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Springfield North football: Top 7 players in Panthers history

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

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

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

KC QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury in addition to losing track of numerous Kansas City wide receivers Saturday night as the three Chiefs quarterbacks steered a rout at Paul Brown Stadium. Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, the last four of which resulted in touchdowns as the Chiefs whipped the Bengals 30-12. Kansas City tight end Demetrius...
Tom Archdeacon: Reminiscing with the NFL’s first black quarterback

Tom Archdeacon: Reminiscing with the NFL’s first black quarterback

He opened the old leather bag in front of him and with his left hand — where the ring finger was adorned with a bulky, gold College Football Hall of Fame ring — he began rummaging through the packed contents. “I’ll show you how Jim Crow it was back then,” George Taliaferro said quietly as he began his search, pulling out and setting aside a folder of newspaper clippings...

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

The Cedarville Indians football roster is down about three players from last season. For most schools that’s inconsequential. For schools like Cedarville it’s an obstacle. The Indians have 19 players. Coach Jason Christian is hopeful those numbers will rebound to the mid-20s next season with a larger eighth-grade class coming up. “Last year was tough,” Christian said. &ldquo...
What to know to kick off high school football season

What to know to kick off high school football season

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

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

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

Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

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

5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

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

Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

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

How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

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

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

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

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

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

Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

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

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

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

Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

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

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

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

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

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

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

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

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

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

Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

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

Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

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

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

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

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

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

High school football games on radio, TV, internet

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

Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH: Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yarder for scholarship

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

Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

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

Betting lines for Browns, DeShone Kizer

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

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

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

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

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

Oddsmakers aren’t confident in Bengals, Browns postseason chances

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

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

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

Reds’ 8-7 loss to Cubs contained notable milestones

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

Four Ohio cities rank among top 10 in producing NFL players

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

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

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

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

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

Conflicting reports, confusion surround LeBron James’ future in Cleveland

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

WATCH: Homer Bailey fans 10 Cubs in loss

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

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

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

Dragons whitewash Whitecaps, next month’s playoff foe

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

Legendary Reds scout Gene Bennett dead at 89

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

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

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

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

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

Bengals rookie reluctant to talk, eager to shine

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

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

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

Versatile Woeber leads Catholic Central golf team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bengals players big fans of FC Cincinnati

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

Tyler Mahle makes case to join Reds in 2017

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

Marvin Lewis addresses defensive dominance at Monday’s practice

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

Pat Elfein competing to be Vikings’ starting center

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

Njoku says he’ll make Browns debut Monday night

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

What’s the future hold for Jeremy Hill?

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

Report: Kizer splitting first-team reps with Osweiler

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

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

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

ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

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

WATCH: Adam Duvall guns down another base runner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reds’ Billy Hamilton joins elite base-stealing club

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 and delivered an insurance run in the Reds’ 2-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday, but it was his stolen base that marked a milestone. Hamilton swiped his 50th bag of the season. It was his sixth steal in seven games, his fourth consecutive season stealing 50 bases. He’s the 25th player in the modern era to steal 50-plus bases in four seasons. <div></div>...
VIDEO: Luis Castillo throws six shutout innings against Cubs

VIDEO: Luis Castillo throws six shutout innings against Cubs

Reds rookie starter Luis Castillo has been one of the bright spots of the rotation. Castillo went six shutout innings against the defending champs on Tuesday night, allowing two hits and striking out seven. It lowered his season ERA to 3.39. Castillo’s thrown 66 1/3 innings across 11 starts this season, averaging 97 mph on his fastball. He hasn’t given up more than four runs in any start...
Gennett, Castillo lead Reds past Cubs

Gennett, Castillo lead Reds past Cubs

Scooter Gennett’s sacrifice fly drove in Joey Votto from third to break a scoreless tie in the eighth, and Billy Hamilton singled in a run in the ninth as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night. After Votto walked for the third time and advanced to third on Adam Duvall’s single off reliever Pedro Strop (3-3), Gennett smacked a line drive to right that Jason Heyward...
Young Bengals corners impress in first extensive preseason action

