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614Sports: Next Ohio Machine game should be a “damn good one”

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Will Season’s First Loss Rattle the Ohio Machine?

While the Ohio Machine kept it close with the Charlotte Hounds, the visitors took their chances in the fourth quarter to pull away from their hosts. The Hounds defeated the Machine 14-10 at Fortress Obetz this past Saturday, making Charlotte the only undefeated team in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

Looking ahead to the Machine’s next opponent, #32 Jordan Wolf and #91 Ty Thompson have produced 29 of the 55 goals for the Dallas Rattlers in their first four games. Those two will likely receive extra attention from the Machine’s defense. Interestingly, the Rattlers are averaging 13.75 goals per game, whereas as the Machine are conceding an average of 13.5 goals per game.

In other words, this weekend’s game should be a damn good one.

The Ohio Machine (1-1) will remain at home this weekend to host the Dallas Rattlers (3-1) this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Fortress Obetz.

Crew SC: Ready Play One Man Down

A red card to Crew SC’s #9 Pedro Santos in the 15th minute for an attempted kick of the ball that quickly lifted into an upper body kick against #16 Alex Roldan of the Seattle Sounders did not appear malicious—yet was nonetheless reminiscent in a less intentional manner—à la Nigel de Jong in the 2010 World Cup final that short-changed Columbus for the remainder of the game.

Even with the added challenge of playing a man down for 75-plus minutes and earning a point on the road, which was laudable, Crew SC failed to convert high-quality chances in their nil-nil tie against the Seattle Sounders.

A missed shot in the run of play by the charging #11 Gyasi Zardes in the 22nd minute from around Seattle’s penalty spot, along with youngster #19 Milton Valenzuela who managed to sky a shot with a mild bounce from just a few yards away from the net in the 36th minute prevented the Crew from collecting the full three points. The Crew created golden opportunities to defeat the slumping Seattle Sounders on the artificial turf at CenturyLink Field.

Defensively, Zack Steffen stepped up big in the 73rd minute by saving a close-range attempt by #2 Clint Dempsey that preserved the tie for the Black & Gold.

Columbus Crew SC (15 points) returns home for a mid-week match this Wednesday evening against the Philadelphia Union (8 points) at 7:30 p.m. at MAPFRE Stadium.


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Columbus is a frontrunner to host return of the NHL in proposed plan

Mike Thomas



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 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?




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

614now Staff



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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