Sports

Fall Sports Championships to be determined at Division-level, NCAA Board of Governors decides

The NCAA has decided to let Division I, Division II, and Division III independently decide on whether or not to hold championships for sports in the fall.

UVA junior golfer Riley Smyth leads at 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

Towson running back Shane Simpson joins UVA football team as grad transfer

Jay Huff returning to UVA for senior season

No new positive COVID-19 tests for UVA Athletics Department

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

Western Albemarle officially moving up to Class 4B, as VHSL announces mid-cycle realignments

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ACC sports return on Sept. 7th; Football will play 11 games

  No conference requirements for VIC & BRC, but games possible

  Late start, limited competition, for LIS & Prep League sports

  No sports until December; VHSL votes to delay start of season due to COVID-19

Nelson County welcomes new boys basketball coach

Report: NFL players banned from indoor night clubs during 2020 season

Two UVA student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 in second round of testing

The University of Virginia had two student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks, bringing their total to four since testing began, the UVA Athletic Department announced on Friday.

Washington Football Team’s new nickname: ‘Washington Football Team’

After weeks of contemplating a new nickname, the NFL franchise in Washington D.C. as elected to play without one, for now.

UVA’s Jana and Reinkensmeyer on Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

UVA football seniors Terrell Jana and Dillon Reinkensmeyer are on the Preseason Watch List for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented for outstanding community service, in addition to athletic and academic achievement.

UVA’s Brian Delaney on Lou Groza Award Watch List

Virginia senior Brian Delaney is on the Preseason Watch List for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented each season to the best placekicker in college football.

  Danielle Suh wins 51st VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship in playoff

UVA’s Charles Snowden on Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Cavaliers in virus-busting mode during workout sessions

UVA’s Charles Snowden on Butkus Award Preseason Watch List

JMU Football eyes Independent schedule, after CAA cancels conference games

Atlantic 10 Conference postpones fall sports

Changing landscape in college football could lead to UVA against West Virginia in season opener

If the ACC or SEC move to a 'Conference-Only Plus-One' schedule, Georgia and Florida State choosing to play out-of-conference rivals could lead to a switch for UVA in the season opener.

  17-year-old Tatum Walsh wins 95th VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship

Seventeen-year-old Tatum Walsh defeated medalist Julie Shin 5 & 3 to win the 95th VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship on Thursday at Roanoke Country Club.

Washington NFL team hires law firm to review culture

The Washington Post reported that 15 female former employees said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team.

  No football this fall; VHSL releases three models for high school sports

The Virginia High School League announced three models for reopening sports during a special session on Wednesday, and in all three models, football will not be played in the fall.

Playing the game: Revenue generated by college football funds many additional sports programs

College athletic departments rely on revenue from football to fund other sports programs, and even programs in Power Five conferences are not immune to cuts.

For safety’s sake, Cavaliers preparing for season as scheduled

Less than two months from the start of the season, college football is still filled with unknowns, but UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, “We’re going to prepare as if we’re opening up with Georgia."

Washinton NFL franchise officially retiring ‘Redskins’ name

The NFL franchise based in the Washington D.C. area will no longer be known as the ‘Redskins,' as the team announced on Monday it would be retiring the name and logo.

UVA’s Charles Snowden & Noah Taylor on Bednarik Award Watch List

Virginia football standouts Charles Snowden and Noah Taylor have both been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Bednarik Award, which is which is presented annually to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.

UVA’s Tony Bennett helps launch McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative

Virginia men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett is helping start the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative, with a goal of providing minorities a jump-start to their careers.

Two UVA student-athletes test positive for COVID-19

The Virginia football team had two student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 in its initial round of testing, the UVA Athletics Department announced on Friday.

ACC expected to play conference-only schedule in the fall

The Atlantic Coast Conference is expected to join the Big Ten in playing a conference-only schedule for all sports this fall.

CIAA suspends 2020 fall sports season

The CIAA has announced that its sports have been suspended for the fall of 2020 due to ongoing safety concerns associated with COVID-19. This means Virginia Union and Virginia State will not field schedules.

ACC Olympic Sports delayed until at least September 1st

Olympic sports teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference won’t be able to begin their season until September 1st, at the earliest. The decision was unanimously approved by the ACC Board of Directors to give schools enough time to get competition protocols in place.

