-Andy has a feature on receiver Demitri Knowles, a native of The Bahamas who started football late but is proving he can be a factor. “When I told my mom, she was like, ‘You want to play football? There’s no football in the Bahamas,’” he said. “So that’s when I realized I had to move.”
-The Hokies ratchet up the intensity in practice.
-I was there last night and will have a column on linebacker Bruce Taylor in tomorrow’s paper.
-Coach Mike London wants to get more of his young defensive players involved in the games.
-Boston College names Brad Bates its new athletic director.
-The WAC will add Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley next year when it ditches football.
-TCU quarterback Casey Pachall leaves school to enroll in rehab.
-At least on paper, today’s the day you really miss Stephen Strasburg if you’re the Nats. Washington will send Edwin Jackson to the hill today in Game 3 against the Cardinals in the first postseason game in the nation’s capital in 79 years. That starts at 1 p.m. on MLB Network.
-The Giants and Reds play Game 4 at 4 p.m. on TBS.
-At 7:30 p.m. on TBS, the ALDS shifts to the Bronx, where the Orioles and Yankees are tied at a game apiece. Miguel Gonzalez goes for the O’s against Hiroki Kuroda.
-At 9:30 p.m., Oakland hosts the Tigers in Game 4, with A.J. Griffin opposing Max Scherzer.
-Houston’s Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.
-Roger Goodell upholds the bounty-related suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith.
-Oft-overlooked VMI senior Stan Okoye has been named the Big South preseason player of the year. “We’re proud of him,” coach Duggar Baucom said. “He’s always flown a little under the radar compared to his performance. Now, he and I talked about it, it’s more important where you are after the season than before it.”
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
-Salem wins its first VHSL golf title in 31 years, while Blacksburg’s Ryan Mondy wins the individual title.
-Galax senior John Bryant becomes the third member of his household to win a state title.
-Landon Donovan, America’s all-time leading scorer in international play, will miss two upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. with an injured knee. The opponents are Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.
NAME THAT TUNE
My daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle
He taught me how to work and play a tune on the fiddle
Taught me how to love and how to give just a little…