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Hal McCoy: Frazier trade looking good for Reds

Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about our nation’s pastime. Tap into that knowledge with an email to halmccoy1@hotmail.com. Q: Do we know if Pete Rose was safe or out on the play used to create his statue? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Somebody said they should have included umpire Eric Gregg on the statue. Gregg, who was on the plus side of...


Ronaldo, under fire, strikes quickly before slipping away

Ronaldo, under fire, strikes quickly before slipping away

There was a collective murmur of surprise on Wednesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo swept into the interview room at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. So many of these journalists had so many questions for Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar, and now here he was, rather unexpectedly, sitting right in front of them. But the moment was short-lived. “We’re not going to have questions,” the moderator...
How and where Simpson's parole hearing will take place

How and where Simpson's parole hearing will take place

Nevada parole officials have set a July 20 date to decide whether O.J. Simpson should be paroled after serving the mandatory minimum of a nine-to-33 year sentence for an armed robbery involving two sports collectibles dealers in Las Vegas in 2007. Here's a look at how the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners says the parole hearing is expected to proceed.   THE INMATE  Orenthal James...
Mets have little time to get into wild-card race

Mets have little time to get into wild-card race

The New York Mets began the 2017 season with high expectations, and after numerous and sometimes embarrassing setbacks, they still fancy themselves a postseason team. But if a turnaround is going to happen — and the odds are not good that one will — it needs to begin immediately. Going into Wednesday’s games, the Mets had a 31-39 record, which matched a season-low mark they established...
When injuries hurt the Chargers' receiving corps, they helped Williams

When injuries hurt the Chargers' receiving corps, they helped Williams

Tyrell Williams is kind of like that 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix he bought for $900 as a college freshman, a green sedan with 274,000 miles on it that he still drives when he's home in Oregon — modest, unassuming, often overlooked.  "It's a good car, a reliable car," the Chargers wide receiver said with a grin during last week's minicamp. "And it's still rolling." ...
Mario Batali's favorite golf course: Just 'a shack and a track'

Mario Batali's favorite golf course: Just 'a shack and a track'

Any given week during the summer, Mario Batali will be playing golf. The chef, whose restaurants include Babbo, Del Posto, Lupa, Bar Jamón, Esca, and the Italian-food supermarket destination Eataly, estimates that he will play 45 rounds over the summer. "One of the things about my job is that I spend a lot of time in small, hot rooms surrounded by a lot of people," Batali said by...
Ten years ago, the Blackhawks got lucky, and it changed the franchise

Ten years ago, the Blackhawks got lucky, and it changed the franchise

Fourteen numbered Ping-Pong balls tumbled inside the lottery machine before they popped out, one by one. Four. Five. Seven. Eleven.  The probability chart that divided the possible combinations among the 14 teams participating in the NHL draft lottery on April 10, 2007 showed that the Blackhawks — with an 8.1 percent chance of moving from the fifth-overall pick to the top spot after missing...
Everyone is digging the long ball these days

Everyone is digging the long ball these days

Aaron Judge revealed that he received an invitation to the All-Star Home Run Derby, then promptly went out and hit another home run. Cody Bellinger surely will get an invite, too, after becoming the first rookie to hit 10 home runs in 10 games.  Two rookie sluggers on opposite coasts doing amazing things. Two new faces of Major League Baseball.  Welcome to them, and welcome to a new era...
The Kiwis’ edge in America’s Cup: drones

The Kiwis’ edge in America’s Cup: drones

Nick Bowers heard his phone ring at 5 one morning in September 2015. He struggled out of bed and answered. On the line was a boat maker from Holland with an urgent request: Could he be in Italy that night to shoot video of the A-Class World Catamaran Championships? Bowers, who lived in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where he ran a small video production company, packed his drones and hurried to the airport...
Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Former Dayton Flyers Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith did not hear their names called in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Cooke signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the draft, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Scoochie Smith told Cox Media Group on Friday morning that he had signed with the Boston Celtics. In the previous three seasons, Dayton’s Devin Oliver...
Dragons fall in 10 innings to Captains in second-half opener

