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Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited the University of Dayton on Saturday, playing at the Cronin Center with his brother Kostas and other Flyers. Giannis, a 6-foot-11 small forward known as the Greek Freak, just completed his fourth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He started in the NBA All-Star Game. The Bucks’ season ended Thursday...
Deshaun Watson buys mom new car for birthday after getting drafted by Texans

Deshaun Watson buys mom new car for birthday after getting drafted by Texans

Deshaun Watson is officially a professional quarterback as he was taken 12th overall in this year’s NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Most guys might go blow some signing money on some ridiculous gifts for their posse or buy themselves a huge house, but not Watson. He went out and hooked his mom up with a sweet ride: Watson will tell you that everything he gets and has worked for is because...
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season

Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, ESPN reported. The Kenton Ridge High and Miami University alum sustained the injury in the ninth inning of a loss to the New York Mets on a play at first base. He hit a roller to the left side, barely beat the throw, then collapsed. The 28-year-old outfielder...

H.S. Results for 4/29: Milton Union wins doubles tournament

Milton Union edged out Bellbrook to win the Chaminade Julienne Doubles Invitational in boys tennis on Saturday. Milton Union and Bellbrook both finished with seven points. Vandalia and Chaminade Julienne had two points apiece. Boys Volleyball Beavercreek 3, Centerville 2: ‘Creek rallied from a two-set deficit to earn the win against Centerville. Parker Mikesch led the way with 16 kills and 23...
Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams

Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams

Hamilton High School graduates Marcus Oliver and Adam Pankey didn’t hear their names called during this weekend’s NFL Draft, but both told the JournalNews they agreed to terms as free agents shortly afterward. Oliver, a linebacker and two-time captain at Indiana University, is headed to Philadelphia, where he work alongside Jordan Hicks, a former Greater Miami Conference rival at Lakota...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a moment Saturday morning to pay tribute to his father on what would have been Dale Earnhardt’s 66th birthday. “Happy Birthday dude,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his Instagram page alongside a photo of himself as a child with his dad. It had already been quite a week for the younger Earnhardt. He announced Tuesday that he would be retiring at the end of the...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and see...
Vikings draft Centerville’s Odenigbo

Vikings draft Centerville’s Odenigbo

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Centerville High School graduate Ifeadi Odenigbo in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Odenigbo had 23.5 careers sacks at Northwestern, including a career-high four in a game against Iowa last year. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Odenigbo was a first team All Big-10 selection in 2016, leading the conference in sacks with 10.
Successful Kenton Ridge girls coach calls it a career

Successful Kenton Ridge girls coach calls it a career

In the 33 years that Ed Foulk has coached girls basketball at Kenton Ridge, the program has been one of the most consistently successful in the state. The Cougars set dozens of state and national records and advanced to the district finals 20 times. But if the success will continue, it will be under new leadership. Foulk told the team Monday night that he is retiring, and assistant coaches Stephanie...
Former Bengals great a fan of fourth-round pick Lawson

Former Bengals great a fan of fourth-round pick Lawson

Carl Lawson’s path to Cincinnati might have been helped by his connection to a former Bengals lineman. After the Cincinnati Bengals took the 6-foot-2, 253-pound defensive end from Auburn with their first pick of the fourth round (No. 116 overall) on Saturday, former All-Pro offensive tackle Willie Anderson posted on Instagram that he had made a call to Marvin Lewis on behalf of Lawson. &ldquo...
Reds-Cardinals game postponed

Reds-Cardinals game postponed

The Reds-Cardinals game scheduled for 2:15 p.m. today in St. Louis has been postponed due to severe weather. The game will be rescheduled at a date and time yet to be determined. The teams meet at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The Cardinals won the series opener 7-5 on Friday night, handing the Reds their fourth straight loss.
Michael Phelps opens up about his ADHD diagnosis

Michael Phelps opens up about his ADHD diagnosis

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is opening up about his struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was once told by a teacher that he would never amount to anything and would never be successful, according to a video message he recorded for Child Mind Institute. Phelps said that he couldn't sit still as a child and was "constantly...
Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

