Bengals Pacman Jones pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 11:14 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

            BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstructing official business as part of a plea deal resulting from his Jan. 3 arrest, according to our news partners at WCPO.

As part of the deal, Hamilton County Court Judge Dwayne Mallory dropped the two other misdemeanors for assault and disorderly conduct. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters previously dropped a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance, which resulted from Jones allegedly spitting on a nurse at the county intake after officers arrested the cornerback outside a Cincinnati hotel a little more than 24 hours after the final game of the Bengals season.

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Police allege Jones, 33, pushed a hotel security guard and poked him in the eye in addition to kicking and head-butting an arresting officer who attempted to put him in a patrol car.

Video of the ride to the county intake shows Jones cursing at the officer who was driving, telling him “I hope you die tomorrow.”

Jones later entered alcohol and anger management programs and apologized for his actions in a statement from his lawyer.

According to the report from WCPO, Jones got emotional following today’s hearing, wiping his eyes after saying in a trembling voice he was “sorry for putting the officer in that situation” in addition to apologizing to coach Marvin Lewis, fans, teammates and Bengals president owner Mike Brown, who publicly supported Jones following the arrest.

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Former Kentucky track star Simidele Adeagbo makes Winter Olympics history

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Simidele Adeagbo, a former track star at Kentucky, made Winter Olympics history this weekend as the Nigeria native became the first African female athlete to compete in skeleton.

“Competing in the Olympics has been one of the most inspiring and proudest moments of my life,” Adeagbo said on her website. “It was a dream that started a long time ago and to be able fulfill that dream for myself, for Nigeria, and for future Olympians was so much more than I could have asked for.”

Adeagbo was one of four Nigerians who competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. It’s the first year Nigeria has sent athletes to the winter games.

Adeagbo finished in last place with a combined time of 3:36.78, but even qualifying was a significant accomplishment as she first touched a skeleton sled last September. It seemed much more likely that her Olympic path would be through track and field.

Adeagbo was a four-time All-American at Kentucky. She still holds the school record in the outdoor triple jump (44’0/5″). She narrowly missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the triple jump.

Adeagbo graduated from Kentucky in 2003.

“Ultimately, for me, this is about breaking barriers in sports,” Adeagbo said. “It’s about making history and leaving a legacy. It’s about moving sport forward. That’s so much bigger than just me being an Olympian. This will open doors and unlock the potential of future generations of athletes.”

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Hunter Johnson somehow the forgotten man at Clemson

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:27 AM

With all the hoopla surrounding the Clemson quarterback battle between incumbent starter Kelly Bryant and the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence, Hunter Johnson has somehow been forgotten.

The former 5-star quarterback was the MVP of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and arrived to enormous expectations that he’d step into the starting job vacancy created by Deshaun Watson’s decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. When Johnson didn’t, it became easy to stash him into the outer reaches of our brains, knowing that Lawrence was on the way.

Lawrence is on campus now, and not many would blame Johnson if he wanted to leave and take his chances elsewhere. Zerrick Cooper saw the writing on the wall and transferred to Jacksonville State so he could play immediately.

However, Johnson is staying and taking his chances. And he’ll have a limited opportunity to grab everybody’s attention in the spring.

The benefit that he may have is that expectations that challenged him when he first arrived on campus now are gone. He no longer has to be the savior of the program and he’ll be free to take some chances when he gets his reps, and that could allow him to backdoor his way into the conversation.

Lawrence now faces all the pressure that Johnson faced when he arrived, only multiplied because the Georgia product has been billed as a generational talent. Several national publications have made it clear that they expect him to dethrone Bryant, who just led Clemson to the College Football Playoff in his first year as a starter, and take over a team with national championship designs.

For those of you who left the transitive property where it belonged in some high school math course somewhere, that means people expect a freshman to lead the Tigers to a title.

Those people will point to Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa duking it out in the second half of the National Championship Game last month, but that’s far from normal and it took extenuating circumstances to put both players in that position. Expecting Lawrence to start from Week 1 on and do it is presumptive to say the least.

And then there’s Bryant.

