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With top defenders available, Bengals make curious choice for offense

The 2017 NFL Draft appeared to fall into the Cincinnati Bengals lap Thursday night. Then they threw it back. Despite multiple highly regarded defensive players being still on the board, the Bengals chose speedy receiver John Ross out of Washington . Ross may turn out to be an NFL star, but he will head to Cincinnati with questions about his durability and health while the...
Bengals draft Washington WR John Ross at No. 9

Bengals draft Washington WR John Ross at No. 9

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Washington wide receiver John Ross with the ninth pick in the NFL Draft. The 5-11, 188-pound speedster lit up the NFL Combine with a record-breaking time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard draft. Ross was the third receiver selected in the first nine picks after Tennessee took Western Michigan’s Corey Davis at No. 5 and the Los Angeles Chargers selected Clemson&rsquo...
Browns take Garrett with first overall pick

Browns take Garrett with first overall pick

The Cleveland Browns did what everyone expected them to with the first pick in the NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett is the first player from Texas A&M to be the top overall pick. He was a three-year starter for the Aggies, recording double-digit sacks all three years for a career total of 36. Garrett is the sixth defensive lineman the Browns...
Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

The Cincinnati Bengals will kick off their 50th season tonight when the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. The Bengals own the ninth pick, which means they should be drafting the 625th player in franchise history sometime between 9:15 and 9:30. The Cleveland Browns will kick off the festivities with the No. 1 overall pick, and then they will turn around and pick again at 12. We’ll have updates every...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about.  Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia:  1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Curtis Samuel...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field

Last year’s Bengals first-round pick itching to get back on field

No one in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room is more eager to get back to work this season than cornerback William Jackson, the team’s 2016 first-round pick who missed all of his rookie year with a pectoral injury. “I’m itching, I’m itching, I’m ready to get out there now,” Jackson said Monday as the Bengals began the second week of voluntary offseason workouts...
Another video surfaces of Pacman Jones arrest

Another video surfaces of Pacman Jones arrest

Another video has surfaced from the arrest of Bengals cornerback Adam Jones on Jan. 3. TMZ released bodycam video of a tense situation in which an officer is trying to explain to Jones why he was being arrested for assault. At one point, the officer interrupts an angry Jones by saying, “You want to have a conversation? Have a conversation. Quit yelling like a little kid.” The officer says...
McCarron at peace with idea of being a backup for one more season

McCarron at peace with idea of being a backup for one more season

The day after the 2016 season finale, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron walked out of Paul Brown Stadium for what he thought might be the final time. But the trade he hoped would give him a chance to play somewhere else didn’t materialize this offseason, so McCarron was back in the building Monday for the start of the second week of voluntary workouts. “It is what it is,&rdquo...
Court case continued for Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones

Court case continued for Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones’ court case stemming from his Jan. 3 arrest has been continued, according to the Associated Press. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 16. Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, after Cincinnati police said he pushed a hotel security guard and poked him in the eye before kicking and head-butting officers...
Bengals AJ McCarron on trade limbo: ‘It is what it is’

Bengals AJ McCarron on trade limbo: ‘It is what it is’

Backup quarterback AJ McCarron has made it clear he wants to go someplace where he can play, but at the same time he said he’s at peace with the fact that it appears he’ll be with the Cincinnati Bengals for another season. “It is what it is,” McCarron said Monday as the Bengals began their second week of voluntary workouts. “If I am back here, I’ll be the best guy...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Mock Draft: Offense for the Bengals, trade for the Browns?

Mock Draft: Offense for the Bengals, trade for the Browns?

