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Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM
MASON — 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.
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.
Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
DAYTON — 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.”
• 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.”
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• 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.”
Published: Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 9:49 AM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds could not have had a better Sunday. They completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 victory at Great American Ball Park and then watched — if they were able to stay up until 2:15 a.m. — as the Chicago Cubs lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees in 18 innings at Wrigley Field.
The Reds (17-14) lead the Cubs (16-15) by one game in the National League Central Division. A year ago, the Reds were 13-18 through 31 games and trailed the Cubs by 11 games. Two years ago, they were 15-16 and seven games back in the division. The Reds haven’t been in first place this late in the season since 2012, the last time they won the division. Even that 2012 team was 3½ games back through 31 games.
Now the Reds put their season-best five-game winning streak on the line against another first-place team, the Yankees, in 7:10 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati. The Yankees (20-9) have also won five games in a row. They lead the American League East by a half game.
“It’ll be exciting, and it’ll be fun,” Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday. “I think it’s a great time of year right now to be facing a team that’s first in their division.”
The Yankees swept the Reds 3-0 in 2014, the last time they played, in New York City. The Yankees won two of three games in 2011 the last time they visited Great American Ball Park.
Reds fans will get to see one of the game’s top young players. Aaron Judge, 25, leads baseball with 13 home runs. He made his major league debut last August. Fans will be familiar with second baseman Starlin Castro. The former Cub ranks second in the big leagues with a .355 average.
The Reds’ Rookie Davis (1-1, 7.36) starts against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (4-1, 4.46) on Monday. Tim Adleman (1-1, 4.22) starts for the Reds on Tuesday against CC Sabathia (2-1, 5.45).
The Reds will treat it like any other game.
“You’ve got to be able to block that stuff out and just come to play,” shortstop Zack Cozart said. “ We’re just here to play ball on a day in and day out basis. That’s the mentality we’re taking.
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Published: Saturday, April 01, 2017 @ 12:48 AM
— WrestleMania 33 is Sunday night, and fans will pack the Amway Arena in Orlando or watch the matches live on the WWE Network. John Cena will be one of the headliners in pro wrestling’s biggest showcase.
Fans all have their favorites, and John Cena certainly ranks high among WWE fans. Recently, Cena made a 12-year-old fan’s dream come true.
At a WWE card in Johnson City, Tennessee, Cena spotted Payton Marion, who has cerebral palsy, and tossed him a T-shirt and wristband, WVLT reported. After the matches, Cena met with Payton and his father, Justin Marion.
“Payton is super excited about all that, all his friends have been aggravating him, calling him a superstar,” Justin Marion told WVLT. “The fact that my son was able to meet one of his heroes, my heart melts, and it was just crazy.”
Justin Marion explained on Reddit that WWE wrestler AJ Styles set up the meeting between Cena and his son.
“He saw us standing around, and asked if we wanted a picture,” Jason Marion said. “Of course we said ‘yes.’ Then he asked if we got to see everyone.”
When Justin Marion said Payton saw everyone but Cena — his favorite wrestler — Styles invited father and son backstage to the locker room.
Cena arrived and chatted with Payton, capping an exciting night for the boy.
Payton Marion said he uses Cena as motivation during his physical therapy.