Regal Masters win GSCL Inc. Independence Cup title

first_imgAN unbroken 158-run second-wicket stand between Ramesh Deonarine and Troy Kippins, ensured Regal Masters made light work over their counterparts Wellman Masters, to win the final of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. Independence Cup by nine wickets last Sunday, at the Everest Cricket Club ground.Regal Masters chasing 165 for victory, lost Eon Abel without scoring, but thereafter it was a Deonarine and Kippins show.Deonarine clobbered one four and 10 sixes to finish on 95 which came off 54 balls, while the right-handed Kippins slammed five fours and four sixes in scoring 60 off 43 balls.Earlier, Wellman Masters posted 164-7 from their allocation of 20 overs. Openers Mahase Chunilall and Greg De Franca added 56 before De Franca was dismissed for 25.Chunilall struck one four and three maximums before he departed for 35 off 31 balls. There were also small contributions from Nandram Samlall, Eon Lovell and Wayne Jones.Deonarine was named man-of-the-match while Regal Masters collected a trophy and $53 000 and Wellman Masters received a trophy. The competition was sponsored by Regal Stationery and Computer Centre and Trophy Stall Bourda Market.The tournament forms part of preparation for the upcoming New York Softball Cricket League tournament, which bowls off on June 28.last_img read more

USC fires coach after violation

first_imgThe announcement comes just two days before the Trojans start their 2013 regular season at Cal State Fullerton on Friday.“It was unfortunate. I’m forever grateful for Coach Cruz,” junior infielder Kevin Swick said. “He allowed me to play here and he was a great coach while he was here.”Cruz was suspended from all coaching duties last Thursday pending an investigation by the USC Office of Athletic Compliance, led by Vice President Dave Roberts. Roberts and his staff found that the baseball program exceeded the regulated number of CARA hours.The CARA rules restrict the amount of time players spend participating in activities under the supervision of coaching staff. Student-athletes are limited to 20 hours per week during the season and eight hours per week during offseason.The activities recognized by the NCAA include typical athletic practice, film review and even simply participating in a game of catch with a member of the coaching staff.“Adhering to all NCAA rules is paramount for each one of our coaches, student-athletes and staff members,” Haden said in a statement Wednesday. “Those who knowingly break NCAA rules are subject to termination.”USC also announced its decision to reduce the number of hours the team spends practicing for the upcoming season and the following season next year. The university notified the NCAA and the Pac-12 conference of the violations and its impending self-imposed actions.Associate head coach Dan Hubbs, who served as interim head coach during Cruz’s brief suspension and is entering his third coaching year at USC, has been named head coach.“It’s obviously bittersweet because I love Frank Cruz and he gave me the opportunity to come back to my alma mater,” Hubbs said. “He and I are friends. It’s never easy to see something like this happen to one of your friends.”Hubbs, 42, earned All-American honors as a pitcher for the Trojans and served as pitching coach for 12 seasons at Cal. He also spent seven years pitching in the minor leagues.“I’m confident that Dan Hubbs and his staff will lead our team to a successful season,” Haden said in a statement. “Dan is a good coach, he is highly regarded in the baseball community and he has strong Trojan roots.”Hubbs said that moving forward, his plans for the team won’t deviate from the vision that the coaching staff developed as a whole, but that he might make tweaks as he sees fit. For now, he is focused on making sure his players are ready for their first game Friday.“We’re trying to get as much as we can get done in a confined time frame,” Hubbs said. “But I think the team has been great in terms of their energy and their willingness to just keep moving on.”In fact, the sudden change hasn’t had much of an effect on players yet, Swick said. They still have their goals set on playing well and eventually advancing to playoffs and regionals.Hubbs echoed these sentiments and said that the main priority is the immediate future, specifically the start of the season and the team’s first game.“My message to the team is we have one goal right now — we have one focus right now and that has to be Fullerton on Friday,” Hubbs said. USC fired head baseball coach Frank Cruz for knowingly violating NCAA Countable Athletically Related Activities regulations, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Wednesday.Strike three · USC head baseball coach Frank Cruz was fired Wednesday after allegations of knowingly violating NCAA rules. – Carlo Acenas| Daily Trojanlast_img read more