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614 Sports: OSU Men’s shocking win, CBJ losing streak

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Here’s the latest commotion in the 614 sports-o-sphere.

It Was “Boiler Up!” at Purdue, but OSU Put the Hammer Down

Excitement boiled over late Wednesday night as #14 Ohio State men’s basketball (21-5, 12-1) took control of the driver’s seat in the Big Ten by shocking the #3 Purdue Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1) in the rockin’ Mackey Arena 64-63. Despite trailing by double-digits in the second half, plus dealing with foul trouble from stars Kaleb Wesson and Jae’Sean Tate, the Buckeyes clawed back until the very end. Keita Bates-Diop’s second-chance effort with 2.8 seconds left in the game was the go-ahead bucket after Purdue’s 7-2 giant Isaac Haas missed a dramatic fade-away in the closing moment. Purdue’s 19-game winning streak was snapped as a result of OSU’s relentless effort, a surprisingly efficient smaller lineup, and balanced scoring from its starters and players off the bench. Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes have now bested a top-3 team for the second time this season. Be sure to check out The Ohio State Buckeyes as they host the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

P.S. After winning a Divided House bet, Boilermakers are on me this weekend.

Washington Capitals (Last-Minute) Punishment Against CBJ

In a game that was unfortunately capped by Washington’s Nicklas Bäckström’s 200th NHL goal in the final minute of action, the Blue Jackets (58 points) lost 3-2 to the Capitals (67 points) Tuesday night in Columbus. The CBJ will be hoping it’s not déjà vu in their trip to Washington tomorrow. Nursing a 4-game losing streak, the Blue Jackets need a statement win to turn their luck around. The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Washington Capitals tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena on Fox Sports Ohio.

Crew SC: A Hashtag’s Movement from the Digital Space to a Practical Effect

“The Community Kit” by the #SaveTheCrew movement revealed yet another component of their customized jersey today.

(Image can be found on #SaveTheCrew’s twitter account)

While the Crew SC relocation issue remains in flux, the determination of fans to keep their soccer club in its central Ohio home remains steadfast and inspiring. And while social media has its fair share of positive and negative aspects, it just may be a leading partner in saving a massive city’s sports team and, ultimately, America’s soccer capital and identity.

Find out more at savethecrew.com

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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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