One of the nation's most powerful and influential athletes passed away, and with Muhammad Ali, many remember a championship boxer, an activist, and a man of principle.

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Larry Holmes joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about Ali the fighter, Ali the humanitarian, and especially Ali the man.

Holmes said that Ali brought out the best in him inside the ring and gave him a good template for how to treat people outside of the ring.

"He will always be my champion," Holmes said. "I don't care if he's dead or not, he's still my champion, he's my idol and the greatest fighter that ever lived."

Ali was 74 years old when he passed away. Funeral services will be held in Ali's hometown of Louisvlle, Kentucky Friday afternoon.

Monday, 06 June 2016 15:32

AUDIO Cavs Looking For Answers In Game 3

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are down 0-2 heading into Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena, and the Wine and Gold need an infusion of renewed toughness when they take on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Hakem Dermish from News Channel 5 Sports joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Cavs and what they need to do to get things going in the NBA Finals.

"They're (the Cavaliers) a better basketball team, they just have to figure out a way against this team," Dermish said.

The Cavs will try and get it right against Golden State Wednesday night at the Q at 9 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.

Friday, 03 June 2016 16:35

AUDIO John Lucas: "Cavs, Play Your Game"

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After yesterday's loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors 104-89 at the Oracle Arena.

Former Cavalier head coach John Lucas joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about what it's going to take for the Wine and Gold to even the series.

His main takeaways were a lack of ball movment on the offensive side of the floor and coach Lue making some adjustments with the lineup in order for the Cavs to get things going and win Game 2 on Sunday.


The Cleveland Cavaliers are going back to the drawing board after Thursday night's loss to the the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 104-89.

Former 10-year European league veteran and current WEWS-Channel 5 basketball analyst Chet Mason joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday afternoon to talk about the Wine and Gold and what they need to do to turn it around.

Mason said the Cavs missed a lot of easy shots that they're used to making.

"That's tough to miss 28 chip shots like that, especially on that stage," Chet said. "You're not going to get chance after chance like that."

Mason also thought that there was two big stories from last night, the Cavaliers lack of bench scoring as well as their defense against the backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

 "That's a testament to Coach (Tyronn) Lue and the coaching staff," he said.


 In addition to his work with Channel 5, Mason was a four-year starter at Miami University in Ohio, and is the current coach of the Brush Arcs boys' basketball team.


Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:37

AUDIO Urijah Faber Preparing For UFC 199

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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.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 17:44

AUDIO Cavs/Warriors Ready For Game 1

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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 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.



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