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Video: Peyton Manning takes a dig at Kevin Durant

We all know Kevin Durant dipped on the Thunder to play for the Warriors after his team was up 3-1 and loss, but he got his ring and NBA Finals MVP. During the ESPY’s Peyton Manning made a joke about Durant wanting to playing soccer because the team was so dominate and Durant didn’t seem to like the joke and Manning even got Russell Westbrook involved. I can’t even front it was funny, if you haven’t seen it check it out.

5th Annual Local Legends Shootout

Saturday August 6th will make the “5th Annual Local Legends Shootout” is presented by The Pearson Family and De’lish Ultra Lounge. The Shootout will be located at Dunbar High School, 1400 Albritton Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45417. Ticket prices are as follows: $8 for Adults and $6 for (4-14 age) Children. The doors open up at 6 PM and the game starts at 7 PM.

The two teams will be captained by Dunbar graduates Daequan Cook and Norris Cole, both will put their GM hats on and a lot of trash talking will ensue.

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If you are in the Dayton area on Saturday come by and watch some hoops, Chuck Richardson and the crew have worked hard to put together a great game. This will be the second year that the Local Legends will provide a scholarship to a local inner city kid who attended a Dayton area high school. This year a pair of 750 Yeezy Boost will be auctioned off so make sure you take advantage of this cool prize. I know they will have more events planned before the game and during so make sure you check it out!

This post should be your guide for the games information, but if this isn’t enough feel free to email Chuck at richardsonhc1@gmail.com or leave a comment in the comment box.

Houston Cougars Offense Primed for an H-Town Takeover

During some American Athletic Conference research in preparation for the 2015 season, I had a chance to watch a recent interview featuring Houston’s new head football coach Tom Herman, QB Greg Ward, Jr. and RB Kenneth Farrow.

All three members of the Cougars program seemed to show visual excitement that they have the opportunity to work with each other. This is huge for the Cougars coming off an 8-5 (5-3 AAC) campaign, Coach Herman didn’t get a bare cupboard that’s for sure.

Herman said, “Ward was a better thrower than expected.” This is good for the Coach who helped guide the Buckeyes to a National Championship with its third string QB. Ward started the season at receiver before finishing it up at quarterback so this is his first offseason to continually work on his craft under center or shotgun.

Herman also glowed when talking about thousand yard rusher Kenneth Farrow saying he had him watch video of Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott because of the similarities and size. The insertion on a more physical offense will bode well for Farrow, but maybe not the defenses in the AAC.

Check the video out to see the live interviews.

 

Houston is a serious threat in the AAC, so don’t be surprised if they are making noise during conference play.

NKU MBB releases 11-game nonconference slate

Northern Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Brannen announced the team’s nonconference schedule on Monday. The schedule features four teams NKU played a season ago and three traditional national powers.

“I’m excited for the nonconference schedule that we’ve put together,” commented Brannen. “We wanted to schedule a slate of games that would challenge our team and prepare us to enter our first season in the Horizon League.”

In a return game from last season, Northern Kentucky will head to Morgantown, West Virginia, on Friday, Nov. 13, to square off against the Bob Huggins-led West Virginia Mountaineers to kick off the 2015-16 season. NKU and WVU met last season at BB&T Arena, with the Mountaineers pulling away in the second half en route to a 67-42 decision.

The Norse return home for consecutive games against Tiffin on Nov. 17 and in-state foe Morehead State on Nov. 21. NKU and MSU also squared off a season ago in a tilt where Tyler White poured in 24 points en route to an 83-60 Northern Kentucky victory in Morehead, Kentucky.

A short trip across the Ohio River then awaits NKU, as the Norse will take on Xavier on Monday, Nov. 23. The matchup against the Musketeers is the first since the 1978-79 campaign.

Following a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Northern Kentucky remains on the road for contests at North Carolina A&T and Eastern Illinois. The Norse put away NC A&T in last year’s home opener, 68-55.

Three of the next four games on the docket will be held at BB&T Arena. The Norse will sandwich home games against Norfolk State on Dec. 13 and Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 19 around a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a matchup with the Michigan Wolverines. The Norse and Wolverines will play on Dec. 15. The homestand concludes on Dec. 23 when IU-Kokomo comes to Highland Heights.

