Justin Fuente formally introduced as Virginia Tech head coach


Justin Fuente formally introduced as Virginia Tech head coach

Frank Beamer still has one month left as coach as Virginia Tech prepares for its bowl game, but on Monday the Justin Fuente era began as he was formally introduced as the new head coach.

In his lengthy remarks leading up to Fuente's introduction, athletics director Whit Babcock first took time to address Beamer's future with the program saying he will have whatever sort of role he wants going forward.

Babcock then went on to introduce Fuente, going into detail about how they first met, what qualities drew him to Fuenete and the type of success he expects Fuente to bring to Blacksburg.

"Heck, with all those attributes I just mentioned, we should never lose a game and I'm planning on going undefeated," Babcock said.

Fuente then took to the podium. He was quick to thank Beamer for his time as the two met on Sunday evening. As humble as Beamer is, Fuente noted how intimidating it was to enter into Beamer's office and see all the awards the legendary coach has accumulated over the years.

While Beamer may be leaving, another Virginia Tech institution will remain in Blacksburg as Bud Foster has agreed to stay with the team. Fuente also thanked Foster for remaining on as defensive coordinator.

Fuente was considered one of the top coaching candidates in the nation, but said he only was interested in Virginia Tech. "I have admired this program from afar for many years," Fuente said.

Fuente built his reputation as a coach with his offensive acumen. When asked what his offensive philosophy was, he stated he was unique in that it stemmed from his appreciation of the defense.

While Virginia Tech may be gaining a head coach, Memphis will be losing theirs. All the excitement in Blacksburg surrounding their new coach can only be matched by the disappointed of the Tigers in seeing Fuente leave. He was asked what it was like telling his players that he was leaving and called it "maybe the hardest conversation I've ever had in coaching."

Finally, Fuente was asked what he would be looking for in a quarterback. As a former quarterback himself, he should know what it takes to be successful.

"I don't want guys who were like me at quarterback," Fuente said.

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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.