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Prep football: New Miami taking positive approach with small roster

Pessimism is not dominating New Miami High School’s football program. Certainly there will be challenges in 2017. The Division VII Vikings have less than two dozen players, are coming off a 1-8 season and have been voted last in the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division coaches poll. Yet veteran coach John Singleton said New Miami is taking a positive, energetic approach to the campaign. &ldquo...


Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a home run and stole a base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to reach 20 home runs and 40 steals in a season as the Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 8-3 on Sunday. The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back home runs. Randy Ventura hit the second pitch of the contest for a homer to left field, and Siri hit the very next pitch over the left...
Bengals cut veteran defensive tackle, pair of rookies

Bengals cut veteran defensive tackle, pair of rookies

The Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday parted ways with the first of what could a handful of veterans over the next few weeks with the termination of defensive tackle Brandon Thompson’s contract. A third-round pick out of Clemson in 2013, Thompson appeared in 39 games with seven starts. He missed all of 2016 after tearing his ACL in the 2015 season finale. ›› 7 things to know about Bengals...

After rough spring, Ohio State QB Tate Martell loses black stripe

Freshman quarterback Tate Martell arrived at Ohio State with high expectations. And after a rough spring, it seems the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat signal caller for 2017 has began adapting to college football. On Saturday, Martell joined safety Brendon White and offensive lineman  Wyatt Davis as the latest Buckeyes to lose their black...

Ohio State releases video of final week at camp

Ohio State fans, your 2017 football season is just a mere 11 days away. This past week was the Buckeyes’ final week of fall camp, now leaving the season opener against Indiana as the next attraction. Thanks to Ohio State football’s official Twitter account, the team released a video on Sunday showcasing everything that went on over the past seven days. If this doesn’t...
Prep football: Despite newcomers, Lebanon seeks playoff return

Prep football: Despite newcomers, Lebanon seeks playoff return

Coming off its first playoff appearance in 15 years, the Lebanon High School football program is riding a wave of enthusiasm. An increase in numbers with 120 players — 50 of them freshmen — has coach Shawn Lamb excited, especially as he faces the task of replacing 17 starters from last year. The senior-laden Warriors went 7-4 with a loss to Sycamore in the first round of the Division I...

QB Tate Martell, OL Wyatt Davis become newest Buckeyes to lose black stripes

Ohio State freshmen seem to be losing their black stripes left and right, recently. It was reported on Saturday that safety Brendon White was the ninth Buckeye to truly earn his right onto the football team. Under Urban Meyer-led teams, a freshman losing his black stripe essentially means that the player is “officially” welcomed into the program. White, however...

What we learned from Week 3 of Ohio State football’s fall camp

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football has finished its third week of preseason practice and has less than two weeks to go before its season opener at Indiana on Aug. 31. Here are the key takeaways from interviews with players and coaches over the past week: Ohio State running back Mike Weber continues to rehab a hamstring injury. He said Friday that he hasn’t participated in...
Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Stephenson, Scooter lift Reds to 11-8 win over Braves

Julio Teheran still considers himself to be Atlanta’s ace, even if his numbers suggest otherwise. “Yeah, that’s the spot I want to be in hopefully for my whole career,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t have ups and downs. We’re all human. We all make mistakes.” Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam, Robert Stephenson won for the first time in eight...
7 things to know about Bengals loss to Chiefs

7 things to know about Bengals loss to Chiefs

There weren’t a lot of positives to come out of Saturday night’s preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. Not only did the Cincinnati Bengals defense surrender scores on the first five Kansas City possessions, including four touchdown drives in a row, the offense failed to reach the end zone in a 30-12 loss. »RELATED: Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense And the Bengals lost one of their...
Can Watt regain dominance as he rejoins Texans' top-ranked defense?

Can Watt regain dominance as he rejoins Texans' top-ranked defense?

It is, in theory, a formula for absolute defensive domination. The Houston Texans are spending this training camp reincorporating J.J. Watt, their three-time NFL defensive player of the year, into a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league last season without him. But there's just one issue: Will the Watt of 2017 be the same overpowering player he was previously? Watt's return will be one of the league's...