He’s facing just as much pressure because it’s his job being threatened. The Clemson roster is so good that it’s expected that whoever comes away with the job can lead the Tigers to a national title, so he has all of that weighing on him, plus the possibility that everything he’s worked for potentially being ripped away.

Both Bryant and Lawrence will be under an enormous spotlight from a fan base whose expectations are rising exponentially. Two calendar years after rising to true national prominence, look at how Clemson fans reacted to the loss against Alabama.

That’s how quickly they came to expect excellence.

And that really does create a small window for Johnson. Bryant and Lawrence will bear the brunt of the spotlight all spring and summer, with scrimmage stats being pored over as if they were prophetic and every throw diehard fans can get their hands on being analyzed in tremendous detail.

Meanwhile, Johnson should have the chance to play relatively free and loose. Most would consider it a surprise if he even remained the No. 2 quarterback, let alone won the starting job.

The same can be said to a lesser extent for Chase Brice, who redshirted as a freshman in 2017. But Johnson’s talent level is on another plane than Brice, from what we’ve seen, and his skill set does make him an intriguing darkhorse in this competition.

It’s unlikely that Johnson wins the job. But it’d be crazy to think how we’d find a “rises from the ashes” story about a 5-star prospect entering his sophomore year if he did.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round picks, NFL draft order, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The 2018 NFL Draft is once again expected to be loaded with talented players.Below find a 2018 NFL mock draft, and an up to date NFL draft order. The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is set for April 26.  Baker Mayfield should be a high pick in the draft as will USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers,  Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, USC QB: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold.
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, UCLA QB:  Rosen vs. Darnold will be an interesting debate. The UCLA quarterback might be wired to better succeed in New York than Darnold.
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb DE: While Minkah Fitzpatrick is the better prospect, defensive end is the bigger need for the Colts. Offensive line, such as Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson, could also be a target.
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DB:  The Browns went quarterback with their first pick. Next up, they grab the best defensive prospect in the class. Fitzpatrick is a queen-on-the-chessboard-type of defensive back.
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: Offensive line could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league. Allen did well in the Senior Bowl game, showing why he’s such a tantalizing prospect.
  6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. If anyone can handle the spotlight and attention that comes with playing for the Jets, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Saquon Barkley: With Doug Martin having an up and down career, why not give Jameis Winston one more weapon and see if he really is your franchise quarterback. Defensive end is another area of need.
  8. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR:  The Bears almost have to pick a wide receiver. While many will peg Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, I think Kirk is a little bit better. But the Bears couldn’t go wrong with either.
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available. As weird as it is to say that is a guard, Nelson is just special.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, Georgia LB: A defense with Khalil Mack on it shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was this season. Smith is maybe the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Arden Key, LSU DE/OLB : Nelson could be an option, but instead they’ll take Key. While he might have off-field concerns, the LSU product has the potential to be an elite pass rusher. Marcus Davenport of UTSA could also get a look here after a strong Senior Bowl.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame T : The Bengals have skill players and a number of young and talented defenders. Where they most need help is on the offensive line. McGlinchey, or his teammate, Nelson, could be an option.
  13. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, FSU DB: Washington has it’s quarterback of the future with Alex Smith.  So look for them to take a player such as James, who is 95 percent the player that Fitzpatrick is.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, Iowa CB: Secondary is still a huge area of need for the Packers. It’ll either be Jackson or Denzel Ward as the first cornerback taken in the draft.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, Texas T: Quarterback is Arizona’s biggest need. They could reach for Mason Rudolph, or drastically improve their offensive line with the selection of Williams.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Alabama WR:  The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. This makes too much sense.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers:  Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league. Payne will help them improve, especially after how he took over the College Football Playoff.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice would make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round. Seattle could also look at the secondary, given that the Legion of Boom is getting old.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, Michigan DT: Hurst might not be drafted this high simply because of his position. But the Cowboys need defensive tackles who can play, and Hurst is one of the best football players in this draft class.
  20. Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech LB: Running back could be an option here, but Edmunds fits a similar role to what Anthony Barr does for Minnesota. He could be a big riser come the NFL combine.
  21. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, Oklahoma State WR: While they need to figure out their quarterback situation, the Bills need to improve at the wide receiver position.
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City), Vita Vea, Washington DT: The Bills traded Marcell Dareus earlier this season. And they’ll look to Vea to fill his void.
  23. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA: With Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers getting up their in age, Davenport is the perfect project to step in and eventually take over.
  24. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma T: Andrew Whitworth was huge for the Rams this season. But he’s also 36 years old. Brown is raw, but he could become the Rams’ left tackle of the future. Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn could also help on the interior.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and will look to continue to improve their secondary. The Titans also could target a pass rusher, but with Mike Varbel now in charge, the Ohio State connection makes this too easy.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia OG:  Wynn had a great senior season with Georgia and then followed it up with a dominant Senior Bowl. Given the Falcons’ struggles on the interior of the offensive line, he’s a player who makes a lot of sense here.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Harold Landry, DE/OLB: Cam Jordan had a fantastic season for the Saints, but the defense still has some holes in the front 7. Adding Landry gives them another dynamic pass rusher.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Alabama LB:  With the Ryan Shazier injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State QB: Blake Bortles isn’t the answer for Jacksonville. The Jaguars could look at Rudolph or Louisville product Lamar Jackson. Rudolph will need to have a strong NFL combine to solidify this ranking after he missed the Senior Bowl.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, Ohio State G/C: Quarterback could be in play here, but Price, like Pat Elflein did this season for Minnesota, could be a Day 1 starter on the interior.
  31. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE/OLB: Bill Belichick loves players who have ties to Greg Schiano. Pass rusher is a huge need for New England. And Hubbard’s defensive coordinator is in fact Schiano.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Braden Smith, Auburn OG:  For a team on the verge of winning the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of holes here. Offensive line is one given that a number of key players are starting to get up there in age.

