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ESPN prediction: Dayton women a No. 10 seed in NCAA tournament

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Highlights: Dayton beats Duquesne in women's basketball

For fans of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program, it’s not too early to be thinking about March Madness.

In ESPN’s latest bracket prediction, the Flyers have a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament. Their first-round opponent is No. 7 seed Virginia. The website predicts the game will be played in Eugene, Ore., with Oregon and Stephen F. Austin playing in the other game.

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Dayton has played in the NCAA tournament in seven of the last eight seasons. It earned a No. 12 seed last year and lost 66-57 to Tennessee in the first round in Louisville, Ky.

The Flyers (17-4, 10-0) take an 11-game winning streak into a 2 p.m. Sunday game against Virginia Commonwealth at UD Arena.

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Bengals signs first-round draft choice from Ohio State

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:25 PM


            Ohio States Billy Price plays against Army on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio States Billy Price plays against Army on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Billy Price on Monday.

A center, Price was selected in the first round and 21st overall out of Ohio State University. The Bengals agreed to a four-year contract with an option to extend one year through 2022.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was a guard for three seasons, when switched to center as a senior.

A two-time Buckeyes captain, he earned multiple awards and was a two-time All-American. He set an all-time OSU record with 55 total and consecutive starts.

The Bengals have signed all but two of their 11 draft choices, defensive end Sam Hubbard also of OSU (third round) and linebacker Malik Jefferson of Texas (third round).

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District softball: Kenton Ridge beats Monroe to reach regionals

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:27 PM

Highlights: Kenton Ridge beats Monroe in district softball

Kenton Ridge and Monroe dealt with postponements of their Division II district softball final on Friday and Saturday and then watched a storm roll past Brookville High School at 6 p.m. Sunday just when they were supposed to start play. Players waited inside the high school, hoping they would be able to play before it got dark.

"It's stressful," Kenton Ridge pitcher Carly Turner said of the waiting.

Turner overcame stress of a different sort when the game finally did begin at 7 p.m. An umpire called her for several illegal pitch violations. She didn't let it rattle her, however. She struck out nine batters as the Cougars advanced with a 6-2 victory.

"She knows how to correct that," Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat said. "That's the biggest thing, just slowing it down when that happens and regaining focus. She does a great job."

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Turner also drove in the first run of the game in a three-run fourth inning. Paige Williams's single scored the second run. Then a squeeze bunt by Madison Hall scored a third run.

Lexee Trainer made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the fifth. Jordan Rucker drove in two runs with a triple in the sixth.

Turner didn't allow a run until the seventh inning. Monroe senior Faith Hensley, a Ball State recruit, hit a two-run home run in the last at-bat of her high school career.

"I'm really happy for Faith," Monroe coach Tim Kellis said. "Her last at-bat was a dinger. The same thing happened last year. We had a girl (Alexis Arnold), a senior shortstop going down to Georgetown (College), and her last at-bat in the sectional was a two-run home run."

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Monroe, which was seeking its first district championship, finished the season 18-3.

"What I'm going to remember about this group is a lot of people aren't aware we lost six four-year starters last year, a team that went 23-3 but got beat in the sectional finals," Kellis said. "Then we started the season and lost two first basemen before we played our second game. We basically started the season with seven kids playing a position they had never played before. We got run-ruled at Brookville at our place in the very first game — and I think most people probably gave them up for dead — and we came back here a week later and beat Brookville and then they go through the rest of the league season and they've gone as far as any team at Monroe as gone."

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The Cougars (23-1), ranked second in the state, will play another Central Buckeye Conference team, Jonathan Alder, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mason High School. No. 4 Greenville and No. 7 Clinton Massie will play at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal.

Kenton Ridge and Jonathan Alder split two games 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.

"It'll be a very good game," Schalnat said. "We've just got to be ready to go. We've got graduation coming up (on Tuesday). We've got to remain focused and have good practices the next couple days."

         

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Miami Valley boys tennis sends singles, doubles team to state

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

Senior Colton Morehart and junior Niyanth Reddy are usually teammates but the Miami Valley tennis players were opponents Saturday in the D-II district semifinals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Senior Colton Morehart and junior Niyanth Reddy are usually teammates but the Miami Valley tennis players were opponents Saturday in the D-II district semifinals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

To say it was a good weekend on the courts for the Rams would be an understatement.

The Miami Valley tennis team qualified four boys – two singles players and a doubles team – to this week’s Division II high school state tennis tournament – a feat the Rams have not accomplished in at least 15 years.

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Rams senior Colton Morehart – who qualified to state as a sophomore – faced off against teammate and first-time state qualifier Niyanth Reddy in the D-II singles semifinals on Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Morehart and Reddy played first and second singles, respectively, for Miami Valley during the season, amassing identical 24-1 records heading into the district semifinals.

But the Rams couldn’t be more different. Morehart is intense and makes his presence known on the court while Reddy, a junior, quietly and methodically plays his game.

“Colton loves to be vocal, you know he’s there,” Miami Valley coach Brenna Bretscher said. “Niyanth is stoic, very even-keeled.”

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It was the fiery senior who dispensed with his teammate Saturday to advance to the finals. Morehart topped Reddy, 6-0, 6-2. Morehart – who finished the day as district runner-up after losing to Indian Hill senior Andrew Pregel – knows how critical seedings are at the state tournament. The IUPUI-bound player bowed out in the opening round in 2016.

“It was a good match, but I definitely could have played a lot better,” Morehart said of his last state appearance. “I wanted to get as far as I could at the district to give myself the best chance at state.”

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Makul Sharma and Reece Quigley of Miami Valley also finished just one win shy of a district championship. Sharma, a first-time state qualifier, and Quigley, who qualified last season, lost a three-set district final to Maanas Pisati and Mack Ellis, of Indian Hill, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“Makul is a senior and he could have played singles this season, but he told me he wanted to do ‘whatever was best for the team,’ ” Bretscher said. “That’s the kind of player he is, the kind of person he is.”

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• Cousins Nathan and Nick Brumbaugh of West Milton earned a D-II state berth in doubles with a third-place finish Saturday. Nick, a junior, and Nathan, a sophomore, lost to Miami Valley’s Sharma and Quigley in the semifinals but edged Ash Annapantula and Herschel Albert of Cincinnati Country Day in the finals to place third.

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• Beavercreek sophomore Austin Staiger is also state-bound after a fourth-place finish in D-I singles, as is Fenwick senior Dylan Sagan, who placed fourth in D-II singles.

BOYS STATE TENNIS

When: Friday-Saturday.

Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason.

D-I area qualifiers: Austin Staiger, Beavercreek.

D-II area qualifiers: Dylan Sagan, Fenwick; Colton Morehart, Miami Valley; Niyanth Reddy, Miami Valley; Makul Sharma and Reece Quigley, Miami Valley; Nathan Brumbaugh and Nick Brumbaugh, Milton-Union.

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Sports gambling: NFL commissioner calls for Congressional action 

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28:  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) testifies with others before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Capitol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) testifies with others before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Capitol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A week after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting wagering on sports, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued “four core principles” the league would like to see addressed by Congress. 

There must be substantial consumer protections; 

Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it; 

Fans will have access to official, reliable league data;

Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.

Additionally, Goodell says the league has “spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling” and is prepared to address changes “in a thoughtful and comprehensive way.” 

Whether or not lawmakers take these thoughts into advisement remains to be seen, though the first and last seem like common sense suggestions while two and three are more the responsibility of the league. 

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