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Tom Archdeacon

Award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon is an old-school storyteller who writes about sports, the city, southwest Ohio and anything else that catches his fancy or yours.

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Tom Archdeacon: Behind the scenes on Archie Miller’s road to Indiana
 John Miller watched Friday night’s NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky with a bit of bemusement. “I sorta had to laugh at the media yesterday on TV,” he said. “It was Alford this and that. They had Steve Alford all plugged in to where he’s going next.” It was being speculated that Alford &ndash...

Posted: 5 hours ago

John Miller watched Friday night’s NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky with a bit of bemusement. “I sorta had to laugh at the media yesterday on TV,” he said. “It was Alford this and that. They had Steve Alford all plugged in to where he’s going next.” It was being speculated that Alford &ndash...
Tom Archdeacon: Trotwood’s Davis carries on brother’s legacy
 He remembered one thing from the funeral: “It all hurt real bad and I remember my mom was crying and I reached out and held onto her hand and said, ‘It’s gonna be OK.’ ” Amari Davis was only 6 that October day in 2007 when they buried his idol, his 14-year-old brother Boo, who already was 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds...

Posted: 3 days ago

He remembered one thing from the funeral: “It all hurt real bad and I remember my mom was crying and I reached out and held onto her hand and said, ‘It’s gonna be OK.’ ” Amari Davis was only 6 that October day in 2007 when they buried his idol, his 14-year-old brother Boo, who already was 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds...
Tom Archdeacon: Dayton women can’t keep the fire going against Vols
 They’re recognized as an NCAA Tournament team, but Saturday they showed themselves to be some savvy Girl Scouts, too. The Dayton Flyers women know how to build quite a fire. In the first 8 ½ minutes of their tournament opener against Tennessee at the KFC Yum! Center, UD missed 14 of its first 15 shots, turned the ball over three...

Posted: 7 days ago

They’re recognized as an NCAA Tournament team, but Saturday they showed themselves to be some savvy Girl Scouts, too. The Dayton Flyers women know how to build quite a fire. In the first 8 ½ minutes of their tournament opener against Tennessee at the KFC Yum! Center, UD missed 14 of its first 15 shots, turned the ball over three...
Tom Archdeacon: NCAA loss ‘tough to take in’ for special Flyer seniors
 The game – which at times seemed more like a back-alley brawl between two bent-nosed scrappers – was over. The Dayton Flyers had lost to Wichita State, 64-58, Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Their NCAA Tournament was over some 2 ½ hours after it began. Scoochie Smith – who was his team&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The game – which at times seemed more like a back-alley brawl between two bent-nosed scrappers – was over. The Dayton Flyers had lost to Wichita State, 64-58, Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Their NCAA Tournament was over some 2 ½ hours after it began. Scoochie Smith – who was his team&rsquo...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-Wright State coach a lucky man — just ask him
 It was St. Patrick’s Day. Billy Donlon is Irish and as he stood in the dressing room at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse after Michigan had edged Oklahoma State, 92-91, in the NCAA Tournament, he talked about his luck: Not that the Wolverines had come from seven down to outlast the most prolific offensive team in the nation. Not that...

Posted: 8 days ago

It was St. Patrick’s Day. Billy Donlon is Irish and as he stood in the dressing room at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse after Michigan had edged Oklahoma State, 92-91, in the NCAA Tournament, he talked about his luck: Not that the Wolverines had come from seven down to outlast the most prolific offensive team in the nation. Not that...
Tom Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis --- ‘we’re gonna shock the world’
 It might sound like inflated hype or, at least, a bit of oversell, but Kyle Davis was sounding a lot like both Muhammad Ali before he fought the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston back in 1964 and Joe Namath before he guided his 18-point underdog New York Jets against the mighty Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. “We’re gonna shock...

Posted: 9 days ago

It might sound like inflated hype or, at least, a bit of oversell, but Kyle Davis was sounding a lot like both Muhammad Ali before he fought the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston back in 1964 and Joe Namath before he guided his 18-point underdog New York Jets against the mighty Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. “We’re gonna shock...
Tom Archdeacon: Back in tournament, NC Central coach finds perspective
 It was a moment just like this one that LeVelle Moton had dreamed about for three years. The coach of the North Carolina Central University Eagles sat down on the UD Arena court Tuesday afternoon — right next to the big, blue First Four logo on the center of the floor — and began going through pre-practice stretching exercises...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was a moment just like this one that LeVelle Moton had dreamed about for three years. The coach of the North Carolina Central University Eagles sat down on the UD Arena court Tuesday afternoon — right next to the big, blue First Four logo on the center of the floor — and began going through pre-practice stretching exercises...
Tom Archdeacon: Playing for their city, New Orleans Privateers thankful to be in Dayton 
 In 44 years as a sportswriter I’d never had this happen before. When the four University of New Orleans basketball players finished their First Four press conference late Monday afternoon, they stepped off the raised stage and – paying no attention to the aide who told them to exit through a back curtain – they approached...

Posted: 12 days ago

In 44 years as a sportswriter I’d never had this happen before. When the four University of New Orleans basketball players finished their First Four press conference late Monday afternoon, they stepped off the raised stage and – paying no attention to the aide who told them to exit through a back curtain – they approached...
Tom Archdeacon: Bad time for Dayton Flyers to fall flat
 Instead of needling Jack Gibbs about flopping, the Dayton Flyers should have worried about themselves. The top-seeded Flyers had the biggest flop of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday when they were stunned by No. 9 seed Davidson, 73-67, in a quarterfinal at PPG Paints Arena. In the process the UD team — which Coach Archie Miller...

Posted: 15 days ago

Instead of needling Jack Gibbs about flopping, the Dayton Flyers should have worried about themselves. The top-seeded Flyers had the biggest flop of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday when they were stunned by No. 9 seed Davidson, 73-67, in a quarterfinal at PPG Paints Arena. In the process the UD team — which Coach Archie Miller...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Lil Baby Doll’ Alex Harris comes up big for Dayton Flyers
 “Lil Baby Doll.” You can bet that’s not the image the Saint Louis Billikens have of Alex Harris, but it’s how her older sister remembered her a couple of afternoons ago. “I always had wanted a little sister, though actually one a little closer to my age so I could play with her,” Shayla Wright said. &ldquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

“Lil Baby Doll.” You can bet that’s not the image the Saint Louis Billikens have of Alex Harris, but it’s how her older sister remembered her a couple of afternoons ago. “I always had wanted a little sister, though actually one a little closer to my age so I could play with her,” Shayla Wright said. &ldquo...