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By Akash Shringi

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug 1) – Many athletes took the day off and relaxed their bodies in the 2005 South Pacific Mini Games yesterday in Koror, Palau.

In order to allow the participants an opportunity to explore different cultures and styles of living, the SPG committee maintains a tradition of giving athletes the first Sunday off at SPG events. But not everyone was that fortunate. One of the sports scheduled to take place yesterday was baseball.

Because of the constant rain delays, four games were scheduled. In one of the later games Guam was scheduled to play rival Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands at 8 p.m. (Guam time). The final result of that game was unavailable.

Guam has played only two baseball games -- a 4-3 win over the Federated States of Micronesia and a 17-4 win over New Caledonia -- since the competition started last Monday. According to the official event Web site, baseball won't have any medal rounds this year.

Instead, the team with the best record at the end of pool play will earn the gold medal.

Baseball is the only team sport in which Guam captured a gold medal in the 1999 and 2003 SPGs. The last time a team from Guam won a gold medal in a sport other than baseball was 1975, when the men's basketball team turned the trick.

Monday, August 1, 2005

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