One of the UFC's most recognizable and respected fighters will be looking to capture a bantamweight title in Los Angeles this weekend.
Urijah Faber joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the matchup with Dominick Cruz. The two have already fought twice, but Faber says he's going to get the best of this matchup.
"There's going to be a little bit more intensity in this one," Faber said.
He says he's looking forward to performing in his home state and in front of numerous family and friends, and going up against one of his rivals adds more fuel to the fire for Urijah.
"It's the best place for me to fight," he says. "It's exciting."
The UFC 199 will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles June 4.
It's finally here. The rematch is set as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry.
Terry Pluto from Cleveland.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the game and weigh in on what the Wine and Gold is looking to do in the series in order to capture an NBA title.
"I talked to Steve Kerr yesterday and he told me these Cavaliers are a completely different team than last year," Pluto said. He also it was the coaching change from David Blatt to Tyronn Lue, and the contrast in coaching styles there.
Over in the Bay Area, Vern Glenn from KPIX out west, says that excitement in Dub Nation is at a fever pitch and the vibe from the Warriors team is focused and determined.
"They (Golden State) are acutely aware that the Cavaliers are at full strength," Glenn said.
Former GlenOak Golden Eagle, Lehigh, and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday afternoon to talk about his award, the hard work he put into his game, the Finals, and the basketball camp he's putting on this summer.
When asked how he felt about receving the Most Improved Award, C.J. said it was a tremendous boost for himself personally, knowing he could contribute more to his team.
"It felt really good," he said. "I felt like I had been through a lot early in my career with the setbacks and the injuries and being in and out of the rotation to being a set part of the rotation and getting to the second round of the playoffs."
McCollum will also be holding his basketball camp this summer for the 2nd year in Ohio June 17-19 at Walsh University in North Canton for boys and girls in grades 4-12. For more information, click here.
He said in reference to the NBA Finals later tonight between the Cavs and Warriors, he expects a high-scoring matchup, and a great individual matchup between Steph Curry and LeBron James.
Ohio State Head Baseball Coach Greg Beals joined Sam on the Sam Bourquin Show and discussed the Buckeyes 2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship. Beals discussed how the Buckeyes had to win four games in 48 hours to win the championship. Coach Beals talked about the trials and tribulations that the Buckeyes had to battle to win the championship starting with overcoming a walk off loss to Iowa. "We got walked off in the ninth inning with a three run lead against Iowa in the second round, took a punch in the gut with that loss." Beals said. Beals credited the competitive toughness, mental toughness, and ability to stay locked in on why his team over came the loss to Iowa.
Hoban Knights head softball Coach Frank Voss joined the Sam Bourquin Show and talked with Sam about winning the Regional Championship, and moving forward to the State Championship Playoffs. Voss also talked about some of the players that have excelled on the Knights. Voss gave Sam some insight on how one particular pitcher on the Knights scares him saying Laney Jones refers to the pitching circle as her lair. " Usually when I go out to talk to her I ask if I can enter the lair." Voss said.
Bill Davis joins the Sam Bourquin Show to talk to Sam about the Warriors run thus far going into the state tournament. Davis talked to Sam about how the team has prepared to get to this point and how a tough schedule has helped in that preparation, "We were able to play a really tough schedule this year once again and that has a lot to do with getting us ready for this weekend." Davis said. Davis also discussed with Sam on how the win over North Canton Hoover has prepared the Warriors for the State Championship Playoffs.
Steve King of Browns Daily Dose joined the Average Sports Show to break down the Browns off season and what to expect this up coming season. King talked about what the Browns coaching staff needs to do to build up the confidence of Browns quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd. King believes that Griffin can a bridge at the quarterback position saying that he has faith in Browns head coach Hue Jackson to build the former rookie of the year back up. King believes the Browns coaching staff is different in years past, "I was thrilled to death when they signed him, I was thrilled to death when they brought in Al Saunders and Pep Hamilton these guys know quarterbacks they know offence." King said.
Sam continues talking to St. Ignatius head football coach Chuck Kyle on being named the Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about some of his goals as the new youth advisor saying that repairing the fields is going to be important. Safety is also a concern on Kyle's list saying "We need to make sure kids start out young in flag football." Kyle believes that putting an emphasis on flag football will build the confidence of young players as they grow and move up to tackle football.
The legendary St. Ignatius head football coach joined the Sam Bourquin Show to disscuss his recent hire as the new Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about how his meeting with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee helped him with his decision saying he took it as a great honor in being asked to be directly involved in helping the community and youth athletics. Coach Kyle said after the meeting that he was very excited about the idea, "I really got excited about the idea, in my small way contributing to the community and certainly for youth delopment."
Spencer Davies of Amico Hoops and FOXSports Ohio Joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Cavs 38 point win over the Raptors in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. Sam and Spencer also discussed if we could expect a Raptors victory in game six, “ You could expect a Cavs win tomorrow but the difference is the Cavs are going to be completely focused on closing it out.” Davies said. Davies also believes that the learning experience of losing games three and four in Toronto could help Kyrie elevate the Cavs in Game six.
There's a reason you might see 169 purple ribbons near Highland Square.
The ribbons represent drug overdose deaths since 2015...says Raynard Packard, who runs the Packard Institute, a counseling center on West Market Street.
He says the count is off by a few months, dating only until January of this year, since there is a backlog of victims.
"There are bodies lining our county corridor," Packard tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "and they are still in the process, there's a lag in processing the toxicology results, but there are many more coming."
Packard says the problem isn't just rooted in heroin abuse, and is nowhere near a peak.
He says new synthetic opiods, including fentanyl, have many times the potency of street level heroin.
A banner will continue to keep track of overdose deaths by number.