VISAA releases guidelines & recommendations for fall sports

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association has released its guidelines and recommendations for the fall sports season.

Virginia Gators swim program adds new team in Crozet/Waynesboro

One of the top swim programs in the commonwealth is expanding its footprint, as the Virginia Gators have announced a new team forming to serve the Crozet/Waynesboro area.

Guyer Retires; Former UVA baseball star retires from MLB

Former UVA baseball star Brandon Guyer announced his retirement after seven seasons in the Major Leagues.

UVA football players return to Grounds

Members of the Virginia football team returned to Grounds for Voluntary Activity this weekend, in preparation for the season opener against UGA on September 7th in Atlanta.

Virginia high schools planning for the unknown this fall

High school athletic departments in Virginia are hoping and planning to start on time in the fall, but at WAHS, they're trying to be ready for any scenario.

Redskins undergoing ‘thorough review’ of team name

The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname.

Sophomore Jowon Briggs expected to have big impact on UVA defensive line

Jowon Briggs made seven starts for the Cavaliers as a true freshman, and the former four-star prospect is expected to play a big role for the 'Hoos this season.

UVA coaches finding positives while recruiting during pandemic

Recruiting during a pandemic has presented a world of challenges, but coaches at the University of Virginia say there have been some positives to come out of it.

  UVA’s Beth Lillie wins 2nd annual Donna Andrews Invitational golf tournament

Virginia senior golfer Beth Lillie finished at 7-under par to win the 2nd annual Donna Andrews Invitational by six strokes on Tuesday in Lynchburg.

2020 Minor League Baseball season canceled

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Major League Baseball informed the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Ryan Zimmerman sitting out 2020 MLB season due to COVID-19 risks

Former Virginia baseball star Ryan Zimmerman will sit out the MLB season, citing 'family circumstances' due to the risks of COVID-19.

Western Albemarle HS moving up to Class 4 in VHSL 2021-22 Mid-Cycle Adjustment

WAHS has been competing in Class 3 since the VHSL went to six classifications in 2013, but the Warriors will be moving up a level in 2021.

  Ready to tee off: After years of construction, Birdwood Golf Club set to reopen

With a course designed by Davis Love III, Birdwood Golf Club will now have a chance to host everything from high-level amateur tournaments to PGA events.

UVA Football returns to voluntary workouts on July 5th

The Virginia Athletics department announced on Friday that football players may return to Grounds beginning Sunday, July 5th, if they choose to participate in a voluntary workout period.

Still months to wait for NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is normally one of the highlights of the summer, but with the season on hold due to COVID-19, the draft was moved from June 25th to October 16th.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford to retire after 2020/2021 athletic season

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday he will be retiring following the 2020/2021 athletic season.

Former UVA basketball star Malcolm Brogdon tests positive for COVID-19

Former Virginia men’s basketball star Malcolm Brogdon is the latest professional athlete to announce he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Five-year anniversary of UVA Baseball’s first-ever College World Series title

The College World Series wasn't played this season due to COVID-19, but five years ago, the Virginia baseball team was celebrating its first-ever national championship.

Weyers Cave NASCAR driver speaks on standing in solidarity with Bubba Wallace

Quin Houff, one of the NASCAR drivers who hails from Weyers Cave, helped pushed Bubba Wallace’s car to the front of the grid before the start of the race on Monday and stood in solidarity with him.

UVA signee Nick Bitsko chooses Major Leagues over college baseball

Virginia baseball signee Nick Bitsko will not join the Cavaliers next season, as the right-handed pitcher officially agreed to terms with the Tampa Rays on Tuesday.

Orlando Pride women’s soccer team reports ten positive COVID-19 tests; Three former ‘Hoos on roster

Emily Sonnett, Courtney Petersen, and Phoebe McClernon are on the roster of the NWSL's Orlando Pride, which had six players and four staff members test positive for COVID-19.

UVA Women’s Soccer alumna McCool readying for career with Washington Spirit

University of Virginia Women’s Soccer star Meghan McCool signed a one-year deal with the Washington Spirit with an option for an additional year.

