Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Retired Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office investigator Ed Walsh swindled taxpayers by going on golf outings, gambling at poker tables and attending political meetings instead of performing his duties as a lieutenant, prosecutors alleged Wednesday during opening arguments at the Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman’s federal fraud trial.Wasting little time, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Catherine Mirabile flatly told jurors at federal court in Central Islip: “Ed Walsh is a thief,” who made a habit of skipping work during a three-year period ending in early 2014.Walsh’s defense attorneys contend that the party big was acting on his boss’s wishes, arguing that he wouldn’t be able fulfill his obligation as liaison to Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco without leaving the confines of the jail’s administrative building in Riverhead. The defense did not dispute the notion that Walsh hit the greens and attended political meetings during work hours, but said DeMarco was well aware of Walsh’s other activities.“They knew what he was doing,” Walsh’s lawyer William Wexler told jurors during his opening statements, referring to DeMarco and four other administrators within the sheriff’s office.“Who did he deceive?” Wexler continued. “They knew he wasn’t sitting at his desk” at all times when he was conducting sheriff’s business on DeMarco’s behalf.Walsh was indicted in January 2015 for allegedly defrauding Suffolk of more than $80,000 in no-show work. He was additionally charged with theft of funds and wire fraud last March.The feds have alleged Walsh was on the opposite side of the Long Island Sound, gambling at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, and out on the greens spending time perfecting his golf swing, when he was supposed to be working in Riverhead.Walsh, who retired this February—working just long enough to secure his taxpayer-funded pension, whether he’s found guilty of the alleged charges against him or not—has denied those claims and pleaded not guilty.Day One of the trial got off to a sluggish start, with the proceedings delayed for more than an hour because of a tardy juror.When the proceedings finally got underway, U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt instructed the jury to refrain from reading news media accounts of the case, due to Walsh’s high-profile nature as Suffolk Conservative Party boss.Mirabile said the government would provide evidence that Walsh was paid for a full day’s work on occasions when he was enjoying golf outings and playing cards in Connecticut, including a “paper trail” of phone records, golf and hotel receipts, and fraudulent time sheets.Wexler sought to poke holes in the government’s argument by portraying Walsh and DeMarco as trusted cohorts. Wexler did not shy away from Walsh’s political status, noting that Walsh was “instrumental” in getting DeMarco elected.DeMarco, Wexler said, was Walsh’s boss during the day, but their roles switched away from the office.Phone records will indicate more than 10,000 phone calls were made between Walsh and the Suffolk County jail during his time as DeMarco’s liaison for eight years—demonstrating that Walsh was actively working even if he wasn’t on the jail’s premises, Wexler argued.Wexler described Walsh as DeMarco’s right-hand man, whom DeMarco himself appointed to several key roles, including department liaison. That role in particular, Wexler argued, often took Walsh outside of the Riverhead facility where he worked, sometimes attending funerals on DeMarco’s behalf, graduation ceremonies for corrections officers, or to the hospital, where he’d check on injured officers under the sheriff’s command. Walsh also oversaw a community education program, Wexler said.At the end of the trial, Wexler told the jury, “You may be saying, ‘What is this all about?’”DeMarco is expected to be a key government witness in Walsh’s trial, which prosecutors estimated could take upwards of three weeks to complete. Several high-profile lawmakers, including Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), and Suffolk County Democratic Chairman and Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer are also named as potential government witnesses. Federal prosecutors had alleged in a 58-page court filing March 8 that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota had quashed several attempts by DeMarco to investigate Walsh—accusations Spota’s office has denied.The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department have been the subject of an ongoing federal probe following the recent downfall of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to attacking a Smithtown man in custody for stealing his duffel bag—full of Burke’s sex toys, pornography, ammo and gun—and demanding witnessing officers lie to cover it up. The court heard from three witnesses Wednesday, starting with Robert Draffin, who has served as the sheriff’s office’s employees relations director since 2002. He explained that the collective bargaining agreement between the county and corrections officers stipulates that they work a total of 37 1/2 hours each week, and that officers receive a minimum of four hours in overtime pay if they work beyond their normal schedule.When Walsh’s other attorney, Leonard Lato, inquired as to whether Draffin ever disciplined