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614Sports: Close-to-home festivities for CBJ playoff games 3 and 4

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Columbus Is This Week’s Capital of the Playoff Series

Apparently, the CBJ are getting some sort of kick out of spotting the favored Washington Capitals early leads in their playoff series. In the first two games of the first-round, the Columbus Blue Jackets have produced surprising wins in D.C. by erasing two 2-0 deficits to win in OT (4-3 and 5-4). #11 Matt Calvert was the man last night as he scored the game-winner with 7:38 left in overtime.

As the Blue Jackets return to Columbus for Games 3 and 4, fans can expect a fun time inside and outside Nationwide Arena. Three hours prior to the face-off, you can partake in festivities on the Front Street plaza near the arena (no game tickets needed), including music and various attractions.

For Tuesday’s game, be sure to tune into 97.1 The Fan to hear The Common Man & T-Bone from 3-6 p.m. for CBJ coverage, as well as FOX Sports Ohio’s Blue Jackets Live with Brian Giesenschlag and Bill Davidge at 6:30 p.m.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals tomorrow night at the Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio in Game 3 of the first-round in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

OSU Football: There Will Come a Day to Pick the New QB

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is paid the big bucks (now $7.6 million/year) to recruit the best high school players in the country and then to decide the right combination of players to win the biggest games in college football.

Perhaps unfortunately, the Spring Game this past Saturday did little to clearly separate QB-contenders Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell.

However, considering that Mr. Haskins produced a flash of excitement for Buckeye fans against that team up north last season, his on-the-field experience may prove the deciding factor in starting the upcoming season under center. Ultimately, Urban Meyer will consult his quarterbacks coach Ryan Day to make a final decision.

Crew SC Is Trending Backwards

For the second game in a row—and the second 1-nil loss in a row on the road—Columbus Crew SC fell victim to their own insistence to play the ball out of the back on the ground involving their goalie and backline.

Less than one minute into the game versus D.C. United in their temporary home in Annapolis, the Crew’s old school rival executed a high-press strategy to perfection. A turnover led to a goal via a volley by United’s Ulises Segura.

Despite a valiant individual effort by Crew midfielder #32 Pedro Santos that included a free-kick that hit the crossbar and a diving header that was saved, plus a burst of energy courtesy of substitute #14 Adam Jahn in the 63rd minute, Columbus could not score the equalizer before the final whistle.

Three losses in a row demand Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter and Co. adjust the team’s tactics and movement on and off the ball.

Also, how many touches did forward #11 Gyasi Zardes get this past Saturday night? Answer: Not nearly enough.

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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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