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Columbus Clippers Host Exciting In-State Rivalry This Week

A two-run home run by #6 Yu Chang in the bottom of the third was just enough offense for the Columbus Clippers as they defeated the visiting Charlotte Knights 2-1 yesterday afternoon.

The Clippers continue to sway right around the .500 mark in the International League standings. Buoyed by two wins in a row against the struggling Charlotte Knights this past weekend (8-4 and 2-1), Columbus needed those victories for—if nothing else—confidence as they face the formidable International League West-leading Toledo Mud Hens for a 4-game series at Huntington Park this week.

Unfortunately, fans in Columbus will no longer enjoy the talent of outfielder Melky Cabrera as he’s been called up to the Major League’s Cleveland Indians.

The Columbus Clippers (20-21) play the Toledo Mud Hens (28-13) tonight at Huntington Park at 6:35 p.m.

Fans Want to #SaveTheCrew While MLS Teams Can’t Beat the Crew

This past Saturday’s rainy game between Crew SC and the New England Revolution was defined by some rough challenges by the hosts (I thought a blatant studs-up tackle was a red card?) and several scoring opportunities left wanting by both teams.

Crew SC’s #10 Federico Higuaín missed a great goal-scoring opportunity by kicking a field goal of sorts at Gillette Stadium from around the penalty spot during the run of play in the 9th minute.

Late in the second half—just a few minutes after a near-disastrous back pass to his goalkeeper #23 Zack Steffen that nearly gave the Revolution a gift in front of the Crew’s goal—defender #17 Lalas Abubakar totally redeemed himself. Mr. Abubakar headed home the game-winning goal on the road in the 85th minute from a corner kick delivered by #10 Federico Higuaín for a 1-nil Crew victory.

While Columbus Crew SC is rolling with three wins in a row as part of a six-game unbeaten streak, the catch-22 is that Crew SC has played more games than any other team in the Eastern Conference (13). There are many teams hovering above, at and below the Crew’s 24 points with games in hand.

Columbus Crew SC (24 points) play Sporting Kansas City (24 points) this Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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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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