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Ride Along: South Euclid native and diehard Cleveland fan rises from dishwasher to head chef

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 9, 2017

This is the first installment of my blog on interesting people I meet on the road, an idea Ive been tossing around for years. Hope you enjoy my travels as much as much as I do.

When David Blatt came to eat at Houston's restaurant in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead district not long after he was fired as Cavaliers coach in January, 2016, head chef Jacob Cole bought him lunch.

"I felt bad," Cole said.

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U.S. 4, Guatemala 0: Post-game comments from Jurgen Klinsmann, players

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 30, 2016

Comments Tuesday night following the U.S. men's soccer team's 4-0 victory over Guatemala in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus:


"This is kind of what you need, to see a performance like this. It's a long road to Russia, to every World Cup. When there's a setback, a moment that doesn't work out the perfect way ... I think we started well with the four points in the beginning. Obviously that game on Friday night caught us on the wrong (side).

"There's a very good spirit in this group. It's a team that starts to meld more and more. We put in some fresh players and they need to get integrated. This is happening one step at a time. Sometimes (you) get better and sometimes (there's) a step backwards. Our wish was to get Christian Pulisic on the field, part of our future and in a couple of minutes you saw already the talent that he has. I think Bobby Wood is growing and getting stronger every time he comes in with this group.

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Tiger Woods keeps eye on big picture after finishing 14-over in Memorial Tournament

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 8, 2015

As Tiger Woods strode towards the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club Sunday, a gallery nearly as large as the one that has followed him for years enveloped the area in front of the clubhouse.

But this time they were tracking the player with the first tee time, not one vying for another Memorial Tournament trophy to go with his other five. And he was playing alone.

Struggling with swing changes designed to protect his back following 2014 surgery, Woods finished four rounds at 14-over par. But his final-round 2-over par 74, which included double bogeys on two of the last four holes, was an improvement over Saturday. In the third round, Woods carded an 85, his worst score in a PGA Tour event.

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Tiger Woods cards tour-worst 85 in third round of Memorial Tournament

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 6, 2015

Tiger Woods shot his career-worst round on the PGA Tour Saturday in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, ending a 13-over 85 with a quadruple bogey 8.

It marked only the third time in his career the world's former No. 1 player had shot in the 80s. Struggling after back surgery in 2014, Woods shot 42 on the front nine and carded only one birdie on the day at No. 15. PGA Tour rookie Zac Blair, his playing partner, shot 70 and beat Woods by 15 shots.

Woods has won the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club five times in 14 appearances. His highest score in the event was a 76 in the third round in 2003, but he followed with a 65 and tied for fourth.

Woods' previous high round, an 82, came in January in the second round of the Waste Management Open. Before that, he shot his worst score of 81 in the third round of the 2002 British Open at Muirfield in Scotland.

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North Olmsted native Jason Dufner records ace in Memorial's second round

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 5, 2015

North Olmsted native Jason Dufner aced the par-3, 211-yard No. 16 Friday in the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Dufner used a 6-iron.

It was the first ace in the tournament since Steve Stricker in 2011, and Stricker went on to win. The last time a PGA Tour player recorded a hole-in-one and went on to win was this year when Dustin Johnson pulled off the feat at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Dufner's was the first ace on the hole since Joe Ozaki in 1996.

"Holes in one are great, kind of lucky," Dufner said.

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Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 66: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on the Harrisons, not playing to lose

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 29, 2015

Twenty-five final thoughts for the 25 points Karl-Anthony Towns scored as undefeated Kentucky advanced to the Final Four for the 17th time in program history. It is in search of its ninth NCAA title and its first since 2012.

1. Kentucky coach John Calipari made sure to point out that twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are still the Wildcats' catalysts. Andrew made two game-winning free throws with six seconds remaining; Aaron hit a big 3-pointer with 3:15 left to give UK a 64-63 lead.

2. "Andrew and Aaron still drive this team," Calipari said. "They drove us last year to the final game and they're doing the same thing this year."

3. No one would argue the impact of Aaron's 3-pointer or Andrew's final play. But Calipari's comment shows how little statistics mean on a team that is 10-deep. Andrew Harrison finished with seven points, all on free throws, along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. He took only two shots from the field. Aaron Harrison scored six points (hitting 2 of 7 field goals) and added four rebounds.

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