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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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Big Ten sports will be conference-only come this fall

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Hold your beers, Buckeyes!

If you had plans to head out to Oregon come September to see the Buckeyes take on the Ducks, you’ll have to put your cooler back in the garage, because cross-country football road trips are on hiatus for 2020. 

According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN, the Big Ten Conference is going to announce conference-only play for fall athletics. You can read the official statement from the Big Ten here.

The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to announce the decision to scrap non-conference games. After losing non-conference games with the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is expected to make a similar announcement, according to The Athletic.

Some of the reasons behind a conference-only schedule include cutting down on travel while also making sure that athletes are being tested diligently for COVID-19.

There is support amongst Big Ten teams to keep one non-conference game, but the majority support a shortened 10-game schedule.

If this were the case, and basing it off of the original 2020 OSU football schedule, here is who the Buckeyes would match up against this fall:

  • vs. Rutgers on Sept. 26
  • vs. Iowa on Oct. 10
  • @ Michigan State on Oct. 17
  • @ Penn State on Oct. 24
  • vs. Nebraska on Oct. 31
  • vs. Indiana on Nov. 7
  • @ Maryland on Nov. 14
  • @ Illinois on Nov. 21
  • vs. Michigan on Nov. 28

As long as we get to beat Xichigan, right? You can keep an eye on the OSU football schedule here.

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Another professional Columbus sports team might see action this year

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While the Columbus Crew were sent down to Orlando to compete in a tournament to restart the season, the NHL is close to following in similar fashion, according to a report from ESPN.

According to ESPN, the NHL and NHLPA have finalized protocols that would allow for the season to start Aug. 1, with training camps resuming July 13. Play will occur in two hub locations, including Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as told to ESPN.

That means Columbus could see its beloved Blue Jackets back in action in a few short weeks. 

There’s more at stake in teams returning to NHL play than there are for the MLS teams competing down in Florida. If an agreement is reached, the NHL will skate right into a 24-team playoff.

That’s not before starting training camp, which has a target date of July 13. If all goes well, the Blue Jackets will travel to Toronto on July 25 or 26 to compete in exhibition games.

The playoffs would begin the following week with a qualifying round in which the Blue Jackets would face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five series. 

Players have the opportunity to opt-out of playing without being penalized. 

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No fans on the course, but The Bogey party will carry on for Memorial Tournament watch parties

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It’s a little more than a month later than expected, but Jack Nicklaus will once again host the world's finest golfers—minus their fans— at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin next week.

The 45th Annual Memorial Tournament will be held July 13-19. While originally it would have been the first PGA Tour event with fans, due to surging COVID cases, the Tour announced this week they will no longer allow fans on the course. "The safety of our public and our employees is our highest priority,” said city of Dublin Director of Communications and Public Relations Sue Burness. 

Outside of the course, with bars and restaurants still navigating operations under health guidelines from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and local health agencies, Memorial Tournament-week festivities are limited.

No large events are planned at Dublin's Bridge Park, which has hosted Fore!Fest concurrently with the Memorial each of the last two years, according to Burness.

But one long-standing tradition will remain intact in 2020—The Bogey in Shawnee Hills will host a watch party throughout the week.

Photo By Julian Foglietti | Shown here is The Bogey's General Manager Mark Dombek

"The Memorial Tournament and The Bogey is a special tradition," General Manager Mark Dombek told 614. "People are going to be ready to enjoy live sports, and The Bogey has always been a place people come for the tournament."

The Bogey will have two giant video walls and stream as much of the tournament as is allowed by the tournament's broadcast partner, Dombek said. 

Health guidelines are ever-changing, Dombek said, but at press time his plan was to have more than 145 new tables added outside the venue (in addition to the 46 new outdoor tables The Bogey added when it re-opened in May), including in the parking lot, which will be barricaded to accommodate the additional tables. A tent will also be set up, so some tables will be covered.

"We're going to fully utilize all of our available space," Dombek said.

Current guidelines still prohibit standing in common areas in bars and restaurants, Dombek said, so patrons will be asked to rent the tables, available for groups of 4-10.

While capacity is impacted by health guidelines, Dombek said he expects to be able to welcome about 1,000 customers at a given time, including the current capacity of 178 inside The Bogey.

Dombek said his staff will enforce social distancing as much as possible, and will place hand sanitizer stations in the temporary outdoor area as well.

The Bogey will host live bands in the evenings, Dombek said, in an effort to make this week "as close to what we'd normally do."

"We've had a ton of people reaching out, asking what we were going to do. This has always been a big week for us. We're listening to our customers and letting them know we're here for as much as we can be," he said.

Visit bogeyinn.com or call 614-766-1900 for information.

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