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Dayton Flyers Tournament Special Coverage on WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

NewsCenter 7 Sports Director Mike Hartsock unveils his NCAA bracket

The national spotlight will be on the Dayton Flyers Friday night as they take on Wichita State in Indianapolis. WHIO-TV and WHIO radio will be airing the game. Coverage of the game on WHIO-TV Channel 7 begins at 7p.m. Friday, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

Due to restrictions, WHIO Radio is unable to stream the game Friday night online. “Since we are unable to air the game online Friday night, folks can hear regular programming on our web stream during the game,” said WHIO Radio Program Director Jeremy Ratliff. “We are excited to be able to air Friday night’s game, and we are hoping UD wins, so we have the opportunity to air a Flyers game on Sunday as well,” said Ratliff.

Ohio State football dominating Illinois through two quarters

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:32 PM


            Ohio States J.T. Barrett celebrates a touchdown with Parris Campbell against Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio States J.T. Barrett celebrates a touchdown with Parris Campbell against Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State had as little trouble as expected dealing with Illinois in the first half Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Favorite by as many as 41, the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes scored on their first six possessions while building a 38-0 lead.

In his last game at Ohio Stadium, quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 10 of 16 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Mike Weber ran for two touchdowns while J.K. Dobbins scored on the ground and Binjimin Victor hauled in Barrett’s scoring toss.

Ohio State outgained the Fighting Illini 358-43 and had 17 first downs to 1.

With a win, the Buckeyes clinch a spot in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2.

High school football State Semifinal Pairings

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

Trotwood’s Devontay Latimer tries to break a tackle by C.J.’s Anthony Burneka as he carries the ball. Bill Lackey/Staff
Contributing Writer
Trotwood’s Devontay Latimer tries to break a tackle by C.J.’s Anthony Burneka as he carries the ball. Bill Lackey/Staff(Contributing Writer)

All state semifinals games scheduled Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Division I

Colerain vs. Pickerington Central at Springfield High School

Menton vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty at Mansfield Senior High School
Division II

Avon vs. Akron Hoban at Brunswick High School

Massillon Washington vs. Winton Woods at St. Francis DeSales High School

Division III

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s vs. Dresden Tri-Valley at Perry High School

Toledo Central Catholic vs. Trotwood-Madison at Piqua High School

Division IV

John Glenn vs. Clinton-Massie at Hilliard Darby High School

Steubenville vs. Shelby at University of Akron

Division V

Wheelersburg vs. Madison at Chillicothe Hernestein Field

Canfield South Range vs. Pemberville Eastwood at Strongsville High School

Division VI

Marion Local vs. Liberty-Benton at Wapakoneta Middle School

Kirtland vs. Nelsonville-York at New Philadelphia High School

Division VII

Danville vs. Cuyahoga Heights at Orville High School

Norwalk St. Paul vs. Minster at Lima Senior High School

LaVar Ball minimizes Trump's role in getting UCLA players released

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley. left, addressed the media when they returned from China.
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UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley. left, addressed the media when they returned from China.(Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump’s role in having his son and two other UCLA basketball players released from custody after a shoplifting incident in China, ESPN reported.

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“Who? What was (Trump) over there for? Don’t tell me nothing,” Ball told ESPN. “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting. The three players returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday and were indefinitely suspended by the team.

Trump, who returned from Asia late Tuesday, said he raised the question of releasing the players when he spoke with China’s president, Xi Jinping, during a trip to Beijing last week, ESPN reported.

The players were questioned about allegedly stealing from three stores in Hangzhou, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel. They were released on bail on Nov. 8, ESPN reported.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," Ball told ESPN. "I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. 

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there.”

The soon-to-implode Georgia Dome was site of rough memories for area teams

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:13 PM

Ohio State guard Daequan Cook, left and teammate Greg Oden congratulate Florida's Taurean Green, second left and Al Horford following Florida's 84-75 victory in the Final Four basketball championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Monday, April 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Ohio State guard Daequan Cook, left and teammate Greg Oden congratulate Florida's Taurean Green, second left and Al Horford following Florida's 84-75 victory in the Final Four basketball championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Monday, April 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash)

The Georgia Dome is set to implode Monday after 25 years of hosting the Atlanta Falcons, the Peach Bowl, Georgia State and three NCAA Final Fours. It hasn’t been a pleasant place to visit for local teams. Here’s a quick summary.

- Ohio State’s Thad Five made it to the NCAA men’s basketball title game at the Georgia Dome in 2007, the heralded first recruiting class of Thad Matta. The Buckeye youngsters unfortunately went against a veteran Billy Donovan coached Florida team that included Joakim Noah and a host of others that had won the national title the previous season.

Florida edged Ohio State in Gainesville early in the season 86-80, and with the Buckeyes getting a regular season and postseason run under their belt, Ohio State felt good about its chances. 

But Florida’s veteran squad took an early lead, led 40-29 at halftime and won 84-75. While Greg Oden had a good game for Ohio State in the paint, Florida shut down the rest of Ohio State’s offense.

To make matters worse, Florida also beat Ohio State a few months earlier in the BCS National Title game in football. Florida became the first school to hold both basketball and football national titles in the same calendar year.

The 2007 tournament was the coming out party for then VCU coach and current Dayton coach Anthony Grant, which shocked Duke with a 79-77 win in the first round of the tournament. 

- While the Bengals played the Falcons seven times in the preseason since 1992, when the Georgia Dome opened, the two only played in the Georgia Dome twice in the regular season.

Atlanta drubbed the Bengals 30-2 in 2002 during the third game of the season. It was the last year for Dick LeBeau, who would go back to Pittsburgh and helm the defense for the Steelers during two Super Bowls. 

Meanwhile a tough Falcons defense held the Bengals to 191 total yards and forced interceptions from quarterbacks John Kitna and Gus Frerotte. Michael Vick threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards while Warrick Dunn rushed for a touchdown.

The Bengals finished the season 2-14 and had the first pick in the draft. They picked USC quarterback Carson Palmer and in the offseason hired head coach Marvin Lewis, who turned the team around immediately, going 8-8 in back to back years before making the playoffs in 2005 and winning the division title. It was the Bengals first playoff appearance since 15 years. 

- The Bengals second trip to the Georgia Dome was more competitive, but came during a rebuilding year. 

The Falcons led 24-3 at halftime until the Bengals scored 22 unanswered points in the third quarter. Carson Palmer threw touchdown passes to Terrell Owens and Jordan Shipley while Adam Jones returned a fumble 59 yards for a touchdown. 

Unfortunately the Falcons got it together in the fourth quarter. Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass and and Michael Turner rushed three yards for a touchdown to retake the lead. Chad Johnson and Palmer put the Bengals back within seveb late in the fourth with an 8-yard touchdown pass, but by then it was too late. 

- The Cleveland Browns Georgia Dome history is friendlier. The Browns are 11-3 historically against Atlanta. Cleveland lost its first game in the Georgia Dome 17-14 during the 1993 season.

The Browns won there in 2006 17-13, intercepting Atlanta three times and recovering a fumble. Cleveland won again in 2014 beating the Falcons 26-24, giving the Browns a 7-4 record, but Cleveland lost its next five games and missed the playoffs. Brian Hoyer was 23-of-40 passing for 322 yards but threw three interceptions. Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns wile Terrance West rushed 14 times for 62 yards. Josh Gordon had eight catches for 120 yards.