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UC Athletics to hold First Virtual Sellout for Game against East Carolina Pirates


(courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will hold its first virtual sellout of the fall for the Bearcats football game against ECU on Friday, Nov. 13 inside Nippert Stadium.

Starting at $10, Bearcats fans can support their team from home, receive a commemorative 2020 football print along with UCATS Red Priority Points and have a chance to win some great prizes.

UC will also celebrate its senior class and Military Appreciation Night in Nippert on Nov. 13. The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and 700 WLW AM.

Fans can purchase their virtual seat online now!

All ticket buyers will receive one 2020 commemorative football print for every virtual ticket purchased along with UCATS Red Priority Points. The design of the print will be released following the close of the 2020 season.

Fans will receive on UCATS Red Priority Point for every $20 spent with a maximum of 25 points available. Red priority points are used for season ticket upgrades, single-game tickets and future reseating in Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena.

The more seats you buy, the more you can win! Virtual seat buyers will be eligible for the following prizes:

$10 = 1 Virtual Seat
• Commemorative Print (each seat)
• Custom Phone Background
• UCATS Red Priority Points: 1 point per $20 spent, max 25 points

Eligibility to win additional prizes:

• $25 Bearcats Ticket Office Gift Certificate (2 winners)
• UC-Under Armour Swag Bag (4 winners)
• Scholarship Club single-game tickets (6 winners)
• Pregame field passes for a selected 2021 home game (6 winners)
• Participate in the CatWalk for a selected 2021 home game (6 winners)

• Custom Phone Background
• Drawing for two (2) Tickets to UC at Indiana in 2021 (4 Winners)

• $75 Bearcats Ticket Office Gift Certificate (2 winners)
• Drawing for a Complimentary Rooftop Tailgate Pass for 2021 Season (2 Winners)

• Post Season Zoom with UC Radio Crew
• 2020 signed UC Football Yearbook by Head Coach Luke Fickell
• Drawing for two (2) Tickets to UC at Notre Dame in 2021 (2 Winners)

• Customized Football Jersey
• Pylon from UCF 2019 Home Game
• Autographed UC helmet

For more information, or to make your purchase, visit

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.



Big game against SMU gets Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder Davey O’Brien National QB of the Week


Desmond Ridder UC QB running with ball in open field (courtesy UC Sports Communications)

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced that Cincinnati junior Desmond Ridder (Louisville, Kentucky/St. Xavier) has been selected as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week for week eight of the college football season.

In the Bearcats’ 42-13 win at No. 16 and previously unbeaten SMU on Saturday night, Ridder totaled four touchdowns and 305 yards of offense. The junior rushed for a career-high 179 yards and three scores on just eight carries, an average of 22.4 yards per carry. Through the air, he completed 13 of 21 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

The 179 rushing yards were the most ever by a Cincinnati quarterback and the effort was his fifth career 100-yard rushing game. Ridder’s game-sealing 91-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter equaled the longest rush in school history.

Ridder was also named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week and the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He is the fourth AAC player to be named Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week in the season’s eight weeks.

The other quarterbacks on this week’s Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list were Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Justin Fields of Ohio State, UCF’s Dillon Gabriel, Graham Mertz of Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee’s Asher O’Hara, Zac Thomas of Appalachian State and Liberty’s Malik Willis.

The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Over its time, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.

In 1938, O’Brien, who was a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. For more information, visit

The No. 7 University of Cincinnati football team starts a three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 31 against Memphis at noon ET inside Nippert Stadium. The game will air on ESPN and 700 WLW AM.

2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week Honorees
Week 1: Brady White, Memphis
Week 2: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Week 3: Dillon Gabriel, UCF
Week 4: K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
Week 5: Shane Buechele, SMU
Week 6: Connor Bazelak, Missouri
Week 7: Mac Jones, Alabama
Week 8: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

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.



NFL, NFLPA issue Joint Statement










Election Day is less than a week away. The National Football League and NFL Players Association announced today the progress of NFL Votes and #AthleteAndVoter initiatives, our joint efforts to encourage voter education, registration and activation. Since both initiatives were created in August after discussions on advancing civic engagement with NFL player leaders and legends:

  • Every NFL player (and club/league personnel) received comprehensive voter education, as well as access to voter information and support.​
  • 90 percent of active players are now registered to vote, with several clubs reporting 100-percent player registrations.
  • Half of the clubs are using their stadiums and/or facilities for election-related activities, including as early voting or Election Day polling sites.
  • All 32 clubs and players throughout the league united to promote the initiative, which has reached tens of millions of people to date.
  • NFL players have been featured in national PSAs encouraging fans to make a game plan for how to vote. The players include: Shaquem Griffin (Seattle), Shaquill Griffin (Seattle), Todd Gurley (Atlanta), Cam Jordan (New Orleans), George Kittle (San Francisco), Laremy Tunsil (Houston), Deshaun Watson (Houston) and Russell Wilson (Seattle). Head Coach Pete Carroll (Seattle) also participated in the PSAs.
  • All NFL, NFLPA and club facilities will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, to ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the right to vote and may safely support voting efforts in their communities.  ​

We continue to work together to ensure that everyone in the NFL family is empowered with information and the opportunity to cast a ballot and make their voice heard in the upcoming election.

