Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

090316 Atlanta: North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy leaps over a defender during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome Saturday September 3, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
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090316 Atlanta: North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy leaps over a defender during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome Saturday September 3, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM(Brant Sanderlin/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Welcome to NFL draft day! 

The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining. 

The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick. 

Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the Orange and Brown or be the newest mistake by the lake? Only time will tell! 

As we discussed on our Facebook Live last night, I think Trubisky would be a reach at 12 (where the Browns are currently scheduled to pick again), but if they snag the consensus top player in the draft (Myles Garrett) to open things up, the rest of the first round they are more or less playing with house money... 

And what about the Cincinnati Bengals? 

They are sitting pretty at No. 9 with at least a half-dozen prospects they could really use there. 

I am warming to the idea of O.J. Howard even though I will be saying the defense needs a talent upgrade until I see an improvement on the field. 

Questions about Tyler Eifert’s durability are definitely legitimate, and having two tight ends too good to keep off the field is a nice problem to have. 

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It’s probably not worth much, but I have seen recent projections with Malik Hooker sliding past them. I would take him before anyone who could realistically be available except for Jonathan Allen (who may not realistically be available). 

Given his adventurous path to the draft, the most likely pick might be Rueben Foster, though. 

Here are Jay Morrison’s five players the Bengals are most likely to draft in the first round… 

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Tight end O.J. Howard #88 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs to the end zone after making a 68-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(Staff Writer)

What of the Ohio State Buckeyes? 

Everyone agrees Hooker and Marshon Lattimore will be gone early tonight, but Gareon Conley continues to twist in the wind. 

Conley released a statement yesterday insisting he is innocent and noting charges have not been filed against him at this point. 

TMZ then released a video showing Conley and his accuser interacting at a bar before the alleged incident. 

Why is that significant? 

The video is critical because it appears to contradict what the accuser told police -- that she first met Conley in an elevator at the Westin hotel around 2:45 AM. 

The accuser’s lawyer responded by telling TMZ an “incomplete” police report was released to the public. 

The biggest development from the NBA playoffs last night was the Boston Celtics beating the Chicago Bulls to take a three games to two lead in their series. 

Boston, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, has won three in a row after looking fairly lost in the first two games. 

The Bulls have badly missed former Celtic Rajon Rondo, who is out with a hand injury. 

The other game last night saw the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks to take a 3-2 series lead as well… 

The Reds lost to the Brewers again. 

They got a terrible start from a young pitcher, but Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler hit home runs. 

In other words, it was basically the same game they have already played about a dozen times this year. 

If anything changes (other than Devin Mesoraco coming back Friday), we’ll let you know… 

In keeping our streak of covering college basketball in this column alive, Ohio State lost a verbal commitment from Darius Bazley yesterday. 

The Cincinnati Princeton junior shared later in the same day he got an offer from Xavier. 

If that doesn’t tell you a lot about the current states of Thad Matta’s current program and his previous one, I don’t know what does (aside from actually making the NCAA tournament and winning tourney games, of course). 

I saw Bazley play in Kettering in January, and his potential was obvious even though he was rusty from sitting out the first half of the season. 

After the Vikings were run off the floor by a team from Georgia, Bazley said he has hopes of being the next Evan Turner for the Buckeyes — a do-it-all wing. 

Princeton guard talks about first game with the Vikings and looking forward to playing at Ohio State.

Lastly, my column about the decline of ESPN has gotten a lot of attention, including a couple of people pointing out cord-cutting is also a major issue for the network. 

This is true, and falling revenues are no doubt a factor in to their deciding to cut costs by trimming payroll. 

However, my focus was more on what the personnel decisions they made tell us. 

There are many ways they could have reduced expenses, and the one they chose was to remove the salaries of people who gather news while keeping many “opinionists” who I’m sure in some (perhaps many) cases make more money than the people they let go. 

Still more questions than answers for the Reds

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 11:09 PM

As the rebuild continues and the season has less than a month-and-a-half to go, the Cincinnati Reds still have more questions than Alex Trebec asks on Jeopardy.

And most of them are really tough decisions, some of them evident Saturday nigh when the Reds narrowly escaped the Atlanta Braves, 11-8, after leading by seven going into the bottom of the ninth.

WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO with Scooter Gennett? Will they re-sign him after they picked him up off waivers this spring from the Milwaukee Brewers, the biggest bargain since Marge Schott sold hot dogs for $1?

