Virginia State Police(FARMVILLE, Va.) — A Virginia State Police trooper who was shot in the line of duty Monday night has died, authorities said. Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, a member of the state police’s tactical team, was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a home near the town of Farmville, Virginia. An armed man inside the residence opened fire on the team shortly before 10 p.m. local time Monday, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police. The tactical team returned fire, killing the suspect, police said. Dowell, who was shot, was taken to a local hospital where he died. He is survived by his parents and a sister, authorities said. “This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police,” Col. Gary Settle, Virginia State Police’s superintendent, said in a statement Monday night. “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.” No other troopers were injured in the shooting. The suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was the only individual inside the home at the time of the shooting. Authorities are in the process of notifying next of kin. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating the incident. The two troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Virginia State Police policy. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
What could possibly be better than seeing The Rolling Stones in concert? Finding out that Gary Clark Jr. just so happens to be the opening act. A legend in the making, the blues virtuoso was a late addition to the bill at San Diego’s Petco Park. He welcomed the sell-out crowd of 42,000+ with a 45-minute set of guitar sorcery accompanied by his seductive vocal range. Later he would add a scorching yet tasteful touch to the Sticky Fingers burner, “Bitch” (watch fan-shot footage here). The Stones don’t let just anyone on their stage.Grace Potter To Open For The Rolling Stones At Select StopsLaunching their U.S. Tour, the production was more stripped down than those in the past. A runway into the crowd and fireworks during the “Satisfaction” encore were the biggest indulgences. The Stones are inevitably a spectacle, but the music now takes greater precedence. After a pair of warm-up songs, the locomotive began to churn on “All Down the Line.” Anyone who doubts the prowess of this 53-year-old band clearly hasn’t seen them recently. These men epitomize the “age is only a number” cliche. A 2015 Stones performance connects a chord all the way back to their roots. This is raw rock ‘n roll power washing over a mass of humanity. The emotional impact upon their legions of fans is immeasurable.Bearing witness to Mick Jagger in the flesh, one might wonder if they are in the presence of an alien life form. He’s almost too sublime to be human. Tapped in to a boundless source of agility, his energy output extends beyond logical comprehension. He and the band both gain momentum as the 140-minute set unfolds. His sexual magnetism is off the charts; manifested through hypnotic dance moves, defiant swagger, vocal acrobatics and an array of alluring attire. Suddenly he reminds you that he’s a blues harmonica assassin on “Midnight Rambler” and a guitar is anything but a prop. His English charm serves him well when connecting with the audience through warm, amusing banter.Rolling Stones Share Unreleased, Extended Version Of ‘Bitch’The other three veterans can’t shine as bright; no one can; but each has enough character to form their own solar system. The years have been the kindest to Charlie Watts. Locking down the groove on his minimalist drum kit, he’s notoriously stoic. Thus it’s all the more special when he breaks into a huge grin as he did watching Ronnie Wood solo on “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’.” You don’t realize until seeing the band live what a stud Wood is. His succulent, sinuous tone sliced through the cool evening air with disarming authority. His childlike enthusiasm is evidence that he’s having more fun than anyone. Then there’s the old pirate Keith Richards who comes across as tired and bewildered, but still full of piss and vinegar. He doesn’t provide any “wow” moments on guitar, but you can count on his grungy, chunky tone providing a snarling rhythmic counterpoint. His lead vocals on “Before They Make Me Run” were an unexpected treat.Tenor saxophonist Karl Denson is the new kid on the block, stepping into the big shoes of the late Bobby Keys. It is apparent this music requires him to summon an alternate scope of his abilities. His glow resonated across the stadium during the signature “Brown Sugar” solo. Tim Ries had a healthy share of opportunities to contribute on alto and baritone sax. He even added French horn to the gorgeous “Can’t Always Get What You Want” encore. Sanctified by the Cal State Long Beach Choir, this fan favorite was cathartic to the core.While the big four get most of the attention, every musician on stage is integral to the whole. Bassist Darryl Jones is no wallflower, keeping things funky while challenging his bandmates. He laid it down thick on “Miss You.” Longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell exudes an angelic aura and infuses every crevice with melodic nuance. The harmonies of backup singers Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler add layers of soul throughout. The highlight of the show had to be “Gimme Shelter.” Fischer strutted to the front of the stage and brought the house down. Voice stretching to the heavens, she unleashed the haunting chorus along with a torrential downpour of emotion. No matter how many years go by, these songs and the band that sings them only grow more potent with time.Words and images by Tyler Blue