About NFL Votes

NFL Votes is a league-wide, nonpartisan initiative that supports and encourages civic engagement among NFL players and Legends, club and league personnel, and fans. Borne out of ongoing conversations with the player and Legend community, the non-partisan initiative has three focus areas: voter education, registration, and activation. According to a recent survey, nearly half of fans said they were more inclined to vote and encourage someone else to vote as a result of the initiative. ​

About #AthleteAndVoter

#AthleteAndVoter is a non-partisan player-driven initiative by the NFLPA that builds awareness around voter education, amplifies our player members’ voices against voter suppression and helps activate grassroots efforts to increase voter registration. Its mission is to continue driving the message that NFL players are more than just athletes; they are voters, activists and leaders in their communities.





Milwaukee Brewers decline 2021 option on 36-year-old star outfielder Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun in outfield 2014 photo by By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

When you think of the Milwaukee Brewers, you think of Ryan Braun.

Yes, we all know that Christian Yelich has taken the torch as the face of the team, but Braun is unquestionably the team leader and most recognizable name since 2007.

Well, it might not be that way anymore as Braun’s name appeared on a list of free agents released on Thusday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Plus, there were multiple news reports around the country reporting that the Brewers had declined their half of Braun’s $15 mutual option for 2021 and instead had opted to pay him a $4 million buyout.

A sad ending to a long-time popular Brewer who led the team to 5 postseason appearances and is the team’s career home run leader.

The diehard fan did want it to see it happen, but the discussion was on sports shows all season that with Braun, turning 37 on November 17, his recent history with becoming injured every season and the 2020 season being the final year of his $105 million contract extension originally signed in 2011, that the Brewers were not going to pay him that sum again.

His career stats are impressive (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA COMMONS)

MLB debut
May 25, 2007, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average .296
Hits 1,963
Home runs 352
Runs batted in 1,154
Stolen bases 216
Career highlights and awards

But his career has also had some controversy as well (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA COMMONS)

Links to Biogenesis clinic and MLB suspension

In February 2013, Yahoo! Sports reported that Braun’s name appeared three times in records of Biogenesis of America, a Coral Gables clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a number of Major League Baseball players who tested positive for banned substances. One entry noted that Braun owed the clinic between $20,000 and $30,000. Braun’s name was not listed next to any specific PEDs, unlike some of the other players mentioned in the records. Braun released a statement maintaining that his attorneys had retained the clinic’s operator, Anthony Bosch, as a consultant during his appeal of his positive drug test the previous season, and denied any further dealings with the clinic.

Later that month, ESPN’s Outside the Lines obtained a new Biogenesis document from April 2012 listing Braun among three other MLB players with the notation: “MLB Ryan Braun + 1500.” An ESPN source said to be familiar with Bosch’s operation claimed the list was of players who obtained PEDs from Bosch and their respective balances, with a circle around the plus sign next to a player’s name indicating his balance was paid off. In late April, Bosch confirmed to ESPN that Braun’s legal team merely consulted with him during Braun’s appeal, and confirmed that he never spoke to Braun himself.

On June 4, 2013, ESPN reported that MLB was preparing suspensions for players linked to using PEDs provided by Biogenesis of America and Bosch. ESPN reported that Braun could have been suspended for as many as 100 games if found guilty, although the appeals process could have taken months and would not have yielded a suspension until 2014.

On July 22, 2013, MLB suspended Braun for the remaining 65 games of the regular season, plus the entire postseason, for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Braun, who lost $3.25 million as a result, did not appeal the suspension. In a statement, he said, “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” ESPN reported that Braun decided to “strike a deal” with MLB after being presented with the evidence against him. Called a “liar”, he was heavily criticized by the media and other players, particularly for tarnishing Laurenzi’s reputation. In particular, it was later exposed that Braun engaged in a campaign for support from players around the league, accusing Laurenzi of being an anti-Semite.

Although the standard suspension for a first offense under MLB’s drug policy was, at that time, 50 games, Braun was suspended an additional 15 games for his actions during and after his appeal of the 2011 test. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, MLB officials were particularly angered by a speech Braun made during 2012 spring training in which he attacked Laurenzi’s integrity, suggesting that he tampered with the test because he supported the rival Chicago Cubs or was personally anti-Semitic, and the integrity of the drug program as a whole. MLB considered Braun’s speech, as well as his earlier attacks on Laurenzi, to be conduct detrimental to baseball—an offense punishable under the collective bargaining agreement, not the drug policy. Braun accepted the additional suspension without appeal because of overwhelming evidence in the Biogenesis case. On August 22, Braun released a statement in which he apologized for using PEDs. He admitted he used PEDs during the later part of the 2011 season to nurse a nagging injury. The products he used were a cream and a lozenge that would expedite his rehabilitation.

