Sports Today: Reds on Facebook, Buckeye on comeback trail, Peko’s Super Bowl aspirations

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Fans try to catch a foul ball during a game between the Reds and the A's on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Fans try to catch a foul ball during a game between the Reds and the A's on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

With there being no point to rehashing the latest Cincinnati Reds loss — they’re due for a six-game winning streak now, right? — here’s a question: Do you care about being able to watch games on Facebook? 

Whether you do or not, you will be able to tonight when the Colorado Rockies come to town. 

While I was writing that story yesterday, I was thinking this seems like a pretty good idea for all involved. 

RELATED: Reds-Rockies to be first Facebook game broadcast

I don’t really get why Twitter wants to broadcast whole games nor why the NFL would find that to be worth its while (although maybe they are just willing to take money from a company that obviously has no idea what it’s doing and succeeds in spite of itself — that’s getting easier and easier to do these days…), but I can see Facebook making some sense. 

While Twitter is an on-the-go app (unless it’s on in the background while doing something else) that is already constantly updating, Facebook is more something one can settle in with. Surf around, see what’s happening with various people and whatever subjects and news sources you have liked. 

And, of course, three times as many people are on Facebook than Twitter. 

I have an easier time envisioning Facebook serving something to an audience that isn’t necessarily looking for it and having some success hooking new fans. 

While I’m sure reaching current fans (to retain them and increase their engagement) and finding new ones are both appealing to MLB, the latter is probably more important. 

What do you think? 

RELATED: Cubs sweep Reds 

With OTAs cranking up around the NFL, there are bound to be plenty of, “So what is THAT guy up to?” stories such as this one on former Ohio State/Centerville standout Michael Bennett. (H/T Land of 10

First Coast News in Jacksonville reports the Jaguars defensive tackle is optimistic big things are in store for his third year in the NFL after hip and calf injuries marred the first two. 

He missed all of last season because of the latter and had surgeries to clean up both. 

“I’m a lot strong than I’ve ever been, same with my quickness,” Bennett said.

“Then just studying football. Going into this year, I’m very optimistic, I feel very good about it, just because I’ve never been this knowledgeable about football, I’ve never been this strong or as fast. My technique has never been this good.”

Bennett is one of the most fascinating guys I covered in my decade-plus on the Ohio State beat.

Not only was he always ready with an informative answer to football questions, he was one of the players who could speak thoughtfully on topics outside the lines like athlete compensation and unionization. 

RELATED: More than a dozen area recruits to be part of Crosstown Showdown 

He was also hell on wheels on a football field and one of the biggest reasons the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship. 

Bennett found another level in the postseason, dominating inside and giving that OSU defense a different look and snarl against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. 

Hopefully he can make an impact this fall for the Jags… 

Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett speaks to reports at Big Ten Football Media Days at the Hilton in Chicago on Monday, July 28, 2014.(David Jablonski)

Speaking of NFL defensive lineman, were you bothered by Domata Peko telling Denver media he left Cincinnati for a better shot at winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos

That was one free-agent defection that was not hard to see coming given Peko’s age and the fact the Bengals seem to have been trying to draft his replacement for a couple of years. 

I’m guessing he’ll be missed in the locker room more than on the field, but he had a great career with the Bengals. 

RELATED: Domata Peko says he left Cincinnati for better chance at championship

His differentiation between trying to win a playoff game in Cincy and winning a championship in Denver is reasonable since the Broncos recently won the Super Bowl.

It also really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. 

I mean, it’s based in some fact, at least from an outsider’s perspective. There is a lot of focus on taking that next step and winning a playoff game since that hasn’t been done in so long. 

However, from a practical standpoint… well it’s not likely they will fold up their tents and ignore the following week once that actually happens, so again it doesn’t really matter. 

There is so much parity in the NFL, half the league could go on a run and win it all any given year. Then we spin everything based on that for the next few months. 

As for which team has more realistic hopes of winning the Super Bowl next February? 

Looks like a coin flip. The Broncos and Bengals finished last season 14-15 in Football Outsiders’ team efficiency rankings, and Denver still doesn’t have a quarterback. 

