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Illinois, Indiana look for first Big Ten win

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:57 PM


            FILe - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) is tackled by Purdue safety Jacob Thieneman (41) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. Foster started his eighth career game in Illinois’ Week One win over Ball State. But after rushing for just 15 yards on eight carries, he lost his starting role to running back Mike Epstein. In the following weeks, freshman Ra’Von Bonner also moved ahead of Foster on the depth chart. But now that Epstein and Bonner are both sidelined with injuries, Foster has reemerged as Illinois’ No. 1 running back. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
FILe - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) is tackled by Purdue safety Jacob Thieneman (41) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind. Foster started his eighth career game in Illinois’ Week One win over Ball State. But after rushing for just 15 yards on eight carries, he lost his starting role to running back Mike Epstein. In the following weeks, freshman Ra’Von Bonner also moved ahead of Foster on the depth chart. But now that Epstein and Bonner are both sidelined with injuries, Foster has reemerged as Illinois’ No. 1 running back. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Illinois and Indiana last played each other in 2013. The Illini and Hoosiers combined to go a woeful 14-36 in the Big Ten over the next three seasons and this year has brought much of the same.

Indiana visits Illinois on Saturday with both teams still looking for their first conference win.

The Hoosiers (3-6, 0-6 Big Ten) harbor hopes of making it to a bowl game for a third straight season if they can win their final three games. How big would that be? Indiana hasn't won its last three regular-season games since 1946, the year after Bo McMillin led Indiana to the first of the school's two Big Ten titles.

After going 0-3 against top-five foes and 0-5 against ranked teams, Indiana faces Illinois, then returns home against Rutgers (4-5) and visits rival Purdue (4-5). Indiana hasn't had a winning season since 2007.

"We all understand where we are and what we need to do," coach Tom Allen said. "There is a sense of urgency that I believe we have to have and we will have."

The Illini (2-7, 0-6) will try to snap a seven-game skid and coach Lovie Smith said he believes the next step for his young team is finishing. Illinois trailed Purdue 16-10 in the fourth quarter last week before giving up the final 13 points of the game.

"We've played pretty good football for moments at a time," Smith said. "But not being able to put together a full four quarters of football has really hurt us."

Despite the loss, Smith said that freshman quarterback Cam Thomas has taken a step in the right direction after making his first star. He completed half of his passes for 159 yards, but picked up 30 yards on the ground and had his first game all season without an interception.

"Some of the plays where we had success came from him breaking tackles," Smith said. "Hopefully he'll take another step this week."

The Hoosiers have only allowed 179 passing yards per game and 14 touchdown passes all season. While the Big Ten's third-ranked defense has kept games close, Allen has experimented with two quarterbacks, Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow. Each has thrown for over 1,000 yards this season, but Ramsey (leg) didn't play last week and his status was uncertain.

If Ramsey doesn't play, Lagow will probably make his sixth start of the season and will likely be backed up by Nick Tronti, a true freshman the Hoosiers want to redshirt.

NICKERSON ON LEAVE

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson is on leave from the team after his mother died unexpectedly last weekend. Smith said he was unsure if Nickerson will be back in time for the game but encouraged him to take all the time he needs.

"When anything happens family wise, our policy, what I insist on them doing, is taking care of your family," Smith said. "The rest of us will pick up the slack if anything else needs to be done here."

NFL CONNECTION

Indiana offensive coordinator Mike Debord and Smith spent three seasons together in the NFL. When Smith was the coach of the Chicago Bears, Debord was his tight ends coach from 2010-2012. Even though that was five years ago, Debord still believes some of Smith's philosophies haven't changed.

"System-wise, I've seen a lot of things he did as an (NFL) head coach," Debord said. "He has carried that on to Illinois."

RUNNING BACK RETURN

Senior Kendrick Foster is once again the Illini's main running back. He started in a Week One win over Ball State, but in the following weeks he lost his starting role to running backs Mike Epstein and Ra'Von Bonner. Both are now injured and so are Dre Brown and Reggie Corbin, leaving Foster as one of the few healthy backs on the team. He will most likely make his third consecutive start.

ON THE BRINK

Simmie Cobbs Jr. could crack the top 10 on two of Indiana's career receiving lists this weekend, in front of his home state fans. Cobbs, who attended high school in Oak Park, Illinois, needs seven catches to pass Eddie Beaty and Kofi Hughes (132) for No. 10 in receptions and 66 yards to pass Jade Butcher (1,876) for 10th in all-time yards. Cobbs also can tie Butcher and Cody Latimer for No. 4 school history with a seventh career 100-yard game. And Cobbs still has a year of eligibility remaining.

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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot contributed.

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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.

>> WATCH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2018 VECTREN 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 www.iriderta.org.

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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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