McCarron to find out free agent fate next month

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 3:27 PM

McCarron: It’s a weird situation

AJ McCarron is about six weeks away from a potentially easier exit.

The Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback said he will find out Feb. 15 the arbitration ruling on his grievance to become an unrestricted free agent.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” McCarron said. “Hopefully I get my chance.”

A player must have accrued four seasons to become an unrestricted free agent, but there is an unresolved issue over whether McCarron accrued a season as a rookie in 2014. He began that year on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder injury and was only on the 53-man roster for three games and the playoff loss to Indianapolis.

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McCarron said he already presented his case last spring and is just waiting on a verdict. He would like to think he could still move on if he remains a restricted free agent, but wouldn’t count on it. A pursuant team would have to compensate the Bengals however they choose to tender him.

“It’s just hard,” he said of the wait. “As a competitor, you just see other guys playing and you want your chance to be able to showcase what you can truly do, and that’s just being a competitor. Like I’ve said before, God’s plan doesn’t work out when we want it to. It’s on His time. I’ve always truly believed that, and my wife always does an excellent job of reminding me that, and it’s just something you’ve got to buy into and trust and realize.”

On the Bengals’ exit day Monday, McCarron met with Marvin Lewis and discussed his future.

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When asked what he thinks his future holds, McCarron said that depends on what he finds out Feb. 15; however, has given up any hope of getting his opportunity to play with Cincinnati.

“Anytime you come into a place where a guy is established like A.D. (Andy Dalton), who’s led them to the playoffs however many times and they are paying him that much, it’s not going to happen,” McCarron said. “It’s just the way it goes. Like I said, I just want a chance to compete so I’m just waiting on that opportunity.”

Buffalo’s hero: Andy Dalton is getting royal treatment from Buffalo after his incredible 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd lifted the Bengals to victory over Baltimore on Sunday.

The Ravens’ loss meant the Bills are headed to the playoffs instead. Dalton’s pass came on fourth-and-12 with 44 seconds left.

“I think I’m the hottest guy in Buffalo right now,” Dalton said Monday. “According to my Twitter, I think everybody’s loving us right now. Obviously that’s a crazy fan base and they’re all pretty excited.”

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Bills fans have been donating to Dalton’s foundation in $17 increments in honor of the 17 years they waited for a postseason appearance.

“We’re appreciative of that,” Dalton said. “Obviously they’re helping out a good cause. It’s been pretty fun to see the reaction we’ve gotten.”

Postseason awards: The Cincinnati chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America named defensive tackle Geno Atkins as the Bengals’ 2017 Most Valuable Player and defensive end Carlos Dunlap as the recipient of the organization’s annual “Good Guy” award.

Atkins, who also earned the MVP honor in 2012, finished the season with nine sacks, 10 tackles for losses and 20 quarterback hits. Dunlap, coming out of his eighth season, is the 17th recipient of the PFWA’s “Good Guy” award, given for professionalism and cooperation with media and understanding the media’s role in covering the team. He was recognized in part for his involvment in the local community, this season focusing on an anti-bullying initiative.

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“This is my community so I just want to take ownership and get involved,” Dunlap said.

Player moves: The Bengals on Monday signed nine players from the practice squad to reserve/future contracts. Included in that transaction were linebackers Carl Bradford, Connor Harris, kicker Jonathan Brown, offensive tackle Javarius Leamon, guard Oni Omoile, tight end Scott Orndoff, cornerback Sojourn Shelton, safety Robenson Therezie and wide receiver Kermit Whitfield.

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NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Keita Bates-Diop is leaving Ohio State to enter the NBA draft. He explained why during a press conference Monday also attended by his parents and Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.

The NBA draft is tonight. Coverage begins on ESPN at 7 p.m. 

Here are some things to know about the league’s annual talent dispersal event: 

1. For the second year in a row, there is a Southwest Ohio connection. 

Last year, it was Luke Kennard. The Franklin High School graduate went to the Detroit Pistons in the first round. 

This year it’s Vincent Edwards, a former Middletown Middie who just finished up a strong four-year career at Duke. 

Two sites have projected the versatile forward as a second-round pick. 

2. Dayton could have a player drafted. 

Kostas Antetokounmpo didn’t do much in a Flyers uniform, but his potential was obvious every time he stepped on the court. 

The NBA draft is pretty much all about potential, so he might hear his name called before all is said and done. 

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No Dayton player has been drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, but four Flyers have made it to the league since 1999. 

