Z88 Sports Embraces the Madness!

The WZIP Sports team has decided to have a competition as March Madness has officially begun! The brackets have come out and so have the competitive spirits. But the Sports team has decided to add a little edge to their bracket pool. The winner will not only get bragging rights around the studio, but also a sports jersey of their choice! Now, lets breakdown all of the team’s Final Fours and winner:

Kyle Molinelli- Duke, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Deontae Shahid- LSU, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: North Carolina

Justin Miller- Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina . Winner: North Carolina

Neil Hassan: Duke, Michigan, Villanova, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Anthony Barnes: Duke, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Gonzaga

Jack Riedinger: Michigan ST, Florida ST, Wisconsin, North Carolina. Winner: Michigan

Zach Bush: Duke, Marquette, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeff Longville: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky. Winner: Duke

John Alfieri: Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeanette Spencer: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Tyler Lane: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Darnell Crider: Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter, @SportsPowerTalk, for live updates of our competition, as well as live on Sports Power Talk, every Sunday 11-12:30. And of course we wanna hear who you are cheering for. Let us know!

Heat Snuff Out Cavalier Comeback as Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Rolls Through The Land

The Cavaliers’ struggles continued tonight as they lost their sixth straight game. This time, facing the Miami Heat in what will be Dwyane Wade’s last visit in Cleveland. Coming off their loss on Wednesday against Boston,  the Cavs looked to spark some momentum off Cedi Osman’s best game yet as a pro, putting up a stat line of 25-8-2, and shooting 6-7 from 3 point land. For a while it looked like they had.

The game was back and forth, and neither team could gain consistent momentum heading into halftime. The Cavs pulled out a little lead at the end of the second quarter, but it was not to be maintained.

Even with forward Larry Nance JR. back in the rotation, Cleveland had no answer to stop the Heat’s bigs. Miami started to pull away, growing their lead to as much as 18 points, led by Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow. Sloppy ball movement and stagnant offense has plagued the Wine and Gold this season, and it seems to what cost them this game early, until two threes made by Colin Sexton and Alec Burks sparked a 13-1 run for the Cavaliers.

The Cavs made it close, but the just could not finish them off. Which seems to be a running theme for this team. The Heat took the win 100-94.

Cedi Osman completed another career high going 29-4-4, Sexton and Burks both contributed 13, and the big man Ante Zizic almost had a double-double dropping 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Miami, they were led by Justice Winslow going 27-7-2. Followed by Hassan Whiteside contributing a double-double having 14 points and 13 rebounds. As for Dwyane Wade’s last ride in the Q, he made it a good one, going 13-6-3, capped off by trading jerseys post-game with Colin Sexton.

Following the loss, head coach Larry Drew was asked about Cedi Osman’s  progress, and what is the team’ next step to finishing out these close games. This is what he had to say:

Video courtesy of Cavs.com

 

The Cavaliers will be back on the court Sunday against the Bulls at 3:30 as they look to earn their 10th win on the year.

Browns Send Falcons Flying Home to Give Greg Williams First Win as Head Coach

 

Written by John Alfieri:

The Cleveland Browns, 2-6-1 entering the day, hosted the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta came in at 4-4 and had won three straight after a 1-4 start. Many questions still surrounded the Browns as Head Coach Greg Williams and new OC Freddie Kitchens looked lost at times in their new coaching role debuts last week against Kansas City.

On their second drive of the game, Baker Mayfield rolled out of the pocket to avoid pressure and found Rashard Higgins for the the 28 yard touchdown.

In the second quarter after an Atlanta field goal, the Falcons drove down the field and Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones on a 1 yard bubble screen for the touchdown. Atlanta would go up 10-7 before Baker tosses his second TD of the game, this time to running back Nick Chubb, who got the start. Cleveland went into halftime leading 14-10.

The Browns kept the momentum going into the fourth as Mayfield would find his other running back, Duke Johnson, for the 13 yard touchdown. After a punt by Atlanta, Nick Chubb had the play of the game and ran 92 yards to put the Browns up 28-10.

The Browns defense also played well especially in the red zone and on third down. Atlanta has a chance to cut down the lead and went for it on fourth and goal at the 1 yard line, but came up short after a broken up pass. Matt Ryan looked very frustrated at times.

The Falcons did put more on the board as Ryan found his tight end Austin Hooper on fourth and goal to make it 28-16. Atlanta went for the 2 point conversion but the Browns stood tall once again and it was no good.

Cleveland would go on to win 28-16 and move to 3-6-1. Baker Mayfield had a terrific game going 17/20 with 216 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Chubb also had another explosive game as he had 176 on 20 carries and 2 total touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield said in his press conference that he “woke up this morning feeling dangerous”. When asked what has changed with the play of this offense, Mayfield responded, “ Guys believing, believing in themselves.Not hesitating, not flinching, juts going out there and doing their jobs.” The rookie quarterback is coming into his own and becoming the leader that this team needs

The Browns are on a bye this week before they travel to Cincinnati for a showdown with the Bengals.

 

 

In His Return To The Stage, Kevin Gates Does Not Disappoint

By: Ryan Ribinskas

     It has been almost two years since the Baton Rouge hip-hop artist last was on tour, three years since being at The Agora, but you would not think that with the way the crowd in downtown Cleveland came out to show their support for him on a cool Tuesday evening. With the lines stretching all around the venue, fans had been gathered in anticipation to see the ‘2 phones’ Louisiana artist perform. As like the previous dates on his ‘Luca Brasi 3’ tour, the Agora Ballroom was sold out too, that night.

                  
                                                                    via: @ryanribi

     The line would not fully die down until right before the opening acts were set to go on around 9 PM. With help from OG Boobie Black, Tokyo Jetz, and Yung Bleu, the fans of all ages were rocking the whole night. The range of fans that came out to mainly see Gates, was incredible. The ages ranged from what it seemed to be lower junior high, all the way up to mid 50’s. Coming into the show, I did not expect such a big crowd for Gates, especially after being off the music seen for the last year until recently being released from prison this past January.

     As soon as Gates stepped on stage, fans went absolutely nuts. He came out very emotional as he did a sample of a song off of his recent album ‘Luca Brasi 3’, and then took a moment as he just looked up in the crowd before continuing. He had a moment with the crowd inside the Agora Ballroom, like it was his first time performing, staring with a gaze in his eye, asking one simple question; “Cleveland, do you love me?” With that, the crowd responded with a mixture of cheers and “Yes!”

     Gates then proceeded to continue on with the show for another hour and half with songs off his new album, where me personally were shocked at how many people in the crowd had already known every lyric, again from young to old, they were really rocking with him heavy. Then he got into his hits from 2015, ‘2 phones’ and ‘Really Really’, in which Gates did not even have to perform a single word as the crowd went berserk and so did Gates up on stage to cap off another great sold out show.

     Knowing that being away from the hip-hop game for a little over a year seems like an eternity to artists, I would not be surprised to see Gates keep pushing his way into climbing up on the charts in the near future. Especially with how loyal and how diverse his fans are.

    via: @ryanribi