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By the time thousands of basketball fans get into Dayton for the First Four NCAA basketball tournament this week, illegal sex trafficking encounters will have been set up there for weeks. Savvy traffickers know events that attract lots of people are an easy way to hide their illegal activity. 

Police are on alert, but traffickers try to stay one step ahead, advertising as far away as Europe and scheduling encounters in discrete places.

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The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s field is set as of Sunday night, and the local area is well-represented by the Cincinnati Bearcats and Northern Kentucky Norse.

When Elder hosts St. Xavier High School for basketball Friday night, Principal Kurt Ruffing says the atmosphere will be a lot different from a year ago when some students hurled racist chants at two players on the opposing team and called St. X fans by a homophobic slur.

When Kalin Bennett was young, medical experts told his family he might never walk or speak because of autism. During his senior year of high school, he was ranked as the No. 16 basketball prospect in Arkansas.

Bennett will bring his talents on the court to Kent State as the NCAA’s first autistic basketball player to sign at the Division 1 level.

Rick Pitino has an amazing record in college basketball. He coached three different teams — at Providence College, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He's a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Exploring 'Tigerland' With Author Wil Haygood

Aug 23, 2018
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During the 1968-69 school year, an all-black high school in Columbus, Ohio, won both the state’s basketball and baseball championships.

Maybe you're not a careful curator of basketball brackets. Maybe you've been depressed since your bracket (along with millions of others) was destroyed by the defeat of No. 1 Virginia by No. 16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Or maybe you've said to yourself already once this week, "If I hear 'Final Four' one more time ..."

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The Dayton Flyers' Men's NCAA basketball tournament run brought in more than just good press for the University of Dayton.

A study commissioned by two Dayton City Commissioners finds the team's unexpected success generated increased publicity for the city as well.

Harlem Globetrotter comes to Cincinnati and Kentucky

Apr 16, 2013
Sarah Ramsey

A Harlem Globetrotter dribbled across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge Monday afternoon.

"Slick" Willie Shaw, a Globetrotter for nine years started on the Ohio side of the Roebling Bridge and dribbled his way across using special techniques, arriving in Kentucky. 

At 6'6", Shaw towered over fans as they took pictures.

Shaw's appearance is part of "Globetrotter Week" in the Cincinnati region. The Harlem Globetrotters play at the Bank of Kentucky Center Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. 

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.

XU Head Coach Amy Waugh

Oct 5, 2012

Believe it or not, basketball season is just around the corner. As a matter of fact, the Xavier Musketeers women’s team has already started practicing. Head Coach Amy Waugh is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about the start of a new season and her expectations for her team in the A-10 this year.