The Browns selected N.C. State running back Matt Dayes with their second seventh-round pick. The Browns took Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez with their first of two picks in the seventh round. A Lou Groza Award finalist as a senior, Gonzalez is the FBS career record holder with 96 field goals. His 494 points also are a FBS record, as are his six games with at least four field goals, three field...
WATCH: Bengals first-round pick gets shout out from rapper Snoop Dogg, his youth football coach

WATCH: Bengals first-round pick gets shout out from rapper Snoop Dogg, his youth football coach

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross on Friday touched on his relationship with rapper Snoop Dogg, who was his youth football coach. Ross, a wide receiver taken ninth overall in Thursday’s first round, isn’t the first player to go from the Snoop Youth Football League to the NFL, but he said he’s the first player from Snoop’s team to make it. The rapper, who ironically...
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, pop singer Ciara, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born Friday night, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news Sienna weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Ciara’s Instagram post. It's the couple's first child together, CNN reported. They married last July and used Instagram in October...
Bengals draft defensive end Willis in third round

Bengals draft defensive end Willis in third round

The Cincinnati Bengals continued their shopping spree for speed Friday night in the third round when they took Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, whose 4.53 40-yard dash at the Combine was the fastest of any defensive lineman. The pick comes after their first-round selection of wide receiver John Ross, who broke the Combine record with a 4.22, and the second-round pick of running back Joe Mixon...
Cincinnati Bengals stay true to themselves with choice of Joe Mixon

Cincinnati Bengals stay true to themselves with choice of Joe Mixon

Apparently the Cincinnati Bengals are determined to prove they can win without being great on defense. (We already knew they don’t care about bad press, but more on that later.) With their second pick of the 2017 draft, they chose another dynamic offensive player while continuing to wait to address a defense in need of an athleticism upgrade.  Putting that aside, Oklahoma running back Joe...
Bengals take a gamble on Oklahoma running back Mixon

Bengals take a gamble on Oklahoma running back Mixon

The Cincinnati Bengals gambled Friday night by trading down seven spots in the second round. Whether they won or lost depends on your view on the value of forgiveness, redemption and rehabilitation. Actually, whether they won or lost may not be known for many years, until Joe Mixon exits the NFL as a redeemed or repeat offender. The Bengals drafted the controversial running back from Oklahoma with...

H.S. Results for 4/28: Valentino perfect in win for Badin

Devon Valentino threw five innings of perfect baseball in Badin’s 14-0 win over Carroll on Friday. Valentino struck out three to earn the win. Offensively Badin racked up 14 hits, with Gavin Matthews and Zac Wilson each hitting a triple and Daunte DeCello doubling twice. Badin, at 10-11 overall, sits atop the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Central standings with a 7-3 record. Carroll fell to...
Bengals draft defensive end in third round

Bengals draft defensive end in third round

After taking offensive players with their first two selections, the Cincinnati Bengals added some help to their pass rush by drafting Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis in the third round with the 73rd overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Willis was a second team All-American last year. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, appearing 48 games with 39 starts. His 26 career stats...
Social media reacts to Bengals selection of controversial running back Joe Mixon

Social media reacts to Bengals selection of controversial running back Joe Mixon

For a team that generally acts like it doesn’t care about public relations, the Cincinnati Bengals sure are good at stirring up a reaction. The latest episode came Friday night when they selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL draft. Mixon is a talented player but a controversial one because he got into an altercation with a young woman in 2014 that ended with...
Lawrence, Smith impressive before rain shuts down Wayne

Lawrence, Smith impressive before rain shuts down Wayne

The only thing that could slow Wayne from winning its own high-end track and field invitational was unrelenting rain that drenched Heidkamp Stadium on Friday night. Fifteen minutes into an early finals start, the gloomy inevitable overtook the entire region. After waiting nearly 90 minutes, multiple lightning count-down restarts and no letup of the worsening weather in sight, Wayne coach and meet...
NFL Draft: Browns get their quarterback in second round

NFL Draft: Browns get their quarterback in second round

Just when some thought the Cleveland Browns had decided to delay their seemingly endless quarterback search, they selected Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on Friday in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 52 overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Toledo native battled through coaching issues last season to complete 212 of his 361 attempts for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine...
NFL Draft: 3 more Ohio State Buckeyes taken on night 2

