Kyle Ringo

  • Capital gains: Xavier earns coveted road win at Georgetown

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    The Xavier men's basketball team met Speaker of the House and Xavier alum John Boehner on Tuesday and hours later ended its five-game road losing streak at No. 21 Georgetown.

    The Musketeers, who hadn't won a true road game since Dec. 13 at Missouri, were in control throughout and held what was a hot Georgetown team to one field goal during a span of more than 11 minutes in the first half of a 66-53 triumph.

    It's certainly the kind of win Xavier ought to be able to build on, but these Musketeers have proven incapable of seizing any momentum all season. While they seem to be in every game and have dropped a couple heartbreakers in overtime, they stumble just when it appears they're gaining confidence.

    It's the Big East and every game is a challenge, but there aren't many opportunities left for the Musketeers to claim boast-worthy road wins. So it was important for them to capture this one. Mylkes Davis scored 19 points and Matt Stainbrook added 12 to lead Xavier.

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  • New Mexico governor's kindness leaves Hugh Greenwood 'speechless'

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez praised Lobos guard Hugh Greenwood on Mondya for standing up to a social media bully last week who made crude and insensitive remarks about Greenwood's mother's battle with breast cancer.

    Martinez then went a step further by donating $10,000 in unused innaugural committee funds to the 'Pink Pack' fundraising campaign started by Greenwood to honor his mother, Andree, who lives in Australia. Funds donated to the Pink Pack go to the Univeristy of New Mexico Cancer Center.

    “I am so proud of Hugh for standing beside his mother, for taking the high-road during the UNLV game, for having the courage to fight against cancer—for his own family and for others—and that is why I am standing by Hugh today,” Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal.

    Greenwood scored 22 points with eight rebounds in a 71-69 victory at UNLV last week and said one of the best performances of his career was motivated by the abuse he took from an anonymous poster on Twitter.



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  • Brandon Peel's improbable buzzer-beater sweetens a sour season

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    The 6-foot-7 forward snatched a baseball pass out of the air near the 3-point line, spun and shot Saturday in game that was tied 50-50. The ball splashed through the nylon and Central Connecticut State snapped an 11-game losing streak with an improbable buzzer-beater 53-50 victory over Wagner.

    It was CCSU's first victory since Dec. 10 and only its third win of the season. It was also the first time the Blue Devils walked off the court victorious in a Northeastern Conference game this season.

    Peel, a junior from Forestville, Maryland, scored 17 points in the game with 13 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season.

    Here is another view of Peel's game-winner.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Buzzer-beater of the day: Ohio senior beats Buffalo with a dunk

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    Ohio senior Maurice Ndour pulled off a last-second, buzzer-beating dunk Saturday to give the Bobcats a 63-61 victory over Buffalo.

    Ndour, a product of Mdour, Senegal, who played his high school basketball in Japan, lingered near the free-throw line and received a long pass from a teammate. He spun and caught Buffalo forward Justin Moss out of position with a wide open lane in front of him. He attacked the rim and sent the winner through just in time.

    His team is having a tough season at 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-Amercan Conference, but Ndour has been one of the league's best players. He came into Saturday's contest averaging better than 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Ohio has won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the first two games of the season.

    Here's another look.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Iowa loses Aaron White, a key Big Ten game and momentum in one outing

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    Momentum can come and go quickly in the middle of the college basketball season for any team, but it's especially true for those slogging their way through conference's as tough as the Big Ten.

    In the span of a week, No. 25  Iowa has experienced both ends of the spectrum. The Hawkeyes celebrated their sweep of Ohio State just a week ago and followed it up the next day with smiles from a top-25 ranking.

    But they were crushed on the road at No. 6 Wisconsin on Tuesday and lost leading scorer and rebounder Aaron White to a shoulder stinger early in the first half Saturday at Purdue. The Hawkeyes, led by guard Mike Gesell, gave themselves a chance to win late but faltered down the stretch to drop a second consecutive game 67-63 with a rematch against the Badgers looming and questions about White's status.

    ICYMI: Here's how @IowaHoops star Aaron White got injured early in today's game.

    Aaron White is questionable for the second half after sustaining a stinger early in today's game. #Hawkeyes

  • UNC forward J.P. Tokoto brings stuffed bear, Gerry, to press conference

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    Turns out, junior J.P. Tokoto has a stuffed bear friend he calls Gerry whom he brought along to his portion of the press conference.

