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Danny Davis stands alone among Springfield legends

There’s a wall behind Springfield High School’s gymnasium that features headshots of athletes who have earned all-conference and all-state honors. It’s lined with basketball players and is a testament to the talent that emerged off the hardwood at North and South. Springfield’s two high schools produced a wealth of college players for decades, from the likes of Jody Finney...

Carroll girls oust turnover-prone Kenton Ridge

Kenton Ridge struggled with turnovers through much of the regular season and had several costly ones late in a sectional final Saturday. Carroll capitalized on five turnovers in the fourth quarter and earned a 61-51 win at Tecumseh. The Cougars committed 17 turnovers in all. “We made those mistakes and let them get ahead, and we couldn’t come back,” Kenton Ridge coach Ed Foulk said...
Dayton Flyers all alone in first place as VCU loses to Rhode Island

Dayton Flyers all alone in first place as VCU loses to Rhode Island

The Dayton Flyers can clinch the outright Atlantic 10 championship on Senior Night by beating Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena, and they will at least share the title if they win one of their last two games. That’s the situation heading into the final week of the regular season after Dayton beat Davidson 89-82 in overtime on the road Friday and VCU lost 69-59 Saturday at...
Twitter reacts to Scoochie Smith’s overtime 3-point barrage

Twitter reacts to Scoochie Smith’s overtime 3-point barrage

Plenty of Dayton Flyers fans spent the wee hours of Saturday morning reliving the 89-82 overtime victory at Davidson on Twitter or watching the game again on the DVR. One of the most improbable UD victories of the past four seasons — the Flyers overcame a 13-point deficit in the final eight minutes — was also one of the most thrilling because of the three overtime 3-pointers by Scoochie...
Girlfriend of late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez gives birth to girl

Girlfriend of late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez gives birth to girl

The late Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez would be a father of a baby girl today if he had survived a September boat crash off Miami Beach. Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, gave birth Friday night to Penelope, with whom she was pregnant when Fernandez died Sept. 25, The Miami Herald reported. Fernandez, who was 24 when he died, chose his daughter’s name...
Wright State to honor Davis, La Tulip on Senior Day

Wright State to honor Davis, La Tulip on Senior Day

A lot of times a Senior Day ceremony will be an emotional culmination of a five-, sometimes six-year relationship that began with high school recruiting and traversed an intense, daily course through the most formative years of a player’s life. But today’s ceremony at the Nutter Center ahead of Wright State’s regular-season finale against Illinois-Chicago will be a little different...
University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield arrested

University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield arrested

University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was taken into police custody early Saturday morning after an alleged incident in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. Officers say someone reported that Mayfield was intoxicated, yelling profanities and causing a scene. An arrest report states that Mayfield told officers he was trying to break up an altercation there. When officers talked to Mayfield...
College Basketball Preview: UIC at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: UIC at Wright State

Who: Illinois-Chicago (14-19, 7-10) at Wright State When: 2 p.m. Sunday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright States leads 28-27. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 19-11 at Wright State and 429-251 in 22 seasons overall. Steven McClain is 19-43 in two seasons at UIC and 176-158 in 11 seasons overall. Probable Wright State starters Steven Davis;6-8;Sr.;F;14.9 Mark Alstork;6-5;Jr.;G;19.1 Justin Mitchell;6-...
Archie Miller fields N.C. State questions after win at Davidson

Archie Miller fields N.C. State questions after win at Davidson

The Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer sent a reporter and photographer to Davidson’s Belk Arena on Friday — and they weren’t there to chronicle an important Atlantic 10 game. The paper wanted to talk to Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller about the North Carolina State job that will open at the end of the season. Miller’s alma mater announced earlier this month head coach Mark...
Davidson stars run out of gas against Dayton Flyers

Davidson stars run out of gas against Dayton Flyers

Davidson stars Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge, the second highest-scoring tandem in the country with 42.5 points per game between them, were great for about the first 32 minutes Friday night against the Dayton Flyers at Belk Arena. They were so-so for the last 13. It’s not easy playing every minute of a basketball game, especially when you did the same thing three days earlier in the case of...
23 photos for 23 wins: Dayton Flyers vs. Davidson

23 photos for 23 wins: Dayton Flyers vs. Davidson

The Last March: Dayton Flyers seniors ready for final month

The Last March: Dayton Flyers seniors ready for final month

The theme next month is simple for a Dayton Flyers senior class that will down as the winningest in school history: The Last March. Two games remain in the regular season after Scoochie Smith led Dayton to an 89-82 overtime victory Friday against Davidson at Belk Arena. Dayton fans have one last chance to see Smith, Kendall Pollard, Kyle Davis and Charles Cooke at UD Arena. The Flyers host Virginia...
Scoochie Smith catches fire in OT for Dayton Flyers

