Liberty basketball holds first day of practice for the 2021-2022 season
September 30th was a good day for Liberty Men’s Basketball as they took the to the floor for the first official practice of the 2021-2022 season. The Flames made an NCAA tournament appearance in March and return some big dance talent like Darius McGhee and Kyle Rode.
Virginia holding narrow lead over Ohio at halftime, 28-27
Playing in its first NCAA tournament game since winning the national championship in 2019, Virginia leads Ohio at halftime of a first round game in the West region, 28-27. Sam Hauser, Trey Murphy and Kihei Clark each have six points to lead the way so far for the Cavaliers.
Money shot: Businesses, sportsbooks benefit from NCAA Tournament
ROANOKE, Va. – It’s officially tournament time, and Virginians have the chance to watch the college basketball tournament in a different way this year. This is the first year Virginians can place bets on the tournament on sportsbooks such as DraftKings. “Virginia residents can now do what Nevada residents have been doing for fifty years,” said Johnny Avello of DraftKings. We made the odds and put up the offerings, and now it’s game time.”Avello said tourney time is the busiest time of year for sportsbooks, even more so than the Super Bowl. “The Super Bowl would be the biggest one-day event, but since this tournament expands over the course of 10 days, it’s the biggest, and certainly the most exciting,” Avello said.
Virginia Tech coach Mike Young apologizes for Jehovah Witnesses comment
Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young celebrates with his team after a score during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)Days before the biggest game of his Virginia Tech career, Virginia Tech basketball coach Mike Young is apologizing for a comment he made during media availability. We’re playing the Gators, man, we’re playing the Gators. GO get your stuff packed and get out of here.’ It may not be that tough, but let’s play well and play a good ball game. Let’s see what happens.” Mike YoungHours after that, Young issued the following apology. “Earlier today on the NCAA Tournament conference call, I attempted to show my respect for our upcoming opponent, the University of Florida.
Virginia Tech falls to North Carolina in ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 11: Caleb Love #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels attempts a shot against Tyrece Radford #23 and Keve Aluma #22 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half of their quarterfinals game in the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech trailed close behind North Carolina for much of Thursday’s Quarterfinals game, ultimately losing momentum and falling, 81-73. The Tar Heels had nine players score, including R.J. Davis with 19 points. This loss eliminates the Hokies from the ACC Tournament, but the team is still projected to play in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels victory secures a spot for them in the ACC Tournament Semifinals as they take on Florida State Friday.
Rare disease doesn’t stop Roanoke County teen from winning battle on and off the field
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – We first introduced you to Emma Snyder in 2017, when the athletic Roanoke County 8th grader was first diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease, Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis. It affected Emma’s spine — sidelining her from volleyball, soccer and basketball — leaving both emotional and physical pain. Being able to rely on him a lot,” Emma said. Emma not only led the Conquerors to the VACA State Championship game, but she helped them earn the State Title and was named the MVP of the game. Emma was named MVP in the Conquerors VACA State Championship win (WSLS)For more information on Rare Disease Day, click here.
Liberty Christian Bulldogs prepare for State Semi-finals against Abingdon
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After beating Spotswood on Saturday, the Liberty Christian Academy Bulldogs get to add another year to the State Final Four banner that hangs over their gym. “If that’s passing to my teammates I’m going to take that, if it’s scoring I will take that also. Whatever my team needs me to do, I’ll do.”AdWhile a state semifinal game was not easy for the bulldogs, a state title appearance would be the icing on top. “It’d be truly special, Bulldog Nation is a truly special place. we have a great community here, to be able to be in that position would be great for our school,” Redgate said.
‘Everything won this year needs asterisk’: Roanoke mayor under fire for Facebook post diminishing girls basketball playoff win
ROANOKE, Va. – Mayor Sherman Lea said he meant it as a joke, but he’s now receiving criticism for a recent Facebook comment. After the Patrick Henry girls basketball team won the Region 5D championship Monday night, their excitement soon turned to frustration. Mayor Lea.”On Tuesday, Lea told 10 News that he considers Hedrick a good friend and thought he was private messaging him. He also said that he and the mayor have had a private conversation since the post. The Patrick Henry girls said they’re going to be using this as fuel for their next game, the state semifinal, against Potomac Falls on Wednesday.
