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Sports Today: Where did it go wrong with Bengals, Marvin Lewis? 

The Cincinnati Bengals limped into Minnesota yesterday and absorbed pretty much exactly the type of beating that was to be expected.  My main takeaway from this entirely forgettable game: Andy Dalton stunk again.  He set the tone for another blowout with a terrible pick-6 that was vintage Rookie Dalton (or perhaps worse) and ended up with a QB rating of 27.3.  In 14 games this season...
Dayton vs. Saint Mary’s: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Dayton vs. Saint Mary’s: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Who: Dayton (5-5) at Saint Mary’s (9-2) When: 10 p.m. Tuesday Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, Calif. TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO » ROAD TRIP: Behind the scenes with the Flyers Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 18.1 Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.8 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.0 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.8 John Crosby, 6-3...
On the road with the Dayton Flyers to California

On the road with the Dayton Flyers to California

After Saturday’s thrilling overtime win over Georgia State at UD Arena, the Dayton Flyers face St. Mary’s on Tuesday night in Moraga, Calif. The Voice of the Flyers on WHIO Radio, Larry Hansgen, is traveling with the team and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the trip. 8:45 a.m., Sunday Despite the win, it was a quiet bus ride from the UD Arena to the Marriott near the Cincinnati/Northern...
Dayton notes: Grant praises ‘big-time shot’ by freshman Davis

Dayton notes: Grant praises ‘big-time shot’ by freshman Davis

Josh Cunningham wanted to give Jordan Davis a hug. There wasn’t time for that, of course. The Dayton Flyers had to get back on defense. The freshman guard Davis didn’t have his best shooting night Saturday, making 3 of 9 3-pointers, but he made the most important shot of the night, a 3-pointer with 1:09 to play in overtime. That gave Dayton an 82-78 lead. The Flyers sealed an 88-83...
Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory against Georgia State

Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory against Georgia State

Anthony Grant and Ron Hunter may have set a new standard for coaching hugs before their matchup at UD Arena. Grant and Hunter embraced like guys who have known each for more than 30 years. They first faced off as players: Grant with the Dayton Flyers and Hunter with Miami University. Now they've coached against each other twice with Grant winning one game against Hunter and Georgia State when he was...
Dayton back to .500 with overtime victory

Dayton back to .500 with overtime victory

Josh Cunningham scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Dayton Flyers to an 88-83 overtime victory against Georgia State on Saturday at UD Arena. Georgia State start D’Marcus Simonds hit the game-tying basket with 2.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Dayton guard Jordan Davis hit a big 3-pointer with 1:09 left in overtime to extend the lead...
Jordan Davis shows off outside shooting touch for Dayton

Jordan Davis shows off outside shooting touch for Dayton

The outside shooting of freshman guard Jordan Davis has emerged as one of the brightest spots in an up-and-down season for the Dayton Flyers. Davis took one 3-pointer in Dayton’s first two games and missed it. In the next seven games, he made 17 of 32, putting his season percentage at 51.5. He ranks third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 3-point shooting percentage, and he’s the only freshman...
Sports Today: Will the Bengals offense show up in Minnesota?

Sports Today: Will the Bengals offense show up in Minnesota?

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.  They probably won’t win — “they” being the Bengals, of course.  The Vikings rank sixth in the NFL according to Football Outsiders with a top eight offense and defense.  The Bengals are No. 20 overall — 21st on offense and 19th on defense in rankings that are adjusted for strength of opponent...
PREVIEW: What you need to know about Dayton Flyers vs. Georgia State

PREVIEW: What you need to know about Dayton Flyers vs. Georgia State

Who: Georgia State (7-3) at Dayton (4-5) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.7  Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 6.2 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 6.6 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.4 Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F, 5.9 D’Marcus Simonds, 6-3, So., G, 20.9 Devin Mitchell, 6-4, Jr., G, 10...
Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from the latest round of interviews

Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from the latest round of interviews

The Dayton Flyers returned from a few days off practice to begin getting ready for a visit from Georgia State on Saturday night.  Here is a rundown of what they had to say during interviews with the local media:  After losing three of their last four games, the Flyers are concentrating on themselves and what they need to do to improve. Energy and effort and accountability on defense were...
Williams could return for Flyers on Saturday

Williams could return for Flyers on Saturday

The Dayton Flyers need some positive news, and they may get some Saturday. Junior forward Xeyrius Williams could return to action after missing five games with a back injury. He was cleared for full contact practices earlier this week. “He’s been able to be in practice the last couple of days,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Thursday. “Barring any setbacks, we hope to have...
Dayton Flyers legend Donoher honored by USBWA with Dean Smith Award

