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614 Sports: W-w-w-w-will this CBJ win streak continue?

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CBJ: W-W-W-W-Will This Continue?

What’s wilder: The Columbus Blue Jackets winning five games in a row by scoring 21 goals and conceding just 11, or being a mere two-points shy of third place in the competitive Metro Division? Maybe the answer is both in equal measure.

Columbus defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at home last night with five different scorers. And with 12 games remaining and a maximum of 24 points remaining on the table (well, ice), a late-season winning streak is precisely what the CBJ needs. This goes not only for qualifying for the NHL playoffs, but also in earning as high of a seed as possible. And consider this: If the Blue Jackets win out, then Columbus would tie NHL history with the longest overall winning streak at 17 with the ’92-’93 Pittsburgh Penguins (last season CBJ won 16 in a row) and have the opportunity to own that record outright with an opening game win in the postseason. Just saying.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (79 points) travel to the city of Barry “Big Tasty” Goldberg to battle the Philadelphia Flyers (third place in Metro Division with 81 points) this Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

Jackrabbits, Colonials and Buckeyes Walk into Basketball Arenas…

With something to prove after the loss to Penn State in the final seconds of their B1G Ten Tournament game, the Buckeyes enter March Madness hungry to hopefully start the most rewarding winning streak of the season. With star #33 Keita Bates-Diop, as well as several starters and players coming off-the-bench who can score in bunches on any given day, Ohio State can be tough to prepare for in a tournament setting. And as long as OSU head coach Chris Holtmann doesn’t seek any outside advice from the TBS Selection Show producers (what was that?), the Buckeyes will have a great chance to clear the first and often tricky hurdle in the NCAA Tournament against an unfamiliar, yet formidable opponent from the Mount Rushmore state.

The 5-seed in the West bracket Ohio State men’s basketball team travels to Boise, Idaho to battle the 12-seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Thursday afternoon at the Taco Bell Arena (yo quiero Chipotle) at 4 p.m. ET on TNT.

Selection Monday revealed the Ohio State women’s basketball team is the 3-seed in the Spokane Regional. #3 Kelsey Mitchell leads the Buckeyes into an NCAA Tournament that has historically tripped-up past Ohio State women’s basketball teams with impressive regular seasons. Can OSU finally power through for an unforgettable run in 2018? Many Buckeyes fans are hoping so, since this year’s Final Four is in Columbus, OH-IO.

The 3-seed Ohio State women’s basketball team hosts the 14-seed George Washington Colonials this Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena at 1 p.m. on ESPN 2.

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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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