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Springfield North football: Top 7 players in Panthers history

As rivalries go, Springfield North and South had it going on as good as any in the state for its time in the spotlight. Football games at Evans Stadium on Clifton Avenue were a must-see event. Growing up to be a celebrated Panther or Wildcat was a handed-down and expected tradition. North always seemed to be in catch-up mode to South in football, especially during the Panthers’ early years....
Bengals weighing options at safety at Williams injury

Bengals weighing options at safety at Williams injury

The Cincinnati Bengals have yet to put a timetable on starting safety Shawn Williams’ expected return from the gruesome elbow injury he suffered Saturday night, but the absence is expected to be significant. The most optimistic projections have Williams missing four to six weeks, but that would mean the Bengals would have to use a valuable spot on the 53-man roster to keep him active until he&rsquo...
Famous Norman Rockwell study drawing of umpires fetches $1.68M at auction

Famous Norman Rockwell study drawing of umpires fetches $1.68M at auction

An original study drawing of a famous illustration by Norman Rockwell sold for $1.68 million Sunday night in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sports auction. The 1948 study, or preliminary work, for “Tough Call,” which was used as the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post, belonged to the family of John “Beans” Reardon, an umpire who was the primary...
HS Football: With nearly 50 players, Jets’ numbers are taking off

HS Football: With nearly 50 players, Jets’ numbers are taking off

The numbers are trending up for the Northeastern Jets. And so is the optimism heading into coach Tim Houseman’s third season. In 2016, the Jets recorded their best high school football season in six years and came within one victory of the program’s first winning season since going 6-4 in 2010. The team fielded 33 players in 2016. That number is up to nearly 50 this season. »RELATED...
Urban Meyer: Buckeyes not ‘a great team yet, but I like where we’re at’

Urban Meyer: Buckeyes not ‘a great team yet, but I like where we’re at’

Ten days before his Ohio State team is set to open the 2017 season at Indiana, Urban Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic about his Buckeyes.  “I think we’ll have a great team,” Meyer said Monday. “I don’t think we have a great team yet, but I like where we’re at.”  With the countdown to the season about to hit single digits, Meyer briefed reporters...
Bengals will honor legends during first two games

Bengals will honor legends during first two games

The Bengals will honor 24 figures of the team’s past at halftime ceremonies during its first two games this season. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The first week of our 50th Season features 2 home games & we will honor <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash">...
High School Football: Week 1 Schedule

High School Football: Week 1 Schedule

Alter at Fairmont, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com, HANK-FM (101.5), 1015hankfm.com/, OhioSportsline.net/, WPVW-AM (1660), 1610.info Beavercreek at Xenia, 7 p.m. Belmont vs. Dunbar at Welcome Stadium, 7 p.m. Arcanum at Greeneview, WBZI-FM (100.3), myclassiccountry.com Arlington at Anna, 7:30 p.m. Bellefontaine at Wapakoneta Ben Logan at Fairbanks Bethel at Northridge...
Greene, Senzel lead latest Reds’ prospect rankings

Greene, Senzel lead latest Reds’ prospect rankings

The Reds’ rebuild is showing promise. That’s not anything new, but FanGraphs is the latest outlet to qualify what’s become a strong farm system, in large part thanks to the past two drafts. In FanGraphs’ summer top 100 prospect rankings, the Reds have four of baseball’s best prospects. Pitcher-hitter hybrid Hunter Greene, drafted No. 2 overall in June, is the Reds&rsquo...
College Football: Ohio State No. 2 in AP preseason poll

College Football: Ohio State No. 2 in AP preseason poll

Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason Top 25, the first program in 12 years to take the top spot two years in a row. The Crimson Tide will start the season ranked in the top five of The Associated Press preseason media poll for the ninth consecutive time. Coach Nick Saban’s program has become the surest thing in sports these days. The Tide does not always win the national championship — just...
Six candidates announced for 2018 Reds Hall of Fame

Six candidates announced for 2018 Reds Hall of Fame

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum announced today the six former players appearing on the 2018 Reds Hall of Fame ballot. Third baseman Aaron Boone (1997-2003), outfielder Adam Dunn (2001-08), pitcher John Franco (1984-89), pitcher Danny Graves (1997-2005), third baseman Scott Rolen (2009-12) and outfielder Reggie Sanders (1991-98) are the Modern Player candidates. Fans can vote online at RedsMuseum...
What you’re saying: Is Joey Votto on track to be the best Reds player ever?

What you’re saying: Is Joey Votto on track to be the best Reds player ever?

