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Chiefs lead Bengals 16-9 at halftime

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury, and four plays later Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris to help send the Chiefs to a 16-9 halftime lead at Paul Brown Stadium. Williams was hurt tackling Akeem Hunt shy of the first down marker on the first play of the second quarter and was carted off the...


Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto through the years. His aloof demeanor and the way he snubbed...

Ohio State football: 5 freshmen who will make an instant impact in 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s season opener is less than two weeks away, which means the tremendous 2017 recruiting class finally will be unleashed on the field. Freshmen typically have to bide their time before being called upon, but several of the current crop have shown enough to earn some reps against Indiana. What follows is a list of five freshmen who...
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

When running back Chris Thompson lines up in the backfield, the fourth-year veteran keys on only a few words out of the plethora barked by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once he hears them, like "all go" or "steamer," Thompson instinctively shuts out everything else. It's how Thompson, the Redskins' reliable third-down back, memorizes the playbook. He uses specific words to trigger...
Big names, big money at the PBA Xtra Frame Classic

Big names, big money at the PBA Xtra Frame Classic

Rick Hartings planned to go big for the 10th Annual Kenn-Feld Group Classic — a PBA regional event held in Coldwater — but this is bigger than even the longtime proprietor imagined. Pla-Mor Lanes will host its first national PBA Tour event August 25-27 as the Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series will travel to Coldwater for its final event of the season, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic...

Dayton Country club hosts Senior Amateur this week

The Ohio Golf Association’s annual Senior Amateur Championship will be held for the first time at Dayton Country Club Tuesday and Wednesday. Skip Snow of Dayton, a member of DCC, is a three-time champion, having won the event in 1998, 2001 and 2009. Snow also won the super senior title (65 and over) in 2009 and 2011. Snow tied for fifth last year when the event was won by Derek Gustafson of...

Outdoors: Controlled dove hunt drawings Saturday

It’s time again to draw for those early controlled dove hunts. The drawings will be at noon on Saturday, Aug. 26. The controlled hunts are scheduled Sept. 1 and 2. Drawings will be held at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley and Indian Creek wildlife areas. Drawings for hunts at Woodland Trails will be held at Rush Run and Bott at Indian Creek. Controlled hunts will also be held at the St. Marys...

HS Results 8/18: Fairmont girls soccer downs Fairborn

In a GWOC girls’ soccer matchup, Fairmont emerged victorious, beating rival Fairborn 3-0. Lexie Aukerman opened the scoring for Fairmont, assisted by freshman Sophia Grossman. Olivia Frank netted an unassisted goal to put Fairmont up 2-0. Jaden Mahle rounded out the scoring for Fairmont with a third goal, assisted by Maddie Seamean. Goalkeepers Emma Martcheva and Iyerlan Alberts split the matchup...
College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

Wayne High School senior L’Christian “Blue” Smith has made up his mind, he’s just not ready to tell everybody yet. Smith will go public with his college choice in front of a national TV audience on ESPN on Aug. 27 when Wayne opens the season at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver is the fourth-ranked recruit in Ohio in...
Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Rick Haynes has always been a believer in putting as many of his best athletes on defense as possible. That has been an especially big challenge for the Lakota East High School football coach this summer after losing nine of 11 starters on that side of the ball. RELATED: Colerain heavy favorite to continue GMC streak A veteran defense was the highlight of a 5-5 finish last year as the Thunderhawks...
5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

This week I had my first Western and Southern Open experience.  Although it was cut short by a nasty rain storm, I saw enough to convince me I need to make a return trip.  Here are my top takeaways from my visit:  The Graeter’s turtle sundae really hit the spot, giving me the energy to seek out actual tennis.  I found it at Stadium 3, where Yuichi Sugita rallied from a first-set...

3 for 3: Will Ohio State find a way to land Tyreke Smith, Micah Parsons and Jayson Oweh?