Dayton Flyers legend Donoher honored by USBWA with Dean Smith Award

For a guy who loves to steer clear of the spotlight, Don Donoher couldn’t avoid it Wednesday night. More than 400 people came out to celebrate the Dayton Flyers Hall of Fame coach as he was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association with the Dean Smith Award. “It’s a real tribute to not an individual but the university,” Donoher said. “We have a lot of players...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
Penn tops Dayton as Flyers suffer first-ever loss to Ivy League school

Penn tops Dayton as Flyers suffer first-ever loss to Ivy League school

Josh Cunningham had a simple answer for why the Dayton basketball team failed to find consistency at home Saturday against Penn. “I felt like if we would’ve played harder than them, for sure we would’ve beat them just because we would’ve wore them down,” Cunningham said. His coach, Anthony Grant, couldn’t have agreed more with his junior center. Penn played with...
Archdeacon: Dean Smith Award says it all about Dayton legend Donoher

Archdeacon: Dean Smith Award says it all about Dayton legend Donoher

As a basketball player — first at Toledo Central Catholic and then the University of Dayton — Don Donoher wasn’t known as a shot blocker. But now, at 85, he’s become a real Senior Citizen of Swat, as good at deflection off the court as Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell and Anthony Davis have been on it. The former Dayton Flyers head coach agreed to meet the other day over breakfast...
Dayton Flyers vs. Penn Quakers: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Dayton Flyers vs. Penn Quakers: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Penn (7-4) at Dayton (4-4) When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 19.3 points per game Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 6.6 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.2 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 14.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F, 5.8 Ryan Betley, 6-5, So., G, 15.0 AJ Brodeur, 6-8, So., F, 11.3 Max Rothschild...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Well, at least the NFL hasn’t gotten everything wrong this week.  The league was correct to overturn George Iloka’s suspension.  A few minutes before we found out that news, I suggested to another reporter in the Bengals locker room the appeal probably consisted of the team sending multiple versions of the same hit from any other week of the season that might draw a flag but...
Dayton bounces back with victory over Tennessee Tech

Dayton bounces back with victory over Tennessee Tech

The Dayton Flyers evened their record at 4-4 after dropping before .500 for the first time in almost 12 years, beating Tennessee Tech 79-66 on Wednesday at UD Arena. Darrell Davis scored 19 points to lead the Flyers. Josh Cunningham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Davis scored 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers. Dayton led 32-24 at halftime and had a double-digit lead for most of the second...
Mikesell making progress in rehab after hip surgeries

Mikesell making progress in rehab after hip surgeries

Two Dayton Flyers who won’t see any game action this season continue to help the team in practice: junior forward Ryan Mikesell and freshman forward Obadiah Toppin. Coach Anthony Grant provided updates on both players Monday when talking with the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Anthony Grant Show on WHIO Radio. Mikesell had offseason surgeries on his hips to repair impingements and...
Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

I’m ready to move on from the College Football Playoff debate because what’s done is done, but I still found these comments interesting.  The Centerville legend has been knocked for trying too hard not to be an Ohio State homer before, but I think he was genuine here.  He basically concluded Alabama is better because the Buckeyes didn’t have an easier time putting away...
Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from Monday’s media availability

Dayton Flyers Digest: What we learned from Monday’s media availability

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and a pair of his players met with the local media Monday to discuss the state of the team as the early season continues.  They looked briefly back on a last-second loss at Mississippi State, ahead to Tennessee Tech and beyond.  Here’s video followed by a quick rundown of what was discussed at the most recent media appearance by the Dayton Flyers...
Watch: Flyers lose to Mississippi State on last-second shot

Watch: Flyers lose to Mississippi State on last-second shot

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant wouldn’t have changed how he handled the final seconds of a 71-69 loss Sunday night at Mississippi State. The Flyers rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half and were tied at 69-69 with the Bulldogs in the final minute. Jalen Crutcher missed a 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play, but Jordan Davis got the rebound. With the shot clock off, Dayton put the...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

After a long weekend of championship football, there is one game yet to go: The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.  We’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s put a bow on the College Football Playoff stuff.  As so often happens these days, the committee chairman took a reasonable decision and basically ruined it by explaining how...
Flyers overcome 21-point deficit but lose at buzzer at Mississippi State

Flyers overcome 21-point deficit but lose at buzzer at Mississippi State

The Dayton Flyers rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit only to lose 61-59 to Mississippi State on a last-second shot Sunday night in Starkville, Miss. Dayton had a chance to take the last shot, but Darrell Davis turned the ball over with 8 seconds to play. Quinndary Weatherspoon took the ball the other way and scored on a layup with 0.8 seconds to play. The Flyers trailed 35-20 at halftime...
Freshman point guard moves into starting lineup for Dayton