In his popular “Ask Hal” column last week, legendary Reds beat reporter Hal McCoy wrote that, “While Tony Perez has a complete body of work that landed him in the Hall of Fame, (Joey) Votto is on his way to not only being the best first baseman in Reds history, but maybe the best player, period.” And the Reds fanbase responded. Comments flooded into Facebook and Reddit...
VIDEO: Former Toledo RB throws nasty block on two Bengals

VIDEO: Former Toledo RB throws nasty block on two Bengals

Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt, formerly of Toledo, is trying to do the little things to earn playing time. One quick way to earn coaches and teammates’ respect is in the blocking game. Hunt did just that this weekend. Hunt took out not one, but two Bengals defenders while blocking for quarterback Alex Smith. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Notes from the Reds’ first series win in Atlanta since 2009

Notes from the Reds’ first series win in Atlanta since 2009

The Reds couldn’t finish a sweep, but they took two of three from the Braves in their first trip to the new SunTrust Park. Some notes from Reds public relations on the series: The Reds won the first series at SunTrust Park after failing to take any of the final seven series at Turner Field (2010-2016). Adam Duvall made his second appearance at first on Sunday. Eugenio Suarez also played shortstop...
Reds, MLB teams pay homage to solar eclipse with lyrical tribute

Reds, MLB teams pay homage to solar eclipse with lyrical tribute

MLB teams love having fun on Twitter. This time the Reds started a thread. Using a gif of first baseman Joey Votto winking before July’s All-Star Game in Miami, they captioned it with lyrics from Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”  Monday, of course, is the total solar eclipse across the country. The rest of baseball chimed in. <div></div><br>...
Kyrie Irving in Atlanta ... for AEBL playoffs

Kyrie Irving in Atlanta ... for AEBL playoffs

Kyrie Irving was in Atlanta on Sunday. It’s not what you think. The Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, who recently requested a trade, was part of the championship winning team in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League on Sunday. Irving was joined by fellow NBA players Lou Williams and Iman Shumpert in a 104-102 overtime victory over The Skill Factory in the pro-am summer league. Williams...
Dayton ruled pro football last time there was a total solar eclipse

Dayton ruled pro football last time there was a total solar eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, North America is all abuzz about a total solar eclipse.  Needless to say, the sports world has changed a lot since 1918.  Here are four interesting facts from that year:  The Dayton Triangles won their only “Ohio League” championship by going 8-0 that season.  A team comprised primarily of local workers, the Triangles went on to be a...
WATCH: Joe Mixon dances around Chiefs defenders

WATCH: Joe Mixon dances around Chiefs defenders

It wasn’t the performance he had in game 1, but Joe Mixon had a few moments again in Cincinnati’s 30-12 loss to Kansas City on Saturday. Mixon carried the ball six times for 16 yards. He added a catch for 15 yards, and even a tackle when he stopped Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray after an interception. But Mixon flashed some of the moves that made him one of the better running back prospects...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
WATCH: Chris Smith shines again in Bengals’ second outing

WATCH: Chris Smith shines again in Bengals’ second outing

A week after impressing against Tampa Bay, Chris Smith again got after the quarterback versus Kansas City. Smith had five quarterback hurries, including a sack. Once a Jaguars castoff, Smith is making his case to not only make the Bengals’ roster, but warrant plentiful snaps. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="...
Gennett joins exclusive list of Reds after latest grand slam

Gennett joins exclusive list of Reds after latest grand slam

Second baseman Scooter Gennett joined an exclusive list Saturday when he hit a grand slam in the eighth inning of the Reds’ 11-8 win over the Braves. Gennett has three grand slams this season, the seventh Red to accomplish such since the franchise’s inception in 1882. If Gennett puts another ball in the seats with the bases juiced in 2017, he’ll set the new team record. Other Reds...
WATCH: Reds’ rookie Luis Castillo fans eight Braves

WATCH: Reds’ rookie Luis Castillo fans eight Braves

It didn’t result in a win, but Luis Castillo showed off his strikeout potential in Cincinnati’s 8-1 loss to the Braves on Sunday. In four innings of work, Castillo set down eight Braves via strikeout. He held the team to two runs, but required 90 pitches. For a Reds’ rotation that’s been a mess, Castillo has been a godsend. As the Reds search for building blocks, they appear...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 1

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 1

Summer camp is over, it’s time to start counting them for real for high school football teams. The first three weeks are normally reserved for non-conference games, but there are certainly some great Week 1 matchups. »RELATED: Who are the best players ever from the Dayton area? Here are five games to watch: Alter vs. Fairmont (Thursday night): The Knights and Firebirds renew the rivalry...
NYPD officers support Colin Kaepernick at rally

