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.”

HS Scores 12/16: Valley View, Franklin girls win conference matchups

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

PREP RESULTS

Girls Basketball

Wednesday’s Results

Badin 43, Edgewood 36, OT: Stephen (E) 11; Nusbaum (B) 16.

Beavercreek 52, Lebanon 35: Williams (B) 15; Straw (L) 15.

Bellbrook 48, Carroll 45: Hofacker, Hall (B) 11; Stefanek (C) 17.

Bellefontaine 62, Urbana 26: Johnson, Lyons (U) 11.

Butler 48, Troy 26

Centerville 71, Springfield 35: DeArmond (S) 8; Chable (C) 13.

Fairborn 61, West Carrollton 6

Fairmont 52, Springboro 50: Westbeld (F) 15; Lewis (S) 15.

Lakota West 73, Princeton 47: Prohaska (LW) 16; Reid (P) 12.

Lockland 47, New Miami 24: Goins (L) 15; Scalf (NM) 10.

Mason 46, Lakota East 21

Meadowdale 45, Jefferson 44, OT: Bradfield (M) 13; Harris (J) 17.

Middletown 50, Fairfield 43: Bellard (M) 19; Bailey (F) 12.

Northmont 60, Miamisburg 42: McCray (N) 14; Carter (M) 20.

Sycamore 74, Hamilton 45: McWhorter (S) 21; Riggins (H) 19.

Tecumseh 94, Graham 21: Griffitts (T) 36; Nash (G) 7.

Tippecanoe 64, Greenville 36: Mader (T) 19.

Thursday’s Results

Anna 48, West Liberty-Salem 35: Huelskamp (A) 18; Hollar (WLS) 12.

Ansonia 53, Mississinawa Valley 25

Dunbar 63, Ponitz 29: Brown (D) 16; Walton, Kins (P) 5.

Elgin 80, Lehman Catholic 66: McRiver (LC) 15.

Fort Recovery 51, Delphos St. Johns 35: Wendel (FR) 17.

Franklin 58, Monroe 41: Ferrell (F) 22; Schwab (M) 14.

Franklin Monroe 51, Bethel 43: B. Cable (FM) 17; Hawthorn (B) 13.

Greeneview 69, Triad 26: Strickle (G) 28; Ferguson, Lightle (T) 8.

Legacy Christian 77, Jefferson 12: Combs (LC) 19.

Miami East 56, Arcanum 18: Haney (ME) 16; O’Daniel (A) 7.

Milton Union 38, Carlisle 33: Dickison (MU) 17; Harris (C) 13.

Minster 61, Coldwater 41: Wolf (M) 18; Hoying (C) 12.

New Knoxville 54, Parkway 48

Ottawa Glandorf 71, St. Marys 35: Hempfling (OG) 14; Mele (SM) 9.

Tri-Village 49, Newton 47: Siler (TV) 19; McBride (N) 18.

Twin Valley South 49, National Trail 33: Crews (TVS) 13; Laird, Benedict (NT) 8.

Valley View 56, Oakwood 53: Dickinson (VV) 19; Hapgood (O) 20.

Versailles 58, New Bremen 29: McEldowney, Kunk, Winner (V) 11; Jones (NB) 9.

Waynesville 46, Preble Shawnee 41: Murray (W) 14; Lovely (PS) 14.

Wilmington 62, New Richmond 15: Jackson (W) 14.

Boys Bowling

Wednesday’s Results

Stebbins 2146, Tippecanoe 2011

Thursday’s Results

Springfield 2395, Northmont 2355

West Liberty-Salem 2063, Greeneview 1783

Girls Bowling

Wednesday’s Results

Miamisburg 2376, Fairmont 2215

Stebbins 1803, Tippcanoe 1574

Thursday’s Results

Northmont 2160, Springfield 1948

West Liberty-Salem 1773, Greeneview 1652

Wrestling

Wednesday’s Results

Butler 53, Sidney 21

Butler 56, Miami East 24

Thursday’s Results

Coldwater 49, Greenville 24

Coldwater 51, Brookville 12

REPORTING RESULTS

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HS Results 12/14: Valley View girls edge out Oakwood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

In a Thursday night SWBL matchup, the Valley View girls basketball team edged out Oakwood, besting their division foes 56-53.

Abigail Dickinson led Valley View with 19 points, shooting for one 3-pointer.

Lauren Legate tacked on 17 points, including an additional shot from the three point line.

Lauren Hapgood shot four two from the foul line and four from the three point line for Oakwood, putting up 20 points in the loss.

Kyndall Ketterer tacked on 18 points for Oakwood, going 4-for-6 on free throws and landing four 3-pointers.

Girls Basketball

Dunbar 63, Ponitz 29: Samaria Brown tallied 16 points and nine rebounds for a near double double in the win. Aria Cole tacked on 15 points and seven assists for another close call. Jamiyah Walton led Ponitz with five points.

