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Shani Davis rips coin flip to determine US flag bearer at Olympics

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

U.S. Flag Bearer Decision For Olympics Opening Ceremony Stirs Backlash

Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin carried the flag for the United States at the Parade of Nations during Friday’s opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. 

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Hamlin, the first American female luger to medal at the Olympics, is leading a 244-member group of U.S. athletes, but at least one -- speedskater Shani Davis -- disagreed with the choice.

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Hamlin and Davis tied for the honor of carrying the flag, and a coin flip decided the winner, CBS Sports reported. However, Davis tweeted the process was unfair and that “Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin.” He also used the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018 and said he could wait until 2022 to carry the flag.

Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees to carry the American flag, CBS Sports reported. The voting occurred Wednesday night.

Davis, a four-time Olympic medalist, has won two gold medals and two silvers. He has appeared in five different Winter Olympics.

“It was a pretty big shock,” Hamlin said of her selection, NBC Olympics reported. “But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA.”

Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.(Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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Sports Today: Reds pitching regresses

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 20: Wandy Peralta #53 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being taken out of the game against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on May 20, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 6-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 20: Wandy Peralta #53 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being taken out of the game against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on May 20, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 6-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds dropped three of four over the weekend to the Chicago Cubs, capping a week in which the team’s pitching took a step back. 

The team ERA over the last seven days was 5.56, higher than the (terrible) season-long mark of 4.92. 

The only starter to post a “good” start over the past seven days was Matt Harvey, who only went four innings as he continues to build up his stamina. 

Harvey is scheduled to start the Reds’ next game, so at least that’s something to look forward to Tuesday night when the Pirates come to town… 

Meanwhile, the Cubs have become as unlikeable as expected since winning the World Series about 1.5 years ago. 

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They are no longer a cute story, just a collection of good players who may or may not live up to expectations season to season. 

Yawn… 

Except when noted hot dog Javy Baez gets some of his own medicine and pukes it back up on himself apparently. 

I like guys like Baez who bring some needed flair to the game, but I also have no sympathy for them when this happens. 

Apparently Garrett was getting some payback for Baez admiring a home run too long last season

Maybe Garrett should have let it go, but I think this is a fairly simple and obvious transaction. To the winner go the spoils. 

The proper reaction here would have been for Baez to realize he lost this one, tip his cap and move on. Of course instead both teams had to clear the dugout and pretend like they were going to fight. 

You’d think his manager might let him know sometimes you gotta take what you dish out, but instead Joe “Smartest Guy in the Room” Maddon made a Disney movie reference, so I guess Baez will have to figure it out on his own. 

Garrett ultimately won the exchange on the field and in the clubhouse. 

“That's just how the game goes. He got me, I got him. We are even," Garrett said. "We are going to have plenty more matchups going forward.” 

Kyle Schwarber also probably got hotter than necessary after taking a called strike three Sunday. 

(He also hit a home run before his day was done.)

The pitch on which he was wrung up was at a bit high according to the zone on the video screen, but in real life it was at the bottom of the letters. Certainly a pitch that can reasonably be called a strike, but maybe he’s just trying to fit in. 

The Middletown Masher would still look great in a Reds uniform… perhaps when Joey Votto is ready to retire?… 

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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after being ejected by umpire John Tumpane for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 20, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 6-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NBA playoffs resumed over the weekend, and the conference finals participants made sure everyone got plenty of sleep. 

The Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry dispelled rumors of their demise by blowing out the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. 

The defending champs turned in a vintage third quarter run to leave the No. 1 seed in their dust. 

Curry, who was in one of his fairly common postseason slumps heading into the night, ignited the decisive sequence with a slew of big plays and a little dancing... 

The Rockets were kind enough to hang around for a half, which is more than can be said for the Boston Celtics a night before. 

The young Celtics, after winning two games in Boston by double digits,  lived up to their home/road Jekyll/Hyde reputation by going to Cleveland and getting annihilated Saturday night. 

