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Backup linebacker suspended indefinitely

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first_imgRedshirt 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.”last_img read more

Carmelo Anthony shares crazy boat story about LeBron James: ‘He saved my life’

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first_imgNot pictured is Anthony, but he was with the group on that vacation. During an Instagram Live session with Wade earlier this week, Anthony was asked by Gabrielle Union to tell the story of the time he “didn’t look like [he] was going to make it” on that 2015 trip to the Bahamas. Back in 2015, a group of NBA superstars formed what was later dubbed the “Banana Boat Crew.” (There’s even a Wikipedia page about it.) The crew consists of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.This foursome got this name because of, well, because of this: Although Anthony didn’t specify what year the story took place, it seems safe to assume it was from that particular vacation. As for the story itself, Anthony credits James for saving his life.Anthony:”We jumped off the boat in the Bahamas, everybody swam to the little grotto over there, underneath. Then we came out. All of y’all went to the boat. It was my fault though, because I’m still trying to see the last little bit of the barracudas snorkeling and all that. So, it was my fault. Then I look up, and the current is taking me in the middle of the ocean, like opposite from the boat.”Wade: “We couldn’t see you.”Anthony:”I know. And it was windy. All types of s— was going on through my head, I’m going to be honest with you. Then I look up at the boat, and I see Bron jump off the boat like he’s MacGyver. … He jumps off the boat into the water. He was bringing me back with one arm. He’s swimming with the other arm. He’s carrying me in one arm.”Wade:”I’ve told people this story before. Listen, I’ve seen LeBron do lots of amazing things on the court. Off the court, when he went and saved Melo’s life.”Anthony:”He saved my life. I can’t hold you. He saved my life, he saved my life. Yo Bron, I appreciate that. You saved my life that day.”It’s impossible to know how that story would have unfolded if James didn’t spring into action. But thankfully he did, and we still have Anthony here today to tell the story.center_img (Splash News) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c/34/banana-boat-crew_1p3wodmh00bc41mayi8psbzt2f.png?t=581917985&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Taxi driver slapped with murder charge

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first_imgGoldfield’s manager’s killingThe taxi driver who confessed to the robbery and murder of the Guyana Goldfields Manager was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge and appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Anthony Ragnauth being escorted to courtAnthony Ragnauth, 22, who is also a mechanic, is accused of killing Neil Whyte on May 21, 2018, at Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown.Attorney for the accused, Latchmie Rahamat, told the court that her client was badly beaten by the Police. She claimed that the ranks used a baton to squeeze his testicles but to date, Ragnauth has not received any medical attention and is currently is “great discomfort”.Magistrate Daly granted a request made by Attorney Rahamat for her client to be examined by a doctor.He was remanded and will return to court on June 18.Guyana Times previously reported that Ragnauth, who resides in La Penitence, Georgetown, also reportedly handed over the suspected murder weapon to investigators as well as the victim’s personal belongings that were removed from his apartment.Whyte was discovered naked, lying in a pool of blood on his bed, with his hands bound in front of him. He was stabbed several times. The man’s body was discovered by a security guard attached to the apartment building.After statements were given to the Police by the said security official, a former colleague of Whyte was initially arrested.The security had told investigators that prior to Whyte’s death, he had escorted an ex-colleague into the apartment.According to the guard, the ex-colleague left the building with a haversack on his back. The former colleague was arrested the day after Whyte’s death and later released from custody after his alibi was checked out.Based on surveillance footage, Ragnauth was arrested and reportedly confessed to the crime within hours of interrogation. Meanwhile, a Police source close to the investigation told this publication that they are also now focusing their attention on the security guard, who might have intentionally let the suspect into the compound to carry out the robbery.last_img read more