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PHOTOS: Richmond Spiders vs Jacksonville

The University of Richmond had an impressive start to their season last night with a 38 – 19 victory over Jacksonville.

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The University of Richmond football team opened the 2019 season in impressive fashion, scoring 31 first half points on its way to a 38-19 victory against Jacksonville Thursday night at Robins Stadium. The Spiders have won 14th straight home openers dating back to 2005, the ninth longest streak in the NCAA FCS level.

Redshirt-junior quarterback Joe Mancuso(Blairsville, Ga.) finished with 208 total yards and scored two touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 77 yards on the ground while also passing for 14-for-19 with 131 yards passing.

The Richmond offense ran for 320 yards, including four touchdowns from Mancuso (two) and one each from redshirt freshman running backs Aaron Dykes (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Milan Howard (Charlotte, N.C.). The Spiders opened the game with a 10-play 80-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown rush by Mancuso.

The Spiders made it 14-0 after senior Maurice Jackson (Levittown, Pa.) scooped up a fumble recovery going 56 yards for the touchdown. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Colby Ritten (Orlando, Fla.) forced the fumble on a tackle for loss and the ball leaked out to Jackson

Freshman linebacker Tristan Wheeler (Bethlehem, Pa.) led the defense with 12 tackles in his first career collegiate game. Junior linebacker Tyler Dressler (Covington, Va.) added nine tackles, most in the first half, while Ritten and Jackson each finished with a tackle for loss in the win.

The Spiders took a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter when Dykes scampered in from 44-yards out. Howard made it a 28-6 advantage with a five-yard run in the second as well. Freshman kicker Jake Larson(Baltimore, Md.) connected on his first career field goal from 31-yards out, giving the Spiders a 31-6 lead at the halftime break.

Mancuso gave Richmond a 38-6 lead in the third quarter, scoring on a three-yard run and ending the night for most of the Spiders’ starters. Jacksonville would score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the game was rounding out.

Richmond returns to action next weekend when it travels to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College. Game time Sept. 7 is set for 3:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and on ESPN Richmond radio

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No Soccer but Richmond Kickers and Fans take to the Digital Pitch

Tune into ESPN.com for some hot 3 on 3 car soccer action.

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The USL1 soccer season was set to start last weekend. Obviously that didn’t happen. Sports junkies have been reduced to watching reruns of games and marble racing. USL is attempting to fill that live sports void slightly with a Rocket League tournament. Rocket League is a cross-platform 3 on 3 game of car soccer. The cars are turbocharged and the field is enclosed so there are spins, flips, and all sorts of skill maneuvers that talented digital jockeys can pull off.

The worldwide leader in sports, ESPN is set to broadcast the USLeCup on its digital platforms. The Kickers’ Rocket League team consists of one member from the Front Office – Taylor Bostic, one from the youth squad – Aiden Hendricks, and one from the Red Army (the Kickers supporters group) – Mike Dillion. They’ll will be representing the city and its charity partner, Feed More in the tournament.

The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.

The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.

The Kickers team takes the field on Thursday at 3PM against North Texas.

Some hot Rocket League action to whet your appetite.

 

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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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