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Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 9:37 AM
— Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL.
I happen to agree with those in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals who have suggested Burfict gets a bad rap at times, but how long can the team continue to rely on a player who is so often unavailable to play in its games?
>>>Marvin Lewis: ‘I think Vontaze has changed quite a bit’
At least his new contract allows the team to recoup some of the money it owes him if/when he gets in trouble.
The suspension will cost Burfict a little more than $1.6 million, according to overthecap.com. He will lose $896,470 in game checks, plus another $562,500 in 46-man roster incentives that were worked into the three-year, $32.5 million contract he signed in September.
The contract also subjected his signing bonus to forfeiture, resulting in a pro-rated docking of $223,529.
One has to wonder if this makes linebacker more of a priority in the upcoming NFL draft.
Especially without Burfict in the lineup, the Bengals defense needs more playmaking from top to bottom.
(I also felt that way last year when they passed on Malik Hooker to take a speedy receiver from Washington they really didn’t need.)
The unit has been sound for a while (and that will take you a long way), but the focus this offseason seems to be on being more dynamic.
That’s a pretty good focus, especially with the offense likely to continue to be held back by the quarterback and offensive line…
Lots of familiar names on this list https://t.co/m8jKJXkuzq— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) April 11, 2018
The Reds lost again last night.
It was even worse than most, if not all, of their other losses this season, and there are a lot to choose from.
Do we really have to get into it?
Let’s just stuck with David Jablonski’s summation:
Jose Peraza had a good day at the plate. The sun came out. Everyone got to wear short sleeves.
Utility infielder Cliff Pennington finished the night on the mound for the Reds.
He posted a better line than two of the four relievers if that tells you anything.
Rookies Zach Weiss and Tanner Rainey were put in a tough spot in the seventh inning and failed beyond any reasonable expectation.
Manager Bryan Price had to rely on them in that situation in large part because he had so badly mismanaged the previous three games in Philadelphia.
OK, enough of that for now…
At Fifth Third Field last night, Jeter Downs drove in a the winning run in the ninth inning as the Dayton Dragons completed a sweep of the Lake County Captains with a 10-9 win.
Downs’ heroics at the plate made up for an error in the top of the frame that allowed the tying runs to score.
While the big-league club continues to scuffle, it’s good to see such mental toughness from a potential part of the Reds’ future — especially one who is still just 19.
After losing their first three, the Dragons have won five in a row.
Hunter Greene is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Great Lakes Loons…
Big congratulations are in order for Kelsey Mitchell.
The Ohio State point guard was taken No. 2 in the WNBA draft Thursday night.
The Cincinnati native won’t have to move far to begin her pro career, and she’ll have at least one familiar face.
The Indiana Fever drafted Ohio State center (and Indiana native) Stephanie Mavunga 12 picks after tabbing Mitchell, marking the first time multiple Buckeyes have been taken in the same draft…
Ohio State will play a football game Saturday.
The start time has been moved up from 1:45 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. in hopes of avoiding the worst weather of the day.
A rainy day might make it harder to get much done, but then again it could also give Urban Meyer and his staff a chance to see quarterback competitors Dwayne Haskins Jr., Joe Burrow and Tate Martell in less-than-ideal conditions.
Not a bad data point to add in evaluating them, but then again it might not be worth it to increase the risk of injury across the board.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:46 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland A's pitcher Sean Manaea threw the first no-hitter of the 2018 season Saturday, leading the Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
According to The Associated Press, Manaea also made history by becoming "the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years." The last one, thrown by Seattle pitcher Chris Bosio, happened April 22, 1993.
"I didn't even think about it until I looked up in the seventh or eighth, and I was like, 'Oh my God, why is there still a zero on there?'" said Manaea, who struck out 10 batters, the AP reported.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
DAYTON — All Dunbar needs to do is follow Jalani Allen’s lead in its quest to ring up yet another boys state track and field team championship.
That’s the Wolverines’ goal every spring season. The names change over the years, but the goal always remains the same.
“We hope to go for back-to-back (state championships),” said Allen during the 68th annual Dayton Edwin C. Moses Relays at Welcome Stadium on Friday. “That’s certainly the goal. It’s very exciting when it gets around to this time of the year. This will be one (team) to watch.”
Allen did his part as a member of four winning relays.
Dunbar (77 points) won six events and captured the boys team title. Thomas Worthington (53) was second and Miamisburg (51) third.
Thomas Worthington edged Lima Senior 65-61 to win the girls team title. Chaminade Julienne (54) was third.
Only the field events – minus the discus – were individually scored. Reconstruction of the adjoining University of Dayton Arena parking lot has eliminated the discus area.