Freshman point guard moves into starting lineup for Dayton

Freshman point guard Jalen Crutcher made his first career start for the Dayton Flyers on Sunday night at Mississippi State. Crutcher replaced junior John Crosby in the lineup. Crutcher has played more minutes in the first six games (26.7) than Crosby (19.3), though Crosby has been the starter. Dayton is playing without junior forward Xeyrius Williams for the third straight game. He continues to miss...
Dayton’s 16-game home winning streak ends

Dayton’s 16-game home winning streak ends

The Dayton Flyers suffered their first double-digit loss at UD Arena in almost four years, falling 73-60 to Auburn on Wednesday. It’s Dayton’s first loss at home in more than a year. The Flyers lost 61-57 to Saint Mary’s on Nov. 19, 2016, and then won 16 straight. They were 2-0 at home this season. It’s also Anthony Grant’s first home loss as Dayton head coach. Dayton...
Dayton gets one injured player back for Auburn game

Dayton gets one injured player back for Auburn game

The Dayton Flyers will get one of their two injured players back Wednesday against Auburn. Sophomore guard Trey Landers will play in the 7 p.m. game at UD Arena. He missed the last two games after spraining his ankle in the first half against Ohio at the Charleston Classic. Junior forward Xeyrius Williams will not play for the second straight game. He has been suffering from lingering back spasms...
Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals play the Browns and Steelers in back-to-back weeks, you know there’s going to be lots of NFL talk around here.  Looks like Marvin Lewis and I had the same view of the Jabrill Peppers hit on Josh Malone on Sunday.  I bolded “unfortunately” there because I agree. This was not an attempt at a Mike Mitchell-type kill shot.  Yesterday I wrote...
Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Well that was kind of a wild weekend.  We’ll start with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 30-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Andy Dalton had another big game against the Browns while the running game finally broke out with Joe Mixon gashing Cleveland for 114 yards on 23 carries.  He proved again he can be a difference-maker in the NFL with his combination of size, speed and general running...
Second-half surge leads Dayton past Akron

Second-half surge leads Dayton past Akron

Jordan Davis got his first start for Dayton on Saturday night, but it was the start of the second half he will remember most. Davis scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the half to help spark the Flyers to a 73-60 victory over Akron. “My teammates were looking for me, so I just stayed shooting the ball,” Davis said. “They just told me to keep shooting...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

Who: Akron (2-0) at Dayton (2-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO OLD DOMINION GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Game story | Davis blossoming | Notes Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 22.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Dayton’s Antetokounmpo showing shot-blocking talents

Dayton’s Antetokounmpo showing shot-blocking talents

The Dayton Flyers will spend Thanksgiving morning at the Feast of Giving downtown at the Convention Center, helping serve meals to the community. They will have time for practice later in the day with a 7 p.m. Saturday game against Akron at UD Arena looming. The holiday will end with a Thanksgiving meal prepared by the coaches’ wives. “We’ll be able to spend some time together and...
Dayton women receive top-25 votes after 4-0 start

Dayton women receive top-25 votes after 4-0 start

The Dayton Flyers received votes in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches women’s basketball polls Tuesday. Dayton received one vote in the AP poll and multiple votes in the coaches poll. The Flyers are off to a 4-0 start with victories over Harvard (2-2), Tulane (2-2), Morgan State (2-2) and Virginia (1-3). “We’re 4-0 right now with some really good challenges and tests under...
Flyers fall in fifth-place game at Charleston Classic

Flyers fall in fifth-place game at Charleston Classic

The 1,000 or so fans of the Dayton Flyers who traveled to the Charleston Classic saw the best and the worst of their team in the three games — often on consecutive plays and sometimes on the same play. It's destined to be that type of season. It was that type of game Sunday when Dayton lost the fifth-place game 75-67 to Old Dominion at TD Arena, finishing 1-2 at the tournament and falling to...
Darrell Davis blossoming for Dayton Flyers

Darrell Davis blossoming for Dayton Flyers

Guard Darrell Davis has opened his senior season with the Dayton Flyers with the best three-game scoring stretch of his career. Davis has increased his points total in each of the games, tallying 16 against Ball State, 20 against Hofstra and a career-high 25 against Ohio. He leads the team with 20.3 points per game. That’s almost 15 points better than his average last season (5.8). “Darrell...

