WLKR – Sports News & Scores

FRIDAY, MAY 25TH, 2018

HS BASEBALL – REGIONAL SEMI’S FROM THURSDAY

Division 3 at Elida HS: Edison lost 2-1 to Coldwater

Division 4 at Patrick Henry HS (Hamler): Plymouth beat North Baltimore 2-1

-Plymouth has advanced to their first Regional Final in school history.  The Big Red will take on Hicksville today (Friday) at 5:00 pm at Patrick Henry HS.

HS SOFTBALL – REGIONAL SEMI-FINALS FROM THURSDAY

Div. 2 at Tiffin: Oak Harbor lost 4-1 against Keystone

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – CAVS FACE ‘MUST WIN’ TONIGHT

Boston at Cleveland – Game 6 – 8:00/8:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Boston leads series 3-2.  If there’s a Game 7, it will be played on Sunday night in Boston (8:30 pm).

NBA NEWS – LEBRON ON ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM AGAIN

LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday.  It’s a NBA-record 12th time he’s been selected for the First Team.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – ROCKETS TAKE GAME 5

Houston defeated Golden State 98-92 last night – Houston now leads series 3-2

Eric Gordon led the Rockets off the bench with 24 points while Chris Paul had 20.  Paul suffered a hamstring injury late in the game; with his status unknown for the rest of the series.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE OPENER TO ASTROS

Houston beat Cleveland 8-2 last night

-Tribe starting pitcher Mike Clevinger was roughed up for 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.

-Michael Brantley drove in both of Cleveland’s runs.

-The Indians play Houston again tonight at 7:10 pm, with Corey Kluber pitching for the Tribe (not carried on WLKR due to Cavs playoff coverage).

MLB BASEBALL – FRIDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Cincinnati won 5-4 over Pittsburgh (Eugenio Suarez: grand slam HR for Reds)

Kansas City defeated Texas 8-2            Baltimore beat the Chicago White Sox 9-3

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS WIN 2 OF 3 AT GATEWAY

The Lake Erie Crushers beat the Gateway Grizzlies 1-0 last night

-The Crushers open up a 3-game weekend series tonight in River City at 7:35 pm.

MOTOR RACING – BIG WEEKEND AHEAD

Sunday at 11:00 am/12 noon – Indianapolis 500 – LIVE on Kool Gold 1510 AM

Sunday at 5:00/6:00 pm – NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series – Coca-Cola 600 – LIVE on K96

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – STANLEY CUP FINAL

-Begins Monday with Game 1 – Washington at Vegas – 8:00 pm

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THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – CAVS DROP GAME 5

Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 last night in Game 5

-Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Jaylen Brown had 17 as Boston took a 13-point lead after one quarter and never looked back.

-LeBron James led the Cavs with 26 points and 10 rebounds while looking fatigued at times.

-Boston is up 3-2 in the series.  Game 6 will be played Friday night in Cleveland.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GAME 5 IS TONIGHT

Golden State at Houston – 9:00 pm – Series tied 2-2

NFL NEWS – NEW RULE ON NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS

The NFL has passed a new policy involving the National Anthem and protests.

-The new rule says players can stay in the locker room during the anthem, but must stand if on the field or a fine will be issued.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN BOTH AT WRIGLEY

Cleveland 1-0 winners at the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night

-Tribe rookie pitcher Adam Plutko took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, where he allowed 2 hits before being lifted for Andrew Miller; with Miller working out of a jam in the 7th.

-Michael Brantley drove in the game’s only run with a RBI single in the 3rd inning.

– Cleveland has placed OF Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain, calling up starting pitcher Adam Plutko before last night’s game.

-The Indians open up a 4-game home series against Houston tonight at 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

MLB BASEBALL – THURSDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 5-4 in 12 innings (Pirates’ Josh Harrison tripled in the winning run)

Texas outslugged the NY Yankees 12-10 (Nomar Mazara: 2-run HR/Ronald Guzman: 3-run HR for Texas)        

Detroit defeated Minnesota 4-1 Kansas City beat St. Louis 5-2 in 10 innings

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – GAME 7 LAST NIGHT

Washington won 4-0 at Tampa Bay (Capitals will face Vegas in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final)

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS LOSE AT GATEWAY

Gateway beat Lake Erie 6-5 on Wednesday

-The two teams wrap up their series tonight at Gateway at 8:05 pm.

NASCAR – 2019 HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED

NASCAR has announced their 2019 Hall of Fame class.

-Headlining the class is four-time cup champion Jeff Gordon along with other former drivers Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki and owners Roger Penske and Jack Roush.

-Both Allison and Kulwicki passed away in plane and helicopter crashes in 1993.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – GAME 5 IN BOSTON

Cleveland at Boston – Tonight at 8:00/8:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR Series tied 2-2.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – SERIES ALL TIED UP

Houston won 95-92 at Golden State last night  

-James Harden scored 30 points and Chris Paul had 27 as the Rockets rallied back from a 10-point 4th quarter deficit.  Series tied 2-2.  Game 5 is set for Thursday in Houston.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS TAKE CARE OF CUBS

Cleveland clobbered the Chicago Cubs last night, winning 10-1 at Wrigley Field

-The Tribe scored 4 times in the 3rd, 3 more times in the 4th and added 3 more runs in the 5th inning as Cleveland routed the Cubs in their first trip back to Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.  Jose Ramirez hit a 3-run homer (his 14th), Yonder Alonso had 3 hits and 3 RBI and Melky Cabrera collected his first hit and RBI in an Indians uniform.

-Cleveland wraps up their short 2-game series at the Cubs tonight.  First pitch at 8:10 pm – game will NOT be carried by WLKR due to Cavs playoff basketball.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST FROM TUESDAY

Miami beat the New York Mets 5-1

-The Mets have signed former Blue Jay star Jose Bautista, after Atlanta released him earlier this week.

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS OPEN UP 3-GAME SERIES AT GATEWAY

The Lake Erie Crushers shutout the Gateway Grizzlies 5-0 last night

NFL NEWS – NEW RULES FOR KICKOFFS THIS YEAR

The NFL is looking to make the kickoff safer.  Rules have been approved for the 2018 season that includes the elimination of running starts for kickoff coverage.  The kickoff rules will be reevaluated after the 2018 season.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – DECISIVE GAME 7 TONIGHT

Washington at Tampa Bay – 8:00 pm.  Winner meets Vegas in Stanley Cup Final.

SPORTS NEWS – PATRICK TO HOST ESPYS

ESPN has announced that race car driver Danica Patrick will host this year’s ESPY’s, becoming the first woman to host the sports awards show.  The 26th annual ESPY’s happen July 18th in Los Angeles.

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TUESDAY, MAY 22ND, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – CAVS EVEN UP SERIES

Cleveland beat Boston 111-102 last night in Game 4

-The Cavs took a 16-point lead after one quarter and never let go as they evened up the best-of-seven series.  Boston trailed by 15 at half and by 13 after 3 quarters as they cut the lead down to 7 in the 4th quarter, but no closer.

-LeBron James erupted for 44 points while Kyle Korver scored 14 points, including two blocked shots and a number of hustle plays.  Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

-Series tied 2-2. Game Five will take place Wednesday night in Boston. (The Celtics are 9-0 at home this postseason)

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GOLDEN STATE HOSTS GAME 4 TONIGHT

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors – West Finals – Game 4 – 9:00 pm

-Golden State leads series 2-1.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS AT CUBS FOR 2-GAME SET

Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs – Tonight at 6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Trevor Bauer will pitch for the Tribe against the Cubs’ Tyler Chatwood.

MLB BASEBALL – NOTABLE FINAL SCORES FROM MONDAY

New York Yankees beat Texas 10-5

-The Yankees blasted 5 home runs last night, setting a franchise record by hitting at least 4 homers in three straight games.

Minnesota defeated Detroit 4-2                  

St. Louis beat Kansas City 6-0

Washington won 10-2 over San Diego

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS OPEN UP 3-GAME SERIES AT GATEWAY

Lake Erie Crushers at Gateway Grizzlies – Tonight at 8:05 pm

-The Crushers have won 6 of their last 7 games.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – WASHINGTON FORCES GAME 7

Washington topped Tampa Bay 3-0 in Game 6 last night

-Game 7 is set for Wednesday night at Tampa Bay.  The winner takes on Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final.

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MONDAY, MAY 21ST, 2018

HS SPORTS – THREE AREA TEAMS MAKE IT TO REGIONALS

Baseball – Edison and Plymouth are off to the regionals later this week.  For Plymouth, it’s their first regional appearance in 34 years.

Softball – Oak Harbor knocked off Clyde to make it to the Sweet 16.

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – CAVS LOOK TO EVEN SERIES

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers – Game 4 – 8:00/8:30 LIVE on 95-3 WLKR

-Series tied 1-1.  Game Five will take place Wednesday night in Boston.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GOLDEN STATE BLOW OUT ROCKETS

Golden State were 126-85 winners at home in Game 3 vs. Houston on Sunday night

-Steph Curry led the Warriors with 35 points (five made 3’s) while Kevin Durant scored 25.

-Golden State leads series 2-1.  Game Four is Wednesday night at Golden State.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS HELD TO THREE HITS

Houston beat Cleveland 3-1 last night

-Astros pitcher Lance McCullers stifled Tribe hitters; allowing just 1 hit with 8 strikeouts in seven innings.  McCullers took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Jason Kipnis hit a single to right field.

-Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco took the loss (5-3), but still pitched decent; lasting nearly 8 innings while giving up 3 runs on 8 hits.

-The Indians have today off.  Cleveland has a two-game series starting Tuesday night at the Chicago Cubs.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER SCORES OF INTEREST FROM SUNDAY

Seattle won 3-2 in 11 innings over Detroit

-Jean Segura had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th for the Mariners.

Boston won 5-0 over Baltimore

-Red Sox J.D. Martinez bashed two home runs to tie him with teammate Mookie Betts for the AL lead with 15.

Atlanta beat Miami 10-9

-The Braves rallied for 6 runs in the 9th inning for their biggest 9th inning comeback in 8 years.

-Atlanta also made news by releasing Jose Bautista on Sunday, a month after signing him to a minor league deal.  The 37 year-old hit just .143 with 2 homers in 12 games for the Braves.

Chicago Cubs defeated Cincinnati 6-1

-Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish struck out 7.

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER AT HOME SUNDAY

Lake Erie won and lost by a score of 3-2 in a doubleheader vs. Washington on Sunday

-The Crushers have won 6 of their last 7 games.  They have Monday off.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – VEGAS CONTINUES HISTORIC RUN 

Vegas won 2-1 at Winnipeg on Sunday in Game 5

-Vegas win series 4-1; and advances to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year of existence.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – TAMPA LOOKING TO WIN SERIES

Tampa Bay at Washington – Game 6 – 8:00 pm – TB leads series 3-2.

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FRIDAY, MAY 18TH, 2018

NFL NEWS – BROWNS TO BE ON “HARD KNOCKS”

The Cleveland Browns have been selected as the featured team for this year’s HBO “Hard Knocks” program.

-The show will give viewers a total access ‘behind the scenes’ look at training camp.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS OPEN UP BIG SERIES IN HOUSTON

Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros – 7:37/8:10 pm – Tonight – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Mike Clevinger will pitch for the Tribe against Houston’s Charlie Morton.

-The 3-game series continues Saturday at 4:10 pm and a special Sunday night game at 8:05 pm, both also on 95.3 WLKR.

MLB BASEBALL – THURSDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Boston beat Baltimore 6-2 (J.D. Martinez: 2-run HR and Xander Bogaerts: 3-run HR – for Boston)

Chicago White Sox won 4-2 over Texas (Wellington Castillo had 2 RBI for Chicago)

Detroit defeated Seattle 3-2 (Jose Iglesias drove in 2 runs for the Tigers)

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS WIN 4TH STRAIGHT, SWEEP NORMAL

Lake Erie Crushers beat the Normal Cornbelters 2-0 on Thursday afternoon

-The Crushers open up a 3-game weekend series at home tonight (7:05) versus the Washington Wild Things.

NBA PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS – WEEKEND SCHEDULE  

EAST – GAME 3 – Boston at Cleveland (BOS up 2-0) – Saturday at 8:00/8:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

WEST – GAME 3 – Houston at Golden State (Series tied 1-1) – Sunday at 8:00 pm

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS

EAST – LAST NIGHT: Tampa Bay beat Washington 4-2 (Series tied 2-2)

WEST – TONIGHT: Las Vegas at Winnipeg (8:00 pm – Vegas leads 2-1)

NASCAR – ALL-STAR RACE SET FOR SATURDAY IN CHARLOTTE

Friday at 8:30 pm – Truck Series – North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Saturday at 5:30/6:00 pm LIVE on K96 – Monster Energy Cup Series – All-Star Open/All-Star Race

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THURSDAY, MAY 17TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN SERIES FINALE IN DETROIT

Cleveland shutout Detroit 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon

-Trevor Bauer pitched 8 shutout innings; allowing just 4 hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts

-Offensively for the Indians, Michael Brantley had 3 hits and a solo home run.  Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Erik Gonzalez each drove in a run as well.

-Cleveland is off today.  The Tribe opens up a 3-game series at Houston on Friday night.

MLB BASEBALL – WEDNESDAY’S NOTABLE FINAL SCORES

St. Louis beat Minnesota 7-5 (Dexter Fowler drove in 2 runs for the Cardinals)

Tampa Bay won 5-3 over Kansas City (Adeiny Hechavarria had 2 RBI for the Rays)

Cincinnati defeated San Francisco 6-3 (The Reds’ Adam Duvall hit a 3-run home run)

New York Yankees at Washington (postponed/rain)

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS WIN 2-1 FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY, 3RD WIN IN A ROW

Lake Erie Crushers won 2-1 in 10 innings over Normal on Wednesday afternoon

-Lake Erie wraps up their first home series of 2018 versus Normal today at 11:05 am.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GAME TWO – HOUSTON EVENS  IT UP

Houston beat Golden State 127-105 last night (Series tied 1-1)

-James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points for the Rockets and P.J. Tucker added 22.

-Game Three is Sunday night at Golden State.

NBA NEWS – MVP/ROY CANDIDATES, NO MORE PUNISHMENT CAVS’ SMITH

-LeBron James joins candidates James Harden of Houston and Anthony Davis of New Orleans as finalists for this year’s NBA MVP.  It would be the fifth MVP for James and the first for both Davis and Harden.

-Finalists for NBA Rookie of the Year are: Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston’s Jayson Tatum.

-Cleveland’s J.R. Smith will not face further discipline for his shove on Boston’s Al Horford late in the fourth quarter of Game Two.  Officials charged Smith with a “flagrant 1” foul during the game.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS

WEST – LAST NIGHT: Las Vegas won 4-2 at Winnipeg (Vegas leads series 2-1)

EAST – TONIGHT: Tampa Bay at Washington (8:00 pm, Washington leads series 2-1)

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – CAVS DROP FIRST TWO IN BOSTON

Boston beat Cleveland 107-94 last night in Game Two

-A 7-point Cavs halftime lead turned into a 7-point Boston lead after Cleveland was outscored 36-22 in the 3rd quarter.

-LeBron James had a triple double with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists after only scoring 15 points in Game One.   Boston was led by 23 points from Jaylen Brown.

Boston leads series 2-0. Game Three takes place Saturday night (8:30 pm) in Cleveland.

NBA NEWS – DRAFT LOTTERY HELD LAST NIGHT

The Phoenix Suns will get the number-one pick in next month’s draft after winning last night’s NBA Draft Lottery.  Sacramento will choose second and Atlanta will pick third.  Cleveland will select 8th in the draft.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GAME TWO – TONIGHT

Golden State at Houston – 9:00 pm (Golden State leads series 1-0)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS ‘PEN FAULTERS AGAIN

Detroit beat Cleveland 9-8 last night

-With the Indians up 8-4 in the seventh inning, the Tribe bullpen stumbled again, as Dan Otero and Andrew Miller allowed 5 runs to put Detroit up by a run.  Brandon Guyer hit a first-inning grand slam with Rajai Davis driving 2 runs for Cleveland in the loss.

-Cleveland looks to avoid a 3-game sweep in Detroit today at 12:37/1:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Trevor Bauer is set to pitch for the Tribe.

-Before last night’s game, the Indians placed center-fielder Bradley Zimmer on the disabled list with a rib injury; and called up relief pitcher, right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus.

MLB BASEBALL – TUESDAY’S SCORES OF INTEREST

Minnesota won 4-1 against St. Louis   

San Francisco beat Cincinnati 5-3

MLB NEWS – CANO SUSPENDED

Seattle All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance.   Cano tested positive for a substance that is believed to be a masking agent for another drug.

-He was placed on the disabled list Monday with a broken finger, with his time on the DL to count towards his suspension.

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS WIN HOME OPENER

Lake Erie Crushers won 2-1 over the Normal Cornbelters on Tuesday afternoon

-Five Crushers pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts.  Lake Erie hosts Normal again today at 11:05 am.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS

EAST – LAST NIGHT: Tampa Bay beat Washington 4-1 (Washington leads series 2-1)

WEST – TONIGHT: Las Vegas at Winnipeg (Series tied 1-1)

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TUESDAY, MAY 15TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – GAME TWO – TONIGHT

Cleveland at Boston – 8:00/8:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

Boston leads series 1-0 after a 25-point win in Game One on Sunday where the Celtics held LeBron James to just 15 points.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GAME ONE – LAST NIGHT

Golden State won 119-106 at Houston last night

-Kevin Durant led Golden State with 37 points while Klay Thompson knocked down 6 three-pointers and scored 28 points.  The Warriors lead the series 1-0.  Game Two is Wednesday night in Houston.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL IN SERIES OPENER

Detroit defeated Cleveland 6-3 last night

-With the Indians trailing 3-2 in the 8th inning, the Tigers put the game out of reach with a 3-run home run from Niko Goodrum off reliever Zach McAllister. It was Goodrum’s second long ball of the night, as he drove in 5 runs.   Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez hit his 13th homer, tying for the AL lead.

-The Indians play at Detroit again tonight at 7:10 pm. Josh Tomlin will pitch for Cleveland. (Game will not air on WLKR due to Cavs playoff basketball)

MLB BASEBALL – MONDAY’S NOTABLE SCORES

Seattle 1-0 winners at Minnesota

-Four Seattle pitchers, including lefty-starter Wade LeBlanc, held the Twins to just 4 hits.

San Francisco beat Cincinnati 10-7

-Giants first baseman Brandon Belt drove in 3 runs while hitting a solo homer.

BASEBALL – LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS HAVE HOME OPENER TODAY

Normal Cornbelters at Lake Erie Crushers – 11:05 am

-The Crushers are 1-2 on the season after winning Sunday at Southern Illinois.

NFL NEWS – JACKSON TO MAKE DO ON PROMISE

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson says he will keep his promise of jumping into Lake Erie.

-Jackson originally made the promise after his first season in 2016, when the Browns went 1-15, saying that he would take a dip in the lake if Cleveland finished with that record again.  The Browns were one loss worse, going 0-16 in 2017.

-Jackson said he’ll jump in the lake on June 1st at a private location; and will donate $100 to charity for every Browns employee who joins him.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS

WEST – LAST NIGHT:  Las Vegas beat Winnipeg 3-1 (Series tied 1-1)

EAST – TONIGHT:  Washington at Tampa Bay (8:00 pm, Capitals lead series 2-0)

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MONDAY, MAY 14TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – GAME ONE – CELTICS DOMINATE

Boston blasted Cleveland 108-83 on Sunday afternoon

-The Celtics went on a 17-0 run in the 1st quarter, leading 36-18 after one quarter and owned a 61-35 lead at the half.  Cleveland missed their first 14 three-point attempts, shooting 4/26 for the game.

-For the first time this postseason, LeBron James did not lead the Cavs in scoring. LeBron had just 15 points while Kevin Love scored 17.  Boston leads series 1-0.  Game Two is Tuesday night in Boston.

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEST FINALS – GAME ONE – TONIGHT

Golden State at Houston – 9:00 pm

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS TAKE 2 OF 3 FROM ROYALS

Cleveland defeated Kansas City 11-2 on Sunday afternoon

-Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez all drove in 3 runs with each hitting a home run.  Gomes also had 4 hits on the day.  The Indians are back in action tonight on the road at the Detroit Tigers at 6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Carlos Carrasco will pitch tonight for Cleveland.

MLB BASEBALL – SCORES OF INTEREST FROM SUNDAY

Baltimore crushed Tampa Bay 17-1 (Joe Rickard hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 for the O’s)

Detroit defeated Seattle 5-4 (Seattle lost Robinson Cano to a broken pinkie finger)

L.A. Angels beat Minnesota 2-1 (Angel’s pitcher Shohei Ohtani struck out 11)

Cincinnati defeated the L.A. Dodgers 5-3 (Joey Votto/Eugenio Suarez each with 2-run homers for the Reds)

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE FINALS

LAST NIGHT – EAST:  Washington beat Tampa Bay 6-2 last night (Capitals lead series 2-0)

TONIGHT – WEST: Las Vegas at Winnipeg – 8:00 pm (Winnipeg leads series 1-0)

GOLF – PLAYER’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Webb Simpson won The Players Championship with an 18-under-par.

-Simpson finished 4 shots ahead of three second place finishers.  Tiger Woods finished at 11-under-par, tied for 11th.

NASCAR – SATURDAY NIGHT RACING IN KANSAS

Kevin Harvick won Saturday night’s Monster Energy Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas.

-Racing returns this Saturday night with the All-Star Race at Charlotte.

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FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS HOME TONIGHT TO START 3-GAME SET AGAINST ROYALS

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians – 6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Tune in to WLKR as Josh Bowman and Kevin Rasnick bring you extended pregame coverage from Progressive Field.  From 4:30 to 6:30, Josh and Kevin will bring you interviews with Indians players, broadcasters and front office personnel.

-Trevor Bauer pitches tonight for the Indians.

-The series continues Saturday afternoon at 4:10 and Sunday afternoon at 1:10 pm.  Sunday’s game will not be broadcast on WLKR due to Cavs playoff basketball.

MLB BASEBALL – NOTABLE SCORES FROM THURSDAY

Boston beat the New York Yankees 5-4

-Hanley Ramirez and J.D. Martinez each had solo shots for the Red Sox.

L.A. Angels defeated Minnesota 7-4

-Ian Kinsler hit a 2-run homer and DH/pitcher Shohei Ohtani had a solo home run.

Cincinnati won 4-1 at the L.A. Dodgers

-Scooter Gennett had 3 hits and 3 RBI as the Reds won their third game in a row.

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST FINALS – SUNDAY

Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics – Sunday at 3:00/3:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Game 2 is in Boston on Tuesday night with the series shifting to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.

NHL HOCKEY – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL – GAME 7 – LAST NIGHT

Winnipeg beat Nashville 5-1 (Winnipeg wins series 4 games to 3)

-Winnipeg moves on to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.

GOLF – PLAYER’S CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERWAY

There’s a six-way tie for first after Thursday’s first round of The Player’s Championship.

-Among those tied at 6-under-par are Americans’ Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. 

-Tiger Woods finished at even-par, tied for 69th place.

-Phil Mickelson had a very rough first round, struggling his way to a 7-over-par, the third worst round of the day.

NASCAR – SATURDAY NIGHT RACING IN KANSAS

Tonight (Friday) at 8:30 pm – Truck Series – 37 Kind Days 250

Saturday at 7:00/8:00 pm LIVE on K96 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – KC Masterpiece 400

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THURSDAY, MAY 10TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST SEMI-FINALS – CAVS TO FACE CELTICS

Boston beat Philadelphia 114-112 last night (Boston wins series 4-1)

-The Celtics’ Jayson Tatum made a go-ahead layup with 23 seconds left.

-The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Boston for Game One Sunday afternoon at 3:00/3:30 pm  LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN, SNAP 4-GAME LOSING STREAK

Cleveland beat Milwaukee 6-2 Wednesday afternoon

-Carlos Carrasco struck out a season-high 14 batters while tossing his second complete game of the season. Carrasco held the Brewers to 2 runs on 5 hits.  Carrasco also picked up his first career RBI with a single to left field in the 8th inning.

-The Indians got a 3-run homer from Tyler Naquin (his 2nd) and a solo shot from Francisco Lindor (his 10th).

-Cleveland has today off before opening a 3-game series against Kansas City on Friday at Progressive Field.

MLB BASEBALL – FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST FROM WEDNESDAY

New York Yankees beat Boston 9-6

-The Yankees are now in 1st place, ahead of Boston now, after winning their 17th game out of 18.

Texas defeated Detroit 5-4 in 10 innings

-Nomar Mazara won it with a walk-off solo home run for the Rangers.

Cincinnati won 2-1 over the New York Mets in 10 innings

-Adam Duvall hit a walk-off solo homer to win it for the Reds.

MLS SOCCER – COLUMBUS WINS

Columbus won 1-0 over the Philadelphia Union last night

NHL HOCKEY – CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL – GAME 7 – TONIGHT

Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators – 8:00 pm (Series tied 3-3)

-The winner moves on to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – LAST NIGHT – WEST SEMI’S

Golden State won 113-104 over New Orleans (GS wins series 4-1)

Houston beat Utah 112-102 (HOU wins series 4-1)

-Golden State and Houston will meet in the Western Conference Finals starting Monday.

NBA PLAYOFFS – EAST SEMI-FINAL – TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Boston (8:00 pm, BOS leads series 3-1)

-The Cleveland Cavaliers await the winner of this series in the Eastern Conference Finals.

NBA NEWS – CAVS WON’T PUNISH HOOD

The Cleveland Cavaliers will not suspend backup shooting guard Rodney Hood after he reportedly refused to check into Game 4 when coach Tyronn Lue tried to sub him in during a timeout, with Cleveland ahead by 30 in the fourth quarter.

-Hood has apologized to GM Koby Altman and is expected to soon do the same with teammates and coaching staff.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS DROP 4TH STRAIGHT

Milwaukee beat Cleveland 3-2 last night

-Tribe ace Corey Kluber allowed 2 home runs, including a bomb to Brewers pitcher Brent Suter.

-Suter entered the game in the first inning for the Brewers after starting pitcher Wade Miley left due to injury with just one out recorded.

-The Indians wrap up their brief 2-game series at Milwaukee this afternoon at 12:37/1:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to pitch today for Cleveland.

MLB BASEBALL – FINAL SCORES OF NOTE FROM TUESDAY – NO-HITTER BY PAXTON

Seattle beat Toronto 5-0

-Seattle’s James Paxton, a native of Canada, threw the Mariner’s sixth-ever no-hitter while playing in his home country.  Paxton walked three and struck out 7.

Cincinnati defeated New York Mets 7-2

-The Mets and Reds completed a trade on Tuesday.  New York sent starting pitcher Matt Harvey to Cincinnati for catcher Devon Mesoraco.

Detroit defeated Texas 7-4             

Minnesota beat St. Louis 7-1          

New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – BURROW LEAVING OHIO STATE

Quarterback Joe Burrow has announced he’s leaving Ohio State as a graduate transfer.

-Burrow has two years of eligibility left; but has yet to decide on where he’ll play next.  He was competing with Dwayne Haskins for Ohio State’s starting QB job.

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TUESDAY, MAY 8TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS SWEEP TORONTO

Cleveland defeated Toronto 128-93 last night – East Semi’s – Game 4 (Cavs win series 4-0)

-LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with 29 points and 11 assists, Kevin Love scored 23 and J.R. Smith added 15 points.

-The Cavs led by just 4 points after one quarter, but then went on a 12-0 run in the final 2:12 of the second quarter and expanded their lead out to 30 points in the second half.

-The Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth straight season, eliminating Toronto for the third straight year.

-Cleveland faces the winner of the Boston-Philadelphia series. If that series goes five or six games, the Eastern Conference Finals begin Sunday.  If that series goes a full seven games, the Eastern Conference Finals begin next Tuesday.

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER EAST SEMI-FINAL LAST NIGHT

Philadelphia beat Boston 103-92 (BOS leads 3-1)

-Game 5 takes place Wednesday night in Boston.

NBA PLAYOFFS – TONIGHT – WEST SEMI’S

New Orleans at Golden State (10:30 pm, GS leads series 3-1)

Utah at Houston (8:00 pm, HOU leads series 3-1)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS OPEN UP 2-GAME SERIES IN MILWAUKEE

Cleveland Indians at Milwaukee Brewers – 7:07/7:40 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Corey Kluber will pitch tonight for the Indians, who fell to the .500 mark over the weekend after being swept by the Yankees in New York.

