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College Basketball Preview: Tiffin at Wright State

Who: Tiffin (1-2) at Wright State (0-3) When: 7 p.m. Monday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 3-0 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-15 in his second season at Wright State and 430-255 in 23 years overall. Jerry Buccilla is 42-74 in his fifth year with Tiffin. Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C;7.3 Justin Mitchell;6-4;Sr.;G;8.5 Mark Hughes...
5 things to know about Wright State’s loss to Murray State

5 things to know about Wright State’s loss to Murray State

Wright State coach Scott Nagy knows he has a gaping hole in his roster without a true point guard, and that won’t be fixed until sophomore transfer Cole Gentry becomes eligible Dec. 19. Until then, the Raiders will have a hard time avoiding high-turnover, low-assist games like they had in an 80-61 defeat in their home opener to Murray State before 4,009 fans Saturday...
College Basketball: Murray State spoils Wright State’s home opener

College Basketball: Murray State spoils Wright State’s home opener

Wright State faded down the stretch and lost its home opener, 80-61, to visiting Murray State on Saturday. The Raiders have lost three straight for their longest losing streak to start the season since dropping six in a row under coach Brad Brownell in 2008-09. The Racers (2-1) took a 10-point lead when Jalen Dupree scored inside with 12:45 left in the second half. The Raiders managed to cut the deficit...
College Basketball: WSU coach benches struggling point guard Mitchell

College Basketball: WSU coach benches struggling point guard Mitchell

Wright State coach Scott Nagy believes star point guard Justin Mitchell can get back to playing how he did last year — not trying to do too much, but scoring without forcing shots and impacting a game in a multitude of ways. But that’s not going to happen when the Raiders host Murray State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Nagy is benching Mitchell for the game after holding him out after the first...
Wright State Raiders look to keep streak intact vs. Murray State

Wright State Raiders look to keep streak intact vs. Murray State

Who: Murray State (1-1) at Wright State (0-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 4-0 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-14 in his second season at Wright State and 430-254 in 23 years overall. Matt McMahon is 34-32 in his third year at Murray State. »RELATED: Resilient RedHawks top Wright State in OT Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr.;C...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Archdeacon: Injured Custer surprises Wright State teammates with visit

Archdeacon: Injured Custer surprises Wright State teammates with visit

He surprised them before their game with Miami. The Wright State basketball players were going through warm-ups when Ryan Custer appeared on the edge of the Millett Hall court wearing a green warm-up, WSU shorts, black sneakers and a grin. He would have joined their drills were it not for the wheelchair in which he was being pushed. The Raiders immediately ran over and welcomed him back. Now the team...
Wright State Insider: Recruiting dam breaks for Raiders

Wright State Insider: Recruiting dam breaks for Raiders

College basketball and football programs usually see a bump in recruiting from hiring a new coach, but that didn’t happen for Scott Nagy after coming to Wright State. Since taking over in April 2016, the only bump he experienced was the kind you get from running into a wall. “We haven’t felt like we’ve been able to gain any momentum in recruiting since we’ve been here...
College Basketball: ‘Resilient’ RedHawks top Wright State in overtime

College Basketball: ‘Resilient’ RedHawks top Wright State in overtime

Two games, two wins, two slumps snapped for the Jack Owens Era at Miami. The RedHawks’ win at Fordham on Friday was their first non-conference road win since Dec. 21, 2013, at Tennessee State. Miami’s 73-67 overtime win over Wright State on Tuesday at Millett Hall left the RedHawks 2-0 for the first time since 2011, when they opened with wins over California (Penn.) and Dayton, and 2-0...
Buoyed by Benzinger’s return, Wright State sets sights on Miami

Buoyed by Benzinger’s return, Wright State sets sights on Miami

Wright State’s Grant Benzinger didn’t know how much he’d play in the season opener Friday at Loyola after missing almost the entire preseason after hernia surgery and not rejoining the team until the final practice before the game. He figured he’d be on a minutes restriction and ease back into action. But coach Scott Nagy had bigger plans for the senior wing than that. »...
College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Miami

College Basketball Preview: Wright State at Miami

Who: Wright State at Miami When: 7 p.m. Tuesday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 980-AM, 1450-AM, 106.5-FM Series: Miami leads 19-13 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-13 in his second season at Wright State and 430-253 in 23 years overall. Jack Owens is in his first season at Miami after spending nine years as an assistant at Purdue and five at Southern Illinois. Probable Wright State starters Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr...
College Basketball: Benzinger boost not enough for Raiders

College Basketball: Benzinger boost not enough for Raiders

Wright State received an unexpected boost from Grant Benzinger and showed some moxie down the stretch, but Loyola (Ill.) withstood a furious rally to pull out an 84-80 victory Friday night. Benzinger scored a team-high 16 points before fouling out with 1:11 to go. He played 31 minutes despite missing almost the entire preseason because of hernia surgery, rejoining the team at a short practice Thursday...
7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

