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Miami University is looking for a new women's basketball head coach.

The Redhawks have fired Maria Fantanarosa effective immediately.

"I want to thank Coach Fantanarosa for all that she has done for Miami in her 15 seasons as Head Women’s Basketball Coach," said Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler. "She has been a valued member of the Miami community, and we wish her success in the next chapter of her career.”

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According to the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Ludwick will have surgery Wednesday. This is to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder suffered after sliding headfirst into third base Monday.

It was in the third inning of the opening day game against the Angels.

Ludwick will go on the 15-day disabled list and a corresponding roster move will be made before Tuesday night’s game.

NKU picks interim AD

Apr 1, 2013
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Northern Kentucky University has named an interim athletic director as it continues its search for a replacement for Scott Eaton, who was fired last month.  Former Wright State University athletic director Michael Cusack will serve as the interim AD, starting April 15. 

Cusack retired in 2008, but since then has been teaching in the WSU Student Affairs in Higher Education Program and building the university's Sports Management Graduate Certificate Program. 

NKU let Eaton go, saying he had failed to comply with the university's ethical principles and code of conduct.

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Mention Pete Rose and you get mixed reactions.  To some, he's the guy who got kicked out of baseball for life for gambling.  To others, he's a hometown hero who got a raw deal and should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his achievements on the field.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Mar 29, 2013

With Opening Day on Monday, visitors to Great American Ball Park should also plan time to check out some of the new exhibits at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. HOF Executive Director Rick Walls is in the studio with Mark Heyne to talk about the autograph exhibition, and the salute to Joe Morgan display that will culminate in the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue on Crosley Terrace later this season.


The amazing win streak of the Miami Heat

Mar 29, 2013

This NBA season has been full of streaks and surprises. One streak that may not be a surprise is the run of wins put together by the mighty Miami Heat. Jason Jackson, Ohio native and former ESPN’er, is the TV host and courtside reporter for the Heat, and he is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to share his thoughts on the streak.

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Manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Joe Torre will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Reds opening day, on Monday.  In a release, the team announced the gates will open three hours before game time at 1:10 PM. 

Earlier the Reds Community Fund will sponsor a Charity Block Party on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way.  That starts at 11:00 AM.

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Pitching a tent in front of Great American Ball Park.  Braving the cold night ahead.  Reds fans who do this swear by, not at, the annual ritual for a number of reasons.  Dozens of them started lining up at 9 Friday morning for a shot at the 1,500 Opening Day tickets that go on sale Saturday morning at 9.  

Camaraderie seems to be one of the biggest reasons.  Everyone pulls together and behaves themselves.

"You come down, you make friends with people and you watch each other's backs and stand in line," said Jeff King of Florence, a 10-year veteran of the campout.

Last year The Cincinnati Reds won 97 games and were the National League Central Division champions. But the team went on to give up a two-game series lead in the playoffs to lose to the Giants.  

Join us Thursday March 28 at 9:20, as we discuss what’s in store for the Reds this season, and take a look at Opening Day events. You can send your questions or comments to impact@wvxu.org. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.

Cincinnati Reds: Spring Training Update

Mar 22, 2013

Spring training for the Cincinnati Reds is fully underway in Goodyear, Arizona so it’s time to get a sense of the 2013 season from Fox 19 Sports Director Brian Giesenschlag. He just returned from Goodyear, so he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross with some thoughts on the coming year, and the two main stories from this year’s spring training: moving Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation and the addition of Shin Soo Choo as the leadoff hitter.


UC expands sports scholarship programs

Mar 19, 2013
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The University of Cincinnati will reinstate and increase the funding to its Olympic sports scholarship programs. Starting this fall, the university says it will implement a plan to ultimately offer the full NCAA complement of grant-in-aid scholarships in each of its 19 sports programs. 

Northern Kentucky University has fired athletic director Scott Eaton.  University President Geoffrey Mearns said in a letter to the Board of Regents Monday that Eaton was terminated for failure to comply with NKU's ethical principles and code of conduct.  Mearns said the information he received required a swift and decisive response.  

Mearns laid out this timeline in his letter:

Kentucky Speedway Season Preview

Mar 15, 2013

With better weather on the way, racing fans in this area are beginning to plan for the upcoming Kentucky Speedway season. Lee Hay, an avid NASCAR fan, happily welcomes in Mark Simendinger, the general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, to preview the 2013 race weekends and especially this year’s third running of the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 29.


Using Squash as a teaching tool

Mar 15, 2013

Taking a new approach to positively impact the lives of some of Cincinnati’s at-risk youth, Neal Tew has opened the T Squash Center and implemented Queen City Squash, a scholastic squash league that will teach not just the sport, but sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility and more. Neal Tew is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to discuss his new eastside facility and their opening events on Saturday, March 16.


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Military flyovers have become a standard part of major sporting events. But now the military is telling its elite air units to 'stand down' because of the sequester.

That means no special appearances at popular air shows and no military flyovers at baseball games, NASCAR races or soccer matches.

The Air Force, for example, says the Thunderbirds are canceling all performances effective April 1.

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United States national soccer team member and Cincinnatian Heather Mitts is retiring. The 34-year-old, three-time Olympic gold medalist says it's time to move on to the next stage of her career.

Reds highlight Joe Morgan

Mar 12, 2013
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A new exhibit looks at the career of a Reds player many baseball experts consider the best second baseman in the history of the game.  Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Walls said the  Joe Morgan exhibit that started Tuesday is part of a season-long celebration of his baseball career.

"I think it's an inspiring story because Joe was once deemed to small to play," said Walls.  "I think he carries a little chip on his shoulder with that and wants to prove people wrong.  He did it his entire career."

Western & Southern Open Needs Volunteers

Mar 8, 2013

One of the truly great events the Cincinnati area hosts every year is the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. This year’s event will happen August 10 -18, and the real backbone of this successful tournament is the army of volunteers who help visitors, players and sponsors enjoy being at a world-class tennis tournament. Mary O’Connor, the volunteer coordinator for the Open, joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer with all the information about how to volunteer, positions available, and the perks that come with the job.


It’s March and that can only mean one thing: the college basketball March Madness tournament is near. But around here, University of Kentucky fans keep the madness going year round for their Wildcats. If you’re not sure you have the encyclopedic knowledge of UK basketball you would like, author Ryan Clark is here to help. He (along with co-writer Joe Cox) has written 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and he’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross. He’ll be appearing at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills on Thursday, March 14 for a talk and signing event.


Reds start selling single game tickets tomorrow

Mar 1, 2013
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Spring training is underway, next comes ticket sales as another sure sign that baseball season isn't far off.

Single game tickets for Reds regular season home games go on sale Saturday morning at 9, excluding Opening day on April 1.  

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