Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:49

AUDIO LeBron Foundation, Bridgestone Team Up

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The LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming up with a legendary local golf tournament.

LeBron's non-profit is linking up with the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational.

"LeBron's an Akron institution, and so is the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone,"
says Bridgestone Invitational executive director Don Padgett, "so we felt it made a lot of sense for the two organizations to get together...so we're excited."

Padgett says that it's not just about $50,000 pledge to the foundation...it's about kids getting involved in the tournament....with events both before the tournament and the

"The kids will be out there, they'll get to experience the tournament, behind the scenes tour", Padgett tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "maybe try a shot at our Green Monster Challenge, it's a replica of Firestone's signature 16th hole."

Other youth oriented charities that have benefitted from the tournament include Akron Children's Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 22:55

AUDIO Know Your Prospect: Cardale Jones

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One of the more notable names coming out in the 2016 NFL draft is former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones, who many predict will have success on the next level as he learns the pro game.

His high school coach, Ted Ginn Sr. joined the Average Sports Show to speak with Brad about his former QB and what road he took to get to where he is today.

Ginn said he took a great deal of pride in helping Jones and other young people achieve their goals.

 "Anytime I see one of them (students, student-athletes) reach that goal they always wanted it makes my job that much more important," Ginn said.

Jones led OSU to the National Championship two years ago as a third-string quarterback and coach Ginn says ever since he was young, he always worked to prove doubters wrong.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 19:14

AUDIO Syracuse Ready For Tar Heels

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The Syracuse Orange will prepare to face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four Saturday, and for the men's basketball team, it wasn't an easy road to Houston.

Matt Schneidman from the Daily Orange, the student-run newspaper at Syracuse University joined the Average Sports Show Tuesday to talk about how they will be facing their ACC compatriots in the Final Four as a #10 seed, something that a lot of fans in central New York did not think was even possible with the suspension of their head coach and the slow start to the season.

Coach Jim Boeheim missed the first 9 games of the season due to suspension, but his presence around the team when he came back and his ability to get the most out of his players put the Orange in a position to inch one step closer to their ultimate goal, which is of course, the national championship.

  

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 18:44

AUDIO Shelby Mast Breaks Down Final Four

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The NCAA Tournament has had some major storylines, upsets, and big-time players, but after all the madness, the Final Four is set for this weekend ahead of the National Championship Game.

Shelby Mast from BracketWAG.com and USA Today bracketologist joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Oklahoma, Syracuse, Villanova, and North Carolina being one step closer to their ultimate goal.

When talking about the Sooners of Oklahoma, one of the stars of the tournament is Buddy Hield, the sharpshooting guard that's got Lon Kruger's squad thinking national championship.

"He's got the body, the smarts, and the game to be a solid NBA player," Mast said. "I don't think he'll be a superstar, but many people said the same thing about Steph Curry when he came out of Davidson and made a splash in the tournament," Mast said.

On Saturday, the Sooners will take on Villanova, while North Carolina and Syracuse will meet up in the other half of the bracket.

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 18:27

AUDIO DJ Boyer Talks Latest Mock Draft

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With the 2016 NFL Draft being just 29 short days away, the ongoing debate remains: Who will the Browns select with the #2 overall pick? 

DJ Boyer from Draftsite.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the possibilities, who the Browns will go with at either #2 or #32 in the first round, and who will the Tennessee Titans take with the first overall selection.

Boyer says North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and California's Jared Goff are the two top targets at the quarterback position. He says that even though the Browns signed former Washington signal-caller Robert Griffin III last week, having that franchise quarterback is a part of their long-term plans, something that is not certain for Griffin's future.

 

Boyer also broke down the draft needs for the AFC North, saying the Bengals need to look at reciever, and one that comes to mind is former Notre Dame wideout Will Fuller.

"At the wide receiver position, there's not another player that improved his stock more in the combine than Will Fuller," Boyer said. "He has all the tools, he just needs the consistency and can live up to that #24 overall billing." 

He has the Pittsburgh Steelers going with Mackensie Alexander out of Clemson going to them at #25 to shore up that secondary.

  

The game of baseball is ever-changing, and not just on the field. Major League Baseball is experimenting with extending the netting behind home plate from dugout to dugout, hoping this may cut down on injuries to fans in the stands.

Jim Folk, VP of Ballpark Operations with the Cleveland Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give his perspective on the changes. Folk said the Indians have consulted with an engineering firm to extend the netting, with the goal to keep the paying customers safer.

The ballpark experience in present times have been more conducive to younger fans, who are more in tune with social media and food fare than the older fan.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is celebrating its 40th year, and they are doing it in style.

Patrick Shepherd, associate director of the CIFF, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the growth of the festival the last 15 years, in which over 100,000 movie goers will pass through the proverbial turnstiles. Shepherd talked about how the films are selected for the festival, which includes the ESPN 30 For 30 film called 'Believeland,' which chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's sports teams and their struggles.

The festivities kick off on March 30th and go through April 10th at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.

Fry some pierogis, crack open and piwo, pick yourself up some pussy willows, and break out the Bobby Vinton records, as Dyngus Day is upon us!

Justin Gorski, a.k.a. DJ Kishka joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about this sort-of new annual tradition. Gorski has been the point person in spreading the word of Dyngus Day in the region, which originated centuries ago in Poland. Gorski visited Buffalo, New York, where the large Polish population has been celebrating Dyngus Day since the 1960s.

Dyngus Day is held the day after Easter every year, and is typically located in the Detroit-Shoreway, Tremont, and Hingetown neighborhoods in Cleveland.

Once again, the vacant area that was once home to Rolling Acres Mall is on the selling block. The retail space deteriorated in the 1990s, with the mall closing in 2008. What will the future hold?

Mayor Dan Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the large property over on Romig Road. Talking about the area, Horrigan believes the Rolling Acres strip is “fairly well located, and [has a lot of] good amenities,” as he and the city try to find the best use for it long-term.

Horrigan stressed that the city does care about the Roming Road area, saying they want to take advantage of the quality of life opportunities.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:51

AUDIO Andrea Hangst Talks Griffin Signing

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The Browns have another quarterback on the roster, and Robert Griffin III is his name. After much talk and rumor the last few days, the former Baylor star is in the fold.

Andrea Hangst from the Orange and Brown Report and Scout.com spoke with Brad Russell about the move to bring in the veteran QB.

When asked about how RGIII and Hue Jackson are going to coexist, Andrea was optimistic about the process, saying the two men will work well together because they believe in each other.

"One of the few things he's needed is a coach that truly believes in him, he didn't really get that with Shanahan in Washington, and he never felt that with Jay Gruden, so it's going to be a better environment when he's playing for a guy who wanted him and wanting to resurrect his career," Hangst explained.

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