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Memorial Tournament: The Greatest Handshake in Golf

The entertaining 2018 Memorial Tournament was gifted the finale it deserved on a beautiful, rain-free Sunday afternoon with margins between competitors that were as razor-thin as the pristinely cut grass on Jack’s beautiful course in Dublin, Ohio.

The three-player playoff between Byeong Hun An, Bryson DeChambeau and Kyle Stanley resulted in the latter falling short in the first round of the sudden death playoff. Despite a fantastic shot to get out of the rough by Mr. An, Mr. DeChambeau won with a putt during the second round of the playoffs.

In addition to winning the tournament—which included a $1.602 million reward—Bryson DeChambeau received a very special congratulation, as is tradition for the Memorial.

The greatest statement in Jack’s congratulatory handshake and televised conversation with the Memorial winner is that this Hallmark-worthy moment uniquely showcases the best of the past, present and future talent in the sport of golf.

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Zardes, Crognale & Higuaín Saved the Crew in the 2018 Trillium Cup Finale

An epic comeback fueled by an epic collapse by MAPFRE Stadium-hating #4 Michael Bradley made for a 2018 Trillium Cup finale to remember this past weekend in Columbus.

Crew SC is now riding an eight-game unbeaten wave.

Due to a red card against Federico Higuaín in last weekend’s game against Sporting KC that was ultimately rescinded, the Crew’s #10 started this past weekend against Canadian rivals Toronto FC. This was good news fairness-wise and great news statistically speaking.

Falling behind 3-nil in the 57th minute to Toronto FC, the Crew started its thrilling comeback when #11 Gyasi Zardes out-jumped Toronto’s Michael Bradley for a header deep inside Toronto’s 18 that rattled the back of the net in the 67th minute to cut the Crew’s deficit to 3-1.

A beautiful free kick by Federico Higuaín with a designed header back along the six by #3 Josh Williams was met by Michael Bradley’s poor first touch that #21 Alex Crognale took advantage of by charging towards the near post to blast the Crew’s second goal of the game (his first MLS goal) in the 81st minute to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the final minutes of the match, the metaphorical rain became a downpour for Michael Bradley when he was rightly called for a penalty against Gyasi Zardes. The Crew’s #10 buried the penalty in the 90th minute to tie the game at 3-3 that—combined with the Crew’s 2-nil season opening win at Toronto—was enough to crown Columbus the annual Trillium Cup champions.

Columbus Crew SC (26 points in MLS) remain at home to host the Chicago Fire (17 points in MLS) this Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium at 7 p.m. for the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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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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