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Groups Unveiled for the U12 Baseball World Cup


The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the upcoming U12 Baseball World Cup to take place in Taiwan later this summer. Twelve teams will compete for the title that the US will defend after winning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Taiwan.

The top four nations will compete in the event with the top two, Japan and the USA, competing in the same group for the first stage.

Group A
1. Cuba (World No. 3)
2. Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
3. South Korea (No. 8)
4. Venezuela (No. 10)
5. Brazil (No. 15)
6. Russia (No. 32)

Group B
1. Japan (No. 1)
2. USA (No. 2; Defending U12 World Champions)
3. Mexico (No. 12)
4. Australia (No. 14)
5. Nicaragua (No. 16)
6. France (No. 27)

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Cuba Wins 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games


VERACRUZ, Mexico – Cuba, No. 3 in the world, defeated No. 18 Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship of the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) to regain its title. It was Cuba’s 15th title in 18 attempts at the CACG.

New reforms in Cuba allowed several players return after playing professionally in Japan. Three national team players, Alfredo Despaigne, Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel, returned after the end of the NPB season to play for Cuba and help lead them to the title. The players were given special permission to play in Japan if they returned to the national team after the end of the season in Japan.

Defending CACG champions the Dominican Republic finished off Puerto Rico 8-1 in the bronze medal game.

Mexico got a much needed 5th place which vaults them to 12th in the final international world rankings of the year. This allows them to play in the inaugural Premier 12 Pro Baseball World Championships in 2015. The new tournament will be hosted by Chinese Taipei next November.

FINAL STANDINGS 

1. Cuba
2. Nicaragua
3. Dominican Republic
4. Puerto Rico
5. Mexico
6. Venezuela
7. Panama
8. Guatemala

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Nicaragua Wins Baseball Gold at X Central American Games


Nicaragua wins thrilling Gold Medal Game against Panama to prevail in Costa Rica

Nicaragua has won the Gold Medal at the X Central American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica. The team of manager Noel Areas defeated Panama 6-5 in the Gold Medal Game. Ofilio Castro drove in the decisive run with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Nicaragua had overcome a 3-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth to take a 5-4 lead, but Panama came back against closer Gustavo Martinez in the top of the ninth, setting up the dramatic finish.

The baseball tournament at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica was played from March 12 to 17 at Estadio Antonio Escarré. Six teams participated with Nicaragua winning Gold, Panama Silver and El Salvador Bronze. Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras were in the tournament as well.

Official Website X Central American Games

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LNBP: Chinandega Wins Game 1 of Nicaragua Finals 10-1


The finals of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League (La Liga Nicaragüense de Beisbol Profesional or LNBP) started on Tuesday with the Tigres del Chinandega facing off with the Orientales de Granada.

Chinandega is looking for its 2nd title since the reformation of the league in 2004. They won the title in the 2005-2006 season. Granada has not won a title since the reformation of the league.

Game 1 featured a strong offensive attack from the Tigres as they pounded out 17 hits en route to a 10-1 victory..

Yurendel de Caster had a big day at the plate going 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored. His 4 hits tied the record for most hits in a finals game with Eduardo Romero who did it in 2005 with Leon.

Jen Argeñal went deep for the Tigres driving in a pair of runs.

Douglas Argüello picked up the win tossing 7.2 innings allowing just 1 run on 8 hits and striking out 8 along the way.

Esteban Ramirez (3-for-5) doubled and scored twice to help the Tigres offensively.

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IBA/IBACA Announce Plans to Build Baseball Academy in Nicaragua


IBACA Press Release

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA (December 17, 2009) – The International Baseball Association (IBA) and its af? liate, International Baseball Academy of Central America (IBACA), will announce plans to build a state-of-the art baseball academy in Nicaragua for promising young players at a press conference today.

“Today marks the culmination of more than a year of research and exploratory trips throughout Central America,” says Reggie Smith, IBA president and former Major League all-star out? elder. “We have toured Major League facilities in the Dominican Republic and plan to incorporate the best features into our academy.”

The IBA/IBACA team has selected a site for the academy that is adjacent to the Gran Paci? ca Beach and Golf Resort near Villa El Carmen on the Paci? c Coast. “This is the ideal location because it will afford us the opportunity to utilize Gran Paci?ca Resort’s luxurious residential facilities and recreational options,” Smith explains. “We will also work closely with the Hope and Development Foundation to enhance opportunities for the local community through education, vocational training and health promotion programs.”