We’re inside of one week until the Cleveland Browns go on the clock for the first pick in the NFL Draft, so it’s time to make the final predictions on which players go where. Things have changed quite a bit since the first mock back in February, and even since the most recent one two weeks ago, especially where the Bengals are concerned. Mock 1.0 Mock 2.0 Mock 3.0 Without further adieu...
Sports Today: Bengals schedule reaction, Reds slumping, LeBron James is amazing

Sports Today: Bengals schedule reaction, Reds slumping, LeBron James is amazing

Big day in Bengaldom as Cincinnati’s NFL franchise unveiled plans to celebrate its 50th season and the schedule it will play this fall.  Mike Brown, Bob Johnson and Bob Trumpy regaled a group of season-ticket holders, club employees and media with stories about the early days of the franchise — an entertaining hour that hopefully is a preview of a fun year for football in...
Breaking down Bengals schedule game by game

Breaking down Bengals schedule game by game

A home opener for the first time since 2009 and two primetime games are among the notable details of the 2017 Cincinnati Bengals regular-season schedule, which the NFL released Thursday night. Here’s a week-by-week look at the path the Bengals will take in 2017. The Bengals requested a home opener to celebrate their 50th season, and the NFL complied. It’s the first time the team has...
Hartman: Bengals anniversary gives team to showcase their forgotten pre-80s history

Hartman: Bengals anniversary gives team to showcase their forgotten pre-80s history

If like me you were born in the 1980s, you are forgiven for thinking the Bengals team that won the Freezer Bowl could have been an expansion team. That AFC Championship Game victory over the San Diego Charger occurred in January 1982, but it seems like yesterday because there are multiple NFL Films segments about it. NFL Network makes reference to the game from time to time, and southwest Ohio native...
5 things to know about Bengals 50th season anniversary celebration

5 things to know about Bengals 50th season anniversary celebration

With more than a dozen former players and coaches looking on during a press conference Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals unveiled their 50th anniversary season logo and the plans to celebrate the milestone throughout the 2017 season. “It doesn’t seem so long ago to me that the Bengals were just a concept, an idea, a notion,” Bengals president and owner Mike Brown...
Bengals announce plans for 50th season celebration

Bengals announce plans for 50th season celebration

The Cincinnati Bengals unveiled the logo they will be using to honor their 50th season and announced their plans to celebrate the anniversary during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium. The team is asking fans and media to vote on the top 50 players in franchise history, with the final list being unveiled prior to the start of the season. Labeled the “Bengals First 50...
NFL Draft: Who do the experts believe the Bengals will draft in the first round?

NFL Draft: Who do the experts believe the Bengals will draft in the first round?

The NFL Draft begins one week from today, so this is a good time to compile a list of mock drafts to see which player analysts believe the Cincinnati Bengals will target with the No. 9 player in the draft. There is no consensus pick out there, with nine players represented in the 21 mocks below. Click on the person’s name to see his full mock draft. Cris Collinsworth (April 19): Derek Barnett...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

This morning the sports world woke up to the news Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide overnight.  The former New England Patriots tight end, who starred for coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a man four years ago.  This comes less than a week after he was acquitted...
Oliver uses Bengals workout to prove his versatility

Oliver uses Bengals workout to prove his versatility

Marcus Oliver was in the middle of the action Tuesday afternoon, but he’s eager to show he be a factor out on the edge the way he did during his days at Hamilton High School. One of 29 players taking part in the Cincinnati Bengals local workout at Paul Brown Stadium, Oliver said he’s eager to show teams he is more than just a middle linebacker. “I want to show them I’m more...
NFL career over for A.J. Hawk, former Centerville/Ohio State star

NFL career over for A.J. Hawk, former Centerville/Ohio State star

A.J. Hawk is officially done playing football. The Centerville native who starred at Ohio State and spent one season with the Cincinnati Bengals told the Green Bay Packers the linebacker intends to retire as a member of that historic organization. That comes a little more than three months after he initially told TheMMQB.com he was all but finished. Hawk was a standout with the Elks before becoming...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Eifert updates rehab progress after back surgery

