Site of NFL’s first game is inconspicuous today

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

As the NFL gets ready to hold another Super Bowl, we take a look at the site of the first game between 2 of the league’s teams. The Dayton Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920.

A couple of miles north of downtown Dayton, the home of the first NFL game leaves plenty to the imagination. 

At least that’s what I found at Triangle Park on Friday afternoon, two days before Super Bowl LII will be played in Minnesota. 

The air temperature at the site of the NFL’s first game and its next one were probably pretty similar, but that’s about it. 

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Heck, there’s not even a football field at Triangle Park anymore. 

Nor is it obvious where that first game was played between the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles on Oct. 3, 1920. 

The park is divided into a few sections, one filled with trees and shelter houses, another occupied by a baseball field. 

I also found a decent-sized, flat, open field. It had some faded white lines but not a full grid. 

I’m not sure if it was 100 yards long, either, but it would have at least made a great place to play a pickup game with friends from the neighborhood. 

That’s probably what the first game would seem like now compared to the pomp and circumstance that will surround the Eagles and Patriots on Sunday night. 

Both games will have their spots in history, nonetheless. 

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The Ohio historic site marker sits next to the baseball field. 

It says the game was played, “on this field,” but these days it’s hard to tell what’s literal and what’s only meant to be generally true. 

But that’s all right. 

Sometimes it’s better to be able to fill in the gaps ourselves anyway. 

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Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:46 AM

Transgender Wrestler Looks To Defend Texas State Title

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported.

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On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance.

Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to prevent Beggs from wrestling in the female division.

Beggs began transitioning from female to male a few years ago by using testosterone, which was the reason the lawsuit was filed, WFAA reported. But according to the Texas University Interscholastic League, it is not a banned substance since it comes from a physician.

A state law passed in 2016 says that athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates, WFAA reported.

The state wrestling tournament will be in Cypress next week. Beggs is 29-0 this season and hopes to defend the state title he won last year.

Beggs is considering a men’s wrestling scholarship in college and is hoping to schedule a time for his “top surgery” by a doctor in Plano, The Dallas Morning News reported. 

"I know it's going to happen," Beggs told the Morning News "But if I stress about it too much, then I'm going to stress about it, so I'm just going with the flow."

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HS Scores 2/16: Greeneview’s Schneider tallies 1,000th career point

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:45 PM

PREP RESULTS

Friday’s Results

Boys Basketball

Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Bazelak, Smith (A) 13; Luers (F) 20.

Anna 61, Fairlawn 50

Arcanum 68, Tri-County North 61, OT: Gray (A) 21; Larson (TCN) 23.

Badin 56, Roger Bacon 39: Meyer (B) 13; Bibbs, Flowers, Munson (RB) 7.

Bellbrook 60, Eaton 41: Scott (B) 17; Sullender (E) 28.

Bellefontaine 79, Graham 61

Brookville 55, Monroe 36: Gudorf (B) 16; Backas (M) 13.

Butler 85, Tippecanoe 55: Justice (B) 26; Smith (T) 16.

Carlisle 65, Northridge 55: Flor (C) 22; Hines (N) 17.

Carroll 50, Chaminade Julienne 36: Ramsey (C) 30; Menker (CJ) 10.

Catholic Central 57, Southeastern 47

Cin. Country Day 77, New Miami 63: Adkins (CCD); Robinette (NM) 19.

Dayton Christian 64, Emmanuel Christian 53: Welker (DC) 25; Davis (EC) 27.

Delphos St. Johns 48, New Bremen 43: Worst (DSJ) 16; Vonderhaar (NB) 14.

Dixie 44, Waynesville 40: Worley (D) 16; Hurley (W) 12.

Dunbar 81, Dohn Academy 58

Fairborn 64, Xenia 52

Fort Loramie 52, Russia 35

Franklin 61, Valley View 42: Knott (F) 13; Cradlebaugh (VV) 12.

Greeneview 71, Cedarville 46: Schneider (G) 30; Cross (C) 15.

Indian Lake 72, Northwestern 61

Jackson Center 56, Houston 34

Jonathan Alder 56, Kenton Ridge 55

Lakota East 48, Sycamore 39: Cox (LE) 30; Yuskewich (S) 8.

Lakota West 73, Hamilton 52: Wagner (LW) 22; Robinson (H) 16.

Madison Plains 50, Greenon 46: Whittman (MP) 25; Coppock (G) 15.

Marion Local 64, New Knoxville 42: Mescher (ML) 14; Lageman, Osborne (NK) 9.

Miamisburg 68, Northmont 61: Hubbard (M) 27; Linson, Walker, Wallace (N) 13.

Middletown 41, Colerain 36: Williams (M) 14; Wiley Jr. (C) 16.

Minster 55, Fort Recovery 44: Ketner (M) 17; Braun (FR) 14.

Mississinawa Valley 59, Covington 48: Bowman (MV) 23.

