Smith walks away from Bengals to join Browns

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:08 AM


            DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 18: Derron Smith #31 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the pickoff of the pass from Dan Orlovsky (not in photo) and runs for a second quarter touchdown during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 18, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 18: Derron Smith #31 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the pickoff of the pass from Dan Orlovsky (not in photo) and runs for a second quarter touchdown during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 18, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

On Saturday the Cincinnati Bengals cut safety Derron Smith. On Thursday, he walked away on his own, terminating his contract with the team to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

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The Bengals cut Smith to make room for kicker Marshall Koehn when Randy Bullock was unable to kick due to a back injury. After Smith cleared waivers, the Bengals brought him back on the practice squad Tuesday.

Smith practiced with the team Wednesday, but Thursday he signed with Cleveland, whom the Bengals play in Week 12.

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A sixth-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2015, Smith appeared in 31 games, including three this season.

Winner of UCLA-Cal likely to go to Independence Bowl

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 12:15 AM

Heading into Friday night’s matchup between UCLA and Cal, both teams had won five games and lost six. It made for not only a battle to attain a .500 record, but one to get to the six-mile milestone of bowl eligibility. The only question that remained was which bowl the winner would head to.

The answer to that question may have been inadvertently announced in the press box, when reporters were handed Independence Bowl fact sheets prior to the game.

The Independence Bowl will be played on Wednesday, December 27 this season. As always, it will be held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Pac-12 has only played the Independence Bowl three times, winning two. No matter if it’s Cal or UCLA who makes the trip to Shreveport, it will be the first time for either team in doing so.

UCLA has not won a bowl game since 2014, when Jim Mora and the Bruins beat Kansas State, 40-35, in the Alamo Bowl.

Cal’s last bowl win came in 2015, when the Bears beat Air Force, 55-36, in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Prep Football: Clinton-Massie, Marion-Local, Minster reach title games

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:28 PM


            Clinton-Massie’s Daulton Wolfe runs inside for yardage against Valley View in a Division IV playoff game Nov. 10, 2017. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
Clinton-Massie’s Daulton Wolfe runs inside for yardage against Valley View in a Division IV playoff game Nov. 10, 2017. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

Luke Richardson scored two touchdowns, one offensive and one defensive, in the fourth quarter to help Clinton-Massie cap off a 28-21 victory over New Concord John Glenn in the Division IV state semifinal at Hilliard Darby on Friday.

Corey Stulz connected with Richardson on a 25-yard TD pass to tie the game at 21 with 8:41 to play. With 5:59 left Richardson picked off a Justin Heacock pass and returned it for the go-ahead touchdown.

Stulz also had a 31-yard TD pass to Richardson in the first quarter and Weston Trampler added a 3-yard TD run in the third.

Richardson finished with two catches for 56 yards and Tyler Beam had 10 carries for 50 yards for Massie.

Massie won despite being outgained by John Glenn 415-189 yards. Heacock finished 20-of-44 with 312 yards and a TD and Shane Bonner tacked on 110 yards rushing with two scores for John Glenn.

Clinton-Massie (13-1) will face Steubenville (14-0) at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at 3 p.m. next Saturday in Canton in the state final.

Marion Local 31, Liberty Benton 13: Marion Local scored 24 unanswered points to start the game, moving on easily in this Division VI state semifinal. It marks a seventh straight appearance in a state final for the Flyers. Marion Local (14-0) will play Kirtland (14-0) at 10 a.m. next Saturday in Canton in a rematch of a 2015 state final that Kirtland won 22-20.

Minster 40, Norwalk St. Paul 7: Jared Huelsman punched in five touchdowns to help Minster punch a ticket to the Division VII state final. Minster (10-4) will face Cuyahoga Heights (12-1) at 10 a.m. Friday in Canton for the title.

PK80 bracket: TV schedule, game times, Friday live stream info for Phil Knight Invitational tournament

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

The Phil Knight Invitational continues Friday. The 16-team PK80 mega-tournament goes from Nov. 23-26, with Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina among the teams battling it out over two separate brackets in Portland, Ore.

Here’s the full tournament field:

No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 17 Gonzaga, Butler, Texas, Connecticut, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State, Portland, DePaul and Portland State.

