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Cavaliers win fourth straight game 120-112 at Oklahoma City behind James and Smith

 

LeBron James dribbling 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - LeBron James, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.org

A few weeks ago, on January 20, on national television, the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, 148-124 with a bunch of old, useless players who could not keep up with the more athletic Thunder. That was just one of several blowout games that resulted in the Cavs making their blockbuster trades at the deadline.

Last night on the Thunder’s home court, the Cavs basically held their own the entire game with the new-look lineup in a 120-112 victory.

The Cavs have won 4 in a row; are 3-0 since the trade and 2-0 with the new players.

LeBron James scored 37 points and J.R. Smith connected for 18 points.

Teams have to prepare for Cleveland a little different with the new, athletic lineup which includes 31-year-old George Hill and the three, 25 -year-olds, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Cavs led at halftime 62-57 with James scoring 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Smith during that span had 15 points on five 3-point baskets.

Cleveland took total control in the fourth quarter.

The was led by their quartet of stars. Paul George with 25 points, Carmelo Anthony, who had missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, scored 24, Steven Adams had 22 points while grabbing 17 boards and Russell Westbrooke, who also had missed the past couple games with an ankle sprain, scored 21 points.

 

 

Taver Johnson returns to Ohio State as Cornerbacks Coach

 

Taver Johnson (courtesy Temple)

Feb. 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Urban Meyer Names Taver Johnson Cornerbacks Coach

Ohio native returns to Columbus and Ohio State where he previously coached five seasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio Taver Johnson, a 23-year coaching veteran with prior positions in the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the National Football League, has joined coach Urban Meyer’s staff as cornerbacks coach, Meyer announced today. Additional responsibilities for Johnson may be announced at a later date.

 

“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”

 

Johnson, who is a native of Cincinnati, comes home to Ohio after spending the 2017 season working as defensive coordinator at Temple University.

 

He will be coaching at Ohio State for a second time. He was cornerbacks coach for four seasons under Jim Tressel (2007-10) and for the 2011 season under Luke Fickell. He left Ohio State after the 2011 season to become assistant head coach and linebackers coach at the University of Arkansas. He was elevated to interim head coach that spring and was coach of the Razorback defensive backs for the 2013 season.

 

Johnson was a standout football player at Wittenberg, a two-time Division III All-American and North Coast Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 1992 and 1993.

 

He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994 and spent two seasons coaching there before a three-year tenure at Millikin (Ill.) where he coached linebackers and served as defensive coordinator in 1998.

 

A one-year graduate assistantship brought Johnson to Notre Dame in 1999, where he worked with Meyer. Four seasons at Miami of Ohio as linebackers coach followed before one season of coaching special teams with the Cleveland Browns. He returned to Miami for 2005-06 and then joined Tressel’s staff at Ohio State in March of 2007.

 

Johnson coached three All-Americans at Ohio State: cornerbacks Malcolm Jenkins, who also won the Thorpe Award in 2008 as the nation’s outstanding defensive back, and Chimdi Chekwa, and safety Kurt Coleman. All three players were selected in the NFL Draft. Jenkins just won his second Super Bowl two weeks ago with Philadelphia and is a nine-year NFL veteran. Coleman is with the Carolina Panthers and he, too, just completed his ninth year in the league.

 

Prior to coaching at Temple, Johnson was on former Ohio State assistant coach Darrell Hazell’s staff at Purdue for three seasons, from 2014-16, coaching the defensive backs.

 

Johnson received his degree in business administration from Wittenberg in 1994. He and his wife, Sharday, have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Brooklynn.

 

#GoBucks

 

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig & Mike Basford; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers men’s basketball visits George Mason on Valentine’s night

 

