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Esther Honig

After two straight seasons of top recruits transferring and a lack of postseason success, Ohio State University on Monday fired men's basketball coach Thad Matta.

When Colby Palmer started his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University, some students approached him in his dorm and asked whether he wanted to play quidditch.

Palmer had read all of the Harry Potter books and knew about the sport but said he felt reluctant to try it out.

"My impressions of quidditch was just that it's for nerds by nerds — that they wouldn't be like people who I would find things in common with," Palmer says.

The Cavs showed why they're underdogs in the NBA finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors 113-91 in the first game last night. Our WKSU sports commentator, Terry Pluto, says defeat was in the air from the very beginning of the game.

“You could sense the Cavs were in huge trouble,” Pluto says. “The Warriors just attacked them.”

There's good news and bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers following their 113-91 loss last night to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Their bad news first.

They lost.

Their good news? The reasons they lost were pretty clear. Meaning they don't have to dig too deeply to understand what they have to correct for Game 2. Or try to correct.

Cleveland turned the ball over 20 times. Compared to four for the Warriors.

"Twenty turnovers in the Finals definitely is not going to get it done," said Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue has been planning for Golden State for months.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors face off tonight for game one of the NBA Finals. Never before have the same two NBA teams faced each other for the championship three years in a row.

ESPN says this has “the makings of perhaps the greatest NBA Finals in league history.”

The news conference was supposed to be about the start of the NBA finals Thursday — but the first question to Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James wasn't about how he'll deal with the Warriors' Draymond Green. It was about how he's dealing with racist graffiti at his house in Los Angeles.

The NBA is a very big business and a very small world. On the eve of the Cavs third consecutive trip to the NBA finals, our sports commentator Terry Pluto talks about Mike Brown – the assistant coach for Golden State who is filling in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr – and whose basketball career has included not one – but two – stints in Cleveland.

Everyone expected a rematch between the Cavs and the Warriors. But not everything has gone as expected, Pluto says.

Officials in Cleveland are preparing for the NBA Finals, with a lot of activity scheduled even on days when the Cavs will be on the West Coast.

There could be as many as four away games during the Finals, beginning Thursday night. And Quicken Loans Arena is planning to hold watch parties for all of them. On top of that, ESPN is broadcasting several shows during the finals, live from the Hofbrauhaus restaurant near Playhouse Square.

Frank Robinson stands to the left of his new statue in Heritage Park at Progressive Field. To the right is Robinson's friend, contemporary and fellow Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron.
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The Cleveland Indians unveiled a statue honoring Frank Robinson, Hall of Famer and the Major League's first black manager, this weekend.

In a rush to get the holiday weekend rolling? Here are some quick facts about last night's Eastern Conference championship game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics:

  • The Cavaliers ended the Celtics post-season — winning the game, 135-102.
  • The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State in the Finals.
  • LeBron James scored 35 points to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader — surpassing Michael Jordan.

Wyatt Pertuset

“A gay football player," writes Wyatt Pertuset in an essay for Out Sports. "Even today it seems to be something very rare in the game.”

The Cavs trailed by 10 points at halftime in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. Then Terry Pluto says the 'Big Three" came through.

"In the third quarter, the whole game just turned around," Terry Pluto says.

Pluto says the credit goes to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Irving scored a remarkable 42 points in the game, a career playoff high. Love had 17 rebounds, also unprecedented for him in a playoff game.

The 'No Fun League' Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

May 24, 2017

The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations.

For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long.

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.

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