Cincinnati Reds name Opening Day starter

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:35 PM


            SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Scott Feldman #37 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Scott Feldman pitched out of the bullpen last year at Houston, but by twists, turns and quirks of fate, he will be an Opening Day starter in Cincinnati this year at Great American Ball Park.

It will be his third Opening Day start and his second career appearance at Great American Ball Park.

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Feldman, 34, started on Opening Day for Texas in 2010 against Toronto. The Reds hope that is an omen because that Rangers team went on to win the American League pennant.

Feldman also started Opening Day for Houston in 2014, and that Astros team lost 92 games.

“It’s pretty cool,” Feldman said. “I know about the history of Cincinnati, being like the capitol of Opening Day.”

When Feldman signed with the Reds, it was unknown what role he would have on the pitching staff. But manager Bryan Price early on named him as one of his three starters.

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Anthony DeSclafani was the most likely to start on Opening Day, but he was shut down for a month with elbow problems and will start the season on the disabled list. Homer Bailey, the most tenured Reds’ starter, had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in early February, and won’t be available until at least June 1.

That brought the choice down to Brandon Finnegan and Feldman, the only two known to be in the Reds’ rotation to date.

“You can’t really predict the future,” Feldman said. “You have to stay ready for everything. It’s just an honor to get the ball on Opening Day. You want to get off to a good start and build on it for the rest of the season.”

Feldman has pitched in three Cactus League games this spring, allowing four earned runs, seven hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

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“I think Scott has the experience and the way he commands the strike zone, makes him the best candidate,” Price said. “My interpretation of Scott throughout spring training is exactly the guy we were looking for and we targeted, a veteran guy with a presence. He has a savvy that will serve us well.

“Part of the decision is the fact that we don’t have Homer or DeSclafani ready to go,” Price continued. “That being said, I couldn’t be happier to have Scott Feldman to be able to go to in this exact situation.”

The only other game Feldman pitched at Great American Ball Park was as the starter for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing five runs, including home runs to Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan. Feldman also hit a home run off Bronson Arroyo.

Later that season Feldman was traded to Baltimore for Jake Arrieta.

Feldman signed a three-year contract with the Houston Astros in 2014. He made the Opening Day start for Houston against the New York Yankees in 2014. He made 18 starts for Houston in 2015 but spent most of last season in the bullpen. He was 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 26 appearances.

Feldman was traded to Toronto last August. He was 2-1 with an 8.40 ERA for Toronto in 14 relief appearances. The Reds signed Feldman to a one-year contract in January.

Scott Feldman

W-L; ERA; G; GS

2016 7-4; 3.97; 40; 5;

Career 71-77; 4.40; 321; 183;

OPENING DAY

Who: Phillies at Reds

Where: Great American Ball Park

When: Monday, April 3

First pitch: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: FS Ohio, 700, 1410

Arkansas Razorbacks podcast: Defense is key, but offensive line is crucial

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark . — Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Full Tilt Boogie podcast, the most-listened-to Razorbacks podcast in the country. In this episode, John Nabors discusses how Arkansas’ defense is receiving a lot of attention, but the offensive line is where the Hogs have to improve dramatically.

The Full Tilt Boogie Podcast is named after the way coach Chad Morris described his up-tempo offense when first coming to Arkansas on Dec. 6, 2017.

Here is a rundown of the topics discussed in the Full Tilt Boogie Podcast, marking the 344th episode of Nabors’ Razorbacks podcast:

  • Arkansas is receiving a lot of heat from national media members after its hiring of defensive coordinator John Chavis. Many believe the game has passed him by.
  • The Razorbacks defense has been receiving a lot of discussion on how it will be the key to the team’s success. The offensive line, however, is the most crucial unit for improvement in 2018.
  • Hogs basketball returns to action at home against Ole Miss this Saturday. If the Hogs drop another conference game at home, will it be the end of their NCAA Tournament chances?
  • NONSENSE: Nabors talks about Les Miles almost being the Razorbacks coach in 2012.

Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to  @YourNaborJohn. Leave a voicemail to get your voice heard by calling (682) 74-ROWDY (76939). Listen to this episode of the Full Tilt Boogie Podcast below. Listeners also can subscribe on iTunes at  this link and on Stitcher by  clicking here. We also can be followed  on SoundCloud, and you can find past episodes  right here.


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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/19/2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 predictions are new, especially with the NFL Playoffs now set for conference championship games. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

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

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

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 (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Wisconsin-Illinois basketball: Time, how to watch Friday game (01/19/2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Wisconsin basketball plays Illinois on Friday, January 19. The game starts at 8 p.m. CT. Wisconsin lost at Purdue on Tuesday to drop to 9-10 this season, including 2-4 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin-Illinois basketball: Time, game information

Wisconsin and Illinois play at 8 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 19.

  • Time: 8 p.m. CT
  • Date: Friday, January 19
  • Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

How can I watch the Wisconsin-Illinois basketball game on TV?

Wisconsin and Illinois will play on FS1.

How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Illinois basketball game on the radio?

The Wisconsin-Illinois game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.

Wisconsin-Illinois basketball preview

Wisconsin is coming off three straight losses to Rutgers, Nebraska and Purdue in which the Badgers didn’t score more than 60 points in any game. Wisconsin lost 78-50 at Purdue on Tuesday after falling behind 12-0 early and never recovering.

Junior forward Ethan Happ and freshman guard Brad Davison have been Wisconsin’s offensive threats for most of the season. Happ is averaging 16.7 points per game, while Davison is averaging 11.7 points. Both players struggled against Purdue, combining to commit 14 of the team’s 20 turnovers.

Wisconsin has been hindered this season by injuries to guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Trice underwent right foot surgery in December and has yet to return. King underwent left knee surgery and is out for the season. Those injuries have forced Davison to move from the off-guard spot into the point guard role.

Davison is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons. But Davison dislocated his left shoulder earlier in the season, and the ailment has continued to cause problems and limit his ability to use both hands during games.

A significant problem for Wisconsin has been the lack of a consistent third scoring option — or enough other confident scorers in the playing rotation.

Badgers junior Khalil Iverson has made big strides, increasing his scoring average from 3.9 points last season to 8.2 points. Yet three times this season, he has been held scoreless: against South Carolina State, Virginia and Ohio State. He is 0 for 14 on 3-point attempts.

Shooting guard Brevin Pritzl struggled from the field against Purdue, connecting on 2 of 11 field goals overall and 1 of 7 3-point attempts. He had reached double figures in scoring in each of the last four games he played. Pritzl is now shooting 32.9 percent on 3-pointers this season (24 of 73).

Illinois has lost four consecutive games and is coming off a heartbreaking 64-63 last-second defeat against Nebraska. The Illini are 10-9 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten, the only winless team in conference play this season.

Illinois has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Leron Black’s 14.4 points per game. Trent Frazier (11.0 points) and Michael Finke (10.6 points) also are in double figures.

Ohio State recruiting: Get the latest on Ohio State’s 2018 class

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Ohio State is just weeks away from finalizing its  2018 recruiting class, and the Buckeyes have 22 players signed. Nine of them have enrolled early. Those signees should make up the majority of the Ohio State class, but that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are finished. Here’s what to know about Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class:

Latest news for Ohio State’s 2018 football recruiting

Ohio State football’s 2018 class

All 22 of Ohio State’s 2018 football commits signed letters of intent during the inaugural early signing period. Nine of those 22 players have enrolled and begun classes at Ohio State.