Young Bengals corners impress in first extensive preseason action

The Cincinnati Bengals got an extended look at young cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson in Friday night’s preseson opener against Tampa Bay, but defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle would have liked to have seen even more. “We weren’t challenged as much on the perimeter passing game as I would really would have hoped to have been in that game,” Coyle said. &ldquo...
Observations from Bengals training camp

Observations from Bengals training camp

Blessed with unseasonably cool temperatures and low humidity for much of training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals held their hottest practice yet on Tuesday, with the mercury approaching 90 degrees. The proverbial heat, however, was much lower as the defense dialed back on the blitzes that wrecked the offense for much of Monday’s practice. Here are some observations from the penultimate full practice...
Devin Mesoraco placed on DL, Phillip Ervin recalled

Devin Mesoraco placed on DL, Phillip Ervin recalled

The Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco (broken right foot) on the disabled list Tuesday, the team announced.   It’s Mesoraco’s third stint on the DL this season. Hip and shoulder issues have cut into Mesoraco’s time in recent seasons since his breakout 2014 campaign.  Mesoraco is hitting .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 55 games this season.  Outfielder Phillip...
Soccer: Kenton Ridge boys see better record ahead

Soccer: Kenton Ridge boys see better record ahead

The Kenton Ridge boys soccer team had a streak of six straight winning seasons snapped last year. Scoring whiz Colin Foley missed all but a handful of games with a hamstring injury, and the Cougars finished fourth out of five teams in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division. They returned to form in the postseason, avenging a loss to Greenon to win a sectional title and advancing to the...
Xenia hosts Beavercreek in Backyard Battle season football opener

Xenia hosts Beavercreek in Backyard Battle season football opener

Xenia will host Beavercreek in the 16th annual Backyard Battle to open the high school football season. The game will be played at Xenia’s Doug Adams Stadium / Veterans Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. An awards ceremony will be held after the game, featuring the Walter G. Sellers Memorial Leadership Award (two senior players who are outstanding on the field, the classroom and their communities)...
Does Jim Harbaugh have a point about kids playing soccer and football?

Does Jim Harbaugh have a point about kids playing soccer and football?

Finally, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to use his advanced trolling skills for good.  So there you have it. One of our country’s most influential sports figures confirms soccer is good enough for America’s youth… until they’re old enough to upgrade to the more advanced, modern version.  Sounds about right to me… OK, OK, soccer fans &mdash...
Covington to add 3 in athletic hall of fame during Week 2 game

Covington to add 3 in athletic hall of fame during Week 2 game

Covington High School will honor its 35th athletic hall of fame class during a Week 2 football game against visiting Minster. An induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 1, at halftime at Smith Field. Covington will host Minster in a non-league game the starts at 7:30 p.m. New inductees will be Meredith Tobias and Gene Studebaker, both of the Class of 2007, and honorary inductee coach Jack...
Bengals, Browns rank low in ESPN power rankings

Bengals, Browns rank low in ESPN power rankings

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns aren’t held in high regard by the World Wide Leader. In ESPN’s latest power rankings, the Bengals came in at No. 22, while the Browns were 30th. The Bengals moved up a spot from their immediate post-draft ranking, and ESPN won’t rule out a return to the postseason soon. “The Bengals missed the playoffs for the first time since...
Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

We have a new candidate for best under-the-radar Urban Meyer quote of the year.  Yesterday while talking about how the running quarterback fits into his offense, Meyer acknowledged his signal caller getting too many carries is an indication things are not going well.  He then called a quarterback’s ability to run a get-out-of-jail free card.  I’m sure this is not the first...
Backup quarterback race heats up for Buckeyes

