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Tom Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers senior excels on, off field
 He wouldn’t be seeing the famed Rockettes until that night, but Chris Beaschler already was getting a kick out of Manhattan on  The University of Dayton linebacker had flown into LaGuardia in the morning and met up with his parents, Ron and Christy – who had driven from their home in Ada to Detroit for their flight to New York...

Posted: 2 days ago

He wouldn’t be seeing the famed Rockettes until that night, but Chris Beaschler already was getting a kick out of Manhattan on The University of Dayton linebacker had flown into LaGuardia in the morning and met up with his parents, Ron and Christy – who had driven from their home in Ada to Detroit for their flight to New York...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Bad Boy of the NFL’ energizes Bengals defense
 Most guys, when they’re not feeling well, head to the doctor. Vontaze Burfict just zeroes in on the quarterback. “I was feeling a little sick when I woke up this morning,” said the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker. “I had the flu and didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. When I got here today I told Vinny (fellow...

Posted: 3 days ago

Most guys, when they’re not feeling well, head to the doctor. Vontaze Burfict just zeroes in on the quarterback. “I was feeling a little sick when I woke up this morning,” said the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker. “I had the flu and didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. When I got here today I told Vinny (fellow...
Tom Archdeacon: Paralyzed paramedic ‘on a mission to walk’
 She had dedicated her life to helping others, but now — fading in and out of consciousness, numbed by the cold, the shock, the shreds of horrible reality that gripped her in her lucid moments — she needed help desperately. Otherwise, lying there in nothing but her bathrobe in the sleet and the snow and the darkness, she figured...

Posted: 4 days ago

She had dedicated her life to helping others, but now — fading in and out of consciousness, numbed by the cold, the shock, the shreds of horrible reality that gripped her in her lucid moments — she needed help desperately. Otherwise, lying there in nothing but her bathrobe in the sleet and the snow and the darkness, she figured...
Tom Archdeacon: Special honor for Buford-Bailey, a Dayton track legend
 On the eve of the Florida awards ceremony where she will be honored as the top track and field coach in the nation, Tonja Buford-Bailey, now the interim co-head track coach at the University of Texas, thought back to the time when she didn’t even know there was such a sport. She was an 8-year-old Dayton second-grader sitting in her...

Posted: 6 days ago

On the eve of the Florida awards ceremony where she will be honored as the top track and field coach in the nation, Tonja Buford-Bailey, now the interim co-head track coach at the University of Texas, thought back to the time when she didn’t even know there was such a sport. She was an 8-year-old Dayton second-grader sitting in her...
Archdeacon: Benzinger feeling the love as Raiders sweep tourney
 He was talking about the reaction he got over the long Thanksgiving weekend. “They either loved me or they hated me,” Wright State’s Grant Benzinger said. The 6-foot-3 guard was not referring to the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic that the Raiders hosted at the Nutter Center, a three games in three days event that he opened...

Posted: 10 days ago

He was talking about the reaction he got over the long Thanksgiving weekend. “They either loved me or they hated me,” Wright State’s Grant Benzinger said. The 6-foot-3 guard was not referring to the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic that the Raiders hosted at the Nutter Center, a three games in three days event that he opened...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘The best feeling ever’

Posted: 11 days ago

He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...
Tom Archdeacon: OSU win over Michigan ‘The best feeling ever’
 He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...

Posted: 11 days ago

He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...
Archdeacon: Martin raises Miami football from ‘bottom of the ocean’
 His office in Yager Stadium is dominated by a floor to ceiling Cradle of Coaches mural that covers an entire wall. That’s means every day as he sits at his desk, Miami football coach Chuck Martin has the larger than life likenesses of Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and nine more of the program&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

His office in Yager Stadium is dominated by a floor to ceiling Cradle of Coaches mural that covers an entire wall. That’s means every day as he sits at his desk, Miami football coach Chuck Martin has the larger than life likenesses of Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and nine more of the program&rsquo...
Archdeacon: Nugent hopes he’s ‘lucky enough to be back’ after missed PATs
 He missed two extra point attempts Sunday against Buffalo, but in the end you hoped Mike Nugent missed a third kick, as well. The last one came in the Cincinnati Bengals’ postgame locker room after their 16-12 loss to the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. This time he was kicking himself. He stood at his locker, surrounded by TV cameras...

