Cricket legend Rupert Scotland has died following a long bout with illness. The former St George’s Cup Match star died on Thursday at age 74. Scotland was born in Antigua and eventually moved to Bermuda in the late 1950s. Throughout his sparkling career Scotland dazzled fans with his brilliant strokeplay as a top order batsman and expert fielding either in the covers or in the slips for both club and country. During the 1974 Cup Match classic at Somerset Cricket Club, Scotland and Lee Raynor produced a record and unbroken 229-run, sixth-wicket stand that has yet to be bettered. Scotland remained unbeaten on 120 while Raynor carried his bat for 100 runs in the drawn match. “Something like that only happens every so often and it was just a pleasure to bat with him,” Raynor recalled. “Batting with him made the game real easy, he put you in a different zone.” After hanging up his cricket gear, Scotland earned the distinction of being the first manager appointed to a local World Cup qualifying squad. The late cricketer is the father of former St George’s and Western Stars cricketer, cricket commentator and businessman Cleon Scotland.
Usain Bolt escaped injury after he was involved in a minor car crash in Kingston, early Saturday morning. The Olympic champion crashed his luxury BMW into guard rails at the busy Half Way Tree intersection shortly after 5 am. A source close to the star athlete reported that he was not hurt in the crash and was resting comfortably at home. According to police reports, Bolt, who is preparing to defend his 100 and 200 meter titles at this summer’s London Olympics, was on his way home from a party when he crashed his car. His friend and fellow sprint rival Asafa Powell was also at the scene of the crash, but was in another motor vehicle. Bolt and Powell had just returned to the island after competing at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway on Thursday. In 2009 Bolt crashed his BMW M3 sports car into a ditch along Highway 2000. He sustained minor injuries to his feet in that crash.
New York Giants starting left tackle David Diehl was arrested Sunday under suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Queens. Diehl was reportedly driving his black BMW when he struck vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria at around 8:20 p.m. There were no passengers and Diehl was not injured. He was taken into custody after failing a breathalyzer. Diehl, who won the Wellington Mara Man of the Year Award on May 22, tweeted earlier Sunday that he was at Westchester Country Club to attend a charity event. Diehl, who is of Croatian descent, also tweeted Sunday about Croatia’s 3-1 victory over Ireland in a European Championship game.
Trinidadians Semoy Hackett, a senior at LSU, and Kai Selvon, a sophomore at Auburn, finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 Meter Finals at the NCAA Division One Outdoor Women’s Track and Field Championships. In the 200 Meter Finals, Selvon finished in second, and Hackett eighth. Hackett helped the LSU Women win a national championship, their `5th in team history.