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Breaking baseball’s color barrier: Moses Fleetwood Walker, the true first African American player

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When it comes to Major League Baseball’s long history, Jackie Robinson is widely known as the man to break its color barrier. However, there’s another player who continues to get overlooked for that title and his name is Moses Fleetwood Walker.

“They are nothing compared to what Moses Fleetwood Walker was doing back then,” television producer Byron Motley said.

A writer for the documentary “The League,” Motley has spent a lot of time studying African American baseball players. Walker being one of them who has proven to be a Toledo revolutionary and whose stellar play on the baseball field remains mind-blogging to historians.

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WWE Raw coming to Toledo in June

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WWE will make a summer stop in the Glass City.

The Huntington Center will host the professional wrestling company’s flagship Monday night program, Raw, on June 10, 2024. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at the Huntington Center box office and, according to the Huntington Center’s website.

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What time is the Super Bowl?

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The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are set to square off in the Super Bowl Feb. 11.

The Super Bowl will be on WTOL 11, CBS. The announcers will be Jim Nantz and Tony Romo with sideline reporters Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn. It’s the first time the game is on CBS since 2021 for Super Bowl LV.

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Pro Golf Fairways to open third location in downtown Toledo

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Pro Golf Fairways co-owner and contractor, Robert Walsh, was at the driving range when he met his current business partner, Jeff Manore. The reason they met? Bad golf.

“About twelve, thirteen years ago I was golfing so terribly that I went to the driving range and one of the patrons I about hit, told me to go back to basics. I realized I didn’t know the basics, so I went down there, and Jeff was giving lessons, and the rest is history,” said Walsh.

Years later, Walsh and Manore have opened two multisport simulator locations in the area. Now, they’re welcoming another to downtown Toledo.

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Buffalo visits Toledo following Chatman’s 23-point showing

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Buffalo takes on the Toledo Rockets after Sy Chatman scored 23 points in Buffalo’s 76-59 loss to the Akron Zips.

The Rockets have gone 6-2 at home. Toledo averages 79.2 points while outscoring opponents by 1.3 points per game.

The Bulls are 1-3 in conference play. Buffalo has a 1-8 record against opponents over .500.

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Volleyball teams descend on downtown Toledo

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The Glass City Gauntlet Girls Volleyball tournament rallied together 120 club teams to downtown Toledo over the weekend, with the courts bringing everyone close to the action.

“Having 16 courts in the Glass City Center has been nice because we don’t have to walk too far,” said Eric Lazowski, Co-director of Five:1 Volleyball Club. “Some tournaments we go to, there are 120 courts, and you won’t get to see everybody.”

The tournament brings around 5,000 players, coaches, family members, and spectators to the city and includes players 18 and under.

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Italian Bowl to return to Toledo in 2025

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he Italian Bowl is slated to return to Toledo in 2025, event organizers say.

The 43rd Italian Bowl will be held in Ravenna in 2024 and back in Toledo, Ohio, in 2025. The Title Sponsor for the next two Championships is the Regional Growth Partnership.

A draft is planned for the 2025 season so that IFL teams can select an additional overseas player to add to their rosters, according to the news release.

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Toledo women’s basketball knocks off Michigan for second straight season

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For the second straight season, the University of Toledo women’s basketball team is victorious over the University of Michigan.

The Rockets took a 19-point lead into halftime en route to a dominating 69-46 win over the Wolverines in front of a raucous crowd of over 7,082 at Savage Arena, a regular-season record. Toledo led by as many as 26 points in the game.

Quinesha Lockett led the way with a game-high 20 points. Sophia Wiard also added 14 points and five assists. Sammi Mikonowicz, a Rossford High School graduate, finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds.

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Toledo football clinches MAC West title, punches ticket to conference championship game

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Last season, Toledo football was able to capture the Mid-American Conference championship, their first since 2017. Now, the Rockets will get the chance to go back-to-back.

UT beat Eastern Michigan 49-23 on Wednesday to clinch the MAC West title and punch their ticket to the conference title game.

The last time the Rockets won consecutive conference championships was when they captured three straight from 1969-71.

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Rockets basketball ready for 2023-24 season

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TOLEDO, Ohio — It’s a great time of year for Toledo sports fans, as the Rockets football team is standing at the top of the Mid-American Conference.

And next month, the University of Toledo’s basketball season tips off.

The Rockets are ready to land at Savage Arena once again for the 2023-24 season.

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