Linebacker prospect Carson Kropp commits to Oklahoma State as preferred walk-on

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

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Oklahoma State’s defense has picked up another piece in the 2018 recruiting class.

Inside linebacker prospect Carson Kropp announced through his personal Twitter account Tuesday that he is committed to play for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys as a preferred walk-on.

Kropp wrote that it was “a childhood dream” to reach the point in his career which he achieved.

Kropp, a native of Owasso, Okla., did not have a star-rating in the 247Sports composite rankings. Kropp comes in at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds.

You can view his highlights from Owasso High School in Owasso, Okla. below:

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HS Scores 12/12: Stebbins, Wayne, Monroe boys win it in OT

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

PREP RESULTS

Boys Basketball

Monday’s Results

Stebbins 75, Greenon 47: Mpanzu (S) 17; Downing (G) 12.

Tuesday’s Results

Bellbrook 67, Valley View 51: Crouch, Greene (B) 10.

Brookville 47, Oakwood 46

Centerville 42, Fairmont 35

Fort Loramie, 49, Franklin Monroe 39: Braun (FL) 17; Cable (FM) 13.

Franklin County 47, Ross 39: Nichols (FC) 12; Angel (R) 12.

Goshen 63, Talawanda 49: Moore (G) 29; James (T) 15.

Greenon 50, Southeastern 47: Rice (G) 12; Billet (SE) 20.

Kenton 49, Ben Logan 45

Lebanon 59, Xenia 53: Hoofkin (L) 17.

Legacy Christian 74, Yellow Springs 51: Usynski (LC) 20; Marinelli (YS) 22.

Mason 61, Lakota East 58: Knue (M) 17; Wieland (LE) 17.

Miami Valley 45, Dayton Christian 44: Martin (MV) 21; Thornhill (DC) 14.

Middletown 39, Fairfield 35: Powell (M) 13; Turner (F) 12.

Mississinawa Valley 50, New Bremen 49: Bowman (MV) 16; Powers (NB) 11.

Monroe 59, Eaton 56, OT: Poindexter (M) 24; Sullender (E) 23.

New Miami 64, Gamble Montessori 59: Duncan (NM) 20; Deloach (GM) 19.

Newton 51, Covington 48: Wehrley (N) 18; Parrett (C) 17.

Northridge 64, Dixie 55: Turner (N) 14; Grise (D) 16.

Princeton 70, Lakota West 40: Bazley (P) 17; Kiker (LW) 16.

Sidney 65, Troy 54: Gordon (S) 21; Demeo (T) 11.

Springboro 75, Northmont 70: Tabor (S) 22; Lewis (N) 19.

Springfield 55, Miamisburg 50: Sanford, Taylor (S) 15; Hall (M) 17.

Stebbins 62, Fairborn 61, OT: Mpanzu (S) 19; Monroe (F) 30.

St. Xavier 55, Badin 47

Sycamore 76, Hamilton 64: Kelly (S) 30; Howard (H) 25.

Tippecanoe 76, Piqua 66: Smith (T) 24; Brown (P) 18.

Triad 51, Fairbanks 49: LeVan (T) 23; Hackathorne (F) 19.

Troy Christian 51, Emmanuel Christian 35: Davis (EC) 18.

Wayne 71, Beavercreek 64, OT: Quisenberg (W) 32; Alessandro (B) 24.

West Liberty-Salem 54, Northeastern 45: Loffing (WLS) 15; Lockwood (NE) 23.

Girls Basketball

Monday’s Results

Beavercreek 53, Alter 14: Williams (B) 16.

Butler 56, Greenville 38

Eaton 57, Tri-County North 37

Fenwick 56, Ross 33

Franklin 49, Edgewood 45: Ferrell (F) 22; Stephens (E) 19.

Goshen 45, Madison 43: Garr (G) 27; Runnells (M) 13.

Legacy Christian 62, Yellow Springs 14: Combs (LC) 17.

Miamisburg 55, Stebbins 30: Kepple (M) 16.

Middletown 58, Little Miami 56: Bellard (M) 18; Kuritar (LM) 14.

Middletown Christian 43, Jefferson 24: Lykins (MC) 14.

New Bremen 49, Lincolnview 41: Jones (NB) 15; Gorman (L) 11.

