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    Cuba Lets Athletes Go International

    A baseball player who plays for the Cuban baseball team Industriales, winds up to throw a ball during a training session in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Cuba announced Friday that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals. The measure promises to increase the amount of money baseball players and others are able to earn, and seems geared toward stemming a continuing wave of defections by athletes who are lured abroad by the possibility of lucrative contracts, sapping talent from national squads. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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    Cuba's restrictions may end not with a bang, but with a...home run? The island announced Friday that it will allow athletes to sign contracts with foreign sports teams, following a general easing of immigration and travel restrictions for citizens of the notoriously closed-off nation. But don't expect an influx of Cuban citizens on American baseball teams anytime soon: trade restrictions still prohibit bringing in large amounts of American money, limiting it to a few thousand dollars per year. And players with foreign contracts will still have commitments on the island, playing in Cuba's baseball league from November through April.

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