The academy will be constructed in multiple phases, with the initial phase including a dormitory (to house 48 players), two full baseball ? elds, one half-? eld, eight pitching mounds, batting cages, trainers’ room, locker rooms, gym/weight room, administrative of? ces, classrooms, and storage and maintenance areas. Groundbreaking is scheduled for early 2010. Upon completion, the academy will accommodate nearly 200 participants.

“This academy will present an incredible opportunity for young players to pursue dreams of playing professional baseball,” says IBACA president Roger B. Keeling, who is also the developer of the Milagro del Mar Beach Club within Gran Paci?ca Beach and Golf Resort. “What is most important, though, is the major emphasis we’re placing on education and vocational training, in conjunction with the Hope and Development Foundation.”

Baseball instruction will be provided by American and Nicaraguan coaches, and participants will bene? t from the same level of training that is offered at Major League spring training camps. Former Major League pitcher Brad Lesley, who conducted a pitching clinic in Managua in October, will supervise pitching instruction. Additional training curricula and academy facilities will be developed by Reggie Smith and former All-Star pitcher Dave Stewart. Stewart supervised the design and construction of the San Diego Padres’ ? rst academy in the Dominican Republic.

Participants will also receive classroom instruction in English, computer skills, nutrition, humanities and business. “We want each person who matriculates through the academy to be prepared for a successful life, whether in professional baseball or non-baseball careers within Nicaragua,” says Keeling. “We all share a major commitment to improving the lives of Nicaraguans and to serving the local community with our social programs, health, education and job training. We want to be the premier model for developing youth in all phases of baseball and in life.

IBA/IBACA board members Bob Oettinger and Joseph Ryan made ? ve trips to Central America before recommending Nicaragua as the location for the academy.
“There were a number of factors that in? uenced our decision,” Ryan explains. “The passion for baseball in this country, the support we received throughout the process and the hospitality of the Nicaraguan people really overwhelmed us.”
“We are excited to see this dream come to fruition and proud to be a part of such an important project,” Oettinger adds.
About IBA and IBACA
The International Baseball Association began in California with the goal of bringing more structure to the identi? cation and development of baseball talent in developing countries and increasing the ?ow of quality players into Major League Baseball from these areas. The af?liated International Baseball Academy of Central America is focused speci? cally on Central America’s youth baseball talent, helping players ful?ll their dreams of playing in the Major Leagues.
IBACA also offers education, vocational training and employment opportunities, providing critical social and development services to facilitate the growth of these young men into responsible community role models. With this expanded program, IBACA seeks to help raise the standard of living of the surrounding community as well as of the participating players.
Contact:
Bob Oettinger (USA)
(805) 750-1822
bob@internationalbaseballassociation.com
Roger Keeling (Nicaragua)
011 (505) 8850-3077
roger@ibaca.org
311 N. Robertson Blvd., Suite 820, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
www.ibaca.org
www.internationalbaseballassociation.com

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Nicaragua: Bóer Champions 2010-11


Bóer are the Champions of the sixth edition of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League. Last night in Chinandega, they outscored the Tigers 12-9 in the fifth game of the Final Series, which resulted in a four games to one victory in favor of the capital city.

Bóer scored a cluster of six runs in the first inning, thanks to six walks, two hit batters and only one hit. It was too much for the Tigers to overcome, who managed to get the deficit reduced 6-5 in the third inning. They were productive against Diego Sandino’s pitching, but the tribe’s line-up was more effective against Chinandega’s battered bullpen. Reliever, Elvin Orozco responded to the aid of Sandino. The Tigers surprised everyone by handing the start to rookie Ricky Martinez. Three bases on balls and hit hurt Denis Martinez’s son, who left the bases loaded with two outs and one run allowed. Carlos Morla, who was considered the most viable starter, but was not the solution, he allowed another run with a walk to Romero, and then gave up a two-RBI single by Darrell Walters and after a walk to Oscar Mairena and hitting Jose Campusano he walked in Romero for another run.