College Football: Flyers drop season-ending heartbreaker to Valpo

The Dayton Flyers ended a disappointing season Saturday with a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat to Valparaiso in the rain and wind at Brown Field. Adam Trautman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex Jeske with 13:54 remaining for the game’s first score. It stayed 7-0 until the final minutes when Valparaiso scored on a 1-yard run by Jarrett Morgan, who then threw a jump pass to Ryan Clarke for the...
Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Old Dominion

Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Old Dominion

Who: Dayton (2-1) vs. Old Dominion (3-1) What: Fifth-place game of Charleston Classic When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday Where: TD Arena, Charleston, S.C. TV/Radio: ESPN3; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO RELATED: Five takeaways from Ohio’s victory Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 20.3 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 7.3 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.7 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr...
Dayton notes: Grant counsels Pierce to be patient

Dayton notes: Grant counsels Pierce to be patient

The Dayton Flyers entered the season with 10 scholarship players and expected to need them all. They still may. However, one of the 10 hasn’t played in the first three games. Freshman center Jordan Pierce is stuck behind a number of more experienced players. On a roster full of height, even his 6-foot-11 frame hasn’t been enough to get him into games. Coach Anthony Grant has used his own...
Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory against Ohio

Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory against Ohio

The Dayton Flyers and Ohio Bobcats could have saved everyone some gas money by meeting in Chillicothe or Washington Court House, whatever would have been an acceptable halfway point between Dayton and Athens. Of course, two fan bases that know how to have fun were already gathered in Charleston, enjoying the sights, sounds and temperatures on King Street, Folly Beach and elsewhere. Maybe someday Dayton...
Dayton rebounds with victory over Ohio

Dayton rebounds with victory over Ohio

The Dayton Flyers responded to their first loss with their most dominant performance of the young season, beating Ohio 79-65 on Friday in the consolation round of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena. Star of the game: Darrell Davis scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts. Double-double: Josh Cunningham had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Flyers. Summary...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Four things to know about Dayton’s next opponent: Ohio

Four things to know about Dayton’s next opponent: Ohio

The Dayton Flyers could claim a Mid-American Conference championship of sorts before the end of the month. UD beat Ball State 78-77 in its season opener on Nov. 10. It plays the Ohio Bobcats at 7 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena. The Flyers play another MAC team, Akron, in their first game back at UD Arena on Nov. 25. That’s three MAC opponents...
Dayton suffers first loss of Grant era

Dayton suffers first loss of Grant era

Jalen Crutcher missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game, and the Dayton Flyers lost 72-69 to Hofstra on Thursday in the first round of the Charleston Classic. Dayton trailed almost the entire game but took the lead in the final minutes on a free throw by Darrell Davis. Hofstra regained control by making three free throws on its next two possessions, and it didn’t...
Charleston Classic bracket update: Temple advances to final

Charleston Classic bracket update: Temple advances to final

Temple advanced to the championship game of the Charleston Classic, beating Auburn 88-74 on Friday at TD Arena. The Owls (2-0) will play Clemson (2-0) or Hofstra (3-0), who meet in the second semifinal at 9:30 p.m. Friday (ESPNU). Old Dominion beat Indiana State 62-44 in the consolation bracket Friday. Dayton (1-1) plays Ohio (1-1) at 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS) in the second game of the consolation round. Dayton...
Dayton fans taking over Charleston

Dayton fans taking over Charleston

The University of Dayton expects approximately 1,000 fans of the Dayton Flyers to attend games at the Charleston Classic, a spokesman said Wednesday. Dayton also sold 1,000 tickets for the tournament in 2012, the last time it played in Charleston. Dayton (1-0) opens the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Hofstra (2-0). ESPNU will televise the game. Auburn (1-0) plays Indiana State (1-0) in the...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Hofstra Pride in Charleston Classic

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Hofstra Pride in Charleston Classic

Who: Dayton (1-0) vs. Hofstra (2-0) What: First round of Charleston Classic When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: TD Bank Arena, Charleston, S.C. TV/Radio: ESPNU; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO; live streaming available at DaytonFlyers.com. »NEW TRADITION: Grant brings new tradition to UD basketball Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 13.0 Josh...
Miami Airlines flies Flyers to Charleston

Miami Airlines flies Flyers to Charleston

Miami Airlines flew the Dayton Flyers to the Charleston Classic — an appropriate choice considering this was the first charter flight with the team for new UD coach Anthony Grant, a Miami native. Dayton flew to South Carolina after practice on Tuesday and posted photos of their plane to Twitter. The Flyers play Hofstra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at TD Bank Arena. This will be a homecoming of sorts...
Series of fortunate events helped Dayton in final seconds Friday

Series of fortunate events helped Dayton in final seconds Friday

The first Anthony Grant Show of the season Monday night on WHIO Radio provided additional insight into what happened in the final seconds Friday in the season opener against Ball State. Coach Anthony Grant spoke to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, about what was going through his mind before the last-second basket by Josh Cunningham lifted Dayton to a 78-77 victory at UD Arena. That victory...
Cunningham named A-10 Co-Player of the Week