Though Ohio State has a commitment from 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox, the Buckeyes are nowhere close to being done at the position in the Class of 2018. Despite  a recent de-commitment from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) defensive end Andrew Chatfield, Ohio State finds itself in a favorable position to land the country’s best defensive line...
Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Cubs fans may not be thrilled with star third baseman Kris Bryant’s favorite player. Bryant admitted that his top preferred player is Reds first baseman Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s game versus Cincinnati. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. “He gets...
How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

We’ve reached the point in the football preseason that themes can start to run into the ground.  “How will X be better than it was last year, coach?” is a well-worn question in July and August.  Whatever went wrong a season ago is inevitably a central theme to the following preseason.  Such as it is with an Ohio State offense that was at times explosive but also disappeared...
High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

The Greeneview Rams have had much to cheer about the past three seasons by earning the program’s first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. But you wouldn’t know it by watching them, especially on the practice field. The Rams have quietly gone about their business after reaching the postseason the past three seasons. “We call them a lunch-pail group,” first-year...
Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

This “Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State thing” is a stupid, made-up story, but people love to click those so it's probably worth a few minutes.  I would say he's overachieved twice, underachieved twice and hit expectations pretty much on the head once in five seasons in which he is 61-6 with one national championship, one Big Ten championship and five conference division...

Ohio State RB coach says hobbled Mike Weber will be ‘ready to go’ for opener

Don’t fear, Buckeye fans, reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber be in the backfield when the Buckeyes’ season kicks off Aug. 31 at Indiana. Running backs coach Tony Alford said Friday that although Weber has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, he is “fine” and will be “ready to go” for the opener. Weber also spoke Friday...

Think Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State? Time for a reality check

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Finding people to agree with the sentiment that Urban Meyer hasn’t completely maxed out Ohio State’s potential over the last five years might not be that hard. I’d probably start at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and knock on his door. The ultra-competitive coach has always gone to work with an eye on championship rings, so maybe he...
Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

The Reds broke out the bats against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Cincinnati put up nine runs on Lester in the second inning. It was the most they’ve scored in a frame since scoring 10 in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win over the Tigers on Aug. 24, 2015. From Joey Votto’s homer to Phillip Ervin’s broken bat single to Jose Peraza’s hit bouncing off Jon Jay, the Reds’ offense...
WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

Reds first baseman Joey Votto’s run of 20-straight games reaching base at least twice ended on Wednesday. But he hasn’t cooled off. Votto blasted a three-run homer to give the Reds a 7-0 second inning lead over the Cubs on Thursday. That’s not all: Votto showed off the glove too. The Reds, after blowing a nine-run lead, managed to rally for a 13-10 win and series split.
Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

The Dayton Flyers will host Dwayne Cohill for an official visit Sept. 15 according to a report.  The Cleveland Hoy Name four-star guard told scout.com he will be in the Gem City next month for a close-up view of what coach Anthony Grant and his staff have to offer.  Cohill is the No. 5 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.  He has also scheduled visits to Ohio State and...
Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance Saturday to start the preseason 2-0 for just the 10th time in their 50 seasons when they face the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. Of course a fast start in August is hardly a harbinger of real success, as only three of those previous 2-0 preseason starts occurred in years that ended with the Bengals in the playoffs. ›› Bengals to honor 24...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...

Ohio State recruiting: Latest updates on Buckeyes’ 2018 football class

The Ohio State recruiting monster that is 2018 might find resistance only one way: a monthlong recruiting dead period. Here’s where things stand on the Ohio State Class of 2018 recruiting front entering Friday, and as you’d expect after landing the second-ranked class in 2017, the Buckeyes are doing very well. National rank: The Buckeyes have the nation’s ...

