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Cuba Beats U.S., Heads to Finals

November 13, 1999

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Ciro Licea struck out 13 and pitched a five-hitter, leading Cuba over the United States 7-0 Saturday and into its 11th straight Intercontinental Cup final.

``One of my biggest dreams is to come to the Olympics,″ said Licea, who did not walk a batter. ``We Cubans never put pressure on ourselves to win or lose. We play with our hearts _ it’s in our blood.″

``They have a very good starting pitcher and it was more than we could handle,″ U.S. coach Mike Quade said.

Cuba plays Australia in Sunday’s championship. Australia beat Japan 2-0 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

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