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Reds win longball battle versus Brewers

Reds win longball battle versus Brewers

Billy Hamilton does not have a home-run trot. He flew around the bases after lining the ball to right-center field. He didn’t slow as he rounded third. He didn’t pause as he crossed home plate. Hamilton does everything fast, and his solo shot in the first inning Tuesday set the tone for the Cincinnati Reds in an 8-6 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. &ldquo...
Cozart could return as soon as Wednesday for Reds

Cozart could return as soon as Wednesday for Reds

More often than not this season, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price spends a good chunk of his pregame meeting with the media talking about injuries, which is probably only slightly more enjoyable for him than talking about losing. The Reds have dealt with more than their fare share of injuries in 2017, and that’s a big reason their season has spiraled into the basement of the National League...
Reds starter Finnegan heartbroken after latest injury

Reds starter Finnegan heartbroken after latest injury

All of Brandon Finnegan’s hard work in his quest to return to the mound for the Cincinnati Reds resulted in four innings — officially three because he didn’t record an out in the fourth. Finnegan left the game Monday in St. Louis after 58 pitches. He allowed three earned runs on three hits. He walked four. The Reds lost 8-2 to the Cardinals to fall a season-high 8½ games out...
Dayton locks up men’s basketball coaching staff

Dayton locks up men’s basketball coaching staff

 There was a little more than standard news coming out of Dayton’s men’s basketball Monday, as the Flyers finalized new head coach Anthony Grant’s hires of Devin Davis, Casey Cathrall and Andy Farrell to flesh out his staff. A highlight video from last season has also gone public. Grant played cards of familiarity with two of his hires, all of whom previously agreed to join...
Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Here’s who we consider the all-time seven best football players at Wayne High School. Have something to say about this alphabetical list? Email your comments to sports@coxohio.com. 1. Will Allen, DB, 2000 grad: OSU All-American; two key plays during 2002 national championship season were INT that secured 14-9 defeat of Michigan and a tackle that caused Miami RB Willis McGahee to suffer a blown...
Two Browns picked among top 50 NFL players who shouldn’t be traded

Two Browns picked among top 50 NFL players who shouldn’t be traded

The Browns did a complete teardown a year ago. It resulted in a 1-15 campaign, but also clinched Cleveland the No. 1 pick.  Defensive end Myles Garrett, the reward for such a disparaging season, is one of the most valuable assets in the NFL. He and veteran tackle Joe Thomas were ranked on NFL Spin Zone’s top 50 most untradeable players list. Thomas, an elite left tackle for the last...
Former Reds’ great Larkin remains fan favorite

Former Reds’ great Larkin remains fan favorite

People have for years been bugging former Cincinnati Moeller football star Barry Larkin for autographs and pictures, you know, but he pulled quite the surprise on a Reds fan when he asked her – Laura O’Brien – to pose for a snapshot. Well, probably not really, if you dive into the hash tags in her post, which can be found her Twitter account @Lauralee987:    ...
Dayton offers scholarship to one of top 2019 recruits

Dayton offers scholarship to one of top 2019 recruits

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Pickerington Central High School junior Jeremiah Francis, one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2019. Francis, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound guard, announced the offer on Twitter on Tuesday. He’s a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com and ranks 65th in the nation. Francis also has offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia...
High school football: 7 on 7s offer another way for teams to improve

High school football: 7 on 7s offer another way for teams to improve

Missing football? Of course you are! It might not be the real thing, but three area schools got together at Stebbins for a 7 on 7 on Monday night in Riverside.  It might not be quite football, but it is at least a football-like substance. In late June, beggars can’t be choosers, right? At any rate, these events also give coaches a chance to see some of their players in action, and it gives...
Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

The Browns’ and Bengals’ offensive lines couldn’t be much different.  One is arguably the league’s best on paper, the other is a work in progress. One is the result of a spending spree, the other was victimized by free agency. Pro Football Focus ranked the NFL’s offensive lines heading into the 2017 season. The Browns came in second, while the Bengals sank to 31st...
Former Flyer Chris Johnson to play in NBA Summer League

