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Puerto Rico quickly making a point

Updated: March 10, 2009, 2:58 AM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- After one of the team's practices in Fort Myers, Fla., Puerto Rico general manager Lou Melendez gathered his team in the clubhouse for what amounted to a pre-tournament pep talk.

After the usual introductions and other such formalities, Melendez bluntly told the team, "A lot of people are focusing on the United States, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to win the Classic. I feel bad because everybody's focusing on three countries and not looking at us and we're ...

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