Braun was a great role model for the Jewish community and Jewish kids.


Braun’s father Joe, most of whose side of the family was murdered in the Holocaust, was born in Israel. His father immigrated to the United States at age seven. His father is Jewish and his mother Diane is Catholic.

Braun said “I am Jewish“, and “I’m extremely proud to be a role model for young Jewish kids.” “It’s something I’m really proud of. But I don’t want to make it into something more than what it is. I didn’t have a Bar Mitzvah…. I didn’t celebrate the holidays.” He reiterated: “It’s something that draws a lot of interest and something I take pride in.”

Braun is one of the highest-drafted Jewish ballplayers in the history of professional baseball. Braun was considered the best Jewish minor league baseball prospect in 2006, and became major league baseball’s first Jewish Rookie of the Year the following season. In each of 2007 and 2008, Braun hit more home runs (34 and 37) than all but 3 of the top 10 career Jewish home run hitters had hit in their best seasons. Only Hank Greenberg (58), Shawn Green (49), and Al Rosen (43) hit more in a single year. On June 8, 2019, he hit his 332nd home run, passing Hank Greenberg to become the all-time Jewish career home run leader. Through the 2019 season, he was the all-time Jewish career leader in home runs, with 344, his 1,128 RBIs and .533 career slugging percentage placed him 2nd on the career all-time lists of Jewish major leaguers (directly behind Hank Greenberg), and his 215 stolen bases placed him 2nd behind Ian Kinsler. His .298 batting average placed him 3rd (behind Hank Greenberg), his 401 doubles placed him 3rd (behind Ian Kinsler), his 48 triples placed him 3rd (behind Lipman Pike), his 579 walks placed him 7th (behind Al Rosen), and his .360 on base percentage placed him tied for 9th (with Ron Blomberg).

In December 2007, Braun was the only Jewish athlete invited by President George W. Bush to the annual Hanukkah Dinner at the White House, where he talked baseball with the President. Braun was later featured in the 2008 Hank Greenberg 75th Anniversary edition of Jewish Major Leaguers Baseball Cards, published in affiliation with Fleer Trading Cards and the American Jewish Historical Society, commemorating the Jewish Major Leaguers from 1871 through 2008. Braun was one of three Jewish players in the 2008 All-Star Game and one of three Jewish players on the Team USA 2009 World Baseball Classic team. He and Feldman were voted the 2009 co-Jewish MVP by Jewish Major Leaguers, and he was voted the 2010 Jewish MVP as Breslow received the Most Valuable Jewish Pitcher honors. ”There aren’t too many Jewish athletes at the highest level”, said Braun. “It’s something that I certainly embrace.”

Braun was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in January 2010.

The Jewish Daily Forward listed him as number five in the 2011 “Forward 50″, its list of the 50 most significant American Jews.

In 2011, Braun became the fourth Jewish player to win the Most Valuable Player Award, after Greenberg (1935 and 1940), Rosen (1953), and Sandy Koufax (1963). In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him Number 5 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world.”


There are reports that Braun and the Brewers still have interest in each other, but in the team’s mind, a lesser contract. If not, he would make a contending team stronger as a fourth outfielder playing two-three times a week and a valuable pitch-hitter off the bench.





Ex-Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto fired as coach of LA Galaxy

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (courtesy LA Galaxy)

LOS ANGELES (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020) – The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has relieved Guillermo Barros Schelotto of his head coaching duties, effective immediately. Dominic Kinnear will serve as the LA Galaxy interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Additionally, assistant coach Gustavo Barros Schelotto, assistant coach Ariel Pereyra, goalkeeping coach Juan José Romero and performance coach Javier Valdecantos have been relieved of their coaching duties.

“Based on results, we have decided to go in a different direction,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. “The LA Galaxy is a club that is built on winning on the field and being representative of the championship mentality and pedigree that you expect in Los Angeles. As a club, we have a collective responsibility and we all must share the blame for the club’s current standing. I take responsibility for the poor results and believe that we can find the right way forward for this team and our club.”

Barros Schelotto was 21-26-6 during in MLS during his time with the club. The LA Galaxy are 5-11-3 during the 2020 MLS Regular Season.

The LA Galaxy host Real Salt Lake on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. PT live on Spectrum SportsNet. They host Seattle Sounders FC on Nov. 4 before finishing regular season play with a road game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, Nov. 8.




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