Reds’ Arroyo’s career might be over after latest start

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 5:13 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

            WATCH: Bronson Arroyo talks about shoulder pain
WATCH: Bronson Arroyo talks about shoulder pain

Bronson Arroyo bounded off the mound in the first inning Sunday after striking out the side. For a brief moment, he looked like the 29-year-old who joined the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 in a lopsided trade with the Boston Red Sox — Wily Mo Pena’s name will never be forgotten thanks to that deal.

Time has caught up to Arroyo, now 40. He made his 383rd start in the big leagues in the final game of a three-game homestand, and judging by his post-game comments, it might have been the last start in his 16-year career.

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Arroyo (3-6, 7.35 ERA) allowed five earned runs on seven hits in three innings in an 8-7 loss, the ninth in a row for the Reds (29-39). They fell 7½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.

“I haven’t been feeling too hot, and my shoulder is starting to slide downhill a little bit,” Arroyo said. “You could see the (velocity) was down. I was just trying to pitch as comfortably as I could and try to hit my spots. I’ve just been getting hit around the yard man for a while. It’s a tough situation trying to perform when you feel like you’re running uphill into the wind all the time. I was hoping my arm was going to continue to get better and better as the year went on, but it’s almost like it’s telling me, ‘Hey, man, I’m not going to run this race for you anymore.’”

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Arroyo planned to talk to Reds manager Bryan Price on Sunday night or Monday about his future.

“I think my arm is probably going to be checkmate,” Arroyo said. “I’ve got some tears in my shoulder we’ve been masking with cortisone for a while. It held up for the first three months. I got another shot. The second one has disappeared after three weeks. It’s almost as if the body has gotten used to cortisone as it does.”

Arroyo owns the highest ERA in baseball for any pitcher who qualifies for the league leaders. His performance this season is not a reflection of his career. He ranks seventh in Reds history in career starts (279), sixth in strikeouts (1,157) and tied for 12th in wins (108). One day, he’ll likely join the Reds Hall of Fame.

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Arroyo didn’t pitch in the big leagues in 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has had plenty of time to ponder the end of his career, and the thought crossed his mind when he left the game Sunday. He admitted it could be his last game.

“Tommy John is like changing the chain on a bicycle,” Arroyo said. “It doesn’t matter how bad the chain is if the rest of the bike is OK. You change out the chain, and you continue to move forward. The shoulder is more like your favorite shirt you’ve been wearing for the last 15 years. It gets washed too many times, so it gets very brittle. When you have some tears in there, there’s really not a whole lot you can do about it. We’ve been doing the best we can by masking it with cortisone the entire season, including spring training. That’s not going to work anymore. I don’t know if we have any more options.”

WATCH: Jordan Bell throws alley-oop to himself, leaves Steph Curry in disbelief

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:15 PM

Oregon basketball fans are no stranger to Jordan Bell dunks. Golden State Warriors fans, however, are still a bit new to the 22-year-old rookie. No matter. They can certainly get used to plays like this:

The game, of course, against the Dallas Mavericks, was well in hand by the time Bell decided to put on his own dunk contest. The Warriors were up 119-94 with less than three minutes remaining. No better time to toss one off the glass to yourself.

After three years in Eugene, the final of which featured a Final Four appearance, Bell was taken with the 38th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, which would have put Bell on the Chicago Bulls had the Warriors not traded $3.5 million for the pick.

At the moment, it seems a good fit.

HS Results 10/23: Hollar paces WLS in sectional final

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Gabby Hollar poured in five goals to help West Liberty-Salem earn a sectional title in girls soccer action on Monday.

WLS eliminated Tri-County North with the 5-0 win.

Laine Godwin, Peyton Kerns and Madison Bender each added an assist and keeper Rachel McGill tallied four saves for the shutout.

West Liberty-Salem (16-2) advances to the district tournament to face CHCA on Thursday at Fairmont.

Girls Soccer

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1: Alyssa McCloud and Joey Stoller each netted a goal to lead Lebanon in this sectional final.

Sidney 2, Troy 1: Sidney scored off a deflection in overtime to move on to the district tournament.

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1: Jackie Bashore tallied two goals for Tippecanoe in a sectional final.

