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Tom Archdeacon: What to do when the cheering stops

As he stared down at the magazine in front of him, Donnie Evege suddenly had a thought: “That would be a great way for us to start our story: ‘Why is this guy smiling?’ ” He was focused on the cover of the “MVP — Miami Valley Sports Magazine” from ...

Logan County reports spike in diarrheal disease

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. (Aug. 19)Logan County Health District officials report a rise in gastrointestinal illnesses linked to Cryptosporidiosis (crypto) cases spreading throughout Ohio.One case has been confirmed and it’s under investigation where that person became infected, said Corinne Riegler, emergency planner and public information officer for the health district. ...

Tom Archdeacon: Beavercreek girl has plenty of fight

She shook her head and laughed off the thought: “No, I never played with dolls when I was little … Never … I swear, I never did!” Janiece Gregorio said emphatically. “She always was a tomboy,” said Jennifer Gregorio, her mom. “She never was into the girlie stuff.” Making a ...

Tri-Village grad Clayton Murphy took the bronze in Monday night's 800-meter Olympic final. 

Tom Archdeacon: ‘A pretty amazing feat’ by Clayton Murphy

Father Knows Best. A popular TV sitcom in the 1950s, it became an amazing reality show that played out Monday night on the Olympic Stadium track in Rio de Janeiro. That’s where Clayton Murphy made good on what once seemed like wild speculation by his dad back in July. That’s ...

Former University of Dayton basketball standout Mike Sylvester (seventh from left) won a silver medal with Italy in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Sylvester was the lone American medalist. The United States boycotted those Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tom Archdeacon: Former Dayton Flyer lone American medalist in 1980 Olympics

While he still has Knight of the Republic standing back in Italy, the relic of his royalty has been relegated to a basement sideshow back here at home. For Mike Sylvester, enduring legacy depends on location. The University of Dayton Hall of Fame basketball player from the early 1970s was ...

UD Flyer standout forward Marie Rosche photographed beside an action photo of herself (left) and a teammate in the Donoher Center.

Tom Archdeacon: Olympian from UD has led a ‘unique’ life

When he added Marie Rosche to the University of Dayton women’s basketball team in 2005, Coach Jim Jabir did so not just because she was an athletic, 6-foot-3 post player, but because she brought, in his words, “a real diversity to our program and that’s exactly what we want.”As Jabir ...

Kayla Harrison of the United States of America and Mayra Aguiar of Brazil compete in the minus 100kg judo gold medal match during the 2015 Pan Am games at the Mississauga Sports Centre on July 14, 2015 in Toronto. Getty Images

Tom Archdeacon: Area Olympians 39 to 35

The Miami Valley boasts of at least 56 Olympians – people who were raised here, lived here or went to school here – who went to 27 different Summer and Winter Games. For the next few days we are counting down all our local Olympic heroes in alphabetical order.  39. ...

Aug 1984: Edwin Moses of the USA clears a hurdle on his way to the gold medal in the 400m hurdles during the 1984 Summer Olympics at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport

Tom Archdeacon: Area has proud history producing Olympians

The Miami Valley boasts of at least 56 Olympians — people who were raised here, lived here or went to school here — who went to 27 different Summer and Winter Games. Twenty-five have made it onto the podium. They won 42 medals, including 16 gold, 14 silver and 12 ...

Longtime Dayton Public Schools administrator Lucinda Williams Adams and the gold medal she won in the 1960 Olympics. DAMON HIGGINS/PALM BEACH POST

Tom Archdeacon: Lucinda Williams - From tomboy to Tigerbelle to Olympic gold

The Greyhound bus pulled up, the door opened and regardless of that mandate to sit in the back of the bus, she found a ride that soon would take her to front-of-the-pack success and eventually Olympic gold. “I was wearing my Sunday best,” Lucinda Williams Adams recalled Saturday. She said ...

The new U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team from left; Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Shaun White, Louie Vito, Scott Lago and coach Mike Jankowski take part in a news conference after they were announced at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Park City, Utah.

Tom Archdeacon: Area Olympians 4 to 1

The Miami Valley boasts  56 Olympians – people who were raised here, lived here or went to school here – who went to 27 different Summer and Winter Games. Over the next week and a half we are counting down all our local Olympic heroes in alphabetical order 4. Louie ...

