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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....
Donors meet deadline to save Wright State swimming and diving

Donors meet deadline to save Wright State swimming and diving

The Wright State swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool in 2017-18 thanks to fundraising efforts that have saved the program. Scheduled to be a part of the university’s $30.8 million in budget cuts, the swimming and diving program met the June 30 deadline to raise $85,000 to keep the men’s and women’s teams afloat. “We are happy to have the swimming and diving teams...
A’s promote former Wright State catcher Murphy

A’s promote former Wright State catcher Murphy

The Oakland A’s promoted former Wright State catcher Sean Murphy to Double-A on Wednesday. The Centerville High School graduate hit .297 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs for the Single-A Stockton Ports and was voted to the California League All-Star Game. Murphy, whom the A’s drafted in the third round in 2016, will play in Double-A for the Midland RockHounds in the Texas League.
Horizon League votes to accept IUPUI as member

Horizon League votes to accept IUPUI as member

The Horizon League Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis as a league member. IUPUI replaces Valparaiso, which left to join the Missouri Valley Conference last month. The Jaguars officially will join the Horizon League on July 1, and will begin competing in the 2017-18 academic year. ›› INITIAL REPORT: Source confirms...
Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State men’s basketball coach Billy Donlon is joining Northwestern after spending the the 2016-17 season as an assistant at Michigan. It was Northwestern coach Chris Collins who helped Donlon land the job at Michigan following his firing after six seasons as head coach at Wright State. The move to Northwestern, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

At this time last year, Scott Nagy was two months into his tenure as Wright State basketball coach and still looking for a house and a staff of assistants. And while he’s enjoying more stability and comfort on those fronts, this is another offseason of change with the Raiders dealing with the unexpected loss of two key players in Ryan Custer, who was paralyzed in off-campus accident in April...
Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

The Horizon League has extended an invitation to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a league source confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. HL commissioner Jon LeCrone declined to name the school but confirmed the board of directors voted last Friday to extend an invitation to a single member school and that he expects that invitation to be accepted shortly. “We most likely will...
WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

One year after changing coaches, the Wright State basketball team is undergoing another significant transformation this summer with an influx of new faces. The Raiders have six players whose next appearance in a game will be their first at WSU, and that’s making this summer’s workouts feel a little like last year’s when everyone was trying to get a feel for Scott Nagy’s system...
Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Former Wright State pitcher Danny Sexton announced Thursday he has signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres. Sexton was a second-team All-Horizon League selection as a junior this spring, going 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Two of the left-hander’s victories came against nationally ranked Clemson and South Carolina. Sexton led the HL in batters struck out looking (29), was tied for second in...
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...
Second Thoughts: Wright State athletics should get chance to prosper

Second Thoughts: Wright State athletics should get chance to prosper

I’m in West Palm Beach this weekend, watching my son play baseball and hanging out at Mar-a-Lago. Well, I’m watching baseball. I’ll tweet out something if I see the president or any FBI guys. It has rained a lot down here so I won’t be chasing foul balls. Lots of standing water, which in my mind means one thing: alligators. Wright State is catching some flak for bumping up...
More Wright State players expected to be picked in MLB draft

More Wright State players expected to be picked in MLB draft

One year after seeing a school-record five players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, three of which still had college eligibility remaining, Wright State could see its roster raided again this week. The Raiders are facing the possibility of losing at least four juniors in first baseman Gabe Snyder, left-handed pitcher Danny Sexton, second baseman Matt Morrow and right-handed reliever Derek...
WSU pitcher Ryan Weiss Freshman All-American

WSU pitcher Ryan Weiss Freshman All-American

Wright State University pitcher Ryan Weiss was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. From South Elgin, Illinois, Weiss was the Horizon League freshman of the year this season and was first team all-league. He led the league in ERA (2.13), tied for first in strikeouts (53) and tired for second in wins (five). He is the sixth Raider to earn freshman All-American honors since...
Wright State players visit teammate Ryan Custer in Chicago

Wright State players visit teammate Ryan Custer in Chicago

The Wright State basketball team is making a rare summer road trip, traveling to Chicago to visit injured teammate Ryan Custer. The Raiders piled into a pair of vans early Friday morning to make the five-hour drive to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, where Custer is rehabbing following an April 8 accident that left him paralyzed. Teammates made multiple visits to see Custer when he was at the University...
UIC rallies to beat WSU for HL championship

UIC rallies to beat WSU for HL championship

An unspecified injury forced Wright State starting pitcher Jeremy Randolph out in the fifth inning of the Horizon League tournament finals, and Illinois-Chicago pounced immediately for a game-winning rally. David Cronnin ripped a two-run triple to right on the second pitch he saw from Raiders reliever Derek Hendrixson to spark a three-run inning, and the host Flames added an insurance run in the sixth...
WSU routs NKU to advance in Horizon baseball tournament