Dragons fall in 10 innings to Captains in second-half opener

Brandishing a new look courtesy of promotions, fill-ins, call-ups and any other way a roster can be adjusted, the Dragons opened the second half of the Midwest League season with a disappointing 8-7 setback to the Lake County Captains (Indians) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night. It was the first game for the Dragons since they clinched the first-half wildcard spot and its automatic qualification...
Meet the Dayton Dragons: Malik Collymore, outfielder

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Malik Collymore, outfielder

Who: Malik Dequan Collymore Position: Outfielder Number: 6 Personal: R/R; 6-0, 195 pounds Born: Sept. 20, 1996 (20) Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada School: Port Credit Secondary, Mississauga, Ont. Drafted: Round 10, 2013 by St. Louis Notable: Milwaukee Brewers traded RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash to St. Louis Cardinals for Collymore on July 31, 2015. Played for the Florida Fire Frogs (Braves)...
Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Desperately needing a shooter who has been missing since their most recent championship season, the Detroit Pistons christened Franklin High School graduate Luke Kennard that go-to guy Thursday night, taking him with the 12th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. Detroit was the team that appeared to be most enticed by Kennard prior to the draft. Although he did his best to prove to teams in pre-draft...
Former UD golfer rallies for Ohio Mid-Am win

Former UD golfer rallies for Ohio Mid-Am win

People often have difficulty deciding how to pronounce Matt Buse’s name. It happened again Thursday afternoon at the Miami Valley Golf Club after the 26-year-old former University of Dayton golfer won the Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship. “It’s bus with an E,” Buse explained. The slender Cincinnati native bears no resemblance to a bus but he left a few guys in his wake as he came...
Back home, Dynamo goalkeeper Ryan Hulings thriving

Back home, Dynamo goalkeeper Ryan Hulings thriving

Ryan Hulings is a glass-half-full kind of guy. After breaking his left ulna while playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Hulings opted for surgery. One plate, seven screws and close to two months later, the goalkeeper was ready to return to the field. It wasn’t long, however, before his contract expired and Hulings was a man without a team. “It was a bit of a disappointment,” he said...

Jim Morris’ fishing report

Caesar Creek Lake: Crappies are being caught around 15 feet deep around structure. Work the mouths of coves around sunken trees with minnows. Bluegills are biting on waxworms fished around stickups. The best saugeye fishing has been on the flats, jigging with nightcrawlers or bass minnows. Catfish are in the channels, hitting cut shad, chicken liver and chubs. Bass are still being caught along the...
Local wrestler B.J. Whitmer to make TV commentary debut on ROH PPV on Friday

Local wrestler B.J. Whitmer to make TV commentary debut on ROH PPV on Friday

Long before he was scheduled to make his commentary debut before a worldwide audience on pay-per-view this Friday, B.J. Whitmer was a Dayton-area pro wrestler, who spent most days working for Cincinnati-based WWE territory Heartland Wrestling Association, training under noted instructor Les Thatcher, and doing frequent shows at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum. The HWA’s success at...
WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

One year after changing coaches, the Wright State basketball team is undergoing another significant transformation this summer with an influx of new faces. The Raiders have six players whose next appearance in a game will be their first at WSU, and that’s making this summer’s workouts feel a little like last year’s when everyone was trying to get a feel for Scott Nagy’s system...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
Hartsock: Playoff-bound Dragons start second half with new faces

Hartsock: Playoff-bound Dragons start second half with new faces

The Dayton Dragons have half of their season to play, but not really much left to play for and not as many familiar faces on board from the first half of the season. The Reds announced today the promotion of Brantley Bell, James Vasquez and Luis Gonzalez from Dayton to High-A Daytona. Add outfielder T.J. Friedl, who moved up to Daytona over the weekend, and the Dragons are without half of their everyday...
Ohio native Schwarber demoted to ‘clear his head’

Ohio native Schwarber demoted to ‘clear his head’

