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A-10 leader Dayton Flyers go for 20th win at St. Louis Tuesday night

Looking for their fourth consecutive 20-plus win season, the University of Dayton Flyers stay on the road to take on the Saint Louis Billikens Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.  The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and is available with live streaming audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton, 19-5 overall and and tied for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-2 record, are led by a senior class that is tied for the school record for wins.
Three of the seniors average double figures — Charles Cooke (16.5), Kendall Pollard (14.0) and Scoochie Smith (13.0).  Cooke leads the team in rebounding (5.2) and Smith leads in assists (4.4).  The fourth scholarship senior, Kyle Davis, has has been UD’s sixth man extraordinaire since returning from an ankle injury.  Off the bench over the last five games, Davis is averaging 8.6 points while shooting .700 (7-10) inside the arc, .636 (7-11) outside the arc, and he has 10 assists without a single turnover.
SUPERIOR SENIORS 
•The senior group of Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke, Joey Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu are tied for the most wins as a class in UD history.
•The Class of 2017 has 97 victories in their first 128 games, five wins ahead of the pace of the Class of 2011 (Chris Wright, Devin Searcy, Peter Zesterman and Logan Nourse).
AWESOME IN THE ATLANTIC 10 
•Dayton’s 10-2 record in the A-10 is the second-best start in the program’s history.
•In 2002-03 and 2015-16, the Flyers opened conference play at 11-1 in the first 12 games.
•The Flyers have won 46 of their last 58 A-10 regular season games.
•UD is 5-1 against A-10 teams with winning records in conference (VCU, La Salle, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island twice).
#TRENDING 
•Dayton has won seven of its last eight.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 33-14 in games decided by five points or less.
•In his last five contests, Kendall Pollard averaged 19.2 points while shooting .633 from the floor and .750 at the free throw line.
•Charles Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games he’s played this year.
•The Flyers have won 20 of their last 23 when Kyle Davis scores in double figures.
•Davis leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.627) and  3-point field goal percentage (.591) in conference play.
•When Ryan Mikesell shoots 50 percent or better from the floor, UD is 12-1 this season.
•Scoochie Smith is averaging 7.7 assists the last three games. He leads the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) in league only games.
•The Flyers are 26-3 the last three years when Darrell Davis connects on two or more three pointers in a game. UD is 7-0 this year.
•Dayton is 18-1 this year shooting 40 percent or better from the floor.
•UD is shooting .493 from the floor in victories this year and .370 in its losses this season.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this year.
•UD has won 32 straight games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 38 of the last 43 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•UD has hit at least one 3-pointer in 295 straight games.
•Dayton has been out-scored in the second half twice this season (22 of 24).
•The Flyers have forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this year.
•In the 12 games since the Northwestern loss, Dayton has seven players averaging at least 7.0 points per game, five players averaging 3.5 rebounds and five players shooting over 50 percent from the field.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS 
•The Saint Louis Billikens have won four of their last six and enters the game 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Atlantic 10.
•Darrell Roby leads the SLU attack averaging 11.7 ppg, but 12.5 ppg in A-10 tilts.
SERIES STUFF 
•Dayton leads the series 31-25 and has won the last six meetings.
•The Flyers at home won earlier this season, 67-46, on Jan. 22, 2017.
UP NEXT 
•Dayton returns home to host the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in front of a sold-out UD Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Dayton Flyers announce 2017 football schedule

