Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 2:  Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park on June 2, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 2: Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park on June 2, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)(Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did

That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between. 

Yeah…. 

RELATED: Reds’ losing streak reaches nine games

Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one of his career

Arroyo has already allowed 23 home runs, halfway to his career high. Statistically he has been the worst starter in the major leagues this season, although before getting pounded by the pitiful Padres seven days ago he had put together three straight decent-to-good starts. 

Yesterday he allowed five runs in only three innings, and any thoughts that this might be one of those famous bad stretches Arroyo used to endure even in his heyday seemed to be erased by his postgame comments. 

WATCH: Bronson Arroyo talks about shoulder pain(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

RELATED: Arroyo’s career might be over after latest start

When a guy sounds like he doesn’t believe in his arm anymore, it’s tough to see it as anything other than over. 

Self confidence can be an athlete’s most important tool at times, especially one who has endured as many ups and downs as Arroyo has through the years. 

He almost always seemed to find a way to come out on top during his first eight years with the Reds, but time remains undefeated. 

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On the bright side, the bats might be waking up again. 

The pitching staff has put up some big clunkers in the last nine games, but there were a pair of games in San Diego in which they allowed four and three runs. 

Previously slumping Billy Hamilton was 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs scored and an RBI. 

He was 2 for 5 on Saturday and also scored a run in that game. 

And, yes, I’m going to keep pounding that drum about being in the race this year because it’s still June and also this: 

As far as I can tell, the NL Central is up for grabs until the Chicago Cubs wake up. They have a lot of talent already, and they have the assets to add other things they might need, so the odds they eventually run away from everyone else are in their favor. 

But you never know… 

Also it looks like there’s not much point in tanking the rest of the season because they might not be able to get much in a July selloff anyway. 

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Reds will probably have a hard time flipping Zack Cozart for a premium prospect because no contenders need a shortstop. 

(They get draft compensation if he leaves as a free agent, but at this point re-signing him might make the most sense if he wants to stay and be a leader on a young and potentially up and coming team. Though they have been stockpiling shortstops it seems, and moving him could allow them to play Jose Perza and Scooter Gennett every day.) 

Olney also notes multiple deserving Reds are likely to be left of the NL All-Star roster because of the long standing every-team-must-be-represented/participation trophy rule requiring every team to be represented. 

Good times… 

In happier news, the Dayton Dragons will be playing in the postseason no matter how the second half goes. 

They clinched a playoff spot Friday night when South Bend lost

Inside the locker room on a big night for the Dragons in Ft. Wayne

Lots of fun times at Fifth Third Field so far this summer with hopefully more to come. 

Maybe even a Hunter Greene sighting? Time will tell. 

One guy who won’t be around any longer: T.J. Friedl. 

The all-star outfielder was promoted to advanced Single-A Daytona on Saturday… 

In non-baseball news, Ohio State hosted numerous big-time high school football players on campus over the weekend, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith. 

Is he the next Warrior to become a Buckeye? 

Sorta sounds like it: 

“You’ll have to find out when I commit, man,” Smith said told Land of 10. “I can’t even explain it. Anybody that hasn’t been here, if you come up here, you’ll understand why it’s the place to be. Go to a football game. Trust me. It’s the place to be.”

If he signs with Ohio State, Smith would be the seventh Wayne player to do so since 2000. 

John Hollins and Will Allen started the trend in 2000 with Marcus Freeman signing in ’04, Donnie Evege in ’07, Braxton Miller in ’11 and Robert Landers in ’15. 

Every Ohio State football roster since the turn of the century has included at least one Wayne grad. Impressive. 

Related: Kentucky claims another local recruit while Akron invading for basketball?

You can find more about what happened at the camp in Columbus via Land of 10, including how quarterback Emory Jones looked and what is next for the Buckeyes in terms of recruiting linebackers. 

WATCH: Jordan Bell throws alley-oop to himself, leaves Steph Curry in disbelief

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:15 PM

Oregon basketball fans are no stranger to Jordan Bell dunks. Golden State Warriors fans, however, are still a bit new to the 22-year-old rookie. No matter. They can certainly get used to plays like this:

The game, of course, against the Dallas Mavericks, was well in hand by the time Bell decided to put on his own dunk contest. The Warriors were up 119-94 with less than three minutes remaining. No better time to toss one off the glass to yourself.

After three years in Eugene, the final of which featured a Final Four appearance, Bell was taken with the 38th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, which would have put Bell on the Chicago Bulls had the Warriors not traded $3.5 million for the pick.

At the moment, it seems a good fit.

HS Results 10/23: Hollar paces WLS in sectional final

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Gabby Hollar poured in five goals to help West Liberty-Salem earn a sectional title in girls soccer action on Monday.

