Hockey: Blue Jackets clinch playoff berth

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with the win. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with the win. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the Columbus BlueJackets clinched their third playoff berth in franchise history with a victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The win was the fourth straight for the BlueJackets, gave them their first 100-point season and moved them into a tie with Washington for the NHL’s best record with 11 games left. Columbus, which joined the league in 2000, last made the playoffs in 2014.

This was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored twice in a game on penalty shots. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka of Vancouver did it against Detroit in 1982, and Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton of San Jose converted against Washington in 2009.

Boone Jenner added two goals, one short-handed and the other into an empty net. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves for Columbus, which is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games.

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Cincinnati Reds fire Bryan Price: Is Barry Larkin on deck?

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

NewsCenter 7 Sports Director Mike Hartsock talks to Barry Larkin about managing during Spring Training

After the Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price, the next question was obvious. 

Who will replace him?

Jim Riggleman was named interim manager, but the team announced it will conduct a national search. 

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Barry Larkin already works for the team, but he’s been talked about as a potential manager since he was still playing shortstop for his hometown team, a career that lasted from 1986-2004. 

He made waves during spring training when he said some young guys in the organization told him they want him to be their manager when they reach the big leagues, a statement that rankled at least some in the organization according to national baseball writer Ken Rosenthal. 

He has mentioned that before in his reporting, and it doesn’t come as a surprise. 

However much one might be excited to think of Larkin in the Reds dugout again, his statement was disrespectful to Price. 

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It was great for debate and discussion (including here) but also bad form. 

Would any hurt feelings from that episode prevent Larkin from becoming the manager of the Reds if the organization deems him the best candidate? 

That hardly seems likely. 

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Of larger concern would be his relative lack of experience. 

Larkin has not managed in MLB or the minors, though he has been the skipper of the Brazilian national team. 

He’s also been an employee of the Reds since 2015 after working as a baseball analyst for ESPN. 

Beyond that, hiring former players with little or no managerial experience is becoming a trend. The Cardinals made a similar move with Mike Matheny, as did the Brewers with Craig Counsell and the Phillies with Gabe Kapler more recently. 

Former Red Aaron Boone, who played with Larkin from 1997-2003, left ESPN to become the Yankees manager prior to this season. 

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5 things to know about Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman watches from the dugout during a game against the Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Reds bench coach Jim Riggleman watches from the dugout during a game against the Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

Jim Riggleman is the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bryan Price after the latter was fired Thursday

Here are five things to know about the new man in charge: 

1. The 65-year-old has been involved in professional baseball since 1974. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Riggleman out of Frostburg State in the fourth round in 1974. 

He spent eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A. 

2. Riggleman has previously managed four MLB teams. 

The New Jersey native managed the Padres from late 1992-94 then spent five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, part of one with the Seattle Mariners and two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals. 

3. His best team won 90 games. 

The 1998 Chicago Cubs went 90-73 under Riggleman and won the National League Wild card. 

That team’s second-place finish is the highest for any of Riggleman’s teams. His career record as a manager is 662-824, a .445 winning percentage. 

4. Riggleman famously walked out of the Nationals in 2011. 

Washington finished in third place in 2011, but Riggleman wasn’t around to see it. 

He resigned in June over a dispute about his job security. 

“I know what the right thing to do is,” Riggleman said at the time according to the Washington Post. “You don’t keep a manager on a one-year deal in major league baseball. I’m not happy about it. I just feel in my heart it’s the right thing to do.”

5. 2018 is Riggelman’s seventh season working for the Reds. 

He joined the Reds player development department in 2012 as manager of Double-A Pensacola before spending two years managing the Triple-A Louisville Bats. 

He joined the major-league club as third base coach in 2015 and was in his third season as bench coach before being promoted Thursday. 

