Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 9:19 AM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tony Gutierrez/AP
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys, but bad news has tailed him off the field much of the time since he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State over a year ago. 

A Dallas radio station reports Elliott was “involved in a late-night altercation” at a Dallas bar. 

Although the report does not indicate if Elliott is actually accused of a crime, it comes after reports the Missouri native could soon face a short suspension from the NFL, which has reportedly been investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving Elliott and a woman in Columbus last year. 

Police declined to press charges in that case “due to conflicting and inconsistent information,” but Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports this morning the league is still considering punishing Elliott for an accumulation of incidents. 

Dragons’ Siri extends historic hit streak

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:07 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:16 PM

Highlights from Dragons-Lugnuts game in Lansing

Dayton Dragons outfielder Jose Siri did again up in Lansing on Thursday night.

A fourth-inning single to left field extended his hitting streak to 32 games, equaling the second longest streak in Midwest League history. The longest streak in league history is 35 games, set in 1977.

Siri grounded out to lead off the game, then hit a sinking line drive that was caught in the second inning. He singled sharply with two outs in the fourth, but he didn’t stay at first for long as Shane Madirosian was thrown out at third to end the inning.

Siri was intentionally walked in the sixth, then grounded out to lead off the Dragons eighth. Dayton dropped an 8-7 decision to the Lugnuts.

Dayton and Lansing meet again Friday night in Lansing.

Recruiting: Five-star lineman Carman includes Ohio State, Clemson in final 5

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

Jackson Carman was among the visitors at the Ohio State spring game in April (Photo: Marcus Hartman/CMG Ohio)
Jackson Carman was among the visitors at the Ohio State spring game in April (Photo: Marcus Hartman/CMG Ohio)

Jackson Carman, the Fairfield five-star offensive lineman, has trimmed his potential college destinations to five schools.

WCPO reports Carman is down to defending national champion Clemson, Florida State, USC, Ohio State and Wisconsin (in no particular order).

247Sports rates Carman the No. 1 player in Ohio and No. 8 in the nation.

Teammate Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end, has committed to Cincinnati.

Carman has visited Ohio State, Clemson and USC unofficially. NCAA rules allow him to take five official visits this fall.

Under a new provision, football players can sign a national letter of intent in late December or wait until the traditional date in early February.

Emotional Pacman thanks Bengals’ owner for support on eve of camp

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 1:14 PM

Pacman gets emotional talking about Mike Brown

With tears welling in his eyes and a slight shake in his voice, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones got emotional Thursday afternoon while talking about what it means to have the support of team owner and president Mike Brown in wake of his Jan. 3 arrest and the recently imposed one-game suspension from the NFL.

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“The respect and the love that I have for Mr. Brown is undeniable,” Jones said as players met with the media for the first time since reporting for the start of training camp Friday afternoon.

“Words can’t express the gratitude of how I feel about him,” Jones added. “When you have a guy upstairs that stands up for you, that sticks up for the players, I haven’t been around a guy like that in my lifetime.”

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It was Jones’ first interview since the NFL disciplined him July 21. He said he accepts the one-game suspension and takes responsibility for his actions that led to it .

“I take all accountability for what I did and my actions and my words,” Jones said. “I accept it, the one game suspension, and I’m ready to move on, man. I’m happy to be here, happy to be a part of the 50th season here and I think it’s going to be special.”

Jones admitted he “slacked” on his conditioning last year, which is why he spent most of the six-week summer break working out with team strength coach Chip Morton. Jones said he feels about as fit as he ever has heading into a season, and he thinks he has another four years in him.

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Jones, who will turn 34 in September, is signed through the 2018 season after agreeing to a three-year, $22 million contract in March 2016.

After answering a wide range of questions about his health and the team outlook during an eight-minute interview, the topic circled back to Brown and the words of support he offered Tuesday at the pre-camp luncheon, when the owner said:

“Adam Jones is a good person if you know him. I like him personally. I admire his energy. I admire his courage. I admire a lot of things about him. He didn’t come up the easy way, believe me. If any of us had come up that way, I wonder where we’d be.

“Anyway, he has misstepped from time to time, and he did so recently and everybody knows it in spades. He got drunk publicly and made an ass of himself. He embarrassed himself. He embarrassed the club, embarrassed the league and embarrassed his family. Nobody knows it more than him. He has paid a dear price, both in the judicial system — he went to jail for a couple of days — and at the league level. Most of all he has suffered in the court of public opinion. It’s been a real slap in the face for him.

“I think he can overcome this. If I’m wrong, I’ll take the responsibility for it and that will be the end of it. But I’m going to give him the chance.”

