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One of this season’s surprise players, scrappy Nathan Gerbe earns new contract with Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nathan Gerbe to a two-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract extension through the 2021-22 season.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.


Gerbe, 32, has collected 61 goals and 85 assists for 146 points and 190 penalty minutes in 412 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.  After appearing in two games with the Blue Jackets in 2017-18, he has collected 3-5-8 and 18 penalty minutes with a +2 plus/minus rating in 16 outings with the club this season.  His best NHL campaigns were 2010-11 with Buffalo and 2013-14 with Carolina when he set career highs with 16-15-31 in 64 and 81 games, respectively.

Nathan Gerbe


“Nathan Gerbe has been an important player for us as our captain in Cleveland and through his contributions with the Blue Jackets this season,” said Kekalainen.  “He plays with tremendous passion and energy and we’re excited that he will continue to be part of our organization for the next two seasons.”


The 5-4, 169-pound native of Oxford, Michigan was recalled from the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, where he serves as team captain, on December 22 and was leading Cleveland in goals, assists, points and power play goals at the time with 8-17-25, 22 penalty minutes and four power play tallies in 30 games.  He has registered 63-106-169 and 187 penalty minutes in 196 career AHL games during his 12 pro seasons.


Selected by Buffalo in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft, Gerbe was an All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2007-08 during his final of three seasons at Boston College.  He signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on Jan. 24, 2018 after spending parts of two seasons playing for Geneve in Switzerland’s top professional league.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting



Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce becomes 13th UC football player to win a Super Bowl Championship

Travis Kelce 2014 photo By Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https

CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce (2008-12) became the 13th Bearcats player in school history to win a Super Bowl


Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.


Kelce finished the game with six receptions for 43 yards, including a 1-yard TD grab, the first touchdown by a former UC player in the Super Bowl.


Kelce and his brother Jason (Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles), also a former Bearcats standout, have bowl won Super Bowl titles.


The complete list of UC’s former student-athletes who have won Super Bowls consists of: Jim O’Brien – 1971 (Super Bowl V), Reggie Harrison – 1975 (Super Bowl IX), Reggie Harrison – 1976 (Super Bowl X), Dan Rains – 1985 (Super Bowl XX), Brad Jackson – 2001 (Super Bowl XXXV), Andre Frazier – 2006 (Super Bowl XL), Tyjuan Hagler – 2007 (Super Bowl XLI), Andre Frazier – 2009 (Super Bowl XLIII), Troy Evans – 2010 (Super Bowl XLIV), Brandon Underwood – 2011 (Super Bowl XLV), Chris Hewitt – 2013 (coach/Super Bowl XLVII), Derek Wolfe – 2016 (Super Bowl 50), Brent Celek and Jason Kelce – 2018 (Super Bowl LII), Travis Kelce (Super Bowl LIV).


The Bearcats will open the 2020 football season on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 against Austin Peay inside Nippert Stadium.

The Athletics Ticket Office is now accepting deposits for season tickets in the 2020 season. Any fan who was not a season ticket holder in 2019 should click here to place their deposit for the 2020 season. New season ticket holders who make a deposit will have access to season ticket locations ahead of the general public during the spring 2020 selection window. Deposits are only needed for fans who did not have season tickets in 2019.

For all the latest information on Cincinnati football, please visit For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati football (@GoBearcatsFB) and Coach Fickell (@CoachFick) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.




St. Louis Billikens Game Notes: At #6 Dayton Today

Saint Louis heads to Dayton, Ohio, to take on the sixth-ranked Dayton Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Game time is 1 p.m. (CT).

The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Tom McCarthy and Bob Wenzel will call the action. The radio broadcast will be carried on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM). As always, Billiken Hall of Famers Bob Ramsey and Earl Austin Jr. will be on the radio call.

The Billikens (17-6 overall) are coming off an 82-68 loss to Duquesne on Wednesday night and have slipped to 6-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Dayton (20-2 overall) has won 11 in a row and is in first place in the A-10 with a 9-0 record.

Earlier this season at Chaifetz Arena, Dayton defeated the Billikens 78-76 in an overtime thriller that featured a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer by UD’s Jalen Crutcher.

Here are five additional facts in advance of Saturday’s game at Dayton:

1 // Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French continue to be the only teammates in NCAA Division I both averaging a double-double.

2 // French was one of 10 players named to the 2020 Karl Malone Award Watch List on Thursday. The award, sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is bestowed upon the nation’s top power forward.

3 // French is one of two active players in NCAA Division I who have totaled 180+ career blocks, 75+ career steals and 150+ career assists. The other, James Dickey of UNC Greensboro, is a senior.

4 // Saturday’s game vs. No. 6 Dayton will be Billikens’ fourth game against a ranked opponent this season, the most since the 2012-13 team played five ranked foes in the regular season.

5 // The Billikens and Flyers are meeting for the 64th time. Dayton holds a 35-28 lead in the series.