WSU routs NKU to advance in Horizon baseball tournament

Gabe Snyder went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, and Horizon League Freshman of the Year Ryan Weiss held Northern Kentucky to two runs through seven innings as Wright State rolled to a 12-2 victory Thursday in the conference tournament at Granderson Field in Chicago. The second-seeded Raiders (37-19) advance to play No. 1 seed Illinois-Chicago at 1 p.m. Friday. The Flames knocked off...
Horizon Leagues eyes expansion as Valpo departs for Missouri Valley

Horizon Leagues eyes expansion as Valpo departs for Missouri Valley

Commissioner Jon LeCrone said the focus of the Horizon League is not to find one school to replace Valparaiso, which announced Thursday it is leaving for the Missouri Valley Conference, but rather to target multiple candidates to fulfill the league’s mission of expansion. “These transitions are always interesting in that I always see them as new beginnings, and it really creates some energy...
It’s official: Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

It’s official: Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

Wright State rival Valparaiso announced it is leaving the Horizon League for the Missouri Valley Conference on Thursday. The move comes 16 days after the MVC extended the invitation and less than 24 hours after the Valpo baseball season ended with a first-round loss to Oakland in the HL tournament. Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone, who said two weeks ago the conference was prepared for...
Former WSU guard Alstork will play senior season at Big Ten school

Former WSU guard Alstork will play senior season at Big Ten school

Former Wright State guard Mark Alstork announced Wednesday he will play his senior season at Illinois. The Dayton native and Thurgood Marshall graduate chose the Illini over Pittsburgh, South Carolina and LSU. “The fans there were just remarkable to me and made me feel at home from Day 1,” Alstork told 93.5 FM in Champaign, Ill. “The coaching staff made me feel very comfortable,...
WSU baseball loaded with confidence heading into HL tournament

WSU baseball loaded with confidence heading into HL tournament

The Wright State baseball team may not be the top seed for this week’s Horizon League tournament, but the Raiders certainly feel as though they’re the team to beat. Not only has WSU won the last two championships, the Raiders have reached the championship game in seven of the last eight seasons. “We’re the only team here that’s ever had an experience winning a conference...
5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

Five Wright State baseball players earned all-league recognition when the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Tuesday. Freshman pitcher Ryan Weiss was selected as the Freshman of the Year and joined second baseman Matt Morrow on the first team, while junior pitcher Danny Sexton, junior pitcher Derek Hendrixson and freshman third baseman Seth Gray made second team. This is the fourth consecutive...
Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

The Reds beat the Indians last night, but I’m still pretty much over interleague play.  As for the game, Jim Kelch said this on the radio broadcast, but it bears repeating: That was a textbook 2017 Reds win. Journeyman starter pitches six strong innings, three best relievers back it up with shutout ball.  Offense scores early to get a lead and tacks on late with some small...
Decision on new college home coming soon for former Wright State standout Mark Alstork

Decision on new college home coming soon for former Wright State standout Mark Alstork

Mark Alstork, the former Wright State guard looking for a new home via graduate transfer, is almost ready to put his latest round of recruiting behind him. “It’s tough,” said the Thurgood Marshall grad Monday night. “It’s one of the biggest decisions of my life.” He’s set to choose Wednesday from a final four of South Carolina, LSU, Illinois and Pittsburgh...
Scoochie, Alstork, Kennard, Myers, CJ coach honored by Agonis Club

Scoochie, Alstork, Kennard, Myers, CJ coach honored by Agonis Club

The Dayton Agonis Club held its 64th annual awards banquet Monday night at the Presidential Banquet Hall, honoring five men — Scoochie Smith, Mark Alstork, Luke Kennard, Josh Myers and Jim Brooks — for their accomplishments in sports over the past year. Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, was presented with the Joe Gavin/Joe Quinn Memorial Award as the outstanding University of...
Former Wright State rival headed to Xavier

Former Wright State rival headed to Xavier

A former Wright State rival is headed to Xavier after Kerem Kanter withdrew his name from consideration in the NBA Draft on Monday. XU coach Chris Mack announced that Kanter, a 6-foot-10 forward who played for Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2014-17, signed an athletic financial aid agreement. ›› RELATED: WSU cuts swimming programs amid budget crisis A native of Turkey, Kanter averaged 11.3...
WSU’s Weiss wins HL Pitcher of Week award

WSU’s Weiss wins HL Pitcher of Week award

Wright State freshman Ryan Weiss has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for Friday’s performance against Illinois-Chicago. A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Weiss limited the Flames to two runs on three hits in six innings, leading the Raiders to a 3-2 victory that drew them into a first-place tie heading into the final game of the regular season. After allowing a two-run homer in the...
Wright State falls to UIC, settles for No. 2 seed

