BIG WIN: UVa moves into sole possession of second place in the ACC with a 58-55 victory over No. 19 N.C. State in Charlottesville. Doug has the details here. I was impressed with the rugged interior play last night from freshman Mike Tobey, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. The Cavs (15-5, 6-2 ACC) travel to Georgia Tech on Sunday.
‘CANES A COMIN’: Virginia Tech gets a visit tonight from No. 14 Miami, the only team in the ACC that hasn’t lost a conference game. Berman has a preview, as well as some other local college hoops notes, here.
ONE PLAY AWAY: Former Hokie Tyrod Taylor, the backup to Joe Flacco in Baltimore, is preparing as if he’s going to play in the Super Bowl. “If my number is called, I’ll be ready for it,” he says. Andy catches up with Tech’s all-time passing leader here.
ON TO THE EAGLES:
UVa offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is joining Chip Kelly as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cavs say they will move quickly to hire his replacement, although moving Tom O’Brien to that role also is an option. Doug has the details here.
SPRAY ‘N’ PLAY: Roger Goodell has to love the publicity his league has been getting during Super Bowl week. First you had Obama saying he wasn’t sure he’d want his son (if he had one) playing football, and now you’ve got Ray Lewis — supposedly one of the fluff stories of this event — denying he used deer-antler extract to recover from his triceps injury.
DENIALS RING HOLLOW: You guys know I’m a Baltimore guy — a No. 52 Ravens jersey, purchased while I was still in college, is the only only piece of NFL garb I own — but I don’t believe Ray or any other football player who says he didn’t take performance enhancers. Doesn’t sound like we can even be sure that deer-antler spray is in fact a performance enhancer, but come on. The denials in these cases are so weak, and defending any of these guys is a good way to make yourself look like an idiot. See: Armstrong, Lance.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: A-Rod’s in the news again. Or perhaps we should call him “Alex Rod” — the extremely clever pseudonym allegedly used by a Florida clinic that may have supplied him with HGH and other performance enhancers. Read all about it here. Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez also is among the athletes named in the report in the Miami New Times. Meanwhile, the Yankees are looking for ways they could void Alex Rod’s contract, which still has five years and $114 million on it.
SEEKING A SLICE: Will college players be able to get a cut of television money through the courts? A judge says the antitrust suit led by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon can proceed.
SLUGGISH SHOWING: I really hope Zman didn’t travel to Houston to see that friendly between the U.S. and Canada last night. In their final tune-up before World Cup qualifying, the heavily favored Americans put in a weak effort in a nil thrill.
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
“Any zombies out there?”
“Don’t say that!”
“The zed-word. Don’t say it!”
“Because it’s ridiculous!”
“All right… are there any out there, though?”
“I can’t see any. Maybe it’s not as bad as all that…Oh, no, there they are.”