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Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 7 football on Facebook Live

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:00 PM


            Hartsock and Pendleton.
Hartsock and Pendleton.

The boys are back, talking high school football.

»WEEK 6: Here’s what we had to say last week

Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

We’ll address Week 6 results and Week 7 games.

Join us and post your questions at Mike’s Facebook page.

»COMPUTER RANKINGS: This week’s OHSAA release

»WEEK 7: High school football schedule

»RELATED: Top 7 all-time, Dayton-area football players

»NEVER TOO LATE: For Belmont senior to get defensive

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Reds’ Votto does bird a favor with grand slam

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

The Reds’ Joey Votto hits a grand slam against the Tigers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
The Reds’ Joey Votto hits a grand slam against the Tigers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Hours after the bird incident and a 9-5 Cincinnati Reds victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, a reporter asked Joey Votto if he was worried about a Randy Johnson moment.

“Of course,” Votto said. “Haunts you forever.”

Johnson had a hall-of-fame career. He will also be remembered throwing a pitch that blew up a bird, which happened to fly into the path of a pitch.

Votto was determined to avoid the same fate as he hit with the bases loaded in the third inning. He saw a black bird standing in the grass between the pitcher’s mound and home plate at Great American Ball Park. He decided to shoo it away, taking two steps toward the mound to get its attention.

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“A hitter would prefer things to be stable in their line of vision,” Votto said. “I wanted to let it know, ‘Go on. Scoot.’ I was a little concerned about PETA’s reaction, so I figured I’d back off. Then I had to make sure I got the ball in the air, and I had to make sure I didn’t hit the ball in the middle of the field on the ground. I was taking good care of the bird while I was also hitting.”

The bird did flee behind the pitcher’s mound, and two pitches later, Votto hit a grand slam that just cleared the wall in right, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead. He flapped his arms as he crossed home play to honor the bird.

» MINOR LEAGUES: Dragons player provides walk-off hit in Midwest League All-Star Game

Votto hadn’t homered since May 13, a stretch of 30 games, though his numbers continue to climb. He’s hitting .302.

“I have felt good throughout,” Votto said. “I think I’ve been swinging well. (The home run) hasn’t shown up.”

Votto’s grand slam overshadowed a second straight dominant performance by Sal Romano. After allowing one run in eight innings in his previous start against the Royals, he threw seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 5.18.

“Two games in a row doesn’t take away what happened for a month straight,” Romano said. “I’ve got to take this as another good one and enjoy today and get back to work tomorrow.”

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Landon Donovan's support for Mexico sparks pitched battle off the pitch

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:03 PM

Landon Donovan starred for Leon in Mexico this spring.
Hector Vivas/Getty Images
Landon Donovan starred for Leon in Mexico this spring.(Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Landon Donovan’s support for Mexico at the World Cup has sparked a pitched battle between the most recognizable name in American soccer and his peers, ESPN reported Sunday.

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Donovan has been part of an advertising campaign for Wells Fargo to support Mexico, which opened its World Cup play in Russia with a stunning 1-0 victory against defending champion Germany on Sunday. Critics of the promotion have criticized Landon, calling his cheerleading inappropriate.

Donovan posted a photo on Twitter on Saturday holding a scarf that read “My other team is Mexico.”

Donovan played this spring for León, which is part of Mexico’s Primera Division. Still, some questioned Donovan’s motives.

“Watering it down for beer/banks won’t enrich the rivalry,” ESPN announcer Sebastian Salazar tweeted.

Carlos Bocanegra, the former captain of the U.S. national team, tweeted “Really?” 

Donovan tweeted back that Bocanegra should “remember where you came from.”

“Look around our country, are you happy with how we are treating Mexicans?” Donovan answered. “Open your mind, stand for something and remember where you came from.”

Donovan’s former teammate, Herculez Gomez, an ESPN analyst, criticized that exchange, ESPN reported, tweeting that it was “an incredibly terrible take.”

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Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Nashville Predators player Austin Watson is facing a domestic assault charge, police said Wednesday.
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Nashville Predators player Austin Watson is facing a domestic assault charge, police said Wednesday.(Franklin Police Department)

Nashville Predators player Austin Watson is facing a domestic assault charge, police said Wednesday.

According to WKRN, the 26-year-old NHL forward was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Franklin, Tennessee, authorities said.

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Watson, who is free on $4,500 bond, is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday.

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Dragons’ Marshall wins Midwest League All-Star Game with walk-off hit

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:26 PM

Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall (right) greets manager Luis Bolivar. The Dragons defeated the visiting Lake County Captains 9-3 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Wed., April 11, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall (right) greets manager Luis Bolivar. The Dragons defeated the visiting Lake County Captains 9-3 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Wed., April 11, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Montrell Marshall, of the Dayton Dragons, singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to score another Dragon, Stuart Fairchild, with the winning run Tuesday in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

The East Division beat the West Division 3-2 in Lansing, Mich. Marshall was named the game’s MVP, joining Jay Bruce (2006) as the only Dayton players to win the honor.

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Marshall, the Reds’ 12th-round pick in 2014, went 1-for-2. Fairchild went 0-for-2. Hendrik Clementina, of the Dragons, also went 0-for-2.

Dragons pitcher John Ghyzel retired all four batters he faced with two strikeouts and pitched a perfect 10th inning. Cory Thompson struck out the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth.

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