Fans react to Joe Thomas’ snaps streak ending

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) and the Browns offensive line during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh won 21-18. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) and the Browns offensive line during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh won 21-18. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard/AP)

The NFL’s most impressive streak ended Sunday.

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas exited with an elbow injury, concluding his streak at 10,363 snaps. The Browns ran their first play without him in the lineup in 11 seasons.

NFL and Browns fans were devastated.











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Area football players, coaches on combined South Divisions IV-VII team

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:30 PM


            Brookville’s Bailey Wallen surpassed 2,000 yards rushing as a senior last season. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
Brookville’s Bailey Wallen surpassed 2,000 yards rushing as a senior last season. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

The 73rd annual Ohio North vs. South All-Star Classic Football Games will be held on Saturday at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.

The combined Divisions IV-VII game kicks off the day at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m.

The games are sponsored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Miamisburg High School coach Steve Channell once again will serve as the games director.

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The following are area members of the combined South Divisions IV-VII team: DJ Chambers, Carlisle; Thomas Schweiterman, Coldwater; Tommy Peaco, Northridge; Bailey Wallen, Brookville; Luke Richardson, Clinton-Massie; head coach Whit Parks, formerly of Fort Loramie; and assistant coach Steve Poff, Middletown Madison.

The annual Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North vs. South football all-star game will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, June 8 at Centerville High School. Those head coaches are Northmont’s Tony Broering (North) and Marcus Colvin of Chaminade Julienne (South).

Those rosters will be announced next month.

The entire OHSFCA South Divisions IV-VII team:

Head coach: Whit Parks, formerly of Fort Loramie.

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Assistant coaches: Steve Poff, Middletown Madison; Matt Edwards, John Glenn; Mike Flanery, River; Evan Ferguson, Coal Grove; Jason Peters, Grandview.

QB: Lucas Isaly, River; Justin Heacock, John Glenn.

RB: DJ Chambers, Carlisle; Daniel Bangura, Harvest Prep; Kendrick Cunningham, Fairland; Shane Bonner, John Glenn.

WR: Xavier Johnson, Cin. Summit Country Day; Adam Wieczorek, Cin. Madeira; Mancini Jackson, Cin. Reading; Casey Smith, John Glenn.

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TE: James Lachey, Grandview.

OL: Thomas Schweiterman, Coldwater; Colin Woodside, Fairfield Union; Connor O’Brien, Cin. Wyoming; Alijah Demitras, Steubenville; Tommy Peaco, Northridge; Vince Oliver, Steubenville Central Catholic.

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DL: Reed Aller, St. Mary’s Memorial; Quinton Moore, Steubenville; Drew Dietz, River; Jeb Jones, Dawson-Bryant; Isaiah Mullens, harvest Prep Brandon Spaulding, Grandview.

LB: Xander Carmichael, Wheelersburg; Rran Wood, Cin. Ready; Bailey Wallen, Brookville; Tyler Long, Cin. Hughes.

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DB: Lorenzo Sparks, Cin. North College Hill; Luke Richardson, Clinton-Massie; Isaac Gill, Philo; Jon Argesta, Steubenville; Miles Smith, Cin. Wyoming; Tim Williams-Scrog, Cin. Aiken; Skylar Durbin, Danville; Miller Kronk, London.

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Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

Michigan's Ibi Watson, right, drives in the lane on Marquette's Traci Carter during the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Michigan's Ibi Watson, right, drives in the lane on Marquette's Traci Carter during the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Dayton Flyers landed their fourth recruit in the 2018 class on Wednesday, announcing Michigan transfer Ibi Watson, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, will join the program.

Watson, a graduate of Pickerington Central who attended Athens High School for his first two years, appeared in 45 games over the last two seasons with Michigan, receiving limited minutes each season. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per game last season. He scored two points in one minute in the national championship game loss to Villanova.

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Watson will have to sit out the 2018-19 season. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining after that.

“First and foremost, you’re adding a veteran to your roster,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “Ibi’s had two years at Michigan and obviously the success they’ve enjoyed — the two Sweet 16s and national championship game appearance — that experience for him, being able to be a part of that on a daily basis, I think he adds a level of experience to our roster, not only when he becomes eligible but during this time that he gets to be a redshirt and continue to work on his personal development. I think it’ll be a great addition to our team for some of our younger guys to have a veteran like that on your roster.”

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Watson announced his decision to transfer on April 12.

“During my time at the University Michigan I have learned and experienced so much,” he wrote on Twitter. “I enjoyed the relationships and memories that I made. Thank you to the coaching staff and my teammates for making my experience so great! After much thought, I have decided to explore other options.”