Morla left the game with the Tigers down 5-0. Reliever, Oswaldo Mairena walks for Mario Holmann and Walters scored the sixth run of the inning. The lefty, Mairena then settled down and the Tigers responded with two runs in the first with a pair of RBI singles by Esteban Ramírez and René Oriental, and in the third got the best of Sandino with three-run RBI double by Wilson Batista, which put the Tigers within a run of tying. The Tiger’s comeback awoke the Tribe’s artillery, which scored twice in the fourth to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

René Oriental hit a homerun in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap at 8-6, while reliever Julio Raudez did a good job of containment for the Tigers. Raudez, who worked on Wednesday, did not stay long and proved devastating to Chinandega, because Bóer resumed its offensive attack against Armando Hernandez. The Tribe scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth, including a mammoth homerun by Manuel Mejía with runner on. The Tigers rebounded in the bottom of the eighth with a double by Jimmy Gonzalez, rocketing RBI hit by Shawn Bowman and Caleb Stewart homerun to put Chinandega three runs away from Bóer.

Batista opened the bottom of the ninth with single off of Berman Espinoza, prompting the entry of Christopher Cooper, who allowed a single by Adolfo Matamoros as he made two outs, so with two runners on and Jimmy Gonzalez at the plate, Chinandega’s were still alive. However, the Tiger’s best hitter was the last out of the series on a grounder to the shortstop.

Jilton Calderon, who did not attend yesterday’s game due to the death of his grandmother, was declared the Most Valuable Player for his great contribution in the first four games. Calderon batted .474 (9 for 19) with two homeruns and eight RBI. Bóer became the first three time winner of the LNBP, previous titles were in 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Fans traveled from Managua and Ciudad Sandino Nagarote to join the caravan that came from Chinandega and conclude with a party at the Victory Plaza.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega, 1, Bóer 12
Game 4 – Chinandega 2, Bóer 3
Game 5 – Chinandega 9, Bóer 12
(Bóer wins series 4-1)

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Nicaragua: Bóer takes a 3 – 1 Series lead after a thirteen inning battle


By Jose Jerez

A non-threatening pop up by Manuel Mejia dropped in between the centerfielder, right fielder and second baseman for Chinandega drove in Reynaldo Rodriguez all the way from first base; ending a 13 inning battle with Bóer winning 3-2. The Tribe is only a victory away from claiming the Championship of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League’s sixth edition.

With two outs and no one on base, the Colombian Rodriguez got a hit and then the confusion arose between CF, René Oriental and RF, Caleb Stewart. Rodriguez raced around the diamond during the Tigers’ defensive miscue bringing over ten thousand fans to their feet at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez. The series is set three games to one in favor of Bóer, who has the chance to be crowned on Friday in Chinandega. The Tigers wasted a formidable pitching performance by Jose David Rugama, who limited the Tribe to three hits and no runs after they had two games with 24 runs and 35 hits. Rugama left the Chinandega up 2-0. The Tigers took the lead in the second inning with a homerun by American, Caleb Stewart. Esteban Ramirez followed with a single, but the dominating left-hander Mario Peña responded by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters, including 11 consecutively to keep Bóer in the fight. The second run for Chinandega came at the beginning of the eighth, taking advantage of a fielding error by Holmann on a Jimmy Gonzalez pop fly at second base allowing Wilson Batista to score from first base.

Bóer’s comeback started when Rugama left the game. Reliever Boanerges Espinoza started the eighth with two outs, but Jose Campusano sparked the comeback with an infield hit to the shortstop, the stealing of second base and scoring on a Jilton Calderón single. In the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez led off with a hit to left fielder Ramirez who let it go between his legs and the Colombian advanced to third base. Manuel Mejia made an out and Wilton Veras was intentionally walked, and Emilio Villegas tied the game with a single. Gustavo Martinez was the winning pitcher with four innings of perfect relief. Of the 12 batters he retired from the tenth inning through the thirteenth; five were strikeouts. Losing pitcher, July Raudez threw 2.2 innings and will probably not start on Friday; getting the Tigers into further trouble. Emilio Villegas pinch ran for Lenin Aragon in the seventh inning and hit 2 for 2, including the hit that tied the game in the ninth. Bóer connected ten hits and Chinandega had six hits of which the second through fifth batters went 0 for 20.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega, 2, Bóer 3
(Bóer leads series 2-1)

Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

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Nicaragua: Tribe’s Power Surge Continues in Game 3


Bóer took the lead two games to one in the LNBP Final Series with a 12-1 rout over the Tigers on Tuesday night to full house in Chinandega. The Tribe connected 17 hits providing American left-hander Christopher Cooper with more than enough run support to earn a victory with six innings of work on four hits, no runs, one base on balls and four strikeouts. Bóer exploded in the third when they had a five runs rally that placed them on the road to victory.

