Dayton women win 11th straight game

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Highlights: Dayton beats Duquesne in women's basketball

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team won its 11th game in a row and maintained sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10, beating Duquesne 79-70 on Wednesday at UD Arena.

Dayton coach Shauna Green took the public address announcer’s microphone after the game and thanked the crowd of 3,223. It was Dayton’s second-biggest crowd of the season.

JaVonna Layfield led the Flyers with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Jenna Burdette also scored 18 points and made 10 of 10 free throws. Jayla Scaife scored 16. Alex Harris had 13.

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The Flyers (17-4, 10-0) lead Duquesne (18-4, 8-1) by 1½ games. Fordham (17-6, 8-2) sits two games back after losing 91-85 in double overtime Wednesday at Saint Louis (12-10, 6-3).

Dayton scored the first eight points of the game and stretched its lead to 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and 41-27 at halftime. Dayton led throughout the second half, but Duquesne got as close as 71-65 with 56 seconds to play.

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Dayton ended Duquesne’s eight-game winning streak. The Flyers have won four games in a row against the Dukes. Dayton returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday against Virginia Commonwealth at UD Arena. VCU (5-16, 2-7) beat St. Joseph’s 56-54 on Wednesday.

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Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin detained by LA police after threatening Instagram post

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:58 AM

Jonathan Martin played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and 2013.
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Jonathan Martin played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and 2013.(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Former offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, whose NFL career ended shortly after his accusations of being bullied by Miami Dolphins teammates in 2013 resulted in a league investigation and the firings of a coach and trainer, reportedly was detained and questioned by the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday afternoon after posting a chilling story on his Instagram page.

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The post features a picture of a shotgun with the handles of ex-Dolphin teammates Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito -- among others -- and that of his high school and the Miami Dolphins. There are shotgun shells scattered around the gun.

The words “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge” appear in red letters next to the gun and shells.

On Friday, Harvard-Westlake, the Los Angeles-area high school Martin attended, was closed.

“Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name,” the school said in a statement as it closed both of its campuses. “Out of an abundance of caution, and because the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, we made the decision to close school today. We are working closely with law enforcement and will share more information when we are able.”

ABC News first reported that Martin was being detained and questioned. USA Today, quoting an anonymous source, said Martin was being detained at a Los Angeles-area hospital. Martin was not under arrest Friday evening, police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

This frightening event comes on the heels of the Feb. 14 massacre at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High when 17 students and staffers were gunned down inside the school by a former student.

The “Bullygate” scandal rocked the Dolphins in 2013 as Martin, who played parts of two seasons for the Dolphins, claimed that he was mistreated by players and coaches. The NFL hired attorney Ted Wells to do an investigation that focused on Pouncey, Incognito, fellow linemen John Jerry and Andrew McDonald, trainer Kevin O’Neill and line coach Jim Turner. Martin accused Incognito and Jerry of racism and verbal and emotional abuse. Wells found that Martin was subjected to “a pattern of harassment” – including racial slurs and sexual taunts about his mother and sister by Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey.

Turner and O’Neill were fired by the Dolphins because of the scandal.

Only Pouncey remains with the Dolphins. Martin played briefly with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2015. He has since talked about battling depression and claims to have attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

The Dolphins have not commented on the matter.

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Alabama gymnastics lands season-best score in win at Auburn

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:47 PM

Seniors Kiana Winston and Nickie Guerrero, and freshman Lexi Graber, scored consecutive 9.90s on balance beam as the University of Alabama gymnastics team closed out its meet at Auburn with a 197.300-195.400 victory on Friday night.

The team score was a season high for the Crimson Tide.

“The ladies just never lost their grit, their fight, their focus,” Alabama coach Dana Duckworth said in a release. “There were certain things that weren’t perfect, but our ladies continued to fight. There were so many highs in what we did tonight , but what I love is that they continued to trust themselves. It was one thing after another and they continued to believe in themselves and do it for their sister.”

No. 7 Alabama opened with a 49.400 on the uneven bars, trying its second-highest score of the season and was its best away from Coleman Coliseum. It followed with a 92.275 on vault, and 49.225 on floor exercise, which were also season-best road marks.

The 49.400 on beam was a Alabama’s best score on the event this season.

No. 16 Auburn didn’t have anyone win an event.

Winston won the uneven bars with a 9.925, and Guerrero on vault with a 9.95. They tied for first on  floor at 9.925. Winston won the all-aournd (39.550).

Alabama will host North Carolina next  Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET

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Beavercreek stuns Franklin; Sidney, Springboro also post D-I sectional opening wins at Trotwood

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:08 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:16 PM

Beavercreek sr. Jon Alessandro scored a game-high 15 points in a 48-33 defeat of Franklin in a D-I boys high school basketball sectional opener at Trotwood on Fri., Feb. 23, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Beavercreek stunned Franklin 48-33 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional first-round match-up at Trotwood on Friday night. It was the third of three games.

Jon Alessandro scored a game-high 15 points as the No. 12 seed Beavers mounted a decisive early lead and KO’ed the Wildcats, who won their seventh straight outright or shared SWBL Southwestern Division title. 

Beavercreek (10-13) advances to a lower bracket sectional semifinal against Sidney at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centerville. Franklin (17-6) was a No. 11 seed in its first appearance in the D-I postseason. 

Sidney 55, Troy 35: Devan Rodgers scored 13 points to lead a balanced attacked as Sidney eliminated GWOC American North rival Troy in the middle game at Trotwood.

Andre Gordon and Ratez Roberts each added 10 points for the Yellow Jackets. Sidney (17-6) takes a seven-game win streak into Tuesday’s semifinals at Centerville against Beavercreek.

Caillou Monroe had 11 points to lead Troy (9-14) and Zach Reichelderfer added 10. 

Springboro 86, Piqua 56: Connor Grevey scored 22 points, Willieon Yates 17 and Garrett Powell 13 in leading the Panthers to a season scoring high in the D-I sectional opener at Trotwood. All three Springboro players had three 3-pointers.

Ben Schmiesing led Piqua (10-13) with 19 points. Mick Karn and Qurri Tucker each added 12 points and Xian Harrison 10.

Springboro (8-15) will play No. 2 seed Springfield (18-4) in the upper bracket sectional semi at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Centerville. Springfield drew a first-round bye.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/23/2018)

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts 2018 are out. Get projections, players and a first-round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.

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

Land of 10 predictions

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

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelton, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Geron Christian, T, Louisville
  31. New England Patriots — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

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

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Buffalo Bills (mock trade) — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  13. Washington Redskins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay Packers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  20. Detroit Lions — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  21. Denver Broncos (mock trade) — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  22. Buffalo Bills — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  25. Tennessee Titans — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  27. New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
  32. New England Patriots — Ronald Jones, RB, USC

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

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 Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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