State leaders are urging people around Ohio to avoid large crowds and to do whatever they can to prevent the spread of germs, calling this a critical moment to stem the increase in coronavirus cases.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (2), linebackers coach Al Washington and head coach Ryan Day celebrate after a 56-27 win against Michigan after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
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Four Ohio State assistant football coaches will make more than $1 million this year.

Columbus Crew's Artur (right) and Toronto FC's Tosaint Ricketts chase a loose ball during the an MLS Eastern Conference championship soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Columbus Crew SC executives say the team will not cancel Saturday's game in Seattle, one of the country's hot spots for coronavirus. 

Matthew Scott of Cincinnati was waiting in line Thursday at the Arnold Sports Festival when he found out spectators weren't allowed in.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

It’s been a chaotic couple of days for the Arnold Sports Festival. First came word the expo was cancelled and spectators would be limited to a few competitions, then festival organizers said fans could come watch.

Product Delivered to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2020 Arnold Fitness Expo
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The cancellation of this week's Arnold Fitness Expo has vendors who anticipated marketing their products at the annual event returning home earlier than expected. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

The Arnold Sports Festival will be a lot smaller than usual this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Arnold Sports Festival at the Great Columbus Convention Center in 2018.
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The annual Arnold Sports Festival arrives in Columbus on Thursday, and officials are taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus amid the flood of athletes and onlookers. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 2, 2020
Student athletes competing in track and field.
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Transgender women and girls would be barred from competing in female-only high school and college sports under a bill announced last week in the Ohio House.

High school runner Noor Alexandria Abukaram and state Sen. Theresa Gavarone at the Ohio Statehouse.
Theresa Gavarone / Twitter

An Ohio senator has introduced new legislation aimed at protecting the religious expression of athletes. The bill was inspired by an Ohio teen disqualified from a cross-country race for wearing a hijab without a required waiver.

State Reps. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Twp.) and Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) speak at the press conference announcing their planned legislation.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Two Ohio Republican lawmakers say they’re working on a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on female teams in high schools and colleges.

A Northeast Ohio women’s college basketball coach has hit a milestone that cements her legacy as a trailblazer in her sport. Cheri Harrer notched her 600th win at Baldwin Wallace University earlier this month.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Harrer grew up on her family’s sprawling western Ohio farm without much exposure to sports. In fact, she started shooting hoops by herself in a barn.

Middletown will join Hilton Head, S.C., Las Vegas and Indianapolis as one of 14 stops on the APP (Association of Pickleball Professionals) tour this year. The tournament - The Cincinnati Pickleball Open, with a $25,000 purse - will be held at Lefferson Park June 4-7.

Ohio Legislation Would Make Assaulting Referees A Crime

Feb 24, 2020
football referee umpire
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Pending Ohio House legislation would make assaulting referees while they do their jobs a crime. 

John Beilein has resigned as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, just 54 games into his first year with the team and in the NBA after nearly 30 years as a college coach.

Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization, according to a Wednesday Cavs press release.

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are ready to part ways with rookie head coach John Beilein. The 67-year-old is unlikely to rejoin the team when they return from the All-Star break on Thursday.

When the Cavs hired the longtime University of Michigan coach last May, WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto was cautiously optimistic that it could be good fit.