AJ McCarron speaks about failed Bengals-Browns trade

Published: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron spoke Wednesday about nearly being traded to the Browns

A.J. McCarron reported for work at Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday just like any other day. 

Except the Bengals had a previously scheduled open locker room period and he had to field numerous questions about how he was almost traded to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday

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The 27-year-old quarterback was diplomatic as he answered questions about the last 24 hours, admitting he has already been hearing jokes about making sure to hit “Send” if he has any outgoing messages. 

McCarron also thanked Bengals management, including owner Mike Brown and team vice presidents Katie and Troy Blackburn for trying to give him a chance to play somewhere rather than continue backing up Andy Dalton. 

“They were going to give me an opportunity, and I really appreciate that. I’ve been very thankful of them this whole time and enjoyed my whole time here, so I really from my heart appreciate them being willing to give me that opportunity.” 

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Coach Marvin Lewis called McCarron a very valuable member of the team. 

“He's a great kid. He's a true team player. He's a leader,” Lewis said. “He's a leader on this football team, and that's why we felt like he's such a valuable asset. And the man upstairs (Mike Brown) was very clear about that, of how we felt about him.” 

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Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt:  5 things to know

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:07 AM

It’s hard to call Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt an overnight sensation. After all, she’s been following basketball at Loyola University-Chicago for more than a half century and said she saw the Ramblers win the NCAA title in 1963. But thanks to television, the internet and social media, the 98-year-old nun has become a media darling.

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With victories against Miami and Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, the Ramblers are hoping for more spiritual guidance when they face the winner of the Cincinnati-Nevada game in next week’s Sweet 16.

Here are some things you might not have known about Loyola-Chicago’s inspirational leader.

Praying for victory: As the basketball team’s chaplain since 1994, Sister Jean begins every prayer the same way: “Good and gracious God.” But if you’re thinking she does not invoke the deity for a little help to win, think again. “I ask God to be especially good to Loyola so that, at the end of the game, the scoreboard indicates a big ‘W’ for us,” she told The New York Times. She ends every prayer with an emphatic “Go Ramblers.” Judging from some of the shots Loyola-Chicago has been burying during this tournament -- Clayton Custer’s game-winner against Tennessee comes to mind -- these prayers have been answered so far.

She’s a Hall of Famer: Loyola-Chicago inducted Sister Jean into the athletic department’s Hall of Fame in 2017, making her the 173rd member to be enshrined. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Sister Jean played basketball in high school.

Good scouting: Every season, Sister Jean researches the boxscores of upcoming opponents, using her sharp eye for detail to point out flaws in the Ramblers’ next foe. Coach Porter Moser found a manila folder on his desk on his first day as coach, according to NCAA.com. Sister Jean had compiled a scouting report on the Ramblers to help the new coach.

“She lights up every room she goes into.” Moser told the Times. “She’s always smiling. She has an energy about herself. I connect with that.”

She has her own bobblehead: Loyola-Chicago held a bobblehead promotion night for Sister Jean in 2011.

Super sneakers: Sister Jean has a pair of maroon-and-gold Nike sneakers that she wears during each game. Two names are stitched on the sneaker’s heels: “Sister” on the left heel, and “Jean” on the right.

It’s been quite a ride for Loyola-Chicago, which has knocked off two highly touted program. Now, the Ramblers will have to go against Sister Jean in the Sweet 16: She picked the Ramblers to lose in that round.

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March Madness 2018: Michigan beats Houston, buzzer with last-second miracle by Jordan Poole

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Michigan guard Jordan Poole (2) is chased by teammates after making a 3-point basket at the buzzer to win an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Houston on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. Michigan won 64-63. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Michigan guard Jordan Poole (2) is chased by teammates after making a 3-point basket at the buzzer to win an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Houston on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. Michigan won 64-63. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(Charlie Riedel/AP)

The game between Michigan and Houston on Saturday night was an absolute battle.

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Neither offense could get going, as the Wolverines shot 35 percent from the field, while the Cougars shot 37 percent. With less than four seconds remaining, Michigan trailed 63-61 with the ball.

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Freshman Jordan Poole nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to send the Wolverines to the Sweet 16. It was Poole’s second made 3-pointer of the game as he finished with 8 points.

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Michigan as a team shot 8-of-30 from behind the arc on the night. Houston missed two free throws on the other end of the court to lead to Poole’s game-winner.

Michigan will face the winner of North Carolina-Texas A&M.

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Trotwood withstands Hughes’ comeback to win D-II regional title

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:41 PM

Trotwood-Madison junior Amari Davis addresses an 84-74 defeat of Cin. Hughes to win a D-II regional high school basketball title at Trent Arena on Sat., March 17, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ahead big early, Trotwood-Madison withstood a strong Cincinnati Hughes comeback to win a boys basketball regional championship 84-74 on Saturday afternoon at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.

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Trotwood (25-3) qualifies for the Division II high school state final four for the season straight season. Rams will play Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6) in a D-II state semifinal at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Meadowbrook advanced with a 36-31 defeat of John Glenn also on Saturday.

Trotwood senior Myles Belyeu addresses an 84-74 defeat of Cin. Hughes to win a boys high school basketball D-II regional final at Trent Arena on Sat., March 17, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The other state semi will feature defending D-II state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8) against Lexington (23-5) at 2 p.m. Friday. The semi winners advance to the Saturday, March 24 championship at 5:15 p.m.

Akron SVSM upset Trotwood on a last-second shot in last year’s D-II state semifinals, 62-60. The Rams had won a regular-season matchup with the Irish by 39 points.

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Trotwood raced to a 20-point lead late in the first half against Hughes, out of the Cincinnati Metro Conference. The Big Red made a second-half run, mainly benefitting from Trotwood’s free throw inaccuracy (23 of 45).

Myles Belyeu led Trotwood with 24 points. Amari Davis added 18 points and Carl Blanton 17.

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Hughes (24-4) received 20 points apiece from Giovanni Santiago and D.J. Brewton. A.J. Smith added 18 points.

It was the first time in six postseason matchups the Rams didn’t post a blowout win. Trotwood will take an 18-game win streak into the final four, its fourth and all since the 2006 Rams were runner-up in D-I. Among the most winningest big-school area programs the last 20 years, Trotwood has never won a state title.

Trotwood boys basketball coach Rocky Rockhold addresses an 84-74 defeat of Cin. Hughes to win a D-II regional title at Trent Arena on Sat., March 17, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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The Rams also are in contention for a rare football/basketball state-title double. Trotwood completed a 15-0 season by winning a D-III state football championship last December.

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NCAA Tourney: Ohio State can’t hold off Gonzaga

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:05 PM

Gonzaga showed during the last five minutes in its 90-84 win over Ohio State why its reached nine consecutive Sweet 16s.

After trailing 15-0 to start the game and 11 points, Ohio State rallied and took the lead for most of the second half, until Gonzaga rallied, made its free throws in the final moments. 

Keita Bates-Diop scored 28 points, hit 8-of-10 free throws to lead Ohio State in scoring. Kam Williams scored 19 and C.J. Jackson 18. 

But the Buckeyes had no defensive answers for Zach Norvell Jr. Norvell scored six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points and four assists. Rui Hachimura scored 25 and had four blocks. He scored five points in the final 15 seconds to put the game away.

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