Scoochie Smith catches fire in OT for Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers senior Scoochie Smith etched his name in the history books ages ago. His place is secure. He’ll finish his career ranked among Dayton’s all-time leaders in points and assists, and he’ll likely have appeared in more games than any player in school history when all is said and done. Smith has hit enough big shots in the last four seasons to keep fans entertained on YouTube...
Wright State women fall to Green Bay

Wright State women fall to Green Bay

The Wright State women had a chance to make history Friday night but instead were merely witnesses to it. Wisconsin-Green Bay outscored the Raiders 10-1 over the final 101 seconds to post a 58-51 win that moved the Phoenix into a tie for first place and kept alive their hopes for a 19th consecutive regular-season league title. “We have played a lot of games, and we are better than what we showed...

Wrestling: Graham builds comfortable lead at home

In its first season hosting the Division II sectional wrestling tournament, Graham was right at home. The Falcons advanced all 14 wrestlers to today’s semifinals Friday night in the Graham 1 sectional to sit atop the team race with 77.5 points, 34.5 more than closest challenger Valley View. Graham recorded six pins, a technical fall and received seven byes in the quarterfinals. Kenton Ridge...
Turnovers doom WSU in loss to Valparaiso

Turnovers doom WSU in loss to Valparaiso

Valparaiso didn’t have Horizon League leading scorer and rebounder Alec Peters, but Shane Hammink — and a sloppy Wright State squad — gave the Crusaders all the offense they would need. Hammink scored a career-high 25 points, and the Raiders committed a season-high 22 turnovers to help Valpo rally from a 10-point deficit to score an 84-74 victory. “I’ve coached a long...

H.S. Results for 2/24: Brooks hits buzzer-beater for Greeneview

After West Liberty-Salem took its first lead with 10 seconds to play, Kollyn Brooks went the length of the court and scored with .6 seconds left to give Greeneview a 57-56 win in a Division III boys basketball sectional opener on Friday at Northmont. Mason Schneider tallied 18 points and Brooks 13 for Greeneview. Trevor Burden led WLS with 15 points and Kannon Stillings chipped in 13. Greeneview moves...
Dayton Flyers rally to beat Davidson in OT

Dayton Flyers rally to beat Davidson in OT

The Dayton Flyers pulled off one of their most dramatic victories of the season, rally from 13 points down in the final minutes and then beating Davidson 89-82 in overtime Friday at Belk Arena thanks to one of the great performances in the career of Scoochie Smith. Star of the game: Smith scored 17 points and made all three of his 3-pointers in overtime. He did it all with four fouls. He picked up...
Valpo overcomes Peters absence to beat WSU

Valpo overcomes Peters absence to beat WSU

Even without Horizon League leading scorer and rebounder Alec Peters, Valparaiso was too much for Wright State as the Crusaders clinched at least a share of their fifth Horizon League regular-season title in the last six year with an 84-74 win at the Nutter Center. Peters, who averages 23.0 points and 10.1 rebounds, missed the game with a lower leg injury, snapping his streak of 134 consecutive starts...

Shawnee’s Seibert 6th at state swim

Shawnee senior Grace Seibert capped her high school career with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday night in the Division II state swim championships. Seibert, a runner-up in the event last year, clocked a time of 1 minute, 5.69 seconds at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Catholic Central freshman Bridget Engel finished one spot behind in seventh (1:06.04).
Springfield overwhelms Tecumseh to advance

Springfield overwhelms Tecumseh to advance

After Tecumseh took an early lead against Springfield on Friday night, Leonard Taylor knew he had to do something quick. A couple of trips to the rim did the trick. Springfield ran away to an 85-42 win over the Arrows at Trotwood and advances to face West Carrollton in a second-round game Tuesday. It was the 100th career victory for Springfield coach Isaiah Carson, who took control of the program...
Scoochie Smith hits 3 3-pointers in OT to lift Dayton Flyers to win

Scoochie Smith hits 3 3-pointers in OT to lift Dayton Flyers to win

WATCH: Video of Scoochie Smith's clutch shots in overtime at Davidson.
Scoochie Smith reacts to a clutch overtime performance

Scoochie Smith reacts to a clutch overtime performance

WATCH: Postgame interview with Scoochie Smith after the Flyers beat Davidson 89-82 in OT.
Green Bay women beat Wright State

Green Bay women beat Wright State

The Wright State women had a chance to make history Friday night but instead were merely witnesses to it. Wisconsin-Green Bay outscored the Raiders 10-1 over the final 101 seconds to post a 58-51 win that moved the Phoenix into a tie for first place and kept alive their hopes for a 19th consecutive regular-season league title. “We have played a lot of games, and we are better than what we showed...
Hal McCoy: Familiar story - Reds open spring losing in the 9th

