Bengals QB Dalton finalist for NFLPA Community Award

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

            BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is one of five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP.

The other finalists are Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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The Community MVP is the is awarded annually to the player who goes above and beyond to perform community service in their team’s city and/or their hometown.

The winner will be announced Thursday, Feb. 1, at the NFLPA’s annual Super Bowl press conference, where he will receive a $100,000 donation for his foundation or charity of choice.

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Established in 2011, the Andy Dalton Foundation provides opportunities, support and resources to ill and hospitalized children and their families throughout Greater Cincinnati.

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HS Scores 2/22: Tipp’s Frederick nets 23, Kenton Ridge girls advance

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:19 PM


Boys Basketball

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Thursday’s Games

At Lakota West

Princeton 68, Kings 31

Sycamore 64, West Clermont 54

At Hamilton

Milford 58, Western Brown 57

La Salle 60, Lakota West 40

Girls Basketball

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Tuesday’s Games

At Lakota East

Lakota West 66, Colerain 13

Little Miami 52, Middletown 36

At Troy

Tecumseh 64, Lebanon 58: Thomas (T) 29; White (L) 16.

Fairmont 45, Butler 31

Wednesday’s Games

At Lakota East

Ursuline 74, Western Brown 33

Mason 70, Milford 24

At Sycamore

Fairfield 52, St. Ursula 21

Mt. Notre Dame 72, Lakota East 25

At Troy

Springboro 61, Xenia 41

Wayne 73, Springfield 33

At Butler

Beavercreek 65, West Carrollton 11

Centerville 67, Piqua 18

Thursday’s Games

At Lakota East

Walnut Hills 75, Winton Woods 37

Sycamore 37, Kings 25

At Sycamore

West Clermont 79, Loveland 52

McAuley 45, Wilmington 37

Division II

Tuesday’s Games

At Lebanon

Franklin 49, Badin 37: Ferrell (F) 20; Broermann, Maher (B) 12.

Monroe 55, Oakwood 33: Thompson (M) 11; Ketterer (O) 9.

At Walnut Hills

Roger Bacon 58, Taft 29

Northwest 48, Wyoming 47, OT

At Spencerville

St. Marys 38, Lima Shawnee 34: Mele (SM) 13; Stabler (LS) 17.

Wednesday’s Games

At Lebanon

Valley View 53, Dunbar 41

Bellbrook 68, Chaminade Julienne 64: Jones (CJ) 15; Vine (B) 19.

At Tecumseh

Trotwood 79, Meadowdale 23

Carroll 48, Greenville 18

At Walnut Hills

Bethel-Tate 49, Norwood 30

Goshen 42, McNicholas 34

Thursday’s Games

At Tecumseh

Tippecanoe 54, Northwestern 20: Frederick (T) 23.

Kenton Ridge 42, Spg. Shawnee 40

Division III

Tuesday’s Games

At Wilmington

Purcell Marian 53, N. College Hill 26

East Clinton 51, Seven Hills 30

At Fairfield

James Gamble 52, Deer Park 30

Williamsburg 62, Reading 20

At Trotwood

Greeneview 72, Urbana 32: Lyons (U) 13.

West Liberty-Salem 55, Indian Lake 24

Wednesday’s Games

At Wilmington

Madeira 44, Blanchester 29

Cin. Country Day 33, Mariemont 26

At Fairfield

Summit Country Day 57, Felicity-Franklin 27

Aiken 49, CHCA 45

At Covington

Versailles 85, Northridge 13

Dayton Christian 44, Carlisle 37

At Trotwood

Waynesville 48, Miami East 40

Milton Union 39, Ben Logan 36

Thursday’s Games

At Covington

Anna 52, Bethel 20: Huelskamp (A) 19.

Preble Shawnee 51, Greenon 33

Division IV

Tuesday’s Games

At Brookville

Covington 44, Twin Valley South 24: Whiteman (C) 25.

Franklin Monroe 50, Bradford 29: Conley (FM) 15; Miller (B) 16.

At Sidney

Russia 77, Mississinawa Valley 23: Wilson (R) 23; Scholl (MV) 6.

Botkins 30, Riverside 28: Bergman (B) 10; Davis (R) 10.

At Allen East

Ridgemont 59, Parkway 52

Wednesday’s Games

At Brookville

Newton 47, Troy Christian 42: McBride (N) 29; Lee, Lavy (TC) 11.

Tri-Village 57, Miami Valley 21: Downing, Printz (TV) 18; Zerba (MV) 8.

At Monroe

Legacy Christian 61, MVCA 19

Fayetteville Perry 54, Cin. College Prep 26

At Sidney

Fort Loramie 59, Lehman Catholic 33: O’Leary (LC) 9; Meiring (FL) 17.

Houston 59, Triad 53: Monnier (H) 26; LeVan (T) 15.

At Coldwater

New Bremen 46, Waynesfield-Goshen 22: Lowe, Wicker (WG) 5; Jones (NB) 17.

New Knoxville 60, Upper Scioto Valley 26

At Lincolnview

Coldwater 56, Paulding 31: Hoying (C) 18.

