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Scoochie Smith named A-10 player of week

Updated: Monday, January 09, 2017 @ 11:39 AM
By: Dave Jablonski - Staff Writer

Scoochie Smith named A-10 player of week
Scoochie Smith dunks against Rhode Island on Friday. David Jablonski/Staff

For the first time this season, a Dayton Flyers player won the Atlantic 10 Player of the week award.

Senior guard Scoochie Smith earned the honor Monday. He averaged 19 points in victories over St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island last week.

“The one thing Scoochie has done for us is play like the best player on the floor, the most experienced guy on the floor,” said Dayton coach Archie Miller on Monday on the A-10 coaches teleconference. “He makes decisions and plays for us. Last week, with Charles (Cooke) being out, I thought guys had a heightened awareness that htey were going to have to play well and solid, and I thought he was a big reason why we were 2-0.”

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Smith had 17 points and four assists in 34 minutes Tuesday in a 90-74 victory at St. Bonaventure. He scored 21 points Friday in a 67-64 victory over Rhode Island at UD Arena. He had six assists and one turnover in 38 minutes.

Smith is averaging 13.9 points and 4.0 assists. He’s shooting 45.6 percent (72 of 158) from the field, 34.7 percent (25 of 72) from 3-point range and 70.2 percent from the free-throw line (40 of 57).

Smith moved into 40th place on UD’s career scoring list last week. He passed Coby Turner (1,025, 1995-99), Jordan Sibert (1,030, 2013-15), Dave Colbert (1,049, 1984-86) and Monty Scott (1,054, 2003-07). Smith has 1,056 points. He’s three behind Bobby Joe Hooper (1965-68) and five behind Derrick Dukes (1990-94).

The Flyers (12-3, 3-0) have won five games in a row. They play at Massachusetts at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at Duquesne at noon Saturday.

Falcons player’s wife goes into labor during playoff win

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 2:08 PM
By: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

            Falcons player’s wife goes into labor during playoff win
Falcons guard Andy Levitre takes the field to play the Redskins during their football game on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/

Chipper Jones wasn’t the only Atlanta sports figure anxiously awaiting the birth of a child.

Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre and his wife, Katie, were also expecting a birth. 

As the Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game, Katie Levitre went into labor while watching the game at the Georgia Dome. 

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Katie Levitre, a former swimsuit model and NFL cheerleader, was on social media during the game, retweeting an NFL video of her husband spiking the football following a touchdown.

After the game, she waited for her husband to go through his usual post-game routine before heading out into Atlanta traffic.

The two were at an Atlanta hospital within hours. Their daughter, Lily, was born at 12:07 a.m. Sunday, about four hours after the game ended.

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Levitre was acquired by the Falcons before the 2016 season in a trade from the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round draft pick.

What to watch this weekend in sports

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
By: Marcus Hartman

What to watch this weekend in sports
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all. 

Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports: 

The Dayton Flyers are back on the court Sunday. 

Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. 

Saturday there are three college basketball games featuring two ranked teams. 

No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m. 

At 4, flip it over to CBS to see No. 14 Arizona play at No. 3 UCLA, and at 6 p.m. ESPN has No. 24 South Carolina at No. 5 Kentucky. 

Saturday night there is a marquee NBA game. 

The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers host the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 on ABC. 

The 33-9 Spurs are 2.5 games ahead of LeBron’s crew (30-11) in the race for home-court advantage in the NBA Finals (though both are chasing the Warriors, who are 36-6). 

But if you still can’t shake that football habit...

The NFL network will have the East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. on Saturday.  

Notable players include former UC quarterback Gunner Kiel and Arizona receiver Trey Griffey, Ken Jr.’s son. 

Oh yeah, and there’s that NFL thing. 

The Falcons host the Packers at 3:05 on Sunday afternoon. 

After that, flip it over to CBS to see the Steelers try to deny Tom Brady and the Patriots another shot at the Lombardi Trophy. 

March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 1:54 PM
By: David Jablonski

March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
Dayton's Joey Gruden, Darrell Davis and Allen Griffin leave the court after a victory over Richmond on Jan. 19, 2017.

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance.

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With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50 wins could hurt it if it stumbles in the A-10 too many times or loses to any of the lower-ranked teams. Its opponent on Sunday, Saint Louis, ranks 249th. Fordham, which just upset VCU, ranks 235th.

Dayton has one top-50 win against No. 49 Rhode Island, but is 7-2 against teams ranked 51-100. Dayton’s next chance of picking up a strong victory comes Jan. 27 at No. 46 VCU.

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: No. 9 Dayton vs. No. 8 Southern California in Tulsa.

Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 9 Dayton vs. No. 8 Tulsa in Indianapolis.

Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: No. 9 Dayton vs. No. 8 Michigan State in Tulsa. No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Clemson in Indianapolis.

Bracketologist: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Kansas State in Milwaukee. Dayton has an average seed of 8.65. It ranks as high as a No. 6 seed and as low as a No. 11 seed and is in the tournament on 75 of the 76 brackets.

Bengals sign kicker Brown

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 1:35 PM
By: Jay Morrison - Staff Writer

            Bengals sign kicker Brown
The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Louisville kicker Jonathan Brown to a Reserve/Futures contract Friday, Jan. 20. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said there will be an open competition for the kicking job in 2017, and the team announced the first participant in that battle today with the signing of Jonathan Brown to a Reserves/Future contract.

Brown originally joined the Bengals in May as an undrafted college free agent, but he suffered a foot injury in spring workouts that landed him on Injured Reserve. He was released Aug. 30 after completing his rehab.

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Brown played soccer on scholarship at Louisville and later walked on to the football team.

Randy Bullock, who replaced the struggling Mike Nugent in December, also could be a candidate for the job if the team elects to re-sign the unrestricted free agent.