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NFL Draft: 3 more Ohio State Buckeyes taken on night 2

After three Ohio State Buckeyes were drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, another trio went Friday night in rounds two and three.  Here are capsules for the newest OSU draftees:  ▪ 40th receiver from Ohio State drafted in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last: Braxton Miller, third round, 2016 by the Texans ▪ First: Bob Rein, seventh round, 1967 by...
Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

How’s your NFL draft hangover?  Probably worse if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, but we’ll get to that later.  My immediate take on the Cincinnati Bengals taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round was they could have used that pick more smartly.  That doesn’t mean I believe it was a bad pick. Ross brings the potential for great excitement...
NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

NFL draft: 3 Ohio State defensive backs taken in first round

Ohio State had three players taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft -- all defensive backs. Here is an overview of the trio:  ▪ 29th cornerback and 56th defensive back selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967) ▪ Last CB: Eli Apple, first round, 2016 by the Giants ▪ First CB: Ted Provost, seventh round, 1970 by the Rams ▪ 11th Ohio State cornerback...
Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar junior running back Tavion Thomas has been one of the hottest college football recruits in the country since early February, and he released his top 10 schools Thursday night. In no order, the Scout.com four-star power back tweeted he is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, LSU, USC and Oregon. “I appreciate all the love from every school...
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...
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...
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...
Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Buckeye: NFL should fire Roger Goodell

Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez does not hold NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in high regard.  How do we know that?  The one-time Colts first-round draft pick told the Indianapolis Star he believes Goodell should be fired.  He also took issue with the way Goodell handles discipline.  Gonzalez, who was outspoken at Ohio State, looked like a future star as a slot...
Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Ohio State, Dayton reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh recruit

Aaron Thompson, a point guard from Fairfax, Va., went back into the recruiting pool when he was released from his letter of intent to attend Pittsburgh last week. Could he end up in the Buckeye State? Jon Rothstein of Fanrag Sports reported Tuesday the three-star prospect has received interest from Ohio State and Dayton along with Georgetown, VCU and Butler. Ohio State is also in pursuit of former...
Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Report: NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley of Ohio State accused of rape

Gareon Conley, a defensive back from Ohio State expected to be an early pick in the NFL draft this week, reportedly has been named in a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland. TMZ reported Tuesday a woman has accused Conley of raping her in a hotel room on April 9. According to the report, the accuser says she met Conley in a hotel elevator around 3AM and he brought her back to his hotel room....
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...
Tom Archdeacon: Former Buckeye considering Central State

Tom Archdeacon: Former Buckeye considering Central State

Even though the newest edition of his Central State team was out on the McPherson Stadium field for a spring game preview of the season, it would have been understandable Saturday if coach Cedric Pearl was keeping one eye on the sidelines, as well. Future promise was there, too, in massive form. Marcelys Jones, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman last seen playing for Ohio State’s national...
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...
Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Some states allow high schools to have football practices in the spring. Ohio does not. Count Kerry Coombs among those who would like to see that change. A University of Dayton grad, Coombs is in his sixth season coaching defensive backs at Ohio State. Before that, he spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, but more than half of his professional career has been spent in...
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...
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: 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...
7 takeaways from Ohio State Buckeyes spring game 

7 takeaways from Ohio State Buckeyes spring game 

The rain stopped. The sun shined. The fans came, as they always do, whether it’s a practice game in April or The Game in November. Eight players found their way to the end zone — a big difference from the last time the Ohio State Buckeyes performed in front an audience Jan. 1 when they were shut out 31-0 by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Urban Meyer couldn’t have asked for much more...
Spring game ends with special moment for Ohio State Buckeyes

Spring game ends with special moment for Ohio State Buckeyes

An action-packed spring game for the Ohio State Buckeyes ended with special moment in the north end zone at Ohio Stadium. Jacob Jarvis, a teenager who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder, came onto the field in his motorized wheelchair in the final minute. A player handed him the football. The entire team surrounded him. Then Jarvis took off for the end zone. Players dove...
Scarlet tops Gray in Ohio State spring football game

Scarlet tops Gray in Ohio State spring football game

The Ohio State Buckeyes aired it out Saturday in their annual Scarlet and Gray Game. Rules that seemed to limit tackling early on helped, but both offenses put up big numbers in the first public appearance for the Buckeyes since changing offensive coordinators in the offseason. Senior starting quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 71 yards with a touchdown and an interception before giving way to backups...
Ohio State football: Scenes from the Buckeyes spring game

Ohio State football: Scenes from the Buckeyes spring game

Ohio State fans endured some pregame rain to see the Buckeyes take the field for the conclusion of spring football with the annual spring game.  They saw quarterback J.T. Barrett and the two players vying to be his backup, Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins, throw the ball all around the yard.  Here are some of the sights and sounds from the game. 
Meadowdale grad scores for Ohio State Buckeyes in spring game

