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Clippers Turned the Tide Against the Norfolk Tides

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Norfolk Tides 1-0 yesterday in Virginia, as well as winning 10-2 this past Saturday after losing 8-1 in the first game of the road series this past Friday.

Seven wins out of the last nine games have propelled the Clippers to just two games behind the International League West-leading Indianapolis Indians.

One run in the top of the first was enough for Columbus in Sunday’s game. Clippers pitcher #45 Adam Plutko earned his seventh win of the season while #50 Jon Edwards earned the save in yesterday’s 1-0 win.

The Columbus Clippers (63-56) start a 7-game home stretch, beginning tonight with a 3-game series against the Rochester Red Wings (53-64). The first pitch of the series against Rochester is tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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#11 Gyasi Zardes Just Tapped It in for a Crew Win

Columbus Crew SC earned three critical points in its third consecutive victory this past Saturday night with a dramatic 1-nil win against the visiting Houston Dynamo at MAPFRE Stadium that featured several chances left wanting for both teams.

Crew SC’s #7 Pedro Santos nearly scored in the 30th minute when his shot from about 20-yards out hit the post. #13 Mike Grella missed a great chance for Columbus in the 52nd minute from inside the 18 when his shot went wildly wide. The Crew’s goalie #23 Zack Steffen kept the clean sheet, which included a big save in the 73rd minute.

However, it was the Crew’s #11 Gyasi Zardes who showed up in the 91st minute with a game-winning tap-in after settling the ball down from his chest from a cross by #25 Harrison Afful.

Columbus Crew SC’s new–yet old–#9 Justin Meram came off the bench in the 60th minute. While he did not score or garner an assist, he did return as a hometown favorite in front of an announced crowd of 15,891.

Columbus Crew SC (39 points) play Atlanta United FC (48 points) on artificial turf inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium this Sunday at 4 p.m.

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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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