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Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball announces AAC schedule for 2019-20





18-Game AAC Schedule Tips on New Year’s Day
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team opens its 18-game league schedule on New Year’s Day at Fifth Third Arena against UConn, as the American Athletic Conference announced the 2019-20 composite schedule Friday.


All of Cincinnati’s 18 conference games will be televised by national or regional networks, including the Wednesday, Jan. 1 contest against the Huskies which will air on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. It marks the third time in seven seasons in the league the Bearcats have started AAC play on New Year’s Day.


Cincinnati, who has won the most AAC games since league formation (2013-14) and has claimed each of the last two American Championship titles, battles 2018-19 AAC regular-season champion Houston twice in 2019-20. The Bearcats play host to the Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 1 (6 p.m. on ESPN2) and visit Houston on Sunday, March 1 (1 p.m. on ESPN).


The Bearcats also face longtime rival Memphis twice, taking on the Tigers in the Bluff City on Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m. on ESPN) and in Cincinnati on Thursday, Feb. 13 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2).

Wichita State and Cincinnati have played five exciting games since the Shockers joined the league prior to the 2017-18 campaign. The two teams meet twice during 2019-20, first in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2) before a matchup in the Queen City on Sunday, Feb. 23 (1 p.m. ESPN).


New head coach John Brannen will lead the Bearcats into three battles against the other two new head coaches in the league. Cincinnati’s first league road game of the season takes place at Tulane on Saturday, Jan. 4 (tip time is TBA on CBS Sports Network) against the Green Wave’s new mentor, Ron Hunter. The Bearcats also face new Temple head coach Aaron McKie and his Owls in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m. on ESPNews) and on Senior Night at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday, March 7 (8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network).


Other conference home games include matchups with Tulsa on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU), ECU on Sunday, Jan. 19 (6 p.m. on ESPNU), SMU on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (7 p.m. on ESPNews) and UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU).


Other conference road games for the Bearcats include visits to UCF on Saturday, Jan. 11 (noon on ESPN2), UConn in Storrs Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 9 (noon on CBS Sports Network), ECU on Sunday, Feb. 16 (noon on CBS Sports Network) and USF on Tuesday, March 3 (7 p.m. on ESPNU).


The 2020 American Championship is March 12-15 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. ESPN networks will provide live coverage of all four days of the championship.


All games airing on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.


CBS Sports’ coverage will be available to stream live via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on and CBS Sports HQ. CBS Sports Network is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to


Game times and television designation for a pair of Cincinnati nonconference home games were also announced Friday. The Bearcats will face 2019 American East Conference champion Vermont on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network and welcome Tennessee to Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Volunteers advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

Cincinnati’s lone exhibition game of the preseason will feature a matchup against nearby Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Fifth Third Arena. The contest will tip at 7 p.m. and be streamed live on BEARCATS TV at Thomas More moved to the NAIA level on July 1, 2019.


Among the 2018-19 accomplishments achieved by Cincinnati’s upcoming opponents:

·         16 teams won 20 or more games

·         16 teams advanced to postseason play

·         15 teams finished in the Top 100 of the NET Rankings

·         Nine teams participated in the NCAA Tournament

·         Seven nonconference teams finished first or second in their league


John Brannen, who takes the reigns as head coach at Cincinnati in 2019-20, guided Northern Kentucky to two Horizon League regular-season championships and two tournament titles in the previous three seasons. The Bearcats welcome seven newcomers and return three starters, including AAC Player of the Year Jarron Cumberland, from a year ago when they posted a 28-7 overall mark, won the American Championship for the second year in a row and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
After 15 years, University of Cincinnati Athletics, in collaboration with UC Student Government and Skyline Chili, will once again celebrate the start of basketball season with a “Bearcats Madness” event at Fifth Third Arena.

Festivities start at 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 4, following the football game against UCF.


Be sure to get your first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams and hear from men’s coach John Brannen and women’s coach Michelle Clark-Heard.


Admission is free. Fifth Third Arena doors open at 10 p.m.


ARENA ENTRANCE NOTE: Fans coming to the event after attending the football game at Nippert Stadium should enter Fifth Third Arena on the west concourse. Fans attending the basketball event only should enter the arena on the east concourse. Gameday arena bag policies will be in effect.


