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Archdeacon: Despite heartbreaking loss, Flyer fans, Mikesell step up
 Dayton’s heartbreaking loss to VCU Saturday came with at least two heroes for the Flyers: The sold-out crowd at UD Arena and redshirt junior Ryan Mikesell. Just before the start of the much-anticipated Atlantic 10 showdown – with the music cranked up louder than usual and beloved former UD stars Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard...

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Dayton’s heartbreaking loss to VCU Saturday came with at least two heroes for the Flyers: The sold-out crowd at UD Arena and redshirt junior Ryan Mikesell. Just before the start of the much-anticipated Atlantic 10 showdown – with the music cranked up louder than usual and beloved former UD stars Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard...
Archdeacon: College coaches flocking to Dayton to see Sinclair phenom
 Once practice ended Friday afternoon, one of the first tasks for Sinclair basketball coach Jeff Price was to go to his office, grab a black marker and add Indiana’s name to the tally board he keeps on the wall. Bill Comar, the Hoosiers’ assistant athletic director for basketball administration, had called just before practice...

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Once practice ended Friday afternoon, one of the first tasks for Sinclair basketball coach Jeff Price was to go to his office, grab a black marker and add Indiana’s name to the tally board he keeps on the wall. Bill Comar, the Hoosiers’ assistant athletic director for basketball administration, had called just before practice...
Archdeacon: Big Lou huge for Raiders down the stretch
 After Loudon Love pulled down the rebound with one hand because Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald had hooked his other arm and was holding it down – after the referee’s whistled a Flagrant 1 foul and the large, revved-up Nutter Center crowd cheered wildly and Love responded with a biceps-bulging muscle pose – Parker...

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After Loudon Love pulled down the rebound with one hand because Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald had hooked his other arm and was holding it down – after the referee’s whistled a Flagrant 1 foul and the large, revved-up Nutter Center crowd cheered wildly and Love responded with a biceps-bulging muscle pose – Parker...
Archdeacon: Sinclair point guard and her mom on quite a ride
 They are a mother and daughter on quite a ride. One can be found astride a red and black Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe motorcycle. The other is roaring along as the point guard of the Sinclair women’s basketball team that is 19-3 and now has won eight straight games. Wednesday night – following the Tartan Pride’s 127-53...

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They are a mother and daughter on quite a ride. One can be found astride a red and black Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe motorcycle. The other is roaring along as the point guard of the Sinclair women’s basketball team that is 19-3 and now has won eight straight games. Wednesday night – following the Tartan Pride’s 127-53...
Archdeacon: Side Pony and Hall of Famer’s ‘love and basketball story’
 On Valentine’s Day, here’s the story of Side Pony and the Hall of Famer. “I don’t know if it was on purpose or an accident when she’d be getting ready in the dark, but when she put her ponytail on, it was always on the side of her head,” former Wright State basketball star Vaughn Duggins said with a chuckle...

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On Valentine’s Day, here’s the story of Side Pony and the Hall of Famer. “I don’t know if it was on purpose or an accident when she’d be getting ready in the dark, but when she put her ponytail on, it was always on the side of her head,” former Wright State basketball star Vaughn Duggins said with a chuckle...
Archdeacon: Spotlight shines on basketball legend Wayne Embry
 Wayne Embry was a little taken aback. “You remember that?!” he said. “That’s not one of my proudest moments. You’re going back to that?” Yes, because if that had not happened, then Saturday – Wayne Embry Day at Miami University – might not have happened either. In the 1940s and early &lsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Wayne Embry was a little taken aback. “You remember that?!” he said. “That’s not one of my proudest moments. You’re going back to that?” Yes, because if that had not happened, then Saturday – Wayne Embry Day at Miami University – might not have happened either. In the 1940s and early &lsquo...
Archdeacon: Attitude, perseverance has Raiders’ freshman trending up
 The Oakland Golden Grizzlies learned Thursday night what Wright State has known for more than a month now: You can’t keep Malachi Smith down. He’s a basketball version of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” But instead of ending up in a Broadway musical and popular 1960s movie as she did, the back-up freshman guard has seen...

