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Cuban exile lays down law on US entry

A Cuban baseball star who was given special clearance to enter the United States after escaping to the Bahamas is refusing to take up the offer until his fellow passengers are also allowed into the US.

Come right in, US tells baseball refugee

A former Cuban baseball star was cleared to enter America yesterday after escaping from Cuba by boat. Five of his fellow passengers are unlikely to be so lucky. Mary Dejevsky asks if the US operates double standards when offering asylum to Cubans.

Media: New Yorkers wake up to a splash of colour

The New York Times' crossed a rubicon yesterday, using colour on its front page for the first time in its history.

Thugs fuel boom in baseball bat sales

Sales of baseball bats are booming in Britain - not because of any enthusiasm for the all-American ball game, but because they are the ideal weapon for thugs who want to hand out a beating.

Love you to death

Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom, Picador, pounds 15.99; Victoria Radin travels in Diaperland and meets a lethal Lolita

America's black stars win their stripes the hard way

Weeks of an inimitably American sporting love-in came to a climax last night with President Bill Clinton's appearance at Shea stadium, in New York, to honour the memory of a national hero with a difference.

Letter: Pay parents to stay at home

Sir: Polly Toynbee is taken to task by Elizabeth Young (letter, 28 March) for failing to acknowledge that many women would opt for full- time stay-at-home motherhood if they could afford to. Elizabeth Young suggests that child benefit should be increased, up to school age, so as to give mothers that choice.

Self-interested game spits in the public's face

Rupert Cornwell reports from Washington on the affair that threatens baseball's play-offs

Sad sight of a great figure reaching forlornly for what used to be

When an ill-tempered filly booted Willie Carson in the stomach at Newbury last week, sending him 12 feet into the air and splitting his liver, people said that it was no sort of risk for a middle-aged man to be taking.

Belle of the ball given the lenient treatment

SPORT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY; John Carlin unravels the American way of disciplining errant baseball players

THEATRE : Life, but not as you might want to know it

WHEN you name a play after the road that runs outside the venue in which it is premiered, you give a strong hint that you are embarking on something anthropological. Here it is - life on the theatre's very own doorstep! - step in and take a look.

Making of a legend

Rupert Cornwell reports on a perfect night in the troubled game of baseball

OBITUARY: Mickey Mantle

For Americans of a certain age, Mickey Mantle was and ever will be, quite simply, "the Mick". The closing stages of his life were scarred with illness, pain and personal sadness. By the end he had become a role model in reverse, a scarcely living advertisement for a way of life to be avoided. But Mantle will be remembered not as an alcoholic who changed his ways too late, but as the greatest baseball player of his time, indeed one of the very greatest of all time.

Babe Alex leaving home base

Any kid with an ounce of street cred would start planning revenge if his parents went on holiday alone and returned with just a pile of airport tat. (You've seen the T-shirt: "My parents went to Barbados and all I got...") But Alex Malhoudis was far from disappointed when his mother came back from New York in 1988 bearing baseball caps, a few programmes and the inevitable T-shirt. In fact, they changed his life.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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