The non-conference slate wraps-up with a trip to Toledo on Dec. 30.

NKU will also play an exhibition contest at BB&T Arena against Ohio Northern on Friday Nov. 7.

For information on season tickets, please visit NorseTickets.com.

NKU WBB announces 2015-16 nonconference schedule

The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team released its 2015-16 nonconference schedule on Tuesday. The schedule will feature eight home games, three games against teams that advanced to postseason competition in 2015 and two more against opponents that reached conference championship finals.

“We are very excited about the non-conference schedule that we have put together,” said head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “It’s a schedule that is challenging and one that our fans will enjoy!  To be able to host 17 home games is outstanding and the fact that we are bringing a Big East and an SEC powerhouse to BB&T Arena is great for everyone involved.

“The game plan is to put together a nonconference schedule that will prepare us for our first season in the Horizon League, which is very well respected and has been well represented in postseason play.  With that in mind, we like the challenges that we will face early on in our season.”

The season opens on Friday, Nov. 13, at Miami (Ohio) after the teams took a year off in their rivalry series last year. The Redhawks took both ends of the home-and-home series across the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

The Norse open the home portion of the schedule two days later against Indiana State. NKU will put its five-game winning streak against the Sycamores on the line when they face off for the first time since the 1982-83 season. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, NKU heads across the Ohio River to take on Cincinnati for the fourth-consecutive year. NKU has won the last two meetings between the teams, both taking place at BB&T Arena.

Thanksgiving week will see back-to-back home games against Big East foe Marquette (Nov. 21) and Tennessee Tech (Nov. 27). NKU took a 77-68 victory over Marquette in the first meeting between the teams last season on the strength of a career-high 29-point performance from Christine Roush. Another long dormant series, NKU and Tennessee Tech’s only previous meeting came in 1982, a 69-60 victory for the Norse in Regents Hall.

NKU’s final nonconference road trip of the season will take the Norse to Pittsburgh to meet Robert Morris on Nov. 29. The Colonials finished last season with a 17-15 record and reached the Northeast Conference championship game. In 2013, Kayla Thacker poured in 20 points to push the Norse to a 71-62 victory over Robert Morris.

On Dec. 2, Northern Kentucky opens a five-game nonconference home stretch by welcoming Kentucky to Highland Heights for the first time since 1981. Kentucky was a semifinalist in last year’s SEC Championship and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and took an 82-64 victory over the Norse in Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 3.

Coach Plitzuweit is excited for the challenge, noting that “Kentucky women’s basketball has developed into an SEC and a national powerhouse and to be able to face that level of competition for the second year in a row will definitely pay dividends for our program.”

Three days later, the Norse welcome in IPFW in hopes of avenging a 65-59 loss to the Mastadons last year.

Following final exams, NKU brings in West Virginia State (Dec. 13) and Indiana University Kokomo (Dec. 16) before closing out the nonconference schedule on Dec. 19 against Women’s NIT participant Akron. The Zips finished 21-14 last season, including a win over NKU, and advanced to the Mid-American Conference championship game. NKU has not hosted Akron since the 1982-83 season.

NKU’s schedule will include an 18-game Horizon League slate that will be released at a later date.

The Norse look to continue the ascent they have set since moving to Division I. Last season, NKU finished 19-14 and advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship game after a thrilling 53-52 victory over Stetson in the semifinals. NKU was selected to the Women’s Basketball Invitational for the third-consecutive year, falling to Marshall in the opening round.

For season ticket information, please visit NorseTickets.com.

Fans can connect with the Norse on social media throughout the season by following @NKUNorseWBB on Twitter and liking NKU Women’s Basketball on Facebook.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

2015-16 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov. 13 at Miami (Ohio)

Nov. 15 INDIANA STATE

Nov. 18 at Cincinnati

Nov. 21 MARQUETTE

Nov. 27 TENNESSEE TECH

Nov. 29 at Robert Morris

Dec. 2    KENTUCKY

Dec. 5    IPFW

Dec. 13 WEST VIRGINIA STATE

Dec. 16 IU-KOKOMO

Dec. 19 AKRON

Audio: The Big Podcast with Shaq featuring Kobe Bryant

First off I want to say I finally found audio after hearing about the podcast for days now. The sad thing is I haven’t listened to it fully yet so I don’t have a good quotes. I still need to find out if Kobe said Dwight Howard made him appreciate Shaq (feel free to confirm in our comments).