Mount Healthy 52, Edgewood 35: Mathias (MH) 15; Hill, Allen, McCarty (E) 8.

National Trail 85, Bradford 49: Harrison (NT) 30.

Piqua 49, Troy 42

Preble Shawnee 70, Milton-Union 35

Princeton 69, Fairfield 46: Hunter (P) 15; Brown (F) 9.

Ross 70, Talawanda 44: Angel (R) 28; James (T) 19.

Seven Hills 42, Cin. Christian 37: Hill (SH) 16; Nimmo, Rogers (CCS) 13.

Sidney 71, Greenville 45: Roberts, Gordon (S) 16; Coomer (G) 16.

Springboro 50, Lebanon 42: Yates (S) 18; Huffman (L) 18.

Spg. Shawnee 45, Tecumseh 41

Stebbins 75, West Carrollton 70, OT: Mpanzu (S) 23; Sanders (WC) 21.

St. Henry 59, Parkway 37: Luttmer (SH) 14; Kinney (P) 14.

Tri-Village 47, Ansonia 39

Trotwood 79, Springfield 72

Troy Christian 77, Middletown Christian 39: Anderson (TC) 22.

Urbana 50, Ben Logan 49, OT

Versailles 67, Coldwater 64: Bruns (C) 20.

Wayne 52, Centerville 49

West Jefferson 63, Triad 52: Thompson (WJ) 20; LeVan (T) 31.

West Liberty-Salem 72, Mechanicsburg 49: Burden (WLS) 22; Young (M) 15.

Girls Basketball

Thursday’s Results

Defiance 36, St. Marys 30: Poling (D) 12; Mele (SM) 19.

Marion Local 44, New Knoxville 40

New Bremen 55, Delphos St. Johns 31: Homan (NB) 14; Zuber (DSJ) 12.

Riverside 31, Bradford 26: Miller (B) 17.

Twin Valley South 63, Middletown Christian 23: Crews (TVS) 14; Veal, Lykin (MC) 6.

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Wednesday’s Results

At Lakota East

Lakota West 65, Withrow 9

Little Miami 41, Anderson 26

Thursday’s Results

At Lakota East

Ursuline 31, Turpin 21

Milford 42, Mount Healthy 24

Division II

Thursday’s Results

At Lebanon

Badin 43, Alter 32

Monroe 53, Clinton-Massie 31

At Tecumseh

Trotwood 76, Graham 28: McGruder (T) 34.

Tippecanoe 70, Belmont 5

At Walnut Hills

Taft 52, Woodward 45

Northwest 54, Shroder 34

Division III

Wednesday’s Results

At Trotwood

Greeneview 52, Brookville 44: Fife (G) 15.

Miami East 60, Northeastern 23

REPORTING RESULTS

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Curling controversy: 'Burned rock' fans flames during fiery match

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 7:49 AM

Tempers Flare During Olympic Curling Match

Controversy during the Olympics is not new, but it is certainly rare in the sedate sport of curling. 

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A “burned rock” foul in the women’s match between Canada and Denmark, would not be swept away very easily Friday.

The controversy began in the fifth end, or period, when a Danish player touched a stone, a foul that is called a burned rock, The Washington Post reported.

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Canada had three options when the foul was called: Ignore the foul, remove the stone from play, or rearrange the stones to the position the team believed they would have been if the stone had not been disturbed, the Post reported.

Canadian skip Rachel Homan opted to remove the stone, which is considered the most aggressive action, the Post reported. Canada, which trailed at that point, scored four points to take a 6-4 lead.

Denmark, however, later tied the score and emerged with a 9-8 victory in overtime. After the match, Danish skip Madeleine Dupont said she disagreed with Homan’s decision.

“I wouldn’t have done it, but we’re different that way,” she told the Post. “I’m not going to be mad about it. She can choose to do whatever she wants.”

Homan said she was within her rights and was following the rules.

“There are options, and we’ve burned rocks in the past and they’ve come off,” she told the Post. “Burning a rock is not something that you can do. So obviously, we’ve done it in the past and they just happened to do that then. So it’s just the rules, I guess.”

Canada's Rachel Homan said she was within the rules in replacing a "burned stone."(Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Pita Taufatofua finishes Olympic cross country skiing race standing up

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 5:51 AM

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What could be better than carrying your country’s flag at the Pyeongchang Olympics while shirtless? For Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua, finishing the 15-kilometer individual race in cross country skiing ranks just as high. And yes, he was properly dressed for the event.

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Taufatofua, 34, told The Associated Press that he was glad he didn’t wipe out on the course, particularly during the final approach that took place in front of the grandstand.

“Please God, not in front of everyone,” Taufatofua told the AP when asked what he was thinking. “Don’t give me my first fall.”

Taufatofua finished the race standing up and placed 114th out of the 119 competitors. Two racers finished behind him and the other three either were disqualified, according to the AP.

The race was won by Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

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