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Penn State University Baseball Team to Play in Cuba
A baseball team from the state of Pennsylvania will come to Cuba by the end of November to face teams of the National Series, informed U.S. news media.

The newspaper Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said it is the trip of pre-season of the group, something that the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) allows to do to the teams of all sports once every four years.

Not even the trainer of the Nittany Lions, Rob Cooper, had any idea that Cuba could be an option possible due to the collaboration of Penn State with the Center of Martian Studies based in Havana.

I think they were joking, said Cooper when he was informed of that possibility, that would turn the Lions

into the first team of the United States of any level to play against Cuban National Series teams. The squad will travel to Cuba the week of Thanksgiving vacations (November 23-29) with academic visas, in a trip to include four games of baseball, conferences and seminars.

As it has been scheduled, two of those games will be played in Havana against Industriales in the Latin American Stadium and the other two will be against Pinar del Rio and Matanzas, all with a pause until the resumption of the Cuban championship.

Professor emeritus of Penn State, John S. Nichols, who spent almost 40 years traveling to Cuba and carried out a research on topics of Cuban communication, made emphasis on the extra-sporting aspects of the visit.

There will be visits to cultural and historical sites, to conferences of Cuban sports history, on more important topics of Cuban history and the life of Jose Marti, that is why it will be a combination of sports and knowledge, said Nichols. / PL.

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