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Football playoffs: State semifinals a first for Fort Loramie

Two area high school football playoff dynasties have been extended into this week’s state semifinals in Alter and Marion Local. Joining those established powers is a relative newcomer, Fort Loramie. All posted Week 13 regional final wins this past weekend. Alter defeated Wapakoneta 21-7 at Piqua and Marion Local had a rematch answer for Coldwater, 40-19 at Sidney. Both those games were on Friday...


Report: Browns could interview Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

Report: Browns could interview Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

The Cleveland Browns would like to interview former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to fill the team’s head-coaching job, ESPN reported Sunday citing an anonymous source. John Dorsey, the Browns general manager, said last week the team was open to hiring a woman as head coach, ESPN reported. Rice, who grew up in Alabama, is a longtime Browns fan, even appearing in the team&rsquo...

High School Football: State playoffs scoreboard

Region 13 — Girard 43, Hubbard 18 Region 14 — St. Marys Memorial 38, Bellville Clear Fork 7 Region 15 — Newark Licking Valley 30, St. Clairsville 0 Region 16 — Cin. Wyoming 28, London 0 Region 17 — Orrville 43, Akron Manchester 19 Region 18 — Genoa Area vs. Liberty Center Region 19 — Johnstown-Monroe 45, Byesville Meadowbrook 14 Region 20 — Wheelersburg...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch Sunday vs. Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch Sunday vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals are calling Sunday’s game at Baltimore a potential “make or break” situation. Coming off one of their worst losses in franchise history, the Bengals (5-4) are looking to turn things around before they fall out of AFC playoff contention. They currently remain in position to earn the sixth seed, while the Ravens (4-5) are trying to climb back into the picture...
Ohio State beats Maryland in OT thriller; showdown with Michigan up next

Ohio State beats Maryland in OT thriller; showdown with Michigan up next

Ohio State kept its Big Ten football championship hopes alive by the slimmest of margins Saturday. The Buckeyes needed overtime to beat Maryland 52-51, setting up a game for the Big Ten East title and a berth in the Big Ten championship game when Michigan visits next Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer’s team has a lot to fix before it will be ready for the Wolverines. Here are five things to know about...
Wright State rolls to easy win over North Florida

Wright State rolls to easy win over North Florida

North Florida knew the scouting report said it had to do everything possible to stop Loudon Love, but the Ospreys had no one who could match up with the 6-foot-8, 270-pound center. Their frontcourt players were all 6-8 or shorter and weighed 223 pounds or less, and they were moved around inside like chess pieces. Love scored 13 of his season-high 20 points in the first half and corralled nine rebounds...
Ohio State outlasts Maryland in wild overtime game

Ohio State outlasts Maryland in wild overtime game

Ohio State kept its Big Ten championship hopes alive by the slimmest of margins Saturday.  The Buckeyes needed overtime to beat Maryland 52-51, setting up a game for the Big Ten East when Michigan visits next Saturday.  The Buckeyes tied the game three times in the fourth quarter, the last when Dwayne Haskins connected with Binjimin Victor from three yards out with :40 left.  Ohio State...
Dayton Flyers notes: Cunningham has extra incentive in first game

Dayton Flyers notes: Cunningham has extra incentive in first game

Josh Cunningham made 9 of 10 shots from the field and scored 20 points in the first game of his final season with the Dayton Flyers, showing no rust after missing the first two games with a wrist injury. The redshirt senior forward also had extra incentive to perform well. For the second time in his career, Cunningham’s girlfriend, A’ja Wilson, the 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year who...
Dayton Flyers overcome adversity in victory against Purdue Fort Wayne

Dayton Flyers overcome adversity in victory against Purdue Fort Wayne

Dayton Flyers guard Trey Landers did his best Braxton Miller impression in the first half Friday against Purdue Fort Wayne — one Wayne High School graduate spinning like the other. Miller’s spin move three years ago in an Ohio State football game at Virginia Tech will live forever on social media. The move by Landers in a 91-80 victory against Purdue Fort Wayne didn’t quite...
Election 2018: Panthers QB Cam Newton gets 11 write-in votes

Election 2018: Panthers QB Cam Newton gets 11 write-in votes

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 11 write-in votes for an election in North Carolina, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Newton’s name was written in for the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation district position, according to the Board of Elections. The two people who won received more than 100,000 votes each. Newton has thrown for 2,086 yards...
Syracuse misspells last name on jersey of coach Jim Boeheim's son

