Thursday, June 04, 2020
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With a group of eight newcomers — five transfers and three incoming freshmen — signed for 2020, coach Mark Byington and James Madison have shifted recruiting efforts to the class of 2021.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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The Colonial Athletic Association announced Wednesday it was the latest NCAA Division I conference to alter its approach to scheduling for non-revenue sports in the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020
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In terms of sheer numbers, the Bridgewater College football program is the area’s largest athletic team, with potentially around 150 players expected to report for the Eagles varsity and JV squads whenever such campus activity resumes.

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Four James Madison standout were named to the 2020 Virginia Sports Information Director's Women's Lacrosse University Division All-State Team on Monday.

Monday, June 01, 2020
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While Harrisonburg remained relatively quiet after a weekend of protests and multiple violent incidents in American cities in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, prominent officials in James Madison’s athletic department released statements addressing the national unrest.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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With five incoming transfers, the speed with which Mark Byington and the rest of the new coaching staff at James Madison can turn around the program will depend largely on which players are eligible right away, and just how well they play once they do take the court for the Dukes.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Monday, May 25, 2020
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While many of its peers are making news for the wrong reasons, press releases coming out of James Madison in recent weeks have been to celebrate coaching hires or welcome back senior athletes for a fifth year.

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His one-day performance last June didn’t guarantee Jasaiah Gathings anything, but it did serve as a way to introduce himself to James Madison’s coaching staff.

Sunday, May 24, 2020
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The track record was attractive enough to help Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore) quarterback Billy Atkins settle confidently on his decision.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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While there reports floating around about the NBA potentially using resorts such as Disney World as a way to safely resume the season, women in pro basketball are still wondering when, where and how they might get to play again.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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A lot of people look at retirement as a way to get away from the business world and onto the golf course. For James Madison men’s golf coach Jeff Forbes, it’s just the opposite.

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On May 21, 1991, Dana Allison (JMU, Warren County) appeared in his next-to-last game in the majors. He retired one batter and gave up one hit and one run for the Oakland A’s in an 11-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Mookie Wilson had three hits for Toronto.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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James Madison announced on Wednesday dates for a few of its most anticipated games for the debut men’s and women’s basketball seasons at the Atlantic Union Bank Center.

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Brian O'Connor had never been to Virginia when he started driving from his native Nebraska to Harrisonburg in the spring of 1990 to play for the Turks.

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Juan Pierre (Harrisonburg Turks), on May 20, 2001, was 2-for-4 with two runs and two steals for Colorado in a win over the Marlins. Pierre ended the season with a league-best 41 steals — the first of three times he led the league.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Editor’s note: Dave King has been the director of athletics since 2005 at Eastern Mennonite University, an original member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). King, a 1976 EMU graduate who played three sports in college, talked to the Daily News-Record on Tuesday about the curren…

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The NCAA released the latest edition of its Division I rules manual back on Aug. 1, 2019. The 455-page document laid out the detailed and often confusing mandates from the governing body on the dos and don’ts of major college athletics.

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On May 19, 1982, Harrisonburg native Alan Knicely (TA) was 1-for-3 on his 27th birthday for the Houston Astros in a 5-3 win at the Philadephia Phillies. Knicely started in right field for Houston. The starting pitcher for the Phillies was Steve Carlton — Knicely singled in the second off the…

Monday, May 18, 2020
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The outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States probably cost James Madison’s women’s basketball team its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
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On May 16, 1973, Valley League Hall of Famer Johnny Oates (Virginia Tech) was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros. For the Astros, Bob Watson was 0-for-5. Watson died earlier this week at the age of 74. He was the first African-American to wi…

Friday, May 15, 2020
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Editor’s note: Roanoke native Billy Sample was the first baseball player drafted out of James Madison University and the first to make it to the Major Leagues — with Texas in 1978. Outfielder and 5-foot-9 Sample ended his playing career with Atlanta in 1986, was elected to the JMU Athletic H…

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With five transfers entering the James Madison men’s basketball program and six more leaving, how the NCAA decides to rule on eligibility for players leaving their previous school figures to be a hot topic around Harrisonburg.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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Pitcher Rick Croushore (JMU) made his Major League debut on May 18, 1998, for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-3 loss to the Marlins. He went two innings out of the bullpen and gave up two runs. The right-hander retired the first batter he faced, Todd Dunwoody, then later in the inning allowed…

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In one of his best games, Billy Sample (JMU, Harrisonburg Turks) was 3-for-6 with four RBIs for the Texas Rangers in a 14-11 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on May 14, 1983. He hit a three-run homer off lefty Scott McGregor. John Shelby had three hits for the Orioles — who won the World Series…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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When Kate Gordon arrived at James Madison from nearby Page County High four years ago, it might have been too soon for Dukes coach Loren LaPorte to realize she was working with a player who would one day become one of the nation’s top outfielders and the program’s greatest slugger.

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Editor’s note: Roanoke native Billy Sample was the first baseball player drafted out of James Madison University and the first to make it to the Major Leagues — with Texas in 1978. Outfielder and 5-foot-9 Sample ended his playing career with Atlanta in 1986, was elected to the JMU Athletic H…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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The NCAA made a change last week to the way it selects teams for the Division I women’s basketball tournament. It could have huge implications for mid-major powers, but it isn’t immediately clear whether a new formula to rate teams will help or hurt teams such as James Madison.

Monday, May 11, 2020
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In less than two months on the job, new James Madison coach Mark Byington has done a lot to renew excitement around the Dukes men’s basketball program, particularly in the long term as JMU continues to add new talent.

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On May 11, 1986, Billy Sample (Harrisonburg Turks, JMU) was 1-for-3 for the Atlanta Braves in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The starting pitcher for the Phillies was Steve Carlton, who went five scoreless innings. The 1986 season was the last in the majors for Sample.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
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The men's basketball program at James Madison got another commitment on Sunday, as guard Terrence Edwards, Jr., of Georgia, announced on social media he was headed to Harrisonburg.

Friday, May 08, 2020
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Editor’s note: Curt Kendall coached baseball at Bridgewater College for 34 years, winning 775 games and 12 Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament titles before stepping down last year. He has been the athletic director at BC for 20 years, and for nearly two months has been leading his s…

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