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Archive for March 9th, 2017

Regular season champion Dayton Flyers opens A-10 Tourney play against tough, pesky Davidson Wildcats

 

A-10 TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
The University of Dayton Flyers will face the Davidson Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship on Friday at noon ET.  The games will be televised on NBCSN, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live video, stats and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton, the A-10 regular season champion, is led by a quartet of seniors who cleaned up when the conference announced its end-of-the-season awards.  Kyle Davis was named Sixth Man of the Year and to the All-Defensive Team.  Scoochie Smith was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection.  Charles Cooke was chosen to the second team and the All-Defensive Team.  Kendall Pollard was named to the third team.
Archie Miller was selected as the A-10 Coach of the Year.
#TRENDING 
•Dayton has won 12 of its last 14.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-14 in games decided by five points or less.
•Scoochie Smith is averaging 16.4 points in his last five games.
•Smith ranks 20th in scoring (13.6), fourth in assists (4.8), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) and 10th in steals (1.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (.406).
•In his last three games, Kendall Pollard is averaging 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and shooting .654 from the field.
•Charles Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games he’s played this year.
•Cooke is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists per game in the last four contests.
•The Flyers have won 21 of their last 24 when Kyle Davis scores in double figures.
•Davis led the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.515) in conference play.
•When Ryan Mikesell shoots 50 percent or better from the floor, UD is 12-2 this season.
•The Flyers are 29-3 the last three years when Darrell Davis connects on two or more three pointers in a game. UD is 10-0 this year.
•With Josh Cunningham in the lineup, the Flyers are 8-1, four of those wins on the road.
•Xeyrius Williams has scored in double figures in five of the last  eight contests.
•Dayton is 23-2 this year shooting 40 percent or better from the floor.
•UD is shooting .493 from the floor in victories this year and .380 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 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 49 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers have forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this year.
ABOUT DAVIDSON 
•Davidson enters the contest 16-14 overall and finished 8-10 in the conference.
•Davidson advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating La Salle 82-73 in the second round.
•The Wildcats are led by All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection Jack Gibbs (21.9 ppg) and Second Team All A-10 honoree Peyton Aldridge (21.0 ppg).
SERIES HISTORY 
•Davidson leads the all-time series 4-2.
•The Flyers won at Davidson earlier this year on Feb. 24, 2017, 89-82 in overtime.
UP NEXT 
•A Flyer win will advance UD to play on Saturday, March 11 in the A-10 Semifinals at 1 p.m. ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Flyers dominate A-10 Basketball honors with five players, Coach and Sixth Man of the Year

 

Archie Miller Named Coach Of The Year; Kyle Davis Named 6th Man Of The Year
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Five members of the University of Dayton men’s basketball program were recognized today when the Atlantic 10 Conference announced its 2017 award winners.  The awards were selected in a vote of the league’s coaches.

Archie Miller was named A-10 Coach of the Year and Kyle Davis was named Sixth Man of the Year.  Three Flyers were named All-Atlantic 10 – Scoochie Smith (first team), Charles Cooke (second team) and Kendall Pollard (third team).  In addition, Cooke and Davis were named to the All-Defensive Team.  Each of the student-athletes selected are seniors.
Miller was named the A-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Flyers to their first outright conference regular season championship, a school-record 15 conference wins against just three losses, and a 24-6 overall record.

Miller’s fellow coaches also recognized that UD performed at a championship level despite playing a 2016-17 campaign where the team’s top six scorers missed a total of 32 games during the year due to injury.

Archie and his brother Sean made NCAA Division I men’s basketball history by being the first two brothers to be named Coach of the Year in their respective conference.  Sean was this year’s Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading Arizona to a 27-5 record in the regular season.

This is the second time a Dayton coach has been named A-10 Men’s Basketball Coach.  Oliver Purnell earned the award in 1997-98.

Davis, a 6-foot-0 senior guard from Chicago, was a starter for two-and-a-half years.  Davis not only accepted a sixth-man role in his senior season after an injury, he flourished in it.  In A-10 play, he averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting .571 (44-77) from the floor and he       leads the league from outside the arc (.515, 17-33).

For the season, Davis averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting .566                (81-143) from the field and .404 (23-57) from three-point range.  He leads the team in steals (48) and is second in both field-goal percentage and three-point field-goal percentage.  He is sixth in the A-10 in steals (1.7 per game).
Smith, Dayton’s senior point guard, was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and was the only player to start every game in the Flyers’ championship season. In fact, Smith played in all 136 games of his career and is on the precipice of tying the school record for consecutive games played (137 by Kurt Huelsman and London Warren) and overall games played (138 by Chris Johnson).

This season, Smith is averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 assists a game.  A clutch player, Smith makes 61% (17-28) of his field goals in the last two minutes of games, and 56 percent (5-9) from beyond the arc.

The only three-time captain in Dayton basketball history and the point guard for the class that has won more games in school history (102), this is the Bronx native’s first post season Atlantic 10 award.

Charles Cooke repeats as an All-Atlantic 10 selection in his second season as a Dayton Flyer.  After being named to the first team last year, Cooke was selected to the second team in 2017.  Cooke, who hails from Trenton, N.J., leads the Flyers in scoring (16.2) and rebounding (5.2). He has raised all of his shooting percentages from a year ago, and improved his assists from 1.8 in 2015-16 to 3.0 in 2016-17.

