Dayton Flyers Top 10: Opponents and arenas

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

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To kick off coverage of the 2017-18 Dayton men’s basketball season, David Jablonski will publish a series of top 10 lists on various topics between now and the season opener on Nov. 10.

The Dayton Flyers will play one of the winningest programs in NCAA Division I history this season — and you probably won’t guess the team.

It’s the Penn Quakers, who rank 20th in victories (1,747) and 37th in winning percentage (.615). They visit UD Arena for the first time on Dec. 9.

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Dayton and Penn played once before with the Flyers winning 71-60 in 1997 in the San Juan Shootout.

Dig deep enough into the Dayton men’s basketball media guide, and you can find many interesting facts about Dayton’s history with various opponents and at various arenas. Here are 10:

Don May, a University of Dayton junior, in a 1967 NCAA tournament national semifinal game against North Carolina. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

1. Top 10: Dayton is 60-104 against the 10 winningest teams of all time: Kentucky (2-3); Kansas (1-1); North Carolina (2-1); Duke (1-5); Temple (7-17); Syracuse (2-1); UCLA (0-4); Notre Dame (13-28); St. John’s (5-5); and Louisville (27-39).

2. Archie’s team: The winningest program Dayton has never played is Indiana, now coached by former UD coach Archie Miller. The Hoosiers rank 11th with 1,801 victories.

3. Shaka’s team: Another coach UD fans are familiar with coaches the 17th-winningest program in NCAA history. Dayton has never played Texas, which has 1,750 victories. Former Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart, who was Dayton’s director of basketball operations from 2001-03, coaches the Longhorns.

4. MAC’s best: The Flyers open the season Friday against a team from the Mid-American Conference, Ball State. The winningest program in MAC history is Akron, which ranks 50th in NCAA history with 1,577 victories. Akron plays at Dayton on Nov. 29. Dayton leads the all-time series 11-2.

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5. Ohio history: Dayton could play the Ohio Bobcats in the second game of the Charleston Classic next week. The programs haven’t played since 1965.

That’s not the longest gap between meetings for Dayton and another Division I program from Ohio. Dayton hasn’t played Youngstown State since 1948.

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Here are the other Ohio D-I programs and the year of their last meeting with Dayton: Miami (2015); Xavier (2015); Bowling Green (2014); Ohio State (2014); Akron (2010); Cincinnati (2010); Toledo (2009); Cleveland State (2008); Kent (1998); and Wright State (1997).

6. Ten left: Dayton has played in 40 states since the 1949-50 season. It has not played in these states: Connecticut; Delaware; Kansas; Maine; Montana; New Hampshire; North Dakota; Oregon; South Dakota; and Vermont.

Dayton coach Brian Gregory holds the championship trophy after Dayton defeated North Carolina 79-68 in the NIT college basketball event Thursday, April 1, 2010, in New York.(File photo)

7. Garden greats: Outside of UD Arena and the old UD Fieldhouse, Dayton has had the most success at Madison Square Garden. It is 40-24 in that areana, most recently winning two games in the 2010 NIT.

8. Bad memories: In what arena has Dayton had the worst luck? UD fans might guess it’s Xavier’s Cintas Center. The Flyers are 0-13 there.

However, Dayton is 0-17 at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

9. Early tourneys: Dayton will play in an in-season tournament in November for the 10th straight season. The last five years, it has finished 2-1.

10. Bronx home: Dayton has double-digit victories at one opposing Atlantic 10 arena. It is 10-3 at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym.

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Reds top prospect will miss rest of season

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel will miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in his right index finger Friday, the Reds announced Saturday.

Senzel, who will undergo surgery Tuesday, addressed the injury in a message posted to Twitter and Instagram.

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“I would like to start by thanking my family, friends and teammates and fans for the support over the last 24 hours,” Senzel wrote. “It had been a challenging season from the start, but it has made me grow. The news this morning was very unfortunate, but I was prepared mentally on how to handle it whether good or bad. I had a goal this season, and it was to make it to the big leagues and help the Cincinnati Reds win ballgames. Although I did not fulfill this goal, it will not stop my drive to continue to fulfill my dream. The support that has been shown is what makes me blessed and thankful for everything in my life, inside and outside of baseball. It’s what makes me keep going, and make no mistake, I will be back stronger than ever. Love u all Reds nation.”

