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Goodwill Drive to Victory

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Congrats to our 2017 winners, Brookville High School! 

Click here to find your community’s Arby’s location!

The Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory is in its 11th season with WHIO-TV. Drive to Victory is a friendly competition each week between two local high schools that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. 

Since 2007, the Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory campaign has generated more than one million pounds of clothing and household items along with more than 75 vehicles from around the Miami Valley. These items are sold in stores and at the auto auction, with proceeds supporting the mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs here in the community. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Arby’s is partnering with the Goodwill Drive to Victory. Each week a Goodwill Store donation trailer will be placed at that areas Arby’s location beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. During the week, Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the attendant and coupons from Arby’s will also be given when you make your donation. 

Cars, trucks, boats and RVs can also be donated and counted toward the school’s weekly total. Call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how a vehicle donation can be made. 

On Friday, the trailers will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7 and will receive a $300 scholarship from Arby’s. 

At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week has the chance to win up to $1,300 total for their scholarship funds. 

Learn more about Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley programs and services that are supported by your donations by visiting www.gesmv.org

Here’s how you can help your school win: 

  • Each week a Goodwill Store donation trailer will be placed at each of the selected Arby’s locations beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. 
  • During the week, Goodwill attendants will accept your donations of clothing, household items and computers that you dropped off at your school’s donation trailer. 
  • Receipts for your tax deductible donation will be available.  

Drive to Victory tips: 

  • Computers and book donations are a great way to add weight to your schools total. 
  • You can also help your school weight total by donating your old vehicle during the Drive to Victory contest. Just call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how donation will add 1,000 pounds to your school. 
  • On Friday, the trailers will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7 and will receive a $300 scholarship from Arby’s. 

At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week has the chance to win up to $1,300 total for their scholarship funds. 

Help your school win by making your donation today!

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:50 PM

In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas hold dogs at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics four years ago and is adopting one of the many puppies he met Friday after finishing competition the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas hold dogs at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics four years ago and is adopting one of the many puppies he met Friday after finishing competition the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)(Ahn Young-joon/AP)

After rescuing dogs at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has rescued another puppy.

People reported that Kenworthy announced he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued a puppy named Beemo. The Associated Press reported that the two visited visited a dog farm in Siheung, South Korea, Friday.

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“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” Kenworthy said in an Instagram post. “Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here.”

In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy plays with a dog at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics four years ago and is adopting one of the many puppies he met Friday after finishing competition the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)(Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Kenworthy said that the farm he and Wilkas visited was being permanently closed due to the work of the Humane Society International and a farmer’s cooperation. The 87 dogs, some which are expecting litters of puppies, at the farm are being taken to North America, according to The AP.

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Beemo is among those dogs.

“I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks,” Kenworthy wrote. “I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!”

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶

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At the Sochi games, Kenworthy rescued a mother dog and three puppies. Although one puppy did not survive, the mother, Mamuchka, lives with Kentworthy’s mother in Telluride, Colorado, and Mishka and Jake live with Kentworthy’s ex-boyfriend, Robin Macdonald, in Vancouver.

“I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the U.S., where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes,” Kenworthy said.

The AP reported that the dogs on the farm will be vaccinated and quarantined on the farm until March.

In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics four years ago and is considering adopting one of the many puppies he met Friday after finishing competition the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)(Ahn Young-joon/AP)

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3 changes that would help the NCAA immensely

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

25 Oct 1995:  Center Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic makes a guest appearance to endorse a new candy bar but he is full of hot air at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.  Mandatory Credit:  Andy Lyons/Allsport
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25 Oct 1995: Center Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic makes a guest appearance to endorse a new candy bar but he is full of hot air at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Allsport(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The latest break in a story that figures to turn college basketball on its ear, at least temporarily, has naturally brought out all of the NCAA’s critics and inspired many suggestions for fixing big-time college athletics. 

Here are three things that would change the landscape without leaving the games unrecognizable to fans who provide all that revenue that makes the system so big it might collapse on itself one day. 

1. Let players profit off their likenesses and names while still in school. 

While much media coverage and criticism focuses on the problems with the NCAA, I believe the system as is works out pretty well for a large number of people — including the majority of athletes. 

Note that “athletes” here refers to all, not just the football and basketball players who generate nearly all of the revenue that pays for everyone else to be able to coach and play. 

Spreading the wealth means many educational opportunities are provided for players who are not stars or even starters on the football and basketball teams as well as the young people who fill the rosters of every other sport. This is a good thing. 

However, paying everyone the same also incentivizes cheating. “Extra benefits” inevitably enter the picture when everyone is allowed to offer essentially the same compensation — especially when there is a financial need for the player or a feeling he or she isn’t getting what they are worth. 

Endorsement money could eliminate that need or that feeling as well as the need to go outside of the rules. It would also allow stars to be better compensated without reducing the number of players overall who benefit from the current largesse. 

2. Let players hire agents. 

The process of going pro also presents a lot of problems as far as eligibility goes.

It can lead to players getting extra benefits and also leave them in limbo if they leave school early then find the demand for their services elsewhere wasn’t what they expected. 

Currently players are allowed to have contact with agents, but there are restrictions. Let’s lift those. 

(Dan Wolken of USA Today suggests letting agents give players loans. This makes sense, too.) 

Agents are literally experts on making a living in sports. This is advice players who intend to go pro in sports really need, and letting them get it doesn’t actually make them professionals. 

Along those lines…. 

3. Forget about declaring for the draft. 

My first two suggestions are moves the schools that make up the NCAA should vote to make. 

A third important change would have to come from the professional leagues: Make everyone coming out of high school draft eligible. 