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers seek a Valentine’s Day treat looking for a road win against the George Mason Patriots on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Spectrum Sports and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
SERIES STUFF
•UD leads the series 7-1 and has won the last seven meetings.
•The Flyers won last year at home, 83-70, on Feb. 21, 2017.
AMAZING IN THE A-10
•Since the 2012-13 season, Dayton has the most conference regular season wins with 72.
•VCU is next with 71, followed by St. Bonaventure (65), Richmond (61), Saint Louis (59), George Washington (57) and Saint Joseph’s (57).
•The Flyers have won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in back-to-back seasons.
#TRENDING
•The Flyers have scored 80-plus points in all three February games.
•Dayton is 10-2 this year scoring 71 or more points in regulation, 1-10 scoring 70 or fewer.
•With an overall strength of schedule at 34, the Flyers have played the toughest schedule among Atlantic 10 schools.
•Dayton’s offense ranks third in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (.595).
•In conference play, Dayton leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.506) and assists (18.0).
•An opponent’s bench has out-scored Dayton’s bench in 12 of the last 13 games.
•Dayton is averaging 82.2 points per game and 16.1 made free throws in its victories. In Flyer losses, UD averages 67.0 points and 9.4 free throws made per contest.
•Josh Cunningham, a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, leads the Flyers with eight double-doubles this season. He is third in the A-10 with 8.8 rebounds per game.
•Cunningham leads the A-10 and ranks seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.670).
•Cunningham has scored in double figures in 13 straight contests and 16 of the last 17 games.
•Darrell Davis has scored in double figures in 13 straight contests.
•Davis ranks fourth the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage overall (.857) and third in conference play (.893).
•Trey Landers has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games.
•Jalen Crutcher has scored in double figures in eight of his last 11 games. He reached double figures in points twice in his first 13 contests.
•In road games, Crutcher averages 13.4 points per game, while at home he averages 7.7.
UP NEXT
•Dayton returns home to host the Fordham Rams on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
•Saturday’s game will be UD’s Annual Hall of Fame Game.  The 2018 Dayton Hall of Fame Class — Mallory Barnes, Chris Rolfe and Dave Whilding — will  be introduced at halftime.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Faulk (hat trick) powers Hurricanes’ seven-goal outburst; Penguins extend home win streak to nine games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 5, Calgary 2

BUFFALO 5, Tampa Bay 3

Columbus 4, NY ISLANDERS 1

New Jersey 5, PHILADELPHIA 4 (SO)

PITTSBURGH 6, Ottawa 3

CAROLINA 7, Los Angeles 3

DETROIT 2, Anaheim 1

NASHVILLE 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)

MINNESOTA 3, NY Rangers 2

WINNIPEG 4, Washington 3 (OT)

VEGAS 5, Chicago 2

Arizona 2, SAN JOSE 1

 

GOALS GALORE

Eight of 12 games contested on Tuesday featured at least seven combined goals (including shootout-deciding goals), boosting the average per game this season to 5.91 (874 GP). The last season to feature a higher goals per game average was 2005-06 (6.17).

 

FORSBERG CAPS OFF PREDATORS RALLY WITH PENALTY SHOT WINNER

Nashville scored three consecutive goals in the final 10:54 of regulation to overcome a 3-0 deficit and Filip Forsberg converted on a penalty shot in overtime as the Central Division-leading Predators (34-12-9, 77 points) extended their point streak to seven games (5-0-2). Nashville overcame a deficit of at least three goals in the third period to win for the fourth time in franchise history and first since Jan. 31, 2012 at MIN (5-4 W).

 

* Forsberg became the 13th player in NHL history to score a penalty shot goal in overtime during the regular season and second to do so with the Predators, joining David Legwand on Dec. 23, 2000 at NYR (3-2 OT W). Only one other player has converted on a penalty shot in overtime this season: Toronto’s William Nylander on Jan. 24 at CHI (3-2 OT W).

 

Pekka Rinne (28 saves) improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 appearances dating to Jan. 6 (1.95 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO). Rinne’s 11-game run is one shy of the franchise record for longest point streak by a goaltender, a mark he set from Jan. 7 – Feb. 7, 2012 (11-0-1).

 

FAULK (HAT TRICK) POWERS HURRICANES’ SEVEN-GOAL OUTBURST

Carolina erupted for a season-high seven goals – powered by a natural hat trick from Justin Faulk (3-0—3) – as the Hurricanes (27-21-9, 63 points) picked up their third straight win. Carolina occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

* Faulk – who entered Tuesday’s contest with four goals this season (56 GP) – scored Carolina’s second, third and fourth tallies of the game to become the fifth defenseman in Hurricanes/Whalers franchise history to score a hat trick and first to record a natural hat trick. In fact, Faulk became just the 10th different defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.

 

PENGUINS EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK TO NINE GAMES

Seven different skaters collected at least two points to lead the Penguins (32-22-4, 68 points) to their ninth consecutive victory at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh is second in the Metropolitan Division standings, three points back of Washington (32-17-7, 71 points).

