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Virginia Sports Quick Hits: Dukes take New Hampshire, Spiders shutout Villanova, and more

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#6 Dukes win wild shootout over #25 New Hampshire

JMU quarterback Bryan Schor found the endzone five times Saturday, and the sixth ranked Dukes held on for 42-39 victory over the 25th ranked New Hampshire Wildcats. A fumble return by Charles Tutt with 10:00 left put JMU up 42-12, but New Hampshire would score 27 unanswered points over the final 7:01 to make things uncomfortable for the Dukes. With the win, JMU (6-1, 4-0 CAA) snapped the Wildcat’s 17 game regular season home winning streak and seized sole possession of first place in the CAA. This week’s edition of the FCS Coaches Poll has JMU up one spot to fifth in the nation. The Dukes have this week off before welcoming Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 CAA) to Harrisonburg on October 29th.

#7 Spiders Shutout #11 Villanova

The Spider defense forced three turnovers and limited Villanova to 222 yards of total offense in their 23-0 shutout victory over the eleventh ranked Wildcats. Richmond wide receiver Brian Brown led the Spider offense with seven catches for 120 yards and one touchdown. With their fourth straight win, Richmond (6-1, 4-0 CAA) sits in a three way tie for third in the CAA and just one game behind conference leader JMU. This week, the Spiders travel to Elon (2-4, 1-2 CAA) to take on the Phoenix, who have lost two straight.

Tribe Rally Past Blue Hens

Quarterback Steve Cluley completed 24 passes for 204 yards and punched in the go ahead touchdown with 4:12 left as the William and Mary rallied past Delaware for a 24-17 win and their first conference win of the season. The Tribe (3-4, 1-3 CAA) defense intercepted Delaware quarterback Joe Walker twice, the second of which was returned for a touchdown that put the game out of reach. William and Mary has the week off before hosting Maine (3-3, 2-1 CAA).

Syracuse Stomps #17 Hokies Out of Top 25

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey led his team in both passing and rushing as his 417 total yard performance ended Virginia Tech’s two week stay in the AP Top 25, and the Orange handed the Hokies a 31-17 loss. However, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1 ACC) still control their own destiny in the ACC Coastal division as they fall into a four way tie in the loss column with UNC (who they already own a head to head win over), Pitt and UVA. Unfortunately, the Hokies don’t have much time to regroup with a Thursday night showdown against Miami (4-2, 1-2 ACC) in Blacksburg on deck. Virginia Tech will have to ramp up the defensive pressure against a Hurricane offense averaging 36 points per game and over 420 yards of total offense.

Panther Rushing Attack Pounds Virginia

Pittsburgh used a 209 yard rushing performance along with a thirteen minute edge in time of possession to hand the Cavaliers a 45-31 loss in Charlottesville Saturday. UVA (2-4, 1-1 ACC) came out of the gate fast, scoring three first quarter touchdowns but were unable to keep up that pace or stop the Panthers in the second half. The Cavs now turn their attention to ACC Coastal co-leader and 22nd ranked UNC (5-2, 3-1 ACC), who got back on track with a win over Miami last week. Expect lots of fireworks in this one as both teams average over 400 yards of total offense per game while both defenses are surrendering north of 400 yards each week.

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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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