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Ohio Machine Recovers After Second Half Setback

After falling behind 6-2, the Ohio Machine’s #1 Marcus Holman scored three goals in a row for a hat trick late in the second quarter, which kept Ohio within striking distance of the Dallas Rattlers.

Despite a 7-5 deficit at halftime, the hometown side came alive in the second half to rattle off nine goals of their own (had to) at Fortress Obetz for their second win of the season.

The next three games for the Ohio Machine (2-1) are on the road, starting with a trip to North Carolina to avenge their only loss this season when they play the league-leading Charlotte Hounds (4-0) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Columbus Crew SC: The Chicago Fire Got Axed (By Crew SC, Not NBC)

Columbus Crew SC is currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak, which includes three wins in a row at MAPFRE Stadium.

This past Saturday night, the original Black & Gold in MLS extinguished the Chicago Fire 3-nil courtesy of a penalty strike in the 28th minute by #10 Federico Higuaín with a trajectory intended for space, as well as two second half goals from #11 Gyasi Zardes.

Mr. Zardes tapped in his first goal of the evening in the 50th minute after a succession of fantastic 1 v 1 displays along the sideline (literally) by the Crew’s sprinting #28 Niko Hansen.

Once again, keep #28 on the field.

The brace for #11 Gyasi Zardes resulted from a pass by #2 Ricardo Clark and a pitch-perfect dummy move by #13 Mike Grella just above Chicago’s penalty spot that led to a curling blast by the Crew’s #11 that inspired the Fire’s goalie #45 Richard Sánchez to give the city of Columbus his best mannequin challenge in the 70th minute.

Perhaps the best moment of the night was during halftime when former Crew goalie Jon Busch was honored after signing a one-day contract with Columbus.

The MLS veteran was able to retire with the first team in the league that put him between the pipes.

Plus, Mr. Busch received a custom #SaveTheCrew Community Kit jersey—that he wore—while gathering with fans around the Lamar Hunt statue.

Columbus Crew SC (21 points) are on the road this Saturday against the New England Revolution (17 points) at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

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Columbus’s John Tortorella Coach of the Year finalist

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Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella / photo by Lori Schmidt

The NHL has announced that Columbus Blue Jackets head man John Tortorella is a finalist for the Jack Adams Coach of the Year Award. If he beats out Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Alain Vigneault of the Philadelphia Flyers, it will be the third time Tortorella has taken home the honor. 

He’s been a finalist for the award four times.

Not many seasons have been like this one, though. 

Before COVID-19 interrupted the Blue Jackets season, Columbus went 33-22-15 despite losing 419 man games to injury. 

Among those missing significant time for the Blue Jackets: last year’s leading goal scorer (Cam Atkinson), the team’s All-Star defenseman (Seth Jones), and All-Star goaltender (Joonas Korpisalo). 

Even as players fell to injury, the team rose to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, which qualified them for the modified postseason, which is scheduled for next month.

Columbus will face Toronto in Toronto for a best-of-five Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round, the dates for the first games of which are set.

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Prior to that, Columbus will face Boston July 30 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game. 

It won’t be long after that, Tortorella will learn if he is the NHL’s coach of the year. The winners of this year’s NHL honors will be revealed during the Conference Finals.

Hear captain Nick Foligno's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Playoffs below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6OyEsL0h68
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Ohio high school fall sports are on…for now

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Interim Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Bob Goldring today announced that, as of now, fall sports are going ahead as scheduled. The decision as to whether to cancel play over COVID-19 concerns will be left up to individual schools. 

Goldring added that this could easily change. He talked about the fact that the governor might make a ruling that affects the ability of athletes, particularly those in contact sports, to play. 

There has been some discussion of pushing back the start date of sports in which the most contact occurs, particularly after This Week Sports reported an unknown number of local high school football coaches had suggested moving football to the spring, while having baseball staged in the fall.

Goldring did admit they have been looking at options and said they would be naive not to do so, especially because 80 percent of their revenue comes from ticket sales. Without games being played, tough decisions will certainly have to be made. 

 “The fiscal part of things is very much on my radar,” Goldring said. 

As to whether fans would actually be able to buy tickets and attend games if they do go ahead? Goldring said that, too, is ultimately a local matter. 

OHSAA may cut the minimum number of games a football team is required to play to qualify for the playoffs to account for the possibility of only some games being canceled. 

The board of directors is also still pondering the question of whether athletes can take the field if they are relying on virtual learning and aren’t allowed into the classroom. 

Right now, though, they are proceeding as if the fall season will kick off Aug. 1.

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Buckeyes back to work

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Ohio State athletics is permitting athletes from seven different sports to resume voluntary workouts after a pause due to an outbreak of COVID-19. 

Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade heads into a workout

The university said that all athletes were tested Monday before determining that the resumption was safe. 

“These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith. “Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”

The Buckeyes have refused to say how many athletes have tested positive, but longtime beat reporter Tim May had said it was fewer than ten. 

OSU teams with athletes currently working out on campus are football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

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