NFL Draft: 3 more Ohio State Buckeyes taken on night 2

After three Ohio State Buckeyes were drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, another trio went Friday night in rounds two and three.  Here are capsules for the newest OSU draftees:  ▪ 40th receiver from Ohio State drafted in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last: Braxton Miller, third round, 2016 by the Texans ▪ First: Bob Rein, seventh round, 1967 by...
Cincinnati Bengals draft controversial running back Joe Mixon

Cincinnati Bengals draft controversial running back Joe Mixon

After trading down seven spots in the second round Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted controversial running back Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick. Mixon became a national lighting rod when video from 2014 surfaced of him punching a 19-year-old woman, fracturing four bones in her face. He was suspended for the 2014 season but returned to play for the Sooners in 2015 and 2016, rushing...
Bengals pick up fifth-year option on Dennard

Bengals pick up fifth-year option on Dennard

The Cincinnati Bengals on Friday picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Darqueze Dennard, locking up the team’s 2014 first-round draft pick through the 2018 season. Dennard has appeared in 40 games with four starts. He played in 15 games with three starts last year, logging 41 tackles on defense and six on special teams. Dennard is one of four first-round cornerbacks on the roster, along...
Meet the Dayton Dragons: Cassidy Brown, catcher

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Cassidy Brown, catcher

Who: Cassidy G. Brown Position: Catcher Number: 39 Personal: R/R; 6-3, 215 pounds Born: July 21, 1994 (22) Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio College: Loyola Marymount Drafted: By Reds in 12th round in 2016. Notable: Max Preps Ohio player of the year in 2013 at Walsh Jesuit. Had outstanding career at Loyola after slow start. A backup to Tyler Stephenson.
OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Games will be held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday. A combined Divisions IV-VII game is at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m. The North head coaches are Mike Franklin of Sandusky (Divisions I-III) and Warren JFK’s Jeff Bayuk (Divisions IV-VII). The South head coaches...
Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Colorado

Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Colorado

Former Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright on Friday announced his commitment to the University of Colorado. Dayton released Wright from his letter of intent after coach Archie Miller left for Indiana. New Dayton coach Anthony Grant kept two signed recruits in the fold: Jordan Davis and Jordan Pierce. Wright and Nahziah Carter asked for their release. Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School...
Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy announced Friday that James Manns signed a university letter of intent to play for the Raiders. A 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, Manns averaged 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists as a senior at Walnut Ridge High School in 2015-16. Last season he played for Kingston Academy in Middletown, averaging 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist. “James...
Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks

Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks

The 2017 NFL draft continues tonight with the second and third rounds. After taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round, what will the Cincinnati Bengals do for an encore? Hope to find a player as productive as these were for them. Here are the 10 best second-round picks in Bengals history: The man who blocked for the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in history actually had a better...
Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

How’s your NFL draft hangover?  Probably worse if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, but we’ll get to that later.  My immediate take on the Cincinnati Bengals taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round was they could have used that pick more smartly.  That doesn’t mean I believe it was a bad pick. Ross brings the potential for great excitement...
NFL Draft: Will the Bengals take controversial running back on Day 2?

NFL Draft: Will the Bengals take controversial running back on Day 2?

The Cincinnati Bengals will have two more picks in the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday. One of those picks is likely to be a defensive end, but whether it comes with the 41st or 73rd overall pick will depend on the first eight players selected when drafting resumes at 7 p.m. »RELATED: Need for speed fulfilled for Bengals After taking Washington wide receiver...
FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

The first night of the NFL draft was full of surprises, from the seemingly lopsided trades of teams looking to move up to the players selected several spots before they were projected to go. >> Read more trending news Perhaps the most surprising thing about Thursday’s first round was the collection of names that remained on the board for Day 2. Here’s a look at the some of the players...

