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Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:51 PM
— Mother Nature held things up for a day, but two of Dunbar high school’s elite athletes made their college choices official Thursday.
Wide receiver Joseph Scates and running back Tavion Thomas both ended the long recruiting trail by accepting full-ride scholarships to Division I schools.
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Thomas, who had originally made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma, will end up instead making a short trip down the road to the University of Cincinnati.
“It’s just close to home for me,” Thomas said after Thursday’s signing ceremony. “I feel like it’s the right place for me, my future and my career.”
Scates had been recruiting by several big name schools, including the University of Alabama at one time, but opted to continue his education on and off the field at Iowa State.
“It means a lot to me,” Scates said. “Just knowing I have the opportunity to play at the next level for free, knowing my Mom doesn’t have to pay for my education.”
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:58 AM
— 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.
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.
Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff on his IG story... pic.twitter.com/NaJ8a0BXze— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) February 23, 2018
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.
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
— Alabama Gymnastics (@BamaGymnastics) February 24, 2018
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:08 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:16 PM
TROTWOOD — 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.
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.
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