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Animal protection in the extreme

Animal protection in the extreme

All hell broke loose late last week as our community got word of the shocking mu...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - November 30, 2019

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - November 30, 2019

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

Venezuelan guest conductor Christian Vazquez, a classmate of stellar Los Angeles Philharmonic director Gustavo Dudamel, leads a program consisting of Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy,” with Isabel Villanueva playing solo viola, Carreño’s &ldqu...

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India showcases music, dance at Book Fair

-1 DAYS AGO

Performers from India, this year’s invited country to the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), offer cultural presentations each evening in the Foro FIL, the space located in the forecourt of Expo Guadalajara.  There is no charge for the shows, which begin at 9 p.m.

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Music, dance & comedy at ‘Cabaret Extravaganza’

13 DAYS AGO
Music, dance & comedy  at ‘Cabaret Extravaganza’

Curtains rise at the Auditorio de la Ribera on an over-the-top cabaret show Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21.

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Orquesta Típica tunes up for anniversary performance

13 DAYS AGO
Orquesta Típica tunes up for anniversary performance

The Orquesta Típica de Chapala (OTCH) will celebrate its ninth anniversary on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. with a concert and dinner at La Bodega in Ajijic (Calle 16 de Septiembre 124).

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Ribera Arts Review - November 30, 2019

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 30, 2019

‘One Man, Two Govnors’ postponed

Because of technical difficulties, Lakeside Little Theatre was unable to present the National Theatre Live performance of “One Man, Two Govnors.”

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Ribera Arts Review - November 23, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 23, 2019

Met Opera

The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” Saturday, November 23, 11:55 a.m. in three Movie Space theaters, two with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles.

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At the Movies - November 23, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

Zombieland:Double Tap

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

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At the Movies - November 16, 2019

13 DAYS AGO

The Irishman

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Director: Martin Scorsese.

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Columns

Climbing Mexico’s highest peak

6 DAYS AGO
Climbing Mexico’s highest peak

At 3 p.m. October 19, Roberto David Barrios Alamillo and his wife Rut Castro Medina arrived to get a few hours sleep at a shelter that, at 4,300 meters (14,107 feet) altitude, is the staging ground for those hardy souls preparing to climb the northwest slope of Pico de Orizaba, which towers at 5,636...

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Hypnotic abstract art on show in Pinar de la Venta

13 DAYS AGO
Hypnotic abstract art on show in Pinar de la Venta

The Center for Non-Figurative Art (CIANF), an abstract art gallery and school located eight kilometers west of Guadalajara in Pinar de la Venta, recently opened “Abstract/Fusión,” an exhibit showcasing the work of four artists from Jalisco and four from Oaxaca.

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Temporada de lluvias: Diverting a flash flood and getting ready to ‘eat with a big spoon’

3 MONTHS AGO
Temporada de lluvias: Diverting  a flash flood and getting  ready to ‘eat with a big spoon’

This article was originally published in the August 14-20, 2004 edition. Allyn Hunt is a former editor of this newspaper.

Nacho Hernandez sat on his muddy horse staring across his milpa at the salto of dark red runoff slashing through a carefully planted field of corn. He snorted and swore.

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Spanish, mental black holes, planting milpas, heat & other local adventures

1 YEAR AGO

This column was first published June 21, 1997.

Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.

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Email sending protocols: deciphering ‘CC’, ‘BCC’, ‘TO’

-1 DAYS AGO

It is always a pleasure for me to answer questions received from readers because sometimes the question necessitates me having to stop and think about things I have done for so long that they have become automatic.

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Password breaking points

27 DAYS AGO

It most definitely does not fall within my area of expertise, but based on what I have read, the average person can only take so much Chinese water torture or pokes from a cattle prod before they break. 

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VIEWPOINT: Twitter, the good, the bad and the ugly

2 MONTHS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Twitter, the good, the bad and the ugly

To aging tech naysayers Twitter might seem nothing more than a stream-of-nonsense outlet to bolster the egos of self-centered celebrities and non-entities alike.

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Zapotillo Dam opponents find support from key federal official – but not Mexico’s president

3 MONTHS AGO
Zapotillo Dam opponents find support from  key federal official – but not Mexico’s president

Mexican Environment Minister Víctor Toledo appears to agree with many experts that the stalled Zapotillo Dam in north-eastern Jalisco is an unviable project that should be scrapped.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

3 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

3 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Animal protection in the extreme

-1 DAYS AGO
Animal protection in the extreme

All hell broke loose late last week as our community got word of the shocking murder of a dog. Details of bloody incident appear the news report found elsewhere on these pages.

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Bracing for fiesta furor

6 DAYS AGO
Bracing for  fiesta furor

Days before the official start of Ajijic’s raucous fiestas patronales, folks with an intense aversion to noise were already going bonkers.

