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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
— The Cleveland Browns will be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, the team announced today.
The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season and are 1-31 the last two years, and new general manager John Dorsey previously said he did not want the team to appear on the Emmy award-winning series.
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But the franchise did not meet any of the required exceptions to turn down the show, and for the first time since Hard Knocks debuted in 2001, no team volunteered to appear.
This will be the first time the Browns have been featured on the show, and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and first overall pick Baker Mayfield figures to be a central figure.
“The storylines in Cleveland are compelling, which make the Browns an ideal partner on Hard Knocks,” NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to showing NFL fans around the world what the Haslams, John Dorsey, Hue Jackson and the coaching staff are doing to rebuild the team and reboot one of the most iconic franchises in sports.”
The six-week series will debut in August, and the obvious opening scene would be to show head coach Hue Jackson jumping into Lake Erie after saying last year he would do so if the team went 0-16, which it did.
This will be Jackson’s second experience with Hard Knocks. He was a Cincinnati assistant when the Bengals appeared on the series in 2013.
“I’ve been a part of Hard Knocks and when you experience it first hand, you come to appreciate the inside look it really gives fans,” Jackson said. “We are excited about what we are building within our organization and feel good about the progress we have made this offseason. Being able to bring our fans in so they can get to know our players and our organization in a different way will be a huge positive for us. I want people to see how much our players and coaches care, how hard they work and how badly they want to win for Cleveland. This will be a great opportunity for our team.”
Dorsey, who took over as general manager after last season, addressed his initial comments that he would be opposed to appearing on the show.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The final at-bat took an eternity. Kenton Ridge pitcher Carly Turner threw pitch after pitch to Northwestern's Bry White with runners at first and second and two outs in the seventh inning Wednesday.
» PHOTOS: Kenton Ridge vs. Northwestern
White fouled a number of pitches into the fields surrounding the diamond at Shawnee High School before striking out on the 10th pitch. That one at-bat told the story of this Division II sectional final. Kenton Ridge won 3-2, but Northwestern showed fight until the last pitch.
“It’s always a good game between Northwestern and Kenton Ridge,” Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat said. “In the regular season, they went up 3-0, and we came back and tied it up and went ahead after that. It’s back and forth, good pitching, good batters on both sides.”
Kenton Ridge (22-1) advanced to play Monroe (18-2) in a Division II district championship at 5 p.m. Friday in Brookville. Monroe beat Franklin 5-0 on Wednesday in Lebanon.
Monroe has never won a district championship. Kenton Ridge last won the district title in 2016 before losing 2-1 to Hamilton Ross in the regional semifinal.
"I think the seniors really want it," Schalnat said. "They're focused. Every day they come to practice ready to practice. They're shocked if I give them any time off. They know they're going to practice and be there for a couple hours."
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This Kenton Ridge team ranks second in the state and has won nine games in a row since losing 7-6 to Jonathan Alder on April 27. Turner, who won her 20th game Wednesday, is a big reason why. She carried the Cougars at the plate and on the mound in this game.
Turner drove in the first two runs of the game with a single in the first. Peyton Fleming and Lexee Trainer scored on the hit. Turner also doubled in the third.
On the mound, Turner struck out five. The Warriors recorded eight hits but left nine runners on base.
“Big day for Carly,” Schalnat said. “Carly does a great job. She has the command on the pitching rubber. When she gets up, I expect a hit. She’s going to put the ball in play.”
The Warriors rallied after falling behind 2-0, tying the game in the fourth. A double by Miranda Gillman scored White and Hannah Weymouth.
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Kenton Ridge regained the lead in the fifth. A single by Trainer scored Jordan Rucker. That turned out to be the game-winning RBI.
Northwestern finished the season 18-8. It was playing in Division II this season after competing in Division III last season. A year ago, it reached the state semifinals before losing 10-0 to Warren Champion.
This was the final game for four players who started in the final four last season: seniors Jamie Rutherford, Ashlee Barger, Macie Crew and Jenna Robbins.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
BROOKVILLE — After postponements Friday and Saturday because of rain and a one-hour delay because of thunder on Sunday, Kenton Ridge and Monroe finally got to play their Division II district championship.
The Cougars (23-1), ranked second in the state, advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2016 with a 6-2 victory at Brookville High School. The game started at 7 p.m. and finished just before it got too dark to play.
Monroe, which was seeking its first district championship, finished the season 18-3. Senior Faith Hensley, a Ball State recruit, hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning in the last at-bat of her high school career.
