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In a sports writing career covering half a century, Hal McCoy crowns his own Hall of Fame career with his latest book, “The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.” The memoir of the team gives fans an inside-the-dugout look that never made the daily press. Veteran sports writer Hal McCoy and WVXU political reporter and avid baseball fan Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the book, Hal McCoy'’s years covering the Reds, and what really happened to Sparky.

For college basketball fans, we are going into the most wonderful time of the year. Conference tournaments are underway.  Selection Sunday for the college men's NCAA basketball tournament is this weekend and we'll have our eyes glued to the TV to see if our favorite teams make it in and where they get seeded. Soon many of us will fill out our brackets and March Madness will be in full swing. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition - June 6, 2014

School is back and college sports are starting up. Lee Hay spends a few minutes with John Spinney, coach of the women’s volleyball team at Thomas More College, talking about the growth of volleyball both in college and the pros.

The Reds Hall of Fame heads into a busy weekend celebrating its 2014 class.  Ken Griffey Junior, Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late John Beckley will be inducted into the hall Saturday evening during on-field ceremonies before the Reds play the Marlins.

Reds Hall of Fame  Executive Director Rick Walls compares the annual induction celebration to the Super Bowl or the World Series for the museum:

  

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Locals complete world's toughest foot race

Jul 27, 2014

 

  About 25 percent of major-league pitchers today have had Tommy John surgery. The procedure, in which doctors transplant a tendon from one arm into a damaged elbow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is named for the pitcher who first underwent the surgery in 1974. Dr.

SCPA teacher wins Badwater race

Jul 22, 2014
Badwater race director Chris Kostman

With extreme changes in elevation and high temperatures, the Badwater Ultramarathon is billed as the world's toughest foot race.  A Cincinnati runner has won this year's event in California.  38-year-old Harvey Lewis teaches social studies at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and said his accomplishment truly had not sunk in yet.

"It feels like almost a dream, especially because it's something that's been literally a dream for me to accomplish, and it's just a phenomenal feeling," said Lewis.

Four former Reds’ greats, three with Cincinnati roots, will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame next month: Dave Parker, Ron Oester, Ken Griffey, Jr. and veteran selection Jake Beckley.  Howard Wilkinson previews all the events surrounding the August 8-10 induction weekend with Executive Director Rick Walls of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

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It’s time again for the Kentucky Speedway to host the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Race at the track in Sparta. With a preview of what race fans can expect during the entire race weekend, both on and off the track, Lee Hay welcomes in Tim Bray, director of communications for the Speedway.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

While the U.S. is still primarily a baseball and football country, over the last three decades what we call soccer (and the world calls football) has become extremely popular here on the youth, college and professional levels. And it will be easy to spot U.S. soccer fans once the World Cup gets underway June 12.

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Flying Pig Takes Off This Weekend

Apr 29, 2014
Provided / Flying Pig Marathon

  This Sunday is the 16th running of the Flying Pig Marathon. But since its inaugural run in 1999, the Pig has grown and evolved into a full weekend of races, events and just plain fun, as runners, walkers, spectators, even pets, “get their oink on. We talk about this year’s Flying Pig, some history, and what the race means to the local economy, with Flying Pig Marathon Executive Director Iris Simpson-Bush.

Cincinnati Rollergirls Ready to Hit the Rink

Mar 28, 2014
Provided, Cincinnati Rollergirls

The Cincinnati Rollergirls have their first game of the season Saturday night at The Cincinnati Gardens. If you’ve never seen them, this is NOT your father’s roller derby, that staple of late-night weekend television. Played on a flat track, the action is up-close, fast, and fun. Team members Sydney Greathouse, player name Big Ugly, Jennifer Damron, Sailor Scary to her teammates, and Amanda Wilson, aka Mama Crass, join us.

2014 Opening Day Playlist

Mar 25, 2014

Opening Day in Cincinnati is like no other.  With the help of the Cincinnati Reds, we have curated a special Opening Day Spotfiy playlist to help get you fired up for the 2014 season.  These are the songs you'll hear at Great American Ballpark when your favorite players come up to bat.

Go Reds!

Play Ball!

Mar 25, 2014
WVXU, Tana Weingartner

  With a seemingly never-ending winter it’s hard to believe opening day is less than a week away, but the people are more than ready for our city’s unofficial holiday and the first game of the season.

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