I didn’t think either team was unusually good or bad in the first two games, but the Celtics were pretty awful in Game 3 in front of a raucous Quicken Loans Arena crowd. 

Of course, the front-running Cavs always look good when they are making threes. The rest of the time? Not so much. 

While the only question left in the Western Conference Finals is if the Warriors make it out in full health, it’s fair to expect plenty of drama the rest of the way in the East. 

For better or for worse, that’s the way it always goes with LeBron James. 

Even if Boston comes back strong and wins in Cleveland tonight, we can’t count out James until his team is completely out of time. 

(But just to be safe, don’t look into the 2010 playoffs, though.) 

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Bengals sign first-round draft choice from Ohio State

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Ohio States Billy Price plays against Army on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio States Billy Price plays against Army on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round draft pick Billy Price on Monday.

A center, Price was selected in the first round and 21st overall out of Ohio State University. The Bengals agreed to a four-year contract with an option to extend one year through 2022.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was a guard for three seasons, when switched to center as a senior.

A two-time Buckeyes captain, he earned multiple awards and was a two-time All-American. He set an all-time OSU record with 55 total and consecutive starts.

The Bengals have signed all but two of their 11 draft choices, defensive end Sam Hubbard also of OSU (third round) and linebacker Malik Jefferson of Texas (third round).

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Sports gambling: NFL commissioner calls for Congressional action 

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28:  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) testifies with others before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Capitol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) testifies with others before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Capitol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A week after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting wagering on sports, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued “four core principles” the league would like to see addressed by Congress. 

There must be substantial consumer protections; 

Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it; 

Fans will have access to official, reliable league data;

Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.

Additionally, Goodell says the league has “spent considerable time planning for the potential of broadly legalized sports gambling” and is prepared to address changes “in a thoughtful and comprehensive way.” 

Whether or not lawmakers take these thoughts into advisement remains to be seen, though the first and last seem like common sense suggestions while two and three are more the responsibility of the league. 

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Staten’s huddle with LeBron recaptured by ESPN

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:30 PM


            Thurgood Marshall’s Juwan Staten is comforted by Cleveland Cavalier star and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary alum LeBron James following their 59-53 loss in the D-II state championship finals in 2009. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer
Thurgood Marshall’s Juwan Staten is comforted by Cleveland Cavalier star and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary alum LeBron James following their 59-53 loss in the D-II state championship finals in 2009. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer

Overcome with grief after having lost a state championship basketball game, former Thurgood Marshall High School standout Juwan Staten was consoled by the best: LeBron James.

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Staten’s well-documented brush with the NBA trend-setter received added mileage on espn.com on Monday.

Staten was an elusive and high-scoring junior guard in leading Thurgood to a Division II state championship showdown against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in 2009. He tallied 28 points in a 59-53 loss.

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Afterward, he broke down. James, an Akron SVSM alum who already had established himself with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was among the first to console Staten at Ohio State University Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

“[James] grabbed me close,” ESPN quoted Staten. “He told me that he lost a state final his junior year. He told me I was a special player and to keep my head up. He told me to remember the moment for the rest of my life. He told me to let that drive me for the rest of my life, never to feel like that again. Those were wise words, and I’ve tried to live by them.”

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A photo capturing the moment was shot by former Dayton Daily News photographer Jim Witmer.

That was one of 13 memorable instances ESPN recalled of LeBron through the years. It coincides with his 13 appearances in the NBA playoffs.

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That would be the last game Staten would play for Thurgood. He transferred to national prep power Oak Hill Academy (Va.) for his senior season. He started as a freshman guard at the University of Dayton in the 2010-11 season, then transferred to West Virginia, where he played for Bob Huggins his final three seasons.

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Staten averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 assists as the Finnish League Foreign MVP in 2017 for the Salon Vilpas Vikings.

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