Memorial for Va. Teen Killed in Neighbor's Home


Memorial for Va. Teen Killed in Neighbor's Home

A memorial will be held Thursday night for Sterling teen who was killed last weekend after sneaking into the wrong house.

Caleb Gordley, 16, was shot and killed early Sunday when he entered a neighbor's house two doors down from his own after a night at a party.

Authorities say Gordley apparently had been drinking earlier in the evening, authorities said, although they are still awaiting a toxicology report.

The homeowner mistook him for an intruder and called 911, but by the time police arrived, Gordley was dead.

His parents say they don’t blame the homeowner for what happened. "I want you to know, sir, I forgive you," said Jennea Gordley, Caleb's mother. "I understand this was an accident. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. My son, he's an angel."

His father, Shawn Gordley, said they’ll be moving because it would be too difficult to remain on the street.

Caleb Gordley was a student at Park View High School in Sterling. Many say he was well-liked and well-behaved. He was a three-sport athlete at the school and a budding rapper.

"If you had classes with him, there was no way you weren't leaving that class without a smile," said a classmate.

Gordley's parents said they are planning to hold two celebrations of his life, one in Sterling, where he lived with his father, and one in Ohio, where his mother lived. They find consolation in the many tributes on social media sites and they have their son's music.

Thursday night's memorial will be held at the Elks Lodge in Sterling.

Cowboys roll the dice, select linebacker Jaylon Smith in 2nd round


Cowboys roll the dice, select linebacker Jaylon Smith in 2nd round

And we thought the Cowboys were taking a chance with their first-round pick. They really rolled the dice tonight.

After taking a running back in the first round last night the Cowboys took a player who won’t play in 2016 with their second-round pick.

Last night it was Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in the draft, generally considered to be way too high to draft a running back. Tonight it was Jaylon Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker who won’t play in 2016.

Smith was on his way to being a top-10 pick in the draft until he suffered a serious knee injury in the Fighting Irish’s bowl game. He was diagnosed with nerve damage as a result of the injury. That scared teams off until the Cowboys took him with the 34th overall pick in the draft.

If he can play in 2017 he could be quite a boost to the Dallas defense. Smith was an excellent all-around defender at Notre Dame and he could give the Redskins problems in both the running and passing game.

But if there is a lingering issue with the knee, Smith could either not play or have the quality of his play diminished. That’s a gamble that the Cowboys are willing to take.

One reason that the Cowboys may be confident in their wager is that the doctor who performed the surgery on Smith is one of their team physicians so they may have had better information than most of the other teams out there.


Ravens trade down twice, move from No. 36, to No. 38, to No. 42


Ravens trade down twice, move from No. 36, to No. 38, to No. 42

The Ravens started Round 2 of the draft by trading down – twice. First of the Ravens dealt with the Jaguars, trading down two spots. In exchange for giving the Jaguars the 36th pick in the draft, the Ravens received the 38th and 146th pick from the Jaguars.

Then the Ravens traded down from No. 38 to No. 42.  In exchange for sending the 38th pick to the Dolphins, the Ravens received picks No. 42 and 107 (fourth round) from the Dolphins.

Moving up two spots with the pick they got from the Ravens, the Jaguars took UCLA linebacker Miles Jack, finally ending his freefall. Jack was expected to be a top-10 pick until concern grew about the state of his surgically-repaired knee. If Jack has a long, successful NFL career, the Ravens could regret passing on a player who could have fit nicely in their defense. However, the Ravens didn’t feel they could take the risk on Jack, especially after wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed his entire rookie season last year with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, moving down from No. 36 to No. 42 meant the Ravens were confident they could still get a player they coveted, while getting the extra picks from Jaguars and Dolphins.


What will a Scott Brooks team actually look like?


What will a Scott Brooks team actually look like?

Perhaps the simplistic, though at times accurate way to view a new head coach is thinking if he did this and that at a previous stop, that plan comes with him. Yet considering Scott Brooks had the unique superstar dynamic of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at Oklahoma City, is it fair to wonder whether we're actually what truly defines a Scott Brooks team?

"That's a fair question," Brooks answered to a small group of reporters in the halls of Verizon Center following his introductory press conference Wednesday.

It's a question the new guy wasn't ready to answer seeing as he'd been on the job for about 24 hours. It's a process he's ready to figure out. 

"I'm excited to get to know all of our players first," Brooks said. "[Wizards president] Ernie [Grunfeld] and the staff will get together to add pieces along the way to make this a competitive team.

"We ultimately want to compete for championships. In order to do that, it's a process of going step by step and you can't skip steps. I learned that as a player. I was fortunate enough to be on a championship team in Houston. But I love the group that we have. I can't emphasize that enough. I love the players that we have."

No doubt the coach loved the players he helped groom with the Thunder. Durant and Westbrook emerged as among the elite players in the league. Lengthy forward Serge Ibaka provided a big man element and other key contributors including future NBA Most Valuable Player runner-up James Harden helped as Oklahoma City went from a 23-win team the season before Brooks took the head job to the NBA Finals three years later.

"I'm proud of what we accomplished as a group," Brooks said. "Three conference finals and an NBA Finals, one of the youngest teams in the [league] history to get there."

The focus typically centered on Oklahoma City's potent offensive stars. The Thunder ranked top five in scoring in each of Brooks' last five seasons, yet also were one of the top defensive teams in that stretch. Oklahoma City ranked top 10 four straight seasons in defensive efficiency before injuries hampered the squad in 2014-15, Brooks' final season. 

"We've always focused on being a two-way team," he said.

The focus with Washington starts with John Wall. Though a perennial All-Star guard like Westbrook, Wall offers a true pass-first presence while the Thunder standout looks for his own shot more often. That difference of styles will be part of Brooks' planning, as will Bradley Beal's perimeter shooting, Marcin Gortat's rim-to-rim running, Markieff Morris' athleticism, Otto Porter's 3-and-D progress and Kelly Oubre's potential. Then there are the other nine spots still open. 

There is work to do and Brooks says he's ready for the challenge. When it's all done, we might see what a Scott Brooks team looks like.

"This team that I have the privileged to coach," he said, "I'm looking forward to get to know the guys and to establish a system that we're successful night in and night out."