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Football hype starts Monday with Big Ten Media Days

The Ohio State Buckeyes start practice for the 2017 bright and early Thursday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. They get underway at 6:30 a.m. and will practice again Friday before taking the weekend off. Before the work begins, the talking starts. Big Ten Media Days take place Monday and Tuesday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Big Ten Network will provide 14...
Sports results readers would most reverse: 2 Super Bowls, Flyers-UCLA and a certain World Series Game 7

Sports results readers would most reverse: 2 Super Bowls, Flyers-UCLA and a certain World Series Game 7

After giving Twitter followers and Facebook fans a chance to weigh in on the sporting event results they would most like to see reversed, here are some themes:  Cincinnati battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a Game 7, but the A’s took the finale 3-2 behind the pitching of Catfish Hunter, Ken Holtzman and Rollie Fingers.  I chose XXIII because I wasn’t alive...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
5 quick facts from Ohio State football’s new media guide

5 quick facts from Ohio State football’s new media guide

Missing college football?  Well, it won’t be long now as conference media days have already started and preseason schedules are starting to be announced.  For some people*, reading through the new media guide is also one of those rites of summer.  Scrolling through a PDF isn’t quite the same as tearing through those old glossy pages, but it will just have to do (along with...
Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Ohio State loves its brand more than anything.  If you spend any time on campus in Columbus, that’s pretty clear.  They care about the athletes, some students and of course making money for the hospital, but nothing trumps The Ohio State University (TM).  And that appears to have gotten them in trouble again.  The fan reaction to Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against...
Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

There might only be 10 days left of the 2017 MLB season in Cincinnati, but the Reds are working to pack as much bad news in as they can before southwest Ohio fans can turn their attention to Bengals training camp.  A dismal four days of defeats at the hands of the Washington Nationals was compounded yesterday with the revelation recurring knee pain will likely send Scott Feldman to the disabled...
Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Versailles basketball star Justin Ahrens is one of the three verbal commitments Ohio State lost since the end of last season.  Could he still end up playing for the Buckeyes?  The four-star senior tweeted Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from new OSU coach Chris Holtmann.  Ahrens is the No. 6-ranked player in the state of Ohio and the second-highest-rated player who...
Say what? Ohio State reportedly gets transfer from Michigan

Say what? Ohio State reportedly gets transfer from Michigan

It’s a strange new world for Ohio State basketball, and the latest evidence came Monday.  ESPN reports new coach Chris Holtmann has added another player to his first Buckeye roster in the form of Andrew Dakich.  Rarely does the arrival of a player with 22 career points in three seasons warrant a story, so what’s unique here?  Dakich is headed to Columbus down that rarely-tread...
5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

Chris Spielman, one of the most prominent and well-known Ohio State football players of the last 30 years, made headlines last week when he filed a lawsuit against his alma mater in federal court.  Here are five things to know about the action:  The Massillon native made a school-record 283 solo tackles during a two-time All-America career that also included the 1987 Lombardi Award. He went...
Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys, but bad news has tailed him off the field much of the time since he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State over a year ago.  A Dallas radio station reports Elliott was “involved in a late-night altercation” at a Dallas bar.  Although the report does not indicate if Elliott is actually accused of a crime...
Local NFLer in Diamonds Cabaret scuffle: Who is Cody Latimer?

Local NFLer in Diamonds Cabaret scuffle: Who is Cody Latimer?

A video showing former local high school star and current Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer in a scuffle with a bouncer at Diamonds Cabaret in Washington Twp. is making its rounds through the internet. RELATED: Report: Local NFLer Cody Latimer in scuffle with Diamonds Cabaret bouncer In the video, a person who appears to be Latimer slapped the bouncer at the strip club, 960 Miamisburg Centerville...
Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 

Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 

Former Ohio State All-American linebacker Chris Spielman is suing his alma mater to block the school from using player images in promotions without their consent, according to a report from the Associated Press. Spielman, a two-time All-American at Ohio State and three-time All-Pro with the Detroit Lions, is suing the football powerhouse individually and as an “equity member of Profectus...
Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

This may be July, but it’s never too early to start talking football around here.  To help pass the time before baseball finally returns to our lives, here are seven random football things to know for a Friday:  Are you ready for some football?  Stupid question, I know.  This is shaping up to be a make-or-break season in Cincinnati, where coach Marvin Lewis is on the last...
Former South standout Nate Miller, ex-Ohio State stars pursue $2M prize