Syracuse misspells last name on jersey of coach Jim Boeheim's son

This is one name that should never be misspelled on a Syracuse University basketball jersey. >> Read more trending news  Boeheim. Jim Boeheim is in his 43rd season as coach of the Orange. With more than 1,029 victories -- along with five Final Four appearances,and a national title in 2003 -- Boeheim has earned legendary status. But when Boeheim’s son Buddy played in the 2K Classic...
Fairborn teenager adds two more city bowling titles

Fairborn teenager adds two more city bowling titles

It started as a simple childhood request and evolved into more than a dozen city titles. “I came home from school one day and told my parents I wanted to go bowling,” Audrey Renner said. “Next thing I knew I was in a Saturday morning league.” Fast forward a little more than a decade and the now 17-year-old has tallied two more city titles as Renner won both the major girls...

High School Football: Friday’s regional finals scores

Football Regional Finals Friday’s Results Division I Region 1 — Lakewood St. Edward 24, Mentor 14 Region 2 — Olentangy Liberty 21, Dublin Coffman 7 Region 3 — Pickerington Central 20, Hilliard Davidson 13 Region 4 — Cin. Colerain 42, Cin. Elder 0 Division II Region 5 — Akron Hoban 52, Maple Heights 6 Region 6 — Avon 37, Tol. Central Catholic 22 Region 7 &mdash...
Alter airs it out to beat Wapakoneta, advances to state semifinals

Alter airs it out to beat Wapakoneta, advances to state semifinals

The Alter High School football team used an unconventional method to win its second regional championship in the last three seasons — its passing game. Knights senior quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 145 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score as Alter beat Wapakoneta 21-7 to win the Division III, Region 12 championship on Friday night at Piqua High School’s Alexander Stadium...
Football playoffs: Marion Local’s quick start dooms Coldwater

Football playoffs: Marion Local’s quick start dooms Coldwater

The Marion Local and Coldwater football programs are so familiar with each other, it’s a challenge for each of those Midwest Athletic Conference rivals to find an edge. The coaching staffs cemented working relations long ago. That was a given, considering the multiple times both teams played for state championships in the same seasons, although in different divisions. The two rosters are loaded...
What Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

What Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said about Sunday’s matchup vs. Bengals

While the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t seem to solve any issues over the bye two weeks ago, history says John Harbaugh will have his Baltimore Ravens ready to go after their bye. Harbaugh is 8-2 in games after the bye during his 10 years with Baltimore, but he’s not certain that is a reason to be confident as the Ravens prepare to host the Bengals in a key AFC North matchup Sunday. He spoke...
Dayton rallies from 8-point deficit in second half to beat Purdue Fort Wayne

Dayton rallies from 8-point deficit in second half to beat Purdue Fort Wayne

The Dayton Flyers pulled away in the last 10 minutes to beat Purdue Fort Wayne 91-80 on Friday at UD Arena, improving to 3-0 with third straight home victory to start the season. Dayton is now 17-17 in the last two seasons under coach Anthony Grant. The Flyers trailed by as many as eight points early in the second half. They went on a 9-0 run starting at the 9:32 mark to take control with a 78-68...
Dayton basketball fans will see complete lineup for the first time Friday

Dayton basketball fans will see complete lineup for the first time Friday

Dayton Flyers redshirt senior forward Josh Cunningham will make his season debut at 7 p.m. Friday against Purdue Fort Wayne at UD Arena. Cunningham missed the first two games against North Florida and Coppin State after suffering a hand injury Nov. 6 in practice. Obi Toppin, a redshirt freshman forward, started for Cunningham in those two games and will remain in the starting lineup Friday. Redshirt...
Cincinnati Reds talking trade with New York Yankees?

Cincinnati Reds talking trade with New York Yankees?