Backup quarterback race heats up for Buckeyes

Quarterbacks coach Ryan Day tells the Ohio State Buckeyes in his room to practice every day with imagination. “Every time you take a snap, it’s like being in the Horseshoe playing against Oklahoma on a Saturday night,” Day said. “It’s being at Indiana on a Thursday night. It’s not just another rep at Coffey Field.” RELATED: Barrett key to Ohio State&rsquo...
Jabrill Peppers shines on first-team defense Monday

Jabrill Peppers shines on first-team defense Monday

Jabrill Peppers seized his opportunity on Monday. With safeties Ed Reynolds and Ibraheim Campbell injured, Peppers shined on the first-team defense. The No. 25 pick in the draft, Peppers is expected to earn a starting spot by season’s end. Peppers set the tone by blasting receiver Rannell Hall, which was more a result of his momentum than intentionally trying to hurt Hall. <div></div>...
Reds tie team home runs record, could set new mark

Reds tie team home runs record, could set new mark

It’s been a disappointing season for the Cincinnati Reds that will likely end in another last place finish. Yet, it’s one that’s been several new benchmarks. With Scooter Gennett’s blast Monday evening, the Reds have five batters who’ve hit 20-or-more home runs, tying a team record accomplished two previous times (1956, 2008). Joey Votto (31), Adam Duvall (27), Scott...
Browns QB coach reflects on DeShone Kizer’s debut

Browns QB coach reflects on DeShone Kizer’s debut

DeShone Kizer continues reaping praise for his standout debut against the New Orleans Saints last week. Kizer, considered a raw rookie quarterback from Notre Dame, looked brilliant in completing 11 of his 18 throws for 184 yards, including a 45-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass that lifted the Browns to a 20-14 win. “He gives you big-play ability in the passing game at the quarterback position...
Hue Jackson: ‘This is how you build a football team’

Hue Jackson: ‘This is how you build a football team’

Hue Jackson thinks he has a much better football team. The Cleveland Browns have ramped up the intensity in camp, and Jackson loves it. "I expect more from this team,” he said. “I want more from this team. That is the expectation … "The last two days, I have really pushed this team pretty far, and as I keep telling them, I will keep pushing them because I think there...
Devin Mesoraco fractures foot, returns to Cincinnati for examination

Devin Mesoraco fractures foot, returns to Cincinnati for examination

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has a fractured left foot and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Mesoraco was hit by a pitch from Cubs starter Jose Quintana in Monday’s 15-5 loss. He had X-rays at the stadium and is returning to Cincinnati to be examined by team doctors. "If you've got a broken foot, you can't play," Mesoraco said after the game. "It doesn't even feel remotely...
Reds’ Joey Votto chases 1948 Ted Williams record

Reds’ Joey Votto chases 1948 Ted Williams record

Another day, another insane Joey Votto stat. Votto reached base twice in the Reds’ 15-5 loss to Chicago on Monday – including beating a four-outfield shift for a double. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joey Votto: Breaker of shifts. <a href="https://t.co/57lh5lrhRM">pic.twitter...
VIDEO: Joey Votto heaves foul ball into upperdeck

VIDEO: Joey Votto heaves foul ball into upperdeck

Joey Votto doesn’t take any plays off, including those that don’t count. In the third inning of the Reds’ 15-5 loss to the Cubs, Votto field a foul grounder, then rather than hand it to the nearest child, chucked it into the upperdeck. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Joey Votto just...
WATCH: Scooter Gennett pitches sidearmed, serves homer in Reds’ loss

WATCH: Scooter Gennett pitches sidearmed, serves homer in Reds’ loss

Scooter Gennett had an interesting day in the Reds’ 15-5 loss to the Cubs. The Cincinnati second baseman hit his 20th home run of the season, then took the mound for the eighth. He served a homer right back, courtesy of Javy Baez. With baseball firmly in its dog days, Gennett gave fans something to talk about. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet">...

