Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hokies Honor Newtown Victims

(Christian Bruey)

ESPN.com: The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 children and six faculty members died, was the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States. The deadliest occurred on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.

To remember those killed in both tragedies, the Hokies' helmets will feature a large orange-and-green ribbon, the word "Prevail" and the number 58 for the total number of victims.

"It's just one of those things that we've been through what those people up in Sandy Hook are going through," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Monday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "We prevailed in Blacksburg. I think if anything, it brought us closer and more determined, and the same thing is going to happen there. The way the community is coming together. It's a terrible thing to happen."

Virginia Tech will play Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday in Orlando. The Hokies will wear a smaller version of the ribbon during the game, the Sentinel reported.

"We've got to prevail," Beamer said. "We can't let one person define Blacksburg or Virginia Tech, and we can't let (one) person define (Newtown)."

Monday, December 24, 2012

Oh RG3, Oh RG3


Merry Christmas!

ACC Sunday Night Scoreboard

JORDAN ROPER (Mark Crammer/Anderson Independent-Mail/AP)
CLEMSON 71, South Carolina State 41 - Clemson went on a 21-2 run to end the first half in a rout on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The win improved the Tigers to 7-4 on the season and dropped the Bulldogs to 4-9.

Damarcus Harrison had a career-high 15 points for Clemson. The sophomore transfer's previous high was 12 against Iona in last year's NCAA Tournament for BYU. He made 6-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-7 from long distance, and also added a career-best six assists. He was one of four Tigers in double figures, as Milton Jennings added 15, Devin Booker had 11 and K.J. McDaniels posted 10.

#4 Arizona 69, MIAMI 50 -  Mark Lyons scored 19 points, and No. 4 Arizona defeated Miami Sunday night at the Diamond Head Classic.

Nick Johnson had 12 points, and Kevin Parrom added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (11-0). It was the 200th career win for Arizona coach Sean Miller.

After a close game early with several ties and lead changes, Arizona took a 14-point lead toward the end of the first half and pulled further away in the second.

Miami went scoreless for a four-minute stretch of the second half. Arizona scored 10 points during the drought to take a 26-point lead with less than three minutes remaining.

Colorado 88, VIRGINIA TECH 52 - Virginia Tech lost to Colorado State in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Sunday night in the Orleans Arena. With the loss, Tech falls to 9-3 overall, while the Rams improve to 10-2 on the season.

The Hokies were able to keep the game close through most of the first half and Erick Green hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the CSU lead to 33-27. But the Rams opened the second half on a 21-4 run and never trailed after the intermission.

Green, who the night before had taken over the NCAA Division I lead in points per game, led the Hokies with 26 points. Jarell Eddie was the only other Virginia Tech player in double-figures with 10 points.

Pictures Of The Day

Q: When was the last time that our beloved and beleaguered Washington Redskins entered the last week of the regular season facing a home game with a head-to-head match to determine which team would finish first in the NFC East or, before that, in the old NFL Eastern Conference?

A: Never.

That the opponent is the Cowboys is icing on our Christmas cake.

Record setter: Kai Forbath #2 of the Washington Redskins kicks a 42 yard field goal in the second quarter making him the first NFL placekicker to start his rookie season 17 for 17. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America) 

Catch (And Throw) Of The Day

Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins catches a touchdown pass from RG3 in the third quarter  against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nice, Santana, NICE!  (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

ACC Saturday Night Basketball

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Big post-exams, pre-Christmas schedule...

#25 N.C. STATE 92, St. Bonaventure 73 - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 25 North Carolina State past St. Bonnie’s.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for St. Bonaventure (7-4).  

#23 NORTH CAROLINA 97, McNeese State 63 - North Carolina coach Roy Williams liked what his players did. He didn't love the way they did it.

P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who made 13 of 28 3-point attempts and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo scored 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 points, and Brice Johnson had 10 points for North Carolina.

BOSTON COLLEGE 71, Providence 68 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds as Boston College defeated Providence.

Anderson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season. He went 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds. Hanlan went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe and hit three 3-pointers. Freshman Joe Rahon had six assists.

The game was tight the entire way as the largest lead of the day was six points. There were 12 ties and 14 lead changes.