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Asked what it means to have the man at the top of the organization in his corner, Jones got emotional again.

“I’m just deep from my heart that I have somebody that understands me as a person and is not quick to judge,” he said as more tears formed in his eyes. At that point, seemingly knowing he wouldn’t be able to hold them back, he said “that’s it,” and walked away.

Stephenson talks another walk on the wild side

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:03 PM

Robert Stephenson can’t seem to grasp the concept — a pitcher has to throw strikes in the major leagues or find another profession.

When Stephenson was sent back to the minor leagues in late May, after struggling while working out of the bullpen, the message Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price gave him was simple: “Throw strikes.”

And he did that for the most part at Class AAA Louisville and earned his way back to Cincinnati, this time as a starter.

He faced the Miami Marlins last week in Cincinnati and only walked two, but gave up five runs and eight hits in a 5-4 loss.

ON THURSDAY NIGHT IN MIAMI, Stephenson suffered a complete relapse. Strikes were hard to come by. He walked seven Marlins in only 4 1/3 innings and it led to a 4-1 Reds defeat.

Stephenson walked five in the first four innings and it didn’t hurt him, other than to mount his pitch count. The only run he gave up through four was a leadoff home run in the fourth to Derek Dietrick.

But it all collapsed in the fifth when he walked the first two Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. Both came around to score, although the Marlins had nothing more than an infield hit.

That infield hit came from J.T. Realmuto with one out and it loaded the bases and ended Stephenson’s night.

DREW STOREN REPLACED STEPHENSON and, uh what else, walked home a run and gave up a sacrifice fly — both runs applied to Stephenson’s work sheet — and it was 3-0. Stephenson gave up three runs, four hits, walked seven and threw 92 pitches, 44 out of the strike zone.

It certainly wasnw’t what manager Bryan Price wanted to see and of the young pitchers on his staff he told Fox Sports Ohio after the game, “What we want to see is probability from these kids. We don’t expect the kids to come up and dominate. We want them to show us they can complete and that they are willing to listen to the coaches.”

The Marlins made it 4-0 in the 7 th against Blake Wood on Christian Yelich’s single, stolen base and a run-scoring single by Derek Dietrick, his third RBI of the night (home run, bases loaded walk, single).

AND THE SUDDENLY DORMANT Reds offense couldn’t do anything against mediocre left hander Chris O’Grady, a pitcher the Reds had in camp as a Rule 5 draftee in 2015. But he didn’t make the team and the Reds returned him to the Los Angeles Angels.

O’Grady was released early this season by the Class AA Mobile BayBears and was without job until he went, hat-in-hand, to the Marlins and they signed him in May to a minor league contract.

Due to a bevy of injuries, the Marlins called up O’Grady early this month and there he was Thursday night feeding zeros to the Reds.

He held the Reds to no runs and five hits over seven innings and walked two while striking out five.

AMAZINGLY, O’GRADY STARTED the same game in Cincinnati that Stephenson started lasted week and he had Stephenson-like numbers in that game — 4 1/3 innings, three runs, four hits and six walks. But the Marlins won that game, 5-4.

ONCE THE REDS got rid of O’Grady they staged a four-hit uprising in the eighth that netted only one run.

Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto opened the inning with singles against Junichi Tawara. Adam Duvall popped up but Scooter Gennett delivered a run-scoring single for the Reds first and only run.

Scott Schebler, 3 for his last 42, popped up for the second out. Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco singled, but Joey Votto was held at third. He was thrown out at home early in the game trying to score from first on Adam Duvall’s double.

That filled the bases with two outs and the Reds down three, but Marlins closer A.J. Ramos retired Tucker Barnhart on a soft roller to first base.

Ramos pitched the ninth, retiring Arismendy Aclantara on a strikeout and Billy Hamilton (0 for 5) on a weak ground ball. Eugenio Suarez blooped a single to left, his third hit. Joey Votto walked.

That brought up Adam Duvall, the potential tying run. He hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning Wednesday against the New York Yankees during a 9-5 loss.

This time he popped up to second to end it.

In 15 career appearances against the Reds Ramos has not given up a run and has recorded six saves.

After stranding 12 runners and going 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position, the Reds have now lost 12 of 14 games since the All-Star break and are staggering at 0-and-4 for the start of this 10-game trip.

Of a positive nature, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart twice threw out speedy Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon trying to steal second, the first time in Gordon’s career he was thrown out twice in one game. And of Stephenson’s pitching, Barnhart told writers after the game, “Ya gotta throw strikes. Ya gotta throws strikes in this league to get people out. We just didn’t do a very good job of it tonight.”