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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’s John Tortorella Coach of the Year finalist




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.
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Ohio high school fall sports are on…for now




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




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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