The Flyers’ Seven-Game Winning Streak From Last Year Will Be Challenged On Sept. 2 At RMU
DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team closed the 2016 season with a seven-game winning streak, and the Flyers will take that momentum into a challenging 2017 schedule.
Dayton will open the season on the road for the first of five road games, and its six home game will include the only two opponents to defeat the Flyer last season – Duquesne and San Diego.
Dayton’s first game of the year will be at Robert Morris in Coraopolis, Pa. on Sept. 2.  UD will then open at home against Southeast Missouri, a first-time opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference, on Sept. 9.  The Flyers will then close the non-conference schedule against Duquesne at home on Sept. 16.
UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Sept. 23 at Morehead State.  Dayton will then try to avenge last year’s lone PFL loss against San Diego when the Toreros come to town on Sept. 30.
The Flyers then hit the road and head to Drake (Oct. 7), host Campbell (Oct. 14) and travel to Davidson (Oct. 21) before having back-to-back home game with Butler (Oc.t 28) and Marist (Nov. 4).  The Marist game will be UD’s Senior Day.  After a bye week, Dayton will close the regular season at Valparaiso on Nov. 18.
Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one.  “The 2017 schedule will be another challenging one for us,” Chamberlin said.  “In addition to our annual matchups against Robert Morris and Duquesne, we have added another scholarship program in Southeast Missouri who is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.  Those tough non-conference games will hopefully prepare us for another run at a PFL Championship.
“It will not be easy, because all the PFL teams we play have some outstanding players returning, including Campbell, who will be leaving the PFL after this season and joining a scholarship conference. The 2017 schedule will be a challenge but that is why young men choose Dayton, because they want to play against the best.”
The Flyers enjoyed yet another strong season in 2016, finishing 9-2 overall with a seven-game win streak to end the season. The seven-game streak will be FCS football’s third-longest active e streak heading into next year.  UD also finished second in the Pioneer Football League with a 7-1 record. This is the second year in a row that the Flyers earned a 7-1 record in the PFL, and as a whole have acquired a 27-7 record over the last three seasons.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Sinclair men’s basketball loses close affair against Owens, 88-83

Sinclair Men’s Basketball comeback comes up short

By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information

Dayton, OH-The Sinclair Men’s Basketball (18-7/6-6) could not overcome an early 18 point deficit to hot shooting Owens (18-7/8-3)

Owens built a 19-6 lead over the game’s first five minutes as the team opened 7-for-9 from the field.   Sinclair responded with a 9-2 run behind the play of LiDonta Hick-Gentry (6-7/FR-Fort Wayne (IN) Snider H.S.) and Jaquan Harrison (6-4/FR-Columbus Africentric H.S.).

Sinclair closed the half on an 8-2 run behind six points from Akiean Frederick (6-09/SO-Franklin Heights H.S.) to pull within seven 47-40.

After building an 18-point lead with just under six minutes left in the first half, Owens saw Sinclair chip away and eventually pull within one with 2:44 left in the game on a layup from Akiean Frederick. On the ensuing three possessions, the Express connected on back to back threes and Sinclair could only answer with one by Frederick pushing the Owens led 81-77 with just over a minute left.

Two possessions later, Owens pushed its lead to five following a pair of free throws. Frederick, who scored 11 points in the final five minutes, answered with another 3-pointer to pull his team within two.

Down the stretch, though, Owens made 5-for-6 from the foul line, whileFrederick missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left as Owens pulled out the victory.

As hot as Owens was from the field connecting on 14 for 32 (43.8%) from the 3 point line, Sinclair was equally as dominant on the offensive glass pulling down 21 offensive boards.

Frederick scored 18 of his game-high 31 points in the second half. LiDonta Hicks-Gentry added 19 points and a game-high 19 rebounds for Sinclair, while Jaquan Harrison had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Dwayne Chastain, Jr. (6-03/SO-Thurgood Marshall H.S.) led all players with 13 assists, as well.

With the win, Owens is now 18-7 overall and 8-3 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play. Sinclair falls to 18-7 overall and 6-6 in OCCAC play. With the outcome, Owens strengthened its hold on third place in the conference over Sinclair, which will be important for postseason seeding.

With his 31 points on Saturday, sophomore tri-captain Akiean Frederick is only the 11th player in Sinclair history to reach 1,000 points.  His 31 points gives him 1,009 on his career.  He also started his 54th game which is tied for 2nd on the all-time Sinclair list.

His 507 total rebounds currently ranks him 3rd all-time at Sinclair along with being ranked 7th with 77 career block shots.

The Pride will return to action this Wednesday as Sinclair takes on the Eagles of Clark State, game time 7:30pm.

All home games are played in the only arena in the nation named Building 8 on the downtown Dayton campus.

You can also get results and stats at: www.SinclairAthletics.com

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information; COURTESY Jeff Price and Sinclair Athletics

 

Crew SC acquires Midfielder Artur de Lima Jr.

