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Bengals bring back tackle Winston, shelve Fisher

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:52 AM


            BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes the ball while tackle Eric Winston #73 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes the ball while tackle Eric Winston #73 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals have placed starting right tackle on Jake Fisher on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and signed tackle Eric Winston.

Winston tweeted Wednesday morning, “Happy to be back in Cincy! #WhoDey”

An 11-year veteran and the NFL Players Association president, Winston was with the Bengals for the final four games in 2014 through this year’s preseason, appearing in 33 games with six starts.

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The Winston addition comes three days after Fisher was unable to finish Sunday’s 23-7 loss at Jacksonville due to illness and was taken to the hospital before flying home with the team.

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Head coach Marvin Lewis did not specify what type of ailment Fisher was dealing with but said it’s something that has been ongoing.

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“He’s (dealt with this) as we’ve been going through the season,” Lewis said. “It’s something that the doctors are monitoring very closely. (Sunday) they thought they needed to pull him from the game and run some tests, so they took him to the hospital to run tests.

“It’s not as serious as I would think it is,” Lewis added. “Yet, it took him out of the game.”

Cowboys rule starting safety Jeff Heath out with concussion against Eagles

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath is the latest starter ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report from Clarence Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Heath has been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since leaving last week’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. The Cowboys medical staff tried to get Heath back in time for this week’s game critical matchup.

The Cowboys are three games behind the Eagles in the NFC East and they’ve already lost to Philadelphia once. If they lose Sunday night’s contest, they’ll effectively be five games back with six games to play due to the tiebreaker.

Already without running back Ezekiel Elliott (suspension) and left tackle Tyron Smith ( groin), the Eagles now go down another starter without Heath. However, Heath had struggled at times during the year and rookie Xavier Woods has been earning more and more playing time, creating an interesting opportunity.

Woods will get starting reps and if he plays well and can help lead the Cowboys to an upset victory over the Eagles, he could claim the job as his own and force Heath to beat him out to earn back the job. Still, the Cowboys’ depth takes a hit and that’s not a good sign heading into what is expected to be an uphill battle.

College Basketball: WSU coach benches struggling point guard Mitchell

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM


            Wright State’s Justin Mitchell dribbles the ball during their game Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Millett Hall on the Miami University Campus in Oxford. The Miami University Redhawks basketball team defeated the Wright State Raiders 73-67 in overtime. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Wright State’s Justin Mitchell dribbles the ball during their game Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Millett Hall on the Miami University Campus in Oxford. The Miami University Redhawks basketball team defeated the Wright State Raiders 73-67 in overtime. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Wright State coach Scott Nagy believes star point guard Justin Mitchell can get back to playing how he did last year — not trying to do too much, but scoring without forcing shots and impacting a game in a multitude of ways.

But that’s not going to happen when the Raiders host Murray State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Nagy is benching Mitchell for the game after holding him out after the first half of an overtime loss at Miami on Tuesday .

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Nagy declined to discuss his decision, but he did say the 6-foot-4 senior has struggled to mesh with essentially a completely new lineup around him.

The Raiders lost Mark Alstork, Steven Davis and Mike La Tulip, who averaged a combined 41 points last season. And the only other returning starter, Grant Benzinger, missed almost the entire preseason because of hernia surgery.

“He doesn’t have a 20-point scorer (Alstork) to his right. He doesn’t have an experienced post player, where last year he had Steven, who could shoot it. He has guys around him trying to figure out their roles, where last year he didn’t. And, so, there was less pressure on him to score due to those kinds of things. Now, he’s kind of feeling that,” Nagy said.

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Mitchell averaged 11.5 points last season and was second in the Horizon League in rebounds (8.3), tied for fourth in assists (4.0), eighth in field-goal percentage (53.4) and 11th in assist-turnover ratio (1.2-1.0).

Other Raiders scored more, but Nagy called Mitchell the team’s most valuable player.

Though it’s early, his numbers have dipped to 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and he has eight turnovers and six assists in two games.

“He and I talked, and I just need him to score in the flow of the offense instead of trying to score extra. … Justin has all these other things going on around him (with newcomers to the lineup) that he can’t control, and I think he feels the pressure to be the guy. When you’re tense, you just can’t play well,” Nagy said.

Taking Mitchell’s place in the lineup is 5-11 junior Tye Wilburn, who’s been a major surprise as a walk-on. He had nine points and nine rebounds against Miami, and he’s had five assists and no turnovers while playing a combined 42 minutes in the first two games.

“It’s hard to believe, but he’s one of, if not THE best rebounder on our team,” Nagy said. He’s incredibly strong. He doesn’t look at it, but he’s tough and has a good nose for the ball.”

Nagy, though, has bemoaned his lack of depth and proven scorers. He went only three players deep into his bench against the RedHawks, and opponents have figured out the Raiders’ only two consistent outside threats are Benzinger and Mark Hughes.

