UNFORTUNATE END: Andy has more on Cave Spring grad Michael Cole, who has been forced to give up football because of neck and spinal injuries but will remain with the Hokies on the sidelines.
LUNARDI SAYS CAVS ARE ‘IN’ — FOR NOW: In his latest NCAA tournament projections, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has UVa as the last team in and competing in one of the play-in games. More work to be done, starting with tomorrow’s noon game at UNC.
STILL PLAYING: Despite suggestions he should sit out a year to avoid injury and protect his draft status, star defender Jadeveon Clowney is likely to play for South Carolina this year, his mother says. Coach Steve Spurrier concurs.
GRAPPLIN’ FOR GLORY: It’s state wrestling time. Here are your pairings for all three classifications.
START YOUR ENGINES: Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is 1 p.m. Sunday on WFXR. Much of media day yesterday apparently was spent grilling Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. about their love for each other. I think Brad Keselowski had the best line: “I think it’s not really much of a story that they’re dating as it is as much of a story if they were to break up.”
ALL GOOD THINGS…: The Boston Red Sox streak of 793 consecutive sellouts — the longest in U.S. pro sports history — is likely to come to an end in April, according to a team executive.
STANDING PAT: Redskins GM Bruce Allen says the team is not considering changing its nickname despite increased outside pressure.
OTHER STUFF: No. 5 Duke women crush Hokies 77-33 in Blacksburg…Big South to add Monmouth as a football-only member in 2014…Eagles sign QB Dennis Dixon to two year deal, reuniting him with coach Chip Kelly, who was his offensive coordinator at Oregon…Caps prevail at Tampa Bay for first three-game winning streak…No. 5 Gonzaga whips Saint Mary’s 77-60 in one of Zags’ few conference tests…Prosecutors will pursue a charge of premeditated murder against “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius.
NAME THAT TUNE
Eight seconds ain’t very long to live
But tonight he barely made five
He gave all that he had to give
But the big bull won tonight
He climbs into that old pickup
Black coffee in his hand
Rodeo ain’t no ordinary life
But a cowboy…