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Buckeyes host Michigan St with Big Ten East up for grabs

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

Ohio State couldn't take much time to stew about its bad loss to Iowa last week. The Buckeyes had to get their minds right to play Michigan State with some emotion Saturday because the Big Ten East title is still there for the taking.

No. 13 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 12) visits Columbus riding high after last week's 27-24 victory over then-No. 7 Penn State. Thanks to Ohio State's loss, the Spartans find themselves in a first-place tie with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten East, and the winner Saturday will have the upper hand with two conference games remaining.

"Where we're at right now is pretty much where we wanted to be, in control of our own situation," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said this week.

With their national championship hopes dashed after being routed by Iowa, the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1, CFP No. 13) are facing some of the biggest questions of the season. Will they play just as hard now that making the College Football Playoff is likely off the table? Is a Big Ten title motivation enough for a program that routinely has a national championship in its sights?

Coach Urban Meyer believes his team will show up.

"We've got to move forward and put our laser lights on what's important," he said. "That one is done. We have to get on Michigan State."

Here are some other things to know about Saturday's game:


Considering the 3-9 finish last season, Michigan State is the Big Ten's comeback team of the year. Bitten by the injury bug and relying on some new players, the Spartans dropped some close games last season, including a 17-16 rain-swept loss to Ohio State.

The Spartans' only losses this season have been to Notre Dame and Northwestern in three overtimes. A solid quarterback has emerged in Brian Lewerke, who threw two touchdown passes last week against Penn State.

Lewerke became the third Big Ten quarterback in the last 20 years to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games, joining Drew Brees of Purdue (1998) and C.J. Bacher of Northwestern (2007). He has attempted 113 passes over the past two games.

"My arm is sore, for sure," he said. "Against Northwestern, we spread it out a lot and went with empty sets a lot. Last week, just the kind of coverages that Penn State ran, good for passing lanes, and we definitely took advantage of them."


Ohio State coaches faced questions this week about why dynamic freshman running back J.K. Dobbins got just six carries against Iowa.

Meyer said he leaves that up to his assistants and prefers not to micromanage. Late in the game the Buckeyes had to keep passing to try to catch up, but it was a mystery why Dobbins didn't get more carries in the first half. He's got 914 yards rushing and five touchdowns through nine games.

"We've got to get him carries, we've got to," offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson acknowledged. "But I don't think you can force it, either. We can't be stubborn about it. He's a special player, he's a special kid."


Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has been an enigma this season.

He followed up a horrible game against Oklahoma in September with six straight high-scoring, stat-padding games. He played one of his most heroic games in the 39-38 win over Penn State only to follow up with a head-scratching collapse against unranked and less-talented Iowa.

Barrett, who worked his way into the Heisman Trophy conversation with the win over Penn State, threw four interceptions against the Hawkeyes, including a pick six on the first play of the game.

Barrett said this week it was a matter of trying too hard to make something happen, then forcing the issue when the Buckeyes got behind.

So what next?

"Get back to the fundamentals, and then move on from last week because we'd like to get it back but we can't, so with that we just have to grow from it, learn from it, get better," Barrett said.


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Today’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:55 PM

The gates have opened for the 2018 Dayton Air Show.


HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, one of the world’s best aviators and recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight, learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying. He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.


12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

PHOTOS: 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off

12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.


9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

>> Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

>>Dayton Air Show forecast

The park-and-ride service will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes. 

Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit

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New ice cream shop opening in former Dairy Queen to hold hiring event this weekend

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The Sweet Retreat to replace DQ on Smithville Road in Belmont.

A new independent ice cream shop coming to a former Dayton Dairy Queen is gearing up for opening with a hiring event this weekend.

The Sweet Retreat plans to open in the next few weeks and will hold open interviews on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interviews will take place first come, first served. 

>> Black Rock Grill coming to former Don Pablo’s near Mall at Fairfield Commons

The shop will offer employment opportunities in both back and front of the house as employees are needed for food operations and as cashiers.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Former Dairy Queen space springs to life as a locally owned, independent ice cream shop

The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The ice cream shop coming to 2613 S. Smithville Road in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood is the brainchild of Simon Wiley and Chris Tobias, who attended the same grade school and high school.

>> Guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

The Sweet Retreat plans to offer more than two dozen soft serve flavors:

>> The best places to get frozen treats in Dayton

The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat will replace the former Dairy Queen on Smithville Road in Belmont. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF)

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2 planes at Dayton Air Show fly across world to help in disasters 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

A giant Orbis jet arrived at the Dayton Air Show on Wednesday for its only air show appearance in 2018

Two different aircraft on display at the Vectren Dayton Air Show are helping people across the world in disaster zones and third-world countries.

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital 

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is unlike any aircraft you’ve seen before. The plane is  “a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room - this amazing aircraft has been an example of the marriage between medicine and aviation since 1982.”

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital will be visiting the Vectren Dayton Air Show for the first time in June of this year. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Air show spectators can take a look inside of the plane this weekend to learn more about the missions the team takes across the world. The plane has a space to train doctors, nurses and medical technicians. 

“Volunteer Faculty train local doctors both on board the aircraft and at the local hospital, providing education that is both high-quality and practical for when the Flying Eye Hospital departs,” according to the organization. 

The plane is flown by FedEx pilots who volunteer their time to maneuver the Orbis to countries around the world, a spokeswoman told this news organization. 

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief 

Since 1975, Samaritan’s Pursed has used an aircraft to transport doctors and relief workers along with tons of food, medicine, shelter materials, blankets and other items to aid victims of natural disasters, war, famine and other emergencies. Pilot George Kalbfleisch, director of flight operations and captain for Samaritan’s Purse, said the one-of-kind plane has completed 94 missions since its inception in April 2016. 

Last year with several natural disasters and hurricanes, the aircraft completed 44 missions in 90 days. From Iraq to Ecuador, the team mobilizes with an inflatable hospital and drops equipment and products needed after a country or town is destroyed. 

“The importance of the plane is that we can immediate deploy tons of cargo, and transport the doctors and relief workers at the same time. It puts the help directly into the hands of people in need,” he said. 

Follow reporter Kara Driscoll for live updates at the Dayton Air Show. 


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