You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Bengals D taking sting out of turnovers

When Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden intercepted an Andy Dalton pass in the first quarter Sunday and returned the ball to the Cincinnati 14-yard line, the Bengals defense came on and held the Browns to a field goal.

It was a small victory, and the continuation of a big trend.

Cincinnati has committed 19 turnovers in the last 10 games, three of which were returned for touchdowns.

In the 16 cases when the opposing offense took possession of the ball, the Bengals defense prevented them from scoring a touchdown all but once. And 12 of those 16 opponent possessions began in Bengals territory.

“You just try to keep everyone pumped up,” defensive end Michael Johnson said of the quick change of possession situations. “It’s just another opportunity for us to go out and do our jobs and show how good we can be.”

In addition to the lone touchdown — which came in Baltimore two weeks ago when the Ravens started at the Cincinnati 11 following a Dalton interception — the Bengals defense has allowed four field goals following turnovers. But all four came after the defense held an opponent with great field position to a three-and-out.

In all, the Bengals have forced a three-and-out following 12 of the last 16 turnovers.

Asked if he’s ever seen a defense do a better job of thwarting the opponent following sudden changes, head coach Marvin Lewis offered praise that was less than glowing despite the stats.

“I’ve seen better,” he said. “That’s their job.”

Chicago converted two Bengals turnovers into touchdowns in the season opener, but since then the defense has been at its best when needed most.

Howard killed: Multiple media outlets reported Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard died in a car accident near his home in Alameda, Calif.

According to KRON-TV, Howard was driving a BMW at more than 100 miles per hour on Interstate 880 when he clipped the back of a semi and went airborne across the median into oncoming traffic. In addition to Howard, the 55-year-old male driver of the vehicle impacted by the BMW also died.

Howard began his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2006. He signed with the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent on July 30, 2011. In two seasons with the Bengals, Howard played in 16 games and led the team with 120 tackles in 2011.

After playing in the season opener last year, Howard suffered a season-ending ACL injury and was placed on injured reserve.

A free agent heading into the 2013 season, Howard had a tryout with the Bengals prior to the season opener, but he eventually signed with Atlanta on Oct. 22. The Falcons released him Nov. 12.

Donaldson dies: Former Bengals assistant coach Jack Donaldson passed away Saturday at the age of 86.

Hired by Paul Brown, Donaldson was a member of the original Bengals staff as defensive line coach in 1968. He spent the next nine years as running backs coach.

“Jack was an outstanding coach,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “He aided the development of running backs that our longtime fans remember well — Paul Robinson, Jess Phillips, Essex Johnson, Lenvil Elliott, Boobie Clark and Archie Griffin. He was greatly respected by my father, as well as by myself, and we are saddened by this news and send our condolences to Jack’s family.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn will miss Archie Miller
Dayton Flyers legend Bucky Bockhorn will miss Archie Miller

Archie Miller called Bucky Bockhorn on Saturday after the news broke of him leaving the Dayton Flyers for the Indiana Hoosiers. “He said we’ll get together before we get out of here for a beer and pizza,” Bockhorn said Sunday. Bockhorn, the Dayton Flyers legend and longtime radio analyst for the games on WHIO, said he’s going...
John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana
John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari goes way back with the family of Archie Miller. He’s from the same area of western Pennsylvania as the Millers and wrote the foreword for a book written about Archie’s dad John last year. Calipari raved about Archie Miller in Indianapolis earlier this month when Kentucky and the Dayton Flyers both played...
Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach
Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

To cheer up fans of the Dayton Flyers on a sad day, I asked them Saturday to tell me in 140 characters or less on Twitter why they should be the next UD basketball coach. Judging by their responses, it did brighten their day just a tad — even if everyone woke up Sunday getting used to the news that Archie Miller did indeed leave to coach the...
H.S. Results for 3/25: Baseball, softball teams kick off season

Freshman pitcher Baylee Petry picked up a pair of wins to help the Greenville softball team start the season 2-0 in doubleheader action on Saturday. Petry had two doubles and drove in four, Alli Hill had a double and 3 RBI and Morgan Gilbert hit a home run in a 13-3 win over Wayne. Greenville dropped Milton-Union 3-0 in the second game, with Cassie...
Gonzaga routs Xavier to reach Final Four
Gonzaga routs Xavier to reach Final Four

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points and Johnathan Williams added 19 to send top-seeded Gonzaga to its first Final Four with an 83-59 victory over No. 11 seed Xavier in the West Regional final. After 19 straight tournament trips, eight Sweet 16 appearances and a third Elite Eight, the Bulldogs (36-1) took the final step with a convincing victory against...
More Stories