We’ve reached the point where Tech fans can come to Cassell and expect a ballgame, regardless of the opponent. That might sound like loser talk, but it isn’t. That’s significant.
BLACKSBURG — This was the kind of night Virginia Tech fans dreamed about when their school hired Buzz Williams. It took more than a year for it to come, yet still it seemed ahead of schedule.
BLACKSBURG — Call it the curse of being gifted.
SHREVEPORT, La. — The irony is that Frank Beamer hates games like this.
BLACKSBURG — Throughout the process of hiring his new football coach, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock couldn’t help but consider the potential pitfalls.
Virginia coach Mike London issued a challenge to the 2015 Cavaliers long before this season began: Finish well in close games.
Virginia Tech fans were emotionally spent by the time Saturday's game concluded.
BLACKSBURG — ESPN did Virginia Tech a favor.
How much is too much? That’s the question Virginia Tech’s offensive coaches are pondering right now, and boy, it sure beats the alternative.
He remembers the night he nearly got tossed out of his bunk.
T.J. Thorpe has seen in-season revivals before.
ECU defeats Tech 35-28.
Kam Chancellor probably should look for a new agent.
Yankees legend and American icon Yogi Berra died Tuesday at age 90. I loved Yogi Berra. Who didn't? You didn't have to be a Yankees fan, or even have seen him play, to appreciate the way he lived h...
Hokies defeat Furman 42-3.
SCORING SUMMARYFIRST QUARTEROSU--Samuel 24 pass from Jones (Willoughby kick), 9:44.Eight plays, 64 yards, 2:55. Key play: Elliott 10 pass from Jones on fourth-and-5 to VT 24. Ohio State 7, Virginia...
BLACKSBURG — It was only five years ago that the gym teacher — who also happened to be Glenvar’s varsity football coach — discovered him.
It's a very somber day for Blacksburg and our area at large, in the wake of the passing of former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver on Thursday.
Based on its seeding, the Radford University baseball team is right where it should be Monday: playing top-seeded Vanderbilt with a shot to make the Super Regionals.
A buddy of mine recently discovered a creative (albeit illegal) to make a few bucks: preying on the complete lack of athletic self-awareness of the typical American male.
So there I was on a recent Sunday afternoon, chasing a foul pop-up. Eyes and beer gut bouncing as I tracked the ball, my hustle needle pegged all the way, I was approaching the fence in foul territ...
Quick -- Google the name "Will Smith." Don't delay, because you'll be likely to miss it. If you're reading this early Friday afternoon, the first link Google gives you is this USA Today s...
We need to stop whining. All of us. And by "us," I mean sports reporters.
Australia, he figured, would be his goodbye to baseball.
Tuesday was a pretty good day for young power hitters in baseball.
It's hard to get to know UVa quarterbacks. It seems lately, as soon as they ascend to a prominent role, they leave.
Two years ago, when writing a column about how media guide covers are a window into a college football program's soul, I asked Frank Beamer what he thought about the cover his Hokies had just relea...
Crazy stat o' the day: The two-hour stoppage of play during Thursday's Nationals-Padres game marked just the sixth rain delay in the 11-year history of San Diego's Petco Park.
Choking, like so many other facets of sports, is in the eye of the beholder. I saw that word thrown around on Twitter quite a bit late Wednesday night in the wake of the Capitals' 2-1 overtime loss...
If you value keeping your blood pressure at a reasonable level, it's probably best not to spend a lot of time thinking about all the places your federal tax money goes. Our government isn't exactly...
If you want to know how you really feel about a topic, try explaining it to a kid. I was reminded of this early Monday evening, when a text alert hit my phone announcing that Tom Brady had been sus...
Here, in one man's opinion, is a countdown of the five most horrible ways to lose a sporting event:
You might be surprised to learn that Tom Brady's dad supports Tom Brady. Yes, it's true!
Forgive me, but I’m having a really hard time getting outraged at the Manny Pacquiao-hiding-an-injury flap. It’s not that I don’t think people deserve quality for their money and some level of tran...
If you’re going to watch only one soccer match all year, Wednesday’s wouldn’t be a bad choice.
They say you can't prove a negative, but if you're wondering whether a coach or athlete is speaking with a filter, there's one good clue that he's not: casual swearing.
