Amanda Nunes spoils Ronda Rousey's comeback with quick TKO

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM

Amanda Nunes made short work of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Friday night, needing just 48 seconds to retain her mixed martial arts bantamweight title with a first-round technical knockout of the former champion.

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The 135-pound championship fight was the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It was Rousey’s first bout since a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in November 2015 at UFC 193, and Friday night’s fight was even more lopsided as Nunes (14-4) connected solidly with right hands to stagger Rousey (12-2).

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 48 seconds into the first round; it was the fastest knockout finish for Nunes, nicknamed “The Lioness.”

"I'm stopping everybody like that," Nunes said, according to ESPN. "When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, But no one is going to take this belt from me."

It was the second straight loss for Rousey, who earned $3 million for fighting Nunes. That tied the richest disclosed fight purse in MMA history, tying Conor McGregor’s payday in a non-title welterweight fight against Nate Diaz in August, ESPN reported.

Bengals rookie kicker ready for the challenge

Published: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 11:02 PM

Jake Elliott talks about his opportunity to take over Cincy kicking job.

Marvin Lewis has never used a draft pick on a kicker in his 14 years as the boss of the Bengals, so it certainly opened some eyes when Cincinnati took Jake Elliott in the fifth round last month.

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“It’s just competition and that’s what I love about it,” Elliott said during a break at Paul Brown Stadium. “I get a chance to make a name for myself here and I can’t wait to be a Bengal.”

Elliott got his first chance at rookie minicamp over the weekend. He brings an impressive resume to Cincinnati, connecting on 81 field goals in four seasons at Memphis.

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“I think a lot of that speaks to just being mentally tough and being focused at all times, whether it’s an extra point or if I’m going out there for a 50-yard field goal,” he said.

Randy Bullock is the veteran on the Bengals roster, but he certainly didn’t lock up the job down the stretch last season. Elliott figures to have every chance to win the job heading into the 2017 season.

Super Bowl: Connecting previous 50 games to Dayton area

Published: Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 10:55 AM
Updated: Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during his team's NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta )
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Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during his team's NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta )(Amy Sancetta)

The Cincinnati Bengals have not made an appearance in the last 27 Super Bowls and 48 of the 50 overall. But that doesn’t mean area football fans are without any local rooting interest.

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Looking at each of the 50 Super Bowls, there has been at least one area connection, whether it be a future or former Bengals player, or someone who played their high school or college ball within a 100-mile radius.

This isn’t a definitive list of every single local connection in every Super Bowl, but rather a challenge to find at least one in each game.

If there are any additional ones you remember, add them in the comments section on our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page.

Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10

Future Cincinnati Bengals head coach Forrest Gregg was the starting right tackle for the Packers.

Super Bowl II – Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14

Green Bay starting defensive tackle Ron Kostelnik won his fifth and final championship after starring at the University of Cincinnati.

Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

Miami University graduate and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank was the head coach who led the Jets to one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.

Super Bowl IV – Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7

Minnesota wide receiver John Henderson, who had seven catches for 111 yards in the game, was born in Dayton and played at Roosevelt High School.

Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13

Baltimore linebackers coach Hank Bullough later would become Bengals defensive coordinator in 1980, where he installed the 3-4 defensive scheme and tutored Cincinnati’s first-year defensive backs coach Dick LeBeau.

Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3

Miami center Bob DeMarco, a three-time Pro Bowl selection during a 15-year career, played at the University of Dayton, where he was a tackle and third-team All-American.

Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7

The defensive architect of the only NFL team to complete an undefeated season was Miami University graduate Bill Arnsparger, who later coached at his alma mater as well as Ohio State before joining Don Shula’s Dolphins staff in 1970.

Super Bowl VIII – Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7

Dolphins defensive line coach Mike Scarry played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and spent seven seasons coaching the defensive line at the University of Cincinnati (1956-62).

Super Bowl IX – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6

University of Dayton graduate Chuck Noll won his first of what it still a record four Super Bowls.

Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17

Pittsburgh linebackers coach Dan Radakovich was an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati before joining the Steelers.

Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14

Oakland free safety Jack Tatum, an Ohio State and College Football Hall of Famer, delivered one of the more spectacular and ferocious hits in Super Bowl history when he dislodged the helmet of Minnesota wide receiver Sammy White on a 19-yard reception over the middle.

Super Bowl XII – Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10

Cincinnati native Roger Staubach won his second Super Bowl by throwing for 183 yards and a touchdown.

Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

Cleveland native Dick Walker won a Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Steelers as defensive backs coach after three prior coaching stops in Ohio at Bishop Watterson High School (head coach 1960-66), the University of Toledo (assistant 1967-68) and Ohio State (defensive backs 1970-76).

