Wizard World Comic-Con Once Again Takes Cleveland by Storm

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. CLEVELAND – It was another outstanding weekend for collectors and fans of film and screen and even wrestling as Wizard World Comic-Con was back in town with another great show at the Cleveland Convention Center.The event, held from Friday to Sunday, was full of great celebrity guests as well as tons of great merchandise from t-shirts to figures, Funko Pops, and artists showing off their prints.As usual a ton of fans came to the event over three days dressed up, taking in all the sights and sounds of the event as they waited for TV and film stars to take to the stage for pictures and autographs.This years stars included Anthony Mackie (Falcon from the Avengers movies), Millie Bobby Brown (NetFlix Hit Series ‘Stranger Things‘), Gene Simmons (of KISS fame), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Dean Cain (Played Superman in ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’), and Kurt Angle (Former WWE Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist). The event will return to Cleveland in 2018 – and will take place from March 23rd to the 25th. Click HERE to see some pics from last year’s event!Click the boxes for photos of the event from walking around Sunday afternoon. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Related TopicsAnthony MackieGene SimmonsJennifer CarpenterKurt AngleWizard World Comic-Con Matt Loedelast_img read more

USC’s A’ja Wilson off to a fast start

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Coming in as the best high school player in the country, there were big expectations for South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson.South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley speaks to South Carolina player A'ja Wilson during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four tournament women's college basketball semifinal game, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina plays Notre Dame Saturday in a semifinal game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley speaks to South Carolina player A’ja Wilson during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four tournament women’s college basketball semifinal game, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina plays Notre Dame Saturday in a semifinal game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)The Gamecocks freshman didn’t disappoint, helping the team advance to the Final Four while picking up a bundle of awards along the way.Early in her sophomore season, Wilson has taken her game to another level.Having already been named most valuable player of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown and earning back-to-back Southeastern Conference Player of the week honors is playing the way USC coach Dawn Staley envisioned.“She is playing like she understands what we want,” said Staley. “Last year it was like we were speaking Chinese to her. This year she understands how to make an impact on both sides. She understands how to get easy scores.”Wilson will have to be at her best on Sunday when the second ranked Gamecocks host the 13th ranked Duke in the Colonial Life Arena at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.She enters the contest confident with the way she is playing.“I do feel a lot more comfortable,” said Wilson. “I’m just letting it come to me. I’m not pressuring myself to do a lot of things. The coaches and my teammates are helping me not put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel I’m just opening up and being that sponge again like I was last year.”Wilson enters the game leading USC in virtually every statistical category averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.The Duke game is also special for Wilson as it marked the first time she put her mark on a big victory last season.With 1.8 seconds remaining in the game Wilson rebounded a Tiffany Mitchell missed shot and put the ball in the basket to give the then number one ranked Gamecocks a 51-50 win over the Blue Devils.“I just remember it being very chaotic,” said Wilson. “I remember the crowd getting us into it. I remember just the amazing fans.“But it wasn’t an easy game. I think that was the first ranked team we played. Since we have already played ranked teams, I think we’re kind of relaxed a little bit.”Things will be different this season as the Gamecocks have already defeated three ranked squads.“She is playing her best basketball right now,” Staley said of Wilson. “Hopefully it isn’t her best, but as far as in a Gamecock uniform. She is a stat filler. But, from a defensive standpoint, I am proud of the progress she’s making.“We know she can score the ball. We know she can rebound the ball. It’s just the defense that has been in question, night in and night out. But she’s slowly getting that part of it.”last_img read more