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Mexican road signs interpreted

-1 DAYS AGO
Mexican road signs interpreted

Traveling the roads of Mexico can sometimes be intimidating for those not used to such a trial, partly because Mexican traffic signs and road connections are quite different from those north of the border.

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Will evolution ever get around to addressing homicide?

6 DAYS AGO

Is murder now so commonplace a news item that we don’t pay much attention to it, or even show much outrage?

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Expat Living

Giving thanks & eating well

-1 DAYS AGO
Giving thanks & eating well

A sextet of dynamic cooks served up a traditional turkey meal to some 75 diners at the American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) on November 28, Thanksgiving Day. 

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Christmas in Parque Alcalde

-1 DAYS AGO

The same company that created the recent Calaverandia (Day of the Dead) theme park in Guadalajara is putting together a Christmas-themed spectacle in the same location – the Parque Alcalde.

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City Living – March 16, 2019

8 MONTHS AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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City Living - March 09, 2019

8 MONTHS AGO

RAMEN FESTIVAL

While not as beloved as tacos or tortas ahogadas, ramen is becoming increasingly popular in Guadalajara.

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The Mexican National Chili Cookoff needs you!

-1 DAYS AGO
The Mexican National Chili Cookoff needs you!

The 42nd Mexican National Chili Cookoff – set next year for February 7, 8, and 9 – is one of Ajijic’s biggest and best parties of the year, with all-day entertainment, a parade, and plenty of food and drink.

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Ajijic puts spotlight on local culinary treat

-1 DAYS AGO
Ajijic puts spotlight on local culinary treat

Ajijic will celebrate an ancestral bakery specialty at the Feria del Tachihual, to be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, at the village plaza.

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Laguna Chapalac - November 30, 2019

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - November 30, 2019

Floating lantern fest

Agua Luz y Esperanza will take place Saturday, November 30 at Chapala’s Cristianía Park – weather permitting.

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Laguna Chapalac - Novembre 23, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - Novembre 23, 2019

Jocotepec berry fest

Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, the Feria Agroalimentaria de Berries will take place on the Jocotepec malecon from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Contests of meals and desserts, gourmet berry products and workshops and networking are on the schedule.

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Mascota-Vallarta road repaired and operational

1 YEAR AGO

Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.

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Mango Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

1 YEAR AGO

The second-annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival is coming to the city’s lovely Lazaro Cardenas Park, Saturday, July 7, an event sure to gladden the hearts of those who can’t live without the sticky sweet fruit.

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North Banderas Beat - November 23, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - November 23, 2019

Thanksgiving dinners

It seems more restaurants than ever are serving traditional turkey dinners this year.

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North Banderas Beat - November 16, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - November 16, 2019

My Mexican Kitchen

My Mexican Kitchen has been a Bucerias food alternative destination since December 2006. It was born from a love of food created by Edgar Cordova and Travis Dietz.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 23, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 23, 2019

Highway expansion

There is only one highway to get to La Manzanilla from anywhere and that’s Highway 200. 

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 09, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 09, 2019

I have to confess that I was pretty smug about being able to deal with summer in Mexico. After all, I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, worked on the family farm, and went to sleep in a house with no air-conditioner.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 30, 2019

-1 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 30, 2019

New patriots 

A new generation joined in Melaque’s recent community parade celebrating Mexican Revolution Day.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

13 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

Barra de Navidad is ready for a new season. Restaurants are opening each day with their delicious fare, and the streets and local hangouts are filling up – especially at sunset.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - November 30, 2019

-1 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - November 30, 2019

Virgin of Guadalupe

Every year, during the first 12 days of December, the streets of Puerto Vallarta fill with Catholic devotees, making their way through the city in traditional peregrinaciones (pilgrimages), honoring Mexico’s beloved Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - November 16, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - November 16, 2019

With more than 30,000 “snowbirds” making their way to the Puerto Vallarta area over the next several weeks, it’s time for some of Vallarta’s best annual events to kick off the 2019/2020 season!

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

2 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

2 YEARS AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Chetumal & Bacalar: Dreamy Caribbean getaways face serious environmental issues

1 MONTHS AGO
Chetumal & Bacalar: Dreamy Caribbean getaways face serious environmental issues

Cancun, Merida, Tulum, Playa del Carmen. These cities tend to grab the most attention when it comes to tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula. Often overlooked is Chetumal in the southeastern corner of Quintana Roo.

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Get a speeding ticket discount

3 MONTHS AGO

Anyone in Jalisco who has an unpaid speeding ticket (fotoinfraccion) issued prior to June 30 can obtain a 50-percent discount through October 15.

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Min Wah — the easy answer to ‘What do you feel like eating tonight?’