For Lakers fans and Lakers haters I’m pretty sure you want to listen to this link.

I plan on listening later on today.

RECAP: 4th Annual Local Legends Shootout

On the 8th of August it marked the 4th Annual Local Legends Shootout game. I first want to start by saying this is pretty dope what this game has become, if you attend you totally understand from incoming college freshman receiving a $300.00 scholarship(Iya Bazar) to former and current teachers and coaches getting honored for the affect they had or have in students who have become prominent members of society.  It is great seeing local businesses in the Dayton and Cincinnati area getting behind the movement, salute to Gem City Carwash, Elite Sports and Corporate.

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Quick overview for the teams:

Team Cole                                                                           Team Cook

Adrien Broner                                                                   Steve Wright

Duane Morgan                                                                  Mark Baker

Deonta Vaughn                                                                 Tommy Dunson

Josh Benson                                                                      Keith Winn Jr.

Greg Howard                                                                     Daequan Cook

Ryan Bass                                                                           Darion Capers

Carlos Knox                                                                       Aaron Brown

Geron Johnson                                                                 Aaron Pogue

Darran Powell(coach)                                                     Keenan Lowe

                                                               Tony Dixon(coach)

This game was a tale of two halves Team Cole jumped out to an impressive lead led by former Bearcat Deonta Vaughn, former Tiger Geron Johnson, Ryan Bass and Carlos Knox. Vaughn and Knox were lights out from behind the arc, while Bass and Johnson displayed amazing aerial ability. Every time Johnson or Bass went to the hole you heard the crowds go “ewww” “ahhhh”. Under the 10 minute mark Team Cole was up a lofty double digit mark just too only have a 3 point lead the half. Daequan Cook quoted,  “we only down 13 and Ryan Bass has been lights out from three.” After that quote Daequan Cook and Steve Wright went to work getting Team Cook back in the game.

Halftime score 55-52

The second half was a lot more intense as it stayed within 7 points the rest of the game. During this back and forth battle Adrien Broner made his presence felt via comedy relief when not hitting an occasional three, he was joking with the other players, running iso’s and just having a good time. Let’s fast forward to the final minute or so when the game got real interesting. Up 1, Steve Wright was fouled and split the free throws, Greg Howard answered with a big time 3 to put Team Cole up 1. Next play Steve Wright gets fouled and drains both and that’s when all hell breaks loose, Team Cole draws up a play, but loses the ball, Geron Johnson recovers the ball, but the referee calls travelling because he knee touched the ground. I saw the picture it was close, everybody is arguing trying to get this sorted out and with that being said Team Cook won and the traveling call sealed an exciting game.

Final 108-107

Daequan Cook was the game MVP with 45 points.

This was a very exciting game for those in the Dayton area if you couldn’t make it make sure you set a reminder for early August in 2016 this was a fun game and for a very affordable price. Salute to Chuck Richardson and the gang for putting together a great show.

Pictures by Kevin Watkins.

 

NKU will have Twenty-one fall events to be broadcast on ESPN3

“This is a big move for NKU athletics, the more exposure they get they better their programs will become in the future. ESPN3 is a channel you can stream and in the current wave we live in a lot of people are streaming so this is a win.” My thoughts on this NKU move.

Northern Kentucky will broadcast 21 contests this fall on the Horizon League Network on ESPN3. Seven events each from volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer will all be broadcast live on ESPN3.

“ESPN has been the premier outlet for sports coverage now for decades,” said women’s soccer head coach Bob Sheehan. “With nearly our entire schedule set to be broadcast on ESPN3, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with national exposure throughout the whole season. This will also continue to elevate Norse athletics on a national landscape.”

Due to the Horizon League’s agreement with ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports hosts the league’s digital network on its ESPN3 platform. With the digital network’s availability in nearly 82 percent of the approximately 116.3 million homes (according to Nielson’s 2014 estimate), Norse Nation will be on display all across the country.