Gennett hit a grand slam home run Saturday night, his third grand slam this season to go with his four home run night. The first half of the season he didn’t even play regularly, but he has 21 home runs and 74 RBI.

His three grand slams tied a team season record, held by six other Reds, last done in 2014 by Devin Mesoraco. The first to do it was Frank Robinson.

THE GRAND PLAN WAS TO have young Jose Peraza become the regular second baseman after they dumped Brandon Phillips. But Gennett has outplayed Peraza in every possible way.

And how about right field? Scott Schebler? Jesse Winker? Phillip Ervin? All three are solid and legitimate candidates.

Schebler came off the disabled list Friday and on Saturday started his first game since going on the DL.

Before going on the DL, Schebler was quietly playing with a bad shoulder, injured on a diving catch in Los Angeles. He kept playing and was 4 for 52.

ON SATURDAY HE WAS ON base his first four times at the plate and had a single, two doubles, a walk, scored twice and drove in a run.

Is he the guy? His average is low, but his power numbers are impressive and he is an outstanding defender. But Winker, a No. 1 draft choice, was supposed to be the right fielder of the future when they traded Jay Bruce.

And Ervin, drafted No. 1 in 2013, has   languished in the minors. But he was called up early this week and his first career hit Wedneday in Chicago was a home run. The next night, he hit a two-run home run to break a 9-9 tie and the Reds won, 13-10.

For the game he was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and four RBI.

AND, OF COURSE, THE PITCHING rotation remains a floating crap game.

Is Robert Stephenson part of it? He pitched creditably Saturday night — five innings, two runs, three hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

With the Reds leading, 5-2, manager Bryan Price removed him, even though he had thrown only 75 pitches. The innings, though, were stressful. The Braves had runners in base in every inning and stranded eight while Stephenson was in there. And for the night the Brave stranded 14 and we 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

And he made two errors and failed to put down a bunt, physical things that have nothing to do with pitching ability. Price more than likely removed him early to give him a positive feeling about himself.

AND HE WAS CREDITED WITH the win, his first of the season after four losses, but it was shaky.

The Reds led, 7-4, entering the top of the ninth and Gennett’s grand slam made it 11-4. They were needed.

Blake Wood started the bottom of the ninth and gave up four straight hits, including a three-run home run to Matt Adams, to cut the lead to 11-7.

Price had to bring in Michael Lorenzen to get the final three outs and it was painful. He gave up two hits and another run scored. He had two on with two outs (both strikeouts) before he ended it by getting Matt Kemp to ground weakly to third.

Surviving the onslaught enabled the Reds to win their third straight.

It would have been somewhat disconcerting had the Reds lost to Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. He was 1-and-8 with a 7.37 ERA in his start at home in new Sun Trust Park. Now he is 1-and-9 (He is 6-and-2 on the road).

HS Results 8/19: Springboro opens season with shutout win

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:57 PM

The Springboro girls soccer team started the season on a winning note with a 1-0 win over Bearden (TN) at the Bearden High School Invitational on Saturday.

Liv Page tallied the game-winner off an Alex Garver assist with 28 minutes to play in the second half.

Keeper Kristy Catrine posted the shutout with five saves.

Boro continues play in the tournament Sunday against Farragut (TN) at noon.

Boys Soccer

Sidney 4, Lehman Catholic 1: Jalen Hudgins scored twice and Damien Jones and Evan Burden had a goal apiece to help Sidney start the season with a win. Jake Emrick hit the lone goal for LC.

Alter 3, Monroe 0: Ty Borton, Joel Bockelman and Dominic Ruffolo all had goals to propel Alter to a season-opening win.

Northwestern 9, Newton 2: Dillon Koble and Dylan Huber each scored in a losing effort for Newton.

Girls Soccer

Milton Union 4, Dayton Christian 0: Morgan Nemeth, Kristen Dickison, Mara Walters and Hallie Berberich each posted a goal for MU in the season-opener.

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0: Gabby Hollar and Grace Estes recorded two goals apiece and keeper Paige Shafer notched six saves to lead WLS.

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0: Freshman Darani Wenrick scored two goals and keeper Hannah Marzolf notched 16 saves in the shutout.

Girls Volleyball

Urbana 3, Bethel 2: Taylor Adams tallied 30 assists with 19 digs and 9 aces and Mackenzie Bean added 8 kills with 10 digs to lead Urbana.