Hal McCoy: Familiar story - Reds open spring losing in the 9th

Vincej excited for his chance with Reds

Vincej excited for his chance with Reds

Zach Vincej is excited but trying to keep his emotions in check. He is saying the right things, but in his first big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Vincej (pronounced VIN-see) admits to some butterflies. “It’s just another game, naturally, you’ll get a few butterflies in the beginning,” said Vincej. “Once the game starts it is just another game really. I’ve...
WSU men’s swimming team wins first relay title in five years

WSU men’s swimming team wins first relay title in five years

The Wright State men’s swimming team captured its first Horizon League relay championship in five years Thursday in Chicago. Chance Conley, Dominic Poletta, Bradford Johnson and PJ Musser won the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 21.59 seconds to help the Raiders move into fourth place in the team standings heading into the weekend swims. The last time a WSU relay team won a conference title...
3 reasons to get excited for the start of Reds spring training games

3 reasons to get excited for the start of Reds spring training games

Today is momentous, and not just because it represents the start of the weekend. The Reds take the field against the Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz., to officially begin Cactus League play for 2017. Here are three reasons to get excited about the return of baseball games, exhibitions though they may be: Davis, who was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman trade, was 10-5 with a 3.82 ERA in Pensacola and Louisville...
Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright scores 46 points

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright scores 46 points

Future Dayton Flyers point guard McKinley Wright scored 46 points Thursday for Champlin Park (Minn.) High School in an 87-77 victory over DeLaSalle. Wright, one of five players in the 2017 recruiting class, reached his career high in a matchup of two state-ranked teams. Champlin Park ranks No. 1 in Class 4A. DeLaSalle is No. 1 in 3A. Wright’s previous career high was 34 points. &ldquo...
Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

The game of basketball looks a lot easier when you're making shots, as Ohio State reminded us Thursday night while dominating Wisconsin.  Naturally after I ragged on them for two straight days they hit the Value City Arena floor looking like a different team against the Badgers, who didn't seem to have much juice and missed a fair amount of shots they probably make more often than not. ...
Wright-Patt airman to box in Dayton History Fight Night

Wright-Patt airman to box in Dayton History Fight Night

For almost three years, the gloved hands of Staff Sgt. Christopher Kemp, a medical technician in the Maternal Childcare Flight, Inpatient Operations Squadron, 88th Medical Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, have bathed newborn babies with tender loving care. Off-duty, those hands may be clenched inside a different set of gloves – those made for outwitting and out-punching an opponent inside...
Driver Ricky Stenhouse talks girlfriend Danica Patrick, Daytona 500 chances

Driver Ricky Stenhouse talks girlfriend Danica Patrick, Daytona 500 chances

The scenario: It’s the final lap of The Great American Race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on the outside groove and is trading paint with fellow driver – and girlfriend – Danica Patrick on the inside as they roar through turn four at Daytona International Speedway. Does Stenhouse let up knowing he might avoid Victory Lane, but also the dog house?...
Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School. The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest. We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of...
Local Paralympian will be honored, sign autographs at WSU game

Local Paralympian will be honored, sign autographs at WSU game

Wright State will honor local Paralympian gold medalist Grace Norman at the Nutter Center on Friday prior to the 7:30 p.m. men’s basketball game against Valparaiso. A Xenia Christian graduate and freshman at Cedarville University, Norman won the gold medal in the triathalon at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janiero. She also won bronze in the 400-meter race. She will be available for photos...
Dayton Flyers: Women's basketball team has exciting pregame routine

Dayton Flyers: Women's basketball team has exciting pregame routine

WATCH: The Flyers head down the tunnel at UD Arena to the court before a game vs. Saint Louis on Feb. 22, 2017.
Tecumseh looking to prove itself vs. Beavercreek

Tecumseh looking to prove itself vs. Beavercreek

There’s no lack of incentive for the streaking Tecumseh girls basketball team. Not with a tag of “they don’t belong” clinging to the Arrows like a tenacious defender. That’s what had emerging sophomore Presley Griffitts bristling following Wednesday night’s 54-45 defeat of Fairmont in a Division I girls high school sectional semifinal at Butler. “This means...
March Forecast VI: Where Dayton Flyers stand in NCAA tournament picture

March Forecast VI: Where Dayton Flyers stand in NCAA tournament picture

Believe it or not, the national college basketball holiday known as Selection Sunday is only 17 days away. On March 12, the Dayton Flyers will learn their fate. They can calm their nerves and the nerves of their entire fan base with a strong finish in the last three regular-season games and the Atlantic 10 tournament, moving away from bubble talk to lock status. Here’s a summary of where Dayton...