Former Flyer Chris Johnson to play in NBA Summer League

Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke won’t be the only former Dayton Flyers playing in the NBA Summer League. The Indiana Pacers announced their summer league roster Tuesday, and Chris Johnson is on it. Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward, scored 1,467 points in his UD career (2008-12). He was a senior in 2011-12, Archie Miller’s first season. Johnson, 27, made his NBA debut in 2013 with the Memphis...
Browns’ Joe Thomas ranked NFL’s second-best pass blocker

Browns’ Joe Thomas ranked NFL’s second-best pass blocker

Joe Thomas dominating isn’t exactly news to Browns fans (or the NFL), but Pro Football Focus has a stat to quantify it. Thomas has been the second most efficient pass blocker in the league since 2012, scoring a 97 rating from PFF. Andrew Whitworth, former Bengal and current Ram, ranks first at 97.6. PFF said the stat “measures pressure allowed on per snap basis with weighting towards sacks...
Former Bengals tackle is NFL’s most efficient pass blocker

Former Bengals tackle is NFL’s most efficient pass blocker

Departed Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth has been the most efficient pass blocking tackle in the NFL since 2012, according to Pro Football Focus. Cincinnati drafted Whitworth in 2006. He was the foundation on one of the NFL’s best offensive lines that helped the Bengals to playoff appearances from 2011-2015. PFF graded Whitworth at 97.6. The stat “measures pressure allowed on per snap...
Social media reacts to Indians’ 7-run comeback win over Rangers

Social media reacts to Indians’ 7-run comeback win over Rangers

The Indians found themselves down 9-2 to the Rangers in the fourth inning Monday night.  Then they started hitting. Cleveland went on to win 15-9, its largest rally since April 2012 (it trailed Seattle 8-1). The baseball world reacted to the Indians’ potential wake-up call.
John McEnroe stands firm on Serena Williams vs. men stance

John McEnroe stands firm on Serena Williams vs. men stance

John McEnroe had a chance on “CBS This Morning” to walk back somehow-controversial comments he made over the weekend about where Serena Williams would rank against the best male tennis players in the world. (Hint: Not very high.) He didn’t.  Good for him. While I think saying she would ranked 700th among men is over-the-top, McEnroe’s overall sentiment is correct...
Stats prove Hamilton is baseball’s fastest player

Stats prove Hamilton is baseball’s fastest player

Major League Baseball’s data proves what every Cincinnati Reds fan has long suspected: center fielder Billy Hamilton is the fastest baserunner in the game. According to the latest numbers provided by MLB Statcast, Hamilton hit a top speed of 30.1 feet per second on the basepaths this season. Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton ranked second with a speed of 29.9. Statcast introduced the...
Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State men’s basketball coach Billy Donlon is joining Northwestern after spending the the 2016-17 season as an assistant at Michigan. It was Northwestern coach Chris Collins who helped Donlon land the job at Michigan following his firing after six seasons as head coach at Wright State. The move to Northwestern, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history...
Charlie Sheen auctioning Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring

Charlie Sheen auctioning Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring

“Wild Thing” is quite the collector, and now he’s about to cash in. Charlie Sheen, who played the comical Indians pitcher Rick Vaughn in “Major League,” is putting two Babe Ruth memorabilia items to auction Friday, per ESPN. The Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 Series. Ruth’s ring and a copy of the document that sent Ruth from Boston to New York...
Bengals sign offensive lineman to reach 90-man roster limit

Bengals sign offensive lineman to reach 90-man roster limit

The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday signed offensive lineman Cameron Lee to bring their roster to the 90-man limit heading into the start of training camp July 28. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Lee played in 39 games at guard and tackle during his four years at Illinois State, including starts in all 25 games as a junior and senior. He signed as an undrafted college free agent with New Orleans in May and...
Sports Today: Will the Reds ever be healthy again?

Sports Today: Will the Reds ever be healthy again?