Northmont 63, Bellbrook 56: Looper (N) 17; Hofacker, Vine (B) 16.

Ponitz 48, Stivers 24: Walton (P) 14; Dixon (S) 8.

Springboro 70, Chaminade Julienne 46: Diehl (S) 22; Weckesser (CJ) 14.

Talawanda 37, Indian Hill 35: Brown (T) 25.

Thurgood Marshall 45, Meadowdale 17: Scales (TM) 14; Bradfield (M) 6.

Tippecanoe 59, Fort Loramie 41: Holthaus (FL) 12; Mader (T) 23.

Tri-Village 63, Houston 36: Porter (TV) 16.

Twin Valley South 39, Dixie 35: Crews (TVS) 14; Creamer (D) 15.

Wayne 57, Wilmington 37

West Liberty-Salem 47, Triad 31: Vanninem (T) 10; Weaver (WLS) 13.

Tuesday’s Results

Botkins 64, Ridgemont 51: Bergman (B) 24; Howland (R) 17.

Coldwater 79, Celina 41: Diller (Co) 27.

Covington 46, Newton 42: Whiteman (C) 18; McBride (N) 23.

Delphos St. Johns 59, St. Marys 52: Vorst (DSJ) 17; Mele (SM) 12.

Preble Shawnee 44, Arcanum 41: Lovely (PS) 15; O’Daniel (A) 13.

Russia 51, New Knoxville 35: Cordonnier (R) 20; Leffel (NK) 13.

Wapakoneta 45, Marion Local 38: Jacobs (W) 18; Rethman (ML) 20.

Boys Bowling

Monday’s Results

Xenia 2237, Tippecanoe 2165

Tuesday’s Results

Northeastern 2365, Southeastern 2036

Roger Bacon 2360, Carroll 2312

Springfield 2511, Lebanon 2377

Girls Bowling

Monday’s Results

Xenia 1878, Tippecanoe 1629

Tuesday’s Results

Ben Logan 2238, Spg. Shawnee 1113

Lebanon 2128, Springfield 1944

Southeastern 1706, Northeastern 1399

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HS Results 12/12: Legacy Christian boys net two double doubles

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

In a 74-51 win over Yellow Springs, the Legacy Christian boys basketball team had two players in particular with outstanding offensive nights.

Erik Uszynski led Legacy Christian with 20 points, tacking on 15 rebounds for the double double.

Following closely behind was Keano Hammerstrom with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Both Uszynski and Hammerstrom shot for 100% from the foul line.

Tony Marinelli led Yellow Springs and all scorers with 22 points, while James Browning tacked on 11.

TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle sheds light on Chris Del Conte’s departure

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

FORT WORTH — For TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle, Chris Del Conte’s departure for the Texas athletic director position was news to him as much as it was for all Horned Frogs fans.

The 13-year TCU head coach, who has taken the Horned Frogs to four consecutive College World Series appearances, said there was no advance notice of Del Conte’s decision to leave the university for the job with the Longhorns.

But despite the sudden turn of events, Schlossnagle said there were indicators that Del Conte’s tenure in Fort Worth was potentially winding down — even if the end came sooner than expected.

“He never really talked about [leaving], but Texas…obviously they were going to have a job opening at some and we feel like Chris is as good as anybody in the country and that he was going to be considered,” Schlossnagle said. “Those things happen.”

Even more telling than the pending Texas opportunity, however, may have been Del Conte’s approach to the job of athletic director.

Schlossnagle said the former TCU athletic director viewed the role as one that required eventual movement — no matter the time frame.

“Chris always had the philosophy that athletic directors have a shelf life,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m not sure if I entirely agree with that, but I can understand his point of view and with athletic directors — they’re always changing ticket prices and pushing the envelope. Sometimes that eventually rubs fans the wrong way and that it’s time to do it somewhere else.”

And that might just be why Schlossnagle doesn’t see Del Conte’s move necessarily as leaving for a better opportunity.

“The grass was never greener for him and I know that this decision was not about the grass being greener,” Schlossnagle said. “I know that for sure.”

Del Conte had served at TCU since 2009. Deputy Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati was promoted to Athletic Director on Monday following Del Conte’s resignation to take the Texas job.