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614Sports: Go to Fortress Obetz for Ohio Machine, stay for beer garden

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Ohio Is a Goal-Scoring Machine

The Ohio Machine started their 2018 campaign defending their 2017 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) title in championship-level form this past weekend by beating the New York Lizards 25-13.

“To have the guys score a team record and then Marcus (#1 Marcus Holman) just go off…it’s amazing what they can do. They’re some of the best players in the world,” said Ryan Chenault, President of the Ohio Machine.

But what if you, like Mr. Chenault, did not grow up in one of the central Ohio communities with a top high school lacrosse program?

“I think if you come here and see the game, you’re going to be hooked,” Mr. Chenault said.

And in addition to the lacrosse action, there’s a Beer Garden. There are games available to play with family, friends and/or fellow fans during the quarter breaks whilst enjoying a tasty brew (or non-alcoholic beverage) along with a great field-level view of the action.

FYI – For every beer purchased in the Beer Garden, $1 of the sale will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

The Ohio Machine (1-0) host the Charlotte Hounds (2-0) this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Fortress Obetz.

Clippers Defeat Louisville With Their Bats

The Columbus Clippers seem to win a game or two and then lose a game or two. Perhaps that’s just the nature of baseball.

While down in Kentucky to play the Louisville Bats, Columbus flexed their muscles and bats to take down Louisville 10-6 to even the series after losing 7-2 on Monday night.

The Clippers lit up the Bats with 10 combined runs in the first five innings. By the time the Bats tallied their first run in the sixth—and subsequent runs—it was too late for a rally as Columbus held tough defensively to prevent a comeback.

The Columbus Clippers (11-12) will play the Louisville Bats (9-12) today at Slugger Field before returning home for a 4-game series against the Charlotte Knights (10-14) that will start tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. through a Sunday afternoon ballgame with a first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Huntington Park.

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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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