Maybe it’s appropriate the same day Bronson Arroyo essentially announced his retirement, Brandon Finnegan pulled up lame again.  As the team’s formerly indestructible starter, a pillar of the teams that put more than a decade-plus of losing behind them, admitted he can’t pitch in the majors anymore, another of the players expected to replace him wasn’t able to make...
WATCH: Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber stars in new Gatorade commercial with Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Peyton Manning

WATCH: Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber stars in new Gatorade commercial with Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Peyton Manning

Sometimes greatness is preceded by failure. In Gatorade’s new campaign, “Make Defeat Your Fuel” unveiled Tuesday (video above), iconic professional athletes including Michael Jordan, Peyton and Eli Manning and Ohio native Kyle Schwarber reveal their greatest failures which ultimately became fuel for their greatest victories. In the spot titled “Secrets...
High School Recruiting: Class of 2018 area commitments

High School Recruiting: Class of 2018 area commitments

CLASS OF 2018 AREA FOOTBALL COMMITS Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota West / Kentucky Isaiah Bowser, RB, Sidney / Northwestern John Dirksen, OL, Marion Local / Notre Dame Jack McCrory, RB, Spg. Shawnee / Ohio Alex Reigelsperger, DE, Wayne / Kentucky Devan Rogers, DT, Sidney / Toledo Jadon Rucker-Furlow, DB, Belmont / Miami Tavion Thomas, RB, Dunbar / Oklahoma Malik Vann, DL, Fairfield / Cincinnati
Rogers, Bowser provide Sidney football a recruiting surge

Rogers, Bowser provide Sidney football a recruiting surge

Sidney High School football continues to assert itself as an emerging Greater Western Ohio Conference presence with the verbal commitment of two highly regarded seniors. Running back Isaiah Bowser committed to Northwestern University on Friday and was followed the next day by defensive tackle Devan Rogers, who pledged to the University of Toledo. They are two great reasons – along with a healthy...
Reds lose to Cardinals; Finnegan injured in return off DL

Reds lose to Cardinals; Finnegan injured in return off DL

Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday. It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather. Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season. Michael Wacha (4-3), who began...
Reds’ Arroyo confirms his career is probably over

Reds’ Arroyo confirms his career is probably over

Bronson Arroyo confirmed Monday what Cincinnati Reds fan have suspected since his postgame comments following his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 18. In an interview Monday with Jim Day, of Fox Sports Ohio during Monday afternoon’s game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals,  Arroyo was asked if that was the last appearance of his 16-year career. “Yeah, I think so,&rdquo...

City Kings sweep Prospect League weekly honors

The Champion City Kings swept the Prospect League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Tanner Burns (University of Alabama-Huntsville) is the player of the week and Connor Curtis (Ohio State) is the pitcher of the week. Burns, of Harvest, Ala., hit .500 (11-for-2) with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in six games last week. Burns helped lead the City Kings to...
Official NFL Shop mistakes Washington state for Redskins' home

Official NFL Shop mistakes Washington state for Redskins' home

The official shop of the National Football League was trying to celebrate state and hometown pride for several of its teams, but it appears to have made a big mistake. NFLShop.com posted several novelty license plates with team logos over their respective states. As first noted Monday morning by the Washington Post, the shop was selling a Washington Redskins license plate with the logo over the...
Recruiting roundup: 2 more area players pick Big Ten schools

Recruiting roundup: 2 more area players pick Big Ten schools

Two more pairs of teammates have announced where they are going to play their college football since our last recruiting roundup.  Mason offensive lineman Eric Miller got it started June 17 when he announced he will play in the Big Ten at Purdue.  New Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm has 14 commits already, including three players from Ohio. The class is ranked 10th in the Big Ten but 43rd...
Track star Alysia Montano competes while five months pregnant

Track star Alysia Montano competes while five months pregnant

Track star Alysia Montano competed in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championship five months into her pregnancy on Thursday. Montano clocked 2 minutes 21.4 seconds in the 800 meter at Sacramento State’s Horney Stadium in the 110-degree heat. Montano, 31, finished her two laps 19 seconds behind the winning time. While Thursday’s event was inspiring, this isn’t the first time Montano...
Michael Martinez back with the Indians ... again

