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Kenner League rosters revealed

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Kenner League rosters revealed

It's summer time in D.C. Must mean it's time to see who's playing and for whom in the Kenner League.The annual summer basketball league - formally known as the Nike Pro-City league - opens the month long action on Friday with current and former college players taking to the McDonough Arena court on the campus of Georgetown University. The loosey-goosey nature of the event makes any type of announcement tentative, though the rosters are starting to take shape with players from Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington. Perhaps the most interesting team for Hoyas nation features Otto Porter and John Caprio playing with incoming freshmen Brandon Bolden, Bradley Hayes and DVauntes Smith-Rivera on The Tombs. The multi-faceted Porter figures to emerge as the Hoyas top player next season and one of the better players in the Big East while fans will get their first look at the incoming talent.Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's), rising sophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's); risingsophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Sophomore center MikaelHopkins will play for Team Takeover, swingman Aaron Bowen for Emery HeightsElite and junior center Moses Ayegba for Hoop Magic.CenterTyler Adams redshirt last season, was not among those listed on the statement released by the University. Regular season games will be played every weekend (there are no games on July 4) at McDonough Arena and the schedule closes out on Sunday, July 29. Patrick Holloway, named All-Met Player of the Year, headlines George Mason's participants according to a source. The former Paul VI star is expected to play for High Level along with fellow Patriots Bryon Allenand former Seton Hall transfer Anali Okoloji.Vaughn Gray (Hoop Magic), Vertrail Vaughns and Jonathan Arledge (DCX) are also expected to don the high tops.George Washington has its own intriguing group of newcomers, including Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood and five freshmen headlined by Landon's Joe McDonald, Montrose Christian's Kevin Larsen and Episcopal's Kethan Savage. The freshman plus Armwood will also play for Hoop Magic, along with rising sophomore John Kopriva. Guard Lasan Kromah (Team Takeover) and forward Dwayne Smith (Clyde's) are among the other Colonials participating, theschool announced.Click here for the entire schedule. Quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3. Semifinal games will be played at 2 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and the championship game will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. All parking for Nike Pro-City League games will be in the Southwest Garage off the Canal Road entrance to the University.

Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

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Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Steven Peoples had scored three career touchdowns for No. 13 Virginia Tech heading into Saturday's game against Old Dominion.

Now he's scored six, including a right-place-at-the-right-time deflection that turned his good day into a career day.

On the play, Peoples ran a wheel route and was a few steps behind Hokies start receiver Cam Phillips. Both were well covered, but quarterback Josh Jackson let fly from near midfield as the four players approached the end zone. The ball went to Phillips, but in the scramble with the defender, it bounced away, right into Peoples' arms for a 43-yard touchdown.

"I sat back and was waiting for Cam to catch it," Peoples said, noting Phillips' reputation for catching the ball in traffic. "As soon as it bounced off him, I caught the ball and I was like, `Man, that was a big-time catch.'"

On the sideline, while teammates celebrated, Jackson got a talking-to from coach Justin Fuente.

"Not for public consumption," Fuente said what asked what he told the redshirt freshman. "Not happy. We got lucky on that one so I made sure he knew about it. He's smart. He's tough. He understands stuff and he's still young."

Said Jackson: "That was the first touchdown I've ever felt bad after throwing."

Jackson threw for two more scores -- a 17-yard screen pass to Peoples and a diving 5-yarder to C.J. Carroll -- as the Hokies (4-0) finished their non-conference schedule unbeaten for the first time since 2011. Peoples also scored on a 1-yard run.

Virginia Tech started slowly for the second consecutive game, leading just 3-0 after the first quarter, but scored on four consecutive drives after getting untracked. The Hokies have scored 95 consecutive points since falling behind 17-7 at East Carolina last week.

The Monarchs (2-2), playing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second week in a row, fell to 0-9 against Power Five schools.

The game was the first meeting between the schools and featured the first career start for 17-year-old Old Dominion quarterback Steven Williams Jr. He showed a nifty ability to escape the Hokies' pass rush, getting sacked just once, but completed just 8 of 26 for 85 yards. Monarchs receivers didn't help by dropping several balls, including one that Travis Fulgham could have taken 75 yards for a touchdown.

"He didn't get a lot of help out there today," coach Bobby Wilder said after his team barely made it across midfield all game. "There were four of five times where we needed to make a catch, we needed to make a play, and we didn't."

Williams took it in stride.

"It's just part of the game. We know we need to clean that up," he said. "We have to be more aggressive. If we find our run game, we're going to be fine."

Jackson was 20 for 30 for 298 yards and has now thrown for 11 touchdowns. He did throw his first interception of the season against the Monarchs, but the Hokies took the ball away three plays later, leading to their first touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

The NCAA is a dumb and monumentally stupid organization with rules that often don't make sense for the student-athletes they govern. One of those is paying, or more specifically not paying, athletes.

In an incredible twist of irony, Maryland will give one lucky regular student (that isn't an athlete) $10,000 for something an athlete (not a regular student) could potentially perform on the football field.

This is a highly specific play that will have to happen in order for one lucky student (again, not an athlete) to win the money, but the hypocrisy is incredible and this entire situation is so backward.

A student-athlete could score a touchdown (while not being paid) for the university and while scoring said touchdown will be helping make money for the university (money they will never see a dime from). The university will then turn around and give money to a student who did nothing to earn it, except decide to stay around in the second half for a game that is expected to be lightly attended, thanks to the achievement of a student-athlete who is incapable of receiving said money. 

That makes sense. Totally.

This comes on the heels of a report earlier this week that Division 1 coaches were "spooked" and against new rules that would allow students who met a minimum GPA to transfer and have immediate eligibility.

This is all totally fine.

Anyway, I can't believe someone didn't see the irony here and think "eh, we just had one of the biggest upsets of the weekend and should have a better way to capitalize on our momentum with something cool to entice people to stick around against Towson?"

I guess not.

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