Sport: Pelota's World Series

In Cuba and Miami, the game is known as jai alai (pronounced high lie). In the Basque country of France and Spain, where it became a national pastime some five centuries ago when local townfolk used to bat a ball against church walls, it is known as pelota (the ball). By whatever name, it is a lightning-fast combination of handball, tennis and lacrosse, played on a concrete court varying in length from 100 ft. to the size of a football field.

At San Sebastian last week, deep in the heart of pelota country, 300 competitors from eight nations (Spain, France, Argentina,...

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