MLB BASEBALL – FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST FROM MONDAY

New York Mets beat Cincinnati 7-6

-Adrian Gonzalez hit 2 solo home runs and former Indian Jay Bruce had a solo shot for the Mets.

Texas defeated Detroit 7-6

-Isaiah Kiner-Falefa drove in 2 runs for Texas.

Minnesota beat St. Louis 6-0

-Twins starter Fernando Romero pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits with 9 strikeouts.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S

LAST NIGHT:  Washington won 2-1 at Pittsburgh (WAS wins series 4-2)

Nashville beat Winnipeg 4-0 (Series tied 3-3) – Game 7 is Thursday night in Nashville.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS SIGN PUNTER

Cleveland has claimed former Packers punter Justin Vogel off waivers. Vogel, who will be entering his second season, set a Green Bay single-season record last year with a 41.6 net average per punt.

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MONDAY, MAY 7TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS LOOK FOR SWEEP TONIGHT

Toronto at Cleveland – East Semi’s – Game 4 (Cavs lead series 3-0) – 8:00/8:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

– With a win tonight, the Cavaliers will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the 4th straight season as well as the 8th time in franchise history.  The Cavaliers have gone on to sweep an opponent all 9 occasions when leading 3-0 in a playoff series.

– LeBron James registered a game-high 38 points during the Game 3 victory, including his buzzer-beater off the glass. James has now led Cleveland in points and assists in 11 consecutive playoff games, passing Oscar Robertson (10 such games) for the longest such streak in NBA postseason history.

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER EAST SEMI-FINAL TONIGHT

Boston at Philadelphia (6:00 pm, BOS leads 3-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS – SUNDAY’S FINAL SCORES – WEST SEMI’S

Golden State defeated New Orleans 118-92 (GS leads series 3-1)

-Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points while Steph Curry added 23.

Houston beat Utah 100-87 (HOU leads series 3-1)

-Chris Paul had 27 and James Harden scored 24 points for the Rockets.

MLB BASEBALL – YANKEES FINISH 3-GAME SWEEP OF INDIANS SUNDAY

New York Yankees beat Cleveland 7-4

-Yankee rookie Gleyber Torres hit a 3-run walk-off homer off Tribe reliever Dan Otero.  The homer spoiled an outstanding outing by Tribe starter Mike Clevinger, who allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in 7.1 innings.

-After the Indians were held hitless through 7 innings, Cleveland scored 4 times in the eighth inning to lead 4-0.  Indians closer Cody Allen couldn’t hold the lead after coming into the game in the eighth inning, giving up 3 runs.

-The Indians have the day off.  They’re back in action on Tuesday night at Milwaukee.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER GAMES OF NOTE FROM SUNDAY

Minnesota beat Chicago White Sox 5-3  

Kansas City defeated Detroit 4-2

Miami won 8-5 at Cincinnati    

St. Louis won 4-3 over the Chicago Cubs in 14 innings on Sunday night

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S

SUNDAY: Tampa Bay won 3-1 over Boston (TB wins series 4-1)                     

                 Vegas beat San Jose 3-0 (VEG wins series 4-2)

TONIGHT: Washington at Pittsburgh (7:00 pm, WAS leads series 3-2)

Nashville at Winnipeg (9:30 pm, WIN leads series 3-2)

NASCAR – AT DOVER ON SUNDAY

Kevin Harvick won the Monster Energy Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover Sunday on K96.

-Clint Bowyer finished 2nd with Daniel Suarez placing in the 3rd position.

-The Monster Energy Cup Series races next on Saturday night at Kansas (7:00/8:00 pm – LIVE on K96).

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FRIDAY, MAY 4TH

NBA Playoffs – Cavs dominate Game 2

Cleveland beat Toronto 128-110 last night in East Semi’s

-LeBron James: 43 points, 14 assists and 8 rebound.  Kevin Love: 31 points & 11 boards

*Cavs lead series 2-0…Game 3 is Saturday night in Cleveland at 8:30 pm (live on 95.3 WLKR beginning at 8:00 pm).

NBA Playoffs – Celtics win again

Boston won 108-103 over Philadelphia in Game 2 of East Semi’s (Boston now leads series 2-0)

-The Celtics, getting 21 points from Jayson Tatum and 20 from Terry Rozier, overcame a 22-point deficit.

NBA Playoffs – Western Semi’s – Tonight

Golden State at New Orleans – Game 3 (8:00 pm, GS leads 2-0)

Houston at Utah – Game 3 (10:30 pm, Series tied 1-1)

MLB Baseball – Indians split long doubleheader

Toronto defeated Cleveland 13-11 in 11 innings – Game One

-After the start was delayed for 2-hours due to rain, the game lasted around 5 hours.

-Despite a 7-run 4th inning and 2 homers from Francisco Lindor, the Indians lost in extras after reliever Tyler Olson allowed a grand slam in the 11th inning.

Cleveland beat Toronto 13-4 – Game Two (first pitch was 8:30 pm)

-The Tribe offense erupted again, this time for a 9-run 5th inning.

Jose Ramirez hit a 2-run homer and drove in 3 runs.

-Pitcher Adam Plutko earned his first major league win in his first career start; holding the Jays to 3 runs and 6 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

*The Indians play tonight at the New York Yankees – 6:37/7:05 pm – LIVE on 95-3 WLKR

MLB – OTHER SCORES OF NOTE FROM THURSDAY

New York Yankees won 6-5 at Houston …..Kansas City defeated Detroit 10-6

Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 6-5                                                                                                            

MLB News – Ichiro retires, sort of

Seattle Mariners’ veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is stepping down as a player, at least for the rest of this season.  The 44-year-old announced Thursday that he was shifting immediately into a front-office job as a special assistant to the chairman.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Semi’s last night, tonight

Pittsburgh beat Washington 3-1 (Series tied 2-2)…..Nashville won 2-1 at Winnipeg (Series tied 2-2)

Tonight’s games: Tampa Bay at Boston (7:00 pm, TB lead series 2-1)…San Jose at Vegas (10:00 pm, Series tied 2-2)

NHL News – Blue Jackets’ Werenski has surgery

Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski had shoulder surgery on Thursday to repair an injury that bothered him during most of this past season.  Werenski, at 20-years-old, is expected to fully recover by the start of next season.

NASCAR – At Dover this weekend

Today (Friday) at 5:00 pm: Truck Series – Jegs 200

Saturday at 1:30 pm: Xfinity Series – OneMain Financial 200

Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm – LIVE on K96: Monster Energy Cup Series – AAA 400 Drive for Autism

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THURSDAY, MAY 3RD, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS AT TORONTO AGAIN TONIGHT

Cleveland at Toronto – East Semi’s – Game 2 – 5:30/6:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – (Cavs lead series 1-0)

-Kevin Love’s elbow to DeMar DeRozan late in the 4th quarter of Game One has been upgraded from a common foul to a “Flagrant 1”.

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER ACTION TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Boston (8:30 pm, Boston leads 1-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S FINAL SCORE

Utah won at Houston 116-108 (Series tied 1-1)

-Joe Ingles had 27 points and made 7 three-pointers in the Jazz playoff win.

MLB BASEBALL – EDWIN GOES DEEP 3 TIMES IN TRIBE WIN, DOUBLEHEADER TODAY

Cleveland topped Texas 12-4 on Wednesday afternoon

-The Indians scored double-digit runs for the first time this season as they took the rubber match of this series vs. Texas.

-Cleveland slugged five home runs Wednesday afternoon, including Edwin Encarnacion’s first 3-homer game with the Tribe, the 3rd of his career.  Edwin drove in 6 runs.  Jason Kipnis also hit a 3-run homer and Francisco Lindor added a solo bomb.

-Tribe ace Corey Kluber improved to 5-1 on the season, as he allowed three runs on six hits over 7 innings of work with six strikeouts.

-The Indians host Toronto today in a traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field. First pitch of game one at 1:10 with game two to take place a half-hour after the first game. (WLKR will have live coverage of the first game only, 12:37/1:10 pm). The second game will not air on WLKR due to Cavs playoff basketball coverage.

-Carlos Carrasco will pitch the first game with Adam Plutko to start game two after getting the call-up from triple-A.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER NOTABLE FINALS FROM WEDNESDAY

Detroit defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 in 12 innings (John Hicks’ RBI bunt-single won it for the Tigers)

Minnesota beat Toronto 4-0 (Eddie Rosario: Solo HR for Twins)

New York Yankees won 4-0 at Houston (Giancarlo Stanton: All 4 RBI for Yankees)

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 3-1 (Christian Yelich hit a solo homer for the Brewers)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S CONTINUE

LAST NIGHT: Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-1 (Tampa Bay leads series 2-1)

San Jose shutout Vegas 4-0 (Series tied 2-2)

TONIGHT:      Washington at Pittsburgh (7:00 pm, Washington leads series 2-1)

Nashville at Winnipeg (9:30 pm, Winnipeg leads series 2-1)

NASCAR NEWS – XFINITY DRIVER SUSPENDED

NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Xfinity driver Spencer Gallagher for failing a random drug test.

-The specifics of the test have not been released but Gallagher has said he will enroll in NASCAR’s recovery program, which takes at least a month to complete.

-Gallagher won this past Saturday’s race at Talladega.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS STEAL GAME ONE

Cleveland beat Toronto 113-112 in OT last night – East Semi’s – Game 1

-LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a game where the Cavs never took the lead until overtime.

– J.R. Smith added 20 for the Cavaliers including 5 big three-pointers.  Kyle Korver also had 19 points and 5 made triples.

-Cleveland leads best-of-seven series 1-0.  Game 2 is Thursday night at Toronto (5:30/6:00 pm).

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER ACTION TUESDAY

Golden State beat New Orleans 121-116 – West Semi-finals – Game 2 (Golden State leads 2-0)

-Steph Curry had 28 points in his 2018 playoff debut after returning from injury. Kevin Durant scored 29.

NBA PLAYOFFS – TONIGHT

Utah at Houston (8:00 pm, Houston leads 1-0)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS

Texas defeated Cleveland 8-6 in 12 innings last night

-Despite getting a game-tying grand slam in the 9th from Michael Brantley (his first career grand slam), the Indians lost in extras last night by allowing back-to-back homers in the 12th inning.

-Cleveland hosts Texas today in the rubber match of the series at 12:37/1:10 – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Corey Kluber will pitch for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – BAUER SAYS ASTROS PITCHERS ARE “CHEATING”

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer hinted on social media that Houston Astros pitchers are “cheating” by doctoring baseballs.

-Tuesday on Twitter, Bauer basically insinuated that Houston, whose pitchers lead MLB in ERA, are adding substances to the ball to increase spin rates, giving them an advantage.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST FROM TUESDAY

Detroit defeated Tampa Bay 2-1

Toronto beat Minnesota 7-4 in 10 innings

New York Yankees won 4-0 at Houston

Milwaukee got by Cincinnati 7-6

NFL NEWS – BARRETT SIGNS WITH NEW ORLEANS

Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has signed a three-year free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.  Barrett will look to battle QB’s Tom Savage and Taysom Hill to be Drew Brees’ backup.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S

LAST NIGHT: Washington beat Pittsburgh 4-3 (Washington leads series 2-1)

                      Winnipeg beat Nashville 7-4 (Winnipeg leads series 2-1)

TONIGHT:      Tampa Bay at Boston (7:00 pm, Series tied 1-1)

Vegas at San Jose (10:00 pm, Vegas leads 2-1)

NASCAR NEWS – DALE JR. WELCOMES FIRST CHILD

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife Amy are now parents for the first time.  The Earnhardts welcomed first child, Isla Rose, on Tuesday after the baby was born on Monday night.

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TUESDAY, MAY 1ST, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS AT TORONTO TO START CONFERENCE SEMI’S

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – East Semi’s – Game 1 – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Game 2 is Thursday night in Toronto at 6:00 pm.

NBA PLAYOFFS –  OTHER ACTION TONIGHT

New Orleans at Golden State – West Semi-finals – Game 2 – 10:30 pm (Golden State leads series 1-0)

-Steph Curry is probable to play tonight for the Warriors.  It would be Curry’s 2018 postseason debut.

NBA PLAYOFFS – MONDAY NIGHT’S FINAL SCORE

Boston beat Philadelphia 117-101 last night – East Semi-finals – Game 1 (Boston leads series 1-0)

-Terry Rozier scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum had 28 points for the Celtics.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN SERIES OPENER

The Cleveland Indians won 7-5 over Texas last night

-In a nearly 4-hour contest, Cleveland rallied from multiple deficits to win the first contest of the three-game set with the Rangers.

-Jose Ramirez was 2-for-5 provided two go-ahead RBI, giving the Tribe a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning and a 5-4 lead in the 8th.

-Yonder Alonso entered the game in the 8th inning; hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the frame.

-Pitcher Trevor Bauer took a no-decision for the Indians, as he held the Rangers to two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings of work; and struck out a season-high 11 batters.

-The Indians face Texas again tonight at 6:10 pm.  Mike Clevinger will pitch for the Tribe. (Game will not air on WLKR due to the Cavs playoff game).

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER FINAL SCORES OF NOTE FROM MONDAY

Tampa Bat defeated Detroit 3-2 (C.J. Cron hit a 2-run homer for the Rays)

Toronto won 7-5 at Minnesota (Blue Jays 1st baseman Justin Smoak had a 2-run home run)

Houston edged New York Yankees 2-1 (Yankees 9-game win streak comes to an end)

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 6-5 (Brewers’ Josh Hader earned his 4th save by striking out 8 in 2 2/3 innings)

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – DODGERS STAR OUT FOR SEASON

L.A. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will miss the rest of the season due to upcoming Tommy John surgery on his right arm.  Seager only missed one game during the 2017 season.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S

LAST NIGHT: Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-2 (Series tied 1-1)

                     Vegas were 4-3 winners in OT at San Jose (Vegas lead 2-1)

TONIGHT:      Washington at Pittsburgh (7:30 pm, Series tied 1-1)

Nashville at Winnipeg (8:00 pm, Series tied 1-1)

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MONDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS WIN GAME SEVEN

Cleveland beat Indiana 105-101 on Sunday afternoon – East 1st Round – Game 7

-LeBron James scored 45 points including 26 in the first half. LeBron is a perfect 5-0 in his career in Game 7’s.

-After not playing much in the series, Tristan Thompson got the start in Game 7…and was huge; scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds.  Kevin Love finished with 12 points by connecting on 4 three-pointers. George Hill returned from injury and put up 11 points for the Cavs.

-Cleveland wins series 4 games to 3.  The Cavaliers advance to take on Toronto in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals on Tuesday night (7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR).

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER ACTION SUNDAY

Houston defeated Utah 110-96 – West Semi-finals – Game 1 (Utah leads series 1-0)

-James Harden led the Rockets with 41 points while making seven 3-pointers.

NBA PLAYOFFS – TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Boston – East Semi-finals – Game 1 – 8:00 pm

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL TO SEATTLE ON SUNDAY

Seattle beat Cleveland 10-4 on Sunday afternoon

-Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin was roughed up again; allowing 6 runs, 2 home runs and 10 hits in 6 innings.

-Jose Ramirez and Brandon Guyer each drove in 2 runs for Cleveland.  Guyer hit a 2-run homer.

-Seattle won 3 of 4 at Cleveland over the weekend.  The Indians are back at it again tonight at home versus the Texas Rangers at 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Trevor Bauer pitches tonight for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL – NOTABLE FINAL SCORES FROM SUNDAY

Kansas City won 5-4 over the Chicago White Sox  (Cheslor Cuthbert had 2 homers/4 RBI for the Royals)

Baltimore beat Detroit 5-3 (Pedro Alvarez hit 2 home runs and drove in 3 for the Orioles)

Cincinnati defeated Minnesota 8-2 (Adam Duvall hit a solo homer and had 2 RBI’s for the Reds)

New York Yankees beat the L.A. Angels 2-1 in the Sunday night game (Yankees’ 9th straight win)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI’S

SUNDAY: Washington beat Pittsburgh 4-1 (Series tied 1-1)

                Nashville won 5-4 over Winnipeg in 2 OTs (Series Tied 1-1)                                                                                    

TONIGHT: Boston at Tampa Bay (7:00 pm, Boston leads 1-0)…Vegas at San Jose (10:00 pm, Series tied 1-1)

NASCAR – LOGANO TAKES TALLADEGA

Joey Logano won Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Geico 500 at Talladega on K96.

-Kurt Busch finished 2nd with Chase Elliott in the 3rd position.

-The Monster Energy Series heads to Dover on Sunday (1:00/2:00 pm LIVE on K96).

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2018

NFL DRAFT – 1ST ROUND HELD LAST NIGHT, BROWNS TAKE MAYFIELD & WARD

The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, and then chose Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the 4th pick.

-Other QB’s taken in the 1st Round last night: Sam Darnold (USC, #3 to NY Jets), Josh Allen (Wyoming, #7 to Buffalo via trade), Josh Rosen (UCLA, #10 to Arizona via trade), Lamar Jackson (Louisville, #32 to Baltimore via trade)

-Ohio State center Billy Price was taken 21st by Cincinnati.

*Tonight marks Round 2 & 3:  The Browns have the 1st, 3rd, and the last pick of the 2nd round and no picks in the 3rd round.  Rounds 4 through 7 take place on Saturday.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE TO SEATTLE ON THURSDAY

Seattle beat Cleveland 5-4 last night

-After trailing 4-0 after 4 innings, the Indians rallied back to tie the game in the 7th.  Seattle answered with back to back doubles off Nick Goody in the 8th inning to take back the lead for good.

-Cleveland’s Yonder Alonso hit a 2-run homer, his 6th of the season.

-The Indians and Mariners play again tonight at Progressive Field, first pitch at 7:10 pm (game will not air on WLKR due to the Cavs playoff game). Corey Kluber will pitch for the Tribe.

-Before last night’s game, Indians reliever Andrew Miller was placed on the 10-Day DL with a left hamstring injury.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER FINAL SCORES FROM THURSDAY

Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 (Matt Davidson: 2 HR’s for White Sox)

NY Yankees defeated Minnesota 4-3 (Twins lose 7th straight – dropping all 4 to Yankees, NY wins 6th straight)

Pittsburgh won 1-0 over Detroit (Corey Dickerson with walk-off homer in 9th inning)

Atlanta defeated Cincinnati 7-4 (Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr: 3 hits including first career HR in 2nd MLB game)

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS LOOK TO CLOSE OUT PACERS TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers – East 1st Round – Game 6 – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Cavs lead series 3-2.  If Cavs lose, Game 7 would be Sunday in Cleveland.

-The NBA released their Last Two Minute Report from Wednesday’s Game 6, saying that LeBron James’ block of Indiana’s Victor Oladipo with :03 left should’ve been called a goaltend. The basket would’ve gave Indiana a 2-point lead. Instead, LeBron swished a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

NBA PLAYOFFS – OTHER ACTION TONIGHT

Toronto at Washington (7:00 pm, TOR leads 3-2)…..Oklahoma City at Utah (10:30 pm, UTAH leads 3-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL

Milwaukee beat Boston 97-86 – (Series TIED 3-3)

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 31 points for Milwaukee

-Game 7 will be Saturday in Boston

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS UNDERWAY

LAST NIGHT: Pittsburgh beat Washington 3-2 (PIT leads 1-0)

                     Vegas dominated San Jose 7-0 (VEGAS leads 1-0)

TONIGHT: Winnipeg at Nashville (8:00 pm, Series 0-0)

NASCAR – RACING AT TALLADEGA THIS WEEKEND

Saturday at 3:00 pm – XFinity Series – Sparks Energy 300

Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm – LIVE on K96 – Monster Energy Cup Series – Geico 500

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – LEBRON GIVES CAVS PIVOTAL GAME 5 WIN

Cleveland beat Indiana 98-95 – East 1st Round – Game 5

-Reminiscent from the 2009 playoffs versus Orlando, LeBron James swished a game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key with no time remaining.  On Indiana’s previous possession, James blocked a potential go-ahead basket from Indiana’s Victor Oladipo with 3 seconds left.

-James scored 44 points last night and was a perfect 15/15 from the free throw line.

-Cavs lead series 3-2.  Game 6 is Friday night at Indiana (7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR).

NBA PLAYOFFS – TONIGHT

Boston at Milwaukee – (8:00 pm, BOS leads 3-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS – WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES

Toronto beat Washington 108-98 (TOR leads series 3-2)…Oklahoma City beat Utah 107-99 (UTAH leads 3-2)

Houston 122-104 winners over Minnesota (HOU wins series 4-1)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS SPLIT WITH CUBS

Cleveland beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night

-The Indians with 3 solo home runs from Brandon Guyer, Francisco Lindor, and Edwin Encarnacion.

-Trevor Bauer allowed just 1 run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out 8 Cubs.  Bauer is now 2-2 this season.

-Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 5th save.

-Indians reliever Andrew Miller left the game after throwing 2 pitches due to left hamstring tightness.

-Cleveland begins a 4-game series at home tonight versus the Seattle Mariners – 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Mike Clevinger will take the mound for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL – WEDNESDAY’S NOTABLE FINAL SCORES

Detroit at Pittsburgh doubleheader: Game One: Detroit won 13-10 Game 2: Pittsburgh won 8-3

NY Yankees defeated Minnesota 7-4…..Houston won 5-2 over the L.A. Angels

Atlanta beat Cincinnati 5-4

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – BOSTON TAKES GAME 7 IN 1ST ROUND SERIES

Boston beat Toronto 7-4 last night (BOS wins series 4-3)

NFL DRAFT – 1ST ROUND TAKES PLACE TONIGHT

The Cleveland Browns own the #1 and #4 picks in tonight’s 1st round of the NFL Draft in Dallas, Texas.

-Who do the Browns take first?  QB’s Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield?  DE Bradley Chubb at #4?

-The New York Giants have the #2 pick, the New York Jets have pick #3 and Denver owns the #5 overall pick.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS VS INDIANA – PIVOTAL GAME 5 TONIGHT

Indiana at Cleveland – East 1st Round – Game 5 – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Series tied 2-2.  Game 6 will take place Friday night at Indiana (time TBA).

OTHER NBA PLAYOFF GAMES TONIGHT  

Washington at Toronto (7:00 pm, Series TIED 2-2)

Utah at Oklahoma City (9:30 pm, UTAH leads 3-1)

Minnesota at Houston (9:30 pm, HOU leads 3-1)

NBA PLAYOFFS – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES

Boston beat Milwaukee 92-87 (BOS leads 3-1)

Philadelphia defeated Miami 104-91 (PHIL WINS series 4-1)

Golden State beat San Antonio 99-91 (GS WINS series 4-1)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL TO CUBS

Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland 10-3 last night

-Josh Tomlin gave up 4 home runs and 5 runs to the Cubs in 3 2/3 innings.  Zach McAllister also allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 1 inning on the mound for Cleveland.

-Kyle Schwarber hit 2 solo homers off Josh Tomlin.

-The Indians and Cubs wrap up their short 2-game series tonight at Progressive Field (7:05 pm – not airing tonight on WLKR due to Cavs playoff coverage).  Trevor Bauer starts for Cleveland against the Cubs’ Jon Lester.

MLB BASEBALL – TUESDAY’S NOTABLE FINAL SCORES

NY Yankees beat Minnesota 8-3

L.A. Angels defeated Houston 8-7

Cincinnati won 9-7 over Atlanta in 12 innings

Detroit at Pittsburgh – PPD/Rain (28th postponement this season in MLB)

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FINISH OFF SERIES IN BALTIMORE WITH ANOTHER WIN

Cleveland beat Baltimore 2-1 last night

-Tribe starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco improved to 4-0 this season by holding Baltimore to just 1 run on 6 hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 7.

-Yonder Alonso provided all the offense the Indians would need with a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning.

-Cleveland won 3 of 4 games at Baltimore in the weekend wraparound series.

-The Indians begin an 11-game home-stand tonight versus the Chicago Cubs at 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR. It’s just a 2-game series against the Cubs.  Josh Tomlin will pitch tonight for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – TRIBE SIGNS MELKY

The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal.

-The 33-year-old Cabrera has spent 13 years in the majors; hit .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBI last season with Kansas City and the White Sox.

MLB BASEBALL – MONDAY NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

New York Yankees roughed up Minnesota, beating the Twins 14-1

-Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam and first baseman Tyler Austin also hit a 2-run homer.

Cincinnati won 10-4 at home versus Atlanta

-Scott Schebler had a 2-run home run for the Reds.

L.A. Dodgers beat Miami 2-1

-Enrique Hernandez had 3 hits and a solo shot for the Dodgers.

San Francisco defeated Washington 4-2

-Giants’ outfielder Mac Williamson hit a 2-run homer and drove in 3 runs.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – SEASON OVER FOR CBJ

Washington beat Columbus 6-3 – East 1st Round – Game Six

-Washington wins series 4-2 after trailing 2-0. They move on to face Pittsburgh in the Eastern semi-finals.

-Columbus is still looking for their first-ever series win in the playoffs (0-4 in franchise history).

NBA PLAYOFF FINAL SCORES FROM MONDAY NIGHT

Houston won 119-100 at Minnesota (HOU leads 3-1)

-James Harden had 36 points and Chris Paul added 25 for the Rockets.

Utah beat Oklahoma City 113-96 (UTAH leads 3-1)

-Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 33 points.

NBA PLAYOFF GAMES – TONIGHT’S ACTION

Milwaukee at Boston (7:00 pm, Series TIED 2-2)…..Miami at Philadelphia (8:00 pm, PHIL leads 3-1)

San Antonio at Golden State (10:30 pm, GS leads 3-1)

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MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS DEFEAT INDIANA IN GAME 4

Cleveland beat Indiana 104-100 last night – East 1st Round – Game 4

-LeBron James had 32 points to lead Cleveland and Kyle Korver hit two big three-pointers late in the 4th quarter.

-Best-of-7-series now tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday night in Cleveland (6:30/7:00 pm on WLKR).

OTHER NBA PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR MONDAY NIGHT  

Houston at Minnesota (8:00 pm, HOU leads 2-1)…Oklahoma City at Utah (10:30 pm, UTAH leads 2-1)

NBA PLAYOFF FINAL SCORES FROM SUNDAY

Milwaukee beat Boston 104-102 (Series TIED 2-2)

-Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points including the game-winner with 5 seconds left.

Washington defeated Toronto 106-98 (Series TIED 2-2)

-Bradley Beal had 31 points and John Wall scored 27 for the Wizards.

San Antonio beat Golden State 103-90 (GS leads 3-1)

-Lamarcus Aldridge scored 22 points to lead a balanced-attack for the Spurs.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN ON SUNDAY

Cleveland beat Baltimore 7-3 on Sunday afternoon

-Jose Ramirez hit a solo and 2-run home run to give him 7 on the season.

-Corey Kluber earned the win (3-1) by going 7 innings; allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts.

-The Indians look to win 3 of 4 in Baltimore in the series finale tonight at 6:37/7:05 pm.

MLB BASEBALL – SUNDAY’S NOTABLE FINAL SCORES

Kansas City defeated Detroit 8-5 – Former Cleveland outfielder Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam for KC.

St. Louis beat Cincinnati 9-2 – The Cardinals got homers from Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong.

San Francisco defeated L.A. Angels 4-2 – SF’s Brandon Belt set a MLB record with a 21-pitch at-bat.

L.A. Dodgers defeated Washington 4-3 in the Sunday night game

-Corey Seager knocked in the eventual winning run for the Dodgers in the 7th inning.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – CBJ WITH BACKS AGAINST THE WALL TONIGHT

Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:30 pm – East 1st Round – Game Six

-Washington leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.  Game 7 would be Wednesday night in Washington.

NASCAR – BUSCH WINS AGAIN

Kyle Busch won Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (on K96).  It marked the 3rd straight in appearance in Victory Lane for Busch.

Christopher Bell took home the win in Friday night’s XFinity Series – ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH, 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – COACH BRUCE PASSES AWAY

Former Ohio State coach Earl Bruce has died.  He was 87.

-Bruce coached the Buckeyes to multiple Big Ten titles during his tenure from 1979 through 1988.

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS TRAVEL TO INDIANA TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers – 6:30/7:00 pm – East 1st Round – Game 3 – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Best-of-7-series tied 1-1 with Game 4 on Sunday night (8:30 pm) in Indiana.

