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Bearcats center Chris Vogt to enter NBA Evaluation Process


CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati junior center Chris Vogt (Mayfield, Ky./Graves County HS/Northern Kentucky) will submit his name for consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft he announced Tuesday via social media.


“First of all, I have to give all of the credit to God. None of this could have happened without him and all things are possible through him,” Vogt said.


“With that being said, I am officially entering my name to test the waters of the 2020 NBA draft. I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting me through everything. I want to thank all of the coaches who have ever coached me for helping me get to where I am now.

Chris Vogt


“My freshman year I wouldn’t of ever guessed I would’ve even had the opportunity to be in this situation, and being able to overcome all of the adversity I’ve faced my college career. The amount of growth I’ve had on and off the court every year has been a testament to my faith and hard work, and only excites me for where I’ll be a year from now,” Vogt added. “However, I’m currently thankful to just be here at this point.


“Returning for my senior year will always be a viable option, and I will maintain my eligibility,” Vogt said.


A rule change by the NCAA a year ago allows Vogt to sign with an NCAA-certified agent and gain feedback while maintaining the opportunity to return to Cincinnati for his senior campaign.


Vogt has until Monday, June 15 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school. The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. However, the league may adjust both dates due to the current coronavirus pandemic.


“Chris, his parents and myself have had consistent conversations over the course of the last several weeks,” UC men’s basketball head coach John Brannen said. “We are completely in support of Chris’ decision and will be available to assist him when needed.”


Vogt produced his best season of collegiate basketball as a Bearcat during the 2019-20 campaign, averaging 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 64.8 percent (136 of 210) from the field in 28.5 minutes.


The transfer from NKU started 29 of UC’s 30 games this past season and ranked among the American Athletic Conference leaders in field goal percentage (first at .648), blocks (fifth at 1.6), offensive rebounds (seventh at 2.6), rebounds (16th at 5.9) and points (tied for 25th at 11.0) for the season.


Vogt averaged 4.53 field goals, just below the 5.0 average required to be listed in national and school records in 2019-20. If he averaged 5.0 field goals, Vogt’s .648 field goal percentage would have ranked fourth in the nation and first in school history for a single season.


Vogt was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll after scoring 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds against Valparaiso (Nov. 25) and later matched his career high, scoring 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting at Tulane (Jan. 4).



Former Ohio State Athletic Director Jim Jones dies at age 83


Jim Jones inside St. John Arena (courtesy Ohio State Athletics)

April 22, 2020

Staff member for 27 years who ran Ohio State’s department of athletics for seven years, from 1987-94

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jim Jones, the sixth director of athletics in Ohio State history and a member of the school’s athletics administration for 27 years, passed away from natural causes this morning (Wednesday, April 22) in Bonita Springs, Florida. He and his wife, Linda, reside there through the winter months while also maintaining a home in Dublin. Jones was 83.


Jones joined Ohio State University’s faculty in 1965 as a physical education instructor and moved over to the athletic department staff in 1967, where he worked in academic advising for four years and primarily with Woody Hayes’ football team. In 1970 he was elevated to assistant director of athletics and in 1977 he was named associate athletic director.


Jones supervised many of the day-to-day duties of the athletics department for 20 years, including the department’s eligibility, compliance, team travel and grants-in-aid programs. He also had responsibility for sports information, academic counseling and the business offices. He worked under the direction of three athletic directors: Ed Weaver, Hugh Hindman and Rick Bay.


In 1987, Jones became Ohio State’s athletic director and he held the position for seven years, until his retirement in 1994.


“Jim Jones had a significant and positive impact on my life,” Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, said. “I will miss him greatly. He had a commitment to diversity and made a tremendous contribution to the growth of Ohio State athletics.  Sheila and I share our condolences to Linda and his family.”


In 2013 Jones was honored with the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award is presented annually to a collegiate administrator who “through the years has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment.” Corbett was NACDA’s first president in 1965. The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.


Jones is a past president of NACDA and the Division IA Athletic Directors. He served on a plethora of prestigious national committees at the Big Ten Conference and national levels, including the NCAA’s Special Events and Post-Season Bowls committees, the Big Ten Promotions and PR committee, and the Rose Bowl Management committee.


In 2018 Ohio State’s Varsity O organization created the Jim Jones Award to pay tribute and recognition to those Ohio State male letterwinners who, through their careers, contributed to the honor and fame of Ohio State University. The initial recipients of the award were Charles Csuri and Jameson Crane.