Bowling: Tecumseh boys use extra frames to advance

He wasn’t exactly carrying the weight of the world, but it was the weight of the Tecumseh Arrows boys bowling team. After three regular games and six Baker games at the boys Division I sectional tournament, Tecumseh and Springfield were knotted at 3,761, forcing a two-frame roll-off to secure the ninth and final district team berth. Senior Dylan Terrell was tapped by Tecumseh coach A.J. Malloris...
Boys Basketball: Springfield gets another shot at Tecumseh

Boys Basketball: Springfield gets another shot at Tecumseh

Though Springfield has compiled at least 18 wins in each of the last four seasons, there have been several losses each year. The loss that sticks out most in Danny Davis’ mind, though, ended his freshman season. Springfield was the No. 4 seed in the Dayton Division I sectional in 2014 and was the favorite to get to the districts after No. 3 Beavercreek lost an early game. But after pummeling...
Girls high school basketball sectional games through Sat.

Girls high school basketball sectional games through Sat.

The following are girls high school basketball Southwest District sectional games through Saturday. Sectional final winners advance to next week’s district finals at Princeton (D-I), Mason (D-II), Springfield (D-III) and Troy (D-IV). Mason vs. Amelia, 6 p.m. Turpin vs. Fairfield, 7:30 p.m. Alter vs. Monroe, 6 p.m. Bellbrook vs. Wilmington, 7:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Arcanum, 6 p.m. Preble Shawnee...
Beavercreek, Tecumseh D-I rematch set

Beavercreek, Tecumseh D-I rematch set

Surrounded by an outstanding group of untested underclassmen, it was senior Keaira Youngblood’s challenge to be the leader of the Beavercreek girls basketball team. “You kind of have to take on that mother role,” admitted Youngblood, who tallied a game-high 16 points in a 41-27 defeat of Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Centerville in a Division I sectional semifinal at Butler...
An interesting explanation for the NFL’s ratings decline

An interesting explanation for the NFL’s ratings decline

Remember how everyone was worried for months about the NFL’s declining ratings? Seemed like that was a storyline from September through January, though maybe it’s something we in the media worry about more than the average fan. In which case you are forgiven for tuning it all out. But for those curious about just what happened, here is an interesting explanation you might not have seen...
Suarez hopes improved English, fitness means better offense, defense

Suarez hopes improved English, fitness means better offense, defense

Eugenio Suarez wants to improve and not just on the field. Suarez stayed in Miami over the offseason rather than return to Venezuela. The 25-year old worked with a personal trainer and practiced his English. He is hoping that translates into a better season defensively and offensively. “I went home to Venezuela for the holidays but I stayed mostly in Miami,” said Suarez, who has worked...
Joey Gruden to play one more season with Dayton Flyers

Joey Gruden to play one more season with Dayton Flyers

Senior Night for the Dayton Flyers won’t include one of the team’s six seniors. UD announced Thursday walk-on Joey Gruden will return to the team next year. It will be his fifth year at the University of Dayton and his fourth season with the team. Gruden has appeared in 17 games in the last three seasons and six this season. He is the first walk-on off the bench in the final minutes. Gruden&rsquo...
Flo Rida, Avett Brothers among Cincinnati Reds concerts coming to GABP

Flo Rida, Avett Brothers among Cincinnati Reds concerts coming to GABP

The Cincinnati Reds announced the acts planned for their post-game concert series this summer. Kaleo will kick things off May 5 with Flo Rida set to play at Great American Ball Park on Aug. 4. The Avett Brothers will bring their act to the riverfront Aug. 26. Single-game tickets (excluding Opening Day) go on sale Saturday morning at 9.
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Jameis Winston says boys should be strong, girls silent and gentle during school appearance

Jameis Winston says boys should be strong, girls silent and gentle during school appearance

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said something Wednesday during an elementary school appearance that he wishes he could take back, like an errant pass.
WSU to get ultimate tourney test vs. first-place Valpo

WSU to get ultimate tourney test vs. first-place Valpo

Tuesday night’s loss at Northern Kentucky not only snapped Wright State’s four-game winning streak, it eliminated the Raiders from contention for a regular-season title, which in turn took a little luster of Friday night’s game against first-place Valparaiso. It also expanded the team’s vision from a straight-ahead pinhole to a wide-angle shot of the Horizon, as in League...
25 photos: Dayton Flyers win share of A-10 championship

25 photos: Dayton Flyers win share of A-10 championship

College Basketball Preview: Valparaiso at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: Valparaiso at Wright State

Who: Valparaiso (23-6, 13-3) at Wright State (19-10, 10-6) When: 7:30 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 15-14. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 19-10 at Wright State and 429-250 in 22 seasons overall. Matt Lottich is 23-6 in his first season at Valparaiso. Probable Valparaiso starters Tevonn Walker;6-2;Jr.;G;10.9 Shane Hammink;6-7;Sr.;G;15.2 Lexus Williams;6-0;Jr.;G;5.1 Alec Peters...