Michael Martinez back with the Indians ... again

He’s back again: The Cleveland Indians added utility man Michael Martinez to a minor league deal on Sunday. He was assigned to Triple-A Columbus.  Martinez is a major league journeyman, he most recently played for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays designated Martinez for assignment a week ago, and it didn’t take the 34-year-old long to find a new - or rather old - home.  This will...
Reds minor league pitching prospects will face Tim Tebow

Reds minor league pitching prospects will face Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is returning to Florida.  The New York Mets promoted the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Florida to Advanced-A St. Lucie. The outfielder hit .222 with 69 strikeouts in 63 games for the Single-A Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies. Tebow moves on the Florida State League, where the Cincinnati Reds’ minor league club, the Daytona Tortugas are 34-35 in the North Division...
Cozart has shrinking but still sizable lead in All-Star voting

Cozart has shrinking but still sizable lead in All-Star voting

With fewer than four days remaining in voting for the All-Star Game, the Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart leads National League shortstops with 1,915,806 votes. Cozart has been on the disabled list since June 19 with a strained right quad. His lead over Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager shrunk from 321,560 to 258,074 in the last week. Cozart is seeking to become a first-time All-Star, the first Red...
How to watch former Flyers Scoochie Smith, Charles Cooke in NBA Summer League

How to watch former Flyers Scoochie Smith, Charles Cooke in NBA Summer League

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will play for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Summer League at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, starting July 3. Another former Flyer, guard Charles Cooke, will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. His first game is July 8. Smith and Cooke signed as undrafted free agents after...
Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports. >> Read more trending news  Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in...
Finnegan returns from DL, leaves game early with injury

Finnegan returns from DL, leaves game early with injury

The Cincinnati Reds made three roster moves Monday before a makeup game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. • The Reds reinstated from the 60-day disabled list pitcher Brandon Finnegan. He started against the Cardinals but left the game with an apparent injury in the fourth inning after being visited on the mound by the training staff. Finnegan allowed three earned runs on three hits in three...
Dayton Flyers 2018 recruiting update: One of team’s top targets visits campus

Dayton Flyers 2018 recruiting update: One of team’s top targets visits campus

The Dayton Flyers may have only one scholarship open in 2018. That hasn’t slowed the coaches their recruiting efforts. Over the weekend, one of the top-rated 2018 recruits to be offered a scholarship by UD, Versailles senior Justin Ahrens, was on campus for a Dayton team camp. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward who ranks 126th in the class, according to Rivals.com, decommitted from Ohio State earlier...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Former Dayton Flyer to play in France

Former Dayton Flyer to play in France

Former Dayton Flyers guard Vee Sanford will play in the top basketball league in France next season. Sanford, a Lexington, Ky., native who hit the winning shot against Ohio State in the 2014 NCAA tournament, announced Monday he has signed with the Antibes Sharks in the Pro-A League. Antibes is located on the coast in southeast France, between Cannes and Nice. Sanford started his pro career in Iceland...
Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews is a married woman! The “Dancing With the Stars” co-host wed her hockey player fiancé in an intimate ceremony in Montana surrounded by close friends and family on Saturday, according to People. Just days before the ceremony, Andrews took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of the sunset. “Stop,” she captioned the image. The couple started...
Lake County takes three out of four from Dragons

Lake County takes three out of four from Dragons

The Dayton Dragons are off to a rough start to the second half of the season, but they’re hoping to take a lesson from the first half. Lake County scored five runs in each the fifth and sixth innings on Sunday to spark a 15-6 victory over Dayton to take three of four in the series.. It isn’t the first rough series against the Captains at Fifth Third Field. Dayton opened the season with...
Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