I’ve already made the case the NBA should go the route of the NHL by having teams secure the rights of players coming out of high school but letting the players then go where they want to develop for as long as they need to. 

While the MLB is already part of the way there, I’ll admit it might not work out so well for the NFL. 

The appeal of the NFL draft is no doubt largely a result of two things: Fans have had three or four years to learn who the players are, and they have a greater chance to make an immediate impact. 

Plus I suspect projecting 18-year-olds in football is harder than any other sport. 

The good news for football players: The first two changes above would benefit them most because their sport produces the most attention and money. They also get paid more up front once they make it to the NFL. 

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Report: Former Xavier players involved with agent under FBI investigation

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 20:  Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers  is all smiles after making a basket during the game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Cintas Center on December 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 20: Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers is all smiles after making a basket during the game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Cintas Center on December 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former Xavier basketball star Edmond Sumner received money from a prospective agent according to court documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. 

Sumner, whose career concluded last spring, or his father received at least $7,000 while Sumner was a Musketeer, per records kept by Christian Dawkins now part of an FBI investigation. 

Dawkins was seeking to recoup that money from former NBA agent Andy Miller, whose office was raided by the FBI last year. 

Sumner and Samaj Christon, a Cincinnati native who played at Winton Woods and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire before suiting up for Xavier in 2013 and ’14, were both represented by Miller’s agency but dropped them after he became involved in the FBI’s investigation. 

According to Yahoo, Xavier coach Chris Mack was the only coach to respond to a request for comment: 

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates. He plays no role in the recruitment of potential student athletes on Xavier’s behalf. Beyond that, our staff has never created a path for him to foster a relationship with any of our student-athletes while enrolled at Xavier. Any suggestion that I or anyone on my staff utilized Andy Miller to provide even the slightest of financial benefits to a Xavier student-athlete is grossly misinformed. We are prepared to cooperate with any and all investigations at any level.”

The bombshell report published Friday morning implicates players from numerous high-profile schools, including Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina. 

Four assistant coaches have already been indicted as part of the investigation, including former Xavier assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson. 

He worked at XU from 2007-09 before following coach Sean Miller to Arizona. 

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Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Dayton's Trey Landers reacts to victory over Fordham

After a slow couple of days, Friday is jam-packed with local sports goodness. 

It starts, believe it or not, at 11 a.m. with Wright State playing at IUPUI

The Raiders remain in a first-place tie with Northern Kentucky, who plays at UIC tonight. 

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A Wright State win and an NKU loss means the Raiders are at least Horizon League co-champs and they will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. 

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WSU-IUPUI will be streamed on ESPN3. 

The Jaguars are 10-17 overall but have won five of their last six in their first season in the HL. 

They rank 292nd at KenPom.com while Wright State is No. 141, so this is a game the Raiders should win, but that’s why they play the games… 

Dayton will attempt to scale the mountain that is Rhode Island at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2. 

I noted after the first time the Rams and Flyers met postgame comments confirmed this is a rebuilding year for the Flyers, who spoke as if they knew they were not as good as Rhode Island after years of being one of the best teams in the Atlantic 10. 

Maybe that was always obvious, but sometimes seasons surprise us (take Ohio State as an example). 

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Since then, Dayton is 4-4 with a couple of bad losses, including a blowout at George Mason. 

The Rams have clinched the A-10 championship, but every win is important for their NCAA tournament seed. 

Believe it or not, the Flyers (13-14, 7-8 could still finish below .500 or fourth in the Atlantic 10. 

That’s because six teams are either 8-7 or 7-8 in league play with three games to go… 

 

Speaking of Ohio State, the Buckeyes finish Chris Holtmann’s first season as head coach with a trip to Indiana. 

Archie Miller’s Hoosiers can eliminate OSU from the Big Ten title race with a win. If the Buckeyes come out on top, they’ll still need some help to get a share of the championship because they trail Michigan State by a game. 

MSU plays at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. 

Michigan State is among the teams mentioned in a Yahoo Sports! story published this morning detailing payments made by an agent and his former associate to numerous college basketball prospects. 

That makes one wonder if he will be able to play Sunday as the school will be forced to look into this allegation and presumably unable to determine in that amount of time if it did or did not happen. 

Dayton fans will also note the Yahoo report includes Xavier as former standout Musketeers guard Edmond Sumner and/or his father is alleged to have received money from an agent while he was in school. 

However, XU coach Chris Mack appears to have been the only coach who was contacted who issued a statement claiming innocence. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the sport, of course, and it remains to be seen what kind of impact it has on the NCAA tournament… 

  

Regardless of what happens in Bloomington, a trophy is coming to the Schottenstein Center for this basketball season. 

The Ohio State women clinched a share of the Big Ten championship last night when Michigan upset Maryland. 

The Buckeyes lead the Terrapins by a game in the standings with one remaining. Those two teams shared the title last year. 

Ohio State has 16 Big Ten women’s basketball championships, by far the most in league history… 

In between the basketball games, baseball will be back on the radio and TV as the Cincinnati Reds open Cactus League play against the Cleveland Indians at 3 p.m. 

Sal Romano is getting the first start for the Reds as the race for the fifth spot in the starting rotation begins. 

Tyler Mahle and Jackson Stephens are also expected to pitch today while Michael Lorenzen goes Saturday and Homer Bailey and Luis Castillo pitch Sunday. 

The first lineup of the year is interesting as it has Bill Hamilton leading off with Eugenio Suarez batting second, Joey Votto in the three-hole and Scooter Gennett batting cleanup. 

Adam Duvall is No. 5 followed by Scott Schebler, Jose Perza and Tucker Barnhart. 

Dilson Herrera, who hopes to put shoulder problems behind him and make the team as a backup infielder, is the designated hitter and batting ninth. 

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