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Nuggets from OSU football coach Urban Meyer's appearance in Canton Monday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 25, 2013

Here's more from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer's first appearance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club at Tozzi's on 12th in Canton Monday.

Meyer said starting quarterback Braxton Miller, expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, didn’t have a great practice on Saturday with the defense “blitzing like crazy.” But Meyer said Miller is improving.
“He’s locked in, he’s dialed in,” Meyer said. “He’s a 3.3 (GPA) student, wonderful kid, great family, no issues off the field.
“He’s just so talented that he’s gotten away with a lot of unorthodox play where he just runs around. ‘I’m faster than you, so I’m not going to work so hard on my fundamentals.’ He could be a fine quarterback and he can throw, we’re working on that. And the guys around him … Devin Smith is having a heckuva spring, too. Braxton is doing much better.”

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Marla Ridenour: In second half, Keith Dambrot deserved better from his best friend

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 22, 2013

So this is friendship.

Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart was confident that Thursday night’s first-round NCAA South Regional matchup with the University of Akron would not damage his relationship with his best friend, Zips coach Keith Dambrot.

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From the ABJ archives: Paul Kruger one tough cat

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 12, 2013

Here's my pre-draft story from April 21, 2009 on new Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger:

It was a joking suggestion, that Paul Kruger might have nine lives. But the Utah defensive end didn't find the comment all that inappropriate.

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Ohio State-Illinois post-game quotes

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 10, 2013

No. 14 Ohio State (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten) 68, Illinois (21-11, 8-10 Big Ten) 55

OHIO STATE COACH THAD MATTA

On Ohio State

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Brian Winters draws a crowd at Kent State pro day

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 6, 2013

Offensive lineman Brian Winters of Hudson drew the largest turnout at a Kent State pro day Wednesday, with representatives of 24 NFL teams and one CFL team watching drills at the KSU Fieldhouse.

Last year only five NFL teams were represented.

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Quotes and notes from Caleb Porter's MLS debut

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 4, 2013

Former University of Akron soccer coach Caleb Porter made his debut in Major League Soccer Sunday night in a home match against the New York Red Bulls. Dominating the second half, the Timbers fought back from a 3-1 deficit for a 3-3 draw.. Former  UA star Darlington Nagbe scored the Timbers' second goal.

Here's what was said afterward (transcript from the Timbers web site):

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