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Don't tell Seg I sat in his seat behind Jim and Marty in the radio booth last night.
Seg was MC at the 25th annual Pigskin-Roundball Spectacular in Mason.



CINCINNATI --- Xavier University announced two additions to its 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule. The Musketeers signed a two-year deal with Missouri, the first game being played in Columbia, Mo., in the 2014-15 season with the Tigers visiting Cintas Center in the 2015-16 season. In addition, Xavier announced a one-year deal that will bring Florida Gulf Coast to Cintas Center in the 2014-15 season.
Missouri, 23-12 overall this past season and 9-9 in the SEC, earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. MU played in five-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2009-13. Florida Gulf Coast, 22-13 overall, won the regular season title of the Atlantic Sun Conference and also earned an NIT berth. FGCU, a.k.a. Dunk City, was the Cinderella of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, winning its way to the Sweet 16.

Notes, stats, video highlights and photos from a 9-4 loss to Cubs With Hamilton, impossible quickly becomes reality
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Reds in April
Record: 12-15, 7.5 back of Milwaukee
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Then and now
Reds April '14 vs '13 season
Runs per game
2014: 3.77
2013: 4.3
2014: .249
2013: .249
2014: .318
2013: .327
2014: .380
2013: .391
2014: .698
2013: .718

2014: 3.43 (11th)
2013: 3.38 (4th)
2014: 2.94 (5th)
2013: 3.43 (3rd)
2014: 4.82 (26th)
2013: 3.29 (7th)

Time for Homer to step up
The Reds begin a rather large 4-game series vs first place Milwaukee at GABP tonight. It's large, because the Reds begin May 7.5 games back of the Brewers.
The Reds are clearly walking the fine line of the Danger Zone.
The Reds bullpen was taxed by having to cover five innings last night. There are questions about the bullpen and now questions about Tony Cingrani.
Tonight is a tone setter. Tonight is one of those moments the Reds were thinking of when they invested 6 years and $105M in Homer Bailey. Tonight, Homer Bailey has to be very good. To this point, he's been very poor: 1-2 6.15.
I've argued he is traditionally a slow starter: 3-7 4.71 in April for career.
I've argued he's faced the Cardinals twice, his career Kryptonite: 5-10 5.01.
I've argued he faced Pittsburgh on a night when nobody was getting anybody out at GABP.
He did toss six scoreless innings for his only win vs the Cubs. 
But he was poor against the Braves, in his last start: 6 IN, 9 H, 5 R.
So what gives? He appears healthy. He's averaging 9.9 K/9, up from 8.6 last year.
His strikeout rate is up from 23.4% last year to 23.8% this year.
His velocity appears fine: his four-seam fastball is averaging 94.78 mph, compared to 95.19 last year. I would argue he's pitched to bad luck and is due for a reversal of fortunes.
Homer's opponent BABIP (batting average on balls in play):
Career: .305
2013:   .289
2014:   .415
The ML average is around .290, so BABIP is due to be correct.
He's getting hammered on balls in the air:
% of fly balls resulting in HR's:
Career: 8.2
2013: 7.5
2014: 20.0
He's had no answer for LHB this year:
Career: .270-.337-.426-.763
2013:   .264-.325-.421-.747
2014:  .488-.551-.744-1.295 (21 for 43)
Pitch selection:
His relationship with Devin Mesoraco appears to be a work in progress.
Homer admitted last week that he hadn't been throwing his splitter as much, as he wasn't sure why. Here is a breakdown of pitches thrown 2013 vs 2014:
4-seam FB: 46.38/49.6
Sinker:  13.88/10.29
Slider: 15.25/21.88
Curve: 11.70/8.64
Splitter: 12.79/9.56
Those numbers show more 4-seem fastballs and sliders this year, fewer sinkers, curves and splitters. 
The Reds need more than innings from Homer tonight, they need a statement.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 25: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Marvin buys $2.8M Scottsdale retreat 

NFL Draft
All the mock drafts in one spot, HERE

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College football
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Touchdown Travis to have #41 retired

(Courtesy Miami athletics)

Miami University’s Athletics Director, David Sayler, has announced that Travis Prentice (1996-99), will become the fourth RedHawk to have his football jersey retired. Prentice’s #41 will join Ben Roethlisberger’s #7, Bob Hitchens’ #40 and John Pont’s #42 just below the south scoreboard inside Yager Stadium.
“I would like to thank the Miami Athletic department for their efforts in acknowledging my accomplishments during my time at Miami with the ultimate honor of retiring my jersey,” said Prentice. “This honor is not only a recognition of my accomplishments but a thank you to all my coaches, my teammates and the supportive fans who helped make this day possible. I am excited, honored and look forward to celebrating this moment with my Miami RedHawks.”
Prentice will have his jersey retired at halftime versus Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 6, 2014, during what will also be Football Alumni Weekend.At the completion of his Miami career, the Louisville, Ky., native owned 35 career and single season Miami records. Prentice would rank first in rushing yards (5,596), rushing attempts (1,138), scoring (468), touchdowns (78) and all-purpose yards (6,118) to go along with many other Miami records. Still to this day, his 5,596 rushing yards rank sixth all-time in NCAA history, behind Ron Dayne (6,397), Ricky Williams (6,279), Tony Dorsett (6,082), DeAngelo Williams (6,026) and Charles White (5,598).

Professional soccer comes to Cincinnati
The Dutch Lions have what would be in baseball a AAA affiliate team in Dayton, and are starting an A level team in Cincinnati. Players on the roster will be from local colleges and soccer clubs who are looking for summer-time training & competition. The games are being played at XU stadium. The first game is:
Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC – River City Rovers
May 9, 7:00pm
Xavier Soccer Complex, Victory Parkway 3800 
You are invited to an exciting event featuring the opening game of the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC with several top local players as well as some international talents from Brazil, Holland and Paraguay, and a half time “kick the crossbar” contest between former best player of the world Ruud Gullit, Kevin Huber, the Columbus Crew, Matt Walker (on loan from the Crew to Dayton Dutch Lions FC and a Xavier graduate) and several of the local best kickers of the soccer clubs in the Cincinnati area.

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