It wasn’t that long ago that Kyle Schwarber was better than sliced bread. The 24-year-old Middletown native missed all but a crumb of the 2016 MLB season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the first week of play, yet returned for the postseason to hit bomb after bomb to help propel the Chicago Cubs to perhaps the most talked-about, warm and fuzzy World Series title ever. Then came...
Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Former Wright State pitcher Danny Sexton announced Thursday he has signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres. Sexton was a second-team All-Horizon League selection as a junior this spring, going 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Two of the left-hander’s victories came against nationally ranked Clemson and South Carolina. Sexton led the HL in batters struck out looking (29), was tied for second in...
NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

Want to know how the NBA can improve its player development model for both teams and players while also helping out college basketball? Copy the NHL’s draft-and-follow system. What does mean? Well, it’s fairly simple: Instead of forcing players to choose if/when they want to be considered for the NBA draft, make everyone eligible after they graduate from high school. Then give those who...
Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday released their list of training camp practices open to public, beginning with the opener on Friday, July 28. All practices will held on the grass fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium except for the Family Day practice, which will be held inside PBS on Saturday, Aug. 5. The practice fields have bleacher seating for 1,250 fans, and all practices open to the public...
Report: Cubs sending Middletown’s Schwarber down to Triple-A

Report: Cubs sending Middletown’s Schwarber down to Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs are sending Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber down to Triple-A, according to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago. Schwarber, who helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908 last year, is hitting .171 this season with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs. Schwarber came back from a knee injury last season to play in the World Series against Cleveland and hit .412 as a designated hitter...
Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

The fourth and fifth members of Dayton’s 2017 recruiting class will arrive on campus Thursday, meaning the whole 2017-18 team will be together for the first time. Classes for the second summer session start Saturday. In an email to the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday night, forward Matej Svoboda, of the Czech Republic, wrote he was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning. Forward Obadiah Toppin...
Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

The Cincinnati Bengals put the wraps on their offseason program with the culmination of the mandatory minicamp June 16, freeing the players to scatter to all parts of the globe for a six-week break. As things stand now, the Bengals have 89 players on the roster, which is one shy of the league limit. If the team elects to sign a 90th player for the start of camp, it will either be an issue of adding...
7 more great Franklin High School athletes

7 more great Franklin High School athletes

Franklin High School’s Luke Kennard, after two seasons at Duke University, is expected to be drafted tonight in the first round of the NBA draft. MORE: Franklin’s Luke Kennard likely a first-round NBA draft choice Here are 7 other great Franklin High School athletes, all members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order: STEVE BRADLEY Bradley, a 1982 Franklin graduate...
Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

An essential starting rotation makeover starts this weekend for the Cincinnati Reds.   They will start rookie Louis Castillo on Friday then Homer Bailey returns to the rotation Saturday.  Bailey you know.  Who is Louis Castillo?  He was one of the pitchers acquired from the Miami Marlins for Dan Straily last winter, and he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Reds&rsquo...
WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

WATCH: Ohio State fan mows ‘Script Ohio’ into Michigan fan’s lawn

In case you missed it — and so far more than 1.5 million people have NOT — an Ohio State fan went above and beyond putting his mark, shall we say, on the rivalry with Michigan recently.  Ty Higgins, who is a writer for Ohio’s Country Journal, shared some special yard work he did for a neighbor who was out of town.  A neighbor who happens to be a Michigan fan.  A neighbor...
Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dane Goodwin will be at the University of Dayton this weekend for a camp with his Upper Arlington teammates. His dad Damon, the head coach at Capital University, said he talks to the new Dayton Flyers coach, Anthony Grant, all the time. They played together at Dayton for three seasons (1983-86). Damon’s connection to UD and Grant is a big reason fans of the Flyers started debating Wednesday...
Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Brooks Koepka is a modern golfer who won his first major on a modern golf course.  That would be one way to look back at this U.S. Open.  No one played better. No one did a better job of answering every challenge. He putted for birdie on every hole except the 13th, where Koepka made a clutch par putt that sent him toward three straight birdies, a knockout punch. That 8-iron he hit to the...
Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Sometimes the catcher for the surging Arizona Diamondbacks is a 34-year-old veteran of four teams with a low batting average, a bargain contract and a deep commitment to helping his pitchers. Other times, he is a different catcher who meets those same criteria. But there is one big difference between the Arizona catchers Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis: Iannetta had 10 years 13 days of major league...
Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts  spiral

Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts spiral

When a phone call awakened Blaise and Angie Winter at 1:47 a.m., Jan. 31, they weren't surprised, but the news was still devastating. Their 18-year-old son Donovan Winter, a Bishop Moore (Fla.) high school football star who had accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan State University, was in jail. "For parents to receive a call ... on my birthday, to get the news that it has finally come to...
At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

The smaller diamond at Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park — Little Simpson, to locals — attracted a reported 4,000 people when it opened for the city's Little Major Leaguers in 1953. The field's dimensions were laid out by the head groundskeeper at Griffith Stadium. The diamond had a $9,500 lighting system, attracted major leaguers like Bob Feller and Mickey Vernon, and was, according...
Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

Kansas' Jackson, Duke's Tatum headline forwards in NBA draft

The top forwards in Thursday's NBA draft needed only a season in college to secure their position in the lottery. Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they're almost certain to go in the top five overall picks. The Boston Celtics have the third overall pick after their deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Jackson or Tatum could...
Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Sixty NBA draft hopefuls will hear their names called Thursday night as members of the 2017 rookie class. For many of the top picks it will mark the start of the transition from college underclassman to instant millionaire.  It is the ultimate finishing school. A journey that continues to evolve for NBA newcomers that has trended younger during the one-and-done era.  Boston's Jaylen Brown...
Still chasing the Stratford Streak, 80 years after he left ice

Still chasing the Stratford Streak, 80 years after he left ice

Howie Morenz wept when he finally agreed to join the Montreal Canadiens in 1923, abandoning his family and a budding career as a railway machinist in Stratford to become the world’s greatest hockey player. That’s the story: He didn’t want to go, refusing to believe he was good enough for the NHL. Within the year, he won his first Stanley Cup. He was already what an admiring rival...
Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family. “It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.” The draft will be held at the Barclays...
Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained. Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,&rdquo...
Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Bullpen blows up as Reds fall to Rays; help may soon be on the way

Scott Schebler hit his 20th home run and drove in another run, but the Reds’ bullpen imploded Wednesday afternoon in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. Cincinnati has dropped 11 of 12, and is in danger of slipping out of the wildcard race before midseason. The Reds left Tampa Bay in bad shape, Billy Hamilton getting caught in a rundown and being tagged out by the Rays’ leftfielder, and starting...
The Dibbles have a day

The Dibbles have a day

Rob Dibble and his family appear to have had a momentous day, or at least it looks that way when checking up on the former Reds reliever on Twitter.  Judging from his posts, and those of his wife, one of their children just wrapped up kindergarten. As you can in her Twitter post, Mom sort of wrestled with the occasion: The dutiful dad, whom the Reds drafted in the first round out of Bridgeport...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000 by June 30 to keep the program running and yesterday we had...
Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey to make season debut for Reds

Homer Bailey will make his 2017 debut Saturday for the Cincinnati Reds, starting a 4:05 p.m. game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., according to multiple reports. Reds manager Bryan Price announced Bailey’s start after an 8-3 loss to the Rays in Tampa, Fla. Bailey, who has been on the disabled list all season after undergoing elbow surgery in February, threw 5 2/3 innings Monday in...
NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

The NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday night, and Luke Kennard is expected to be selected in the first round. Here is what you need to know about the basketball star: • Born in Middletown, Kennard was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Franklin High School, where he scored 2,977 points. That’s No. 2 in Ohio prep history, more than LeBron...
With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

So you’re going a little bit nuts idling on the football wagon, and there’ll be no jumping off for another month-plus before NFL training camps open. You need a fix, a pigskin infusion, to hold your sanity. Here’s betting that, if you’re a Bengals fan, this interesting look at linebacker Vontaze Burfict will do the trick – at least for a while. One John Sheeran -- under...
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