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NFL releases 2018 Key Dates

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Important Dates

7/16/2018 
At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2018 season, and such
7/23/2018 
Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 8 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rig
7/23/2018 
Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.
8/2/2018 
Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
8/2/2018 TO 8/5/2018 
Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio
8/7/2018 
Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
8/7/2018 
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2018, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2019 League Year.
9/1/2018 
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
9/1/2018 
Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perfor
9/2/2018 
Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 noon, New York time.
9/2/2018 
Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all club
9/6/2018 
At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.
9/6/2018 
Regular Season opens.

 

Historical highlights for Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Emancipation Day in Texas; 170th Day of the Year

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

Shackles dealing with slavery 1971 photo By Collectie Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

EMANCIPATION DAY (TEX.)

Emancipation Day, also called Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery and freedom on June 19, 1865 in eastern Texas and portions of the surrounding states. On that day, General Gordon Granger landed with Federal troops in Galveston, Texas, with the intention of enforcing President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. The end of slavery was a gradual process, occurring as news of the proclamation reached outlying towns and states. Juneteenth was probably a shortened version of June 19th. A proclamation from the president stated that all slaves were now free, and the relationship between master and slave was now employer and employee: “The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” Beginning the year following this Texas event, 1866, large celebrations to rival the Fourth of July began, including prayer services, inspirational speakers, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, storytelling by former slaves, and traditional food and games. Soon neighboring states such as Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were adding celebrations. Throughout Texas, ex-slaves purchased land for their Juneteenth gatherings. June 19 was declared a legal holiday in Texas in 1980. For more on this holiday, visit the Texas State Library and Archives Commission or The Worldwide Juneteenth Celebration.

 

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Dayton Dragons Marshall with game-winning hit, earns Midwest League All-Star Game MVP

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

(courtesy Midwest League)

Midwest League All-Star Game

Lansing, Michigan

 

June 19, 2018

 

Dayton’s Montrell Marshall delivered a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Dayton’s Stuart Fairchild from second base.  The East Division team won the game 3-2 in walk-off style.

 

Marshall was named the Most Valuable Player of the MWL All-Star Game, becoming the second Dayton player to receive this honor (Jay Bruce won it in 2006).

 

Dayton Dragons player performances in the 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game.

Montrell Marshall

 

 

Montrell Marshall:  Produced game-winning RBI single in bottom of the 10th.  Went 1-2 as a reserve first baseman.

Stuart Fairchild:  Went 0 for 2 as a reserve right fielder.  Scored winning run in 10th inning on Marshall RBI single.

 

Hendrik Clementina:  Started the game at the designated hitter position and went 0 for 2.

John Ghyzel:   Retired all four batters he faced with two strikeouts.  Struck out a batter for the final out in the top of the 9th inning.  Pitched a perfect 10th inning with one strikeout (inning began with a runner at second base by rule).

 

Cory Thompson:  Struck out the only batter he faced for the first out in the top of the 9th inning.

 

Dragons start second half of Midwest League season at home vs. Cubs and Loons

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

DAYTON DRAGONS

HOMESTAND PREVIEW

June 21 – June 27, 2018

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

 

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**

  • Thursday, June 21 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:07 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:07 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 2:07 p.m.
  • Monday, June 25 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 26 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.

Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Thursday: Andrew Jordan

Friday: Hunter Greene

Saturday: Tyler Mondile

Sunday: Packy Naughton

All games broadcast on Fox Sports 980 AM and streamed via the Dragons website at www.daytondragons.com. Broadcasts are also available on the Dragons app for Apple and Android devices.

**Dragons On TV**

  • The games on Saturday and Sunday against Bowling Green will be televised on Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV). It is available on the following outlets: Cable Channels 13 and 1013, Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26, and over the air channel 26.1.
  • For Friday’s game, WDTN Sports Anchor Hutch Konerman will be on the call with Tom Nichols for the TV broadcast. For both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game, WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will join Nichols on the call for the TV broadcast.

