It’s official: Bengals bringing back one of their first-round picks

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

            The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

The Cincinnati Bengals made it official today: they’re bringing back offensive lineman Andre Smith.

Smith, an unrestricted free agent, played last year in Minnesota after spending his first seven seasons with the Bengals. A 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard/tackle, Smith played in 69 games with 68 starts over this last five seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals made the playoffs in each of those seasons.

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Last season Smith started the first four games for the Vikings at right tackle, but suffered a season-ending triceps injury in Week 4.

“We are excited to have Andre back in Cincinnati,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a talented player we know and respect. He will bolster our offensive team.”

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“I’ll play where the team needs me,” Smith said. “I have faith that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Smith was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2009 out of Alabama. In 2008 he won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top offensive or defensive lineman.

H.S Results for 3/28: Covington plows through Mississinawa Valley

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

In an absolute stunner of a game, the Covington Varisty softball team beat Mississinawa Valley by a whopping 20 runs, winning 22-2.

Kenzie Long drove in five runs on three hits in the win for Covington.

Makenna Gostomsky, Lexie Long, Emma Daymer, Ashley Cecil and Justice Warner all amassed hits throughout the course of the game, each contributing to Covington’s victory.

Covington had 22 runs on 21 hits with one error, while Mississinawa Valley only managed two runs on three hits with four errors.



Fairfield 11: Lakota East 0: Kurt Lange pitched a complete shutout for Fairfield, allowing only two hits. Noah Baum chipped in two runs, going 2-for-3, while Andrew Sams went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI. Kaleb Ford was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs and Will Kramer had a double and three RBIs.

Ross 10, Landmark Christian 0: Logan Fuller was the winning pitcher for Ross. Tyler Flick went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIS, Zach Arno also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, while Andrew Beebe and Drew Huffman chipped in two RBIs each.

Southeastern 2, Cedarville 0: T. King and A. Lyons both went 1-for-2 with one run a piece for Southeastern to secure their victory. G. Hunter and G. Cassell each contributed an RBI for Southeastern. Dahl, Pollander, Cross and Lewis each had a hit for Cedarville.

Fairborn 3, Woodridge 1: Jon Fields was the starting pitcher for Fairborn, but it was relief pitcher Luke Crowley that earned the save for Fairborn. Will Coleman went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Fairborn.


Coldwater 6, Fort Loramie 1: Post went 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and D. Welsch went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in Coldwater’s victory. A. Holthaus had the lone run for Fort Loramie., while C. Albers chipped in two hits and the lone RBI.

Miamisburg 7, Piqua 1: Carina Butler went 2-for-3 for Miamisburg in their win. Teammate Erin Teaney chipped in a double, while Ashley Haas had a double and two RBIs.

Fairfield 2, Sycamore 1: Taylor Delk was the winning pitcher for Fairfield with 11 strikeouts on the night. Rhiana Hubbard went 2-for-3 with one RBI for Fairfield in their victory. Jessica Fehr went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Sycamore.

Wapakoneta 6, West Liberty-Salem 1: Fisher was the winning pitcher for Wapakoneta. K. Cox went 2-for-4 and M. Stratton went 2-for-3 in the loss for West Liberty-Salem. K. Day also had a triple for West Liberty-Salem.

Lebanon 11, Wayne 0: Lebanon pitcher Taylor Lewis had a shutout in a five inning game. Chloe Allen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Grace Gressly went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Lebanon in their win.

Boy’s Tennis

Beavercreek 4, Legacy Christian 1: John Liu, Hari Paremeswaran (singles), Jacob Jones/Ethan Aya and Manav Beniubl/Tashar Beniubl (doubles) all notched wins for Beavercreek. Ethan Croucher had the lone singles win for Legacy Christian.

Greenville 5, Stebbins 0: Haupt, Manges, Leigeber (singles), Grote/Smith and Lobenstein/Day all recorded wins in Greenville’s sweep of Stebbins.

Sidney 3, Urbana 2: Prem Dev and Daichi Urata both won their singles matches for Sidney. The doubles team of Michael Ferre/Logan Searcey secured the win for Sidney with their victory.

Valley View 5, Carlisle 0: Justin DeVilbiss, Chase Midkiff, Ian Barnett (singles), Ben Holbrook/Ben Lewan and Michael Fischer/Carter Nolte (doubles) all emerged victorious for Valley View in their sweep.

Northwestern 4, Kenton Ridge 1: Cody North, Nathan Wildofsky (singles), Jaer Glass/Luke Maey and Noah Limes/Liam Randall all notched wins for Northwestern. Nick Shonkwiler had the lone singles win for Kenton Ridge.

Alter 5, McNicholas 0: Adam White, Aiden Faessler, Austin Schockman (singles), Robby Ruffolo/Scott McHenry and Johathan McHenry/Keenan Callejo all won their matches in Alter’s sweep.