Super Bowl XIV – Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19

Dayton native and Colonel White High School and Ohio State graduate Doug France played right tackle for a Rams team that had a fourth-quarter lead in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10

This marked the final game in the 12-year career of Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey, who spent his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Super Bowl XVI – San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21

Joe Montana’s quarterbacks coach when he won his first Super Bowl was Sam Wyche, whom Montana would victimize as head coach of the Bengals seven years later in Super Bowl XXIII.

Super Bowl XVII – Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17

Washington tight end Rick Walker was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 1977 and played three seasons in Cincinnati before signing with the Redskins.

Super Bowl XVIII – Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9

Los Angeles kicker Chris Bahr, who spent his first four seasons with the Bengals (1976-79), put the finishing touches on the rout with a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to win his second Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XIX – San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16

Miami defensive end Bob Brudzinski, a Freemont native and Ohio State graduate, came up short again in his third and final trip to the Super Bowl during a 13-year career.

Super Bowl XX – Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10

Middletown native and Ohio State product Todd Bell sat out the entire 1985 season due to a contract dispute and missed out on being part of one of the greatest Super Bowl champions of all time as the Bears went 18-1.

Super Bowl XXI – New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20

A rookie second-round pick out of Ohio State, Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson won his first of two Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XXII – Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10

Before Larry Peccatiello was the Bengals defensive coordinator from 1994-96, he won his second Super Bowl in the same role with Redskins.

Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16

A 1984 second-round pick out of Ohio State who was playing his final professional game, San Francisco tight end John Frank only had two catches in the game, but one was on the 49ers’ first scoring drive and the other produced a first down on the game-winning, 92-yard march.

Super Bowl XIV – San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10

49ers defensive end Danny Stubbs would play three seasons with the Bengals (1991-93) after his time in San Francisco.

Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19

Left guard William Roberts, who played at Ohio State, wrapped the only Pro Bowl season of his 14-year career with his second Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl XXVI – Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24

St. Henry High School and Ohio State graduate Jim Lachey was the starting left tackle for the Redskins as he won his only Super Bowl in an 11-year career.

Super Bowl XXVII – Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17

Former Bengals cornerback and current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton won his only Super Bowl as a player in his final professional game (he went on to win two more as a coach with the Steelers).

Super Bowl XXVIII – Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13

Dallas right tackle Erik Williams, who was a NAIA All-American at Central State, won his second of three Super Bowls during an 11-year career.

Super Bowl XXIX – San Francisco 49ers XXIX – San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26

49ers wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey began his 42-year coaching career at Miami University (1974-76).

Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Cowboys linebacker and Cincinnati native Dixon Edwards (Aiken High School) won his third Super Bowl but first as a starter.

Super Bowl XXXI – Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21

A product of Roth High School and Ohio State, Dayton native Keith Byars caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause for the Patriots.

Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24

Denver defensive end Alfred Williams, who began his career as a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1991, won his first of two consecutive Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XXXIII – Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19

One Denver cornerback was a former Bengal (Ohio State’s Tito Paul) and one was a future one (Tory James).

Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16

Ohio State product and 1997 No. 1 overall pick Orlando Pace, the starting left tackle for the Rams, won the only Super Bowl of his Hall of Fame career.

Super Bowl XXXV – Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7

Future Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was the coordinator of a Baltimore defense that is considered to be one of the best ever.

Super Bowl XXXVI – New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17

New England left tackle and Greenville High School graduate Matt Light won his first of three Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21

University of Dayton graduate Jon Gruden, who was the Flyers backup quarterback for three years, led Tampa Bay to the only Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29

Dayton native and Belmont High School grad Martin Bayless was the defensive backs coach for the Panthers.

Super Bowl XXXIX – New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

Running back Corey Dillon had 106 all-purpose yards and a touchdown as he won the only Super Bowl of his career in his first season with the Patriots after seven years playing for the Bengals.

Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10

Former Bengals defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen (1994-99) won the only Super Bowl of his 14-year career, and on his way to doing it beat his former team in the wild-card round with the infamous tackle that tore Carson Palmer’s ACL.

Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17

Colts assistant head coach Leslie Frazier, who was a former Bengals defensive coordinator (2003-04), became one of the few men to win a Super Bowl as a player (XX) and coach.

Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14

Cincinnati native Michael Matthews (Sycamore High School) was a rookie starting at tight end for the Giants.

Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23

Pittsburgh quarterback and Miami University product Ben Roethlisberger threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining to win his second Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

Former Miami University player and assistant coach Aaron Kromer was the offensive line coach for the Saints.

Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25

Former Centerville High School and Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk had five tackles and a pass defended to lead Green Bay to the fourth Super Bowl title in frachise history.

Super Bowl XLVI – New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

After playing at Springboro High School and Ohio State, Jake Ballard started at tight end as the Giants won their second Super Bowl in six years and fourth overall.

