THE HOKIES LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE PLENTY THEY WANT TO FIX. “I think everybody is going to have adversity somewhere in their life,” coach Frank Beamer says. “How you react to it is the deal there.” Andy has more here.
-Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington says UVa was trying to take off his helmet near the goal line. Mike London says that’s nonsense. Doughty has that here.
-What is with all the helmets rolling around on the ground this year? Maybe I’m just noticing it more because of the new rule that forces lidless dudes to sit out a play, but you’d think they could make the chin straps a little more effective than this.
-Showcase week for the ACC, as No. 10 Clemson and No. 4 Florida State square off in Tallahassee. Guessing the whole staff will go with the Noles (I will). Anybody like the Tigers in this spot?
-If you’re thinking of picking against Duke in the Fearless Forecasters — typically a solid strategy — just know that the Devils are a 22-point favorite over Memphis. This does not portend well for Memphis’ season.
-The White Sox rally from an early 3-0 deficit and beat Detroit, 5-4, in the final meeting of the year between the AL Central rivals. Chicago holds a three-game lead in the division.
-Oakland still has an outside chance at catching Texas in the AL West, trailing by three games with a four-game series in Arlington on tap next week. The wildcard-leading A’s travel to Detroit tonight (7 p.m., MLB Network).
-The Braves have won four in a row, while Washington has dropped three straight. The Nats still lead Atlanta in the NL East by five games, but you never know. Nats host the Dodgers tonight (7 p.m., MASN). Huge game for L.A., which trails the Cardinals by one game for the final NL wildcard spot.
-Former Alleghany coach Mark Keith dies at age 46. Robert has more here.
-JR Motorsports parts ways with Danica’s crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., who is also the cousin of team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.
-Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury. Fellow Redskins defensive starter Adam Carriker also will be out for the year, with a knee injury.
NAME THAT TUNE
Gator Boots, with the pimped-out Gucci suits
Ain’t got no job, but I stay sharp
Can’t pay my rent, cause all my money’s spent
But that’s OK, cause [name of song]
Got a quarter tank a gas, in my new E-class
But that’s alright, cause I’m gon’ ride
Got everything in my momma’s name
But I’m hood rich, da-dah da-dah da-dah…