Greeneview 3, Yellow Springs 1: Caitlin Sweat recorded 6 kills with 5 aces and 6 digs and Ashely Schloss added 8 kills for Greeneview.

Fort Loramie 2, St. Marys 0: After dropping matches to New Knoxville and Versailles, Fort Loramie finished the Coldwater Spike-Off with a win. Sophia Albers tallied 13 assists with 6 digs and Kenzie Hoelscher had 7 kills.


Boys Soccer

Friday’s Results

Anderson 9, Middletown 0

Eaton 3, Edgewood 1

Fairmont 3, Fairborn 0

Mason 1, Springboro 0

Miami Valley School 3, Twin Valley South 1

Northwestern 9, Newton 2

Temple Christian 2, Miller City 0

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, Monroe 0

Badin 1, Northwest 0

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0

Fairfield 0, Fairmont 0

Lakota West 2, Centerville 2

Ross 1, New Richmond 0

Sidney 4, Lehman Catholic 1

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0

Girls Soccer

Friday’s Results

Chaminade Julienne 8, Vandalia 0

Eaton 4, Edgewood 4

Fairmont 3, Fairborn 0

Miami Valley School 4, Twin Valley South 1

Milford 1, Lebanon 1

Newton 5, Greenville 0

Saturday’s Results

Badin 6, Northwest 0

Graham 9, Southeastern 1

Milton Union 4, Dayton Christian 0

Northmont 7, Middletown 1

Springboro 1, Bearden (TN) 0

Tecumseh 5, Miami East 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0

Girls Tennis

Friday’s Results

Bellbrook 5, Fairmont 0

Oakwood 5, Preble Shawnee 0

Upper Arlington 5, Chaminade Julienne 0

Wayne 4, Sidney 1

Boys Golf

Friday’s Results

Fort Loramie 169, Marion Local 211

Lehman Catholic 170, Fort Recovery 201, Botkins 211

Talawanda 180, Ross 199

Saturday’s Results

Twin Valley South 166, Franklin Monroe 190

Girls Golf

Friday’s Results

Alter 200, Oakwood 228

Girls Volleyball

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, McAuley 2

Catholic Central 3, Northwestern 0

Fort Loramie 2, St. Marys 0

Greeneview 3, Yellow Springs 1

New Knoxville 2, Fort Loramie 1

Preble Shawnee 2, National Trail 0

Tippecanoe 3, Northmont 0

Urbana 3, Bethel 2

Valley View 2, National Trail 0

Versailles 2, Fort Loramie 1


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Chiefs QBs light up Bengals defense in 30-12 rout

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 5:28 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

            Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

The Cincinnati Bengals lost starting safety Shawn Williams to a right elbow injury in addition to losing track of numerous Kansas City wide receivers Saturday night as three Chiefs quarterbacks steered a rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

Kansas City scored on its first five possessions, the last four of which resulted in touchdowns as the Chiefs whipped the Bengals 30-12.

Kansas City tight end Demetrius Harris caught a 5-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Alex Smith and a 1-yarder from rookie backup Patrick Mahomes, who also connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 7-yard score.

Then third-stringer Tyler Bray threw an 18-yard touchdown to Seantavius Jones on his first snap of the game, which came after an interception by Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

Kansas City (1-1) outgained Cincinnati (1-1) 411-257 as the Chiefs top three quarterbacks combined to go 20 of 28 for 194 yards and three touchdowns for a 126.2 passer rating, while running back Charcandrick West ran for 113 yards on seven carries.

Williams was hurt tackling Akeem Hunt shy of the first down marker on the first play of the second quarter and was carted off the field to keep his right arm stabilized. The team’s other starting safety, George Iloka, has yet to play in the preseason after suffering a knee injury July 30, although he returned to practice this week.

The Bengals first-team offense played the first series in the first half, with quarterback Andy Dalton directing a pair of field goal drives. Randy Bullock opened the scoring with a 47-yarder in the first quarter, and rookie Jake Elliott booted a 32 yarder in the second quarter.

Dalton was 7 of 13 for 98 yards.

“I thought we moved the ball fairly well overall, but we’ve got to score TDs,” Dalton said. “We picked up a few first downs and kept things moving, but we’ve got to cross the goal line.”

