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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:06 AM
BEAVERCREEK — Coming off a rare home loss to Centerville, Wayne High School coach Jay Minton offered a challenge to his team.
But just a little one.
“We challenged them 10 percent,” Minton said after his squad improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division with a 42-14 win at Beavercreek Friday night. “Ninety percent is how you react and I think we reacted pretty good.”
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A week after committing six turnovers, the Warriors did not turn the ball over and scored all four times they touched the ball in the first half for a 28-7 lead.
“We had to get that under control and put the points up,” Minton said. “We knew we had to get ahead of them because we knew their offense wasn’t made for big plays.”
The big plays were on the side of the Warriors early and often.
After benefitting from a pass interference penalty on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead, the Warriors needed just one snap on their second drive.
Ohio State commit L’Christian Smith battled a Beavercreek defender, hauled in a Rashad McKee pass at the 10 and drug the defender the final five yards into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.
“We gave up big plays,” Beavercreek coach Nic Black said after his squad lost for the second straight week to fall to 5-2 and 1-1. “The whole operation for our defense was to minimize the big plays and we were giving up one and two play drives.
“And, we had some penalties that just weren’t smart.”
Beavercreek cashed in on its second journey to Wayne territory on a 44-yard run by Kaden Wenger to trim the deficit to 14-7, but Wayne caught another break to take a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Jake Maloney appeared to have wrestled a shared catch away from the Wayne receiver in the end zone for an interception, but the Beavers were flagged for roughing the passer. Two plays later, the Warriors were in the end zone again.
“That was a fabulous play,” Black said. “It would have taken seven points off the board and who knows what we would have done on offense, but it was a chance for us to stop their run.”
Beavercreek recovered the onside kick to begin the second half and cashed in when Sebastian Rendon made a diving catch in the end zone to cut the deficit to 28-14.
Wayne, however added a pair of scores for the final margin.
“We beat a 5-1 team,” Minton said. “There are a lot of points and that helps with our ability to solidify what we want to do. Week 11 is the number one goal at Wayne.”
The Beavers outgained Wayne 339-336 behind 137 yards by Wenger on 23 carries.
McKee was 6-for-7 for 161 yards and two scores for Wayne while Trace Kinnel finished with 110 yards on just seven carries.
The battle was better than 2016 when Wayne led 46-0 at the half en route to a 59-7 win.
“This was a significantly better performance,” Black said. “We laid down last year and let them steamroll over us.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:47 AM
MIAMI — The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd.
“Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,” Wade said. “We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. We also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration. We salute you and we support you.”
The Heat, who on Friday debuted a uniform patch to honor the victims, then honored each of the 17 victims on the video screen before Alex Wind, a Stoneman Douglas student and member of the school’s drama club, sang the national anthem.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Alex Wind sings National Anthem
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Alex Wind delivers a powerful rendition of the National Anthem before the game between the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies.Posted by FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun on Saturday, February 24, 2018
“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Friday’s game in New Orleans. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 8:42 PM
The Oregon Ducks still have life on the NCAA Tournament bubble following their 98-93 overtime upset of No. 14 Arizona.
Playing on Senior Night against a program with multiple scandals swirling, Oregon survived a double-double from Deandre Ayton — 28 points and 18 rebounds — en route to the win. Elijah Brown was brilliant with 30 points, a game high.
Oregon is now 19-10 overall and 9-7 in Pac-12 play while Arizona dropped to 22-7 and 12-4 respectively.
Here’s the full game stats from ESPN:
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 25, 2018
Oregon is still alive for the NCAA Tournament: The Ducks’ win over the Wildcats was Oregon’s first victory over an RPI top 25 team of the season. Coming off a victory over Arizona State earlier in the week, Oregon all of a sudden got two big boosts to its resume.
Ayton cannot be stopped: Allonzo Trier suspended? No problem. An FBI scandal directly involving you hanging over your head? So what? Deandre Ayton was an animal despite the loss — he had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by halftime. Arizona cleared the big man to play in the game despite Sean Miller’s departure from the sidelines. Regardless of any outside circumstances, it appears Ayton seems focused on producing while on the floor.
Elijah Brown can plug a leak at the charity stripe: Not only did Brown score 30 points, but half of those came on a 15-of-17 performance from the line. Coming into the game, Brown had only missed four foul shots all year — although he’d never taken more than nine in a game. His consistency on his free throws allowed Oregon to keep Arizona at arm’s length in overtime.
This steal and dunk by Troy Brown was the second field goal of a 13-0 run in the second half that turned a 64-55 deficit into 68-65 lead for Oregon.
— Karley Gauthier (@karleygauthier) February 25, 2018
Oregon travels to Washington State on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
As for Arizona — what’s next is a loaded question these days — it hosts Stanford on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT on FS1.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Miles Bridges will be suiting up for Michigan State on Sunday, after all. The sophomore Spartans star was cleared to play Saturday after the school conducted an internal investigation into potential NCAA violations linked to Bridges’ family.