H.S. Results for 4/27: Monroe tallies two grand slams in win

Faith Hensley and Alexis Arnold each had a grand slam in leading Monroe to a 16-1 win over Valley View in softball on Thursday. Hensley went 2-for-3 and Arnold 3-for-4 on the day. Sam Schwab added two hits and three RBI and Alyssa Wagner notched her 11th win. Hannah Powers drove in Valley View’s lone run. It marked the 12th consecutive victory for Monroe, which improved to 18-1 overall and 8-0...
Beavercreek boys post two wins, claim first-day lead at Wayne

Beavercreek boys post two wins, claim first-day lead at Wayne

Beavercreek made the most of a meet-opening statement by winning the boys distance medley to kick off the 19th annual Wayne track and field invitational at Heidkamp Stadium on Thursday. With senior standout Ben Ewert unloading a 1,600-meter anchor of 4:22, the Beavers pulled away from Hilliard Davidson and set a school record in the rarely run high school event (10:32.13). Joining Ewert on the relay...
NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

Ohio State had three players taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft -- all defensive backs. Here is an overview of the trio:  ▪ 29th cornerback and 56th defensive back selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last CB: Eli Apple, first round, 2016 by the Giants ▪ First CB: Ted Provost, seventh round, 1970 by the Rams ▪ 11th Ohio State cornerback...
Lakota East’s Horter on the fast track to success

Lakota East’s Horter on the fast track to success

The high school track and field season started last month, but for talented Lakota East distance runner Dustin Horter, racing turned for real just last week. That’s because the junior burned an 8:56.52 in the 3,200 meters in the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville. He followed that up 12 hours later with a 1:54.96 in the 800. Those times immediately vaulted him among the nation&rsquo...
Tom Archdeacon: Steubenville offender gets second chance at Central State

Tom Archdeacon: Steubenville offender gets second chance at Central State

One of the more controversial, polarizing — and, some say, mischaracterized — football players in the nation has joined the Central State Marauders and is vying for the stating quarterback job. How the venture ultimately plays out will make the story of Trent Mays one of second chances or second guesses. Five years ago, Mays — a budding 16-year-old star football player and wrestler...
Cincinnati Bengals Draft Tracker: Follow the team’s selections

Cincinnati Bengals Draft Tracker: Follow the team’s selections

SEVENTH ROUND No. 251: Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo The Bengals wrapped their draft with the 6-foot-5, 258-pound Mason Schreck, a tight end from Buffalo. He had 59 catches for 651 yards and four touchdowns last season. SIXTH ROUND No. 207: Brandon Wilson, Cornerback, Houston For the fourth-time in franchise history, the Bengals traded up during the draft and selected the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Wilson...
Springfield’s Smith on cruise control at Wayne’s midseason showdown

Springfield’s Smith on cruise control at Wayne’s midseason showdown

It’s known as the 19th annual Wayne track and field invitational. But to Springfield High School junior hurdler Dyier Smith, it’s a preview of the season-ending state meet. “This is an important meet because this is known as a mini state,” Smith said Thursday after posting the second-best finals qualifying time in the 110-meter high hurdles at Heidkamp Stadium. “Everybody...
Browns take Garrett No. 1, add Michigan’s Peppers, TE in first round

Browns take Garrett No. 1, add Michigan’s Peppers, TE in first round

The Cleveland Browns did what everyone expected them to with the first pick in the NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett is the first player from Texas A&M to be the top overall pick. He was a three-year starter for the Aggies, recording double-digit sacks all three years for a career total of 36. Garrett is the sixth defensive lineman the Browns...
Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar junior running back Tavion Thomas has been one of the hottest college football recruits in the country since early February, and he released his top 10 schools Thursday night. In no order, the Scout.com four-star power back tweeted he is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, LSU, USC and Oregon. “I appreciate all the love from every school...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

The Cincinnati Bengals will kick off their 50th season tonight when the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. The Bengals own the ninth pick, which means they should be drafting the 625th player in franchise history sometime between 9:15 and 9:30. The Cleveland Browns will kick off the festivities with the No. 1 overall pick, and then they will turn around and pick again at 12. We’ll have updates every...
Spectator drag racing division kicks off Saturday at Shady Bowl

