Team USA dominates, Lorenzen’s poetic moment, Bengals in town and more

The Rio Olympics are over, and there’s not much to say other than,” U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

Team USA pretty much dominated the action from start to finish, including a final weekend in which both basketball teams won gold. So did both 4x400-meter relay teams and, well, lots of others.

Saturday, Matt Centrowicz became the first American to win the 1,500 at the Olympics since 1908, the latest sign the Cubs are bound to win this World Series this fall. Or lose in excruciating fashion. Probably at least one of those.

On Sunday, Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder joined the ranks of gold medal winners as well as he beat Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan in the final at 97 kg.

You can read more about Snyder at, but it’s obviously another point of pride for a resurgent Buckeye program that won the national championship a year ago and has a roster that includes Bo and Micah Jordan of Graham High School and Anthony DeCarlo of Springfield Catholic Central…

All in all, the medal count wasn’t close. The USA finished with 121 medals, or 51 more than China and 54 more than Great Brittain, the second- and third-place teams.

Those were the only two countries to win more overall medals than the U.S. won golds (46).

Yeah, pretty good…

(P.S. Seems like turning to Mike Krzyzewski to fix the men’s basketball team was a pretty good idea.)

The Bengals practiced in West Carrollton for the second time in three years, and one of the Pirates had to loan his cleats to cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick because the former first-round draft pick forgot his.

An overflow crowd greeted Marvin Lewis’ men, who did not scrimmage (See photos here) but kept up preparations for what they hopes is a sixth straight trip to the playoffs. Receivers Brandon LaFell and Jake Kumerow returned from injury while offensive tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher were both among those who were out…

The Reds lost to the Dodgers on Sunday 4-0, but that was the least of the story. The Cincinnati 9 romped their old NL West rivals on Friday and Saturday by a combined score of 20-3.

Michael Lorenzen – you know, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen – provided the most amazing moment as he crushed a three-run homer Friday night after coming off the bereavement list.

The Reds had a season-high 18 hits Saturday night, including three apiece by Eugenio Suarez and the just-recalled Jose Peraza. Starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan had as many hits as he allowed (one) and scored two runs while pitching seven innings of shut-out ball and picking up his eighth win of the season.

Sunday was not Anthony DeSclafani’s best day as he allowed four runs, including a leadoff homer to Chase Utley, but he also could have used some of those hits the Reds mashed the two previous nights.

But Billy Hamilton had another highlight in centerfield…

The finale of the four-game series is today at 12:35 at Great American Ball Park…

Ohio State football will begin the season ranked No. 6 in the relatively meaningless Associated Press poll. The Buckeyes are fifth in the equally meaningless coaches’ poll…

On Thursday, the University of Dayton put in a bid to continue hosting the First Four along with some additional NCAA tournament games in the coming year.

A day later, the Flyers football team held a scrimmage that saw the offense beat the defense 32-22.

Coach Rick Chamberlin liked what he saw from his passing game as UD prepares for its season opener against Central State.

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