Mason 1, Lakota East 0: Lakota East played tough but fell short in the sectional final.

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0: SU scored twice in the second half to eliminate Lakota West.

Alter 9, Wilmington 1: Lauren Dietz, Nicoletta Anuci and Lindsey Gross each had multiple goals to help Alter win a sectional title.

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1: Jess Roberts scored twice and Alaina Casey and Ava Lickliter each added a goal for Carroll in this sectional final.

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0: Cassidy Hofacker struck the game-winning goal to help Bellbrook move on in double overtime of a sectional final.

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2: Hannah Gill’s goal broke the tie in double overtime to help Waynesville advance to a district final.

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0: Kristen Dickison pushed across all three goals to help Milton Union capture a sectional title.

Anna 7, Brookville 0: Taylor Kauffman poured in five goals for Anna in this sectional final.

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0: Josie Krupp scored with 59 seconds to play to help CC take home a sectional title.

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0: Lindsey Magoteaux and Molly Safreed knocked in two goals apiece to help LC claim a sectional title.

Girls Volleyball

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0: KR will face Spg. Shawnee in sectional final play after beating Greenville 25-8, 25-18 and 25-14.

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0: Shawnee advanced with scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-22.


Girls Soccer

Monday’s Results

Sectional Finals

Division I

Beavercreek 1, Centerville 0

Fairfield 1, Mt. Notre Dame 0

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1

Loveland 3, Anderson 0

Mason 1, Lakota East 0

Sidney 2, Troy 1, OT

Springboro 6, Miamisburg 1

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0

Division II

Alter 9, Wilmington 1

Badin 2, McNicholas 1

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0, 2OT

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1

Indian Hill 6, Roger Bacon 0

Mariemont 2, Ross 1, PK

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2, 2OT

Division III

Anna 7, Brookville 0

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0

CHCA 3, Seven Hills 1

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0

Madeira 8, Deer Park 1

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0

Summit Country Day 8, Clark Montessori 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Tri-County North 0

Girls Volleyball

Monday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division II

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0


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Eagles LT Jason Peters suffers brutal knee injury against Redskins

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a devastating blow on Monday night when All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter of their game against the Washington Redskins.

Peters went down grabbing his leg in obvious pain before being fitted with an aircast and ultimately being carted off to the Eagles’ locker room.

In a sign of the possible severity of his injury, nearly every player on the Philadelphia sideline – and Washington left tackle Trent Williams – came on to the field to console Peters while the fans at Lincoln Financial Field chanted the former undrafted free agent’s name.

Peters’ injury came one day after fellow All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns suffered his own season-ending injury.

If Peters’ injury is as serious as it appeared, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection’s career could unfortunately be over. Even if he never plays another down of football, though, Peters has a spot waiting for him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the Eagles, replacing Peters will be nearly impossible.

Former Duck Darren Carrington on his return to Autzen: ‘I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit’

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

Darren Carrington was once a key part of Oregon’s run to the 2014 College Football Playoff final. Two and a half years later, he was off the team and looking for a new school.

The receiver landed at Utah, where he’s made an immediate impact, catching 45 passes for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns in 7 games. The Utes have lost 3 straight games, but they were extremely competitive, dropping 2 of those 3 games by 3 points or less.

Carrington returns to the home of the Ducks — Autzen Stadium — this weekend. He doesn’t expect a warm welcome.

“I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit,” Carrington said, via the Salt Lake Tribune’s Chris Kamrani. “But I don’t really care. I like when it’s us against the world. I like that feeling.

“It’s going to be a fun game for me.”

Carrington went on to talk about how Oregon was his school of choice growing up, and how it will always be a place he considers home, despite his unceremonious split with the football program.

“I still consider it a home. I graduated from there — just as Utah is my home,” Carrington said. “I don’t think it’s going to be weird. Maybe being back there is going to be weird, but playing, it’s just another day of football, honestly. I’ve played so many times in that stadium, it’s just, let’s go again.”

Oregon coach Willie Taggart, who dismissed Carrington from the Ducks program in July, downplayed Carrington’s effect on Oregon’s approach to the contest on Monday, instead turning the focus on his own players.