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Meet the Dayton Dragons: Aaron Fossas, pitcher

Who: Aaron G. Fossas Position: Pitcher Number: 18 Personal: R/R; 6-2, 200 pounds Born: Sept. 2, 1992 (24) Birthplace: Dudley, Mass. College: Wake Forest Acquired: Signed with Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2016. Notable: A familiar name to the Dragons. His uncle, Tony Fossas, was a Dayton pitching coach for five seasons and is now the reds’ minor league pitching coordinator. Missed much...


Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is right for him, not for NASCAR

Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement is right for him, not for NASCAR

Regardless of the playing field, regardless of the stature of the champion, it is the last act of a career in professional sports that is most difficult to master. How does an athlete know when to quit? How does he recognize that dreaded sweet spot, just before the joy is lost and before time and age, in their inexorable way, start chipping away at a legacy? With Tuesday's announcement that he'll...
Royals' woeful start could serve as cautionary tale for Cubs fans

Royals' woeful start could serve as cautionary tale for Cubs fans

The last two World Series champions have a lot in common.  The 2015 Royals and 2016 Cubs built their rosters from the ground up: drafting wisely, making astute trades and watching a young core grow and blossom together.  The Royals had a near-miss in 2014 when they lost a seven-game World Series to the Giants; the Cubs had their breakthrough season in '15 with 97 wins and a National League...
T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

Fairly or not, T.J. Watt will draw comparisons to his big brother when he gets to the pros.  Oh sure, he can speed past an offensive tackle and split double teams just like another former Wisconsin star with the same last name and similar skillset as a pass rusher.  But J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans is an NFL star with the ability to change the game anytime he's on the field.  Is...
Quarterback might not be top priority in first round of NFL draft

Quarterback might not be top priority in first round of NFL draft

If anyone questions whether the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, consider that many of the worst teams are looking for one. That said, this year's crop of quarterback prospects could have those teams saying pass, pass, pass — at least at the top of this year's three-day draft, which starts Thursday in Philadelphia. "As far as the quarterbacks in this year's class, I'm not banging the...
Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights. This week, 90,000 fans are expected to jam London's Wembley Stadium for the most significant heavyweight fight in a long time. British Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua meets former champion Wladimir Klitschko in a title fight that figures...
10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next.  Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons....
Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

A pole-vaulting runway extends about 125 feet from the side of the Duplantis family’s Acadian-style home, under a gate and into the backyard, where it ends at a foam landing pit, floodlit by a light made for an oil rig. It was, until recently, the training site for the family’s youngest son, Armand. On April 1, at the Texas Relays, he vaulted 19 feet 4 1/4 inches, a national high school...

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee. Kenton Ridge improved to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships...
Vikings fight past Seven Hills, clinch fifth MVC title in six years

Vikings fight past Seven Hills, clinch fifth MVC title in six years

Christian Acus got the job done before the Ohio High School Athletic Association could get him off the mound Wednesday. New Miami’s senior pitcher tossed a nine-hitter on 122 pitches and led the visiting Vikings past Seven Hills 7-4, clinching their fifth Miami Valley Conference Gray Division baseball title in the last six years. “It’s like nothing I’ve felt throughout my whole...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships, 10 a.m. at Northeastern; Kenny...
Edgewood in firm control of SWOC race after topping Little Miami 3-2

Edgewood in firm control of SWOC race after topping Little Miami 3-2

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a tie game, Ally Williams knew all she needed to do was put the ball in play and her Edgewood High School softball team would have a chance to win it right there. The senior did just that, looping a single to left field that allowed Jenna Evans to score from first when Little Miami’s outfielder dropped the ball on the throw in. The Cougars walked...
Wayne’s Isaiah Trice signs with Sinclair CC