Ohio State football: Which returning offensive starter has the most to prove?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The competition may never stop during training camp at Ohio State, but that competition doesn’t necessarily feel the same for everybody. With so many returning starters back in the fold, numerous starting jobs for the Buckeyes were essentially secure even before camp started last month — no matter how much of a push the youngsters behind...
Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

The Reds’ 13-10 win over the Cubs on Thursday had no shortage of fireworks. Cincinnati scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since tagging Detroit for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win on Aug. 24, 2015. The Reds blew a nine-run lead. The team last did that on Aug. 25, 2010, at San Francisco; a game it also rallied to win, 12-11. Cincinnati also blew such a lead on April 28...
VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

After homering for his first career hit Wednesday, Phillip Ervin’s encore was even better. Ervin hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run and added four RBIs in his first start, emerging as the difference in the Reds’ 13-10 shootout victory against the Cubs. It was the 25-year-old’s fifth game. He also had a single and double in his four at-bats. He even stole a base.  <div>...
Slot receivers are more important than ever, but salaries lag behind

Slot receivers are more important than ever, but salaries lag behind

The space between the end of an offensive line and an outside receiver, commonly called the slot, decides more NFL games than ever before. Cole Beasley lined up there on 85 percent of his snaps last season, and he led the Dallas Cowboys in catches and receiving yards. His ability out of the slot provided security and comfort for a rookie quarterback and made Beasley the engine of Dallas's passing...
2017 fantasy football busts

2017 fantasy football busts

Here's a potential bust from each NFL team to help your fantasy football draft preparation: C.J. Anderson, RB: If you promised me he would make it through the season unscathed, I'd be all in. Tyreek Hill, WR: I'd be surprised if he matches his previous production, which only made him the 20th best WR in most standard leagues. Mike Williams, WR: He's already likely out until October on a team surprisingly...
Claire Liu, a rising teenage tennis player, reaches a crossroad

Claire Liu, a rising teenage tennis player, reaches a crossroad

During a recent practice, Claire Liu sent an easy forehand sailing to the fence beyond the baseline and pressed a palm to her forehead. “Smile, you’re having fun,” said Chris Tontz, Liu’s coach. “Am I?” she said with a laugh. She should be. Liu, 17, is currently the top-ranked junior in the world and the No. 292 player in WTA rankings. In the last three months,...
Transfers outside of QB who could have big impact

Transfers outside of QB who could have big impact

Chris James has waited long enough to take a handoff at Wisconsin.  The running back sat out a year after leaving Pittsburgh to move to Madison, looking for a better backfield opportunity.  That moment has finally arrived. James is part of this year's crop of Division I transfers who could make immediate impacts with their new teams.  "It's been such a long time coming," the...
Courtland Sutton is back to help complete SMU's turnaround

Courtland Sutton is back to help complete SMU's turnaround

When SMU players walk from their locker room to the field before home games, former Mustangs watch them. The walls of the tunnel are decorated with the likenesses of former SMU greats who made their mark in the NFL, from a faded image of Doak Walker to a color shot of current Cowboy Cole Beasley. Last winter it seemed likely another portrait would be added to the tunnel. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton...
Cord-cutting conundrum: Best ways to watch pro sports without cable

Cord-cutting conundrum: Best ways to watch pro sports without cable

It's Sunday, and you're already on the couch with a cup of coffee (or a can of beer) ready to watch your favorite NFL team on TV. Maybe you stick around after the football games to see baseball, hockey or basketball. For many sports fans, it's a weekend ritual that has helped make broadcast and cable television a smashing success. But now, more than ever before, fans are turning to the internet to...
Bengals' Andy Dalton among 2017 fantasy football sleepers

Bengals' Andy Dalton among 2017 fantasy football sleepers

Here's a sleeper from each NFL team to help your fantasy football draft preparation: De'Angelo Henderson, RB: The speedy Henderson is built like a fire hydrant (5-foot-7, 205 pounds) and is currently fourth on the depth chart, but everyone in front of him is either hurt or has a history of being hurt. Kareem Hunt, RB: Hunt will be the next, great fantasy running back under Andy Reid — including...
‘Trade’ ensures Lucas Duda can’t shake pesky Instagram account

‘Trade’ ensures Lucas Duda can’t shake pesky Instagram account

Almost as soon as the New York Mets traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of July, an additional, more personal deal began to come together behind the scenes. It, too, involved a popular Mets player, the Rays and a prospect to arrive later. The second trade was completed three days after Duda’s departure, its negotiations tracked in updates on social media, which seemed...