HS Results 8/19: Springboro opens season with shutout win

The Springboro girls soccer team started the season on a winning note with a 1-0 win over Bearden (TN) at the Bearden High School Invitational on Saturday. Liv Page tallied the game-winner off an Alex Garver assist with 28 minutes to play in the second half. Keeper Kristy Catrine posted the shutout with five saves. Boro continues play in the tournament Sunday against Farragut (TN) at noon. Boys Soccer...

H.S. football: New coach, new conference for Greenon

After he was hired to coach the Greenon High School football team in February, one of the first things Josh Wooten did was find his “yes” men. Well, in a manner of speaking. Wooten presented potential coaching hires with four questions: Can I trust you? Do you love Greenon? Do you love our community? Do you love our kids? “If your answer is yes then we want you a part of our staff...
Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury in addition to losing track of numerous Kansas City wide receivers Saturday night as three Chiefs quarterbacks steered a rout at Paul Brown Stadium. Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, the last four of which resulted in touchdowns as the Chiefs whipped the Bengals 30-12. Kansas City tight end Demetrius...
Tom Archdeacon: Reminiscing with the NFL’s first black quarterback

Tom Archdeacon: Reminiscing with the NFL’s first black quarterback

He opened the old leather bag in front of him and with his left hand — where the ring finger was adorned with a bulky, gold College Football Hall of Fame ring — he began rummaging through the packed contents. “I’ll show you how Jim Crow it was back then,” George Taliaferro said quietly as he began his search, pulling out and setting aside a folder of newspaper clippings...

H.S. football: Experience a plus for win-starved Cedarville

The Cedarville Indians football roster is down about three players from last season. For most schools that’s inconsequential. For schools like Cedarville it’s an obstacle. The Indians have 19 players. Coach Jason Christian is hopeful those numbers will rebound to the mid-20s next season with a larger eighth-grade class coming up. “Last year was tough,” Christian said. &ldquo...
What to know to kick off high school football season

What to know to kick off high school football season

The high school football season begins with three area games Thursday, the bulk of the Week 1 games on Friday and a few others on Saturday and next Sunday. Here’s a rundown of teams to watch and things to know. Changes: Most important, this season marks the debut of the Ohio High School Athletic Association competitive balance initiative. The good news? It has doused a hot-button topic and possible...
Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field

About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto through the years. His aloof demeanor and the way he snubbed...

Ohio State football: 5 freshmen who will make an instant impact in 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s season opener is less than two weeks away, which means the tremendous 2017 recruiting class finally will be unleashed on the field. Freshmen typically have to bide their time before being called upon, but several of the current crop have shown enough to earn some reps against Indiana. What follows is a list of five freshmen who...
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

When running back Chris Thompson lines up in the backfield, the fourth-year veteran keys on only a few words out of the plethora barked by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once he hears them, like "all go" or "steamer," Thompson instinctively shuts out everything else. It's how Thompson, the Redskins' reliable third-down back, memorizes the playbook. He uses specific words to trigger...
Big names, big money at the PBA Xtra Frame Classic

Big names, big money at the PBA Xtra Frame Classic

Rick Hartings planned to go big for the 10th Annual Kenn-Feld Group Classic — a PBA regional event held in Coldwater — but this is bigger than even the longtime proprietor imagined. Pla-Mor Lanes will host its first national PBA Tour event August 25-27 as the Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series will travel to Coldwater for its final event of the season, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic...

Dayton Country club hosts Senior Amateur this week

The Ohio Golf Association’s annual Senior Amateur Championship will be held for the first time at Dayton Country Club Tuesday and Wednesday. Skip Snow of Dayton, a member of DCC, is a three-time champion, having won the event in 1998, 2001 and 2009. Snow also won the super senior title (65 and over) in 2009 and 2011. Snow tied for fifth last year when the event was won by Derek Gustafson of...