Lenin Aragon went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, while Calderon went 3 for 5 with his second homerun of the series and drove in three runs. Mejia went 2 for 5 with a homerun and three RBI, as did Jose Campusano going 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, while Wilton Veras went 2 for 4 with a double, and two RBI and Oscar Mairena also added two hits .

The fourth game of the series is tomorrow Wednesday at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez, in Managua. Mario Peña is announced to open for Bóer, José David Rugama for Chinandega. Bóer has moved within two victories to win their third crown in six editions of the LNBP.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
Game 3 – Chinandega 1, Bóer 12
(Bóer lead the series 2-1)

Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

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Nicaragua: Bóer Ties Series with Game 2 Rout


By Jose Jerez

The Bóer Indians thrashed Chinandega 12 – 0 to level the LNBP Championship Series at a game apiece. Starting pitcher, Róger Marín gave Bóer seven scoreless innings and the line-up had 18 hits, including a homerun from Jilton Calderón at the Estadio Nacional Denis Martínez.

The Tigers blew a chance to strike first inning, when Esteban Ramirez grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the first inning. Then Bóer’s rout started with three runs in the second, one in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth. Reliever Ricky Martinez finally stopped the fury of the tribe, but it was too late. In the second inning, the Dominican Manuel Mejía hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly of his fellow countryman, Wilton VerasLenin Aragon walked and Mario Holmann doubled. Eduardo Romero drove in a run with sacrifice fly and the other scored on a Shawn Bowman error at first base after an Oscar Mairena groundball. The attack on starter, Carlos Morla, continued in the third with a triple by Reynaldo Rodriguez and an RBI single by Mejia, who went 3 for 3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and one RBI. The bulk of the tribe’s offensive was a cluster of six runs in the fourth inning. Holmann opened with a double, Romero Mairena sacrificed and drove him in with a single. Jose Campusano followed up with a hit and Calderón Jilton hit a three run homer over the right field fence.

When the rally was over Bóer was leading 10-0 in the fourth. The Boer capped its onslaught in the fifth with four hits and to additional runs. The Chinandega Tigers was limited to six hits, two of them from Wilson Batista and two from René Oriental. Marín, the winner, threw seven innings, six hits, three bases on balls and four strikeouts. Elvin Orozco and Mario Peña completed the game with a scoreless inning each.

The third game of the series will be next Tuesday at 5.55pm at the stadium Efraín Tijerino in Chinandega and the starters are Armando Hernandez for the Tigers and American, Christopher Cooper for the Indians.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
Game 2 – Chinandega 0, Bóer 12
(Series tied at 1)

Game 3 – Tuesday January 25 5:55pm Chinandega
Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

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Nicaragua: Tigers take Game 1; Bowman’s blast ends Bóer’s win streak


NICARAGUA – Canadian, Shawn Bowman hit a three run homerun off of Berman Espinosa in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Chinandega Tigers a 6-5 win over Bóer in Game 1 of the Championship Series of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League.

Bóer was on an 11 game winning streak and seemed to be on their way to another victory with a grand slam by Dominican, Wilton Veras in the sixth inning to go ahead 5-3. Bóer starter Diego Sandino got off to a shaky start. Oswaldo Mairena was the winner in relief with 1.2 scoreless innings and Boanerges Espinoza got the final four outs and the save.

Nicaraguan Championship Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Chinandega 6, Bóer 5
(Chinandega leads series 1-0)

Game 2 – Sunday January 23 11am Managua
Game 3 – Tuesday January 25 5:55pm Chinandega
Game 4 – Wednesday January 26 5:55pm Managua
*Game 5 – Friday January 28 5:55pm Chinandega
*Game 6 – Saturday January 29 2pm Managua
*Game 7 – Sunday January 30 11am Chinandega
*if necessary

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Nicaragua: Bóer to face Chinandega in Finals


By Jose Jerez

Bóer won 7-1 over Oriental Granada with a late flurry of runs last night in Managua. They completed a three-game sweep that carried them to the Championship Series of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League (LNBP) against the Chinandega Tigers.

