RUTGERS BASKETBALL COACH MIKE RICE IS UNDER SCRUTINY after a video emerges showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing basketballs — yep, throwing basketballs — at players during practice and yelling gay slurs. LeBron James weighs in with a tweet: “If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I’m still gone whoop on him afterwards! C’mon.” Have to agree. Hard to believe this guy was allowed to keep his job.
-Berman has a feature on former Hokies assistant Mark Byington, who’s taking over at Georgia Southern. “There’s not a doubt in my mind I’m ready for the job, ready for the responsibility,” the 36-year-old Salem graduate says. “I’m maybe mature beyond my years. I feel like I have a great mind for the game.”
-Frank Beamer will be the honorary pace car driver for Sunday’s Cup race at Martinsville. “My only question is, has anyone ever wrecked the pace car?” Beamer says. “If not, I hope I’m not the first.”
-Yu Darvish takes a perfect game into the ninth inning but loses it with two outs in the ninth as the Rangers blank the Astros 7-0. “I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was,” he says.
-The Orioles get home runs from Matt Wieters and Chris Davis to rally past Tampa Bay 7-4 in the opener for both clubs. “It felt like a playoff game to me,” winning pitcher Jason Hammel says. “You get that hype. Opening Day is pretty much a six-month-early look at the playoffs. You get that type of energy from the fans, the adrenaline.”
-Former Hokie DeAngelo Hall has resigned with the Redskins after being cut for salary cap reasons three weeks ago.
-In a battle of overhauled rosters, the new-look Indians win their opener against the new-look Blue Jays, 4-1.
-The Penguins see their 15-game winning streak snapped by the Sabres, 4-1. “It always stinks when it comes to an end,” Pittsburgh backup goalie Marc-Andre Fleury says. “But I thought the guys did a great job throughout the streak, coming back from games and holding leads and I thought we played some very good hockey.”
-Good day for area college baseball teams yesterday. Virginia Tech, Virginia, VMI, Roanoke and Washington and Lee all won.
NAME THAT TUNE
Sometimes I need some time on my own
Sometimes I need some time all alone
Everybody needs some time on their own
Don’t you know you need some time all alone
And when your fears subside and shadows still remain, oh yeah
I know that you can love me when there’s no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness, we still can find a way
Nothin’ lasts forever, even cold [name of song]