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Bearcats Basketball Games 2, 3 & 4

UC hosts College of Charleston... 66-57 win for the Bearcats.

UC hosts College of Charleston… 66-57 win for the Bearcats.

Got 3 more Cincinnati women’s basketball games under my belt as a color analyst… I’m loving it. Especially after calling today’s Crosstown Classic game between Xavier and UC. For those who don’t know, the two are rival schools, both in Cincinnati, and match up every year in this crosstown battle. XU has won the past 3 but Cincy leads the series 22-13.

Today’s Crosstown Classic was unbelieveable and reminded me exactly why I fell in love with this game. It was an unreal double overtime thriller, that unfortunately ended in a Cats loss. Props to Xavier for the amazing comeback, but it killed me to see UC lead the entire game until the last 15 seconds of regulation and then lose in 2OT. Heartbreaking loss for the Bearcats but it was an incredible atmosphere. Also, was a very cool feeling to call a game that included multiple girls I played against and a fellow alum of my AAU program. I’m so blessed to still work around the game I love.

Oh yeah… and this next picture is from UC women’s basketball’s  “Jimmy Buffet Night” at Fifth Third Arena. I use quotations because there was nothing Jimmy Buffet about it. I did try to stop at Party City to buy leis for Scott & I to wear and they only had ONE… so maybe UC had the same problem and cancelled Jimmy Buffet Night altogether? …poor Jimmy.

UC vs Morehead State... "Jimmy Buffet Night" - not pretty but pulled out a 55-45 W.

UC vs Morehead State… “Jimmy Buffet Night” – not pretty but pulled out a 55-45 W.

CROSSTOWN CLASSIC... in black & white... because I wore purple to XU vs UC? Rookie move.

CROSSTOWN CLASSIC… in black & white… because I wore purple to XU vs UC? Rookie move.

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I love my city.

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Men: Thank the women for the W&SFG Expansion

John Isner called the Western & Southern Financial Masters new facility “amazing” and said it’s one of the best on the tour. He and the rest of the men can thank the women for that.

This year has brought a new addition to the facility at the tournament, which includes a new players’ lounge, locker rooms, players’ dining, interview rooms and a whole floor for media.

Players' Dining Hall in the Windowed Overhang

New Covered Seating

Players' Lounge Entrance

So why should the men thank the women? Well, obviously the men benefit from the facility too, but it’s next year’s change in tournament schedule that inspired the addition. Next summer, the men’s and women’s tournaments will merge into one tournament in August. The tournament’s new status will draw the biggest names of tennis to Cincinnati. Without all these top women coming to the W&S Open, I’m not sure that the new addition would have been built.

Cincinnati has drawn the top men in the sport for years now. And while Serena and Venus Williams have both played here in summer’s past, 2010 is the first year Maria Sharapova attended. She may not be the top-ranked player, but her fame has outgrown her ranking. There was a lot of excitement about her arrival here in Cincinnati, with many people considering her the sign that the tournament has made it big.

In a press conference the other day, the specific plans for expanding the grounds of the tournament for next year were announced. The expansion will include:

  • Six new courts
    • One court with a seating capacity of 4,000 that will serve as a third television court for the 2011 combined event
    • One court with a capacity of 2,500
    • Four additional courts
  • A 2,750-square-foot enclosed ticket office
  • A 10,000-square-foot entry plaza with a 30-foot by 60-foot canopy and 9 gates

The new footprint of the Tennis Center will span 19.0 acres, up from 13.6 acres in 2010. The expansion will stretch to the North and East of the current grounds.

Also it was announced, the 52,000-square-foot structure will officially be named the “Paul Flory Player Center,” in honor of the tournament chairman, Paul Flory. Flory joined the event in 1975 as tournament director and guided the event from a small tournament held at Coney Island to one of the largest in the world.

“Paul truly is a ‘players’ tournament director, and it is only fitting this world-class facility now bears his name,” said USTA President and Chairman of the Board, Lucy Garvin. “This building will forever honor the man who laid the foundation for this tournament’s great success.”

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Isner More than A Novelty – Cincytennis.com

Going to see Isner play tonight at 7 and hitting up the interview afterwards! Hmmm… maybe I’ll ask him for a date.

John Isner used to be best known for his height, which is not surprising, given he stands at 6-foot-9.

Things changed with his record setting 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68 win over Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Wimbledon.

But Isner should be know for far more than that. A former NCAA team champion at the University of Georgia, Isner’s enjoyed great success as a pro, especially in this, his breakout season.

After opening 2010 with his first career title in Auckland, Isner has since reached finals in Memphis, Belgrade and Atlanta, which has helped propel him into the Top 20.

Isner will begin his fourth appearance in Cincinnati on Tuesday when he faces Lukasz Kubot in the night session at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

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Maria Sharapova just does it

Ever wonder how the Nike star gets in shape to play? Well, here’s a video that gives a quick preview into how the W&S Women’s Open finalist has been training while here in Cincinnati.

Check out my Twitter page later (@KaciKust) for pictures and updates from the Finals later today between Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters!

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The boys are in town!

They’re here! One of my first athlete crushes, Andy Roddick, and the one who recently replaced him (John Isner) have arrived in Cincinnati. Here’s a couple pictures of Andy practicing, and John signing autographs at the tournament today and yesterday.

Now, who’s gonna help me meet John while he’s here? … I wouldn’t complain about a date either.

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Nike vs. Adidas at the W&S Women’s Open

Tennis is always a fun sport in terms of fashion. And when I was at the W&S Women’s Open here in Cincinnati yesterday, I was having some outfit envy. Two women/dresses stood out to me in particular: Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.

Usually, in my mind, the Nike vs. adidas battle is easily won by Nike every time. And as much as I love Maria Sharapova and the fun fashion she brings to the sports world through tennis, I think Ana Ivanovic and adidas may have her beat. I love both outfits, but I think it’s Ivanovic/adidas’ colors (okay, really the shoes… I know, typical girl) that give them the lead. Who’s outfit did you like best?

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Best. Ballpark. Ever.

In Chicago this week. Got to make a quick drive past my favorite ballpark! Of course, being from Cincinnati I cheer for the Reds (still in first place in NL Central!). But nothing beats Wrigley.

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Bengals’ Quan Cosby gets quicker with Ignition

Cincinnati Bengals’ Quan Cosby has aspirations to be not only a returner but also a slot receiver for his team this year, and he turned to Ignition for the help he needed. Cosby talked with Coach Clif Marshall about spending his four weeks off working on his speed and quickness. He’s been in at Ignition as much as possible lately, getting in sand, boxing, linear and agility workouts. Everyone at Ignition is proud of the progress he’s made and wishes him the best of luck this season. Check out the article about Cosby and Ignition in the Dayton Daily News at the link below!


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