OVER the last 19 months, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has concentrated on organising numerous cricket tournaments, coaching programmes, assisting clubs and cricketers and raising finance to return Berbice cricket to its rightful place after a two-year period of internal problems.With Berbice cricket back on firm footing once again, BCB is now undertaking a major upgrade of its New Amsterdam-based office and its services to the general public.The upgrading is being done as part of the 80th anniversary celebration of the BCB.BCB president Hilbert Foster, MS who is spearheading the project stated that with Berbice cricket back on its feet, it was important for the administration to strengthen its operations, to better serve the cricketing public, sponsors and all clubs in the Ancient County.Noting that the present executive took over a Board with no finance, no structure in place or an office, Foster stated that the main objective is to make BCB, the role model organisation in West Indies Cricket. The old office left much to be desired and was totally inadequate for the management of Berbice cricket.The upgrading would include tiling of the floor, installing PVC ceiling, repairs to the washroom facility and making the operation of the Board totally self-reliant.Berbice NGO, the Caribbean Nation Group (CNG) and Delmur Shipping have contributed financially to the ceiling programme while overseas-based Guyanese Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh has committed to funding the floor tiling project and purchasing new furniture. The BCB has also received commitment of a desktop computer and printer from Barbados-based Guyanese Dr Puran Singh.West Indies players Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Bramble donated a 32-inch television set and water dispenser respectively. The Board has also received a DVD player, an electric fan, kitchen utensils, a large water cooler, office decorations, cleaning equipment, stationery, a telephone set and fax machine.The donors so far have included national player Gudakesh Motie, University of Guyana, Tain Campus, Poonai Pharmacy, Balram Shane General Store, RHTY&SC, Attorney-at-Law R. Jugmohan and Bakewell who have contributed 100 souvenir cups for the historic anniversary.Public Relations Officer Simon Naidu and Office Administrator Angela Haniff both expressed gratitude to all of the donors for supporting the BCB.They also urged former executives, overseas-based Berbicians and the business community to support the BCB efforts to lift Berbice cricket even higher.
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Redshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin has been suspended indefinitely for a student conduct issue, head coach Clay Helton announced on Sunday.On Monday, his name was taken off USC’s football roster on its website. Ruffin is the third football player to be removed from the team this season after Osa Masina and Don Hill were disciplined in September for their alleged participation in a sexual assault incident.Helton told the media on Sunday that Ruffin’s status was ambivalent. “I don’t have a crystal ball on when or if he could return,” he said.A backup linebacker, Ruffin has made one career start in four seasons at USC. He has appeared in six games this season — including in Saturday’s win at Arizona — and recorded two tackles. He primarily played on special teams and on defense backed up junior Uchenna Nwosu at linebacker. On the depth chart, junior Olajuwon Tucker will take the place of Ruffin. Ruffin was suspended for the first half of the Utah State game earlier this season after he stomped on an opponent’s groin in the season opener against Alabama. He also had to write a letter of apology.In a statement after the September incident, Helton said there would be “zero tolerance” for Ruffin in the future. “Jabari is a good kid who made a poor emotional decision,” Helton said at the time. “I am sorry as the head coach, [and] he is also. I know that it will not happen again.”
Nationals — Fifth starterMax Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin give the Nationals three strong options atop the rotation, but it gets murky beyond that.Anibal Sanchez figures to slot in as the fourth starter leaving an open competition for the fifth spot. Jeremy Hellickson, Erick Fedde, Joe Ross and Austin Voth all have a chance to fill that role.Marlins — First baseVeterans Neil Walker and Martin Prado are expected to compete for at-bats at first base for Miami. Walker could also see time at second and Prado may spell 25-year-old Brian Anderson at third. Here’s one position battle worth following for each NL East team:Mets — Corner infieldThe Mets have multiple options at both corner infield spots. They could elect to have top prospect Peter Alonso start at first base with Todd Frazier and newly signed Jed Lowrie splitting time at third. Related News The National League East could be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball this season.The Braves finished atop the standings in 2018 and should be contenders to take home the NL East crown once again. But, the Phillies and Mets improved their teams this winter while the Nationals have a talented roster, as well. Cubs’ Kris Bryant said criticism ‘motivated’ him: ‘Bring it’ Red Sox star J.D. Martinez blasts slow free-agent market: ‘It’s really embarrassing for the game’ The first pitch Peter Alonso sees in spring trainingSee ya pic.twitter.com/nE6tf1TiNU— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) February 23, 2019Or, New York could shift Frazier to first and have Lowrie man third if it elects to send Alonso to the minors to begin the season. Dominic Smith is also in the mix at first base.Lowrie and Frazier have both been dealing with injuries during spring training, which could open up at-bats for Jeff McNeil.Phillies — Backup outfielder The Phillies upgraded their outfield in a major way this offseason. They added Andrew McCutchen, who will likely be the everyday leftfielder, and signed star Bryce Harper to a record-breaking contract. Odubel Herrera appears on track to start in center, which means Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr will all be fighting for playing time off the bench.Braves — CatcherAtlanta inked veteran Brian McCann to a one-year deal in November to pair with Tyler Flowers, who holds a career .239 batting average.McCann is a seven-time All-Star but struggled last season with the Astros. The two could end up platooning.