Japanese sports officials say the United States, South Korea and Japan have agreed in principle to hold baseball's equivalent of football's World Cup.


The Nippon Professional Baseball organization says a basic agreement was reached by baseball executives from all three countries at a Tokyo hotel Friday.  More talks will be held in December in New York.


The event would be expected to draw players from 16 countries, including Cuba, China and the Dominican Republic.  The first World Cup of baseball is expected as early as 2006.


Some information for this story provided by AFP.