McCarron led the fourth drive, which began with 1:05 left in the second quarter. McCarron threw passes of 31 yards to Alex Erickson and 25 yards to Tyler Boyd to get the Bengals in range for Bullock, who hit a 26-yarder as time expired in the first half.

Elliott added a 39-yarder in the third quarter to keep the kicking competition close. Bullock and Elliott are 7 of 7 through the first two games.

McCarron was 8 of 15 for 93 yards and an interception before turning things over to third-stringer Jeff Driskel.

Rookie running back Joe Mixon, one of the stars of the 23-12 win against Tampa Bay, carried six times for 16 yards. Starting running back Jeremy Hill rushed six times for 28 yards.

The Bengals play their first road game of the preseason next Sunday at Washington in a 4:30 p.m. nationally televised game.

High school football games on radio, TV, internet

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 4:02 PM

Alter is at Fairmont to open the high school football season on Thursday, Aug. 24. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Alter is at Fairmont to open the high school football season on Thursday, Aug. 24. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

The following are area high school football games that will be aired on radio, TV and/or the internet. If your station or webcast isn’t listed, email your information and schedule to

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ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum),

Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont

Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy

Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh

Thu. Sept. 14: Lebanon at Beavercreek

Thu. Sept. 21: Springboro at Centerville

Thu. Sept. 28: Stebbins at Fairborn

Thu. Oct. 5: Tippecanoe at Sidney

Thu. Oct. 12: Vandalia-Butler at Piqua

Thu. Oct. 19: Eaton at Carlisle

Thu. Oct. 26: Brookville at Franklin

Fri., Aug. 25: Cedarville at Mechanicsburg

Fri., Sept. 1: Urbana at Stebbins

Sat., Sept. 9: Graham vs. Lehman Catholic at Piqua

Fri., Sept. 15: Kenton Ridge at Urbana

Fri., Sept. 22: Greenon at West Liberty-Salem

Fri., Sept. 29: West Liberty-Salem at Mechanicsburg

Fri., Oct. 6: Mechanicsburg at West Jefferson

Fri., Oct. 13: Mechanicsburg at Triad

Fri., Oct. 20: Urbana at Ben Logan

Fri., Oct. 27: Fairbanks at Mechanicsburg

Fri., Aug. 25: Franklin at Carlisle

Fri., Sept. 1: Edgewood at Franklin

Fri., Sept. 8: Franklin at Piqua

Fri., Sept. 15: Eaton at Franklin

Fri., Sept. 22: Franklin at Valley View

Fri., Sept. 29: Franklin at Waynesville

Fri., Oct. 6: Bellbrook at Franklin

Fri., Oct. 13: Franklin at Monroe

Fri., Oct. 20: Franklin at Oakwood

Fri., Oct. 27: Brookville at Franklin


Sun., Aug. 27: Wayne at Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), 1 p.m.

Thu., Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont

Fri., Sept. 1: Thurgood Marshall vs. Alter at Centerville

Fri., Sept. 8: Xenia vs. Alter at Fairmont

Fri., Sept. 15: Carroll vs. Alter at Centerville

Fri., Sept. 22: Alter at Fenwick

Fri., Sept. 29: Alter at Cin. Roger Bacon

Fri., Oct. 6: Cin. Purcell Marian vs. Alter at Fairmont

Fri., Oct. 13: Alter at Badin

Fri., Oct. 20: Cin. McNicholas vs. Alter at Fairmont

Fri., Oct. 27: Alter at Chaminade Julienne

Fri., Aug. 25: Fort Loramie at Minster

Note: The following games are all subject to change

Fri., Sept. 1: Sidney at Bellefontaine

Fri., Sept. 8: Carroll at Sidney

Fri., Sept. 15: Miami East at Fort Loramie or New Bremen at Anna

Fri., Sept. 22: Delphos St. John’s at Anna

Fri., Sept. 29: Twin Valley South at Fort Loramie

Fri., Oct. 6: Tippecanoe at Sidney

Fri., Oct. 13: Troy at Sidney

Fri., Oct. 20: Lima Perry vs. Lehman Catholic at Sidney or Versailles at Minster

Fri., Oct. 27: Minster at Anna

Spectrum Sports, Ch. 1311 (HD), 311 and 99

Sat., Aug. 26: Cin. Moeller at Hamilton

Fri., Sept. 8: Fairfield at Lakota West, 11 p.m. 

Thu., Sept. 14: Vandalia-Butler at Northmont

Fri., Sept. 15: Centerville at Springfield, 11 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 22: Lakota West at Mason, 11 p.m.