(Chuck Burton/AP Photo)
FLORIDA STATE  79, UNC Charlotee 76 - Michael Snaer scored 30 points in his first game back from a one-game absence, and Aaron Thomas scored 17 as Florida State beat Charlotte.

Snaer, a senior guard who sat out a win over Louisiana-Monroe on Monday for disciplinary reasons, had 17 points at halftime and hit two free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining to help seal the win.

Thomas, a freshman guard, came off the bench and scored 15 of his points in the second half and hit one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Seminoles (7-4) their final margin.


GEORGIA TECH 73, The Citadel 41 - Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech's defense stifled The Citadel.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0 at home.

Matt Groselle and Lawrence Miller each had nine points for The Citadel (3-7), which shot 25.4 percent from the floor for the game. Stephen Elmore finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Carter had nine points and Julian Royal added eight for Georgia Tech, which shot 43.7 percent.

MIAMI 73, Hawaii 58 - Durand Scott scored 20 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Miami defeated Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

Shane Larkin had 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones 11 points for the Hurricanes (8-1), who face No. 4 Arizona (10-0) in Sunday's semifinals. Arizona beat East Tennessee State earlier Saturday.
The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 14-5 run to start the second half.

VIRGINIA TECH 66, Bradley 65 - Virginia Tech fought back from a 13-point first half deficit and defeated Bradley in overtime in the semifinal of the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic in the Orleans Arena on Saturday night.

Tech, now 9-2 on the season, trailed the Braves, 35-25, at the intermission, but Tech roared back and took a 55-53 lead with 2:03 remaining in regulation on a lay-up by Erick Green. Walt Lemon, Jr., hit a lay-up with nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 55-55 for Bradley, now 8-3 overall. Green got a good look at a final shot, but missed and the game went into overtime.

(Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP Photo)

WAKE FOREST 84, UNCG 70 - Wake Forest closed the first half on a 12-2 run to fend off UNCG on Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Wake Forest (6-5) broke open what was a close game early on with its late run to end the half. The Demon Deacons trailed 27-26 at the 2:24 mark but followed with 10 straight points to take control of the game. C.J. Harris hit a running layup just before the buzzer to give Wake Forest a 38-29 halftime advantage.

The Spartans (2-8) closed to within six in the opening minutes of the second half but could not get closer than nine beyond that as Wake Forest maintained a steady advantage.

Old Dominion 63, VIRGINIA 61 - Dimitri Batten scored 14 of his career-best 23 points during a 21-4 second-half run Saturday night and Old Dominion stunned Virginia 63-61 in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.

The Monarchs (2-10) had lost nine in a row coming into the game at Richmond Coliseum, but became the third Colonial Athletic Association team to beat Virginia this season. The Cavaliers (9-3) have also lost at George Mason and at home against Delaware, but had won eight straight since that setback to the Blue Hens on Nov. 13.

Yo, Mayans We're Sill Waiting On That Apocalypse

Folks dressed as aliens (because they could) pose for the camera after the time passed 11.11 am, the time the Mayan Apocalypse was supposed to occur in Bugarach village on December 21, 2012 in Bugarach, France. (Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images Europe)

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Pictures Of The Day

Former Dukie Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors met up with his father former Hokie Dell before the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Getty Images)
Members of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers wear jerseys emblazoned with the names of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims Jesse Lewis and Jack Pinto during a moment of silence before a game against the Adirondack Phantoms at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 22, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) runs for 26 yards after a fourth quarter catch while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Johnson broke the NFL single season yardage record formally held by Jerry Rice during this play. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Johnson talks with the media after the game where he broke the NFL single season yardage record formally held by Jerry Rice. The Falcons defeated the Lions 31-18. (Leon Halip/Getty Images North America)
Receiver Josh Reese #19 of the Central Florida Knights cannot come up with this pass against the Ball State Cardinals during the Beef 'O' Brady's St Petersburg Bowl Game at Tropicana Field on December 21, 2012 in St Petersburg, Florida. (J. Meric/Getty Images North America)
Michael Davenport #45 of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies drives between C.J. Leslie #5 and Richard Howell #1 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during play at PNC Arena on December 22, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 92-73. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)
Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) scores a touchdown as East Carolina defensive back Adonis Armstrong (3) defends in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl, an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
 The Foxtel Coptercam hovers over the pitch before the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on December 22, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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