At this time last year, Scott Nagy was two months into his tenure as Wright State basketball coach and still looking for a house and a staff of assistants. And while he’s enjoying more stability and comfort on those fronts, this is another offseason of change with the Raiders dealing with the unexpected loss of two key players in Ryan Custer, who was paralyzed in off-campus accident in April...
Clutch hits elude Dragons in loss to Captains

Clutch hits elude Dragons in loss to Captains

Jose Siri’s bat continues to sizzle, but the rest of the Dayton Dragons’ lineup couldn’t come up with that clutch base hit Saturday night. Dayton lost 6-2 to the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field in front of an announced crowd of 8,440. Dayton fell to 42-31 overall and 1-2 in the second-half Midwest League season. A Lake County team that ranks 14th (out of 16) in runs scored...
Hartsock: Better luck next time for Bailey

Hartsock: Better luck next time for Bailey

I’m not sure what’s more frustrating for Reds fans — Homer Bailey’s 2017 debut or knowing that he’s still under contract the next two years to the tune of $44 million. The veteran right-hander sure didn’t look like the guy who breezed through three rehab starts, including one in Dayton. Of course those were against minor league hitters, not some of the Washington...
Blue Jackets draft Miami RedHawk, Columbus native in NHL draft

Blue Jackets draft Miami RedHawk, Columbus native in NHL draft

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Miami University men’s hockey standout Carson Meyer with their second  pick in the  sixth round of his weekend’s NHL draft. An excited Meyer tweeted about the pick on his personal Twitter account, including a photo of himself in his Blue Jackets junior team uniform. Meyer was raised in Columbus suburb Powell, before going to Miami. A sophomore...
Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Kalen Gilleese concedes that LeBron James is one of pro basketball’s greatest players, but he still believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is not in the class of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, his favorite player. >> Read more trending news So after the Cavs were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, Gilleese, who already sports a body full of tattoos, added...
Six-run sixth propels Dragons past Captains

Six-run sixth propels Dragons past Captains

The Dragons have been in a hitting slump through June but breathed fire into their bats Friday night against Lake County. Dayton had 12 hits in an 8-3 win over the Captains, five of which came during a six-run sixth inning. It was a welcome change for Dragons fans, especially against Lake County. Though the Dragons (42-30) were among the Midwest League’s best teams in the first half of the season...
Kennard thrilled to be close to home with Pistons

Kennard thrilled to be close to home with Pistons

Among the many small details from the NBA Draft, Jennifer Kennard will remember the Cheetos. Luke Kennard’s mom survived a tense but thrilling evening by snacking at the table Thursday at the Barclays Center. There were also granola bars and other items for the draft prospects and their families, and when the Detroit Pistons selected the Franklin High School graduate Kennard with the 12th pick...
Reds send one prospect to Triple-A to call up another from Double-A

Reds send one prospect to Triple-A to call up another from Double-A

The Cincinnati Reds sent Amir Garrett down to Triple-A to make room for Louis Castillo on Friday. They announced earlier in the week Castillo, their No. 5 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, would make his MLB debut in a start in Washington against the Nationals on Friday night. Garrett, a rookie lefty, had a strong start to the season but has struggled in five of his last six starts. RELATED:...
Hartsock: How much money could Luke Kennard make as No. 12 pick?

Hartsock: How much money could Luke Kennard make as No. 12 pick?

Remember when the first move by an NBA first round draft pick was to hold out for more money in a contract? That’s something that rarely happens any more thanks to a rookie salary scale that’s been part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement since 2011. For example, Luke Kennard is set to cash in up in Detroit, and the former Franklin star already knows the digits and the...
4 Cincinnati Bengals thoughts to ponder between now and training camp

4 Cincinnati Bengals thoughts to ponder between now and training camp

With the Cincinnati Bengals done practicing until the start of training camp in late July, Jay Morrison broke down the roster heading into Marvin Lewis’ 15th season as the team’s coach. Here’s what jumped out at me: Jeremy Hill is the only healthy, experienced, highly drafted back on the roster. Can he hold down the fort until Giovani Bernard is healthy and/or Joe Mixon is ready?...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith has a new team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith has a new team