H.S. Results for 2/22: Southeastern advances to sectional final

Jessica Erwin scored 24 points for Southeastern in a 55-45 win over Yellow Springs in a Division IV girls basketball sectional semifinal at Brookville on Wednesday. Maddy McKee added 17 points for SE, including five three-point baskets. Liz Smith paced Yellow Springs with 21 points and Morgan Minnich added 13. Southeastern advances to a Saturday sectional final against Covington, which knocked off...
Dayton Flyers clinch A-10 women’s basketball championship

Dayton Flyers clinch A-10 women’s basketball championship

The Dayton Flyers clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 women’s basketball regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference  tournament, beating Saint Louis 68-62 in overtime Wednesday at UD Arena. In her final home game, senior Kelley Austria led the Flyers with 16 points and hit a key 3-pointer in overtime. Lauren Cannatelli and Saicha Grant-Allen scored 12. Dayton survived a long...

Bowling: Springfield senior wins for great-grandmother

Springfield senior Courtney Kaffenbarger had all the motivation she needed Wednesday. In addition to being in her final season bowling for the Wildcats, Kaffenbarger found inspiration in her great-grandmother. “She passed away mid-season, so I really wanted to do this for her,” the lone Springfield senior said. Kaffenbarger translated that motivation into a district berth as her 199-182-162&ndash...
Wright State women on cusp of history

Wright State women on cusp of history

The Wright State women are coming off a historic run in which they won 13 in a row for the first time in 30 seasons as a Division I program. But even that pales against the type of history the Raiders can make Friday. If WSU (22-6, 14-2 Horizon League) can beat Wisconsin-Green Bay at 5 p.m. at the Nutter Center, the Raiders not only will clinch the first regular-season title in school history, they...
Springfield wrestling navigates hectic layoff

Springfield wrestling navigates hectic layoff

It has been a hectic three weeks for Springfield High School wrestling coach Joe Cochran. Hectic in trying to keep everyone reined in during a layoff while keeping the focus on the sectional tournament. Add in the fact the wrestling season ends 14 days before the first pitch of the high school baseball season, and it has been interesting. “I have wrestlers trying to go to baseball tryouts,&rdquo...
Report: Former UC coach considering run for governor of Alabama

Report: Former UC coach considering run for governor of Alabama

Tommy Tuberville couldn’t hack it as the head coach at the University of Cincinnati, but how about governor of Alabama for a consolation prize. Sound crazy? It probably is, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. CBS Sports reported this week, “It is known he is currently in the process of gauging interest for his entry into the 2018 race.” That’s right, the former...
Rookie Davis to start Cactus League opener for Reds

Rookie Davis to start Cactus League opener for Reds

Billy Davis dropped his fishing pole in Holly Ridge, N.C. and arranged to take a 2,300-mile trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. His son, William Theron Davis III, who has answered to Rookie all his life, will be taking the mound against the San Francisco Giants on Friday to open the Cincinnati Reds’ Cactus League season. His dad is such a baseball fan that when Davis was born, April 20, 1993, he insisted...
Stebbins lures Bonifay from Southeastern as football coach

Stebbins lures Bonifay from Southeastern as football coach

Greg Bonifay has resigned at Southeastern to become the head football coach at Stebbins High School. Bonifay’s new position was announced Wednesday by Stebbins superintendent Chad Wyen, pending school board approval. Bonifay was Southeastern’s coach for 10 seasons. He succeeds Trace Smitherman at Stebbins. “It’s like a homecoming for me,” said Bonifay, who previously...
What would it take for the Browns to pry A.J. McCarron from Bengals?

What would it take for the Browns to pry A.J. McCarron from Bengals?

One of several storylines for the Bengals this offseason involves what they will do with backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is set to become a restricted free agent after next season.  I would vote for keeping him through the season as long as they consider themselves a Super Bowl contender because anyone who pays any attention to the league knows having a viable backup is more than just a...
Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Apparently MLB will not be altering the strike zone this year, and that makes commissioner Rob Manfred kinda angry.  While this would not be the first time the MLBPA stood in the way of progress, executive director Tony Clark has a point that this might be a bit too short of a turnaround for changing the strike zone.  As I wrote previously, the commissioner understanding pace of...
Dayton Dragons to host National Anthem tryouts this weekend

Dayton Dragons to host National Anthem tryouts this weekend

The 18th Annual Dayton Daily News National Anthem Tryouts will be held this weekend at the Dayton Mall for the chance to sing at a Dayton Dragons game. Auditions are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at the Dayton Mall. Try-out time slots are filled, although standby positions are available, according to the Dayton Dragons. GALLERY: Dayton Dragons National Anthem tryouts If performers are not available...
22 photos for 22 wins: Dayton Flyers vs. George Mason

22 photos for 22 wins: Dayton Flyers vs. George Mason

Dayton Flyers near UD Arena attendance record

Dayton Flyers near UD Arena attendance record

The Dayton Flyers will set an attendance record that has stood since UD Arena opened in 1969-70 if they draw a crowd better than 12,877 in their last home game. Dayton (22-5, 13-2) plays Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. March 1 at UD Arena. It will be senior night for the winningest class in school history. The Atlantic 10 regular-season title could be on the line. The 1967 Flyers will be honored...

