Frank Beamer's last game to come in Independence Bowl


Frank Beamer's last game to come in Independence Bowl

On Dec. 31, 1993, Frank Beamer coached Virginia Tech to a 45-20 win over Indiana in the Independence Bowl. It was the first bowl game of his tenure at Virginia Tech and the first bowl win of his career. Little did he know that he would go on to coach the Hokies to a bowl game in each of the next 22 years. On Dec. 26, he will bring the Hokies back where it all began.

Virginia Tech will return to the Independence Bowl to face Tulsa in what will be Beamer's final game as coach. The game will kickoff in Shreveport, La. on Dec. 26 at 5:45 p.m. It will be the Hokies' third appearance.

“It’s fitting that we started our bowl streak at the Independence Bowl back in 1993, and what a wonderful ride it’s been," Beamer said in a release from the school. "It’s certainly been a privilege and a pleasure to work with this group of coaches and student-athletes. We’d love to send them out with a victory in Shreveport."

Tulsa finished the season with a 6-6 record, 3-5 in the American Athletic Conference including a 66-42 loss to Justin Fuente's Memphis.

There was some talk that Virginia Tech could get an invite to a Tier I bowl, specifically the Belk Bowl, but that bid went to NC State and instead the Hokies slid down to Tier II.

Here's a full list of ACC bowls:

  • Orange: Clemson vs. Oklahoma (College Football Playoff game)
  • Fiesta: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
  • Peach: Florida State vs. Houston
  • Russell Athletic: North Carolina vs. Baylor
  • Sun: Miami vs. Washington State
  • Belk: N.C. State vs. Mississippi State
  • Music City: Louisville vs. Texas A&M
  • Pinstripe: Duke vs. Indiana
  • Military: Pittsburgh vs. Navy
  • Independence: Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.