20-year-old midfielder most recently played for Sao Paulo FC in Brazil’s topflight;
Artur has won international and domestic cups at the Under-20 level


For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that the club has acquired Brazilian 20-year-old midfielder Artur de Lima Junior, better known as Artur (pronounced: are-TOUR), on a season-long loan from Sao Paulo FC of Brazil’s First Division. He will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa and will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.

The Brazilian midfielder comes from the Sao Paulo FC Academy where he was recently promoted to the Tricolor’s First Team, making four appearances (three starts) during the 2016 season. During his time with the club’s Under-20 Team, Artur won the Copa Libertadores – South America’s Continental Cup – in 2016, the Copa do Brasil – Brazil’s Domestic Cup – in 2015 and 2016, and the Campeonato Paulista – the Sao Paulo State Tournament – in 2016.

Artur de Lima Junior (courtesy Columbus Crew SC)

“Artur is a young, dynamic player who was a key contributor to a Sao Paulo FC program that is one of the most decorated in South America, winning trophies at the state, national and confederation level,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “We are looking forward his transition to Major League Soccer and expect him to be able to contribute on the field immediately.”

MORE FROM BERHALTER on ColumbusCrewSC.comhttp://crew.sc/2ko9q6y

Artur also won the Copa RS with Sao Paulo FC in 2015, the official Brazilian national tournament for U-20 teams. Prior to his time with the Tricolor, Artur was with Esporte Clube Bahia’s U-19 side, a club he joined at the age of 16. There, Artur won the U-17 Metropolitan Cup and the U-18 Bahia Championship in 2014.

“I’m very excited to go to Columbus,” said Artur. “I want to go and become a champion because I like winning, but more than anything I want to help all of my teammates.”

Under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, the club will be in Central Ohio at SuperKick in Powell from February 13 – February 15 for the second camp of its 2017 preseason. Following the time in Ohio, the club travels to Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup. More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017 season at MAPFRE Stadium is available at columbuscrewsc.com.

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires midfielder Artur on loan from Sao Paulo FC for the duration of the 2017 Major League Soccer season on February 13, 2017. He will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.

Name: Artur de Lima Junior (are-TOUR)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 154
Born: March 11, 1996 in Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Hometown: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Citizenship: Brazil
Acquired: Acquired by Crew SC on loan from Sao Paulo FC for the duration of the 2017 Major League Soccer season on February 13, 2017. He will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.
Previous Experience: Sao Paulo FC (2015-2016)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets recall goaltender Joonas Korpisalo; assign Anton Forsberg to Cleveland Monsters

Joonas Korpisalo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  FEBRUARY 13, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters and assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the club’s AHL affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Korpisalo, 22, is 3-1-0 with a 3.57 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in five games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He is also 7-5-3 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .909 save percentage with the Monsters after going 1-0-1 with a 1.39 goals-against average and .952 save percentage (59-of-62) in a two-game series vs. the Manitoba Moose this past weekend.
The Pori, Finland native made his NHL debut in 2015-16, going 16-11-4 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 31 contests.  Selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he has registered a 15-15-5 mark with a 2.56 GAA, .908 SV% and two SO in 36 career AHL games with Lake Erie/Cleveland over the past two seasons.  Korpisalo also went 6-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .898 SV% in nine playoff games a year ago to help the Monsters capture the Calder Cup championship.
Forsberg, 24, is 14-10-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and a shutout in 28 games with the Monsters this season.  The AHL All-Star is second in the AHL in save percentage, fifth-T in goals-against average and 10th in wins.
The Härnösand, Sweden native owns a 60-28-8 record with a 2.19 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and six shutouts in 103 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.  He led the Monsters to the 2016 AHL Calder Cup after finishing with a 9-0-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .949 SV% and two shutouts in 10 contests.  Columbus’ seventh round selection, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he has posted a 1-8-0 record with a 4.02 goals-against and .879 save percentage in 10 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including stopping 27-of-31 shots in a 5-3 loss at Carolina in his season debut on January 10.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 FM The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.
Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

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