Wayne’s Isaiah Trice signs with Sinclair CC

Wayne High School senior Isaiah Trice, the younger brother of former Warriors standouts Travis and D’Mitrik Trice, has signed to played basketball at Sinclair Community College. He’s the latest Trice to take his game to the next level. Travis (Michigan State) was reclaimed by the Westchester Knicks of the NBA’s Developmental League in February. D’Mitrik was a key sub at Wisconsin...
5 players the Cincinnati Bengals are most likely to draft

5 players the Cincinnati Bengals are most likely to draft

The Cincinnati Bengals own a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2011 after a run of five consecutive playoff appearances ended in 2016. What had been a young, talented and deep roster allowed the Bengals the luxury of viewing the draft through a broader lens, knowing they weren’t dependent on their top picks making immediate impacts. But that young roster is aging and the...
Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State

Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State

DAYTON – Darnell Hoskins Jr., a 2016 Thurgood Marshall High School graduate who spent this past season in prep school, signed to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan on Tuesday. He was at least the third area product to sign during this regular signing period, which extends through mid-May. Earlier Tuesday morning Trotwood-Madison standout Torrey Patton signed with...
The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The ESPN we used to enjoy is dead and never coming back

The worst thing that ever happened to ESPN was the success of PTI. Shortly after Pardon The Interruption debuted in October 2001, the network set about trying to replicate it on every other show on the network. That has proven to be a disaster because nobody in Bristol gets the debate isn’t what makes that show great, it’s the debaters. Tony Kornheiser and Michal Wilbon, not just colleagues...
Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Report: Cincinnati Reds plans for Devin Mesoraco coming into focus

Devin Mesoraco is ready to return to the Cincinnati Reds. Per MLB.com, that means the team is likely to start carrying three catchers when Mesoraco is activated Friday. The Reds are in a bit of a sticky situation because they don’t want to lose Stuart Turner, their current backup catcher, but also would like to continue carrying an extra reliever or two. Tucker Barnhart has been the No. 1 catcher...
Report: Dayton Flyers hosting recruit from Baltimore

Report: Dayton Flyers hosting recruit from Baltimore

Anthony Grant’s efforts to remake the Dayton Flyers basketball roster on the fly continue. National basketball recruiting analyst Julius Kim reported Wednesday morning Grant, UD’s new coach, was hosting Obadiah Toppin for an official visit.  Toppin is a 6-foot-9 senior at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., and one of the best players still available in the class of 2017. Per 247Sports...
Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

Reds reinstate rookie right-hander from DL to start today’s game

The Reds this morning activated pitcher Rookie Davis from the 10-day disabled list. Davis will start today’s game vs. the Brewers. To make room for Davis, the Reds sent outfielder Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville. Davis went on the DL April 11 with a bruised right forearm. In two starts this season, the rookie right-hander is 0-0 with a 6.43 ERA in seven innings of work.
Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez does not hold NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in high regard.  How do we know that?  The one-time Colts first-round draft pick told the Indianapolis Star he believes Goodell should be fired.  He also took issue with the way Goodell handles discipline.  Gonzalez, who was outspoken at Ohio State, looked like a future star as a slot...
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...

Olajuwon recalls Robinson bringing out his best in 1995 series

After Game 6 of the 1995 Western Conference finals, San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson sat at the podium inside The Summit, the legendary Houston arena, and attempted to process what had just happened. Robinson and the Spurs had dominated the NBA that season, winning 62 games, most in the league, and Robinson had deservedly taken home the Most Valuable Player award. All of that had been forgotten...
Distracting or dirty, NHL agitators can provide spark in playoffs

Distracting or dirty, NHL agitators can provide spark in playoffs

Late in the second period of a scoreless Game 3 of his first-round playoff series at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens forward Steve Ott went to work. With New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello hovering around Montreal goaltender Carey Price, Ott stepped in front of Zuccarello and without warning began tousling his long locks. Zuccarello responded with a shove to Ott’s chest, but...
NFL draft capsules for NFC teams 