OTHER NBA PLAYOFF GAMES ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Toronto at Washington (8:00 pm, TOR leads 2-0)…..Boston at Milwaukee (9:30 pm, BOS leads 2-0)

NBA PLAYOFF ACTION FROM THURSDAY NIGHT:

Philadelphia defeated Miami 128-108 (PHIL leads 2-1)

-Joel Embiid, wearing a mask, scored 23 points in his return from injury and playoff debut.

New Orleans won 119-102 over Portland (NO leads 3-0)

-Nikola Mirotic had a career-playoff-best 30 points to lead the Pelicans.

Golden State beat San Antonio 110-97 (GS leads 3-0)

-Kevin Durant scored 26 points along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

NFL – 2018 SCHEDULE RELEASED

The NFL season begins Thursday, September 6th with Super Bowl champs Philadelphia hosting Atlanta.

-As for the Cleveland Browns, they start the season on September 9th at home versus Pittsburgh.  The Browns lone prime time game comes in Week 3 in a Thursday night home game versus the New York Jets.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS OPEN UP SERIES IN BALTIMORE TONIGHT

Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles – 7:05 pm (Game will not air on WLKR due to Cavs playoff game)

-Tonight marks the first of a 4-game series in Baltimore for the Tribe, which comes to a close on Monday.

MLB BASEBALL – THURSDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Detroit outscored Baltimore 13-8

-Leonys Martin hit a grand slam for Detroit and Jeimeir Candelario added 3 RBI’s.

Houston beat Seattle 9-2

-For the Astros, pitcher Charlie Morton threw 7 shutout innings and Jose Altuve drove in 4 runs.

LATE NIGHT SCORES: Arizona won 3-1 over San Francisco     Boston beat the L.A. Angels 8-2

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – REDS FIRE MANAGER

After a 3-15 start to the season, the Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price on Thursday.

-Bench coach Jim Riggleman has been named the interim manager.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – COLUMBUS

Washington beat Columbus 4-1 – East 1st Round – Game Four

-Best-of-7 series now tied 2-2.  Game 5 takes place Saturday afternoon in Washington (3:00 pm).

NASCAR – AT RICHMOND FOR A SATURDAY SHOWDOWN

XFinity Series – ToyotaCare 250 – Tonight at 7:00 pm

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Toyota Owners 400 – Saturday at 5:30/6:30 pm – LIVE on K96

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS EVEN UP SERIES

Cleveland beat Indiana 100-97 last night – East 1st Round – Game 2

-LeBron James lit up the scoreboard last night with 46 points, including 20 in the 1st quarter.  Kyle Korver also finished with 12 points by connecting on 4 three-pointers.

-Best-of-7-series now tied 1-1, with games 3 and 4 to take place at Indiana on Friday (7:00 pm) and Sunday nights (8:30 pm), both live on 95.3 WLKR.

OTHER NBA PLAYOFF ACTION LAST NIGHT:

Utah beat Oklahoma City 102-95 (Series tied 1-1)

-Rookie Donovan Mitchell had 28 to lead the Jazz.

Houston defeated Minnesota 102-82 (HOU leads 2-0)

-Chris Paul scored 27 points for the Rockets and Gerald Green added 21 off the bench for Houston.

NBA PLAYOFFS – THURSDAY’S ACTION

Philadelphia at Miami (7:00 pm, Series tied 1-1)…..Portland at New Orleans (9:00 pm, NO up 2-0)

Golden State at San Antonio (9:30 pm, GS up 2-0)

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS-TWINS IN PUERTO RICO

Minnesota beat Cleveland 1-0 in 16 innings on Wednesday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico

-Ryan LaMarre had an RBI single in the 16th off Josh Tomlin to win it for the Twins.  It came after Edwin Encarnacion and Miguel Sano each hit solo homers for their teams in the 14th inning.

-The Indians have today off before opening up a 4-game series in Baltimore on Friday.

MLB BASEBALL – WEDNESDAY’S GAMES OF NOTE

Detroit defeated Baltimore 6-5

-Dixon Machado hit a solo walk-off homer for the Tigers.  Miguel Cabrera also had a solo shot.

Milwaukee were 2-0 winners over Cincinnati

-The Reds dropped to 3-15 on the season after losing by the same score for the second straight night.

Oakland beat the Chicago White Sox 12-11 in 14 innings

-The A’s getting a walk-off win via a RBI single by Matt Olson.

LATE NIGHT MLB SCORES:

Boston 9-0 winners at the L.A. Angels…..Houston won 7-1 at Seattle

L.A. Dodgers beat San Diego 13-4…..San Francisco defeated Arizona 4-3 in 10 innings

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – NAPOLI HURT,  BAUTISTA SIGNS WITH ATLANTA

-Mike Napoli reportedly suffered what’s being called “a significant knee injury” while fielding a pop-up for Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, Columbus on Tuesday night. No word yet on how much time he’ll miss.  Napoli signed a minor-league deal with Cleveland during Spring Training.

-Free agent Jose Bautista has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.  The former Blue Jays outfielder and multi-year All-Star is expected to play 3rd base for Atlanta.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – COLUMBUS HOME FOR GAME 4 TONIGHT

Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:30 pm – East 1st Round – Game Four

-Columbus leads the best-of-7 series 2-1 after dropping game 3 in double overtime on Tuesday, 3-2.

COLLEGE SPORTS NEWS – BUCKEYE WRESTLER WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder has been named the AAU Sullivan Award winner, an honor given to the top amateur athlete in the nation.

-Snyder won three national championships for the Buckeyes and an Olympic gold medal in 2016.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVS LOOK TO EVEN SERIES TONIGHT

Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers – East 1st Round – Game 2 – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Indiana leads best-of-7 series 1-0 thanks to a 98-80 blowout win in Game One in Cleveland on Sunday.

OTHER NBA PLAYOFF GAMES TONIGHT:

Utah at Oklahoma City (8:00 pm, OKC leads 1-0)…Minnesota at Houston (9:30 pm, HOU leads 1-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS – TUESDAY NIGHT’S ACTION

Toronto beat Washington 130-119 (TOR leads series 2-0)

-Demar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 37 points.

Boston beat Milwaukee 120-106 (BOS leads 2-0)

-Terry Rozier had 23 points for Boston.

New Orleans won 111-102 at Portland (NO leads 2-0)

-Jrue Holiday with 33 points for the Pelicans

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS BEAT TWINS IN PUERTO RICO

Cleveland Indians won 6-1 over Minnesota last night in San Juan, Puerto Rico

-Puerto-Rico native Francisco Lindor hit a 2-run home run for the Tribe along with the Indians also getting homers from Jose Ramirez, Yonder Alonso and Michael Brantley.

-Cory Kluber allowed just 1 run on 5 hits in nearly 7 innings of work.

-The 2-game series between the Tribe and Twins in Puerto Rico wraps up tonight at 7:10 pm.  Carlos Carrasco will pitch tonight for Cleveland.  (Game will not air on WLKR due to Cavs playoff coverage)

MLB BASEBALL – TUESDAY NIGHT’S GAMES OF INTEREST

Detroit defeated Baltimore 4-2

-The Tigers snapped a 5-game losing skid as Victor Martinez hit a home run (2-run HR) for the first time since last August and also drove in 3 runs.

Toronto swept a home doubleheader versus Kansas City

-Winning game one 11-3 and game two 5-4

Milwaukee shut out Cincinnati 2-0

Boston won big at the L.A. Angels 10-1

-Shohei Ohtani started on the mound for the Angels, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits while going just 2 innings.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – BLUE JACKETS

Washington Capitals beat Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in double OT – East 1st Round – Game Three

-Columbus leads the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game Four is Thursday night in Columbus.

LOCAL SPORTS – HAZELWOOD WINS PREP WRITERS AWARD AGAIN

Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector sports editor Mark Hazelwood has been named the 2017 Sportswriter of the Year for Division 2 by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

-This marks the fourth time Hazelwood has won the award in the last five years.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2018

NBA PLAYOFFS – LAST NIGHT’S ACTION, TONIGHT’S GAMES

Miami beat Philadelphia 113-103 (Series tied 1-1)

-Dwayne Wade scored 28 points and Gordon Dragic added 20 points for the Heat.

Golden State defeated San Antonio 116-101 (GS leads 2-0)

-Kevin Durant had 32 points and Klay Thompson scored 31 for the Warriors.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF GAMES:

Washington at Toronto (7:00 pm, TOR leads 1-0)…Milwaukee at Boston (8:00 pm, BOS leads 1-0)

New Orleans at Portland (10:30 pm, NO leads 1-0)

*The Cavs and Pacers resume their series on Wednesday night in Cleveland. (IND leads 1-0)

MLB BASEBALL – LAST NIGHT’S GAMES OF NOTE

Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 10-4

-Billy Hamilton drove in 3 runs for the Reds as they snapped an 8-game losing streak.

-The Reds play at Milwaukee again tonight.

New York Yankees blasted the Miami Marlins 12-1

-Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius hit 2 home runs and Aaron Judge added a solo shot for New York.

Seattle Mariners won 2-1 over Houston

-Seattle stopped a six-game losing skid with last night’s win; which included a solo homer from Nelson Cruz.

*Three more MLB games were postponed last night due to rough weather (Baltimore at Boston, St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, Kansas City at Toronto). The postponement in Toronto was due to a hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre caused by ice falling from the nearby CN Tower.

-Detroit plays host to Baltimore tonight at 6:40 pm.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS TAKE ON TWINS PUERTO RICO TONIGHT

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins – 6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Game played in San Juan, Puerto Rico (First MLB game in Puerto Rico since 2010)

-Corey Kluber will pitch tonight for the Indians, who haven’t played since Friday night thanks to two rain-outs in Cleveland over the weekend.

-Cleveland has three natives of Puerto-Rico on their roster -Francisco Lindor, Roberto Perez and coach Sandy Alomar.

-The 2-game series between the Tribe and Twins in Puerto Rico continues Wednesday night.

NHL HOCKEY- STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – JACKETS HOST CAPITALS TONIGHT

Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:30 pm – East 1st Round – Game Three

-Columbus leads the best-of-7 series 2-0 after back to back overtime road wins where they fell behind 2-0 in the 1st period.

NASCAR – KYLE BUSCH TAKES BRISTOL

The Food City 500 at Bristol was postponed until Monday, resuming at lap number-205.

Kyle Busch won the race with Kyle Larson finishing 2nd and Jimmie Johnson taking 3rd place.

-The Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Richmond this Saturday evening (5:30/6:30 on K96).

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MONDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS LOSE GAME ONE AT HOME

Indiana beat Cleveland 98-80 yesterday afternoon – East 1st Round – Game One

-Cleveland fell behind 33-14 after 1 quarter and could get only as close as 7 points down in the 2nd half.

-Indiana’s Victor Oladipo had 32 points for the Pacers as they handed the Cavs their first opening round playoff loss in 8 years.  Sunday also marked LeBron James’ first ever loss in game one of a first round series (previously 12-0).

-James put up another triple-double for Cleveland with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

-Indiana leads best-of-7 series 1-0.  Game Two is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE-JAYS RAINED OUT AGAIN

Toronto at Cleveland Indians – PPD due to rain on Sunday

-Both Saturday and Sunday’s Toronto at Cleveland games were rained out.  They will be made up as a traditional doubleheader on Thursday, May 3rd at 1:10 pm.

-Overall, 6 MLB games were postponed by inclement weather on Sunday, which also included a Yankees at Detroit doubleheader.

MLB BASEBALL – REDS LOSE 8TH STRAIGHT, COLON PERFECT THRU 7

St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 3-2 on Sunday 

-The Cardinals swept the Reds in Cincinnati in a 4-game series for the first time since 1949, leaving the Reds with a 2-13 record. Cincinnati is 2-13 for the first time since 1931.  The Reds play at Milwaukee tonight.

Texas won 3-1 at Houston in 10 innings

-44-year-old Texas Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon took a perfect game into the 8th inning before giving up a hit and a run against the Astros.

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – JACKETS TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD

Columbus won 5-4 in OT at Washington last night – East 1st Round – Game Two

-For the second game in a row, Columbus rallied back from 2-0 down in the first period to win in overtime.

-Cam Atkinson scored 2 goals and Matt Calvert scored the OT-game-winner at the 12:22 mark.

-Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had 54 saves for Columbus.

-Columbus leads best-of-7 series 2-0. Game Three is Tuesday night in Columbus.

NASCAR – BRISTOL RACE TO CONTINUE TODAY

After multiple rain delays, Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series – Food City 500 at Bristol was postponed until today at 12:30/1:00 pm – LIVE on K96.

-The race will resume at lap number-205, with Kyle Larson in 1st place, Denny Hamlin in 2nd and Paul Menard in the number-3 position.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2018

HS SPORTS –BASEBALL SEASON EXTENDED, LOCAL TEAMS MOVE UP DIVISIONS IN BK-BALL

The Ohio High School Athletic Association held their board of directors meeting on Thursday. Here are a couple of the highlights:

-The baseball season has been lengthened by a week, starting in 2019.  The amount of games in a season remains the same; with the regular season extended by a week and the state championship games pushed back a week as well.

-Area basketball teams have been moved up or down a division due to enrollment.

Boys: Huron down to Div. 3, Margaretta down to Div. 4, Seneca East down to Div. 4

Girls: Monroeville up to Div. 3, Plymouth up to Div. 3

MLB BASEBALL – CLEVELAND SWEEPS DETROIT

Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 9-3 last night

-Trevor Bauer allowed 2 runs while striking out 7 Tigers in 7 innings.

-Francisco Lindor drove in 3 runs which included a leadoff homer, Jose Ramirez hit a 2-run home run and Jason Kipnis had 3 hits and 2 runs driven in.

-The Indians have won 5 in a row overall and now 11 straight over Detroit after the 4-game sweep of the Tigers last night.

-Cleveland opens up a 3-game weekend series at home tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, 6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR. Mike Clevinger will pitch tonight for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL – REDS FALL AGAIN, BOSTON BEATS YANKEES

St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 13-4 last night

-The Reds host St. Louis again tonight at 6:40 pm. Cincinnati (2-10) is off to their worst start since 1955.

Boston beat the New York Yankees 6-3 last night (Boston wins 2 of 3 in the series)

NHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – JACKETS WIN GAME ONE

Columbus won 4-3 in OT at Washington last night – East 1st Round – Game One

-The Blue Jackets trailed 2-0 before tying the game 2-2 and also re-tied the game 3-3 in the 3rd period.

-Artemi Panarin scored the game-winner for Columbus about 6 minutes in to overtime.

-The Blue Jackets lead the best-of-seven series 1-0.  Game two is in Washington on Sunday (7:30 pm).

NBA – LEBRON WINS FINAL PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD

LeBron James has been named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March/April.

-James averaged nearly 30 points per game over the last month.  It’s the 4th time James has won the award this season.

-The #4 seeded Cavaliers will face #5 seed Indiana in the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting Sunday in Cleveland at 3:00/3:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

NFL NEWS – LANDRY TO SIGN BIG MONEY EXTENSION

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly close to signing recently acquired receiver Jarvis Landry to a major contract extension.

-Reports say the deal is for 5 years, $75 million.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – OSU SPRING GAME INFO, UM QB SPEIGHT TRANSFERING

-Ohio State is expected to make a decision this morning on Saturday’s spring game start time or if the game will be held at all.  The sold-out game is scheduled to kick-off at 1:45 pm, but could be adjusted or canceled due to inclement weather in the forecast.  Michigan and Wisconsin have already called off their spring games this Saturday due to weather.

-Now former Michigan QB Wilton Speight has announced he’s transferring to UCLA.  Speight was the Wolverines starting QB in 2016 and part of 2017 before suffering a back injury in the fourth game of this past season.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS – TWO BUCKEYES TAKEN IN WNBA DRAFT

Two Ohio State Buckeyes were selected by the Indiana Fever in the first two rounds of last night’s WNBA Draft.

-All-time Buckeye leading scorer, point guard Kelsey Mitchell was taken in the 1st round, 2nd overall.

-Ohio State forward Stephanie Mavunga was taken in the 2nd round, 14th overall.

NASCAR – AT BRISTOL FOR THE WEEKEND

XFinity Series – Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 – Saturday at 1:00 pm

Monster Energy Cup Series – Food City 500 – Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm – LIVE on K96

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS FALL IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

New York Knicks beat Cleveland Cavaliers 110-98 last night

-LeBron James: 10 points (rested most of the game, played in all 82 games this season for the first time in his career)

-John Holland led the Cavaliers with 21 points.  Ante Zizic also had 20 points and 7 rebounds for Cleveland.

-With the loss, the Cavs end the season with a record of 50-32 and are the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference.  Philadelphia finishes in the #3 position.  The Cavaliers will face #5 seed Indiana in the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting with Game One in Cleveland on Sunday at 3:00/3:30 pm (live on 95.3 WLKR).

-Toronto and Boston are the top 2 teams in the East, while Houston and Golden State make up the top 2 spots in the West.

NBA – LAST NIGHT’S OTHER REGULAR SEASON FINALE SCORES

Philadelphia won over Milwaukee 130-95 (76ers end regular season on 16-game win streak)

Minnesota beat Denver 112-106 in OT (Minnesota gets last playoff spot in West, Denver was eliminated)

MLB BASEBALL – CLEVELAND BEATS DETROIT AGAIN

Cleveland Indians defeated Detroit 5-1 last night

-Carlos Carrasco threw a complete game to increase his record to 3-0 on the young season. Carrasco allowed just 3 hits while striking out 6 Tigers.

-Michael Brantley was 2 for 4 with an RBI while Yonder Alonso had a 2-run single. Alonso leads Cleveland with 7 RBI.

-The Tribe became the last team in MLB to record 10 hits in a game this season.

-The Indians have won 4 in a row overall and 10 straight over Detroit.

-The Indians look for a 4-game sweep of Detroit tonight at Progressive Field at 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR. Trevor Bauer will pitch for the Tribe.

MLB BASEBALL – REDS SWEPT, YANKEES-RED SOX BRAWL

Philadelphia beat Cincinnati 4-3 last night in 12 innings (Phillies earn 3-game sweep of Reds)

-Cincinnati opens up a 4-game series at home versus St. Louis tonight (6:40 pm)

New York Yankees defeated Boston 10-7 (Game featured a benches-clearing brawl)

NHL HOCKEY – STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS UNDERWAY

Last night: Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 7-0 (PIT up 1-0)

Winnipeg won 3-2 over Minnesota (WIN up 1-0)…..Vegas beat Los Angeles 1-0 (VEG up 1-0)

Tonight: Columbus at Washington (7:30 pm)…..New Jersey at Tampa Bay (7:00 pm)

Toronto at Boston (7:00 pm)…..Colorado at Nashville (9:30 pm)…San Jose at Anaheim (10:30 pm)

NFL NEWS – 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE RELEASED

Cleveland Browns: at New York Giants, vs. Buffalo, vs. Philadelphia, at Detroit.

-The NFL Preseason officially gets going August 2nd in Canton as Baltimore takes on Chicago in the annual Hall of Fame game.

NASCAR – CREW CHIEF SUSPENDED

Chase Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson has been suspended two races for car violations during last Sunday’s race in Texas.

-The Monster Energy Cup heads to Bristol this Sunday afternoon.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS PLAY REGULAR SEASON FINALE TONIGHT

New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Cleveland needs to win and Philadelphia needs to lose to Milwaukee tonight in order for the Cavs to gain the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference. If not, Cleveland ends up the #4 team in the East.  The NBA Playoffs begin this Saturday.

-For the first time in his career, LeBron James looks to play all 82 games in a season.

NBA – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Philadelphia defeated Atlanta 121-113 (76ers: 15th straight win)…..Washington beat Boston 113-101

Utah blew out Golden State 119-79

-Kevin Durant will reportedly opt out of his contract this offseason to re-structure a new deal with Golden State.

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE TAKES SECOND GAME OF SERIES

Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 2-1 last night

-Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run early and Roberto Perez added another solo shot in the 8th inning to put the Tribe ahead.

-After a rough first outing last week in Anaheim, Indians starter Josh Tomlin bounced back with 5 innings of shutout baseball Tuesday night.  Cody Allen picked up his 3rd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

-The Indians take on the Tigers again this evening at Progressive Field at 6:10 pm. Carlos Carrasco will pitch for the Tribe. (The game will not air on WLKR due to the Cavs game)

MLB BASEBALL – PIRATES SPOIL HOME OPENER, REDS LOSE, BOSTON WINS BIG

Pittsburgh beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in Chicago’s home opener at Wrigley Field on Tuesday

Philadelphia defeated Cincinnati 6-1 last night

-The Phillies host the Reds again tonight at 7:05 pm in the series finale. Philly is looking for the 3-game sweep.

Boston blasted the New York Yankees last night at Fenway Park, 14-1, in their series opener

NFL NEWS – INCOGNITO SET TO RETIRE

Buffalo offensive lineman Richie Incognito says he’s retiring after 12 seasons due to health reasons.

-Incognito, a 12-year NFL veteran, said the stress of playing football is killing him.

-The 34-year-old Pro-Bowler was out of football in 2014 after being suspended for being involved in a bullying scandal while playing for Miami.

NHL HOCKEY – STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGIN TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:00 pm)…Minnesota at Winnipeg (7:00 pm)…Los Angeles at Vegas (10:00 pm)

-Columbus opens up their series at Washington on Thursday night.

NASCAR – MONSTER TO EXTEND SPONSORSHIP ONE MORE YEAR

Monster Energy has agreed to extend its sponsorship of NASCAR’s cup series through 2019.

-NASCAR officials say the deal will likely end though after 2019.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE WINS COLD SERIES OPENER AGAINST TIGERS

Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers 2-0

-Bradley Zimmer hit a solo home run, his first of the season.  Jose Ramirez also had a RBI for the Tribe.

-Corey Kluber picked up his first win of 2018, striking out 13 Tigers while tossing 8 innings of scoreless baseball and allowing just 2 hits.

-The Indians take on the Tigers again tonight at Progressive Field at 5:37/6:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Josh Tomlin will pitch tonight for Cleveland.  Tomlin is getting a couple extra days of rest after he had a back issue flare up in his first start in Anaheim on April 3rd. Tomlin was roughed up for 8 runs in that start.

MLB BASEBALL – CUBS HAVE HOME OPENER POSTPONED, REDS LOSE

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs – PPD due to snow, will be played today

Philadelphia beat Cincinnati 6-5 last night (Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart hit a 2-run HR in the loss)

-The Phillies host the Reds again tonight at 7:05 pm.

NBA – CAVS WIN, CLINCH CENTRAL TITLE

Cleveland Cavaliers won 123-109 at New York Knicks last night

-Kevin Love topped Cleveland with 28 points while knocking down 6 three-pointers.

-LeBron James scored 26 points while dishing out 11 assists.

-Cleveland clinched their 4th consecutive Central Division title last night, and for LeBron; it’s his 10th straight division championship.

-The Cavs are off tonight before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night at home versus the New York Knicks.

-Cleveland, currently 4th in the East, trail Philadelphia by a ½ game for the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference.  Philadelphia has 2 games remaining.

NBA NEWS – CAVS TO SIGN VETERAN PERKINS

The Cleveland Cavaliers will reportedly sign 13-year NBA veteran and enforcer Kendrick Perkins to their final roster spot heading into the playoffs.

-Perkins was a member of the 2015 Cavs team that made the NBA Finals.

-The 33-year-old last played in the NBA during the 2015-16 season with New Orleans.

-Sources say Perkins is being signed for his veteran leadership in the locker room more than his on-court capabilities.

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MONDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE WINS ON WALK-OFF

The Cleveland Indians defeated Kansas City 3-1 on Sunday afternoon

-Yan Gomes hit a 2-run walk-off homer to give the Tribe their first series victory of 2018 (2 games to 1).

-Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (no-decision) had a strong outing; as he scattered 9 hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings while allowing just 1 run.

-Before yesterday’s game, the Indians placed Lonnie Chisenhall on the disabled list with a calf injury. Tyler Naquin was re-called from Triple-A Columbus.  Chisenhall could miss 4 to 6 weeks.

-Sunday was the coldest game in the 25-year history of Progressive Field, with a first pitch temperature of 32 degrees.

-Cleveland begins a 4-game home series tonight versus Detroit, 5:37/6:10 pm LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.  Corey Kluber will start on the mound for the Tribe.

NBA – CAVS PLAY FINAL ROAD GAME TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks – 7:30 pm (Will not air on WLKR due to Indians game)

-Just 2 regular season games remain for Cleveland, as the Cavs host the Knicks on Wednesday night.

-Cleveland is currently 4th place in the Eastern Conference, a game behind Philadelphia for 3rd.

PGA GOLF – REED WINS MASTERS

American Patrick Reed was the winner of The Masters on Sunday at Augusta National.

-Reed finished at -15, with Rickie Fowler in second place at -14 and Jordan Spieth in third place at -13.  The green jacket is Reed’s first win in a major.

-Tiger Woods finished tied for 32nd at +1. Phil Mickelson ended at +2 in a tie for 36th place.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS TO FACE CAPITALS IN PLAYOFFS

The NHL regular season came to an end on Sunday with the playoffs to start on Wednesday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (1st Wild Card) will take on the Washington Capitals (Metro Division champs) in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The series begins Thursday night in Washington (7:30 pm).

-The Capitals won 3 of 4 against the Blue Jackets during the regular season.

NASCAR – KYLE BUSCH TAKES TEXAS

Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on K96.

-Kevin Harvick placed 2nd while Jamie McMurray finished 3rd.

-The boys head to Bristol this Sunday afternoon for the Food City 500 (1:00/2:00 pm on K96).

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE HOME OPENER TODAY

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians – 3:37/4:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Carlos Carrasco will pitch for the Tribe against KC’s Danny Duffy

-Pregame festivities include: 2018 Olympic gold medalist snowboarder and Ohio native Red Gerard to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, The Ohio State University Spring Athletic Band to perform the national anthem and “Hang on Sloopy”, and the 2017 AL Central Division Pennant will be unveiled.

-Join Josh Bowman and Kevin Rasnick live from Progressive Field from 2:00-3:30 pm with special pregame coverage on 95.3 WLKR.  Josh & Kevin will have interviews with Indians front office personnel and much more.

NBA – CAVS COME FROM BEHIND FOR BIG WIN

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Washington 119-115 last night

-LeBron James had 33 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds as the Cavs rallied back from 17 points down in the 4th quarter.

-Jeff Green also scored 21 points for Cleveland.

-Cleveland travels to Philadelphia for a pivotal playoff positioning matchup tonight at 7:00 pm. The Cavs lead the 76ers by a ½ game for the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference, with just 3 regular season games to go.

NBA NEWS – IRVING OUT FOR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS

Boston’s Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for the rest of the season including the playoffs, following recent left knee surgery.

-Irving needs to undergo a second knee procedure on Saturday; which he’s expected to recover from in   4 to 5 months.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS CLINCHES PLAYOFF SPOT DESPITE OT LOSS

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT last night

-By taking the game to overtime, Columbus clinched a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history in back-to-back seasons.

-The Blue Jackets wrap up the regular season at Nashville on Saturday night.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – MEYER EXPECTED TO SIGN EXTENSION

The board of trustees at Ohio State will vote today on a two-year contract extension for football head coach Urban Meyer.

-The extension would keep Meyer in Columbus through the 2022 season and make him the highest paid coach in the Big Ten at $7.6 million in 2018.

PGA GOLF – MASTERS UNDERWAY

Jordan Spieth leads The Masters after one round of play at Augusta after firing a first-round 66 (-6).

-Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau are two shots back in second place at -4.

-OTHER NOTABLE SCORES: Rory McIlroy (-3), Zach Johnson (-2), Rickie Fowler (-2), Phil Mickelson (-2), Vijay Singh (-1), Fred Couples (E), Tiger Woods (+1), Sergio Garcia (+9)

-Round 2 gets underway this morning at 8:30 am. First round leader Jordan Spieth tees off at 10:53 am with Tiger Woods scheduled to start play at 1:27 pm.

-Round 3 is Saturday with the 4th and final round on Sunday.

NASCAR – AT TEXAS THIS WEEKEND

Saturday at 3:00 pm – XFinity Series – My Bariatric Solutions 300

Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm LIVE on K96 – Monster Energy Cup Series – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL IN EXTRAS

The L.A. Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in 13 innings on Wednesday afternoon

-Angels infielder Zack Cozart hit a walk-off solo homer off Indians reliever Zach McAllister.

-Corey Kluber pitched 7 innings; giving up 2 runs while striking out 6.  Angels designated hitter and starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani hit his second home run in an many games, a 2-run shot off of Kluber.

