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Vick to be assistant coach on Atlanta's new spring football team

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Michael Vick's second try for a football championship in Atlanta will come as a coach.

Atlanta was announced Wednesday as the choice to join Orlando as franchises in the new Alliance of American Football, which will begin play next February.

The Atlanta Alliance has hired former NFL coach Brad...

Colonial Downs sold with goal of bringing back horse racing in 2019

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:10:00 PDT

Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing said Wednesday the company closed on the purchase of the shuttered Colonial Downs for more than $20 million in a move toward bringing back horse racing to New Kent County.

“The return of horse racing to Virginia will mean the creation of new good paying jobs,...

Edmunds brothers on brink of fulfilling NFL dreams, carrying on family tradition

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:55:00 PDT

Barring the unexpected in the next three days, Tremaine Edmunds will have to wrap his mind around being selected earlier in the NFL draft than his football hero, while Terrell Edmunds will be challenged with having to back up his own confident air.

Dreams born in Danville will start to become reality...

Rice Commission ideas sound, but will basketball stakeholders cooperate?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:50:00 PDT

Replete with biting criticism and sound recommendations, the Commission on College Basketball’s report to the NCAA on Wednesday was what you’d expect from luminaries surveying a target-rich enterprise.

But are the NCAA, USA Basketball, apparel companies, the NBA and its players union capable of...

Wide range of possibilities await Cavaliers in NFL draft

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:25:00 PDT

For all but a few college seniors, the days leading up to the NFL draft are typically a mystery.

Even if they’ve been through the NFL combine, played in showcase all-star games, traveled for in-person auditions with individual teams and been courted by scouts, most don’t know for sure when they’ll...

Daily Press All-Stars 2017-18 boys indoor track and field team

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:55:00 PDT

55-meter dash | Qhiyal Towns | Heritage | Sr. He only got to run twice, early in the season because of an injury, but the 2017 4A state champ’s times, a co-state-leading 6.34 seconds and a 6.41, were far better than anyone else’s in the area.

300 | E.J. Richardson III | Bethel | Jr. Richardson...

Settle takes grind-or-go-home mental approach to prepping for NFL success

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT

For a while, Tim Settle wondered if he’d shown up for the wrong job interviews. His head spun after being asked to solve math equations in one Q&A session and to remember three key words he had to repeat after yet another lengthy interrogation.

This is the modern-day pre-NFL draft process, a nearly...

Tuesday's regional sports roundup: CNU climbs to No. 2 in nation in men's track and field coaches' poll

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:25:00 PDT


Men’s track and field:

Christopher Newport climbed 14 spots to No. 2 in the nation in the Division III coaches’ poll, the Captains’ highest-ever ranking, trailing only North Central. ...

CNU seniors Cullen Monahan and Legend Hayes swept the weekly Capital Athletic Conference awards.

Community sports notebook: Lady Gators rush past Fayetteville

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

In their most impressive offensive outing in team history, the Hampton Roads Lady Gators rushed for more than 400 yards as they pulled away to beat the Fayetteville Fierce 28-14 in their home opener last Saturday at Powhatan Field in Norfolk.

TaShaun Leigh led the Gators (2-1) with 249 yards on...

State schools have produced many an NFL draft steal

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT

Three players from the 1948 NFL draft are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: first-round quarterbacks Bobby Layne and Y.A. Tittle and a 26th-round lineman from William and Mary.

So no, Tom Brady wasn’t the first to rise from draft obscurity to football icon, a lesson I learned as a kid...

Hokies, Clemson part of ACC's post-spring quarterback intrigue

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:10:00 PDT

Fourteen coaches appeared on the ACC’s spring football media call last week. Each was asked about his quarterback(s), and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente would have made it 15-of-15 had he not been vacationing out of the country.

The league has virtually every conceivable quarterback circumstance...

York's Alex Slayton displays excellence in the water and out

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:55:00 PDT

Rarely has it been more difficult to pick a Daily Press All-Stars Girls Swimmer of the Year, because so many accomplished so much during the 2017-18 season.

Three schools — Hampton Roads Academy, Jamestown and York — won state titles, while area swimmers were victorious in 14 state-meet individual...

Fudd proving she's worth all the hype that started at a young age

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:55:00 PDT

Azzi Fudd was so young when the first scholarship offer came, she didn’t know exactly what it meant. Upon her father’s request, Maryland coach Brenda Frese had to explain it all so Fudd could wrap her sixth-grade mind around it.

Still, the question remained for the perpetually humble Fudd.


Kyle Busch makes it three Cup wins in a row with triumph at Richmond

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:55:00 PDT

On the eve of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, Kyle Busch reckoned that Kevin Harvick was ahead of him as the best this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series by a notch.

Busch appears to have made up that distance with some room to spare.

Matching Harvick’s win streak of earlier...

Monday's regional sports roundup: Hampton's Alana VanDenburg named MEAC Player of the Week in softball

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:50:00 PDT



Hampton senior outfielder Alana VanDenburg was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

VanDenburg hit .400 (6 of 15) with two RBI, three stolen bases and two runs to help the Lady Pirates go 4-1 last week. ...

Christopher Newport's Rachael Payne was named...

Sunday's regional sports roundup: W&M women, ODU men take conference tennis titles; Tides hand loss to former Pilots pitcher

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:40:00 PDT


Women's tennis:

William and Mary captured its 26th Colonial Athletic Association title, overcoming James Madison 4-0 on Elon's courts to gain an automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Tribe, ranked 41st nationally, took the doubles point. Then Clara Tanielian...

Defense dominates offense in W&M's spring game

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:10:00 PDT

Each team has its own version of a spring football game. For William and Mary, it’s the offense against the defense — the Green against the Gold. The only way for the defense to score is to get in the end zone itself.

Which is what happened. For better or for worse, depending on which coordinator...

U.Va.'s Andrew Brown takes long path to the NFL draft

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:30:00 PDT

Andrew Brown had a reason for the quiet intensity with which he carried himself throughout his serpentine, four-year career at Virginia.

There was an explanation for his tendency to downplay his status as a five-star recruit who came out of one of the state's top programs, turning down offers from...

Top recruits shine on opening day of Nike EYBL girls tournament

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:25:00 PDT

In a tournament loaded with star players, one matchup stood above the rest on the opening night of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League girls tour stop at Boo Williams Sportsplex.

A matchup including three of the most highly regarded prep players in the country ended with the Fairfax Stars of...

Kyle Larson might be young guns' best hope for a NASCAR Cup title

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:55:00 PDT

The youth movement might be the rage of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but, as often was the case in the past, it is something of a mirage. Only one driver since 2004 under age 30, Brad Keselowski in 2012, has won the Cup.

The two drivers emerging as Cup favorites this season are past champions...

Saturday's regional sports roundup: W&M men and women, ODU men advance to conference tennis tournament finals; CNU women take Capital golf title

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT


Men’s tennis:

No. 1 seed William and Mary shut out No. 5 Drexel 4-0 to breeze into the Colonial Athletic Association tournament final. The Tribe will face third-seeded UNC Wilmington, which ousted tourney host Elon, the No. 2 seed, 4-1. ...

Top-seeded Old Dominion (18-6), ranked 33rd...

Hamlin basks in victory at Langley and prepares for Richmond

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:55:00 PDT

It was perhaps hyperbole, but only a little, when one observer in the press box at Langley Speedway on Thursday said Denny Hamlin looked almost as happy at winning the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Model 200-lapper as he was in Victory Lane after the 2016 Daytona 500.

That glow was still...

Denny Hamlin wins his Showdown and will bring it back to Langley

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:55:00 PDT

Denny Hamlin made his return to Langley Speedway after 20 years a memorable one by holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch on Thursday to win the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown 200-lap Late Model race.

For Hamlin, who owns 31 NASCAR Cup Series victories, it was only his second win in...

Friday's regional sports roundup: No. 11 CNU clinches CAC regular-season softball crown

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:00:00 PDT



Christopher Newport, ranked 11th in Division III, swept Southern Virginia 11-0, 5-1 to clinch the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title. That ensures that CNU will not have to play away from home in the CAC tournament.

In Game 1, the host Captains (28-6, 11-1 CAC)...

Fishing report: Shark fishing regulations change

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:00 PDT

Shark fishing is highly regulated and has become even more so over the years with restrictions on which species can be kept.

Sharks are caught in both federal and state waters, and both federal and state regulations apply.

In federal waters, boats fishing for sharks must have a highly migratory...