WLS eliminated Tri-County North with the 5-0 win.

Laine Godwin, Peyton Kerns and Madison Bender each added an assist and keeper Rachel McGill tallied four saves for the shutout.

West Liberty-Salem (16-2) advances to the district tournament to face CHCA on Thursday at Fairmont.

Girls Soccer

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1: Alyssa McCloud and Joey Stoller each netted a goal to lead Lebanon in this sectional final.

Sidney 2, Troy 1: Sidney scored off a deflection in overtime to move on to the district tournament.

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1: Jackie Bashore tallied two goals for Tippecanoe in a sectional final.

Mason 1, Lakota East 0: Lakota East played tough but fell short in the sectional final.

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0: SU scored twice in the second half to eliminate Lakota West.

Alter 9, Wilmington 1: Lauren Dietz, Nicoletta Anuci and Lindsey Gross each had multiple goals to help Alter win a sectional title.

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1: Jess Roberts scored twice and Alaina Casey and Ava Lickliter each added a goal for Carroll in this sectional final.

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0: Cassidy Hofacker struck the game-winning goal to help Bellbrook move on in double overtime of a sectional final.

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2: Hannah Gill’s goal broke the tie in double overtime to help Waynesville advance to a district final.

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0: Kristen Dickison pushed across all three goals to help Milton Union capture a sectional title.

Anna 7, Brookville 0: Taylor Kauffman poured in five goals for Anna in this sectional final.

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0: Josie Krupp scored with 59 seconds to play to help CC take home a sectional title.

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0: Lindsey Magoteaux and Molly Safreed knocked in two goals apiece to help LC claim a sectional title.

Girls Volleyball

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0: KR will face Spg. Shawnee in sectional final play after beating Greenville 25-8, 25-18 and 25-14.

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0: Shawnee advanced with scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-22.

SCORES LIST

Girls Soccer

Monday’s Results

Sectional Finals

Division I

Beavercreek 1, Centerville 0

Fairfield 1, Mt. Notre Dame 0

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1

Loveland 3, Anderson 0

Mason 1, Lakota East 0

Sidney 2, Troy 1, OT

Springboro 6, Miamisburg 1

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0

Division II

Alter 9, Wilmington 1

Badin 2, McNicholas 1

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0, 2OT

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1

Indian Hill 6, Roger Bacon 0

Mariemont 2, Ross 1, PK

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2, 2OT

Division III

Anna 7, Brookville 0

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0

CHCA 3, Seven Hills 1

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0

Madeira 8, Deer Park 1

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0

Summit Country Day 8, Clark Montessori 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Tri-County North 0

Girls Volleyball

Monday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division II

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0

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Eagles LT Jason Peters suffers brutal knee injury against Redskins

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a devastating blow on Monday night when All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter of their game against the Washington Redskins.

Peters went down grabbing his leg in obvious pain before being fitted with an aircast and ultimately being carted off to the Eagles’ locker room.

In a sign of the possible severity of his injury, nearly every player on the Philadelphia sideline – and Washington left tackle Trent Williams – came on to the field to console Peters while the fans at Lincoln Financial Field chanted the former undrafted free agent’s name.

Peters’ injury came one day after fellow All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns suffered his own season-ending injury.

If Peters’ injury is as serious as it appeared, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection’s career could unfortunately be over. Even if he never plays another down of football, though, Peters has a spot waiting for him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the Eagles, replacing Peters will be nearly impossible.

Former Duck Darren Carrington on his return to Autzen: ‘I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit’

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

Darren Carrington was once a key part of Oregon’s run to the 2014 College Football Playoff final. Two and a half years later, he was off the team and looking for a new school.

The receiver landed at Utah, where he’s made an immediate impact, catching 45 passes for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns in 7 games. The Utes have lost 3 straight games, but they were extremely competitive, dropping 2 of those 3 games by 3 points or less.

Carrington returns to the home of the Ducks — Autzen Stadium — this weekend. He doesn’t expect a warm welcome.

“I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit,” Carrington said, via the Salt Lake Tribune’s Chris Kamrani. “But I don’t really care. I like when it’s us against the world. I like that feeling.

“It’s going to be a fun game for me.”

Carrington went on to talk about how Oregon was his school of choice growing up, and how it will always be a place he considers home, despite his unceremonious split with the football program.

“I still consider it a home. I graduated from there — just as Utah is my home,” Carrington said. “I don’t think it’s going to be weird. Maybe being back there is going to be weird, but playing, it’s just another day of football, honestly. I’ve played so many times in that stadium, it’s just, let’s go again.”

Oregon coach Willie Taggart, who dismissed Carrington from the Ducks program in July, downplayed Carrington’s effect on Oregon’s approach to the contest on Monday, instead turning the focus on his own players.