Lewis touches on his future, Mixon, Pacman on radio show

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 4:24 PM


            HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis watches his team from the sideline during the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans on December 24, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Appearing on the NFL No Huddle show today with host Brian Webber and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Marvin Lewis touched on his future, the team’s decision to draft Joe Mixon and the antics of cornerback Adam Jones.

Carrier brought up the subject of Mixon, the controversial running back the Bengals selected in the second round of the draft

“There’s two people I have high respect for in your organization that I still talk to today,” Carrier said. “Rusty Guy, who is head of security, and Eric Ball, who is part of players programs. I believe if they don’t sign off on this, it doesn’t happen. Knowing those two guys and knowing how well they are and how well of a job they do, if they said hey this is a good kid. He’s worth it. I’m sure you’re good with it.”

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Lewis confirmed that he is and said the choice ultimately was team owner and president Mike Brown’s.

“It’s obviously a lot of people that had to make this determination, and ultimately it’s Mike’s call,” he said. “It was something he had decided that we would go ahead and do. It’s done, and Joe had a good (rookie camp) weekend with us a week ago and he will be back working again next week and all the way through the off-season as our rookies join us moving forward now.”

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On the subject of Jones, Lewis said the veteran needs to address the issues with his public persona.

“He’s got to continually work at that, his words,” Lewis said. “He’s a passionate teammate for these guys. A diligent pro. He’s got to just continue to handle himself within the scope of day to day and be a great pro. He’s overcome his background, and it’s a day-to-day process. Most importantly, he’s at the point in his career where these things have to stay pointed towards football.”

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In terms of his own career, Lewis is entering his 15th season. He’s signed through 2017, so if Lewis doesn’t sign an extension before the Sept. 10 opener, it will be the first time since 2010 he’s gone into a season in the final year of contract.

Webber asked Lewis if there is a chance some of the players might wonder about his future?

“Most importantly, what people don’t get is in the NFL, the players worry about their future every day,” Lewis said. “So there is no parallel with myself and them. And yes I have gone into the last year, three or four times here and that’s part of the process. No, they don’t have any concern for me.

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“Their concern is themselves and us winning football games,” he continued. “That’s what’s important. As I tell them all the time, if they win then good things will happen for them and that’s the thing that’s most important for an NFL player. Don’t be concerned with the things you can’t control. You just handle your business, take care of your things and great things will happen. That’s the best thing for the players to always understand moving forward. As coaches know, we get into this business all the time and that’s what takes care of it.”

Regional high school softball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Northwestern and Badin will play a rematch of their D-III regional semifinal at WSU last season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Hubbard

WEDNESDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Springboro vs. Mason, 5 p.m.

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee vs. Jonathan Alder, 2 p.m.

Greenville vs. Clinton-Massie, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern vs. Badin, 2 p.m.

West Liberty-Salem vs. Col. Ready, 5 p.m.

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood vs. N. Robinson Col. Crawford, 2 p.m.

Coldwater vs. Cardington-Lincoln, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway vs. Williamsburg, 2 p.m.

Franklin Monroe vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at noon

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon/Lakota West vs. Springboro/Mason winners

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee/Jonathan Alder vs. Greenville/Clinton-Massie winners

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern/Badin vs. West Liberty-Salem/Col. Ready winners

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood/N. Robinson Col. Crawford vs. Coldwater/Cardington-Lincoln winners

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway/Williamsburg vs. Franklin Monroe/Riverside winners

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Regional high school baseball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

Chaminade Julienne celebrates after Mark Barhorst (7) knocked in the winning run against Badin during a D-II sectional baseball final at Miamisburg. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
EL Hubbard

THURSDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Fairfield vs. Cin. St. Xavier, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-II at Mason

Ross vs. Col. St. Francis DeSales, 2 p.m.

Waynesville vs. Chaminade Julienne, 5 p.m.

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle vs. Cin. Country Day, 2 p.m.

Cin. Hills Christian Academy vs. Fredericktown, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North vs. Newark Catholic, 2 p.m.

Russia vs. Fort Loramie, 5 p.m.

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster vs. New London, 2 p.m.

Edon vs. Leipsic, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at 5 p.m.

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville/Lakota West vs. Fairfield/Cin. St. Xavier winners

D-II at Mason

Ross/Col. St. Francis DeSales vs. Waynesville/Chaminade Julienne winners

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle/Cin. Country Day vs. CHCA/Fredericktown winners

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North/Newark Catholic vs. Russia/Fort Loramie winners

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster/New London vs. Edon/Leipsic winners

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Regional high school track and field meets

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Middletown sophomore Shandon Morris was third in the high jump during the D-I district track and field meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Friday, May 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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The following are this week’s regional track and field times and sites. The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

WEDNESDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, discus.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

4 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

5 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

THURSDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Saturday’s finals.

FRIDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, shot put.

6 p.m. running finals.

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

6 p.m. running finals.

SATURDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

11 a.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

12:30 p.m. running finals.

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Football recruiting: Xenia wide receiver Meechi Harris narrows his list to 9 schools

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Meechi Harris (1 in blue) of Xenia scores a touchdown against Beavercreek.

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has narrowed his list of potential college football destinations.

The three-star prospect is down to nine as summer camp season approaches: West Virginia, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Kentucky, Minnesota and Toledo.

Harris was fifth in the GWOC in receiving yards with 663 last season.

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He scored 10 touchdowns on offense and added four more on special teams, including a pair of punt return TDs against Sidney.

He also returned a kickoff for a score against Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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Harris scored 8.2 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game for the Buccaneers basketball team last winter.