Former South standout Nate Miller, ex-Ohio State stars pursue $2M prize

Nate Miller has played basketball around the world since he graduated from South High School in 2005, but he’ll be playing closer to home this weekend with some of the best players to come out of Ohio State in the last decade. Miller is playing with a group of Ohio State alumni in The Basketball Tournament, a national single-elimination event with a $2 million prize for the winning team. The...
Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

So, how good are the Cincinnati Reds?  I mean like how good are they really? Maybe “good” is not the word since they're in last place and all, but you know what I mean.  Let's see what the numbers say and how that compares with the general perception. And then how it reflects on what they should do next. As far as traditional stats, they are fifth in the National League in batting...
Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

The Cincinnati Reds head into the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak.  They are also in last place in the National League Central.  Cincinnati is 9.5 games back in the division, which is noteworthy mostly because they were never more than seven games back until a little more than two weeks ago.  I have been highly skeptical of both the Brewers’ success and the Cubs&rsquo...
Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Braxton Miller is once again helping the American Heart Association by donating several items for silent auction, and one lucky fan who ends up making the highest bid will win the right to a video conversation with former Wayne High and Ohio State star quarterback. Here’s another way to see fund-raising items, or if you want to talk to Miller in person, you could just go to his youth football...
Sports Today: More good vibes from Reds starting pitching

Sports Today: More good vibes from Reds starting pitching

The positive vibes keeping flowing from the pitching mound for those unpredictable Cincinnati Reds!  With the Milwaukee Brewers picking up steam as the first half winds down, a surprising run at the top spot in the National League Central is sliding off the table, but there are still important things to be done with the 2017 baseball season.  The Reds’ brass has got to figure out which...
On the state of Ohio State basketball as Dane Goodwin goes elsewhere

On the state of Ohio State basketball as Dane Goodwin goes elsewhere

Dane Goodwin’s verbal commitment to Notre Dame is a big blow to the start of Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State tenure, but it’s also a reminder why he is the coach of the Buckeyes today. The four-star player from practically across the street opting for the Fighting Irish confirms Buckeye basketball had devolved into a no-win situation under Thad Matta. The end-of-season loss to hopeless...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Is there anything more infuriating than a botched call by an umpire?  Well, yes: Replay failing to fix the mistake.  Last night the Cincinnati Reds were a victim of both in their 5-3 loss at Colorado.  After Jose Peraza was picked off first base in the eighth inning, he appeared to have made the best of it by beating the throw into second.  Although the second base umpire...
Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Since our last recruiting update, two more running backs are off the board.  That includes Raveion Hargrove, who announced Tuesday he plans to play college football at Bowling Green.  The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Trotwood-Madison senior has already rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career, including 3,039 as a sophomore in 2015.  He is the fourth area player to commit to a MAC...
Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Just like Jay Niswonger at Valley View, this was the high school football program that Bob Gregg built. A wiry figure with a stinging - and colorful - bark, Gregg already had established himself at Jefferson, initiating the Broncos’ 49-game win streak from 1970-75. He would continue that domination at Centerville for 26 seasons and 301 career wins. The Elks’ transformation wasn’t...
St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry is a wee village tucked on the western edge of Mercer County by the Indiana border. But it’s a big-time producer of several of Ohio’s best-known athletes. The locals favor Fish Mo’s Bar & Grill. That’s where you’ll find remnants, photos and laminated newspaper clippings of six high school football, seven girls volleyball, four boys basketball and three baseball...
Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Anchored near the crossroads of Interstate 75 and I-70, Huber Heights is easy access. Good thing, because a long-established path for college football recruiters leads to the Warriors celebrated program. Many Wayne alums have excelled collegiately and in the NFL.  Has separated from Centerville, surging to the top of area Division I programs and establishing itself as a state power. Since coach...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

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

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Reds won a baseball game last night. An interleague game, no less!  Their 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay is another reminder this team is worth waiting around to see what it can do with competent starting pitching, too.  They took a 3-0 lead, lost it, then went right back to work offensively.  Joey Votto went 3 for 5 and drove in the winning run while Jesse...
Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did.  That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between.  Yeah….  Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one...
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...
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...
What Chris Holtmann can learn from Kevin McGuff about jumpstarting Ohio State basketball