Stay connected with Cincinnati men’s basketball on Facebook (GoBearcatsMBB), Twitter (@GoBearcatsMBB) and Instagram (GoBearcatsMBB).




ESPN3 to broadcast Findlay Oilers at Ohio Dominican Saturday 12:05 pm


September 20, 2019

Game Notes

The Game

Findlay will again be featured as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase on Saturday, Sep. 21 when they head to Ohio Dominican. The game will kick off at 12:05 in Columbus, Ohio at Panther Stadium.

The Series

Ohio Dominican has had the edge in the short series history, defeating the Oilers six times in seven tries. Their last meeting was a season ago, also a DII Showcase contest, a game in Findlay that the Panthers won 34-21.

Radio Coverage

Every Oilers football game will be broadcast on 88.3 WLFC and can be listed to locally on the radio or streamed online at

Video Stream

Video streaming for the contest will be produced by the Niles Media Group and aired on ESPN3.

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Head Coach Rob Keys

Head coach Rob Keys is in his ninth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2019.  He has recorded a 57-34 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 46-29 mark in conference games. He has coached Findlay to winning records in seven of his eight seasons including last season when he lead the Oilers to their first ever NCAA Division II Playoffs.

For Findlay’s 2019 coaching staff, please click on the following link:

2019 Coaching Staff

Findlay Oilers (1-1, 0-0 G-MAC)

Entering their first conference game of the season, the Oilers are knotted up at .500 on the year. After a one-point heartbreaker at the hands of #2 Ferris State, Findlay rebounded an handled Northwood University in their home opener. With a full slate of Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) games ahead, the Oilers still have everything to play for and appear to be a formidable contender for the league crown.

Findlay is currently the top scoring team in the league at 27 points per game with Ohio Dominican in second at 22.5 points per game. Most of those points have come from the arm of quarterback Matt Winzeler who leads the G-MAC with five touchdown passes. The junior has completed 33-of-64 passes for 461 yards this year and has just one interception. Has also rushed for a touchdown.

Out of the backfield, junior Brian Benson is off to a special start, rushing for more than 180 yards in each of his first two games. He currently leads the league with 362 rushing yards, 206 yards more than the next closest back. Benson also leads the league with 50 carries.

Defensively, linebacker Jack Trombetti has had a solid start through two games as he has tallied 20 tackles, which ranks third in the G-MAC. Close behind is senior Richard Sheler who has 17 tackles including one TFL. He also had his first interception as an Oiler last week against Northwood.

2019 Season Statistics
2019 Roster

Ohio Dominican (1-1, 0-0 G-MAC)

Despite only having a football program since 2004, the Ohio Dominican Panthers have established themselves as a contender for a league title year-in and year-out. The team out of Columbus has put together eight consecutive seasons with at least seven wins including three seasons with nine or more wins. Picked second in the G-MAC Preseason Poll this season, it’s clear that those around the league expect the Panthers to be in the hunt as the leaves start to fall.

While Findlay plays a more difficult schedule as a whole, ODU kicks off their season with a gauntlet of challenging contests. The year began with a road game against perenial top-25 opponent Shepherd University, who the Oilers defeated in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Playoofs. The Panthers then took a 12 hour bus trip for their second game of the year as they took on defending national champion Valdosta State in Georgia. Throw in two of the top contenders in the G-MAC in Findlay and Tiffin in weeks three and four and there isn’t a tougher four-game stretch for any team in the league.

Against Shepherd, the Panthers found themselves down 14-0 just 20 seconds into the second quarter. An ODU field goal made the halftime lead 14-3 for the home Rams. In the second half, the visiting Panthers outscored Shepherd 21-7, including a touchdown and two-point conversion with just over a minute left in the game, to secure the season-opening victory.

Next on the schedule, a team that had won 16 consecutive games and is the reigning DII National Champion. In front of a crowd of more than 5,000, the #1 team in the country opened up to a 14-0 lead, including scoring on their first offensive play, and ultimately a 28-14 lead at halftime. The home team would put three more touchdowns on the board to secure a convincing 48-21 victory.

This season, the Panthers have been pass-heavy, throwing it 70 times compared to just 48 attempts on the ground. That puts the offensve under the direction of sophomore captain Evan Ernst.

