Dominion Derby Girls talk roller derby, mental toughness and ‘fresh meat’

The Dominion Derby Girls have been making a name for themselves in roller derby since they began in 2005. (Mariah Pohl)

Pink Snap-Her, Shady Skatey, Raven ClawUrEyesOut — these aren’t offensive slurs or deranged superheroes, they’re names taken by members of the Dominion Derby Girls roller derby team. Roller derby is a sport like no other. It’s rough, unapologetic, and played on skates. Games are called bouts. Nicknames are encouraged. Bruises and broken bones are a standard […]

Virginia Beach sled hockey team raising funds for upcoming season

VBHC sled team wing Tara Chandler goes for the puck. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach Hockey Club)

Hockey and sled hockey are similar. There is still thunderous communication between players, games are full-contact and fast-paced. The big difference between them is how players move on the ice. Sled hockey players sit in sledges with two blades at the bottom and thrust themselves in all directions with ice picks attached to two hockey […]

Norfolk’s new boxing center connects with community in ring and beyond the ropes

Team Norfolk Boxing starts its students as young as eight. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)

Team Norfolk Boxing fosters local athleticism, celebrates diversity and remembers its colossal legacy and its calling calling the new 13,000 square-foot Norfolk Boxing and Fitness Center on the east side of Harbor Park home. The team moved to its new facility in early November. The space features a classroom with computers, a fitness room with plenty […]

Community efforts send Virginia Winston 49ers to nationals

The Virginia Winston 49ers placed third in a national competition last week. (Photo courtesy of Tristan Langehorne)

While many families across the Commonwealth enjoyed a turkey dinner with family last week, one local youth football team was busy in Florida defending a national title. But the team’s athletic prowess wasn’t the only push that led them to the panhandle. The Virginia Winston 49ers took home third place in the American Youth Football League’s Eastern national championship in […]

Norfolk Admirals name Robbie Ftorek new head coach

Robbie Ftorek is the Norfolk Admirals head coach

The struggling Norfolk Admirals are making a coaching change. Team president Michael Santos announced Tuesday that Rod Aldoff had been relieved of his coaching duties, almost five months after he was hired to lead the team. Robbie Ftorek was named the Admirals’ new head coach. The Admirals have lost 15 of 17 games this season. Ftorek recently […]

ODU football to play in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 23

ODU football is playing in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 23. (Courtesy: ODU Athletics)

  Update: The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl announced Tuesday morning that Old Dominion will play Eastern Michigan. Congrats to @EMUFB & @Coach_Creighton as 7-5 Eagles accept an invitation to play in the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl! #PassportStamped — Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (@TheBahamasBowl) November 29, 2016 Old Dominion University football will play the first bowl game […]

Minnesota Vikings activate former ODU star quarterback Heinicke

Former ODU star quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been actived by the Minnesota Vikings. (Courtesy of

The Minnesota Vikings have moved former Old Dominion University standout quarterback Taylor Heinicke from the non-football injury list and to the active roster, the team announced Tuesday. Heinicke signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2015 after throwing accumulating 16,279 yards of total offense in his college career. He was on the active […]

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