Kyle Ringo

  • George Washington ends VCU streak boosting its postseason hopes

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 45 mins ago

    George Washington already had some nice wins on its resume prior to Saturday, but the Colonials injected themselves into the NCAA Tournament discussion in a big way winning on the road at A-10 Conference leader VCU in a 72-69 game that came down to the final possession.

    Full highlights from the @GW_MBB 72-69 win at @VCU_Hoops - Patricio Garino finished with 27 points for the Colonialshttps://t.co/1ms4s2HW2r

    Melvin Johnson had a chance to win the game in the final seconds for VCU, but he airballed a 3-pointer. Kory Billbury grabbed the offensive rebound with two seconds remaining but missed a tying layup attempt. Joe McDonald, who had given George Washington the lead a minute earlier with a 3-pointer, hit a free throw with less than a second remaining for the final point of the game.

    [Slain Mercer player had heartbreaking bond with 7-year-old girl]

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  • Kevin Kiermaier bites into steak-eating challenge for charity

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 23 hrs ago

    Kevin Kiermaier probably slept like a hibernating bear Thursday night after attempting to eat a a steak that likely weighed more than the bat he swings during the season.

    Kiermaier took on an eating challenge for charity at Smokey Bones restaurant in Clearwater, Fla., where he attempted to eat a 35-ounce smoked ribeye dinner which includes two side salads, two plates of broccoli, two baked potatoes and the restaurant’s signature Hot Bag O’ Donuts.

    #Rays @KKiermaier39 was not up to the challenge of @SmokeyBonesBar 35-ounce steak in a charity event (photo special) pic.twitter.com/E9mDLJsXSb

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    [David Price gives $300K for special-needs ballpark in his hometown]

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  • Nigel Hayes answers reporter's Ohio State question as only he can

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, an Ohio native, could have attended Ohio State if he wanted to. He had a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes three years ago when he ultimately decided to be a Badger.

    So it's not as if Hayes approached a reporter's question Thursday night with any hard feelings after scoring 21 points to help beat the Buckeyes. But Hayes has a fun personality and great sense of humor and it served him well in offering a response when asked what the game means to him and what he thought when Wisconsin had three Ohio players on the floor at one point and OSU had none.

    Nigel Hayes with the mic drop on Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/xBCY4VHv66

    [Slain Mercer player had heartbreaking bond with 7-year-old girl]

    "Nah, I'm cool," Hayes said with a wry smile. "I mean, they got the guys they wanted. I'll take my two Final Fours and my wins and I'll carry on my merry way."

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  • David Price gives $300K for special-needs ballpark in his hometown

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Before he became one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, a multimillionaire and a Cy Young Award winner, David Price was a young man with big dreams growing up in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He returned to that community Thursday to give a little back.

    Price donated $300,000 to help build a Miracle Field at McKnight Park on the north side of the city to give children with special needs a place to play baseball. There are actually two fields planned for the project as well as a playground with a rubberized surface. Price used to play some of his games at McKnight Park when he was a kid.

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    The Miracle Field can be used by people in wheelchairs and will feature lights, covered seating and dugouts as well as a concession building with bathrooms and showers and a scoreboard.

    .@DAVIDprice24 gets the key to the city and Project 14 makes a pledge of $300,000 to the Miracle Field today! pic.twitter.com/b93dVdsc6C

  • Nigel Hayes backs pep talk to Wisconsin teammates with production

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    It has been a little more than three weeks since Wisconsin dropped three consecutive games and forward Nigel Hayes was compelled to address his teammates in the locker room asking them to take a deep look at themselves and this season. It would be over-simplifying to suggest the Badgers have since won five straight because of Hayes’  pep talk, but it can’t be ignored either. The message Hayes conveyed to his teammates Jan. 12 after a loss at Northwestern might not have resonated as well as it seems to have if he didn’t back it up with his play on the court.

    [Slain Mercer player had heartbreaking bond with 7-year-old girl]

    [Indiana sinks Michigan with jaw-dropping 28-0 surge]

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  • Five things to know about new Mariners slugger Dae-ho Lee

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The Seattle Mariners finally moved forward on long-rumored plans to sign Korean slugger Dae-ho Lee on Wednesday after the 33-year-old passed a physical with the club Tuesday.