According to an explosive report by Yahoo Sports on Friday, Bridges’ mother allegedly received money from ASM Sports, an agency at the center of an FBI probe into college basketball corruption. While Bridges was not listed as receiving money, there were questions regarding his immediate eligibility after the Yahoo report.
Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman cleared up those questions in a Saturday statement. Beekman said the findings of a “thorough internal review” were presented to the NCAA and Bridges was cleared.
“After learning of the allegations in yesterday’s Yahoo! Sports article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review. Michigan State presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward.”
MSU Interim AD Bill Beekman: “After learning of the allegations in yesterday’s Yahoo! Sports article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review. Michigan State presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 24, 2018
According to bank statements obtained by Yahoo, Bridges parents had a $70 meal with representatives from ASM Sports and Bridges’ mother, Cynthia Bridges, also received a $400 advance. The documents also listed Tom Izzo having a dinner with Christian Dawkins, one of the leaders of ASM.
Izzo released a statement Friday after the report surfaced.
“While we will cooperate with any and all investigations,” Izzo said, “we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules.”
Michigan State plays at Wisconsin on Sunday in the team’s regular-season finale. Bridges is averaging 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the No. 2 Spartans this season.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:33 PM
The Arkansas baseball team is so loaded, it batted around in the ninth inning without even recording a single hit. That takes talent.
Or a mistake-filled opponent.
The Diamond Hogs scored three runs in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie and dispatch San Diego State, 5-2, on Saturday night.
Arkansas’ ninth was just plain odd: four walks, one hit-by-pitch, one reached-on-error, one sacrifice fly. Three runs. No hits.
Casey Martin started it by trying to simply bunt his teammates over in the tie game. Instead the freshman 9-hole hitters, with runners at first and second, pegged one down to third. It was misplayed and Jordan McFarland scored from second and Grant Koch went up to third while Martin stood safe at firs and the Razorbacks had their lead.
Jax Biggers followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Koch. Eric Cole walked. Luke Bonfield was hit by a pitch. In stepped another freshman, Heston Kjerstad, with the bases loaded. He drew a base-on-balls on four pitches to force in a fifth run.
The Razorbacks are now 2-1 on their four-game trip out West. Arkansas beat Arizona on Wednesday and fell to Cal Poly, the Hogs’ first loss of the season, Friday night. They close their three-game set as part of the Tony Gwynn Classic on Sunday at noon against the University of San Diego.
Cole hit a solo home run in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. San Diego countered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single to set the stage for the finish.
Cole’s homer was just Arkansas’ second hit in the game up to that point. Jax Biggers had led off the game with a double in the first. Cole’s lineout moved him to third and Dominic Fletcher’s sacrifice fly plated him to open the scoring. Harrison Pyatt kept the Diamond Hogs off-balance the next four innings.
Cole took the very first pitch of the sixth from Pyatt to the pull. Over the rightfield wall and it broke the tie. When Pyatt walked Fletcher to follow, he was finished.
Campbell was even better as his foil, though he suffered the same fate. San Diego State tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth after a leadoff double to start the frame and an RBI single followed. Campbell was lifted for Matt Cronin after giving up five hits and striking out seven in his work.
Arkansas had a golden opportunity in the eighth, but failed. The Razorbacks had the bases loaded for Carson Shaddy, who entered the game hitting over .400. But Shaddy took the 3-1 pitch and rolled it over to shortstop for the final out. On top of that, Luke Bonfield – like Shaddy, a senior – struck out looking with two on and one out earlier in the inning.
Matt Cronin worked the final four innings for Arkansas. He didn’t give up a hit and struck out five.
After Arkansas dropped 50-plus runs in its season-opening series against Bucknell, the Razorbacks were top, or near top, of college baseball in offensive categories. It was only natural, given the prodigious output, the rankings would level off. A complete crash back to Earth, though, was not anticipated. Arkansas has scored just nine runs in three games in California so far.
Arkansas only gave up five hits, though three of them were pounded for extra bases. What has been most impressive this trip, though, is the staff’s lack of walks. Only one against the Aztecs lineup Saturday.
Too early to be concerned, but Arkansas isn’t hitting against above-average teams. Bucknell doesn’t count. Biggers had two hits and Cole the other. That’s it.
Blaine Knight is a preseason All-American, but it’s Campbell who makes scouts drool. His stuff, combined with his size, can be devastating. If he stays healthy, Arkansas as a 1-2 punch that almost no team in the country can match.
A 2 for 4 night with a double, an RBI and a sac fly. Good game regardless of what the rest of the lineup did.
Arkansas has a final game out West on Sunday. The finale is against a San Diego team that was picked second in the West Coast Conference, a league that could get two teams into the NCAA Tournament.