Starters Chris Cooper for Bóer and Rodney Rodriguez for Oriental, kept the game 1-1 for six innings. The Granada opened the scoring in the second inning with a RBI single by Juan Oviedo. Bóer tied it in the fourth with a Wilton Veras
homerun. Until the end of the seventh inning when Eduardo Romero opened with a triple and Oscar Mairena drove in the go ahead run with a single off of Rodriguez. Hector Carrasco came in to relieve in the eighth and was greeted by a Manuel Mejía homerun that extended the lead to 3-1 and starting a five run rally that effectively ended Granada’s season. Berman Espinoza got the win and Gustavo Martinez entered the game in the top of eighth with two outs, a runner on third base and the score 2-1, then pitched the ninth inning. Oscar Mairena was declared the Most Valuable Player by hitting .727 in the series. He went 8 for 11, with a homerun, four runs scored and two RBI. The shortstop was the inspiration for Bóer going 2 for 3 in game #1, 4 for 4 in game #2 with a homer, and 2 for 4 in the last game while batting ninth.

Bóer has reached 11 consecutive wins and has not lost since January 4th and conversely, Chinandega lost its last 8 games. The final starts on Saturday at 4pm in Chinandega. The Tigers got a direct qualification by finishing first in the regular season.

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Nicaragua: Bóer Takes 2-0 Lead in Semifinals


Jonathan Loáisiga drove in the winning run in the top of the 9th as Bóer won for the 2nd straight game over Granada.

Bóer entered the 9th inning trailing 5-2. Eduardo Romero and Oscar Mairena started the inning off with hits off of Granada reliever Alvaro Lopez. Regular season MVP Jose Campusano drove in a run with a double putting the tying runs in scoring position. Jilton Calderón then walked to load the bases with no outs.

Granada then called on former big leaguer Hector Carrasco to get out of the jam. He was quickly greeted with an RBI single pulling Bóer to within one. A sacrifice fly tied the score at 5, and then Bóer got the winning run on a hit from Loáisiga.

Gustavo Martínez shut down Granada in the bottom of the 9th, and just like that Bóer was up 2 games to 0.

Game 3 will be Tuesday at 6pm in Managua as Bóer looks to close out the series.

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Nicaragua: Bóer Takes Game 1 of Semifinals


Bóer took the lead in Game 1 of the best of seven semifinal of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League by beating Oriental Granada 2 – 0. Sandino Diego pitched 8 and 1 third scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts for Bóer.

Dominican, José Campusano, batting champion and MVP of the regular season, continued to prove his worth by starting the game with a triple and Jilton Calderón drove him in for the first run. Reynaldo Rodriguez scored the second run due to a bad throw by Granada centerfielder, Renato Morales on a Manuel Mejía hit.

That was all Granada starter and League ERA Leader, Carlos Estrella would allow. Estrella struck out 11 and conceded only one hit after the fourth inning; he allowed a total of 8 hits, no walks and hit one batter. Game 2 will match up Bóer’s southpaw Mario Peña versus Granada’s Venezuelan José Calero and is scheduled for tomorrow Sunday at 11am at Granada.

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León Leones Win Nicaraguan League Crown


NICARAGUA – Paced by early home runs by Luany Sánchez and Dwight Britton, the León Leones survived a late rally by the Granada Orientales to capture the Nicaraguan League championship with an 8-6 win.

The Leones claimed the best-of-seven title series in five games.

Sanchez, who hails from the Dominican Republic, led off the second inning with a solo shot to give Leon the early lead. A pair of scores in the third, highlighted by an RBI triple by Brian Nichols, stretched the Leones lead to 3-0.

Britton connected for a two-run blast in the fourth to make the score 5-0 before the home team made things interesting an inning later.

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A two-run double off the bat of Norman Cardoze triggered a four-run fifth for the Orientales to make it a one-run game.

Leon added a run in the sixth on Edgard Lopez’ RBI single, and pushed two more scores across the plate in the seventh inning to hold an 8-4 advantage. Granada added two late runs to excite the hometown crowd before bowing to the newly crowned champion.

SERIES AT A GLANCE:
Game 1: Leon 3, Granada 1
Game 2: Leon 3, Granada 2
Game 3: Leon 6, Granada 3
Game 4: Granada 9, Leon 2
Game 5: Leon 8, Granada 6

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