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Podcast: Breaking down the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes with Marla Ridenour

By Published: September 15, 2014

Marla Ridenour takes a closer look at the victories for Ohio State and the Browns. She offers some insights on Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett and Browns coach Mike Pettine. She looks ahead to the next few weeks on both teams schedules, too.

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Special day for double amputees at Quicken Loans National

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 25, 2014

Dan Casara wasn't supposed to walk again, let alone play golf.

But he got that chance on a bigger stage than he ever thought possible Wednesday.

Casara was one of two pro-am partners of Keegan Bradley at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., who were double amputees playing on prosthetic legs.

Casara hit his approach to about 6 feet on the 523-yard, par-4 18th hole and putted for the group.

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Canal Fulton's Justin Lower gets hole-in-one in Cleveland Open

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 5, 2014

Canal Fulton’s Justin Lower, a Northwest High School and Malone University graduate, shot a hole-in-one Thursday in the first round of the Tour’s Cleveland Open.

Playing the 151-yard, par-3 16th hole (his seventh hole) at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Lower called his 8-iron shot “just the perfect swing.”

“It’s nice when they end up that way,” he said.

It was Lower’s third hole-in-one in competition and the seventh of his career. He said his last came during a tournament in 2011 when he was still an amateur.

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Ben Curtis encouraged by career best finish at Memorial

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 1, 2014

An eagle putt by Ben Curtis at the 15th hole that missed by just a few inches might have made his day more exciting, but the Kent resident was encouraged by his tie for sixth in the Memorial Tournament, his best finish in 12 appearances.

The former Kent State All-America and 2003 British Open champion got to 10-under par on Sunday, but a bogey at 18 left him at 9-under 279. It earned him $215,450, nearly surpassing his season earnings of $241,759 coming in.

Curtis had missed the cut in his last four events, with his previous best finish a tie for 12th at the Shell Houston Open. It was his first top 10 since he tied for second at the 2012 Players Championship.

“It’s nice,” Curtis said afterward. “I had a decent finish in Houston and felt like I was going to get some momentum going, then had a bad three weeks, really a couple bad rounds more than anything. I had a couple decent rounds in there – second round at Charlotte and the first round at New Orleans (both rounds of 70). It was just a matter of time, getting somewhere comfortable, getting good thoughts in my head with the swing. I obviously had it going this week.

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Titans' press conference transcript on drafting U. of Washington RB Bishop Sankey

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 10, 2014

Here's what the Tennessee Titans said Friday night after drafting Wadsworth native Bishop Sankey, a running back from the University of Washington, with the 54th overall pick.


Obviously, it’s good to add another player. We wanted to add a running back in this draft and targeted a few of them but the first one being Bishop Sankey. Really what he brings to us is a great deal of versatility, vision, feet, ability to catch the football. The important thing for us in picking one of these backs was to get the right fit for the coaches offense. Versatility and the ability to play on three downs was really one of the main criteria.

(on if this will help fill the loss of Chris Johnson in this offense)
Well he is a different type of player than CJ (Chris Johnson). We were looking for a guy like this. A guy with some versatility and not exactly just trying to replace CJ. We will have multiple backs that play and coach can address some of that. Definitely we needed a running back. I think I told you guys that that is what we were going to target when you asked about our needs and that’s what we did.

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Signing day comments from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 5, 2014

Here are some comments from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer from his weekly radio call-in show on 97.1 The Fan and his signing day press conference:

On last-minute addition, defensive end Darius Slade of Montclair, N.J., who had been committed to Michigan State, and his connection to new assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr.: "Darius Slade, I didn't know much about him or who he was," Meyer said at the press conference. "That's Larry Johnson's contact, I guess they've known each other for years and years. (Miami Dolphins defensive tackle) Jared Odrick, who Larry Johnson coached at Penn State, there's a nephew or something. I watched film on him. 'Do we want to take this kid?' I'm thinking, 'Sure."

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Braxton Miller makes it official, announces return to Ohio State for senior season

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 9, 2014

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller officially announced Thursday that he will spurn the NFL draft and return for his senior season. Here's the press release from OSU.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Braxton Miller is back. The senior-to-be quarterback, who has led Ohio State to consecutive 12-win seasons and amassed 8,346 yards of total offense and 84 touchdowns, is returning to Ohio State for the 2014 season, the 125th season of Ohio State football.

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Video: Vin Scully talks about being grand marshal of the 2014 Rose parade

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 2, 2014

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