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4 Cincinnati Bengals thoughts to ponder between now and training camp

With the Cincinnati Bengals done practicing until the start of training camp in late July, Jay Morrison broke down the roster heading into Marvin Lewis’ 15th season as the team’s coach. Here’s what jumped out at me: 1. They could have an embarrassment of riches on offense…. Eventually. Jeremy Hill is the only healthy, experienced, highly drafted back on the roster. Can he...
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...
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...
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...
PFF’s AFC projection has good news, bad for Cincinnati Bengals

PFF’s AFC projection has good news, bad for Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals fans looking for a reason to be optimistic about the 2017 season won’t find it at Pro Football Focus this week. PFF’s projected AFC standings have coach Marvin Lewis’ team improving, but almost literally as little as possible without staying at the same level as last season. In results published this week, the site sees the Bengals finishing 10th in the AFC with...
A.J. Green ranked as fourth-best wide receiver on NFL Top 100

A.J. Green ranked as fourth-best wide receiver on NFL Top 100

An injury-riddled 2016 didn’t hurt A.J. Green’s reputation.  Despite playing only 10 games and posting his first-career season with less than 1,000 yards, NFL players ranked Green as the 17th best player in the NFL on the annual top 100 list.  One year ago, Green ranked 16th on the list after an 86-catch, 1,297-yard season. Green finished with career-lows in yards and touchdowns...
A.J. Hawk pulls 9 G’s in F16 with the Thunderbirds

A.J. Hawk pulls 9 G’s in F16 with the Thunderbirds

Spending nine years with one ‘G’ on his helmet in no way prepared A.J. Hawk for the rush of nine G’s weighing on him while zipping across the Dayton sky at nearly 700 miles an hour as part of a VIP ride with the Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron. “It’s obviously different than anything I’ve ever experienced,” said Hawk, a Centerville native who played 11...
Green makes NFL Top 100 for sixth straight year

Green makes NFL Top 100 for sixth straight year

A.J. Green may have come up short in his bid for a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but missing the final six games of the season did alter his standing among his peers as the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set to appear somewhere between 11 and 20 tonight in the NFL Network’s ranking of the Top 100 players of 2017. This will be Green’s six appearance on the list, and could be...
Cincinnati Bengals: 6 takeaways as team wraps up offseason workouts

Cincinnati Bengals: 6 takeaways as team wraps up offseason workouts

The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped their mandatory minicamp Thursday, signaling the end of offseason workouts. The next time the team will convene will be for the start of training camp July 27. Here are six observations from the offseason: Physical prognosis The Bengals are hoping all four players not cleared for offseason work will be available for the start of training camp, or shortly thereafter....
Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Sports Today: On vacating wins, an important Bengal and the Reds past and future

Today is the third Friday of June and there is nothing going on in the sports world.  I mean, we could argue about whether or not Louisville got a raw deal from the NCAA (their program still exists, so probably not), but how productive would that be?  NCAA discussions tend to veer into pointlessness very early because of everyone’s deeply held biases and lack of time to actually look...
Hopkins can be answer for multiple questions on Bengals O-line

Hopkins can be answer for multiple questions on Bengals O-line

You would think it would be difficult to lose track of a 6-foot-3, 310-pound man, but Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Trey Hopkins has been turning offseason practices into somewhat of a game of hide and seek. The versatile Hopkins has played all five spots on the offensive line during OTAs and minicamp, raising his value among a group that allowed 41 sacks a year ago and then saw its top two...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
Cincinnati Bengals: Lawson continue to impress, Lewis jinxes practice

Cincinnati Bengals: Lawson continue to impress, Lewis jinxes practice

While there is a little uncertainty down the street about what position Cincinnati Reds first-round draft pick Hunter Greene will play, a similar question exists with Cincinnati Bengals fourth-round pick Carl Lawson. The decision with Greene is either shortstop or pitcher. For Lawson it involves what kind of split there will be between defensive end and linebacker. Lawson showed off his explosiveness...
Core’s strong spring hits snag with leg injury in practice

Core’s strong spring hits snag with leg injury in practice

The unpredictability of the NFL was on full display Wednesday at Cincinnati Bengals minicamp when wide receiver Cody Core, who was having an outstanding spring, went down with an injury on what turned out to be the final play or practice. After blocking downfield on a screen pass to Alex Erickson, Core did something to his lower left leg. Defensive teammates Derron Smith and Bene Benwikere tried to...
Bengals WR Core hurt on final play of practice

