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Published: Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 1:36 PM
DAYTON — Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant hasn’t forgotten his hometown in Florida when it comes to recruiting.
Dayton offered a scholarship Thursday to 2018 point guard Neftali Alvarez. He’s a native of Puerto Rico who moved to Miami in 2016. He’s now a senior at Miami Christian High School, which is 11 miles from Grant’s alma mater, Miami Senior.
Blessed to received an offer from University Of Dayton pic.twitter.com/C2MNOeXtxL— NEFTA⚡️ (@alvarez2neftali) December 22, 2017
VIDEO: @MIACSBasketball D1 guard prospect Neftali Alvarez (@alvarez2neftali) brings the ball up & sets up an open 3 vs. @friarshoops Monday at the @KreulClassic | @HeraldSports @WichitaState pic.twitter.com/4LcGeCLgxj— Pat Lammer (@PLamRecruiting) December 18, 2017
The 6-foot-1 Alvarez is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com. He’s the 332nd-ranked player in the class of 2018. He visited Wichita State, Arkansas State and Akron in the fall. He’s averaging 23.5 points, 10.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Alvarez hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for Miami Christian in the Class 2A state championship game last March.
“When I started playing basketball at 12 years old in my hometown (in Puerto Rico), I dreamed of playing this game in the U.S. and prayed God would give me a chance like this,” Alvarez told the Miami Herald after the game. “This is a dream to share this with my teammates after all the tough days of training we put in. I’m so proud to be able to be the one to have clinched the victory.”
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
— The 83rd NFL draft is this week in Arlington, Texas.
Here is what you need to know before the league’s annual talent grab kicks off:
For the first time, the entire draft will be available on broadcast television as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of rounds 1-3 on its broadcast channel. ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7.
Along with the traditional broadcast on ESPN, the College GameDay crew will provide a “college-themed viewing option of round one” on ESPN2.
The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday night and the rest of the draft will be held Saturday.
Miami's Heath Harding: 'I'm a grimy player' who can get the job done https://t.co/FzPGSH4e7a— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) April 19, 2018
2. Quarterbacks will dominate the storylines even more than usual.
Josh Allen of Wyoming, Sam Darnold of USC, Josh Rosen of UCLA, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Lamar Jackson of Louisville are all in the mix to be taken in the first round.
The last time five quarterbacks were taken in the first round was 1999, when the Browns took Tim Couch out of Kentucky with the No. 1 pick and the Bengals selected Akili Smith out of Oregon two picks later.
The most QBs taken in one draft is six (1983).
3. The Cleveland Browns will pick first for the second year in a row.
Last year, they went with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
This time they are expected to pick a quarterback, though they could go with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
The Browns pick again at No. 4, so they could end up with the PSU star and their quarterback of the future.
4. The Cincinnati Bengals pick 21st.
The Bengals traded down from the 12th slot to get offensive lineman Cordy Glenn from the Bills.
That helped address a glaring need in Cincinnati, and team officials say it makes picking addressing a need and picking the best player available easier rather than having to choose one or the other.
RELATED: 7-round mock draft
They might go for another offensive tackle, address the overall team speed on defense or perhaps take a center.
5. Ohio State will be heavily involved again.
Eleven Buckeyes were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine with Denzel Ward, Billy Price and Sam Hubbard considered the best available prospects.
Ward and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer are scheduled to be at the draft.
If Ward chosen in the first round, Ohio State would become the first school in the common draft era (since 1967) to have five defensive backs selected in the first round over a three-year span.
One of the potential storylines to watch Saturday: Will anyone take a flier on J.T. Barrett?Follow @marcushartman
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:11 AM
— While the Reds continued to languish, the NHL and NBA playoffs rolled on this weekend. We’ll get to Cincinnati’s latest struggles eventually, but first:
LeBron James scored 32 points while grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Indiana might be better overall than Cleveland, but I doubt the Pacers have the will to beat James four times.
I get tired of everything LeBron does being compared to Michael Jordan, but in this case the shoe fits, so to speak.
This was a Jordan-like performance as he scored early, spent the middle quarters getting others involved then went back to scoring down the stretch to finish off the win.
Meanwhile, the Pacers had some really bad stretches or they could have avoided all the drama. They just had no rhythm in the first half, which put them in a hole for the second time in three days on their home floor.
They climbed out of it again, but this time Indiana folded in the fourth.
The Pacers got on a roll in the third quarter, but a few missed shots seemed to lead them to panic in the fourth and they fell apart on the offensive end.
Meanwhile, Kyle Korver put the pressure on with a couple of big 3s for the Cavs, and LeBron brought it home, 104-100.
Also worth remembering in a game this close: The Cavs got a 70-foot 3 at the end of the first quarter, and the Pacers gave away a possession when Lance Stephenson inexplicably started walking without dribbling.
The East still looks wide open after a week-plus of postseason play.
The two teams least likely to have the mental capacity to beat LeBron are Indiana and Toronto.
Do the Celtics have enough healthy talent? That’s also doubtful, but the Cavs are still highly vulnerable…
In the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets came home riding high after two overtime wins in Washington, but the past week was unkind to them as the Capitals won three in a row.
I wouldn’t sweat it too much if I were a CBJ fan, though*.
This is probably all just part of the famously underachieving Caps’ plan to inflict maximum pain on their fan base.
Embarrassing start to the postseason? Check.
Dramatic reversal of fortune to raise hopes? Check.
Seems like a perfect time to blow a 3-2 series lead if you ask me.