-The Indians have lost their first two series of the season and own a record now of 2-4. Cleveland has today off with their home opener planned for Friday versus Kansas City (4:10 pm).

NBA – CAVS WIND DOWN REGULAR SEASON

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The Cavs are tied with Philadelphia for the 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with 4 regular season games remaining, including a matchup at Philly on Friday night.  The Wizards are in a 3-team battle for the 6th through 8th playoff positions.

-Tyronn Lue will return as head coach tonight for Cleveland after missing 9 games due to stepping away for health reasons.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS PLAYS HUGE GAME TONIGHT

Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

-The Blue Jackets and Penguins are tied for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division with 96 points; with just 2 regular season games to go for both teams.

-Columbus needs just a point (OT appearance) to clinch a playoff spot.

-The Blue Jackets wrap up the regular season at Nashville on Saturday night.

NFL NEWS – RG3 SIGNS WITH RAVENS

Former Cleveland Brown and Washington Redskin QB Robert Griffin III has signed a one-year deal with Baltimore.

-The 2nd overall pick in 2012 hasn’t seen action since the 2016 season with the Browns.

PGA GOLF – MASTERS BEGINS TODAY

Tom Watson won The Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday at Augusta on the eve of the 82nd Masters tournament. Jack Nicklaus’ son, GT, also had a hole-in-one during the nine-hole exhibition.

-The first round of The Masters begins this morning at August National.  The group of three Americans: Wesley Bryan, Austin Cook and Ted Potter Jr. are the first on the tee this morning at 8:30 am.

-Other notable tee times today include: Tiger Woods at 10:42 am, Sergio Garcia at 10:53 am, Phil Mickelson at 1:27 pm and Jordan Spieth at 1:49 pm.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL TO ANGELS

L.A. Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians 13-2 last night

-Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin allowed 8 earned runs over 3 innings.

-Jose Ramirez picked up his first hit of the year, a 2-run homerun in the first inning.

-The Indians wrap up their series at the Angels today at 3:37/4:07 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR. Corey Kluber is set to pitch today for the Tribe.

NBA – CAVS DEFEAT RAPTORS

Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto Raptors last night 112-106

– LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 27 points while Jose Calderon scored 19 points.  Kevin Love also had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

-The Cavs win the season series against Eastern Conference leaders Toronto (2-1) and keep their ½ game lead over Philadelphia for the #3 spot in the East.

-The Cavaliers next play on Thursday at home versus Washington.  Just 4 games remain for the Cavs in the regular season.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS – BGSU HIRES FORMER AU EAGLES HEAD COACH

Bowling Green State University has named former Ashland University woman’s basketball coach Robyn Fralick as their new head coach.

-Fralick has spent the last 10 years at Division 2-Ashland, the last three seasons as head coach, where she won a national championship a season ago and had a 73-game win streak snapped in this year’s national title game.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS WINS LAST NIGHT AFTER BIG DEFICIT

Columbus Blue Jackets beat Detroit 5-4 in OT last night

-Columbus scored 4 unanswered goals after trailing 4-1.  Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner.

-Just 2 games remain in the regular season for Columbus; at home Thursday versus Pittsburgh and on the road Saturday at Nashville.

NFL NEWS – TRADE BETWEEN PATS AND RAMS

New England has traded 1,000-yard receiver Brandin Cooks to the L.A. Rams for the 23rd overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.  The Patriots also sent their 4th round pick to L.A. with the Rams giving the Pats their 6th round pick.

PGA GOLF – MASTERS ALMOST SET TO BEGIN

It’s the day before The Masters officially gets underway in Augusta, Georgia.

-Today, the Masters Par 3 Contest takes place at 12 noon.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS OPEN UP SEASON IN SEATTLE

Seattle beat Cleveland 2-1 last night in the 2018 season opener

-Cleveland ace Corey Kluber pitched 8 solid innings, but did give up a 2-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the first inning.

-The Indians offense was held scoreless over 6 innings by Seattle’s “King” Felix Hernandez.

-Yan Gomes had the only RBI for the Tribe.

-The Indians have today off with the series continuing Saturday and Sunday in Seattle at 3:37/4:10 pm each day (live on 95.3 WLKR). The Tribe will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound Saturday and Trevor Bauer on Sunday.

MLB BASEBALL – OPENING DAY SCORES OF INTEREST FROM THURSDAY

Chicago Cubs beat Miami 8-4 (Cubs’ Ian Happ hit a solo homerun on the very first pitch of the 2018 season)

New York Yankees defeated Toronto 6-1 (Giancarlo Stanton: 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s in Yankee debut)

Houston beat Texas 4-1 (Justin Verlander pitched 6 scoreless innings for the reigning World Champs)

Chicago White Sox won 14-7 over Kansas City (Matt Davidson blasted 3 HR’s for the White Sox, 4th ever to do it)

Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 8-5 (Nick Markakis: 3-run walk-off homer for Atlanta)

Baltimore won 3-2 over Minnesota in 11 innings (Adam Jones hit a walk-off solo HR for the Orioles)

Pittsburgh at Detroit (PPD)…..Washington at Cincinnati (PPD) – Both games will be made up today

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION TONIGHT

New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The Cavs have won 6 of their last 7 games.

NBA NEWS – EMBIID OUT WITH INJURY

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss two to four weeks with a couple of ailments.

-Embiid suffered both an orbital fracture and concussion during a collision with a teammate Wednesday night.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – FINAL FOUR – TONIGHT IN COLUMBUS

#1 Louisville vs. #1 Mississippi State (7:00 pm)…..#1 UConn vs. #1 Notre Dame (9:00 pm)

-Winners play in national championship game on Sunday evening.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’S FINAL FOUR SET FOR SATURDAY

Saturday night: #11 Loyola-Chicago vs. #3 Michigan (6:09 pm)…#1 Kansas vs. #1 Villanova (8:49 pm)

-Winners will play in the national title game on Monday night.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS TO CHANGE UNIFORMS

More changes coming to the Cleveland Browns.  The team has announced they will completely overhaul their uniforms.  The Browns will sport the new look starting with the 2020 season.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN LAST NIGHT

Columbus won 5-1 at the Calgary Flames

-Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois had a hat trick for the Blue Jackets, giving him 18 goals on the season.

-Before last night’s game, Columbus signed young defenseman Markus Nutivaara to a four-year contract. The 23-year-old has 22 points this season. Nutivaara celebrated by scoring a goal last night.

NASCAR – OFF THIS WEEKEND FOR EASTER

The entire NASCAR world is off this weekend for Easter.

-The XFinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series’ are back in action next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS WIN LAST NIGHT

Cleveland beat Charlotte 118-105 on Wednesday night

-LeBron James had 41 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists; tying Michael Jordan for most consecutive games of scoring at least 10 points or more (866 games).

-J.R. Smith also scored 19 points for the Cavs last night on 8/9 shooting.

-Kevin Love missed last night’s game and could miss more action after being placed in NBA concussion protocol.  Love suffered a severe tooth injury Tuesday night in Miami.

-The Cavs have won 6 of their last 7 games.

NBA NEWS – FORMER CAV THOMAS OUT FOR SEASON

Former Cleveland Cavalier and current L.A. Laker Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the season due to having hip surgery.

-Thomas was traded to the Lakers by Cleveland at the trading deadline, after he was traded last offseason to Cleveland from Boston in the Kyrie Irving deal.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS – SANTORO TO BE A BUCKEYE

Former Bellevue Lady Red basketball star and Bowling Green State University standout Carly Santoro will soon be a Buckeye.

-Santoro has one year of athletic eligibility left; and after graduation this May from BGSU, will transfer to the reigning Big Ten champions, Ohio State.

-Santoro led BGSU in scoring (12.8 pts) and rebounds (8.7) this past season.

MLB BASEBALL – IT’S OPENING DAY!

Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners – 9:37/10:10 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Reigning Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber will pitch for the Tribe against Seattle’s “King Felix” Hernandez.

MLB BASEBALL – OTHER OPENING DAY GAMES OF INTEREST:

Chicago Cubs at Miami (12:40 pm)…Pittsburgh at Detroit (PPD)…Houston at Texas (3:30 pm)

New York Yankees at Toronto (3:37 pm)…Washington at Cincinnati (PPD/inclement weather)

NFL NEWS – BROWNS TRADE QB

Cleveland has traded QB Cody Kessler to Jacksonville for a 2019 conditional 7th round draft pick.

-Kessler was the Browns third round pick in 2016, starting 8 games his rookie season.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS PLAY TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames – 9:00 pm

-Columbus is coming off a 7-3 win at Edmonton on Tuesday.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS 5-GAME WIN STREAK OVER

Miami defeated Cleveland last night 98-79

-LeBron James scored 18 points with 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss.

-Kevin Love left the game after suffering a tooth injury in the first quarter. Love will also be evaluated this morning for a possible concussion.

-The Cavaliers play again tonight, at Charlotte (6:30/7:00 pm) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

NBA – TUESDAY’S NOTABLE FINAL SCORES

Washington beat San Antonio 116-106 (Wizards had 7 players score in double figures)

Toronto defeated Denver 114-110 (7 players scored in double figures for the Raptors)

Indiana won 92-81 at Golden State (Victor Oladipo: 24 points for the Pacers)

MLB EXHIBITION BASEBALL – INDIANS/D-BACKS TIE

Cleveland and Arizona played to a 3-3 tie on Tuesday afternoon

-Trevor Bauer pitched 5 strong innings; allowing just 1 run on 3 hits with 7 strikeouts.

-Mike Napoli hit a solo home run, giving him 2 for the spring.

-The Tribe ends spring training play with a record of 19-13.

-Cleveland opens up the regular season Thursday night in Seattle (9:37/10:10 pm on 95.3 WLKR).

NFL NEWS – OWNERS APPROVE NEW RULES

NFL owners have approved a rule making any hit using the crown of the helmet a 15-yard penalty.

Other rules have also been changed or added for the 2018 season:

-A new catch rule has also been agreed upon, which will eliminate the requirement to maintain control of the ball throughout the process of going to the ground.  Instead, a receiver must control the ball, establish himself in bounds and perform a football move such as taking a third step or lunging with the ball in hand.

-Authority has been given to senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts, even if he has to overrule on-field officials.

-A temporary rule to put touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard-line has now been made permanent.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN BIG

Columbus beat Edmonton 7-3 last night

-Columbus scored 7 unanswered goals after trailing 3-0 in the 1st period.  Thomas Vanek had a hat trick (3 goals) for the CBJ.

-The Blue Jackets play next on Thursday night at Calgary (9:00 pm).

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS LOOK TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The Cavs have won 5 in a row.

-LeBron James has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week (averaging 35 points 9 rebounds & 11 assists last week).  This marks the second consecutive week and the fourth overall time that James has won the award in 2017-18, increasing his career total to an NBA-record 61 Player of the Week awards.

NBA – MONDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

Boston defeated Phoenix 102-94 (Jayson Tatum: 23 points for the Celtics)

Charlotte beat New York 137-128 in OT (Kemba Walker scored 31 points and Dwight Howard had 23 for the Hornets)

Philadelphia won 123-104 over Denver (Philadelphia was led by Joel Embiid & Dario Saric with 20 points each and Ben Simmons also put up 7 points, 13 rebounds & 11 assists.)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS – BATES-DIOP GOING PRO

Big Ten Player of the Year, Keita Bates-Diop will reportedly forego his senior year at Ohio State and enter this June’s NBA Draft.

-Bates-Diop averaged nearly 19 points and 9 rebounds per game this season for the 25-9 Buckeyes.

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – FINAL FOUR FIELD SET

Last Night:#1 UConn beat #2 South Carolina 94-65…..#1 Notre Dame defeated #2 Oregon 84-74

-UConn will be appearing in their 11th straight Final Four.

Final Four on Friday night in Columbus, OH:  #1 Louisville vs. #1 Mississippi State

#1 UConn vs. #1 Notre Dame

NBA NEWS – G-LEAGUE PLAYER DIES AFTER COLLAPSING

NBA G-League player Zeke Upshaw passed away Monday, two days after collapsing on the court. He was 26.

-Upshaw, a player for the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons affiliate), collapsed Saturday night with less than a minute left in his team’s game against the Long Island Nets.

-The G-League has postponed its opening round playoff games scheduled to begin tonight.

MLB EXHIBITION BASEBALL – INDIANS

Arizona beat Cleveland last night 7-0

-The Indians were held to just 1 hit last night.

-The Indians play their final exhibition game of the spring today at Arizona (3:40 pm).  The Tribe opens up the regular season Thursday night in Seattle (10:10 pm).

MLB NEWS – FORMER TRIBE STAR BELLE ARRESTED

Former Cleveland Indians star slugger of the 90’s, Albert Belle, was reportedly arrested Sunday in Arizona on two counts of indecent exposure, one count of DUI and a count of extreme DUI.

NFL NEWS – SUH SIGNS WITH RAMS

The Los Angeles Rams have signed five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $14 million.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Columbus at Edmonton – 9:00 pm

NASCAR – BOWYER WINS AT MARTINSVILLE

Clint Bowyer won Monday’s Monster Energy Series STP 500 at Martinsville on K96.

-Kurt Busch finished in 2nd place with Ryan Blaney placing in 3rd.

-The win by Bowyer snapped a personal 190-race winless streak.

-The Monster Energy cup series is off this weekend for Easter.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, MARCH 26TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – NCO ALL-STAR GAME

The North Central Ohio Girls Basketball All-Star Classic was held Sunday at Shelby High School. Underclass Game MVP went to Talayzha Catchings (10 points) of Mansfield Senior. The Senior Game MVP was Nashail Shelby of Ontario, who scored 27 points.

-Western Reserve’s Andrea Robson won the 3-point shootout.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNEY – SUNDAY’S SCORES/FINAL FOUR IS SET

SUNDAY: #1 Villanova beat #3 Texas Tech 71-59…..#1 Kansas defeated #2 Duke 85-81 (OT)

Final Four Matchups for this Saturday:

#11 Loyola-Chicago vs. #3 Michigan…..#1 Kansas vs. #1 Villanova (Winners meet next Monday)

NBA – CAVS WIN AT BROOKLYN

Cleveland beat Brooklyn 121-114 on Sunday afternoon

-LeBron James: 37 points/10 rebounds/8 assists…..Kevin Love: 20 points & 15 rebounds

Jordan Clarkson: 18 points…..George Hill: 17 points

-Former Cavs bench player Joe Harris scored a career-high 30 points (6/7 three-pointers) for Brooklyn.

-Cleveland has won 5 games in a row.  The Cavs play next on Tuesday night, 8:00 pm, at Miami.

NBA – BIG TIME PLAYERS INJURED

-Golden State star Steph Curry will likely miss action now through the first round of the playoffs with a MCL sprain.  The Warriors are also without Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, all due to injuries. Those three will likely return to action real soon.

-Celtic Kyrie Irving will be out of action for three to six weeks after undergoing left knee surgery on Saturday. That will put Irving out of commission through the rest of the regular season.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL TO PADRES

Cleveland won 6-4 over Cincinnati in their Spring Training finale on Sunday

-Bradley Zimmer hit a solo homer for the Tribe.  Yonder Alonso also drove in 2 runs.

-The Indians play the first of two back-to-back games at the Arizona’s Diamondbacks’ MLB ballpark tonight at 9:40 pm.  The regular season opener for Cleveland is Thursday night at Seattle.

MLB NEWS – TRIBE TIDBITS

-Michael Brantley will begin the regular season on the disabled list as he recovers from ankle surgery. Tyler Naquin makes the Indians Opening Day roster in place of Brantley.

-The “Party at Napoli’s” has been relocated to Columbus, for now. First baseman Mike Napoli has agreed to report to the Indians Triple-A Columbus affiliate to start the regular season.  The 36-year-old is still looking for a spot on a major league roster after signing a minor league deal with the Tribe last month.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS ADD QB

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent quarterback Drew Stanton.

-The 33-year-old, 11-year NFL veteran served as Carson Palmer’s backup in Arizona for the last five seasons.

NASCAR –MARTINSVILLE SNOWED OUT ON SUNDAY, WILL RACE TODAY

Sunday’s Monster Energy Series STP 500 was postponed due to snow.

-The ‘STP 500’ will now be raced today at 2:00 pm live on K96.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – SWEET 16 LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES/TONIGHT’S GAMES

#11 Loyola-Chicago beat #7 Nevada 69-68…..#3 Michigan defeated #7 Texas A&M 99-72

#9 Kansas State beat #5 Kentucky 61-58…..#9 Florida State defeated #4 Gonzaga 75-60

TONIGHT: #5 Clemson vs. #1 Kansas – 7:07 pm tipoff

#5 West Virginia vs. #1 Villanova – 7:27 pm tipoff

#11 Syracuse vs. #2 Duke – 9:37 tipoff

#3 Texas Tech vs. #2 Purdue – 9:57 pm tipoff

NBA – CAVS HOST PHOENIX TONIGHT

Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:00/7:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Cleveland is looking for 4 straight wins while Phoenix has lost nine in a row.

-The Suns own the NBA’s worst record.

-Cleveland officially clinched a playoff spot last night after Detroit’s loss.

NBA –THURSDAY NIGHT’S SCORES OF INTEREST

Charlotte blasted Memphis 140-79 (61 points margin of victory the first 60-point or greater win for any NBA team since 1998 and only the sixth in league history)

Philadelphia beat Orlando 118-98 (Ben Simmons: 6 pts/11 reb/11 ast for Philly)

Houston defeated Detroit 100-96 (Eric Gordon: 22 pts & James Harden: 21 pts for Houston)

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – STATE SEMI’S CONTINUE TODAY

Div. 2: Trotwood-Madison vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (10:45 am)

Lexington vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (2:00 pm)

Div. 1: Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller vs. Lorain (5:15 pm)

Pickerington Central vs. Solon (8:30 pm)

-State championship games take place on Saturday.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – NCO ALL-STAR GAME IS SUNDAY

The 5th annual North Central Ohio Girls Basketball All-Star Classic takes place Sunday at Shelby High School.

-The event features two games, an underclass game at 4:00 followed by an all-senior game at 6:00 pm.

-The event also includes a girls 3-point shootout and skills competition.

-Local players in the underclass game include: Olivia Howard and Aleena Winston (Perkins), Marissa Esposito (Sandusky), Cora Wyers (Western Reserve), Jayden Moore (Margaretta), Cassidy Crawford (Willard) and Gabby Ledbetter (New London)

-Senior all-star players include: Bethan Cring, Kaelyn Harkness, Jada and Jasmine Thomas (Norwalk), Brooke Ommert and Andrea Robson (Western Reserve) and Amelia Dalton and Ashlyn Tommas (Monroeville).

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS FALL TO PADRES

Cleveland lost to San Diego 7-6 on Thursday afternoon

-Catcher Roberto Perez hit a 3-run homer for the Indians, his 4th home run this spring.

-The Indians play tonight versus Arizona at 9:05 pm.  Mike Clevinger is scheduled to pitch for the Tribe.

-Before the game yesterday, the Indians informed outfielder Rajai Davis he will make the opening day roster.  Meanwhile, in a paperwork move, the Indians released Mike Napoli but will resign him today (Friday) to a minor league deal.  Napoli could possibly go down to Triple-A if no other MLB team shows interest in signing him.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ WIN 10TH STRAIGHT   

Columbus blanked Florida 4-0 last night

-Columbus has won 10 games in a row, the second straight season Columbus has a win streak of 10 or more.

-CBJ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 33 Panthers shot for his 5th shutout this season.

-The Blue Jackets are now tied with Pittsburgh for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division.

NASCAR – AT MARTINSVILLE THIS WEEKEND

Saturday at 2:00 pm: Truck Series – Alpha Energy Series 250

Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm – LIVE on K96: Monster Energy Series – STP 500

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2018

NBA – CAVS BEAT TORONTO IN COMEBACK FASHION

Cleveland rallied back to beat Toronto last night 132-129

-Cleveland trailed by 15 points at halftime as Toronto tied a franchise record for points scored in a first half (79-64).

-LeBron James took over in the 3rd quarter as the Cavs outscored the Raptors 34-20. LeBron had a monster night, with 35 points and 17 assists.  James did not commit a turnover in 39 minutes of action.

 -Kevin Love added 23 points and 12 rebounds while George Hill had 22 points while shooting 10/11 from the floor.

-Cleveland was minus 5 players and head coach Tyronn Lue last night.

NBA – LAST NIGHT’S SCORES OF INTEREST

Charlotte won 111-105 over Brooklyn (Dwight Howard: 32 pts & 30 reb for the Hornets, just the 8th player in NBA history to record a 30/30 game)

Philadelphia over Memphis 119-105 (Ben Simmons: 13 pts/7 reb/9 ast for Philly)

Miami beat New York 119-98 (Kelly Olynyk: 22 pts/10 ast for Miami)

L.A. Clippers defeated Milwaukee 127-120 (DeAndre Jordan: 25 pts/22 reb for Clippers)

New Orleans beat Indiana 96-92 (Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 28 pts/13 reb)

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – “MR. BASKETBALL” NAMED, STATE SEMI’S BEGIN

-Upper Arlington High School senior Dane Goodwin has been named Ohio “Mr. Basketball”.  A 6-foot-5 senior, Goodwin averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds for the District finalist Golden Bears. A four-year starter, he set school records for points scored (1,951 points) and rebounds (817).

STATE SEMI-FINALS TODAY:

Div. 4: Berlin Hiland vs. Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (10:45 am)

Pandora-Gilboa vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (2:00 pm)

Div. 3: Cleveland Heights Lutheran East vs. Cincinnati Deer Park (5:15 pm)

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep vs. Columbus Africentric (8:30 pm)

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE TO ROYALS

Kansas City beat Cleveland 12-8 last night

-The Tribe crushed 4 homers in the loss as Michael Brantley hit his first homer of the spring, a solo shot.

– Francisco Lindor had a solo homer as well, to give him 5 on the spring.  Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso added 2 more long balls, both 2-run blasts.  Tyler Naquin hit 2 doubles along with 2 runs driven in.

-Carlos Carrasco allowed 6 runs on 9 hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched; without a strikeout.

-The Tribe takes on San Diego today at 4:00 pm – live on 95.3 WLKR.  Trevor Bauer will pitch today for Cleveland.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ LOOK FOR 10 STRAIGHT   

Florida at Columbus – 7:00 pm

-Columbus has won a season-high 9 games in a row, their second longest win streak in franchise history.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – ALL-OHIO TEAMS NAMED IN DIV 1 & DIV 2

Division 2: Keith Williams of Sandusky – All-Ohio 2nd Team

Brandon Haraway of Norwalk – Special Mention

Trey Ruhlman of Bellevue – Honorable Mention

Joby Pfeil of Vermilion – Honorable Mention

NBA – CAVS TAKE ON TORONTO TONIGHT

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Toronto owns the best record this season in the Eastern Conference, 11 ½ games better than Cleveland, currently 3rd in the East.

NBA – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES OF INTEREST

-Toronto beat Orlando 93-86 (Kyle Lowry: 25 points for Toronto)

-Boston defeated Oklahoma City 100-99 (Jayson Tatum: 23 pts/11 reb for Boston, Russell Westbrook: 27 pts/8 reb/7 ast for OKC)

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ WIN 9TH STRAIGHT  

Columbus won 5-3 at the New York Rangers last night

-Artemi Panarin had a hat trick (3 goals) for the Jackets, who now have won 9 games in a row.

-Panarin now has 25 goals on the season.

-Columbus plays next on Thursday night at home versus Florida.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – TRIBE BACK IN ACTION

Cleveland vs. Kansas City – Tonight at 9:00 pm

-The Tribe had the day off on Tuesday.

-Carlos Carrasco will start on the mound tonight for the Indians.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, MARCH 20TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – ALL-OHIO TEAMS NAMED IN DIV 3 & DIV 4

Division 3 – James Hill of Edison – Special Mention

Brayden Hood of Western Reserve – Honorable Mention

Division 4 – Simon Blair of South Central – Honorable Mention

-All-Ohio divisions 1 & 2 will be announced later today.

NBA – CAVS BEAT BUCKS 

Cleveland beat Milwaukee 124-117 last night

-LeBron James scored 40 points along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th triple double in of the season and his 3rd in his last 4 games.

-James was also named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

-In his first game back from a broken hand suffered on January 30th, Kevin Love scored 18 points and pulling down 7 boards.

-Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue announced yesterday he’s temporarily stepping down from his coaching duties due to health reasons.  ESPN reports that Lue said he hopes to be back in around a week.  Associate head coach Larry Drew will serve as head coach in the meantime.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNEY – BUCKEYES LOSE BIG

#11 Central Michigan dominated #3 Ohio State on their home floor, winning 95-78 over the Buckeyes

-The Chippewas hit a season-high 14 three-pointers as they earned their first trip ever to the Sweet 16.

-Ohio State ends their season at 28-7.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – ALONSO GOES DEEP TWICE

Cleveland defeated San Francisco 5-4 on Monday afternoon

-Tribe first baseman Yonder Alonso belted two home runs and drove in 4 runs on the day.

-The Indians are off on Tuesday.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ WIN ON THE ROAD

Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 in OT last night

-Columbus has now won a season-high 8 games in a row.

-Cam Atkinson scored the overtime game-winning goal, his 16th goal of the season.

-The Blue Jackets play again tonight at the New York Rangers for a 7:00 pm faceoff.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, MARCH 19TH, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNEY – SWEET 16 SET

SUNDAY’S FINAL SCORES OF NOTE:

-#7 Nevada rallied from 22 points down to beat #2 Cincinnati 77-75

-#16 UMBC had their Cinderella-story ended by #9 Kansas State, losing 50-43

-#11 Syracuse beat #3 Michigan State 55-53

-#7 Texas A&M eliminated last year’s champ, #2 North Carolina, in blow-out fashion, 86-65

SWEET 16 MATCHUPS – THIS THURSDAY/FRIDAY:

#7 Texas A&M vs. #3 Michigan…#9 Kansas State vs. #5 Kentucky

#11 Loyola-Chicago vs. #7 Nevada…#11 Syracuse vs. #2 Duke

#3 Texas Tech vs. #2 Purdue…#5 Clemson vs. #1 Kansas

#9 Florida State vs. #4 Gonzaga…#5 West Virginia vs. #1 Villanova

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNEY – BUCKEYES PLAY TONIGHT

#11 Central Michigan at #3 Ohio State – 6:30 pm – St. John Arena in Columbus

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – INTERESTING BELLEVUE TIDBIT 

The girls’ state championships wrapped up Saturday night in Columbus.

-Two of the state champs, Toledo Rogers in Division 2 and Minster in Division 4, have a Bellevue link. Rogers and Minster were the only two teams the Bellevue Lady Red lost to all season.

-The boys state semi-finals and finals begin Thursday in Columbus.

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Milwaukee at Cleveland – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Cleveland has signed Okaro White to a 10-day contract. The second-year forward played six games for Miami this season, starting 4 times.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS PLAY SPLIT SQUAD GAMES SUNDAY

Cleveland dominated Seattle on Sunday, winning 16-3 in a game played in Peoria, AZ.

-Tribe catcher Yan Gomes crushed a grand slam and drove in 5 runs on the day. Yonder Alonso also hit a solo home run for the Indians.

Cleveland defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-4 in Las Vegas on Sunday

-Catcher Eric Haase hit a grand slam for the Tribe.  The Indians catching prospect has 3 homers & 10 RBI this spring.

-The Indians take on San Francisco today at 4:00 pm.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins – 7:00 pm

-Columbus has won a season-high 7 games in a row.

NASCAR – TRUEX JR. WINS OUT WEST

2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday’s Monster Energy Series’ Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California on K96.

-Kyle Larson finished 2nd with Kyle Busch in 3rd place.

-The Monster Energy series heads to Martinsville next weekend.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNEY – LAST NIGHT

#5 Ohio State defeated #12 South Dakota State 81-73

-Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  Kam Williams scored 22 points and C.J. Jackson had 20 points.  Williams had a tie-breaking 4-point play with 1:36 to play.

-There were a combined 71 three-point attempts in the game, with Ohio State going 12/40 from deep.

