At 5p.m. EST, Jay Z is expected to announce the relaunch of music streaming app, “Tidal”. Jay Z bought the company for $54 million. Jay Z is expected to reinvent the app to compete with other popular music streaming apps like Spotify. Services on the app can be bought for $9.99 for standard definition and $19.99 for high definition. Time will tell if this will be a relevant, profitable step towards what some artists call not enough financial profits from streaming music platforms.
Name: Terry W Rabbitts
Major: Communications Radio/TV Minor: Associates Degree of the Arts
Date of Birth: January 15
Year in School: Senior
When did you start working for WZIP/ZTV: Fal 2012
Primary Dept. WZIP: Underwriting
Best Memory so far of WZIP/ZTV: 2015 Mac Tournament
Your favorite place to visit: Las Vegas
You wouldn’t catch me dead: wearing anything Duke
I am most like this animal: Rabbit because take a guess
My hobbies include: Watching sports and debating with Ben
Favorite Ice Cream: Double Fudge Brownie
Favorite TV Show: Walking Dead
Personal Motto: I always treat as I am treated.
Favorite Quote: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Advice for New Members: Get involved and do as much as possible and have fun doing it.
Something No One Knows about you: It’s a secret.
Anything else you want people to know: I have been told that I look like Steve Jobs when we both wear black turtle necks.
“What if we were to write ‘Race Together’ on every Starbucks cup, and that facilitated a conversation between you and our customers?”
Starbucks CEO says in a video to employees explaining the campaign.
“And what if our customers as a result of that had a renewed level of understanding and sensitivity about the issue, and they themselves would spread that to their own sphere of influence?”
Starbucks encouraging race conversations might just be an epic move. Read more
Name: Cortez J Grayson
Major:Radio and TV Communication Minor:
Date of Birth: July 12
Year in School: Sophomore
When did you start working for WZIP/ZTV: Fall 2013
Primary Dept. WZIP: Sports and Promotions
Best Memory so far of WZIP/ZTV: Airing my first sports update
Your favorite place to visit: Washington D.C.
You wouldn’t catch me dead: Missing a Cavs game
I am most like this animal: Cheetah because I’m really fast
My hobbies include: playing basketball, hanging with friends, and playing video games
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla
Favorite TV Show: Everybody Hates Chris
Personal Motto: “If you work hard, it will all pay of in the end.”
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful by one measure.” – Timo Cruz
Advice for New Members: Get involved, work hard, meet new people, and HAVE FUN!!
Anything else you want people to know: I made it to regionals in track for my junior of High School.
By Terry Rabbitts
Ohio Slows Down Eastern Michigan in Women’s MAC Final
CLEVELAND, OHIO — Kiyanna Black dropped in 25 points and teammates Lexie Baldwin and Mariah Byard chipped in 13 and 12 respectfully as the Ohio University Bobcats find a way to end the Eastern Michigan Eagles run in the Women’s MAC Tournament Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
The 60-44 victory gives the Lady Bobcats (27-4) an automatic bid into the Women’s NCAA Tournament that starts next week.
The first half was an offensive struggle early as both teams had trouble finding the bottom of the basket. The lead was exchanged quite a few times until it seemed like the Eagles (22-12) had taken control at 23-17 with 2:52 left in the half behind Sweeney’s 16 points.
Ohio closed the half on a 8-4 run to narrow the gap with Baldwin leading the way with 10 talleys.
Eastern Michigan led at the half 27-25, but the Lady Bobcats started the second with a 15-4 run in the first 8:07 to gain a 40-31 advantage. Five different players scored during the run for Ohio.
The Eagle kept it close as Sweeney hit a trey and assisted on a Sera Ozelci jumper to make it 40-36.
The Lady Bobcats kept their poise and were able to stretch the advantage to their largest lead of the game at 10 at 53-43 with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Eastern were able to hold Ohio scoreless over the next 2 minutes, but only managed a Sweeney free throw during that time to keep it at 53-44.