Wright State falls to UIC, settles for No. 2 seed

Wright State dropped its winner-take-all baseball game to the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames on Saturday, 5-2, and will take the No. 2 seed into next week’s Horizon League tournament. UIC will host the tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Raiders had taken the first two games of the series and had to sweep to win the regular season conference title. Stress and adversity arrived in multiple...
Sports casualty of Wright State cuts: Swimming, diving programs

Sports casualty of Wright State cuts: Swimming, diving programs

Wright State is eliminating its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as part of the $30.3 million in budget cuts announced at the university board of trustees meeting Friday morning. »RELATED: Wright State hits its ‘low point’ with announcement of layoffs, budget cuts The move is expected to save approximately $500,000 annually in scholarships...
WSU tuning in to tune up for huge baseball series vs. UIC

WSU tuning in to tune up for huge baseball series vs. UIC

The Wright State baseball players are spending the week leading up to the biggest series of the year with some binge watching. Or perhaps it would best be labeled “cringe watching.” On the heels of getting swept at Illinois-Chicago on Saturday — and on the cusp of needing to sweep the Flames this weekend to win the Horizon League regular-season title — the Raiders spent all...
UIC blanks Wright State softball in HL tournament

UIC blanks Wright State softball in HL tournament

Top-seed Illinois-Chicago made a couple of early runs stand up Thursday for a 2-0 victory against Wright State in the Horizon League tournament. The loss drops the fourth-seeded Raiders into the losers bracket, where they are scheduled to face No. 5 seed Detroit in an elimination game Thursday night. WSU beat the Titans 2-1 in eight innings in the first round. &rsaquo...
Susor rallies Raiders in HL softball opener

Susor rallies Raiders in HL softball opener

Honnah Susor tied the game with a triple in the fifth and won it with a triple in the eighth as the Wright State softball team rallied for a 2-1 victory Wednesday against Detroit in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. Susor, who on Tuesday was named first team All-HL for the second year in a row, led off the bottom of the eighth by rounding the bases on a triple and error for the walk-off...
Walk-off walk lifts WSU to 13th straight win vs. Dayton

Walk-off walk lifts WSU to 13th straight win vs. Dayton

Two months ago Gabe Snyder hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to help send Wright State to an extra-inning victory against crosstown rival Dayton. In position to be a hero again against the Flyers in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night, Snyder didn’t make contact. He didn’t have to. With the bases loaded and two outs, Snyder watched four pitches miss the strike zone for...
HL commissioner says conference prepared for Valpo depature

HL commissioner says conference prepared for Valpo depature

The Missouri Valley Conference announced Tuesday it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, one of Wright State’s top rivals in the Horizon League. In a statement posted to the MVC Twitter account, the conference said the invitation is for Valpo to become a member on July 1, and added “there will be no further comment, pending the negotiation of terms.” A spokesperson...
Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

The Missouri Valley Conference on Tuesday announced it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, one of Wright State’s top rivals in the Horizon League. In a statement posted to the MVC Twitter account, the conference said the invitation is for Valpo to become a member on July 1, and added “there will be no further comment, pending the negotiation of terms.” Valparaiso...
Wright State softball puts two on All-HL first team

Wright State softball puts two on All-HL first team

The Horizon League announced its softball postseason awards Tuesday, and Wright State junior outfielder Honnah Susor and sophomore catcher Macy Cook earned spots on the first team. Susor finished in the top three in eight offensive categories, including first in triples (six) and third in batting average (.379). She ranked second in runs scored (39), stolen bases (22) and on-base percentage (.472)...
Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

The Cincinnati Reds have a chance to win their four-game series with the Pirates today after topping them 7-2 last night.  Billy Hamilton slapped a three-run homer for the home team, and Rookie Davis pitched five shutout innings en route to his first major-league win.  Devin Mesoraco also hit his first home run of the season.  Tim Adleman takes the ball today against Ivan Nova as the...
Forward picks Wright State over Milwaukee

Forward picks Wright State over Milwaukee

Among the 6,675 fans watching Wright State play Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Nutter Center on Feb. 11 was one who wasn’t rooting for either team. James Manns, a 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, had scholarship offers from both schools and was paying close attention to each team, knowing his collegiate decison was coming down to one of them. Wright State won the game 88-79, and nearly three months...
Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy announced Friday that James Manns signed a university letter of intent to play for the Raiders. A 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, Manns averaged 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists as a senior at Walnut Ridge High School in 2015-16. Last season he played for Kingston Academy in Middletown, averaging 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist. “James...
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...
WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

After rallying from five strokes down with four holes to play, Wright State senior golfer Ryan Wenzler fell in a one-hole playoff Tuesday in the Horizon League championships at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Wenzler, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year and defending champion, began the day with a four-stroke lead after shooting 2 under par through the first 36 holes. But Cleveland State’s Anton...
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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