HS Results 8/14: Anderson leads Greenon at county tournament

Ian Anderson posted an 80, finishing third and helping propel Greenon to a win at the Clark County Boys Golf Tournament on Monday at Springfield Elks. Springfield Shawnee’s Grant Engle and Southeastern’s Avery Green tied for medalist honors at 76. Cullen Rogan of Springfield was second with a 79, Jacob Woeber of Catholic Central had an 81 and Ivan Mardovin of Northwestern tallied an 83...
Observations from Bengals training camp

Observations from Bengals training camp

Not even the debut of first-round pick John Ross could help the Cincinnati Bengals offense on Monday. ›› VIDEO: First-round pick John Ross talks about his 11-on-11 debut On the heels of Friday night’s win against Tampa Bay , the Bengals had meetings but no practice Saturday, and Sunday was an off day. And the rust showed for Ken Zampese’s offense...
Cross Country: Engel sisters set to lead Catholic Central

Cross Country: Engel sisters set to lead Catholic Central

Catholic Central cross country coach Chris Cerone knew Addie Engel was a gifted runner when he saw her compete as an eighth-grader. Of course, almost anybody could have figured that out. She was practicing with the varsity then, and no one could beat her except a state qualifier on the boys team. “She was keeping pace with my fastest guy on the team,” Cerone said, referring to Dan Ritter...
Bengals get first glimpse of first-round pick Ross in team drills

Bengals get first glimpse of first-round pick Ross in team drills

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross had his most active practice Monday, but the team is still asking the wide receiver to do something that’s completely foreign to him: Take it slow. The speedster from the University of Washington, who set a Combine record by running the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds, took part in 1-on-1 and 11-on-11 drills for the first time, but his reps were limited...
High school volleyball: Cougars geared up for another strong season

High school volleyball: Cougars geared up for another strong season

Third-year Kenton Ridge volleyball coach Angie Arthur has reservations about some aspects of her team. She’d like to see more accuracy from her hitters and better blocking. But one thing Arthur doesn’t have to worry about is effort. Take senior Dakota White, for example. The first-team All-Central Buckeye Conference pick last season plays libero and loves her role, which requires her to...
Report: Ric Flair out of surgery, resting at Atlanta hospital

Report: Ric Flair out of surgery, resting at Atlanta hospital

Former wrestling star Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting at an Atlanta hospital, according to the celebrity site TMZ sports. TMZ reported earlier that the 68-year-old Flair had been placed in a medically induced coma as he prepared to undergo surgery. TMZ says the issue is related to his heart. More details to come.
Ohio State QBs looking to increase rewards, not risk

Ohio State QBs looking to increase rewards, not risk

To risk or not to risk, that is not the question for the Ohio State quarterbacks this preseason. We thought it was until this week, but Ryan Day and J.T. Barrett set the record straight Monday.  Turns out throwing contested passes (or not throwing them enough, to be more precise) has been a topic of discussion for the Ohio State quarterbacks, but framing that as taking more risks is not exactly...
WWE legend Ric Flair in medically induced coma

WWE legend Ric Flair in medically induced coma

Following news that wrestling legend and two-time WWE hall of famer Ric Flair is “dealing with some tough medical issues,” ESPN reported that he is now in a medically induced coma, as confirmed by a WWE representative. On Sunday, Melinda Morris Zanoni, the CEO of Legacy Talent LLC, Flair’s talent agency, asked for prayers on Twitter. On Saturday, Zanoni said Flair...
Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Photos: The top left-handed QBs in NFL history

Since Sunday was International Lefthanders Day, we have ranked the top quarterbacks to play the position with such a distinction. Where does former Falcon Mike Vick rank? How about Tim Tebow?
Johnny Bench doesn’t think Pete Rose will ever be Hall of Famer

Johnny Bench doesn’t think Pete Rose will ever be Hall of Famer

Pete Rose’s former teammate, Johnny Bench, said Rose won’t ever be a Hall of Famer. The beloved former Reds’ catcher played with Rose for 12 years, but that didn’t give him a biased opinion on Rose when asked by TMZ Sports. He said his friend has to accept the consequences of gambling, even though he wishes Rose were inducted. Rose, who holds several MLB records including the...
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