A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jones received his B.S. from Kent State in 1958 and a master’s degree from Ball State in 1964.


The Jones’ tragically lost their son, Bill, to a heart-related condition in 2012. The younger Jones was an associate athletic director at Ohio State at the time and had been a member of the OSU staff for 14 years.


In addition to his wife, Linda, Jones is survived by his daughter Lynnae MaGinn, son-in-law Mark MaGinn and two granddaughters: Courtney and Taylor.


Funeral arrangements are pending.


Ohio State’s Directors of Athletics
L.W. St. John (1912-47)
Richard Larkins (1947-70
J. Edward Weaver (1970-77)
Hugh Hindman (1977-84)
Rick Bay (1984-87)
Jim Jones (1987-94)
Andy Geiger (1994-2005)

Gene Smith (2005-present)






Dayton Flyers announce R.U.D.Y.S. Awards

R.U.D.Y.S. Awards Honors And Celebrates Student-Athletes
The Awards Were Announced On The Dayton Flyer Twitter And Instagram Accounts

Tue, Apr 21, 2020 10:07 pm

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Athletics Department held its eighth annual R.U.D.Y.S. awards tonight on its social media platforms.

Typically this is a formal event hosted by the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Dayton Athletics administration for the student-athletes to recognize individuals and teams for their accomplishments of the past year.

R.U.D.Y.S. stands for Recognition and celebration of University of Dayton Student-Athletes Year-end Showcase.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flyers announced all the winners on its Twitter and Instagram accounts, rather than at an in-person banquet.

The 2020 award winners were as follows:
Unsung Hero
Male – Will Majercak (cross country)
Nominees – Laurel Aug (soccer), Benjamin Blackwell (baseball), Joe Bubonics (football), Oliver Dunne (tennis) Camron Greer (basketball), Will Majercak (cross country)

Female – Kaci Bornhorst (cross country/track) and Christine Szabo (basketball)
Nominees – Isabelle Blanchard (rowing), Kaci Bornhorst (cross country/track), Alissa Danielson (golf), Lillie Knesel (softball), Alex Powell (soccer), Christine Szabo (basketball)

Breakthrough Performance –Men’s Basketball 2019-20 season
- Baseball advancing to 2019 A-10 Championship final
- Football’s win vs. No. 14 Indiana State
- Men’s basketball historic 2019-20 season, including winning the A-10 regular season title
- Volleyball’s win vs. Michigan and breaking attendance record and going on to win A-10 Championship
- Women’s basketball winning the 2019-20 A-10 regular season and tournament titles

Flyer Challenge Award winners – Baseball

Rookie of the Year
Male – Connor Bruce (tennis) and Toluwalase Oladeinbo (soccer)
Nominees –  Connor Bruce (tennis), Calan Gizelbach (cross country), Anthony Hattrup (baseball), Toluwalase Oladeinbo (soccer), Kyle Schmidt (golf), Sam Webster (football)

Female – Alexis Goins (soccer) and Amelia Moore (volleyball)
Nominees – Sarah Bailitz (softball), Carolyn Bakx (track & field), Alexis Goins (soccer), Paige Kompa (tennis), Amelia Moore (volleyball), Elizabeth Myers (rowing), Mariah Perez (basketball), Melissa Weidner (cross country/track)

Rising Star
Male – Jonas Fjeldberg (soccer) and Mariano Ricciardi (baseball)
Nominees – Jake Chisholm (football), Brandon Christopher (cross country), Dwayne Cohill (basketball), Brandon Easterling (football), Jonas Fjeldberg (soccer), Will Harper (tennis), Connor Quigley (golf), Mariano Ricciardi (baseball)

Female –Colleen McDonnell (rowing) and Taylor Robertson (track & field)
Nominees – Alexandra Bozich (golf), Alyssa Cacini (softball), Maura Collins (volleyball), Colleen McDonnell (rowing), Kelly Pleiman (tennis), Taylor Robertson (track & field), Kyla Whitehead (basketball), Kelly Wilker (cross country/track & field)

Most Outstanding Leaders
Male – Ryan Culhane (football) and Domenic Maricocchi (golf)
Nominees – Ryan Culhane (football), Garrett Grissim (cross country), Tyler Jones (baseball), Trey Landers (basketball), Domenic Maricocchi (golf), Ryan Mikesell (basketball)

Female – Shakeela Fowler (basketball)
Nominees – Julia Blarr (softball), Jules Curry (softball), Anna Delaney (tennis), Shakeela Fowler (basketball), Emily Jones (soccer), Jamie Peterson (volleyball)