#4 Gonzaga held on to beat #13 UNC-Greensboro 68-64

-Ohio State will take on Gonzaga on Saturday at 7:15/7:45 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.(Cavs game will not air)

#11 Loyola-Chicago won 64-62 against #6 Miami (FL) (Loyola won it a long 3-pointer at the buzzer)

OTHER FINALS FROM THURSDAY:

#8 Seton Hall over #9 NC State 94-83…#7 Rhode Island beat #10 Oklahoma 83-78 (OT)

#5 Kentucky won 78-73 over #12 Davidson…#3 Tennessee beat #14 Wright State 73-47

#2 Duke defeated #15 Iona 89-67…#1 Kansas over #16 Penn 76-60

#1 Villanova beat #16 Radford 87-61…#6 Houston won 67-65 over #11 San Diego State

#3 Texas Tech beat #14 Stephen F. Austin 70-60…#9 Alabama beat #8 Virginia Tech 86-83

#13 Buffalo upset #4 Arizona 89-68…#3 Michigan won 61-47 over #14 Montana

#6 Florida beat #11 St. Bonaventure 77-62

FRIDAY’S KEY GAMES:

#7 Texas A&M vs. #10 Providence (12:15 pm)…#3 Michigan State vs. #14 Bucknell (7:10 pm)

#2 Cincinnati vs. #15 Georgia State (2:00 pm) (Norwalk grad Jeff Thomas, a junior, plays for Georgia State)

#1 Xavier vs. #16 Texas Southern (7:20 pm)…#1 Virginia vs. #16 UMBC (9:20 pm)

NBA – CAVS AT PORTLAND

Portland defeated Cleveland last night 113-105

-LeBron James scored 35 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the loss. The Cavs play next at Chicago on Saturday night.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS MAKE TRADE

Cleveland sent CB Jason McCourty and a 7th round pick to New England for the Patriot’s 6th round pick.  The move re-unites Jason with his twin-brother, Devin, who plays for New England.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – STATE SEMI-FINAL GAMES GOING ON IN COLUMBUS

Thursday final of note:Buckeye Central lost to #2 Ottoville 44-25

Division 2 State semi’s: Bellbrook (20-8) vs. #3 Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (24-3) – 1:00 pm

New Philadelphia (25-2) vs. #6 Toledo Rogers (25-3) – 3:00 pm

Division 1 State semi’s:   #9 Wadsworth (24-3) vs. #6 Solon (25-2) – 6:00 pm

Mason (24-3) vs. #1 Pickerington Central (26-2), – 8:00 pm

Saturday title games:  Division 4: 10:45 am…..Div. 3 at 2:00 pm…..Div. 2 at 5:15 pm…..Div. 1 at 8:30 pm

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS

The Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland 10-6 on Thursday afternoon 

-Francisco Lindor: 2-run home run for the Tribe, his 4th of the spring

-Eric Haase: Inside-the-park 3-run home run for Cleveland

-The Indians face the Oakland A’s today in Arizona at 4:00 pm.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ WIN

Columbus beat Philadelphia 5-3 last night

-Cam Atkinson: 3 goals for CBJ

NASCAR – OUT WEST AT CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND

XFinity Series: Saturday at 5:00 pm

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Auto Club 400: Sunday at 2:30/3:30 pm – LIVE on K96

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – ‘FIRST FOUR’ GAMES, NCAA TOURNEY BEGINS FOR REAL TODAY LAST NIGHT: Texas Southern won 64-46 over North Carolina Central…Syracuse beat Arizona State 60-56
-The field of 64 gets underway this afternoon with the first game set for 12:15 pm (Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island).
#5 Ohio State vs. #12 South Dakota State – Today at 3:30/4:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR
GAMES OF NOTE TODAY: #4 Gonzaga vs. #13 UNC Greensboro (1:30 pm) (winner plays OSU/SD ST. winner)
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Penn (2:00 pm)…#1 Villanova vs. #16 Radford (6:50 pm)..#3 Michigan vs. #14 Montana (9:50 pm)

NBA – CAVS AT PORTLAND TONIGHT
Cleveland at Portland – 9:30/10:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR
-The Cavs road trip comes to a close on Saturday night at Chicago.
-Kevin Love is likely to return to the Cavs lineup from his hand injury on March 23rd versus Phoenix. Love has been
out since January 30th.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – STATE’S ‘MS. BASKETBALL’ NAMED
Canton McKinley High School junior Kierstan Bell has been named Ohio “Ms. Basketball”, becomes the fifth two-time
winner in Ohio history. Bell won the award last year as well.
-A 6-foot-1 junior, Bell averaged 33 points, nearly rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and 2.5 blocks per game; setting
McKinley records for points in a game (53), season (833) and career (2,104).

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN ON WEDNESDAY
Cleveland beat the L.A. Angels 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon
-Tyler Naquin hit a solo homer and Brandon Barnes blasted a 3-run shot for the Tribe.
-Corey Kluber pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit along with striking out 4.
-The Indians take on the Cincinnati Reds today at 4:05 pm.

NFL NEWS – THOMAS RETIRES, BROWNS MAKE MORE MOVES AS FREE AGENCY PERIOD BEGINS
-Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending an 11-season
career, all played in Cleveland. Thomas was a 10-time Pro-Bowler and is likely on his way to the Hall of Fame in
Canton.
-The Browns will reportedly sign former 49ers running back and Ohio State Buckeye Carlos Hyde, former Chiefs
cornerback Terrance Mitchell and former Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells; all to 3-year deals. Cleveland has also
reportedly signed former Raiders defensive back T.J. Carrie.
(From ESPN’s Pat McManamon) – Since Friday, the Browns have signed seven free agents, traded for three
players, traded away two players, saw one free agent agree with a new team (Isaiah Crowell) and saw a Pro Bowl left
tackle retire.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ PLAY TONIGHT
Columbus at Philadelphia – 7:00 pm

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – ALL-OHIO TEAMS/FC AWARDS HANDED OUT

Div. 2: Bellevue sophomore Casey Santoro was named to the All-Ohio first team.  Oak Harbor junior Logan Harris was selected with third team, All-Ohio honors. Cassidy Crawford of Willard and Heidi Marshall received Honorable Mention status.

Div. 3: Western Reserve senior Andrea Robson was chosen to the All-Ohio third team.  Margaretta sophomore Jayden Moore received All-Ohio Honorable Mention honors.

Div. 4: Fremont St. Joe’s Miranda Wammes earned Special Mention status while her teammate Adrienne Wehring of St. Joe was awarded with Honorable Mention recognition.

Firelands Conference awards: Andrea Robson of Western Reserve won Player of the Year honors while South Central head coach John Vogel was named conference coach of the year.

NBA – CAVS WIN BIG AT PHOENIX  

Cleveland won last night at Phoenix, 129-107

-LeBron James recorded his 69th career triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.  Jordan Clarkson added 23 points and Kyle Korver scored 22 points for Cleveland.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – ‘FIRST FOUR’ GAMES

LAST NIGHT: Radford defeated LIU Brooklyn 71-61 last night…St. Bonaventure defeated UCLA 65-58.

-Radford will take on #1 seed Villanova while St. Bonaventure will meet #6 Florida in the NCAA Tournament.

TONIGHT: North Carolina Central vs. Texas Southern (6:40 pm)…Arizona State vs. Syracuse (9:10 pm)

-The field of 64 gets underway Thursday afternoon.  #5 Ohio State faces #12 South Dakota State Thursday at 4pm.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS IN ACTION TODAY

L.A. Angels vs. Cleveland Indians – 4:05 pm

-Corey Kluber is scheduled to start today for the Tribe.  The Indians had Tuesday off.

NFL NEWS – MORE BROWNS MOVES, OTHER NFL MOVES

BROWNS NEWS:

The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign offensive tackle Chris Hubbard to a 5-year, $37.5 million deal.  Hubbard formerly played with Pittsburgh.

-Cleveland has also tendered receiver Josh Gordon as an ‘exclusive rights free agent’, meaning Gordon cannot negotiate with other teams.

Former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has reportedly signed a 3-year contract with the New York Jets.  Crowell had been with the Browns since 2014.

OTHER NFL NEWS:

-QB Drew Brees has agreed to re-sign with New Orleans on a 2-year, $50 million deal.

-QB Kirk Cousins is expected to sign a 3-year deal with Minnesota, while the Jets are likely to sign QB Teddy Bridgewater on a 1-year deal; and QB Sam Bradford will reportedly sign a 1-year, $20 million contract with Arizona. The Jets are also expected to re-sign QB Josh McCown to a 1-year deal.

-Green Bay is expected to sign free agent tight end Jimmy Graham to a 3-year deal, while releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

-Tennessee will reportedly sign former Patriots running back Dion Lewis to a 4-year contract.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2018

GIRLS HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Division 2 – Regional Final from Mansfield Sr. HS – Bellevue vs. Toledo Rogers – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:10/7:30 pm

-In a Division 3 girls’ Regional Final from Lexington, Western Reserve faces Ottawa-Glandorf in Lexington on Saturday afternoon at 1:10/1:30 pm (live on 95.3 WLKR).

BOYS HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Division 3 District semi-finals at Norwalk HS:

Carey defeated Oak Harbor 56-49…..Margaretta beat Huron 84-82 in 6 OT’s

-The Huron-Margaretta marathon featured the 3rd most overtimes in OHSAA history.  It was also the fourth-longest boys’ tournament game in state history and the longest game in the state in 34 years.

NBA – CAVS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP TONIGHT  

Cleveland at Los Angeles Clippers – 10:00/10:30 – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

HS WRESTLING – STATE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE ROLLS ON

95.3 WLKR’s coverage of the state wrestling tournament in Columbus continues today at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm as well as Saturday at 10:00 am and 5:30 pm.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN

Cleveland beat the L.A. Dodgers 4-1 last night

-Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run, his 2nd of the spring.  Rajai Davis also went 3-for-3 with a double. He’s batting .300 this spring.

-The Tribe takes on Colorado today at 3:00 pm.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – MOOSE BACK WITH KC

Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas has resigned with Kansas City on a one-year deal.  Moustakas hit a franchise record 38 home runs last season for the Royals.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Columbus beat Colorado 5-4 in overtime last night

-One of the newest Blue Jackets, Thomas Vanek, scored 2 goals in his home debut.  Columbus plays again tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings at 7:00 pm.

NFL NEWS – TRADES AND FREE AGENCY

-Denver are reportedly trading Pro Bowl corner Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams will send a 2018 5th round pick to the Broncos.

-Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray will reportedly be released and become a free agent.  He had a career-low 659 yards rushing in 2017.

NASCAR – AT PHOENIX FOR THE WEEKEND

Saturday: XFinity Series – 4:00 pm

Sunday: Monster Energy Cup Series – 2:30/3:30 pm LIVE on K96 – Ticket-guardian 500

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2018

HS WRESTLING – COVERAGE OF STATE TOURNEY BEGINS TODAY

-95.3 WLKR will have live coverage of the state wrestling tournament in Columbus, beginning today at 3:00 pm.

HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT – LADY RIDERS TO ELITE EIGHT

Div. 3 Girls Regional semi’s at Lexington HS:Western Reserve won 34-30over Amanda Clearcreek

-The Lady Riders will now face Ottawa-Glandorf in the Elite Eight (Regional Finals) on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm at Lexington High School (live on 95.3 WLKR).

BOYS HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Div. 3 District semi-final at Norwalk HS: #2 Oak Harbor vs. #3 Carey – 6:15 pm

#6 Margaretta vs. #8 Huron – 8:00 pm

NBA – CAVS OPEN UP 6-GAME ROAD TRIP WITH VICTORY

Cleveland won last night at Denver 113-108

-LeBron James again dominated for Cleveland, with 39 points, 10 ast and 8 rebounds. LeBron shot 5/8 from 3-point land and had 9 points down the stretch for Cleveland.

-Rodney Hood added 15 points for the Cavaliers.

-The Cavs are off tonight; but are back at it Friday night at the L.A. Clippers (10:30 pm – on 95.3 WLKR).

NBA – ROCKETS WIN 17TH STRAIGHT

Houston defeated Milwaukee 110-99 on Wednesday night

-James Harden had 26 points as Houston won their 17th game in a row.  The Rockets play next at Toronto on Friday.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE TO REDS

Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland 11-6 last night  

-Yan Gomes blasted a grand slam, his first home run of the spring and Yonder Alonso also had a solo shot for the Tribe.   Trevor Bauer was roughed up by the Cubs; giving up 8 runs on 8 hits including 2 home runs in 3.1 innings pitched.

-The Tribe takes on the L.A. Dodgers in another night game this evening at 8:00 pm (LIVE on 95.3 WLKR).  Josh Tomlin is scheduled to pitch for Cleveland.

NFL – SEATTLE TRADES BENNETT

The Seattle Seahawks are trading defensive end Michael Bennett and a 7th round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for receiver Marcus Johnson and a 5th round pick.   Bennett had 3 sacks in 2017.

-The trade can’t be made official until next Wednesday.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2018

HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT – BELLEVUE GIRLS ON TO REGIONAL FINAL

Div. 2 Girls Regional semi-final at Mansfield Sr. HS:Bellevue beat Norton 71-60last night

-Bellevue is now a school record 25-1. They move on to face Toledo Rogers in the Elite Eight (Regional Finals) on Friday night at 7:30 pm at Mansfield Sr. High School (live on 95.3 WLKR).  Rogers beat Napoleon last night 54-34.

Div. 4 Boys District semi-final at Willard:Col. Crawford ended St. Paul’s season, beating the Flyers 61-51

             Mansfield St. Peter’s defeated Lucas 81-71

Div. 2 Boys District semi-final at Mansfield Madison:Sandusky won 56-49 over Mansfield Sr.

Lexington beat Vermilion 46-43

HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – TONIGHT LIVE ON 95.3 WLKR

Div. 3 Girls Regional semi-final: Western Reserve vs. Amanda-Clearcreek – from Lexington HS – 6:40/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE TO REDS

Cincinnati beat Cleveland 7-6 on Tuesday

-Francisco Lindor hit his first homer of the spring and drove in 3 runs.

-Jason Kipnis went deep again, hitting his 6th home run of the spring

-The Indians play the Chicago Cubs tonight at 8:00 pm.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN 

Columbus defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 last night

-Columbus is back in action Thursday night versus Colorado.

NBA – CAVS HIT THE ROAD

Cleveland at Denver- 10:00/10:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Tonight begins a 6-game road trip for the Cavs.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEMPHIS POSSIBLY TO HIRE HARDAWAY

Memphis is considering firing head coach Tubby Smith; and hiring Memphis alum and former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway.

-Hardaway, who played for Memphis in the early 90’s, is currently a head coach for Memphis East High School and runs his own AAU program.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2018

HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL –  DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

Tonight – Girls Regional semi-final: Bellevue vs. Norton – 6:40/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

Boys District semi-final: St. Paul vs. Col. Crawford – Roundball Replay on 95.3 WLKR

BOYS HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Div. 2 at Mansfield Madison: #4 Sandusky vs. #2 Mansfield Sr. – 6:15 pm

#1 Vermilion vs. #3 Lexington – 8:00 pm

Div. 4 at Willard: #1 Mansfield St. Peter’s vs. #3 Lucas – 8:00 pm

NBA – CAVS DEFEAT DETROIT

Cleveland beat Detroit 112-90 last night

-LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

-Larry Nance Jr. scored a career-high 22 points and added 15 rebounds for the Cavs.

-Cavs coach Ty Lue confirmed that center Tristan Thompson will miss 2 weeks of action with a sprained ankle.

-The Cavs begin a 6-game road trip on Wednesday night at Denver.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE

L.A. Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-1 on Monday

-Tribe pitcher Mike Clevinger had a great outing, going 3 innings while allowing no runs and no hits while striking out six Dodgers.

-Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar will start the season on the disabled list with an injured shoulder with Clevinger taking his spot in the rotation.

-The Indians take on the Cincinnati Reds today at 3:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NEW AP POLL OUT

Ohio State dropped 4 spots to #17 in the AP Poll released Monday.  The Buckeyes lost to Penn State in the Big Ten Conference quarterfinals last week.

-Virginia remains the #1 team with Villanova now #2, Xavier #3, Michigan State #4 and Duke #5.

-Michigan also jumped 8 spots to #7 after winning the Big Ten tournament on Sunday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – BUCKEYES NAME HONORARY COACHES FOR SPRING GAME

Two NFL stars and Ohio State alums have been selected as honorary coaches for the Ohio State spring game next month.

-Super Bowl champion safety from Philadelphia and injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will stand on the sideline for their respective sidelines on April 14th.  Shazier is recovering from a severe spine injury in December, has shown progress in his rehab.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS BACK HOME TONIGHT  

Vegas Golden Knights at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

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SPORTS – MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2018

HS TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL – THIS WEEK’S WLKR BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Tuesday – Girls Regional semi-final: Bellevue vs. Norton – 6:40/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

Boys District semi-final: St. Paul vs. Col. Crawford – Roundball Replay on 95.3 WLKR

Wednesday: Girls Regional semi-final: Western Reserve vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

6:40/7:00 pm LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

HS WRESTLING – SEVERAL AREA WRESTLERS ADVANCE TO STATE

Division 2 wrestlers going to state – Norwalk: 3 wrestlers, Perkins: 3, Bellevue: 2, Sandusky: 2

-Perkins’ Lucas Salmon won a district championship

Division 3wrestlers going to state – Edison: 4 wrestlers, Oak Harbor: 4, Monroeville: 1, St. Mary’s: 1

-Edison’s Casey Barnett & Sam Stoll both won district titles.

***WLKR’s coverage of the state wrestling tournament in Columbus begins on Thursday***

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MICHIGAN WINS BIG TEN TOURNEY

Michigan won 75-66 over Purdue on Sunday evening – Big Ten Tournament Championship Game

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Ohio State defeated Maryland 79-69 last night – Big Ten Tournament Championship Game

Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State (27-6) with 25 points as the Buckeyes won their 6th-ever Big Ten Tournament title.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN

Cleveland defeated Milwaukee 6-2 on Sunday  

-Jason Kipnis hit a 2-run home run, his 5th homer of the spring.

-Corey Kluber allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 in 3 innings of work.

-The Indians take on the L.A. Dodgers today at 3:00 pm.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN ON THE ROAD

Columbus Blue Jackets won 4-2 at the San Jose Sharks last night

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Detroit at Cleveland – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Cavs center Tristan Thompson will miss multiple games after suffering a sprained ankle in the Cavs loss Saturday night to Denver.

NASCAR – HARVICK WINS AGAIN  

Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Monster Energy Series NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas on K96

-Kyle Busch placed 2nd with Kyle Larson in 3rd place.

-It’s the second straight race victory for Harvick, as he won all 3 stages on Sunday.

-NASCAR heads to Phoenix this upcoming weekend.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – DISTRICT TOURNAMENT – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES

#2 Norwalk defeated #3 Upper Sandusky 53-45 – Div. 2 at Galion

#1 Bellevue got by #6 Ontario, winning 39-37 – Div. 2 at Galion

#1 Toledo Rogers beat #3 Oak Harbor 64-29 – Div. 2 at Anthony Wayne HS

#5 Perkins won 49-42 over #2 Toledo Central Catholic – Div. 2 at Anthony Wayne HS

#2 Western Reserve snuck by #3 Seneca East, winning 44-43 – Div. 3 at Shelby

#1 Margaretta beat #6 Crestview 61-42 – Div. 3 at Shelby

#6 Lucas 69-49 winners over #3 South Central – Div. 4 at Willard

#1 Buckeye Central beat #5 Monroeville 61-24 – Div. 4 at Willard

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT – TONIGHT

#6 Norwalk vs. #4 Sandusky – Div. 2 from Bucyrus – LIVE in-game updates from Chris Morgan on 95.3 WLKR

#8 Shelby vs. #1 Vermilion – Div. 2 at Willard – 6:00 pm

#7 Clyde vs. #3 Lexington – Div. 2 at Willard – 8:00 pm

#2 Oak Harbor vs. #10 Willard – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon – 6:00 pm

#5 Western Reserve vs. #3 Carey – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon – 8:00 pm

#1 Upper Sandusky vs. #8 Huron – Div. 3 at Shelby – 6:00 pm

#4 Edison vs. #6 Margaretta – Div. 3 at Shelby – 8:00 pm

#2 Col. Crawford vs. #8 Sandusky St. Mary’s – Div. 4 at Galion – 6:00 pm

#4 South Central vs #6 St. Paul – Div. 4 at Galion – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:45/8:00 pm

#12 Monroeville vs. #1 Mansfield St. Peter’s – Div. 4 at Lexington – 6:00 pm

NBA – CAVS FALL AT HOME

Philadelphia at Cleveland last night 108-97

-Despite the loss, LeBron James had another near triple-double with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

-LeBron James has been named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February. James took home the honor for the 37th time, the most in NBA history. It’s also the third month this season he has won the award.  James appeared in all 10 games during February; averaging a triple-double in a single month for the first time his career with 27 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game.

-Cavs guard Jordan Clarkson was ejected late in the game for throwing the ball at the back on 76er Marion Saric.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

(#2 seed) Ohio State vs. (#7 seed) Penn State – 6:30 pm – Big Ten quarterfinals – New York City

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

(#1 seed) Ohio State vs. (#9 seed) Rutgers – 12 noon – Big Ten quarterfinals – Indianapolis, IN

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS LOSE TO DODGERS

Cleveland lost to the L.A. Dodgers on Thursday, 8-7

-Abraham Almonte and Yandy Diaz each drove in 2 runs for the Tribe.

-The Indians play today versus Texas at 3:05 pm.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS OUT WEST TONIGHT

Columbus lost last night 5-2 at the Los Angeles Kings

-The Blue Jackets play tonight at Anaheim at 10:00 pm.

NASCAR – IN VEGAS THIS WEEKEND

Tonight at 9:00 pm – Truck Series

Saturday at 4:00 pm – Xfinity Series

Sunday at 2:30/3:30 pm on K96 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Pennzoil 400

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT – LAST NIGHT’S FINALS

#6 Norwalk beat #9 Perkins 42-33 – Div. 2 at Bucyrus

#3 Sandusky won 70-38 over #13 Tiffin Columbian – Div. 2 at Bucyrus

#7 Clyde beat #10 Ontario 78-64 – Div. 2 at Willard

#5 Western Reserve won 86-59 over #13 Bucyrus – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon

#6 Margaretta beat #7 New London 42-26 – Div. 3 at Shelby

#4 Edison defeated #14 Lakota 59-34 – Div. 3 at Shelby

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – DISTRICT TOURNAMENT – TONIGHT

Div. 2 District Semi-final Doubleheaders – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – From Galion HS

#2 Norwalk vs. #3 Upper Sandusky (6:00/6:15 pm)…..#1 Bellevue vs. #6 Ontario (8:00 pm)

#3 Oak Harbor vs. #1 Toledo Rogers – Div. 2 at Anthony Wayne HS – 6:15 pm

#5 Perkins vs. #2 Toledo Central Catholic – Div. 2 at Anthony Wayne HS – 8:00 pm

#2 Western Reserve vs. #3 Seneca East – Div. 3 at Shelby – 6:15 pm

#1 Margaretta vs. #6 Crestview – Div. 3 at Shelby – 8:00 pm

#3 South Central vs. #6 Lucas – Div. 4 at Willard – 6:15 pm

#5 Monroeville vs. #1 Buckeye Central – Div. 4 at Willard – 8:00 pm

NBA – CAVS HOME TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Cleveland – 8:00 pm (Game will not air on WLKR due to high school basketball coverage)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BIG TEN TOURNAMENT UNDERWAY

Wednesday’s finals: Iowa defeated Illinois 96-87…..Rutgers beat Minnesota 65-54

Thursday’s games: Wisconsin vs. Maryland (12 noon)…..#15 Michigan vs. Iowa (2:25 pm)…..Northwestern vs. Penn State (6:30 pm)…..Indiana vs. Rutgers (8:55 pm)

-#2 seed Ohio State gets the winner of Northwestern/Penn State on Friday night.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN 2 GAMES ON WEDNESDAY

Cleveland won both of their split squad games on Wednesday – beating Seattle 4-2

*Melvin Upton Jr. hit a 2-run homer for the Tribe, his first of the spring.

The Indians also won 15-3 over the L.A. Angels

*Third baseman Todd Hankins smacked a grand slam for the Indians with Nellie Rodriguez adding 3 RBI and 2 RBI’s each from Bobby Bradley and Francisco Mejia.

-The Indians play again today, versus the L.A. Dodgers at 3:05 pm

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS OUT WEST TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings – 10:30 pm

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT – LAST NIGHT’S FINALS

#6 St. Paul beat #9 Crestline 60-45 – Div. 4 at Galion

#8 Sandusky St. Mary’s defeated #10 Buckeye Central 58-32 – Div. 4 at Galion

#1 Mansfield St. Peter’s won 71-28 over #11 Danbury – Div. 4 at Lexington

#5 Mansfield Christian defeated #7 Plymouth 44-40 – Div. 4 at Lexington

#10 Willard won 76-43 over #11`Crestview – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon

#8 Huron beat #12 Fostoria 67-56 – Div. 3 at Shelby

#2 Mansfield Sr. won 67-47 over #14 Port Clinton – Div. 2 at Bucyrus

#1 Vermilion 65-53 winners against #11 Bellevue – Div. 2 at Willard

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT – TONIGHT’S GAMES

#6 Norwalk vs. #9 Perkins – Div. 2 at Bucyrus – 6:00/6:15 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

#3 Sandusky vs. #13 Tiffin Columbian – Div. 2 at Bucyrus – 8:00 pm

#7 Clyde vs. #10 Ontario – Div. 2 at Willard – 6:15 pm

#3 Lexington vs. #12 Galion – Div. 2 at Willard – 8:00 pm

#5 Western Reserve vs. #13 Bucyrus – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon – 6:15 pm

#3 Carey vs. #9 Wynford – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon – 8:00 pm

#6 Margaretta vs. #7 New London – Div. 3 at Shelby – 6:15 pm

#4 Edison vs. #14 Lakota – Div. 3 at Shelby – 8:00 pm

NBA – CAVS WIN AT HOME

Cleveland beat Brooklyn 129-123 last night

-LeBron James had a triple-double of 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.  LeBron averaged a triple-double throughout the month of February, while playing in 10 games.

-James last night became the only player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.

-George Hill also scored 26 points for Cleveland.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BEGINS TODAY IN NYC

Illinois vs. Iowa – 5:30 pm…..Rutgers vs. Minnesota – 8:00 pm

-Ohio State is a #2 seed and will play Friday night against #7 Penn State or #10 Northwestern.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS WIN

Cleveland won big over Oakland on Tuesday, 16-8

-Jason Kipnis hit a pair of home runs for the Tribe to give him three this spring.

-Richie Schaffer also blasted a pinch-hit grand slam for the Indians in the 7th inning.

-Corey Kluber made his 2018 spring debut; going 2 innings, allowing 1 run on 1 hit with 3 K’s.

-The Indians are back in action this afternoon against the L.A. Angels and Seattle Mariners in split squad games.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS SIGN NAPOLI

The Cleveland Indians have brought back Mike Napoli on a minor league deal.

-Napoli was a pivotal part of the 2016 Indians run to the World Series.

-Right now though, Nap is not guaranteed a roster spot.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT – TONIGHT

#6 St. Paul vs. #9 Crestline – Div. 4 at Galion – 7:45/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (Winner plays South Central)

#8 Sandusky St. Mary’s vs. #10 Buckeye Central – Div. 4 at Galion – 6:15 pm

#1 Mansfield St. Peter’s vs. #11 Danbury – Div. 4 at Lexington – 6:15 pm

#5 Mansfield Christian vs. #7 Plymouth – Div. 4 at Lexington – 8:00 pm

#10 Willard vs. #11`Crestview – Div. 3 at Hopewell-Loudon – 7:00 pm

#8 Huron vs. #12 Fostoria – Div. 3 at Shelby – 7:00 pm

#2 Mansfield Sr. vs. #14 Port Clinton – Div. 2 at Bucyrus – 7:00 pm

#1 Vermilion vs. #11 Bellevue – Div. 2 at Willard – 7:00 pm

NBA – CAVS HOME TONIGHT

Brooklyn at Cleveland – 7:00 pm (Game will not air on WLKR due to HS tournament basketball)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – ALL BIG TEN TEAMS NAMED

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Chris Holtmann was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

-The Buckeyes finished in 2nd place in the Big Ten, a game behind regular season-champs, Michigan State.

-The Big Ten Tournament gets underway Wednesday in New York City. Ohio State is a #2 seed and will play Friday night against Penn State or Northwestern.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS ON THE AIR TODAY

Milwaukee defeated the Cleveland Indians Monday 7-6

-Tribe catcher and top prospect, Francisco Mejia, hit a 2-run home run, his first of the spring.  Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin threw 2 scoreless innings with 1 hit allowed.

