Everything Justin Fuente said following the win over BC

Following the victory, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente met with … It was kind of cool to have all our coaches on the sidelines and in the booth …

Virginia Tech returned to Lane Stadium on Saturday night, attempting to bounce back from their loss at the hands of North Carolina last weekend.

Under the direction of Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech convincingly defeated Boston College 40-14 to advance to 3-1 on the season.

Following the victory, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente met with members of the media to talk about the game. Fuente provided his thoughts on Hooker, the status of Tre Turner and Jermaine Waller, the shakeup in the secondary, and more.

Check out everything Coach Fuente said following the victory below.

Polynesian Bowl announces Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer as coaches

… Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel …

(October 14, 2020) – The Polynesian Bowl announced today that two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer have been selected as head coaches for the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.

The Polynesian Bowl is an annual all-star game featuring 100 of the nation’s top senior high school football players. This year’s game will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 (6:30 p.m. HST) at Aloha Stadium on O’ahu, Hawaii and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Doug Williams will serve as Head Coach for Team Mauka (Mountain). Doug was named Super Bowl XXII MVP, making him the first black QB to both start and win (Washington) a Super Bowl. Following his playing career, Williams began coaching, most notably serving as the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Player Development for the NFL’s Washington Football Team. Doug is only one of a handful of players honored in two NFL Stadium “Ring of Honors” (Washington and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

“The Polynesian Bowl is going to be an incredible cultural experience,” said Doug Williams. “I’m looking forward to coaching the nation’s best high school players in paradise.”

Trent Dilfer will serve as Head Coach for Team Makai (Ocean). Trent played 14 seasons in the NFL including starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl XXXV championship. After his NFL playing career, Trent was hired by ESPN as an NFL analyst, a position he held until 2017. He currently serves as head coach of the Elite 11, a quarterback camp featuring the nation’s best high school quarterbacks and at Lipscomb Academy.

“I’m excited to be part of the 2021 Polynesian Bowl,” said Trent Dilfer. “The talent is off the charts. It’s going to be a lot of fun coaching these elite athletes.”

Past Polynesian Bowl head coaches include: Dick Tomey & June Jones (2017), Dick Vermeil & Terry Donahue (2018), Mike Bellotti & Jim Zorn (2019) and Frank Beamer & Steve Spurrier (2020).

About the Polynesian Bowl: The world’s top high school football players gather in Hawaii to celebrate culture & play the game they love. It is televised live on CBS Sports Network, presented annually by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Major partners include adidas, BodyArmor, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Riddell.

For more information, visit www.PolynesianBowl.com and www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 with current Stanford running backConnor Wedingtonthe inaugural Offensive MVP and Iowa defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa the Defensive MVP. The 2018 game was the second year and Washington cornerbackKyler Gordonand Stanford quarterback signeeTanner McKeewere named Co-MVP’s. The 2019 game saw linebackerDaniel Heimuliand receiverPuka Nacua, both now at Washington, earn co-MVP honors. The 2020 game saw BYU signeeSol-Jay Maiavaand Washington preferred walk-onMeki Peiwin co-MVP.

The fifth Polynesian Bowl is set for January 23, 2021 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with nearly 40 players already selected to the 2021 game.

For a look at the 2021 Polynesian Bowl roster,go here.

2020 Cambia Portland Classic purse, winner’s share, prize money payout

The top 60 players in the standings at the end of the Drive On Championship get into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The winner …

The 2020 Cambia Portland Classic purse is set for $1.75 million, with the winner’s share coming in at $262,500 — the standard 15 percent payout according to the LPGA Tour’s prize money distribution chart.

The Cambia Portland Classic field is headed by Hannah Green, Amy Olson and Georgia Hall.

This is the seventh event in the return of the LPGA Tour since the global pandemic halted the season. This is a 54-hole event that was planned for earlier in the year and was reduced to 54 holes because of unsafe conditions with wildfires in the state.

The event is played this year at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.

What else is on the line: FedEx Cup points, WWGR points, exemptions

Beyond money, there are important points, perks and benefits on the line for the field — in particular, the tournament winner.

The winner of this tournament earns 500 points toward the Race to the CME Globe. The top 70 players and ties earn Race to the CME Globe points.