Arroyo throws live BP for Reds without incident

Bronson Arroyo threw live batting practice Tuesday after missing 2 ½ years with elbow and shoulder injuries. It was his first time facing hitters since July 2 of last season, when he made the second of two minor-league rehab starts with the Washington Nationals. “I threw the ball about where I wanted to most of the time. As long as it’s pain-free, I’m good,” said the...

H.S. Results for 2/21: CBC, CCC, MAC announce all-conference teams

Caleb South was tabbed as the player of the year and Brett Kopp the coach of the year in the Cross County Conference boys basketball all-conference team announced Tuesday. South and Kopp guided CCC champion Bethel to a 19-3 record in the regular season and a 12-0 mark in the conference. Hunter Muir (Ansonia), Logan West (Miami East), Ryan Rose (Bethel), Ethan Bowman (Mississinawa Valley), Trace Couch...
Hot-shooting NKU snaps Wright State win streak

Hot-shooting NKU snaps Wright State win streak

Wright State’s biggest shot of the game was followed by one of the biggest of its many lapses as Northern Kentucky outscored the Raiders 9-2 down to the stretch to snap their four-game winning streak Tuesday night at BB&T Arena. The Norse’s Lavone Holland hit a layup to answer a Grant Benzinger 3-pointer that had tied the game with 80 seconds to go, and Drew McDonald gave NKU the lead...
Final: NKU 83, Wright State 76

Final: NKU 83, Wright State 76

Northern Kentucky rallied from 10 points down in the second half to snap Wright State’s four-game winning streak at four with a 83-76 victory Tuesday night at the BB&T Arena. The loss dropped the Raiders to 19-10 overall and 10-6 in the Horizon League. If Valparaiso hangs on against Milwaukee, WSU will be eliminated from regular-season title contention. Wright State’s Grant Benzinger hit...
Big second-half run carries Dayton Flyers to win

Big second-half run carries Dayton Flyers to win

The Dayton Flyers ran off 20 straight points in the second half and then held on for an 83-70 victory against George Mason on Tuesday at UD Arena. Star of the game: John Crosby led the Flyers during the big run. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Stat of the game: The Flyers committed only five turnovers. George Mason had 17. Big picture: Dayton’s seniors won their 100th game. The...
Springfield-area state swimming and diving qualifiers

Springfield-area state swimming and diving qualifiers

The boys and girls high school state swimming and diving championships are Wednesday through Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The following is a schedule and Springfield-area qualifiers. STATE SWIMMING & DIVING Where: C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton Wednesday: D-II girls diving prelims, semis, finals, 9 a.m.; D-II boys diving prelims, semis, finals, 2 p.m. Thursday: D-I girls diving prelims...
Balanced scoring a key to Springfield’s chances

Balanced scoring a key to Springfield’s chances

The word on Danny Davis has long been out to opposing coaches. They know that Davis, a senior guard for Springfield, can score from several feet behind the 3-point line or drive inside and hit shots in the post. And while opposing teams have tried and sometimes succeeded in containing or stopping Davis, Springfield nonetheless racked up a 19-3 regular-season record and secured the top seed in the...
Xeyrius Williams: Sophomores step up in Dayton win

Xeyrius Williams: Sophomores step up in Dayton win

WATCH: Dayton forward Xeyrius Williams talks to media after beating George Mason on Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena.
Shayne Graham retires as honorary member of Cincinnati Bengals

Shayne Graham retires as honorary member of Cincinnati Bengals

Shayne Graham ceremonially retired as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. The veteran kicker spent seven of his 15 seasons with the Bengals and is the franchise leader in field goal percentage (86.76). A Pro Bowler in 2005 when the Bengals won the AFC North for the first time under coach Marvin Lewis, Graham holds club records for highest FG percentage in a season (91.18 in 2007) and consecutive...
Urbana approves Cotner as football coach

Urbana approves Cotner as football coach

With its history and tradition, the Urbana High School football program always seemed like a good destination to Carleton Cotner. Now Cotner hopes it’s his final stop. “Being in the league with them and knowing the football tradition they have there, the way the town is passionate about football, I’ve always been attracted to the program,” said Cotner, who was approved as head...
Jeanie Buss and the Lakers must really believe in Magic (Johnson)

Jeanie Buss and the Lakers must really believe in Magic (Johnson)

