Bengals rookie gets teeth fixed after Browns game

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

Carl Lawson shows off his fixed smile in a photo posted to his Twitter account @carllawson55.
Carl Lawson shows off his fixed smile in a photo posted to his Twitter account @carllawson55.

UPDATE: Oct. 2, 2017, 4:45 p.m. — Cincinnati Bengals rookie Carl Lawson has his smile back after breaking two teeth in Sunday’s win at Cleveland.

Lawson took the accident in stride, joking about it after the game and showing off his sense of humor on Twitter earlier Monday when he posted a photo of his teeth in a jar with the caption, “Does the tooth fairy grant sacks, tackles, Tfls and wins.”

The Bengals official Twitter account tweeted a message commending Lawson for “leaving it all on the field,” to  which the rookie replied “I have no idea what you guys are talking about” with an accompanying photo of him showing off his fixed smile.

First Report: Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.   — Even in helping the Cincinnati Bengals secure their first win of the season, defensive end Carl Lawson took a loss.

The rookie chipped his front top teeth when he hit Cleveland quarterback DeShone Kizer on a fourth-and-10 play in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 31-7 win against Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“The one time I got him down, I ended up missing my teeth,” said Lawson, who didn’t get credit for a sack on the play when the officials said Kizer’s arm was moving forward and ruled an incomplete pass.

“I guess it’s a give and take,” Lawson said. “I just know I got around the edge and I thought I got a sack, but they said the ball was going forward. I just remember seeing my teeth in the air for like two seconds. I was like, ‘Oh, crap.’”

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Lawson wasn’t wearing a mouthpiece, and as he was talking to the media about his teeth, teammate Kevin Minter chimed in from two lockers away.

“You’ll listen now,” Minter said. “I’ve been telling him since training camp. He looks like a fool now.”

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Lawson, who said he was hoping to find an oral surgeon to work on him when the team returned to Cincinnati Sunday night, shrugged off the accident.

“If they’d got knocked out on any other play, I’d probably have been upset,” Lawson said. “It was a good rush, but I sacrificed my teeth for it.”

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Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.
St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Ohio State basketball finalized its nonconference schedule Tuesday, announcing an intriguing slate for Chris Holtmann’s second year as coach of the Buckeyes. 

The season begins Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats will be opening their newly renovated home arena after a year of playing their “home” games at Northern Kentucky. 

Ohio State hasn’t played at UC since 1920, and games between the Buckeyes and Bearcats on the hardwood have been few and far between in the last 56 years since UC upset Ohio State in back-to-back national championship games during the otherwise glorious Jerry Lucas era. 

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This game was originally announced last fall as part of a home-and-home arrangement. 

“We are excited about the challenge of this nonconference schedule,” Holtmann said in a release. “Our hope is that it prepares us for the grind of a 20-game Big Ten season. We believe the schedule includes many exciting matchups that will be tremendous tests and games ‘Buckeye Nation’ will enjoy.”

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The UC matchup is one of three games Ohio State will play against a team from Ohio. The Buckeyes will play host to Cleveland State on Nov. 23 and Youngstown State on Dec. 18. 

The game against the Vikings will be played at historic St. John Arena, the first contest for the men’s team at its former home since December 2010. 

A view of St. John Arena and the French Field House on the campus of Ohio State University from across the Olentangy River.

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Including the Bearcats, Ohio State’s nonconference slate has four teams that made the NCAA tournament last spring. 

The Buckeyes play at Creighton on Nov. 15, host Syracuse on Nov. 28 and play UCLA in Chicago on Dec. 22. 

Ohio State’s home opener is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Value City Arena against Purdue University-Fort Wayne. 

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Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:15 PM


            Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF
Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19.

The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic.

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WSU coach Scott Nagy said the waiting game could go all the way until the school year begins.

“There’s still guys transferring now, there will be guys transferring in July, there will be guys transferring in August,” he said. “I mean, you wouldn’t think that would be the case but it happens.”

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Nagy said he is looking for a player who fits the program, not just someone to fill a vacancy.

Even if the Raiders do not fill the openings, they still could have a deeper bench than last year with Bill Wampler and James Mann coming off their redshirt seasons and the three incoming freshmen, Grant Basile, Malachi Smith and Skyelar Potter, each having a chance to contribute right away.

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High School Football: These 7 area football stars have made college commitments 

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Springfield Wildcats standout Moses Douglass explains verbally committing to the Kentucky Wildcats

With the start of summer in sight, at least 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings. 

Seven members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed. 

Here’s a look at them: 

Connor Bazelak — Missouri

The Alter quarterback announced June 18 he plans to attend Missouri after considering numerous offers from schools in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and more.  

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 1-rated quarterback in Ohio. 

 

Hayden Bullock — Air Force

A lineman from Bellbrook, Bullock made his announcement in early April

He was a second-team All-Southwest District pick last season and will not be alone as a Miami Valley native playing for the Falcons. 

The 2017 Air Force football roster had three area players (Ja’Mel Sanders and C.J. Riazzi of Chaminade Julienne and Jarrod Hardrick of Wayne) and three members of the 2018 class plan to play for the Falcons (Jake Spewiak and Sam Vance of Centerville and Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg). 

Moses Douglass — Kentucky

A defensive back from Springfield, Douglass verbally committed at the end of March

He is a three-star prospect, the No. 12 player in the state and ranked third among area prospects behind Steven Faucheux of Lakota West and John Bivens of Alter. 

He had 65 tackles last season and made the All-Southwest district first team. 

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Justin Harris — Cincinnati 

Another member of the all-district first team in Division I, Harris had four interceptions last season for at Wayne. 

He verbally committed on June 11

Harris is the No. 28 prospect in Ohio. 

Wayne DB Justin Harris. Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Wayne 14-7 in a Week 10 GWOC crossover high school football game to complete a 10-0 regular season on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF/MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Jestin Jacobs — Iowa 

The Northmont linebacker chose the Hawkeyes on May 11. 

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 20-rated player in Ohio. 

Last season, Jacobs recorded 67 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass en route to All-Southwest District first-team honors. 

Gabe Newburg — Michigan 

The Northmont defensive end announced he will be a Wolverine on April 2

He is the No. 29 prospect in the state, was third in the GWOC with seven sacks last season and made the all-district first team. 

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J.J. Ross — Cincinnati 

A defensive back from Lakota West, Ross chose the Bearcats on June 10

He had 25 tackles and a pair of interceptions in nine games last season for the Firebirds. 

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Reds look to extend one of their longest active win streaks

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:40 PM


            DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds will try to continue one of their longest active winning streaks tonight when they open a six-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers.

The Reds have won three in a row against the Tigers, which is is their second longest active streak and could become their longest with a two-game streak. The Reds have won four in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The last time Cincinnati and Detroit met was in 2015, when Detroit won the first of four before the Reds reeled off three consecutive wins, with the last one coming nearly two months after it’s originally scheduled date due to rain.

The three winning pitchers for the Reds were Collin Balester, Burke Badenhop and Michael Lorenzen.

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The Reds are 11-11 all time against the Tigers, including 3-2 at Great American Ball Park.

The only other teams the Reds have active winning streaks of at least two games against are Kansas City (two), and the New York Mets (two).

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Their longest active losing streak is nine against the Boston Red Sox.

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