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CBJ: W-W-W-W-W-W-W-Will This Continue?

A 5-4 OT win against the Boston Bruins last night extends the CBJ’s winning streak to eight. With nine games remaining in the regular season, and the Blue Jackets hanging onto one of the two Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference, Columbus may be hitting their stride at the right time. Plus, by scoring in four consecutive games, center #38 Boone Jenner is establishing his own impressive streak on the ice. And with a win later today, the Blue Jackets could surpass the Philadelphia Flyers for third-place in the Metro Division.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (85 points) remain in the northeast to play the New York Rangers (72 points) tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

Ohio State Falls to Chippewas: The Final Four Quarters for OSU Women’s B-Ball

Taking full advantage of playing their first NCAA Tournament game at St. John Arena in Columbus, the Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the 14-seed George Washington Colonials 87-45 this past Saturday afternoon. However, the Buckeyes were shocked last night in the very same St. John Arena as the 11-seed Central Michigan Chippewas unceremoniously defeated the scarlet and gray 95-78. Sparked by a dominating second quarter (outscoring OSU 25-6), Central Michigan ended the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s fantastic season that included a B1G Ten Tournament title. But sadly, the Buckeyes will only be spectators for the women’s Final Four being played—that’s right—here in Columbus.

Pinning Down Kyle Snyder’s Legacy

While the collegiate career of the amazing Snyder-Man is complete, his legacy will continue to build from this point forward. Ohio State’s star heavyweight-class wrestler Kyle Snyder claimed his third NCAA championship in Cleveland this past weekend versus the Wolverine Adam Coon, that beast up north who had 60-pounds on the Buckeye champion. And despite not being a football or basketball star, Mr. Snyder has received comparable treatment by the local media in recent months for his achievements.

Let’s celebrate the NCAA and Olympics champion for his remarkable accomplishments. Kyle Snyder will go down as a wrestling legend who we can proudly say wore the scarlet and gray for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

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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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