Spectator drag racing division kicks off Saturday at Shady Bowl

For all the racing spectators in the grandstands that think they can do it better on the track, Shady Bowl Speedway is giving them a chance to prove it. The Champaign County oval kicks off its spectator drag racing division Saturday. At the end of the season – and after a NASCAR Chase-style format – the winner receives a race-ready compact car that’s painted, lettered and ready to...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about.  Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia:  1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Curtis Samuel...
Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Centerville High School graduate Jake Replogle has been named Purdue University’s male winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017. Replogle was a stalwart on the Boilermakers defensive line during his football career, playing 39 games and registering 158 tackles, including 35 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last season and was voted by teammates...
Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Xenia and Southeastern both were staring at openings in their high school baseball schedules this week when Xenia coach Barry Claus sent Southeastern coach Craig Isaac a text. “When Alter decided they didn’t want to play us Saturday, I got in touch with Craig and asked him if we wanted to play,” Claus said after his team claimed a 5-3 win over Southeastern at home Wednesday night...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
Opinion: The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

Opinion: The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters. Tony Kornheiser and Michal Wilbon, not just colleagues...

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee. Kenton Ridge improved to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships, 10 a.m. at Northeastern; Kenny...
5 players the Cincinnati Bengals are most likely to draft

5 players the Cincinnati Bengals are most likely to draft

The Cincinnati Bengals own a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2011 after a run of five consecutive playoff appearances ended in 2016. What had been a young, talented and deep roster allowed the Bengals the luxury of viewing the draft through a broader lens, knowing they weren’t dependent on their top picks making immediate impacts. But that young roster is aging and the...
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters. Tony Kornheiser and Michal Wilbon, not just colleagues...
Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Devin Mesoraco is ready to return to the Cincinnati Reds. Per MLB.com, that means the team is likely to start carrying three catchers when Mesoraco is activated Friday. The Reds are in a bit of a sticky situation because they don’t want to lose Stuart Turner, their current backup catcher, but also would like to continue carrying an extra reliever or two. Tucker Barnhart has been the No. 1 catcher...
ESPN lays off 100 employees including on-air talent, reporters

ESPN lays off 100 employees including on-air talent, reporters

Cable sports network ESPN is expected to lay off close to 100 employees on Wednesday. Several on-air personalities and reporters have already been notified. “Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent -- anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play --...
Report: Dayton Flyers hosting recruit from Baltimore

Report: Dayton Flyers hosting recruit from Baltimore

Anthony Grant’s efforts to remake the Dayton Flyers basketball roster on the fly continue. National basketball recruiting analyst Julius Kim reported Wednesday morning Grant, UD’s new coach, was hosting Obadiah Toppin for an official visit.  Toppin is a 6-foot-9 senior at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., and one of the best players still available in the class of 2017. Per 247Sports...
Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

The Reds this morning activated pitcher Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list. Davis will start today’s game vs. the Brewers. To make room for Davis, the Reds sent outfielder Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville. Davis went on the DL April 11 with a bruised right forearm. In two starts this season, the rookie right-hander is 0-0 with a 6.43 ERA in seven innings of work.
Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez does not hold NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in high regard.  How do we know that?  The one-time Colts first-round draft pick told the Indianapolis Star he believes Goodell should be fired.  He also took issue with the way Goodell handles discipline.  Gonzalez, who was outspoken at Ohio State, looked like a future star as a slot...
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...

H.S. Results for 4/25: Munchel’s clutch hit carries Tri-Village

Christian Ricker was outstanding on the mound and Camren Munchel’s RBI hit helped Tri-Village come away with a 1-0 win over Franklin Monroe in baseball action Tuesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning Camren Munchel doubled in Luke Wheeler from second base to plate the lone run. Wheeler went 2-for-2 on the night and Mason Sullenbarger was also 2-for-2. Ricker scattered six hits over seven innings...
KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

Jamari McDavid scored a lot of points in Kenton Ridge’s gym, but what she did practically every minute she was in the gym was sweat. That was due to the running coach Ed Foulk made McDavid and her teammates do over the last four years. The tough practices helped turn McDavid into one of the area’s most prolific scorers, and she was honored for success on the court Tuesday night when she...
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rumored to have left hefty tip at restaurant

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rumored to have left hefty tip at restaurant

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich left a hefty tip while in Memphis, Tennessee, last week, according to a post on the social aggregation site Reddit.  The Express News reported about the post, which originally showed an image of a receipt that indicated Popovich left a $5,000 tip on a bill for $815.73, at McEwens, a restaurant that serves American food.  According...
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Miami Valley made memories together

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Miami Valley made memories together

