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.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:09

AUDIO Dan Reardon Talks McKinley Camp

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The Canton McKinley Bulldogs are moving at a fast pace this offseason with the new practice fields, the newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and a new camp set to kick off

Dan Reardon, the head coach of the Bulldogs joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the camp and some of the big things that are happening with the Pups as of late.

"We are starting our camp tomorrow morning, it runs from 9 until 12:30 both  Wednesday and Thursday," Reardon said.  "It's our second annual camp and we'll have our players working the camp, as well as some former players and coaches with McKinley ties."

Last year 150 kids came to the camp, and Reardon expects more to join the fun the next two days.

For the full interview with Sam and Coach Reardon, including the football camp this summer, click here.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:36

AUDIO Akron Ready To Celebrate With The King

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As the city begins to ready itself for the celebration of LeBron James bringing a title to Northeast Ohio,  there's plenty of excitement in the air.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan came on the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about how people can be a part of the celebration down at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron.

Mayor Horrigan says it'll be a historic event for the people of Akron and beyond to celebrate not only a championship, but a champion.

"There's been a lot of planning the last few days to get this event together," Mayor Horrigan said. "It's going to be a chance for people to celebrate with our hometown hero."

 

The event including parking is free. For live coverage of the event, listen to 1590 WAKR, WAKR.net, and check our Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:07

AUDIO Rick Noland Talks Cavs, Parade

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Raw emotion. Chills. Relief. A sense that we as a region have arrived.

All of those feelings were felt after the Cavaliers won the World Championship Sunday night in Oakland. 

Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about what he felt and some of his biggest takeaways from the night the Cavs won it all.

He said when Cavs guard J.R. Smith broke down at the podium, it gave people an insight into who he really is and not what people percieve.

"He's a really, really likeable guy, who's made some bad decisions in his life, but he's shown the ability to persevere, and it was a really nice moment for him."

 

For the full interview with Rick, click here.

 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 17:41

AUDIO Kris Belman Talks Championship, LeBron

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One of the people who celebrated the win was film director and Akron native Kristopher Belman, who joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about what's been going through his mind since Sunday night's triumph.

"I can't even describe how special it was," Belman said. "To see LeBron achieve that kind of success at a young age and keep grounded all the way to now has been amazing."

Belman directed "More Than A Game" which documented LeBron's run with the "Fab 5" at STVM from their AAU days as middle-schoolers to a Ohio high school and national championship in 2003. 

He says this is something all fans can enjoy together.

For the full interview with Kris, click right here. 

'It's all about family, it's all about community," he says. 

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