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Brea catches fire and makes big 3 for Dayton to beat Davidson

Mar. 6—Dayton Flyers guard Koby Brea’s mom, Mayra Villar, gave him his nickname — “Fuego — when he was a senior at Monsignor Scanlan High School.

Fuego means fire in Spanish. Dayton grad Dan Patrick started using “En Fuego” on ESPN’s SportsCenter to describe players in the zone decades ago, long before the second-year Flyer Brea was born. His mom may not have known about that history with the nickname, but she knew a hot shooter when she saw one.

“She doesn’t know much about basketball,” Brea said, “but whenever I would shoot, she would just say, ‘Fuego! Fuego!’ Somebody picked it up, and I kind of just went with it.”

Brea lived up to the nickname Saturday by making 4 of 6 3-pointers, including three in the second half. His final 3-pointer with 43 seconds to play gave Dayton a 78-76 lead against Davidson, and that turned out to

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Deebo surprises young gaming parter with a big trip

Deebo Samuel has been making fans of the San Francisco 49ers very happy this season with his stellar play. Recently, he gave a young fan of his a special experience that he met through gaming.

On Tuesday afternoon, SportsCenter posted a video on Instagram from a fan who got a neat experience with Samuel. According to the video, Samuel and the fan met while playing NBA 2k. Samuel flew the fan out for a 49ers game and paid for everything. Here is what the fan said about the experience with Samuel.

“Went from playing 2k to actually linking with Deebo Samuel. He paid for everything so I could see him play. He even got me a field pass for the game.”

In the video, Samuel can be seen with the fan in the hotel, and he comes up to the fan while he is on

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Convention center expecting big year in 2022

Dec. 12—The Owensboro Convention Center and the Sportscenter were both on track in 2020 to have their most successful years since the convention center opened in 2014.

And then the coronavirus pandemic reached Owensboro, and both venues had to close on March 8.

And it was months before either was back to anything approaching normal.

At the end of May 2021, Laura Alexander, general manager of both facilities, said, “We’re turning the corner. The summer is looking very good.”

In July, conventions finally returned to the convention center after a long 15 months of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kentucky Water & Wastewater Operators Association was the first to return.

“We are expecting a larger turnout for conventions in 2022,” Alexander said. “Fourteen conventions that represent over 8,600 hotel room nights have already committed to 2022, and we still have more that are in the works.

“We only

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Sportscenter, playing through tragedy and big second-half scoring

Elkhart's Malachi Emmons (25)  works against  Gary Westside in a boys regional semifinal game Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Michigan City High School. Emmons returns to play for Concord this season after spending a year at Elkhart.

Elkhart’s Malachi Emmons (25) works against Gary Westside in a boys regional semifinal game Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Michigan City High School. Emmons returns to play for Concord this season after spending a year at Elkhart.

Malachi Emmons woke up to his phone blowing up with texts about this biggest play of his high school basketball career.

Everybody at school the next day couldn’t stop talking about it with him either.

“Honestly the next day I think I watched that video in like two or three classes,” Emmons said. “The teacher brought it up on the board.”

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The video in question was of Emmons’ right-wing, 28-foot, game-winning heave at the buzzer which helped Concord defeat South Bend Saint Joseph, 56-53 last Tuesday night, and was featured as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top-10 plays

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