Cleveland Browns fourth-round pick could miss season

Published: Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 9:02 PM

Browns fourth-round draft pick Howard Wilson, a cornerback from the University of Houston, broke his kneecap in practice Friday, will undergo surgery soon and could miss the season.

“It’s disappointing but this is part of playing football,’’ Wilson said in a statement released by the Browns. “It was kind of a freak thing. I was just running around and my knee just kind of locked up on me.”

The timetable for Wilson’s return will be determined after the surgery. It’s his second major knee injury in two years. He suffered a torn ACL in 2015.

“It’s unfortunate,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He’ll be out for a while, significant time.”

Jackson acknowledged the loss of Wilson, a ballhawk, who had five interceptions at Houston last season, is a blow.

“Absolutely,’’ said Jackson. “Any time you lose a player that you drafted the first day when you’re trying to see what he is and how he can contribute, that’s hard.”

NFL loosens up celebration dance rule

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:12 PM

The National Football League is relaxing some rules around celebration dances for players, according to an announcement from Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.

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“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown," Goodell said a letter to fans. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

The New York Times reported that the decision was made by NFL owners as one of several rule changes at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago Tuesday.

Other rule changes include decreasing regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10, allowing two players to come off of injured reserve instead of one, banning jumping over the line to block kicks, and the elimination of one of the preseason roster cuts.

The letter lists some examples of celebrations that will be allowed under the new policy: 

  • Using the football as a prop after a touchdown, such as simulating a basket ball jump shot with a football,
  • Celebrating on the ground -- such as making snow angels, and 
  • Group demonstrations, like a coordinated dance move.

Those approved types of celebrations, allowed after scores, are illustrated in the letter in GIF form. 

Still, it’s not a free for all, ESPN reported.

“In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition and setting good examples for young athletes,” Goodell said. “That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent will still be penalized.”

So things like weapon imagery, such as a machine gun simulation, or sexually suggestive acts -- like Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s end zone twerking, are still things that can be penalized.

The strategy may lessen the number of unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties called on touchdowns. According to ESPN, the 2016 season had the highest number of penalties of the past five seasons with 29 called. Of the past three seasons, it has the highest cost of fines for touchdown celebrations at $310,301, up more than $240,000 from the 2015 season.

H.S. Results for 5/23: Edgewood volleyball tops Chillicothe

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:34 PM

In an out of conference game, the Edgewood boys volleyball team bested Chillicothe, winning all three sets to sweep the match.

Edgewood won the first set 25-14, dominated the second 25-7 and ended the third 25-17 to win the match 3-0.

David Testas contributed 12 kills and four aces in the win, while Jeremiah Beeler also had four aces, tacking 27 assists.

Logan Flynn chipped in eight kills and three blocks.

Edgewood moves to 11-13 on the season.

Baseball

Centerville 8, Waynesville 4: Tyler Rahe threw four innings and allowed no earned runs for Centerville. Shea Hendrixson closed out the game for the Elks.

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Tuesday’s Results

Centerville 8, Waynesville 4

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Tuesday’s Results

Egewood 3, Chillicothe 0

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WATCH: Here’s how Joey Votto deals with hecklers

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

The Reds’ Joey Votto prepares to bat against the Rockies on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is raking again this season. 

Votto is hitting .292 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI.

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And the haters are still out there. 

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Good thing he has a game plan for when they attack — even at his own ballpark. 

Votto and the Reds got the last laugh last night, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1

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He had one of the Reds’ 10 hits on the night. 

H.S Results for 5/22: Centerville volleyball tops Lakota East, 3-1

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

In a close boys volleyball match, Centerville emerged victorious, defeating Lakota East, 3-2.

The match went back and forth with Centerville winning the first set 24-15.

Lakota East would win the second set 25-23 to even things out, but the effort just wasn’t enough.

Centerville won the final two sets 25-21 and 25-19 respectively to win the match.

Ben Chico led the Elks with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Adam Skerl added on 15 kills and eight digs. Troy Brewer rounded out Centerville with 38 assists.

Baseball

Carlisle 8, Tri-County North 3: Zach Edgins, Tanner Booth and Dylan Curtain had the three runs for Tri-County North in their loss.

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Baseball

Monday’s Results

Carlisle 8, Tri-County North 3

Boys Volleyball

Monday’s Results

Centerville 3, Lakota East 1

Middletown 3, Miamisburg 0

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