Thu., Sept. 28: Fairfield at Sycamore 

WBZI-FM (100.3),

Fri., Aug. 25: Arcanum at Greeneview

Fri., Sept. 1: Greeneview at Waynesville

Fri., Sept. 8: Fairborn at Beavercreek

Fri., Sept. 15: Greeneview at Mechanicsburg

Fri., Sept. 22: Xenia at Piqua

Fri., Sept. 29: Beavercreek at Springboro

Fri., Oct. 6: Greeneview at Southeastern

Fri., Oct. 13: Cedarville at Greeneview

Fri., Oct. 20: Miamisburg at Beavercreek

Fri., Oct. 27: Xenia at Fairborn

WIZE-AM (1340)

Fri., Aug. 25: Kenton Ridge at Northeastern

Fri., Sept. 1: Princeton at Springfield

Fri., Sept. 8: Lima Senior at Springfield

Fri., Sept. 15: Centerville at Springfield

Fri., Sept. 22: Spg. Shawnee at Northwestern

Fri., Sept. 29: Southeastern at Cedarville

Fri., Oct. 6: Catholic Central at Greenon

Fri., Oct. 13: Beavercreek at Springfield

Fri., Oct. 20: Springfield at Wayne

Fri., Oct. 27: Spg. Shawnee at Tecumseh

WPVW-AM (1660),

Thu., Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont

Fri., Sept. 1: Hamilton at Fairmont

Fri., Sept. 8: Fairmont at Milford

Fri., Sept. 15: Springboro at Fairmont

Fri., Sept. 22: Fairmont at Beavercreek

Fri., Sept. 29: Miamisburg at Fairmont

Fri., Oct. 6: Fairmont at West Carrollton

Fri., Oct. 13: Wayne at Fairmont

Fri., Oct. 20: Fairmont at Centerville

Fri., Oct. 27: Springfield at Fairmont

WSWO-FM (97.3),

Sun., Aug. 27: Wayne at Pine Richland (Pa.)

Fri., Sept. 1: Wayne at Olentangy Liberty

Fri., Sept. 8: North-Clarkson SS (Ontario, Canada) at Wayne

Fri., Sept. 15: Miamisburg at Wayne

Fri., Sept. 22: Wayne at Northmont

Fri., Sept. 29: Centerville at Wayne

Fri., Oct. 6: Wayne at Beavercreek

Fri., Oct. 13: Wayne at Fairmont

Fri., Oct. 20: Springfield at Wayne

Fri., Oct. 27: Wayne at Trotwood-Madison

WTGR-FM (97.5)

Fri., Aug. 25: Celina at Versailles

Fri., Sept. 1: Versailles at Delphos Jefferson

Fri., Sept. 8: Anna at Versailles

Sat., Sept. 16: Versailles at Delphos St. John’s

Fri., Sept. 22: Marion Local at Versailles

Fri., Sept. 29: Versailles at Fort Recovery

Fri., Oct. 6: Versailles at Parkway

Fri., Oct. 13: Coldwater at Versailles

Fri., Oct. 20: Versailles at Minster

Fri., Oct. 27: New Bremen at Versailles

Fri., Sept. 1: Wilmington at Greenville

Fri., Sept. 8: Arcanum at Ansonia

Fri., Sept. 15: Stebbins at Greenville

Fri., Sept. 22: Greenville at Trotwood-Madison

Fri., Sept. 29: Ansonia at Mississinawa Valley

Fri., Oct. 6: Fort Loramie at Mississinawa Valley

Fri., Oct. 13: Miami East at Arcanum

Fri., Oct. 20: Tri-Village at Ansonia

Fri., Oct. 27: Arcanum at Tri-Village

WTJN (107.1),

Fri., Aug. 25: Troy at Trotwood-Madison

Thu., Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy

Fri., Sept. 1: Troy Christian at Bradford

Fri., Sept. 8: Northridge at Troy Christian:

Fri., Sept. 15: Fairborn at Troy

Fri., Sept. 22: Greenfield McClain at Troy Christian

Fri., Sept. 29: Troy at Tippecanoe

Fri., Oct. 6: Vandalia-Butler at Troy

Fri., Oct. 13: Troy at Sidney

Fri., Oct. 20: Lima Central Catholic at Troy Christian

Fri., Oct. 27: Piqua at Troy

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