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614Sports: Can CBJ bounce back from loss for Game 4?

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Over Time, Columbus Needs to Stop Spotting Washington Early Leads

Invigorated by a Washington Capitals goal that was overturned after review—an offside call—the Columbus Blue Jackets tied the score 1-1 midway through the second period courtesy of a sick goal by #18 Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Unlike the first two games of this wild series, the CBJ didn’t want to take any chances by possibly going down 2-0 for the third game in a row against Washington.

Unfortunately, the Capitals took their chance on a power play later in the second to take a 2-1 lead. But that lead did not last as a brilliant 2 v 1 downhill chase by the Blue Jackets resulted in a #9 Artemi Panarin equalizer at 2-2 less than five minutes into the third period.

But then in double-overtime (a given in this series), Washington’s #20 Lars Eller scored the winning goal to silence the crowd at Nationwide Arena.

Playing more than four full 20-minute periods of hockey last night, as well as a third consecutive game that has gone into OT, seemed to have caught up to the CBJ against a formidable Washington Capitals squad.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host the Washington Capitals again tomorrow night at Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio and the USA Network in Game 4 of the first-round in the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs with a 2-1 series lead.

Columbus Clipped by One Run for Two Losses in a Row

While baseball understandably played second fiddle to the Blue Jackets last night (attendance was in the hundreds), the Columbus Clippers hosted the Pawtucket Red Sox down the street at Huntington Park on a very chilly evening. Falling behind 3-2 after only two innings, the Clippers tied the score after the third. However, the Red Sox quickly tacked on the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.

With two consecutive losses at home that drops Columbus into the basement of the International League West standings, the Clippers (4-7) need to take advantage of home field advantage tonight before hitting the road for a week in Rochester and Scranton.

More bad news: Clippers first baseman Mike Napoli injured his left knee. An MRI will determine the severity of the injury.

The Columbus Clippers finish their 3-game home series against the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park.

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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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