Cunningham named A-10 Co-Player of the Week

Josh Cunningham can’t get away from his big shot, not that he wants to. He will hear about it for a long time. “On my own, I’ve probably watched it once or twice,” Cunningham said Monday, “but after a while, I kept getting mentioned (on social media) and people kept showing it to me, so I’ve seen it a lot.” The Dayton Flyers beat Ball State 78-77...
Dayton fans, Alexis Kiehl needs your vote

Dayton fans, Alexis Kiehl needs your vote

The Dayton Flyers women’s soccer program is asking fans to support senior Alexis Kiehl. She’s one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Senior Class Award, which honors student-athletes who thrive on and off the field in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. Fans can vote for Kiehl on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 20. ...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Dayton women finish 2-0 in Maine

Dayton women finish 2-0 in Maine

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team took over Orono, Maine, this weekend, beating Harvard and Tulane to start the season 2-0. UD plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Morgan State. Among the takeaways from the first two games were: • Senior Javonna Layfield was named MVP of the Maine Tip-Off Tournament, averaging 15 points and 16 rebounds. • Sophomore Jayla Scaife was...
Twitter reacts: Dayton beats Ball State at buzzer

Twitter reacts: Dayton beats Ball State at buzzer

Fans of the Dayton Flyers were in midseason form Friday on Twitter. Here are the best Tweets after the Flyers opened the season with a 78-77 victory over Ball State on UD Arena. Josh Cunningham’s basket with 0.1 seconds left lifted Dayton to a 1-0 start in the Anthony Grant era.
Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory vs. Ball State

Five takeaways from Dayton’s victory vs. Ball State

Josh Cunningham watched his winning shot for the first time on a reporter’s cell phone seconds after completing a post-game interview. It won’t be the last time he sees it. This one will play on repeat for years in the mind of Cunningham and for everyone in the sellout crowd of 13,350 at UD Arena. This wasn’t The Shot by Ed Young or The Kiss By Vee Sanford. Considering the circumstances...
Grant cherishes his first victory as Dayton coach

Grant cherishes his first victory as Dayton coach

Thirty years and eight months — 11,208 days to be exact — after his final game as a Dayton senior, Anthony Grant was a Flyer again on Friday night. Grant has been a Flyer since he was hired in March, of course, but this was his first official game as head coach. He stood where his coach, Hall of Famer Don Donoher, once stood as a sellout crowd of 13,350 fans, more than a few of whom were...

Second Thoughts: Rebuilding the Flyers will take some time

The Cavaliers are bad, Ric Flair is sad and Jerry Jones is mad. I’m glad that we’re in that awesome part of the sports calendar where we get huge college football games and great made-for-TV nonconference college basketball matchups. Enjoy. The Dayton Flyers are in rebuilding mode — on the court and at UD Arena. It’ll be another year before the product on the floor and the...
Flyers beat Ball State at buzzer on shot by Cunningham

Flyers beat Ball State at buzzer on shot by Cunningham

The Anthony Grant era started with a dramatic last-second victory for the Dayton Flyers. Josh Cunningham’s basket with 0.1 seconds to play beat Ball State 78-77 on Friday at UD Arena. Cunningham led the Flyers with 22 points, none bigger than his last one. Xeyrius Williams threw an in-bounds pass to him with under 2 seconds left. He caught it at the rim and dropped it in for an improbable win...
Dayton will be down one player in opener

Dayton will be down one player in opener

Dayton Flyers freshman forward Matej Svoboda will miss the season-opening game Friday against Ball State because of an illness. FAN PERSPECTIVE: Flyer fans on why they love UD basketball Svoboda scored 13 points in the exhibition victory against Ohio Dominican on Saturday. This would have been the UD debut for the Czech Republic native, but he will have to wait until Thursday when Dayton...
7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

The four-month journey to March Madness begins this weekend across the country.  Here are seven things to know about the start of college basketball season!  Anthony Grant’s first real game as the head coach at his alma mater is tonight when Ball State comes to UD Arena, which will also have a new look.  The Flyers will have a much different starting lineup and perhaps a...
Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of their season this week in Tennessee, but it’s hard to imagine Marvin Lewis’ team creating any beautiful music while they’re down there.  The 5-3 Titans aren’t great, but what signs of life have the Bengals shown? (Aside from this.) Lewis insisted he saw progress from the offense last week even as they had arguably one of...
Flyer fans explain why they love Dayton basketball

Flyer fans explain why they love Dayton basketball

Today is a holiday for fans of the Dayton Flyers and college basketball fans in general. They didn’t unwrap high-tops under the tree this morning, but they will watch high-tops sprint up and down the court at UD Arena tonight. Dayton’s 7 p.m. game against Ball State ranks among the best of the games being played on opening night. According to KenPom.com, which rates games by something...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players Larry Hansgen has seen

