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Havana, October 2, 1997, Cuba Press

Mini-sports news from Cuba Press. By Ivan Garcia, Cuba Press.

A meeting was held, lasting over five hours, between the baseball directors and the media. The meeting took place at the Adolfo Luque Room in the old stadium of El Cerro. After the meeting, they announced the demotion of Jorge Fuentes and Miguel Valdes from their respective positions of manager and technical director of the national (baseball) selection. Both men had been at the helm of the national past-time team for over a decade. The repeated failures of the national selection led them to be forced to abandon their jobs. Reynaldo Gonzalez, the Sports Minister, stated that some changes will be implemented in the goal of improving the quality of the game. He also talked about contracting baseball players to play abroad. Nothing definite was decided on this topic. They proposed an increase in material enticements for the players and to improve the stadiums and increase attendance to the national series.

The Fifth Basketball League continues with great success. The three-time champion from the capital has moved ahead with six victories, three loses, followed by the western and central teams with five and four.

The eastern team lags behind with two wins and seven loses. Western player, Rabdel Echevarria, leads with 286 points, and an average of 29,8 per game; in rebounds, it is Ruperto Herrera, with 4,6 per game and in assists, the spectacular Roberto Carlos Guerrera, with 5 per game. The men's basketball league has turned into the most spectacular sport in the island.

Six teams have reached the basketball finals. They will meet for the national title in basketball. In group A, Pinar del Rio, Havana, and Holguin. In group B, Villa Clara, Canaguey, and Santiago de Cuba. The best scorers have been Yamber Aguado and Osmin Hernandez from Pinar del Rio.

The team from Matanzas retained the national water polo cup by defeating Havana, ten goals to seven.

The meet took place at the Baragua Complex, in eastern Havana. Cienfuegos won the bronze by defeating Canaguey, 8 goals to 6. Polo player Yuri Biar from Matanzas, the high scorer at the meet, was chosen as the MVP of the tourney.

The Cuban boxing team which will attend the upcoming championship, to take place starting October 17th, in Budapest, Hungary, has been chosen.

Olimpic champions Michael Romero (48 kilos), Ariel Hernandez (75 kilos), and legendary boxer Felix Sabon (91 kilos), will lead the Cuban squad. The team is rounded up by Waldemar Fonst (54 kilograms), Manuel Mantilla (51 kilos), Rubilnson Hardi (57 kilos), Aldo Moreno (60), Roberto Guerra (63.5), Juan Hernandez Sierra (67), Israel Alvarez (81), and super heavy weight Alexis Rubalcava. They are all under the training of Alcides Segarra, who holds the goal of re-gaining the world cup which was last earned in Berlin, 1995.

These were the Mini-sports news from Cuba Press, by Ivan Garcia.

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