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills(Via Kansas City)

23. Carolina Panthers

24. Los Angeles Rams

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

WSU tries to stay in first vs Cleveland State

Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Nutter Center

TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5

Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.0

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.5

Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6

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Probable Cleveland State starters

Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6

Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9

Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6

Anthony Wright, 6-7, Sr., G, 8.1

Stefan Kenic, 6-9, Fr., F, 8.5

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Series history: Wright State leads 35-34.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 41-19 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 450-259. Dennis Felton is 8-21 in his first season at Cleveland State and 192-166 in 12 seasons overall.

Last games: Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 69-67Friday night. Cleveland State lost 82-66 to visiting Oakland on Friday.

About Wright State: WSU is tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League. … the Raiders are 13-2 at the Nutter Center and can tie the Division I school record for home wins in a season with a victory against CSU (seven other teams in program history have recorded 14 home wins, most recently in 2010-11). … WSU also can tie the record for league wins in a season (13-3 in 2007; 13-5 in 2015). … And a victory will assure the Raiders of no worse than the No. 3 seed in the HL tournament. … Love is 33 rebounds shy of the single-season school record of 305 set by Thad Burton in 1997-98. … The three 3-pointers WSU made Friday against NKU were the team’s fewest since Nov. 26 in a 57-56 victory against Fairfield. … The Raiders have committed a season-low eight turnovers in each of their last two games. … WSU has a 92 percent chance of winning according to, which predicts a final score of 75-60.

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About Cleveland State: The Vikings are 3-3 in their last six games after starting the season 5-18. … The Vikings rank 10th in the HL in scoring offense (68.2) and seventh in scoring defense (75.1). … CSU tied a school-record with 14 3-pointers in its 77-74 win against the Raiders on Feb. 1, including a 60-footer by Carpenter at the halftime buzzer (the 14 3-pointers also tied the WSU record for most allowed). … The 733 3-pointers the Vikings have attempted are the most in the HL. … CSU has made at least one 3-pointer in a school-record 626 consecutive games, and the Vikings have made at least three treys in their last 175 games. … Sophomore guard Evan Clayborne is a Thurgood Marshall graduate averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games. … CSU is 323rd out of 351 Division I teams in the Pomeroy ratings.

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Next game: Wright State will play at IUPUI at 11 a.m. Friday as part of the host school’s “Readers Are Leaders” day for area third graders.

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