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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies learned Thursday night what Wright State has known for more than a month now: You can’t keep Malachi Smith down. He’s a basketball version of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” But instead of ending up in a Broadway musical and popular 1960s movie as she did, the back-up freshman guard has seen...
Archdeacon: Despite small stature, Flyers’ A.B. and Shak ‘can hang with anyone’
 They are not your run of the mill college basketball players: One already has a national championship ring. The other is Shak. While University of Dayton point guard Shakeela “Shak” Fowler spells her nickname a bit differently, she is named for Shaquille O’Neal. “As the story goes, when I was a kid my grandad would...

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They are not your run of the mill college basketball players: One already has a national championship ring. The other is Shak. While University of Dayton point guard Shakeela “Shak” Fowler spells her nickname a bit differently, she is named for Shaquille O’Neal. “As the story goes, when I was a kid my grandad would...
Archdeacon: The bling is the thing for Super Bowl champs
 He may have lost a step, but he hasn’t lost his Super Bowl ring. “Everybody always wants to look at it and try it on or take a photo with it and I used to say, ’Yeah, you’re not faster than me, so go ahead, you can put it on,’” Jim Lachey said with a chuckle. “But I can’t say that anymore. Not...

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He may have lost a step, but he hasn’t lost his Super Bowl ring. “Everybody always wants to look at it and try it on or take a photo with it and I used to say, ’Yeah, you’re not faster than me, so go ahead, you can put it on,’” Jim Lachey said with a chuckle. “But I can’t say that anymore. Not...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Simmons an unlikely ‘monster on the boards’
 Symone Simmons was full of surprises Thursday night. “I play the saxophone,” the Wright State senior guard said. “All four of them: alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. I started playing with the middle school band and when I got to high school I was in the jazz band.” Another thing you might not expect: When the 21-year-old...

Posted: 16 days ago

Symone Simmons was full of surprises Thursday night. “I play the saxophone,” the Wright State senior guard said. “All four of them: alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. I started playing with the middle school band and when I got to high school I was in the jazz band.” Another thing you might not expect: When the 21-year-old...
Archdeacon: Loquacious and low-key, Toppin, Mikesell power Flyers
 It sounded like they were making a pitch to remake the movie Trading Places. In that popular 1983 comedy, Dan Aykroyd, an upper class commodities broker, and Eddie Murphy, a homeless street hustler, trade places and Wall Street goes along for a wild ride. After the University of Dayton’s 75-64 victory over Saint Joseph’s...

Posted: 18 days ago

It sounded like they were making a pitch to remake the movie Trading Places. In that popular 1983 comedy, Dan Aykroyd, an upper class commodities broker, and Eddie Murphy, a homeless street hustler, trade places and Wall Street goes along for a wild ride. After the University of Dayton’s 75-64 victory over Saint Joseph’s...
Archdeacon: ‘Free-throw mastermind’ leads Dayton women past St. Joe’s
 With 38.5 seconds left in overtime Sunday, the University of Dayton pep band turned into chorus as it faced the Saint Joseph’s bench and began to sing a “so long” taunt: “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!” It may have seemed a little premature considering the UD women had just a five-point lead, 64-59, and Saint...

Posted: 20 days ago

With 38.5 seconds left in overtime Sunday, the University of Dayton pep band turned into chorus as it faced the Saint Joseph’s bench and began to sing a “so long” taunt: “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!” It may have seemed a little premature considering the UD women had just a five-point lead, 64-59, and Saint...
Archdeacon: No Love for Milwaukee from Wright State big man
 He had just spent the evening muscling up against, pushing, straining, jockeying for position, bouncing off of, doing anything to try to stymie Wright State’s 6-foot-9, 270-pound Loudon Love — a “wrestling match,” WSU coach Scott Nagy called it afterward – and now as he stood on the edge of the Nutter Center...

