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Here’s how Terry Pluto sums up game three of the playoffs:

“The Cavs just suddenly decided, ‘Well, we can just go home.’ And they pretty much did, mentally.”

The Cavs blew a 21-point lead in Cleveland on Sunday, ultimately losing by a mere three points to the Boston Celtics. 

Pluto somehow knew this would happen.

“Even in basketball, pride and arrogance are deadly sins,” he says.

Another offseason brings another departure of a player once thought to be a key part of the future of the Ohio State men's basketball team. 

Goodyear’s  “wingfoot” logo will soon be featured on Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys as part of a multi-year deal.

During a press conference today, Goodyear CEO  Rich Kramer explained why his company is partnering with the Cavs.


Ohio lawmakers are taking another swing at updating the state’s rules on fantasy sports. But this time the bill has support from the industry. 

Cavs coach to Tyronn Lue recently said he has one of the hardest jobs in the NBA. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto isn't buying that, but he says there are special challenges when it comes to coaching one of the best players in the history of the NBA.

"The hardest job is if you’re a coach in Orlando or Brooklyn, ... where the entire NBA is looking at it as if you have no chance to win.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages!

I always wanted to use that in a commentary, that wonderful circus introduction ballyhooed by the splendid ringmaster, but I could just never find the ideal spot.

Of course, had I, there would've been some people who'd say that a circus doesn't belong in with sports. But, hey, just because there's clowns around doesn't disqualify certain daredevils from being certified athletes ­­-- equestrians, tightrope walkers and those who fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

The Cleveland Browns are getting high marks for their NFL draft performance. The team selected 10 players this past weekend, including a potential quarterback of the future.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns played it safe with their No. 1 overall pick, defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M.

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Construction continues around the clock in Canton to turn the Pro Football Hall of Fame into what is being dubbed “the Disneyland of Football.” On Tuesday, two project milestones were celebrated at once.

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Columbus will host 12 college championship events over the next five years, NCAA announced last week, including basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, rifle and volleyball. While the city has shown increasing interest as a sports location in the past few years, including for the women's basketball Final Four, it may be a harder sell for the industry's biggest events.

The NFL draft begins Thursday night. For Browns fans, it's the equivalent of the Super Bowl. The team has the No. 1 pick after going 1-15 this past season.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns have 11 total picks, and five of the top 65 selections.

Pluto says fans will be glued to ESPN watching the draft experts analyze the players.

Indiana University will no longer allow prospective student athletes with a history of sexual or domestic violence to compete.

The Cavs’ first two playoff games have shown just how difficult defending their NBA title is going to be. Cleveland is up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers, but both games have come down to the final minutes. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs’ regular season struggles are evident early in these playoffs, but  the Cavs have some time to settle in: 

The slogan for the Cavs’ postseason is “Defend the Land.” And Pluto says players need to start taking that literally. “They better start defending somebody.”

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Ohio State football fans are about to get their first real look at this year’s team with the annual Spring Game on Saturday.

The latest logo by GV Art + Design for a Cleveland Indians hat features just the letter C intertwined with a single feather.
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Vendors of Cleveland Indians apparel seem to be preparing for a change. This comes in reaction to a statement this week from Major League Baseball that commissioner Rob Manfred is working with the Cleveland Indians to transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo.

Christopher Douglas win his first overall national title on Sunday, while Kirsten Sass continued her championship dominance at the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships, the final event of the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.
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USA Triathlon has chosen Cleveland to host its National Championships in the summer of 2018 and 2019. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the news Wednesday at Edgewater Park where part of the competition will take place.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to buck history Wednesday night as they start their third playoff series in club history. Round one pits the Jackets against a familiar foe: the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions and one of Columbus’ biggest rivals.

The Indians returned to Progressive Field yesterday for the first time since losing Game 7 of the World Series last November. They beat the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings in front of a packed stadium. 

Filling the seats on opening day isn’t new --- this was the Indians’ 24th consecutive sellout.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says whether the team is expected to be good or bad, tickets for that first home game always are gone within minutes. So what makes opening day in baseball so special? 

Columbus Blue Jackets and the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are back in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2014 after their best season in franchise history. They'll be facing off against the defending champions of the cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Join us today as we discuss the history of the Stanley Cup and how the Blue Jackets are looking to shape up in the playoffs. 

What's the best way to bolster your country's bid for the World Cup?

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have settled on an unprecedented answer to that question: just combine forces. The chiefs of the three countries' national soccer organizations broke the news in New York City on Monday, announcing their joint bid to host the 2026 men's World Cup.

There are high expectations for the Cleveland Indians this season, following their World Series run last year. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto reflects on the team and what makes the length of a baseball season special...and important.

It was just a little more than fives month ago the Indians lost the World Series in a dramatic Game 7 against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field.

"[Baseball season] starts in the cold weather in April and it ends in the cold weather in November -- if you play long enough," Pluto says. 

The NHL won't be pausing its season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials announced on Monday.

Many pro players have expressed a desire to compete in the Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the league says it doesn't see a benefit to the sport — and does see a risk of injuries.

The NHL has allowed players to participate in every Olympic Games since 1998.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, disputes over money played a role in the decision not to continue.

Monday, on the streets of Over-the-Rhine, at the party on the Banks, and, most importantly, in the packed stands of Great American Ball Park, thousands of memories will be made.

Memories for the young and the old – but mostly for the young. The kids who will be going to their first Opening Day and will carry with them memories that they will be able to recall to their children and grandchildren in vivid detail.

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If you want to see one of the most decorated sports team at Ohio State University, pull your eyes away from the football field and toward the pool.

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.

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