NYPD officers support Colin Kaepernick at rally

Police officers in New York City are throwing their badges behind polarizing figure Colin Kaepernick. The former football star came under heavy criticism for kneeling during the national anthem last year and remains unsigned by any team. On Saturday, a group of NYPD officers showed up at an event in support of Kaepernick. Sgt. Edwin Raymond told the New York Daily News: “What Colin...
VIDEO: Stacking Votto against fellow NL MVP candidates

VIDEO: Stacking Votto against fellow NL MVP candidates

The Reds have long been out of contention, but is Joey Votto still the National League’s most valuable player? MLB.com makes the case, pointing out his 1.045 OPS is greater than fellow MVP candidates Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt. He’s also walked 37 more times than Stanton, and 20 more times than Goldschmidt. Does he have a case? Check out the video below.  
Alabama’s Nick Saban on eclipse; ‘I’ll watch it on TV’

Alabama’s Nick Saban on eclipse; ‘I’ll watch it on TV’

Alabama football coach Nick Saban is not impressed with the hype surrounding Monday’s total eclipse, ESPN reported.  “I watch the Weather Channel every day,” Saban said Saturday after a scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “They're already saying what it's going to look like in every city in America. So what's going to be significant? Watch the Weather Channel, and...

HS Results 8/20: ‘Boro nabs another win in Tennessee

Springboro followed up Saturday’s win with a 4-0 victory over Farragut (TN) at the Bearden High School Girls Soccer Tournament in Tennessee on Sunday. Alex Garver, Bridie Herman, Peighton Banks and Paige Obrecht all had goals for ‘Boro. Springboro returns to the Buckeye state to face Springfield on Wednesday. SCORES LIST Boys Soccer Saturday’s Results Alter 3, Monroe 0 Badin 1, Northwest...
Reds set record for grand slams allowed in season in loss to Braves

Reds set record for grand slams allowed in season in loss to Braves

Braves rookie Sean Newcomb relied on some clutch defense — including his own creative play — to frustrate the Cincinnati Reds. Tyler Flowers’ grand slam broke open a close game in Atlanta’s six-run fifth inning, Newcomb earned his first home win and the Braves beat Cincinnati 8-1 on Sunday. Newcomb (2-7) gave up five hits with five walks in five scoreless innings for his first...
Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a home run and stole a base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to reach 20 home runs and 40 steals in a season as the Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 8-3 on Sunday. The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back home runs. Randy Ventura hit the second pitch of the contest for a homer to left field, and Siri hit the very next pitch over the left...
High School Football: WL-Salem seeks seventh straight playoff berth

High School Football: WL-Salem seeks seventh straight playoff berth

Experience is limited for the West Liberty-Salem Tigers with four starters back on both sides of the ball. The last time the Tigers were in that situation it worked out pretty well. “Back in 2013 we had five returning starters and those guys had a fantastic year,” West Liberty-Salem coach Dan McGill said of the team that reached the regional finals. “I don’t think you change...
Bengals cut veteran defensive tackle, pair of rookies

Bengals cut veteran defensive tackle, pair of rookies

The Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday parted ways with the first of what could a handful of veterans over the next few weeks with the termination of defensive tackle Brandon Thompson’s contract. A third-round pick out of Clemson in 2013, Thompson appeared in 39 games with seven starts. He missed all of 2016 after tearing his ACL in the 2015 season finale. ›› 7 things to know about Bengals...
Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Julio Teheran still considers himself to be Atlanta’s ace, even if his numbers suggest otherwise. “Yeah, that’s the spot I want to be in hopefully for my whole career,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t have ups and downs. We’re all human. We all make mistakes.” Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam, Robert Stephenson won for the first time in eight...
Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Former basketball star Charles Barkley recently weighed in on an argument that has the entire nation riled up: the removal of Confederate statues. “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. ... I’m going to keep doing great things, No. 1 in the black community because I’m black,” Barkley said in an interview with Rick Karle of...
7 things to know about Bengals loss to Chiefs

7 things to know about Bengals loss to Chiefs

There weren’t a lot of positives to come out of Saturday night’s preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. Not only did the Cincinnati Bengals defense surrender scores on the first five Kansas City possessions, including four touchdown drives in a row, the offense failed to reach the end zone in a 30-12 loss. »RELATED: Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense And the Bengals lost one of their...

