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SEPTEMBER 7: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Returning starters, walk-on among Ohio State football captains

Ohio State announced Friday the Buckeye football team will have seven captains this fall.In addition to quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Pat Elflein and linebacker Raekwon McMillan (who were named captains during winter conditioning by head coach Urban Meyer), the group consists of linebacker Joe Burger, cornerback Gareon Conley, defensive end ...

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 12: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the football upfield during the game against Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Bengals players support Green’s baby talk

A.J. Green’s comments Thursday that he wouldn’t play if his son was born on a game day may have raised some eyebrows among fans, but inside the Cincinnati Bengals locker room there was nothing but support.“That’s something you can’t miss,” said wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who didn’t have to worry ...

Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell pulls in a catch during practice at West Carrollton High School Sunday, August 21, 2016. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

LaFell expected to make Bengals debut Sunday

Cincinnati fans – and more importantly, quarterback Andy Dalton – will get their first look at wide receiver Brandon LaFell in a Bengals jersey Sunday night in Jacksonville.LaFell, who signed a one-year contract with the Bengals in March, has missed the first two preseason games with a right hand injury, ...

Beavercreek QB Jacob Maloney (front) is ridden down by Xenia’s Ken Klontz. Beavercreek hosted Xenia in a season-opening high school football game on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ten weeks to remember forever: giving thanks for high school football

Depending how many channels you get, there are at least five football games of various kinds on television tonight. College, pro, indoor. Even Canadian. Take your pick. The great American game really began for the Miami Valley on Thursday night, though, with what out of context sounds like a pretty ...

Report: Eifert’s Bengals season debut could be delayed

Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert might not be back on the field as soon as he hoped. Though he told reporters in Cincinnati this week he was aiming for being ready for the Bengals’ season-opener Sept. 11, NFL.com reported Friday that isn’t the timetable anymore. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/769232284176224256 https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/769232725119295489 Eifert suffered ...

Members of the Beavercreek cheering section do what they do best. Beavercreek defeated visiting Xenia 37-20 in a high school football season opener on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Beavercreek cheering section

Members of the Beavercreek cheering section do what they do best. Beavercreek defeated visiting Xenia 37-20 in a high school football season opener on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Tristan Thompson gave the NBA championship the Stanley Cup experience

Tristan Thompson merged championship celebrations the way only a Canadian basketball player could.The Cleveland Cavaliers forward and reigning NBA champion took the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Tim Horton’s, paying homage to the time-worn tradition of NHL champions taking the Stanley Cup on a hometown tour every summer.https://twitter.com/RealTristan13/status/769204368390361088Who says it’s not ...

Beavercreek QB Cody Hocker scored on three short runs. Beavercreek hosted Xenia in a season-opening high school football game on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

PHOTOS: Week 1, Beavercreek vs. Xenia

Beavercreek defeated visiting Xenia 37-20 in a season-opening high school football game on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko gets the fans pumped up after making a tackle during their 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Nov. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bengals are now 8-0 on the season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Peko’s son arrived before game day, then this happened….

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko knows the discomfort teammate A.J. Green is feeling with the impending birth of his first child possibly coming on a game day. Green said Thursday he wouldn’t play if his son, who is due on Sept. 30, is born on a game day, and ...

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys exchanges words with defensive end Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks after being stopped on a rushing play at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cowboys 27-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott makes impressive NFL preseason debut for Cowboys

Since the Dallas Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott out of Ohio State in April, he’s been expected to have an immediate impact. So far, so good. The former Buckeye ran for 48 yards on seven carries in his NFL preseason debut Thursday night, showing a few reasons for fans of America’s ...

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott rankles Cowboys owner with trip to pot shop

Ezekiel Elliott made news on and off the field this week.Prior to his successful preseason debut Thursday night against the Seahawks, the former Buckeye and current Cowboy was spotted making a legal-yet-questionable trip to a store that is still unique to much of the country.READ MORE: Elliott shows all he ...

Dayton’s Tony Stanley applauds his teammates from the bench in the second half during a game against George Washington in 2001 at UD Arena. Behind Stanley is Sam Smith. Staffy photo

Where are they now: update on Dayton Flyers playing overseas

With basketball season approaching, former Dayton Flyers are finding jobs overseas. Here’s an update on who’s playing where: • At 39, Tony Stanley’s career is still alive. He’s playing with Chartres in France. He averaged 7.5 points with Chatres last season. Stanley ranks seventh in UD history with 1,835 points ...

Badin senior Andrew Walsh leads the pistol Wing-T offense, which will feature more quarterback runs. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: ‘Hard-nosed’ Badin opens with Taft

There are some things Taft High School football coach Jeff Cargile knows always to expect from Badin, regardless of how many starters have graduated.So, while he thinks his Senators will be much more competitive Friday in their season opener at home than last year’s 42-14 blowout in Hamilton, Cargile still ...

High School Highlights for Aug. 25

The Alter boys soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 win over Monroe.Jakob Tremblay got Alter on the board. Ty Borton scored next off an assist from Greg Duchak and Croft Hagerty had the final goal off an assist from Ryan Senkiw.Belmont 2, Spring Valley Academy 0: Herman Chongwain ...

Young DTs Hardison, Williams hoping for happier ending in 2016

Marcus Hardison and DeShawn Williams have been through this before. They’re hoping what comes next is a little less familiar.As rookies in 2015 — Hardison a fourth-round pick from Arizona State, Williams an undrafted free agent from Clemson — both saw extensive action in the preseason and combined for three ...

Colerain linebacker Ryan Davis (11) pressure Wayne quarterback Messiah deWeaver during a Division I state semifinal at Mason on Nov. 28, 2015. Wayne won 28-21. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: Perennial champion Colerain favored again in GMC

Once again, all eyes are on Colerain High School’s football team in the Greater Miami Conference.The Cardinals have captured 16 straight GMC championships and are the unanimous favorites to extend that streak in the preseason coaches poll.“I like being No. 1. I’m not going to lie,” 10th-year Colerain coach Tom ...

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green makes sure his feet are in bounds as he makes a catch during the first day of mandatory mini camp Tuesday, June 14, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Bengals A.J. Green says he won’t play if baby born on game day

Wide receiver A.J. Green missed practice Thursday to take his pregnant wife Miranda to a doctor’s appointment, but he could miss something more important depending on the arrival of his son, Easton Ace Green. Miranda is due to have the couple’s first child Sept. 30, one day after the Bengals ...

Ohio State center Pat Elflein warms up before practice on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Pat Elflein will be full-go in practice next week for Buckeyes

The most experienced player on the 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes, the most inexperienced team coach Urban Meyer has ever had, won’t be full go in practice until next week.Center Pat Elflein underwent shoulder surgery in May to remove a cyst that was pinching a nerve. He has taken it slowly ...

Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard talks to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State Buckeyes notes: Code Green means game ready

The new phrase at Ohio State this week was “Code Green.” Those words were on the giant video screen above the indoor practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Wednesday.Earlier in the week, coach Urban Meyer talked about players being game ready. Every coach has a checklist telling ...

Carlisle’s Ridge Reed (22) gets a block by lineman Nick Moore (65) as he carries the ball during the first half of their game against Franklin on Aug. 28, 2015, at Carlisle’s Laughlin Field. The visiting Wildcats won 31-21. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

PREP FOOTBALL: Carlisle, Franklin open season with big test

Franklin High School football coach Brad Childers believes the key to his team’s success centers around their ability to win the line of scrimmage.The Wildcats’ first test happens to be a big one with Carlisle bringing Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division Offensive Player of the Year Ridge Reed to Franklin ...

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