| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Six of the nine area teams still alive in the boys basketball playoffs are done with home-court advantage.
Evans, Winter Park, Oviedo, Lake Minneola, First Academy and Foundation Academy will travel for region finals this week, all playing for a spot in...
| Mar 19, 2014
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech basketball boasts a lavish practice complex, committed administration and a five-year stretch in which the Hokies hovered near the top of the ACC. But when measured by the sport's most precious commodity, Tech ranks last...
| Mar 24, 2014
With the exception of a few all-star games this week, the 2013-14 high school basketball season ended Saturday night in Hershey.
But one group of young student-athletes still has a state championship in their sights.
It's the Sacred Heart Regional...
| Apr 6, 2014
This weekend's Final Four is more old school than a two-handed set shot. Past champions, power conferences, oversized budgets. Kentucky, Wisconsin, Florida, Connecticut.
This was not preordained. Wichita State was absolutely Kentucky's equal, and the...
| Jan 5, 2014
During one of his final staff meetings as Virginia Tech's athletic director, Jim Weaver revealed how much pain he was enduring, how Parkinson's disease and two failing hips had not only fast-tracked his retirement but also compromised basic, daily living....
| Jan 30, 2014
BLACKSBURG — Whit Babcock is a college coach's son. He played college baseball and has worked in college sports administration for most of his adult life.
"Indirectly or directly, I've been preparing to sit up here for 43 years," Babcock said...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
During a media session prior to the February 2009 Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed at me and said, "You owe me for getting you a week's vacation in Tampa."
Tomlin was right. Sort of....
| Sep 27, 2013
| 4:17 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: I hope you and the media start a campaign to stop the NCAA scheduling these massacre football games. It is a scam, a sham and a shame. . . . Urban Meyer has the guts leading, 55-0, to go for it on fourth and six? He...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:44 PM
You can try this cold turkey, but picking bowl-game winners is my job. While you're at work solving world problems, I'm doing full time what you do in your spare time. Some years are better than others. The general rule is to look for motivation in each...
| Nov 20, 2013
Last season, Duke reached its first bowl since 1994, snapped an eight-game losing streak to rival North Carolina and earned David Cutcliffe ACC coach of the year honors. Less than 12 months later, it all seemed a mirage.
The Blue Devils were 0-2 in...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Grammy Award-winning musicologist Art Rosenbaum knows a good thing when he hears it.
Yet in addition to the finely tuned ear with which he earned an award for best historical album in 2008, the University of Georgia professor has such a keen eye that...