Did the NBA hire away some of the NFL’s information officers? Because the pro roundball league is doing a great job of dominating headlines this week. Two days after another star-studded All-Star Game weekend and with the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade still sinking in, Magic Johnson is part of a major shakeup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson, of course, is a Lakers great who...
Springfield native Adam Eaton likes the Mighty Mouse look

Springfield native Adam Eaton likes the Mighty Mouse look

Adam Eaton donned his “go-to shirt” — a gray T, with the words “Mighty Mouse” in red, and a sketch of the small-but-strong cartoon character who debuted in the 1940s - before and after the Washington Nationals’ first full-squad workout of spring training on Sunday. The piece of casual clothing, purchased by his wife at a Nordstrom Rack, contains the nickname given...
Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Glad that Bob Huggins is apparently doing OK after suffering a heart-related health episode last night during West Virginia’s win over Texas.  He's got to be one of the more interesting characters in the sports world around here in the past 20 years.  From high-scoring schoolboy legend to accomplished MAC coach to Cincinnati superstar/super villain depending on your allegiances, he's...
Ohio State joins Dayton, Wright State in conference title driver’s seat

Ohio State joins Dayton, Wright State in conference title driver’s seat

Ohio State moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten women’s basketball standings Monday night by beating No. 2 Maryland 98-87. Dayton and Wright State were like, “What took you so long?” The Flyers, Raiders and Buckeyes are all in position to claim conference titles with wins this week. Dayton (18-9, 12-3) is up first as coach Shauna Green’s team hosts Saint Louis on Wednesday...
5 things to know about former Cincinnati Bearcats coach Bob Huggins

5 things to know about former Cincinnati Bearcats coach Bob Huggins

The college basketball endured a scary moment last night when Bob Huggins went down on the court clutching his chest during West Virginia’s 77-62 win over Texas. Here are five things to know about the Mountaineers’ coach: From 1989-2005, he led the Bearcats to 399 wins, 10 conference championships and one Final Four. Prior to the 2002-03 season, Huggins suffered a heart attack at...

H.S. Results for 2/20: Troy Christian wraps up regular season with win

James Anderson recorded 21 points with 12 rebounds for the Troy Christian boys basketball team in a 54-21 win over Northeastern to close out the regular season for both teams. Alex Lockwood and Aaron Phillips had 10 points apiece for Northeastern. Troy Christian, which finished in second place in the Metro Buckeye Conference, moved to 15-7. Northeastern fell to 13-9. SCORES LIST Boys Basketball Saturday&rsquo...
Girls Basketball: Kenton Ridge runs away from Eaton in tourney opener

Girls Basketball: Kenton Ridge runs away from Eaton in tourney opener

The Kenton Ridge High School girls basketball team looked masterful in the second half of a sectional tournament game against Eaton on Monday night. And the Cougars will have to play like that — and not like the first half — in order to have a long tournament run. Kenton Ridge ran away in the second half to beat Eaton 78-31 in a Division II sectional opener at Tecumseh’s Reynolds...
10 things to know about Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller

10 things to know about Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller

This season, as in each of the past four seasons, Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller finds his name attached to almost every big-time job opening in the country — and often to jobs that aren’t open yet but may be soon. Miller’s alma mater, North Carolina State, announced earlier this month its head coach, Mark Gottfried, will not return after the 2016-17 season. As the Indiana Hoosiers...
Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield (Division I) and Southeastern (D-IV) high schools both ranked among the top 10 in the final Associated Press boys high school basketball polls that were released on Monday. Springfield (19-3) finished No. 10 among D-I teams. The Wildcats finally cracked the top 10 last week and stayed there. Springfield had a seven-game win streak...
WSU freshman Custer bringing a crowd to NKU

WSU freshman Custer bringing a crowd to NKU

Wright State’s final road game of the regular season will actually feel more like a home game for freshman forward Ryan Custer. The Raiders will play at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, and the BB&T Center is less than 30 minutes from the house Custer grew up in on the west side of Cincinnati. “My mom told me (Monday) night there were 33 people coming,” Custer said. “And I know...
Final high school boys basketball state poll

Final high school boys basketball state poll

Trotwood-Madison (Division II) and Versailles (D-III) both were ranked runner-up in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press boys high school state basketball polls that were released on Monday. The final girls state polls were released last week. Voting is done by a panel of state-wide media who subscribe to AP. In order: final rank, team, first-place votes (in parenthesis), record...
More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

Upon the occasion of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer offering Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas a scholarship, we thought it would be appropriate to look back on the Buckeyes to come from the Miami Valley over the past three decades. Starting with Alter standout Jeff Graham in 1987 up through Miamisburg five-star prospect Josh Myers this year, Ohio State has signed 60 players from the Dayton-Middletown-Springfield...
Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving's comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea robots...
Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday. Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records....
Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving’s comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
College basketball preview: Wright State at Northern Kentucky