-The Indians play today against Oakland at 3:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (with sister stations’ WEOL in Elyria’s Tim Alcorn in the booth to help call the game)

-Indians ace Corey Kluber is expected to make his 2018 Spring Training debut today for the Tribe.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ AT HOME LAST NIGHT, MAKE MOVES AT TRADING DEADLINE

Columbus won 5-1 last night over Washington

-The Blue Jackets made two deals before the NHL trading deadline came and went on Monday. Columbus acquired forward Thomas Vanek from Vancouver and also picked up defenseman Ian Cole from Ottawa.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS FALL TO SPURS SUNDAY AFTERNOON

San Antonio defeated Cleveland 110-94

-In the loss, LeBron James scored 33 points along with 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

-The Cavs are next in action on Tuesday night at home versus Brooklyn.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – REGULAR SEASON IN THE BOOKS FOR BIG TEN

With #2 Michigan State’s 68-63 win at Wisconsin Sunday, the Spartans clinched an outright Big Ten regular season title.  #16 Ohio State (24-7, 15-3) ends the regular season with a second-place finish in the conference.

-The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday in New York City.  Ohio State will be a #2 seed, and will play on Friday at 6:30 pm versus the winner of #7 Penn State and #10 Northwestern.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OSU WINS REGULAR SEASON FINALE

#14 Ohio State beat Penn State 89-64 on Sunday afternoon

-The Buckeyes (24-6) clinched an outright Big Ten regular season championship with the win; and will be the number-one seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

-Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell had 22 points; becoming the third all-time scorer in NCAA history.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ HOME TONIGHT

Washington at Columbus – 7:00 pm

-Columbus re-acquired former Blue Jacket center Mark Letestu from Edmonton in a three-team trade Sunday. Letestu played for the Blue Jackets from 2011 to 2015.  Columbus sent a fourth-round draft pick to Nashville in the deal.

WINTER OLYMPICS – CLOSING CEREMONIES HELD SUNDAY

The United States ended up in 4th place with 23 medals (9 gold) in the final medal count as the Winter Olympics in South Korea wrapped up on Sunday morning.

-Norway had 39 medals to lead the way, Germany 2nd with 31 and Canada 3rd with 29.

MLB SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL – INDIANS

The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds played to a 9-inning, 2-2 tie on Sunday

-In his spring debut, the Tribe’s Jason Kipnis hit a solo home run.  Trevor Bauer started and pitched two scoreless, hitless innings for Cleveland; with three strikeouts.

-Before the game, the Indians signed free agent relief pitcher, right-hander Matt Belisle, to a minor league deal. The 37-year-old pitched for Minnesota last season with a 2-2 record and 9 saves in 62 appearances.

-The Indians are back at it today against Milwaukee.

HS WRESTLING – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND

Division 2 at Sandusky: Perkins won…followed by Bellevue, Sandusky and Norwalk

Division 2 at Clyde: Clyde won their own sectional, Upper Sandusky was 2nd

Division 3 at Plymouth: Edison dominated; finishing 1st with 85 more points than 2nd place Crestview, St. Paul was 4th

-Edison had 12 wrestlers qualify for the district tournament.

NASCAR – HARVICK WINS AT ATLANTA

Kevin Harvick was the winner of Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Atlanta on K96

-Brad Keselowski was 2nd with Clint Bowyer finishing 3rd.

-The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas this upcoming weekend.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Gibsonburg defeated Danbury 73-51

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT – DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

St. Paul at South Central – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-South Central can clinch a share of the Firelands Conference with a win tonight.  Western Reserve can also take home a share of the title with a win over Monroeville tonight.

Bellevue at Norwalk – Roundball Replay on 95.3 WLKR

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE CLOSES REGULAR SEASON TONIGHT

#16 Ohio State (23-7) at Indiana (16-13) – 8:00 pm

NBA – WASHINGTON RUINS NEW CAVALIERS HOME DEBUT

Washington beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-103 last night

-In the loss, LeBron James led the Cavs with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

-New Cavalier Larry Nance Jr. will switch jersey numbers from 24 to the retired jersey #22 of his father starting next week.  Larry Nance Sr. played for the Cavs from 1988 to 1994. The #22 of Nance Sr. will remain retired and stay high in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena.

-The Cavs play again tonight at Memphis (8:00 pm).

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ LOSE LAST NIGHT

Philadelphia beat Columbus 2-1 last night 

WINTER OLYMPICS – CLOSING CEREMONIES SATURDAY

-Medals will be awarded Friday in speedskating, biathlon, snowboarding, alpine skiing, and curling.

-Closing ceremonies are live Sunday at 6:00 am Eastern time and will then be shown on NBC Sunday night at 8:00 pm with hosts, figure skating analysts, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS OPEN UP SPRING PLAY TODAY

Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds – 3:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Mike Clevinger will start on the mound today for the Tribe; with Ryan Merritt also scheduled to pitch today for Cleveland in Goodyear, Arizona. The tentative starting lineup for the Indians today includes Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso and Rajai Davis.

-The Indians also play against Arizona on Saturday (on WLKR) and Cincinnati again on Sunday.

NASCAR – AT ATLANTA THIS WEEKEND

Saturday: XFinity Series at 2:00 pm…Truck Series at 4:30 pm

Sunday at 1:00/2:00 pm: Monster Energy Series – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – LIVE on K96

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Vermilion defeated Sandusky 66-63

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Danbury at Gibsonburg

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT SCORES FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Div. 2 at Bucyrus: #9Mansfield Madison beat #8 Tiffin Columbian 56-41 (#2 Norwalk faces Madison Saturday)

Div. 3 at Lexington: Edison beat New London 48-41, Crestview won 40-31 over Clear Fork (Edison faces Crestview Saturday)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

#14 Ohio State dominated Northwestern, winning 88-54

-Kelsey Mitchell led the Lady Buckeyes (23-6) with 22 points.

-Ohio State finishes up the regular season on Sunday at 12 noon at Penn State.

WINTER OLYMPICS – USA WOMEN WIN GOLD

Team USA women’s hockey defeated Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout last night in the gold medal game.  The win by Team USA ends Canada’s streak of four straight gold medals.

-Medals will be awarded Thursday in various other competitions including: alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined skiing, biathlon, short-track speedskating and woman’s figure skating.

NBA – CAVS BACK IN ACTION TONIGHT AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK

Washington at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The new-look Cavs return to action from the All-Star break with a 4-game winning streak.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ PLAY TONIGHT

Columbus at Philadelphia – 7:00 pm

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS SIGN RELIEVER

The Cleveland Indians have reportedly signed free agent relief pitcher Carlos Torres to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invite to Spring Training.  The 35-year-old righty had an ERA of 4.21 with 56 strikeouts in 67 appearances a season ago for Milwaukee.

-The first Spring Training game for the Indians is Friday versus Cincinnati at 3:00 pm (live on 95.3 WLKR).

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – REGULAR SEASON SCORES FROM LAST NIGHT

Huron defeated Bellevue 55-42…Sandusky St. Mary’s defeated Margaretta 67-65 (OT)

St. Paul beat Tiffin Calvert 48-46…Eastwood over Port Clinton 60-38

Gibsonburg defeated Danbury 73-51…Seneca East beat Firelands 65-62

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Vermilion at Sandusky

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT SCORES FROM LAST NIGHT

Div. 2 at Monroeville: Willard beat Shelby 63-37 (Willard faces Ontario Saturday)

Mansfield Sr. beat Vermilion 48-35 (Bellevue faces Mansfield Sr. Saturday)

Div. 2 at Genoa: Perkins defeated Sandusky 53-45 (Perkins faces Lake Saturday)

Toledo Scott beat Port Clinton 49-47 (OT)

Div. 2 at Toledo Bowsher: Maumee beat Clyde 49-39

Div. 3 at Willard HS: Western Reserve won 78-10 over Huron (Western Reserve faces Galion Saturday)

Div. 4 at Norwalk HS: Sandusky St. Mary’s beat Lucas 39-37 (St. Paul faces St. Mary’s Saturday)

Div. 4 at Shelby HS: Mansfield St. Peter’s defeated Plymouth 37-9 (Monroeville faces St. Peter’s Saturday)

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT GAMES – TONIGHT

Div. 2 at Bucyrus: Tiffin Columbian vs. Mansfield Madison – 7:00 pm (Winner plays Norwalk Saturday)

Div. 3 at Lexington: Edison vs. New London – 6:15 pm (Winner faces Crestview/Clear Fork Saturday)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN

#16 Ohio State defeated Rutgers 79-52 last night

C.J. Jackson led the Buckeyes with 18 points.  Ohio State (23-7) wraps up the regular season Friday night at Indiana.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – LADY BUCKEYES PLAY TONIGHT

Northwestern (10-18) at #14 Ohio State (22-6) – 7:00 pm

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN ON THE ROAD

Columbus beat New Jersey 2-1 last night

WINTER OLYMPICS – WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

-Medals will be awarded Wednesday in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, bobsled, speedskating and snowboarding.

-The Team USA men’s hockey team were eliminated from medal contention last night by the Czech Republic, 3-2 in a shootout. 

-The Team USA women’s hockey club takes on Team Canada in the gold medal game tonight at 11:00 pm Eastern time.  Overnight, in the women’s hockey bronze medal match, Finland beat Russia 3-2.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TOURNAMENT ACTION BEGINS TONIGHT ON WLKR

Division 2 Sectional Semi-final (at Monroeville HS): #4 Willard vs. #9 Shelby – 7:45/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Winner to meet #6 Ontario on Saturday night at Monroeville HS.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – OTHER SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT GAMES TONIGHT

Div.2 at Monroeville: #10 Vermilion vs. #11 Mansfield Sr. (6:15 pm) – Winner to face #1 Bellevue

Div. 3 at Willard HS: #2 Western Reserve vs. #13 Huron (8:00 pm) – Winner to face #11 Galion

Div. 4 at Norwalk HS: #7 Sandusky St. Mary’s vs. #6 Lucas (7:00 pm) – Winner to face #2 St. Paul

Div. 4 at Shelby HS: #10 Plymouth vs. #8 Mansfield St. Peter’s (8:00 pm) – Winner to face #5 Monroeville

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES AT HOME TONIGHT

Rutgers (13-16) at #16 Ohio State (22-7) – 7:00 pm (not carried on WLKR due to HS basketball)

-Ohio State dropped 8 spots in the new AP poll released Monday after losing back to back games last week. The top 4 remained the same with Virginia at #1, Michigan State #2, Villanova at #3 and Xavier #4.  Duke also jumped 7 spots to #5.

MLB – RED SOX SIGN MARTINEZ

Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has reportedly signed with the Boston Red Sox.

-The deal is for five-years and $110 million; but Martinez can opt out after two seasons with $50 million to be paid out during those first two years.

-Martinez hit 45 home runs a season ago.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – PACE OF PLAY INITIATIVES FOR 2018

To try and speed up the game, Major League Baseball has announced some new ‘pace of play’ rules for the 2018 season.  Those include visits to the mound by a player or coach being limited to six per team per nine innings as well as team’s video replay rooms to now receive slow-motion camera angles in order make video challenges quicker.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Columbus at New Jersey – 7:00 pm

WINTER OLYMPICS – TUESDAY’S ACTIVITIES

-Medals will be awarded on Tuesday in biathlon, short-track speedskating, Nordic combined skiing and alpine skiing.

-Team USA men’s hockey team defeated Slovakia 5-1 on Monday to advance to the medal round quarterfinals.

-Team USA women’s hockey takes on Canada in the gold medal game on Wednesday night at 11:00 pm Eastern time.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2018

HS WRESTLING – CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD OVER THE WEEKEND

-Edison took home the SBC Bay championship on Saturday at Lakota High School with Perkins winning the Lake Division title and Sandusky St. Mary’s won the River Division championship.

-Crestview won the Firelands Conference championships inside their own gym.

HS VOLLEYBALL – NORWALK COACH RESIGNS

After eight elite seasons, Norwalk volleyball coach Angie Kaliszewski is stepping down.

-Kaliszewski, a St. Paul grad, led the Lady Truckers to league championships in all eight of her seasons with three regional appearances and a trip to the Division 2 state title game in 2012.  She also coached Norwalk to a 76-match winning streak, which just ended this past season.

NBA – JAMES WINS ALL STAR GAME MVP LAST NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES

Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145 last night

-Cleveland’s LeBron James was named All-Star Game MVP for the third time in his career last night; scoring 29 points with 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES DROP SECOND STRAIGHT

#8 Ohio State lost at #22 Michigan 74-62 on Sunday afternoon

-Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 20 points.

-The Buckeyes (22-7) look to get back in the win column Tuesday night versus Rutgers.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN

#16 Ohio State defeated Purdue 73-60 on Sunday

MLB BASEBALL – DAVIS BACK WITH THE TRIBE

The Cleveland Indians are bringing back the man who hit one of the biggest home runs in Tribe postseason history.

-Outfielder Rajai Davis has signed a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. Davis played for the Tribe in 2016, hitting the late game-tying homerun in Game 7 of the World Series.  Davis led the American League in stolen bases in 2016 with 43.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS LOSE

Pittsburgh beat Columbus 5-2 on Sunday evening

WINTER OLYMPICS – MONDAY’S ACTIVITIES

-Medals will be awarded today in bobsled, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, mixed ice dance figure skating and speed-skating.

-The Team USA women’s hockey team won 5-0 in the medal round semi-finals last night against Finland.  USA will take on Canada or the Russian team in the gold medal game on Wednesday.  Canada and Russia play today at 7:00 am Eastern time.

-The Team USA men’s hockey team plays tonight versus Slovakia in a quarterfinal qualifying match at 10:00 pm.

NASCAR – DAYTONA 500 GOES TO DILLON

Austin Dillon, in the #3 car, took home the checkered flag in Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500.

-After a late crash, the race went into overtime where Dillon used a last lap pass to defeat Bubba Wallace, who finished 2ndand Denny Hamlin, who ended up in 3rd place.

-Dillon won the “Great American Race” on the 20th anniversary of the most famous #3’s victory there, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

SBC Lake matchup: Sandusky (13-7, 8-3) at Norwalk (11-8, 6-4) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-Sandusky has already clinched a share of the SBC Lake Division championship.  Norwalk needs to win tonight and next Friday versus Bellevue to also gain a share of the SBC Lake title.

SBC Bay:  Edison (13-6, 6-4) at Willard (4-15, 2-7) – Roundball Replay on 95.3 WLKR after live game

GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Bellevue beat Norwalk 64-48 on WLKR

-Bellevue finishes the regular season 21-1 and wins SBC Lake Division outright, their 8th straight league title.

Willard 91-13 winners over Huron

-Willard wins outright SBC Bay Division title.

Western Reserve defeated Monroeville 50-17…South Central won 49-23 over St. Paul

Crestview defeated New London 48-37…Mapleton got by Plymouth 37-36

Oak Harbor beat Edison 52-32…Margaretta 72-34 winners over Port Clinton                                          

Perkins won 63-39 at Shelby…Maumee Valley Country Day defeated Danbury 42-31

Tiffin Columbian beat Clyde 65-44…Old Fort won 49-46 over Sandusky St. Mary’s   

HS SPORTS – CHANGE IN TRANSFER RULE TO BE VOTED ON

Ohio High School Athletic Association schools will vote in May on a proposed change to the OHSAA’s transfer rule.

-The proposed change, which can only be approved by a majority vote, changes the sit-out period for transfer students.  Currently, transfers must sit out the first half of the regular-season before becoming eligible to participate. Instead, the proposed change would have students sit out the second half of the regular-season and the postseason.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES

#8 Ohio State lost big at Penn State last night 79-56

-Ohio State dropped to 22-6 on the season and 13-2 in the Big Ten.  The Buckeyes are in action next on Sunday at 1:00 pm versus Michigan.

NBA – ALL STAR WEEKEND UPON US

This marks NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.  Events include the slam dunk and three-point contests on Saturday night and the All-Star Game (Team LeBron vs. Team Steph Curry) on Sunday night at 8:00 pm

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – SALAZAR TO MISS START OF SEASON

Cleveland starting pitcher Danny Salazar will likely miss the start of the regular season due to shoulder inflammation.

-Salazar, who has had elbow and shoulder issues the last two seasons, was limited to 103 innings in 2017.

NFL NEWS –CLEVELAND/CANTON FINALISTS FOR FUTURE DRAFT/McCARRON A FREE AGENT

-Cleveland/Canton has been named one of five finalist locations to host the NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020.  Other locations in the running include Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Tennessee. The winning locations will be announced in May.

-Cincinnati quarterback AJ McCarron has won his grievance against the Bengals involving years of service; which will make him a free agent in March.  Cleveland and Minnesota figure to be the frontrunners to land McCarron, who last October was nearly a Cleveland Brown, but paperwork was turned in after the league’s deadline.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS HOME TONIGHT

Philadelphia at Columbus – 7:00 pm

WINTER OLYMPICS – FRIDAY’S ACTION

Team USA defeated Slovakia 2-1 on Friday in men ice hockey prelims. 

-Medal competition today takes place in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, men’s figure skating and speed-skating.

NASCAR – DUALS LAST NIGHT IN DAYTONA

Dual Race # 1: Winner: Ryan Blaney – 2nd:Joey Logano – 3rd: Bubba Wallace

Dual Race # 2:Winner: Chase Elliott – 2nd: Kevin Harvick – 3rd: Erik Jones

Friday at 7:30 pm – Truck Series – NextEra Energy Resources 250

Saturday at 2:30 pm – Xfinity Series –  Powershares QQQ 300

Sunday at 1:30/2:30 pm on K96 – Monster Energy Cup Series – Daytona 500 (60th running)

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2018

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – FRANCONA SR. PASSES AWAY

The Cleveland Indians arrived to Goodyear, Arizona Wednesday for Spring Training with heavy hearts as the organization learned of the passing of Tribe great Tito Francona, the father of Indians manager Terry Francona.

-Tito spent six years with the Indians from 1959-64; finishing 5th in the AL MVP voting in 1959 and being named an All-Star in 1961.

-Francona was 84-years-old.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT ON WLKR

Norwalk (18-3) at Bellevue (20-1) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-Bellevue has already clinched a share of the SBC Lake Division title, but Norwalk can grab a share of the championship with a win in tonight’s regular season finale for both teams.

OTHER GIRLS BASKETBALL GAMES TONIGHT:

Monroeville at Western Reserve…South Central at St. Paul…Crestview at New London…

Mapleton at Plymouth…Huron at Willard…Edison at Oak Harbor…Port Clinton at Margaretta

Perkins at Shelby…Tiffin Columbian at Clyde…St. Mary’s at Old Fort

Danbury at Maumee Valley Country Day…Mansfield Sr. at Sandusky

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES IN ACTION

#8 Ohio State at Penn State – 8:00 pm

-Penn State defeated Ohio State in Columbus on a long three-pointer at the buzzer back on January 25th.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS FALL NORTH OF THE BORDER

Toronto beat Columbus 6-3 last night

-Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Anderson stopped 54 of Columbus’ 57 shots and Toronto center Nazem Kadri had a hat trick (3 goals).

-Despite the loss, the Blue Jackets became the first team in the NHL expansion era (1967-68) to put up 50 shots or more in 3 straight games.

Up next: Columbus hosts Philadelphia on Friday at 7:00 pm.

WINTER OLYMPICS – THURSDAY’S ACTIVITIES

The Team USA men’s hockey team let a 2-0 third period slip away on Wednesday, as they were stunned by Slovenia 3-2 in overtime.  Team USA is back in action tonight vs. Slovakia (10:10 pm).

-The women’s USA hockey team lost last night 2-1 against Team Canada in preliminary play,

-Medal competition today takes place in snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, speedskating, alpine skiing, luge and skeleton bobsled.

NASCAR – DAYTONA DUALS TONIGHT

Can-Am Duels – at Daytona – 6:00 pm/7:00 pm – LIVE on K96

Alex Bowman has the pole position for Duel #1 (7:00 pm) with Denny Hamlin on the pole for the second duel (8:30 pm).  The twin 60-lap races determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500.

-Bowman and Hamlin have already clinched spots on the front row for the Daytona 500 from having the top two qualifying speeds this past Sunday.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

South Central defeated Mansfield St. Peter’s 63-50

Oak Harbor beat Elmwood 48-32…Carey defeated Seneca East 53-23

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Lucas defeated New London 51-45…Emmanuel Christian defeated Monroeville 62-37

Mansfield Sr. beat Sandusky 79-76…Willard won 58-51 over Hopewell-Loudon

Vermilion beat Lorain Clearview 72-52…Margaretta beat Port Clinton 64-40

Oak Harbor won 57-39 over New Riegel…Tiffin Calvert defeated Danbury 56-37

NBA – CAVS WIN AT OKC

Cleveland beat Oklahoma City last night 120-112

-LeBron James scored 37 points to lead the Cavaliers with J.R. Smith scoring 18 points on 6 made three-pointers.  The Cavs bench also had 4 players in double figures (Hood, Clarkson, Nance Jr. and Green).

-The Cavaliers are off now for the All-Star break; and won’t return to action until a week from Thursday, at home against Washington.  Cleveland has won four in a row.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – LADY BUCKS WIN

#16 Ohio State (20-6) defeated Illinois 88-69 last night

-Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 28 points.  The Lady Buckeyes are now 21-6 on the season.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS WIN

Columbus defeated the New York Islanders 4-1 last night

-Last night’s victory was Columbus’ first regulation win at the Islanders since 2002.

-Columbus plays again tonight at Toronto (7:00 pm).

WINTER OLYMPICS – WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

Team USA takes on Slovakia in men’s preliminary ice hockey action this morning at 7:10 am.

-Medals will be handed out today in the biathlon, luge, Nordic combined skiing, snowboarding and speed-skating.

-The USA women’s hockey team won on Tuesday 5-0 versus the Russian team.

MLB BASEBALL – CLEVELAND INDIANS PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT

Baseball is back; as Cleveland Indians pitchers and catchers report today to Goodyear, Arizona for Spring Training.  The Indians first Spring Training game is Friday, February 23rd versus Cincinnati.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Willard defeated Shelby 62-46

Norwalk beat Tiffin Columbian 57-36 

-Norwalk travels to Bellevue Thursday night in both team’s regular season finale.  A Norwalk win would give the Lady Truckers a share of the SBC Lake Division title; and a Bellevue win gives the Lady Red an outright SBC Lake championship.  You can hear the game live Thursday night on 95.3 WLKR at 7:15 pm.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

St. Paul at Huron…Mansfield St. Peter’s at South Central…Oak Harbor at Elmwood

Seneca East at Carey

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Hopewell-Loudon at Willard…Lucas at New London…Mansfield Sr. at Sandusky

Monroeville at Emmanuel Christian…Vermilion at Lorain Clearview…Danbury at Tiffin Calvert

Margaretta at Port Clinton…New Riegel at Oak Harbor

NBA – CAVS AT OKC TONIGHT

Cleveland at Oklahoma City – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Tonight marks the Cavs final game before the All-Star break.  The Cavaliers won’t return to action until a week from Thursday, at home vs. Washington.

-Cleveland has won three straight.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES NOW #8

Virginia is the number-one team in the country in the new AP Poll released Monday.  It’s the first time Virginia has been an AP #1 team since 1982.

-Ohio State, now 22-5, climbed 6 spots, and are now #8; following a home win Saturday over Iowa.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – LADY BUCKS ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

#16 Ohio State (20-6) at Illinois (9-17) – 8:00 PM

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS PLAYS TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders – 7:00 pm

WINTER OLYMPICS – TUESDAY’S EVENTS

Team USA takes on the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” team in women’s hockey preliminaries (7:10 am); and medals will be handed out alpine skiing, speed-skating, luge, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TOURNAMENT DRAW RESULTS FROM SUNDAY

Div. 2 Mansfield Madison District:

#1 Vermilion vs. #11 Bellevue – 2/27 at Willard HS (winner plays #8 Shelby)

#6 Norwalk vs. #9 Perkins – 2/28 at Bucyrus HS (winner meets #4 Sandusky/#13 Tiffin Col.)

#7 Clyde vs. #10 Ontario – 2/28 at Willard HS (winner meets #3 Lexington/#12 Galion)

Div. 3 Norwalk District:

#4 Edison vs. #14 Lakota – 2/28 at Shelby HS (winner vs. #6 Margaretta/#7 New London – 2/28)

#5 Western Reserve vs. #13 Bucyrus – 2/28 at Hopewell-Loudon HS (winner vs. #3 Carey/#9 Wynford)

#10 Willard vs. #11 Crestview – 2/27 at Hopewell Loudon HS (winner vs. #2 Oak Harbor)

Div. 4 Willard District:

#4 South Central (1st round bye – to play winner of #6 St. Paul/#9 Crestline – 2/27 at Galion HS)

#7 Plymouth vs. #5 Mansfield Christian – 2/27 at Lexington HS

#12 Monroeville vs. #1 Mansfield St. Peter’s/#11 Danbury on 3/2 at Lexington HS

#8 St. Mary’s vs. #10 Buckeye Central – 2/27 at Galion HS (winner vs. #2 Col. Crawford)

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Shelby at Willard (Willard can clinch an outright SBC Bay Division title with a win.)

NBA – ‘NEW LOOK’ CAVS WIN IN BOSTON

Cleveland won 121-99 at Boston on Sunday

-All four newly acquired Cavaliers played on Sunday with Jordan Clarkson leading the way with 17 points.

-LeBron James topped the Cavs in scoring with 24 points.

-Rodney Hood had 15 points, George Hill added 12 points and Larry Nance Jr. also had 5 points in their Cleveland debuts.

Next up: Cleveland at Oklahoma City on Tuesday (8:00 pm). 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES FALL TO USF

Unranked USF blasted #13 Ohio State 84-65 Sunday afternoon

-The Lady Buckeyes dropped to 20-6 on the season.

NFL – INDY NAMES REICH AS NEW HEAD COACH

A week after thinking they had a new head coach in Josh McDaniels, the Indianapolis Colts finally have their man.

-The Colts have hired former Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their head coach.  It’s reportedly a five-year deal.

-McDaniels, New England’s offensive coordinator, was going to be the new Indianapolis head coach; but backed out at the last minute and returned to the Patriots.

WINTER OLYMPICS – TODAY’S EVENTS

Medals will be handed out today in the biathlon, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.

NASCAR –KESELOWSKI WINS DAYTONA OPENER, BOWMAN WINS DAYTONA POLE

Brad Keselowski won Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Int’l Speedway on K96.

-Joey Logano finished 2nd with Kurt Busch placing 3rd.

-Also, Alex Bowman in the #88 car formerly drove by Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the pole for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Next up: The Can-Am Duals at Daytona this Thursday at 6:00 pm – LIVE on K96.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018

NBA – CAVS DEAL AWAY SIX PLAYERS ON THURSDAY

The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their roster on Thursday ahead of the NBA trading deadline.

-In multiple deals, the Cavs acquired Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson from the L.A. Lakers, Rodney Hood from Utah and Sacramento’s George Hill.  Cleveland sent away Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade.

-The Cavs play tonight at Atlanta (7:30 pm).

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

Norwalk at Shelby – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-Norwalk has won seven games in a row.

Vermilion at Willard – Roundball Replay

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Upper Sandusky defeated Seneca East 88-59

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Norwalk beat Perkins 59-39 on WLKR

-Norwalk head coach Brock Manlet picked up his 100th career win last night.

Western Reserve won 41-28 over New London

-The Lady Riders clinched an outright Firelands Conference championship with last night’s victory.

Lucas beat South Central 58-44…Danbury beat Emmanuel Christian 38-30

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN BIG

#13 Ohio State beat Rutgers 90-68 last night

-The Lady Buckeyes are now 20-5 on the season.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Columbus at Washington – 7:00 pm

WINTER OLYMPICS – NOW UNDERWAY

Competition today includes curling, figure skating, luge and skiing.

-Opening Ceremonies take place tonight at 8:00 pm.

NASCAR – FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON IS SUNDAY

Advance Auto Parts Clash – Sunday at 2:00/3:00 pm – LIVE on K96 – from Daytona Int’l Speedway

-The 75-lap non-points event will feature 17 select drivers who received invites to the race through various past accomplishments.