Ohio’s Yamonie Jenkins drained a trey to give her team the new largest lead at 56-44 with 2:08 left and the defense held the Eagles scoreless over the last 4:15.
The sixth seeded Eagles had scored an average of 78.5 points per game in the first 4 games of the tourney. Sweeney and the rest of the team seemed to be running on fumes at the end of this one after playing 5 games in 6 days.
Bobcat teammates Black, Baldwin, and Byard joined the Eagles’ Sweeney and Kristen Sharkey (Buffalo) on the All-Tournament Team, with Black winning the Most Valuable Player.
Central Michigan gets Buffalo’d in MAC Mens Final
CLEVELAND, OHIO — Xavier Ford and Shannon Evans each poured in 18 points and four other teammates hit double figures as the second seeded Buffalo Bulls defeated the top seeded Central Michigan Chippewas 89-84 in the Mens MAC Final at the Q Saturday night.
With the win, Coach Bobby Hurley’s team punches their ticket to the Big Dance and waits to see their seeding and opponent Sunday during the annual Selection Show for the NCAA Tournament.
Buffalo started the game with Ford splitting a pair from the charity stripe and hitting a trey for a quick 4-0 lead.
Central’s John Simons quickly neutralized that with 2 triples and the Chippewas were briefly had a 6-4 lead.
A Braylon Rayson three pointer gave Central a 24-18 lead at the 9:03 mark as they tried to make a statement and steal the momentum.
But that did not stay that way as Lamonte Bearden dropped in a layup and a free throw to ignite the Bulls run that actually saw them leading 38-32 with 2:40 left in the half.
Fowler and Luke Meyer each scored and then the team traded baskets for a bit before the horn for intermission with Buffalo leading 42-39.
Ford led the Bulls with 11 points at the break, while Justin Moss (the MAC player of the year), still smarting from a twisted ankle from earlier in the week, added 6 boards. Fowler led all scorers with 13 and added 5 assists.
The biggest statistical difference in the first half was Buffalo’s 8 offensive rebounds to Central’s 3 which led to a 7-1 spread in second chance points.
The second half starts with Fowler hitting a couple of free throws and a Meyer layup to give Central the lead back at 43-42.
Buffalo fought back with a Shannon Evans bomb to give the Bulls a 45-43 lead right back at the 18:14 mark.
Neither team wanted to take control of the momentum at that point. The Bulls got a 3 from Wil Regan and a Moss layup to take a five point advantage only to have Central roar back around the 13 minute area.
The one thing that Central could do was take the lead, they closed it to 1 or 2 points on several occasions, but on possessions with chances to tie or even take the lead, the Chippewas would come up empty.
A couple of free throws by Moss and a 3 from Evans gave the Bulls a 66-60 lead with 7:58 left in the game, the largest lead in a while for Buffalo.
A Ford triple stretched the Bulls’ lead to seven at 73-66 with 5:53 left in the game, and another bucket by the senior forward after an offensive rebound kept the gap at 7 a minute later.
The offense was their 13th to 6 for Central still resulting in a 15-3 differential in second chance points.
The two teams traded baskets for a while until a Blake Hibbitts foul on a rebound and Moss connecting on 1 of 2 to make it 80-72 with 2:40 remaining. Jarryn Skeete sank a triple to extended the lead to 83-72.
The Chippewas were not done fighting as a Rayson trey and a steal and a layup by Rayshawn Simmons made it 83-77 at 1:59. A pair of free throws by Rayson made it 83-79 with just over a minute.
Central forced a Bull turnover and had a chance to cut into the lead, but Fowler misfired on a layup and the Chippewas were forced to foul from there.
Buffalo could not hit their free throws and gave Central more chances but they could not capitalize and a fast break dunk by Beardon gave the Bulls a 86-79 lead with 18 ticks on the clock.
Rayson canned another bomb to close the gap to 86-82, but finally Buffalo hit some free throws to close out the game.