He’s NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years running. But there was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. went unrecognized around the Miami Valley. Back in October 1996, Earnhardt Jr. was hired by then-Shady Bowl Speedway owner Charlie Stapleton to race on the Champaign County oval. Earnhardt Jr., then 22, was an up-and-coming driver getting his start in what’s now the NASCAR Xfinity Series...
WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

After rallying from five strokes down with four holes to play, Wright State senior golfer Ryan Wenzler fell in a one-hole playoff Tuesday in the Horizon League championships at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Wenzler, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year and defending champion, began the day with a four-stroke lead after shooting 2 under par through the first 36 holes. But Cleveland State’s Anton...
Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Former Cincinnati Mount Healthy co-defensive coordinator Robert Burk has been approved by the Tri-Village Local School District as the Patriots football coach. It’ll be the first head coach position for Burk, a 2002 Hamilton High School graduate. Prior to coaching at Mount Healthy the Hamilton native also was an assistant at Hamilton for former Big Blue coaches Jim Place and Bob Jacoby and at...
Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) for hoop

Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) for hoop

Darnell Hoskins Jr., a 2016 Thurgood Marshall High School graduate who spent this past season in prep school, signed to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan on Tuesday. He was at least the third area product to sign during this regular signing period, which extends through mid-May. Earlier Tuesday morning Trotwood-Madison standout Torrey Patton signed with Akron and teammate...
Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source...
Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Malik Zaire may finally be entering the homestretch in his search for a new school, and a former Ohio State assistant might end up making the difference when it’s over.  Rivals.com reported Tuesday the former Alter High School star is down to four schools after deciding not to return to Notre Dame:  Zaire, who will be eligible to play this fall, is set to announce his decision next...
Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Gareon Conley, a defensive back from Ohio State expected to be an early pick in the NFL draft this week, reportedly has been named in a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland. TMZ reported Tuesday a woman has accused Conley of raping her in a hotel room on April 9. According to the report, the accuser says she met Conley in a hotel elevator around 3AM and he brought her back to his hotel room....
Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Scoochie Smith is asking Dayton Flyers basketball fans for help.  The standout point guard who recently finished his career at UD hopes to start an online clothing store, but there is a familiar problem for any startup: Money.  So Smith did what any good entrepreneur would do these days: He started a GoFundMe.  You can find the GoFundMe account here. 
New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

The Wright State Raiders are in pursuit of a 7-foot-1 high school center with a famous last name. Jake Walter, a junior 2018 prospect from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, tweeted Monday night he received a slew of scholarship offers, including one from WSU.  Walter is the son of Joe Walter, who played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1985-97.  The younger Walter also reported receiving...
Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Could Wright State’s loss be the Dayton Flyers’ gain? Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season, told this new organization he visited the University of Dayton on Monday night. National basketball analyst Pat Lawless was the first to report the news.  Alstork is a Thurgood Marshall graduate who spent a season at Ball State before transferring to WSU. He requested...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Torrey Patton, the Trotwood-Madison senior basketball player whose recruitment soared after one game in this past season’s final four, signed to play at the University of Akron on Tuesday morning. Patton, a 6-foot-4 guard, chose the Zips over Wright State, Miami, Duquesne and Robert Morris. Also, Trotwood senior guard Amir Foster signed with Tennessee State. Later Tuesday, Darnell Hoskins Jr...
Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds

Thames cracks two home runs as Brewers beat Reds

Eric Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-7 on Monday night. The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2 pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field, two-run homer in the second. He extended his...

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests ‘Creek at Fifth-Third

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests Beavercreek at Fifth-Third Fairborn took on their backyard rival at Fifth-Third field, defeating Beavercreek 5-3. Ryan Proffitt was not only the winning pitcher for Fairborn, but also scored three runs on the night. Will Coleman had a two out, two run double in the top of the fifth inning to put Fairborn ahead 4-2 and the Skyhawks never looked back from...
Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor

Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor

Danny Davis was a star for Springfield’s basketball team from his first game as a freshman in 2013 to his final game last month. Though Davis is Springfield’s all-time leading scorer with 1,774 points, it was made clear at the 40th annual Clark County coaches’ basketball banquet on Monday night at Wittenberg University that what most of his teammates and friends will remember him...
Serena Williams responds to Ilie Nastase's comments on her unborn child

Serena Williams responds to Ilie Nastase's comments on her unborn child

Serena Williams has responded to comments about her unborn child that were made by retired tennis pro Ilie Nastase on Saturday at a news conference ahead of  the Romania Fed Cup playoff against Great Britain, according to ESPN. Nastase, who is the captain of the Romania team, reportedly made a comment in Romanian that was clearly audible to other players about Williams’ pregnancy, which...
Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field

Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field

No one in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room is more eager to get back to work this season than cornerback William Jackson, the team’s 2016 first-round pick who missed all of his rookie year with a pectoral injury. “I’m itching, I’m itching, I’m ready to get out there now,” Jackson said Monday as the Bengals began the second week of voluntary offseason workouts...
Another video surfaces of Pacman Jones arrest

Another video surfaces of Pacman Jones arrest

Another video has surfaced from the arrest of Bengals cornerback Adam Jones on Jan. 3. TMZ released bodycam video of a tense situation in which an officer is trying to explain to Jones why he was being arrested for assault. At one point, the officer interrupts an angry Jones by saying, “You want to have a conversation? Have a conversation. Quit yelling like a little kid.” The officer says...
Here’s how $30 a month will get you into every Reds game for the rest of the season

Here’s how $30 a month will get you into every Reds game for the rest of the season

The Cincinnati Reds are offering a new way for fans to get tickets to home games this season. The team announced Monday the “Top 6 Ball Park Pass,” a feature that will allow fans to attend as many games as they want and sit in the top six rows of Great American Ball Park for a flat fee of $29.99 per month. Fans who join the program will have digital tickets assigned to their MLB.com Ballpark...
3 stats that explain the Cincinnati Reds first 3 weeks

3 stats that explain the Cincinnati Reds first 3 weeks

Three weeks into the regular season, the Cincinnati Reds are squarely… involved in the regular season.  A hot start followed by a 3-7 homestand will do that, right?  Anyway, they are a half-game out of first place by only 1.5 games ahead of last-place Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.  Here are three stats that show why the Reds are just above .500 after 21 days of baseball:  The...
Report: Ben Roethlisberger makes up with estranged Ohio hometown

Report: Ben Roethlisberger makes up with estranged Ohio hometown

Note to those on Ben Roethlisberger’s naughty list: If you want to bury the hatchet, try inducting him into your county’s hall of fame. The Findlay Courier reports that worked over the weekend as the Steelers quarterback, who was in northwest Ohio with his sister as both were inducted into the Hancock County athletics hall of fame, said he is proud to call Findlay his hometown. That is...
Court case continued for Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones

Court case continued for Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones’ court case stemming from his Jan. 3 arrest has been continued, according to the Associated Press. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 16. Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, after Cincinnati police said he pushed a hotel security guard and poked him in the eye before kicking and head-butting officers...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Bengals AJ McCarron on trade limbo: ‘It is what it is’

Bengals AJ McCarron on trade limbo: ‘It is what it is’

Backup quarterback AJ McCarron has made it clear he wants to go someplace where he can play, but at the same time he said he’s at peace with the fact that it appears he’ll be with the Cincinnati Bengals for another season. “It is what it is,” McCarron said Monday as the Bengals began their second week of voluntary workouts. “If I am back here, I’ll be the best guy...
High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

Below is the second weekly state poll from the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association, with total voting points and first-place votes in parenthesis: DIVISION I 1. Lebanon 100 (4) 2. Gahanna Lincoln 77 (3) 3. Anthony Wayne 62 (2) 4. Teays Valley 58 5. Milford 56 6. Lakota East 55 7. Walsh Jesuit 54 (4) 8. Pickerington Central 52 9. Louisville 45 10. Hilliard Davidson 32 DIVISION II 1. Hebron...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Father of NFL hopeful killed in South Florida

Father of NFL hopeful killed in South Florida

The father of NFL hopeful and Florida State University star Travis Rudolph was killed this weekend in an accidental shooting, according to reports from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Darryl Rudolph was shot Saturday morning while he was doing repair work at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret on Military Trail, south of Southern Boulevard. >> Read more trending news...
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