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By Matt WilliamsonWeek 1: @ New York JetsIn a game that features two starting quarterbacks that should be backups; this contest could very well be a battle of field goals. While the Browns defense is expected to be better against the run than it was a season ago (32nd ranked rush defense in 2014), the edge at running backs and wide receivers belong to the Jets. They’ll also have home field advantage.NY nails a long field goal as time expires. Jets win 16-13. (0-1) Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Related Topics2015 BrownsBrownsRaidersSteelersTitans Matthew Williamson
How tough was it to crack the list of the 10 greatest coaches in 150 years of college football history?Walter Camp, Howard Jones, Barry Switzer, Jock Sutherland all won at least three national championships. None got a vote from Sporting News’ panel to determine the best coaches in the sport’s history. Lou Holtz, Bo Schembechler, Vince Dooley, Frank Beamer and Steve Spurrier all won more than 200 games. They weren’t mentioned, either. Bryant was so gifted at his profession that perhaps the only coach who ever got the better of him worked in a different sport: Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, who had established such a standard that Bryant felt he’d never be able to lift the school’s football program out of that shadow — even though he’d won three bowl games and finished 11-1 in 1950 (breaking Wilkinson’s 31-game win streak in the process). He rebuilt Texas A&M from 1-9 in 1954 to 9-0-1 just two years later. Soon after, he returned to his alma mater and conceived the most consistent, enduring power in college football. By the time he retired at Alabama in 1982, he had accounted for more than half of the Crimson Tide’s 11 national championships. Biographers explained he had a goal of integrating SEC football as early as his time at Kentucky, but was not successful; it was even more difficult at Alabama under segregationist governor George Wallace. But after the Tide were destroyed at home by Southern California and running back Sam Cunningham in 1970, the restriction began to change. Alabama returned to the top of the game with such players as Ozzie Newsome, Woodrow Lowe and Dwight Stephenson, who helped Bryant to his final three national titles.1. Nick SabanSchools: Toledo, Michigan State, LSU, AlabamaRecord: 245-63-1 (.793)Postseason record: 14-10 (.583)National championships: 2003 (LSU), 2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017 (Alabama)One of the curiosities of Saban’s dominance is that, despite his seven championships, he has enjoyed only a single undefeated season, in 2009, when the Tide averaged nearly a three-touchdown winning margin and wrecked Texas in the BCS championship game. But he also has never endured a losing season and rung up double-digit victories for 11 (soon to be 12) consecutive years. Throughout that stretch, every one of those teams reached the No. 1 poll ranking during the season, and five finished on top. Saban is leader of a new breed of college coaches: more business-like (he holds a degree in business from Kent State) and less colorful (except when he appears as himself in “The Blind Side” or makes a humorous commercial for AFLAC) than many past legends. His facility at attracting elite talent and developing those prospects who choose to play for Alabama has not only led to team success, but also to 29 NFL first-round picks. CFB 150: Sporting News celebrates 150 years of college footballThere was little debate about the top two coaches on the list, but some of those who barely missed the cut are legends whose names and accolades will live forever among those who follow college football.Some of college football’s best were innovators, some were technicians and some were salesmen. All were winners.With that, SN presents our 10th entry celebrating 150 years of college football: its top 10 coaches of all time.10. Frank LeahySchools: Boston College, Notre DameRecord: 107-13-9 (.829)Postseason: 1-1 (.500)National championships: 1940 (Boston College, self-claimed), 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949 (Notre Dame)At the school where Knute Rockne, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz won championships, it seems Leahy was the best of all. Rockne set the standard for the Fighting Irish, made them nationally relevant, but Leahy lifted them to their greatest sustained period of excellence. Although Army established itself as an overwhelming power at the same time under Red Blaik, Leahy still managed to win titles, one self-claimed, in five of the eight seasons he coached in the 1940s. (The other two, he spent in the Navy). Leahy coached four Heisman Trophy winners with the Irish.9. Glenn “Pop” WarnerSchools: Iowa State, Georgia, Cornell, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, TempleRecord: 311-103-32 (.697)Postseason record: 1-2-1 (.375)National championships: 1915, 1916, 1918 (Pitt), 1926 (Stanford)Warner was among the men who established the template for major-college football coaches, along with Walter Camp, John Heisman and Amos Alonzo Stagg. As the game grew through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Warner moved among schools in search of a more livable wage, and his on-field success kept him in demand. Some of his greatest success came at Carlisle, a school for Native Americans where Jim Thorpe became a national star. After moving across the state to Pitt, he led the Panthers to a 30-game winning streak, including a 1916 team that shut out six of its eight opponents and a 1917 team that posted another perfect season but was not acclaimed as champion.8. Urban MeyerSchools: Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, Ohio StateRecord: 187-32 (.854)Postseason record: 12-3, (.800)National championships: 2006, 2008 (Florida), 2014 (Ohio State)One wonders whether Meyer would have ranked higher if he hadn’t twice had his coaching career interrupted, first because of health issues after six years at Florida and then again after seven years of excellence at Ohio State. Meyer never has had a season worse than 8-5 and won double-digit games in 12 of 17 seasons, including his entire run at Ohio State. He posted two undefeated seasons — curiously, those were not his national championship years. One of them came at Utah, which was not invited to the BCS Championship game in 2004, and the other in his first year at Ohio State, when the Buckeyes were not eligible for the postseason because of issues that occurred under a prior coach.7. Eddie RobinsonSchool: Grambling StateRecord: 408-165-15 (.694)Postseason record: 9-10 (.474)National championships: 1955, 1967, 1972, 1974-75, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1992 (black college national championships)Robinson began as Grambling’s coach in 1941 at age 22 and remained in that position through all or part of six decades. He was widely acknowledged as an innovator and teacher, helping produce four Pro Football Hall of Fame players as well as more than 200 who got jobs in the AFL, NFL or CFL. He coached the first African-American quarterback who opened a season as starter for an NFL team (James Harris) as well as the first to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback (Doug Williams). The standard he established helped Grambling become a brand name by the 1970s, strong enough to syndicate a weekly game highlights program when there were only a few college games on TV each week. Grambling earned nine black college national championships in five different decades during his tenure.6. Joe PaternoSchool: Penn StateRecord: 409-136-3 (.746)Postseason record: 24-12-1 (.649)National championships: 1982, 1986Paterno’s is a complicated legacy that will never be untangled after the scandal that precipitated his dismissal from Penn State in 2011. What is definitively true: He was an extraordinary football mind who led the Nittany Lions to five undefeated seasons and more victories than any other coach at the college game’s highest level. Also true, but at least somewhat nebulous: Paterno was made aware of an event in the Penn State football building involving a boy and long-retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who in 2012 was convicted on 45 counts related to alleged sexual abuse of boys and sentenced 30-60 years. Paterno reported that to his superiors, but later admitted, “I wish I had done more.”5. Bud WilkinsonSchool: OklahomaRecord: 145-29-4 (.815)Postseason record: 6-2 (.750)National championships: 1950, 1955-56Wilkinson was just 31 when he was promoted from assistant to head coach, and he rarely was less than brilliant during his too-brief career in charge of the Sooners. His first team finished 7-2-1 and ranked in the top 20; his last finished 8-2 and ranked in the top 10. In between there were eight double-digit win seasons, a 31-game winning streak between 1948 and 1950 and a record-47 consecutive victories from 1953-57, two of the eight longest streaks in the game’s history. Wilkinson credited his college coach at Minnesota, Bernie Bierman (a five-time national champion), with teaching him 99 percent of what he knew about the game and the motivations to be great. It was that last one percent, though, that separated Wilkinson from his peers.4. Woody HayesSchools: Denison, Miami (Ohio), Ohio StateRecord: 238-72-10 (.744)Postseason record: 6-6 (.500)National championships: 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970 (Ohio State)Can you imagine how delighted Hayes would be to know there are just three coaches ranked ahead of him on this list — and none of them is Michigan’s Bo Schembechler? This is the guy who loathed Michigan so deeply he declined to used its proper name. He called it “That Team Up North.” In 1968, when his Buckeyes were rolling over Michigan on the way to the national championship, they scored a touchdown to go ahead by 34 points in the final minutes. Hayes ordered the Buckeyes to try for a 2-point conversion. Asked afterward why he made that decision, Hayes responded, “Because the rules won’t let you go for three.” Hayes famously avoided the forward pass, once saying, “There are three things that can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.” Hayes’ career, however, ended in a most bizarre fashion: Toward the end of the 1978 Gator Bowl against Clemson, a Buckeyes pass was intercepted by Charlie Bauman, clinching victory for the Tigers. He was tackled near the OSU sideline, and Hayes stepped forward and punched Bauman beneath his chin strap. He was fired the next day.3. Tom OsborneSchools: NebraskaRecord: 255-49-3 (.831)Postseason record: 12-13 (.480)National championships: 1994-95, 1997It took an extra decade for Osborne to claim a national title after what might have been his greatest team, the 1983 squad led by Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, rallied to trail by a point in the Orange Bowl against Miami and opted to try for a winning 2-point conversion rather than the tie that would have resulted in a No. 1 poll ranking. “I don’t think any of our players would be satisfied with backing into it,” he said after his team’s pass attempt fell incomplete. He never coached a team that failed to make a bowl game or won fewer than nine games. Fifteen times his Huskers won double-figure games, including each of the final five seasons. The program was soaring at the time he decided to retire at age 60; Nebraska compiled a 60-3 record in those last five seasons, winning two outright titles and a share of another in the span of four seasons.2. Paul “Bear” BryantSchools: Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, AlabamaRecord: 323-85-17 (.760)Postseason record: 15-12-2 (.517)National championships: 1961, 1964-65, 1973, 1978-79 (Alabama)