Vida Nsiah, who is from Ghana, runs the sprints and hurdles for the track team of Central State.

Tom Archdeacon: Area Olympians 19 to 15

The Miami Valley boasts at least 56 Olympians – people who were raised here, lived here or went to school here – who went to 27 different Summer and Winter Games. For the next few days we are counting down all our local Olympic heroes in alphabetical order.  19. Eric ...

Clayton Murphy, one of two Miami Valley athletes competing in the Rio Olympics, is the talk of his farming community and beyond. Here the Tri-Village High School graduate holds the American flag after winning the men’s 800 meter final during the 2015 Pan Am Games in July 2015. GETTY IMAGES

Tom Archdeacon: Murphy brings farmer’s work ethic to Rio Olympics

After World War I, as the many U.S. soldiers from rural areas were coming home from Europe, Sophie Tucker had a Vaudeville hit singing “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)” Popular singer Nora Bayes then recorded it and the song hit No. 2 ...

Columnist Tom Archdeacon made some new friends while hanging out at the Great Wall of China during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY TOM ARCHDEACON

Tom Archdeacon: Golden memories from the Olympics

I’ve covered Olympic Games all over the world: Twelve in all. Summer and winter. Five in Europe, three each in Asia and North America and the Sydney Olympics in Australia.Along the way, I’ve witnessed some memorable sporting moments.I was there for the 100-meter showdown between Carl Lewis and the pharmaceutically-juiced, ...

Matthew Abeysinghe. and father, Manoj Abeysinghe.(right), who is his trainer. LISA POWELL /STAFF

Swimmer with area ties living Olympic dream

Back during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, they had a routine. Manoj Abeysinghe would tape each night’s swimming competition and the next day, when his 4-year-old son Matthew got home from his Pennsylvania preschool, they would sit together and watch the golden exploits of Olympians like Australian hero Ian “The ...

Alexis Arguello. Photo by Bill Reinke

Tom Archdeacon: ‘Guerilla Fighter’ refused to live a lie

It was a week before Christmas and I was worried about my friend, Alexis Arguello. He was one of the best and most beloved boxers who ever lived. In fact, the Associated Press would later name him the greatest junior lightweight of the 20th Century. But on this December night ...

Cincinnati Bengals owner and president sits down to speak with the media during Tuesday’s pre-camp luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium. JAY MORRISON/STAFF

Tom Archdeacon: Bengals owner Mike Brown: ‘We failed and we know it’

The latest Economist/YouGov poll has Donald Trump’s unfavorability rating among voters at 61 percent — a month ago another poll had him at 70 percent — and yet for at least one person in Cincinnati, the Republican presidential nominee is Mr. Popularity when compared to another guy in town. “Last ...

The Rev. J.D. Grigsby with Dallas police offers earlier this month. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tom Archdeacon: Former Flyer finds comfort in making a difference

Each night he said he’d wait until his wife went to bed: “I had put a flag on top of our house and once my wife went to sleep — so she wouldn’t think I was losing my mind — I’d go up the ladder and onto the third tier ...

Tom Archdeacon: Darke County's Clayton Murphy an Olympian now and forever

He had had an answer for the seven guys who were running ahead of him as he entered the bell lap of the 800-meter finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 4th. Most dramatically, he was able to answer front runner Boris Berian, the world indoor champ, who was ...

Tom Archdeacon: Grace Norman poised to compete, inspire in Rio

They say you can’t make a silk purse out of sow’s ear, but Grace Norman — with just a slight twist of the old proverb — is showing she can handle both. Take a couple of days ago: She started the morning taking her two 4-H pigs, Yorkshire-Hampshire crosses named ...

Katie Landwehr PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETICS

Tom Archdeacon: Tipp grad fighting for Olympic bid after fighting off raccoon

She jumps over unforgiving, steel beam barriers, splashes through discomfiting water pits and must be both a sprinter and endurance runner in her sport and yet this … this made her back off a bit. “It’s kind of a weird story,” Katie Landwehr said. “I don’t know if I want ...

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