Date announced for Dayton’s game against Tulsa in December

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Dayton's Jordan Davis drives to the basket against Virginia Commonwealth's Isaac Vann on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Jordan Davis drives to the basket against Virginia Commonwealth's Isaac Vann on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers will play Tulsa on Dec. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The matchup was officially announced Wednesday.

The game will be part of the annual Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. The event features two other games: Rhode Island vs. West Virginia and Drexel vs. Quinnipiac. 

“It’s an opportunity to play a quality opponent in Tulsa at a venue that is becoming known for college basketball,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said in a press release.

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Dayton’s game against Tulsa is one of several non-conference games that have already been announced. Mississippi State released part of its schedule May 1 and announced it will play at Dayton on Nov. 30.

Dayton will also play a road game at Auburn and three games in November in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The possible opponents are: Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Butler, Florida, Oklahoma, Stanford and Wisconsin.

Tickets will go on sale for the general public at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 on Ticketmaster. Game times and television details will be released at a later date.

Dayton has played Tulsa twice, losing 63-60 on Nov. 22, 1984 at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati and losing 84-71 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2003 in Spokane, Wash.

Tulsa plays in the American Athletic Conference and finished 19-12 last season. It ranked 89th in the RPI. Dayton (14-17) ranked 152nd.

Tulsa’s coach, Frank Haith, is 77-52 in four seasons. Tulsa loses two of its top-three scorers from last season: Junior Etou (15.0 points per game) and Corey Henderson Jr. (10.5).

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Preseason football: Franklin Wildcats

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:42 PM


            QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Team: Franklin Wildcats

Division/Region: D-III, Region 12; no change from last season.

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.

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Location: Atrium Stadium, Franklin Field (Warren County).

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Head coach: Brad Childers, entering his fifth season as the Wildcats’ head coach and 24th year overall. Owns a 29-14 overall combined record.

Assistant coaches: Mike Schneider OC/QB; Frankie Russell, DC/DB; Steve Woods, RB; Tom Parker, OL; Mark Mullins, DL; Landen Brown, WR; Kevin Allen, DE; Todd Centers, LB; Rick Thompson, freshmen; Brian Salmons, freshmen.

2017 records: 4-2 SWBL Southwestern, 8-3 overall.

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2017 highlights: Overcame season-ending injuries to nine starters to tie for second with Bellbrook behind division winner and unbeaten Valley View. Stumbled 35-22 at Oakwood in Week 9, but knocked Brookville out of playoff contention 24-21 in Week 10. That secured a home playoff game and 17-10 loss to New Richmond. That was Franklin’s 11th postseason appearance and sixth since 2008.

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Of all those injuries, losing graduated senior Ryan Montgomery to knee surgery hurt the worse. As a junior dual-threat QB he accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense and rushed for 30 TDs. He shifted to running back as a senior and had 740 yards rushing (8.3) and 13 TDs until he went down in a Week 6 blowout win at Waynesville.

Franklin was 5-1 when Montgomery was lost. He signed to play football at Miami University.

Returning junior QB Braden Woods had a breakout season with 1,309 yards passing and 12 TDs. “What I can tell you is that Braden is a smart, athletic, and a well-polished football player as well as football coaches’ son. He has been around the game since the day he was born and we all knew he was going to be a good one once his time came. His work ethic is second to no one and his leadership skills are valuable.” - coach Childers

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Key returners:

Matt Centers, 6-0, 210, sr., LB; first team All-SWBL.

David Figliola, 5-11, 303, sr., OL/DL.

Drew Gesuck, 6-3, 195, WR; 19 catches, 241 yards, 3 TDs.

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John Harris, 6-3, 225, sr., TE/DE.

Ryan Russell, 6-1, 165, jr., WR; 26 catches, 288 yards, 1 TD.

Logan Willis, 5-10, 175, jr., DB; 48 tackles, 4 INTs, 1 TD.

Braden Woods, 6-2, 190, jr., QB; 1,309 yards passing (60.6 percent), 12 TDs, 1 INT.

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Transfers: Cyre Williams (Middletown), Dylan Dierks (Miamisburg), Zarek Welch (Miamisburg) and Izak Proctor (Springboro).