HS Results 8/19: Springboro opens season with shutout win

The Springboro girls soccer team started the season on a winning note with a 1-0 win over Bearden (TN) at the Bearden High School Invitational on Saturday. Liv Page tallied the game-winner off an Alex Garver assist with 28 minutes to play in the second half. Keeper Kristy Catrine posted the shutout with five saves. Boro continues play in the tournament Sunday against Farragut (TN) at noon. Boys Soccer...
H.S. football: New coach, new conference for Greenon

H.S. football: New coach, new conference for Greenon

After he was hired to coach the Greenon High School football team in February, one of the first things Josh Wooten did was find his “yes” men. Well, in a manner of speaking. Wooten presented potential coaching hires with four questions: Can I trust you? Do you love Greenon? Do you love our community? Do you love our kids? “If your answer is yes then we want you a part of our staff...
Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury in addition to losing track of numerous Kansas City wide receivers Saturday night as three Chiefs quarterbacks steered a rout at Paul Brown Stadium. Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, the last four of which resulted in touchdowns as the Chiefs whipped the Bengals 30-12. Kansas City tight end Demetrius...
H.S. football: Experience a plus for win-starved Cedarville

H.S. football: Experience a plus for win-starved Cedarville

The Cedarville Indians football roster is down about three players from last season. For most schools that’s inconsequential. For schools like Cedarville it’s an obstacle. The Indians have 19 players. Coach Jason Christian is hopeful those numbers will rebound to the mid-20s next season with a larger eighth-grade class coming up. MORE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS »Catholic Central short on...
What to know to kick off high school football season

What to know to kick off high school football season

The high school football season begins with three area games Thursday, the bulk of the Week 1 games on Friday and a few others on Saturday and next Sunday. Here’s a rundown of teams to watch and things to know. Changes: Most important, this season marks the debut of the Ohio High School Athletic Association competitive balance initiative. The good news? It has doused a hot-button topic and possible...
Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto through the years. His aloof demeanor and the way he snubbed...
Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was called “The Captain” during his major-league career. Now he can be called a dad. Jeter’s wife Hannah gave birth to a girl, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday, according to the verified Twitter account of The Players’ Tribune, which was founded by Jeter in 2014. The Jeters were married in July 2016, and Hannah Jeter announced her...
5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

This week I had my first Western and Southern Open experience.  Although it was cut short by a nasty rain storm, I saw enough to convince me I need to make a return trip.  Here are my top takeaways from my visit:  The Graeter’s turtle sundae really hit the spot, giving me the energy to seek out actual tennis.  I found it at Stadium 3, where Yuichi Sugita rallied from a first-set...
Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Cubs fans may not be thrilled with star third baseman Kris Bryant’s favorite player. Bryant admitted that his top preferred player is Reds first baseman Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s game versus Cincinnati. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. “He gets...
How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

We’ve reached the point in the football preseason that themes can start to run into the ground.  “How will X be better than it was last year, coach?” is a well-worn question in July and August.  Whatever went wrong a season ago is inevitably a central theme to the following preseason.  Such as it is with an Ohio State offense that was at times explosive but also disappeared...
High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

The Greeneview Rams have had much to cheer about the past three seasons by earning the program’s first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. But you wouldn’t know it by watching them, especially on the practice field. The Rams have quietly gone about their business after reaching the postseason the past three seasons. “We call them a lunch-pail group,” first-year...
Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

This “Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State thing” is a stupid, made-up story, but people love to click those so it's probably worth a few minutes.  I would say he's overachieved twice, underachieved twice and hit expectations pretty much on the head once in five seasons in which he is 61-6 with one national championship, one Big Ten championship and five conference division...
Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

The Reds broke out the bats against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Cincinnati put up nine runs on Lester in the second inning. It was the most they’ve scored in a frame since scoring 10 in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win over the Tigers on Aug. 24, 2015. From Joey Votto’s homer to Phillip Ervin’s broken bat single to Jose Peraza’s hit bouncing off Jon Jay, the Reds’ offense...
WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

Reds first baseman Joey Votto’s run of 20-straight games reaching base at least twice ended on Wednesday. But he hasn’t cooled off. Votto blasted a three-run homer to give the Reds a 7-0 second inning lead over the Cubs on Thursday. That’s not all: Votto showed off the glove too. The Reds, after blowing a nine-run lead, managed to rally for a 13-10 win and series split.
Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

