Bol, Manute’s son, leads Findlay Prep over Huntington Prep, 50-48 at Flyin’

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 11:22 PM

Nike/ESPN and Flyin consultant John Stovall addresses the opening doubleheader of the 16th Annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop on Fri., Jan. 12, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Bol Bol, the nation’s No. 1 center for the Class of 2018, led top-ranked Findlay Prep (Nev.) to a 50-48 defeat of Huntington Prep (W.Va.) in the nightcap of Friday’s night’s opening doubleheader in the 16th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.

Spire Academy defeated host Fairmont 80-70 in the opener.

The son of former NBA fan favorite Manute Bol, now deceased, Bol Bol delivered as expected from a 7-foot-3 highly sought-after recruit. He won over fans in the pregame warmup with the Bol signature easy-going manner and knock-kneed towering presence. He followed that up by scoring a game-high 18 points, hitting 6 of 10 shots to go with six free throws. He also had eight rebounds, two blocks and a chippiness to his game that eluded his shot-blocking father.

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Thought to have been won over by University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, Bol instead recently signed with Oregon.

Findlay teammate Reggie Chaney added 10 points. He signed with Arkansas.

Huntington couldn’t get a 3-pointer at the buzzer to go down. The Irish were led by 5-11 guard Johnathan McGriff’s 14 points and five rebounds. Jaemyn Brakefield, a 6-9 sophomore who’s regarded as West Virginia’s to prospect for the Class of 2020, had six points and nine rebounds.

Spire is the only team of the opening four that will play again. Located at Geneva, Ohio, the Lakehawks also will play Hilliard Bradley at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

16th ANNUAL PREMIER HEALTH FLYIN’ TO THE HOOP

At Fairmont’s Trent Arena, Kettering

Friday’s results

Spire Institute (Ohio) 80, Fairmont 70

Findlay Prep (Nev.) 50, Huntington Prep (W.Va.) 48

Saturday’s games

Springboro vs. Tippecanoe girls, 11:30 a.m.

Olentangy Liberty vs. Xenia, 1:15 p.m.

Hilliard Bradley vs. Spire Academy (Ohio), 3 p.m.

Pickerington North vs. Princeton, 4:45 p.m.

McEachern (Ga.) vs. Trotwood-Madison, 6:30 p.m.

IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. Prolific Prep (Calif.), 8:15 p.m.

Sunday’s games

Mountain Mission (Va.) vs. Miamisburg, 11:30 a.m.

Sidney vs. Versailles, 1:15 p.m.

Fairland vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 3 p.m.

Covington Catholic (Ky.) vs. Middletown, 4:45 p.m.

Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. Garfield Heights, 6:30 p.m.

Cleveland Heights vs. Springfield, 8:15 p.m.

Monday’s games

Franklin Monroe vs. Minster, 11:30 a.m.

Fort Loramie vs. Thurgood Marshall, 1:15 p.m.

Pickerington Central vs. McEachern (Ga.), 3 p.m.

Lyndhurst Brush vs. Cin. Hughes, 4:45 p.m.

La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Aspire Academy (Ky.), 6:30 p.m.

Upper Arlington vs. Wayne, 8:15 p.m.

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Bengals open, close 2018 season on the road

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:59 PM


            INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 31: Jarveon Williams #39 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of a preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 31: Jarveon Williams #39 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of a preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2018 season at Indianapolis and end it at Pittsburgh.

The schedule, which the NFL announced tonight, has the Bengals playing three of their first four and three of their final four on the road. That means the team will play six of eight at home from Week 5 through Week 13.

The Bengals only have one primetime game, which comes in Week 2 on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

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The league also finalized the dates and times for the preseason games.

The Bengals will play host to the Chicago Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 before playing back-to-back road games at Dallas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and at Buffalo at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. They close the preseason at home against Indianapolis on at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Fourteen of the 16 regular-season games begin at 1 p.m. The two exceptions are the Thursday game against Baltimore in Week 2 (8:20 p.m.) and the Week 14 road game at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 p.m.).

Here is the complete 2018 regular-season schedule:

Sept. 9: at Indianapolis

Sept. 13: BALTIMORE (Thursday night)

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Sept. 23: at Carolina

Sept. 30: at Atlanta

Oct. 7: MIAMI

Oct. 14: PITTSBURGH

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Oct. 21: at Kansas City

Oct. 28: TAMPA BAY

Nov. 4: Bye week

Nov. 11: NEW ORLEANS

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Nov. 18: at Baltimore

Nov. 25: CLEVELAND

Dec. 2: DENVER

Dec. 9: at Los Angeles Chargers

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Dec. 16: OAKLAND

Dec. 23: at Cleveland

Dec. 30: at Pittsburgh

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Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price: Is Barry Larkin on deck?