NFL draft capsules for NFC teams 

LAST SEASON: 49ers tied franchise record for losses, leading to organizational overhaul. Longtime GM Trent Baalke was fired, along with first-year coach Chip Kelly, and replaced by first-time GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Team struggled just about everywhere in 2016. Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick failed to provide strong quarterback play, Niners lacked any big-play receivers, defense...
Inside the throwing program that helped revive pitcher’s career

Inside the throwing program that helped revive pitcher’s career

Dan Straily wore street clothes and a big smile when he walked into a nondescript warehouse-turned-workout facility in an industrial park outside Seattle last week. He visited for pleasure, not business, to say hello to some of the minds who have helped make him the pitcher he is today and to show Miami Marlins coaches Juan Nieves and Ed Lucas a significant piece of his past two offseasons. This is...
NFL draft capsules for AFC teams 

NFL draft capsules for AFC teams 

LAST SEASON: Following 0-14 start under first-year coach Hue Jackson, Browns barely avoided becoming only second team to lose all 16 games. Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam vowed to be patient with new front office and coaching staff and were mostly true to word as team underwent minimal offseason changes. Cleveland's biggest issue remains as it has been for 15 years, no long-term answer at quarterback...
NHL projections: Capitals over Penguins, Rangers over Senators

NHL projections: Capitals over Penguins, Rangers over Senators

This year's Stanley Cup playoffs have already been heart-stopping and sleep-depriving. Eighteen of the 42 first-round playoff games went to overtime this year, a league record, with two of those 18 games requiring a second OT period to determine the winner. And two of the series were upsets by wild-card teams: the Nashville Predators swept the West's top seed, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the New York...
The NFL draft's fastest rising QB chose football over baseball

The NFL draft's fastest rising QB chose football over baseball

At some point in the NFL draft, probably in Thursday night's first round, a team will formalize an improbable outcome and select Patrick Mahomes II. The improbability would not stem from Mahomes reaching the highest level of football. He posted astonishing statistics at Texas Tech, got all As in high school, stands a sturdy 6-foot-3 and possesses enough arm strength to hurl a football 65 yards while...
A Formula One driver in  Indy 500 is no longer blasphemy

A Formula One driver in Indy 500 is no longer blasphemy

The Formula One series was off last week, giving Fernando Alonso free time to travel to Alabama on an exploratory mission. He spent the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham getting to know his competitors and teammates for the Indianapolis 500. Alonso, a two-time F1 champion, figured to be an also-ran in next month’s Monaco Grand Prix. It was an ignominious prospect for one of Formula...

H.S. Results for 4/25: Munchel’s clutch hit carries Tri-Village

Christian Ricker was outstanding on the mound and Camren Munchel’s RBI hit helped Tri-Village come away with a 1-0 win over Franklin Monroe in baseball action Tuesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning Camren Munchel doubled in Luke Wheeler from second base to plate the lone run. Wheeler went 2-for-2 on the night and Mason Sullenbarger was also 2-for-2. Ricker scattered six hits over seven innings...
Fairfield softball bounces back to run-rule Mount Notre Dame

Fairfield softball bounces back to run-rule Mount Notre Dame

On Monday, the Fairfield High School softball team suffered a heartbreaking extra-inning defeat at the hands of Greater Miami Conference rival Oak Hills. On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, the Indians took out their frustrations on visiting Mount Notre Dame. Fairfield struck early and often, smashing 16 hits in a 15-2 run-rule effort over the Cougars in front of a big crowd at Fairfield Middle School...
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Miami Valley made memories together

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Miami Valley made memories together

He’s NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years running. But there was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. went unrecognized around the Miami Valley. Back in October 1996, Earnhardt Jr. was hired by then-Shady Bowl Speedway owner Charlie Stapleton to race on the Champaign County oval. Earnhardt Jr., then 22, was an up-and-coming driver getting his start in what’s now the NASCAR Xfinity Series...
WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