The top 60 players in the standings at the end of the Drive On Championship get into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The winner of that tournament wins the Race to the CME Globe and a $1.5 million first-place prize.

Winning comes with other big benefits, including a five-year exemption on the LPGA Tour, as well berths into other big tournaments.

2020 Cambia Portland Classic purse, winner’s share, prize money payout

  • 1. $262,500
  • 2. $162,834
  • 3. $118,125
  • 4. $91,379
  • 5. $73,550
  • 6. $60,176
  • 7. $50,370
  • 8. $44,130
  • 9. $39,673
  • 10. $36,106
  • 11. $33,431
  • 12. $31,202
  • 13. $29,241
  • 14. $27,458
  • 15. $25,853
  • 16. $24,427
  • 17. $23,180
  • 18. $22,110
  • 19. $21,218
  • 20. $20,504
  • 21. $19,792
  • 22. $19,078
  • 23. $18,365
  • 24. $17,651
  • 25. $17,028
  • 26. $16,405
  • 27. $15,779
  • 28. $15,155
  • 29. $14,532
  • 30. $13,997
  • 31. $13,462
  • 32. $12,926
  • 33. $12,392
  • 34. $11,856
  • 35. $11,412
  • 36. $10,966
  • 37. $10,520
  • 38. $10,074
  • 39. $9,628
  • 40. $9,272
  • 41. $8,915
  • 42. $8,559
  • 43. $8,201
  • 44. $7,845
  • 45. $7,578
  • 46. $7,310
  • 47. $7,043
  • 48. $6,775
  • 49. $6,507
  • 50. $6,240
  • 51. $6,063
  • 52. $5,884
  • 53. $5,705
  • 54. $5,527
  • 55. $5,349
  • 56. $5,170
  • 57. $4,993
  • 58. $4,813
  • 59. $4,637
  • 60. $4,457
  • 61. $4,369
  • 62. $4,279
  • 63. $4,190
  • 64. $4,101
  • 65. $4,011
  • 66. $3,923
  • 67. $3,834
  • 68. $3,743
  • 69. $3,655
  • 70. $3,567

Players Dial Up Uber Eats & Ice Cream Treats At W&S Open

Players Dial Up Uber Eats & Ice Cream Treats At W&S Open. Reilly Opelka has enjoyed Cold Stone Creamery each night in his Long Island hotel …

Reilly Opelka has enjoyed the best ATP Masters 1000 run of his career at the Western & Southern Open, advancing to the quarter-finals with a win against 2019 Nitto ATP Finals qualifier Matteo Berrettini. Plenty of people would dream of achieving that result, but even more would be jealous of the treat he’s been having at his hotel each night.

“I’ve been ordering Cold Stone Creamery on Postmates every single night,” Opelka said. “It gets to my hotel in 15 minutes so it’s not melted. It gets up to my room and I go to town.”

The American has been eating sweet cream-flavoured ice cream with Oreo, marshmallow and whipped cream. That’s about as sweet as his serve, with which he’s won 30 of his 32 service games this week. The Cold Stone Creamery “play” has been an improvisation for the 22-year-old.

In normal times, most players would be staying in Manhattan while in New York. Opelka is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, who loves trying nice restaurants in the city, including spots like Marea, Per Se and Le Coucou. But because of the pandemic, that’s off the table.

“It’s been tough. Honestly I’ve been eating a lot at the courts. The food here is great,” Opelka said. “The service has been really well done. We order with a QR code. Wherever you take a picture of a QR code, you order, wherever you’re hanging out, you specify and it’s there in 10 minutes. You don’t have to wait in line.

“The dining area upstairs is always a zoo [during normal times] with everyone and their families and their friends. From that standpoint it’s nice.”

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During this stretch, players are either at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center — home to this year’s Western & Southern Open as well as the US Open — or their hotel. Many of them have either brought food back from the tennis venue to the hotel, ordered room service or had food delivered to the hotel, which is permitted. American John Isner has taken advantage of that option.

“I was able to get Capital Grille picked up for us [on Saturday], which was very good. We are trying to mix things up and not try the same restaurant too many times so it doesn’t get stale,” Isner said. “It hasn’t been at all bad. Can’t complain at all. The USTA and ATP have done an incredible job of putting on this event and keeping us players comfortable in the bubble. It’s definitely not what we’re used to. I would certainly prefer to walk the streets of Manhattan and go find a nice restaurant to eat at, but all in all, it’s not bad at all.”

