the illicit cargo was unloaded monday from the coast guard cutter joseph napier in san juan, puerto rico.the napier was patrolling along with the coast guard of trinidad and tobago on feb. 16 when they stopped and searched a 70-foot fishing boat in international waters off suriname.four men from guyana on board the vessel are in custody in the u.s. virgin islands.






puerto rico governor meets with top us officials amid crisis


san juan, puerto rico — puerto rico's governor met on friday with the u.s. treasury and health secretaries to seek support in pulling the island out of a deep economic crisis.gov. ricardo rossello traveled to washington, d.c. to talk in part with treasury secretary steve mnuchin about how the federal office could help transform the u.s. territory's economy. mnuchin also spoke by phone with the chair of a federal control board created by u.s. congress last year to oversee puerto rico's finances.mnuchin said in a statement that he was familiar with puerto rico's ongoing economic challenges and urged rossello's administration to work with the board. it is unclear what kind of relationship the department of treasury will develop with rossello under u.s. president donald trump. the previous tre






puerto rico edges netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach wbc final


eddie rosario's sacrifice fly drove in carlos correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving puerto rico a 4-3 victory over the netherlands on monday night and a spot in the world baseball classic championship game.






puerto rico edges netherlands 4-3 in 11 to reach wbc final


eddie rosario's sacrifice fly drove in carlos correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving puerto rico a 4-3 victory over the netherlands on monday night and a berth in the world baseball classic championship game.






pioneering puerto rican actress miriam colón dies at 80


legendary puerto rican actress miriam colón died at age 80 last friday, reports the new york times. colón was widely known for her roles on scarface (as al pacino’s mom) and one life to live. the boricua artist was born on aug. 20, 1936 in ponce, puerto rico, and later arrived in new york city in 1953 to pursue acting. soon after, she made history enrolling in the actor’s studio as its first puerto rican member ever.read: lin-manuel miranda earns star on puerto rico’s walk of famein 1967 she founded the puerto rican traveling theater, designed to help showcase young latino artist. in 1981, she also founded the company’s permanent home on west 47th street named, the pregones theater puerto rican traveling theater.for her stellar achievements including starring in roles on lone star, bless m






in puerto escondido, great food, low prices, super surf. what's not to love? (ma


not long ago i began looking for a place where i could spend a few months relaxing while spending very little money. my destination would have to offer a leisurely lifestyle, great weather, even better food and — to reiterate — as a writer, an affordable price tag.last summer i settled on mexico, where wordsmiths such as lawrence and steinbeck, burroughs and kesey all ended up at some point.but i’m not talking about just any part of mexico. i’m talking about puerto escondido, on oaxaca’s pacfic coast. and i’m not saying you must be a writer to come here.. as far as cost-effective vacations go, puerto escondido is among the best options on the continent.it should be noted that there is always a devil in paradise. puerto escondido is a poor town of about 45,000 people that is still modernizi






puerto rico nationalist unexpectedly returns after term cut


san juan, puerto rico — a puerto rican nationalist who is the last of his group still serving time for his role in a violent struggle for independence for the u.s. territory unexpectedly returned to the island thursday to serve the remainder of a sentence commuted by outgoing president barack obama.oscar lopez rivera disembarked from an american airlines jet that landed in the capital of san juan and was placed under house arrest at his daughter's apartment. he was originally scheduled to be released from prison in terre haute, indiana on may 17."most prisoners go to halfway houses," said u.s. rep. luis gutierrez, who had requested and helped secured lopez's transfer. "he got to go home to be with his daughter. that's pretty unusual."gutierrez said the warden agreed to lopez's transfer on






puerto rico wins 6th straight in wbc, routs venezuela 13-2


san diego — mike aviles got four hits and drove in three runs as puerto rico, already assured a spot in the world baseball classic semifinals, beat venezuela 13-2 saturday for its sixth straight win in the tournament.puerto rico, runner-up to the dominican republic in the 2013 wbc, will play the netherlands on monday night at dodger stadium.kennys vargas hit a two-run homer and angel pagan added a double and two singles as puerto rico got 17 hits. a day earlier, carlos correa, carlos beltran and yadier molina helped puerto rico hold off the united states 6-5.starter jose de leon pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. martin perez took the loss.venezuela lost to puerto rico for the second time in this year's wbc. it fell 11-0 in an abbreviated first-round game shortened because of the






cubs' javier baez leads puerto rico to wbc semifinals


javier baez's play friday night assured that he won't be rejoining the chicago cubs until at least next wednesday.baez hit a single during a four-run first inning and stole three bases to lead puerto rico to a 6-5 victory over the united states in the world baseball classic at san diego's petco park.the victory guaranteed puerto rico of a berth in the semifinals of the wbc at dodger stadium, where baez and his teammates will play the netherlands.baez made a diving stop in shallow right field to rob eric hosmer of a hit to end the sixth inning.