 

* The Penguins recorded a home win streak of at least nine games for the ninth time in club history and first since a franchise-record 13-game run from Nov. 15, 2013 – Jan. 15, 2014. Only one team has posted a longer home win streak this season: Washington from Dec. 2, 2017 – Jan. 9, 2018 (10-0-0).

 

Sidney Crosby (0-3—3) and Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) each found the scoresheet on Tuesday. Crosby (5-25—30 in 18 GP) and Malkin (17-12—29 in 18 GP) are first and second in League scoring since Jan. 1.

 

Matt Murray (30 saves) improved to 5-0-1 in six appearances since making his return to the Penguins lineup on Jan. 30 (2.80 GAA, .916 SV%).

 

JETS ALSO STAGE RALLY TO KEEP PACE WITH PREDATORS

Mark Scheifele (2-1—3) tied the game while shorthanded with 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation and assisted on the overtime winner by Tyler Myers as the Jets (33-15-9, 75 points) improved to 4-2-1 on their franchise-long 10-game homestand. Winnipeg is second in the Central Division standings, two points back of Nashville (34-12-9, 77 points).

 

* The Jets improved to 21-5-2 (44 points) at Bell MTS Place in 2017-18, three home wins shy of matching their franchise record for most in a season.

 

HALL EXTENDS POINT STREAK IN DEVILS VICTORY

Taylor Hall (2-0—2) tied the contest with 1:21 remaining in regulation and Drew Stafford scored the only goal of the shootout as the Devils (28-20-8, 64 points) snapped a four-game slide (0-4-0). New Jersey occupies the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings and moved within three points of Philadelphia (28-19-10, 66 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Hall extended his point streak to eight games (6-5—11) and has recorded at least one point in 15 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2 (11-12—23), but missed three contests in the middle of the run due to injury.

 

BRUINS WIN AFTER HONORING 1977-78 TEAM

On the night Boston celebrated the 40th anniversary of its 1977-78 teamRiley Nash and Patrice Bergeron each scored twice to help the Bruins(35-12-8, 78 points) improve to 14-2-2 (30 points) since Jan. 1. Boston – who has posted the most wins and points among all teams in 2018 – moved within one point of League-leading Tampa Bay (38-16-3, 79 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division.

 

* Bergeron boosted his 2017-18 totals to 27-24—51 (50 GP), including 16-10—26 since Jan. 1 (18 GP). Bergeron has recorded at least one point in 15 of 18 games in 2018, including seven multi-point performances.

 

Tuukka Rask (28 saves) improved to 23-9-4 this season (2.11 GAA, .924 SV%, 2 SO), including a 20-1-2 mark in his last 23 decisions.

 

GOLDEN KNIGHTS POST 20TH HOME WIN

Down 2-1 through 40 minutes, the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights (37-15-4, 78 points) scored four unanswered goal to defeat the Blackhawks and improve to 20-4-2 (42 points) at T-Mobile Arena this season. Vegas became the third team in NHL history to post 20 home wins in its inaugural season, joining the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 (22) and Los Angeles Kings in 1967-68 (20).

 

WILD EXTEND FRANCHISE-RECORD HOME POINT STREAK

The Wild (31-19-6, 68 points) raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening 6:17 of the first period and held off a Rangers rally to extend their franchise-record home point streak to 13 games (10-0-3). Minnesota – whose 13-game run is the longest home point streak by any team this season – occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Seattle applies for NHL expansion team

· Dion Phaneuf traded to Kings by Senators for Marian GaborikNick Shore

· Andrew FerenceHayley Wickenheiser spread Hockey Is For Everyone message to India (via Amalie Benjamin)

· William Nylander, Mitch Marner fueling Maple Leafs during hot streak (via Mike Zeisberger)

 

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

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AVALANCHE LOOK TO EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES

The Avalanche (30-21-4, 64 points) aim to extend their home win streak to 10 games when they host the Canadiens (22-26-7, 51 points) at Pepsi Center. Colorado’s nine-game run is tied for the longest active home win streak in the NHL (w/ PIT) and is one victory shy of its franchise record (10-0-0), a mark set by the Quebec Nordiques in 1983-84 and matched in 1994-95.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com


 

 

 

 

Vegas’ Engelland fined for illegal cross-checking

 

 

Deryk Engelland on ice 2018 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Feb. 14, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland has been fined $2,688.17, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad during NHL Game No. 874 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 0:57 of the first period. Engelland was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

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