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Former local pro wrestler and WWE star Rosey dies at 47

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

            Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i, in a photo posted by WWE twitter.

Matt “Rosey” Anoa’i, brother of current WWE star Roman Reigns and a cousin of former wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died at age 47.

Anoa’i’s death was noted in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment , no cause was listed.

Before wrestling in WWE, Anoa’i wrestled for the Heartland Wrestling Association, a minor league training company for WWE. He wrestled in Dayton, regularly appearing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, Splash Moraine, and other local venues weekly in Middletown, Hamilton and around Cincinnati.

Anoa’i and his late cousin Eddie Fatu, who would later wrestle as Umaga and was involved in WWE’s storyline with now President Donald Trump, were trained together as a tag team in the area known as “The Island Boys”. They debuted on WWE television as 3-Minute Warning and were managed by former WCW President Eric Bischoff.

Cincinnati-native and Anoa’i’s former instructor Les Thatcher noted his passing this morning on his Facebook account.

“Matt spent a year with me in WWE developmental,” Thatcher wrote. “(He) gave my wife Alice away at our wedding at her request 15 years ago. He was a part of our extended family, and will remain so in our thoughts and prayers. All of us were touched by his friendship and better for it. Go with God, my dear friend, and we will remember you.”

Anoa’i was a former WWE tag team champion with Shane Helms.

Reds’ Finnegan returns from disabled list

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan pitches against the Phillies on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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The Cincinnati Reds made three roster moves Monday before a makeup game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

• The Reds reinstated from the 60-day disabled list pitcher Brandon Finnegan. He will start the 4:15 p.m. game Monday. The Reds have won 14 of their last 22 games against the Cardinals.

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Finnegan, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three rehab starts in the minor leagues. This will be his first start for the Reds since April 15.

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• The Reds moved pitcher Bronson Arroyo to the 60-day disabled list. Arroyo went on the 10-day DL on June 19, one day after he admitted his shoulder had been bothering him most of the season.

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• The Reds optioned reliever Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds beat the Nationals 6-2 on Sunday to avoid a sweep. At 31-43, they are in last place in the National League Central Division, eight games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds and Brewers begin a three-game series Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Fenwick Falcons name interim football coach

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Bishop Hartley defeats Bishop Fenwick 26-14 in their Division IV state football semifinal game held at Wilmington High School’s Alumni Field, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Fenwick High School has named John Aregood as its interim football coach.

Aregood takes over for Joe Snivley, who resigned in May after at four seasons citing family reasons.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position,” Fenwick Athletic Director Michael Coleman said in an e-mail to parents.

Aregood, a longtime area coach, has been a head coach at Franklin (16 seasons) and Carlisle (two seasons) and served as an offensive coordinator for 10 years combined at Springboro, Middletown and Hamilton. Aregood was a member of Snively’s staff.

Coleman said earlier this month the school likely will do a full-scale search for a new coach after the season.

“I think that would be a smart choice because if you lose a coach at the end of May or beginning of June, I don’t think you’re in a great position to try to come in with a new program and a brand-new coaching staff,” Coleman said. “I think that would just be a foolish decision to try to make that scale of a change at this late stage of the game.”

Fenwick opens the season Aug. 25 at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Flyers’ Smith and Cooke land with NBA’s Celtics, Timberwolves

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

Scoochie Smith of the Dayton Flyers dribbles against Rashard Kelly of the Wichita State Shockers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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You had to know that even though Scoochie Smith wasn’t drafted last night that one of Dayton’s greatest basketball players was going to get a shot in the NBA.

Sure enough, the first team All-Atlantic 10 point guard signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics, for whom he’ll soon work in summer leagues. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of the Bronx, Smith was not selected in Thursday’s two-round NBA draft, but that only left him the option of choosing which team he’ll try to play for as a professional.


Smith, 22, averaged 13.8 points and 4.5 assists as a senior, and played in a school-record 138 games for the Flyers over the course of his career. He worked out ahead of the draft for the Knicks, Rockets, Raptors and Mavericks.

Former Dayton teammate Charles Cooke, a guard/forward who along with Smith went to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, signed with the Timberwolves. Cooke led the Flyers in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.1).

Also, Duke’s Luke Kennard, a forward who played at Franklin High School, was drafted No. 12 overall by the Detroit Pistons.


Former Dayton Flyer to play in France

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Dayton guard Vee Sanford acknowledges the crowd's cheers as he leaves the game for the final time on Senior Night on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Former Dayton Flyers guard Vee Sanford will play in the top basketball league in France next season.

Sanford, a Lexington, Ky., native who hit the winning shot against Ohio State in the 2014 NCAA tournament, announced Monday he has signed with the Antibes Sharks in the Pro-A League. Antibes is located on the coast in southeast France, between Cannes and Nice.

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Sanford started his pro career in Iceland in 2014. He played 20 games in Colombia in 2015. Last year, he started the season in Germany’s second division with s.Oliver Würzburg and then was promoted to the top division. He played against former teammate Dyshawn Pierre in one game.

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Sanford, Pierre and another former Flyer, Devin Oliver, will play on the same team, the Broad Street Brawlers, in the west region of The Basketball Tournament next month. Sanford was on UD’s campus earlier this month helping with basketball camps.