cubs' javier baez leads puerto rico to world baseball classic finals


less than five months after helping the chicago cubs to the world series title, second baseman javier baez has a chance to lead puerto rico to the world baseball classic championship.baez went 2-for-4 with a dynamic stolen base monday night as puerto rico rallied for a 4-3 win over the netherlands in 11 innings at dodger stadium.baez and puerto rico will play the winner of tuesday night's semifinal between the united states and japan for the wbc title on wednesday night.trailing 3-2 in the fourth, baez attempted a steal of third base in which he extended his arms before employing a swim move with his left arm in an attempt to avoid a tag by third baseman xander bogaerts.baez originally was called out but immediately signaled to his dugout to review the call, which was overturned on replay.






puerto rico beats united states 6-5 to advance to wbc semis


san diego — puerto rico is squeezing every bit of fun it can out of this world baseball classic.come monday night, the party moves on to dodger stadium.yadier molina and puerto rico advanced to the wbc semifinals after scoring four runs in the first inning and then holding on for a wild 6-5 win against the united states on friday night.when edwin diaz struck out josh harrison to end the game with brandon crawford standing on third base, players raced out of the puerto rico dugout to join the celebration on the infield. after a few minutes in the clubhouse, the team returned to the field waving small flags and ran over to celebrate with a large group of fans on the first-base side who were chanting, beating drums, rattling noisemakers and waving flags."we are happy for the job all the guys






puerto rico union sues to block pension cuts


san juan, puerto rico — one of puerto rico's largest unions sued on wednesday to block a federal control board's austerity plan that would slash pensions and other spending by the u.s. territory.the suit filed by the united public servants union said the plan violates a law protecting the pension system as well as constitutional guarantees involving contracts between the government and retirees. the union represents more than 10,000 government workers and 2,300 retired ones."(puerto rico's) current and future retirees are not rich and will not become rich because of their pensions," the lawsuit states. "to the contrary, many of them will suffer grievous harm from the cuts promised by the final fiscal plan."the union accused the board of creating what it called "an unauthorized, dangerous a






puerto rico union sues to block pension cuts


san juan, puerto rico — one of puerto rico's largest unions sued on wednesday to block a federal control board's austerity plan that would slash pensions and other spending by the u.s. territory.the suit filed by the united public servants union said the plan violates a law protecting the pension system as well as constitutional guarantees involving contracts between the government and retirees. the union represents more than 10,000 government workers and 2,300 retired ones."(puerto rico's) current and future retirees are not rich and will not become rich because of their pensions," the lawsuit states. "to the contrary, many of them will suffer grievous harm from the cuts promised by the final fiscal plan."the union accused the board of creating what it called "an unauthorized, dangerous a






top economist: puerto rico could fall into deeper depression


san juan, puerto rico — nobel economics laureate joseph stiglitz has criticized puerto rico's new fiscal plan, cautioning that its "draconian" measures could plunge the u.s. territory into an even deeper depression.the former chief economist and senior vice-president of the world bank spoke thursday to a gathering of more than 1,000 people in san juan. he is considered among the world's most influential economists.his warning comes as puerto rico prepares to launch the fiscal plan and restructure $70 billion in public debt.gov. ricardo rossello said thursday he had reached a tentative deal with bondholders to restructure $9 billion of the debt held by the island's public power company. it is considered a significant step in helping turn around the island's decade-long economic crisis.






