Buckeye Beat

We start with hoverboards -- they're all the rage right now. I’ve yet to give the device a try, but I have a feeling I would end up having a #HOVERBOARDFAIL. 

Ohio University has banned hoverboards in campus buildings, joining the list of schools restricting use of the two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized scooters amid safety concerns. The school says that those found in possession of hoverboards inside OU buildings will be asked to remove them or risk confiscation. The university's Office of Risk Management and Safety also issued a safety alert advising users to be aware of hazards associated with hoverboards, including falls causing serious injuries or fires.

At Ohio State and Xavier Universities, students were told they could bring hoverboards only if they come with a seal showing the gadgets meet certain safety standards.

 

A new sporting event is heading to northeast Ohio and it promises to make waves in Lake County. The ParkOhio Offshore Power Boat Race is coming to Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor at the end of August.

Offshore power boat racing is a type of racing by ocean-going powerboats. And get this, they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour! The competition is expected to bring up to 50 powerboat racing teams from all around the world... and an estimated 40,000 spectators.

 

And speaking of summer sporting events, the 2016 Summer Olympics, held during August, will bring together the world's best athletes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And we might see some familiar faces. The NBA announced thirty finalists to represent Team USA in the sport of basketball.

And we've got some pretty great talent here in Cleveland that might make the final roster. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were selected as finalists to compete for a spot on the 12-player roster.

James, who already has three Olympic medals in his trophy case has said he might not make a decision about playing until the end of the Cavaliers season. But for now, the Cavs have some work to do if they want to bring a championship to Cleveland. That's a wrap on this week's buckeye beat. Let's toss it on back to another superstar -- Rick Jackson!

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