Eifert updates rehab progress after back surgery

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said his back feels great but admitted there will be some limitations for the rest of his career, such as doing squats while working out, due to the surgery he had in December. “The doctor said don’t,” he said. “I’ve worked through a back (issue) before and you just find ways to get the same benefits from different lifts or different...
Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Despite being assigned the same number and same locker he had when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009-15, Andre Smith called his return to the franchise a ‘fresh start.’ That’s because the Smith, who played all 86 of his games in an eight-year career at tackle, is making the move to guard. “It’s actually something I’m looking forward to,” Smith...
Bengals announce dates, times for preseason game

Bengals announce dates, times for preseason game

The Cincinnati Bengals finalized their preseason schedule Monday with the announcement of dates and times for the three games that will not be nationally televised. The Bengals open the preseason at home against Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. The second of back-to-back home games will be against Kansas City at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. After the nationally televised game at Washington at...
Bengals RB Hill eager to respond after two down years

Bengals RB Hill eager to respond after two down years

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill said the last two years are not indicative of who he is and he’s eager to get back on the field. “These last two seasons I’ve had, it’s not me, it’s no who I am as a player,” Hill said Monday on the first day of voluntary offseason workouts. “I’ve got to respond,” he continued. “That’s what...
Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Cincinnati Bengals fans who had “Day one” in their “When will Adam Jones make his first wrong move this season?” office pool are winners.  The veteran Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, who is said to be taking anger management courses this offseason after again running afoul of the law in January, berated a reporter for asking about Jones’ latest transgression...
Pacman Jones blows up at reporter during interview

Pacman Jones blows up at reporter during interview

In his first interview with reporters in the locker room since his Jan. 3 arrest, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones blew up a television reporter who asked if Jones wanted to say anything to the fans. On the first day of voluntary offseason workouts, Jones made it clear to reporters before the interview started he wasn’t going “to talk about court,” but he did give...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Barring trades, Bengals draft haul will be biggest in quarter century

Barring trades, Bengals draft haul will be biggest in quarter century

The Cincinnati Bengals own 11 draft picks this year, with multiple selections in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds as compensation for free agents the team lost last offseason. This equals the most picks the team has had since before the league shrunk the draft to seven rounds in 1994. The Bengals also had 11 picks in 2009 and 2004. The most prior to that was 13 in 1992 when the draft lasted...
NFL Draft: Top 5 defensive back prospects for the Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Draft: Top 5 defensive back prospects for the Cincinnati Bengals

Many scouts are calling this the best group of defensive backs available in a number of years. The only real question is whether cornerback or safety is the deep position group in the draft. The safeties seem to have more top-end talent. There’s a chance there could be just two corners selected in the first round. There’s also a pretty good chance as many as 14 will be off the board by...
NFL Draft: Top 5 linebacker prospects for the Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Draft: Top 5 linebacker prospects for the Cincinnati Bengals

While the signing of free agent Kevin Minter will have an impact on the look of the linebacker corps this season – and already has with the subsequent release of Rey Maualuga less than a week later – it won’t affect the way the Cincinnati Bengals approach the draft. The team is still expected to target the position, perhaps as early as the first round with the ninth overall pick...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
30 area college players to work out for Bengals on Tuesday

30 area college players to work out for Bengals on Tuesday

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their local player workout Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium. Among the 30 invitees are 10 players from the University of Cincinnati, five from Miami and two from Ohio State. NFL teams are permitted to hold a workout for players who played their high school and/or college careers in the team’s metro area. Among those invited to attend are:
Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Trying not to get carried away with the Cincinnati Reds’ hot start?  I say, “Why bother?”  DRINK IT UP! Enjoy the ride!  Print out the story with the headline, “Young Reds enjoying best start since 1990” and roll around in it if you want.  It could end at any moment.  For now take their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at face value. It was a thorough...
Jeremy Hill says any running back the Bengals draft will be his backup

Jeremy Hill says any running back the Bengals draft will be his backup

Appearing on the NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” program Wednesday evening, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill said he was not concerned about the team bringing in the top available rushers in for pre-draft visits. Hill went on to deliver a message to the Bengals when host Andrew Siciliano asked about the visits by LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon...
NFL Draft: If Bengals want offense, this is direction they should go