Walsh as part of his duties from 2008 through 2013, he said he had not. The only time disciplinary actions against Walsh came up, he testified, was in March 2014, seven months before he was indicted.When probed by prosecutors, Draffin said he’s never been involved in disciplining officers. He also admitted that he’s contributed at least $800 over the years to DeMarco’s campaign, as well as an undisclosed amount to the Suffolk County Conservative Party.Marlene Madorran, who works in the sheriff’s payroll office, briefly testified about payroll matters, including the amount Walsh earned in total compensation over the years, including overtime.The government offered as evidence during her testimony an overtime slip from 2010 to 2011, showing that Walsh was paid for attending seminars. She later testified that it’s not uncommon for sheriff’s office officials to attend such events.Testimony from a Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club bookkeeper will continue Thursday morning.
EL SEGUNDO – There was a point this season where Julius Randle’s exit from the Lakers felt predetermined, as long as some team out there was willing to lavish millions of dollars on an undisciplined scorer and an (often) unwilling defender.Those days are over, and that player has been replaced by a dominant interior presence who just scored 36 points against the Cavs and stifled LeBron James. The question now is: Who wouldn’t pay for that player?“What he’s doing right now, he has to be on everyone’s radar,” coach Luke Walton said. “He’s playing unbelievable basketball. He’s a matchup nightmare for teams. He’s versatile. So he’s done very well. I would imagine … most teams are pretty impressed with what he’s doing.”As great as that is for the Lakers now, it presents some problems heading into the summer. The Lakers’ decision not to sign the fourth-year forward to a long-term extension in October sets him up for restricted free agency, where he can sign an offer sheet with another team that the Lakers will have the opportunity to match. Now, the Lakers will have a hard time letting him go.PUNK CONTESTThe late-game antics of Jamal Murray back in early December stuck with the Lakers for more than three months as they waited for another shot at the Nuggets and their fiery point guard. So, they certainly haven’t forgiven and forgotten Murray’s fourth quarter trash talk from less than a week ago, which Walton called “disrespectful.”Walton downplayed the significance of those encounters on Tuesday’s matchup at Staples Center.“They’re a good team,” Walton said, “so we gameplan against a lot of stuff that they do, but that’s not one of the things we gameplan against.”But the relationship between Murray and the Lakers is not a good one.“It should be a good game,” Kyle Kuzma said. “They’re going to come out and try to win. They’re trying to make the playoffs. Little heated stuff the past few games so they’ll be ready to go.”The Lakers are 1-2 this season against the Nuggets, and both of their losses have featured tension in the final minutes. On Dec. 2, Murray dribbled around Lonzo Ball as he ran out the clock, earning a hard foul from Julius Randle. Last week, Ball called the showboating a “punk move.”On Friday at Pepsi Center, emotions flared once again, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sent Murray into the stands on a hard foul and Isaiah Thomas followed Murray to the bench as the two exchanged words.“Of course anytime something like that happens,” Kuzma said last week, “you’re always going to remember it. It is what it is. That’s the type of player he is.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersA maximum contract for Randle could start around $25 million a year. Even if he falls short of the max, that would significantly eat into the Lakers ability to sign the two max free agents they have so publicly coveted.Since moving into the starting lineup on Dec. 29, Randle has averaged 18.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the field.As Randle outdueled James in spurts on Sunday, it was hard not to think about the impact each player could have on the future of the other.“It didn’t come into my mind,” Randle said. “It’s like what 16, 17 games left. I’m just focusing on that. When the time comes in July for that we’ll figure it out.”James threw Randle a subtle compliment after the Lakers’ win. Asked about trying to slow the Lakers power forward, James said, ““Everybody’s had a hard time with him as of late.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/44/73/drew-brees-111019-getty-ftr_oy968edldvnj1prar7jkhk7qk.jpg?t=1485533326&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/11/e3/aaron-rodgers-111819-getty-ftrjpg_dqyk2oevb0dn1pda39dby2tqc.jpg?t=2144351454&w=500&quality=80 Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (-14)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Redskins will do exactly what they did against the Panthers on the road: Run, run and run some more with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson. The Packers are most vulnerable to a steady dose of power running, equipped better to rush the passer and cover Dwayne Haskins’ limited receiving corps. But the Redskins’ pass rush will be slowed down against the Rodgers, and they can’t cover his two best wide receivers, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. The Packers will need to turn the tables themselves and run well with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to put away their return to Lambeau in the fourth quarter.Pick: Packers win 27-14 but fail to cover the spread.Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-9)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Bengals found some stability again with Andy Dalton back at QB. They look like a legitimate offense again with Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon as two challenging skill players for a reeling Browns defense. The Browns, however, after not running well against the Steelers, will get well here with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as they try to keep Baker Mayfield from throwing at high volume with his banged up hand. The Battle of Ohio will go to Cleveland, but Cincinnati will keep playing with more pride after its first win.Pick: Browns win 23-17 but fail to cover the spread.Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Panthers have gone into another free-fall in the second half of the season, which probably doesn’t bode well for Ron Rivera, who’s now feeling more defensive-minded coaching heat than Dan Quinn. We’ll see if Julio Jones can return, but the Panthers’ pass rush and secondary can be tricky vs. Matt Ryan, and their defense gets a break from the Falcons’ rushing ineptitude. Kyle Allen’s up-and-down season will continue, as Atlanta has few answers for the speed of Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel on the fast track indoors. Pick: Panthers win 27-20.Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-6)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Jets are a different team at home than they are away. The Dolphins are up to three wins, which includes their win over the Jets in the previous meeting. Red-hot Ryan Fitzpatrick will go to work in another revenge game against a bad pass defense. Sam Darnold, coming off a terrible game against the lowly Bengals, will rebound against a non-existent pass rush and a secondary with no one left to cover his myriad of weapons. The Dolphins will do their best to counter with similar weapons led by DeVante Parker, but the Jets will save some face by a field goal.Pick: Jets win 27-24 but fail to cover the spread.Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-13 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxDavid Blough likely will be the Lions’ starter again with Matthew Stafford hurting and Jeff Driskel on IR. In a tough road test, he will be confident slinging the ball downfield to his wide receivers, but he will get less help from his running game and defense than he did on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. The Vikings should be able to do whatever they want offensively with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.Pick: Vikings win 34-17 and cover the spread. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/87/e0/jacoby-brissett-092319-getty-ftrjpg_1iix54u2mlgv519xi0jhqpvwkl.jpg?t=1581907605&w=500&quality=80 Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Colts have become a shell of the offense they expected to be because of injuries, and it’s hurting the production and efficiency of Jacoby Brissett. They also have let special teams cost them plenty this season. The Bucs haven’t been pretty with their giveaways and bad pass defense, but Bruce Arians has them playing inspired, and there’s not much daunting about Indianapolis’ defense. Brissett will be forced to throw often, and the Colts are not built to win high-scoring games. Pick: Buccaneers win 30-20 and cover the spread.Los Angeles Chargers (-2 1/2) at Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FoxThe Chargers keep struggling to find a spark with Philip Rivers making enough key mistakes while their strong defense tends to have bad lapses. The Jaguars were going through the motions with Nick Foles, so it makes sense for them to go back to Gardner Minshew at QB. The magic and mania goes shazam against the Bolts, who can make it tough on the mustachioed rookie with their pass rush and coverage. The Chargers will do their best to run to a win, but Minshew will not waste time with his second chance to make a good second impression, in the style that only he can deliver.Pick: Jaguars win 20-17.Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-3)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSThe Patriots’ offense came to life in the second half against the Texans. That development positions them to play ball control and keep Patrick Mahomes off the field as much as possible. Tom Brady’s ability to get the ball out quickly to intermediate routes will neutralize Kansas City’s pass rush and give its secondary little chance to win battles downfield. Mahomes will try to overcome the Patriots’ sound coverage, but Brady, after finding his groove in Houston, will save his best GOAT stylings for last.Pick: Patriots win 31-27 and cover the spread.Pittsburgh Steelers (-1 1/2) at Arizona CardinalsSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSThe Steelers have built their team so it can travel well, based on strong power running, calculated downfield passing and lights-out, often-swarming defense. The Cardinals can’t slow either element of their adjusted offense for Devlin Hodges, while Kyler Murray, roughed up by the Rams at home, will be stuck in one-dimensional mode against a good pass rush backed up by a deep secondary.Pick: Steelers win 23-13 and