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Tennis for everyone

Of the 176,000 visitors to the Western & Southern Open last year, all 50 states were represented and so were 20 countries. Organizers say the tournament goes out of its way to make international visitors feel welcome with special greeters at CVG and information booths staffed by multilingual volunteers.

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the five former players nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, and it’s time for fans to cast their votes. Howard Wilkinson welcomes Rick Walls from the Hall into the studio to talk about the voting process and this year’s nominees: Jeff Brantley, John Franco, Danny Graves, Ken Griffey Jr., and Reggie Sanders.

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers are hoping the "Road to Rio Runs through Cincinnati." That's the slogan for their bid to host the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.

Ryan Hall won the 2008 trials and placed 10th in Beijing. He's helping with the bid and race course design. Hall says Cincinnati has great energy.

Bengals Preview

Aug 7, 2013

Serious Reds fans will know the name Gene Bennett. He was a long-time scout for the team, responsible for finding such great players as Don Gullett, Chris Sabo and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for the team. He retired in 2011 after 58 years with the team, but still stays active in the game with his Gene Bennett Classic, a gathering of young, talented baseball players at Shawnee State University, hoping to get a look by pro scouts. Gene Bennett talks about his long career and some of the great players he’s been associated with in an interview with Mark Heyne.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Camera crews are in Cincinnati to shoot the Cincinnati Bengals training camp for the HBO series Hard Knocks.  They'll be putting in a lot of time and effort as they record the daily routines of the players and coaches for the sports-based reality show.

W&S Open

The biggest names in tennis will grace center court this summer at the Western & Southern Open. Officials say Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will compete on the men's side. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na will compete for the women's title.

Here's the full release:

Holly Yurchison

They stand in a long line, a sea of pensive faces stretches across a wide green field. Every eye is trained down range at small yellow, red and blue targets.

The giant archery competition being held this weekend at Joyce Park in Hamilton is actually three competitions in one: The U.S. National Target Championships, The U.S. Open and the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Nationals. More than 700 people from across the country are competing.

If you want to be nationally ranked, or make it to world or Olympic competition, you must shoot here.

X celebrates entry into Big East

Jul 1, 2013
Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Xavier University sees a lot of benefits, athletic and otherwise, as it enters the Big East Conference.  Lots of X fans, students and supporters packed Fountain Square Monday afternoon as the university officially joined the 10-team league.  Among them was Jay Skeldon, who started the Musketeer Madness website as a student in 1997.

"What's happening today with the Big East and being part of such a great conference with such great tradition, great teams, like-member institutions, is just phenomenal," he said.

The coaches' take

Summer exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame

Jun 28, 2013

Chris Eckes, the operations manager and chief curator of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about a couple of the current exhibitions, including the salute to Joe Morgan and the display of autographs from the entire history of the ball club, and the few that have eluded him.

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
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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.

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