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Former Flyer makes debut for NBA’s Pelicans

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 10:52 PM

Pelicans' Charles Cooke during their NBA basketball media day in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug Parker)
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Pelicans' Charles Cooke during their NBA basketball media day in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Doug Parker)(Doug Parker/AP)

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke scored three points for the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday in the team’s first exhibition game of the 2017-18 season.

Cooke, who signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans in July, played the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. He made 1 of 4 shots from the field and missed both of his 3-point attempts. The Pelicans lost 113-109 to the Bulls in New Orleans.

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The Pelicans play their second exhibition game Friday at Oklahoma City. Cooke’s two-way contract means he will spend most of the season in the NBA G League. The Pelicans’ G League team likely will play in Pensacola, Fla.

In an interview with Pelicans.com in September, Cooke talked about the disappointment of not being drafted.

“I was definitely hoping to be drafted. I knew I was listed on some (mock drafts),” Cooke said. “When I wasn’t, it wasn’t a major disappointment. I mean, there was some of that feeling, but I knew I’d still have my opportunity and a chance to prove my worth.”

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Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:15 PM


            Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF
Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19.

The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic.

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WSU coach Scott Nagy said the waiting game could go all the way until the school year begins.

“There’s still guys transferring now, there will be guys transferring in July, there will be guys transferring in August,” he said. “I mean, you wouldn’t think that would be the case but it happens.”

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Nagy said he is looking for a player who fits the program, not just someone to fill a vacancy.

Even if the Raiders do not fill the openings, they still could have a deeper bench than last year with Bill Wampler and James Mann coming off their redshirt seasons and the three incoming freshmen, Grant Basile, Malachi Smith and Skyelar Potter, each having a chance to contribute right away.

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High School Football: These 7 area football stars have made college commitments 

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Springfield Wildcats standout Moses Douglass explains verbally committing to the Kentucky Wildcats

With the start of summer in sight, at least 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings. 

Seven members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed. 

Here’s a look at them: 

Connor Bazelak — Missouri

The Alter quarterback announced June 18 he plans to attend Missouri after considering numerous offers from schools in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and more.  

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 1-rated quarterback in Ohio. 

 

Hayden Bullock — Air Force

A lineman from Bellbrook, Bullock made his announcement in early April

He was a second-team All-Southwest District pick last season and will not be alone as a Miami Valley native playing for the Falcons. 

The 2017 Air Force football roster had three area players (Ja’Mel Sanders and C.J. Riazzi of Chaminade Julienne and Jarrod Hardrick of Wayne) and three members of the 2018 class plan to play for the Falcons (Jake Spewiak and Sam Vance of Centerville and Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg). 

Moses Douglass — Kentucky

A defensive back from Springfield, Douglass verbally committed at the end of March

He is a three-star prospect, the No. 12 player in the state and ranked third among area prospects behind Steven Faucheux of Lakota West and John Bivens of Alter. 

He had 65 tackles last season and made the All-Southwest district first team. 

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Justin Harris — Cincinnati 

Another member of the all-district first team in Division I, Harris had four interceptions last season for at Wayne. 

He verbally committed on June 11

Harris is the No. 28 prospect in Ohio. 

Wayne DB Justin Harris. Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Wayne 14-7 in a Week 10 GWOC crossover high school football game to complete a 10-0 regular season on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF/MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Jestin Jacobs — Iowa 

The Northmont linebacker chose the Hawkeyes on May 11. 

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 20-rated player in Ohio. 

Last season, Jacobs recorded 67 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass en route to All-Southwest District first-team honors. 

Gabe Newburg — Michigan 

The Northmont defensive end announced he will be a Wolverine on April 2

He is the No. 29 prospect in the state, was third in the GWOC with seven sacks last season and made the all-district first team. 

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J.J. Ross — Cincinnati 

A defensive back from Lakota West, Ross chose the Bearcats on June 10

He had 25 tackles and a pair of interceptions in nine games last season for the Firebirds. 

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Reds look to extend one of their longest active win streaks

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:40 PM


            DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds will try to continue one of their longest active winning streaks tonight when they open a six-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers.

The Reds have won three in a row against the Tigers, which is is their second longest active streak and could become their longest with a two-game streak. The Reds have won four in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The last time Cincinnati and Detroit met was in 2015, when Detroit won the first of four before the Reds reeled off three consecutive wins, with the last one coming nearly two months after it’s originally scheduled date due to rain.

The three winning pitchers for the Reds were Collin Balester, Burke Badenhop and Michael Lorenzen.

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The Reds are 11-11 all time against the Tigers, including 3-2 at Great American Ball Park.

The only other teams the Reds have active winning streaks of at least two games against are Kansas City (two), and the New York Mets (two).

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Their longest active losing streak is nine against the Boston Red Sox.

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Dayton women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Dayton huddles before a NCAA tournament game against Marquette on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton huddles before a NCAA tournament game against Marquette on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Tuesday: DeAntoine "Cat" Beasley, who played for a Tennessee Tech team that beat the Dayton men in the second round of the  2002 NIT at UD Arena.

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“I want to thank coach (Shauna) Green for this great opportunity,” Beasley said in a press release. “My family and I are very excited and grateful to join the Flyer family. Throughout the process, the entire staff and players went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Dayton has an impeccable reputation for success and I will do whatever is needed to help uphold that.”

Beasley replaces Simon Harris, who left earlier this spring for an assistant coaching job at North Carolina State. Beasley’s last job was with the Gardner-Webb men's basketball team. He spent three seasons there.

“We are thrilled to welcome DeAntoine to our Flyer family,” Green said in a press release. “His experience at a variety of levels as well as his professional playing career will help our program tremendously. His basketball knowledge, ability to build relationships, and tireless work ethic will make an immediate impact. I am excited to have Cat and his family in Dayton.”

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Beasley worked as an assistant coach at Penascola State College (Fla.) in 2013-14. He worked at Chattanooga (Tenn.) from 2011-2013. He previously coached one season at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech, in 2010-11 and he worked as a graduate manager at Auburn in the 2009-10 season.

After his college career, Beasley played seven years in England and was the MVP in the National Trophy race in 2004.

Beasley, a graduate of South Cobb High School northwest of Atlanta, scored 693 points in his college career. He scored eight points against Dayton in the 2002 NIT.

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