“We don’t have enough offense out there,” he said. “We went 1-for-8 in overtime (against Miami), and it’s hard to win that way. We pretty much have two guys who can shoot the basketball. We had others guys on the perimeter they flat-out weren’t guarding, so it’s hard to throw the ball in. And our guys were gassed by playing that many minutes.”

Help is on the way, though. Jaylon Hall, a 6-5 freshman from Houston, has been sidelined with injuries but will see his first college action against the Racers.

“He’s got to go from about zero to 100 right now,” Nagy said. “He handles (the ball) and shoots it well. But it’s his first college game, so how’s he going to respond?”

SATURDAY’S GAME

Murray State at Wright State, 7 p.m., ESPN3, 106.5

Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes avoid emotional letdown or looking ahead to The Game?

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

All week long, our Land of 10 reporters following the Buckeyes will address pressing questions on the minds of the Ohio State fan base with our new daily feature. To ask Austin Ward a question, follow along on Twitter and suggest a topic right here. Check back Monday through Friday as we dive into the Ohio State Question of the Day. Go here to see all of our previous answers.

The guess here is that Urban Meyer’s almost maniacal emphasis on the task at hand this week is going to pay off and Ohio State won’t waste much time disposing of Illinois. But the question is certainly valid because there are plenty of potential reasons why the Buckeyes may come out a little slow from the gates on Saturday afternoon at the Horseshoe.

First of all, the senior day festivities throw a wrinkle into the normal routine for everybody. The whole pregame clock has to be adjusted, and that goes for more than just the veterans getting a well-deserved curtain call. On top of that, the emotions of coming out of that locker room, receiving a standing ovation from the fans in Ohio Stadium and the realization that it’s the last time are bound to have some impact on the players ― and even Meyer and the coaching staff.

Secondly, there’s the potential distraction of looking ahead to The Game. Illinois hasn’t won a game in the Big Ten all season, so it’s only natural that Ohio State would have started gearing itself up physically and mentally for Michigan instead of worrying as much as it normally would about any other opponent. Additionally, if the Buckeyes have been worrying about College Football Playoff scenarios, there’s the possibility it may be pressing to run up the score and rack up style points, which generally isn’t the best approach to playing up to a team’s potential.

Then there’s the weather. The current forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon, and most people don’t get all that hyped up to go play in adverse conditions for four quarters. As an aside, if it gets challenging to throw a wet football, that could certainly change the game plan. And while Ohio State can score just as easily by running the football from start to finish, running that clock could shorten the game and maybe ― just maybe ― keep the score lower than it might be otherwise.

So, am I crazy for listing all these reasons and thinking that the Buckeyes can fight them all off? Maybe so. But I really feel like this team has embraced the message about laser-like focus on the Illini, ignoring Michigan and the rankings and honoring the seniors by making sure they get one last win. And I expect Ohio State will take care of its business quickly and decisively.

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Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes avoid emotional letdown or looking ahead to The Game?

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

All week long, our Land of 10 reporters following the Buckeyes will address pressing questions on the minds of the Ohio State fan base with our new daily feature. To ask Austin Ward a question, follow along on Twitter and suggest a topic right here. Check back Monday through Friday as we dive into the Ohio State Question of the Day. Go here to see all of our previous answers.

The guess here is that Urban Meyer’s almost maniacal emphasis on the task at hand this week is going to pay off and Ohio State won’t waste much time disposing of Illinois. But the question is certainly valid because there are plenty of potential reasons why the Buckeyes may come out a little slow from the gates on Saturday afternoon at the Horseshoe.

First of all, the senior day festivities throw a wrinkle into the normal routine for everybody. The whole pregame clock has to be adjusted, and that goes for more than just the veterans getting a well-deserved curtain call. On top of that, the emotions of coming out of that locker room, receiving a standing ovation from the fans in Ohio Stadium and the realization that it’s the last time are bound to have some impact on the players ― and even Meyer and the coaching staff.

Secondly, there’s the potential distraction of looking ahead to The Game. Illinois hasn’t won a game in the Big Ten all season, so it’s only natural that Ohio State would have started gearing itself up physically and mentally for Michigan instead of worrying as much as it normally would about any other opponent. Additionally, if the Buckeyes have been worrying about College Football Playoff scenarios, there’s the possibility it may be pressing to run up the score and rack up style points, which generally isn’t the best approach to playing up to a team’s potential.

Then there’s the weather. The current forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon, and most people don’t get all that hyped up to go play in adverse conditions for four quarters. As an aside, if it gets challenging to throw a wet football, that could certainly change the game plan. And while Ohio State can score just as easily by running the football from start to finish, running that clock could shorten the game and maybe ― just maybe ― keep the score lower than it might be otherwise.

So, am I crazy for listing all these reasons and thinking that the Buckeyes can fight them all off? Maybe so. But I really feel like this team has embraced the message about laser-like focus on the Illini, ignoring Michigan and the rankings and honoring the seniors by making sure they get one last win. And I expect Ohio State will take care of its business quickly and decisively.

Read more answers about the Ohio State Buckeyes here