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The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Senzel was hitting .310 with six home runs and 25 RBIs with Triple-A Louisville.

Senzel’s 2017 season was also cut short as he battled vertigo late last season while playing for Double-A Pensacola. The same condition cost him time this spring.

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Dayton draft drought ends as Antetokounmpo chosen with last pick

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:04 AM

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A 28-year drought ended for the Dayton Flyers on Thursday as the Dallas Mavericks selected Kostas Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 forward, with the 30th and last pick of the second round in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the 60th player chosen overall.

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Antetokounmpo, 20, is the first Dayton player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990. The Phoenix Suns drafted Knight in the second round.

Dayton had 38 players drafted between 1952 and 1990. Twenty Flyers have played in the NBA, including four undrafted players (Chris Wright, Chris Johnson, Brian Roberts and Charles Cooke) since Knight was drafted.

Antetokounmpo seeks to become the third member of his family to play in the NBA. His brother Giannis Antetokounmpo, 23, was the 15th pick of the first round in 2013 and now is one of the top players in the league. He averaged 26.9 points per game last season for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 25, played in two games in 2016 for the New York Knicks. He was a second-round pick in 2014.

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The 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo committed to Dayton in June 2016 but sat out his freshman season as a NCAA partial qualifier.

Antetokounmpo debuted in the 2017-18 season and averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. He led the team with 31 blocks. He appeared in 29 of 32 games and started six games.

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In late March, weeks after the end of a 14-17 season, Antetokounmpo left the program and the university.

“His mindset was he wants to test the waters to see what his prospects are for being in the NBA,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “And he felt it was in his best interest to leave school to do it. I’m not trying to judge his decision in terms of basketball, but the timing of his leaving did surprise me with just six weeks of school left.”

     

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Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:11 AM

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna was suspended for 75 games.
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Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna was suspended for 75 games.(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended for 75 games without pay, retroactive to May 8, for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy, the New York Daily News reported.

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Osuna, 23, an All-Star in 2017, was charged with one count of assault in Toronto and was put on administrative leave, the Daily News reported. The right-hander has not pitched since May 6. 

Osuna has nine saves and a 2.93 ERA in 15 games.

The suspension will cost Osuna $2.54 million of his annual $5.3 million salary, the Daily News reported. He will participate in an evaluation and treatment program, which is confidential and supervised by the joint policy board of Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the newspaper reported.

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Sorting through some 2026 World Cup questions

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:41 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland shoots past Dusko Tosic of Serbia during the Friday's match at the World Cup in Russia.
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Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland shoots past Dusko Tosic of Serbia during the Friday's match at the World Cup in Russia.(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, voted last week to play the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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And while the announcement raised much excitement in North American soccer circles, it left questions that won’t be fully answered for years. Here are some of them.

WHICH CITIES WILL HOST MATCHES? 

Sixteen North American cities -- at least 10 in the United States -- will be chosen by FIFA in 2020 or 2021 to host matches. Those 16 choices will come from 23 “candidate cities.” FIFA will have negotiating leverage in whittling the number.

The U.S. host cities will be chosen from among these candidates: Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas), Denver (Broncos Stadium at Mile High), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, or the new NFL stadium under construction), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey), Orlando, Florida (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California), Seattle (CenturyLink Field) and Washington (FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.) 

In addition, current plans call for matches to be played in up to three cities in Canada (Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto) and up to three in Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey). 

"We are blessed with 23 really world-class stadiums -- some iconic, some brand-new cutting-edge and everything in between," U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. "I think it will be a very difficult decision to make … when we have to determine the final 16 cities. But it’s a high-class problem.”

Under current plans, 60 matches will be played in the U.S., 10 in Canada and 10 in Mexico. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF HOSTING? 

It helps that no new stadiums will have to be built in North America for the event, but the costs of security, transportation and other requirements will be considerable in any host city. 

“We’ve been told during the bid process it is on the level of (hosting) a Super Bowl,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council and chairman of Atlanta’s World Cup committee. “We have not gotten into too much detail on that yet, but we will during this next phase of the process.” 

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