Dayton back to .500 with victory against Wagner

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM

Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against Wagner on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at UD Arena.
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Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against Wagner on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers finished the non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record, getting back to .500 with a 79-67 victory against Wagner on Saturday at UD Arena.

Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 19 points. Darrell Davis scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half. Trey Landers scored 10 of his 14 points at the free-throw line.

Dayton led by as many as 24 points in the first half, but Wagner rallied and got as close as six points, 71-65 with 3:18 to play. Dayton sealed the victory by making 6 of 6 free throws in the final three minutes.

Dayton made 22 of 26 free throws, while Wagner made 14 of 17.

FIRST-HALF RECAP

Four days after missing all 11 of his shots against Saint Mary’s, Darrell Davis made his first five against Wagner, scoring 14 points in the first half Saturday at UD Arena.

The Dayton Flyers built a 43-21 halftime lead, their biggest lead at the half this season. Davis opened the scoring with a four-point play and then made two more 3-pointers, a layup and a jump shot in the first six minutes.

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Key stat: Dayton held Wagner to 28 percent shooting from the field (7 of 25). Wagner made 3 of 11 3-pointers. Dayton made 16 of 29 shots (55.2) and 6 of 14 3-pointers (42.9).

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Big run: Dayton trailed 5-4 and then scored 16 straight points.

Big play: Jalen Crutcher threw an alley-oop pass to Kostas Antetokounmpo, who soared well above the rim to catch it and dunk it late in the half.

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Ohio State to hold Celebration of Life in honor of Earle Bruce

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:07 PM

Earle Bruce at Ohio State Skull Session in 2016

Ohio State will hold a Celebration of Life on Wednesday for the late Earle Bruce, who died Friday at 87.

Bruce coached the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1979-87 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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The event will take place at St. John Arena at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to attend. Parking is free in the North St. John Arena and North Riverbank lots.

The Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands will perform. Among the speakers will be Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, Bruce’s grandson Zach Smith, running backs coach Tony Alford and Matt McCoy of 610 WTVN. Dom Tiberi, of WBNS 10-TV, will emcee the celebration.

Bruce’s family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel in Columbus. Services and burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Family, close friends, former players and coaches are invited.

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Price: ‘I will continue pulling for the Reds’

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price stands for the national anthem before a game against the Brewers on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Reds manager Bryan Price stands for the national anthem before a game against the Brewers on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Bryan Price released a statement on Monday, four days after he was fired 18 games into his fifth season as Cincinnati Reds manager. It was his first public comment since losing his job.

“It is with tremendous gratitude and appreciation for the 8+ years I spent as a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization that I bid adieu to so many wonderful friends and co-workers,” Price wrote. “I wish Jim Riggleman great success as he takes the reins of the club and send a heartfelt thank you to a cherished group of players, coaches, trainers and clubhouse family that stayed connected, worked tirelessly together and who collectively faced challenging times head on. Many of the best people I have known in my life are, or have been, members of the Reds family.

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“I will continue pulling for the Reds from my home in Arizona and am sure to follow the career paths of each and every current and former Red in the years to follow. Thank you to the ownership group, led by Bob Castellini, for giving me the privilege of managing such a storied franchise and a special thanks to my dear friend Walt Jocketty, who brought me to Cincinnati back in the fall of 2009. My wife, Judy, and I are grateful for our years in Cincinnati and for the outpouring of friendship and support offered through our time in the Queen City. My best wishes to the Cincinnati Reds and everyone in Reds country.”

This was Price’s fifth season as Reds manager. His final record was 279-387. The Reds never had a winning record in his tenure, finishing 76-86 in his first season and then 64-98 in 2015, 68-94 in 2016 and 68-94 in 2017.

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Price, 55, replaced Dusty Baker after the Reds won the wild card in 2013. Price served as Reds pitching coach from 2010-13.

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Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely apologizes for 'joke' prom date gun photo 

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

Former NFL Kicker Jay Feely Apologizes For Posing With Gun In Prom Photo

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said he was trying to be funny when he posed in a Twitter photo standing between his daughter and her prom date holding a pistol, but in the wake of the Parkland shootings in February, social media posters did not appreciate the joke, WFLA reported.

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Feely, who played in the NFL from 2001 to 2014 and is an analyst for CBS Sports, apologized Sunday. 

In the photo, Feely has his left arm around his daughter and a pistol in his right hand at his side. Next to Feely is his daughter’s prom date, who is smirking. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," Feely wrote, using the hashtag "#BadBoys."

The reaction from some on social media was swift and critical.

“Oh yay -- American dads have kicked off the season of 'let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for impugning her chastity' pics," tweeted Shannon Watts, who is the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.

“The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago,” author Geraldine DeRuiter posted on Twitter. “But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers.”

The backlash was vocal enough for Feely to issue an apology Sunday on Twitter.

“The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking," he wrote. "I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

Some Twitter users defended Feely’s post, noting that he was referencing the movie “Bad Boys 2.”

“He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2,” Twitter user Mike McLeod wrote. “The kid knows it’s a joke -- it’s not pointed at anyone and barely in the picture. I’m sure there’s a picture with his daughter and just the date also. This isn’t anything to blow out of proportion.

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Former Flyers forward Williams picks new school

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 5:02 PM

Dayton’s Xeyrius Williams reacts after making the go-ahead 3-pointer against Rhode Island with 10 seconds left on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Xeyrius Williams reacts after making the go-ahead 3-pointer against Rhode Island with 10 seconds left on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Former Dayton Flyers forward Xeyrius Williams will play his final season of college basketball at the University of Akron.

The Wayne High School graduate Williams announced his decision Monday. He will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and will finish his career with the Zips in the 2019-20 season. In posts to Twitter and Instagram, Williams thanked the Dayton fans who watched him play the last three seasons.

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“You guys have been there through the ups and downs,” Williams wrote. “I also want to thank all the people, managers, coaches and especially my teammates/brothers who I had the opportunity to play alongside. You guys have all influenced my life in a positive way, and I’ll always cherish the brotherhood and the memories we made as a team.”

Williams also visited Kent State, according to his Instagram account.

Williams announced March 13 he was leaving Dayton. He was one of five underclassmen to leave the program. He appeared in 18 games last season, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds as the Flyers finished 14-17. He had a breakout year as a sophomore, averaging 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

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The season did not go as planned. Williams started the season in the starting lineup and played 34-plus minutes in each of the first four games, averaging 11.3 points. Then he missed the next five games with a back injury.

Akron was 14-18 last season, the first for head coach John Groce. That ended a streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons. Trotwood-Madison grad Torrey Patton played for Akron last season as a freshman but announced he was transferring earlier this month.

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