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In an article published this week the Ohio High School Athletic Association issued a stern warning to parents and fans, saying their bad behavior is pushing referees off the field. If they don’t have game officials, OHSAA warns, there will be no more games.

A national report finds 80% of game officials quit after their first two years mainly because of unruly parents and fans.

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Akron is hosting its 82nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby Saturday, where more than 400 competitors will race for college scholarships.

The event at Derby Downs begins with the first heat at 9 am.

President and CEO of the Soap Box Derby, Mark Gerberich, said it’s great to have another world championship event.

photo of Ohio State University Coach Urban Meyer at a 2012 game.
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A Northeast Ohio state legislator is proposing his own bill to make sports betting legal in the state. The proposal from Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) puts the Ohio Lottery Commission in charge of overseeing college and professional sports betting.

Greenspan said the commission’s involvement would make sports gaming a constitutional lottery game, and even give back to those who need it.

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Referees at sporting events are used to being heckled by fans but sometimes, they are victims of actual assault. A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature to address that problem.

Democratic Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) is also a college basketball referee. He says he hasn’t been assaulted by over-zealous fans but he’s aware of some of those situations.

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The state’s largest health system will be the official health care partner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), providing services at tournaments and championship events for the next three years. And the partnership goes beyond sports-related injuries.

Tyronn Lue
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue released a statement Monday saying he will be stepping away from the team to focus on his health.

Lue said he’s been dealing with chest pains, sleep deprivation and other complications over the past year. Despite multiple tests, doctors have been unable to give a diagnosis.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise.

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The Cleveland Browns' winless season hasn't just been hard on fans. Some local sellers of Browns merchandise say they've also taken a hit.

Note:Adrian Ma reached out to the Browns organization for some official numbers on merchandise sales, but they declined to release them. So, Ma went to Tower City mall in Downtown Cleveland to conduct his own, admittedly unscientific, market research. 

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It was a record-breaking night for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they sunk 25 3-pointers in a 123-to-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says no one anticipated the show the team put on last night.

JEFF ST.CLAIR / sports, soccer, injuries

Girls are up to 10 times more likely than boys to suffer knee injuries in sports like soccer and basketball.  Researchers in Akron have discovered that genetic differences help explain the disparity.

But in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that lack of proper sports training is also partly to blame.

 

Two teams of teenage girls scramble in a hard fought match in the sprawling soccer complex next to the expressway interchange near Lodi.

Fifteen year-old Bethany Jewell is from Salem and plays on the Keystone traveling team.