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

NewsCenter 7 Sports Director Mike Hartsock talks to Barry Larkin about managing during Spring Training

After the Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price, the next question was obvious. 

Who will replace him?

Jim Riggleman was named interim manager, but the team announced it will conduct a national search. 

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Barry Larkin already works for the team, but he’s been talked about as a potential manager since he was still playing shortstop for his hometown team, a career that lasted from 1986-2004. 

He made waves during spring training when he said some young guys in the organization told him they want him to be their manager when they reach the big leagues, a statement that rankled at least some in the organization according to national baseball writer Ken Rosenthal. 

He has mentioned that before in his reporting, and it doesn’t come as a surprise. 

However much one might be excited to think of Larkin in the Reds dugout again, his statement was disrespectful to Price. 

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It was great for debate and discussion (including here) but also bad form. 

Would any hurt feelings from that episode prevent Larkin from becoming the manager of the Reds if the organization deems him the best candidate? 

That hardly seems likely. 

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Of larger concern would be his relative lack of experience. 

Larkin has not managed in MLB or the minors, though he has been the skipper of the Brazilian national team. 

He’s also been an employee of the Reds since 2015 after working as a baseball analyst for ESPN. 

Beyond that, hiring former players with little or no managerial experience is becoming a trend. The Cardinals made a similar move with Mike Matheny, as did the Brewers with Craig Counsell and the Phillies with Gabe Kapler more recently. 

Former Red Aaron Boone, who played with Larkin from 1997-2003, left ESPN to become the Yankees manager prior to this season. 

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5 things to know about Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman watches from the dugout during a game against the Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman watches from the dugout during a game against the Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

Jim Riggleman is the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bryan Price after the latter was fired Thursday

Here are five things to know about the new man in charge: 

1. The 65-year-old has been involved in professional baseball since 1974. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Riggleman out of Frostburg State in the fourth round in 1974. 

He spent eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A. 

2. Riggleman has previously managed four MLB teams. 

The New Jersey native managed the Padres from late 1992-94 then spent five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, part of one with the Seattle Mariners and two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals. 

3. His best team won 90 games. 

The 1998 Chicago Cubs went 90-73 under Riggleman and won the National League Wild card. 

That team’s second-place finish is the highest for any of Riggleman’s teams. His career record as a manager is 662-824, a .445 winning percentage. 

4. Riggleman famously walked out of the Nationals in 2011. 

Washington finished in third place in 2011, but Riggleman wasn’t around to see it. 

He resigned in June over a dispute about his job security. 

“I know what the right thing to do is,” Riggleman said at the time according to the Washington Post. “You don’t keep a manager on a one-year deal in major league baseball. I’m not happy about it. I just feel in my heart it’s the right thing to do.”

5. 2018 is Riggelman’s seventh season working for the Reds. 

He joined the Reds player development department in 2012 as manager of Double-A Pensacola before spending two years managing the Triple-A Louisville Bats. 

He joined the major-league club as third base coach in 2015 and was in his third season as bench coach before being promoted Thursday. 

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Women’s basketball: Megan Duffy gets contract extension from Miami

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:25 PM

Miami women's basketball coach Megan Duffy kneels on the sideline during their 69-56 loss to Duquesne in their first round Women's NIT tournament basketball game Thursday, March 15 at Millett Hall on Miami University campus in Oxford. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Miami women's basketball coach Megan Duffy kneels on the sideline during their 69-56 loss to Duquesne in their first round Women's NIT tournament basketball game Thursday, March 15 at Millett Hall on Miami University campus in Oxford. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

Miami University announced Thursday it has added a year to the contract of women’s basketball coach Megan Duffy. 

A Chaminade Julienne grad, Duffy signed a five-year contract worth $212,136 annually when she was hired last year

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Her first season in Oxford was a smashing success as the RedHawks went 21-11 and finished fourth in the Mid-American Conference. 

They won 12 MAC games, the most since 2008, and finished the regular season having won 10 of 11 contests. 

“I cannot thank (Miami president Gregory P.) Crawford and (director of athletics) David Sayler enough for their commitment to women's basketball and our staff here at Miami,” said Duffy in a new release. “It has been an honor to come in and help make impactful changes to our program, student-athletes and community. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Miami basketball for years to come.” 

Duffy replaced Cleve Wright, who went 35-87 in four seasons. 

Her four-person first recruiting class includes Lebanon guard Alexis Straw. 

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