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players Larry Hansgen has seen

Not many people know Dayton Flyers basketball history better than Larry Hansgen. He starts his 35th season of calling UD games on WHIO Radio with Bucky Bockhorn on Friday when the Flyers play Ball State. For my series of top-10 lists, I asked Larry to rank the best players in UD history. He narrowed it down to the players he has seen play since he started in 1982. Here’s Larry’s list and...
Sports Today: An old voice provides familiar message in Bengals locker room

Sports Today: An old voice provides familiar message in Bengals locker room

If you want to know how things are going for the Cincinnati Bengals these days, the most interesting guy in the locker room Wednesday was a newly signed backup offensive lineman.  Veteran Eric Winston, re-signed after Jake Fisher went on Injured Reserve, is a reputed good talker and the president of the players association, but still…  A lot of us gathered around him to ask about...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Opponents and arenas

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Opponents and arenas

The Dayton Flyers will play one of the winningest programs in NCAA Division I history this season — and you probably won’t guess the team. It’s the Penn Quakers, who rank 20th in victories (1,747) and 37th in winning percentage (.615). They visit UD Arena for the first time on Dec. 9. DAYTON TOP 10: Freshman seasons; A-10 wins; conference games; best records; ...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like adornments on his lobes. A 6-foot-1 freshman from...
2018 guard Cohill signs with Dayton

2018 guard Cohill signs with Dayton

Dwayne Cohill, a senior at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Dayton and play basketball for the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday. "We're really excited about the addition of Dwayne Cohill to the Dayton basketball family," Dayton coach Anthony Grant said in a press release. "Having a chance to get to know Dwayne and his family, I...
Grant: ‘It starts for real’ this week for Flyers

Grant: ‘It starts for real’ this week for Flyers

Anthony Grant knows how to make an entrance. The Dayton Flyers coach shook hands with everyone at the scorer’s table before his first game at UD Arena, endearing himself to the people who will work steps away from him in 16 home games in the next four-plus months. A camera followed him the whole way. When UD shared the video Monday on social media, it provided a glimpse of Grant’s style...
2018 recruit to sign with Dayton on Wednesday

2018 recruit to sign with Dayton on Wednesday

Dwayne Cohill plans to sign a national letter of intent with the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday, he told the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, but he won’t hold a public signing until Nov. 14. Cohill, a 6-foot-3 senior guard Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, verbally committed to Dayton on Sept. 11. Wednesday is National Signing Day and the earliest day he can officially sign with UD. Cohill...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Marvin Lewis met with the media in Cincinnati yesterday and confirmed there’s not much reason to be excited about the rest of the Bengals season.  “We’ve got enough ability to get it done, but we got to go do it,” he said when asked why he believes this team has what it needs to make a run in the second half of the season.  Well, glad that’s settled! ...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Memorable openers of past 30 years

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Memorable openers of past 30 years

The last three season openers the Dayton Flyers have played won’t take up much space in the memory banks of their fans. UD has routed Alabama A&M, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay by a combined margin of 83 points. It’s unlikely the Flyers will have such an easy time at 7 p.m. Friday when they play Ball State in the 2017-18 season opener at UD Arena. The Cardinals are coming off...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Fun facts you might not know about 2017-18 team

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Fun facts you might not know about 2017-18 team

The Dayton Flyers walked down the tunnel to Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena on Saturday before an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican the same way they have done the past three seasons. The players draped their arms around each other’s shoulders and sang the whole way. If they ever stop this tradition, the echoes will remain. That’s how loud they are — or #LOWD, if you&rsquo...
Sports Today: Big questions for Bengals, Buckeyes after latest flops

Sports Today: Big questions for Bengals, Buckeyes after latest flops

Well, we just finished a long and terrible weekend for football in Ohio — and the Browns didn’t even play!  I figured the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t have much chance to win in Jacksonville, but their 23-7 loss was still disappointing.  On the bright side, I don’t see that being possible again this season because all expectations for success are officially gone. ...
Five takeaways from Dayton’s exhibition victory

Five takeaways from Dayton’s exhibition victory

From Anthony Grant’s embrace of University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina when he walked to the bench as Dayton Flyers coach for the first time to the two memorable dunks by Kostas Antetokounmpo to the sight of a healthy Josh Cunningham dominating in every phase of the game, all went right Saturday night for UD. The Flyers, with two top-100 recruits on the roster, should control an exhibition...
Landers: ‘Surreal feeling’ finally getting to play with Antetokounmpo

