Pollard makes roster of Salt Lake City Stars in G League

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Dayton’s Kendall Pollard, right, and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs wrestle for a loose ball in the second half on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Kendall Pollard, right, and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs wrestle for a loose ball in the second half on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard made the roster of the Salt Lake City Stars, who play the Austin Spurs on Friday, the opening night of play in the NBA G League.

One of Pollard’s games in the first month takes place in Memphis at the FedEx Forum, where he had his breakout game as a freshman in the Sweet 16 against Stanford.

Former Dayton guard Kyle Davis was on the training camp roster of another G League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but he was not on the opening night roster released Friday.

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Former Dayton guard Charles Cooke, who began the season with the New Orleans Pelicans, was assigned to the Greensboro Swarm in the G League. He’s playing on a two-way contract, which means he can spend up to 45 days with the Pelicans during the regular season.

Former Flyer Chris Wright begins the season on the roster of the Oklahoma City Blue.

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Former Ohio State football player passes away

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Mike Kudla #57 of the Ohio State Buckeyes recovers a fumble by quarterback Kyle Orton #18 of the Purdue Boilermakers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on November 15, 2003 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeatede Purdue 16-13. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Mike Kudla #57 of the Ohio State Buckeyes recovers a fumble by quarterback Kyle Orton #18 of the Purdue Boilermakers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on November 15, 2003 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeatede Purdue 16-13. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla. 

No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34. 

After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05. 

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He was an All-Big Ten first-team pick in 2005 and had three sacks in a season-ending win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. 

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Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:41 PM


            Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
            MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton, who extended a scoreless streak to 24 innings during a defeat of Cane County on Sunday, was named the Midwest League (Class A) pitcher of the week for July 9-15 on Monday.

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Naughton is a left-hander from Boston and was a ninth-round draft pick by the Reds in 2017 out of Virginia Tech University. In his last four starts Naughton has allowed just two runs over 27 innings (0.67 ERA). He went six innings in a 5-3 defeat of Cane County and improved his record to 5-8 (4.04 ERA). His 104.2 innings pitched leads the league.

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In his prior start on July 9 Naughton was at his best, going eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and allowing just two base runners in a 5-0 win at Great Lakes.

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Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

Who is Joey Votto: Ten facts about Reds first baseman

The Cincinnati Reds shared a press conference with Joey Votto on Facebook Live on Monday, one day before the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

Votto, a six-time All-Star, answered all manners of questions from reporters. Here are a few highlights of the session:

On former teammate Shin-Soo Choo being a first-time All-Star: “I was stunned when I found out it was his first time. If this is his first time, I’m very proud for him. I’m excited to see him. I plan on taking a picture with him. ... We spent so much time together (in 2013). He’s a very hard-working, sincere man.”

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If you could change one thing about baseball: “I love the game as it is. I think I can continue that thought with some of the chatter about potentially taking away the DH from the National League. I wouldn’t change the game. I get excited about the National League experience and interleague play and the two leagues mixing together.”

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On his declining home run numbers: “I’m always trying to round out my game. I hit 26 home runs before the All-Star break last year. I would never have expected that. And I’ve got nine this year, and I wouldn’t have expected that. I’m just going to keep playing and try to be a balanced hitter.”

On the shift: “I would be surprised if they removed the shift, but as someone who has really been dinged by the shift, I think I would welcome it. If there’s only two guys on one side of the field, I’m going to take what I can get. Once they started shifting more without question, I adjusted my approach. You have to, or else you get burned by it; .290 turns into .250 turns into .220 like nothing. We’re really talking about 10 or 20 or 30 hits. If you don’t make the adjustment, you’ll lose all those hits.”

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If you could pick any past player from history to get a drink with: “We’d probably have cereal. ... My cliche answer would be Ted Williams. I think now it’s Rogers Hornsby. I think that’d be great.”

What are your strengths: “I can hit the ball hard on a consistent basis. I can choose how I want to hit the ball on a consistent basis. So if I want to hit fly balls all the time, I can. If I want to hit line drives all the time, I can.”

On interim manager Jim Riggleman: “He’s on top of us. He expects us to play a certain way. He challenges us. I think he brings a good energy to us during the game, after the game. He listens well. He’s really done a very good job.”

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Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton, who extended a scoreless streak to 24 innings during a defeat of Cane County on Sunday, was named the Midwest League (Class A) pitcher of the week for July 9-15 on Monday.

»RELATED: Dragons photo gallery

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Naughton is a left-hander from Boston and was a ninth-round draft pick by the Reds in 2017 out of Virginia Tech University. In his last four starts Naughton has allowed just two runs over 27 innings (0.67 ERA). He went six innings in a 5-3 defeat of Cane County and improved his record to 5-8 (4.04 ERA). His 104.2 innings pitched leads the league.

»RELATED: Former Sinclair, Hamilton pitcher wins

»RELATED: Dragons rally in 10th

In his prior start on July 9 Naughton was at his best, going eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and allowing just two base runners in a 5-0 win at Great Lakes.

»FACEBOOK: For more sports you should like Marc Pendleton

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