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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 4:13 PM
— Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will not be suspended for fighting with Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Sunday’s 23-7 loss, according to a tweet from the NFL vice president of communications Michael Signora.
Mike Evans suspended 1 game. Other Week 9 on-field conduct reviewed for possible fines per standard process pic.twitter.com/r3Qa3FaJx2— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) November 6, 2017
“Mike Evans suspended 1 game. Other Week 9 on-field conduct reviewed for possible fines per standard process,” Signora wrote.
Evans, who hit unsuspecting New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the back during a dead-ball argument, was flagged but not ejected.
Green and Ramsey both were ejected but only will be fined.
The NFL schedule of fines for a first offense of fighting mandates a minimum fine of $30,387, which is what Green will be facing. Ramsey, whom the officials named as the instigator in the fight, was ejected for fighting in 2016. A second offense for fighting carries a mimimum fine of $60,775.
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
DAYTON — The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school.
Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program so they could transfer elsewhere. The trio — whose departure was revealed Thursday afternoon by Coach Anthony Grant — follows the exit of two other players, Xeyrius Williams and Matej Svoboda, since the Flyers ended their 14-17 season two weeks ago after losing to VCU 77-72 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Washington D.C.
Antetokounmpo and Svoboda will pursue professional careers, according to a Dayton press release.
My view of that dunk by Kostas Antetokounmpo. pic.twitter.com/3nZTmJjDSn— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) December 24, 2017
Last weekend 6-foot-9 Xeyrius Williams announced he was leaving the program and earlier this week 6-foot-7 freshman Matej Svoboda informed Grant he was electing to pursue a pro career back home in the Czech Republic.
“I tell guys this all the time when we are recruiting, ‘What we do is not for everybody,’” said Grant who took over the job vacated by Archie Miller last spring. “I tell them, ‘Here’s what we’re going to be about and here’s the way we’re going to do it.’ It doesn’t make you a bad person (to disagree.) It’s just we have to understand the commitment it takes, the sacrifice it takes to be able to accomplish the things we’re trying to accomplish ... without any guarantees.”
» RELATED: What the roster looks like now
Antetokounmpo, whose brother Giannis is an NBA star with the Milwaukee Bucks and last fall signed a $100 million contract, played in 29 games this season and had six starts. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds a game, but showed real promise near the end of the season. He scored a season high 14 points in the regular season finale against George Washington.
Crosby, who played in 26 games this past season with nine starts, had seen his playing time evaporate by year’s end as freshman Jalen Crutcher established himself as the starting point guard. Crosby, who played in 90 games during his UD career, had gotten his release after last season, too, but then returned to the team. Pierce played in just two games and did not score. Dayton now has five scholarships open for the 2018-19 season.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:12 PM
DAYTON — For the fourth time since 2015, the Atlantic 10 has lost one of its most successful coaches.
Connecticut announced the hiring of Dan Hurley on Thursday. He spent six seasons at Rhode Island, compiling a record of 113-82 and leading the program to the A-10 tournament crown in 2017 and the regular-season title in 2018. The Rams reached the NCAA tournament his last two seasons after missing the big dance in his first four seasons.
» RELATED: A look at Dayton’s 2018-19 roster
This wasn’t unexpected news. Dayton students teased Hurley about leaving for UConn when Rhode Island visited UD Arena in January. The Rams lose four senior starters from a team that finished 26-8.
Here’s a glance at the other recent high-profile coaching losses by the conference:
2015: Shaka Smart left Virginia Commonwealth for Texas after leading the Rams to the A-10 tournament title in his final season. He spent six seasons at VCU and finished with a 163-56 record, making the NCAA tournament his last five seasons.
» LOOKING BACK: Celebrating fourth anniversary of Dayton’s win over Ohio State
2017: Dayton’s Archie Miller took the head coaching job at Indiana after six seasons with the Flyers. Dayton shared the A-10 regular-season title in 2016 and won it outright in 2017. He was 139-63 in six seasons at UD and led the Flyers to the NCAA tournament in his last four seasons. Dayton finished 14-17 in the first season for Anthony Grant.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM
— Springfield High School teammates RaHeim Moss and Leonard Taylor have been named to the All-Ohio Division I boys high school basketball teams.
The Division I and II teams were announced on Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division III and IV teams were released on Monday.
»RELATED: Springfield coach, “we’ll be back”
Moss, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, was named to the second team. He led the Wildcats (21-5) in scoring at 16.2 points. Also a football standout at linebacker, he remains verbally uncommitted but continues to receive offers in both sports. The University of Cincinnati and Kentucky are among the programs to offer him in football.
Taylor, a 6-5 senior and three-year starter, averaged 12.9 points and led the Wildcats in rebounding (8.9). He signed to play football at UC.
Springfield handed Wayne its only regular-season loss. Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs in a D-I regional by Cincinnati Moeller.
Wayne senior Darius Quisenberry and Myles Belyeu, a senior at Trotwood-Madison, were first-team picks.
A 6-1 guard, Quisenberry averaged a team-high 18.5 points for Wayne (25-2). He played his final two seasons at Wayne after transferring from Tecumseh and has signed with Youngstown State.
»RELATED: Trotwood-Madison back to final four
»RELATED: Boys state final four pairings
Belyeu, a 6-4 guard, leads the Rams in scoring (25.2). A three-year starter, he has scored more than 1,500 career points. He will announce which team he’s signing with after this weekend’s D-II state final four in which the Rams will participate in for the second straight season.
Another junior, Samari Curtis of Xenia, was a D-I third-team pick. He was among the state’s leading scorers (30.4) and is verbally committed to Xavier.
»RELATED: Boys regional results
»RELATED: Girls state final four results
Landing on the D-II third team were Trotwood junior Amari Davis (21.2 points) and Meadowdale senior Jabali Leonard (23.0).
The players of the year were Dave Goodwin of Upper Arlington (D-I) and Pete Nance of Richfield Revere (D-II). Coaches of the year were Hilliard Bradley’s Brett Norris (D-I) and Chad Burt of Wauseon (D-II).
»RELATED: Moeller bumps Wayne off tourney trail
The Ohio Mr. Basketball is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday. Teams were chosen by statewide media panels and based on coaches’ nominations.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:47 PM
— The NFL has announced new ways fans can watch the draft in April, including one that could be intriguing to college football fans in particular.
NFL Network and ESPN will continue broadcasting the annual talent distribution festival, and Fox is jumping in as well via a partnership with the league’s channel.
RELATED: Cincinnati Bengals draft order
For the first time ever, the entire draft will be available on broadcast television as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of rounds 1-3 on its broadcast channel and ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7.
Here’s the most exciting part for college football fans: Along with the traditional broadcast on ESPN, the College GameDay crew will provide a “college-themed viewing option of round one” on ESPN2.