About the Wildcats: An abundance of optimism is always a good thing and Franklin isn’t lacking in that. A robust class of 20-plus seniors is significant.

Franklin is on a 19-4 overall run – 10-2 in the SWBL Southwestern - over the last two seasons, both of which were playoff teams.

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Three schedule changes. Madison (11-3) visits in Week 1, bumping Carlisle (7-3) in the SWBL crossover rotation. Franklin is at GWOC American South member Xenia (2-8) in Week 3. The Bucs replaced GWOC American North rep Piqua (6-4). Also, Preble Shawnee (8-2) visits in Week 6. The Arrows bump Waynesville (1-9) in the SWBL crossover rotation.

“This football team is hungry to get back on top in the league. We have had an excellent offseason and the kids have been receptive to coaching and getting better. I think we have a physical football team.” – coach Childers.

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Fun fact: Well-traveled Mike Schneider has landed as Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and QB coach. Schneider was a Middletown assistant last season. He previously was the head coach at Miamisburg and Wayne and was a longtime assistant under his son Lance Schneider at Northmont.

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Schedule: All at 7 p.m.

Week 1: Fri., Aug. 24 MADISON

Week 2: Fri., Aug. 31 at Edgewood

Week 3: Fri., Sept. 7 at Xenia

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Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 MONROE

Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 at Bellbrook

Week 6: Fri., Sept. 28 PREBLE SHAWNEE

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Week 7: Fri., Oct. 5 VALLEY VIEW

Week 8: Fri., Oct. 12 at Eaton

Week 9: Fri., Oct. 19 at Brookville

Week 10: Fri., Oct. 26 OAKWOOD

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Dragons drop series opener to Timber Rattlers

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:10 PM

Dragons catcher/DH Hendrik Clementina hit his 12th home run in a loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons catcher/DH Hendrik Clementina hit his 12th home run in a loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Dragons couldn’t overcome a big early deficit and dropped the opener of a three-game minor-league baseball series to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Appleton, Wisconsin, 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Dayton trailed 6-1 before scoring three runs in the eighth inning to account for the final margin.

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Austin Orewiler (3-3), the Dragons starting pitcher, was tagged with the loss. He went six innings and allowed five runs and nine hits. Hendrik Clementina pounded his 12th home run. Alejo Lopez and Clementina each had two hits.

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The Dragons (43-51 overall, 12-14 second half) play the Timber Rattlers (Brewers) at 8 p.m. Thursday. Hamilton High School graduate and former Sinclair Community College pitcher Patrick McGuff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Dayton. He won his debut last Saturday, going five innings in a 1-0 defeat of visiting Kane County (Diamondbacks).

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Dayton is one game behind in the Class A Midwest League East Division second-half wildcard race.

The Dragons (Reds) next home game is Wednesday, July 25 against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) at Fifth Third Field.

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2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:22 PM

2018 ESPY Awards: Top Winners

Athletes and celebrities have once again come together for the ESPY Awards. The 25th anniversary of the show was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by Danica Patrick. It’s the first time the show has had a woman host.

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The best in sports were honored not just for their athleticism, but for contributions to society and humanitarian work.

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See the full list of winners at the 2018 ESPY Awards below.

BEST MALE ATHLETE 

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Tom Brady, New England Patriots

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lyn
Chloe Kim, Snowboard
Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer Team

 

BEST OLYMPIC MOMENT
Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski
U.S. Men’s Curling

Shaun White, Snowboard

USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

George Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World Series
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA Finals
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National Championship

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE 

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Sloane Stephens, Tennis

BEST GAME 

Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5
USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics
Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl

 

BEST MOMENT
Las Vegas Golden Knights defeat Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
#16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upsets No. 1 Virginia

Minnesota Vikings defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game

 

BEST TEAM
Philadelphia Eagles, NFL
USA Women’s Ice Hockey
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball
Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s Basketball

Houston Astros, MLB

Golden State Warriors, NBA
Washington Capitals, NHL

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE
Jalen Brunson, Villanova Basketball
Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimming

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina Basketball

BEST PLAY 
Philly Special: Eagles fool Patriots with fourth-down TD toss to Foles

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale hits 2nd buzzer beater to win NCAA women’s national title