Fairmont 3, Oakwood 2: Nawaz, Hass (singles) and Jagu/Juhasz (doubles) had the three match wins that won it for Fairmont. Toussaint (singles) and Boyce/Connally (doubles) each had wins for Oakwood.

Valley View 5, Fairborn 0: Noah Devillez, Skyler Hamm, Lane Powell (singles), Ben Johnson/ Dustin Abner and Adam Michael/Dawson Hamm (doubles) all won their matches in Valley View’s sweep of Fairborn.

Bishop Fenwick 5, Carroll 0: Sagan, Page, Erhart (singles), Payne/Short and Braun/Colley (doubles) all won their matches to sweep Carroll in the series.

Tecumseh 5, Bellefontaine 0: Mitchell Folland, Michael Green, Jonathan Siroin (singles), Christian Hunt/Johan Goksor and Jacob Lewis/Scot Sinkhorn (doubles) all recorded wins in Tecumseh’s sweep victory.


Monday’s Late Results

Fort Walton Beach 6, Tippecanoe 5

Northmont 8, Crockett (TN) 3

Twin Valley South 1, Middletown Christian 0

Tuesday’s Results

Bethel 1, Newton 0

Coldwater 11, Fort Loramie 1

Fairborn 3, Woodridge 1

Fairfield 11, Lakota East 0

Ross 10, Landmark Christian 0

Southeastern 2, Cedarville 1


Monday’s Late Results

Crestview 2, Northmont 1

Jackson Center 7, Mississinawa Valley 1

Waynesville 3, Dixie 2

Tuesday’s Results

Coldwater 6, Fort Loramie 1

Covington 22, Mississinawa Valley 2

Fairfield 2, Sycamore 1

Lebanon 11, Wayne 0

Miamisburg 7, Piqua 1

Northmont 2, Vandalia Butler 1

Southeastern 19, Cedarville 2

Wapakoneta 6, West Liberty-Salem 1

Boy’s Tennis

Monday’s Late Results

Wayne 4, Fairborn 1

Tuesday’s Results

Alter 5, McNicholas 0

Beavercreek 4, Legacy Christian 1

Bishop Fenwick 5, Carroll 0

Fairmont 3, Oakwood 2

Greenville 5, Stebbins 0

Lehman 3, Wapakoneta 2

Northwestern 4, Kenton Ridge 1

Sidney 3, Urbana 2

Tecumseh 5, Bellefontaine 0

Valley View 5, Carlisle 0

Valley View 5, Fairborn 0


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Anthony Grant among candidates for Dayton Flyers job

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

            Anthony Grant, former UD star, speaks to the media in 2007 when he was the head coach at VCU. Photo by Jim Witmer

Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Anthony Grant, a former Dayton Flyer, is a candidate for the Dayton head coaching job, a source told WHIO’s John Bedell on Tuesday.

Grant, 50, was a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth (2006-09, 76-25) and Alabama (2009-15, 117-85) earlier in his career. He was an assistant coach under current Thunder head coach Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006. Grant played for the Flyers from 1983-87, scoring 902 points.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported a source told him other candidates include current UD assistant coach Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio coach John Groce and maybe one or two other coaches.

Archie Miller was introduced as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers on Monday after six seasons in Dayton.

Hartman: Charlie Sheen tweets that Reds ‘Rookie’ is a winner

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

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This was originally posted to Marcus Hartman’s CusWords blog.

If you haven’t heard of Rookie Davis yet, we’ll just have to let Cincinnati Reds fanatic Charlie Sheen introduce you.

Not long before Sheen’s tweet, Davis shared that he was excited to tell his family he would be breaking camp with the Reds after spending the spring in a battle with several youngsters for a spot in the roster.

Davis found out about his celebrity endorsement soon after.

Whether he is in the starting rotation or coming out of the bullpen remains to be seen, but that is one heck of an endorsement right out of the gate.
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Here’s more on Davis, who was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman trade with the New York Yankees. 

Archie Miller hopes McKinley Wright sticks with Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright, one of four players signed with UD in the class of 2017, may follow Archie Miller to Indiana, according to a report Monday from a Minnesota TV station.

Wright, who didn’t respond to a Dayton Daily News question on Sunday about his status, told Darren Wolfson, of KSTP Ch. 5, he has not officially asked for a release from his national letter of intent. He’s waiting to see if Dayton hires assistant coach Tom Ostrom.

Dayton coach Archie Miller spoke about Wright on the Dan Dakich show on Tuesday.

“McKinley is obvious signed with Dayton and he’s a fantastic player,’’ Miller said. “He’s the Minnesota state player of the year and I hope he goes to Dayton. He went to Dayton for the right reasons. And I’ll probably leave it at that because my job isn’t to recruit him anywhere else. He was a special kid and I know he had a great high school season but my hope for him would be for him to stick with Dayton.’’

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“That's his guy,” Wolfson wrote.

Wright was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball on Sunday. His Champlin Park High School team lost in the state championship game Saturday on the same day Miller was hired by Indiana. Wright’s choice last fall came down to Minnesota and Dayton.