    Nothing like a few laughs to help a team reeling from injuries right now. Tokoto seems happy to provide them. The Tar Heels could be without four players when they host the Seminoles. In addition to Pinson, Joel Berry, Nate Britt and Stilman White could miss the game.

    "Gerry is my friend, he's mine," Tokoto explained. "There is no real story behind it. He just popped up one day. We became friends. We hit it off instantly."

    Tokoto said teammate Desmond Hubert, a senior forward, originally brought Gerry into the locker room but just stuffed him in his locker. Tokoto said he rescued the bear and named him 'the first name that popped into my head.'

    "He's heartless," Tokoto said of Hubert.

     Tokoto said he plans to bring Gerry on road trips in the future. It wouldn't be a shocker to see the giant stuffed bear around the bench Saturday afternoon. THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN😂😂

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  • Surprising DePaul snaps 51-game losing streak against ranked foes

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    DePaul was picked last in the Big East at the start of the season, but seven games into conference play the Blue Demons share first place with Georgetown and are off to their best start since dropping independent status in 1991.

    Oh yeah, the Blue Demons also shed the weight of a 51-game losing streak against ranked opponents Thursday night by beating No. 24 Seton Hall 64-60. Coach Oliver Purnell's team managed to win despite making just 19 of 33 free throws and three of 17 3-point attempts.

    It is the first win on the road over a top-25 team for DePaul since winning at Wake Forest in 2005. The Blue Demons improved to 11-9 overall but 5-2 in the Big East.

    DePaul had plenty to overcome to beat the Pirates, but the fact they accomplished it speaks to how Purnell has finally changed the mindset of players in the program.  The Blue Demons, now brimming with confidence, went more than 6 minutes in the second half without a field goal and watched leading scorer Billy Garrett Jr., head to the bench for the final 3 minutes after fouling out.

    The victory earned approval from DePaul fans on the Internet while others around the country also took notice.

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  • In meeting with Obama, Jayhawks give president a No. 1 jersey

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    President Barack Obama is a huge college basketball fan. So it only made sense for him to pay the Kansas Jayhawks and coach Bill Self a visit Thursday when he visited campus as part of his post-State of the Union tour.

    Obama, who shares his NCAA tournament bracket publicly each year, joked during his visit that he had lost the state in his two presidential elections. He also praised Self and the Jayhawks for winning 10 straight Big 12 Conference titles and being tied atop the conference once again with Iowa State.

    The Jayhawks presented Obama with a Kansas jersey bearing his name prior to his speech at Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Kansas players took to Twitter to share their excitement in getting to meet Obama.

    Man it was awesome meeting Obama this morning !! Real cool guy! Hope to be chillin with him again this spring after a National Championship!

    It was an honor meeting President @BarackObama this morning and listening to him speak... He's the real #1 lol

    Just finished coolin' with Obama. 😁

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  • Butler Bulldog mascot Blue III chimes in on NFL's 'DeflateGate'

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 7 days ago

    Everyone has an opinion about the 'DeflateGate' saga swirling around the New England Patriots this week in the wake of their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts to reach the Super Bowl.

    Butler University's mascot, Blue III, let it be known through his Twitter account he can sympathize with the Patriots, who have been accused of cheating by purposely deflating balls in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. Blue apparently has a habit of deflating balls, too.

    If deflating sports balls is considered cheating, then I'm in big trouble! #DeflateGate

    The Butler men's basketball team beat Creighton 64-61 on Wednesday to improve to 4-3 in the Big East. The Bulldogs host No. 24 Seton Hall on Sunday.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Person playing Oklahoma mascot fired for taunting rival fans

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago

    Oklahoma has fired an unidentified person who worked as a mascot during last weekend's men's basketball home game against rival Oklahoma State for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    In a report attributed to sources, reported the person playing one of the costumed horse mascots 'Boomer' or 'Sooner' taunted Oklahoma State fans, including, Heather Ford, the wife of Cowboys' coach Travis Ford. Oklahoma won the game 82-65.

    Generally several students alternate playing the school's mascots each schoolyear. Oklahoma issued a statement on the dismissal to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma CIty and the Tulsa World.

    “The individual involved has been dismissed from the mascot program for unsportsmanlike behavior. The University of Oklahoma apologizes for this occurrence, which in no way reflects the standards of hospitality and sportsmanship of the University of Oklahoma.”