7 things to know about the start of college basketball season

The four-month journey to March Madness begins this weekend across the country.  Here are seven things to know about the start of college basketball season!  Anthony Grant’s first real game as the head coach at his alma mater is tonight when Ball State comes to UD Arena, which will also have a new look.  The Flyers will have a much different starting lineup and perhaps a...
Archdeacon: Wright State freshman ready to roll

Archdeacon: Wright State freshman ready to roll

He sat in the top of the Nutter Center — up on the concourse overlooking the well-lit basketball court — and talked about his development. “I’d watch what other people did, then go try it. Sometimes I’d fall, but I’d get back up again and try it again until I just got better and better.” So that’s how Jaylon Hall developed into the promising 6-foot-6...
Raiders short-handed to start season, but expectations still high

Raiders short-handed to start season, but expectations still high

Wright State will be playing short-handed until late December. That’s when leading returning scorer Grant Benzinger should be in peak shape again after offseason hernia surgery, and point guard Cole Gentry will be eligible after transferring. But second-year coach Scott Nagy believes the Raiders have sufficient firepower to succeed starting Friday night at Loyola (Ill.), and he’s making...
PREVIEW: Wright State opens season on road at Loyola

PREVIEW: Wright State opens season on road at Loyola

Who: Wright State at Loyola When: 8 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 24-16 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 20-12 at Wright State and 430-252 going into his 23rd season overall. Porter Moser is 89-105 in six seasons at Loyola and 194-206 in 13 years overall, including stops at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State. Probable Wright State starters* Parker Ernsthausen;6-11;Jr...
Wright State Insider: Women’s basketball full of potential

Wright State Insider: Women’s basketball full of potential

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather has all five starters back after going 25-9 last season and more quality players on the bench than the program has had in years. That’s why there’s plenty of buzz about the potential of her team. But until she sees it materialize on the floor, Merriweather wants to pump the brakes on talk about what the Raiders might accomplish...
College Basketball: Mitchell helps Raiders avoid preseason upset

College Basketball: Mitchell helps Raiders avoid preseason upset

Wright State’s Justin Mitchell has said his dream goal this season is to average a triple-double. And through the first half of an exhibition at the Nutter Center, he was on his way to Russell Westbrook-like numbers. He had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Raiders needed the star point guard to be in take-over-the-game mode because they were getting an unexpected tussle from...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Mitchell rebounds on the court, in life

Archdeacon: Wright State’s Mitchell rebounds on the court, in life

The call left him reeling. Justin Mitchell and his twin brother Jescus — who he calls Zuess — had spent the night at their mom’s home in Fort Wayne rather than at the Clinton Street house where they lived with their dad. When the phone rang, everyone was still asleep. Justin, who was then 16, answered: “It was my younger brother, Levi,” he said. “And he goes, &lsquo...
College Basketball: Wright State hopes ‘Mark and Park Show’ takes off

College Basketball: Wright State hopes ‘Mark and Park Show’ takes off

After being reluctant shooters throughout their Wright State careers, junior wing Mark Hughes and junior center Parker Ernsthausen have been brimming with confidence on offense during preseason practice. The two have been working so well together that they’ve even come up with a name for those times when they’re feeding each other for easy baskets. »RELATED: Toned Love ready to add...
Wright State Insider: ‘All hands on deck’ approach working for Raiders

Wright State Insider: ‘All hands on deck’ approach working for Raiders

Wright State women’s soccer coach Pat Ferguson has fielded some teams that could play a fluid style and score goals in bunches. His current squad doesn’t fit that description. “It’s not pretty, what we’re doing. I think we’re just gritty, and it’s kind of an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing. We’re getting contributions from every class,” he said...
College Basketball: Toned Love ready to add muscle for Raiders

College Basketball: Toned Love ready to add muscle for Raiders

Parker Ernsthausen, the lanky Wright State center, has been matched up against some bruisers in practice during his time in the program and has never shied away from a physical challenge. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Mike Karena was a load inside, as was the 6-9, 225-pound Tavares Sledge. But those former Raiders never tested the fourth-year junior the way redshirt freshman Louden Love has this preseason...

