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Dukes, Tribe, Spiders emerge as national title contenders

The three FCS level schools are already showing themselves to be national championship material early on.

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When it comes to college football in Virginia, the spotlight is usually dominated by the Virginia Tech Hokies and Virginia Cavaliers, the state’s lone FBS programs–college football’s top division. However, three schools at the FCS level–college football’s second tier–are making some early season headlines and have established themselves as national championship contenders.

This week’s edition of the FCS Coaches Poll has the James Madison Dukes ranked 7th nationally along with the William and Mary Tribe at #8 and the Richmond Spiders at #9.

Despite stumbling at Stony Brook this past weekend, the Spiders have already made the biggest splash this year when they went into Charlottesville and drilled UVA 37-20 to start the season. They followed up that performance with a 34-0 shutout over Norfolk State the following week.

The early success shouldn’t be all that surprising since the Spiders return 15 of 22 starters from a team that went 10-4 last year and advanced to the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion North Dakota State. This week the Spiders will try to get back on track when they host #21 Colgate.

The Dukes missed an opportunity to one up Richmond this past weekend when they were beaten by the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. However, JMU dispatched its first two opponents, Morehead State and Central Connecticut, by a combined score of 136-28 and will look to return to that type of dominating fashion this Saturday when they travel to Maine to open conference play. With 16 of 22 starters returning, improvement on last year’s first round playoff exit is expected in Harrisonburg.

The Tribe got off to a rocky start and were overmatched in Raleigh against NC State in an opening week 48-14 loss, but rebounded nicely to get a 10 point road win over Hampton. That performance was followed up with a 25 point victory against Norfolk State this past weekend. William and Mary returns 16 of 22 starters from a team that went 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs (losing to Richmond), so expectations are high in Williamsburg.

Next up for the Tribe is their conference opener against Elon this Saturday.

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Live Updates: Ongoing list and information on Richmond area institution and event closures, postponements

With new information and cancellations coming in by the hour, the below is our attempt to keep you up to date on the latest Richmond area closures, cancellations, and community information, with links to relevant resources for more. We’ll continue to update this article as we learn more. Feel free to leave your own in the comments or email to [email protected]

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In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity. If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons. The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery. In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance. The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offer digital field trip for Richmond-area students

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

The Education Day activities website can be found here.

The Flying Squirrels annually host Education Days at The Diamond as a learning-centered field trip to a game for schools around the Richmond region. The team has made their 2020 Education Day curriculum, broken down by grade level, available to families and students with schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

“In these unprecedented times, it is still our responsibility to be impactful in our communities, and especially with our future: the kids,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We are very proud of this wonderful work and hope children and parents alike enjoy learning from this information.”

The Education Day curriculum was designed by a Henrico County educator and incorporates state-mandated objectives. The website includes hands-on activities, educational videos, word problems, printable activity sheets and more that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives taught to elementary students throughout the school year.

The Flying Squirrels are encouraging participating families to share pictures of their children completing the activities with the team on their Facebook page.

In an effort to practice safe social distancing and best ensure the health and of the Flying Squirrels family, the team’s front offices and team store are currently closed. Fans looking to reach out to the Flying Squirrels front office can find information here and are encouraged to interact on social media through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Richmond Kickers Delay Start of USL1 Season by Two Weeks

Any scheduled pro club events taking place prior to the start of the season will be postponed to later dates.

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The Richmond Kickers were set to take the field on March 28th. That has now been pushed back by at least two weeks. They released a statement that will look all to familiar in the coming weeks.

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