What Chris Holtmann can learn from Kevin McGuff about jumpstarting Ohio State basketball

If new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann needs advice for making the Buckeyes his own, he need only look down the hall at the Schottenstein Center. Kevin McGuff already has a pretty good idea what the newest Buckeye boss is going through – he faced a nearly identical challenge four years ago when he was hired to coach the Ohio State women’s basketball team. While the...
Ohio State research reveals details about effects of concussions

Ohio State research reveals details about effects of concussions

Research at Ohio State University could pave the way for new treatments of concussions. OSU researchers have been examining the effects of concussions on “sub-cellular levels,” according to the university. Researchers induced “mild traumatic brain injury” on rodents and found that part of a nerve cell swells within a matter of seconds, much faster than previously thought, researcher...
Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is going back to the Golden State Warriors, who vanquished LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night.  Here are five takeaways:  After a good performance in which they came up short in Game 3 and a historically great show in Game 4, the Cavaliers just couldn't keep up in Game 5 (much like the first two in Oakland)...
Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Five seasons in the minor leagues have brought Brett McKinney to this place, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians’ dugout, into a conversation about possibly fulfilling a dream. It could happen today. Perhaps next month. Or maybe never. That’s how the system works. Keep plugging away and one day you might pick up your phone and major league baseball will be on the other end of the line. &ldquo...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 7 takeaways from Chris Holtmann’s introductory press conference

Ohio State Buckeyes: 7 takeaways from Chris Holtmann’s introductory press conference

Chris Holtmann was introduced Monday as the 14th men’s basketball coach in Ohio State history. That gave him a chance to meet the local media, talk about his philosophy and more. OSU Director of Athletics Gene Smith also clarified the timeline beginning with his decision to oust Thad Matta. 1. Smith reiterated he did not go into a June 2 meeting with Matta intending to fire the coach, but by...
What role did Dayton play in hiring of new Ohio State basketball coach?

What role did Dayton play in hiring of new Ohio State basketball coach?

Chris Holtmann was introduced as the new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Monday in Columbus. The former Butler coach promised an aggressive, attacking style of basketball and expressed no misgivings about leaving a school where basketball is king for one of the great college football powerhouses. “I love it,” Holtmann said. “Love it. I think it’s great. I think it adds...
Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

So unlike this time yesterday, Ohio State really has a new basketball coach.  Chris Holtmann, the coach at Butler the past three seasons, appears to be a better choice than Creighton’s Greg McDermott, who reportedly was the leader in the clubhouse roughly 24 hours ago.  I’d rate Holtmann as the best available realistic candidate all along (without knowing...
Where has Ohio State found its basketball coaches?

Where has Ohio State found its basketball coaches?

Ohio State has a long and perhaps unsung history of winning in basketball, but there seems to be no consistent critera for finding the next Buckeye basketball coach. A look back at OSU’s 10 coaches in the NCAA tournament era (since 1939) shows a variety of backgrounds and experiences led those men to Columbus. Harold Olsen — Ripon College coach; Rice Lake, Wisc. native; played at Wisconsin...
7 things to know about new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann

7 things to know about new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann

Ohio State is set to name Chris Holtmann the 14th men’s basketball coach in school history Friday. Here are seven things to know about the new Buckeye basketball mentor: 1. Holtmann is the reigning Big East Coach of the Year after leading Butler to a 25-9 record last season. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the Big East but ended up with their second second-place finish in Holtmann&rsquo...
Butler’s Chris Holtmann named new men’s basketball coach at Ohio State

Butler’s Chris Holtmann named new men’s basketball coach at Ohio State

Ohio State announced Friday morning it has hired former Butler head coach Chris Holtmann for the same position with the Buckeyes.  ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and John Rothstein of CBS Sports reported late Thursday night Ohio State had targeted Holtmann and would like to have a deal completed Friday. Although contract terms were still being finalized at the time of the announcement, Holtmann is...
Hartsock: Buckeyes coaching search drags on

