March 31, 2015

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Men’s college basketball: Final Four has plenty of starpower

Aaron Harrison and Kentucky are still undefeated. (AP PHOTO)

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last year’s semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national champion led Read More…

NCAA Division I: Sweet 16 has plenty of cool storylines

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, left, goes up for a shot against Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis. (AP PHOTO)

It’s the Sweet 16 — the second week of the NCAA Tournament — and that means bragging rights for college basketball programs. Check the cover of media guides or banners adorning arenas. They always start with Sweet 16 appearances. No bragging about the first weekend. Playing this week means you had two good wins and Read More…

Track and field: Medina grad Taylor Burke back at Nationals

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Taylor Burke is doing anything but striding peacefully into retirement as she concludes her college career. The Medina graduate and University of Florida senior qualified for her fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship in track and field this winter. She will represent the Gators in the high jump today at the University of Read More…

Legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith dies at age 83

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Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and coaching some of the sport’s biggest names, Michael Jordan among them. But he also was an innovator Read More…

College Basketball: Ohio State beats Indiana for 2nd straight win

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COLUMBUS — After a tough win Thursday at Northwestern, coach Thad Matta was hesitant to say that Ohio State might be hitting its stride. Sunday afternoon, Matta was willing to grant that things are trending in that direction. Freshman D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points and added 10 assists for his second double-double of the season Read More…

Ohio State: 45,000 fans sit in cold to celebrate national title with Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS — After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January. “How are you guys out here right now? It’s freezing,” he said from a makeshift stage erected on the south end of the field. Buckeyes fans were on Read More…

Freshman D’Angelo Russell carries Ohio State past Northwestern

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EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern’s Tre Demps paid Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell the ultimate compliment Thursday night. After one of Russell’s 12 field goals, a key one in the second half, all Demps could do after failing to defend him was trot up the court and shake his head. “He’s going to make a lot of Read More…

Hillsdale right fit for Ficyk

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Steven Ficyk has never been one to shy away from competition. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Brunswick senior proved that in a two-year career as the starting quarterback, throwing for 3,763 yards and 36 touchdowns. So when Division II Hillsdale College told him on his official visit he had a chance Read More…

Brunswick’s Laisure to Hillsdale

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Many prospective athletes pick colleges based on the X’s and O’s of the game. Elliot Laisure did it for the ABC’s. When faced with a decision between Hillsdale, Notre DameCollege, John Carroll, Findlay and Lake Erie, the Brunswick defensive end chose Hillsdale for the reason many prospective freshman should. Read More…

Ohio State Football: QB Cardale Jones picks school over NFL, will return to Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS — Quarterback Cardale Jones shocked the college football world in three late-season starts leading Ohio State to the national championship. He surprised a packed crowd again Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would return to the Buckeyes rather than jump into the NFL Draft. “My decision was very simple. Read More…