Bengals WR Core hurt on final play of practice

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cody Core suffered a lower left leg injury on the final play of practice Wednesday. Core was blocking downfield on a screen pass when he suffered the injury. Two teammates tried to hold him up before he fell to the turf writhing in pain. A cart carried him off the field and took him in for x-rays, and the session ended at that point without the standard post-practice...
Sports Today: 3 Bengals rookies making progress while Reds slide continues

Sports Today: 3 Bengals rookies making progress while Reds slide continues

The Cincinnati Bengals are holding minicamp this week at Paul Brown Stadium, and there’s something different about their first two picks in April’s draft.  John Ross picked up an important new item recently while Joe Mixon lost something.  For Ross, it was a diploma from the University of Washington.  Meanwhile, Mixon has dropped 10 pounds from the 238 he weighed during...
Ross hated missing time but proud to be first in family to graduate

Ross hated missing time but proud to be first in family to graduate

Between leading Washington to the College Football Playoff, breaking the 40-yard dash record at the Combine and being drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals, John Ross is having a heck of a year. But the biggest highlight of all came Saturday when 40,000 people watched him walk, not run, across the Husky Stadium field to receive his diploma. “It was probably bigger than getting...
Ross returns to Bengals after earning diploma

Ross returns to Bengals after earning diploma

John Ross even celebrates fast. After graduating from the University of Washington on Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick went out for a celebratory meal with his family and was on a plane the next morning, two days ahead of the start of mandatory minicamp. “As soon as I got my diploma, I was ready to fly as soon as they handed it to me,” said Ross, who earned his degree...
Mixon sporting different look at minicamp

Mixon sporting different look at minicamp

Joe Mixon put up some huge numbers at Oklahoma, but it’s been the dwindling of digits that has been his most impressive showing in his first month with the Cincinnati Bengals. The second-round pick checked in for rookie camp at 238 pounds. He begins mandatory minicamp Tuesday at 228. ›› RELATED: Bengals sign second-round pick Mixon “That was that traveling weight, eating...
Bengals sign third-round pick, last of unsigned rookies

Bengals sign third-round pick, last of unsigned rookies

The Bengals have all 11 of rookies in the fold. The last of the their draft picks — Jordan Willis — signed today, the team announced. Willis, a defensive end out of Kansas State, was the 73rd overall pick in the 2017 Draft. He signed a four-year contract. »RELATED: Rookie OL signs with Bengals Willis (6-foot-4, 255 pounds)...
Rookie OL signs with Bengals; one rookie holdout remains

Rookie OL signs with Bengals; one rookie holdout remains

Just one selection from the NFL draft remains unsigned for the Cincinnati Bengals after offensive lineman J.J. Dielman of the University of Utah and the club came to terms on a four-year contract on Wednesday. Dielman, 6 feet 5, 309 pounds, started all but one of 32 career games with the Utes at center and right tackle. Only defensive end Jordan Willis, a third-rounder out of Kansas State, remains...
Bengals prepping for OTA fun day

Bengals prepping for OTA fun day

Last year it was sand volleyball. The year before bowling. So what does Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis have in store for the team-bonding event he plans every year for the final day of OTAs? It’s actually a little bit of everything. “We’re splitting up into teams and we’re going to do a bunch of different activities here, one will be basketball, an obstacle course, a...
Lewis giving Bengals an extra ‘push’ in OTA practices

Lewis giving Bengals an extra ‘push’ in OTA practices

There was a curious scene at Cincinnati Bengals practice Tuesday when quarterback Andy Dalton hit a wide-open Alex Erickson along the sideline in what was clearly a blown defensive assignment. But after the play, every offensive player — not just the 11 who took part in the play — dropped to the ground and did 10 push-ups. Turns out the big gainer to Erickson wasn’t enough to overcome...
Kirkpatrick returns to Bengals practice in limited fashion

Kirkpatrick returns to Bengals practice in limited fashion

For the first time during OTAs, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was more than a spectator during practice. But not much more. “They wouldn’t let me do a whole lot, but it’s coming along,” said Kirkpatrick, who has been sitting out with a fractured right hand. “I can finally actually squeeze my hand.” Kirkpatrick, who last month said he broke his hand...
Bengals kickers Elliott, Bullock go head to head in practice

Bengals kickers Elliott, Bullock go head to head in practice

For the first time in the three OTA practices open to the media, kickers Jake Elliott and Randy Bullock went head to head Tuesday. The competition ended in a draw. And a perfect one at that as both kickers went 4 for 4 from distances of 41, 37, 48 and 44 yards. “We kick every day, so it’s not like I’m competing really hard against either guy in that situation,” said Elliott...
ESPN bringing Hank Williams Jr. back to Monday Night Football

