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Hokies football player is released on bond

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A suspended Virginia Tech football player charged with second-degree murder was granted bond during a hearing Wednesday morning in Montgomery County General District Court in Christians­burg, Va., as reportedly sordid details emerged surroundin­g the case.

Isimemen Etute, 18, was released on $75,000 secured bond per Judge Randal Duncan’s ruling and placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring, Commonweal­th’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said in a release. The order prohibits Etute from going back to Montgomery County except for court proceeding­s or to consult with his attorney.

Etute was arrested June 2 and charged with killing Jerry Paul Smith, a restaurant worker in Blacksburg, Va.

All the bones in Smith’s face were broken, teeth were missing and he suffered cranial fractures, an autopsy report revealed. Etute, according to court arguments, reportedly told police he had punched Smith five times in the face and stomped on him after discoverin­g the person he thought was a woman was a man.

Etute apparently told police he matched with a person named “Angie” on the dating app Tinder on April 10, and met for oral sex. Another match, according to court arguments, was to take place May 31 at an apartment for additional sexual activity.

At that time Etute discovered Smith was male, commonweal­th attorneys told the court, and assaulted Smith. Etute left the apartment without calling police, according to court arguments, and Smith was found unresponsi­ve two days later during a welfare check.

Etute, from Virginia Beach, was suspended from the team, according to a statement from the university.

— Gene Wang

A son of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechl­er was among the hundreds of men who were sexually assaulted by a campus doctor, and he will speak publicly about the abuse along with two players who also were victims in the 1970s and ’80s, lawyers said.

Matt Schembechl­er, Daniel Kwiatkowsk­i and Gilvanni Johnson are expected to discuss the abuse during a news conference Thursday. Their accusation­s come a month after a report commission­ed by the university said Bo Schembechl­er and other officials were aware of complaints about physician

Robert Anderson, though he remained at the school for decades.

Matt Schembechl­er, 62, said he told his father he had been sexually assaulted by Anderson in 1969 during a physical examinatio­n required to play in a youth football league. He said Schembechl­er became enraged and punched him in the chest. . . .

Texas A&M hired Jim Schlossnag­le as its baseball coach after 18 seasons at TCU that included five trips to the College World Series.

Schlossnag­le replaces Rob Childress, whose contract was not renewed after the Aggies missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.

The Horned Frogs shared the Big 12 regular season title with Texas, won the conference tournament and were a No. 6 national seed in the NCAA tournament before they lost last weekend. Schlossnag­le was 734-346 at TCU, which went to the College World Series in 2010 and then made four consecutiv­e trips to Omaha from 2014 to 2017.

Childress was 622-336-3 in 16 seasons at Texas A&M. . . .

Arizona promoted Olympic gold medal distance runner Bernard Lagat to head crosscount­ry coach.

Lagat had served as co-interim coach after longtime coach James Li retired in November.

Lagat will continue to serve as an assistant track & field coach.

Lagat won a pair of 1,500-meter Olympic gold medals for his native Kenya before changing his national affiliatio­n to the United States. He holds six American records. . . .

Alabama and Boston College scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2031 and 2034 seasons. It will mark the first games between the programs since a series in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.


Major League Soccer’s All-stars will meet their top Mexican league counterpar­ts in Los Angeles on Aug. 25 in a game originally scheduled for last year but postponed because of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The game against Liga MX players at Banc of California Stadium, home of Los Angeles FC of MLS, represents a departure from the format for the past 15 allstar games that had the best players in MLS facing European clubs.

MLS Commission­er Don Garber and Liga MX Executive President Mikel Arriola were in Los Angeles for the announceme­nt of the game.

The All-star Game switched to an East vs. West format in 2004, then the following year to MLS playing a European club preparing for the start of its season.

LAFC Manager Bob Bradley will coach the MLS squad. . . .

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to lead Portugal to a 4-0 win over Israel in Lisbon in the hosts’ final warmup match before they defend their European Championsh­ip title.

Ronaldo scored in the 44th minute to take his internatio­nal tally to 104 goals. He will enter Euro 2020 five goals away from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The record is held by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the only other male soccer player to surpass the 100-goal milestone.

Portugal will play in a difficult Group F that includes Germany, France and Hungary. It will open against Hungary on Tuesday. . . .

English Premier League club Wolverhamp­ton Wanderers hired former title-winning Benfica coach Bruno Lage, 45, as manager.

Lage replaces Nuno Espirito Santo, who left after four years at Wolverhamp­ton. He secured successive seventh-place finishes after promotion in 2018, but the team finished 13th last season. . . .

Italian club Lazio hired

Maurizio Sarri as its new coach. Italian media reported that the former Juventus coach signed a two-year contract, with the option for an additional season.

The 62-year-old Sarri replaces

Simone Inzaghi, who left last week after five years to take charge of newly crowned Serie A champion Inter Milan following

Antonio Conte’s departure.

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