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GAINESVILLE — Two Florida players who made pivotal contributions last year in a victory at Tennessee won’t be around for the rematch.Florida quarterback Treon Harris scrambles for yardage against New Mexico State.The Gators suspended quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor for their game Saturday against the Volunteers.Coach Jim McElwain announced the suspensions following practice Wednesday, saying Harris and Tabor made “choices.”“They made choices, and that’s the way it goes,” McElwain said. “I’m not angry at them at all. It’s a choice. Each one of us (has) a choice, and they made a choice to do whatever. It hurts because we’ve got a lot of guys that really care about this team, and we’ll have to have some of the guys step up and play.”Harris and Tabor, both sophomores, were suspended one game for an undisclosed violation of University Athletic Association policy.They are the fourth and fifth Florida players suspended this season, joining defensive end Alex McCalister, receiver Latroy Pittman and safety Marcus Maye. McCalister and Maye missed the season opener. Pittman was suspended the first two games.“I think it’s all over the country,” McElwain said. “Stuff happens. Improvise, adapt and overcome. In this case, it was a choice and a decision. That’s just the way it goes. Somebody else gets to play. That’s it. Disappointed? Yeah, but there again, we all have choices and decisions to make in everything we do.“It wasn’t anything we did, the team didn’t do. I feel bad for the team is who I feel bad for.”Harris and Tabor have both started games this season for the Gators (3-0, 1-0).Without Harris, redshirt freshman Will Grier will start against the Volunteers (2-1) and get a chance to play the entire game, the first time this season he hasn’t been looking over his shoulder. Former Vanderbilt receiver Josh Grady will serve as the backup and could see playing time in special packages.“He’s going to have an opportunity to run the ship,” McElwain said about Grier. “We knew we were thin at the position coming in. We only had a couple scholarship guys anyway, so that’s the reason we worked some special packages with guys back there with the quarterback that maybe aren’t traditional quarterbacks.”Tabor’s suspension moves Quincy Wilson into the starting lineup. Tabor returned an interception for a touchdown against East Carolina.Harris and Tabor provided game-changing plays in last year’s win at Tennessee.Harris replaced ineffective starter Jeff Driskel late in the third quarter and led the Gators on two scoring drives. The first one was set up by Tabor, who sacked Justin Worley, knocked the ball loose and recovered the fumble at the Vols 30. Matt Jones ran for a touchdown five plays later.“A lot of things happen to you as you go. It doesn’t matter what organization you’re in, you hit some bumps,” McElwain said. “Here you go, next, we got to worry about today. We’ve got to worry about the now. Saturday will come, I promise you. It’s on a calendar.”
Ansa McAl, through its Carib Beer brand, has teamed up with the East Coast Cricket Committee to host the first ever Carib T20 knock out tournament. The tournament was launched at a simple ceremony yesterday at the Enmore Community Centre Ground, one of the prospective venues for the final of the tournament which gets underway Sunday.With a total of 18 teams in the competition, five venues will be used, including the Enmore Community Centre, Lusignan Community Centre and Enterprise Community Centre grounds.The first round will see the teams from the East Coast go head-to-head with as much as two matches per venue a day with the final booked for May 27. According to Secretary of the Committee, Jitlall Jawharilall, it is the first of its kind on the East Coast of Demerara but certainly not the last.The Committee secretary explained that the tournament will be played in whites until the semifinal stage when colored clothes will be provided by Carib Beer.With six overs needed to constitute a match, the organisers inserted this condition since the weather is not favouring cricket over the month. Meanwhile, Jawharilall stated that prizes inclusive of trophies will see the winners taking home $200,000 as the top team while runners-up will cart off with $75,000 and third place taking home $50,000.Carib Brand Manager, Sean Abel, said he, along with the brand were happy to be a part of community development, particularly cricket and the development of the sport and youths in the East Coast and the entire country. Abel added that it was good to see the turnout amongst the youths, pointing out the strong pool of talent the district has while pledging to support the further development of the game and the youths as they progress.Acting treasurer of the Committee, Yeuraj Khemraj added that the surprise of the tournament will be the inclusion of one guest player. This player can be from anywhere but can only be a part of one team throughout the tournament and will be included in the team he plays for first. Meanwhile, Chairman of the East Coast competitions committee Anil Persaud indicated that the competition is geared towards the development of cricket in the country while expressing thanks to the sponsors who have time and time again showed their support for the upward movement of sports in the country.Amongst the teams competing are Lusignan A and B, Enterprise A and B, Enmore, Ogle amongst others.