ATHLETICS Cuba to allow athletes to sign abroad
Cuba announced Friday that athletes from all sports will soon be able to sign contracts with foreign leagues, a break with a decades-old policy that held pro sports to be anathema to socialist ideals. Still, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that Cuban athletes will have to pay taxes on any earnings from foreign clubs, an apparent conflict with the 51-year-old American embargo that outlaws nearly all US transactions with Cuba unless they are specifically licensed by Washington. Under the new policy, athletes will be eligible to play abroad as long as they fulfill their commitments at home, Granma reported. For baseball players, that means being available for international competitions as well as Cuba’s November-to-April league.