Ernst has thrown for 483 yards this year this year and has thrown two touchdowns in each game this season. His favorite target has been senior David Turner who has 17 receptions for 115 yards, however, it’s been the play of junior Devanaire Conliffe that has opened eyes. Conliffe has eight receptions for 227 yards and four touchdowns on the young season.

Of the eight ODU Panthers who were named first team all-conference last season, only punter Logan Neidhardt returns.

2019 Season Stats
2019 Roster


NCAA Division II Stats
NCAA Division II Football
American Football Coaches Association
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Ohio Northern men’s lacrosse coach Nat St. Laurent gunning for the Premier Lacrosse League title Saturday afternoon on NBC


Nat St. Laurent

September 20, 2019


PLL Web Site2020 Ohio Northern Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

ADA — Ohio Northern head men’s lacrosse coach Nat St. Laurent will guide his Redwoods team against the Whipsnakes in the inaugural Premier Lacrosse League Championship Game on Saturday at 2:30 pm.

The game will be played at Talon Energy Stadium in Philadelphia and will be shown live on NBC.

St. Laurent has served as head coach of Redwoods LC in the first season of the PLL, guiding the team to a 5-5 regular season record and two playoff victories.

Fans can watch the game live on NBC or via live stream through any of the NBC Sports platforms.

Ohio Northern will open its fifth season under St. Laurent on Feb. 14 at home against Southern Virginia at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

St. Laurent is the second Polar Bear to appear on NBC in recent history, as ONU alum and 9-time NCAA National Champion Emily Richards competed in the finals of the 800-meter run at the US Track and Field Championships in June 2017.





Washington Capitals 2019-20 Preview: Looking to make it 5 Metropolitan Division titles in a row



The Capitals enter 2019-20 having won the Metropolitan Division in each of the last four seasons, while also recording 100 or more standings points in five consecutive campaigns. They are one of 10 teams in NHL history to hit the century mark in at least five straight seasons, with the Ducks (5; 2013-14—2017-18) the last team to do so. The only streaks longer than five seasons were achieved by the Red Wings (12; 1999-00—2011-12), Canadiens (8; 1974-75—1981-82) and Oilers (6; 1981-82—1986-87).
* Alex Ovechkin posted 1-1—2 in Washington’s first game of 2018-19, boosting his season-opening totals to 10-7—17 (14 GP). His 10 goals in season openers are tied with UFA Patrick Marleau for the most among active players, as are his 17 points (also tied with Joe Thornton).

Nicklas Backstrom began 2018-19 with one of his 42 career games with at least three assists. His 14 helpers in season-opening contests are the most among active players (0-14—14 in 11 GP), two shy of tying Gary Suter (2-16—18 in 15 GP) and Joe Sakic (11-16—27 in 20 GP) for 10th place on the NHL’s all-time list.

Alex Ovechkin has reached the 40-goal mark 10 times over the course of his 14-season career, including a League-high 51 tallies in 2018-19. With another 40 goals in 2019-20, Ovechkin can surpass Marcel Dionne (10) and Mario Lemieux (10) for the second-most 40-goal campaigns in NHL history, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (12).

* Ovechkin (658) needs 10 goals to tie Luc Robitaille (668) for 12th place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. A 50-goal season also would propel Ovechkin into a tie with Mike Gartner (708) for seventh place in NHL history. Ovechkin (247 PPG, 4th; 107 GWG, 7th) also can move up NHL lists for career power-play goals and game-winning goals.

John Carlson can join Larry Murphy (1985-86—1987-88) and Scott Stevens (1986-87—1988-89) as the only defensemen in Capitals history to record three straight 60-point seasons.

Nicklas Backstrom (231-642—873 in 895 GP) aims for a 10th career 50-assist season and can become the first member of the 2006 NHL Draft class to record 900 career points.

* The Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev with their first-round pick (No. 31) in the 2018 NHL Draft. Alexeyev captured a bronze medal with Russia at the 2019 World Junior Championship and finished second in tournament scoring among defensemen (2-4—6 in 7 GP).

Braden Holtby owns a career record of 257-108-40 in 420 regular-season appearances (2.47 GAA, .918 SV%, 35 SO), posting 40 or more wins three times. Martin Brodeur (8) is the only goaltender in NHL history with more 40-win seasons than Holtby.