Posted: 17 days ago

He missed two extra point attempts Sunday against Buffalo, but in the end you hoped Mike Nugent missed a third kick, as well. The last one came in the Cincinnati Bengals’ postgame locker room after their 16-12 loss to the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. This time he was kicking himself. He stood at his locker, surrounded by TV cameras...
Tom Archdeacon: Injured Flyer makes unplanned trip home
 “He looks pretty comfortable back there,” La Tanya Cunningham said Saturday evening as she checked the rear-view mirror in her Chevrolet Traverse. “I’ve got three rows of seats and he’s way in back and the second seat is down. That way he can stretch out his leg with that big boot on it.” She was talking...

Posted: 18 days ago

“He looks pretty comfortable back there,” La Tanya Cunningham said Saturday evening as she checked the rear-view mirror in her Chevrolet Traverse. “I’ve got three rows of seats and he’s way in back and the second seat is down. That way he can stretch out his leg with that big boot on it.” She was talking...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘You could just see the joy’
 As the store’s soft piano music played in the background and Von Maur sales associate Ryan Belcher ran a tape measure over the shoulders and down the arms of Herbert Chongwain before fitting him with one stylish jacket after another to the approving nods of the accompanying women and teammates, Julie Raiff was struck by a comparison...

Posted: 19 days ago

As the store’s soft piano music played in the background and Von Maur sales associate Ryan Belcher ran a tape measure over the shoulders and down the arms of Herbert Chongwain before fitting him with one stylish jacket after another to the approving nods of the accompanying women and teammates, Julie Raiff was struck by a comparison...
Tom Archdeacon: Alstork won’t let Raiders lose
 As he assessed Mark Alstork’s Jekyll and Hyde night, Scott Nagy, in a nod to diplomacy, said: He cares “deeply” about everything out there. The Wright State coach stressed the qualifier, but what he didn’t say was that sometimes the junior guard cares too deeply. There’s a thin line between deep care and obsession...

Posted: 22 days ago

As he assessed Mark Alstork’s Jekyll and Hyde night, Scott Nagy, in a nod to diplomacy, said: He cares “deeply” about everything out there. The Wright State coach stressed the qualifier, but what he didn’t say was that sometimes the junior guard cares too deeply. There’s a thin line between deep care and obsession...
Tom Archdeacon: Memories of ‘Big Steve’ touch hearts at UD Arena
 The four of them huddled together at the end of the tunnel leading out onto Blackburn Court and — like the sellout UD Arena crowd all around them — looked up at the video board with a mix of smiles and tears. Up there on the big screen Big Steve McElvene was putting on one last show. One moment the 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman...

Posted: 26 days ago

The four of them huddled together at the end of the tunnel leading out onto Blackburn Court and — like the sellout UD Arena crowd all around them — looked up at the video board with a mix of smiles and tears. Up there on the big screen Big Steve McElvene was putting on one last show. One moment the 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman...
Tom Archdeacon: Check still making a splash at CSU
 Growing up in almost all-white Cedarville, Theresa Check made her first visit to Central State, the historically black university five miles away, when she was in sixth grade. Her teacher was a CSU grad and was allowed to bring the class over to the school’s swimming pool. “It was exciting. We were on a college campus!”...