    Lee agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz. He isn't guaranteed a job with the big-league club and will have to compete with Gaby Sanchez and Jesus Montero to back up Adam Lind at first base and serve as a right-handed hitter off the bench or the designated hitter when Nelson Cruz isn't in that role.

    Here are five things to know about the newest Mariner:

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    2. Power stroke Speaking of that power, Lee has hit 323 career home runs, according to Baseball-reference.com, in the Korean Baseball Organization and Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, where he played the past four seasons with two different clubs. He put together a .282/.368/.524 slash line last season with a .892 OPS, 31 home runs and 30 doubles.

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  • Mercer guard Jibri Bryan shot and killed while sitting in car

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Jibri Bryan, a senior guard on the Mercer basketball team, was killed Tuesday when he was shot in the head while sitting in his car at a convenience store in Macon, Ga.

    The shooting occurred at 4 p.m. in a busy area of downtown Macon. Bryan was found in the driver's seat of a Monte Carlo that was backed in to a parking space next to the store, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told the Telegraph newspaper. Bryan was 23.

    [Butler responds to another tragedy with a badly needed win]

    Police said another man who arrived with the gunman was also shot in the chest or neck and was taken to a local hospital. It's unclear what might have motivated the killing.

    Mercer mourns the loss of student-athlete Jibri Bryan. #BearStrong pic.twitter.com/zQoPpg8EN2

    Rest easy, fam. We love and miss you, Jibri. #34 #bearstrong

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  • Short-handed West Virginia stays atop Big 12 with win at Iowa State

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    It's not unusual for an ugly loss to preceed a special win. It happened again Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa where No. 14 West Virginia handed No. 13 Iowa State a rare setback at home in Hilton Coliseum.

    The Mountaineers were coming off their worst loss of the season Saturday at Florida after which coach Bob Huggins ripped them for a lack of commitment to their pressing style of play. They responded with a spirited victory in one of the least likely places to earn it, beating the Cyclones 81-76.

    [Butler responds to another tragedy with a badly needed win]

    Iowa State had won 12 consecutive home games when it was coming off a loss, as it was Tuesday in trying to rebound from a loss at Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Cyclones also had won 32 of their previous 34 home games.

    [ESPN's Holly Rowe will undergo surgery to remove a tumor]

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  • Butler responds to another tragedy with a badly needed win

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Butler needed  a victory over Georgetown at home Tuesday night to avoid slipping even further behind much of the rest of the Big East Conference and to prevent further damage to its postseason resume.

    But those motivations weren't at the top of the list for the Bulldogs as they hosted Georgetown. They wanted a win to honor assistant coach Emerson Kampen and his family. Kampen's 6-month-old son, Kampen IV, died Monday from Leigh’s Disease, a genetic disease he was diagnosed with only two weeks ago.

    The Bulldogs came through with an 87-76 victory, leading to tears when it was over.

    Chris Holtmann in tears. Butler assistant Emerson Kampen's 6-month-old, Emerson IV, died Monday of genetic disease. "This one's for them."

    “These guys were locked in for the bulk of the game,” coach Chris Holtmann said after the game when he first told media members about Emerson Kampen IV's death. “It’s a tremendous win. We’ll see if we can build on this in the coming days of practice.”

    Kampen was not at the game but he participated in the halftime talk via Skype, according to a press release from the school. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 16 points after halftime.

  • Surging Texas shows it believes in Shaka Smart's approach

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    When Texas lost center Cameron Ridley to a foot injury earlier this season, there were questions about how far the Longhorns might be able to go without him. After all, he was averaging a double-double and was a focal point in scouting reports for every opponent. The Longhorns didn’t react well at first to losing the big man but have adapted and now they’re the hottest team in the Big 12 Conference after going on the road and beating No. 15 Baylor on Monday night 67-59.

    [At long last, Louisville gains validation by nabbing a marquee win]

    It’s safe to say Texas has bought into Shaka Smart’s system two-thirds of the way through the coach’s first season in Austin.While other programs sometimes suffer through transition seasons after making a coaching change, Texas looks like it plans to have a say in who wins the Big 12 this season.

    [Duke falls out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2007]

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