cover the spread.Tennessee Titans (-2 1/2) at Oakland RaidersSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSThe Titans are clicking offensively with Ryan Tannehill’s aggressive passing coming out of the consistent threat of Derrick Henry’s power running. They are involving so many receivers to dictate matchups all over the field. Going from Nashville to the Black Hole is a tough road trip, but there’s nothing in Oakland’s pass defense or somewhat fading run defense that can keep Tennessee from executing its best plan. Meanwhile, the Titans can contain Josh Jacobs on the ground and tee off on an ice-cold Derek Carr.Pick: Titans win 31-20 and cover the spread.New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-8 1/2)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN The Giants have lost eight consecutive games and have been eliminated from the playoff hunt. The Eagles have dropped three in a row, still needing to chase the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. Eli Manning will come out firing against the Eagles’ struggling secondary, but the Giants’ pass defense will struggle even more against Carson Wentz. Look for the Eagles to overcorrect and commit more to the run to get their defense back on track and earn a much-needed victory.Pick: Eagles win 27-17 and cover the spread.Stats of the Week:Week 13 record straight up: 9-7Week 13 record against the spread: 10-6Season record straight up: 127-64Season record against the spread: 105-80Upsets of the Week: 6-7Locks of the Week: 7-6 Game of the Week: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-3)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe 49ers have had their most trouble this season against mobile quarterbacks. The Saints’ pass protection is having some injury issues in front of Drew Brees. Both teams will try to get creative with their running games in tough matchups. Both Kyle Shanahan and Sean Payton will mix up personnel with misdirection and unconventional offensive play calls. This should have the feel of a familiar grinding defensive struggle for San Francisco, and although New Orleans has had some success in those type of games, the visitors will find a little more running and passing punch.Pick: 49ers win 24-17.Game of the Midweek: Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Chicago BearsThursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL Network/Amazon Prime VideoThe Cowboys and Bears each played on Thanksgiving last week with different results, as the former was upset at home and the latter rallied to win on the road. Chicago and Dallas’ defenses aren’t as daunting as expected, so it comes down to which quarterback you can trust to make some big plays off the better success in the running game. That’s easily Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The desperate Cowboys will dig deep for a much-needed road win against an opponent with the same (6-6) record.Pick: Cowboys win 23-20 and cover the spread.Upset of the Week: Los Angeles Rams (+2) over Seattle SeahawksSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThe Rams got well with their fine all-around offensive performance against the Cardinals. Jared Goff should carry that confidence back home, where he usually plays his best. The Seahawks are coming off a short week and typically have not done as well in Los Angeles in this rivalry during the Sean McVay era. This will become another classic game between division rivals in prime time, with Goff setting up Greg Zuerlein for the game-winning field goal that comes to fruition this time.Pick: Rams win 30-27.Lock of the Week: Houston Texans (-7 1/2) over Denver BroncosSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Texans are much better at home because Deshaun Watson loves running around the field and being able to throw deep with no elemental restrictions, especially late in the season. They will have strong momentum after the back-to-back home wins over the Colts and Patriots and will make sure there’s no letdown here. Drew Lock is making his first road start as a rookie, and although wide receiver Courtland Sutton can help him, Watson can rely on more firepower against a Broncos defense suddenly giving up chunk runs and big pass plays.Pick: Texans win 27-10 and cover the spread.Baltimore Ravens (-5) at Buffalo BillsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Ravens will find themselves in another defensive grind of a game after surviving the 49ers at home last week. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman returns to Buffalo armed with Lamar Jackson’s running and passing to throw off the Bills up front and set them up for big plays into the second level and deep secondary. Baltimore can take John Brown and Cole Beasley away from Josh Allen, who won’t have the same success as Jackson will taking off and rushing. Both second-year first-round QBs are using their arm and legs well, but the Ravens will find more holes in the Bills’ defense than the Bills will in theirs.Pick: Ravens win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread. Without further ado, here’s our latest fearless forecast for upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderNFL Week 14 picks, predictions against the spread When making our Week 14 NFL game picks against the spread, we have to keep mind how crazy last week was. There were plenty of solid upsets, while some more mild favorites pulled away with no problems.The league is getting harder to predict as teams are bunching up late in the 2019 season, either near the top or toward the bottom. The best thing to do is try to figure out which teams to trust and have strong reasons for making one particular pigskin prognostication over the other.
