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#614Sports: On-the-road advantage for Crew SC this weekend

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3-Nil Nearly Became the Worst Lead for Crew SC

A 3-2 road win against the New York Red Bulls—all goals for Columbus occurred in the first 31 minutes of the game—earned Columbus Crew SC three-points in its third road win of the 2018 campaign.

The scoring started in the 7th minute when 6’2” center back #4 Jonathan Mensah unexpectedly scored with his right foot from around the penalty spot courtesy of a helpful, assisting header from newcomer #32 Patrick Mullins that originated from a #9 Pedro Santos free kick along the left sideline.

Columbus doubled the lead less than 20-minutes later when #32 Patrick Mullins scored off of a veritable breakaway via a beautiful-through ball from inside the center circle by #25 Harrison Afful.

While holding the worst lead in soccer—2-nil—an own by the Red Bulls’s #27 Sean Davis in the 31st minute and an own goal by the Crew’s #4 Jonathan Mensah in the 50th minute brought the game to 3-1 Columbus. #77 Daniel Royer of the Red Bulls tallied his team’s second goal of the match in the 69th minute, but the Crew held on for a critical 3-2 road win.

Columbus Crew SC (36 points) have a week off before returning home to play the Houston Dynamo (27 points) at MAPFRE Stadium on August 11 at 7:30 p.m.



Scarlet & Gray Couldn’t Stop Jimmer Fredette & Co.

Greg Oden made his 7-foot-self felt early for the Scarlet & Gray against Team Fredette in a quarterfinal game in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) by blocking a couple shots à la 2007.

However, despite the advantage down low for Scarlet & Gray with #20 Greg Oden and #0 Jared Sullinger on the court at the same time, Team Fredette led 51-40 at halftime fueled by 17 points off turnovers in the first half.

In the second half, Scarlet & Gray’s comeback intensity was countered by Team Fredette’s sharp-shooting. Scarlet & Gray could not close the gap, which resulted in a 100-78 win for Team Fredette.

Team Fredette will play in the Final Four of the TBT in Baltimore on August 2. The prize is $2 million for the winning team.

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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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