A look at how players have fared historically in their debut game/season with the franchise:

First game with Capitals. . .
Most goals: 3 – Mikhail Grabovski (Oct. 1, 2013)
Most assists: 3 – Garnet Bailey (Feb. 11, 1975) and Kip Miller (Oct. 11, 2002)
Most points: 4 – Mikhail Grabovski (Oct. 1, 2013)

Most goals: 1 – 10 players; most recent: Christian Djoos (Oct. 11, 2017)
Most assists: 2 – Mike McEwen (Nov. 27, 1984)
Most points: 2 – 3 players; most recent: Christian Djoos (Oct. 11, 2017)

Most saves: 38 – Sebastien Charpentier (April 12, 2002)
Shutout: Maxime Ouellet (Dec. 16, 2003) and Cristobal Huet (Feb. 29, 2008)

First season with Capitals. . .
Most goals: 52 – Alex Ovechkin (2005-06)
Most assists: 59 – Dennis Maruk (1978-79)
Most points: 106 – Alex Ovechkin (2005-06)

Most goals: 13 – Larry Murphy (1983-84)
Most assists: 33 – Larry Murphy (1983-84)
Most points: 46 – Larry Murphy (1983-84)

Most wins: 32 – Jose Theodore (2008-09)
Most Shutouts: 4 – 3; most recent: Tomas Vokoun (2011-12)




NHL releases 2019-20 Podcast Programming with show details and schedules


First Episode of New Weekly Show NHL@TheRink™ Now Available; NHL Fantasy On Ice™, NHL Executive Suite™ and NHL Draft Class™ All Return for Second Seasons

September 19, 2019


NEW YORK (Sept. 19, 2019) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2019-20 NHL Podcast lineup – with popular shows like NHL Fantasy On Ice™, NHL Executive Suite™ and NHL Draft Class™ all returning for a second year while episode one of a new series – NHL @TheRink™ — is now available.


In the first episode of NHL@TheRink™, host Dan Rosen chats with Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, discusses top storylines with writer Nick Cotsonika and debuts the first “Moments” segment with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Download and listen to the episode here.


“As we look forward to the upcoming season, we’re excited about all the new content we are set to launch – with podcasts being a big part of that plan,” said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer. “We believe NHL Podcasts can provide our listeners with a variety of newsworthy, interesting and unique programming options that showcase the best commentary of our great game and another platform to hear from our players”.


Fans can download individual episodes of all series at NHL Podcasts is an NHL Studio Production. NHL Podcasts are available on Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iheartradio, iTunes, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio.


An overview of each series is below:


NEW: NHL@TheRink @TheRink

  • Debuting on Sept. 18,’s Dan Rosen will host NHL@TheRink, a weekly NHL Studio production that is designed to bringing listeners up-to-speed on the sights and sounds of the NHL season. Rosen will speak with special guests – including NHL players, writers, broadcasters and staff – to preview games, discuss the news of the week and check in rinkside during key matchups. His first guests include the Dallas Stars’ Ben Bishop, Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Florida Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov, New York Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad, St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly, Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews and many more.


NHL Fantasy On Ice @NHLFantasyOnIce

  • Hosted by sophomores Pete JensenRob Reese along with special guest David SatrianoNHL Fantasy On Ice™ – the NHL’s most popular podcast – returns with episodes released each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The team, which has a 24/7/365 pulse of the fantasy hockey world, will discuss season-long pool play, rankings and projections and dip their toes into the ever-growing world of sports betting.


NHL Draft Class

  • Draft experts Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale return to the beat of NHL Draft Class™, with monthly episodes beginning in October. Special episodes will cover events such as top prospects games, ranking results, mock drafts and the Scouting Combine, and also feature interviews with prospects, experts and the folks from NHL Central Scouting. The show will move from monthly to weekly in April as the 2020 NHL Draft™ approaches.


NHL Executive Suite

  • In this podcast, NHL Executive Suite™ host Deb Placey sits down with the executives who own, build, cover and manage our favorite NHL teams as well as key personnel from League business and hockey partners. Placey’s casual interviewing style makes for fun and candid interviews that resonate with NHL fans. New episodes will be released throughout the season and posted to
  • On Oct. 1, 2019, fans can binge-listen as five new episodes will be released to mark the start of the NHL season. In the debut episodes, Placey chats with 2019 Stanley Cup Champion and St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, NHL Seattle GM Ron Francis, Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin, and Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill.



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