Franklin 58, Monroe 41: Layne Ferrell netted 22 points to lead all scorers for Franklin. Samantha Schwab netted 14 in the loss.

Franklin Monroe 51, Bethel 43: Bella Cable scored 17 points on the night, including three 3s. Corina Conley tacked on 13 points for a double double with 13 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Alaina Hawthorn put up 13 points in the loss.

Greeneview 69, Triad 26: Faith Strickle led all scorers with 28 points for Greeneview. Alea Ferguson and Audrey Lightle each shot for eight in the losing effort.

Miami East 56, Arcanum 18: Morgan Haney led all scorers with 16 points in the win. Haley Howard shot for two 3-pointers on the night to tack on 12 points for ME. Kayla O’Daniel netted seven points in the loss.

Milton Union 39, Carlisle 33: Kristen Dickison had 17 points and three rebounds in the MU win. Olivia Brown added on four points, seven rebounds and three assists. Christa Harris netted 13 for Carlisle.

Minster 61, Coldwater 41: Maura Hoying shot for 12 points, five assists and five steals. Grace Bruns tacked on 10 points and six rebounds for Coldwater.

Ottawa Glandorf 71, St. Marys 35: Kadie Hempfling led all scorers with 14 points for OG. McKenna Mele continued her streak of leading St. Marys, shooting for nine on the night.

Tri-Village 49, Newton 47: Maddie Downing sunk two free throws with one second remaining to seal the TV victory. Lissa Siler led TV with 19 points. Tatum McBride netted 18 in the loss.

Twin Valley South 49, National Trail 33: Mylan Crews netted 13 points in the win. Kelsie Shafer and McKenzie Neal each tacked on 12. Makena Laird and Lexi Benedict co-led NT with eight points.

Valley View 56, Oakwood 53: Lauren Hapgood put up 20 points in the win, going 2-for-2 from the foul line and sinking four 3-pointers. Abigal Dickison led VV with 19 points.

Versailles 58, New Bremen 29: Caitlin McEldowney, Danielle Kunk and Danielle Winner each tallied 11 points for Versailles in the win. Paige Jones led NB with nine in the loss.

Waynesville 46, Preble Shawnee 41: Rachel Murray scored 14 points in the win, while Marcella Sizer tacked on a double double, earning 13 points and 17 rebounds. Jenna Lovely put up 14 for PS.

Wilmington 62, New Richmond 15: Mya Jackson put up 14 points, earning her 1,000th career point for Wilmington in the win.

Boys Bowling

Springfield 2395, Northmont 2355: Bryce Skipper rolled a high game of a 245 to earn a 464 series in the Springfield win. Cullen Rogan was just behind with a 453.

West Liberty-Salem 2063, Greeneview 1783: Andrew McCall had a high game of 212 to lead WLS. Steven Ross’ 200 was the highest for Greeneview.

Girls Bowling

Northmont 2160, Springfield 1948: Sarah Oliver bowled a high game of 214 in the loss for Springfield, rolling a 416 series on the night.

West Liberty-Salem 1773, Greeneview 1652: Hailee Clifford led WLS with games of 112 and 185 for a 297 series. Katie Rollins was close behind with 112 and 167 games for a 279 series.

Wrestling

Brookville Tri: Coldwater came out on top, defeating Greenville 49-24 and Brookville 51-12. Brian Chmielewski, Nate Hoyng, Kobe Boggs, Justin Sigler, Seth Obringer and Thomas Schwieterman all went 2-0 on the night.

REPORTING RESULTS

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A daily roundup of high school results will be posted on each paper’s website at:

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Twin NBA stars pay off customers' layaway orders at Philadelphia Walmart

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

Marcus And Markeiff Morris Pay Off Layaway Orders At Philadelphia Walmart

NBA stars Marcus and Markieff Morris generated some Christmas cheer among Walmart layaway shoppers waiting in line at a Northeast Philadelphia Walmart on Monday, footing the bill for $6,000 in presents, WPVI reported.

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The twin brothers grew up in North Philadelphia. Marcus Morris plays for the Boston Celtics, while his brother plays for the Washington Wizards.

Their basketball schedules prevented the brothers from visiting the store in person, but the news was delivered by their mother, Thomasine Morris, WPVI reported. It was the final day to pay for layaway items, and customers were moved by the gesture.

“God bless them. God bless them!” customer Roberta Williams, of Germantown, told WPVI. “It's wonderful what they are doing for the people.”

“It's a blessing to be able to give people anything,” Thomasine Morris said. “Even though we play in Boston, even though we play in Washington, Philly is still our family.”

MLS Expansion: Comparing Cincinnati’s chances with Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

FC Cincinnati lost to New York Red Bulls 3-2 in overtime of their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Contributing Writer
FC Cincinnati lost to New York Red Bulls 3-2 in overtime of their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

FC Cincinnati will soon learn its fate as a Major League Soccer expansion candidate, as the league’s board of governors is set to discuss the four finalists at its meeting Thursday in New York City.