Rajeev Ram, who won this year’s Australian Open doubles title alongside Joe Salisbury, likes the food truck option, which the USTA has commissioned to one of the player hotels each night.

“I’ve really enjoyed that they’ve had these food trucks for us,” Ram said. “One night it was tacos, one night it was pizza, one night it was barbecue. That’s pretty cool that since we can’t leave the hotel, they brought some different food options to us. You sit outside, hang out, eat your meal and just kind of get away from the bubble. I thought that was a pretty good initiative.”

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For some players, food is a major part of their culture. Andreas Seppi said that he and his fellow Italians are trying to make the most of the situation.

“It’s pretty difficult for a lot of guys, especially us Italians, to find something good to eat,” Seppi said. “Most of the days it’s the same. Sometimes we just bring something from the club like sushi or make a Shake Shack order. At least their burgers are good. It’s really difficult, but most of the time it’s just steak or some meat just down at the restaurant.”

Moldovan Radu Albot added that while he normally enjoys a Brazilian restaurant, Fogo de Chao, and the popular Nobu in Manhattan, he rarely strays far from the hotel anyway. He is not a picky eater, either.

“I’m fine to eat anything. I like very much to eat Asian cuisine. I like Japanese food,” said Albot, who got something delivered to his hotel for the first time Tuesday evening through Uber Eats. “I ordered from an Asian restaurant, Thai food… Normally I was eating downstairs in the hotel.”

According to German Jan-Lennard Struff, there hasn’t been much talk between players about how they’ve adapted to the food situation in the controlled environment.

“I’m not talking that much to other guys about what to order. Us guys are experienced enough to find what is good,” Struff said. “But if one guy would say, ‘That restaurant is amazing’, I would probably try to order there. We’re ordering a lot of food like anywhere else, sometimes when we don’t want to walk out. But obviously we would love to go to Manhattan for sure and I heard that the restaurants are doing a good job because every street has tables on the street. I would love to see that, but it’s not the time for that. That’s okay, I’m [just] happy to be here.”

Uber-backed Lime and Europe’s Dott and Tier win coveted Paris scooter licence

Uber-backed scooter startup Lime and European competitors Tier and Dott have won Paris’ competitive e-scooter tender, meaning they will be able to …

Uber-backed scooter startup Lime and European competitors Tier and Dott have won Paris’ competitive e-scooter tender, meaning they will be able to operate 5,000 scooters in the French capital.

The three companies — which were assessed on their environmental responsibility, safety and maintenance skills — beat out 13 others including big US company Bird to win the licence.

The victory will come as a particular relief to Lime because Paris is one of its biggest markets, with more than 22m trips under its belt since launching there in 2018. Lime, which operates in 120 markets around the world, has previously struggled to win over French city authorities such as Bordeaux and Marseille.

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It is also a big win for two European companies. Berlin-based Tier, which launched in 2018, already operates in over 60 cities across nine countries and has more than 40,000 scooters deployed. Dott, founded by two Frenchmen Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac, currently operates over 20,000 e-scooters in 14 cities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Following the win, Moissinac said: “We are excited to continue our efforts to offer Parisians the best micro-mobility services, working closely with local authorities and other permit winners to build a better city.” Dott said that over the next two years it would expand its fleet in the city to 5,000, saying Paris was “widely considered the most attractive e-scooter market worldwide”.

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Lawrence Leuschner, the CEO of Tier, said: “Paris has rightly won a reputation as a leading force in the quest for green transport and we are delighted to play our part in helping Parisians get about their beautiful city in a safe and sustainable way.”

Bouncing back

Lockdowns across Europe were not great for scooter startups. Usage plummeted as tourists disappeared from city centres, locals stayed in their houses and even workers who were venturing out were concerned about just how hygienic shared transport really is.

Swedish scooter operator Voi shut down operations in all but six of its markets. Berlin-based Tier postponed a launch in Rome, pulled out of Turin and Malaga and scaled back across all markets. US operator Lime stopped services in Europe completely.