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NCAA Tournament: Dayton Flyers fall to Wichita State

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:44 PM

Dayton falls to Wichita State in NCAA Tournament

The Dayton Flyers went nearly eight minutes without a field goal in the second half Friday night, enabling Wichita State to pull away for a 64-58 victory in an NCAA tournament first-round game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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Dayton ends its season at 24-8, while the Shockers (31-4) advance to face the winner of the late game between Kentucky and Northern Kentucky.

No. 10 seed WSU outrebounded the seventh-seeded Flyers 48-29 and held them to 31 percent (18 of 58) shooting.

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After senior forward Kendall Pollard ended a field-goal drought of 7:47, the Flyers went another 4:29 without making a shot.

The game featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties as neither team built more than a five-point cushion until WSU’s Zach Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:40 to go for a 51-45 advantage, and Dayton never recovered.

RELATED: Devastating scoring drought dooms Flyers

UD senior guard Scoochie Smith led all players with 25 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Pollard added. 13.

Landry Shamet lead the Shockers with 13 points, while Brown had 12 and Shaq Morris 10.

Fans leave stadium after Flyers' loss to Wichita

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Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:57 AM

Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce reacts as he's honored by dotting the I in Script Ohio before a game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce reacts as he's honored by dotting the I in Script Ohio before a game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(David Jablonski - Staff Writer/David Jablonski/Staff)

Former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Earle Bruce died early Friday at 87, according to a statement released by his daughters.

Bruce, who was hired after Woody Hayes was fired, coached the Buckeyes from 1987-89 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons.

Bruce remained close to the program. Two years ago, he dotted the “I’ in Script Ohio before a game against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Coach Earle Bruce, early this morning, Friday, April 20,” the statement by his daughters (Lynn, Michele, Aimee and Noel) read. “He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many. Our family will miss him dearly, but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”

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Bruce was 5-4 against Michigan in his career and 5-3 in bowl games. He won four Big Ten championships (1979, 1981, 1984, 1986). He won his first 11 games in 1979 and was named national coach of the year.

Current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in Bruce’s last two seasons.

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Dragons first baseman delivers game winner for 8th straight win

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:45 PM

Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall had the winning hit in a 3-2 defeat of visiting South Bend at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, April 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Always athletic and tall for his age, Montrell Marshall was a natural at football and basketball while growing up in Pinehurst, North Carolina. That’s also prime stick-and-ball country; golf.

“I’m not a good golfer, but I pass by it all the time,” the Dragons first baseman sheepishly admitted.

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A solid 6-feet-5 and 215 pounds, Marshall gave up football at his mom’s insistence. “I didn’t play after middle school,” he recalled. “My mom, she was terrified of it.”

Basketball, too, is a distant memory.

Apparently headed to Auburn University to play baseball, the Reds took a chance and drafted Marshall out of high school. The rest is developing minor-league baseball history.

“It was a tough decision to make,” said Marshall, who was drafted by the Reds in the 12th round of 2014 and spent the last two seasons in rookie ball at Billings, Mont.

“I really liked Auburn. They showed me a lot of love. That’s a fun atmosphere and my best friend was going there the year after. It was a tough decision.”

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Marshall is among a core group who graduated from Billings last season to low Class A Dayton in the Midwest League. On Thursday night, his run-scoring single was the difference in a 3-2 defeat of visiting South Bend at Fifth Third Field. That was noteworthy for all the right reasons.

• It was the Dragons’ eighth straight win. The last time that happened was in May of 2011 when Billy Hamilton was setting stolen base records for the Dragons.

• The win streak has all played out at home. That’s just two wins shy of matching the home win streak of 10.

• The Dragons (8-3) previously swept home series from Bowling Green and Lake County, and now have rung up South Bend, a Chicago Cubs affiliate.

• The Dragons did not commit an error in the three-game series. It’s the first time since August of 2016 that has happened.

»RELATED: Dragons shortstop delivers a make-up play

Dragons catcher Mark Kolozsvary’s two-run single in the second inning evened it at 2-all. Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (1-0) earned the win, going six innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He also struck out four. Relievers Luis Alecis, Cory Thompson and John Ghyzel (third save) also pitched shutout innings.

“This is fun,” Marshall said. “I don’t think I’ve ever won eight in a row. It’s a fun team.”

Dragons catcher Mark Kolozsvary makes a putout. The Dragons defeated visiting South Bend 3-2 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Thu., April 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons tales: Wednesday was shake-up day for the Reds with the firing of manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Dragons manager Luis Bolivar said that wasn’t a hot topic among players.

“We don’t address anything with them,” he said. “They’re aware of what’s going on, but it doesn’t affect us much of what’s going on here. I don’t want them thinking about stuff. I want them concentrating on games and to get better.”

Reds special assistant Eric Davis, with the Dragons for practice and the game, declined to address Price’s firing.

• The Dragons took a roster hit Wednesday when closer Sarkis Ohanian was promoted to high Class A Daytona. Taking his place was former Dragon Dauri Moreta, who had been in extended spring training.

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Ohanian (1-0) had four appearances, collecting two saves and a 5.40 ERA. Moreta was at his best during the Dragons’ postseason last year. In his final 16 appearances he had a 1.85 ERA and earned a save in two playoff wins. He didn’t allow a run in four playoff games.

• The Dragons are at Fort Wayne for a three-game series beginning Friday, then at Lansing for a four-game series. Their next home game is Friday, April 27 to start a three-game series against Fort Wayne.

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FRIDAY’S GAME

Dayton at Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.

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Hartman: Firing Bryan Price shows winning might actually matter to Cincinnati Reds

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Bryan Price reacts to loss to Cubs

Turns out losing games actually does have consequences in Cincinnati. 

That’s reassuring, I guess. 

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The Cincinnati Reds firing Bryan Price might not make them better, but at least he will no longer be able to make them worse. 

I wanted Price to work out as the team’s manager, and I don’t want to celebrate anyone losing their job. 

He seems like a good man who knows baseball. I hope he lands on his feet, and I believe he will. 

But he had to go. 

Dusty Baker (Price’s predecessor) did some great things to help close the door on a decade-plus of losing, but he had taken the Reds as far as he could with his managerial style (good) and lineup-building foibles (bad).

Price, the architect of a great pitching staff under Baker, made as much sense as anyone to get the job four years ago. 

He stumbled out of the gate with a flawed team, but he showed some progress as the manager even as the roster got worse and injuries multiplied. 

Certainly making a change after last season would have been justified, but sticking with him wasn’t the worst idea, either, considering he had not really had much to work with and there was reason to think the Reds would be better this season. 

With a 3-15 record, they are not, of course. 

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So far, this has looked like one of the worst Cincinnati teams ever, in fact, and Price blew multiple games last week with bizarre late-inning decisions. 

The manager doesn’t swing the bat and he doesn’t make the pitches (or throw the ball over Joey Votto’s head), but he’s in there for some reason, right? 

This team needs new direction. 

They needed to do something to shake up the clubhouse before losing became a way of life for another summer on the riverfront. 

After players’ managers like Baker and Price, perhaps a good ol’ fashioned butt kicker could do some good. 

We shall see if Jim Riggleman is that man. 

If not, well, we’ll see next year if it’s someone else. 

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Cincinnati Reds fire manager Bryan Price: Social media reacts

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price calls a play during a game against the Cardinals on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Reds manager Bryan Price calls a play during a game against the Cardinals on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(HANDOUT/David Jablonski/Staff)

The Reds on Thursday fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins after the team got off to a disastrous 3-15 start to the season.

Here’s a sampling of reaction to the news on social media:

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