Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:15

AUDIO Brent Sobleski Talks Manning, NFL

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In the NFL, there is no offseason, and one of the NFL's biggest names is in the news.

Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl winner and Denver Bronocs quarterback was accused of sexual assault by a former trainer while playing at the University of Tennessee in the late 1990's.

Sobleski explains his stance on the issue, saying that nothing being reported here is new.

"We have one writer who basically stumbled upon this case for the first time in his life, and reported it from a first person perspective and it really wasn't," Sobleski said.

Manning has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The university has been recently named in a Title IX lawsuit regarding sexual assault cases.

 Brent also touched on NFL free agency, saying that there's some things the Browns need to look at including Alex Mack possibly bolting or addressing wide reciever in free agency.

"One of the guys you might look at is Bengals WR Marvin Jones," Hue (Jackson) likes him, and he would be a good #2 opposite Josh Gordon," he explained.

 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:56

AUDIO Chris Ransom Talks Latest Mock Draft

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With the NFL draft just a short couple of months away, a lot of the latest mocks have the Browns taking a signal-caller with the #2 overall pick.

Chris Ransom, founder and CEO of Draft Utopia joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about how he believes the Browns will take California quarterback Jared Goff with their first selection in April.
 
"I think Goff has faced greater competition than Carson Wentz (of North Dakota State)," said Ransom. 
 
"There's a lot to like in terms of arm strength, leadership, and I still think Goff is the best quarterback in this draft."
 
Ransom also has the Browns taking an offensive lineman to help shore up that position and protect the young quarterback, regardless of who that may be.
 
As far as some of the other storylines going into the draft, Ransom says OSU wide receiver Braxton Miller is a top 60 pick to New England 
 
"It's strange how the Draft works, but it would be a good fit," says Ransom.  

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:44

AUDIO Akron Beats Buffalo, Ready For KSU

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The Akron Zips have swept Buffalo in the season series defeating the Bulls at Rhodes Arena 80-70 last night, giving them 21 wins on the season.

UA men's head coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how the team has been fighting the injury bug and grinding out wins.

 Dambrot says he's proud of how his kids have handled adversity.

"We have a very skilled team, we can dribble, pass, and shoot, we're not as strong defensively as we've been in the past, but we offset that with good ball movement and team play," he said. "When we shoot the ball well, we can play with anyone in America."

The Zips will take on Kent State Friday night at 6 p.m. at the MAC Center on the campus of Kent State University.

 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:20

AUDIO Tuslaw Boys 22-0, Looking Strong

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The Tuslaw Mustangs boys basketball team made history last night, defeating Hoban 56-36 to move on to 22-0 on the regular season, the only team in Stark County history to do so.

Coach Kevin Lower joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the win and what it means to the Tuslaw community to pick up win #22.

"It was a heck of a game, for two teams, and for us to finish 22-0, it was a great feeling," said Lower.

Coach Lower said he was nervous initially about the Hoban pressure and athletic ability, but he was glad his team was able to come out with the win.

He said his group has done a great job taking care of business game in and game out.

"We have 9 seniors and 7 of them play significant minutes, so we're led by them, and they know the expectations I have, and we're on the same page," Lower explained.

 

 Tuslaw will be competing in the Salem District of the Division III state tournament, taking on Waterloo at home on Tuesday. But Coach Lower knows there will be some challenges down the road, but he says his squad will be prepared for whatever lies ahead.

 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:33

AUDIO Matt Creamer Talking CCC Hoops

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The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders are making progress throughout the season, gutting out wins despite injury and illness.

Coach Matt Creamer joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his hoop squad ahead of their matchup tonight against fellow Stark County nemesis Perry. 

"It's going to be an emotional backyard rivalry type game," Creamer said.

He said that if his team plays to their strengths, they can compete against anybody.

"We seem to do things methodically and by design to stay in the game, so if we have quailty ball possessions andget some stops defensively, we can beat a lot of teams."

The Crusaders will play Perry tonight and wrap things up against Northwest for Senior Night.

 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:11

AUDIO Rick Hairston's Bulldogs Ready For STVM

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Friday night the Canton McKinley Bulldogs will be taking on St. Vincent-St. Mary in their regular-season finale at the Fieldhouse before tournament play begins.

Head coach of the Bulldogs' boys basketball team Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team being prepared for the Irish and how his team is coming together on the hardwood.

"We got a lot done today," coach Hairston said. "We went through a little stretch where it was pretty tough for us."

The Bulldogs lost to Hoover and Lake, losing their shot at winning the Federal League title, but have reeled off five wins in a row, including an 89-74 win over Warren Harding most recently.

 

When it comes to STVM, Hairston says the young men are excited to play the Irish and are prepared for the challenge ahead.

 "They're an outstanding ball club, they shoot it very well, and they're very athletic," said Hairston. "We just have to make sure we get out and guard the perimeter."

 

Monday, 15 February 2016 19:05

AUDIO Greg Swartz: Midseason Cavs Report

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are at the midpoint of the NBA season and there are many people who think that they need to maybe add one more piece to make their championship run.

Greg Swartz from the Bleacher Report joined the Average Sports Show Monday to discuss the Wine and Gold's season thus far. 

When asked about team chemistry and how that is at this point of the season, Swartz said he would be surprised if one of the Cavs' secondary pieces is still here after the trade deadline.

"I would be shocked if (Timofey) Mozgov is still on the Cavaliers after 3:01 Thursday afternoon," Swartz said.  "He's fallen out of the rotation and he loved playing for David Blatt who was the coach of the Russian national team."

Greg also spoke about  LeBron James and his status as a Top-5 player in the NBA, and how he needs to help lead his team to that next level.

 

Monday, 15 February 2016 17:46

AUDIO Tom McBride Talking Blue Streak Hoops

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The Lake Blue Streaks are co-Federal League Champs, and they are playing solid basketball heading down the stretch of the regular season.

Tommy McBride, the heac coach of the boys' team at Lake, joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his club and what they've been doing this season.

"We've been really engaged, "said McBride. "We've had sophomores playing like juniors and seniors playing like college players, and when that happens, magical things take place."

The Blue Streaks are co-champions along with Jackson High School. They will have two big matchups with Louisville High School on Tuesday and Firestone High School on Friday.

McBride says the Blue Streaks are riding the hot shooting hand of Chandler Vaudrin, and he says that along with Vaudrin, some of the other young men are stepping up their collective game.

 

Monday, 15 February 2016 17:28

AUDIO Sonil Haslam Named North Football Coach

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The North High School Vikings have a brand new football coach, and he is looking to instill toughness, discipline, and a sense of tying the program into the community.

Sonil Haslam joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday afternoon to talk about how he's going to put his imprint on the program.

He said that he's ready for the challenge of being a head coach.

"I'm pretty excited," says Haslam. "We have to reach out and embrace what we have, and there's tons to do, trying to get things right for the kids."

 

The City Series is a grind, and with the schools, Haslam says the same group of kids walk the halls at North and the other schools within Akron, so it's all about garnering support and instilling pride in the school and in the community in regards to the football program.

"It's all about peaking interest and getting guys involved," he says.

 Coach Haslam also states that  support from the school, the North Hill community, and the district is important for building the program as well.  Haslam, graduate of East HS, has coached at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Firestone HS, and Archibishop Hoban HS as an assistant.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:38

AUDIO Noland: Cavaliers Still Can Improve

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a good spot heading into the All-Star Break, and coming off their win last night against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, things are on the upswing.

Cavaliers beat writer Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined Aaron Coleman in the Average Sports Show Thursday to talk about the Wine and Gold, and ways they can improve on their play on the court.

"The Cavs are good health-wise, Matthew Dellavedova missed a few games with the leg injury, but he should be okay," said Noland.

With Kyrie Irving, he seems to have his legs underneath him after missing 24 games with a leg injury, but after averaging 32 a game the last few games, Rick says Irving appears to be 100 percent.

"Tyronn Lue said after the game last night that Kyrie's all the way back," Noland said. "One of the encouraging things about his game is that he's only taking a few dribbles and then pulling up and shooting the ball."

Noland says he still has some worries about this team and he can't quite put his finger on it.

"Right now I just don't think they're good enough, consistently enough to beat the Spurs or Warriors in a seven-game series," Rick said.

"It just seems harder than it should be many nights."

 

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