Outdoors: Controlled dove hunt drawings Saturday

It’s time again to draw for those early controlled dove hunts. The drawings will be at noon on Saturday, Aug. 26. The controlled hunts are scheduled Sept. 1 and 2. Drawings will be held at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley and Indian Creek wildlife areas. Drawings for hunts at Woodland Trails will be held at Rush Run and Bott at Indian Creek. Controlled hunts will also be held at the St. Marys...

HS Results 8/18: Fairmont girls soccer downs Fairborn

In a GWOC girls’ soccer matchup, Fairmont emerged victorious, beating rival Fairborn 3-0. Lexie Aukerman opened the scoring for Fairmont, assisted by freshman Sophia Grossman. Olivia Frank netted an unassisted goal to put Fairmont up 2-0. Jaden Mahle rounded out the scoring for Fairmont with a third goal, assisted by Maddie Seamean. Goalkeepers Emma Martcheva and Iyerlan Alberts split the matchup...
College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

Wayne High School senior L’Christian “Blue” Smith has made up his mind, he’s just not ready to tell everybody yet. Smith will go public with his college choice in front of a national TV audience on ESPN on Aug. 27 when Wayne opens the season at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver is the fourth-ranked recruit in Ohio in...
Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Rick Haynes has always been a believer in putting as many of his best athletes on defense as possible. That has been an especially big challenge for the Lakota East High School football coach this summer after losing nine of 11 starters on that side of the ball. RELATED: Colerain heavy favorite to continue GMC streak A veteran defense was the highlight of a 5-5 finish last year as the Thunderhawks...
5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

This week I had my first Western and Southern Open experience.  Although it was cut short by a nasty rain storm, I saw enough to convince me I need to make a return trip.  Here are my top takeaways from my visit:  The Graeter’s turtle sundae really hit the spot, giving me the energy to seek out actual tennis.  I found it at Stadium 3, where Yuichi Sugita rallied from a first-set...

3 for 3: Will Ohio State find a way to land Tyreke Smith, Micah Parsons and Jayson Oweh?

Though Ohio State has a commitment from 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox, the Buckeyes are nowhere close to being done at the position in the Class of 2018. Despite  a recent de-commitment from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) defensive end Andrew Chatfield, Ohio State finds itself in a favorable position to land the country’s best defensive line...
Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Joey Votto is Kris Bryant’s favorite player

Cubs fans may not be thrilled with star third baseman Kris Bryant’s favorite player. Bryant admitted that his top preferred player is Reds first baseman Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s game versus Cincinnati. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain. “He gets...
How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

How the Ohio State offense is getting its swagger back

We’ve reached the point in the football preseason that themes can start to run into the ground.  “How will X be better than it was last year, coach?” is a well-worn question in July and August.  Whatever went wrong a season ago is inevitably a central theme to the following preseason.  Such as it is with an Ohio State offense that was at times explosive but also disappeared...
High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

The Greeneview Rams have had much to cheer about the past three seasons by earning the program’s first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. But you wouldn’t know it by watching them, especially on the practice field. The Rams have quietly gone about their business after reaching the postseason the past three seasons. “We call them a lunch-pail group,” first-year...
Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

Regarding the ‘Urban Meyer is overrated/underrated’ at Ohio State thing

This “Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State thing” is a stupid, made-up story, but people love to click those so it's probably worth a few minutes.  I would say he's overachieved twice, underachieved twice and hit expectations pretty much on the head once in five seasons in which he is 61-6 with one national championship, one Big Ten championship and five conference division...

Ohio State RB coach says hobbled Mike Weber will be ‘ready to go’ for opener

Don’t fear, Buckeye fans, reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber be in the backfield when the Buckeyes’ season kicks off Aug. 31 at Indiana. Running backs coach Tony Alford said Friday that although Weber has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, he is “fine” and will be “ready to go” for the opener. Weber also spoke Friday...