Kenton Ridge will play another Central Buckeye Conference team, Jonathan Alder, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mason High School. The teams split in the regular season. Both games went to extra innings. Kenton Ridge won 4-3 in Springfield on April 18 and lost 7-6 at Jonathan Alder on April 27. The Cougars have won 10 straight games since their only loss.
» EARLIER COVERAGE: Kenton Ridge beats Northwestern in sectional final
No. 4 Greenville and No. 7 Clinton Massie will play at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the other regional semifinal at Mason.
Carly Turner earned the victory on the mound, striking out nine, and drove in the first run of the game for Kenton Ridge in the fourth. Her double scored Lexee Trainer.
Paige Williams added an RBI single in the fourth. Then a squeeze bunt by Maddy Hall scored a third run. Trainer made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the fifth. Jordan Rucker drove in two runs with a triple in the sixth.
Kenton Ridge will play Jonathan Alder in regional semifinals. Teams split in regular season. pic.twitter.com/pQVjXGYN89— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 21, 2018
Faith Hensley hits a two-run home run in seventh for Monroe, but Kenton Ridge wins 6-2. pic.twitter.com/kyksqWNGQN— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 21, 2018
Kenton Ridge’s Jordan Rucker drives in two runs with a triple in the sixth. Cougars lead Monroe 6-0 heading to seventh. pic.twitter.com/BpluOMWWJn— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 21, 2018
Monroe, Kenton Ridge scoreless through three. pic.twitter.com/EtsTUstrD6— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 20, 2018
Kenton Ridge, Monroe scoreless through one inning. pic.twitter.com/Z0dOYpJyQC— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 20, 2018
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 5:08 PM
CINCINNATI — Yu Darvish recovered from a shaky start to earn his first win with the Cubs, and Kyle Schwarber hit one of Chicago’s three home runs Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Schwarber, a Middletown native, launched a two-run drive, and Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist each had a solo shot to help the Cubs take three of four in the series. Darvish (1-3) went six innings and allowed only two hits, both in the first, during his eighth start since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago last offseason.
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In his second outing since coming off the disabled list Tuesday, the four-time All-Star overcame a 39-pitch first inning and finished six for the third time this season. He allowed one run with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Tyler Mahle gave up all three Chicago long balls, passing Homer Bailey for the team lead in homers allowed with 13. The Cubs reached Mahle (3-6) for seven hits, two walks and four runs. He struck out six.
Chicago outscored the Reds 16-1 over the final two games of the series while completing a 4-2 road trip. The Reds are 2-5 since sweeping the Dodgers in a four-game series at Los Angeles for the first time since August 1976.
The Reds scored their only run on Scott Schebler’s bases-loaded infield single with two outs in the first. Cubs shortstop Addison Russell went deep into the hole to backhand the ball, but he couldn’t hang onto it. Darvish retired the following eight batters and nine of the next 10.
Schwarber gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the second with his first home run since April 26. Baez, who went into the game leading the National League with 37 RBIs, followed with his first since May 7.
Zobrist led off the fifth with his second homer of the season and first since April 8. The Cubs capitalized on first baseman Joey Votto’s throwing error to add two unearned runs in the seventh.
Right-hander Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) was scheduled to throw two innings of relief in his third rehab appearance for Double-A Pensacola.
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Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
— Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell confirmed on Twitter he was released after an overnight stay in the hospital for dehydration.
According to TMZ, the 84-year-old Boston Celtics great was taken by ambulance from his Seattle-area home to a nearby hospital Friday night.
Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough. On my way home & as most my friends know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble @NBA @celtics @TMZ @TMZLive @NBAonTNT @MSNBC @YahooSports— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 19, 2018
Russell also dismissed earlier reports by TMZ about being admitted to the hospital because of heart problems, tweeting “As most of my friends know, I don’t have a heart to give me trouble.”
Russell later posted a tweet that included a photo of him holding a glass of water.
Back home got my water getting ready for the #CelticsVsCavs Go get a win @celtics @celticslife @nbcsports @si @espn @twittersports #CUsRise @thescore @tmzsports @bleacherreport Thank You again to everyone for the well wishes strange to read them when ur still alive! @NBA @msnbc pic.twitter.com/D030VhOWvd— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 19, 2018
The Celtics legend was also hospitalized in 2014 after collapsing at a speaking engagement.
Russell made it home in time Saturday to watch the Celtics lose 116-86 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics lead the series 2-1.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens told ESPN that he was relieved to hear that Russell was all right.
"Yeah, that was obviously scary news, and happy to hear that he's doing better and he's been released from the hospital,'' Stevens said in Cleveland before Game 3. "He's the ultimate basketball winner. The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor -- everything about him.”