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OSU Men’s B-Ball: Will Playing on Friday Be Lucky (or Unlucky) for #13 Buckeyes?

First, #13 Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann was named the 2018 B1G Ten Coach of the Year. Second, Buckeyes star forward #33 Keita Bates-Diop was named the 2018 B1G Ten Player of the Year, as well as remaining in the hunt as a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Naismith Trophy. The latter recognizes the best men’s college basketball player in the country and Ohio State’s NBA-prospect has an impressive résumé to boast. Third, three Buckeyes earned All-B1G Ten honors: Keita Bates-Diop (First Team), Jae’Sean Tate (Second Team) and Kaleb Wesson (All-Freshman Team).

The second-seed Buckeyes will try to add more shiny hardware at this weekend’s B1G Ten Tournament in Madison Square Garden. #13 Ohio State will play Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network against the winner of tonight’s game between Northwestern and Penn State.

P.S. OSU fans are probably rooting for the Wildcats tonight.

OSU Women’s B-Ball: Will Playing on Friday Be Lucky (or Unlucky) for #13 Buckeyes?

Senior guard #3 Kelsey Mitchell, the B1G Ten Player of the Year as voted by conference coaches, will lead the one-seeded Buckeyes in the B1G Ten Tournament this weekend in Indianapolis. Like the men’s team, three Buckeyes earned first and second team All-B1G Ten honors: Stephanie Mavunga (First Team), Kelsey Mitchell (First Team) and Linnae Harper (Second Team). Ohio State will go into Indy on a 4-game winning streak and a dominating 25-point road win against Penn State.

The #13 Ohio State Buckeyes will play either the Boilermakers or the Scarlet Knights when they take the court Friday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse at noon on BTN2Go.

Crew SC Starts Working for the Cup (of Salvation Away from Anthony Precourt)

With forward #11 Gyasi Zardes acclimating well to his new Midwestern home and midfielder #32 Pedro Santos looking more comfortable in his second year with the club, the new-look Crew SC enter this season with some optimism. And with a healthy combination of new players – young and old – the Black & Gold will be an exciting team to watch. Also keep in mind that, quite possibly, the backbone of the new USMNT with a necessary phoenix-complex (goalie Zack Steffen, defensive midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes) is currently starring for Crew SC right here in Columbus.

It’s almost as if Columbus is a critically important soccer city in the United States…

Columbus Crew SC kicks-off their 2018 MLS campaign in a highly-anticipated matchup against the 2017 MLS Cup champion Toronto FC in Canada on the same BMO Field where their 2017 season ended. The game is this Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC 6 WSYX and Spectrum Sports.

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Columbus is a frontrunner to host return of the NHL in proposed plan

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With some teams telling players to report for workouts on May 15, the future of the current NHL season is still anything but certain. For now, it seems hockey commissioner Gary Bettman is eyeing a a plan to finish out regular season play by centralizing games at four locations. According to a report from the New York Post, Columbus and the facilities at Nationwide Arena are among the frontrunners being considered to host one of these proposed "quadrants," should the NHL resume play this summer.

Hockey blog thehockeywriters.com offers a deep-dive into the many factors that have put Columbus on the short list of candidates for this modified NHL season, including the abundance of hotels in the area of Nationwide Arena, the more-than-adequate facilities of the arena itself, and the encouragingly low number of Covid cases in Franklin County.

While it's still way, way too early to say whether or not this plan will move forward, it's encouraging nonetheless to see Columbus recognized as a frontrunner for the return of national televised sports. Just don't count on sitting in the stands with 80k of your fellow fans anytime soon.

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Memorial Tourney gets mid-summer date but will fans be allowed?

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It may be a little early to break out the polo shirt and comfy walking shoes, but the good news is that one the city's most visible sporting events will be held this year after all. The big question remains: will Gov. DeWine allow fans to attend?

Thursday, the PGA Tour announced The Memorial Tournament will play the week of July 13-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and feature an increased field from 120 to 144 players. The invitational’s one-time expanded field size allowance will provide additional playing opportunities for touring professionals in light of the TOUR’s reduced schedule.

“This is an unprecedented time in our world, as well as the world of sports,” said Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “I can’t emphasize enough the message related to doing your part by social distancing and helping our nation and world by slowing this pandemic. But while we all need to come together and be strong, we also need to be understanding and flexible."

Recognizing Governor DeWine’s Ohio Stay at Home order and public gatherings ban guidelines currently in place, the Memorial will proceed with an understanding that its operation may require alterations. The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will continue to offer patron badges, enhanced with a special offer that includes honoring original presale badge rates – starting at $185 for a weekly patron badge – and a complimentary $20 merchandise card (limit one per order, per household) redeemable at all on-site golf shops during Tournament week.

The Tournament plans to monitor the State of Ohio COVID-19 regulations and will employ changes relative to patron access if needed. If it is determined that the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will be staged without patrons, a full refund policy will be implemented.

“This has been a couple months we would soon like to forget, but hopefully we can make this a summer to remember," added Nicklaus.

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Goodbye Yellow and Black? Columbus Crew could change name

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With the announcement of the new downtown stadium in the post-"Save the Crew" era, the future of Columbus Crew SC seemed secure.

Now, a report from The Dispatch is once against casting doubt on the club's continued existence—at least in its current form. According to "sources close to the Crew’s front office," management is giving serious thought to changing the team name, colors, and logo by the time the new stadium opens in the summer of 2021.

For commentary on the situation, including a statement from a team spokesperson, read the full rundown at The Dispatch.

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