March Madness: Dayton Flyers fans head to Indianapolis

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

Michigan plays Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Michigan plays Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Fans of the Dayton Flyers descended on Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, or earlier in the week, to watch their team play Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

For the second straight year, I asked them to send me photos on Twitter to everyone can share in the excitement. Here are their photos.

Report: Former Wildcat Richard Jefferson signing with Denver Nuggets

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:24 AM

Richard Jefferson has worn many jerseys in his day — so many that he might rival football’s Josh McCown.

Add another one to the collection.

Jefferson, recently released by the Atlanta Hawks moments after he was traded to them by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is signing with the Denver Nuggets, The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported Monday. Jefferson confirmed the decision to sign a 1-year, $2.3 million deal via text message.

“I picked Denver because I believe in what they are doing and building and believe I can add and contribute on and off the court to their nucleus in a positive way,” Jefferson told The Vertical.

Jefferson spent the last 3 seasons with the Cavaliers as a veteran addition who played a key role in parts of Cleveland’s run to 3 straight Eastern Conference titles and the 2016 NBA Championship. Jefferson initially declared he would retire in the euphoric moments after the Cavs’ Game 7 win over Golden State in 2016, but was coaxed out of retirement at the team’s championship parade.

Prior to his time with the Cavs, Jefferson played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008, Milwaukee Bucks (2008-2009), San Antonio Spurs (2009-2012), Golden State Warriors (2012-13), Utah Jazz (2013-2014) and Dallas Mavericks (2014-2015).

Jefferson also launched the popular podcast “Road Trippin'” with Cavs teammate Channing Frye, and gave his best to Cleveland while taping an episode on the day he was traded to Atlanta.

Jefferson joins a Nuggets team that finished 40-42 and in 9th place in the Western Conference, just outside of the playoffs, in 2016-17.

Denver Broncos will likely activate WR Hunter Sharp off practice squad

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug at wide receiver in 2017.

After losing Cody Latimer to a knee injury in Week 3, Denver also saw Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie go down against the New York Giants in Week 6 with ankle injuries. That leaves the Broncos with three healthy wide receivers – Demaryius Thomas, who also suffered a deep bruise that required an MRI against the Giants, Bennie Fowler III, and Jordan Taylor – on their roster heading into their Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Assuming Latimer won’t be able to return until Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs as expected, the Broncos will have no choice but to sign at least one more wide receiver to their active roster prior to their game against the Chargers.

The most likely candidate? Former Utah State standout Hunter Sharp, who is currently on the Broncos’ practice squad.

“You just have to be ready to play,” Fowler said on Monday afternoon. “We have some key players out in Isaiah [McKenzie], ‘E’ (Emmanuel Sanders) and Cody [Latimer] out right now. We have to get those guys healthy. But, me, D.T. (Demaryius Thomas), ‘Sunshine’ (Jordan Taylor) have to get ready to go. Hunter [Sharp] will probably be activated. You just have to be ready to go.”

The Broncos will have to make room for Sharp on their 53-man roster, of course. The most obvious answer would be to move offensive lineman Billy Turner, who suffered a broken hand that required surgery against the Giants, to Injured Reserve.

This situation is worth monitoring over the next couple of days. The last thing the Broncos needed at this point in time was to be short-handed on the offensive side of the ball.

Former Oregon star Marcus Mariota throws Titans to win over Colts on ‘Monday Night Football’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:44 AM

Marcus Mariota, a quarterback whose mobility is as much a weapon as his arm, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Even the injury couldn’t keep him from a victory on Monday Night Football.

Trailined 19-15 late in the third quarter, Mariota engineered a slow march down the field at Nissan Stadium, using 15 plays to gain 87 yards and capping it with a handoff to DeMarco Murray, who ran 3 yards through a tackler into the end zone to grab a 22-19 lead early in the fourth. The best came less than five minutes later, with the game tied at 22-22.

Mariota, a passer who thrives in a rollout-based offensive scheme, instead stood tall in the pocket, stepping up and launching a perfect pass to a wide-open Taywan Taylor for a 53-yard touchdown, which would prove to be the difference needed for a prime-time win.

Mariota finished with a line of 23-of-32 passing for 306 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Thanks to a late, 72-yard touchdown run from Derrick Henry, the Titans exited with a 36-22 win and a .500 record through six games. After suffering through six quarters of Matt Cassel and two defeats, Tennessee is undoubtedly glad to have Mariota back.

Jameis Winston: Buccaneers QB day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:38 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a sprained AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, and remains day-to-day leading up to the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Winston’s MRI showed no structural damage in his shoulder, so his status will be completely dependent on how well he responds to rest and treatment.

“Jameis is as tough as they come, but we’ll be able to see at some point this week how it’s affecting his velocity,” Koetter said on Monday afternoon (via Jenna Laine of ESPN). “That was the thing yesterday, when Jameis said he needed to come out – Jameis loves to compete and loves to play – but he just felt like he couldn’t drive the ball down the field like he needed to. We’ll just have to see how his days, how his recovery and how his treatment goes.”

Winston suffered the injury on Tampa Bay’s first drive of their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon when he took a big hit from Pro Bowl outside linebacker Chandler Jones. He was replaced by journeyman veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went on to complete 22-of-32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 102.3.

The Buccaneers continue their season on Sunday in a road game against the Buffalo Bills.