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Cuban officials have announced that women boxers will be able to compete officially after decades of restrictions. The news sparked excitement in women boxers who have spent years fighting to be recognized. “I have a new hope for life, because my life has changed. From now on, I’m going to focus solely on boxing,” said 22-year-old boxer Giselle Bello Garcia. Cuba is known worldwide for boxing, home to many legendary male boxers and owner of a dozens of Olympic medals in the sport. But the island has also sparked controversy by not allowing women to compete.

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Ydamelys Moreno, right, watches as fellow female boxers train in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Cuban officials announced on Monday that women boxers would be able to compete for the first time ever. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Boxer Giselle Bello Garcia texts on a mobile phone while other athletes train at a boxing gym in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Cuban officials announced on Monday that women boxers would be able to compete for the first time ever. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Boxer Giselle Bello Garcia, left, throws a punch at Ydamelys Moreno during a training session in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Cuban officials announced on Monday that women boxers would be able to compete for the first time ever. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Boxer Giselle Bello Garcia, left, watches as fellow female boxers train in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Cuban officials announced on Monday that women boxers would be able to compete for the first time ever. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Boxer Legnis Cala, center, talks with fellow female boxers during a training session in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Cuban officials announced on Monday that women boxers would be able to compete for the first time ever. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A federal prosecutor says a wealthy Maryland businessman bought the run-down home of Harvard’s fencing coach for well above its value, bankrolled the renovation of his $1 million condo and helped pay the coach’s bills in a scheme to secure coveted spots for his sons at the elite university. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian Stearns told jurors in his opening statement Monday that Peter Brand “gave into corruption” to accept more than $1.5 million in bribes from Jie “Jack” Zhao in exchange for recruiting Zhao's two sons to the fencing team. Defense attorneys say the payments were loans between good friends and not bribes.

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FIFA has brought disciplinary charges against Serbia for alleged misconduct by players and fans including offensive chants at a World Cup game against Switzerland. Tensions flared in the stands and on the field during Switzerland's 3-2 win on Friday. It was a rematch of their stormy game at the 2018 World Cup that revived ethnic Balkan rivalries. FIFA on Monday didn't specify which incidents at Stadium 974 led to charges relating to “misconduct of players and officials,” discrimination and “misconduct of players and officials.” FIFA gave no timetable for the disciplinary case.

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Toronto aims to continue its three-game home win streak with a victory against Boston. Monday's matchup is the first this season between the squads. Toronto is 1-4 against the Atlantic Division, and Boston is 3-0 against division opponents.