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Women’s basketball: Megan Duffy gets contract extension from Miami

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:25 PM

Miami women's basketball coach Megan Duffy kneels on the sideline during their 69-56 loss to Duquesne in their first round Women's NIT tournament basketball game Thursday, March 15 at Millett Hall on Miami University campus in Oxford. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Miami women's basketball coach Megan Duffy kneels on the sideline during their 69-56 loss to Duquesne in their first round Women's NIT tournament basketball game Thursday, March 15 at Millett Hall on Miami University campus in Oxford. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Nick Graham)

Miami University announced Thursday it has added a year to the contract of women’s basketball coach Megan Duffy. 

A Chaminade Julienne grad, Duffy signed a five-year contract worth $212,136 annually when she was hired last year

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Her first season in Oxford was a smashing success as the RedHawks went 21-11 and finished fourth in the Mid-American Conference. 

They won 12 MAC games, the most since 2008, and finished the regular season having won 10 of 11 contests. 

“I cannot thank (Miami president Gregory P.) Crawford and (director of athletics) David Sayler enough for their commitment to women's basketball and our staff here at Miami,” said Duffy in a new release. “It has been an honor to come in and help make impactful changes to our program, student-athletes and community. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Miami basketball for years to come.” 

Duffy replaced Cleve Wright, who went 35-87 in four seasons. 

Her four-person first recruiting class includes Lebanon guard Alexis Straw. 

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Who are the candidates to be the next Reds manager?

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

Former Reds Barry Larkin (11), Eric Davis (44) and Paul O'Neill pose with the World Series trophy during a 25th anniversary celebration of the 1990 World Series championship on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Former Reds Barry Larkin (11), Eric Davis (44) and Paul O'Neill pose with the World Series trophy during a 25th anniversary celebration of the 1990 World Series championship on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

If members of the Cincinnati Reds front office read the Facebook comments during their search for the next Reds manager, they’ll look at everyone from Barry Larkin to Pete Rose to Chris Sabo, Sean Casey and even Dusty Baker.

One of those names might be a legitimate candidate, but it’s too early to tell who the Reds will hire as a replacement for Bryan Price, who was fired on Thursday in his fifth season. Reds General Manager Dick Williams did not put a timetable on when the Reds would hire their next manager.

“We will be undergoing a thorough and exhaustive process to identify the next full-time manager,” Williams said. “We have good internal candidates, but that will be a process we need to undergo, and it makes more sense to do that toward the end of the season because any internal candidates, for the most part, are not going to be available until then.”

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Below is a glance at some of the names that might get thrown around in the coming months:

Larkin: Fans have clamored for years for the Reds to hire Larkin, who played shortstop for the Reds from 1986-2004 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Of course, Larkin has never been a manager at any level, and according to a report, he angered some in the Reds organization about his comments about some young players in the organization saying they want to see him be the Reds manager one day. Price was still the manager at the time. Larkin is in his third season as a special assistant to the general manager.

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Eric Davis: If you’re throwing 1990 World Champions into the mix, you might as well mention Davis, who has been a special assistant to the GM since 2008.

Lou Piniella: And if you’re throwing Larkin and Davis into the mix, you might as well mention the manager of the 1990 Reds. He’s now a special advisor to baseball operations.

Jim Riggleman: He’ll start his stint as interim Reds manager on Friday in St. Louis. He has 12 years of experience in the big leagues but only one winning season.

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Pat Kelly: Kelly will serve as bench coach under Riggleman. He was the manager of the Triple-A Louisville Bats and managed Double-A Pensacola the last three seasons.

Buddy Bell: Here’s another name in the Reds front office with managing experience. Bell managed the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals but had only one winning season in nine years.

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Joe Girardi: The longtime New York Yankees manager, who lost his job in 2017, likely will hear his name mentioned in connection to this job. In the category of recently-fired managers who deserve another chance, he might be the best name out there.

John Farrell: The former Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox manager, who won a World Series in 2013 with Boston, joined the Reds in March as a scout.

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