NICE STORY BY ROBERT ANDERSON TODAY ON FORMER HOKIE ORION MARTIN, now a teacher and assistant coach at Franklin County after getting cut by two NFL teams and spending time as a Tech grad assistant. “I’m taking everything in,” Martin said. “The way they organize practice. The way they lift during the summer. The way they approach guys. The way they make decisions during the game. I’m just soaking it all in.” More here.
-Hokies get a commitment from D.J. Reid.
-Running back Tony Gregory won’t travel to the Cincy game because of an injury.
-Gregory won’t be the only one not going. David Teel of the Daily Press writes that officials are expecting a crowd in the “mid-40s” at FedEx on Saturday. (Link is here; subscription required to view).-No. 8 Stanford gets upset by Washington 17-13.
-Star Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins will not play against BC tomorrow. He has a virus.
-Tonight’s game is Hawaii at BYU (8 p.m., ESPN).
-Tomorrow’s TV games of note: Baylor at West Virginia (noon, FX), N.C. State at Miami (noon, ESPNU), Dukee at Wake Forest (12:30 p.m., CW5), Ohio State at Michigan State (3:30 p.m., WSET), Tennessee at Georgia (3:30 p.m., WDBJ), Clemson at BC (3:30 p.m., ESPN2), Virginia Tech vs. Cincy (3:30 p.m., ESPNU), La. Tech at Virginia (3:30 p.m., ESPN3.com), Florida State at South Florida (6 p.m., ESPN), Texas at Oklahoma State (7:30 p.m., WFXR), Wisconsin at Nebraska (9 p.m., WSET).
-The Ryder Cup starts today at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. TV coverage began at 8 a.m. on ESPN.
-Yankees fall 6-0 at Toronto and lead idle Baltimore in the AL East by one game with six to play. Yanks are still in Toronto tonight (7 p.m., MLB Network), while the O’s host Boston (7 p.m., MASN).
-Rays win their eighth straight and are two games back of Oakland for the second AL wildcard slot. The A’s lost to Texas yesterday.
-Angels see their five-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Seattle and remain two behind Oakland in the wildcard.
-That Rays win was over the White Sox, who drop to two back of Detroit in the AL Central. It’s division or bust for Chicago.
-Dodgers gain a half game on St. Louis and are three back in the NL wildcard.
-Tigers pitcher Doug Fister sets an AL record by striking out nine straight Royals batters.
-Indians fire manager Manny Acta.
-R.A. Dickey wins his 20th game for the Mets; Gio Gonzalez wins No. 21 for the Nats. Will be interesting to see who gets the NL Cy Young. Matt Cain’s had a pretty awesome year, too, but has 16 wins.
-The Ravens hang on to beat Cleveland 23-16. Meanwhile, the returning refs get a standing ovation in Baltimore.
-Roger Goodell apologizes to fans for the whole ref thing.
-Floyd native and Virginia Tech grad Darian Grubb has bounced back nicely from being canned as Tony Stewart’s crew chief despite winning the Cup title. He’s meshing well with Denny Hamlin. “As many times as I’ve been in a hauler with him and they’ve talked about crew chief changes on the TV right here in front of him, I always think it is an awkward situation for him,” Hamlin said. “But he’s never brought up that, ‘I just want to beat him,’ or anything like that. It’s always focused on our team and what he needs to be better.” More here.
-Light area slate tonight, as about 40 percent of Timesland schools have a bye. Robert predicts the games that will be played and answers some questions about the playoffs here.
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