The Boston Celtics have signed Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith. The first-team All-Atlantic 10 guard was part of the winningest class in school history and four NCAA tournament appearances. Smith, who was not selected Thursday night in the NBA Draft, told our David Jablonski this morning he is joining the team that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season. They...
Sports Today: Luke Kennard looks like good fit for Detroit Pistons in NBA draft

Sports Today: Luke Kennard looks like good fit for Detroit Pistons in NBA draft

Luke Kennard is headed to Detroit after the Pistons took him with the 12th pick in the NBA draft.  This looks like a pretty good opportunity for the Franklin High product who starred at Duke last season.  Detroit is one year removed from making the playoffs (albeit a brief postseason appearance that ended with a sweep by the Cavaliers). The Pistons finished 10th in the terrible Eastern Conference...
Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

The Horizon League has extended an invitation to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a league source confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. HL commissioner Jon LeCrone declined to name the school but confirmed the board of directors voted last Friday to extend an invitation to a single member school and that he expects that invitation to be accepted shortly. “We most likely will...
Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Former Dayton Flyers Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith did not hear their names called in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Cooke signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the draft, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Scoochie Smith told Cox Media Group on Friday morning that he had signed with the Boston Celtics. In the previous three seasons, Dayton’s Devin Oliver...
Dragons fall in 10 innings to Captains in second-half opener

Dragons fall in 10 innings to Captains in second-half opener

Brandishing a new look courtesy of promotions, fill-ins, call-ups and any other way a roster can be adjusted, the Dragons opened the second half of the Midwest League season with a disappointing 8-7 setback to the Lake County Captains (Indians) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night. It was the first game for the Dragons since they clinched the first-half wildcard spot and its automatic qualification...
Meet the Dayton Dragons: Malik Collymore, outfielder

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Malik Collymore, outfielder

Who: Malik Dequan Collymore Position: Outfielder Number: 6 Personal: R/R; 6-0, 195 pounds Born: Sept. 20, 1996 (20) Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada School: Port Credit Secondary, Mississauga, Ont. Drafted: Round 10, 2013 by St. Louis Notable: Milwaukee Brewers traded RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash to St. Louis Cardinals for Collymore on July 31, 2015. Played for the Florida Fire Frogs (Braves)...
Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Desperately needing a shooter who has been missing since their most recent championship season, the Detroit Pistons christened Franklin High School graduate Luke Kennard that go-to guy Thursday night, taking him with the 12th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. Detroit was the team that appeared to be most enticed by Kennard prior to the draft. Although he did his best to prove to teams in pre-draft...
Local wrestler B.J. Whitmer to make TV commentary debut on ROH PPV on Friday

Local wrestler B.J. Whitmer to make TV commentary debut on ROH PPV on Friday

Long before he was scheduled to make his commentary debut before a worldwide audience on pay-per-view this Friday, B.J. Whitmer was a Dayton-area pro wrestler, who spent most days working for Cincinnati-based WWE territory Heartland Wrestling Association, training under noted instructor Les Thatcher, and doing frequent shows at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The HWA’s success at...
WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

One year after changing coaches, the Wright State basketball team is undergoing another significant transformation this summer with an influx of new faces. The Raiders have six players whose next appearance in a game will be their first at WSU, and that’s making this summer’s workouts feel a little like last year’s when everyone was trying to get a feel for Scott Nagy’s system...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
Hartsock: Playoff-bound Dragons start second half with new faces

Hartsock: Playoff-bound Dragons start second half with new faces

The Dayton Dragons have half of their season to play, but not really much left to play for and not as many familiar faces on board from the first half of the season. The Reds announced today the promotion of Brantley Bell, James Vasquez and Luis Gonzalez from Dayton to High-A Daytona. Add outfielder T.J. Friedl, who moved up to Daytona over the weekend, and the Dragons are without half of their everyday...
Ohio native Schwarber demoted to ‘clear his head’

Ohio native Schwarber demoted to ‘clear his head’