Meadowdale grad scores for Ohio State Buckeyes in spring game

Meadowdale High School graduate Ke’Von Huguely, a junior walk-on wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow for the Scarlet team in the first half of the spring game Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Scarlet build a 28-24 halftime lead over Grey in front of a crowd of close to 84,000 fans. RELATED: Huguely tells story of how he ended up at OSU Huguely...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Ohio State rolled out the scarlet and gray carpet for some of the top recruits in the country Saturday, a group that included some of the top seniors-to-be from the area. Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the 247sports composite No. 1 player in the state for 2018, was on hand in an Ohio State jacket and signed autographs for some young fans in the stands. Springfield defensive lineman/tight...
Urban Meyer focuses on young players in Ohio State spring game

Urban Meyer focuses on young players in Ohio State spring game

The spring game gives Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and his staff a chance to see how young players perform under pressure at Ohio Stadium. Not everyone will react the same way with approximately 84,000 people watching at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “We’re very fortunate to watch guys perform in front of a lot of people in the seats,” Meyer said. “It is different. It&rsquo...
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 Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Since we last checked in on the many area prospects getting a lot of attention of top schools from around the country…. many area prospects have continued getting a lot of attention from some of the top schools in the country.  Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas officially joined the ranks of four-star prospects earlier this month, moving into the national top 300 per 247sports...
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...
Ohio State football: Get caught up before the spring game

Ohio State football: Get caught up before the spring game

The Ohio State spring football game is set for Saturday at Ohio Stadium. While that’s the capstone of the spring – the most public spectacle of several weeks worth of work – it is just part of the story. Here is what we have learned so far about Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes: This is a position we knew would be strong thanks to the return of nearly everyone from last year, but...
Urban Meyer: Transfer Kendall Sheffield ahead of freshman cornerbacks

Urban Meyer: Transfer Kendall Sheffield ahead of freshman cornerbacks

The Ohio State Buckeyes held their second-to-last practice before the spring game Wednesday. They’ll practice again Friday. Then the Buckeyes will perform in front of something close to 80,000 people at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. It would be more but 20,000 seats won’t be in use because of a restoration project. Coach Urban Meyer gave one last update on his team’s progress...
Ohio State legend James Laurinaitis announces retirement from NFL

Ohio State legend James Laurinaitis announces retirement from NFL

Eight is enough for James Laurinaitis. The Ohio State All-American linebacker announced Tuesday he is retiring from the NFL. The Minnesota native spent his first seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams before playing for the New Orleans Saints last season. He was a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, who beat Michigan and won the Big Ten all four years he was in Columbus. Laurinaitis was part of the...
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: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...
Local linemen proving their worth at Ohio State

Local linemen proving their worth at Ohio State

With Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa and Jalyn Holmes returning this spring, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson again has four players to rotate at the two defensive end spots. He can also utilize the “Rushmen” package that puts all four on the field on passing downs, and this week reporters learned about an experimental five-man front that could bedevil offenses this fall...
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: ...
Urban Meyer shares Ohio State football spring football starters

Urban Meyer shares Ohio State football spring football starters

Ohio State football fans wondering about the status of the starting lineup for the Buckeyes as spring football approaches the homestretch were in luck Tuesday. Coach Urban Meyer ran down the whole thing, including new faces starting or in the mix for playing time at about a dozen positions. On the offensive line, Springfield native Demetrius Knox is running with the ones while Matthew Burrell and...
Sports Today: Reds season outlook, Miami hires CJ grad, high school controversy, etc.

Sports Today: Reds season outlook, Miami hires CJ grad, high school controversy, etc.

Welcome to another Opening Day in southwest Ohio!  I am posting this on the way down to Cincinnati to see the Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies (hopefully the weather cooperates).  What kind of year can we expect down on the Ohio River?  Well, Bovada gives them (along with the Brewers) the worst odds in either league to win the World Series this year if that tells you anything...
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...
5 takeaways from Ohio State spring football this week

5 takeaways from Ohio State spring football this week

Ohio State football continued spring drills this week, and representatives of the defensive backfield and running backs room spoke with reporters. Here are five takeaways from interviews at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center: Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs is the latest to say Ohio State’s 10 early enrollees are a very special group. He praised their talent and attitudes. “This is a really...
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. ...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman names surprise leader in recruiting race

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman names surprise leader in recruiting race

Could Clemson be in position to steal the top football recruit in Ohio from Ohio State? Fairfield five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the No. 1 rated player in the state according to 247sports, tweeted Tuesday his leader is the South Carolina school that is the current home of college football’s national championship.  Carman made an unofficial visit to coach Dabo Swinney’s...
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...
Ohio State Buckeyes chase NFL dreams at Pro Day

Ohio State Buckeyes chase NFL dreams at Pro Day

The stars came out Thursday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — and that’s not even counting the 12 Ohio State Buckeyes who performed in front of scouts on the school’s annual Pro Day. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, wearing a button-down shirt and grey vest and looking much sharper than he does in hoodies on Sundays in the fall, stood next to New Orleans Saints...
Fifth-year senior ready for new role on Ohio State Buckeyes defense

Fifth-year senior ready for new role on Ohio State Buckeyes defense

The Ohio State Buckeyes put on the pads for the first time this spring Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fifth-year senior linebacker Chris Worley couldn’t wait. “I got to hit a couple people,” Worley said. “I haven’t done that since we took that big loss. We got a little bit of frustration out.” That big loss, a 31-0 defeat in the Fiesta Bowl against...
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...
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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