ESPN bringing Hank Williams Jr. back to Monday Night Football

Ready or not, ESPN is bringing Hank Williams Jr. back to Monday Night Football. The Tennesseean reported the reunion Monday morning. An alternate version of Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” served as the introductory song for MNF from 1989 until ESPN parted ways with Williams in 2011 after he made controversial remarks about then-President Barrack...
Bengals sign second-round pick Mixon

Bengals sign second-round pick Mixon

The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to terms with controversial second-round running back Joe Mixon on Friday. Ranked by scouts as one of the top prospects in the draft, Mixon fell to the Bengals with the 48th overall pick due to the assault charge and one-year suspension at Oklahoma after he punched a female student, Amelia Molitor, and broke four bones in her face prior to the start of his freshman season...
Keith Byars, David Fulcher among locals on College Football HOF ballot

Keith Byars, David Fulcher among locals on College Football HOF ballot

The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot includes a pair of Dayton natives and several former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bengals. Two of the four Ohio State representatives are from the Gem City: Running back Keith Byars was a star at Roth High School while offensive lineman Chris Ward is a Patterson graduate. ARCHDEACON: Byars cherishes ties to Dayton Running back Jim Otis (Celina) is...
Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

With Andre Smith missing Tuesday’s practice due to illness, three young players saw increased reps at right guard, with Alex Redmond being the biggest beneficiary. Redmond, who spent all of 2016 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, got the bulk of the work ahead of Trey Hopkins, another 2016 undrafted college free agent and Christian Westerman, last year&rsquo...
Former Steelers great to coach with Bengals this summer

Former Steelers great to coach with Bengals this summer

For the second summer in a row a former Pittsburgh Steelers player who tormented the Cincinnati Bengals during his playing days will help coach the team. Levon Kirkland is one of five coaches who will work with the Bengals as interns as part of the “Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. Last season former Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene helped coach the Bengals for a portion...
Bengals safety doesn’t care what people think of team

Bengals safety doesn’t care what people think of team

Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka is still 6-foot-4, 225 pounds heading into his sixth NFL season and fifth as a starter, but he made it known Tuesday after OTA practice he has undergone a transformation this offseason. Iloka, who is one of the more active Bengals on social media, has never been one of those players who claims he doesn’t read and listen to what the media say about him and...
Sports Today: Bengals developing, Reds demote former No. 1, Pittsburgh gets stupid

Sports Today: Bengals developing, Reds demote former No. 1, Pittsburgh gets stupid

With the Cincinnati Bengals holding another open practice Tuesday, one of the players they are betting will be ready for an expanded role this fall was the focus of a story from our Jay Morrison.  In his second year out of Utah State, Nick Vigil is needed to bring some fresh blood to a linebacking corps that was built to stop the power running games of the AFC North.  The problem: They...
Vigil on verge of cracking Bengals lineup

Vigil on verge of cracking Bengals lineup

There is still a lot to be sorted out in the 102 days before the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens open the 2017 season, but one thing growing increasingly clear is that linebacker Nick Vigil is going to play a much larger role this year. Coming off a rookie season in which he played just 110 defensive snaps, Vigil has been a consistent presence with the first-team base and nickel units in the...
NFL Hall of Famer calls out Bengals coach Marvin Lewis

NFL Hall of Famer calls out Bengals coach Marvin Lewis

Add Shannon Sharpe to the list of people who disagree with Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis’s comments about the NFL relaxing the celebration rules. On Wednesday’s episode of the Fox Sports blabfest “Undisputed” with co-host Skip Bayless, Sharpe said Lewis is “absolutely wrong.” “Marvin Lewis is absolutely wrong,” Shapre said. “Skip,...
Sports Today: All you need to know about the Reds, Marvin Lewis down on NFL celebrations, Cavs up 3-1

Sports Today: All you need to know about the Reds, Marvin Lewis down on NFL celebrations, Cavs up 3-1

If you haven’t been watching the Cincinnati Reds much this season, they crammed pretty much everything about who they are into the last two days against the Cleveland Indians.  The home team went 1-1 while putting 12 runs on the board.  This team can hit, but the pitching staff has some glaring limitations.  Last night, talented rookie starter Amir Garrett pitched five innings...
Start of Bengals OTAs special for Thompson, Jackson

Start of Bengals OTAs special for Thompson, Jackson

The start of OTAs can have a routine feel for some players as their years in the NFL roll on, but the start of practice Tuesday was especially meaningful for a couple of Cincinnati Bengals. It marked the first practice for cornerback William Jackson since the 2016 first-round pick tore his pectoral muscle Aug. 1. And it signified the end of an even longer drought for defensive tackle Brandon Thompson...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on relaxed NFL celebration rules: ‘I’m not for that at all’

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on relaxed NFL celebration rules: ‘I’m not for that at all’

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has seen his share of touchdown celebrations having coached Chad Johnson for eight seasons and Jeremy Hill for three, but he hasn’t grown any fonder of them. On Tuesday, Lewis made it clear he was not pleased with the NFL’s decision to relax the rules of celebrations. “I’m not for that at all,” Lewis said. “We had a good...
Fractured hand to sideline Kirkpatrick for a couple of weeks

Fractured hand to sideline Kirkpatrick for a couple of weeks

Cincinnati Bengals starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was a surprise spectator for the start of OTAs due to a fractured right hand. Kirkpatrick declined to say how he hurt his hand, only that it was a “freak accident” that recently occurred off the field. »RELATED: NFL to loosen celebration rules He said he expects to return to practice within a couple of weeks. Tuesday marked the...
NFL to loosen celebration rules; will Ickey Shuffle make cut?

NFL to loosen celebration rules; will Ickey Shuffle make cut?

Are we going to have to start calling the NFL the Some Fun League? Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Tuesday more celebrations will be allowed this season.  This sounds like good news for former Cincinnati Bengals great Chad Johnson but not so much Ickey Woods. Going to the ground and using the ball as a prop (such as Johnson pretending a golf putt in one celebration and giving the ball a chest...
5 storylines to watch during Bengals OTAs

5 storylines to watch during Bengals OTAs

The Cincinnati Bengals move into the third phase of the voluntary offseason workout program this week with the start of Organized Team Activities. The first of 10 allowed OTA practices will be Tuesday, which will be one of three open to the media, along with May 30 and June 6. The Bengals also will practice May 31, June 1 and June 7-9. All practices, which are closed to the public, are voluntary....
Domata Peko says he left Cincinnati for better chance at championship

Domata Peko says he left Cincinnati for better chance at championship

Domata Peko says the desire to win a Super Bowl was among his motivations for leaving the Cincinnati Bengals to sign with the Denver Broncos earlier this year. “In Cincy, we were kind of always talking about, ‘Oh, I want to win a playoff game. I want to win a playoff game,’” Peko told the Broncos’ team website. “But over here, we’re talking about winning championships...
Bengals sign fourth-round draft pick

Bengals sign fourth-round draft pick

The Bengals today announced the signing of fourth-round pick Josh Malone, a wide receiver from the University of Tennessee, to a four-year contract. Malone, the eighth of 11 draft picks to sign, was the 128th overall pick in the NFL Draft. RELATED: Ogbuehi eager to participate in OTAs for first time Malone (6-foot-3, 208 pounds), caught 104 passes for 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons...
Bengals Ogbuehi eager to participate in OTAs for first time

Bengals Ogbuehi eager to participate in OTAs for first time

When the Cincinnati Bengals hit the field for organized team activities next week, the rookies won’t be the only ones experiencing something new. Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is heading into his third season, but this will be his first offseason. The 2015 first-round pick missed all of the spring and summer work as a rookie due to a torn ACL in his final college game, and a sports hernia derailed...
Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Tuesday was a big 24 hours for recruiting as the flagship teams at Ohio State and Dayton both scored new players.  First, Urban Meyer added to his 2018 football recruiting class with the verbal commitment of Dallas Gant, a four-star linebacker from Toledo St. John’s.  Gant is expected to be able to play any of the three linebacker spots when he gets to Columbus, and his commitment...
Soft hands, fleet feet make Mixon a dual threat

Soft hands, fleet feet make Mixon a dual threat

Since arriving in Cincinnati the day after the Bengals drafted him in the second round, running back Joe Mixon has answered every question posed to him about his past in a cordial, albeit guarded, fashion. But after two weeks he seems looser now that the conversations are turning more toward football. And he grows noticeably more animated when the subject switches from rushing to something he...
Bengals DT Atkins appears in NFL Network’s Top 100 rankings

Bengals DT Atkins appears in NFL Network’s Top 100 rankings

The NFL Network continued its countdown of the league’s Top 100 players Monday night, with Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins coming in at No. 68. Atkins led the Bengals last year with nine sacks, which were the most in the league among interior linemen. He also team highs in tackles for loss (13) and quarterback hits (26) and was voted to his fifth Pro Bowl. He is the first Bengals...
Bengals Pacman Jones pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Bengals Pacman Jones pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstructing official business as part of a plea deal resulting from his Jan. 3 arrest, according to our news partners at WCPO. As part of the deal, Hamilton County Court Judge Dwayne Mallory dropped the two other misdemeanors for assault and disorderly conduct. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters previously dropped a felony charge...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and see...
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...
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...
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: 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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