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Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with sports. Here is what you’ll want to know about a busy weekend of basketball also full of NFL news and, of course, those pesky Cincinnati Reds. 

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here. 

It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State. 

Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Our David Jablonski rated it the third-worst performance of the season by the Flyers

Far more consequential: The Dayton women’s basketball team won the Atlantic 10 tournament, removing any doubt they will be part of the field of 64 when it is announced a week from tonight. 

Back from a knee injury that sidelined her late in the regular season, point guard Jenna Burdette was named tournament MVP. 

As for WSU, the regular season champion Raider women play Detroit (in Detroit) this afternoon in the Horizon League tournament semifinals. They’ll get regular season co-champion Green Bay or Milwaukee in the final if they win. 

The men are done after losing to Northern Kentucky yesterday in the quarterfinals. The 82-77 defeat is particularly stinging because the bracket had opened wide with the first five games of the tourney ending in upsets before the Raiders took the floor… 

The Ohio State women’s basketball team had a shorter-than-anticipated stay in Indianapolis over the weekend. Kevin McGuff’s top-seeded Buckeyes had a bad shooting afternoon and were knocked out of the Big Ten tournament in the semifinals by Purdue, robbing them of the chance to beat Maryland again and pad their NCAA tournament resume. 

It’s easy to forget Ohio State still has a men’s basketball team, too, but they managed to make history while losing their regular season finale to Indiana Saturday. The Hoosiers, who have actually had an even more disappointing season than the Buckeyes, won 96-92, setting a record for points at the poor excuse for a basketball arena the Buckeyes currently call home… 

The NFL Scouting Combine continues today in Indianapolis with defensive backs working out. 

Malik Hooker isn’t able to work out as he continues his recovery from a postseason surgery, but the All-American safety reportedly impressed teams already during the interview process over the weekend. 

Others who have already strutted their stuff include Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan. 

Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore are working out today…  

As for the Bengals, Yahoo Sports confirmed something they probably expected: Retaining guard Kevin Zeitler won’t be cheap. 

Marvin Lewis told reporters Friday the team is optimistic it will be able to re-sign veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, but Zeitler still seems like a crucial piece of the puzzle as well considering the offensive line was already shaky last year. 

Lewis also had good news about Gio Bernard’s recovery from a torn ACL while the team’s coordinators talked about adding speed on offense and an impact player somewhere on defense

 

While former Buckeyes continue the biggest job interview of their lives, the players still in Columbus are set to get back to work tomorrow

There will be time to jump deep into that later, but needless to say this should be another interesting spring for the Buckeyes, who haven’t scored a point since November but have a new offensive braintrust and lost their long-time defensive coordinator, too…

 

Leave it to the Reds to wait until all that stuff was going on to start doing good things this spring, right? 

After losing their first six spring training games, the Reds have won four in a row. 

Again, wins and losses don’t matter at all at this point, but outscoring opponents 34-16 over four days is nice. 

Rotation candidates Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman both had strong appearances Friday after Amir Garrett tossed three shutout innings Thursday to get the first win of the spring for Cincinnati. Cody Reed gave up two runs on four hits but struck out four in 2 1/3 innings Sunday. 

Jumbo Diaz, who has been rocked in all three of his appearances so far this season, is among four Reds playing in the World Baseball Classic, which starts today. He will pitch for the Dominican Republic while RHP Scott Feldman is on Isreal’s team, Shawn Zarraga is catching for Spain and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde is on Team Mexico… 

And in case you missed it, Ohio State won the Big Ten wrestling championship over the weekend. 

Graham High School’s Bo Jordan was among four Buckeyes to win an individual title. 

Charlie Sheen auctioning Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

New York Yankee's' Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series ring.
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“Wild Thing” is quite the collector, and now he’s about to cash in.

Charlie Sheen, who played the comical Indians pitcher Rick Vaughn in “Major League,” is putting two Babe Ruth memorabilia items to auction Friday, per ESPN.

The Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 Series. Ruth’s ring and a copy of the document that sent Ruth from Boston to New York will be available from Lelands.com. Sheen bought the items from the same destination. 

The ring’s bidding is already over a record-breaking $600,000. The document is slated to exceed $400,000.

The document, of course, signaled the beginning of the “Curse of the Bambino,” which, if you’re the superstitious type, last 86 years in Boston.

Sheen said he bought the items in the 1990s and displayed them in a residence bar that he named after Ruth. Sheen also once owned the ball that slipped between Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series.

“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come,” Sheen said. “Whatever price it brings is gravy.”

Dayton offers scholarship to one of top 2019 recruits

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

Dayton players huddle before a game against Davidson on Friday, March 10, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. David Jablonski/Staff
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The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Pickerington Central High School junior Jeremiah Francis, one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2019.

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Francis, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound guard, announced the offer on Twitter on Tuesday. He’s a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com and ranks 65th in the nation.

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Francis also has offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia and others.

Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller carries the ball on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Here’s who we consider the all-time seven best football players at Wayne High School. Have something to say about this alphabetical list? Email your comments to sports@coxohio.com.