Blue Ridge’s Andy Nwaoko heads to Boise State to pursue college football career

Andy Nwaoko signed his national letter of intent to pursue his academic and athletic career at Boise State.

JMU Men’s Soccer adds 13 newcomers to program

James Madison University Men’s Soccer added 13 newcomers to its roster, and 12 of those players are freshmen.

UVA Baseball’s Andrew Abbott returning to school

Left handed pitcher Andrew Abbott announced on social media that he was returning to UVA after not getting drafted in the shorted five rounds.

Lance Rogers named new AHS volleyball coach

Lance Rogers has been named Albemarle High School volleyball’s new head coach, but he is not new to this program.

NCAA: No championships in states with Confederate symbol

The NCAA is expanding its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its championship events.

ACC to hold virtual kickoff for the 2020 football season

The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced its annual football kickoff event will not be held in Charlotte, North Carolina this year as planned. Instead the ACC will hold a virtual kickoff from July 21 to July 23.

Former police officer London applauds players in fight against racism, social injustice

Mike London was the first African-American head football coach at Richmond, Virginia and now William and Mary. When George Floyd's death sparked a nation-wide protest effort, London sprung into action.

Virginia Athletics announces changes to new v-sabre and cavalier shield logos

University of Virginia Athletics is once again making changes to its logos after controversy over a subtle detail.

St. Anne’s-Belfield School returning to 11-man football in 2020 season

St. Anne’s-Belfield School announced it will return to an 11-man football season in the 2020 – 2021 school year. The return follows two years playing 8-man football as part of the Virginia Independent Schools Football League.

  Meadowcreek Golf Course ready to reopen for ‘Social Distancing Golf’

Meadowcreek Golf Course will be open for the first time in three months this weekend, and golfers will find a pristine course, as well as some adjustments for social distancing.

No UVA players selected in Major League Baseball Draft

For the first time since Brian O’Connor was hired in 2004, the Virginia baseball team did not have any players picked in the Major League Baseball Draft.

VHSL allows out-of-season practice activities to resume

The Virginia High School League has announced that teams can begin out-of-season practice activities beginning Monday, June 15th.

  Jonas Sanker verbally commits to Boston College for football

Covenant rising senior Jonas Sanker has verbally committed to play football at Boston College in 2021.

UVA Baseball roster in ‘Good Shape’ despite unexpected challenges of COVID-19

Rather than having as many as nine players selected, the Cavaliers may only have one or two picked in this year’s shortened MLB Draft, which could set UVA up for big things in 2021.

Governor working on plan for youth sports in Virginia

At Gov. Ralph Northam’s press conference on Tuesday, Chief of Staff Clark Mercer emphasized, ‘We will have our kids out playing sports.’

UVA lefthander Andrew Abbott projected for 2nd Round of MLB Draft

Cavaliers’ junior Andrew Abbott was selected in the 36th round of the MLB Draft coming out of high school, but the lefthanded pitcher is projected to go in the 2nd round of this year’s draft.

  McIntire Little League returns to the field

While they still aren’t able to play official games, the shift to Phase Two has allowed members of the McIntire Little League to get on the diamond for practice.

Special Olympics Virginia holding Virtual Torch Run

Over 500 people are participating in a Virtual Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia this week.

  Falcon Club still planning on Football Awards Banquet, despite missing fundraisers

The Falcon Club’s biggest fundraisers are the concerts and events on the Downtown Mall, but with everything postponed, putting on the Awards Banquet will be more difficult this year.

Jack Salt 2.0: Cavaliers looking for Caffaro to make an impact next season

Francisco Caffaro had difficulty staying out of foul trouble in 2019-20, but the Cavaliers are looking for the seven-footer known as 'Papi' to add aggressiveness to the lineup next year.

  Maintenance on UVA athletic fields doesn’t stop with no sports

The grass will be greener when sports return, because the UVA Sports Turf Management team is working hard to make it that way.

UVA men’s basketball to play in inaugural Hall of Fame Shootout

The Virginia men’s basketball team will take on Temple in the Hall of Fame Shootout in Charlotte in November.

Former UVA Basketball standout Ty Jerome speaks out on George Floyd’s death

Many Virginia athletes are deeply saddened and affected by the tragedy of George Floyd’s death.