- - Monday, October 24, 2011

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Taylor’s loss another blow to Virginia Tech’s defense

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The setbacks just keep on coming for No. 15 Virginia Tech’s defense.

The latest is perhaps the one the Hokies can least afford: Leading tackler Bruce Taylor needs foot surgery and will miss the rest of the season after being injured against Boston College.

Taylor, a junior, is the fourth defensive player - and third starter - the Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have lost for the season because of an injury.

Defensive lineman Antoine Hopkins (knee) and linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot) also were starters, and reserve defensive lineman Kwamaine Battle (knee) also is out for the year.

The loss of Taylor is especially costly for the Hokies. He’s not only been their leading tackler for the past two seasons, but also calls the plays for the defense.

AUTO RACING

Making sport safer at heart of driver meetings

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar drivers and officials debated how to make open-wheel racing safer Monday. Now comes the hard part: turning talk into action.

More than a dozen IndyCar drivers met for three hours with series CEO Randy Bernard and Brian Barnhart, the series’ president of competition, about preventing another fatal accident.

The meeting came eight days after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a fiery, 15-car crash in the season finale at Las Vegas and less than 48 hours after he was buried in his adopted hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla.

“How we react to this is critical, and we’re very encouraged with what happened today in terms of ideas,” four-time IndyCar champ Dario Franchitti said. “Finger-pointing is not going to do any good at all, and we’re all unified going forward in one direction.”

BASEBALL

Thome intent on playing in 2012

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