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Dayton Flyers lose to #18 Wichita State in NCAA Tourney; Seniors leave with school-record 102 wins

2016-17 Atlantic 10 Conference regular season champion Dayton Flyers

INDIANAPOLIS – Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 25 points, but the Flyers fell 64-58 to the No. 19 Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Kendall Pollard finished with 13 points as the Flyers closed the 2016-17 season 24-8 overall.

Smith, Pollard, Charles CookeKyle Davis and Jeremiah Bonsu finish their Flyer careers as the all-time winningest class in Dayton Basketball history with 102 victories.

FIRST HALF – Dayton 29, Wichita State 27
  • Smith led the way with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field.
  • The Flyers led 29-24 before the Shockers connected on a last second three to pull within two.
  • UD forced eight Wichita State turnovers, but were out-rebounded 24-16.

SECOND HALF – Wichita State 64, Dayton 58

  • Wichita State regained the lead 41-38 on a 6-0 run with 11:56 to play.
  • After Kendall Pollard ended a field-goal drought of 7:47, the Flyers went another 4:29 without making a shot.
  • The game featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties as neither team built more than a five-point cushion until WSU’s Zach Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:40 to go for a 51-45 advantage, and Dayton never recovered.
  • Kyle Davis three cut the deficit to 55-51, but the Shockers converted at the free throw line to hang on with the win.


  • Dayton was out-rebounded 48-29 with the Shockers grabbing 13 on the offensive end.
  • Cooke was 1 of 10 from the field, while Xeyrius Williams shot 1 of 9 from the floor.
  • Dayton’s defense did force 16 Wichita State turnovers and limited the Shockers to 6 of 20 (30 percent) from the field.
  • It was just the second loss this year when UD led at the half. The Flyers finish 17-2 when leading at the half.
  • After winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title at home against VCU, the Flyers dropped three straight to close the season.
  • Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.


  • The Flyers will begin the 2017-18 season in November.




Veteran outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss signed by KC Royals

Brandon Moss playing for St. Louis in 2016 By Johnmaxmena2 Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

The Kansas City Royals announced recently that they have inked first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to a two-year free agent contract with a mutual option for the 2019 season. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Moss, 33, spent the 2016 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he belted 28 home runs and collected 67 RBI to go with a .225 batting average in 128 games. His 28 roundtrippers were the second-highest total of his career, behind his 30 home run season with Oakland in 2013. He tied for fifth in the Major Leagues, hitting three pinch-hit home runs, while going 6-for-21 (.286) coming off the bench. Moss blasted 11 of his homers in the seventh inning or later, tying him for fourth-most in the National League.

The 10-year veteran has hit 123 home runs since the start of 2012, which are tied for ninth-most among Major League left-handed hitters. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2014, while he has appeared in the postseason four times, with Oakland (2012-14) and St. Louis (2015). In 17 regular season games at Kauffman Stadium, Moss has hit .309 (21-for-68) with five doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, while he went deep twice for Oakland during the 2014 AL Wild Card Game at ‘The K’. In that game, he became the first player to collect five RBI in a Wild Card contest.

A native of Monroe, Ga., Moss and his wife, Allison have two sons, Jayden and Brody.




Much-traveled veteran pitcher Jason Hammel now pitching for Kansas City Royals

Jason Hammel pitching for Cubs By Julie Fennell on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

The Kansas City Royals announced recently that they have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel to a two-year free agent contract, with a mutual option for the 2019 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hammel, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, going 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts last season, posting 144 strikeouts in 166.2 innings. His 15 wins were a career high, while he ranked sixth in the National League with a 2.42 ERA at home. He allowed one run or less in 13 of his 30 starts, while he surrendered three runs or less in 23 of his 30 outings. Hammel also posted the third-fewest pitches per start (87.4) in the National League, throwing 100 pitches on seven occasions, with the Cubs winning all seven of those games. Over the last two seasons with Chicago, his 25 victories are tied for 11th in the NL.

The right-handed pitcher is entering his 12th Major League season, going 84-87 with two complete games, one shutout and a 4.42 ERA in 306 career appearances (248 starts). He’s made 20 or more starts in eight-straight Major League campaigns (2009-16), while he’s topped 30 starts in each of the last two seasons. Among active big league pitchers, Hammel ranks 41st in wins, 33rd in starts (248), 34th in innings (1,503.0) and 41st in strikeouts (1,191).

Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 10th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Hammel resides in Chicago, with his wife, Elissa, and sons, Beckett and Colby.




“The Mayor” former Red Sean Casey named Grand Marshal for Findlay Market Opening Day Parade

Sean Casey at 1B for Reds in 2004 By Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

The Reds and Findlay Market have announced that Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey will be the Grand Marshal of the 98th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at Noon on Monday, April 3, 2017.

One of the most popular players to ever wear a Reds uniform, Casey became known as “The Mayor” to fans throughout Reds Country. The first baseman hit .305 during his eight-year Reds career, which included three All-Star appearances.

Casey was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2012 and is currently an analyst for the MLB Network.

The announcement was made earlier on Friday at the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade press conference. In attendance was Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Reds COO Phil Castellini, Parade Chairman Neil Luken and representatives from the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers.

On display at the press conference was the new 2017 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4×4 truck that will be given away on Opening Day for the Toyota Tundra Sweepstakes.

Eight lucky fans will win a pair of tickets to the Reds Opening Day game. The eight will be welcomed onto the field at Great American Ball Park with one of them winning the Tundra after a spin of the prize wheel.

Fans can register for the sweepstakes at any of the six Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota dealers until March 24, 2017. One last chance to register will be at the Toyota booth at the Reds Community Fund Opening Day Charity Block Party.

This is the 10th year in which the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Toyota Dealers have given away a Toyota Tundra to lucky fans and local charities.

The sponsoring dealers are Kings Toyota, Joseph Toyota, Performance Toyota, Beechmont Toyota, Kerry Toyota and Dry Ridge Toyota.

Official rules of the Toyota Tundra Sweepstakes can be found at




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