Kyle Ringo

  • Friars in a funk: Providence falls short at Marquette again

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 9 hrs ago

    No. 20 Providence has one of the best all-around players in college basketball in Kris Dunn and at least one other NBA talent in its starting five in Ben Bentil. Yet, the Friars keep finding ways to lose rather than win as we move into the midsection of February.

    The Friars missed a chance to earn their first win at Marquette on Wednesday when Dunn threw a sloppy pass at the end of regulation preventing his team from getting off a game-winning shot attempt. Marquette went on to win in double overtime 96-91 with Dunn watching from the bench after fouling out in the first overtime.

    [Anthony Collins can't save Texas A&M from fourth straight SEC loss]

    It has to be a concern for coach Ed Cooley, who watched his team beat No. 4 Villanova less than three weeks ago.To be fair, the Friars encountered a Marquette team still carrying some hope of getting to the NCAA Tournament, but those hopes are dependent on the Golden Eagles winning games against ranked opponents such as Wednesday's contest.

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  • Anthony Collins can't save Texas A&M from fourth straight SEC loss

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 11 hrs ago

    If given the chance to pick which one of his players he'd like to have at the free throw line late in a game with the pressure on, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy would undoubtedly choose senior Anthony Collins. Any coach would after looking at the numbers.

    Prior to Wednesday's game at Alabama, Collins had made 28 of his 30 free throw attempts this season, including eight of nine in the final two minutes of games. He is one of the best foul shooters in the country and wouldn't you know it, he found himself toeing the line with two shots and two seconds remaining with his team down by one.

    [Bubble breakdown: Creighton restores hope with marquee win]

    Texas A&M's Anthony Collins misses late free throws, Alabama hangs on for the W #BuckleUp Recap #LiveOn3340 at 10

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  • Rapheal Davis' big night leads Purdue to its best win this season

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Purdue senior Rapheal Davis couldn't be stopped in the first half Tuesday against Michigan State but then couldn't be found for much of the second half and overtime. Yet Davis managed to score the game-winning point at the free throw line thanks to a call that was at least debatable in the final seconds.

    Denzel Valentine was guarding Davis with the score tied and the clock dripping away seconds. He elected to try to slip through the front side of a screen from Purdue center A.J. Hammons, who bumped Valentine into Davis. The call went against Valentime putting Davis at the foul line with four seconds remaining.

    [Buddy Hield caps late barrage with 3-pointer to beat Texas]

    Davis made the first free throw and missed the second, but Hammons grabbed the offensive rebound with an assist from Vince Edwards and Purdue claimed what is easily its biggest win of its season 82-81 over the eighth-ranked Spartans.

    After making seven of 10 shots in the first half, Davis went 1-for-12 in the second.

    Then they stopped making shots.

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  • Nebraska senior Shavon Shields injured in scary tumble to floor

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    It has been a difficult season already at Nebraska and things took another bad turn Saturday when senior Shavon Shields, the heart and soul of coach Tim Miles' team, took a scary tumble over an opponent landing on his head and neck and had to be taken from the court on a stretcher.

    Scary, scary moment: @HuskerHoops star Shavon Shields gets carried off court on stretcher.

    The injury occured with 8 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the Cornhuskers' 87-63 victory when Shields leaped to attempt to block a shot from Rutgers' forward D.J. Foreman, who pumped faked to get Shields in the air. Shields came down on top of Foreman rolling over him and hitting the floor hard on his head, neck and shoulders.

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

    Nebraska improved to 13-11 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten by beating Rutgers.

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  • George Washington ends VCU streak boosting its postseason hopes

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days 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 Colonials

    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 5 days 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)

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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 5 days 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.

    [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 5 days 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!

  • Nigel Hayes backs pep talk to Wisconsin teammates with production

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days 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 7 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, 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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