December 7, 2012 |
How's this for a big year: In the time since they started teasing their album "El Camino," two-piece rock band the Black Keys played "Saturday Night Live" twice, sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden, headlined Coachella and scored a Cadillac commercial. By the time they gigged two evenings at Staples Center in the fall, label bosses at Warner Music Group were waiting to surprise them with platinum records for "El Camino," their seventh record. The year culminated Wednesday night when the duo was nominated for five Grammys, including nods for album of the year and record of the year for the hit single "Lonely Boy," and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach was nominated in the producer's category.
August 2, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - President Obama long ago seized on Ohio as his top reelection target. He has bombarded it with a larger volume of TV advertising than any other state. And since launching his campaign - in Ohio, not coincidentally - he's given Ohioans more opportunities to hear from him in person than voters in any other battleground. On Wednesday, he returned to the state to frame the election as a choice between policies to benefit the wealthy and those that boost the middle class.
January 13, 2011 |
With his first draft pick as a professional head coach, Chivas USA's Robin Fraser resisted the urge to spring a surprise Thursday. The former U.S. national team defender made a defender his first choice for Chivas, selecting NCAA champion Zarek Valentin from the University of Akron as the fourth overall pick in Major League Soccer's 2011 SuperDraft in Baltimore. Valentin, the third of seven Akron players drafted, was the first defender chosen, and Fraser quickly explained why. "Zarek is a proven winner, he's a leader, he's very vocal, and he has a very good understanding of the game," Fraser said.
December 1, 2010 |
Ahead 22-7 in the fourth quarter, the funny little Zips of Akron reverted to form for a while. They gave up a late touchdown to Buffalo, then saw the Bulls recover an on-side kick and march to the Akron 17. But Buffalo lost a fumble and the game, 14-22. And Akron (1-11), by winning, lost its bid for the Bottom Ten title. Is there anything sadder than a last-game victory to mar a perfect season? Instead, the chumpionship went to vanishing Buffalo (2-10), which had previously pulled off crucial late-season defeats to Fum-Ball State (4-8)
November 24, 2010 |
One stumbling block stands between the University at Buffalo (2-9) and immortality. And "stumbling" is the correct word when you're talking about Buffalo. The Bulls rallied to fall, 17-21, to former Bottom Ten contender Eastern Michigan (2-9) last weekend and could capture the title with a timely loss to the funny little Zips of Akron (0-11). While purists might opine that Buffalo's two victories should eliminate it from contention, don't forget that Louisiana State's 2007 team won the BCS championship with two blemishes on its record.
November 17, 2010 |
Playing on a Wednesday, in the hope that no one would notice, Akron (0-11) fell to Miami of Ohio, 14-19. This was a big stumble for the Zips, who need only to lose to No. 10 Buffalo (2-8) in their final game to capture the Bottom Ten title. The Akron-Buffalo game is a week from Friday, a sort of day-after-Thanksgiving turkey. Meanwhile, No. 2 Eastern Michigan (1-9) will try to keep its fading title hopes alive Saturday when it plays, yes, the same Buffalo. Everyone wants to play Buffalo these days.