Cincinnati Reds excited to play New York Yankees in matchup of first-place teams

Published: Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 9:49 AM

Reds against Giants on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
David Jablonski
Reds against Giants on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.(David Jablonski)

The Cincinnati Reds could not have had a better Sunday. They completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 victory at Great American Ball Park and then watched — if they were able to stay up until 2:15 a.m. — as the Chicago Cubs lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees in 18 innings at Wrigley Field.

The Reds (17-14) lead the Cubs (16-15) by one game in the National League Central Division. A year ago, the Reds were 13-18 through 31 games and trailed the Cubs by 11 games. Two years ago, they were 15-16 and seven games back in the division. The Reds haven’t been in first place this late in the season since 2012, the last time they won the division. Even that 2012 team was 3½ games back through 31 games.

Now the Reds put their season-best five-game winning streak on the line against another first-place team, the Yankees, in 7:10 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati. The Yankees (20-9) have also won five games in a row. They lead the American League East by a half game.

“It’ll be exciting, and it’ll be fun,” Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday. “I think it’s a great time of year right now to be facing a team that’s first in their division.”

The Yankees swept the Reds 3-0 in 2014, the last time they played, in New York City. The Yankees won two of three games in 2011 the last time they visited Great American Ball Park.

Reds fans will get to see one of the game’s top young players. Aaron Judge, 25, leads baseball with 13 home runs. He made his major league debut last August. Fans will be familiar with second baseman Starlin Castro. The former Cub ranks second in the big leagues with a .355 average.

The Reds’ Rookie Davis (1-1, 7.36) starts against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (4-1, 4.46) on Monday. Tim Adleman (1-1, 4.22) starts for the Reds on Tuesday against CC Sabathia (2-1, 5.45).

The Reds will treat it like any other game.

“You’ve got to be able to block that stuff out and just come to play,” shortstop Zack Cozart said. “ We’re just here to play ball on a day in and day out basis. That’s the mentality we’re taking.

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Here is how to get into Dayton event featuring Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and nearly 40 other celebs 

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Michael Jordan is interested in building a golf course in Hobe Sound, near the Jupiter site where he is building a restaurant, reports said. (AP 1998 file photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Michael Jordan is interested in building a golf course in Hobe Sound, near the Jupiter site where he is building a restaurant, reports said. (AP 1998 file photo/Bill Kostroun)(Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)

Who wouldn’t like a shot to hit a few balls with Jordan or Kobe?

Registration is open for the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event set for Aug. 19 to 20 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.

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Registrations for 2 to 8 players range from $750 to $5,000 for the event that will benefit Hoopology Camp — former NBA player and coach Jim Cleamons’ Columbus-based charity for student athlete development. 

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A list of of 40 athletes, including Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Lenny Wilkens, Kobe Bryant, Willie Reed, Ross Browner and Dennis Hopson are expected to attend. 

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Members of the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University coaching staffs are also expected to participate, as is Archie Griffin, a former OSU and Cincinnati Bengal player. 

Ron Edwards, the event’s Dayton-based organizer, said a sponsorship registration is required for attendance.

“Unlike major golfing tournaments, this is a private event,” he told this news organization. “You can’t enter without (a team) sponsorship.”

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The presenting sponsor, albatross sponsor and eagle sponsor registration include entrance into a drawing to play with a pro or celebrity, an invitation to the event’s pairing party and auction and other benefits.

The birdie sponsor registration includes an invitation to the pairing party, but does not include the drawing.  

Find package details here. 

Edwards urges those interested in attending to visit the Hooplogy Camp website

Questions can also be emailed to ron@hoopologycamp.org.

Cleamons was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.  Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

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Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Scottie Pippen among celebrities coming to Dayton for new event 

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks. 

 

Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering. 

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Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach. 

WHO BENEFITS 

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit. 

WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?

A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of  basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.

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Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him. 

“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said. 

He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday. 

“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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WHY DAYTON?

Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.  

“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.  

Links to register for the event can be found at Hoopologycamp.org.

 

The first Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event is set for Aug. 19 and 20, 2018.(Contributed)

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Former Flyer Kostas Antetokounmpo: What are his chances of being drafted?

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Nine days remain until the NBA Draft. A 28-year drought for the Dayton Flyers will end if former UD forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, who left the program and the university in March, hears his name called.

As expected, Antetokounmpo did not withdraw his name from the draft at 5 p.m. Monday, which was the deadline for early entrants who had not signed with an agent. That means he can’t return to college basketball.

Dayton hasn’t seen a player drafted since 1990 when Negele Knight went to the Phoenix Suns in the second round with the 31st overall pick.

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In ESPN’s latest mock draft, it projects the 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo, who averaged 5.2 points in his one season on the court for the Flyers, also to go to the Suns in the second round with the 59th pick, the second-to-last selection.

A mock draft by BleacherReport.com projected Antetokounmpo to be taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round with the 56th pick.

“The Thunder can take a flier on Antetokounmpo, whose skill level is limited,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman, of Bleacher Report. “He'll try to carve out a role as a defensive specialist for his switchability and disruptive length.

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On Monday, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported Antetokounmpo had “mysteriously elected to cancel all of his remaining scheduled private NBA workouts. Expect rampant speculation among NBA teams as to why.”

Antetokounmpo previously worked out for the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies. Antetokounmpo suffered a groin injury during his workout with the Grizzlies on June 3, according to the Charlotte Observer, but it didn’t appear to be a serious injury.

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Dayton coach Grant experiences 92-point win in U-18 championship

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

Dayton’s Anthony Grant reacts after a basket bay Josh Cunningham forced overtime against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Anthony Grant reacts after a basket bay Josh Cunningham forced overtime against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant had a front-row seat Monday during one of the biggest blowouts ever seen in international basketball.

Grant, who is an assistant coach with Wake Forest coach Danny Manning under Kansas coach Bill Self for the USA Under-18 team, watched as the Americans beat Panama 118-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. The U.S. team improved to 2-0 in Group A play in the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship and plays Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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The United States outscored Panama 43-0 in the first quarter and led 70-8 at halftime.

“I’ve never seen a score like that after one quarter,” Self said. “After that, they still tried to play the right way.”

The United States beat the Dominican Republic 105-73 in the first game of the preliminary round Sunday. Following the preliminary round, the eight teams in the tournament will be seeded in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday. The gold medal game will be played Sunday. The top-four teams qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

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