Think Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State? Time for a reality check

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Finding people to agree with the sentiment that Urban Meyer hasn’t completely maxed out Ohio State’s potential over the last five years might not be that hard. I’d probably start at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and knock on his door. The ultra-competitive coach has always gone to work with an eye on championship rings, so maybe he...
Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

Relive the Reds’ nine-run second inning against Cubs

The Reds broke out the bats against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Cincinnati put up nine runs on Lester in the second inning. It was the most they’ve scored in a frame since scoring 10 in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win over the Tigers on Aug. 24, 2015. From Joey Votto’s homer to Phillip Ervin’s broken bat single to Jose Peraza’s hit bouncing off Jon Jay, the Reds’ offense...
WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

WATCH: Joey Votto shows off bat, glove in Reds’ win

Reds first baseman Joey Votto’s run of 20-straight games reaching base at least twice ended on Wednesday. But he hasn’t cooled off. Votto blasted a three-run homer to give the Reds a 7-0 second inning lead over the Cubs on Thursday. That’s not all: Votto showed off the glove too. The Reds, after blowing a nine-run lead, managed to rally for a 13-10 win and series split.
Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

Elite Ohio prospect schedules visits to Dayton, Ohio State

The Dayton Flyers will host Dwayne Cohill for an official visit Sept. 15 according to a report.  The Cleveland Hoy Name four-star guard told scout.com he will be in the Gem City next month for a close-up view of what coach Anthony Grant and his staff have to offer.  Cohill is the No. 5 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.  He has also scheduled visits to Ohio State and...
Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

Bengals vs. Chiefs: 6 things to watch in Saturday’s preseason game

The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance Saturday to start the preseason 2-0 for just the 10th time in their 50 seasons when they face the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. Of course a fast start in August is hardly a harbinger of real success, as only three of those previous 2-0 preseason starts occurred in years that ended with the Bengals in the playoffs. ›› Bengals to honor 24...
Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Sports Today: Who deserves most at-bats in the Reds OF the rest of 2017?

Was that a wild time in Chicago for the Reds or what?  Too bad the series is over because it’s anyone’s guess what insanity might have happened if there were a rubber match in the Friendly Confines today.  What else can you say when a series goes 15-5, 2-1, 7-6 and 13-10?  The Reds earned a split in improbable fashion Thursday with Phil Ervin’s 2-run homer proving...

Ohio State recruiting: Latest updates on Buckeyes’ 2018 football class

The Ohio State recruiting monster that is 2018 might find resistance only one way: a monthlong recruiting dead period. Here’s where things stand on the Ohio State Class of 2018 recruiting front entering Friday, and as you’d expect after landing the second-ranked class in 2017, the Buckeyes are doing very well. National rank: The Buckeyes have the nation’s ...

Ohio State football: Which returning offensive starter has the most to prove?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The competition may never stop during training camp at Ohio State, but that competition doesn’t necessarily feel the same for everybody. With so many returning starters back in the fold, numerous starting jobs for the Buckeyes were essentially secure even before camp started last month — no matter how much of a push the youngsters behind...
Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

Reds score big in 13-10 win over Cubs

The Reds’ 13-10 win over the Cubs on Thursday had no shortage of fireworks. Cincinnati scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since tagging Detroit for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 win on Aug. 24, 2015. The Reds blew a nine-run lead. The team last did that on Aug. 25, 2010, at San Francisco; a game it also rallied to win, 12-11. Cincinnati also blew such a lead on April 28...
VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

VIDEO: Reds’ Phillip Ervin does it all in 13-10 win over Cubs

After homering for his first career hit Wednesday, Phillip Ervin’s encore was even better. Ervin hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run and added four RBIs in his first start, emerging as the difference in the Reds’ 13-10 shootout victory against the Cubs. It was the 25-year-old’s fifth game. He also had a single and double in his four at-bats. He even stole a base.  <div>...
Slot receivers are more important than ever, but salaries lag behind

Slot receivers are more important than ever, but salaries lag behind

The space between the end of an offensive line and an outside receiver, commonly called the slot, decides more NFL games than ever before. Cole Beasley lined up there on 85 percent of his snaps last season, and he led the Dallas Cowboys in catches and receiving yards. His ability out of the slot provided security and comfort for a rookie quarterback and made Beasley the engine of Dallas's passing...
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