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Penguins March into Columbus Shoulder-to-Shoulder with Blue Jackets

Was it a good thing that the Columbus Blue Jackets came from behind and scored four unanswered goals—including two goals in the third period—to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in OT this past Tuesday night?

Yes and no.

The answer is yes because the “never say die” grit and determination of the CBJ à la the Goonies was impressive and strangely reassuring as Columbus vies for a favorable spot in the playoffs.

The answer is no because the Red Wings have been underwhelming this year, the game was at Nationwide Arena and the playoffs will feature tougher competition. Speaking of which, the Penguins are in town. This high-stakes Midwestern battle on the ice will provide a golden opportunity for Columbus to pass Pittsburgh for second place in the Metro Division with one game subsequently remaining in the regular season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (96 points) host the formidable Pittsburgh Penguins (96 points) tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

Columbus Clippers: There’s Plenty of Wind for Sailing into the 2018 Season

It’s looking like high-to-mid-30s for the 2018 season opener for the Columbus Clippers. This temperature forecast for the game in Indy tomorrow evening—along with 12 MPH wind—should make for some interesting pitching and batting strategies.

The 10-time Governors’ Cup winners will be looking to bring a nice winning streak back to Columbus when they return home to Huntington Park this time next week. The Columbus Clippers open the 2018 season by venturing west to play the Indianapolis Indians this Friday night at 7:15 p.m., which is part of a 3-game weekend series.

OSU Men’s Ice Hockey: The Quest for Victory in the Viking State

In a Midwestern Frozen Four, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team will play the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs later this evening. The Buckeyes blasted Denver 5-1 to reach its second Frozen Four appearance in program history, while the Bulldogs beat Air Force 2-1 in their quarterfinal matchup to qualify for its sixth Frozen Four.

Admittedly, playing Minnesota Duluth in Saint Paul, Minnesota may not be ideal concerning the crowd environment and fan ratio. However, Buckeye fans do travel.

Look for scarlet & gray in the crowd as the Ohio State Buckeyes play the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs tonight at the Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Crew SC Will Be Looking to Light up the Chicago Fire

Suburban Chicago will be the scene where Columbus Crew SC will look to earn three points against a dejected Chicago Fire squad.

Following a disappointing 2-1 home loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC this past weekend with a flat second half performance (of course Kei Kamara scored the game winner), the original Black & Gold in MLS will hopefully take advantage of Chicago’s porous defense that’s allowed eight goals passed their goalie #45 Richard Sanchez in its first three matches.

Moreover, Crew SC is tied for second in scoring goals thus far

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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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