The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals will be squaring off at the corner of Carniege and Ontario tonight in what is going to be an exceptional pitching matchup between Danny Salazar and Gio Gonzalez.

Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the two clubs and what the offense needs to do to get back on track.

"We need to see what we can do against quality starting pitching,"  Rosenahaus said.

 The Tribe was swept by the Orioles over the weekend, and after the off day, they are ready to roll with some home cooking.

 Tomorrow's matchup pits Carlos Carrasco against Steven Strasburg Wednesday afternoon. First Pitch tonight at 7:10pm with a 6:37 first pitch on 1590 WAKR.

For Jim's full interview with Sam, click here.

Today on the College Football Preview, we head to South Bend as Brad talks a little Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Mike Frank from IrishSportsDaily joined the show Monday to talk about the Fighting Irish and what Brian Kelly is looking to do in his seventh year with the program.

Frank said that the quarterback battle between DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire will be a key one, but Kizer could have the upper hand due to his big frame and dual-threat ability.


He said that replacing the skill postion players on offense is going to be tough, including former Golden Domer,  Will Fuller, who is now in the NFL.

"You can't replace a Will Fuller," Frank said. "You'll have to figure out a way to divide up his production, and it'll have to come from a bunch of players."

Notre Dame lost to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in January and are coming off a 10-3 season in 2015. 

Monday, 25 July 2016 18:55

AUDIO Jackson Grad Isles Ready For Rio

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One of the local athletes who will be competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics is former Jackson Polar Bear Carlin Isles, the fastest man in rugby.

Isles joined Brad Russell to talk about transitioning into rugby, his background in football iand track, and how he learned the sport and what's on his agenda as he heads to Brazil.

He says it's been a learning process as far as rugby, reading the pitchers and learning the tackling techniques.

 "I was so driven and dedicated to make it, and I'm still learning, and you're always learning when it comes to rugby," he says.

He says rugby gives him a platform to inspire people and tell his story.

The team will head to Florida tomorrow to get some preliminary matches in before they head to Rio to compete in the Olympics. 

The long, winding road for reinstatement to the NFL has taken a positive turn for Josh Gordon as he is now back with the Cleveland Browns for the 2016 season.

Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined Brad Russell on his show Monday to talk about Gordon's reinstatement and if coach Hue Jackson will keep him in the fold.

 "I'm pretty sure they're going to bring him back after the four-game suspension," he says.  "I think from the start, he's it's always about the guys he's hanging around with and it's been all about his decision making."

Gordon is allowed to play in the preseason and participate in training camp.

The Indians have been swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, and with Aroldis Chapman now off the table, the Indians could be in the market for a reliever.

Matt Loede from joined Brad Russell Monday to talk about the possibilities that the Indians could be bringing in some new talent in the pitching department and possibly in other areas as well.

"There's still players out there," Loede said. "Andrew Miller is still a viable option, and I don't think this is over by a longshot."


The Tribe may also be looking for a catcher as well, with the struggling Yan Gomes being out with a shoulder injury and some decent contributions from Chris Jiminez and Roberto Perez.


Monday, 25 July 2016 16:18

AUDIO Ingraham: Could Indians Add Reliever?

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After the Indians got swept in Baltimore this past weekend, and with Aroldis Chapman going to the Chicago Cubs, could the Indians make a play for Yankee reliever Andrew Miller?

Medina Gazette/Elyria Chronicle Telegram Sports Columnist Jim Ingraham joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Tribe and their possible thoughts heading into the trade deadline.

"I think Miller is the next obvious guy to bring in and I wouldn't hesitate to put (Bradley) Zimmer or (Clint) Frazier on the table," he said.

"Anytime you have a chance to win a World Series, you take it because those opportunities don't come around very often."

The Indians will be playing a two-game set with the Washington Nationals starting Tuesday after an off-day today.

For the full interview with Jim, click here.

Monday, 25 July 2016 15:52

AUDIO Josh Gordon Reinstated: What's Next?

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Embattled Browns wide reciever Josh Gordon has been given another shot at trying to turn his NFL career around, and some say it could be his last shot.

Steve King from joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about Gordon's meeting with NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell, and what that reinstatement means for not only Gordon himself, but the Browns organization.

Gordon is suspended for the first 4 games of the 2016 season. He's spent a limited of time on the field due to repeat violations of the league's drug policy during his time in the NFL.  He is eligible to participate in the Browns' preseason games and in training camp.

For the full interview with Steve King, click here.


Two of the Indians' best and brightest prospects are one step closer to their dream of becoming big-league ballplayers.

Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer were called up to AAA Columbus Sunday night, and Akron RubberDucks Manager Dave Wallace was the one to give the two young men the good news.

Wallace joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday afternoon to talk about the guys being called up. He said that moment was gratifying for him as a manager and seeing young men being able to realize their goals.

"That's part of the job, that's the most rewarding the most gratifying," he said. " It was a very cool moment last night, two really special kids not because of their talent, but their character and who they are, and I couldn't be more proud of either one of them."

For the full interview with Manager Dave Wallace and Sam Bourquin, click here.

Friday, 22 July 2016 16:21

AUDIO Spanberg: Charlotte Loses NBA ASG

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The city of Charlotte has lost the 2017 NBA All-Star Game due to a state law affecting the LGBT community.

Erik Spanberg from Charlotte Business Journal joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the fact the city lost the game and the chance that they might have another opportunity to host the annual NBA showcase.

 He talked about the immediate reaction from the city and folks surrounding the news when it came down earlier this week.

"It's not suprising, but it's a disappointment for everyone here in Charlotte."

The game could possibly be relocated to New Orleans for the 2016-17 basketball season.

For the full interview with Erik, click here.

Friday, 22 July 2016 15:37

AUDIO Norton Hires New A.D. Shimek

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The Norton Panthers have a new athletic director in the fold, and with the changes going on with the district and some new facilities going in place, he knows he'll have an exciting challenge on his hands.

Don Shimek, the new Athletic Director joined Sam Bourquin Friday to talk about the new job.  With the renovations and things taking place, he knows that there's a lot of moving pieces and parts there.

 "There's quite a bit that's going on there," Shimek said. "They're going to to be moving to a new high school in December, and there's a lot of construction going on to meet those needs."

Shimek comes to Norton from the North Canton school district.  The Panthers compete in the Portage Trail Conference.  He says that it's a competitive conference with a lot of tradition.

"There's a lot of great coaches, super kids, and great community support to provide the best kind of facilities and the best kind of opportunities for kids in the Norton district."


For the full interview, click here.

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