The first fall broadcasts will be carried on August 16, when the men’s and women’s soccer teams host an exhibition doubleheader in conjunction with the Victorfest Tailgate Party. Women’s soccer hosts in-state foe Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. The 7 p.m. nightcap features men’s soccer versus a Kentucky Wildcats team that is receiving preseason votes in the college soccer polls.

Volleyball can first be seen on ESPN3 when Valparaiso comes to Regents Hall for a 7 p.m. showdown on Sept. 25.

 

Men’s Soccer

Aug. 16           Kentucky (Exh.)

Sept. 30          Belmont

Oct. 3              Oakland

Oct. 10            UIC

Oct. 17            Valparaiso

Oct. 24            Greeen Bay

Oct. 28            IUPUI – Senior Night

 

Women’s Soccer

Aug. 16           Western Kentucky (Exh.)

Aug. 21           IPFW

Sept. 4            Xavier

Sept. 20          Toledo

Oct. 14             Wright State

Oct. 17            Cleveland State

Oct. 30             Green Bay – Senior Night

 

Volleyball

Sept. 25          Valparaiso

Sept. 26          UIC

Oct. 9              Youngstown St.

Oct. 13           Cleveland State

Oct. 16            Oakland

Oct. 27            Wright State

Oct. 31             Green Bay – Senior Night

4th Annual Local Legends Shootout

Saturday August 8th will make the “4th Annual Local Legends Shootout” this year Elite Sports and Entertainment is the head sponsor. The Shootout will be located at Dunbar High School, 1400 Albritton Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45417. Ticket prices are as follows: $8 for Adults and $6 for Children. The doors open up at 6 PM and the game starts at 7 PM. The Local Legends staff will present a scholarship during the game also.

The two teams will be captained by Dunbar graduates Daequan Cook and Norris Cole, both will put their GM hats on and a lot of trash talking will ensue.
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If you are in the Dayton area on Saturday come by and watch some hoops, Chuck Richardson and the crew have worked hard to put together a great game and will have some nice surprises in store.
This post should be your guide for the games information, but if this isn’t enough feel free to email Chuck at richardsonhc1@gmail.com or leave a comment in the comment box.

NKU names Gleason as head softball coach

Kathryn Gleason will become Northern Kentucky University’s fifth softball head coach in the program’s history, Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced on Monday.

Gleason, who has 18 years of coaching experience, comes to NKU from her first head coaching position at Boston University, where she compiled a 74-74-1 record over three seasons.  Gleason led Boston University to a 36-11 finish and a Patriot League championship in 2014, advancing to the NCAA tournament and posting an 8-3 victory over Louisville. Last spring, the Terriers finished 17-27 overall and 7-11 in the Patriot League.

“We are excited to have Coach Gleason join Norse Nation,” said Bothof. “Her experience with Division I softball programs, recent success at Boston University and her involvement at the national level in fastpitch softball made her a great fit to lead our softball program.  It is clear she embraces our commitment to academics and student-athlete well-being.”

“I’d like to thank Ken Bothof and Associate Athletics Director Chris Hafling for this opportunity to lead NKU softball into the Horizon League and complete the transition into Division I,” added Gleason. “I’m excited about where we can take Norse softball in the future and continue the tradition of success here.”

During her time with the Terriers, three players received National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region players, the 2013 America East Player of the Year, the 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and one CoSIDA second-team Academic All-America selection.

Gleason served as the associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts, where she spent two stints as an assistant, from 2010-12 and helped guide the Minutewomen to the 2012 Atlantic 10 championship and an NCAA tournament berth.  In between her two runs at UMass, with the first coming 1996-2000, she spent four seasons with Purdue University (2001-04) and Michigan State (2005-10).

Gleason has made four trips to the Women’s College World Series, twice as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and twice as an assistant during her first stint with UMass.  She received her bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications from Michigan in 1996, where she was a member of the 1993, ’95 and ’96 Big Ten regular-season championship teams and played in the Women’s College World Series in each of her final two seasons of eligibility.

In addition to on-field success, Gleason’s teams have excelled in the classroom.  During her six semesters at Boston University, her team posted a grade point average of 3.0 or higher each semester.

Gleason went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from UMass, and she is active in the NFCA, serving as Third Vice President this past season.  She was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as the 2012 induction class’ Athlete of the Year, and she was also voted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference High School Hall of Fame in March 2008.