FSU’s Jessie Warren makes diving double play in WCWS
Evanston Township High school freshman Blake Peters hits 80-foot buzzer beater

 

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Roger Federer, Tennis
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

BEST INTERNATIONAL MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER 

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona/Argentina National Team
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egyptian National Team
Neymar Jr., PSG/Brazilian National Team

BEST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER 

Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team
Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team
Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team
Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National Team

BEST NFL PLAYER

Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

BEST MLB PLAYER 

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Mike Trout, LA Angels
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

BEST NHL PLAYER

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Marc-Andre Fleury, Las Vegas Golden Knights

BEST DRIVERJosef Newgarden, IndyCar
Martin Truex Jr, NASCAR
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Brittany Force, NHRA

BEST NBA PLAYER 

James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings

BEST FIGHTER

Terence Crawford, Boxing
Vasiliy (Vasyl) Lomachenko, Boxing
Rose Namajunas, UFC
Georges St-Pierre, UFC

 

BEST MALE GOLFER
Justin Thomas
Dustin Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Patrick Reed

BEST FEMALE GOLFER 

Shanshan Feng
Inbee Park
Ariya Jutanugarn
Sung-Hyun Park

BEST MALE OLYMPIAN
Red Gerard, Snowboarding

Shaun White, Snowboarding

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing
John Shuster, Curling

 

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN
Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women’s Hockey

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
Rafael Nadal
Marin Cilic

Roger Federer

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Caroline Wozniacki

Sloane Stephens
Simona Halep
Garbine Muguruza

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE 

Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Ski
Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), Skateboard
David Wise (USA), Ski
Marcus Kleveland (NOR), Snowboard

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
Jamie Anderson (USA), Snowboard

Chloe Kim (USA), Snowboard
Brighton Zeuner (USA), Skateboard
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Surf

BEST JOCKEY 

Mike Smith
Jose Ortiz
Florent Geroux
Flavien Prat

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY 

Dan Cnossen, Nordic Skiing
Andrew Kurka, Alpine Skiing
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Mike Schultz, Snowboarding

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY 

Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

BEST BOWLERJason Belmonte
Rhino Page
Tom Smallwood
Jesper Svensson

BEST MLS PLAYER
Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago Fire
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City
Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City

BEST NWSL PLAYER 

Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign
Sam Mewis
Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE

Jim Kelly

ARTHUR ASHE AWARD FOR COURAGE

Gymnasts who spoke out against former team doctor about sexual abuse (Sarah Klein, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Sarah Klein were among 141 survivors honored.)

 

PAT TILLMAN AWARD FOR SERVICE

Jake Wood, Team Rubicon

BEST COACH

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon (coaches at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School)

 

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Former Reds All-Star joins coaching staff at Indiana

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Scott Rolen high-fives his teammates after hitting in a home run in Thursday’s game against the Giants April 26, 2012, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staff photo by Nick Daggy
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Scott Rolen high-fives his teammates after hitting in a home run in Thursday’s game against the Giants April 26, 2012, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staff photo by Nick Daggy(Staff Writer)

Scott Rolen, a key player for the last two Cincinnati Reds teams to win division titles, has joined the staff of former Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer at Indiana as director of player development.

"I couldn't be more excited to add Scott Rolen to our staff," said Mercer in a press release. "The impact Scott will have on the student athletes in our baseball program will be unique among college programs. The value for the staff and players, gaining knowledge daily from someone with such a historic career and who truly values the growth of young people, is special."

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According to an IU press release, Rolen “will assist with on-campus recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. In addition to collaborating with the coaching staff when preparing for practice and competition, he will also give valuable advice to players on lifestyle choices and making informed decisions when pursuing pro baseball careers.”

Rolen is from Jasper, Ind., 70 miles southwest of Bloomington. He was Indiana’s Mr. Baseball in 1993.

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In a 17-year big-league career, Rolen compiled 2,077 hits, 316 home runs and hit .281. He won eight Gold Gloves and was a seven-time All-Star. He played his last four seasons in Cincinnati.

Rolen was an All-Star third baseman in 2010 when the Reds won the National League Central Division for the first time in 15 years. He appeared in 92 games for the Reds in 2012 when they won the division again and started four games in the 2012 National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

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