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BOWLING GREEN — Thanks to a seventh-place finish at the district diving meet at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, Defiance’s Addison Fleischman earned her second consecutive berth in the Division II state diving championships.,Fleischman put up a total score of 350.35 to earn her spot in the state tournament.,Meanwhile, Napoleon’s Audrey Seemann earned her third straight state berth with a district runner-up score of 399.20 and Wildcat teammate Britney Meienberg was fourth with 385.70 for a fourth straight state trip, believed to be a school record.,Addison Heitman rounded out the Napoleon girls’ state contingent with a ninth-place effort at districts to clinch a state spot.,Joining Fleischman and the Napoleon divers at state are Bryan’s Taylor Peters (third place), Wauseon’s Kennedy Nation (10th) and Tinora freshman Lauren Melia, who finished sixth to earn the first state diving berth in school history for the Rams. read more

Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

NORMAN— The No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team hosts the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes inside McCasland Field House Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT as the Sooners chase their 105th straight victory.,Oklahoma continues its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday as the No. 1 Sooners (7-0) welcome No. 8 Ohio State (2-3) to McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. CT.,Entering his 20th season at the helm of OU men’s gymnastics, head coach Mark Williams and his team are aiming at an NCAA men's gym record 12th national championship in 2019.,In the Road to Nationals rankings, OU holds the top team average (414.500) along with the top spot on floor exercise (70.325), still rings (70.025), vault (72.450) and high bar (67.250).,Individually, senior co-captain Genki Suzuki recorded the top all-around score of the season (83.600) in last weekend's home opener, putting him at No. 1 in the all-around ranks.

Oklahoma begins its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday, as the preseason No. 1 Sooners head west to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to face a challenging slate of opponents at the Rocky Mountain Open.,Senior Yul Moldauer is looking to conclude a historic collegiate career, coming off a junior season in which he earned four individual national titles (AA, FX, VT, PB), in addition to All-America nods on , pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and all-around.,Other key returners are senior Genki Suzuki, an All-American on pommel horse last season, and junior Tanner Justus, who earned All-America honors on vault in 2018.,Last season marked Moldauer's second all-around national title, after claiming the crown during his freshman season in 2016.,Guimaraes, a product of 5280 Gymnastics in Colorado, finished just behind Goodell in the all-around at the U.S. Championships, claiming fourth, but took home junior national titles on floor exercise and vault.

The new-look Fox Corp. on Friday announced that it will not bid for the 22 regional sports networks the Walt Disney Co. is selling off in accordance with the terms of the two media giants' $71.3 billion asset transfer.,Given its stated emphasis on sports, live events and news, the so-called "New Fox" that will emerge after the Disney deal goes through was thought to be the most likely contender to buy back the RSNs.,While YES Network is the crown jewel of the bunch—the Yankees/Brooklyn Nets outlet has been the most-watched RSN in the country for 14 of the last 16 years—the Cleveland Cavaliers put up huge numbers on Fox Sports Ohio, while the MLB's Royals are no slouch on Fox Sports Kansas City.,Sinclair is now seen as the last viable bidder for the entire RSN portfolio; meanwhile, Amazon and the New York Yankees are teaming up in an apparent venture to take YES Network off Disney's hands.,Many RSNs now trail only ESPN as the most costly line-item expense on subscribers' monthly cable bills; per SNL Kagan estimates, three of the Fox RSNs—YES Network ($6.74), Fox Sports Detroit ($6.69), Fox Sports Arizona ($5.48)—command among the priciest affiliate fees on the menu.

A cowboy hat is awarded to each of the winners at the Doc Buchanan Wrestling Invitational Tournament being held Friday and Saturday at Clovis High School.,Seven of the teams in the Orange County top 10 are sending wrestlers to The Doc B, including No. 2 Villa Park, No. 3 Esperanza, No. 4.,The top two teams in the state rankings, No. 1 Buchanan and No. 2 St. John Bosco, will be represented at The Doc B.

Cross sees The Doc B as the perfect tournament at the perfect time of the season.,Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: read more

Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.

The Beavercreek High girls cross country team used their friends on the girls soccer team as motivation the following day, Nov. 10, at the state cross country championships at the famous National Trail Raceway drag strip.,The Beavercreek High School girls cross country team celebrates its state title on the victory podium, Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.,The Beavercreek High School girls cross country team celebrates its state title on the victory podium, Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.,The Beavercreek High School girls soccer team poses for a team photo with the girls Division I state championship trophy, Nov. 9 after defeating Strongsville 4-2 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.,The Beavercreek High School girls soccer team poses for a team photo with the girls Division I state championship trophy, Nov. 9 after defeating Strongsville 4-2 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.

Goshen boys wins first track sectional since 1943 A little over a week after winning the Northern Lakes Conference boys track and field championship for the first time since 1977, the Goshen RedHawks snapped an even longer streak by capturing their first IHSAA sectional title since 1943.,Fairfield girls basketball moves on to semistate for first time The Falcons defeated Hamilton Heights, 40-21, in the championship for the program’s first-ever regional title.,Conner Graber of Northridge wins state wrestling title Raider senior Conner Graber rallied in the third period for a 9-8 win against Brownsburg senior Nathan Walton to win the 182-pound state wrestling championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.,NorthWood girls win seventh consecutive NLC crown Led by freshman Cybil Stillson, who was the individual medalist with a 78, the Panthers carded an impressive team total of 339 at Black Squirrel Golf Club to win a school-record seventh consecutive Northern Lakes Conference championship.,Concord boys swimming ends Northridge championship reign Concord was leading by a mere point heading into the final event — thee 400-yard freestyle relay — the Minutemen foursome of senior Garrett Roberts, senior Samuel Lower, junior Matthew Bond and junior Kallaghan Findley blazed their way to a first-place finish in a time of 3:10.28, which was only .32 off the sectional record.