Thursday’s Games

At Monroe

Cedarville 50, Lockland 21

Southeastern 45, Cin. Christian 39


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Mac Engel: Gary Patterson needs to speak out on lawsuit

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:02 PM

TCU and its head football coach, Gary Patterson, have been keeping silent for the most part on the lawsuit filed by former wide receiver Kolby Listenbee.

After issuing an initial brief statement when the lawsuit was first filed and submitting a request to be removed from the list of defendants, TCU has kept mum. Gary Patterson also hasn’t said anything on the matter.

But with Listenbee adding to his suit and alleging an extensive history of mistreatment by the TCU coaching staff, Patterson needs to break his silence, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel. 

“Gary Patterson, say  something. To someone. Anyone,” Engel implored the coach. The longtime columnist went down the list of allegations by Listenbee and chalked most of them up to “just football.” But even though injuries are a part of the sport, Engel thinks Patterson needs to make a statement to the media to explain his side of the story.

“As far as implied pressure on players to play through pain or injury, that’s the truth. Because every coach does starting in high school. Because that’s football. As far as what Gary thinks about all of this? Who knows? He’s not talking. He should. His character and his program are headed to trial.”


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5 things to know as Reds start Cactus League play

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:02 PM

WHIO-TV's Mike Hartsock talks to the Reds starter

The Cactus League opens Friday as the Reds and Indians meet to kick off the rust of winter.

Players compete for their baseball lives this time of year and now they have to do it in a bigger hurry. That’s because spring training is a few days shorter. Believe it or not, the Reds open the season against the Nationals on March, 29.

Meanwhile, Joe Torre is sweeping through all 30 spring training camps laying out some new rules to speed up the game.


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Here are five takeaways heading into Cactus League play:

1. Shorter spring

The Major League Baseball Players Association wanted a shorter spring training. Major League Baseball complied while keeping the same number of exhibition games.

Arizona cities have too much invested in stadiums and training facilities to allow for a shorter exhibition season. Position players reported Sunday. They had a full week last spring to get ready for games, as opposed to five days.

“We are playing 27 outs today, which we usually do later in spring,” Reds manager Bryan Price said, referring to a drill in which the full team works on situational plays.

2. Speed-up rule

After consultation with the union and team personnel, MLB will proceed with a rule change limiting visits to the mound to six — not six manager or pitching coach visits, but those by infielders and catchers as well:

A pitcher and fielder can speak to each other in the normal course of play as long as neither leaves his position, if there’s an injury or potential injury to the pitcher, or a visit during an offensive substitution (pinch hitter).


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“Most umpires know the game situations and would give leeway in a tight game,” Price said.

MLB is also taking steps to expedite replay reviews. They are also cracking down on sign stealing with electronic equipment.

“They talked to us about this at the winter meetings,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I understand what they’re trying to do — take out a lot of dead time without altering the way the game is played. There are going to be some adjustments. We will have to pay attention to things that we didn’t worry about before.”

3. Cactus extras

MLB requires teams to play a 10th inning this spring in hopes of avoiding ties.

This spring, the 10th inning will start with a man on second base. The rule was used in the World Baseball Classic to prevent teams with limited rosters from running out of pitchers. It is the same in spring training. Visiting teams bring a limited amount of pitchers to games in the Cactus League.

“Fans want a win or loss, an end result,” Price said.

Baseball has experimented with the rules with the minor leagues in mind.

“The concern is for minor-league games or special tournament events like the WBC,” Price said. “I’m not sure if that includes the All-Star Game. It’s factual. When you have one of the minor-league teams play one of those 15-inning games, an entire organization shifts. Players are moved to different rosters and people are flying all over the country to have players recover without risk of injury.”

4. DeSclafani live

Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who didn’t pitch at all last year, threw live batting practice Wednesday.

“I was absolutely thrilled to see Anthony DeSclafani on the mound,” Price said. “The ball came out beautifully. He commanded the fastball, slider, change-up. He threw a couple curveballs that were crisp. That was exciting.”

On the first day of camp, Price listed DeSclafani as one of his four definite starters. Last spring DeSclafani was expected to start on Opening Day but was scratched with a sore elbow. He never returned to form after several setbacks.

Reds starter Sal Romano pitches against the Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(Contributing Writer)

5. Exhibition starters

Price named Sal Romano to open the Cactus League season against the Indians, who counter with Mike Clevenger and Ryan Merritt.

Tyler Mahle will follow Romano along with Jackson Stephens, Kevin Schackelford, Keury Mella. Barrett Astin, Jesus Reyes and Jimmy Herget.

“Not all of them will pitch,” Price said. “A lot of these guys are scheduled for multiple innings.”

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LOOK: Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer writes $10K check to local Boys & Girls Club

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:34 PM

A promise is a promise!

Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer held up to his deal with the Greater Triangle Boys & Girls Club, whipping out his checkbook after the Bulldogs victory against Auburn on Thursday night and writing a check for $10,000.

The reason? Mississippi State fans surpassed 110,000 people in attendance this season as Bulldogs games, and that was what Schaefer promised if that goal was achieved.

The Boys & Girls Club got a bigger surprise when given the check after the game, as Schaefer had arranged for a few other people to get involved, raising $36,000 more with the grand total coming to $46,000.

Kudos to Schaefer for holding up his end and helping raise even more money for the cause.

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