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Rejuvenated Beamer ready to return Hokies to prominence

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Rejuvenated Beamer ready to return Hokies to prominence

It has been a rough stretch for Virginia Tech. After eight-straight 10 win seasons, the Hokies have managed only 22 wins in the past three years leaving many to wonder if the game had passed head coach Frank Beamer by.

At the ACC Kickoff on Tuesday, however, the 68-year-old Beamer appeared rejuvenated and let everyone know the thought of retirement was nowhere in his mind.

“I still like it,” Beamer said. “I mean, right now the challenge of trying to make a team that you think has good ability, making them a good football team, I like that challenge. That's kind of what drives me.”

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After undergoing throat surgery at the end of the 2014 season that largely kept him away from the team’s preparations for the Military Bowl, questions began to spread regarding the coach’s health. The surgery forced him off the sidelines and into the press box for the game. It also left his voice too weak to speak after the win.

Given his age, it would not have been surprising to see Beamer, the winningest active coach in the FBS, step aside.

But, as he told reporters, Beamer has some unfinished business left in Blacksburg.

“We need to get back to where we were a few years ago,” Beamer said. “Last few years we haven’t been as successful as we need to be. For our players and our fans, students, the whole deal, we want to get back there.”

The Hokies may just have the talent to do it. The running back corps that was destroyed by injuries last season returns healthy, quarterback Michael Brewer had a full offseason with the team which he did not have last year, the offense returns its three leading receivers in Isaiah Ford, Bucky Hodges and Cam Phillips and the defense is supposed to be great again as per usual.

Plus, they have a coach who sounds like he can't wait to get back on the sidelines.

Said Beamer, “The health is good. I feel good. I feel excited. … Everything is good in Blacksburg.”

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

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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

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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.

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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.