OSU, Nike agree on sponsorship extension
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University has extended its current sponsorship contract with Nike by 15 years in a deal worth $252 million, the school and athletic apparel company announced.
The current partnership had been scheduled to end in July 2018, but will now continue until 2033. Most of the updated provisions in the contract won’t go into effect until 2018, but the agreement includes $22.5 million in cash and $5 million in products upfront.
The contract with the Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike also includes money for scholarships, internships and apparel for students who aren’t athletes, according to the agreement. Club sports teams will get a discount on uniforms and equipment through the deal.
According to the university, $2.5 million of that money will be used to establish a scholarship endowment, $10 million will endow a fund to be spent at the discretion of the university president and another $10 million will go toward an athletics department endowment.
The agreement, announced Thursday, also included at least $500,000 worth of Nike apparel to be given to Ohio State students annually beginning in 2018.
A committee representing the athletics, student life, business and finance and the president’s office will oversee the contract’s implementation and inform students and employees about its benefits, according to the university.
Plane makes emergency landing
DAYTON — No injuries were reported when a passenger plane made an emergency landing at an Ohio airport after the pilot reported trouble with the plane’s hydraulics system.
A spokeswoman at Dayton International Airport said an American Airlines flight headed from Des Moines, Iowa, to Reagan National Airport in Washington landed in Dayton around 8:30 Friday morning.
Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes says there were 69 passengers on board. She says no other flights were affected by the landing.
Hughes says the hydraulics system reportedly began operating again prior to landing, but mechanics at the airport were checking it.
Hughes had no information about the flight number or whether the plane remained at the airport.
A call seeking additional information from American Airlines was not immediately returned Friday.
Toddler killed in drive-by shooting
DAYTON — Authorities in a southwest Ohio city say a 13-month-old boy has been killed in a drive-by shooting.
The Montgomery County coroner’s office says Elijah Johnson died Thursday just before midnight. His death was still under investigation Friday.
Dayton police say the boy, a man and a woman were hit by shots from a passing car as they stood outside a house Thursday afternoon. The adults were treated for their wounds at hospitals and released.
Police say they don’t know why the people were targeted and haven’t identified any suspects.
A 2-year-old boy Dayton was seriously wounded when gunshots were fired at a car he was in Dec. 24. A 20-year-old man has been charged with felonious assault in that case.
Over 12,000 deer checked in muzzleloader season
COLUMBUS — More than 12,000 white-tailed deer were checked by hunters during Ohio’s muzzleloader season for a decrease of more than 1,000 from last year.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said 12,505 deer were checked in the season that ran from Jan. 9 through Jan. 12 compared with 13,724 deer last year.
Department officials say bag limits were reduced and antlerless-permit use was eliminated in most counties to help stabilize deer populations for the 2015-2016. They say hunting is the most effective management tool for maintaining a healthy deer population in Ohio.
State wildlife officials are revising Ohio’s deer population goals and have asked hunters for their input in a random survey.
Hunters also still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter. Ohio’s archery season remains open through Feb. 7.
Air Force museum open expansion in June
DAYTON — Officials say a more than $40 million expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwestern Ohio will open in June.
The privately financed 224,000-square-foot hangar at the aviation museum near Dayton is scheduled to open June 8. Officials say the building is expected to draw more visitors to the museum that attracts more than a million people a year.
Curators began moving historic and experimental aircraft into the new hangar this past fall. Those aircraft include the delta-winged XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber, the hypersonic X-15 rocket plane and the YF-23 Black Widow II advanced tactical fighter.
About 52 aircraft have been towed into the hangar so far. Around 70 aircraft, missiles and space artifacts will be on display in four galleries when the expansion is completed.