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Dayton Flyers to play La Salle or Davidson in A-10 quarterfinals

Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 12:19 AM

George Washington fans yell at Dayton coach Archie Miller on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
George Washington fans yell at Dayton coach Archie Miller on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers head to the postseason with the bitter taste of an 87-81 loss at George Washington. It will linger for six days. That’s how long they have to wait to play in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

There will not be an easy win in this tournament. Dayton is the No. 1 seed, but it will play No. 8 seed La Salle (15-14, 9-9) or No. 9 seed Davidson (15-13, 8-9) at noon Friday. Both teams are dangerous.

RELATED: ‘Mental fatigue’ played part in loss

Dayton beat Davidson 89-82 in overtime on Feb. 24. The Flyers had an easier time against La Salle, winning 66-55 in the A-10 opener on Dec. 30, but the Explorers have one of the conference’s best players in Jordan Price.

If Dayton advances to the semifinals and the other top seeds win, its opponent at 1 p.m. Saturday would be No. 4 seed Rhode Island.

The break should help the Flyers. It will be the longest break they’ve had between games since December. Coach Archie Miller plans to make the most of the time. He’s concerned about the team losing its edge.

“We’re going to work,” he said. “We have to work. When you’re winning it’s good, but there’s some slippage. But I’m not going to take away from what just happened. We’re 24-6. We’re the regular-season champs. At the end of the day, this is very disappointing, but it’s going to refocus us as we get ready for that first round.”

Here’s a quick glance at the other A-10 tournament matchups:

Wednesday: No. 12 seed Massachusetts vs. No. 13 St. Joseph’s, 6 p.m.; No. 11 Saint Louis vs. No. 14 Duquesne. Both games are on ASN.

Thursday: No. 8 La Salle vs. No. 9 Davidson, noon; No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. UMass/St. Joe’s, 2:30 p.m.; No. 7 George Mason vs. No. 10 Fordham, 6 p.m.; No. 6 George Washington vs. Saint Louis/Duquesne, 8:30 p.m. All games are on NBC Sports Network.

Friday: No. 1 Dayton vs. La Salle/Davidson, noon; No. 4 Rhode Island vs. St. Bonaventure/UMass/St. Joe’s, 2:30 p.m.; No. 2 VCU vs. George Mason/Fordham, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Richmond vs. George Washington/Saint Louis/Duquesne, 8:30 p.m. All games are on NBC Sports Network.

Saturday: First semifinal, 1 p.m.; Second semifinal, 3:30 p.m. Both games on the CBS Sports Network.

Sunday: Championship game, 12:30 p.m. (CBS).

WATCH: 5-year-old dancer steals the show at Cavs-Warriors’ game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

From the Facebook page of the NBA.
From the Facebook page of the NBA.

The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world. 

With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports. 

The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone. 

Roger Goodell may see clown towels in his image for Patriots-Chiefs game

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to attend the NFL's opening game on Thursday as the New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. He may not get the warmest welcome from Pats fans.

Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, is a native of Massachusetts. In a recent Barstool post, Portnoy said he had ordered towels that feature an illustration of Goodell as a clown. Portnoy had originally ordered 30,000 towels, but that number has grown to 70,000.

He is asking for volunteers to join him in distributing towels during tailgating festivities before the game.

Why do Patriots fans have such hard feelings about Goodell? The Deflategate saga, which ultimately led to quarterback Tom Brady being suspended for four games last season.

Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Greenville softball three wins from first state title since 2007

The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School.

Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they lost 7-1 to Granville.

Greenville won the state title in 2007, made the final four in 2010 and lost in the state final in 2012.

Of the many big hits Wednesday, the biggest was a three-run home run by Alli Hill in the sixth inning. Greenville has scored 10 or more runs in 22 games.

Greenville (28-3) will play No. 8 Shawnee or No. 9 Jonathan Alder at noon Saturday at Mason.

10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf
David Jablonski
Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf(David Jablonski)

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News. 

Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:

• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”

RELATED: A look back at Grant’s playing career

•  On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”

• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.

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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”

• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”

• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”

• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”

RELATED: Crosby has a change of heart

• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”

• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.

• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”