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – ON THE RADIO TONIGHT

Norwalk at Perkins – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

New London at Western Reserve…South Central at Lucas…Seneca East at Old Fort

Danbury at Emmanuel Christian

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Margaretta at Sandusky St. Mary’s

NBA – CAVS WIN AT THE HORN

Cleveland won at the buzzer last night 140-138 in overtime against Minnesota

-LeBron James buried a free throw jump shot as time expired to give the Cavaliers a much-needed victory at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

-James ended up with a triple-double; scoring 37 points along with 10 rebounds and 15 assists.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES AT #3 PURDUE

#14 Ohio State stunned #3 Purdue last night 64-63

-Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop tipped in a Jae’Sean Tate miss with 2.8 seconds left to steal a victory in West Lafayette and snap Purdue’s 19-game win streak and 21-game home winning streak.

-The Buckeyes are now the leaders in the Big Ten after rallying back from a 14-point second half deficit.  #1 Villanova was also upset by St. John’s last night 79-75.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES HOME TONIGHT

Rutgers (18-7) at #13 Ohio State (19-5) – 7:00 pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – NAT. SIGNING DAY/URBAN MEYER CONTRACT/SCHIANO

-Ohio State ended up with the second-best recruiting class in the nation after National Signing Day came to a close on Wednesday.  The Buckeyes ended up landing the top rated offensive tackle, Nicholas Petit-Frere from Florida along with the top-ranked tight end, center and defensive tackle.  Georgia had the number-one ranked recruiting class.

-Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer will reportedly sign a contract extension soon.  The two-year extension would keep Meyer in Columbus through the 2022 season.

-OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has told the team that he’s 100% staying at Ohio State, despite rumors linking him to several NFL jobs.  Schiano most recently was rumored to be taking the New England Patriots defensive coordinator position.

WINTER OLYMPICS – BEGIN TODAY IN SOUTH KOREA

Competition begins today in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

-Activities will take place today in alpine and freestyle skiing, ski jumping, curling, figure skating and luge.

-The official Opening Ceremonies are set for Friday night at 8:00 pm.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

St. Paul beat Margaretta 47-45…Bellevue won 64-59 at Ontario…Sandusky defeated Huron 70-65

Clyde beat Tiffin Columbian 63-52…Elyria Catholic won 72-71 over Vermilion

Cardinal Stritch defeated Danbury 78-34

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Norwalk beat Western Reserve 58-39 on WLKR…Edison beat St. Paul 41-31

Monroeville 46-35 winners over Hardin-Northern…Plymouth defeated Crestline 46-34

Bellevue defeated Toledo Start 56-41…Willard won 58-30 over Clyde

Margaretta beat Sandusky St. Mary’s 80-48…Shelby upset Upper Sandusky 48-34

Port Clinton beat Rossford 40-34…Oak Harbor won 53-36 over Old Fort

NBA – CAVS BLOW HUGE LEAD

Orlando beat Cleveland 116-98 last night

-The Cavaliers let a 21-point lead slip away as they only put up 9 points in the fourth quarter.

-Last night marked the Cavs 14th loss in 21 games.  Cleveland is home to take on Minnesota tonight at 8:00 pm.

-Cavs coach Tyronn Lue left the game in the second quarter with an illness.

NBA NEWS – PORZINGIS HAS TORN ACL

An MRI last night revealed that New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis has a torn ACL; meaning his season is likely over.

-Porzingis, who was averaging a team high 23 points per game, suffered the injury in the Knicks’ loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ FALL AT HOME

Washington defeated Columbus 3-2 last night

FOOTBALL NEWS – TODAY IS NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Ohio State and Georgia are expected to have the top two recruiting classes in the country after this National Signing Day comes to a close.  95.3 WLKR will have several special Buckeyes National Signing Day reports throughout today, starting at 11:20 am.

-The Buckeyes also should have the top class in the Big Ten.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES AT #3 PURDUE TONIGHT

#14 Ohio State (20-5) at #3 Purdue (23-2) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 8:00/8:30 pm

NFL NEWS – McDANIELS TO STAY WITH PATS

New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has changed his mind and will not take the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job after all.

-McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with Indianapolis and was scheduled to officially be named head coach today (Wednesday).  He will now remain with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Shelby beat Willard 76-58 on WLKR

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Sandusky 69-32 winners over Huron

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT ON WLKR

Western Reserve at Norwalk – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Edison at St. Paul…Hardin-Northern at Monroeville…Plymouth at Crestline…Bellevue at Toledo Start

Clyde at Willard…Margaretta at Sandusky St. Mary’s…Upper Sandusky at Shelby

Rossford at Port Clinton…Old Fort at Oak Harbor

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

St. Paul at Margaretta…Bellevue at Ontario…Sandusky at Huron…Tiffin Columbian at Clyde

Vermilion at Elyria Catholic…Danbury at Cardinal Stritch

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES JUMP THREE SPOTS IN AP POLL

The Ohio State Buckeyes are now the #14 team in the country after moving up three places in the latest AP Poll released Monday.

-The top three remained the same with Villanova #1, Virginia #2 and Purdue ranked #3.

-The Buckeyes (20-5) travel to West Lafayette to play at Purdue (23-2) on Wednesday night at 8:30 pm, live on 95.3 WLKR.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ HOME TONIGHT

Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – FRAZIER TO METS

Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier has reportedly signed a 2-year, $17 million contract with the New York Mets.

-Frazier played last year with the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees; hitting .217 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI.

NFL NEWS – PATRICIA OFFICALLY JOINS LIONS; SCHIANO LIKELY TO REPLACE PATRICIA

Former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was officially named the head coach of the Detroit Lions on Monday.

-Patricia replaces the fired Jim Caldwell.

-Various media reports say that Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano could replace Patricia as the new defensive coordinator of the Patriots.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018

NFL – SUPER BOWL 52 LAST NIGHT – EAGLES WIN

Philadelphia defeated New England 41-33 in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday night.

– Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was named Super Bowl MVP; throwing for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns and also catching a TD pass as the Eagles won their first ever Super Bowl title.

-In the loss, Tom Brady had 505 yards passing and 3 scores.  Brady’s fumble on a strip-sack with just over 2:00 left was the game-changer; as the Eagles then kicked a field goal to give Philly an 8-point lead.  The Patriots did get the ball to midfield but a hail-mary attempt as time expired fell incomplete in the end zone.

NFL NEWS – COLTS PLAYER DIES IN ACCIDENT

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed early Sunday morning by a drunk driver while standing outside of a car on the interstate in Indianapolis.

-Jackson and the driver of a ride-sharing service both died in the crash where an intoxicated man in a pickup truck drove off the side of the road and struck the parked vehicle which then hit Jackson and his driver.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN

#17 Ohio State defeated Illinois 75-67 on Sunday afternoon in Columbus

-Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points along with 13 rebounds.

-The Buckeyes, now 20-5 on the season, play next at #3 Purdue on Wednesday night (8:30 pm on 95.3 WLKR).

-Before Sunday’s game, Buckeye guard Kam Williams was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LIVE TONIGHT ON WLKR

Shelby at Willard – LIVE Tonight on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-Makeup of game that was postponed earlier this season.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

New London at Mapleton…Huron at Sandusky…Vermilion at Lexington

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – GIRLS TOURNAMENT DRAW HELD SUNDAY

Div. 2 Galion District:

#2 Norwalk vs. #7 Tiffin Columbian/#8 Mansfield Madison winner – 2/24 at Bucyrus HS

#4 Willard vs. #9 Shelby – 2/20 at Monroeville HS (winner faces Ontario)

#1 Bellevue vs. #10 Vermilion/#11 Mansfield Sr. winner – 2/24 at Monroeville HS

Div. 2 Anthony Wayne District

#7 Clyde vs. #6 Maumee – 2/20 at Toledo Bowsher HS (winner faces #3 Oak Harbor – 2/24 at Bowsher)

#5 Perkins vs. #8 Sandusky – 2/20 at Genoa HS

#10 Port Clinton vs. #9 Toledo Scott – 2/20 at Genoa HS

Div. 3 Shelby District:

#2 Western Reserve vs. #13 Huron – 2/20 at Willard HS

#3 Seneca East vs. #5 Bucyrus/#9 Fostoria winner – 2/24 at Willard HS

#4 Edison vs. #12 New London – 2/20 at Lexington HS (winner faces #6 Crestview/#7 Clear Fork winner)

#1 Margaretta vs. #8 Wynford/#10 Col. Crawford winner – 2/24 at Lexington HS

Div 4. Willard District:

#2 St. Paul vs. #6 Lucas/#7 St. Mary’s winner – 2/24 at Norwalk HS

#3 South Central vs. #4 Danbury – 2/24 at Norwalk HS

#10 Plymouth vs. #8 Mansfield St. Peter’s – 2/20 at Shelby (winner faces #5 Monroeville – 2/24 at Shelby)

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Lucas beat Plymouth 61-42…Danbury defeated Gibsonburg 54-36

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Norwalk defeated Bellevue 54-41…Clyde won 77-70 over Sandusky… Edison defeated Huron 47-44

Oak Harbor beat Willard 61-52…Perkins beat Tiffin Columbian 69-35

Vermilion won 68-63 over Margaretta…Sandusky St. Mary’s won 64-62 at Tiffin Calvert

Shelby beat Wynford 63-27

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LIVE TONIGHT ON WLKR

Shelby at Norwalk – LIVE Tonight on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

-Norwalk won by 12 points in their previous meeting in December.

MORE HS HOOPS ON WLKR SATURDAY

GIRLS: Western Reserve at St. Paul (12:45/1:00 pm)

-The girls basketball  tournament draw takes place this Sunday afternoon.

BOYS: New London at St. Paul (7:15/7:30 pm)

NBA NEWS – DRAGIC TO REPLACE LOVE, DUNK/3-PT CONTEST

-Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat has been selected as an injury replacement for Kevin Love.  Dragic will play on “Team LeBron”, replacing Love, who suffered a broken hand on Tuesday night in Detroit.

-The field has been announced for the upcoming All-Star Game slam dunk contest and 3-point competition in Los Angeles.  Participating in the slam dunk this year will be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, L.A. Laker Larry Nance Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas.  The 8-player, three-point contest includes Golden State’s Klay Thompson, OKC’s Paul George and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.

MLB NEWS – INDIANS EQUIPMENT TRUCK OFF TO ARIZONA

The Cleveland Indians equipment truck left Thursday morning for Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona.

-The truck is carrying 72 tubs of bubble gum, 144 boxes of sunflower seeds and over 10,300 baseballs.

-Indians pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 14th.

NHL HOCKEY – BLUE JACKETS PLAY TONIGHT

San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

BUSY BASKETBALL WEEKEND

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – #18 Ohio State at Wisconsin – Saturday at 1:00 pm

NBA – Houston at Cleveland – Saturday night at 8:30 pm

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Illinois at #17 Ohio State – Sunday at 12:00 noon (LIVE on 95.3 WLKR)

NFL – SUPER BOWL 52 IS SUNDAY

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles – 6:30 pm – Minneapolis, MN

-The Patriots are 4-point favorites heading into this weekend.

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Western Reserve beat Mansfield Madison 55-40

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Plymouth at Lucas…Gibsonburg at Danbury

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Norwalk at Bellevue…Sandusky at Clyde…Perkins at Tiffin Columbian…Edison at Huron

Margaretta at Vermilion…Oak Harbor at Willard…Sandusky St. Mary’s at Tiffin Calvert

Shelby at Wynford

NBA – CAVS BEAT MIAMI

Cleveland defeated Miami 91-89 last night

-LeBron James had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for the Cavaliers.

-The Cavs are off until Saturday, when they host the Houston Rockets.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN BIG

#18 Ohio State dominated Penn State last night, winning 94-64

-Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 27 points; moving into fourth place all-time in points in NCAA history. Mitchell also made a 3-pointer for the 80th straight game, tying a college basketball record.

-The Buckeyes are now 18-5 on the season.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – FORMER INDIANS OUTFIELDER DIES, MARTINEZ INJURED

-Former major league outfielder and one-time Cleveland Indian, Oscar Gamble, passed away Wednesday at the age of 68.  Gamble, who was best known for his large Afro hairstyle, played for the Indians from 1973 to 1975; hitting 200 home runs in 17 seasons.

-Veteran utility man Michael Martinez will be out at least six months with an Achilles injury.  Martinez was on track for his fourth straight year with Cleveland as a non-roster Spring Training invitee.  The 35 year-old has been re-acquired or re-signed by the Indians five times in the last three years.

NBA NEWS – FORMER PLAYER, BUTLER, DIES IN CRASH

Former NBA player, Rasual Butler, died in a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

-Butler played 13 seasons in the NBA with eight teams, playing last with San Antonio in the 2015-16 season.

-He was 38 years old.  His wife, R&B singer Leah LaBelle Vladowski, also passed away in the accident.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2018

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Mansfield St. Peter’s defeated St. Paul 48-42Norwalk beat Edison 47-34

Sandusky St. Mary’s beat Monroeville 47-34…Willard won 66-40 over Wynford

Perkins beat Margaretta 64-51…Oak Harbor won 51-35 at Woodmore…Shelby won 64-21 at Galion

Mohawk beat Seneca East 65-33

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

South Central won 63-57 over Western Reserve…New London won 62-51 over Lutheran West

Sandusky won 59-53 at Toledo Bowsher…Vermilion 70-32 winners at Firelands

Seneca East won 41-36 at Tiffin Calvert…Toledo Christian defeated Danbury 53-46

NBA – CAVS FALL IN DETROIT, LOVE OUT   

Detroit defeated Cleveland 125-114 last night in Motown.

-Kevin Love will likely miss 6 to 8 weeks of action after suffering a broken hand in the first quarter last night.

-LeBron James had 21 points for the Cavs; who lost their eighth game in January. The win by Detroit snapped their 8-game losing skid.

-The Cavs play at home tonight versus Miami (7:00/7:30 pm) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES WIN

#17 Ohio State beat Indiana 71-56 last night

-Jae’sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 16 points while Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Ohio State.  The Buckeyes are now 18-5 on the season. They host Illinois next on Sunday at 12 noon (LIVE on WLKR).

NHL HOCKEY – LAST NIGHT  

Minnesota defeated Columbus 3-2 in an overtime shootout on Tuesday night

-Columbus is back in action Friday night at home versus San Jose.

NFL NEWS – CHIEFS TO TRADE SMITH

The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

-Washington will send a third-round draft pick and an unnamed player as compensation.  Washington will then likely part ways with their current quarterback Kirk Cousins.   The trade can’t be made official until the start of the NFL’s league year on March 14th.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2018

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS TO DROP “CHIEF WAHOO” IN 2019

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has announced that the Cleveland Indians will remove the “Chief Wahoo” logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season.

-Baseball’s commissioner said that during constructive conversations with the Indians organization over the last year, the club ultimately agreed with his position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball.

-“Chief Wahoo” will still appear on merchandise in 2019 as the franchise will retain its rights to the logo.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Bellevue defeated Parma Heights Holy Name 58-51 (Bellevue is now 17-1 on the season)

Fremont Ross won 57-26 over Port Clinton…New London beat Lake Ridge Academy 46-36

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT ON WLKR

Edison at Norwalk – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Mansfield St. Peter’s at St. Paul…Monroeville at Sandusky St. Mary’s…Wynford at Willard

Margaretta at Perkins…Oak Harbor at Woodmore…Shelby at Galion…Seneca East at Mohawk

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Western Reserve at South Central…Lutheran West at New London…Sandusky at Toledo Bowsher

Firelands at Vermilion…Seneca East at Tiffin Calvert…Danbury at Toledo Christian

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Indiana at #17 Ohio State – 7:00 pm (Game will not air on WLKR due to girls’ high school basketball coverage.)

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION TONIGHT  

Cleveland at Detroit – 8:00 pm (Game will not air on WLKR due to girls’ high school basketball coverage)

-The Cavs are looking for their third straight win tonight and second victory in three nights over Detroit.

NBA – BIG TRADE BETWEEN DETROIT AND L.A. CLIPPERS

The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly agreed to trade All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.  Detroit is sending Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a first- and second-round draft pick to L.A.

NHL HOCKEY – TONIGHT

Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

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SPORTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 29th, 2018

NBA – CAVS WIN LAST NIGHT

Cleveland defeated Detroit 121-104 on Sunday evening

– LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists.

-The Cavs play next on Tuesday night at Detroit (8:00 pm).

NFL – AFC RALLIES TO WIN PRO BOWL

The AFC defeated the NFC 24-23 in a rainy and soggy Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

-Oakland QB Derek Carr completed an 18-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Delanie Walker with 1:31 left as the AFC rallied back from a 17-point halftime deficit; despite committing four turnovers.

-Walker, a receiver for the Titans, won the offensive MVP with two touchdown catches.

-Denver linebacker Von Miller took home the defensive MVP with a forced fumble and fumble recovery late in the game.

NFL NEWS – COLTS TO HIRE McDANIELS

The Indianapolis Colts say they plan on hiring New England Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.

-Indianapolis reportedly offered the job to McDaniels after a meeting on Friday; with McDaniels to officially be named head coach after the Super Bowl this Sunday.

NHL HOCKEY – ALL-STAR GAME ‘3 ON 3’ TOURNAMENT HELD SUNDAY

The Pacific Division won 5-2 over the Atlantic Division in the NHL All-Star Game ‘3 on 3’ tournament finals on Sunday.  The winners will split a million dollars in prize money.

-In the semi-finals, the Pacific defeated the Central 5-2 and the Atlantic won 7-4 against the Metro.

-Vancouver rookie forward Brook Boeser was named MVP after scoring 2 goals and an assist in the two wins by the Pacific Division.

-Columbus defenseman and lone Blue Jacket All-Star, Zach Werenski, had an assist for the Metro Division.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Parma Heights Holy Name at Bellevue… Port Clinton at Fremont Ross

New London at Lake Ridge Academy

WLKR HS BASKETBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE – THIS WEEK

Tuesday – Girls – Edison at Norwalk (7:15/7:30 pm)

Friday – Girls – Shelby at Norwalk (7:15/7:30 pm)

Saturday – Girls – Western Reserve at St. Paul (12:45/1:00 pm)

Boys – New London at St. Paul (7:15/7:30 pm)

UFC – ROUSEY JOINS WWE

Former UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey has officially signed with World Wrestling Entertainment to become a full-time pro wrestler.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

Norwalk at Perkins – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:15/7:30 pm

St. Paul at Monroeville – Roundball Replay (immediately following live game)

Saturday – Girls basketball – Oak Harbor at Willard – 2:15/2:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Upper Sandusky beat Bellevue 85-64…Sandusky took care of Tiffin Columbian 82-49

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

St. Paul defeated Crestview 49-45…South Central beat Mapleton 57-45

Western Reserve pounded Plymouth 78-27…Monroeville beat New London 47-25

Perkins won 67-37 at Port Clinton

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES LAST NIGHT

Penn State defeated #13 Ohio State 82-79

-It was a wild finish in Columbus as the Buckeyes rallied back from 13 points down in the 2nd half to tie the game with five seconds left on a long three-pointer from Keita Bates-Diop; just to have Penn State follow that with a banked-in game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

-Last night was the Buckeyes first loss in the Big Ten this season (9-1).

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Iowa beat #12 Ohio State last night 103-89

-The Ohio State women have lost three straight.

NBA NEWS – LEBRON AND CURRY SELECT THEIR ALL-STAR TEAMS

Team captains LeBron James and Steph Curry drafted their All-Star teams last night.

-LeBron selected former teammate Kyrie Irving along with Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis to be in his starting lineup.  Kevin Love will also be a part of ‘Team LeBron’ as well as Russell Westbrook

-Curry’s starting five includes: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokunmpo, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and Houston’s James Harden.

-The game, featuring an all-new ‘team captain’ format this year, will be played February 18th in Los Angeles.

NBA – TONIGHT

Indiana at Cleveland – 7:30 pm (will not air on WLKR due to high school basketball)

-The Cavs have made a change to their starting lineup; replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson and moving Kevin Love back to the power forward position.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ LAST NIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Arizona Coyotes last night 2-1

FOOTBALL NEWS – ‘XFL’ TO RETURN

WWE founder Vince McMahon is bringing back his XFL football league.

-McMahon says some features of the league include: an eight-team league, 10-game season, a goal of two-hour games and any player with a criminal record will not be allowed to play in the league.  McMahon stated that the league will not feature any of the gimmicks it was known for during it’s one season in 2001.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS RELEASE PROMO SCHEDULE

The Cleveland Indians have released their 2018 promotional schedule.

-It includes four bobblehead giveaways featuring Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnacion, Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller.

SPORTS NEWS – ALL-STAR SUNDAY

NFL Pro Bowl – Sunday at 2:50 pm – AFC vs. NFC

NHL All-Star Game – Sunday at 3:30 pm – 3 on 3 tournament format

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NHL HOCKEY – CBJ LAST NIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Arizona Coyotes last night 2-1

FOOTBALL NEWS – ‘XFL’ TO RETURN

WWE founder Vince McMahon is bringing back his XFL football league.

-McMahon says some features of the league include: an eight-team league, 10-game season, a goal of two-hour games and any player with a criminal record will not be allowed to play in the league.  McMahon stated that the league will not feature any of the gimmicks it was known for during it’s one season in 2001.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS RELEASE PROMO SCHEDULE

The Cleveland Indians have released their 2018 promotional schedule.

-It includes four bobblehead giveaways featuring Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnacion, Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller.

SPORTS NEWS – ALL-STAR SUNDAY

NFL Pro Bowl – Sunday at 2:50 pm – AFC vs. NFC

NHL All-Star Game – Sunday at 3:30 pm – 3 on 3 tournament format

SPORTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2018

MLB BASEBALL – THOME ELECTED TO THE HALL

Four new members, including former Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome (“Toe-Me”), were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening.

-Joining Thome in Cooperstown are Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Bellevue at Upper Sandusky…Tiffin Columbian at Sandusky

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Plymouth at Western Reserve…Crestview at St. Paul…Mapleton at South Central

New London at Monroeville…Perkins at Port Clinton.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES IN ACTION TONIGHT

Penn State at #13 Ohio State – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The Buckeyes are 18-4 and 9-0 in the Big Ten.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

#12 Ohio State (16-4) at Iowa – 8:00 pm

NFL – SKILLS COMPETITION TAKES PLACE TONIGHT

Tonight (9:00 pm on ESPN) marks the return of the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge with several events planned for this evening in Orlando.

-Events include the best hands competition, dodgeball, the power relay challenge and precision passing.

-Notable players participating: Seattle QB Russell Wilson, Kansas City QB Alex Smith and RB Kareem Hunt and receivers Keenan Allen of the L.A. Chargers and Michael Thomas of New Orleans.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ PLAY TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Arizona Coyotes – 9:00 pm

SPORTS NEWS – QUICKEN LOANS ARENA CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH

Construction on “The Q Transformation”, the renovation project to update and modernize the 23-year-old Quicken Loans Arena will occur in mid-February with barriers to define the construction zones going up on February 5th.  The initial phase of construction will focus on the exterior of the building and will impact the way fans enter and exit for events, as well as vehicles traveling on Huron Road in the Gateway District.

-Quicken Loans Arena will continue to host Cavs and Monsters hockey games for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the entire 2018-19 season, along with a normal slate of other scheduled arena events within those time frames. However, The Q will close for all event activity during the summers of 2018 and 2019 and the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators, who play at The Q during the summer, will take a two-year hiatus.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES

St. Paul defeated Willard 55-45…Mansfield Christian defeated Plymouth 60-58

Elyria beat Vermilion 65-63…Sandusky St. Mary’s 80-65 winners over Old Fort

Danbury won 69-35 at Northwood

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT’S FINAL SCORES

Western Reserve beat Edison 48-33…Shelby won 59-51 at Clyde…Bellevue beat Perrysburg 57-51

Norwalk beat Perkins 39-38…Margaretta won 59-44 over Willard…Oak Harbor beat Vermilion 55-43

Port Clinton defeated Huron 54-15…New Riegel beat Sandusky St. Mary’s 64-57

Seneca East beat Col. Crawford 48-32… Sandusky defeated Tiffin Columbian 59-44

NBA – CAVS FALL ON THE ROAD, LEBRON SCORES 30K

San Antonio defeated Cleveland 114-102 last night

-Despite the loss, LeBron James became the youngest player (33 years & 24 days) to score 30,000 points in his career by hitting a jump shot with one second left in the first quarter.  James is the seventh player overall in NBA history to score 30,000 points.  LeBron had 28 points in the game.

-The loss gave Cleveland their 7th defeat in their last 10 games.  The Cavs play next on Friday night at home versus Indiana.

NBA NEWS – LOVE MAKES ALL-STAR TEAM

Cleveland Cavalier forward Kevin Love has been named an NBA All-Star reserve.

-It marks Love’s second straight All-Star selection and fifth of his career.  Love joins LeBron James as a 2018 All-Star, marking the ninth time in franchise history that at least two Cavs players have been selected for the event.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ LOSES OUT WEST 

Las Vegas doubled-up Columbus 6-3 last night in the first-ever meeting between the franchises

-The Blue Jackets are back in action Thursday night at Arizona.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – HOF CLASS NAMED THIS EVENING

As many as five players could be named to the Baseball Hall of Fame tonight; the most since the very first class in 1936.

-Among the favorites to be chosen for Cooperstown is Cleveland Indians’ great, first baseman Jim Thome; along with third baseman Chipper Jones and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.  Closer Trevor Hoffman and designated hitter Edgar Martinez could possibly be selected as well.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2018

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Willard at St. Paul…Mansfield Christian at Plymouth…Vermilion at Elyria

Old Fort at Sandusky St. Mary’s…Danbury at Northwood

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Western Reserve at Edison…South Central at Hillsdale…Perkins at Norwalk

Shelby at Clyde…Sandusky at Tiffin Columbian…Bellevue at Perrysburg

Willard at Margaretta…Vermilion at Oak Harbor…Huron at Port Clinton

Sandusky St. Mary’s at New Riegel…Seneca East at Col. Crawford

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE WINS AGAIN IN BIG TEN

#13 Ohio State defeated Nebraska 64-59 last night

-Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State with 20 points as the Buckeyes improved to 18-4, 9-0.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OSU FALLS ON THE ROAD

#14 Maryland took care of #12 Ohio State last night, beating the Buckeyes 99-69

NBA – CAVS ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-The Cavs have lost four of their last five and have dropped eight of ten (both wins versus Orlando).

NBA NEWS – BUCKS FIRE KIDD

The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd on Monday.

-In three-plus seasons with Milwaukee, Kidd had a record of 139-152 while taking the Bucks to the playoffs twice.  Milwaukee was in eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into play last night.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS HIRE HALEY, SHURMUR JOINS GIANTS

-Former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley has reportedly agreed to join the Cleveland Browns as their new offensive coordinator.  Haley, a former head coach with Kansas City, was with Pittsburgh the last six seasons before the Steelers did not renew his contract following their divisional playoff loss to Jacksonville.

-Former Minnesota offensive coordinator and one-time Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has been named the new head coach of the Giants.  Shurmur coached the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012.

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – JACKSON SIGNS WITH SAN FRAN

Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Austin Jackson has signed a two-year, $6 million deal with San Francisco.

-Jackson hit .318 with 7 home runs last season for Cleveland.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ OUT WEST TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Las Vegas Golden Knights – 10:00 pm

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SPORTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2018

HS BASKETBALL – WLKR BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

Friday – Boys – Norwalk at Perkins – LIVE at 7:15/7:30 pm

Boys – St. Paul at Monroeville – Roundball Replay

Saturday – Girls – Oak Harbor at Willard – LIVE at 2:15/2:30 pm

NFL – SUPER BOWL 52 MATCHUP IS SET

AFC Championship – New England defeated Jacksonville 24-20 on Sunday afternoon.

-Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter; as New England advanced to their third Super Bowl in four seasons.  Brady threw for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns.

NFC Championship – Philadelphia routed Minnesota 38-7 on Sunday evening.

-Philly quarterback Nick Foles tossed 3 TD passes along with 352 yards threw the air as the Eagles will fly into their first Super Bowl since 2005; in which they lost to New England.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS LOOKING AT FORMER STEELER OC, BUCKEYES OC TO TITANS?

-ESPN is reporting that former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley is in serious talks with the Cleveland Browns to be their new offensive coordinator.  Haley worked for the Steelers for six seasons before his contract was not renewed last week following Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville.

-Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is considering becoming the new Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator.  Day previously worked as QB coach for Philadelphia and San Francisco.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE BACK IN ACTION TONIGHT

Nebraska at #22 Ohio State – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Ohio State is 17-4 on the season and are tied for first place (8-0) in the Big Ten after a 67-49 victory in New York City over Minnesota on Saturday.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OSU ON THE ROAD IN RANKED MATCHUP TONIGHT

#8 Ohio State at #14 Maryland – 7:00 pm

-The OSU women and Maryland have identical records; both 16-3 and tied for first in the Big Ten at 5-1.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2018

HS BASKETBALL – SPECIAL LIVE DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT ON WLKR

Live at 5:45/6:00 pm on 95.3 WLKR – Girls – Monroeville at St. Paul

Live at 7:30 pm on 95.3 WLKR – Boys – Vermilion at Edison

WALL TO WALL SPORTS ON WLKR SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 am – WLKR Locker Room Show with Josh Bowman and Kevin Rasnick

11:30 am/12:00 noon – #22 Ohio State basketball vs. Minnesota (from New York City)

3:00/3:30 pm – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

7:15/7:30 pm – LIVE boys HS basketball – Willard at Norwalk

Roundball Replay (immediately following live game) – Plymouth at St. Paul

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT’S FINALS

South Central beat St. Paul 64-45 on WLKR…Western Reserve 85-25 winners over Monroeville

New London defeated Crestview 68-56…Plymouth beat Mapleton 54-44

Clyde won 73-51 at Perkins…Seneca East won 74-73 over Fostoria

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Norwalk 55-46 winners at Ashland…Buckeye Central beat Willard 55-44…Edison beat Firelands 54-23

Bellevue defeated Sandusky 85-33…Tiffin Columbian beat Port Clinton 57-47

Danbury won 52-47 at Sandusky St. Mary’s

HS SPORTS NEWS – OHSAA LEADER RESIGNS

Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Executive Director Dr. Dan Ross has announced his resignation; effective September 15th.

-Ross, the OHSAA’s ninth-ever commissioner, began his duties back in 2004.

NBA – CAVS WIN AT HOME LAST NIGHT

Cleveland won 104-103 versus Orlando on Thursday night

-The Cavaliers snapped a 4-game losing skid with the victory last night in a game where they had to come back and win after blowing a 23-point lead.

-Isaiah Thomas led the Cavaliers with 21 points and 4 assists.

NBA NEWS – ALL-STAR CAPTAINS AND STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Steph Curry were named as captains and starters for this year’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. James was the top vote-getter overall with more than 2.6 million votes. LeBron will be making a NBA record 14th straight All-Star Game start.

-James and Curry will chose from a pool of 8 other NBA players that were named starters on Thursday; regardless of which conference they play for.  All-Star reserves will be named on Tuesday.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS WINS LAST NIGHT

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat Dallas 2-1 in an overtime shootout Thursday night

MLB BASEBALL – TRIBE FEST SET FOR SATURDAY

The Cleveland Indians fan festival, ‘Tribe Fest’ takes place Saturday at the Cleveland Convention Center.

-The event runs 8:30 am-12:30 pm for season ticket holders and 1:30 to 7:30 pm for the general public.  General admission is $10 for the general public with autograph session tickets of current and Indians alumni available for an additional cost.

NFL – CONFERENCE TITLE GAMES ON SUNDAY

AFC – Jacksonville at New England (3:05 pm)  NFC – Minnesota at Philadelphia (6:40 pm)

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2018

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – LIVE TONIGHT ON WLKR

South Central (6-4, 4-1) at St. Paul (4-4, 3-2) – 7:15/7:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Crestview at New London…Mapleton at Plymouth…Monroeville at Western Reserve

Clyde at Perkins…Fostoria at Seneca East

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Norwalk at Ashland…Willard at Buckeye Central…Sandusky at Bellevue…Port Clinton at Tiffin Columbian

Mansfield St. Peter’s at Shelby…Danbury at Sandusky St. Mary’s

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

St. Paul 39-36 winners over Vermilion…Clyde defeated Old Fort 59-43

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE WINS ON THE ROAD

#22 Ohio State won 71-65 at Northwestern last night

-Micah Potter led the Buckeyes with 13 points as Chris Holtmann became the first head coach in 95 years to win his first 7 Big Ten games.  Ohio State is 16-4 overall.

NBA – CAVS AT HOME TONIGHT

Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:00 pm

-The Cavaliers are looking to snap a 4-game losing skid; with their last Cavs win coming back on January 6th at Orlando.

-Tonight’s game will not air on WLKR due to high school basketball coverage.

NBA NEWS – PLAYERS SUSPENDED

Houston Rockets’ players Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have been suspended two games each for aggressively entering the L.A. Clippers locker room after their game on Monday night.

-Ariza and Green were reportedly looking to confront one or more Clippers’ players following their loss; which included some on-court incidents and the ejection of L.A.’s Blake Griffin.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS PLAYS TONIGHT

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 pm

MLB NEWS – KLUBER WINS CLEVELAND SPORTS AWARD

Cleveland Indians superstar pitcher Corey Kluber was named the winner of the Pro Athlete of the Year award at last night’s 18th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.  Other nominees included Kluber’s teammate Jose Ramirez, the Cavs’ LeBron James and the Browns’ Joe Thomas.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2018

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – FINAL SCORES FROM TUESDAY NIGHT

*Norwalk defeated Tiffin Columbian 67-32 on WLKR

*Norwalk head coach Steve Gray earned career victory number-400.

St. Paul beat Mapleton 46-40…Margaretta beat Edison 37-26…Old Fort defeated Danbury 78-57

Sandusky won 65-52 over Bellevue…Oak Harbor beat Huron 58-48

Vermilion won 63-37 over Port Clinton

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT’S FINALS

Willard beat Ashland 62-48…Mansfield St. Peter’s won 56-53 at Plymouth

Buckeye Central beat Seneca East 57-42

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Vermilion at St. Paul…Old Fort at Clyde

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES LOSE TO RIVAL 

#19 Michigan defeated #8 Ohio State 84-75 last night

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

#22 Ohio State at Northwestern – 8:30/9:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

NBA – DRAMA INVOLVING PAUL PIERCE/ISAIAH THOMAS TRIBUTES

Cleveland Cavalier Isaiah Thomas has told his former team to not air a video tribute when he returns on February 11th.  That date happens to also be the night that the Celtics plan to raise former superstar Paul Pierce’s jersey to the rafters and retire his number 34.  Pierce also reportedly told Boston that he wanted the night to himself and to not run the video tribute to Thomas.

-After learning of Pierce’s feelings, Thomas said on Twitter that the team should just focus on Pierce and forget the video.

-When Thomas returned as Cavalier the first time earlier this month, he did not play and declined having a video tribute shown because of not playing and that he wanted his family there for it.

NFL – BROWNS NEWS & NOTES

-Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert has been named to his first Pro Bowl.  Schobert, in his second year, was tied for first in the league in tackles this season.  Schobert was a first alternate, replacing Ryan Shazier of the Steelers, who suffered a severe back injury last month.

-Browns rookie defensive lineman Myles Garrett has been named to the Pro Football Writer’s of America All-Rookie Team.  The number-one overall pick had 7 sacks in 11 games.

-Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has been interviewed by the Browns for the offensive coordinator job.  McAdoo was fired by New York in December after a 2-10 record.  McAdoo is linked to new Browns GM John Dorsey; working together for seven years in Green Bay.  Recently fired Titans head coach Mike Mularkey is also a candidate for the position.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2018

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – MONDAY’S FINALS

Clyde beat Edison 61-43 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland…Shelby beat Perkins 54-53

Plymouth defeated New London 56-50

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – LIVE TONIGHT ON WLKR – ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE

Tiffin Columbian (2-8, 0-5) at Norwalk (3-7, 2-3) – 7:15/7:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Norwalk head coach Steve Gray is one win away from career victory number-400.

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

St. Paul at Mapleton…Bellevue at Sandusky…Edison at Margaretta

Huron at Oak Harbor…Port Clinton at Vermilion…Danbury at Old Fort

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Willard at Ashland…Mansfield St. Peter’s at Plymouth…Buckeye Central at Seneca East

NBA – GOLDEN STATE TOO MUCH FOR CAVS

Golden State beat Cleveland 118-108 on Monday night

-After leading by 2 after the 1st quarter and by 7 at halftime, Cleveland trailed by 2 entering the 4th quarter and then missed 17 of their first 19 shots in the 4th quarter as the Cavaliers home winning streak ended at 13 and Golden State’s road win streak increased to 13 games.

-Cleveland was led by LeBron James’ 32 points while Kevin Durant was Golden State’s top scorer with 32 points as well.  Cleveland has lost 8 of their last 10 games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE NOW IN TOP 25

The Ohio State Buckeyes have entered the AP Top 25 for the first time since the 2014-15 season; coming in at #22 in this week’s poll.  Ohio State has a 15-4 overall record and are 6-0 in the Big Ten.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

#19 Michigan at #8 Ohio State (7:00 pm)

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

-Pittsburgh has sent 5-time All-Star outfielder and face of the franchise Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants for relief pitcher Kyle Crick, a minor league outfielder and $500,000 in international signing bonus money.  McCutchen had been a Pirate his entire career, playing for Pittsburgh since 2009.

-Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson is going to Toronto on a one-year $5 million deal.  The 36 year-old veteran played for the Dodgers and Mets a season ago.

-Utility player Howie Kendrick has reportedly reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a 2-year $7 million contract.  Kendrick, a 7-year veteran, played for both Washington and Philadelphia a season ago.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2018

HS WRESTLING – EDISON WINS MARION TOURNEY

Congrats to the Edison wrestling team, who won the 17-team Marion County Invitational on Saturday.

-The Chargers’ Dylan Burns was named ‘Most Valuable Wrestler’ of the tournament.

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – SPECIAL BROADCAST TODAY ON WLKR

Edison (9-2) vs. Clyde (5-4) – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (2:00/2:30 pm) – From Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – WLKR ADDS GAME ON TUESDAY

Due to recent postponements, 95.3 WLKR has added a live broadcast game on Tuesday.  WLKR will now bring you Tiffin Columbian at Norwalk in boys basketball on Tuesday evening at 7:15/7:30 pm.

-Norwalk Truckers head coach Steve Gray is one win away from career victory number-400.

NBA – CAVS-WARRIORS PART 2 – TONIGHT

Golden State at Cleveland – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (7:30/8:00 pm)

-The Warriors took the first matchup this season, 99-92, on Christmas Day in Oakland.

-Cleveland has lost three games in a row.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE DOMINATES ON THE ROAD

Ohio State won big at Rutgers last night 68-46

-Keita Bates-Diop had 20 points to lead the Buckeyes, who improved to 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten.

-Ohio State is back in action Wednesday night at Northwestern (8:30/9:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS – SUNDAY

Jacksonville beat Pittsburgh 45-42 on Sunday afternoon

-Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards and 3 scores as Jacksonville pulled off the upset on the road to advance to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game versus New England.

-Ben Roethlisberger threw for 5 touchdowns and 469 yards in the loss; and despite rumors of retirement, “Big Ben” said after the game that he’ll back next season.

Minnesota defeated New Orleans 29-24 on Sunday evening

-Stefon Diggs pulled down a 61-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum as time expired.

-Minnesota travels to Philadelphia for the NFC title game on Sunday.

-Three of the four teams in the title games on Sunday have never won a Super Bowl (except for New England).

NFL NEWS – PATRICIA LINKED TO LIONS JOB

-New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to be named the new head coach of the Detroit Lions, replacing the fired Jim Caldwell. Contract details are expected to be worked out after the Patriots season is over.

MLB NEWS – GONZALEZ TO SIGN WITH METS, ASTROS ACQUIRE COLE

-Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the New York Mets.

-On Saturday, Houston acquired starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh in a five-player trade.

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, JANUARY 12th, 2018

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT ON WLKR

Norwalk at Bellevue – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (7:15/7:30 pm) ***Weather Permitting***

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Monroeville beat Huron 41-9Margaretta defeated Old Fort 60-37

New Riegel beat Sandusky St. Mary’s 56-32…..Danbury 44-30 winners at Ottawa Hills

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION LAST NIGHT

Toronto crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers last night 133-99

-Last night was the first time in the career of LeBron James that he’s lost back to back games by 25 or more points.  Cleveland lost in Minnesota Tuesday night 127-99.

-Cleveland plays again tonight at the Indiana Pacers (7:00 pm).

NBA NEWS – LEBRON LEADS FAN VOTE

LeBron James leads all players in the fan vote for this year’s All-Star Game. Golden State’s Steph Curry is the top vote-getter right now in the Western Conference.

-There’s less than one week left in the fan vote.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE WINS BIG

Ohio State dominated Maryland 91-69 on Thursday night

-Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes (14-4, 5-0) with 26 points and 8 rebounds.

-Ohio State’s next game is Sunday night at Rutgers (7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR).

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS ON THE ROAD LAST NIGHT

Buffalo beat Columbus 3-1 last night

-Columbus is back in action tonight at home versus Vancouver (7:00 pm).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – CAMPBELL & DIXON BACK FOR THE BUCKEYES

Ohio State wide receivers Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon both announced Thursday on social media that they will return to the Buckeyes next season instead of going to the NFL.

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

Saturday: Atlanta at Philadelphia (4:35 pm)…..Tennessee at New England (8:15 pm)

Sunday: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (1:05 pm)…..New Orleans at Minnesota (4:40 pm)

MLB BASEBALL NEWS – INDIANS RE-SIGN MCALLISTER

Cleveland has avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Zach McAllister by signing him to a one-year, $2.45 million contract.

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2018

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Huron at Monroeville…Old Fort at Margaretta…New Riegel at Sandusky St. Mary’s

Danbury at Ottawa Hills

NBA – CAVS IN ACTION TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR – 7:30/8:00 pm

NEWS: Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 for his forearm clotheslining of Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins on Tuesday night.  Thomas was ejected after being charged with a “flagrant one” foul on the play.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE PLAYS AT HOME TONIGHT

Maryland at Ohio State (13-4, 4-0) – 7:00 pm

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00 pm

NEWS: Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones was the only Blue Jacket selected to play in this year’s All-Star Game in Tampa Bay.  This is the second straight season that Jones has been named an All-Star.  The game takes place on Sunday, January 28th.

NFL NEWS – BROWNS HIRE ASSISTANT GM

The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday hired former Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf to be their new assistant general manager.  Wolf joins new Browns GM John Dorsey and the recently hired vice president of player personnel, Alonso Highsmith, formerly of the Packers as well.

MLB NEWS – INDIANS RE-SIGN ALLEN, LOSE BRUCE, GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED

-The Cleveland Indians have avoided arbitration with closer Cody Allen; signing Allen to a one-year $10.5 million deal.

-Former Indians outfielder Jay Bruce is returning to the team that sent him to Cleveland late last season.  Bruce is going back to the New York Mets on a 3-year, $39 million contract.

-The Indians will have 12 games on national TV in 2018.  The Tribe will appear on ESPN six times (one Sunday night game – May 20th at Houston), and three times each on Fox and FS1.  SportsTime Ohio will air 155 games.  The Indians will play eight home weekday matinee games, the time of which will change to 1:10 pm this season, instead of 12:10 in previous years.

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10th, 2018

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Bellevue defeated Norwalk 51-36 on WLKR

Margaretta beat Port Clinton 72-27

Oak Harbor defeated Edison 34-28…Willard beat Huron 82-20

Perkins defeated Shelby 66-39…Clyde 51-35 winners at Tiffin Columbian

Fremont Ross beat Sandusky 56-43

Old Fort won 43-41 at Sandusky St. Mary’sCarey beat Seneca East 58-41

Monroeville won 40-32 at Lakota

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

St. Paul beat Fremont St. Joe 65-52Lakota defeated Monroeville 44-40

Mansfield St. Peter’s beat Plymouth 66-48

Emmanuel Christian defeated Danbury 55-50

NFL NEWS – RAIDERS OFFICIALLY INTRODUCE GRUDEN

Sandusky’s Jon Gruden was officially introduced as head coach of the Oakland Raiders during a press conference on Tuesday.

-Gruden previously was the Raiders head coach from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to Tampa Bay where he coached the Buccaneers until 2008.

-The 54 year-old former Monday Night Football broadcaster replaces Jack Del Rio, who went 25-23 in three seasons with the Raiders.

-Gruden’s contract is reportedly for 10 years and nearly $100 million.

NFL NEWS – FORMER BROWNS COACH HIRED AS DEFENSIVE COODINATOR 

The Green Bay Packers are expected to hire former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator to replace the fired Dom Capers.

-Pettine coached the Browns from 2014 to 2015 where he amassed a 10-22 record.

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th, 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF – ALABAMA WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime last night

-After trailing 13-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of freshman Tua Tagovailoa who threw a 41-yard TD pass in OT to DeVonta Smith for the win.

HS BASKETBALL – WLKR HAS GIRLS HOOPS TONIGHT

Tonight – LIVE on 95-3 WLKR – Girls – Bellevue at Norwalk (7:15/7:30 pm)

-Bellevue checks in at 11-1 with Norwalk owning a 9-2 record this season.  Both teams are undefeated in SBC Lake Division play (Bellevue: 5-0, Norwalk: 4-0)

-The boys version of this matchup takes place Friday night as Bellevue hosts Norwalk live on 95-3 WLKR at 7:30 pm.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Monroeville at Lakota…Margaretta at Port Clinton…Oak Harbor at Edison…Willard at Edison

Shelby at Perkins…Clyde at Tiffin Columbian…Fremont Ross at Sandusky

Old Fort at Sandusky St. Mary’s…Carey at Seneca East

HS BOYS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

St. Paul at Fremont St. Joe…Lakota at Monroeville…Mansfield St. Peter’s at Plymouth

Danbury at Emmanuel Christian

NBA – CAVS BLOWN OUT IN MINNESOTA  

Minnesota dominated Cleveland last night 127-99

-Andrew Wiggins had 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 21 for Minnesota as Cleveland trailed early and often; down by 27 points at the half.

-Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas was ejected after clothes-lining Andrew Wiggins with a forearm to the throat. Thomas was assessed a “flagrant one” foul.

-Jeff Green led Cleveland with 22 points and LeBron James was held to just 10 points, a season low.

-The Cavs play next on Thursday night at Toronto.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS WINS IN OT LAST NIGHT

Columbus topped Toronto 3-2 in overtime last night

-The Blue Jackets return to the ice on Thursday night at Buffalo.

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SPORTS – MONDAY, JANUARY 8th, 2018

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES DOMINATE NUMBER-ONE MICHIGAN STATE

Ohio State defeated #1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday afternoon

-For Ohio State, Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points and C.J. Jackson added 14 points as the Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0) gave first-year head coach Chris Holtmann his first signature win.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE WINS

#10 Ohio State won 78-71 in OT over #22 Michigan on Sunday

Kelsey Mitchell had 37 points for the Buckeyes, who are now 15-2 on the season.

NFL – WILD CARD PLAYOFFS ON SUNDAY

Jacksonville beat Buffalo 10-3 on Sunday afternoon

New Orleans eliminated Carolina 31-26 last night

Divisional Playoffs – Saturday: Atlanta at Philadelphia (4:35 pm)

Tennessee at New England (8:15 pm)

 Sunday: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (1:05 pm)

New Orleans at Minnesota (4:40 pm)

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS WINS LAST NIGHT

Columbus beat Florida 3-2 in an overtime shootout last night (Shootout took 8 rounds)

-Columbus is back in action tonight at Toronto at 7:00 pm.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – TONIGHT

#3 Georgia (13-1) vs. #4 Alabama (12-1) – 8:00 pm (Atlanta, GA)

NBA – TONIGHT

Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

HS BASKETBALL – WLKR BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK

Tuesday – Girls – Bellevue at Norwalk (7:15/7:30 pm)

Friday – Boys – Norwalk at Bellevue (7:15/7:30 pm)

Saturday – Boys – Ashland at Norwalk (LIVE at 7:15/7:30 pm)

     Boys – Shelby at Willard (Roundball Replay)

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SPORTS – FRIDAY, JANUARY 5th, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 2018

Boys – Firelands Conference

Western Reserve (5-3, 4-0) at St. Paul (2-3, 2-1) – LIVE on WLKR

Mapleton (1-6, 1-3) at New London (3-3, 3-1)

South Central (5-4, 3-1) at Crestview (1-6, 1-3)

Plymouth (3-4, 1-2) at Monroeville (1-7, 0-4)

Boys – Toledo Area Athletic Conference

Gibsonburg (2-5, 1-2) at Danbury (3-4, 1-3)

Boys – Non-Conference

Fremont St. Joe (4-3) at Hardin-Northern (0-8)

Girls – SBC Bay Division

Edison at Willard

Port Clinton at Oak Harbor

Vermilion at Huron

Girls – SBC Lake Division

Bellevue at Clyde

Sandusky at Norwalk

Shelby at Tiffin Columbian

Girls – SBC River Division

Sandusky St. Mary’s at Lakota

Girls – SBC Cross-Divisional

Perkins at Margaretta

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Shelby beat Norwalk 42-31 (on WLKR)Bellevue beat Tiffin Columbian 58-38

Edison won 44-43 at Port ClintonVermilion defeated Willard 54-45

Oak Harbor beat Margaretta 53-37…Sandusky got by Perkins 60-59

Clyde defeated Sandusky St. Mary’s 92-68

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Danbury defeated Emmanuel Christian 59-36Seneca East won 63-37 at Wynford

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – BUCKEYES OPEN BIG TEN PLAY WITH A WIN

Ohio State won 92-81 at Iowa last night

-Keita Bates-Diop: 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who are now 11-4.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OHIO STATE WINS

#10 Ohio State defeated Minnesota 91-75 last night

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS LOSES LAST NIGHT

Colorado shut out Columbus 2-0 last night

NBA NEWS – LEBRON IS PLAYER OF THE MONTH

LeBron James has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December.

-In 14 games, James averaged a near triple-double with 27.5 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.This is the 36th time that James has won the award in his career, the most in NBA history; and is the second straight month he has took home the honor.

NBA NEWS – “GREEK FREEK” LEADS ALL-STAR VOTING

LeBron James is second in All-Star voting as the first batch of results came in on Thursday.  Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Giannis Antetokoumpo is the top vote getter overall and in the Eastern Conference.

NFL – WILD CARD PLAYOFFS WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Saturday: Tennessee at Kansas City (4:20 pm)…..Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams (8:15 pm)

Sunday: Buffalo at Jacksonville (1:05 pm)…..Carolina at New Orleans (4:40 pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – OHIO STATE ADDS NEW COACH

Ohio State has hired former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to be a co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes.  Grinch is a Grove City, Ohio native and played his college football at Mount Union.

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SPORTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 4th, 2018

NBA – CAVS FALL TO BOSTON LAST NIGHT

Boston beat Cleveland 102-88 last night

-LeBron James led the Cavs with 19 points. Terry Rozier topped the Celtics with 20 points off the bench.  Kyrie Irving had 11 points.  Cleveland’s Kevin Love left the game after suffering an ankle injury in the first half.

HS BASKETBALL – WLKR BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK

Tonight (Thursday) at 7:15/7:30 pm – Boys – Shelby at Norwalk

Friday at 7:15/7:30 pm – Boys – Western Reserve at St. Paul

Saturday  LIVE at 7:15/7:30 pm – Boys – Norwalk at Sandusky

Roundball Replay Game – Boys – Willard at Edison

OTHER BOYS HS BASKETBALL GAMES – TONIGHT

Bellevue at Tiffin Columbian…Edison at Port Clinton…Willard at Vermilion…Margaretta at Oak Harbor

Sandusky at Perkins…Sandusky St. Mary’s at Clyde

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Fremont St. Joe beat St. Paul 81-54…Margaretta defeated Western Reserve 43-40

Wellington beat Vermilion 47-22…Clearview defeated Sandusky 60-40

Sandusky St. Mary’s won 69-16 at Huron

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Emmanuel Christian at Danbury…Seneca East at Wynford

FOOTBALL NEWS – TWO NOTABLE QB’S DECLARE FOR DRAFT

Two big time college quarterbacks have declared for the NFL Draft.

-UCLA signal caller Josh Rosen made the announcement via Twitter while USC QB Sam Darnold shared the information on his Instagram.  Both are expected to be high draft picks.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS – UCF TO HOLD ‘NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP’ PARADE

UCF, the only undefeated college football team this season, has decided to claim themselves as “national champions” and place a championship banner inside their stadium.

-The Knights, who beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl, will also hold a championship parade at Disney World on Sunday. UCF entered the bowl game ranked 12th due to not playing in a “Power 5 conference”.

NHL HOCKEY – COLUMBUS ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche – 9:00 pm

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SPORTS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3rd, 2018

NBA – THOMAS MAKE CAVS DEBUT LAST NIGHT, CAVS WIN

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Portland last night 127-110 

-In his Cavs debut, Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes; including three made three-pointers.

-LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 24 points and 8 assists.

-Last night was the Cavs’ 13th straight victory at home.

-The Cavs are back in action tonight at Boston – 7:30/8:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR (Thomas will not play tonight due to being held out of back to back games during his initial return to the lineup)

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Mansfield Temple Christian beat Crestview 70-60

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – LAST NIGHT

Plymouth defeated Danbury 53-42…..Clyde beat Tiffin Calvert 52-24

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

St. Paul at Fremont St. Joe…Western Reserve at Margaretta…Wellington at Vermilion

Edison at Firelands…Sandusky St. Mary’s at Huron

NFL NEWS – BROWNS HIRE NEW EXEC, LEWIS BACK, PALMER RETIRES

-The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired former Green Bay executive Alonzo Highsmith as a vice president in the team’s personnel department. Highsmith spent 19 seasons with Green Bay and worked alongside new Browns GM John Dorsey from 2000 to 2012.

-The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing back longtime coach Marvin Lewis.  The team announced Tuesday that they have signed Lewis to a year two-year contract through 2019.  Lewis has been with Cincinnati for 15 years.

-Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer has announced his retirement.  The 38-year-old spent 15 years in the NFL with the Cardinals, Raiders and Bengals.  Palmer ranks 11th all time in career completions.

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ IN DALLAS LAST NIGHT

Columbus beat Dallas 2-1

-The Blue Jackets continue their road trip at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night (9:00 pm).

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SPORTS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 2nd, 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS HELD MONDAY; ‘BAMA AND GEORGIA ADVANCE

#3 Georgiawon 54-48 over #2 Oklahoma in 2 overtimes in the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

#4 Alabamadefeated #1 Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)

-Georgia faces Alabama in the National Championship Game next Monday, January 8th in Atlanta.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OTHER BOWL GAMES FROM NEW YEARS DAY

South Carolina beat *Michigan 26-19 in the Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) *Only loss by Big Ten team in a bowl this season

#12 UCF defeated #7 Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

#14 Notre Dame beat #17 LSU 21-17 in the Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)

NFL – NUMBER OF COACHES LET GO ON MONDAY

A total of six NFL coaching jobs are now open for the taking.

FIRED: Chicago’s John Fox, Detroit’s Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano and Oakland’s Jack Del Rio

– Arizona’s Bruce Arians also announced his retirement on Monday and the Giants let go of Ben McAdoo in early December.

NFL – WILD CARD PLAYOFF MATCHUPS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND

Tennessee at Kansas City – Saturday at 4:20 pm…..Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams – Saturday at 8:15 pm

Buffalo at Jacksonville – Sunday at 1:05 pm…..Carolina at New Orleans – Sunday at 4:40 pm

NBA – THOMAS TO MAKE DEBUT FOR CAVS TONIGHT

Portland at Cleveland Cavaliers – 6:30/7:00 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR

-Isaiah Thomas has been medically cleared to make his much-anticipated Cleveland Cavaliers debut tonight.  Thomas will come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction.  Thomas will not play in back-to-back games for the time being, including Wednesday night’s game at Boston.

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Danbury at Plymouth…Clyde at Tiffin Calvert

BOYS HS BASKETBALL – TONIGHT

Bay at Vermilion…Crestview at Mansfield Christian

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – OSU START TIME ANNOUNCED

The Ohio State game vs. Michigan State this Sunday will start at 4:00/4:30 pm – LIVE on 95.3 WLKR.

NHL HOCKEY – ‘WINTER CLASSIC’ OUTDOOR GAME HELD IN NEW YORK ON MONDAY

New York Rangers won 3-2 in OT over Buffalo on Monday afternoon – Citi Field (Queens, NY – home of NY Mets)

NHL HOCKEY – CBJ ON THE ROAD TONIGHT

Columbus at Dallas – 8:30 pm