puerto rico goes blond amid baseball fever


puerto rico team members celebrate their win over the netherlands in a semifinal in the world baseball classic in los angeles, monday, march 20, 2017. (ap photo/chris carlson) by danica cotosan juan, puerto rico (ap) — stores across puerto rico are running out of hair dye as men across the island are going blond in support of their world baseball classic team.the widespread blonding began as a joke: team members playing in california bleached their hair and declared themselves “team rubio.”fans followed suit, and the trend spiked tuesday after puerto rico beat the netherlands in 11 innings to reach the championship game undefeated in the tournament. puerto rico will play wednesday night in the final against the united states, which defeated japan.“ever since they began winning, this has no






puerto rico tops mexico 1-0 in 10 for caribbean series title


culiacan, mexico — puerto rico won the caribbean series for the first time since 2000 with a 1-0 victory over mexico in 10 innings tuesday night.jonathan morales' sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th accounted for the only run. yadiel rivera doubled to start the rally and a nced to third on a sacrifice bunt by jesmuel valentin against reliever jake sanchez.after going 1-3 in the first round of the tournament, the criollos de caguas earned their fourth caribbean series championship and first since 1987. puerto rico has 15 titles in the series, second to the dominican republic with 19.the aguilas de mexicali failed in their bid to give host mexico consecutive series titles. mexican teams have won five of the last eight tournaments.






mariners will allow edwin diaz to pitch in the world baseball classic title game


after throwing two innings on monday, diaz will be available for puerto rico on wednesday nightpeoria, ariz. — edwin diaz will be allowed to pitch if needed  in the world baseball classic championship game.the mariners have given their young fireballing closer permission to pitch for puerto rico on wednesday night at dodger stadium . and it’s impossible to see a scenario where puerto rico’s manager edwin rodriguez wouldn’t use his best reliever.“he is going to pitch for the puerto rican team if they need him tomorrow,” manager scott servais confirmed.the puerto rican baseball federation released a tweet earlier in the day, saying that diaz had been granted permission for one inning.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.general manager jerry dipoto had multiple discussio






mariners will allow edwin diaz to pitch in the world baseball classic title game


after throwing two innings on monday, diaz will be available for puerto rico on wednesday nightpeoria, ariz. — edwin diaz will be allowed to pitch if needed  in the world baseball classic championship game.the mariners have given their young fireballing closer permission to pitch for puerto rico on wednesday night at dodger stadium . and it’s impossible to see a scenario where puerto rico’s manager edwin rodriguez wouldn’t use his best reliever.“he is going to pitch for the puerto rican team if they need him tomorrow,” manager scott servais confirmed.the puerto rican baseball federation released a tweet earlier in the day, saying that diaz had been granted permission for one inning.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.general manager jerry dipoto had multiple discussio






alomar hired by mlb for youth development in puerto rico


new york (ap) — hall of famer roberto alomar has been hired by major league baseball as a special consultant and tasked with focusing on youth development in puerto rico.the 49-year-old, inducted to the hall in 2011, is to serve as an ambassador at events and development initiatives on the island, including youth clinics and tournaments. mlb has been concerned about the drop in puerto rican big leaguers: the 17 on opening day last year were the most on opening day since 20 in 2011 but down from a record 53 during the 2001 season.a member of toronto’s world series championship teams in 1992 and ’93, alomar was a 12-time all-star during a big league career that spanned 1988-2004 with san diego, the blue jays, baltimore, cleveland, the new york mets, the chicago white sox and arizona.he was b






puerto rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid baseball fever


san juan, puerto rico (ap) — pharmacies and beauty stores across puerto rico are running out of hair dye as a growing number of men go blond in support of the island’s baseball players who bleached their hair as a bonding ritual ahead of the world baseball classic.what began as a joke among team members playing in california has spread across the island in a trend that spiked tuesday just hours after puerto rico beat the netherlands in 11 innings to reach the championship game undefeated in the tournament, which is held every four years. puerto rico will play wednesday in the final against the winner of tuesday night’s game between the united states and japan.“ever since they began winning, this has not stopped,” said myrna rios, a manager at a sally beauty supply store in the capital of s






the latest: first would-be migrants to us grounded in cairo


cairo — the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees from muslim-majority countries (all times local):3 p.m.cairo airport officials say seven u.s.-bound migrants — six from iraq and one from yemen — have been prevented from boarding an egyptair flight to new york's jfk airport.the officials said the action urday by the airport was the first since president donald trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven muslim-majority countries: iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and yemen.the officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the u.n. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at cairo airport contacted their counterparts in jfk airport.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not autho