Marla Ridenour, The Columbus Dispatch

Marla Ridenour

The Columbus Dispatch

Akron, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Marla:

'I know where my heart is': Cavs' Caris LeVert hopeful of a contract extension

'You will definitely see a different me', Columbus native LeVert says as he envisions a summer and training camp with his new team → Read More

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen returns from injury, starts against Atlanta Hawks

Defensive 'anchor' Allen missed 19 consecutive games after fracturing his left middle finger on March 6 → Read More

'Incredibly humbled': Renee Powell receives inaugural Charlie Sifford Award

Powell was in the audience when Charlie Sifford became the first Black member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. → Read More

'Even more special': LeBron James reconnects with St. V teammates during NBA All-Star week

James thinks back to the last All-Star Game in Cleveland: 'To be here 25 years later is a remarkable thing. It's pretty cool.' → Read More

Mobley racks up stats, Tate makes game-winning shot during NBA Rising Stars competition

'It felt like the big stage,' Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley said of the rousing ovation he received during newly-formatted NBA competition → Read More

Opinion: Browns' season is on the brink due to COVID-19 — and team's missed opportunities

Missed opportunities put the Cleveland Browns in bad position and now they are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak as they fight for the playoffs. → Read More

He spins, he scores: Cleveland Browns rookie Demetric Felton gives a glimpse of his potential

'His role will grow,' Browns coach Kevin Stefanski says after sixth-round pick Demetric Felton of UCLA scores his first NFL touchdown → Read More

'It's contagious': Jarvis Landry's 97-second speech helped launch Browns' culture change

Landry 'sensed a lot of immaturity' as Browns' training camp off days sparked one of the two most emotional team speeches of his NFL career → Read More

Against banning shifts, Cleveland's Francona doesn't want to be told 'how to compete'

Cleveland manager Terry Francona against banning shifts, gives injury updates, dodges COVID after contact with Yankees Aaron Judge at All-Star Game → Read More

Cavs' Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA due to calf injury

Ongoing recovery from a 2020-21 calf injury prompted the five-time All-Star forward to withdraw from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics → Read More

The Phil factor: Will Mickelson's major victory postpone Champions tour debuts?

Phil Mickelson’s victory at the PGA raised questions of how it would play out in the minds of his peers who are about to turn 50. → Read More

'I'm still learning every day': Billy Mayfair copes with 2019 autism diagnosis

After period of denial following diagnosis of high-functioning autism, Billy Mayfair better understands his reactions, stressors. → Read More

'It's in the air': Back at Firestone, Jose Maria Olazabal reflects on course record 61

World Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal is one of four players to have posted 61 at Firestone South. → Read More

At age 61, Fred Couples is still chasing trophies, including first at Firestone

Fred Couples has finished tied for sixth or better in four of his last five events on the PGA Tour Champions. → Read More

Defending Bridgestone champion Jerry Kelly riding high after wobbly driver woes rectified

Jerry Kelly returns to Firestone Country Club this week, no longer cranking the club head of his unstable driver. → Read More

How a Purple Heart recipient with a prosthetic leg has changed John Daly's life

The vehicle he was driving in Iraq hit a 250-pound roadside bomb. Pulido swerved right, saving the lives of those with him. → Read More

Minimally conscious for three months, Ohio teen plays golf to help recover from stroke

After suffering a hemorrhagic stroke 3 1/2 years ago, Vinny Mercurio’s miraculous tale of survival is measured in modest steps. → Read More

Jim Furyk returns to course he loves on 20th anniversary of epic playoff with Tiger Woods

Furyk, 51, returns to Akron for the first time in five years for the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, one of five senior majors. → Read More

Nick Chubb, Denzel Ward hope to remain with Browns as contract extension talks begin

'Cleveland is where I want to be,' Chubb said as he enters the final year of his rookie deal; Ward under contract through 2022 → Read More

A terrace in Mumbai, a blanket and 95-degree heat: How Ivana Shah persevered and won the Dinah Shore Trophy

Ivana Shah stood on a rooftop in Mumbai, India, hitting golf balls off a welcome mat into a blanket stretched across the terrace by a rope. → Read More