The Cincinnati Reds have talked to the New York Yankees about a potential trade for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, according to Jon Morosi of mlb.com. Gray, 29, was 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA last season in 23 starts. In 30 appearances, the right-hander struck out 123 and walked 57 in 130 1/3 innings. Gray spent his first five plus seasons with the Oakland A’s. His best seasons came in 2014 and 2015...
Love giving Wright State strong play inside

Love giving Wright State strong play inside

As Loudon Love was finishing his post-game interview after a 14-point, 12-rebound effort against Toledo, coach Scott Nagy walked by him in the media room and, without looking up, said loud enough for his center to hear: “Fourteen and 12. I’ll take that every time.” That’s the kind of output the Raiders can usually expect from the preseason first-team All-Horizon League pick...
Wright State vs. North Florida: What to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. North Florida: What to know about Saturday’s game

Who: North Florida (1-2) at Wright State (2-1) When: 3 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Tied 1-1 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 47-23 in his third year at Wright State and 457-263 in 24 years overall. Matthew Driscoll is 148-152 in his 10th year at North Florida. Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 8.7 Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 16.3 Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 15.3 Bill...
Dayton Flyers look to clinch winning record in season finale

Dayton Flyers look to clinch winning record in season finale

It’s not the kind of season the Dayton Flyers were hoping for this year, but head coach Rick Chamberlin is a “glass half-full” guy as his team closes out the 2018 campaign at Jacksonville on Saturday. “We played well the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can finish up with a winning record,” Chamberlin said. “We have battled, that’s what I really appreciate...
Area players, coaches earn top Southwest District football honors

Area players, coaches earn top Southwest District football honors

Nine area players and four area coaches have been selected for top All-Southwest District high school football honors. Selected as offensive players of the year in their respective divisions were Fenwick senior running back Jack Fessler (Division III), Anna junior running back Riley Huelskamp (D-V), Mechanicsburg senior running back Joey Mascadri (D-VI) and Lehman Catholic senior quarterback Elliott...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes wary of Terrapins talent

Ohio State football: Buckeyes wary of Terrapins talent

Urban Meyer began the week claiming Maryland was too talented to overlook with Michigan next on the horizon. The coach of the ninth-ranked Scarlet and Gray said his players would see that when they flipped on the film. Time will tell if that is true, but given the the Terrapins’ 5-5 record, it was hard to view that statement as much more than coach speak. RELATED: Everything Meyer said about...
Ohio State at Maryland: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Ohio State at Maryland: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: No. 9 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (5-5, 3-4) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 4-0. Last game: Ohio State won 62-14 last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have scored 62 points in back to back games against the Terrapins, and Ohio State has won all four games in the series by at least 21 points....
Newest Dayton recruit will bring ‘size and physicality’ to roster

Newest Dayton recruit will bring ‘size and physicality’ to roster

Moulaye Sissoko made it official Thursday, one day after the start of the early signing period, signing a national letter of intent with the Dayton Flyers. Sissoko, a 6-foot-10 forward from Mali in West Africa, attends Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, Ga. He signed his letter in a ceremony at the school. In seven games this season, he has averaged 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds. “The reason why I...
Division I: All-Southwest District football

Division I: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division I football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Michael Bittner, Cincinnati Elder, 6-feet-2, 200 pounds, senior, QB; Jesse Deglow, Kettering Fairmont, 5-10, 194, sr., RB; Miles Johnson, Clayton Northmont, 6-1, 195, sr., QB; Cameron Kells, Milford, 5-10, 180, sr., RB; JuTahn McClain, Fairfield...
Division II: All Southwest District football

Division II: All Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division II football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Jaydon Culp-Bishop, Troy, 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, senior, RB; Connor Kinnett, Harrison, 6-4, 220, jr., QB; Wade Phillips, Trenton Edgewood, 5-11, 175, sr., RB; Sincere Wells, Xenia, 5-10, 220, sr., RB; Miyan Williams, Cincinnati Winton Woods, 5-8...
Division III: All-Southwest District football

Division III: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division III football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Josh Anderson, New Richmond, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, senior, QB; Connor Bazelak, Kettering Archbishop Alter, 6-4, 215, sr., QB; Michael Crawford, Cincinnati Mt. Healthy, 5-9, 165, sr., QB; Jack Fessler, Middletown Bishop Fenwick, 5-10, 180, sr....
Division IV: All-Southwest District football

Division IV: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division IV football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Dimetrius Baylor, Cincinnati Indian Hill, 6-0, 215, sr., RB; Eli Berner, Springfield Northwestern, 5-11, 175, sr., RB; Nic Dorsey, Urbana, 5-11, 180, sr., RB; Robie Glass, Springfield Shawnee, 6-3, 190, jr., QB; Corey Kiner, St. Bernard Roger Bacon...
Division V: All-Southwest District football

