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Gordon Bombay would totally sport Scarlet & Gray this weekend

If you were a kid during the ‘90s, you may get chills of nostalgia from a video the #6 Ohio State men’s hockey team released as a promo for their Beat *ichigan Week and forthcoming two-game series at home against the #17 team up north this weekend.

Bucks vie (for wins) together! The puck for this highly-anticipated series in Columbus will drop tomorrow night at the Schott at 7pm and this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schott.

Crew SC Is More Than OK

Scoring machine Ola Kamara’s departure to the Los Angeles Galaxy (a club that tied for dead last in points in MLS last year) for USMNT forward Gyasi Zardes (26-years-old) and $400K in Targeted Allocation Money, was reportedly fueled by some combination of his desire to live on the west coast and likely by the uncertainty of the Crew SC’s future in Columbus beyond the 2018 season. But why leave the city that nearly hosted what would have (should have) been an epic MLS Cup for the ages a couple months back and a team that will continue to have the spotlight of MLS fans and commentators all season long?

Regardless, Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter is a deftly-skilled recruiter of talent who brought in Mr. Kamara (both Ola and Kei – the second time). And given Mr. Berhalter’s coaching success with forwards, it will be interesting to see if Mr. Zardes showcases a renaissance of sorts in central Ohio, even without the surname Kamara. Also, keep an eye out as to where Mr. Zardes will lineup on the pitch this season as it may or may not always be as a forward…

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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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