Landers: ‘Surreal feeling’ finally getting to play with Antetokounmpo

Fans of the Dayton Flyers waited a long time to see Kostas Antetokounmpo on the court. The wait was just as long for him. It finally ended Saturday in an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican at UD Arena. The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, the brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, had six points, four rebounds and a block in 16 minutes in Dayton’s 79-61 victory. Foul trouble...
Grant proud of consistent effort by Flyers

Grant proud of consistent effort by Flyers

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s family — his wife Chris and three of his children — sat a couple rows behind the bench on Saturday at UD Arena. Chris applauded until the last player had left the court after a 79-61 victory against Ohio Dominican in an exhibition game. This was Grant’s first game as UD coach. It won’t count on his record, but it meant a lot to him...
Dayton Flyers coast in exhibition game

Dayton Flyers coast in exhibition game

The Dayton Flyers opened the Anthony Grant era with a 79-61 victory over Ohio Dominican on Saturday at UD Arena. Here are five quick reactions: 1. Leading scorer: Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting. 2. Leading rebounder: Xeyrius Williams had 15 rebounds and three points. 3. Best freshman performance: Matej Svoboda scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. 4. Best stat:...

College Football: Dayton Flyers start fast, crush Marist

It’s been a long, uphill battle for the Dayton Flyers, but after losing four of their first five games they’ve won four of their last five to keep their hopes of a winning season alive. Dayton (5-5, 3-3) ran out to a 30-0 halftime lead Saturday and beat Marist 36-17 on Senior Day at Welcome Stadium. The Flyers scored on six of their seven possessions in the first half, and the one drive...
Pollard makes roster of Salt Lake City Stars in G League

Pollard makes roster of Salt Lake City Stars in G League

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard made the roster of the Salt Lake City Stars, who play the Austin Spurs on Friday, the opening night of play in the NBA G League. One of Pollard’s games in the first month takes place in Memphis at the FedEx Forum, where he had his breakout game as a freshman in the Sweet 16 against Stanford. Former Dayton guard Kyle Davis was on the training camp...
Fans will get first look at renovated UD Arena on Saturday

Fans will get first look at renovated UD Arena on Saturday

The phrase of the day Friday at UD Arena was "cleanup and setup." Scott DeBolt, director of UD Arena, watched workers put the finishing touches on phase one of the three-year, $72 million renovation project. "It's no different than any other project," DeBolt said. "It always comes down to the 11th and 12th hour. Everything is working out as planned." Fans will see...
Sports Today: Something Reds fans can take from Houston’s World Series victory

Sports Today: Something Reds fans can take from Houston’s World Series victory

I’m sure we’ll have time to dig deeper into this later, but off the cuff there’s a fact about the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series run we could spin either way when it comes to the Cincinnati Reds. The Astros beat the two teams with the highest payrolls in baseball to claim their first championship.  So… does that signal to the Reds it can be done, or is it a reminder...
Dayton adds fourth walk-on to roster

Dayton adds fourth walk-on to roster

The Dayton Flyers added a fourth walk-on to the men’s basketball roster this week: Camron Greer, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard from Country Club Hills, Ill., and Rich Central High School. Greer joins returning walk-ons Joey Gruden and Jack Westerfield and new walk-on Dalton Stewart, of Brookville. Greer averaged 4.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals as a senior. He’s a chemical engineering...
Dayton grad assistant helping mold young guards

Dayton grad assistant helping mold young guards

Brett Comer knew about his new boss, Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant, long before he interviewed for a job this summer. Comer grew up in Winter Park, Fla. His favorite teams as a kid were the Florida Gators squads that won NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. Grant was an assistant coach under Billy Donovan on the first national championship team. Comer’s favorite player when he was young...
Dayton receives vote in top 25 poll

Dayton receives vote in top 25 poll

One person voted for the Dayton Flyers in the Associated Press top-25 preseason poll. Chris Dachille, of WBAL-TV in Baltimore, ranked Dayton No. 21 in the poll released Wednesday, giving the Flyers five points, or the 40th most points in the poll. Forty eight teams received at least one vote. Dayton is one spot ahead of Ball State, its first opponent on Nov. 10. Seth Davis, of The Athletic, ranked...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players from Chicago

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players from Chicago

Kendall Pollard saw the ranking of Dayton Flyers from Detroit on Tuesday and said he would love to see UD basketball alums from his hometown, Chicago, ranked. So here you go, Kendall. The list is below. Chicago has been kind to Dayton over the years, especially in recent seasons. When the Flyers played Northwestern at the United Center last December, they had three Chicagoans on the roster: Pollard...
No. 5 ‘continues to fly’ for Dayton Flyers