Forget pitch clocks. Forget umpire admonishments. The key to picking up the pace in baseball is simple: Force every player in both leagues to watch one game pitched by Boston Red Sox left-hander Wa...
I'm quite certain I'd be the worst general manager in the history of the NFL. Oh, my teams would have more chemistry than the campuses of Stanford, Harvard and MIT combined, but we would never win ...
Empty stadiums can be exciting. I love walking into a place I haven't been -- The Horseshoe at Ohio State last September, for example -- before the fans arrive and imagining what the atmosphere wil...
As much as I had been looking forward to Monday night's Islanders-Capitals game, I found myself instead mesmerized by coverage of the violence in Baltimore.
To open this week, in honor of the big boxin' match coming up, we'll begin with a Rocky IV quote that I shall tenuously tie to the day's topic:
Mark Allen Stout, 55, of Callaway, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Flora Funeral Chapel.
Dana Lynn Epperly, 52, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016.She was born on November 6, 1963, in Roanoke, Va. Dana was a 1982 graduate of William Fleming High School and also graduated from Virginia Highland College in Wytheville, Va., with a degree in Political Science. She attended Grace United Methodist Church and was baptized at the age of 12. She loved horses and enjoyed camping.She is survived by her parents, Thomas W. and Joyce Beheler Epperly; her daughter, Jessie Lee Chinault Mitchell; and her granddaughter, Audrey Autumn Mitchell.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity in Dana's memory.
Helen Hatcher Dyson, 89, died on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Richmond following a long illness.Mrs. Dyson was a native of Troutville, Va., and was preceded in death by her parents, the late Arthur and Georgia Hatcher; her husband, the late Robert Dyson; and by four sisters and four brothers.She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Annis Hatcher and Mary Hatcher, both of Richmond; and by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.Aunt Helen, as she was known affectionately by her nieces and nephews, resided in Troutville for 86 years, living in the same house for over half a century. She graduated from Troutville High School and for many years was employed in Roanoke as a medical assistant for Dr. Charles Young Sr. and Dr. Charles Young Jr. in their practice of ophthalmology.She was a member of Troutville Baptist Church from her youth. She was active in all ministries of the church, including singing in the choir, serving as church historian and chairing the Board of Deacons. She also served as one of the church's Trustees. The congregation honored her for her servant spirit by naming her Deacon Emeritus.Helen was the last surviving sibling in a remarkable generation of the Hatcher family who grew up under the nurture of a strong matriarch and who embodied the values of hard work, service to others, thrift, fidelity to family, faith in God, and unrelenting good humor. She will always be remembered as devoted to her immediate and extended family, a loyal friend to neighbors and the citizens of Troutville, tireless in placing the needs of others ahead of herself and faithful in her relationship to God.Services honoring her memory will be held at Troutville Baptist Church, 5520 Lee Highway, Troutville on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Troutville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Troutville Baptist Church.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Betty Howerton Welch, of Salem, Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. "Miss Betty" was born in Roanoke on June 7, 1929, to the late Eugene E. and Rosamond Isabel Howerton.She spent her formative years during the depression and World War II growing up in Cloverdale, Va., and graduating from Troutville High School in 1947. She raised three children to adulthood in Roanoke before moving to the milder climate of South Carolina for health reasons. She loved that state's small town life and spent many years as a resident of Hartsville."Miss Betty" loved keeping a nice home and flower gardens as well as spending time with her rescue pet dogs "Lobo" and "Browndog." She was a people person and never met a stranger. Even in her last years as a resident of Richfield in Salem she spent time visiting other residents. She was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in particular of her time working at the Shriners Hospital for Children when she lived in Greenville, S.C.She was predeceased by her parents; loving older brother, Eugene E. Howerton Jr.; long-time companion, Henry "Buddy" Moreland; and former husband and friend, Thurman S. Turner.Surviving are her three children, Linda Blevins (Larry) and Thomas Turner (Karen) of Roanoke, and Wayne Turner (Janet) of Parkland, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.Special thanks to staffs of Richfield Care and Recovery and Gentle Shepard Hospice for their care.A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Fair View Cemetery with Chaplain Gary Kingery officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.oakeys.com.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, Shriners Hospital for Children or to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.