Virginia Football Lands Commitment From Safety Trent Baker-Booker

It wasn’t all bad news for the UVA football program this weekend. Virginia picked up a 2023 recruiting commitment from Indianapolis safety Trent Baker-Booker late on Saturday night.

While Virginia’s trip to Durham this weekend was hardly a success, the Cavaliers can at the very least appreciate a much-needed victory on the recruiting trail. Last weekend, a loss at Syracuse was worsened by the decommitment of defensive lineman Rodney Lora. This time around, some news on the recruiting front might serve to take away the sting of the loss as the Hoos land a commitment from a talented and athletic defensive back.

At 6’3″, Baker-Booker has the height and athleticism to defend against big and physical receivers. He has shown tremendous playmaking abilities and ball skills through the first half of his senior season at Lawrence Central, the same Indianapolis high school that produced UVA basketball legend Kyle Guy.


174 dead after fans stampede to exit Indonesian soccer match

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from panic at an Indonesian soccer match climbed to 174, most of whom trampled to death after police fired tear gas to dispel riots Saturday, making it one of the deadliest sports events in the world.

Riots broke out after the game ended Saturday evening with host Arema FC of East Java’s Malang city losing to Persebaya of Surabaya 3-2.

Disappointed after their team’s loss, thousands of supporters of Arema, known as “Aremania,” reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at players and soccer officials. Fans flooded the Kanjuruhan Stadium pitch in protest and demanded that Arema management explain why, after 23 years of undefeated home games, this match ended in a loss, witnesses said.

The rioting spread outside the stadium where at least five police vehicles were toppled and set ablaze amid the chaos. Riot police responded by firing tear gas, including

Sports officials, school leaders talk addressing bad behavior at sporting events

A recent op-ed by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union saying “enough is enough” when it comes to bad behavior at games, is garnering support from sports officials and metro area school leaders. On Thursday, Iowa’s boys and girls athletic associations, along with the National Federation of State High School Associations, published the op-ed. The unions noted in recent years, there’s been a trend of bad behavior from players, coaches, parents, and fans that is directed toward officials across the nation. Part of the op-ed notes findings from the National Association of Sports Officials reports 46% of officials say they feared for their safety due to players, coaches, or spectators and 55% say verbal abuse from the same group is the number one reason they quit.School officials worry the harassment, disrespect, and sometimes physical assault directed at officials will have direct consequences …