Super Bowl XLVII – Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh played at Miami University and was an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Super Bowl XLVIII – Seattle Seahawks 48, Denver Broncos 8

Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith, who played and was an assistant coach at Miami University, won his first Super Bowl in his 19th season as an NFL coach.

Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24

Patriots cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer, who watched cornerback Malcolm Butler make one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history with a goal-line interception in the final seconds, was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton in 2001.

Super Bowl 50 – Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10

Denver’s David Bruton Jr. (Miamisburg) and Cody Latimer (Jefferson Township) and Carolina’s Kurt Coleman (Northmont) all played for Dayton area high schools.

Police arrest 17-year-old in murder of Houston woman

Published: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 7:08 PM

A 17-year-old Texas man was arrested and charged with the murder of a young woman in what prosecutors say was a car burglary gone wrong, KTRK reported.

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Police arrested Broderick Delance Knight on Dec. 27 and charged him with capital murder in the Dec. 14 death of 22-year-old Carla Carias in southeast Houston.

"I just hope that God does what he needs to do and he pays for what he did," Jose Ochoa-Carias, Carla’s younger brother, told KTRK. "The pain he's causing to our family is very strong, we all miss my sister."

Investigators say the botched car burglary that ended Carias' life was the second crime Knight committed that night.

They allege on Dec. 13, Knight and a friend approached a man parked near Hobby Airport. They said Knight coaxed the man out of his black Nissan, then tried to rob him. During that robbery, a language barrier prompted the victim to literally remove his pants, give it to Knight, and then run for his life.

Shortly after midnight on Dec. 14, police said, Knight and his friend traveled a few miles south and burglarized Carias’ Camaro. The car was parked outside her boyfriend's apartment, also located near Hobby Airport.  Investigators said the ensuing confrontation led to Carias being shot and killed.

"It was senseless, there was no point in it," neighbor Rudy Rios told KTRK. "Over a car?"

Investigators said they got a break on Dec. 27 when they spotted the black Nissan on the road and pulled it over for a traffic stop. Knight was allegedly behind the wheel. Investigators said that during the stop, Knight confessed to his role in Carias' murder.

"We're all mad, but they caught him and we just got to wait for the law to take care of it," Ochoa-Carias told KTRK.

Archdeacon: Bengals playoff skid hits new low in meltdown vs. Steelers

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 8:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 7:27 PM

In yet another display of uncontrollable behavior and ill-timed, all-about-me celebration, Vontaze Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals dreadlocked sons of anarchy, ran side by side the length of the field late in the final minutes of Saturday’s playoff game with Pittsburgh, went up the players’ tunnel and into the underbelly of Paul Brown Stadium.


Burfict had just intercepted a pass by Steelers quarterback Landry Jones – the replacement for Ben Roethlisberger who had injured his shoulder on a late third-quarter sack by Burfict — and that seemingly sealed a Cincinnati victory.


But there still were 96 seconds left in the game. There still was focus to be maintained.


Instead, the Bengals mercurial linebacker took off on his victory tour, joined by Pacman and soon trailed by two other teammates, linebacker Rey Maualuga and safety George Iloka.

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Once in the bowels of the stadium, Burfict and Pacman should have stayed there.


If they had the Bengals likely would have beaten the Steelers, broken the 25-year drought of playoff victories and now be headed to New England to play the Patriots on Saturday.


Instead, thanks to Burfict and Pacman – and in a less distasteful, but equally devastating way by running back Jeremy Hill – the Bengals had one of the most monumental big-game meltdowns in recent NFL memory.


Considering all that was at stake, how good this team really is and the inconceivable way it happened, it was the franchise’s worst loss in the past 25 years … and maybe ever.


Pittsburgh’s 18-16 triumph in the final seconds came in a game that is drawing national attention the way a crash on the highway draws morbid gawkers.


The Bengals didn’t lose because of that quarter century of bad luck that seems to dog them since their last playoff win since 1991 – Marvin Lewis is now 0-7 in the postseason, an NFL record for coaching futility – and they didn’t lose because of the rash of injuries they endured in the game, costing them the services of running back Giovani Bernard, safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.


And you can’t fully blame the loss on the terrible fumble by Hill with 83 seconds left.


Certainly if the fumble-prone back – called on at the end because the more sure-handed Bernard was under concussion protocol – had held onto the ball, Cincinnati likely could have run out the clock and won.


But even with his turnover it seemed as if the Bengals were going to escape with a 16-15 victory.


With 1:23 left, Pittsburgh got the ball back at its own 9-yard line and that set the stage for Roethlisberger, whose heroic return to the field stirred images of the New York Knicks’ Willis Reed forever-celebrated emergence from the Madison Square Garden dressing room in the 1970 NBA Finals.


Once back to the field, Roethlisberger stayed on the sideline for two possessions as Landry Jones struggled and the Bengals surged back with 16 straight points in the fourth quarter.