NFL Draft: If Bengals want offense, this is direction they should go

LSU running back Leonard Fournette made it into our Sports Today morning column two days in a row, which is a sure sign the Cincinnati Bengals won’t bother drafting him. Of course if they can render all our pre-draft speculation meaningless they will, right? But there’s still plenty of time to kill before the NFL draft, so here’s something else to consider: Maybe the running...
Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

That’s three wins in a row for the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who took a one-run lead three times in Pittsburgh last night then pulled away late en route to a 6-2 win over the Pirates.  Scooter Gennett’s three-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Reds some breathing room, but Bryan Price left nothing to chance.  He lifted Blake Wood with one out in the eighth and called...
NFL Draft: Top 5 defensive tackle prospects for Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Draft: Top 5 defensive tackle prospects for Cincinnati Bengals

When it comes to defensive tackle, the Cincinnati Bengals have one sure thing and a whole bunch of questions. Geno Atkins is a five-time Pro Bowler whose presence alone will make anyone lining up next to him that much better. But the question is, with Domata Peko ending his run of 11 seasons in Cincinnati by signing with Denver, who will be lining up next to Atkins? The list of possible replacements...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

AJ McCarron has not had a chance to make much of a mark on the NFL, but he’s already got some plans outside of football.  Naturally, they include giving people in Alabama the chance to make their own sushi rolls.  The Crimson White reports the Bengals’ backup quarterback (along with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson) is investing in a new restaurant called “AJian Sushi&rdquo...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Roger Goodell may be a divisive figure in the world of football, but he’s got at least one thing going for him: The NFL commissioner is opposed to television broadcasts going commercial break-kickoff-commercial break after a score.  That was among the revelations in a great story from USA Today about planned changes in NFL game broadcasts for this year and the future.  So...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters decided to drop the felony charge against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones. Jones still faces three misdemeanor charges in the case. A Cincinnati Bengals’ spokesperson said they will not be making a statement at this time. The decision on whether Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will pursue felony charges against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

It was a fun time at the University of Dayton Arena for the beginning of the First Four last night.  Both games were competitive most of the way as Mount St. Mary’s beat New Orleans 67-66 and Kansas State pulled away from Wake Forest late.  (The MSM mascot started rocking long before the game started.)  I know pooh-poohing the First Four is fashionable in some circles, but...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

The Bengals declared yesterday they more or less intend to keep A.J. McCarron, though they are open to trading him if the right deal comes along (like from Hue Jackson and the Browns?).  This is the right plan of action, especially for a team that already has a high pick in the first round of the draft and 10 more picks.  Cincinnati also has a roster with several small holes rather...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Adam “Pacman” Jones apologized to Bengals’ fans after he was released from jail this morning, according to a report from our news partner, WCPO-Cincinnati. The Bengals cornerback was ordered to stay overnight at the Hamilton County Justice Center as he awaited a court-ordered blood test, according to WCPO’s report.   Jones stopped to talk to a reporter as...
Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

One day after the Cincinnati Bengals were eliminated from making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear the team will approach the final two games of the season the same as if a postseason berth was still on the line. “We have to play to win the game,” he said. “That’s what it’s for. We owe it to everybody. The guys out here...
Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick became the second Cincinnati Bengals player this week to miss practice with an illness when he sat out Thursday. Center Russell Bodine was sick Wednesday but returned Thursday. Safety George Iloka showed up on the report with a groin injury and was listed as a limited participant, along with guard Clint Boling (shoulder) and long snapper Clark Harris (groin), both of whom...
6 things about NFL Week 11: It wasn't kind to the Bengals

6 things about NFL Week 11: It wasn't kind to the Bengals

Week 11 in the NFL was the kind where a Bengals linebacker possibly making an obscene gesture to someone in the crowd wasn’t much of a headline.  Here are six things you'll want to know about it: Before news of injuries to A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard and others, it seemed possible if unlikely Cincinnati could turn things around.  Sunday was another death by 1,000 cuts type of day for...
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