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We knew this day was coming, and it's here: Marty Brennaman announced at the annual Reds Radio Network affiliates lunch today that this will be his final season broadcasting Reds games.

At least he told us before the season, until waiting until it was over, as he had said many times.

Brennaman, who turns 77 in July, revealed his decision to retire after 46 seasons on the eve of the Reds promotional caravan through Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. The Reds 150th anniversary season will be the last we'll hear him say, "And this one belongs to the Reds."

The Browns front office says the hiring of Freddie Kitchens as head coach is all about building on last season’s momentum. The team went 5-3 after Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator at mid-season.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said he's always been against teams hiring inexperienced assistants as head coaches. But this feels different.

The new head coach of the Cleveland Browns said the shortcomings of the team end today.

Freddie Kitchens takes over after a short, but successful stint as offensive coordinator. He's been coaching in the NFL since 2006, but this is his first head coaching job.  

Kitchens said his main goal for the organization is to move towards the Super Bowl.

After three days of media reports that were neither confirmed nor challenged by the team, the Cleveland Browns made it official Saturday: Freddie Kitchens will be the team's new head coach.

“We are thrilled to announce Freddie Kitchens as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a press release. “He did an outstanding job in his role as coordinator, and we know that will continue as he steps into the role of head coach.

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Declares For NFL Draft

Jan 7, 2019
 Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins passes against Washington during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Record-setting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. says he is leaving school to enter the NFL draft. Ohio State also announced two new assistant coaches on Monday, including one that is leaving Michigan to join the Buckeyes.

Columbus Crew Announce New President And Head Coach

Jan 4, 2019
New Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter has coached the Portland Timbers and the University of Akron.
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The Columbus Crew has named Tim Bezbatchenko as its new president and Caleb Porter as head coach.

 Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins passes against Washington during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job.

The Cleveland Browns went from the worst team in the NFL last season to winning seven games this year, giving fans something they haven’t had in a while: hope.

WKSU’s Mark Arehart talked with sports commentator Terry Pluto about how the Browns finally started winning and why the team is an attractive destination for potential head coaches this offseason.

Marvin Lewis is no longer head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The 60-year-old has been with the Bengals for 16 seasons and had a 131-122-3 record with the team. 

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

The Crew has been saved. Major League Soccer announced Friday that it reached an agreement with investors to purchase and take control of the Columbus Crew beginning next month.

Ohio Supreme Court chambers.
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It was a big year for the Ohio Supreme Court, with decisions on abortion, the death penalty and bobbleheads and the final blow to what had been the state’s largest online charter school. These and others  decisions from the court were some of the stories that made headlines in 2018. 

Whether it’s an All-Star Game, a Final Four tournament or a pro-sports draft, hosting big events costs local organizers money. A bill signed by Gov. John Kasich this month will give cities, counties and local host committees more help hosting such events.

The University of Akron has been touting its new football coach as someone who can turn the program around. But, the firing of former coach Terry Bowden and the hiring of Tom Arth is costing the university more than $1 million before Arth even starts the job.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he asked interim university president John Green and athletic director Larry Williams how they plan to pay the bills amid an ongoing university budget deficit.  

The Cleveland Indians have been overhauling the roster so far this offseason. And, while some moves were anticipated with a bevy of players becoming free agents, other moves have surprised and puzzled fans. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's all about trimming their $134 million budget after two disappointing trips to the postseason. 

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