Division V: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division V football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Alex Bernard, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 6-foot, 180 pounds, senior, RB; Justin Brown, Casstown Miami East, 5-11, 158, sr., RB; Nick Clevenger, Jamestown Greeneview, 6-1, 190, sr., QB; Riley Huelskamp, Anna, 5-10, 175, jr., RB; Clay Payton...
Division VI: All-Southwest District football

Division VI: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division VI football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Jason Blake, Troy Christian, 6-foot, 190 pounds, junior, RB; Fred Brown, Cincinnati Riverview East Academy, 6-1, 190, sr., RB; Daevon Bryant, Cin. Deer Park, 5-6, 205, sr., RB; Mac Davis, Springfield Northeastern, 6-1, 165, sr., QB; Seth Griswold...
Division VII: All-Southwest District football

Division VII: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division VII football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Trent Collins, Mississinawa Valley, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, senior, QB; David Cunningham, Hamilton New Miami, 6-0, 205, sr., RB; Elliott Gilardi, Sidney Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 170, sr., QB; Will Hall, Mississinawa Valley, 5-9, 165, sr., RB; Collin...
Marvin Lewis on taking over struggling defense: ‘I’ve got it’

Marvin Lewis on taking over struggling defense: ‘I’ve got it’

Marvin Lewis’ first meeting as the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator earlier this week was telling of a coach who knows what he’s doing, the players said. His presentation was maybe just a little rusty, but Lewis’ demeanor and the way his players have responded to the 16th-year head coach taking over the defense leads one to believe there is a little more confidence...
Dayton’s first 2019 commitment signs letter of intent

Dayton’s first 2019 commitment signs letter of intent

Moulaye Sissoko signed a national letter of intent with the Dayton Flyers on Thursday, one day after the start of the early signing period. Sissoko, a 6-foot-10 forward from Mali in West Africa, attends Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, Ga. He signed his letter in a ceremony at the school. “The reason why I chose Dayton is I think Dayton will be a good fit for me,” said Sissoko on an Instagram...
Alter football tradition: “It’s something we take a lot of pride in”

Alter football tradition: “It’s something we take a lot of pride in”

Alter senior Connor Meyer welcomed the challenge of being part of the Alter football legacy. “It means a lot to carry on the tradition of Alter football, the Knights of old,” said Meyer, a rare two-way starter at defensive tackle and tight end. “That’s really what it is, just one big brotherhood. We just want to keep it going.” Alter (11-1) will do just that against Wapakoneta...
Haskins still growing as he returns to his home state leading Buckeyes

Haskins still growing as he returns to his home state leading Buckeyes

History will be the theme of the day for Dwayne Haskins when Ohio State plays at Maryland on Saturday. That could turn out to be true in more ways than one. RELATED: Meyer wants Maryland, not Michigan, on minds of Buckeyes this week This much we know: Haskins will enter the game against the Terrapins needing 51 passing yards to break Joe Germaine’s single-season school record of 3,330 set in...
Archdeacon: With Gentry running the show, Wright State has no worries

Archdeacon: With Gentry running the show, Wright State has no worries

Scott Nagy ended the preseason with two new things. He had a stylishly trimmed salt and pepper beard. He had a point guard who was coming into his fourth college season but never had played a November or early December game for him. Nagy ended up keeping one of his new additions and shaving the other. The beard, which he said was not favored by his wife, itched at times and bothered him. But the point...
Wright State back on the boards; 5 more takeaways from win over Toledo

Wright State back on the boards; 5 more takeaways from win over Toledo

When Wright State was bludgeoned on the boards in a 19-point loss at Murray State on Saturday, coach Scott Nagy didn’t blame his frontcourt or any of his players. He put the onus on himself. “What’s always been important to me is rebounding, because I think it’s a ‘heart’ stat. It’s an indication of how hard you’re playing and how tough you are. And...