After rallying from five strokes down with four holes to play, Wright State senior golfer Ryan Wenzler fell in a one-hole playoff Tuesday in the Horizon League championships at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Wenzler, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year and defending champion, began the day with a four-stroke lead after shooting 2 under par through the first 36 holes. But Cleveland State’s Anton...
Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Former Cincinnati Mount Healthy co-defensive coordinator Robert Burk has been approved by the Tri-Village Local School District as the Patriots football coach. It’ll be the first head coach position for Burk, a 2002 Hamilton High School graduate. Prior to coaching at Mount Healthy the Hamilton native also was an assistant at Hamilton for former Big Blue coaches Jim Place and Bob Jacoby and at...
Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) for hoop

Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) for hoop

Darnell Hoskins Jr., a 2016 Thurgood Marshall High School graduate who spent this past season in prep school, signed to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan on Tuesday. He was at least the third area product to sign during this regular signing period, which extends through mid-May. Earlier Tuesday morning Trotwood-Madison standout Torrey Patton signed with Akron and teammate...
Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source...
College Insider: Fenwick’s Rossi breaks shot put record at UD

College Insider: Fenwick’s Rossi breaks shot put record at UD

Junior Jenni Rossi broke her own University of Dayton record in the shot put last Saturday at the Illinois Twilight track and field meet in Champaign, Ill. The Fenwick High School graduate took first place with a heave of 49 feet, 8.25 inches, the best effort in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season. Her previous record was 49 feet, 3.75 inches. Rossi also placed fourth in the hammer throw (169 feet...
New Dayton Flyers coaching staff hitting recruiting trail hard

New Dayton Flyers coaching staff hitting recruiting trail hard

The men’s basketball coaches offices at the Cronin Center are full again. Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant and his new assistant coaches — Anthony Solomon, Darren Hertz, Ricardo Greer and James Kane — were all on campus Tuesday, planning their next recruiting trips while figuring out where to live in Dayton. A couple of players, freshmen Trey Landers and Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Malik Zaire may finally be entering the homestretch in his search for a new school, and a former Ohio State assistant might end up making the difference when it’s over.  Rivals.com reported Tuesday the former Alter High School star is down to four schools after deciding not to return to Notre Dame:  Zaire, who will be eligible to play this fall, is set to announce his decision next...
Off-field incidents muddle draft process for Bengals

Off-field incidents muddle draft process for Bengals

As Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was holding his pre-draft press conference and talking about the increased importance of vetting players, another potential first-round pick, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, was named in a police report as a rape suspect. “Every day there’s something that – however it happens, ‘leaked’ or whatever word you want to...
Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Gareon Conley, a defensive back from Ohio State expected to be an early pick in the NFL draft this week, reportedly has been named in a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland. TMZ reported Tuesday a woman has accused Conley of raping her in a hotel room on April 9. According to the report, the accuser says she met Conley in a hotel elevator around 3AM and he brought her back to his hotel room....
Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Dayton Flyers basketball standout Scoochie Smith starting his own business

Scoochie Smith is asking Dayton Flyers basketball fans for help.  The standout point guard who recently finished his career at UD hopes to start an online clothing store, but there is a familiar problem for any startup: Money.  So Smith did what any good entrepreneur would do these days: He started a GoFundMe.  You can find the GoFundMe account here. 
New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

The Wright State Raiders are in pursuit of a 7-foot-1 high school center with a famous last name. Jake Walter, a junior 2018 prospect from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, tweeted Monday night he received a slew of scholarship offers, including one from WSU.  Walter is the son of Joe Walter, who played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1985-97.  The younger Walter also reported receiving...
Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Could Wright State’s loss be the Dayton Flyers’ gain? Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season, told this new organization he visited the University of Dayton on Monday night. National basketball analyst Pat Lawless was the first to report the news.  Alstork is a Thurgood Marshall graduate who spent a season at Ball State before transferring to WSU. He requested...
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