Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:09

AUDIO Brian Dulik Examines Cavs' Offseason

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, coming off of the NBA Championship, are looking to get back to that elite level and could be adding some new pieces to try and get back to the mountaintop.

Sports columnist Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the Cavs and what possible moves could be made, despite not having a lot of money to spend.

 

The Cavaliers have already parted ways with center Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova via free agency, and the rumors have already started as far as Dwyane Wade leaving Miami to come to Cleveland and reunite with LeBron James on the hardwood.

"The Heat need Wade more than he needs the Heat organization," Dulik stated.

Wade and James teamed together in Miami to win a pair of championships with the Heat.

For the complete interview with Brian Dulik, click here.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:33

AUDIO Warriors Gain Strength, Land Durant

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After much speculation and courting from other NBA teams, Kevin Durant has decided to join the Golden State Warriors after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Vern Glenn from KPIX-Channel 5 in the Bay Area spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the move and how it makes the already-formidable Warriors even better.

"It's all everyone's talking about out here," Glenn said. "I thought he was going to stay with OKC, but at the end of the day, he wants a chance to win a championship.'

Durant announced his decision via the Players' Tribune on July 4.  The 4-time scoring champion and the Thunder lost to the Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals after racing out to a 3-1 lead before Golden State took control.

For the full interview with Vern, click here.

Friday, 01 July 2016 23:36

AUDIO Day Taking Control At Firestone

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The second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was a solid one for Australian Jason Day, who is currently in the lead at 4 under par.

Day spoke with the media Friday after his round,  and despite some windy conditions early on, he was pleased with his performance on the South Course.

He shot a 69 on Friday, leaving him in sole posession of first heading into Day 3. David Lingmerth of Sweden is behind him at 67.

The world's #1 golfer heading into the tournament at Firestone, Day says he's focused on making sure he stays at that elite level.

Jason's played in the Bridgestone Invitational in previous years, and he knows he just has to play his game in order to be in the conversation down the home stretch.

"I really want to win this tournament, it's been one of the tournaments on my radar for a very long time, and I'm hoping I'm there by Sunday."

Day tees off at 2 p.m. Saturday, where he'll be paired up with (David) Lingmerth.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:32

AUDIO Friday Could See Rain At Firestone

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Day two of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational could be a wet one in the early going.

Tour meteorologist Wade Stettner spoke with Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin about the weather potentially affecting play on Friday.

"It looks like we are going to see a little bit of rain," Stettner said. "Especially in the morning time,  between 9am and noon, we're probably going to get an hour's worth of rain kind of in that time frame, and then we'll have to watch out for the possibility of a scattered pop-up thunderstorm in the afternoon."

Stettner said the grounds crew is aware of the forecast and plans on preparing the course accordingly.

Stettner says there will be some high winds to look out for on the South Course of Firestone Country Club as play begins.

He says Saturday and Sunday both look to be comfortable with temperatures in the 80's and clear skies.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 21:49

AUDIO McGirt Leading After Day One

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Day One of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was a successful one for American William McGirt, who shot a 64 in the first round.

McGirt spoke with the media Thursday after his round to talk about his solid start.

"It was a good solid day all around," he said. "Drove it pretty well with the exception of the tee shot on 18."

William knows a little bit about this tournament and some of the past winners, Even though it's early, it's a list he'd love to be on.

The North Carolina native won the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio in early June.

When asked if there's any similarites between Firestone and Muirfield Village in Dublin, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, McGirt said he likes both of the courses, which are more traditional in nature.

McGirt has a three stroke lead over  three players including Jason Day, who is the world's number one golfer.

Pro Football HOF running back Jerome Bettis dropped by the patio of the media center of the South Course at Firestone Country Club for Day1 of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
 
 When asked about his Hall of Fame speech, Bettis said he used that platform to thank all the people who helped him get to that point in his life.
 
"It was a special moment, and I wanted to spotlight the people who were influential, including my high school coach, Lou Holtz, and all of the people who made my life better."
 
"The Bus" is here at Firestone today to meet and greet the fans in partnership with Stryker Orthopedics. He says anytime he gets to see new people and talk with them about football, golf, or anything, it brings a smile to his face.

Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

As far as his own golf game, Bettis said he enjoys hitting the course whenever he can.

It's coming. The snap of the ball, the crack of the pads, and the roar of the crowd. College football season is just around the corner and the nation's top teams are looking to get into the College Football Playoff and capture a national championship.

College Football insider Phil Steele, owner of Phil Steele Publications joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the upcoming season and some of the top teams heading into the 2016-17 season.

Phil said that despite losing some top-tier talent, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be strong once again, and the Big 10 will continue to be competitive, including the Nebraska Cornhuskers, under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Riley.

For the full interview with Phil, click here.

 

Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:34

AUDIO Free Agency Frenzy In The NBA

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Kevin Durant. Al Horford. Dwight Howard. Those are some of the biggest names on the free agency circuit this summer, and for a lot of teams, those three gentlemen, plus a few more names could help organizations on the cusp of getting back to a title.

Eric Pincus Senior NBA writer from Basketball Insiders joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about some of the big names out there, and where they could be potentially playing ball next season.

When it comes to Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, he says the best fit for him is staying in OKC, even though there's plenty of suitors for him.

"I think he's going to stick around one more year, see what Russell Westbrook is going to do, and then he'll make a decision to either stay long term or go somewhere else."

 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:08

AUDIO Indians Looking For 12 In A Row

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The Cleveland Indians are red hot as they look to sweep Atlanta and continue their winning streak, which currently stands at 11 games. 

TV play-by-play man Matt Underwood from Fox Sports Ohio and Sports Time Ohio joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Tribe and how they've been getting the job done. 
 
"The starting pitching is starting to hit their stride," he said. "You have five guys who are getting better, pushing each other, and the offense is picking things up."
 
"This team has a dfferent number of ways they can beat you, and that's how you construct a team that's built for the long haul."
 
The Indians will be facing Toronto for the July 4th weekend up in Canada starting Thursday night. 

A titan in the coaching world passed away this morning, leaving a legacy of winning, touching lives, and making other people better.

Pat Summitt, the longtime coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers women's basketball team died this morning at the age of 64 after battling early onset dementia.

One of her former players, Vonda Ward joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about Summitt as a coach, mentor, and mother figure to numerous people throughout her remarkable life.

"It's hearbreaking," she said. "It (the disease) just takes a person's mind and they're not there anymore."

Vonda played at Tennessee from 1991-1995. As a highly recruited player in high school, she distinctly remembered Pat Summitt walking through the door as a high school senior.

"She had a way of commanding respect, but was the most caring person, you had the utmost respect for her."

Summitt won eight national titles as the coach of the Lady Vols and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

For the full interview with Vonda, click here.

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