College Football: Belmont freshman’s pick-6 lifts Miami to upset of NIU

Ja’don Rucker-Furlow’s pick-6 helped Miami beat Northern Illinois 13-7 on Wednesday night. Northern Illinois (7-4, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) had its six-game win streak snapped while Miami (5-6, 5-2) has won consecutive games after losing five in a row. It was also the second straight game where the defense came up big for the RedHawks. A fourth-quarter safety helped Miami beat Ohio...
Dayton Flyers: Five years after dramatic finish, Purdue Fort Wayne returns to UD Arena

Dayton Flyers: Five years after dramatic finish, Purdue Fort Wayne returns to UD Arena

Five years after being on the wrong end of one of the craziest finishes in UD Arena history, Purdue Fort Wayne returns to Dayton at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s unlikely the script writers will pen anything as dramatic as what happened on Nov. 9, 2013. In the first game of that season, which would end with the Dayton Flyers in the Elite Eight, Jordan Sibert hit a 3-pointer with one second to play ...
Purdue Fort Wayne at Dayton: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Purdue Fort Wayne at Dayton: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (2-2) at Dayton (2-0) When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO. » COPPIN STATE GAME: Grant on Policelli | Five takeaways | Photos| Archdeacon on Mikesell | Toppin stars Probable Dayton starters Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-Fr., F, 18.5 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 14.5 Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 11.0...
WATCH: College basketball player apparently elbows opponent's face, gets barred from campus

WATCH: College basketball player apparently elbows opponent's face, gets barred from campus

A basketball player for Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus for apparently throwing an elbow into an opponent's face.  The broadcast of the NCAA Division III basketball game posted to Fitchburg's website appears to show number 23, listed on the roster as Kewan Platt of Charlestown, throwing an elbow into the...
Gentry’s career night helps WSU knock off Toledo

Gentry’s career night helps WSU knock off Toledo

Cole Gentry scored a career-high 30 points, and Louden Love had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Wright State to an 84-74 win over visiting Toledo on Wednesday. Bill Wampler chipped in 17 points and Skyelar Potter 13 as the team bounced back from a 19-point drubbing at Murray State. The Raiders (2-1) pulled away early in the second half, hiking their lead from five to 14. Parker...
Signing period: Area seniors who will play at the next level

Signing period: Area seniors who will play at the next level

The week-long early signing period for basketball and the regular signing period for all NCAA Division I and II sports but football began on Wednesday, Nov. 14. NCAA D-I football will have an early signing period from Dec. 19-21. The traditional regular signing period for football is Feb. 6-April 1 of 2019. The following are area high school seniors who signed or will sign national letters of intent...
Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State and Maryland are set to kick off at noon Saturday — the perfect time for the Buckeyes so far in the Urban Meyer era.  Perfect as in they haven’t lost a noon kickoff yet since he took over as the coach in Columbus.  The Ohio State sports information department produced that eye-opening stat this week: 29-0 in games that kick off at noon since the start of the 2012 season...
Signing day: UC lands Xenia basketball standout

Signing day: UC lands Xenia basketball standout

Samari Curtis drew more attention than he was expecting following a breakout freshman season of basketball at Xenia High School. The following season, Curtis always drew an opponent’s most dogged defender. Double-teams and go-to pressure by other defenders became the defensive norm against the high flyer. “At first, I couldn’t handle it,” recalled Curtis, now a coveted Buccaneers...
Hue Jackson on return to Bengals: ‘Excited to join a team in playoff contention’

Hue Jackson on return to Bengals: ‘Excited to join a team in playoff contention’

Hue Jackson was hoping he could make his way back to the Cincinnati Bengals when the Cleveland Browns fired him as their head coach three weeks ago, but he said he has no regrets about leaving Cincinnati in the first place. The Bengals named Jackson a special assistant to the head coach Tuesday to help Marvin Lewis as he assumes the role of defensive coordinator on top of his regular duties managing...
Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

The Ohio State defense has been under fire throughout the 2018 season. The troubles started on opening day when Oregon State scored 31 points and totaled nearly 400 yards. That included 196 yards on the ground, touchdown runs of 78 and 80 yards plus a 49-yard score through the air. Although some of that damage was done against reserves, the seeds for season-long struggles were sown. Big plays continued...
Dayton freshman guard Cohill ‘all about the team’

Dayton freshman guard Cohill ‘all about the team’

Dayton Flyers freshman guard Dwayne Cohill made an immediate impact when he entered the game against Coppin State on Saturday at UD Arena. In his first three seconds on the court, five minutes into the game, he dove to compete for a loose ball after a Coppin State player lost the handle, forcing a turnover. Cohill jumped up clapping. Teammate Trey Landers rushed over to give him a high five and then...
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