20 DAYS AGO
Min Wah — the easy answer to ‘What do you feel like eating tonight?’

Min Wah has been a Lakeside landmark for 25 years as the place to hit for great Chinese food.

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Mexican delicacies highlight patriotic fiestas dining options

2 MONTHS AGO

Lakeside restaurants are expecting big crowds for the long weekend’s festivities, so reserve early to save yourself a table at your favorite eatery.

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The Trojan horse that keeps people locked into adversity under the guise of security

5 MONTHS AGO
The Trojan horse that keeps people locked  into adversity under the guise of security

“Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World” by Todd Miller. Verso: London/New York, 2019.

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In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

9 MONTHS AGO
In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

‘Echoes From the Wall: Real Stories of Mexican Immigrants’ by Judy King (with Tony Burton, Arturo Garcia and Richard Rhoda). Groppe Libros (Guadalajara, 2019).

Reviewed by Michael Hogan

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

8 MONTHS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

1 YEAR AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Looking Back: November news from the last 50 years

-1 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: November news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our November editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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First Jalisco birth certificate issued to same-sex parents

6 DAYS AGO

Tere and Carolina have become the first couple in Jalisco to officially register the birth of a child naming two parents of the same gender. 

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Tope painters get busy

-1 DAYS AGO
Tope painters get busy

Chapala’s municipal Traffic Department dispatched a crew this week to paint yellow and white stripes across the speed reduction bumps recently built into the newly repaved surface of the Libramiento bypass.

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Chapala shows off new wheels

6 DAYS AGO
Chapala shows off new wheels

The Chapala municipal government held a ceremony Wednesday, November 13 to show off new and used vehicles that were added to its official fleet this month.

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Barra celebrates its Philippines connection

13 DAYS AGO
Barra celebrates its Philippines connection

In 1564, navigator Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and 500 men set sail in five ships from the port of Barra de Navidad to the Philippines, where he established the first Spanish settlement in the East Indies.

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Dressed to kill

20 DAYS AGO
Dressed to kill

The satellite town of Zapotlanejo has continued its record-breaking accomplishments during its Day of the Dead festival.

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Mexico wants urgent talks over Trump’s terrorist designation

-1 DAYS AGO

Demonstrating the restraint he has shown throughout his one-year presidency, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responded diplomatically to an announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that he will designate Mexico’s drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

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Army has no place on Revolution Day

13 DAYS AGO

Revolution Day sees hundreds of student and sports groups perform choreographed athletic routines, and motorized floats depicting historical scenes, with youngsters dressed up as tiny revolutionaries and renowned personalities of the era.

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Puerto Vallarta snags top award

2 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta snags top award

Puerto Vallarta has won the Crystal Apple Award for “Best International Destination 2019” at a ceremony held September 9 at the Theatre on the Lake in Chicago, Illinois. 

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Vallarta: Best destination?

3 MONTHS AGO
Vallarta: Best destination?

Puerto Vallarta has been nominated in the “Best Destination” category in the 2019 Crystal Apple Awards, sponsored by Apple Vacations. 


“It fills us with pride to be recognized by such an important international company,” said Jalisco Tourism Minister Germán Ral...

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U.S. sets Sept deadline to apply for young entrepreneur program

3 MONTHS AGO

The State Department has opened applications for the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

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Lawyers of detained Luz del Mundo leader slam CA prosecutors

5 MONTHS AGO
Lawyers of detained Luz del Mundo leader slam CA prosecutors

Lawyers representing Naasón Joaquín García, the spiritual leader of the Luz del Mundo Church, who is facing serious charges of sexual misconduct in California, hit back Friday, denouncing prosecutors for tainting the case by their remarks.

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The British Council marks a milestone

1 YEAR AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

1 YEAR AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - November 09, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
Obituary - November 09, 2019

Clifford Rogers

Clifford Rogers, an Ajijic resident for the past 20 years, died October 12 following a heart attack.

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Obituary - July 13, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Obituary - July 13, 2019

Charlie Klestadt

Long-time resident Charlie Klestadt died in the early hours of Friday, October 18 at his Ajijic home, with his wife of 50 years at his side. He had been in failing health since suffering a stroke last April.

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Charros on track in third place

6 DAYS AGO

The Jalisco Charros baseball team have concluded the first half of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) season, finishing in third place in the ten-team table, with 14 wins in 20 games, a 0.588 percentage and two games back of leaders, Ciudad de Obregon.

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In Tokyo, Mexico defeats U.S. again to make baseball history

6 DAYS AGO
In Tokyo, Mexico defeats U.S. again to make baseball history

Mexico beat the United States for the second time this month to earn the WBSC Premier12 bronze medal and the spot of the Americas Region in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the first time this nation will compete in the baseball competition.

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