Cincinnati is competing with Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento to be awarded one of two expansion clubs for the 2020 season, which will be announced in the days following the meeting.

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The two finalists not selected will remain in the mix, along with the other eight cities that applied for consideration in January, for the final two expansion clubs to be determined at a later time.

Here is a look at the four finalists and what they offer MLS, which is looking at ownership, market and stadium plans:

CINCINNATI

Ownership group: An impressive group of nine investors is led by billionaire American Financial Group co-CEO Carl Lindner III and Scott Farmer of Mason’s Cintas Corp.

Market: Cincinnati ranks last among the 12 expansion cities for television market, checking in at 36th overall, but FC Cincinnati has out-proved its market size while averaging 21,199 fans in 2017, which would rank eighth in MLS. The city is is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, which is more per capita than New York City and Los Angeles and provides for plenty of sponsorship opportunities.

Stadium plan: FC Cincinnati is seeking to build a 21,000-seat expandable stadium in Oakley, privately financing the entire $200 million facility with public assistance for $75 million in infrastructure costs. The city of Cincinnati agreed to pay $37 million toward those expenses for roads and improvements in the area, while Hamilton County will chip in about $15 million for a 1,000-space parking garage. The club reportedly is asking for $10 million in state funds but it is unclear how the rest of the gap will be covered.

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Key to winning the bid: FC Cincinnati has a proven record with fan support unheard of at the Division II level, and is the most likely to be ready if MLS wants a team to jump in for 2019 to balance the conferences. Nippert Stadium is suitable for MLS games in the short term while the new stadium is under construction.

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DETROIT

Ownership group: Detroit’s bid is backed by NBA owners Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons) and Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers), with the recent addition of the Ford Family that owns the NFL Lions. Gores and Gilbert have a combined worth of about $9 billion.

Market: Detroit is the third largest media market without an MLS team, 13th overall, and although already home to four major professional sports teams, the city has supported soccer at the lower divisions. Detroit has three Fortune 500 companies but another eight in the surrounding region.

Stadium plan: Gores and Gilbert announced in April a $1 billion investment at an unfinished jail site in downtown Detroit for a 25,000-seat stadium, but plans fell through, and at the 11th hour, the duo brought in the Ford Family with plans to share Ford Field with the Lions.

Key to winning the bid: The stadium plan didn’t seem to sit well with MLS, but Detroit’s biggest hope is that MLS can’t pass up on the strength of this ownership group and the money they bring to the table.

FC Cincinnati’s Marco Dominguez nearly scores as he beats New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara then gets his shot deflected by Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams during their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Cincinnati. The Red Bulls won 3-2 in overtime. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

NASHVILLE

Ownership group: Bid leader John Ingram is the chairman of Ingram Industries, a privately held company with interests in book publishing, barge and river transport and information technology that netted $2.3 billion in revenue last year. He is joined by the Wilf family, which owns the Minnesota Vikings, and the Turner family, Managing Partners of MarketStreet Enterprises.

Market: The capital of Tennessee makes for the 29th-largest media market and 36th most-populous metropolitan area, but this music town has done well in supporting the NFL’s Titans and NHL’s Predators, and soccer has been a big draw with international games. There were six Fortune 500 companies in the area as of 2015.

Stadium plan: The public will front a $275 million bond for a project to build a stadium on county fairgrounds, and the club owners plan to privately develop 10 acres around the stadium. The team will make a $25 million payment up front to cover stadium costs and will write a $9 million check every year to cover a large chunk of the annual payments on the debt, but taxpayers will pay for the rest in large part with new sales tax revenue from the stadium and a $1.75 ticket tax.

Key to winning the bid: Nashville is a destination city that draws visitors from near and far, and the city would be a good bridge to the Atlanta and Columbus clubs, assuming the Crew doesn’t move to Austin.

FC Cincinnati fans in the Bailey cheer on their team during their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal game against New York Red Bulls Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

SACRAMENTO

Ownership group: Lead investor Kevin Nagle founded health care and pharmaceutical benefit management company EnvisionRX Options and also owns a share of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise. The Jed York family, which owns the San Francisco 49ers, also have a significant minority stake.

Market: Sacramento is the 20th largest media market in the United States (third among the MLS expansion applicants), and it’s the only top 20 member with only one major league sports franchise. The Republic is a club with about 10,000 season ticket holders, but sponsorships could be a question in a market with no Fortune 500 companies.

Stadium plan: Last December, the Republic unveiled its plans for a new $200 million privately financed 20,000-seat MLS stadium on a plot of land in the 224-acre Railyards district just north of downtown, where a massive redevelopment project already had been approved by the city council. The club and city signed a term sheet in 2015, and pre-construction began this summer. The public will pay for an estimated $46 million in infrastructure improvements on the site.

Key to winning the bid: Sacramento has had all the MLS boxes checked for some time now and already is ready to begin construction on its stadium, something no other club can do.
FC Cincinnati lost to New York Red Bulls 3-2 in overtime of their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal game Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)