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They played a combined 26 seasons in the most violent of professional team sports, yet the worst injury sustained by Roanoke’s Barber twins may have occurred on a bicycle. “You might be right,” said Tiki Barber, who, as a pre-teen, spent most of one summer in a cast after trying to descend the hill in back of the Hardee’s on Brambleton. Throw in their playoff and all-star appearances and the Barbers had played well over 400 National Football League games before Ronde confirmed at a May 9 news conference that he would be retiring after 17 seasons, all of them as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive back. Tiki Barber retired following the 2006 season, his 10th with the New York Giants, for whom he remains the career rushing leader. Within days of his own announcement, Ronde Barber, who turned 38 in April, was in full retirement mode.
In its ninth season of ACC baseball play, Virginia Tech will face Virginia for the first time in ACC Tournament play. Third-seeded UVa (45-9, 22-8 overall) and sixth-seeded Tech (35-19, 15-14) will meet at 3 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — If the Virginia-North Carolina baseball game actually had meant something, it might have been an instant classic. And, don’t think that the principals will be forgetting UVa’s 8-7 victory any time soon. North Carolina rallied from a three-run deficit to send the game into extra innings and was on the verge of overcoming a four-run deficit in the 11th inning when UVa sophomore Mike Papi caught
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bkaye Smith's two-out RBI single in the 13th inning kept the Hokies' season alive with a 3-2 win over Marshall in a must-win game in the NCAA regional tournament. Virginia Tech (37-20) and Marshall (36-22) had each played a game earlier in the day, with Tech falling to host No. 17 Kentucky 6-2 and Marshall downing Notre Dame 3-1. With the win over Marshall, Tech will play
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Virginia Tech scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and give the Hokies a 4-3 win over Notre Dame on day one of the NCAA tournament. Virginia Tech (35-19), the third seed in the Lexington Region, scored first as Kat Banks hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Notre Dame (43-13), the second seed,
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Scoring runs in six different innings, the seventh-ranked Cavaliers surgically picked apart the second-ranked Tar Heels 10-4 at Boshamer Field. Mike Papi went 3 for 6 with two RBIs, while Derek Fisher added a hit and two RBIs for Virginia (44-8, 21-7). Nate Irving chipped in three hits and an RBI for the Cavaliers. Brandon Waddell pitched seven strong innings, allowing four earned runs on eight
Clifton Richardson, listed as Virginia's No. 3 tailback at the end of spring drills, has received a release from his scholarship after two seasons at UVa.p Richardson carried 72 times for 366 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, when he played in all 13 games as a freshman on UVa's Chick-Fil-A Bowl team. However, injuries limited him to seven games and 24 carries last season. "Clifton will be leaving the
Virginia announced the resignation of Eileen Schmidt, who was the coach at her alma mater for six seasons. Schmidt was 145-168, including 38-81 in ACC play. UVa won only one ACC tournament game in her reign but made the NCAA tournament in 2010. UVa was 21-28, 4-17 this season. Schmidt, who played for UVa from 1991-94, was previously the coach at Northwestern State and Kentucky. "I have decided to retire
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Caroline McTiernan's third goal of the game proved to be the game winner as Virginia scored a 10-8 upset over sixth-seed and regional host Georgetown in the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament. After an opening goal by Georgetown, Virginia (11-9) answered with four straight and eight of the next nine goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead. The Hoyas (13-6) cut the Cavalier lead to four,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Caitlin Dent hit a two-run homer to lead second-seeded North Carolina State to a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Virginia Tech in an ACC softball semifinal Friday. Tech's Dani Anderson hit an RBI single in the fifth to tie the score at 1, but Dent homered in the bottom of the inning. The Hokies loaded the bases in the seventh, but Kylie McGoldrick lined out to left field
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Kylie McGoldrick had two hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs to help sixth-seeded Virginia Tech beat third-seeded Maryland 8-5 in an ACC softball quarterfinal Thursday. The Hokies (35-18) will face second-seeded North Carolina State (31-18-1) in a semifinal at 1 p.m. today. Tech's Courtney Liddle had an RBI triple, scored twice and tied a tournament record with three walks. Down 8-5, Maryland (31-26) loaded the
The Roanoke College softball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament Monday and will get to stay home for its regional. The Moyer Sports Complex in Salem had previously been chosen to be one of the eight regional sites. The Maroons (30-12) will be the fifth seed in their eight-team, double-elimination regional. They will face fourth-seeded Christopher Newport, the USA South tournament champ, at noon Thursday.