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1. Will Allen, DB, 2000 grad: OSU All-American; two key plays during 2002 national championship season were INT that secured 14-9 defeat of Michigan and a tackle that caused Miami RB Willis McGahee to suffer a blown left knee in Fiesta Bowl title game. Senior transfer from Trotwood-Madison, played on Wayne’s first of four D-I state title games, a loss to Cleveland St. Ignatius. Eleven-year NFL career ended in 2015.

»SIDNEY FOOTBALL: Verbal commits to Northwestern, Toledo

2. Arnie Jones, FB/DT, 1971: One of five OSU captains in 1974 during the Archie Griffin era. Played for Moe Ankney with the Warriors. Ankney went on to be the head coach at BGSU.

3. Mike Mickens, DB, 2004: All-American at Cincinnati, ended Bearcats career as all-time leader in INTs (14) and INT return yards (296). D-I state 300 hurdles champ as a junior. In his third season as assistant coach at BGSU.

»DUNBAR FOOTBALL: Verbal commit to Oklahoma

4. Braxton Miller, QB, 2016: Among the most celebrated QBs in OSU history, which is saying a lot. Led Warriors to the 2010 state title game as a senior in 2010, a loss to Lakewood St. Edward. Switched to WR as a Buckeyes senior following a series of injuries. Entering second season with the Houston Texans.

5. Roosevelt Mukes, WR, 1985: Ranks among Cincinnati’s top 10 all-time receivers in catches and TDs. Longtime Warriors assistant coach. Huber Heights school district administrator.

6. Robert Redd, WR/CB/KR, 1998: Totaled 152 career catches for 2,007 and 27 TDs at Wayne. Among all-time career stat leaders at BGSU, where he followed his uncles Ronnie and Raymond Redd. Had long indoor arena football career.

7. Torrence Wilson, RB, 1995: The youngest and the best of the outstanding Wilson siblings, which included Terry, Tommy and Demetrius. Then-Warriors coach Mike Schneider insists Torrence is the best player he ever coached, which spans 40-plus seasons. Key member of 1995 D-I state track title team.

Honorable mention: Jermaine Daniels, DT, 1991 grad; Eric Dixon, RB, 1988; Alex Earley, QB, 2006; Marcus Freeman, FB/LB, 2004; brothers Vince, RB, 1977, and Victor, DB, 1978, Heflin; Reggie Johnson, QB, 1995; Ronnie Redd, WR/DB, 1990; Raymond Redd, WR/DB, 1990; Greg Shackelford, LB, 1985; D’Mitrik Trice, QB; Larry Turner, OL, 2000; Jerel Worthy, DT, 2009.

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Reds win longball battle versus Brewers

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

Billy Hamilton does not have a home-run trot. He flew around the bases after lining the ball to right-center field. He didn’t slow as he rounded third. He didn’t pause as he crossed home plate.

Hamilton does everything fast, and his solo shot in the first inning Tuesday set the tone for the Cincinnati Reds in an 8-6 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park.

“The guys are like, ‘Slow down; enjoy it,’ ” Hamilton said. “I’m like, ‘No, because if (the fans) reach over or something, they might try to call it a double. I’ve got to keep rolling.’ ”

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This was Hamilton’s second home run of the season and the 15th of his career. He had plenty of company in the box score in this game.

The Reds hit four home runs. The Brewers hit three. It was the 22nd game with at least seven home runs in Great American Ball Park history.

The Reds (32-44) needed it. They won for the third time in the last 18 games and beat the first-place Brewers for the second time in eight tries. Milwaukee (41-38) leads the National League Central Division by a game over the Chicago Cubs. The last-place Reds sit 7½ games back.

“Every win we can get is going to be big for us,” Hamilton said. “We’ve been through some ups and downs this year. We win some and then go on a losing streak. We’ve just got to keep working hard as a team and keep playing together. I feel like we’re right there. We just need to keep getting better.”

PHOTOS: Reds vs. Brewers

Here’s a recap of the other six home runs:

• Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run in the first. Duvall has 17 home runs. He’s one of five Reds with double-digit homers.

• The Brewers hit the next three home runs, rallying from a 4-0 deficit. Catcher Manny Pina hit the first, his fifth of the season, in the second inning.

• Orlando Arcia hit a solo shot in the second. It was his sixth home run.

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• Travis Shaw, a Washington Court House native who is the son of former Reds closer Jeff Shaw, hit a three-run home run in the third.

• Shaw’s home run gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead, but the Reds’ Eugenio Suarez tied it with a solo home run in the same inning.

• In the fifth, Joey Votto gave the Reds a 7-5 lead with a two-run home run. He broke a tie with Scott Schebler for the team lead with his 21st.

Votto, Duvall and Scott Schebler entered the game on pace to hit 120 home runs. That would be the club record for a trio of players. Johnny Bench (45), Tony Perez (40) and Lee May (34) combined for 119 in 1970.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME

Brewers at Reds, 7:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410