It wasn’t that long ago that Kyle Schwarber was better than sliced bread. The 24-year-old Middletown native missed all but a crumb of the 2016 MLB season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the first week of play, yet returned for the postseason to hit bomb after bomb to help propel the Chicago Cubs to perhaps the most talked-about, warm and fuzzy World Series title ever. Then came...
Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Former Wright State pitcher Danny Sexton announced Thursday he has signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres. Sexton was a second-team All-Horizon League selection as a junior this spring, going 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Two of the left-hander’s victories came against nationally ranked Clemson and South Carolina. Sexton led the HL in batters struck out looking (29), was tied for second in...
NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

Want to know how the NBA can improve its player development model for both teams and players while also helping out college basketball? Copy the NHL’s draft-and-follow system. What does mean? Well, it’s fairly simple: Instead of forcing players to choose if/when they want to be considered for the NBA draft, make everyone eligible after they graduate from high school. Then give those who...
Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday released their list of training camp practices open to public, beginning with the opener on Friday, July 28. All practices will held on the grass fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium except for the Family Day practice, which will be held inside PBS on Saturday, Aug. 5. The practice fields have bleacher seating for 1,250 fans, and all practices open to the public...
Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

The fourth and fifth members of Dayton’s 2017 recruiting class will arrive on campus Thursday, meaning the whole 2017-18 team will be together for the first time. Classes for the second summer session start Saturday. In an email to the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday night, forward Matej Svoboda, of the Czech Republic, wrote he was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning. Forward Obadiah Toppin...
Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

The Cincinnati Bengals put the wraps on their offseason program with the culmination of mandatory minicamp June 16, freeing the players to scatter for a six-week break. As things stand, the Bengals have 89 players, one shy of the league limit. If the team elects to sign a 90th player for the start of camp, it will either be an issue of adding depth at a position the coaches deem thin (tight end or...
Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

An essential starting rotation makeover starts this weekend for the Cincinnati Reds.   They will start rookie Louis Castillo on Friday then Homer Bailey returns to the rotation Saturday.  Bailey you know.  Who is Louis Castillo?  He was one of the pitchers acquired from the Miami Marlins for Dan Straily last winter, and he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Reds&rsquo...
Wounded officer Crystal Griner throws out first pitch at Congressional softball game

Wounded officer Crystal Griner throws out first pitch at Congressional softball game

After being released from the hospital for injuries sustained during the Congressional baseball practice shooting, Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Griner was one of two officers injured while responding to a gunman who began shooting at the GOP baseball team during a practice...
WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

In case you missed it — and so far more than 1.5 million people have NOT — an Ohio State fan went above and beyond putting his mark, shall we say, on the rivalry with Michigan recently.  Ty Higgins, who is a writer for Ohio’s Country Journal, shared some special yard work he did for a neighbor who was out of town.  A neighbor who happens to be a Michigan fan.  A neighbor...
Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dane Goodwin will be at the University of Dayton this weekend for a camp with his Upper Arlington teammates. His dad Damon, the head coach at Capital University, said he talks to the new Dayton Flyers coach, Anthony Grant, all the time. They played together at Dayton for three seasons (1983-86). Damon’s connection to UD and Grant is a big reason fans of the Flyers started debating Wednesday...
Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family. “It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.” The draft will be held at the Barclays...
Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained. Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,&rdquo...
Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Scott Schebler hit his 20th home run and drove in another run, but the Reds’ bullpen imploded Wednesday afternoon in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. Cincinnati has dropped 11 of 12, and is in danger of slipping out of the wildcard race before midseason. The Reds left Tampa Bay in bad shape, Billy Hamilton getting caught in a rundown and being tagged out by the Rays’ leftfielder, and starting...
The Dibbles have a day