Posted: 23 days ago

He had just spent the evening muscling up against, pushing, straining, jockeying for position, bouncing off of, doing anything to try to stymie Wright State’s 6-foot-9, 270-pound Loudon Love — a “wrestling match,” WSU coach Scott Nagy called it afterward – and now as he stood on the edge of the Nutter Center...
Archdeacon: Flyers’ failure to ‘dig deep’ costly in home A-10 loss
 There’s an old saying – especially in boxing, where the once-feared heavyweight Sonny Liston used it more than once – that goes: “Don’t let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird butt.” I don’t want to say that totally fits the Dayton Flyers’ late-game swoon in a 67-63 loss to George...

Posted: 24 days ago

There’s an old saying – especially in boxing, where the once-feared heavyweight Sonny Liston used it more than once – that goes: “Don’t let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird butt.” I don’t want to say that totally fits the Dayton Flyers’ late-game swoon in a 67-63 loss to George...
Super Bowl LIII: What was Rams coach Sean McVay like as a Miami University player?
 They have football memories unlike any of those of their Miami University teammates. "I remember when I was 5 and 6 years old and my dad would take me to the (San Francisco) 49ers' Saturday walk-throughs before Sunday games," said RedHawks receiver and kick returner Sean McVay. "I'd get to hang out and talk to the players...

Posted: 25 days ago

They have football memories unlike any of those of their Miami University teammates. "I remember when I was 5 and 6 years old and my dad would take me to the (San Francisco) 49ers' Saturday walk-throughs before Sunday games," said RedHawks receiver and kick returner Sean McVay. "I'd get to hang out and talk to the players...
Archdeacon First Battle of Wilberforce one to remember for CSU forward
 It was like a scene out of a Rocky movie. Central State – which had trailed rival Wilberforce University most of the game, a situation that dismayed the high-decibel, low-sympathy Marauder crowd in the sold-out Beacom Lewis gym, Monday – was still down a point, 59-58, with just over two minutes left to play. Battling for a rebound...

Posted: 26 days ago

It was like a scene out of a Rocky movie. Central State – which had trailed rival Wilberforce University most of the game, a situation that dismayed the high-decibel, low-sympathy Marauder crowd in the sold-out Beacom Lewis gym, Monday – was still down a point, 59-58, with just over two minutes left to play. Battling for a rebound...
Archdeacon: Son of Metta World Peace out to make a name for himself
 Growing up with a last name that is famous – and at times infamous – can be tough for any celebrity’s son. But that became even more complicated for Jeron Artest when he was just nine years old. Back then he was living with his mother and was involved in his own basketball games and especially his schooling – today...

Posted: 27 days ago

Growing up with a last name that is famous – and at times infamous – can be tough for any celebrity’s son. But that became even more complicated for Jeron Artest when he was just nine years old. Back then he was living with his mother and was involved in his own basketball games and especially his schooling – today...
Archdeacon: Carroll’s violin-playing wrestler a ‘Renaissance Man’
 Many in the crowd – even rival Chaminade Julienne fans – came up to Jeff and Marianne Bishop to congratulate them for the way their son had owned the spotlight in Carroll High’s wrestling match against the visiting Eagles a little over a week ago. It wasn’t so much for what Jefferson Bishop, Carroll’s 170-pounder...

Posted: 28 days ago

Many in the crowd – even rival Chaminade Julienne fans – came up to Jeff and Marianne Bishop to congratulate them for the way their son had owned the spotlight in Carroll High’s wrestling match against the visiting Eagles a little over a week ago. It wasn’t so much for what Jefferson Bishop, Carroll’s 170-pounder...
Archdeacon: Despite weather issues, the show goes on at Flyin’ to the Hoop
 Some 90 minutes before the first game would tip soff Saturday, Eric Horstman stood on the edge of the court at Trent Arena and tried talking about the success of his four-day, 20-game Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament, which is recognized as the No. 2 prep basketball showcase in the nation. But throughout his conversation he seemed a bit...

Posted: 29 days ago

Some 90 minutes before the first game would tip soff Saturday, Eric Horstman stood on the edge of the court at Trent Arena and tried talking about the success of his four-day, 20-game Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament, which is recognized as the No. 2 prep basketball showcase in the nation. But throughout his conversation he seemed a bit...
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