Urban Meyer says Penn State ‘absolutely’ belonged in last year’s College Football Playoff

Ohio State was the lone Big Ten representative in the 2017 College Football Playoff, but coach Urban Meyer believes another conference foe was also deserving. On Thursday, Meyer told ESPN’s Chris Low that Penn State ‘absolutely’ belonged on college football’s biggest stage. Penn State (11-3, 8-1 Big Ten) was left out of the CFP despite winning its conference championship...
Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

Dragons continue to have West Michigan’s number

West Michigan may have the Midwest League’s best record, but you couldn’t blame the Whitecaps if a little doubt started to set in. Dayton pitchers Scott Moss and Tony Santillan would be the reason, because it’s likely they’ll face the Whitecaps in the first two games of the MWL playoffs, which begin at Fifth Third Field on Sept. 6. Santillan (7-7, 3.56 ERA) worked five innings...

HS Results for 8/17: Oakwood girls tennis tops Centerville

In a close match, Oakwood’s girls tennis team edged out Centerville, three sets to two. Oakwood swept the singles matchups, while Centerville took both doubles. At 1st Singles, Lily McCloskey took home the win, defeating Ariel Aloppott 6-0, 6-3. Natalie Connelly dominated at 2nd Singles, besting Anu Pddereddi 6-0, 6-0. The 3rd Singles matchup became a little more competive as Agatha Shafer topped...
Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats....

California defensive back hears from Ohio State, a commitment that never was, and more

Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and a glimpse at what’s coming next. If you want to win the battle for a top recruit, more often than not you’ve got to get him on campus regularly. In the last year, the Buckeyes...

Kil-Kare honors Rod Shop at Geezers reunion

The iconic racing team left a lasting impact on the NHRA during the 1960s, 1970s and beyond. And on Saturday, The Rod Shop will leave its mark at Kil-Kare Dragway. The former racing team based in Columbus fielded cars for some of the biggest names in drag racing. Drivers like Tommy Ivo, Bob Riffle, Don Carlton, Mike Fons, Butch Leal, Larry Morgan, Jim Thompson, Bill McGraw, Dick Shroyer and Gene Dunlap...
Prep football: New faces abound, but Edgewood eyeing more success

Prep football: New faces abound, but Edgewood eyeing more success

A strong senior class has departed, but the goals haven’t changed for Edgewood High School’s football team. The Cougars won their first Southwest Ohio Conference championship and had a near-upset of La Salle in the Division II, Region 8 playoffs before finishing 8-3 in Scott Clemmons’ fifth season at the helm. Clemmons is looking for more success in 2017, despite returning zero starters...
High school football games on radio, TV, internet

High school football games on radio, TV, internet

The following are area high school football games that will be aired on radio, TV and/or the internet. If your station or webcast isn’t listed, email your information and schedule to sports@coxohio.com. Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh Thu. Sept. 14: Lebanon at Beavercreek Thu. Sept. 21: Springboro at Centerville Thu. Sept. 28: Stebbins...
Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

As the NFL continues rotating its draft, Cleveland may be among the chief suitors. The Cleveland Browns, Pro Football Hall of Fame (in Canton) and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have teamed up to submit a bid to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft.  An application was submitted to the NFL headquarters last week, per the Browns. If selected, Cleveland and Canton would host the three-day (Thursday...
Prep football: Experienced Big Blue looking to take next step

Prep football: Experienced Big Blue looking to take next step

Hamilton High School’s football progression is ongoing. Big Blue haven’t had a winning record since 2010, but they were 5-5 last season, and fifth-year coach Chad Murphy said the program as a whole has a bright outlook. “I think we’re as athletic and as strong as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Murphy said. “I’ve put the extra time in with the...
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