  • DT Taron Vincent, 5 stars, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
  • DB Tyreke Johnson, 5 stars, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian – enrolled
  • APB Jaelen Gill, 5 stars, Westerville (Ohio) South
  • TE Jeremy Ruckert, 4 stars, Lindenhurst (N.Y)
  • LB Teradja Mitchell, 4 stars, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan
  • OL Matthew Jones, 4 stars, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall – enrolled
  • DE Tyreke Smith, 4 stars, Cleveland Heights (Ohio)
  • WR Kamryn Babb, 4 stars, St. Louis Christian Brothers
  • RB Brian Snead, 4 stars, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
  • DT Tommy Togiai, 4 stars, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland – enrolled
  • DB Josh Proctor, 4 stars, Owasso (Okla.)
  • OL Max Wray, 4 stars, Franklin (Tenn.) – enrolled
  • WR L’Christian Smith, 4 stars, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
  • LB Dallas Gant, 4 stars, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit – enrolled
  • DT Antwuan Jackson, 4 stars, Brenham (Texas) Blinn College – enrolled/JUCO
  • LB K’Vaughan Pope, 4 stars, Dinwiddie (Va.)
  • RB Master Teague, 4 stars, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman – enrolled
  • DB Sevyn Banks, 4 stars, Orlando (Fla.) Jones – enrolled
  • WR Cameron Brown, 4 stars, St. Louis Christian Brothers
  • QB Matthew Baldwin, 3 stars, Austin (Texas) Lake Travis – enrolled
  • DE/ATH Alex Williams, 3 stars, Pickerington (Ohio) North
  • DB Marcus Hooker, 3 stars, New Castle (Pa.)

Where Ohio State’s 2018 class ranks

Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class stands in second place in the 247Sports composite team rankings, just behind the leading Georgia Bulldogs. The Buckeyes lead the nation in average prospect rating (94.21), just ahead of USC, Georgia, Texas, Clemson, Alabama and other recruiting powerhouses. Ohio State has the top class in the Big Ten, leading second-place Penn State by 27.22 points (for comparison’s sake, Ohio State trails Georgia for the country’s top class by just 3.05 points). The Buckeyes lead third-place Michigan by a whopping 71.71 points. The gap between Ohio State and Michigan’s recruiting classes is larger than the gap between Michigan and the Big Ten’s lowest-ranked class, Northwestern’s.

Position breakdown of the Buckeyes’ 2018 class

QB: 1/1 (Baldwin)

RB: 3/3 (Gill*, Snead, Teague)

TE: 1/1 (Ruckert)

WR: 3/3 (Babb, L. Smith, Brown)

OL: 2/3-4 (Jones, Wray)

DL: 5/6-7 (Vincent, T. Smith, Togiai, Jackson, Williams)

LB: 3/3 (Mitchell, Gant, Pope)

DB: 4/4 (Johnson, Proctor, Banks, Hooker)

*Gill was recruited as an H, but ranked as a running back

Ohio State’s number remains flexible with just a few weeks to go until National Signing Day on Feb. 7. The Buckeyes likely will take one to two offensive tackles and one to two defensive linemen. They have remaining targets at wide receiver, linebacker and defensive back, but I would bet against Ohio State adding players at any of those positions.

Geographical breakdown of the class

Ohio: 5 (Gill, T. Smith, L. Smith, Gant, Williams)

Florida: 4 (Vincent, Johnson, Snead, Banks)

Missouri: 2 (Babb, Brown)

New York: 2 (Ruckert, Jones)

Tennessee: 2 (Wray, Teague)

Texas: 2 (Jackson, Baldwin)

Virginia: 2 (Mitchell, Pope)

Idaho: 1 (Togiai)

Oklahoma: 1 (Proctor)

Pennsylvania: 1 (Hooker)

Top uncommitted Ohio State targets

Ohio State has a small, specific group of targets remaining in the 2018 class, with no more than a dozen players receiving serious attention from the Buckeyes coaching staff. Ohio State awaits news on a 2 p.m. commitment from 4-star defensive lineman Tyler Friday on Jan. 19, and will host official visits from offensive tackle Rasheed Walker, defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste and wide receiver Antoine Green. Ohio State is also targeting players like offensive tackles Nicholas Petit-Frere and William Barnes, linebackers Solomon Tuliaupupu and Christopher Oats, running back Maurice Washington, wide receiver Chris Olave, defensive tackle Nesta Silvera and defensive backs DJ Brown, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell.