ACC teams look to answer questions at quarterback
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney's quarterback situation at Clemson seems settled for a while. Not many of his colleagues around the Atlantic Coast Conference can say the same thing.
QB battle in spotlight at Hokies’ spring game
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — If Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech made much progress in sorting out their quarterback competition during Saturday's spring game, no one was letting on.
Dallas takes on Phoenix in conference matchup
Phoenix Suns (19-62, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (32-48, 14th in the Western Conference)
PHOENIX (AP) — The short-handed Phoenix Suns closed out their home season with a victory Friday and looked toward their final two games, which they need to win to match last year's 21...
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker said he heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench that he wasn't going to score 50 points.
That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would...
Suns face the Wizards on 4-game skid
Washington Wizards (30-45, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (17-58, 15th in the Western Conference)
Jackson, Booker lift Suns over Pelicans in OT, 138-136
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Josh Jackson's tying 3-pointer fell through the hoop in the dying seconds of overtime, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry rushed to call a timeout his team didn't...
Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors beat Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Make it 18 wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors over the Phoenix Suns.
The latest, though, was no cakewalk for the reigning NBA champions.
Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors finally broke open a tight game to beat the Suns 117-107 on Friday night.
Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins 18.
Mitchell, Jazz beat Suns 116-88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz put away the Phoenix Suns with one impressive finish.
Mitchell scored 21 points and Joe Ingles had a career-high 11 assists, leading the Jazz to a 116-88 victory over the lowly Suns on Wednesday night.
"Our communication picked up a lot in the second half," Mitchell said. "That really propelled us to get out in transition. Obviously, hitting shots helps, but we were really doing well on communicating well defensively."
Collins, Young lift Hawks past Suns, 118-112
PHOENIX (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks were in a touchy situation in the final minutes against the ever-struggling Phoenix Suns.
Then their two best young players pulled them out of danger.
John Collins matched his career high with 35 points and fell one shy of his career best with 16 rebounds, and the Hawks handed the Suns their 10th straight loss, 118-112 on Saturday night.
Trae Young scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, when the Hawks pulled away.
Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127
PHOENIX (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them.
Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night.
Virginia Tech faces Cincinnati in Military Bowl
Military Bowl: Cincinnati (10-2) and Virginia Tech (6-6), Dec. 31, noon Eastern (ESPN).
Line: Cincinnati by 6.
Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 6-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Having already won six more games than in 2017, the Bearcats seek the third 11-win season in the 131-year history of the program and look to even their bowl record at 9-9. Virginia Tech is vying for its third straight victory to complete its 26th consecutive winning season.
Booker, Warren lead Suns past Magic 122-120 in overtime
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Winning is something new for the Phoenix Suns. Devin Booker has been the reason.
Booker, a third-year guard, had 35 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Phoenix defeated the Orlando Magic 122-120 in overtime Wednesday night.
Booker was the spark as Phoenix won for the fifth time in seven games.
T.J. Warren added 24 points, including all four Phoenix points in overtime. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored had 19 points and Josh Jackson added 10 for Phoenix.
Hield scores 20, Kings bury Suns early in 122-105 win
PHOENIX (AP) — The Sacramento Kings couldn't have asked for an easier lead-in to a three-game Eastern swing.
Buddy Hield scored 20 points in 18 minutes and the Kings buried the Suns early on Tuesday night, outscoring Phoenix 36-9 in the first quarter as they cruised to a 122-105 victory.
De'Aaron Fox had 16 points and seven assists. Seven players scored in double figures for Sacramento, including Bogdan Bogdanovic off the bench with 14 points, and no starter played more than 27 minutes.
Military Bowl Matchup
Virginia Tech (6-6, ACC) vs. Cincinnati (10-2, AAC), noon, EST, Dec. 31.
LOCATION: Annapolis, Md.
Virginia Tech: QB Ryan Willis, a junior, completed 58 percent of passes, 2,497 yards, 22 TDs, 8 INT; WR Damon Hazelton 45 catches, 745 yards, 8 TDs.
Cincinnati: QB Desmond Ridder, completed 66 percent, 2,359 yards, 19 TDs, 5 INT; RB Michael Warren, 1,163 yards rushing, 17 TDs, 1 fumble.
Suns leading scorer Devin Booker out vs. Magic
PHOENIX (AP) — Suns guard Devin Booker was sidelined for Friday night's game against the Orlando Magic because of a left toe injury.
Booker is the Suns' leading scorer at 24.5 points per game. His seven assists per game also leads the team.
Phoenix was also without forward T.J. Warren, who is out with right ankle soreness. Warren's 17.7 points per game are second-highest on the team.
Notre Dame-Virginia Tech matchup headlines ACC’s 6th week
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6:
- The Washington TimesJosh Jackson, new transfer, can help reverse Maryland's quarterback fortunesFebruary 20, 2019
- The Washington TimesVirginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson announces transfer to MarylandFebruary 19, 2019
- Aiken StandardBlake LaRussa, Old Dominion stun No. 13 Virginia Tech 49-35September 23, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalIt’s still early, but to Mike Pettine, rookie cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson can be ‘exceptional’ for PackersSeptember 22, 2018
- The Detroit NewsSaline's Jackson helps lift Va. Tech over Florida StateSeptember 5, 2018
Willis leads Virginia Tech to 31-14 upset of No. 22 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech's offense hummed right along with backup quarterback Ryan Willis. The defense barely resembled the leaky group that took the blame for a humiliating loss.
