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As one of the largest stadiums in the country, Ohio Stadium has also managed to become one of the greenest. After each Buckeye home game, up to 95 percent of all stadium garbage is recycled or composted.

Turns out that’s only achievable through one surprising advantage: prison labor. 

The Indians are inching toward their first American League Central title since 2007, but they’re limping to the finish line. Following a dramatic walk-off win last night, the Indians lead Detroit by seven games in the division with less than two weeks to go in the season. But, some sportswriters have already written off their chances in the postseason following injuries to several key players.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says just when we thought the Cleveland sports curse ended when the Cavs won the title in June, it feels like it’s back:

Ohio State Prepares For Big Mathcup With Oklahoma

Sep 16, 2016

Ohio State is getting ready for its big matchup against Top 25 Oklahoma. A win on the road for the Buckeyes could equal big plans for the 2016 season.

Ohio State prepares for its second game this week against Tulsa.

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Many of the world’s best hockey players will be inside Nationwide Arena Friday night for a match between the USA and Canada as the teams get ready for the World Cup of Hockey that starts next week. But comments by Columbus Blue Jackets' and Team USA coach John Tortorella have taken most of the headlines leading up to the game.

Cleveland sports fans have been enjoying a banner year with a Cavs championship followed by an Indians team that's likely bound for the postseason. But for the Browns, the focus is on building for the future. The Browns open the season Sunday in Philadelphia, and WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says there’s already a twist to this game that has fans lamenting and second-guessing.

Ohio State Football beings its 2016 campaign Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes take on Bowling Green in what should be an easy win for Ohio State. Thomas Bradley and Steve Brown break down the matchup, the season and the team with Eric Seger from

OSU Kicks Off Football Season Full Of Unknowns

Sep 2, 2016
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Ohio State has rolled through most of its Big Ten games in recent years, but has taken tough criticism for a weak non-conference schedule. 

That changes this year, as the Buckeyes head to Norman, Oklahoma in the season's third week to take on the University of Oklahoma, a team that made the four-team postseason playoff last year.

The Indians are turning Cleveland fans into scoreboard watchers with about one month to go in the regular season. The team has been holding onto first place in the American League Central, but two teams in the division are starting to close in. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about entering the part of the season where every game matters.  

Ohio State football player Torrance Gibson has been suspended from the university for the fall semester.

Former Football Player Details Struggles With Memory Loss

Aug 26, 2016
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Professional football brought Ben Utetch fame and fortune. He says it also led to memory loss after at least five concussions. Utecht has written a new book that he hopes will help him remember his family in case his memory fades even more.


This week on After The Score, Thomas Bradley talks to a reporter with Columbus Business First about Cooper Stadium and the Smart City grant. How are the two related? How can they both help shape the future of transportation?

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Cooper Stadium, once a thriving center for minor league baseball in Columbus, sits abandoned in Franklinton after its last game was played in it, in 2008.

The University of Akron is celebrating its first ever track and field Olympic medalist. Clayton Murphy, 21, won the bronze in the 800-meter final in Rio on Monday.

The Olympics Are Back, And So Is After The Score

Aug 12, 2016
: Olympic rings at Mane Garrincha stadium, Brasilia. 2016 Summer Olympics
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89.7 NPR News's weekly sports show After The Score is back after taking most of the summer off.

This week we talk with an Upper Arlington native competing at the Summer Olympic in Rio. We also look check in on Ohio State's football team as they start training camp and talk about an OSU world championship in powerlifting. Then we'll get an update on the first place Cleveland Indians. 

Upper Arlington Olympian Strives For Laziness On Few Days Off

Aug 10, 2016
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Upper Arlington native and Olympic diver Abby Johnston is aiming for gold in the Rio Olympics. When she’s not diving or studying medicine, she’s probably eating fast food and lounging with her fiancé.

In a move that could be interpreted as indulgent or prescient — or both — the U.S. men's basketball team at the Rio Olympics will stay aboard a luxury cruise ship rather than the spartan facilities at the Athletes' Village.

It appears the U.S. women will also be living aboard the Silver Cloud, according to media reports.

The executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission is speaking out about his group ordering three elected Columbus officials, including Mayor Andrew Ginther, to pay the full expenses of a trip to the 2014 Big 10 Championship football game. Former City Council member Michelle Mills, who also attended the game, is still being investigated by the Commission and federal authorities.

The Ohio Ethics Commission has ordered four current and former members of Columbus City Council to pay the market value for a trip they took to an Ohio State football game.

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Wednesday night, Ohio Stadium plays host to an elite soccer match between two European teams. To prepare, Ohio Stadium had to undergo a big transformation. Natural grass has returned to The Shoe – just for a night.

LeBron James is an absolute champion of the people in Ohio right now, and for good reason. The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally taken home the NBA championship and brought a resounding sense of hope and joy to Ohio fans and underdogs everywhere. 

In the spirit of celebration, here are 52 fabulous musicians who have also called Cleveland their home...52 for the number of years since Cleveland has held a major sports title, of course. 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have just been given some much-needed help from the NBA: The league says Golden State's Draymond Green will not be able to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He's been suspended for a game after an on-court situation with the Cavs’ Lebron James that led to a flagrant foul. 

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Ali's Funeral Set For Friday

Muhammad Ali, the man considered the greatest boxer of all time, died late Friday at a hospital in Phoenix at age 74. He was battling respiratory problems.

He died of septic shock related to natural causes, with his family at his bedside, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali inspired millions by standing up for his principles during the volatile 1960s and by always entertaining — in the boxing ring and in front of a microphone.

Terry Pluto acknowledges he's contradicting himself a bit when he talks about the Cavs-Golden State NBA Finals match-up. He says Golden State should be an overwhelming favorite to win. But "this is the best Cavs team I've ever seen."

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The Golden State Warriors' historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat. It's the same one they faced in last year's NBA Finals.

Rubber Baseball Field Brings Disabled Kids Up To Bat

May 24, 2016
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The Mirolo Dream Field in Grove City has a rubber infield and outfield built to be more accessible than dirt or grass. It opened on Saturday. 

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Records obtained by The Associated Press indicate numerous students were drinking heavily before a traditional cold-weather lake jump last year when an Ohio State University student died.

Kei Kamara Era In Columbus Ends Abruptly

May 12, 2016

Following an on-the-field argument with a teammate, and subsequent off-the-field comments, the Kei Kamara era has ended in Columbus, as the Crew SC have traded him to the New England Revolution.

The Cleveland Browns have been getting mixed reviews following their big draft weekend. By Sunday night, the team’s analytics gurus selected a whopping 14 players – and it’s a diverse group. Our commentator Terry Pluto says this new stats approach to picking players kept fans guessing and waiting.

Ohio State basketball has lost 80 percent of its 2015 recruiting class, what does the future look like for Thad Matta and the Buckeyes?