Watson was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016. He ranked 208th in the class, according to 247Sports.com. He made the All-Ohio first team as a senior in 2016.

Watson joins Dwayne Cohill, Jhery Matos and Frankie Policelli in Dayton’s 2018 class. The Flyers still have three scholarships open.

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Ohio State NFL draft preview: 5 things to know 

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:45 PM

Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward explains what he can bring an NFL team, why he sat out the Cotton Bowl and more.

The 83rd NFL draft is set for Thursday-Saturday in Texas, and Ohio State is expected to be heavily involved again. 

Here are five things for Buckeye fans to know before it begins: 

1. Close to a dozen Buckeyes could be drafted. 

Eleven Ohio State players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and more got to work out for NFL scouts during the team’s pro day.

Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman predicts Jerome Baker, J.T. Barrett, Marcus Baugh, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Jamarco Jones, Tyquan Lewis, Billy Price, Denzel Ward, Damon Webb and Chris Worley will all hear their names called by the end of round seven on Saturday. 

Ward and coach Urban Meyer are scheduled to be in attendance.

2. The top prospects are… 

Ward is widely expected to be a first-round pick. 

After him, it gets a little murky. 

Hubbard could be taken in the first or second round and Price was considered a potential first-rounder before a pec injury knocked him out of the combine (he should be ready for the start of training camp). 

Jones is the No. 34 player according to Pro Football Focus with Price coming in 64th, Hubbard 68th, Lewis 81st and Webb 88th. 

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3. The return of OSU as “DB U”. 

If Ward does go in the first round, Ohio State will become the first school in the common era (since 1967) to have five first-round defensive backs in three years. 

That run started with Eli Apple in 2016 with Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley following last year. 

The last five starting cornerbacks from Ohio State have been drafted, something that also happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

Ward could make six. 

4. Will any Buckeyes remain in Ohio? 

Recent history shows the Bengals and Browns aren’t very likely to pick a player from Ohio State. 

While Cincinnati last chose a Buckeye in 2013 (offensive lineman Reid Fragel, seventh round), eight drafts have passed since the Browns chose Brian Robiskie in the second round in 2009. 

In all, the Browns have drafted 32 players from Ohio State since 1952 while the Bengals have taken 17 since 1969. 

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5. Meyer’s first full recruiting class nearly finished. 

Six players from Ohio State’s class of 2013 already have been drafted. 

At least five more could be taken this weekend. If that happens, the 24-man class will be the most successful (in terms of draftees) since 2002, both in terms of total and percentage. 

Twelve players of 25 signees (48 percent) from 2002 were drafted. 

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Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

UCLA practices Monday, March 12, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/STAFF
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UCLA practices Monday, March 12, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning.

Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft.

The commission, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, was established in October in response to the recruiting scandal that dominated the headlines last fall. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith is also part of the commission.

Here’s a quick glance at some of the recommendations:

1. One-and-done rule: “The Commission calls on the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) again to make 18-year-olds eligible for the NBA draft, so that high school players who are drafted may proceed to the NBA. The NCAA lacks the legal power to change one-and-done on its own; the power to make this change lies exclusively with the NBA and the NBPA.”

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2. Testing pro prospects: “The Commission recommends that high school and college players who declare for the draft and are not drafted remain eligible for college basketball unless and until they sign a professional contract. Specifically, players who are not drafted should be permitted to change their minds and attend college or return to college, provided they remain academically and otherwise eligible.”

3. Earlier professional assessment: “The Commission recommends that the NCAA and its member institutions develop strict standards for certifying agents and allow NCAA-certified agents to engage with student-athletes at an appropriate point in their high school careers to be determined by the NCAA.”

4. More resources for education: “The Commission recommends that the NCAA immediately establish a substantial fund and commit to paying for the degree completion of student-athletes with athletic scholarships who leave member institutions after progress of at least two years towards a degree. Colleges and universities must fulfll their commitments to student-athletes to provide not just a venue for athletic competition, but also an education.

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5. Independent investigations: “The Commission recommends that the NCAA create independent investigative and adjudicative arms to address and resolve complex and serious cases (hereafter “complex cases”) involving violations of NCAA rules.

6. Harsher penalties: Among the changes the commission recommends is a five-year postseason ban for serious infractions and the loss of all revenue sharing from the NCAA tournament during the ban.

7. Reforming non-scholastic basketball: The commission addressed the influence of AAU basketball and other events recruits play in away from school.

“Virtually all of the top recruits for each collegiate recruiting class participate in non-scholastic basketball,” the report stated. “The Commission recommends that the NCAA take short and long-term actions to reform non-scholastic basketball and disassociate the NCAA and its member institutions from the aspects of non-scholastic basketball where transparency and ethical behavior cannot be assured.”

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