No. 5 ‘continues to fly’ for Dayton Flyers

The Dayton Flyers will wear No. 5 on the front of their uniforms over their hearts for the second straight season, honoring late Dayton center Steve McElvene, who died in May 2016. Josh Cunningham said Tuesday it’s important the No. 5 remains on the uniform so people don’t forget about McElvene and the newest Flyers know about him. “We still talk about him,” Cunningham said...
Flyers anxious to get started with exhibition game Saturday

Flyers anxious to get started with exhibition game Saturday

The Dayton Flyers did scrimmage Northern Kentucky on Saturday. They played at UD Arena. They did keep score. As for specifics — for example, the question of who won the game — only the coaches and players of both teams know. The result of the “secret scrimmage,” which featured new Dayton coach Anthony Grant facing one of his former assistants, Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen...
Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo should run for president.  After all, carrying Ohio is generally key to victory, and his trade to the San Francisco 49ers has given people across the state feeling the same way.  Everybody’s upset!  Leave it to Bill Belichick and New England to unite Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans.  The Patriots’ decision to send their highly-regarded...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players from Detroit

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best players from Detroit

Few cities outside Ohio — or really outside Dayton — have produced more talent for the Dayton Flyers than Detroit. The media guide lists 12 players from Detroit on the all-time roster, and there are others from the suburbs who could call the city home as well. Thus, in honor of Dayton’s only senior scholarship player in 2017-18, Detroit native Darrell Davis, here are UD’s top-10...
2018 guard puts Dayton in final four college choices

2018 guard puts Dayton in final four college choices

Chance Moore, a 6-foot-5 combo guard in the class of 2018 from Louisville, Ky., put the Dayton Flyers in his final four on Monday and wrote on Twitter that he will make his decision Nov. 8. Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Butler are also in the mix. Moore, a student at Beckley Preparatory School in Beckley, W.V, received a scholarship offer from Dayton on Oct. 3. Moore averaged 16 points as...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals avoid disaster, but now what?

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals avoid disaster, but now what?

Well that weekend was something else.  The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Indianapolis Colts, a win that was as uninspiring as it could be.  Carlo Dunlap’s pick-six prevented what may well have been the worst loss of the Marvin Lewis era.  It didn’t stop me from thinking we’re getting pretty close to the end of the Marvin Lewis era, though.  I know it&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best names

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best names

Any list of the greatest names in Dayton Flyers men’s basketball history has to start with Scoochie Smith — and this one does. From Dave Abel (1977-80) to Jerome Zimmerman (1930-31), the first and last names on the all-time roster in the media guide, to Kostas Antetokounmpo (2016-present), who owns the longest name on the list, there are many names to review before deciding on 10. There&rsquo...
Cooke 20th Dayton Flyer to play in NBA

Cooke 20th Dayton Flyer to play in NBA

Charles Cooke became the 20th Dayton Flyers alum to see action in the NBA, playing three minutes Saturday for the New Orleans Pelicans in a 123-101 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Cooke, Dayton’s leading scorer the last two seasons, made 1 of 4 shots from the field and had two points and a steal in the final minutes. Cooke signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans in the summer...

College Football: Dayton Flyers storm back to bounce Butler

The Dayton Flyers saved their best for last at Welcome Stadium on Saturday, rallying from a double-digit deficit at halftime to hold off Butler 27-22. Senior safety David Leisring intercepted a pass at the Dayton 12-yard line as the Bulldogs were driving for the go-ahead points in the final minute. Dayton (4-5, 3-3) kept Butler (5-4, 3-3) off the scoreboard in the second half. The halftime deficit...
Dayton sweeps A-10 cross country championships

Dayton sweeps A-10 cross country championships

The Dayton Flyers men’s and women’s cross country teams won Atlantic 10 Conference championships Saturday morning at the Oatlands Plantation in Fairfax, Va. It’s the first time UD has won both meets in the same season. The men’s team repeated as champions, placing four runners in the top 14. Dayton won its first championship a year ago after being picked to finish ninth in...
Dayton provides injury update on Antetokounmpo

Dayton provides injury update on Antetokounmpo

There’s good news on the injury front regarding Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo. The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, who sat out last season as a NCAA partial qualifier, was cleared for full-contact practices this week, according to a Dayton spokesman, and is “good to go.” He has been practicing all week. Antetokounmpo suffered a bone bruise and a hyper-extended knee...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Stats to watch

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Stats to watch

Expectations for the 2017-18 Dayton Flyers range from unbridled optimism to doom and gloom with most fans thinking their favorite team will fall somewhere in the middle. There are many unknowns regarding this team, some of which will be answered Nov. 4 when the team plays an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican. There’s little doubt a team with five players who didn’t play last season...
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