Allen would leave the locker rooms before cameras arrived, shuffling down hallways and out a side door to avoid taking attention from those he believed deserved it. But though he was the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the spotlight sought by others in his same position. As an owner, he didn’t have the same visibility as the Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban nor was he an omnipresent figure on the sidelines like the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. SEATTLE (AP) — No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) The 65-year-old Allen died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his company, Vulcan Inc. His death leaves a big void in the sports landscape in the upper left corner of the United States, and questions are likely soon to follow about the future of the Seahawks and Blazers.He was a revered figure in Seattle for his entrepreneurship, philanthropy and for keeping the Seahawks from moving to Southern California in the mid-1990s. In Oregon, he was the billionaire who bought the Trail Blazers at age 35 and grew them into a small-market powerhouse with a pair of NBA Finals appearances while keeping them rooted in Portland.He was also part of arguably the most successful expansion franchise launch in pro sports history with the arrival of the Sounders in 2009.“He was a visionary second to none who changed the world but also changed this city which he loved,” said Tod Leiweke, who was chief executive of the Seahawks in the 2000s. “He left as big an impact on Seattle as any person on any city. His legacy here in Seattle will be felt forever.”Allen’s passion was basketball, leading to his purchase of the Blazers in 1988. Within a few years, the team was playing in the NBA Finals with Allen regularly sitting baseline to watch his team on the floor.But it was the NFL where Allen got the most attention, first for saving his hometown team from relocation and later as the team developed into one of the league’s elite franchises. Then-owner Ken Behring was set to move the Seahawks in 1996. Moving trucks had cleared out the team’s facility and players did offseason workouts in Southern California until the league threatened hefty fines against Behring and lawsuits halted the attempted relocation. Allen then purchased an option to buy the franchise and he became full owner once voters approved the construction of what is now CenturyLink Field.After Allen became the owner, the Seahawks had 12 playoff appearances, three NFC titles and the only Super Bowl victory in team history. The team had made the playoffs only four times and had reached a single conference title game before him. Amid the success, Allen’s most public moments came when he raised Seattle’s “12 Flag” before each of the NFC title games the team hosted.“His passion for the game, combined with his quiet determination, led to a model organization on and off the field,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.Allen saw the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl for the first time in the 2005 season when they lost to Pittsburgh. Eight years later, he finally raised the championship trophy after Seattle’s 43-8 thumping of Denver to conclude the 2013 season, and that night he performed at the celebration party at the team’s hotel.When Seattle celebrated its title in February 2014 inside CenturyLink Field, the normally reserved Allen took a moment to address the crowd. He spoke for less than four minutes, but his words carried weight for the fans.“I can’t say how proud I am that the Seahawks are able to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy home to Seattle,” Allen said that day. “Now we are all Super Bowl champions, each and every one of us.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — George Aston has seen a lot in five years at Pittsburgh. Two coaching staffs. A handful of big-time upsets that hinted at a turnaround. Just as many baffling losses that have ultimately prevented it from happening.Still, the burly fullback hasn’t seen this: it’s November and the Panthers are in first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division heading into a visit from Virginia Tech. Pitt’s first trip to a conference title game is within reach, an achievement that Aston and the rest of the 19 seniors who will play their final game at Heinz Field on Saturday know would leave a tangible lasting legacy.“We haven’t been in this position this late in the season before,” Aston said. “It’s pretty late in the season, we control our own destiny. We’ve just got to win.”Something the Panthers (5-4, 4-1) have managed to do with regularity over the last month, reviving what threatened to be a lost season. Pitt has won three of four — the lone setback a narrow 19-14 nonconference loss to unbeaten Notre Dame on the road — to move into the driver’s seat in the typically unwieldy Coastal, which could have its sixth different champion in as many years.