College Basketball: Wright State women boast improved depth

Everyone connected with the Wright State women’s basketball team is pleased to see all five starters back from last year. But if Katrina Merriweather has her way, folks will be seeing a little less of them this season. The second-year coach thought the fivesome of Chelsea Welch, Lexi Smith, Emily Vogelpohl, Symone Simmons and Mackenzie Taylor logged too many minutes last season. Merriweather...
Wright State Insider: Horizon cross-country foes a bit mysterious

Wright State Insider: Horizon cross-country foes a bit mysterious

Wright State will compete in the Horizon League cross-country championships Saturday at Oakland, and both the men’s and women’s teams will be going into it somewhat blind. Not only will they be seeing the course for the first time, but they also don’t have much of a feel for how they stack up with the rest of the field. »RELATED: Welch set to spark WSU women again »RELATED...
Wright State to face coach’s son in basketball exhibition

Wright State to face coach’s son in basketball exhibition

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy knows he can count on his wife’s support at games this season, of course, but he’s not expecting her to be in his corner when his team hosts Wayne State in an exhibition in two weeks. That’s because son Tyler is a senior guard for the Division II school from Nebraska. And if Jamie Nagy is forced to choose between pulling for her husband or...
Wright State Insider: Chelsea Welch set to spark women again

Wright State Insider: Chelsea Welch set to spark women again

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather wishes she had five Chelsea Welches. She wouldn’t have to worry about who would play the point or post because the 5-foot-9 Welch can guard all five positions and score from any spot on the floor. That’s why the senior from Fairmont High School was named the preseason Horizon League player of the year last week. She led the...
Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State guard Chelsea Welch was named the Horizon League preseason player of the year today in a vote of coaches, media and sports information directors. The senior from Fairmont High School averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. The last Raider to earn the league’s top preseason honor was Kim Demmings in 2014-15. »RELATED: Deeper roster a good feeling for...
Ex-Wittenberg softball coach takes over at Wright State

Ex-Wittenberg softball coach takes over at Wright State

Laura Matthews has been an ultra-successful softball coach at Division-III Wittenberg, finishing first or second in the North Coast Athletic Conference each of her five years, but she’s ready to challenge herself against the top college teams in the sport. She officially became Wright State’s coach Sept. 26, and though program has gone through some turbulence the last two years, Matthews...
College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

Mark Alstork has transferred to Illinois, and Steven Davis has graduated and is playing overseas. But even though that pair combined to average 34 points per game for Wright State last season, second-year coach Scott Nagy isn’t concerned about replacing their production. He knows he has proven scorers in seniors Justin Mitchell and Grant Benzinger, and he sees plenty of potential in newcomers...
Tom Archdeacon: China trip life-changing for Wright State’s Benzinger

Tom Archdeacon: China trip life-changing for Wright State’s Benzinger

As soon as she was laid in his arms and heard his soft reassurances, she rested her head on his chest and went sound to sleep. And, in turn, Grant Benzinger — the former Cincinnati Moeller football player, the guy Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy says is “one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached” — simply melted. “We went to two orphanages and when you...
Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns this week.  That not only (almost) guarantees at least one of Ohio’s NFL teams will have a win to begin October, it also opens the door to all sorts of interesting subplots thanks to the man who coaches the Browns.  Hue Jackson was honest yesterday on a conference call with Cincinnati reporters when he was asked if he thought both of...
Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

A recruiting scandal rocked college basketball Tuesday. Four assistant coaches from major programs — Oklahoma State, Arizona, Auburn and Southern California — were arrested by the FBI. Six other people were arrested. All face charges involving bribery, conspiracy and fraud. The aftershocks continued Wednesday with Louisville putting head coach Rick Pitino...

Wright State: Tip-Off event signals start of basketball season

The Wright State baseball team has turned its First Pitch Banquet into a can’t-miss event for many each year, and associate athletic director Jeff Giles believes the Raider Tip-Off Premier for men’s and women’s basketball will catch on with fans, too. The third-annual premier will be held Thursday, Oct. 12. The VIP reception on the Nutter Center concourse starts at 6 p.m., while...
Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather has all five starters back from a team that went 25-9 last year and seized its first Horizon League regular-season title. And those veterans have looked faster, stronger and better to her during preseason workouts, which means she shouldn’t have to do much more than just turn them loose when practice starts Monday, right? Uh, not...
Wright State names new softball coach

Wright State names new softball coach

Laura Matthews is the new softball coach at Wright State University, associate athletic director Joylynn Brown announced Thursday. Matthews, a 2008 Univeristy of Dayton grad, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg University. “We are excited to have Laura lead our softball program,” Brown said in a release. “She brings great experience and success to our team...
Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country coach Rick Williamson isn’t concerned about results in September. He’s more focused on building toward the NCAA pre-nationals Oct. 14 and the Horizon League meet two weeks after that. But he doesn’t want his athletes to hold back if a victory is there for the taking, and junior Hailey Brumfield stormed to an individual title to lead the Raiders to the overall...