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3. Ohio State likely will have a player drafted. 

After playing a vital role in the Buckeyes’ surprising success in year one under Chris Holtmann, Keita Bates-Diop profiles as a perfect fit in today’s NBA.  

An athletic player with long arms who can shoot the 3 and play defense, the reining Big Ten Player of the Year could go in the first round. 

The last Ohio State player drafted was D’Angelo Russell, who went No. 2 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. He’s since been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. 

4. A pair of Cincinnati Bearcats are also in the running. 

Forwards Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are also on the radar of NBA teams. 

Sports Illustrated ranks Evans as the No. 36 prospect with Clark at 55, but Sporting News has both higher with Evans at No. 24 and Clark at 43. 

CBS Sports ranks Evans 48th and Clark 82nd. 

Lance Stephenson is the most-recent Bearcat to be drafted. He went to the Pacers in the second round in 2010

5. Expect a lot of tall young collegians and one European to be taken early in the draft. 

The consensus seems to be the top prospects are Deandre Ayton of Arizona, Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State and Marvin Bagley III of Duke with Mo Bamba of Texas and Michael Porter Jr. are wildcards with rising stocks. 

All of them spent one year in college and are listed at 6-foot-10 or taller, but they have different sorts of games. 

Luka Doncic, a 6-6 guard from Slovenia, is also expected to go very early while college freshman point guards Collin Sexton (Alabama) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) are also intriguing prospects. 

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WATCH: Reds fan deserves ‘Star of the Game’ award for this act

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

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Scooter Gennett hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Eugenio Suarez blasted the go-ahead shot one pitch later. And starting pitcher Tyler Mahle earned his third win in his last three decisions.

But the real Star of the Game in the Reds 5-3 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday was a fan in the moon deck in right field.

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After a home run by Niko Goodrum made it 2-0 Tigers in the fourth inning, a Reds fan who came up with the ball offered not one, but two good deeds for a couple of Detroit fans:


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Report: Former Dayton forward to change teams

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

Former University of Dayton standout Devin Oliver. PHOTO COURTESY OF ProStep Sports Agency
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Former University of Dayton standout Devin Oliver. PHOTO COURTESY OF ProStep Sports Agency(WHIO Radio)

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver will play his next season of professional basketball in Turkey after two seasons in Slovenia, according to a report by

An announcement is expected soon about Oliver signing with Banvit, which plays in Bandirma, Turkey.

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Oliver played for Petrol Olimpija the last two seasons in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and helped lead the team to two championships. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.

“So proud of this team for everything we’ve been through this year,” Oliver wrote on Instagram in May. “Between the highs and the lows, we finished up with a FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. 2 years in Olimpija, 2 consecutive national championships. Also very thankful for winning back to back finals MVPS.”

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Oliver will also play this summer with former Dayton teammates Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre in The Basketball Tournament for the second straight year. Their team plays its first-round game July 14.

o proud of this team for everything we’ve been through this year. Between the highs and the lows, we finished up with a FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. 2 years in Olimpija, 2 consecutive national championships. Also very thankful for winning back to back finals MVPS.

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Middletown Olympian Kayla Harrison set to make pro MMA debut

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Middletown native wins back to back judo titles.

Ready for the next chapter in Kayla Harrison’s already illustrious sports career? 

The Middletown native is set to make her professional mixed-martial arts debut Thursday night when she fights Brittney Elkin in a lightweight bout in Chicago. 

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Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalists in judo, is part of the Professional Fighters League, a new MMA promotion that held its first event earlier this month. 

The Harrison-Elkin fight is one of five on the main card, which is to begin at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. 

Harrison is following in the footsteps of former training partner Ronda Rousey, who was also a well-known judoka before she became an MMA superstar in the UFC. 

“Ronda is always going to be, I think, that little ‘rabbit’ in front of me,” Harrison said via “When I was 16 and I moved to (coach Jimmy) Pedro’s, she was the superstar. She was the golden girl. She was the one everyone was watching. Every day, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to be her some day. I’m going to be better than her. Anything she can do, I can do better.’ It helped take me to the highest levels of my sport. 

“So I don’t see this being any different. It’s positive motivation for me. It’s healthy. I think it’s always healthy to have something to chase, something to look forward to.” 

Earlier this month, Harrison told reporters she battled depression after wrapping up her second successful Olympic run two years ago but has fallen in love with the competition provided by MMA. 

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