**For Your Entertainment**

  • Thursday, June 21
    • Team Zoom comes back to Fifth Third Field for some high-flying dog entertainment throughout the game, presented by Franklin Equipment.
    • The U.S. Army Golden Knights Skydivers will parachute into the ballpark before the game. The Golden Knights Skydivers are one of three U.S. Military aerial shows.
    • All kids in the Frisch’s Dragons Kids Club can march in a pre-game parade and then enjoy the game from the lawn seats.
    • IGS Energy is hosting a booth on the main plaza before the game.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs will march in a pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, presented by IGS Energy.
    • Local scout troops will also march in a pre-game parade around Fifth Third Field.
    • Frisch’s Kids Club members can walk in a pre-game parade around the ballpark.
    • Centerville Community Chorus will perform the National Anthem and Pack 34 will serve as the Honor Guard.
  • Friday, June 22
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can march in the pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • The Dragons Drumline will perform once again before and after the game on the plaza and well as during the game on the field.
  • Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem.
  • Saturday, June 23
    • The first Fifth Third Bank Photo Days is at the ballpark for customers of the bank. From 5-5:45 p.m., customers that RSVP’d can get professional photos taken with players and get autographs as well. For more information, go to https://www.milb.com/dayton/fans/53perks.
    • Gem City Gymnastics will be at the ballpark to perform on the plaza prior to the game.
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers return to Fifth Third Field to perform before and during the game.
    • For the fifth time this season, kids will take the field with Dragons players for the National Anthem as part of the Kroger Baseball Buddies program.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can participate in a parade around Fifth Third Field, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • The National Anthem will be performed by Connect III.
  • Sunday, June 24
    • The Dragons host the third Hometown Heroes spotlight night of the season. The spotlight for June highlights “Missed Milestones”. Service members and their families will have a birthday party before the game and then the entire stadium will sing “Happy Birthday”, led by Jimmy Keys, during the 7th inning stretch.
    • For the sixth time this season, kids will take the field with Dragons players for the National Anthem as part of the Kroger Baseball Buddies program.
    • Pre-registered bike riders and carpoolers will receive exclusive VIP parking and tickets to the game along with Dragons goodies.
    • Jimmy Keys returns to the ballpark to delight fans with organ music.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can participate in a parade around Fifth Third Field, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • All kids will have a chance to run the bases after the game.
    • Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble will perform the National Anthem.
  • Monday, June 25
    • The Dragons are proud to recognize Shoes 4 the Shoeless during an inning break as part of the Community All-Stars Program.
    • Spotlight on Dayton-The Five Points Cloggers will perform during the game as well as on the main plaza before the game.
    • The Dragons Experience Baseball Camp will take place at field the in the early afternoon. In this sold-out experience, campers will learn baseball fundamentals from Dragons players and coaches and receive Dragons gear as well as a ticket to a future game.
    • The Retirement Village People return to Fifth Third Field to entertain fans during inning breaks.
    • The Great Clips booth is back on the plaza prior to the game with free giveaways and interactive games to play.
    • The Dragons Drumline will perform once again before and after the game on the plaza and well as during the game on the field.
  • Xenia Hospitality Chorus will perform the National Anthem.
  • Tuesday, June 26
    • Spotlight on Dayton-The Creative Movement Dancers will perform during the game.
    • The Better Business Bureau is presenting its Eclipse Integrity Awards in a pre-game ceremony.
    • The Dragons Experience Baseball Camp will take place at the field in the early afternoon. In this sold-out experience, campers will learn baseball fundamentals from Dragons players and coaches and receive Dragons gear as well as a ticket to a future game.
    • Princess Jade is back to entertain fans on the main plaza.
    • The National Anthem will be performed by the Daytones.
  • Wednesday, June 27
    • The Dragons will host the third Home Run for Life of the season. Five-year-old Bentley Renner will circle the bases and get high-fives from Dragons and Loons players as he is honored.
    • For the first time since Opening Day, the Shakertown Stompers will perform on the main plaza prior to the game.
    • Princess Jade and her carriage will be on the plaza before the game.
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers return to Fifth Third Field to perform before and during the game.
    • Liisa and Allie will perform the National Anthem.

**Dragons On The Field**

  • The Dragons are proud to have had five All-Star selections for this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19 in Lansing. Representing the Dragons were catcher Hendrik Clementina(chosen as the starting designated hitter), outfielder Stuart Fairchild, first baseman Montrell Marshall, and relief pitchers John Ghyzel and Cory Thompson. Marshall was named the All-Star Game MVP after driving in Fairchild for the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning.
  • The Dragons have six players on Baseball America’s Top 30 Reds Prospects list. This group is led by Reds number-two overall pick in the 2017 draft Hunter Greene. Greene is the second-rated prospect in the organization behind former Dragon Nick Senzel. Other top prospects on the Dragons roster include middle infielders Jeter Downs (#11 prospect) and Jose Garcia (#12). Outfielders Stuart Fairchild (#16) and Miles Gordon (#26) have shown versatility around the outfield this season. Packy Naughton (#28) is the lone left-handed pitcher on the Dragons roster.
  • Former Dragons player and hitting coach Luis Bolivar returns for his second year as manager. Former major leaguers Daryle Ward and Kevin Mahar return for their second seasons as hitting coach and bench coach, respectively. Former major league pitcher Seth Etherton joins the staff as pitching coach after spending last season in that role with the Billings Mustangs, short-season affiliate of the Reds.

 

 

Cavaliers coaching staff to have new look in 2018-19

With the NBA in its off-season period, there are going to be changes to every team whether you won your division, conference or even the NBA Finals.

Those changes even happens to assistant coaches and support personnel for each team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA runner-ups for the third time in the past four seasons, have started with their coaching staff.

Jim Boylan 2011 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Phil Handy (courtesy Cleveland Cavaliers)

The changes started when former Wright State University star, Vitaly Potopenko, who worked with the Cavs big men, left to become an assistant under new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff last week.

Now, according to TV, Radio and Talk Show reports, Cleveland will not renew the contracts of assistants Jim Boylan and Phil Handy.

Expected to move up are Dan Geriot, who worked with Handy in player development and former Cavs player Damon Jones.

Jones’ promotion is the key here. Because it is widely known that Jones, who played in Cleveland from 2005-2008, is a very close friend of LeBron James. Sources and rumors have it that James might have wanted him on the coaching staff in order to stay. James’ preference is to stay with the Cavs. He has said all season, his preference this time would be for family and winning.

Damon Jones could be promoted to Tyronn Lue's revamped coaching staff. 2006 photo By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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