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Halifax promotes cleanup, Earth Day

Task Force arrests two on drug charges

Mecklenburg Supes take first first step for Ladybug

By 5-4 vote, Board rejects planners’ ruling that solar farm is incompatible use


Burton, Lee, Palmore, Weddle named to Hall class





Hokies focus on football

Hokies win

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech advanced to second round play in the National Invitation tournament, finally wearing out a determined Duquesne team in double overtime, 116-108, last night. The Hokies improved to 19-14 overall, with all five starters in double figures. A.D. Vassallo led Tech with 33 points, while Jeff Allen had 23 and Malcolm Delaney had 20.

Sports Today for March 19, 2009

March Madness arrives, full blast: TY’S TOE: The status of North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson and his big right toe is topic A heading into today’s NCAA tournament opener between the top seed in the South, the Tar Heels, and no. 16 seed Radford. The view here is that Carolina should get past Radford without Lawson, but it gets considerably more complicated, especially as UNC moves deep into its bracket. UNC would be hard-pressed to escape the South Region without a reasonably effective Lawson.

Leitao experiment explodes

When the Dave Leitao Experiment finally exploded on Monday, it should go down in Virginia history as a great lesson learned. You get what you pay for. Four years ago, on the verge of opening one of the grandest arenas in the nation, U.Va. didn’t fulfill its commitment to excellence with its basketball program. Its coaching search started in the Big Boys Department and ended up in the Bargain Basement.

Duke wins ACC tournament title

ATLANTA - Experience over youth, at least in terms of basketball tradition. Third-seeded Duke fashioned key offensive surges in the first and second half and held off fourth-seeded Florida State to win its 17th men’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship yesterday, 79-69, at the Georgia Dome.

U.Va. R.I.P.

ATLANTA - When Dave Leitao came to Charlottesville four years ago he said that Virginia basketball had become “irrelevant” on the college basketball landscape. Recruits paid the Cavaliers’ program no mind. March Madness had become March Sadness. It was if Charlottesville was the land that college basketball forgot.

Georgia Tech could be a force ... maybe

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech upset Clemson and then absorbed a bitter, 64-62 quarterfinals loss to Florida State Friday, but the Yellow Jackets could be a major force in the ACC next season. Maybe.

Duke slips past Maryland

ATLANTA - Maryland possibly proved its worth for the NCAA tournament field, but the Terps did not have enough energy down the stretch Saturday night to make yesterday’s ACC tournament finals. Third-seeded Duke held off the Terps, completing a three-game sweep this season. The Blue Devils (27-6) ended seventh seeded Maryland’s run here Saturday in the second ACC tournament semifinal, 67-61.

Virginia outlasts Clemson in tournament longevity

UNC thwarted in bid for third title

ATLANTA - North Carolina almost lost to Florida State in Tallahassee this winter, but Ty Lawson saved the evening with a game-winning play at the buzzer. On Saturday in ACC tournament semifinals action, Lawson was unavailable, due to an injured right big toe. Carolina lost its traditional footing heading to an ACC tournament final, losing to FSU late, 73-70.

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