There wasn't anything wrong with these Hokies that another trip to Duke couldn't fix.
Willis threw for 332 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in his first start for the Hokies, helping them upset No. 22 Duke 31-14 on Saturday night.
QB Jones back for No. 22 Duke after breaking collar bone
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Daniel Jones will start for No. 22 Duke against Virginia Tech, three weeks after breaking his collar bone.
Team officials on Saturday announced that Jones will start later that night for the Blue Devils (4-0) in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the Hokies (2-1, 1-0).
Backup QBs take center stage when No. 22 Duke faces Hokies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — This will be a battle of the backups.
When No. 22 Duke plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday night, neither team will have its regular starting quarterback. That means the game might come down to which backup — Quentin Harris of Duke or Ryan Willis of the Hokies — has a better night.
Hokies’ QB Josh Jackson to have surgery; return uncertain
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a broken left fibula and will have surgery.
Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Monday. The coach said the surgery will take place Tuesday, but gave no timetable for how long Jackson will be sidelined.
Jackson, in his second season as the starter, was injured in the third quarter of the Hokies' 49-35 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday night.
No. 13 Hokies well rested for road matchup vs Old Dominion
Virginia Tech is finally getting back on the football field after an unexpected week off because of Hurricane Florence, and the No. 13 Hokies are eager to see if the extra work they did will pay off.
The Hokies (2-0) will face Old Dominion (0-3) at the Monarchs' Foreman Field on Saturday.
Peoples, Jackson sharp; No. 12 Hokies beat Tribe 62-17
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround.
The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to play William & Mary on Saturday.
Jackson’s 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team.
Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart had hoped for with the Seminoles.
Needless to say, it was easy to tell which Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight looked like a title contender Monday night.
Jackson, offense may need to carry load for No. 20 Hokies
Josh Jackson has been getting ready since January, watching film of No. 19 Florida State's defense in preparation for Virginia Tech's opener on the road Monday night.
That's good news for the No. 20 Hokies, who may need the offense to carry the early load in Tallahassee, Florida.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trips to Las Vegas feel better when they end on a win.
The consolation round of the NBA Summer League gave teams a chance to experience that Friday. They had already been eliminated from the chance to win the tournament championship, but at least some can head to the airport on a high note.
Many of the top performers on the teams who played Friday were already done for the week, sitting out the games so as not to risk injuries.
PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement cannot be officially announced during the free agent moratorium.
NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA's All-Rookie team.
The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.
Boston's Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For a host of rookies, the road to a spot on the Green Bay Packers' roster began on Friday. While what they did during the first of two post-draft rookie orientation camp practices won't decide their fates, coach Mike McCarthy believes a good start is vital for them all.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers prioritized the secondary first in the NFL draft.
Josh Jackson is joining a revamped cornerback group after the Packers took the Iowa junior with the 45th overall pick in the second round on Friday night. Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions last season.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local):
LSU running back Derrius Guice, Iowa All-American cornerback Josh Jackson and Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams were left in the green room when the first round of the draft ended.
Twenty-two players were invited to attend the draft at AT&T Stadium, including UCF's Shaquem Griffin, who was not expected to go in the first round .
Young defensive ends give Virginia Tech reason for optimism in spring game
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s defense didn’t record a safety last season, but it got one two quarters into Saturday’s annual spring game when sophomore defensive end Emmanuel Belmar shed a block and swallowed up Josh Jackson in the end zone.
And while spring safeties aren’t worth much, aside from the 2 points that went up on the scoreboard during the glorified scrimmage, Belmar’s big play could indicate the Hokies have options at end for the 2018 season.
PHOENIX (AP) — On track to finish with their worst record since their inaugural season 50 years ago, the Phoenix Suns finally closed out an opponent and won again.
Josh Jackson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half and the Suns ended a franchise-record, 15-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
"It was a win that we really, really wanted," Jackson said.
BLACKSBURG – With a year of starting experience behind him now, Virginia Tech sophomore quarterback Josh Jackson has a much-improved handle on the team’s offensive scheme.
But what really makes Jackson feel a bit more comfortable here in his third year of spring ball with the Hokies is his grasp of Bud Foster’s vaunted and venerable defense.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Ricky Rubio was shoved to the floor twice, it didn't take long for the rest of his Utah Jazz teammates to come to his defense.
"On this team, we all love each other, so that makes it easy to stick up for each other," rookie Donovan Mitchell said.
Mitchell scored 23 points to lead the Jazz to a 116-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, their eighth consecutive victory.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the first time in a month, the Phoenix Suns were able to celebrate a win, this time at the expense of the equally-hapless Memphis Grizzlies.
In a game featuring two teams looking at the bottom of the standings instead of the top, Devin Booker scored 34 points, Josh Jackson added a career-best 29 and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-102 on Wednesday night.
Davis scores 53, Pelicans beat Suns for 6th straight win
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis' authoritative put-back dunk in the final minutes summed up a night on which his relentless play around the basket forced Phoenix's three tallest players to foul out.
Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns on Monday night.