Wright State Insider: Senior Thornton leads Raiders defensive efforts

The Wright State volleyball team didn’t get off to the start it wanted while opening the season in California last month, falling in straight sets to Iowa, Stanford and host Long Beach State. But the matches were more competitive than the results suggest. Those schools found the Raiders difficult to score on — mostly because of the all-over-the-court play of libero Jesse Thornton. &ldquo...
Wright State men’s soccer set to ‘reload’

Wright State men’s soccer set to ‘reload’

The Horizon League men’s soccer coaches don’t think Wright State will take much of a dip this season despite losing conference player of the year Peguy Ngatcha, fellow MLS draftee Jake Stovall and two other all-league performers. When the preseason poll came out in August, Oakland was named the favorite, while UIC was picked second and Wright State third. But the voting was so close, it...
Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

The Wright State men’s basketball team will play at least one time on national TV and possibly once more during Horizon League action, according to the conference schedule released Wednesday. The Raiders will play on either ESPN2 or ESPNU when they visit Detroit Mercy on Friday, Jan. 5. Northern Kentucky and Oakland also will play that night on one of those two networks. Wright State has another...

Wright State women’s soccer team poised for breakthrough season

Wright State women’s soccer coach Pat Ferguson makes it a priority to scour area high schools for talent. He’ll also pursue prospects from distant locales — senior star Niki Romero hails from Las Vegas — but Ferguson never wants to miss on an impact recruit from the Raiders’ backyard. Thirteen of 31 players on the roster are homegrown, including several stalwarts. Junior...
Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann’s openness to getting the Buckeyes and some of the best basketball programs in the state together in the future rekindled thoughts of an idea I’ve had for more than a decade. Let’s do a yearly tournament featuring colleges from around the state. To get an idea of what that might look like, I drew up a 12-team bracket this morning...
Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Wright State announced its non-league men’s basketball schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. The Raiders will begin coach Scott Nagy’s second season with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular season opener is Nov. 10 at Loyola (Ill.). The non-league slate features seven home games and...
WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

The Wright State men’s basketball team announced its non-league schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. ›› RELATED: WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball adventure The Raiders will begin Scott Nagy’s second season at the helm with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular...
WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball venture

WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball venture

Steven Davis spent five years at Wright State and was enjoying himself so much that he was hoping to stay even longer. He missed a full year and more than half of another season because of a foot injury. Coach Scott Nagy sought a sixth year for the 6-foot-8 forward under the NCAA’s medical-redshirt policy, but the request was denied — to the disappointment of both parties. “I had...
Wright State grad Davis signs with European team

Wright State grad Davis signs with European team

Former Wright State forward Steven Davis has signed a contract with Egis Körmend in Hungary. Davis scored 637 points during his four seasons with the Raiders, including 477 last year when the 6-foot-8 Indianapolis native was second on the team with a 14.9 ppg average. His 4.3 rebounds per game were fourth most of the team. Davis represented WSU in the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest in March, but...
Wright State’s Benzinger to play basketball in China

Wright State’s Benzinger to play basketball in China

Grant Benzinger has been on some memorable road trips during his three seasons at Wright State, but what awaits him next month is likely to top all of them. Benzinger will join nine other players, including Longwood University forward and Dunbar graduate Damarion Geter, as part of the USA Eagles basketball team on a two-week tour of China. “I’m not really sure what to expect, but I&rsquo...
Centerville native, former Wright State golfer Sipe wins Ohio Amateur

Centerville native, former Wright State golfer Sipe wins Ohio Amateur

Austin Sipe built a five-shot lead after the third round of the Ohio Amateur, but he knew it wasn’t an insurmountable margin — not at Springfield Country Club with trouble lurking everywhere. That’s why he went straight to the practice green after signing his scorecard, spending his time drilling five-foot putts before heading home. “Our here, you’re going to get a lot...
Centerville’s Sipe leads Ohio Am, Springfield’s Wells tied for third

Centerville’s Sipe leads Ohio Am, Springfield’s Wells tied for third

Knowing the Springfield Country Club course and its tricky idiosyncrasies has helped three local players put themselves atop the leaderboard this week at the Ohio Amateur. Luke Wells, a 16-year-old rising junior at Springfield High School, is sure to know which way is south when he’s putting on his home course. “They’re always slower,” he said of uphill and downhill putts....
Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

For the first time since returning home Wednesday night from rehab in Colorado, we’re hearing from Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer. He spoke to a crowd during a prayer service Sunday afternoon at Elder High School, his alma mater in Cincinnati, to thank them for their support. Custer continues to recover from a traumatic spinal injury he suffered in April. He broke his C-5 vertebra...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000 by June 30 to keep the program running and yesterday we had...
Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork is no longer considering the Dayton Flyers. Alstork announced a final list of six schools on Wednesday via Twitter: Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall graduate who started his career at Ball State, visited UD last month.
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: 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...
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...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

New coach, five players selected in the 2016 MLB draft and gone, the high of a NCAA postseason appearance gone and back to earth - don’t tell the  Wright State Raiders. The Raiders scored three in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth to upset the No. 10 Clemson Tigers 6-4 to open the 2017 college baseball season. The Raiders used five pitchers with starter Trevor Swaney pitching...
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...
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