FOR the second consecutive term, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) decided to play it safe by deciding not to host their elections during its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The constitutional AGM of the board was held yesterday at the board’s hostel in LBI.While no elections were held, all members were returned unopposed due to the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of October 2016.While the media was not invited to be a part of the AGM, GCB Secretary, Anand Sanasie, explained at a media briefing immediately after that there was no need for elections.“We had our AGM today (yesterday), and today’s meeting (yesterday) went very well, in fact…surprisingly, and what is good for cricket, is that there was an entourage that came down from Berbice that amounted to 13 representatives from Berbice, most of them representatives of first-division clubs in Berbice…some of them are executives, but came in the capacity as representatives of their clubs.“We listened to their issues and so on, and they have pledged to resolve issues in the Berbice area, some of them that has nothing to do with the GCB, but two of which address the issue of their attendance, two meetings and fulfilling the obligations to the GCB as a member,” Sanasie said.He added “Both of the other areas, the county boards were present, with the full amount of delegates, everything was discussed and resolved at the meeting, a motion that came from the OGM as it relates to nominations for the position of the executive committee of the GCB was presented as was done on the 23rd of October last as required by the constitution of the GCB.“That motion was accepted, but because of a pending court matter in which a number of plaintiffs, including the GCB, have challenge the Cricket Administration Act, and certain aspects of the constitutionality of it in which they expressed their concerns and made statements of claim against, it was ruled that they could be no elections of the bodies under the Act, and the GCB is one such body, so as a result the election process was not proceeded with.“The motion before the AGM clearly outlined that there was only one nomination for each of the positions and at that stage, it was entered into the minutes and that nominations stands until such time we can complete the process of elections,” Sanasie concluded.Those nominated for posts at last October’s OGM were Drubahadur, President, Fizul Bacchus (Vice-president), Anand Sanasie (Secretary), Virendra Chintamanie (Ass. Secretary), Anand Kalladeen (Treasurer), Rajendra Singh (Marketing Manager), Colin Europe (Competitions Chairman), Rayon Griffith, chairman of national selectors and Nazimul Drepaul, junior selector.
The never-ending sports cycle that is USC athletics is back for another fall semester — a period of time that never seems to lack excitement.Football, of course, takes the cake. You may remember a year ago — not more than a week into the semester — when a horde of news trucks and cameras swarmed the practice field after head coach Steve Sarkisian went rogue at the annual Salute of Troy event.The scandal followed the team for much of the season, as Sarkisian took a leave of absence and was promptly fired after his problems with alcohol came to light. They lost to Stanford and Washington at home and to Notre Dame on the road (where then-Athletic Director Pat Haden collapsed on the sideline). And yet, a team mired in controversy and negative attention — seemingly bound for a lost season — won five of its final six games and ended up four quarters away from an improbable trip to the Rose Bowl.But the Trojans were literally run out of Levi’s Stadium by Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and their season ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, a game that was just as bitter as the cold winter night at Qualcomm Stadium.Assuming they make it past Salute to Troy on Aug. 19 without incident, the Trojans will already be in better shape than they were last year entering the season. But — unexpected controversy aside — criticism could still be quick to rain down on the No. 17 ranked team in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll.There will be a new quarterback — either the redshirt junior Max Browne or unexpected challenger redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — and whomever is chosen will be thrown into the fire quickly. The man who picks him will be Clay Helton, entering his first full season at the helm, feted with a long-term contract and a plate full of expectations to restore USC football to national prominence.For a rookie head coach with an unproven quarterback, an easy schedule to begin the season would be beneficial — maybe games against Arkansas State or Fresno State. Um, how about facing Alabama, Stanford and Utah in three of their first four games, all away from the Coliseum?The task ahead is daunting, but it wouldn’t be Trojan football without it. The program is no stranger to adversity in recent years, from the crippling sanctions to the Lane Kiffin era to the Sarkisian fiasco.This year, it’s a story that could end in any number of ways, and it will be under a new Athletic Director in Lynn Swann. Much like Helton will seek to calm the waters on the sidelines, Swann will look to provide stability at the top after Haden’s up-and-down tenure.Fair or unfair, athletic directors at USC are ultimately judged by the accomplishments of the football team, but Swann could extend a positive first impression if other fall sports succeed as well.He has some good cards to play right away. Men’s water polo is a perennial lock to make the NCAA title match, and the legendary Jovan Vavic and new co-head coach Marko Pintaric will be hungry to avenge last season’s championship defeat to UCLA. Women’s volleyball is also a national powerhouse, going 33-3 last season and appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship match for the fifth time in six years. Women’s soccer is a program on the rise. Fresh off a deep postseason run, the Women of Troy will return most of their starters and are projected to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason coaches’ poll.But, like it or not, those three programs could each have unbeaten seasons and it wouldn’t mitigate the backlash that would come with a mediocre football campaign. The buck stops (and starts) with Helton and who he picks to be his quarterback. And when kickoff happens against defending national champion Alabama — as someone once wrote in a book — let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in their favor. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” will run Fridays.
Madrid faces one of its best weeks after winning at Barça at the Bernabéu (2-0). One of the keys of the match was seen in the center of the white field: Kroos, Valverde and Casemiro. The core worked brilliantly: Kroos in organization, Valverde in mobility and Casemiro in balance.The three already make up the trident of LaLiga’s most valuable midfielders, since Transfermarkt the value has risen to the Uruguayan (from 50 to 60 million) and to the Brazilian (from 70 to 80). If we add to this the 60 million Kroos already add 200 kilos of market value. If we compare the different locks of the medullary of The league we find that Madrid is above Barcelona (Busquets (35 million), Vidal (14) and De Jong (90)) and Atlético (Thomas (50), Saúl (90) and Herrera (20)). Zidane has built a trident that also helps the team to fit less (17 goals in 26 games) when 31 goals had already been endorsed by the previous campaign. Hazard and Militao descend in value In the new updates of Transfermarkt, Hazard and Militao are the most touched players. The lack of minutes of the Brazilian and the injury of Eden cause both to dilute in value. The Belgian has gone from costing 120 million to 100. While the plant goes from 45 to 40 kilos of value.