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Ohio State Gameday: Buckeyes open 122nd season of football against Akron Zips


Luke Fickell's debut as head coach is finally a reality (photo by

The Akron Zips make the 2-hour drive down Interstate 71 South to Columbus, Ohio this afternoon to take on #18/16 Ohio State at venerable Ohio Stadium.

Game time is 12 noon Eastern Time with ESPN airing the contest.

OSU is 6-1 all-time against the Zips. The Buckeyes won the last meeting with Akron, 20-2 on September 8, 2007 at Ohio Stadium.

The game will mark the official debut of Luke Fickell as the Buckeyes head coach. The Columbus, Ohio native is the sixth former OSU assistant coach to assume the school’s head coaching position.

Rob Ianello Zips head coach (courtesy of Akron athletics)

The Zips finished the 2010 season at 1-11, but will have 13 returning starters on offense and defense along with 35 letterwinners.

Rob Ianello is in his second year as the Akron head coach after serving as an assistant at Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Arizona and Alabama.

Defensively, junior linebacker Brian Wagner is the leader. A pre-season all-MAC selection, returns after leading the Zips with 130 tackles.

Sophomore transfer Clayton Moore has been named the Akron starting quarterback.

Moore who was signed by Ole Miss, arrives at Akron from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he completed 155-of-257 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 touchdowns last year while leading the Bulldogs the JUCO state championship and earned MVP honors at the Mississippi Bowl.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Quaker State Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway on TNT


Kentucky Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will make its debut in the Greater Cincinnati area on Saturday night (tonight).

NASCAR will be at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, which is 45 minutes from Cincinnati on Interstate 71 South for the Quaker State Kentucky 400. The race will be televised by the TNT network at 7:30 p.m.

The 400 will take 267 laps to run on the 1.5-mile track.

The asphalt track features a 70-foot wide racing surface with a 12-foot apron which turns into a 14 degree banked turns.

Ohio and Kentucky towers will increase capacity from 66,000 to 106,000. Newly configured pit road will be closer to the grandstands.

Greg Biffle won the first NASCAR-sanctioned event at the track by taking the Craftsman Truck race June 17, 2000.

In 2002, Todd Bodine got past Biffle by 0.036 seconds in the closest NASCAR finish in track history.

For more information on the race, go to


Kentucky native and former race car driver Darrell Waltrip is glad the Kentucky Speedway is getting a Sprint Cup race

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Reds recall Volquez, option Thompson to Louisville, transfers Chapman to Carolina


Edinson Volquez is back from Triple-A (file photo)

Daryl Thompson’s promotion from Louisville last just one day.

He heads back down Interstate 71 South as the Cincinnati Reds recalled right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez to start Tuesday’s night game against the Chicago Cubs.

Volquez pitched like his old self as he shut down the Cubs in an 8-2 win.

Volquez, who is 27, was the Reds’ opening day starter. But he fell to 3-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts after getting shellacked 12-4 on May 22 at Cleveland. The next day, Cincinnati sent him to Louisville, and he went 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts.

On the Aroldis Chapman watch, the Reds have transferred his rehab assignment of the left-hander to Double-A Carolina. He’s been on the disabled list since May 16 with inflammation in his left shoulder.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds