The Bengals today re-signed TE Alex Smith, who had become an unrestricted free agent when his 2013 Cincinnati contract expired.
Smith (6-4, 250; Stanford) is a 10th-year NFL player in 2014, in his second season with Cincinnati. He joined the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent from Cleveland for 2013 and played in every regular season game, with two starts. He caught 13 passes, for 47 yards. He missed the Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego, due to a wrist dislocation suffered in the regular season finale vs. Baltimore. He has completed rehab from that injury.
“Alex played significant snaps for us last year, and it’s good to get him back in the fold,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s ready to go physically, and it’s mini-camp week, so he jumps right back in there for us.”
Smith has 119 NFL games played, with 57 starts. He has 160 receptions for 1461 yards and 12 TDs.


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Is the season slipping beyond their reach? Notes, stats, photos and video from Monday's 6-2 loss to Dodgers HERE. What is next for Tony Cingrani?

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The unique relationship between the Reds and their fans
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Down on the Farm
Mat Latos and Joey Votto made rehab appearances for Triple-A Louisville last night.
Fox Sports Ohio's Kevin Goheen has more.



Dalton and Smith face uncertain financial futures 
The problem: In the time since the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect in 2011, the concept of a second-tier quarterback contract has effectively vanished.
The nine highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL by average salary per year (APY), all of whom were signed to their current deals over the past 27 months, are each making in excess of $17.5 million annually, according to NFL Players Association records.

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during a team OTA workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bengals once again try to take the next step

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Ranking rosters
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Cyclones season ends with Game 6 loss
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"Obviously it's fun to make a long run like this, but you hope you're going to come out with the trophy at the end," he added. "But I thought these guys gave it their all and we really don't have anything to be ashamed of."
With another season in the books, the countdown to the 2014-15 First Face-Off can officially begin! The Cyclones will return for another season of hockey at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, October 25 when they play host to the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:30pm. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the offseason on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones) 

UC Bearcats
Bearcats pick up commitment from 2015 point guard Justin Jenifer.
Bearcat Journal's Chad Brendel has more:
“The reason I felt like I should be spending my four years at Cincinnati was because when I went on my visit I felt like I was at home,” Jenifer told Bearcat Journal shortly after making his decision. “The coaches kept it real with me and didn't sugarcoat anything and the players didn't sugarcoat anything with me either. They had good feedback about the coaches and about the support system they have. That sold me.”


A look at schools most adversely affected by conference realignment
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Vote for a local product 
UD baseball player Robby Sunderman made the first cut for the Fans Choice Award and a potential trip to Omaha. He's a Moeller and UD grad who is on his way to Optometry School next year.  He played on a state championship team at Moeller and was All-Atlantic 10 at Dayton. Great kid. Vote HERE 

Xavier/Lakota West product continues to impress 
MLS Soccer

After Nick Hagglund's man-of-the-match performance in Toronto FC's 1-0 win over the San Joes Earthquakes n Saturday, there can be no doubt about it: He's now firmly in the running for MLS Rookie of the Year.


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From ESPN: Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game -- first since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.