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Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:38 PM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers can clinch the outright Atlantic 10 championship on Senior Night by beating Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena, and they will at least share the title if they win one of their last two games.
That’s the situation heading into the final week of the regular season after Dayton beat Davidson 89-82 in overtime on the road Friday and VCU lost 69-59 Saturday at Rhode Island.
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With two games to play, the Flyers (23-5, 14-2) sit alone in first place. Dayton closes the regular season at 8 p.m. March 4 at George Washington.
VCU (23-6, 13-3) falls into second place as its nine-game winning streak ended. After playing Dayton, it finishes the regular season at 2 p.m. March 4 against George Mason at home.
Rhode Island (19-9, 11-5) shares second place with Richmond (17-11, 11-5).
Dayton has not won the outright championship since the conference did away with divisions. It shared the title last season with VCU and St. Bonaventure.
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.
Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
DAYTON — 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.
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.”
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
DAYTON — 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.”
Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 1:25 PM
CINCINNATI — Second baseman Scooter Gennett leads the Cincinnati Reds in voting for the 89th All-Star Game.
Gennett, who seeks to become a first-time all-star, ranks third among National League players at his position with 309,512 votes. He trails the Atlanta Braves’ Ozzie Albies (398,816) and the Cubs’ Javier Báez (360,307). Gennett was the NL Player of the Month in May and ranks tied for second in the league with 47 RBIs.
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Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who leads the league in RBIs (48), ranks fourth at his position with 87,659 votes. He trails the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (527,683), the Phillies’ Odúbel Herrera (189,234) and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (305,062).
Joey Votto ranks fifth among first basemen with 83,272 votes. He trails the Braves’ Freddie Freeman (633,342), the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo (248,275), the Giants’ Brandon Belt (162,750) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (113,392). Freeman leads all NL players in votes.