Watch: Pulaski County beats Salem on the hardwoods
SALEM, Va. – The Spartans took to the court for the first time this season on Monday night to faceoff with fellow River Ridge District opponent Pulaski County. Tanner Dakas and Qualee Robinson each scored 13 points for the Spartans while Kyle O’Neal and Peyton McDaniel each dropped 12 for the Cougars in the 53-45 win. Other scores from Monday night:Boys Scores:Auburn 74, Eastern Montgomery 37Cave Spring 64, Hidden Valley 39Christiansburg 64, Blacksburg 56E.C. Glass 56, Amherst County 45Liberty Christian 73, Rustburg 56Lord Botetourt 72, GW-Danville 63Northside 62, William Byrd 49Parry McCluer 47, Narrows 35Pulaski County 53, Salem 45Radford 90, Carroll County 52Girls Scores:Auburn 44, Eastern Montgomery 40Blacksburg 43, Christiansburg 22Brookville 43, Heritage-Lynchburg 22Cave Spring 64, Hidden Valley 12E.C. Glass 46, Amherst County 31George Wythe-Wytheville 52, Fort Chiswell 36Nelson County 48, Appomattox 21New Covenant 49, North Cross 12Parry McCluer 57, Narrows 37Salem 54, William Fleming 37William Byrd 46, Northside 30
Virginia women’s basketball team cancels rest of 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia athletics announced Thursday that the women’s basketball team will not finish the rest of their 2020-21 season, citing health and safety concerns with COVID-19. “The decision to end our season mid-stream comes with great difficulty. As difficult as it is to end our season in this manner, it is a necessary one,” said head coach Tina Thompson. “The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be the number one priority.”Virginia athletics said the decision came after the program canceled or postponed six games due to COVID-19 protocols. The university will keep the current competition schedules for all other varsity sports programs while continuing to adhere to ACC health and safety protocols.
Maya Moore now wed, to wrongfully jailed man she helped free
NEW YORK – Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction. Moore and Irons appeared together on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to discuss their social justice efforts — and their relationship. Moore revealed that the two married this year, shortly after Irons was released on July 1. After Moore learned of his case and helped take up his cause, she and Irons developed a friendship on frequent visits to the prison. “I am trying to really just breathe from this long, long battle,” Moore said.
Bling Bling: Virginia Warriors celebrate NTBA National Championship
ROANOKE, Va. The Virginia Warriors Elite AAU 14-and-under basketball team from Roanoke safely traveled to Myrtle Beach over the weekend for the National Travel Basketball Association Championship. While there, they defeated teams from the likes of Charlotte, Washington D.C. and even Kentucky to win the NTBA National title. Weve been wanting this for a few years, said Abu Yarmah, a player for the team. This is the first ever championship win for the Virginia Warriors program in the gold bracket. Up next for the team is another tournament in Atlanta in a few weeks where the team will become Team Virginia and compete against top talent from other states once again.
Play ball? Experts send mixed signals on MLB 60-game season
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NEW YORK Thirty baseball teams from 28 cities, trying to play 60 games each amid a coronavirus pandemic that seemingly hasnt peaked in the United States. It could be a disaster.Public health experts have mixed feelings about baseballs hopes to open its season July 23. Unlike the NBA and NHL, Major League Baseball teams won't be sequestered into bubbles they'll be traveling all around the country. MLB has provided teams with a 113-page operations manual detailing protocols for its pandemic-shortened 60-game regular season. I do think that they do provide substantial benefit and decrease the risk of transmission, Adalja said of baseball's off-field protocols.
MLB's testing sweep brings some success but optics are issue
PHOENIX Major League Baseball's COVID-19 testing sweep appears to be having some success even as large swaths of the United States continue to struggle with containing the fast-spreading virus. In addition to five players, one staff member tested positive. The solution here is really to make sure that we expand testing, Adalja told The Associated Press. Testing results will be watched closely as players and coaches disperse around the country, travel on buses and planes, and stay in hotels. Freeman and and pitcher Touki Toussaint who also previously tested positive for the virus worked out at Truist Park on Friday.
Ballparks to use crowd noise from video game during season
Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during games. England's Premier League and Spains La Liga were the first to return to action with crowd sound from video games. Brewers infielder Eric Sogard said Thursday that the crowd noise did help step up the competition for some guys during intrasquad games. The Korean baseball league pipes in crowd noise at stadiums so they are not completely silent but it is barely audible during games aired on ESPN. Some fans and broadcasters are leery of artificial crowd noise because it takes away a unique opportunity to hear players' conversations during games this season.