SLU Men’s Basketball Game Notes & Information
Game 24 Saint Louis (17-6, 6-4 A-10) at #6 Dayton (20-2, 9-0 A-10)
Date // Time Saturday, Feb. 8 // 1 p.m. (CT)
Location Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena / 13,407)
Tickets Tickets
TV CBS Sports Network (Tom McCarthy, Bob Wenzel)
Stream CBS Sports App
Radio 101 ESPN (101.1 FM) / TUNE IN (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
Live Stats Statbroadcast
Game Notes SLUDayton | Atlantic 10

Up Next: The Billikens host La Salle at Chaifetz Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. on NBCSN.



#6 Dayton Flyers will host always-tough St. Louis Blues this afternoon at 2 pm

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers continue their three-game homestand Saturday when the Saint Louis Billikens visit Tom Blackburn Court.  Game time at UD Arena is 2 p.m. ET.

Dayton is 20-2, with both losses in overtime to Top 20-caliber teams — Kansas in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational finals and Colorado in a buzzer-beater at the Chicago Legends.  The Flyers are sixth in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today Coaches polls   UD is 9-0 and alone in first place in the A-10 following last Saturday’s 70-56 win over Fordham.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio televised on the CBS Sports Network and streamed at  Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at

The University of Dayton has completed a three-year, $76.2 million transformation project of UD Arena in time for the Arena’s 50th anniversary season. The project transformed the 50-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art venue.  The upgrade, the largest construction project in University history, modernizes the Arena without losing the “soul of the bowl” – the atmosphere that has made UD Arena one of the best places to watch college basketball.

‘• Obi Toppin was one of 20 players named on Monday to the Wooden Award Late-Season Watch List.  The Athletic named Toppin its Mid-Season Player of the Year in a vote of their college basketball writers and the Sporting News selected him to be one of its First Team Mid-Season All-Americans.  He is on four national player of the year watch lists.  Jay Bilas listed him as his top breakout candidate during the preseason.
• Toppin had his 100th career dunk during the Virginia Tech game in Maui, which was just his 20th start and 38th career game. He now has 157 in 55 career games.
‘• Jalen Crutcher was named A-10 Player of the Week for the second straight week after the SBU and Richmond wins.  He is the first Flyer to earn back-to-back A-10 Player of the Weeks.
• Seth Davis named Crutcher college basketball’s “Best Supporting Actor” during CBS Sports’ college basketball studio coverage on Jan. 25.
• UD’s No. 6 ranking is its best since December, 1967, when the Flyers were ranked sixth.
• Dayton has been ranked in the Top 20 for 10 consecutive weeks for the first time since the last 16 weeks of the 1955-56 season. The Flyers finished ranked third in the final poll that year.
• UD is first nationally in FG% (.525, 666-1268) and is second in assists (18.8).
• Seven different Flyers have scored in double figures this season. Six have led UD in scoring.
• The Flyers are 9-0 in the A-10 for the first time since they were 9-0 in 2003-04.
• Trey Landers and Obi Toppin each scored 18 points and Rodney Chatman added 10 in UD’s 70-56 win over Fordham on Feb. 1. The Flyers had 21 assists on 23 baskets.

• UD is home against Rhode Island on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.


Dayton Athletics announces Men’s Basketball ticketing update

Follow These Guidelines To Ensure That The Tickets You Purchase Will Be Valid


DAYTON – Demand for University of Dayton men’s basketball tickets are at an all-time high.  With the increase in demand for tickets there is also, unfortunately, the potential for an increase in ticket fraud.

UD Athletics strives to provide fans with a ticketing experience that is convenient, safe and secure. To help combat fraud and protect Flyer fans, UD Athletics would like to share some information about how to safely buy and sell tickets for games and sections that otherwise may be sold out.

Only tickets purchased directly through the following outlets are guaranteed to be valid.
•    UD Arena Ticket Office
•    Ticketmaster
•    FEVO
•    Visiting Team Ticket Office
UD Athletics cautions against purchasing tickets through other outlets that may be unable to provide this assurance.

All UD Athletics tickets have a bar code and will be scanned for validity at the Arena entrance. Admission will be denied for invalid and/or counterfeit tickets.

Ticketmaster is the official resale partner of UD Athletics. This is the only resale marketplace that UD Athletics can verify the validity of tickets bought and sold. Ticketmaster is completely integrated with UD Athletics’ ticketing system and uses bar code verification technology to ensure the authenticity of all tickets. As the official fan-to-fan marketplace of the Flyer Faithful, Ticketmaster provides fans with reliable and convenient access to purchase tickets for sold out games as well as post verified tickets for sale. The UD Arena Ticket Office Staff is available for fans requiring assistance with buying/selling tickets through Ticketmaster.

While regular Arena seating is sold out for all remaining home games, a limited number of Club Seats are still available for purchase. With resale prices skyrocketing, Flyer fans can enjoy a premium experience with a wider, padded high back chair and increased leg room along with complimentary hospitality in the Club Lounges for $220 per ticket. To purchase Club Seats, visit or call the UD Arena Ticket Office at (937) 229-4433.




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