Leslie Melvin learned at an early age what was involved with being a strong riding instructor. She had an excellent example.
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MIAMI - LeBron James led a title-saving charge, and now his crown will be on the line one more time in Game 7. James powered Miami to a frantic fourth-quarter rally and overtime escape as the Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals as far as they can go and keep their repeat chances alive. Losing his headband but keeping his cool while playing the entire second half and overtime, James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making the go-ahead basket with 1:43 remaining in the extra period. Tim Duncan scored 30 points for the Spurs, his most in an NBA Finals game since Game 1 in 2003, but was shut out after the third quarter. He added 17 rebounds. Game 7 will be here Thursday, the NBA's first do-or-die game to determine its champion since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010. The Spurs looked headed to a fifth title in five chances when they built a 13-point lead with under 4 minutes left in the third quarter, then grabbed a five-point edge late in regulation after blowing the lead. But James hit a 3-pointer before Ray Allen tied it with another with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation. James was just 3 of 12 after three quarters, the Heat trailing by 10 and frustration apparent among the players and panic setting in among the fans. Nothing to worry.
Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, already headed to the Czech Republic as an assistant coach for the U19 World Championship, was pleased to learn that he will have some Cavalier company. Bennett will be joined by Mike Tobey, who averaged 6.8 points for Virginia as a freshman this past season. Bennett said that Tobey, who measured 7 feet in shoes during tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the tallest
OMAHA, Neb. — Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offense to defeat North Carolina State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night. UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday. UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a
OMAHA, Neb. - It's one down and three to go for Oregon State. The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive at the College World Series on Monday, beating Louisville 11-4 after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the game. Oregon State won national championships the last two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and '07, and coach Pat Casey's first title team did it the hard way. The
The knees went, not the know-how. J.T. Tallon's career as a horseman in the hunter classes wound down as all that pounding that goes with jumping over fence after fence took its toll on the knees. It was about that same time that things really started getting interesting for Tallon, a Lexington resident and long-time veteran of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show that runs through Saturday at Salem Civic Center.
Patrick Henry High School standout Emmanuel Scere scored on an assist from Roanoke College's Patrick Bain in the 31st minute, and the Roanoke Star Soccer Club alumni defeated the D.C. United U23 team 1-0 on Sunday night in an exhibition match at Dwight Bogle Stadium. The match was played before a crowd of roughly 600, which erupted when keeper Cole St. Clair (Roanoke College) stopped a United penalty kick in
Blake Swihart wasn’t looking like much of an all-star candidate in April. Wasn’t feeling like one either. Through the first month of the Salem Red Sox season, the prized catcher was hitting .254 with virtually no power. His on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) stood at .694 – hardly the kind of plate performance that would garner much consideration for the midseason showcase. Swihart did have one thing going for him,
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Leffler, like every other racer, understood the risks of his profession. It’s a conversation he had with his longtime girlfriend when his NASCAR prospects dried up and a return to the sprint car circuit was the only way he could compete on a regular basis. It wasn’t a glamorous life, and it certainly wasn’t going to make him rich. But it was a chance to race
>Salem resident Harrison O'Keefe won the men's open singles division of the Roanoke Valley Invitational Tennis Tournament on Sunday at Hollins University. O'Keefe, a South Carolina recruit who attends the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., beat W&L assistant women's tennis coach Marc Vartabedian 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Michael Drougas of Salem High School beat Danny Polk 6-2, 6-3 in the boys 18-and-under singles final.
OMAHA, Neb. - North Carolina State and North Carolina were playing each other in baseball for the 285th time, but never on a stage like this. Carlos Rodon pitched like the star he is, throwing eight shutout innings and holding the Tar Heels to five hits in an 8-1 College World Series victory Sunday. "This is the College World Series, and it doesn't get any better than this, so why
Blacksburg was sixth in the girls 4-mile relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals track championships Sunday in Greensboro. The team of Bonnie Angermeier, Jenn Fleming, Claire Ewing-Nelson and Emily Beatty finished in 20:55.51. The winning team, from Michigan, ran 20:30.32. Also on Sunday, Bruin Kenneth Hagen was 14th in the 800 with a time of 1:53.27, about five seconds behind winner John Crossley of Atlantic Beach, N.C. Hidden Valley's
DE LA CRUZ-CONTROL: With a pair of singles, Keury De La Cruz stretched his hitting streak to 18 games. Even though he was left off of the Carolina League All-Star roster, one has to wonder if a promotion to AA Portland might be in the offing after the break. OWENS, SPELLED WITH A 'K': Though he only pitched 4 1⁄3 innings in game one, Henry Owens struck out seven batters,
BRISTOL, Tenn. - John Force ended a 31-event winless streak Sunday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, beating Cruz Pedregon in the final round. The 64-year-old Force raced to his record 135th career victory and fourth at Bristol Dragway. He powered his Ford Mustang to a 4.148-second run at 305.29 mph, while Pedregon's Toyota Camry shut off approaching the finish. "If you can't compete you are just mentally out of
Just to the side of the Boulevard entrance to the parking lot of the Taliaferro Complex, 25 tandem dump truck loads of sawdust — an estimated 130 tons — is piled in a small mountain awaiting use during the 42th annual Roanoke Valley Horse that opens today. That the sawdust is still there is news. That a horse show starting 8 a.m. and running through Saturday night on schedule also
Noe Ramirez is a Salem Red Sox pitcher from Southern California. So is Henry Owens. The two are roommates and friends. Their childhoods, though, couldn’t have been much different. Owens grew up in Huntington Beach, home of the U.S. Open of Surfing. Ramirez grew up in the projects of East L.A. Owens has driven through that area a few times on the way to visit his uncle. He’d rather not
When quarterback recruit Andrew Ford visited Virginia Tech's one-day camp earlier this month, he had a chance to ask Logan Thomas about what he thought of new Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. "Logan said that he's learned more from coach Loeffler in three months than the previous three years he'd been on campus before," Ford said. "It really validates a lot of the stuff I've heard." It led to Ford's
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday. It was the 1,000th victory for Ford across NASCAR's three national series - Cup, Nationwide and Truck. It was Biffle's first win since he overtook Johnson to win at MIS in August. Johnson's engine faltered
FIREWORKS ON DISPLAY: After suffering its first shutout in 85 games the night before, Salem got back on its horse Saturday, battering Lynchburg 9-2. The onslaught featured 11 hits from eight different batters, including two each from Felix Sanchez, Garin Cecchini and Blake Swihart, who had a home run and a double. Salem (32-36) remains the only team in the league that has not been shut out twice this season.
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