The Dayton Flyers will host Dwayne Cohill for an official visit Sept. 15 according to a report.  The Cleveland Hoy Name four-star guard told scout.com he will be in the Gem City next month for a close-up view of what coach Anthony Grant and his staff have to offer.  Cohill is the No. 5 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.  He has also scheduled visits to Ohio State and...
Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance Saturday to start the preseason 2-0 for just the 10th time in their 50 seasons when they face the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. Of course a fast start in August is hardly a harbinger of real success, as only three of those previous 2-0 preseason starts occurred in years that ended with the Bengals in the playoffs. ›› Bengals to honor 24...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...
Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

The Reds’ 13-10 win over the Cubs on Thursday had no shortage of fireworks. Cincinnati scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since tagging Detroit for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win on Aug. 24, 2015. The Reds blew a nine-run lead. The team last did that on Aug. 25, 2010, at San Francisco; a game it also rallied to win, 12-11. Cincinnati also blew such a lead on April 28...
VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

After homering for his first career hit Wednesday, Phillip Ervin’s encore was even better. Ervin hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run and added four RBIs in his first start, emerging as the difference in the Reds’ 13-10 shootout victory against the Cubs. It was the 25-year-old’s fifth game. He also had a single and double in his four at-bats. He even stole a base.  <div>...
Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

West Michigan may have the Midwest League’s best record, but you couldn’t blame the Whitecaps if a little doubt started to set in. Dayton pitchers Scott Moss and Tony Santillan would be the reason, because it’s likely they’ll face the Whitecaps in the first two games of the MWL playoffs, which begin at Fifth Third Field on Sept. 6. Santillan (7-7, 3.56 ERA) worked five innings...
Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats....
NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

NBA champion Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited, according to a story on ESPN. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, told ESPN Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now." The White House has not officially extended an invitation to the Warriors, who defeated...
High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list

High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list

In his football career, both playing and coaching, Shane Cahill has experienced success at every level. Cahill, 26, played on three regional finalist teams at West Jefferson High School. He was an all-conference linebacker at Urbana University, helping the Blue Knights to the most wins in program history in a four-year span (26). And the last three seasons he served as Mechanicsburg’s defensive...
High school football games on radio, TV, internet

High school football games on radio, TV, internet

The following are area high school football games that will be aired on radio, TV and/or the internet. If your station or webcast isn’t listed, email your information and schedule to sports@coxohio.com. Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh Thu. Sept. 14: Lebanon at Beavercreek Thu. Sept. 21: Springboro at Centerville Thu. Sept. 28: Stebbins...
Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

A 14-year-old Shawnee Middle School student recently won a team silver medal in reining at the world championship. Sam Flarida, son of Michele and Shawn Flarida, traveled to Switzerland to compete on the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championship. On the youth team, Flarida helped the U.S. nab the silver medal and as an individual, placed 10th overall. &ldquo...
Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

As the NFL continues rotating its draft, Cleveland may be among the chief suitors. The Cleveland Browns, Pro Football Hall of Fame (in Canton) and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have teamed up to submit a bid to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft.  An application was submitted to the NFL headquarters last week, per the Browns. If selected, Cleveland and Canton would host the three-day (Thursday...
Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2

Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2

As part of their 50th season celebration, the Cincinnati Bengals will honor former players at each home game this season. On Thursday, the team announced which players will be on the field for the first two home games. The player’s ranking in Bengals First 50 list is in parenthesis. Week 1, Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore: QB Ken Anderson (2) WR Isaac Curtis (9) CB Ken Riley (11) CB/PR/KR Lemar...
WATCH: Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yarder for scholarship

WATCH: Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yarder for scholarship

Bowling Green kicker Jake Suder just made the biggest kick of his life. Falcons coach Mike Jinks reportedly randomly challenged Suder: Make a 53-yarder, earn a scholarship. None of the other coaches knew of Jinks’ plan. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hit It to Win It. Coach Jinks challenges Jake...
Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

The baseball world and Reds organization mourn the loss longtime scout and executive Gene Bennett. The Reds broadcast honored Bennett on Wednesday. Bennett, a longtime Reds scout, passed away at age 89 earlier in the day. “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “He loved baseball, loved his team and forever changed the way we looked...
Betting lines for Browns, DeShone Kizer

Betting lines for Browns, DeShone Kizer

The Browns’ season could go a number of directions. Sports Betting Dime suggests most of them aren’t good. The site gives Cleveland the second-best odds at the No. 1 overall pick. Their 5/1 is second to the Jets’ 4/1. DeShone Kizer, who isn’t expected to start opening weekend, has the fourth-best odds to throw the most touchdowns among rookies (11/2), trailing all the...
WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network

WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network

Former Reds first baseman Sean Casey is a fan of Players Weekend. On Players Weekend Aug. 25-27, players will wear nicknames on their jerseys. Casey got into the act on MLB Network, wearing a Reds jersey with “The Mayor” across the back. “I was the mayor at some point, guys,” Casey said, laughing. “And I still am.” Casey played for the Reds from 1998-2005. He was...
Did you see the latest entry into the bad first-pitch Hall of Fame?