The Bulls’ Moss finished with 10 points to go along with 11 boards. Central’s Fowler finished with 27 points and 9 assists.
Toledo’s J.D. Weatherspoon joined Central’s Fowler and Simmons along with Central’s Evans and Ford on the All-Tournament Team. Ford was named the Most Valuable Player.
by Terry Rabbitts and Sartaj Aujla
CLEVELAND, OHIO — Terry Rabbitts and Sartaj Aujla recap the Akron Zips Men’s Basketball team’s loss to the Buffalo Bulls to the final score of 68-59 in the Semi-final match of the MAC tournament.
by Ben Genet
CLEVELAND, OHIO — The Buffalo Bulls were able to hold off the resilient Akron Zips, as they beat the blue and gold 68-59. The Bulls will play Central Michigan tomorrow at 7:30pm for the MAC tournament championship at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bulls were led by forward Xavier Ford who put up a double-double with his 17 point, 11 rebound night.
Ford who was active not only on defensive rebounding but five of his 11 rebounds was on the offensive end. “My mindset was to get the offensive glass. They played 4 straight games… so I’m used that.” Ford said.
Bulls guard Shannon Evans was also a major contributor in the win. Evans who scored 14 points was equally as effective on the defensive end as he had three blocks and two steals.
“I wasn’t scoring really tonight. I tried to pick up on defense, just trying to do something to win.” Evans said.
The Zips who are a team that can shoot the three well struggled tonight from beyond the arch. As a team they were 7-30 shooting 23.3 percent. Reggie McAdams who is arguably the Zips best shooter was 1-5 from three. The Bulls knew what they were up against, as their perimeter defense was not allowing for open looks.
“I thought overall this was a hard fought game. Very difficult to score…” Buffalo Head Coach Bobby Hurley said. “I felt we did a great job at guarding the 3-point line for most of the night.”
After the first half the game was close as the Bulls only led the Zips 33-32. In the second half Buffalo came out looking to take advantage of Zips team that was playing its fourth game in five nights. The Bulls were able to jump on the Zips and went on a 6-0 run to start the second half.
Akron though would recover from the 6-0 run and eventually take the lead midway through the second half, but 16 fouls allowed for Buffalo to pull away.
“We had great energy to start the half, it had been our nemesis all season starting second half. We knew they would make a run at us, and they did.” Hurley said.
Zips freshmen point guard Antino Jackson, who has filling in for starter Noah Robotham who went down for the season with an ACL tear on February 21 against Miami of Ohio, provided a spark that led the Zips through the tournament for their three wins. Before tournament play started the Zips only had one win in their last eight games.
Jackson who has been playing his most minutes of the season seemingly ran out of gas as he only shot 2-13. Jackson was the only Zip to have taken double figures in shots and may have tried to do too much. Jackson seemingly was more willing to drive to the basket through double teams then he was to try to get the ball to an open shooter. Jackson would go the entire game without logging an assist.
“I just didn’t think he was very good tonight. He’s the youngest guy, just didn’t have it.” Akron Zips Head Coach Keith Dambrot said. “He tried, he just didn’t have it.”
Though the Zips season is over their season will not be defined by this game. A team that from the start lost one of their best players Demetrius Treadwell to suspension, the injury to their starting point guard Noah Robotham, and the 1-7 record to finish out the regular season, the Zips showed fight, and a never say die attitude that they can build on going into next season.
By Ben Genet
CLEVELAND, OHIO — The semifinals are over here in Cleveland Ohio and the men’s and women’s championship games are set go tomorrow here at Quicken Loans Arena.
Women’s Semifinal: Ohio 63 Buffalo 55
The Ohio Bobcats defeated the Buffalo Bulls by a score of 63-55. The Bobcats will advance on to the finals of the women’s MAC tournament tomorrow here at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bobcats were led by forward Lexie Baldwin as she put up 13 points along with seven rebounds. Baldwin’s play did not go unnoticed as she was named the player of the game.
