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Springfield’s Danny Davis will be a four-year starter for the Wildcats. Bill Lackey/Staff

Wildcats becoming a player in GWOC football

This marks the third season of Springfield High School football with Maurice Douglass as the Wildcats’ head coach. Although the two previous seasons’ records don’t reflect it, Springfield no longer can be counted on as an easy win for Greater Western Ohio Conference opponents.The realigned Central Buckeye Conference lost its ...

The Reds Jay Bruce, right, and Joey Votto return to the dugout after Bruces two-run home run in the third inning against the As on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Trade deadline rumor roundup: Bruce for Puig trade nixed?

Will the Cincinnati Reds make any moves before the trade deadline? Between now and August 1, we will keep you updated as best we can in this space. UPDATE: July 29, 10:19 p.m. Yahoo Sports MLB writer Jeff Passan said a trade between the Dodgers sending Yasiel Puig to the ...

Eifert: I’ll never play in Pro Bowl again

Speaking with reporters Friday before the first practice of training camp, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said he doesn’t have a timetable for his return from ankle surgery, but one thing he does know for certain is he’ll never play in the Pro Bowl again. “It’s just not worth ...

Northmont QB Brenden Reck (with ball) is taken down by Piqua’s Dylan Cole. Northmont defeated visiting Piqua 21-13 in a Week 4 high school football GWOC crossover game last season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Top returning passers in GWOC National West Division

The top returning passers in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division – Lebanon, Miamisburg, Northmont and Springboro – from the 2015 high school football season.This is one of four realigned GWOC divisions this season that accommodates the additions of Tippecanoe and Stebbins from the Central Buckeye Conference. It’s ...

Wayne’s Matt Wilcox takes off toward the end zone. Wayne defeated host Miamisburg 49-14 in a GWOC crossover Week 5 high school football game last season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Top returning WR’s in GWOC National East Division

The top returning passers in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division – Beavercreek, Centerville, Fairmont, Springfield and Wayne – from the 2015 high school football season. This is essentially the former GWOC Central, without Northmont. The area’s largest conference was bumped to 20 teams with the addition of ...

Professional hockey returned to Hara Arena with an exhibition game between the Dayton Gems and Toledo Walleye. Here, the Gems practiced. Photo: Chris Stewart, staff

Hockey and more: Hara Arena has a rich sports history

Upon learning Hara Arena is closing after more than 50 years, one of the first thoughts was about just how many different events it hosted through the years.Sports were a big part of the arena’s history, especially minor league hockey.The Dayton Gems were among the first tenants when the arena ...

The Bison participated in a 7-on-7 high school football passing tournament at Fairmont’s Roush Stadium earlier this month. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Belmont 7-on-7 football

The Belmont H.S. football team is coming off its first postseason. The Bison competed in a 7-on-7 passing tournament at Fairmont's Roush Stadium earlier this month.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips tags out the Indians’ Francisco Lindor, who was trying to stretch a single into a double, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio’s MLB allegiances follow party lines, poll finds

Reds or Indians?In southwest Ohio, this is a silly question, but statewide it’s worth asking which team fans prefer.A recent Public Policy Polling survey found a higher percentage of fans chose the team by the lake than the one by the river by a 45-33 margin.That is consistent with last ...

Burfict not happy with fellow Bengals linebacker Maualuga

Cincinnati Bengals linebackers Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict decided in the offseason to cut off their signature dreadlocks and start 2016 with a new look. Burfict followed through on the plan, but Maualuga did not. “I want to the barber and he said he didn’t want to be the one ...

Eifert: I’ll never play in Pro Bowl again

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert says he doesn’t have a timetable for his return from ankle surgery, but one thing he does know for certain is he’ll never play in the Pro Bowl again.“It’s just not worth it in my opinion,” said Eifert, who while playing in his first ...

Fast facts about Brazil

With Brazil ready to play host to this year's Olympic games, here are some fast facts about the South American country.

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 18: Head coach Archie Miller of the Dayton Flyers calls a play against the Boise State Broncos during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 18, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dayton Flyers’ trip to Alabama has an official date

Dayton basketball’s full schedule has not been released yet, but dates and opponents keep trickling outAlabama announced this week it will play host to the Flyers on Nov. 15 in Tuscaloosa.The Flyers will start the season four days earlier at home against Austin Peay.RELATED: Why was UD Arena called “a ...

Miami University Hall of Fame basketball star passes away

Miami University Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Brown passed away Thursday at the age of 92.One of the Red and White’s first All-MAC players, Brown was fifth in the nation in scoring in 1947 when he averaged 19.0 points per game.He was Miami’s all-time leading scorer when his career concluded ...

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 42 to 35. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ohio State gets quarterback verbal commit via drone video

Ohio State has had so many elite quarterbacks commit in the past few years, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Just remember Emory Jones as “that one who committed via drone video.” https://twitter.com/eXjones6/status/759040998332702720 The Fanklin (Ga.) Heard County four-star prospect is the No. 3 quarterback prospect ...

Bengals defensive lineman Rey Maualuga takes the field before a game against the Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Maualuga passes physical, cleared to practice

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga passed his pre-camp physical this morning and has been cleared to practice. The Bengals placed Maualuga on the Active/Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday. That means his injury occurred outside of organized team activities. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was added to the NFI list on Thursday. Players ...

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, signs autographs for fans following an NFL football training camp practice Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Photos: NFL training camps begin

The calendar may say July, but it is time for football. Take a look at the fun and work that's being done on the gridiron.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce makes a diving catch against the Braves on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Hal McCoy: Jay Bruce wants to stay with Reds, but will he?

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge by sending an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. Q: Isn’t it great that the Reds can go on a West Coast trip and the fans need not worry about getting knocked out ...

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts as he walks off the field after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28 in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A true throwback: Bosa reportedly set to hold out as NFL camps start

Ohio State fans eager to see Joey Bosa in a San Diego Chargers uniform might have to wait a while. NFL Network reports the All-American defensive end plans to hold out as training camp begins. https://twitter.com/wyche89/status/759020043954823168 While first-round holdouts used to be fairly commonplace (especially in Cincinnati), they are relatively ...

Graham Rahal isn’t shy about his sports allegiances. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Graham Rahal stepping up Buckeye-themed uniform this year at Mid-Ohio

If anyone doubted Graham Rahal’s commitment to his Ohio State fandom, they certainly can’t anymore.The Indy Car driver from central Ohio plans to display scarlet and gray proudly for the second year in a row when he races at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Raceway this weekend.Last year, Rahal ...

New look WSU women’s team eager for new start

The numbers may be down but the optimism remains high for the Wright State women’s basketball team under first-year coach Katrina Merriweather. The Raiders have 12 players, and one — senior forward Antania Hayes — is unlikely to play after suffering an ACL injury in March during the Horizon League ...

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