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Jr explains
Did you see Ken Griffey Jr's awkward interview with ESPN's Linda Cohn last week?
He joined her podcast to explain what happened.

UC Bearcats
Sean Kilpatrick was named to the American Conference first team, Justin Jackson earned a spot on the 2nd team.
Who should be American Conference POY? Here is the debate.

College basketball
ESPN's Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg preview the American Conference tournament. Do you like conference tournaments? HERE is what I wrote for The Sporting News this week as a debate with Mike DeCourcy.

Xavier hockey
Cincinnati, OH –  Xavier Ice Hockey has been selected by the Collegiate Ice Hockey Association to compete in their national championship tournament to be held in Newark, OH from March 13 – 15
Xavier, will be the #1 seed in Pool A and is set to face off against Hobart College at 8:30 pm on Thursday, March 13th.  Additional games times nad opponents will be determined after Thursdays results.  Other teams attending will be Western Washington, University of Pittsburgh, St. Johns Fisher, Medaille College, Union College and the University of Buffalo.  The National Champion will be crowned on Saturday the 15th.
“We have been working since last Summer for this opportunity.  We set out on a mission the day the boys got back to campus this year and we have remained committee to that goal,”  said Tim Driscoll, head coach of the Muskies.  “We are fully aware that every other team coming to Newark has the same goal.  We have to play our best hockey of the year to give ourselves a chance.  We relax for even a period and this dream ends, “Driscoll continued.
Xavier Ice Hockey Competes in the ACHA Division 3 North Region where they were 23-5-3 this past season.  Xavier has six ACHA All Stars including the leading scorer in the nation, Pat Riedy.

        The Bengals today terminated the contract of C Kyle Cook, releasing him to free agency. Cook was with the Bengals from a 2007 practice squad assignment through the 2013 season. Over 2008-13, he played 73 games with 66 starts, including 16 starts last season. He is a seventh-year NFL player for 2014.

Paul Alexander:

“Kyle has been a great Bengal, a tough guy and an excellent leader. In addition to being a good player, he showed great ability to coordinate things at the line of scrimmage. He has been a big help to Andy Dalton as Andy has developed into a veteran player. So we don’t want to see Kyle go without commending him for his service to the team. But we have some other options available, involving other veterans and some younger guys, and we decided this is the best direction to go. I couldn’t tell you right now who our No.  1 center will be, but that’s because we do have a few different options that we’re confident will improve us in the end. That’s what the offseason programs and training camp are for, to evaluate those possibilities and come up with the best one.”

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  The Bengals today re-signed WR Brandon Tate. His contract had been set to expire, and without a new deal he would have become an unrestricted free agent as of4 p.m. today.
           Tate (6-1, 195; North Carolina) is in his sixth NFL season and his fourth with the Bengals in 2014. He has made his mark with the Bengals mostly as a kick returner. His 24.8-yard average on kickoff returns (over 2011-13) is the franchise’s career record, and his 9.9 norm on punt returns is second in team annals. He is within range for 2014 of taking over the all-time team leads in total punt return and kickoff return yards. He already holds team records for most combined punt and kickoff returns (93) in a season and total punt return yards (543) in a season.
“We’re glad to get back one of our core special teams players,” said Darrin Simmons, Bengals special teams coordinator. “Brandon’s numbers speak for themselves, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in him. I think this could be a real breakout year for him.”
Tate, who began his career as a third-round draft pick of New England, has 66 NFL games played with 14 starts. He has played in every regular season and postseason game since joining the Bengals. His full-career numbers include 38 receptions for 649 yards and four TDs, a 25.1-yard kickoff return average with two TDs, and a 9.8-yard punt return average with one TD.

Remember these 2013 performances?:
*29 yard punt return in OT vs Bills, set up game winning Nugent FG.
*71 yard kick return vs Jets, set up TD before half.
*18.3 yard PR average vs Colts (season long 43) and 28.7 yard KR average (long 44).
*32.8 yard KR average vs Steelers (season long 52)
Season: 26.1 KR, 9.3 PR
2nd franchise history career PR average 9.87



Coley Harvey imagines life for the Bengals without Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins.

Geoff Hobson writes that Andy Dalton has signed up to work with throwing guru Tom House next week.

What about Josh McCown to challenge Andy Dalton?
Ross Tucker says the excuses have run out, it's time for Josh McCown to get a starting shot.

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears passes against the St. Louis Rams in first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

NFL: Let the free agent frenzy begin
The Wall Street Journal looks at the Oakland Raiders commitment to spending money in free agency. I noticed this stat that includes the Bengals: In the last three off-seasons, the Raiders have signed 13 players that became starters, also highest in the NFL. In contrast, eight teams—including three 2013 playoff teams (Cincinnati, New England and Green Bay) along with Dallas, Pittsburgh, Houston and Washington—didn't acquire any players via free agency who started at least eight games last season, according to Stats LLC.

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