The Blue Jackets get them on home ice at Nationwide Arena tonight. A win sets up a seventh game in Washington.
Those have been a nightmare for the Capitals, but they can avoid another if they take care of business…
*Of course, CBJ fans are certainly sweating it big time — the team is on the brink of elimination, after all — but that’s all part of the “fun” of playoff hockey! Welcome to the fraternity…
And what about the Cincinnati Reds?
They are 0-3 since firing in-over-his-head manager Bryan Price.
They were swept in St. Louis under Jim Riggleman for pretty much all the same reasons they were 3-15 under Price.
Not that anyone was expecting a drastic difference since Eugenio Suarez is still out and Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall remain in season-long slumps, but the Reds simply can’t hit and the pitching and defense aren’t nearly good enough to make up for it.
Worse yet: Luis Castillo was underwhelming again. He gave up seven hits and four walks in five innings but limited the damage to only three runs.
MLB.com noted his velocity is down this year, but the young fireballer brushed that off.
"I'm not sure where his velocity was last year for most of the year," Riggleman said. "He might have been a tick higher than he is right now. But everything will be looked at. He looks dominating at times and gets the necessary groundball double play and all that, but for his talent, his repertoire of pitches, it should not be this big a struggle at this time.”
“Key offseason acquisition” Kevin Quackenbush slammed the door on the Reds weekend by allowing six runs in the seventh inning Sunday. That’s his second terrible appearance. He’s been good otherwise.
Good news: Scott Schebler returned from a surprisingly troublesome arm injury.
Although he went 1 for 7 on Saturday and Sunday, Schebler could provide some much-needed pop for an offense that strikes out a lot but also doesn’t hit home runs.
Since Suarez was injured two weeks and a day ago, the Reds have scored more than four runs in a game once (their only win).
» COMMENTARY: Firing Price shows winning might actually matter to Reds
Want any hints about what was the breaking point for Price? How about Alex Blandino starting all three games in Suarez’s place at third since Riggleman took over.
He might just be keeping the spot warm until Nick Senzel gets hot in Triple-A, but the 2014 first-round pick went 4 for 11 with an RBI. He had at least one hit in all three games.
In the long run, it certainly makes more sense to see what he can do than to waste at-bats on veterans Cliff Pennington and Phil Gosselin.
They are still wasting starts with Brandon Finnegan, though, so go figure.
What’s perhaps more amazing is that as bad as the Reds have been, they only have two fewer wins than the Marlins and Royals and one less than the White Sox…
Sports Today RT: @marcushartman sorts out reactions to the firing of Bryan Price, locals make mark on @OhioStateFB in spring, thoughts on the @Bengals schedule and more https://t.co/HfzMonxLrB pic.twitter.com/ObosrqzrIS— daytonsports (@daytonsports) April 20, 2018
Lastly, the Fort Wayne TinCaps brought the Dayton Dragons back to Earth this weekend, snapping their nine-game winning streak and taking two of three games in Indiana.
The 9-5 Dragons are two games back in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
They play at Lansing tonight with Hunter Greene getting his third start.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
DAYTON — It didn’t take long for Springfield High School junior Austin Tyree to establish himself among the state’s best hurdlers this spring. His personal best times of 39.04 in the 300-meter hurdles and 15.05 in the 110 highs shot him high on the Division I state leader board.
That kind of breakout season is just what Tyree had envisioned.
“Being a part of such a great team, I wanted to be a part of that special group of great athletes who come from Springfield,” Tyree said during Friday’s 68th annual Dayton Edwin C. Moses Relays at Welcome Stadium. “It’s been a pretty exciting season so far.”
Only the field events – minus the discus – were individually scored.
Springfield senior teammate Quincy Scott won the long jump (22 feet, 7.50 inches) in a great showdown against Zamir Youngblood of Dunbar (22-1).
Springfield junior Isaiah Gibson added another first in the shot put (46-7.50) and senior Austin Garza was fourth (40-7).
Tyree and Scott also were on the runner-up boys 4x100-meter relay (43.22), as were Mike Brown and Jacob Yost. The Wildcats’ 4x200 relay was third (1:37.67).
Junior Tiffany Moss paced Springfield’s girls with a third in the long jump (15-11.75). She also ran on the fourth-place shuttle hurdle relay (1:09.91).
Dunbar (77 points) captured the boys team title. Thomas Worthington (53) was second and Miamisburg (51) third. Springfield (41) was sixth.
Thomas Worthington edged Lima Senior 65-61 to win the girls team title. Chaminade Julienne (54) was third. Springfield (19) was 11th.
Tyree has taken over for Springfield hurdler Dyier Smith, who is not running as a senior but intends on playing football and running track at Malone University in Canton.
Tyree excelled for the Dayton Wolverines AAU summer track and field team last year and even ran cross country – with the Springfield Courage – to be better prepared for this track season.
Even the extended winter-like weather couldn’t prevent Tyree from advancing in his specialties. At least four of Springfield’s meets have been canceled.
“Last year I didn’t even get out of district,” he said. “I worked harder this summer and fall with a goal of potentially reaching (37 seconds) in the (300 hurdles). I’m working on that now. Having a successful start is exciting because my goals are up there.”
Another Wildcats junior, Mike Brown, owns a best high jump of 6-4 and cleared 6-6 last season.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:05 AM
— 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.
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 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.— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018
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
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."
Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018
The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018
But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn
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.
He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2— Mike McLeod (@CMichaelMcLeod) April 22, 2018
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. https://t.co/OWWQGxhKpF