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Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 10:12 AM
DAYTON — The First Four will stay at UD Arena through 2022, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Dayton had secured the games through 2018, and it gets the games for at least four more years.
"We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said in a press release. "We appreciate that the NCAA has entrusted all of us in the Dayton region with this responsibility. It is not something that we take lightly. As in the past, we will continue to deliver capacity crowds and a premier championship experience for teams, tournament officials, fans, visiting media and broadcast partners. It's great that UD Arena will continue to be part of one of the nation's premier sporting events."
UD Arena was not successful its bid to host games in the first or second rounds in 2021 or 2022. Columbus will host the first and second rounds in 2019 at Nationwide Arena. Cincinnati will host the first and second rounds at U.S. Bank Arena in 2022.
UD has played host to the First Four since 2011. Prior to that, the opening-round game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, or play-in game, was played at UD Arena every season from 2001-10. Dayton sought a 10-year commitment from the NCAA in 2013, but the NCAA decided against a long-term commitment.
Dayton won a three-year bid in 2014, keeping the First Four through 2018. It bid last August to host the games from 2019-22. It also bid at that time to host games in the first and second rounds in 2021 and 2022.
Three other cities bid for the First Four: Evansville, Ind.; Detroit; and Hershey, Pa.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:17 PM
— Three members of the board of directors for USA Gymnastics resigned Monday as criticism increased over the organization’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal that involved former team doctor Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.
Board Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were resigning, a move that was supported by Kerry Perry, the organization’s president and CEO.
"We support their decisions to resign at this time," Perry said. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization.
"As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve.”
USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, trains Olympians, including nearly 100 competitors who said that Nassar sexually assaulted them, NBC News reported. Monday was the fifth day in which victim impact statements were given in Nassar’s sentencing, the New York Post reported.
Nassar, who spent more than 20 years working at Michigan State University and as a physician for USA Gymnastics, has admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, ESPN reported. In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography.
Monday was the fifth day of victim impact statements in Nassar’s sentencing.
USA Gymnastics has been criticized by Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Jordyn Weiber -- all of whom allege Nassar molested them.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
— Jimmy Garoppolo did not take a snap during this year’s NFL playoffs -- in fact, his San Francisco 49ers squad didn’t come close to reaching the postseason -- but he got richer after the New England Patriots earned a berth in Super Bowl LII.
Garoppolo, who opened the season with New England before he was traded to San Francisco, earned a $79,000 bonus thanks to the Patriots’ two playoff victories, which included a win against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, according to Bleacher Report.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garoppolo could make even more money thanks to the contract he signed with the Patriots before he was traded. Schefter tweeted that Garoppolo is guaranteed an additional $56,000 since the Patriots reached the Super Bowl and stands to make $112,000 if the Patriots win their second straight NFL title and sixth overall under coach Bill Belichick and starting quarterback Tom Brady.
For New England’s playoff wins and trip to Super Bowl LII, $79,000 in bonuses will be paid to 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 22, 2018
Patriots’ Super Bowl win: another $112,000
Patriots’ Super Bowl loss: another $56,000
Minimum takeaway: $135,000.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — With his impressive performance in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped his Texas high school etch its name in the NFL record books.
In leading the Eagles to a 38-7 victory against the Minnesota Vikings, Foles became the second former Westlake High School graduate to earn a start at quarterback in the Super Bowl.
Foles, a 2007 graduate, will join 1997 alumnus Drew Brees after throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota. Brees started and won Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints eight years ago.
The only other high school in the nation to produce two quarterbacks who have started in a Super Bowl is Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, a private school that produced brothers Peyton and Eli Manning.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:11 AM
— Myles Jack and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going to be happy. However, the conspiracy theorists who believe that the National Football League is around to get the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl will be thrilled.
Jack forced New England running back Dion Lewis to fumble the football on Sunday, leading to the linebacker scooping up the ball with nothing but green grass in his way from scoring a huge touchdown. But a referee whistled the play dead, preventing any such aftermath from taking place.
Here is the video of the play (draw your own conclusion):
That fumble came on a New England trick play.
The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming a late deficit to win the AFC championship 24-20.