Though the Bobcats won the game it was not an easy victory as their largest lead was the eight point differential of the final score. Going in to the second half the Bulls were only down 5 and cut the lead to 2 late in the second half. The Bobcats were able to play strong defense in the final 2 minutes and hit their free throws to put the game out of reach.
The championship game will be tomorrow as the Bobcats will play either Ball State or Eastern Michigan.
Women’s Semifinal: Eastern Michigan 73 Ball State 61
The six seeded Eastern Michigan Eagles run continues as they beat the second seeded Ball State Cardinals 73-61.
The Eagles jumped on the Cardinals early as they took a 42-27 lead in to the half. The Eagles offense was led by Cha Sweeney who had 18 points and 6 rebounds in the first half alone.
Ball State tried to make a run in the second half led by Nathalie Fontaine and Jill Morrison who combined for 36 of the Cardinals 65. The Eagles were able to cut the lead to eight but could not overcome Cha Sweeny who ended the game with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Cha would earn her second straight player of the game honors.
Men’s Semifinal: Toledo 66 Central Michigan 75
The number one seeded Central Michigan Chippewas beat the fourth seeded Toledo rockets by a score of 75-66. The Chippewas will move on to the Championship game tomorrow night to take on the winner of Akron vs. Buffalo.
Central Michigan was led by guard Chris Fowler who had no problem scoring on the Rockets defense. Fowler scored 26 points on 12-17 shooting for the game.
Fowler would earn player of the game honors for his play as he finished the game with five rebounds, five assists, and two steals to go along with his 26 points.
To go along with Fowlers big night forward John Simons added 21 points and guard Braylon Rayson added 14 points in the victory over the Rockets.
The Rockets although they shot 42 percent from the floor did not get much of a contribution from senior guard Julius “Juice” Brown. Brown struggled all night shooting the ball as he didn’t record his first basket until there was only 3:29 left in the first half. Brown would finish his night with 13 points on 5-17 shooting.
by Terry Rabbitts and Sartaj Aujla
CLEVELAND, OHIO — Terry Rabbitts and Sartaj Aujla preview the upcoming matchup for the Akron Zips Mens Basketball teams against the Buffalo Bulls in the SemiFinal round of the MAC Tournament.
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By Sartaj Aujla
CLEVELAND, OHIO — Round 3 has come and gone, as another noteworthy day of the MAC tournament has come and gone.
WOMENS BASKETBALL: #4 BUFFALO 63 – #4 WESTERN MICHIGAN 60
The Buffalo Bulls defeated the Western Michigan Broncos in the opening matchup of Round 3 for the women’s bracket to the final score of 63-60.
The Buffalo Bulls advance to face #1 Ohio Bobcats tomorrow in the Semifinal round of the tournament.
Kristen Sharkey led all Bulls scorers with 19 pts, while Stephanie Reid scored 16 pts in the contest.
Western Michigan was led in scoring by Miracle Woods, with 27 points. Woods was the only player who scored in double digits for the Broncos.
Halftime ended in Buffalo’s favor with a 28-27 lead over Western Michigan. The Bulls would score 35 to the Broncos 33 in the second half to win the contest, 63-60.
MENS BASKETBALL: #4 TOLEDO 78 – #8 E. MICHIGAN 67
In the men’s bracket, the Toledo Rockets halted any flight from the Eastern Michigan Eagles to the final score of 78-67.
Toledo advances to the semifinal round to face off with the #1 Seed Central Michigan Chippewas in the semifinal round.
Nathan Boothe led the Rockets in scoring with 20 pts, while Julius Brown contributed with 17.
Eastern Michigan was led by Raven Lee who delivered 16 points in the contest, while Mike Talley and Karrington Ward scored 12 points each.
Toledo led by 9 at halftime to the score of 38-29 Rockets, while in the second half the Eagles just could not contain Toledo as the Rockets 40 points in the second half would send the game in their favor, 78-67