7:00 PM: Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer on Wednesday signed a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season, and will be receiving $150,000 from Nike this year through its uniform deal with the Hokies.
6:45 PM: The Antelope Valley Times reports that officials in Lancaster, California want to close down the city's Metrolink train station on claims that homeless people are being shipped in from downtown Los Angeles.
6:30 PM: A developer in Troutdale, Oregon is hoping to turn a former wastewater treatment site into a hotel & convention center that caters to cyclists. But the site must also be cleared of thousands of buried sheep carcasses.
6:15 PM: Houston Texans running back Arian Fosters says that local reporters ask him "mundane questions" so he gives "mundane answers".
5:45 PM: A second person was arrested Thursday in the shooting death of Southern Arkansas University receiver Brandon Hobdy outside a VFW hall early Sunday.
5:15 PM: Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher says the motivational slogan for his team this season is "Don't eat the cheese": "Don't buy into everything everybody's telling you - how great you are, how this, how that. Don't be the rat that eats the cheese."
4:45 PM: Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez said on Thursday that some NFL teams have contacted him about continuing his career: "I don't even want to play anymore to tell you the truth. I've had my fill."
4:30 PM: Phillies president David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence after undergoing cancer surgery earlier this year. Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick will take Montgomery's place.
4:00 PM: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo Thursday to all 32 league teams saying that players accused of domestic violence or sexual assault will now be suspended six games for a first offence & banned from the league for a second offence.
3:45 PM: After quitting the team, former USC running back Anthony Brown posted on Instagram about Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian: "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office...Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton"
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