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Northeast Ohio’s college basketball landscape is changing. After 13 seasons and more than 300 wins, University of Akron coach Keith Dambrot announced he’s leaving for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dambrot led his teams to the NCAA tournament four times. Despite being the favorites, the Zips lost to Kent State in the MAC tournament finals earlier this month.

Stare hard at your March Madness brackets because the weekend is over and we are down to the Final Four.

When South Carolina faces Gonzaga in the NCAA final four playoffs in Arizona on Saturday, it will be the first time both the seventh-seeded Gamecocks and the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs have played their way into the semifinals.

The defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians have a lot of unanswered questions heading into opening day.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says with less than two weeks until opening day, Manager Terry Francona is thinking, “Where’s my team?” Many of Francona's starting players are either struggling with injuries or playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Update (3/24/17): The Ashland University women's basketball team will play for the Division II national title tonight. Ashland (36-0) will take on Virginia Union in the championship game in Columbus.

Update (3/22/17): The Ashland University women's basketball moved to 35-0 and on to the Final Four with an 82-67 win over West Texas A&M Tuesday night. 

The Ashland University women’s basketball team is eyeing a national title. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about how the Ashland women's team became so dominant.


Updated at 10:15 a.m ET Thursday

The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team — the reigning world champions — won't be defending their title this year. They announced Wednesday that they will be boycotting the championships later this month as a protest against USA Hockey, citing stalled negotiations for "fair wages and equitable support" from the organization.

Kent State’s men’s basketball team is hoping to continue its late-season roll with an upset in this week’s NCAA tournament. The Flashes will make their first March Madness appearance since 2008.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Kent team really had to dig deep to get to this big moment:

The Mid-American Conference basketball tournament is underway. The men's and women's teams that win the MAC tournament at the Q in Cleveland on Saturday get automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Akron's men's team is the clear favorite, seeded No. 1 overall, while Kent State's women's team is on the rise. 

Regular season means little now

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With 11 straight wins and Big Ten player of the year Kelsey Mitchell on its side, the Ohio State women's basketball team heads into the conference tournament in an unfamiliar role: the top seed and the favorite to win.

This week, top college football prospects will be working to impress NFL coaches and staff at the annual combine. Among them is an Ashland University player who’s taken an unlikely path to the top. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about Adam Shaheen. 

In baseball, if a pitcher wants to intentionally walk a batter, he has to actually lob the four pitches outside the strike zone. It's a technique often used to bypass a particularly strong batter, or to set up a double play.

But that rule now appears poised to change.

The Major League Baseball commissioner's office has proposed a rule change to have the pitcher forgo actually throwing four balls — instead, the bench would simply signal to the umpire that the batter will be intentionally walked.

Lined up at a row of computers, five Ohio State University students stare intently at their screens amid the clatter of keyboards and mouse clicks. They're keeping in shape — so to speak.

The Cleveland Indians have been big spenders in the offseason, and now fans seem to be buying in. The Indians, who usually rank near the bottom in attendance, have already sold more than one million tickets for the upcoming season. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the Tribe's big winter. 

This week, a top NFL prospect angered some Browns fans by clamoring to play for another team. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is considered a likely No. 1 pick in Aprils’ NFL draft – a pick owned by the Browns.

Pushing their win streak to a new level — triple digits — the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team achieved a milestone Monday, beating No. 6 South Carolina, 66-55, for their 100th win.

No other basketball team, male or female, has neared the mark in the NCAA.

For Indians fans who said “wait unit next year” immediately after the team’s World Series loss to the Cubs, the wait is almost over.  The team’s equipment trucks left today for its spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona.

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Two wrestlers with strong ties to Ohio State are being banned from a tournament in Iran. 

Heading a soccer ball is both a fundamental skill and a dynamic way to score a goal, but research says it could be causing concussions along with player collisions.

The New England Patriots go for their fifth Super Bowl win this weekend under Coach Bill Belichick. The man who’s known for his brash personality and oversized hoodies is already being labeled by many as the greatest NFL coach of all-time. Many fans here may remember his beginnings in Cleveland.

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has temporarily left the team because of a family emergency. 

The defending NBA champion Cavs are in a mid-season slump and star LeBron James is losing patience. James publicly criticized the front office Monday, following the team’s fifth loss in seven games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explains what’s going on with James and the Cavs and what they must do to get back on track: 

1. Rest your star

Pluto says that LeBron James is averaging 38 minutes on the court per game, more than any other player in the NBA.  "He is not superman,” Pluto says.

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A typical Big Ten conference matchup might feature the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, or maybe Wisconsin and Penn State facing off in hockey. Later this month, though, the conference is headed in a new direction: video games.

For Browns fans, memories of 'The Move' came rushing back this past week following the death of David Modell. He’s remembered in Cleveland for his part in his father’s decision to relocate the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this remains a very painful chapter of Browns history: 

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Off to a disastrous 0-4 start in the Big Ten that included a demoralizing blowout loss to Wisconsin earlier this week, the Ohio State men's basketball team sorely needed a performance that would restore some swagger. They got it on Sunday.

Browns fans lamenting their team’s all-time worst 1-15 record have their sights set on the NFL draft. Cleveland’s No. 1 draft pick is raising hopes that the team will finally get a star quarterback. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says fans are already eyeing their next hometown hero.  

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The Pittsburgh Penguins remain in sole possession of the longest winning streak in NHL history. That's after the Columbus Blue Jackets lost Thursday night for the first time since late November.

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It's Sweet 16 for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets now own the second-longest winning streak in NHL history at 16 games, one off the league record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite Ohio State’s big loss in the Fiesta Bowl national semi-final game, there’s still an Ohio college football team playing for a national title this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about how the Youngstown State Penguins overcame the odds to make it to the Football Championship Game Saturday in Texas. 

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