Bengals make Minter signing official

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

            SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06: Kevin Minter #51 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06: Kevin Minter #51 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday officially announced the signing of free agent linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year contract.

“The Bengals have a very stout defense,” Minter said. “My goal is to come in and play every down. I’m excited to be a part of it. The way the organization embraced me on my visit, it just feels right.”

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A fifth-year player, Minter spent his first four seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals drafted him out of LSU in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He has played 61 consecutive games, including 32 straight starts. He has 254 career tackles with five sacks and 11 passes defensed.

“Kevin is a very instinctive player with a great background,” Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett said. “Smart guy, good guy. Good nose for the ball. He has three-down abilities and will help us in a lot of ways.”

Former Heisman winner Ricky Williams arrested on traffic warrants

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 12:21 AM

Ricky Williams won the Heisman Trophy while playing for the University of Texas in 1998.
Ricky Williams won the Heisman Trophy while playing for the University of Texas in 1998.(ADAM NADEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was arrested in Texas on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show.

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Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said.

He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show. 

Williams, who starred at the University of Texas and played seven seasons in the NFL, is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was the second Longhorn to win college football’s top prize, and was also a two-time All-American.

Earlier this year, Williams said he was racially profiled while walking through a neighborhood in Tyler. A man called 911 when he "observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence," and Tyler police stopped and searched Williams, according to media reports

Williams was taken to the Travis County Jail 17 years ago, when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, when he refused to sign a traffic ticket, according to previous media reports

Beavers QB Jake Luton receives memorable cupcake after evening in hospital

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 12:20 AM

Jake Luton left Saturday’s game against Washington State in an unfortunate, scary scene when he was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital.

Hours later, after he was diagnosed with a thoracic spine fracture and discharged from Pullman Regional Hospital, a young fan named Silas was waiting there with a treat for the quarterback.

Silas saw Luton’s injury on television and insisted he and his parents bring Luton a cupcake, so they made the journey to the hospital to greet the quarterback. It was clearly not lost on Luton.

Luton was injured after scrambling early in the fourth quarter of Oregon State’s loss to Washington State, and has since been described as week to week with the spinal injury, according to Danny Moran of The Oregonian.

UD releases new details about basketball Fan Fest event

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 8:12 PM

Anthony Grant talks about his team before a workout on Thursday, September 21.

The University of Dayton released new details Thursday about the Flyer Fan Fest that is standing in for the Red and Blue Game this year. The annual scrimmage will not take place because of renovations at UD Arena.

The Fan Fest tailgating event featuring men’s and women’s basketball players will start at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in Parking Lot C between UD Arena and Welcome Stadium.

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The men’s and women’s teams will arrive at 11 a.m. and be introduced at 11:20 a.m. An autograph session will begin at 11:30 a.m.

As of Thursday, there were five food trucks committed to the event: C’est Cheese, Greek Street, El Meson, Stuffed at Zays and Ghostlight Coffee. Lee’s Chicken will also have a booth at the event.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. football game vs. Campbell will be on sale at the event. The basketball teams will be introduced between the first and second quarters of the game at Welcome Stadium.

Wright State names new softball coach

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:57 PM

            Laura Matthews
Laura Matthews

Laura Matthews is the new softball coach at Wright State University, associate athletic director Joylynn Brown announced Thursday.

Matthews, a 2008 Univeristy of Dayton grad, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg University.

“We are excited to have Laura lead our softball program,” Brown said in a release. “She brings great experience and success to our team. Her holistic approach to coaching is a perfect match for our culture. We are confident Coach Matthews will continue the Raider softball winning tradition, while remaining committed to graduating high-character, successful student-athletes. We are pleased to welcome her to the Raider family.”

Matthews led the Tigers to a 128-57-1 record (.691 winning percentage). Her teams finished first or second each season in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Witt won a conference title in 2017 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the Wright State athletic department and the softball program,” Matthews said in a release. “It is definitely bittersweet to leave Wittenberg after five incredible years, but I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Raider softball team. Thank you to Joylynn Brown, (Athletic Director) Bob Grant and the entire administrative team for trusting me to lead the women in the softball program on and off the field. I can’t wait to get started.”

The Raiders finished 21-31 last season under interim coach Justine Wichman .