The reigning Mason-Dixon Football League champion Virginia Crusaders, who are based in Hampton but play home games at Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg, are ranked seventh nationally among semi-pro teams, according to National Football Events, a longtime authority on such matters.
The only other team from Virginia in the top 30 is the No. 28 Hampton Roads Redskins.
Two former Virginia Tech Hokies were cut by NFL teams, though they reportedly might go to practice squads. Denver released offensive tackle Vinston Painter of Norfolk, and Cincinnati cut linebacker Bruce Taylor.
Also cut were former Virginia Tech receiver Danny Coale, by Dallas; former Hokies kicker Shayne Graham, by Cleveland; and ex-Hokies safety Cody Grimm, by Tampa Bay.
The Washington Redskins waived former U.Va. cornerback Chase Minnifield, and the Kansas City Chiefs released former Hampton University defensive lineman Marcus Dixon.
The New York Giants cut a pair of former W&M players: defensive end Adrian Tracy and safety David Caldwell.
The Richmond Kickers, who won the regular-season championship of the USL Pro league, couldn't win the playoff championship.
They fell 2-1 in a semifinal on their home field, City Stadium, to the fifth-seeded Charlotte Eagles before a crowd of 2,539.
Mike Callahan scored from the top of the 6-yard box off U.Va. product Brian Ownby's corner kick, giving the Kickers a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
But the Eagles tied the score on Christian Ramirez's diving header in the 31st minute and eventually won it because Nate Thornton beat Kickers goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra one-on-one in the 38th.
Former W&M All-American Megan Moulton-Levy was beaten in both of her events at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
She and Hungary’s Katalin Marosi lost their second-round women’s doubles match 6-3, 7-5 to 10th seeds Sania Mirza of India and Jie Zheng of China.
Moulton-Levy and Eric Butorac then fell 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) in their mixed doubles opener to No. 6 seeds Lisa Raymond and Jean-Julien Rojer.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun