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614 sports: Marvelous Snyder-man, OSU men on a roll

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Marveling at Snyder-Man

It may surprise people that one of the greatest athletes on Ohio State’s campus doesn’t wear football pads on Saturdays. This person might be largely unknown, unless you’re a wrestling fan and/or compete against him where he’s internationally known as a larger-than-life force: the mat. Buckeyes senior wrestler Kyle Snyder’s decorated trophy room includes two NCAA titles and a legacy-defining Olympic gold medal. This past Sunday, Mr. Snyder (aka “Snyder-Man”) entered the Schott’s center mat in-between towering fireworks like Dave Grohl at Wembley Stadium to an adoring crowd that cheered on its world-class gym rat. Fittingly for his final match in Columbus, this athletic heavyweight-class beast for the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes took down Stephen Holloway of the #4 Iowa Hawkeyes in a Senior Day atmosphere possibly unlike any other for a wrestler at Ohio State.

Buckeyes Hold Off Children of the Corn

If Charlie Sheen hadn’t made the word “winning” infamous, #13 Ohio State’s men’s basketball could make that their team’s mantra right now. Eight wins in a row and 13 victories in their last 14 games have Ohio State (18-4, 9-0) marked as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten and the country, as well as partly responsible for our recent heat wave. The Cornhuskers gave Chris Holtmann’s team all they could handle in the Schott last night, but Ohio State pulled out a narrow 64-59 win against Nebraska (14-8, 5-4) led by 20 points from forward Keita Bates-Diop and 17 points from fellow forward Jae’Sean Tate. The Buckeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5) this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

 

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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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