Kendall Pollard was named Third Team All-Atlantic 10.  After coming back from a preseason deep thigh bruise that cost him the first six games of year, the Chicago native rounded into shape and was the Flyers’ top scorer and rebounder in the 18 Atlantic 10 games.  He averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in conference action.  Pollard was the A-10’s 2015 winner of the Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player Award.

Cooke and Davis were also named to the A-10’s All-Defensive Team.  For Cooke,it’s his second time on the team.

Smith is the eighth Flyer to be named First Team All-Atlantic 10. The others are Ryan Perryman (1998), Mark Ashman (2000), Keith Waleskowski (2004), Brian Roberts (2008), Chris Wright (2010), Jordan Sibert (2015) and Charles Cooke (2016).  The Flyers joined the A-10 in 1995-96.

The Flyers earned the No. 1 seed in this week’s A-10 tournament. Dayton will meet either Davidson or La Salle on Friday at 12 noon ET in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament, which will be played at PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

NHL News for Thursday, March 9, 2017

LOOSE PUCKS
Matt Murray (31 SV) earned his 25th victory of 2016-17 to set a single-season Penguins record for wins by a rookie goaltender, surpassing the mark established by Gary Inness in 1974-75 (24 W) . . . Stars forward Jason Spezza (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (4-3—7) . . . Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel set career highs with three assists/points . . . Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (36 GP) scored his first NHL goal, while Stars forward Remi Elie (0-1—1) collected his first NHL point (3 GP).

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, MSG
Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, NHLN-US, SNO, CSN-PH
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, FS-N, FS-WI
Anaheim @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, KCOP-13
New Jersey @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, MSG+
Montreal @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, SNE, RDS
Ottawa @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, RDS2, TSN5
NY Islanders @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, MSG
Nashville @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN360 SNO, FS-W, FS-TN
Washington @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-DC
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WINNING STREAKS ON THE LINE
The League’s three hottest teams – the Blackhawks (42-18-5, 89 points), Canadiens (38-21-8, 84 points) and Flames (36-26-4, 76 points) – all look to extend winning streaks on Thursday:

* Two of those streaks go head-to-head when the Canadiens put their six-game run on the line against the Flames, who have won seven straight. Montreal holds a four-point lead over Ottawa (37-22-6, 80 points) atop the Atlantic Division. Calgary, meanwhile, sits two points back of Anaheim (34-22-10, 78 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.

* The Blackhawks, also winners of seven straight, face the Ducks at United Center. Chicago sits one point back of Minnesota (42-16-9, 90 points) – who visits Tampa Bay (30-26-9, 69 points) – for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

MLB launches Honorary Bat Girl Contest

(clipart by OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

Major League Baseball announced that the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is now available online at HonoraryBatGirl.com for fans to share stories of how they, or their loved ones, are supporting the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer.

The contest, which launched in 2009, will identify one fan per MLB Club who has a personal connection to breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.

Breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and supporters of the cause, regardless of gender, can now submit stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com.

Entries can be submitted through Wednesday, April 12th at 4:59 p.m. ET. To participate in the contest, entrants must be at least 18 or over to enter.

Supporters of contest participants have the opportunity to vote online for these inspirational stories. Winners will receive pink MLB merchandise and be recognized during pre-game ceremonies on Friday, May 19th when the Reds take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park.

The panel of judges will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: quality of submission in describing the nominee’s personal connection to breast cancer, the nominee’s commitment to the battle against breast cancer through education/awareness/fundraising/additional efforts, and public appeal (as determined by the public online vote). Each judge will review a portion of the submissions, and their rankings will be considered in the selection process.

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players also will wear specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com/auction to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

New Exhibit opens March 10 at Reds Hall of Fame & Museum

Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues

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The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s newest exhibit, Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues, opens to the public March 10 at 10:00 a.m..

Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP chronicles and celebrates the nine Reds legends and their statues sculpted by local artist Tom Tsuchiya:
- Joe Nuxhall
- Ernie Lombardi
- Ted Kluszewski
- Frank Robinson
- Johnny Bench
- Joe Morgan
- Chuck Harmon (at P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy)
- Tony Perez
- Pete Rose (to be unveiled June 17)

Through game-used and period items, fans will learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya to craft these enduring tributes to some of the greatest players in Reds history.

The exhibit also includes a special focus on the creation of the new Pete Rose statue to be dedicated on June 17 at Great American Ball Park.

A media preview scheduled to feature Reds Hall of Famer Pete Rose will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. with an invitation only ribbon-cutting immediately following at 7 p.m. (not open to the public)

The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m.

Reds Hall of Fame offers “Ultimate Ticket Experience” fundraiser
For a $20 donation to the Reds Hall of Fame, fans will receive a vintage Reds bobblehead, two ticket vouchers to the museum, as well as a chance to win an assortment of prizes. Fourteen (14) lucky winners and a guest will win the grand prize: an exclusive experiential ballpark tour on June 10, special meet and greet with Pete Rose on June 17 and VIP seating at his statue unveiling on that day. Additional details of the Ultimate Ticket Experience can be found at redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans. Children ages four and younger are free.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

Plan your visit today at redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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