NHL's older coaches debate wearing masks, taking precautions
In this photo provided by the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team, interim head coach Rick Bowness watches practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. You get out there and you miss it, the Dallas Stars coach said. You realize how much you enjoy being out there.The NHLs oldest head coach still worries about COVID-19 but not enough to stop doing his job. Im going to have to adjust to it, there is no question. The average age of the 24 head coaches in the playoffs is just under 54, the second-oldest behind the NBA among North Americas four major professional sports leagues.
News outlets seek to unseal files on Saints owner Tom Benson
News outlets including The Associated Press headed to court Wednesday seeking to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. Attorneys for Benson oppose the request to unseal the proceedings, contending Benson's privacy concerns continue even after his 2018 death. Reese dismissed the lawsuit following eight days of testimony, ruling Benson was mentally sound when he ousted his estranged daughter and grandchildren from ownership positions with his teams. Gayle Benson, a devout Catholic with close ties to Archbishop Gregory Aymond, inherited Benson's business empire and has defended the Saint's public relations work on behalf of the cash-strapped archdiocese, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The team and church leaders have opposed a request by the AP to release thousands of internal emails documenting the public relations work.
Post-Redskins, Washington has long road toward new nickname
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. said it would be honored and pleased to work with the organization if thats Washingtons new name. Former Washington linebacker Will Compton voiced his support for Red Wolves by saying he liked that name so much hed want to return for a day. Its going to take time to come back to the heyday of Washington winning and having full stadiums and people really supporting them, Derdenger said. Its going to take a long time for this new branded team to get to that point, but its certainly possible. And you know what helps them get to that point quicker is if they win.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence
(AP Photo/John Raoux)KISSIMMEE, Fla. Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccers return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. The shirts had varying slogans that included Black And Proud, Silence Is Violence and Black All The Time. The group was formerly called the Black Players Coalition of MLS but changed its name this week to Black Players for Change. MLS players had weeks to decide what to do prior to the MLS is Back tournament at ESPNs Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.
The Latest: 2 Brewers test positive; Nats cancel workout
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Major League Baseball and the players association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasnt received its results. The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.
Report shows $480,000 in donations to cover Pence legal aid
WASHINGTON Donors contributed nearly $480,000 last year to cover Vice President Mike Pences legal expenses from special counsel Robert Muellers probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, according to Pences financial disclosure report. The annual report, released Tuesday, shows that a dozen donors contributed to the trust fund in May of last year. The report states the money was used to pay a bill from McGuireWoods LLP. Many government officials have turned to legal defense funds over the years to finance their legal representation. The report states that every contributor had to certify that they are U.S. citizens, the money came from personal funds and that Pence did not solicit the contribution, among other requirements.
Best basketball prodigy since LeBron? Why Emoni Bates is such a big deal
With one unexpected sentence, Emoni Bates set the basketball world and Twitter on fire Monday afternoon. 1 high school basketball player in the Class of 2022, set off a national reaction of various emotions. Bates played his first two years of high school at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School. Another feeling was elation, particularly for fans of Michigan State basketball, who were understandably jumping for joy over Bates choosing to play for their school/team. pic.twitter.com/WdrG7R5tpc — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 29, 2020Why Emoni Bates is a big dealMany pundits have called Bates the best basketball prodigy to come out of high school since LeBron James.
Rocky business restart and an enticing offer for MLB
Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. Disneyland has pushed back the reopening of its parks in California because state approval will not arrive in time. The company said the state will not issue guidelines until after July 4, not enough time to open within two weeks. MARKETS: Stocks are flat to lower as COVID-19 infections surge in a number of states including Florida, Texas and South Carolina. BOXING MATCH: Professional sports are attempting a comeback even without crowds that have been prohibited because of social distancing rules.
Bubble-free life means MLB players, coaches must be careful
PHOENIX Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said he'll be constantly reminding everyone in his organization about the delicacy of the current situation. The younger guys that are single that, you know, tend to be a little bit more social, Woodward said. The first step toward a successful season is getting all the players to their home cities. Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn said his team's travel department has a busy week ahead, but that they've been planning on this scenario for quite a while.