Hartsock: Buckeyes coaching search drags on

It’s summertime and everybody wants to make a big splash in the pool, except for Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith who, this week, dove in without checking to see if there was any water. Creighton’s Greg McDermott is the latest to tell the Buckeyes thanks, but no thanks. That list reportedly also includes Xavier’s Chris Mack and current NBA head coaches Billy Donovan and Fred...
Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker suffered a shoulder injury last week in practice and underwent surgery Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Tuesday. Decker, a three-year starter and All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes and a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School, suffered the injury during OTAs (organized team activities).  “We’ll see how he progresses,&rdquo...
Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play Michigan at the traditional start time, noon, on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor, the Big Ten announced Wednesday. FOX will televise the game. It will be the 114th meeting between the two schools. Ohio State won 30-27 in overtime last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have five straight victories against the Wolverines. That was one of three game times for the Buckeyes announced...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
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: 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...
Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman is among the most-coveted recruits in the country for 2018, and he will be at Ohio Stadium for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday.  The five-star prospect announced that plan Thursday night on Twitter.  Carman recently told LandOf10.com he views Ohio State and Clemson as his top two schools.  At the same time, he expressed some interest...
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...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

What if Ken Griffey Jr. had pursued a football career instead of baseball?  He might be less popular in the state of Ohio.  The recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick he had more scholarship offers to play football than baseball when he was a high school star at Cincinnati Moeller.  Doesn’t sound like he would have been a Buckeye, though.  Instead he might...
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...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
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...
Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson talks coaching Miami RedHawks, exit from Indiana

Ohio State assistant Kevin Wilson talks coaching Miami RedHawks, exit from Indiana

New Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson mentioned his time at Miami University while talking about the influences in his coaching career so far.  Wilson, a North Carolina native, was an assistant in Oxford for nine seasons under Randy Walker.  He went to Northwestern with Walker following the 1998 season and became offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2002.  Wilson also addressed...
Hartman: Thad Matta deserves another year at Ohio State, but trends are hard to ignore

Hartman: Thad Matta deserves another year at Ohio State, but trends are hard to ignore

Thad Matta will be the Ohio State men’s basketball coach next season.  After multiple reports indicating this was at least very likely, it’s officially official.  The question remains, though: Is this the right decision?  I’ll defer to the people on the inside and say if Gene Smith, et al, have confidence in Matta to at least stop a six-year decline in win totals and...
Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Sports Today: Cavaliers lose Bogut, Reds add a bat, Dayton tournament odds and OSU spring football

Remember how we were intrigued by the way the Cleveland Cavaliers were loading up for another NBA championship run?  Well, one of the big pieces is already out as Andrew Bogut broke a bone in his leg.  He might still return by the end of the playoffs.  Nonetheless, LeBron James still has newcomers Deron Williams, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver to go with notable holdovers Kyrie...
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: 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: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
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: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

Sports Today: Ohio State’s surprise, NBA trade deadline dud, NASCAR’s back and baseball games begin

The game of basketball looks a lot easier when you're making shots, as Ohio State reminded us Thursday night while dominating Wisconsin.  Naturally after I ragged on them for two straight days they hit the Value City Arena floor looking like a different team against the Badgers, who didn't seem to have much juice and missed a fair amount of shots they probably make more often than not. ...
Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School. The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest. We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of...
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...
Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Sports Today: Long live pitchers hitting, the Miracle On Ice, Dayton basketball and more

Apparently MLB will not be altering the strike zone this year, and that makes commissioner Rob Manfred kinda angry.  While this would not be the first time the MLBPA stood in the way of progress, executive director Tony Clark has a point that this might be a bit too short of a turnaround for changing the strike zone.  As I wrote previously, the commissioner understanding pace of...
Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Glad that Bob Huggins is apparently doing OK after suffering a heart-related health episode last night during West Virginia’s win over Texas.  He's got to be one of the more interesting characters in the sports world around here in the past 20 years.  From high-scoring schoolboy legend to accomplished MAC coach to Cincinnati superstar/super villain depending on your allegiances, he's...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

College football offseason is officially underway now that we have a Jim Harbaugh tweet to talk about.  As a change of pace, the Michigan coach actually seems to be on the right track with this one – other than calling his most recent victim by the wrong name, of course.  If you’re confused, here’s the background (hat tip: College Football Talk): ESPN’s Paul Finebaum...
Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

Izzo right to call out Dakich for MSU comments, Ohio State-Archie Miller chatter, Major League tribute, etc. 