Did you see the latest entry into the bad first-pitch Hall of Fame?

Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre cemented himself among the best worst ceremonial pitches on Wednesday. Leandre, a cancer survivor who has thrown multiple first pitches at Fenway Park, let one get away from him that hit cameraman Tony Capobianco where it hurts the most. Capobianco was alright, and even had fun with it. Some Reds fans may remember a pitch adjacent to Leandre’s in the bad pitch Hall...
Oddsmakers aren’t confident in Bengals, Browns postseason chances

Oddsmakers aren’t confident in Bengals, Browns postseason chances

Sports Betting Dime considers the Bengals and Browns non-contenders. The site gives the Bengals 3/1 odds to reach the postseason, while the Browns are 5/1. The only team with worse odds than Cleveland is the New York Jets. The Jets, at 49/1, are considered about the biggest playoff longshot in recent NFL history by most pundits. Cincinnati has rookie running back Joe Mixon, who was given 10/1...
WATCH: 38-year-old Cubs pitcher John Lackey steals second base

WATCH: 38-year-old Cubs pitcher John Lackey steals second base

You’re never too old to steal your first base. Cubs’ pitcher John Lackey stole second in Chicago’s 8-7 win over the Reds on Wednesday. It was the first steal in the 38-year-old veteran’s career. Lackey singled off Homer Bailey in the bottom of the fourth. He took off early (and unexpectedly) on an 0-1 count and slid to beat Bailey’s throw. "When I got the hit, (first...
Reds’ 8-7 loss to Cubs contained notable milestones

Reds’ 8-7 loss to Cubs contained notable milestones

Several Reds set new marks despite the team’s rally falling just short in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs: Zack Cozart clubbed his 17th home run. It sets a new career-high, and moved him into the third place for most homers by a Reds shortstop (75). Outfielder Phillip Ervin collected his first hit and home run in a single swing. He’s the first Red to homer for his first hit since Juan Francisco...
Four Ohio cities rank among top 10 in producing NFL players

Four Ohio cities rank among top 10 in producing NFL players

Ohio has four cities – including Nos. 1 and 2 – in the top 10 in producing NFL players per capita, according to a recent study. »RELATED: Area products who have played in the Super Bowl Youngstown tops the list, followed by Canton, with Cincinnati at No. 9 and Cleveland at No. 10, according to a study by AreaVibes. The study was based on cities with populations of at least 10,000...
Zack Cozart hits 75th career HR, third-most among Red shortstops

Zack Cozart hits 75th career HR, third-most among Red shortstops

Zack Cozart is moving up in the Reds’ history books. The shortstop hit his 75th career homer in last night’s 8-7 loss to the Cubs. It’s the third most among Reds (primary) shortstops all-time. It’s possible for Cozart to pass Concepcion in two seasons at his pace, and Larkin isn’t unfathomable. But both depend on if the Reds re-sign Cozart this winter. The Reds are also...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Conflicting reports, confusion surround LeBron James’ future in Cleveland

Conflicting reports, confusion surround LeBron James’ future in Cleveland

Throughout the past few weeks, NBA sources have commented on LeBron James’ future with the Cleveland Cavaliers more than James himself has. Wednesday was no different. Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com started off Wednesday’s speculation about James’ future by reporting the 2017-2018 season will be James' last season in Cleveland. “He is 100 percent leaving...
WATCH: Homer Bailey fans 10 Cubs in loss

WATCH: Homer Bailey fans 10 Cubs in loss

The Reds’ rally fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs Tuesday. Starter Homer Bailey gave up six runs, but at least showed something positive in setting down 10 Cubs for strikeouts. The Reds will hope, as Bailey works to regain his old form, the runs allowed decline and the strikeouts become more consistent. Bailey has an 8.44 ERA on the year.
VIDEO: Phillip Ervin’s first career hit leaves the yard

VIDEO: Phillip Ervin’s first career hit leaves the yard

Welcome to the bigs, Phillip Ervin. Recalled Tuesday when Devin Mesaroco hit the disabled list, the Reds’ new outfielder collected his first career long ball in Wedneday’s 7-6 heartbreaker loss to the Cubs. And it was also Ervin’s first career hit. He joins Boston’s Rafael Devers and Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies as rookies to homer for their first hit in recent weeks.  ...
Dragons whitewash Whitecaps, next month’s playoff foe

