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Ohio Sports Figures

Mar 21, 2019
Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon

Ohio athletes LeBron James, Archie Griffin and Jesse Owens ring a bell. Each has been a legend in his own time. 

But what about Alta Weiss and John McClendon?

We talk about the history of sports in Ohio and the athletes, from superstars to barrier breakers. 

Today on All Sides, Ohio sports figures, their stories, and significance. 

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Seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, a 29-year-old utility player from Indiana named Chuck Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Indians lineup with just over a week until opening day.  WKSU commentator Terry Pluto has been scouting the team from Goodyear, Arizona this week and says there are big holes in the outfield.

Out with the old, in the with the new

The first observation Pluto makes is that there are not a whole lot of returning players this year. 

"I walked in the locker room, and all of the sudden, there's all these new guys and there's all these ... young guys," Pluto says. 

 Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws as Northwestern defensive back Alonzo Mayo (10) defends during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis.
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An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for 10 schools, excluding The Ohio State University.

The Cleveland Indians have had quite the offseason, from free agents departing to players recovering from injuries. Our commentator Terry Pluto is in Goodyear, Arizona this week with the team for spring training, and he says there's still a lot of unanswered questions about the lineup for this season.

Pluto says he usually heads to training knowing what the Indians' roster is, but this year is a bit different; it's still a mystery as to who the outfielders will be. 

What about the outfield?

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a catch during a NFL preseason game on August 21, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns.
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Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland.

The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET

The U.S. women's soccer team has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, accusing it of gender discrimination.

The complaint, filed Friday in California district court, argues that U.S. Soccer "has a policy and practice of discriminating" against members of the women's national team on the basis of gender, by paying them less than similarly situated members of the men's team.

Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Ryan Day gestures during football practice in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
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Ohio State has a new head coach, a reconstituted offensive line and a transfer quarterback who has never started a college football game. But that doesn't mean expectations will be adjusted for a team that went 86-9 in the past seven seasons under Urban Meyer.

After eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, including four with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and his new team the Los Angeles Lakers are likely to miss the playoffs entirely. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks after being sidelined with an injury for part of the year, LeBron and the Lakers have looked like a complete disaster.

Arena Football League executive Rob Jaworski announced that the Columbus Destroyers would return to play at Nationwide Arena, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
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Officials with Columbus’ new Arena Football League team are looking for a new mascot, and they’re only asking women to apply.