Read more: Your guide to PK80, the 16-team Thanksgiving mega-tournament

Below, find the brackets, dates, game times and live stream information for PK80.

PK80 Invitational bracket: Victory

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Pk80 Invitational bracket: Motion

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What TV channel is PK80 on?

PK80 Invitational games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Find specific game assignments below.

How to live stream PK80 online

WatchESPN will have every PK80 game streaming live.

PK80 Invitational: Dates, game times

All times ET

Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving)

Final: North Carolina 102, Portland 78 | Box score

Final: Duke 99, Portland State 81 | Box score

Final: Arkansas 92, Oklahoma 83 | Box score

Final: Texas 61, Butler 48 | Box score

Final: Connecticut 71, Oregon 63 | Box score

Final: Florida 108, Stanford 87 | Box Score

Final: Michigan State 73, DePaul 51| Box score

Final: Gonzaga 86, Ohio State 59 | Box score

Friday, Nov. 24

Final: Butler 71, Portland State 69 | Box score

Final: North Carolina 87, Arkansas 68 | Box score

Final: Duke 85, Texas 78 (OT) | Box score

Final: Oklahoma 93, Portland 71 |  Box score

Final: Ohio State 79, Stanford 71 | Box score

Final: Oregon 89, DePaul  79| Box score

Florida vs. Gonzaga | Live stats | ESPN2

UConn vs. Michigan State | 11:59 p.m. | ESPN

The tournament’s first day was…okay

The tournament tipped on Thanksgving Day, and the predicted giant mismatches went as expected. Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State all rolled, and Connecticut’s win over Oregon was the day’s only single-digit margin. Arkansas advanced over Oklahoma, Texas beat Butler, Florida beat Stanford and Gonzaga crushed Ohio State to all move to the winner’s brackets.

The second round is where things should get a little more fun

It brought us the expected matchups of Duke-Texas, Florida-Gonzaga and North Carolina-Oklahoma, while Michigan State-UConn could also be fun. There’s also a loser’s bracket, so you’ll have no shortage of college basketball on your television, if nothing else.

Round 3 will give us 2 separate champions

The tournament skips Saturday, then resumes Sunday for the championship game in each bracket. Some potential matchups: Duke-Florida and North Carolina-Michigan State. That’s about as good as you can ask for from a Thanksgiving tournament.

Four area teams advance to football state championships

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:57 PM


            Trotwood defenders Jayvanare Nelloms (21) and teammates get defensive during a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua on Friday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Trotwood defenders Jayvanare Nelloms (21) and teammates get defensive during a 16-7 defeat of Toledo Central Catholic in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua on Friday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Four area teams have advanced to next week’s high school football state championships: Trotwood-Madison (GWOC American South), Clinton-Massie (Southern Buckeye Conference), Marion Local (Midwest Athletic Conference) and Minster (MAC). The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced which teams would play when after Friday night’s state semifinals.

The championships shift from Columbus to Canton’s new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Thursday through Saturday. The Division II title game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, then three each on Friday and Saturday.

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The final day’s tripleheader is loaded with area reps. Defending champ Marion Local (14-0) will play Kirtland (14-0) in a D-VI showdown of the state’s top-ranked teams at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m. it’s Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. No. 1 Steubenville (14-0) in the D-IV championship. Trotwood (14-0) is paired with Dresden Tri-Valley (13-1) in the finale at 8 p.m.

All the games will be televised live on Spectrum Sports and broadcast by the OHSAA Radio Network.

FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday, Nov. 30

D-II: Akron Archbishop Hoban (13-1) vs. Cin. Winton Woods (13-1), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1

D-VII: Minster (10-4) vs. Cuyahoga Heights (12-1), 10 a.m.

D-V: Wheelersburg (14-0) vs. Pemberville Eastwood (14-0), 3 p.m.

D-I: Pickerington Central (13-1) vs. Mentor (13-1), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2

D-VI: Marion Local (14-0) vs. Kirtland (14-0), 10 a.m.

D-IV: Clinton-Massie (13-1) vs. Steubenville (14-0), 3 p.m.

D-III: Trotwood-Madison (14-0) vs. Dresden Tri-Valley (13-1), 8 p.m.