Dragons whitewash Whitecaps, next month’s playoff foe

The West Michigan Whitecaps (36-1, 81-37) are enjoying one of the best seasons of any pro baseball team in 2017, and they’ll be waiting for the Dragons in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs in September. After clinching a wild card berth in the first half, the Dragons have stumbled through the second half (16-36, 57-65) with the league’s worst record. But if manager Luis Bolivar...
Legendary Reds scout Gene Bennett dead at 89

Legendary Reds scout Gene Bennett dead at 89

Gene Bennett, the legendary scout who urged the Cincinnati Reds to draft Derek Jeter only to have his pleas fall on deaf ears, died Wednesday in Portsmouth, Ohio at 89. “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “He loved baseball, loved his team and forever changed the way we looked for talented players.” Bennett was a senior special assistant...

HS Results 8/16: Green leads Southeastern in tri-match

Avery Green’s 34 helped carry Southeastern in a boys golf tri-match at Locust Hills on Wednesday. Southeastern shot a 162, Cedarville 182 and Catholic Central 197. Green was the medalist, with Adam Wood of Cedarville getting runner-up at 40. Noah Myers (Cedarville) and Tray Thompson (Southeastern) each added a 41 for their teams. Boys Golf Fairmont 160, Northmont 172: Luke Van Leeuwen carried...
Ric Flair’s fiancee Wendy Barlow says he is still in critical condition, report says

Ric Flair’s fiancee Wendy Barlow says he is still in critical condition, report says

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair is in critical condition at an Atlanta-area hospital and has “multiple organ problems,” according to his fiancee, Wendy Barlow. TMZ Sports reported that Barlow made a post on her personal Facebook page Wednesday saying she took Flair to the hospital Friday and that he had “severe abdominal pain.” “From that moment on it all seems...
Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine

Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine

There are two nights during Jordan Willis’ brief NFL career that illustrate who he is as a person. The first was April 28, the day the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Willis in the third round out of Kansas State. While other prospective picks were partying with friends and family while watching the draft on television, Willis was sitting alone in his bedroom in Kansas City. The other defining night...
Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their final full practice of training camp Wednesday, and the first one void of any fans. After a walk-through Thursday, the Bengals will take Friday off and then face Kansas City on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. After that, the schedule shifts into regular-season mode, where media are kicked out of practice after 30 minutes. That makes this final observation article...
Versatile Woeber leads Catholic Central golf team

Versatile Woeber leads Catholic Central golf team

Jacob Woeber plays four sports at Catholic Central, including two in the fall. And he enjoys each one so much that you might have trouble pinning him down if you ask him to name his favorite. He’s a goalkeeper on the soccer team and a top-notch golfer. He also plays basketball and tennis. So, which does he like best? “Honestly, it’s probably soccer. Or basketball. I really like having...
High School Football: First-year Urbana coach excited to lead Climbers

High School Football: First-year Urbana coach excited to lead Climbers

What drew Carlton Cotner to become the new football coach at Urbana? The chance to put the winning back in the Hillclimbers’ tradition. “The pride people have in this place is something that just attracts you to it,” Cotner said. MORE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS »Catholic Central short on players, but not expectations »Wildcats open practice with great expectations »Tecumseh...
Report: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ leaving Cavs in 2018

Report: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ leaving Cavs in 2018

The idea of LeBron James departing Cleveland again is slowly resembling a possible reality. NBA reporter Chris Sheridan, who said James was returning to the Cavaliers two days before the announcement, reports James will wear a new uniform for the 2018-19 NBA season. Kevin O’Connor and Bill Simmons of The Ringer first reported James’ interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers...
BET founder’s daughter suspended from equestrian competition after Walmart gaffe

BET founder’s daughter suspended from equestrian competition after Walmart gaffe

A man’s mistake at a Florida Walmart has resulted in a one-year suspension from an equestrian competition for Paige Johnson, the daughter of billionaire BET co-founder Robert L. Johnson. >> Read more trending news Johnson will miss the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington because of a failed drug test for her horse. A talented rider, Johnson became the first black American to...
Bengals players big fans of FC Cincinnati

Bengals players big fans of FC Cincinnati

Some of the biggest FC Cincinnati fans are in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room. A number of players tweeted their support and appreciation for the soccer team Tuesday night during and after the 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup. “I enjoyed it a lot,” tight end Tyler Eifert said. “It’s something else to do here in Cincinnati...
Tyler Mahle makes case to join Reds in 2017