RUDY, the most prestigious award of the night which goes to the people who most epitomize what it means to be a Flyer
Male – Obi Toppin (basketball) and Adam Trautman (football)
Nominees – Kevin Lawson (cross country), Obi Toppin (basketball), Adam Trautman (football), Hunter Wolfe (baseball)

Female – Mallory Kimmell (softball) and Jayla Scaife (basketball)
Nominees – Ellie Cronin (golf), Bridget Doherty (volleyball), Mallory Kimmell (softball) and Jayla Scaife (basketball)
In addition, the 2020-21 executive board of SAAC was announced:
President: Tyler Jones (baseball)
VP: Kelly Wilker (cross country/track)
Admin: Osa Wheeler (rowing)
Social Media: Alyssa Cacini (softball)
RUDYS/Social: Alexandra Bozich (women’s golf) and Sarah Frazier (women’s golf)
Flyer Challenge: Jonathan Brus (baseball) and Cameron Specht (football)
Wellness: Carly Becker (women’s soccer)
Community Service: Megan Gist (softball) and Hannah Osland (women’s soccer)
ADCOM: Kelly Wilker (cross country/track) and Cameron Specht (football)

And here are the SAAC reps for the 2020-21 year:
Men’s Basketball
Moulaye Sissoko
Camron Greer

Women’s Basketball
Amari Davidson
Destiny Bohanon

Women’s Soccer
Hannah Osland
Lexy Kidd
Emma Thomas
Carly Becker

Men’s Soccer
Jake Feiner
Manning Day
Josh Darius

Bridget Doherty
Grace Dynda

Men’s Tennis
Joe DeMarco
Peter Schulteis
Will Harper

Women’s Tennis
Claire Ghidotti
Erica Wojcikiewicz

Megan Gist
Alyssa Cacini
Catherine Jensen

Jonathan Brus
Tyler Jones

Track& Field/Cross Country
Kelly Wilker
Jahmia Bridges-Butler
Reilly Madsen
Taylor Robertson
Emily Sreenan
Men’s Cross Country
Will Majercak
Griffin Barger
Jonas Chimbanda

Cameron Specht
Kevin Bickett
Brandon Easterling
Logan Tate
Natron Webster
Osa Wheeler
Grace Yingling
Colleen McDonnell

Men’s Golf
Ryan Clements
Domenic Maricocchi

Women’s Golf
Alexandra Bozich
Sarah Frazier



CBJ Game Replays popular; FSO adding five additional for upcoming days


Replays of Blue Jackets Games From 2019-20 Season

New Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition episode debuts Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio continue to bring fans special programming while the NHL season has been paused with five game replays to be aired on the network between April 24-30 as well as the next episode of Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition, the club and network announced today.  The game replays and show will also stream live on the FOX Sports GO app.


FOX Sports Ohio will air additional games from the 2019-20 season featuring the Blue Jackets and the Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.  Below is the replay schedule.


The third Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition will debut on Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The show is a 30-minute weekly program that features interviews, stories, Blue Jackets and league updates hosted from the comforts of their own homes by the CBJ broadcast team of Jeff Rimer, Jody Shelley, Dave Maetzold, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Brian Giesenschlag.


The network also continues airing Blue Jackets programming including Beyond the Battle and Blue Jackets Conversations episodes.  Check local listings.


Click and follow the network’s Columbus social accounts for updates:


Friday, April 24 – 8 p.m. ET & Sunday, April 26 at 12 p.m. ET

Oct. 24, 2019 – at Blue Jackets 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3 (OT)

The Blue Jackets rally from a 3-1 first period deficit and forward Cam Atkinson scores the eventual game-winner 3:28 into overtime.


Saturday, April 25 – 8 p.m. ET & Monday, April 27 at 12 p.m. ET

Nov. 29, 2019 – at Blue Jackets 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Forward Gus Nyquist collects his first hat trick as a Blue Jacket to lead Columbus to the win.


Tuesday, April 28 – 12 p.m. ET

Dec. 23, 2019 – Blue Jackets 3, at New York Islanders 2

Rookie blueliner Vladislav Gavrikov lifts the Blue Jackets to their fifth-straight win with a late third period tally.


Wednesday, April 29 – 12 p.m. ET

Feb. 24, 2020 – at Blue Jackets 4, Ottawa Senators 3 (OT)

The Blue Jackets come back from two separate deficits before rookie winger Emil Bemstrom notches the game-winner with 25 seconds remaining in overtime.


Thursday, April 30 – 12 p.m. ET

Mar. 1, 2020 – at Blue Jackets 5, Vancouver Canucks 3

Four Jackets tally multi-point games and Joonas Korpisalo makes 36 saves as the club earns the victory with four third period goals.


The schedule of Blue Jackets replays and other programming on FOX Sports Ohio will be updated in the coming weeks.


eNASCAR Heat Pro League begins

Returns For Season Two After Successful 2019 Debut

Series Kicks Off Tonight at Virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway;

Full Season Streamed on


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2020) – NASCAR, Race Team Alliance and Motorsport Games announced today the highly anticipated eNASCAR Heat Pro League™ season two kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. The series will again be streamed on, as well as NASCAR Heat’s Twitch and Facebook.


“The eNASCAR Heat Pro League debut last year highlighted the significant opportunity for our esports platforms,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “We’re excited about season two, and in the midst of this sport’s hiatus, we’re proud those platforms can help fill that void for our fans.”


The 2020 season features 14 races at tracks across the NASCAR circuit, including Eldora Speedway, Road America and Iowa Speedway, with gamers showcasing their skills in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The 14-race season is broken up into three four-race segments, with one driver per platform (Xbox One™ and PlayStation®4) capturing a spot in the Championship race as well as a shot at the $200,000 prize pool. In addition, a final wildcard event at the virtual Daytona International Speedway in July will allow for two more drivers to secure their Championship hopes.


“eNASCAR Heat Pro League competition helps create yet another opportunity for teams across NASCAR to engage with fans and grow their presence in the evolving esports space,” said Dmitry Kozko, CEO, Motorsport Games. “With an increased prize pool to $200,000 and a new schedule format, competitors and teams have more on the line this season, and the racing is sure to show it.”


The eNASCAR Heat Pro League will once again offer gamers the opportunity to race for one of 14 NASCAR teams, with all of last year’s teams returning. Prior to the virtual draft on April 8, organizations were required to clear at least one roster spot from last year. Chip Ganassi Gaming, GoFas Gaming and Joe Gibbs Gaming elected to start with fully clean slates. Teams had a pool of 48 gamers to choose from, with the draft order determined by inverse point standings from last season. Draft results and team rosters can be found here.


The debut season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League produced over one million live views of its race broadcasts and numerous live events throughout the year, including a live draft at Phoenix Raceway, an in-person race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Championship finale at NASCAR’s Arena 43 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The eNASCAR Heat Pro League features 28 gamers from 14 teams, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR race teams. Each team fields two drivers, one racing on Xbox One™ and the other on PlayStation®4, all competing for a shared championship. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League transitioned to NASCAR Heat 4, the latest game in the NASCAR Heat franchise, last September, prior to the 2019 playoffs.


For more information on the eNASCAR Heat Pro League and the 2020 season, please visit


Regular Season Schedule
Segment 1 Race Date Track Series
1 April 22, 2020 Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
2 April 29, 2020 Watkins Glen International NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
3 May 6, 2020 Dover International Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series
4 May 13, 2020 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
Segment 2 1 May 20, 2020 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
2 May 27, 2020 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Cup Series
3 June 3, 2020 Iowa Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series
4 June 10, 2020 Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
Segment 3 1 June 17, 2020 Eldora Speedway NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
2 June 24, 2020 Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
3 July 1, 2020 Road America NASCAR Xfinity Series
4 July 8, 2020 Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
Wildcard   July 15, 2020 Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Cup Series
Championship   TBD TBD NASCAR Cup Series



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


About Motorsport Games

Motorsport Games, part of the Motorsport Network, is dedicated to virtual racing. Our mission is to combine video game development with esports to deliver exciting, innovative experiences people will play, watch and engage with. We develop and publish console, PC and mobile video games. Including the NASCAR Heat franchise, Officially Licensed by NASCAR. Motorsport Games is the esports partner of choice for many of the world’s leading motorsport rights holders including the NASCAR, Formula E, Le Mans and the FIA World Rallycross Championship and others.


For more information about Motorsport Games visit:

About Motorsport Network

Motorsport Network is an integrated digital platform that is the destination for everything cars and racing. We sit at the heart of the automotive and racing industries offering a global community of millions of fans the inside track on the world’s best teams, drivers, car brands and experiences no one else can.


We’re building a community for the fans, unlocking incredible personalized experiences that fuel their passion and opens up the world of cars and racing to the next generation.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chris Tropeano, NASCAR Communications; Andy Gray, Head of PR & Esports Product, Motorsport Games: COURTESY NASCAR COMMUNICATIONS


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