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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 17 of NFL games.
Washington Redskins (7-8) at New York Giants (2-13)
The Giants clinch the No. 2 draft pick and their worst record since 1966.
Pick: Redskins 24, Giants 16
New York Jets (5-10) at New England Patriots (12-3)
The Patriots aren’t losing at home with the No. 1 seed on the line.
Pick: Patriots 41, Jets 17
Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (12-3)
The Vikings aren’t losing at home with a first-round bye on the line.
Pick: Vikings 35, Bears 13
Green Bay Packers (7-8) at Detroit Lions (8-7)
The Detroit M.O. — lose when it matters, win when it doesn’t.
Pick: Lions 28, Packers 24
Houston Texans (4-11) at Indianapolis Colts (3-12)
One for local fans to watch as the winner hosts the Bengals in 2018.
Pick: Colts 17, Texans 16
Cleveland Browns (0-15) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)
No analysis, or snark, needed.
Pick: Steelers 44, Browns 0
Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
The Eagles are the shakiest No. 1 seed in NFL history.
Pick: Cowboys 28, Eagles 17
San Francisco 49ers (5-10) at Los Angeles Rams (11-4)
Rams have nothing to play for and the 49ers are building momentum for 2018.
Pick: 49ers 24, Rams 21
Oakland Raiders (6-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)
None of the AFC playoff teams want to the Chargers to get in, but they just might.
Pick: Chargers 31, Raiders 21
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Kansas City Chiefs (9-6) at Denver Broncos (5-10)
Vance Joseph could be coaching for his job against a Chiefs team with nothing on the line.
Pick: Broncos 21, Chiefs 20
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) at Tennessee Titans (8-7)
If the Titans win, there could be a wild-card rematch. The Jags don’t want that.
Pick: Jaguars 21, Titans 17
New Orleans Saints (11-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
Even if the Saints have no shot at a bye (if Vikings win), they should roll.
Pick: Saints 27, Buccaneers 14
Buffalo Bills (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (6-9)
Bills fans will be big Bengals fans Sunday. The locals can tell you that doesn’t usually end well.
Pick: Dolphins 24, Bills 21
Arizona Cardinals (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
Even with half their attention on the scoreboard, the Seahawks will roll.
Pick: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 20
Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
The Panthers want it. The Falcons need it.
Pick: Falcons 28, Panthers 27
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
The Bengals have had the Ravens’ number of late, but last week’s win sated them and Baltimore needs the win.
Pick: Ravens 20, Bengals 10
Last week: 12-4
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM
— With the start of summer in sight, at least 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings.
Seven members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed.
Here’s a look at them:
The Alter quarterback announced June 18 he plans to attend Missouri after considering numerous offers from schools in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and more.
He is a three-star prospect and the No. 1-rated quarterback in Ohio.
A lineman from Bellbrook, Bullock made his announcement in early April.
He was a second-team All-Southwest District pick last season and will not be alone as a Miami Valley native playing for the Falcons.
The 2017 Air Force football roster had three area players (Ja’Mel Sanders and C.J. Riazzi of Chaminade Julienne and Jarrod Hardrick of Wayne) and three members of the 2018 class plan to play for the Falcons (Jake Spewiak and Sam Vance of Centerville and Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg).
A defensive back from Springfield, Douglass verbally committed at the end of March.
He is a three-star prospect, the No. 12 player in the state and ranked third among area prospects behind Steven Faucheux of Lakota West and John Bivens of Alter.
He had 65 tackles last season and made the All-Southwest district first team.
Another member of the all-district first team in Division I, Harris had four interceptions last season for at Wayne.
Harris is the No. 28 prospect in Ohio.
The Northmont linebacker chose the Hawkeyes on May 11.
He is a three-star prospect and the No. 20-rated player in Ohio.
Last season, Jacobs recorded 67 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass en route to All-Southwest District first-team honors.
The Northmont defensive end announced he will be a Wolverine on April 2.
He is the No. 29 prospect in the state, was third in the GWOC with seven sacks last season and made the all-district first team.
A defensive back from Lakota West, Ross chose the Bearcats on June 10.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Tuesday: DeAntoine "Cat" Beasley, who played for a Tennessee Tech team that beat the Dayton men in the second round of the 2002 NIT at UD Arena.
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“I want to thank coach (Shauna) Green for this great opportunity,” Beasley said in a press release. “My family and I are very excited and grateful to join the Flyer family. Throughout the process, the entire staff and players went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Dayton has an impeccable reputation for success and I will do whatever is needed to help uphold that.”
Beasley replaces Simon Harris, who left earlier this spring for an assistant coaching job at North Carolina State. Beasley’s last job was with the Gardner-Webb men's basketball team. He spent three seasons there.
“We are thrilled to welcome DeAntoine to our Flyer family,” Green said in a press release. “His experience at a variety of levels as well as his professional playing career will help our program tremendously. His basketball knowledge, ability to build relationships, and tireless work ethic will make an immediate impact. I am excited to have Cat and his family in Dayton.”
» MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dayton loses strength coach to Miami Hurricanes
Beasley worked as an assistant coach at Penascola State College (Fla.) in 2013-14. He worked at Chattanooga (Tenn.) from 2011-2013. He previously coached one season at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech, in 2010-11 and he worked as a graduate manager at Auburn in the 2009-10 season.
After his college career, Beasley played seven years in England and was the MVP in the National Trophy race in 2004.
Beasley, a graduate of South Cobb High School northwest of Atlanta, scored 693 points in his college career. He scored eight points against Dayton in the 2002 NIT.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:19 PM
DAYTON — Casey Cathrall left the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program after one season as the strength and conditioning coach for a dream job at the University of Miami. He has the same position with the Hurricanes men’s basketball team, and his first day was Monday.
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Cathrall couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to Florida — he was a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes in 2013 when they won the ACC championship and earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology there in 2014 — in part because his wife Grace is from Vero Beach, Fla., two hours north of Miami, and her family still lives there.
“It’s just something we always dreamed about,” Cathrall said Monday night. “If they ever came calling, we couldn’t say no.”
» LOOKING BACK: Cathrall on his strength and conditioning philosophy
Dayton hired Cathrall in May 2017. He said it was bittersweet leaving the job.
“Dayton was awesome,” Cathrall said. “Obviously, the year didn’t go the way we would have hoped, but that really had no impact (on his decision). Grace had so many close friends (in Dayton). I really enjoyed working with the staff there. Coach (Anthony) Grant is a phenomenal guy. Everyone there was straight first class. Nothing but good things to say. It’s just bittersweet. I really feel we made some strides there in terms of trying to establish a culture and where the kids we’re at. I’m really excited for that program and where it’s headed.”
» GRANT WINS GOLD: Dayton coach helps lead USA U-18 team to title
In his final weeks on the job, Cathrall got to work with two of the newest Flyers: Michigan transfer Ibi Watson and Chattanooga transfer Rodney Chatman.
“Ibi got there the first week of summer school, somewhere around May 12 or 13th,” Cathrall said. “Rod was the week after or two weeks after. I spent a couple weeks with Ibi and at least two weeks with Rod. The takeaway from those two guys if the fans at Dayton are interested is they’re unbelievable people.”
Of Watson, Cathrall said, “Ibi, from day one, wants to win. He wants to be the best. Incredible competitiveness in him. He wants to do the extra miles, showing up early, staying after. Just very, very mature. What he brings to the program is more of what we need and more of where it’s going in terms of the culture and in terms of an unbelievable amount of discipline and habits and what it takes to be successful. He’s got a personality that he was able to mesh with the guys right away. I think the chemistry will show when he’s finally able to get out there on the floor.
Speaking of Chatman, Cathrall said, “Rod’s a softer-spoken guy. You can tell he’s a guy that’s played college basketball before. I think he’s adjusting to the physicality we have at Dayton, but in terms of his skill set, his basketball IQ, his unselfishness and his demeanor and habits, I just think he’s another home-run addition of what coach Grant and the staff are building.”
We'd like to welcome back Casey Cathrall to The U as the new strength and conditioning coach for men's basketball.— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) June 18, 2018
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
COLUMBUS — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke about quarterback and a couple of changes to NCAA rules Friday night in Columbus.
The Buckeyes mentor confirmed in the clearest language yet Dwayne Haskins will be his starting quarterback when preseason camp commences in late summer.
“Dwayne is the starter and Tate (Martell) is in full competition mode,” Meyer told reporters at the annual Ohio State football job fair. “Matt Baldwin is our three and he’s doing very well now.”
Haskins, a sophomore from Maryland, became the assumed starter when Joe Burrow transferred to LSU last month.
Meyer told the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon crowd in Canton in mid-May Haskins would get “the first opportunity to be the starter,” and his latest comments further confirmed that intention.
In Columbus, Meyer also said he has maintained contact with Burrow, who graduated in May and is eligible for the Tigers right away.
“Joe did a lot for us, and we did a lot for Joe, so it was a very amicable relationship,” Meyer said.
The appearance was also the first for Meyer since the NCAA announced a pair of changes to player eligibility last week.
“It’s a good rule, and I’m glad they did that,” Meyer said. “It’s good for most importantly the student-athlete.”
Previously participating in one play meant a year of eligibility was used — unless that player later became injured and certain other specifications were met.
That is no longer the case.
“I think it’s just going to be easier (for coaches). Usually you play a guy early and then if they get hurt, you redshirt them,” Meyer said. “Now there is going to be, do you hold onto them until the stretch run when it gets really hard and you need them? Because usually when you get into the end of the season you’re dealing with injuries.”
Meyer also said the new rule preventing coaches from blocking transfers is good — as long as players still have to sit out a year before being eligible.
Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to clinic at Northmont https://t.co/FhNm9mzfiv— daytonsports (@daytonsports) May 11, 2018