Tyler Mahle makes case to join Reds in 2017

The Reds rotation has been a seemingly endless rearranging of chairs. Luis Castillo, the young gun, has perhaps been the lone bright spot. So why not add one more in Tyler Mahle? The Reds’ No. 3 prospect has been shining in Triple-A Louisville. His latest outing – five innings of one-run ball – was just another day. Mahle is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and holding opponents to a .138 average...
Marvin Lewis addresses defensive dominance at Monday’s practice

Marvin Lewis addresses defensive dominance at Monday’s practice

Speaking at his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis addressed Monday’s practice where the defense seemed to wreck nearly everything the offense was trying to do. “It was good that they had to understand the situation of where that particular drill was and what the focus was to make sure we get re-focused correctly...
Pat Elfein competing to be Vikings’ starting center

Pat Elfein competing to be Vikings’ starting center

Pickerington native and former Ohio State standout Pat Elfein is competing to start for at center for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s in a two-man race against third-year center Nick Easton. The Vikings moved the 35-year-old Joe Berger, center for the past two seasons, to guard. Easton started the preseason opener, but no decision’s been announced on the week two starter. “Young or old...
Njoku says he’ll make Browns debut Monday night

Njoku says he’ll make Browns debut Monday night

Browns fans will see their third first round pick on Monday night. Tight end David Njoku will make his preseason debut against the Giants, he said. Njoku reportedly had some drop issues in camp, but his athleticism is hard to match. Since the team released Gary Barnidge not long after selecting Njoku, he’s been the presumed starter. <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
What’s the future hold for Jeremy Hill?

What’s the future hold for Jeremy Hill?

Jeremy Hill ran hard in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Bucs, but it was rookie Joe Mixon whose shiftiness caught fans’ and evaluators’ eyes. Hill isn’t out of the mix just yet. He had seven rushes for 26 yards in the opener, and hasn’t been supplanted by Mixon just yet. In an NFL.com article creating fantasy trades, Marc Sessler suggested trading Hill to the...
Report: Kizer splitting first-team reps with Osweiler

Report: Kizer splitting first-team reps with Osweiler

The future is inching closer for the Cleveland Browns. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been splitting first-team reps with incumbent starter Brock Osweiler, and has even passed him in some drills, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Head coach Hue Jackson hasn’t adjusted the depth chart prior to the Browns’ second preseason game against the Giants. Cody Kessler...
Browns DC: Garrett ‘fit in faster’ than past star rookies

Browns DC: Garrett ‘fit in faster’ than past star rookies

Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now 28 years into coaching in the NFL, has never seen a player quite like edge rusher Myles Garrett. "I've never had a chance to draft the first overall pick ever, but I've had some pretty high draft picks,'' said Williams, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He's the one that has jumped out and fit in faster than any of the...
ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

When assembling the “perfect” NFL team, Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims likely isn’t one of your priority selections. Bill Barnwell of ESPN took a shot at developing what he considers the optimal NFL roster, factoring in salary, future considerations and self-imposed regulations (to stop him from taking too many Patriots or Cowboys, for example). <div></div><br>...
WATCH: Adam Duvall guns down another base runner

WATCH: Adam Duvall guns down another base runner

Adam Duvall’s strength isn’t limited to his bat. Duvall registered his major-league leading 11th outfield assist on Tuesday. He’s the first Reds left fielder to have that many since Pete Rose threw out 15 from left in consecutive seasons. Aside from his defense, Duvall has hammered 27 homers, one of five Reds who’ve exceeded the 20-mark.
Joey Votto’s latest streak another hint at Hall of Fame finish

Joey Votto’s latest streak another hint at Hall of Fame finish

The Reds aren’t on the national radar as say, the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees. That’s not to say they deserve to be – they’re 50-70, locked in the National League Central’s basement. But the team’s record shouldn’t overshadow another historic campaign from first baseman Joey Votto. Votto has reached base twice in 20 consecutive games, a new team...
WATCH: Joey Votto clears Wrigley roof on latest foul-ball throw

WATCH: Joey Votto clears Wrigley roof on latest foul-ball throw

He did it again. After firing a foul ball into the upperdeck of Wrigley Field on Monday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto had an encore. This time, Votto launched the ball onto the roof. The ball bounced off the roof and back into the seats, but the follow-up throw was more powerful than his first, for those keeping track of such things. The Reds and Cubs have two more games of the four-game series,...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
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