College basketball preview: Wright State at Northern Kentucky

Who: Wright State (19-9, 10-5) at Northern Kentucky (18-10, 9-6) When: 7 p.m. Tuesday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads the series 21-8 and has won five of the last seven meetings Coaches: Scott Nagy is 19-9 at Wright State and 429-249 in 22 seasons overall. John Brannen is 27-31 in his second season at NKU. Probable Wright State starters Steven Davis;6-8;Sr.;F;15.0 Mark Alstork...
Wright State baseball ranked for first time in program history

Wright State baseball ranked for first time in program history

The Wright State baseball program is no stranger to the national stage after reaching the regional final the last two years, but the Raiders are newcomers to the national polls. For the first time in program history, the Raiders are ranked after winning two of three games at then-No. 10 Clemson over the weekend to debut at No. 25 in the Baseball America poll released Monday. “It’s...
UNCC quarterback, brother of Panthers tight end, arrested on rape charges

UNCC quarterback, brother of Panthers tight end, arrested on rape charges

Olsen is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. Kevin Olsen was arrested on charges of second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex. The Charlotte 49ers were Olsen’s fourth team since September 2014. Out of high school in Wayne, New Jersey, Olsen committed to the Miami Hurricanes but left after being suspended from the team...
DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with Anthony Davis and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans. The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center. Here’s what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:
Relief pitcher Drew Storen on the Reds: ‘We have some hungry guys here’

Relief pitcher Drew Storen on the Reds: ‘We have some hungry guys here’

Familiar surroundings are important to Drew Storen. Storen found a home in Washington with the Washington Nationals in 2010, changing roles while helping his team to the playoffs in 2012 and 2014. He was the Nationals first pick in the 2009 draft and made his Major League debut less than a full year after the draft, making brief stops at every minor league level along the way. The 29-year old right-hander...
One expert’s prediction: Dayton Flyers vs. Xavier in March Madness

One expert’s prediction: Dayton Flyers vs. Xavier in March Madness

The latest NCAA tournament bracket prediction from Jerry Palm, of CBS Sports, features an intriguing matchup: No. 10 seed Dayton vs. No. 7 seed Xavier in the West Region, all the way out in Sacramento, Calif. Take the prediction for what it’s worth. At this point, all the bracketologists are throwing darts blindly. For one thing, neither Dayton (21-5) or Xavier (18-9) has wrapped up a berth...
Wright State baseball beat No. 10 Clemson again

Wright State baseball beat No. 10 Clemson again

The Wright State baseball team did it again Sunday, upsetting No. 10 Clemson in the rubber match of the season-opening series. The Raiders (2-1) jumped on the Tigers for three runs in the second inning and never looked back on their way to a 10-2 triumph. Freshman Seth Gray, a Shawnee graduate, launched his first collegiate home run to plate two of the runs in the three-run second. Gray also doubled...
Wright State dilemma: Coddle fatigue or challenge the fight

Wright State dilemma: Coddle fatigue or challenge the fight

Wright State finds itself in the middle of a tough stretch, which in turns leaves coach Scott Nagy with a tough decision. Saturday’s 74-68 double-overtime win at Cleveland State had Nagy second guessing the practice plan he’s been using with the regular season grinding to its conclusion. “We were so soft in the first half offensively that it leaked into everything, our free throws...
Reds sign Raburn to minor-league deal

Reds sign Raburn to minor-league deal

The Cincinnati Reds signed infielder/outfielder Ryan Raburn to a minor-league contract Sunday. Raburn is a 10-year veteran who has spent time with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies. He hit .220 in 113 games with Colorado last season. He owns a career average of .253 with a .317 on-base percentage to go with 91 home runs and 352. The move brings the number of players in spring...
Back-to-back plays by Davis get crowd going and ‘change the game’

Back-to-back plays by Davis get crowd going and ‘change the game’

Kyle Davis knows how to take direction. The Dayton senior guard wasn’t much of a factor through most of the St. Bonaventure game Saturday. But with the Flyers playing without their usual pep, coach Archie Miller implored his defensive-minded star to make something happen. “I started out slow, and the coach pulled me over in the second half and said, ‘You need to get the team going...
Middletown’s Edwards reaches 1,000 points at Purdue: Five things to know

Middletown’s Edwards reaches 1,000 points at Purdue: Five things to know

Vince Edwards became the 50th player in Purdue history to reach 1,000 points Saturday during an 80-63 victory against Michigan State. Edwards, a junior from Middletown High School, reached the milestone on a three-point play early in the second half. He is averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Boilermakers, who are 22-5 and in first place in the Big Ten at 11-3. Here are five...
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