The SEC Network soon will be upon us. On Thursday, conference commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN president John Skipper announced a partnership that will launch in August 2014 and run for 20 years, making it the longest sports-rights contract in U.S. television. Your move, Mr. Swofford. An ACC Network has to be coming, right? You've got to think the league won't want to fall too far behind on this cash
WINCHESTER - The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team earned an 11-8 win over Shenandoah to claim the program's 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference crown and a spot in the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. W&L (10-9) and Shenandoah (12-5) traded goals to open the game, but junior Katie Hagen put the Generals ahead 3-2 as time expired in the first half. Emily Conway opened the second half with a
Former Virginia basketball star and 10-year NBA veteran Bryant Stith has been hired as an assistant for new Old Dominino men's basketball coach Jeff Jones, the school comfirmed on Friday. Stith, 42, comes to ODU from his alma mater, Brunswick High, about 90 minutes west of Norfolk. He coached the Bulldogs to three straight state titles and also served as athletic director. A three-time All-ACC pick, Stith remains Virginia's all-time
CHARLOTTESVILLE —After winning 22 and 23 games in back-to-back seasons, Virginia men’s basketball has moved the bar to a new height as Tony Bennett prepares for his fifth season as head coach. Anything short of a third straight 20-win season probably would be viewed as a disappointment, but it would be the first time for the Cavaliers to accomplish that feat in more than 20 years. “Of course, next year
College baseball’s regular season is rounding third and heading for home, and while many teams will spend the next three weeks jockeying for position in the NCAA tournament, five have shown they are a cut above the rest. North Carolina (41-4), Vanderbilt (39-6), LSU (39-6), Virginia (38-8) and Oregon State (34-8) look to be locks for national seeds. There are eight of those coveted seeds, and Cal State Fullerton (36-7),
Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini, a native of Italy who was 16-5 in singles, has been named the ACC men's tennis freshman of the year, He was joined on the All-ACC team by Virginia's Alex Domijan, Mitchell Frank, Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger and Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus. MEN'S TENNIS White, Detwiler honored W&L senior Hayden White has been named both the ODAC player of the year and the ODAC scholar-athlete of
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Lauren Didlake and Megan Harris each knocked in two runs to lead Virginia to a 7-3 victory over Virginia Tech in softball Monday night. Tech (31-16, 8-9) led 3-2 before the Cavaliers rallied for three runs in the fifth. Karli Johnson's RBI single tied the game at 3, then Didlake's single to right plated two runs to make it 5-3. Taylor Willliams was 3-for-4 with two runs for
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A semifinal victory over the No. 1 seed did not ensure a successful weekend for the Virginia men’s lacrosse team. UVa coach Dom Starsia’s program was not built on silver linings. In almost any other year, the Cavaliers would have headed home to begin NCAA tournament preparations following a 16-13 loss to North Carolina in the ACC title game. Instead, they’ll be clearing out their lockers. Virginia would
VIRGINIA BEACH - Washington and Lee claimed two more Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles as the men's and women's tennis programs each triumphed in Sunday's championship matches. The 23rd-ranked W&L men's team defeated Bridgewater 5-0 to claim its fourth straight and 32nd overall ODAC title . W&L (17-5) won all three doubles points and Christopher Hu and Brian Krouskous made quick work of their respective matches to clinch the title.
The New York Jets must think there’s something special about left offensive tackles from Virginia. Nine years after taking Cavalier left tackle and future Pro Bowler D’Brickashaw Ferguson in the first round, the Jets may have found his eventual successor in another UVa left tackle, Oday Aboushi. What’s more, they’re both New Yorkers, Ferguson from Freeport on Long Island and Aboushi from Staten Island. Aboushi (6-foot -5, 308 pounds) was
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