Posted: 27 days ago

Growing up in almost all-white Cedarville, Theresa Check made her first visit to Central State, the historically black university five miles away, when she was in sixth grade. Her teacher was a CSU grad and was allowed to bring the class over to the school’s swimming pool. “It was exciting. We were on a college campus!”...
Tom Archdeacon: WSU’s Love is death to backboards
 “Love hurts. “Love scars. “Love wounds … and mars.” That’s not only the opening of a song covered by everybody from the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison to the band Nazareth, but it is the final dispatch of a Wright State backboard by Raiders’ new big man, Loudon Love. It happened before a mid-September...

Posted: 28 days ago

“Love hurts. “Love scars. “Love wounds … and mars.” That’s not only the opening of a song covered by everybody from the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison to the band Nazareth, but it is the final dispatch of a Wright State backboard by Raiders’ new big man, Loudon Love. It happened before a mid-September...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Block of granite’ battles Lou Gehrig’s Disease
 Billy Schmidt, the former University of Dayton basketball assistant, always was pretty good with a scouting report. That was never more evident than the day he and fellow staffers Jon Borovich and Matt Farrell were in the outer office of the old basketball quarters in the Frericks Center. That’s when they saw the elevator door across...

6:01 AM Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016

Billy Schmidt, the former University of Dayton basketball assistant, always was pretty good with a scouting report. That was never more evident than the day he and fellow staffers Jon Borovich and Matt Farrell were in the outer office of the old basketball quarters in the Frericks Center. That’s when they saw the elevator door across...
Tom Archdeacon: No close shave for Raiders in exhibition
 Scott Nagy, the new Wright State coach, said some things are going to change between Wednesday night’s  At his prompting, some of his players who hoisted up shots without a conscience against the Yellow Jackets, are going to be cutting back a bit. At his wife’s prompting, Nagy is going to be cutting back, too. When he took the...

3:11 AM Thursday, Nov. 03, 2016

Scott Nagy, the new Wright State coach, said some things are going to change between Wednesday night’s At his prompting, some of his players who hoisted up shots without a conscience against the Yellow Jackets, are going to be cutting back a bit. At his wife’s prompting, Nagy is going to be cutting back, too. When he took the...
Tom Archdeacon: Name, game set Flyers’ Xeyrius Williams apart
 What’s in a name? In the case of Xeyrius Williams, it depends on who is telling the story. “My mom and dad brought together some Greek mythology and came up my name,” the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-8 sophomore forward said Wednesday: “It was like (Zephyrus) the God of Wind and Zeus, the God of Lightning and then they added...

1:02 AM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

What’s in a name? In the case of Xeyrius Williams, it depends on who is telling the story. “My mom and dad brought together some Greek mythology and came up my name,” the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-8 sophomore forward said Wednesday: “It was like (Zephyrus) the God of Wind and Zeus, the God of Lightning and then they added...
Tom Archdeacon: J.T. Barrett ‘comes up strong’ for Buckeyes
 Growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas – near the Oklahoma border and right in the heart of Tornado Alley – J.T. Barrett, as he’s said in the past, was petrified of the hellacious storms that often roared through the area. He worried, he hid, he prayed. Saturday, when the football team from the Windy City challenged him, the...

2:54 AM Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas – near the Oklahoma border and right in the heart of Tornado Alley – J.T. Barrett, as he’s said in the past, was petrified of the hellacious storms that often roared through the area. He worried, he hid, he prayed. Saturday, when the football team from the Windy City challenged him, the...
Tom Archdeacon: Noll book loaded with Flyer flavor
 They called the car the Green Hornet. It was an old Ford junker that Chuck Noll had bought from his brother back in Cleveland for $25 and then brought to the University of Dayton campus in the early 1950s. It’s also the vehicle author Michael MacCambridge now uses to take you along on one of the best stories he found in one of his several...

2:45 AM Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

They called the car the Green Hornet. It was an old Ford junker that Chuck Noll had bought from his brother back in Cleveland for $25 and then brought to the University of Dayton campus in the early 1950s. It’s also the vehicle author Michael MacCambridge now uses to take you along on one of the best stories he found in one of his several...
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