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NKU announces new athletic director

Jun 26, 2013
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Northern Kentucky University says that Ken Bothof has been named the school’s Director of Athletics.  He'll start the job on Aug. 19.  Bothof comes to NKU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has served as athletic director since 2002.

The University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium will soon be a construction zone.

UC's board has approved the more than $80 million upgrade plan.

Athletic Director Whit Babcock says construction will begin in December and should wrap up in August 2015. The university says it is considering playing its 2014 games at Paul Brown Stadium.

As expected, the board also froze in-state tuition levels for next year.

NKU set to name new athletic director

Jun 24, 2013

Northern Kentucky University says it will announce its new athletic director during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

There are three finalists:

Don't miss these upcoming run/bike/outdoor events

Jun 21, 2013

There’s never a shortage of runs and other athletic events around town. On this edition of The Front Row with Betsy Ross, you will hear about the upcoming Hyde Park Blast from organizer Cheryl Koopman; and October’s TQL Urban Race from Jo Wehage.

2013 Western & Southern Open coming in August

Jun 7, 2013

It’s fast approaching, and now is the time to make your plans. The 2013 Western & Southern Open runs from August 10-18 at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. Will Sikes, spokesman for the tournament, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about this year’s event.

Cincinnati Reds Update with Mark Schmetzer

May 31, 2013
mlb.com

Mark Schmetzer, author of The Comeback Kids: Cincinnati Reds 2010 Championship Season is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk Reds baseball.

Bengals Bowling Bash for Most Valuable Kids

May 24, 2013

The Most Valuable Kids program provides inner-city and high risk kids the opportunity to attend sporting events, concerts, plays and more by receiving contributions of tickets that would otherwise go unused. To help fund their efforts, they will host their Bengals Bowling Bash on June 8 at Princeton Bowl. Learn more about MVK and this event from Sherri Friedman when she's in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

Behind the scenes look at new Reds statue

May 22, 2013
Mark Heyne / WVXU

The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan.  Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya  is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio. 

If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work.  He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench.  He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe. 

Cincinnati Lawn Bowling Club

May 17, 2013

2013 marks the 100th anniversary for the Cincinnati Lawn Bowling Club, and they are spreading the word about this low-impact sport that has been around for centuries. Marty and Joe White from the club join Lee Hay to talk about the sport, their club, their playing location at the Little Miami Golf Center and to invite anyone interested in lawn bowling to join them for coaching and playing.

75 years of the Sharon Woods Golf Course

May 17, 2013

Sharon Woods Golf Course, part of the Hamilton County Park District, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary starting on Monday, May 27. Tom Bach, the course’s PGA professional, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to discuss the long history of the course, some of the special events happening during the anniversary week, and a fun bit of trivia as to which legendary golfer took the ceremonial first tee shot when the course opened.

Sally Jenkins is a veteran sports journalist, previously writing for Sports Illustrated and now as a columnist for The Washington Post. Her newest book is called Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective and it’s all about the life and current health battle of former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt. On this week’s The Front Row with Betsy Ross, Sally Jenkins talks about writing the book with Coach Summitt and how she is courageously facing the early-onset Alzheimer’s that forced her off the bench.

Golfers get help getting in "The Zone"

May 3, 2013

Dr. Gio Valiente is one of the preeminent sports psychologists working today, focusing specifically on performance counseling with golfers. He has worked successfully with names such as Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose, and he is sharing some of his tips and techniques to help golfers at all levels in a new book. Dr. Valiente is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to discuss Golf Flow, which discusses the athletic concept known as “the zone” and how to achieve the success that brings.

Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network banquet

Apr 26, 2013

The Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network (CSPN) annual banquet takes place on Wednesday, May 8 with awards being presented to Marty Brennaman, Bob Castellini, Walt Jocketty, Dave Lapham and more. UC’s new head football coach, Tommy Tuberville, will be the guest speaker.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Flying Pig Marathon organizers say they're taking extraordinary measures to reassess and strengthen security plans.

There will be a larger police presence and extra volunteers to watch out for anything suspicious.

Executive Director Iris Simpson-Bush says everyone is encouraged to bring less.

Participants will have to put items in clear bags if they want them transported from the start line to the finish. Spectators with bags are being warned they could be subject to search.

How NASCAR aims to reduce its carbon footprint

Apr 22, 2013
Kentucky Speedway/Scott Tengen

As Kermit the Frog so wisely noted, it's not easy being green, but in NASCAR's case, the stock car racing association is trying to drive more sustainable behavior with two programs that were launched this month.

Both programs aim to capture the carbon produced by on-track activity. 

Kentucky Speedway spokesman Tim Bray says the track in Sparta is taking part in the programs as it has in  previous years.

Olympic Gold Medalist Heather Mitts

Apr 19, 2013

Cincinnati native and Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about last year’s gold medal team, her recent retirement from soccer, being inducted into the University of Florida’s Gator Athletic Hall of Fame, this summer’s soccer camp in West Chester and her appearanc

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

The Reds game last night was postponed in the ninth inning because of heavy rain.  The score was 0-0.  The Reds announced the game against the Phillies, will begin again tonight at 5:30. 

Fans with tickets to last night’s game will need to exchange them for tomorrow night’s game only, location subject to availability. Fans who exchange their tickets can watch both the conclusion of last night’s game, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., and today’s regularly scheduled game, which will not begin before 7:10 p.m..

Joel Luckhaupt is a statistician on the Cincinnati Reds TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio, and is co-author of The Wire-to-Wire Reds, all about the 1990 championship season. He has a new book out,100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, part of the popular series of 100 Things books, and he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about his favorite team.

Northern Kentucky University says fired athletic director Scott Eaton had inappropriate, intimate relationships with four university employees, including two women he supervised, and one student in a class he taught.

Click here to read a letter from University President Geoffrey Mearns to Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann.

Author Robert Skead has been a successful children’s author for quite some time, but his new e-book finally puts together a story around his hometown hero, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, Johnny Vander Meer. In Catching Rainbows: The story of Johnny Vander Meer's Back to Back No Hitters, he pays tribute to the man who put Midland Park, New Jersey on the map. Robert Skead is on the phone and in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

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