In case you missed it last night, and I wouldn't blame you if you did, Michigan State beat Ohio State on Tuesday night in a battle of fairly flawed Big Ten basketball teams. In an interesting change of pace, the Buckeyes might not have been the most disappointing team on the floor*, but the bigger story came after the game thanks to Tom Izzo.  The coach of the Spartans called out ESPN basketball...
Signing Day: Michigan State recruit can’t sign with Spartans because he’s in jail

Signing Day: Michigan State recruit can’t sign with Spartans because he’s in jail

Donovan Morgan, a three-star defensive end from Bishop Moore Catholic in Orlando, Fla., won’t be singing with the Michigan State football team, even though he committed to the school previously. He can’t sign because he’s in jail - the 18-year-old is being held on $2,000 bond and awaiting a GPS device before he can be released by the Seminole County sheriff.  According to Chris...
Signing Day: Ohio State Buckeyes sign stellar recruiting class

Signing Day: Ohio State Buckeyes sign stellar recruiting class

Ohio State is looking to go six for six when it comes to top five recruiting classes under Urban Meyer.  With Miamisburg’s Josh Myers headlining, another great group of new Buckeyes is already on campus, but how will the final class look?  We will have all the action as signatures come in and let you know if there are any surprises.  Just keep it on this page for all you need...
Signing Day: Miami Valley’s best players make college choices official

Signing Day: Miami Valley’s best players make college choices official

National Signing Day 2017 is here, and you can expect the college choices to come in fast and furious.  Springfield’s Danny Davis, a four-star receiver prospect, was the only area player scheduled to make an announcement Wednesday. He ended up going with Wisconsin, but he was far from the only player excited to share about the next chapter in his career.  Here’s a rundown...
Signing Day: 7 things to know about Ohio State, UC, Miami and more

Signing Day: 7 things to know about Ohio State, UC, Miami and more

National Signing Day is one day away, and more than a dozen local prospects are set to make their college selections official. Here is what you need to know before it gets started Wednesday morning: Myers is one of six area players in the state’s top 50 prospects. Joining him are Springfield receiver Danny Davis (No. 8, undecided), Kings offensive lineman Matt Sichterman (19, Nebraska), Mason...
Malik Hooker leaving Ohio State Buckeyes to enter NFL Draft

Malik Hooker leaving Ohio State Buckeyes to enter NFL Draft

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker announced Monday he will forego his last two seasons of eligibility to declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Hooker, a redshirt sophomore, from New Castle, Pa., who set an Ohio State record by returning three interceptions for touchdowns in 2016, made his announcement on Twitter. Hooker played in all 13 games in 2015 as a redshirt freshman and earned a...
Wayne grad Landers on Clemson loss: ‘They had some big plays, and they capitalized’

Wayne grad Landers on Clemson loss: ‘They had some big plays, and they capitalized’

Wayne High School grad Robert Landers was ready to put Ohio State’s 31-0 shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl behind him before he even left the locker room.  “It’s in the past now,” Landers said. “If you dwell on the past you won’t be prepared for the future. It’s time to turn the page on it.” Landers shared his thoughts on the Buckeyes...
CJ grad Haney tells story behind viral Twitter video

CJ grad Haney tells story behind viral Twitter video

Cin’Quan Haney is a physics major. He’s a walk-on senior cornerback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also happens to be fluent in sign language. In short, the Chaminade Julienne graduate can do it all. He put his three semesters of study in American Sign Language classes at Ohio State to good use on Nov. 26 after Ohio State’s overtime victory against Michigan. A video of him communicating...
Ohio State arrives in style in Phoenix

Ohio State arrives in style in Phoenix

Running back Mike Weber slept all the way from Columbus to Phoenix on Monday. It wasn’t hard to do because the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, most of whom wouldn’t fit comfortably on your average commercial jet, rode in style all the way to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State chartered a double-decker United plane. The players had seats that let them put their feet up and relax. &ldquo...
Signing Day: Where are the Miami Valley’s high school football prospects headed?

Signing Day: Where are the Miami Valley’s high school football prospects headed?

As it is every year, the Miami Valley is home to some of the top football players in the state.  Wednesday they make official where they will be continuing their careers.  More than a dozen of the Ohio’s top 100 prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings call our region home, a group headlined by Ohio State-bound offensive lineman Josh Myers.  Many more are headed to colleges...
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