The Dibbles have a day

Rob Dibble and his family appear to have had a momentous day, or at least it looks that way when checking up on the former Reds reliever on Twitter.  Judging from his posts, and those of his wife, one of their children just wrapped up kindergarten. As you can in her Twitter post, Mom sort of wrestled with the occasion: The dutiful dad, whom the Reds drafted in the first round out of Bridgeport...
Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey will make his 2017 debut Saturday for the Cincinnati Reds, starting a 4:05 p.m. game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., according to multiple reports. Reds manager Bryan Price announced Bailey’s start after an 8-3 loss to the Rays in Tampa, Fla. Bailey, who has been on the disabled list all season after undergoing elbow surgery in February, threw 5 2/3 innings Monday in...
NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

The NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday night, and Luke Kennard is expected to be selected in the first round. Here is what you need to know about the basketball star: • Born in Middletown, Kennard was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Franklin High School, where he scored 2,977 points. That’s No. 2 in Ohio prep history, more than LeBron...
With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

So you’re going a little bit nuts idling on the football wagon, and there’ll be no jumping off for another month-plus before NFL training camps open. You need a fix, a pigskin infusion, to hold your sanity. Here’s betting that, if you’re a Bengals fan, this interesting look at linebacker Vontaze Burfict will do the trick – at least for a while. One John Sheeran -- under...
What happens when the King’s not happy?

What happens when the King’s not happy?

It’s no secret that LeBron James hasn’t always been happy with the front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and one ought not to forget that he’s reached loggerheads with owner Dan Gilbert before as well. Perhaps it’s safe to say that King James isn’t exactly tickled that Gilbert has decided to part ways with general manager David Griffin, the architect of a squad that...
Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Sixth rookie pitcher to start Friday for Reds

Sixth rookie pitcher to start Friday for Reds

The Cincinnati Reds will promote right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo from Double-A Pensacola to start Friday on the road against the Washington Nationals. The Dominican Republic native will make his big-league debut. The Reds acquired Castillo, 24, in the trade that sent Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins in January. Castillo was 4-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 starts with Pensacola. He has never pitched beyond...
Former Dayton Flyers to play for $2 million prize

Former Dayton Flyers to play for $2 million prize

Three former Dayton Flyers will team up again in The Basketball Tournament,  a 64-team, single-elimination, $2 million winner-takes-all event next month. Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre and Vee Sanford are members of the Broad Street Brawlers. The team didn’t get enough fan votes to automatically qualify for the tournament but played their way into the field by winning the West Region in a...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Oklahoma is the college choice of Tavion Thomas, a four-star running back from Dunbar. He tweeted his choice late Tuesday afternoon. After thanking his aunt, coaches, teammates, teachers and God, Thomas wrote, “It’s been a rocky road but couldn’t have done it without y’all support and love.”  Scout ranks Thomas the No. 2 running back in the Midwest and No. 256 prospect...
Ryan O'Callaghan, former Patriots offensive tackle, comes out as gay

Ryan O'Callaghan, former Patriots offensive tackle, comes out as gay

Former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan revealed in an interview with Outsports on Tuesday that he is gay. “No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” O’Callaghan said in the interview. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.” O’Callaghan, who said he originally...
Video: ‘Bitter’ Sherrod Brown delivers on Warriors-Cavs bet

Video: ‘Bitter’ Sherrod Brown delivers on Warriors-Cavs bet

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown made good on his bet with fellow senator Kamala Harris. Brown delivered four six-packs of Ohio’s Platform Beer Company beer to the California senator after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last week. Dressed in a Golden State jersey and hat, with the Warriors victory parade playing on a television in the background, Brown...
College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory

College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory

Jack McCrory’s high school football season got a little easier June 9. That’s when the Shawnee standout accepted a scholarship offer to play his college football at Ohio University . McCrory said he could have waited and fielded a few more offers, mostly from fellow Mid-American Conference programs, but having the decision out of the way helps him focus on his...
New Dayton women’s assistant coach niece of country music legend

New Dayton women’s assistant coach niece of country music legend

Dayton Flyers women’s basketball coach Shauna Green hired a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with a memorable name: Calamity McEntire. She’s the niece of country music star Reba McEntire. "I am thrilled to announce the addition of Calamity to our staff," Green said in a press release. "She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a recruiter...
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