That’s when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin approached Big Ben.


“Coach came to me and asked if I could go and I said I’d give it everything I got,” Roethlisberger said.


He didn’t have much arm strength and was in severe pain, but his mere presence bolstered his staggering teammates. Even so, it began to look like he had neither the physical capabilities, nor the time to get the Steelers in range for a winning field goal.


Finally, when there were just 22 seconds left and the Steelers still were near midfield and out of timeouts, Roethlisberger heaved a pass to his stellar receiver Antonio Brown that was wobbly, high and uncatchable.


At that instant, the delirium of the moment swept through the rain-soaked, victory-parched Cincinnati crowd.


But then the Bengals did exactly what they had promised in the week prior that they would not.


When the two teams met in December at Paul Brown Stadium, their long-simmering animosities gave way to a pregame fight – with Burfict in the middle of it – and enough taunts, cheap shots and brutal hits that the league levelled $147,000 in fines on the two teams .


The Bengals lost their cool and that game and they swore it would not happen again.


But the promise was as hollow as Pacman and Burfict and some other teammates were dense Saturday night.


They had an emotional meltdown and the undisciplined, final-seconds attempts at retaliation by the pair saddled the team with a pair of 15-yard penalties. That put Steelers kicker Chris Boswell into chip shot range for his winning 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds left.


While Burfict and Jones were the most grievous offenders on this night of ugly incidents, several other Bengals short-circuited, too. On at least three different occasions players ran off the sidelines onto the field to jaw at the Steelers.


And a lot of that reflects on Lewis.


While he gets credit for molding a wondrous team – “This is the most talented team I’ve been on here,” Pro Bowl tackle and 10-year vet Andrew Whitworth said afterward. “Even now I still think we are a Super Bowl caliber team,” – too many times, especially when playing Pittsburgh, Lewis’ teams have lost focus and gotten caught up in the extra-curricular nonsense.


When the battered Roethlisberger overthrew Brown, Burfict came roaring in late and drove a shoulder and a helmet into the defenseless receiver.


Brown lay on the ground after that and when he finally was being helped off the field, Jones ended up near the Steelers’ huddle and got into a spat with Pittsburgh’s linebacker coach Joey Porter.


Like Burfict, Jones too was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty and Pittsburgh instantly had the ball at the Bengals 17.


While Hill took the blame for his gaffe afterwards – “This is on me,” he told the nonstop crush of reporters who quizzed him – neither Burfict nor Jones offered any mea culpa.


When the game ended, they marched to the locker room, dressed quickly and before quick exits, stopped briefly to blame everybody else for the self-destruction.


Jones was especially profane and soon after posted an Instagram rant, now deleted, that began: “(expletive) refs did a horrible job! You’ve got Joey (expletive) Porter on the middle of the (expletive) field talking (crap) and he wasn’t even supposed to be on the (expletive) field.”


Burfict, similarly was unwilling to take responsibility and hinted at a bias against him by NFL officials. When pressed, he waved off further queries as “Dumb Ass Questions!” and left.


It’s a shame Burfict and Jones end up the face of the team on this night. Their back-alley tactics eclipsed the glorious efforts of young quarterback AJ McCarron, receiver A.J. Green, who caught the go-ahead 25-yard TD toss with 1:50 left, and Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth.


And here’s another indelible late-game image, one that’s a flip side to the thuggery and selfishness displayed Burfict and Pacman.


When the game ended Whitworth was one of just four Bengals – the others were kicker Mike Nugent, receiver Marvin Jones and halfback Rex Burkhead – who sought out Steelers players on the field to congratulate them.


Then the massive Whitworth lowered his 330 pounds onto his knees near the 50-yard line to say a postgame prayer. He soon was joined by Burkhead, fellow Bengals Cedric Peerman and Vinny Rey and Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell.


As he stood at his locker later, Whitworth was asked why he had bothered to shake hands when so many teammates had headed straight to the dressing room.


“I shook hands with them because at the end of the day integrity and character and who you are as a man is more important than who you are as a football player,” he said. “And in the face of a loss you have to man up and walk out there.”


He was asked if it was hard to play under control in a game like Saturday’s where there is a long history of bad blood, there was continued tit-for-tat nastiness after many plays and even some ugliness rained down from the stands as a few fans threw bottles and cans at the motorized cart that was taking the injured Roethlisberger from the field to the dressing room after his injury.


“No, if you have discipline it’s not that hard,” Whitworth said. “You’ve got to understand that’s the ultimate goal. Guys on the team have to understand the discipline of winning a football game is more important than anything else.


“When it becomes just about you and what you’re gonna do, that’s when you have trouble.”


And the Bengals had plenty of the latter Saturday night.

Because there was no discipline when they needed it, there was no victory when they deserved it.