Allen ran on the winning 440 shuttle hurdles relay (1:02.91) and also helped Dunbar sweep the 4x100-meter (42.70), 4x200 (1:29.19) and 4x400 (3:28.46) relays.
Dunbar’s boys also were first in the 800 sprint medley relay (1:34.48) and 1,600 sprint medley relay (3:44.17).
Allen was among the Wolverines’ leaders in winning the 2017 outdoor state track title and adding another combined Divisions II-III indoor state title in February. That’s the kind of all-around talent that enabled Allen to sign with Malone University, where he’ll play football and run track.
“It felt like the wait was over,” he said when signing with the Canton-area NCAA Division II program. “All the searching and stressing was over. I’m just ready to graduate and get going.”
Also headed to Malone to play football and run track is Springfield hurdler Dyier Smith, although he’s sitting out this season.
Springfield senior Quincy Scott won the long jump (22 feet, 7.50 inches) in a great showdown against Zamir Youngblood of Dunbar (22-1).
Other area boys firsts were posted by Miamisburg teammates Jason Hubbard and Tyler Johnson in the high jump (6-0), Covington’s Jett Murphy in the pole vault (14-0) and Springfield Isaiah Gibson in the shot put (46-7.50).
Area girls winners were Covington in the 3,200 relay (10:21.74), Dunbar’s 1,600 sprint medley relay (4:31.00), Miamisburg’s RaMya Woodward in the high jump (5-4), Beavercreek’s Eileen Yang in the pole vault (12-0) and Lauren Christian of Covington in the shot put (40-3.25).
• Beavercreek swept the boys (191 points) and girls (175) team titles in Thursday’s Greene County track and field championships at Xenia. Bellbrook was runner-up in both.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:44 PM
DAYTON — It didn’t take long for Springfield High School junior Austin Tyree to establish himself among the state’s best hurdlers this spring. His personal best times of 39.04 in the 300-meter hurdles and 15.05 in the 110 highs shot him high on the Division I state leader board.
That kind of breakout season is just what Tyree had envisioned.
“Being a part of such a great team, I wanted to be a part of that special group of great athletes who come from Springfield,” Tyree said during Friday’s 68th annual Dayton Edwin C. Moses Relays at Welcome Stadium. “It’s been a pretty exciting season so far.”
Only the field events – minus the discus – were individually scored.
Springfield senior teammate Quincy Scott won the long jump (22 feet, 7.50 inches) in a great showdown against Zamir Youngblood of Dunbar (22-1).
Springfield junior Isaiah Gibson added another first in the shot put (46-7.50) and senior Austin Garza was fourth (40-7).
Tyree and Scott also were on the runner-up boys 4x100-meter relay (43.22), as were Mike Brown and Jacob Yost. The Wildcats’ 4x200 relay was third (1:37.67).
Junior Tiffany Moss paced Springfield’s girls with a third in the long jump (15-11.75). She also ran on the fourth-place shuttle hurdle relay (1:09.91).
Dunbar (77 points) captured the boys team title. Thomas Worthington (53) was second and Miamisburg (51) third. Springfield (41) was sixth.
Thomas Worthington edged Lima Senior 65-61 to win the girls team title. Chaminade Julienne (54) was third. Springfield (19) was 11th.
Tyree has taken over for Springfield hurdler Dyier Smith, who is not running as a senior but intends on playing football and running track at Malone University in Canton.
Tyree excelled for the Dayton Wolverines AAU summer track and field team last year and even ran cross country – with the Springfield Courage – to be better prepared for this track season.
Even the extended winter-like weather couldn’t prevent Tyree from advancing in his specialties. At least four of Springfield’s meets have been canceled.
“Last year I didn’t even get out of district,” he said. “I worked harder this summer and fall with a goal of potentially reaching (37 seconds) in the (300 hurdles). I’m working on that now. Having a successful start is exciting because my goals are up there.”
Another Wildcats junior, Mike Brown, owns a best high jump of 6-4 and cleared 6-6 last season.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Basketball superstar LeBron James has made a habit of buying his teammates gifts during the NBA playoffs.
Previous gifts have included Beats by Dre headphones, Apple watches, Samsung Edge phones and even personalized shields. This year, James wanted his teammates to look sharp when they arrived for Game 3 of the Cavaliers’ first-round series, which shifted to Indianapolis on Friday. So, he bought matching suits for all 15 players, ESPN reported.
The Cavaliers arrived at Bankers Life Fieldhouse wearing gray suits, a white oxford shirt, a gray tie and a gray cashmere cardigan sweater, ESPN reported. Players also received black leather boots, overcoats and bags.