“I felt like we put our mind to it, this team can do a lot of different things,” defensive end DeWayne Hendrix said. “Just us going through adversity as a team, losing games that we weren’t supposed to and now we’re finally starting to get into a groove. We always knew we should be winning those games. We just didn’t know when it was going to happen.”This might be the year. Emphasis on might. The Panthers, however, are wary. As promising as the last month has been, it can come undone very quickly. A team built on running the ball and defense understands it has little margin for error. Still, they like their chances.“A lot of people doubted us,” Hendrix said. “People are going to doubt you when you’re losing but when you’re winning, they’re going to jump on the bandwagon. We know how good we can be but we can’t be sidetracked on that. We’ve got to go out and grind each week just like everybody else.”Something Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2) has been unable to do during a stretch in which it has dropped three of four. Still, the Hokies can revive their own chances at capturing the Coastal — and salvaging an uneven year — by beating the Panthers for the third straight time.“It’s not our job to be frustrated, it’s our job to try to fix, coach and mentor,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “Continuing to try to push these guys forward so that they can execute on a more consistent basis so that as a team we have a chance to have more consistent play against very good people.”VIVID MEMORYVirginia Tech edged Pitt 20-14 in Blacksburg last season thanks to a dramatic goal-line stand in which the Hokies stopped Pitt on four shots from inside the Virginia Tech 5 in the final minute. The loss ultimately cost the Panthers a shot at a bowl game and the near miss has come up frequently over the last 12 months.“We all know what happened,” Pitt sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We remember it clearly. It’s extra motivation this week.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Hokies have been a bit of an erratic mess this season thanks in large part to an inability to get things done at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech is just 1-3 at home — including 0-2 in the league — but has been solid on the road. The Hokies have won four straight ACC road games dating to a victory at Virginia in the 2017 season finale. Quarterback Ryan Willis has been a little more productive away from Lane Stadium. His road quarterback rating of 147.3 is a tick above what he puts up at home (134.9).TRYING THIS AGAINIn Boston College last week, the Hokies played the team whose style most resembles the very physical approach Pittsburgh takes offensively and allowed 219 yards rushing. That came a week after they allowed 465 to Georgia Tech. With perhaps his youngest defense ever, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster hopes having played the Eagles will help. “Yeah, they’re going to be similar,” he said. “Big and physical up front. Big, physical, athletic tailbacks. They’re going to be very similar in a lot of ways. Maybe it will benefit us a little bit, but we’ll see.”___AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz in Richmond, Virginia contributed to this report.___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Pittsburgh fullback George Aston (35) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP/File)
All along the Jersey Shore Saturday, Oct. 26, volunteers could be found participating in Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps. Approximately 5,700 volunteers registered across New Jersey to help clean the beaches and catalogue what types of trash were found. The data is then compiled into an annual report used to bring awareness to the state of the beaches. At Sea Bright, approximately 250 volunteers picked up broken pieces of plastic in an array sizes from bottles, straws, cups and – a newer pollutant – e-cigarette pods. At Sandy Hook alone, over 600 volunteers combed the various beaches for trash, finding driftwood, water shoes, cups, wagon wheels, nails and potato chip bags. Photos by Patrick Olivero
Mission led 37-16 at the half and 55-24 after three quarters.Senior John Zak led the Bombers, the 16th seed, with 13 points while Erich Schepkowski added seven.LVR is missing starting guard Jack Sturrup, who injured his back during the Kootenay AA Boy’s tournament in Grand Forks.Sturrup had a hard fall during the semi final game against Golden.He played in the final but last week developed back pains and was not cleared by doctors to play in the tourament.LVR returns to the court Thursday against South Okanagan Hornets at 10 a.m.The Bombers must pay special attention to Hornet leading scorer Greet Gill, who dropped in 45 points in a losing cause to Duchess Park of Prince George.firstname.lastname@example.org The Mission Roadrunners ran all over the L.V. Rogers Bombers on day one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.The Roadrunners opened the 16-team tournament as the top seed.Mission jumped all over the Bombers in the first quarter and never looked back holding a 19-6 advantage at the break.”I was happy with our defence in the game,” said Bomber coach Ross Naka. “When you get into a 1 vs 16 game, things can get out of hand pretty easy but we held our own against a very good club.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $80,136 into Thursday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000.With the Pick Six beginning with race three, first post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.