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jimmy lentz

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Columbus Crew SC: Challenge Accepted by Gyasi Zardes

Before the 2018 MLS season kicks-off next month, Crew SC has been sharpening its skills in various competitions and friendlies. Recently, the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup has revealed a Crew team that, despite losing its primary offensive producers from 2017 in Ola Kamara and Justin Meram, doesn’t appear to be missing much of a beat from their impressive playoff run last season. Crew SC dominated Atlanta United FC 3-1 last weekend sans a dramatic penalty shootout and beat the Charleston Battery 2-1 last night in come-from-behind fashion with a brace (two goals) from headers courtesy of newcomer #11 Gyasi Zardes, who is fitting in quite nicely with Crew SC.

Columbus Crew SC will play Minnesota United at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina this Saturday at 5 p.m. on beIN SPORTS for their final Carolina Challenge Cup match.

#SaveTheCrew

OSU Men’s B-Ball: Time to Assemble a New Winning Streak

A drive on I-70 W and then IN-37 S will lead the #16 Ohio State men’s basketball team (23-7, 14-3) to Bloomington to face the Indiana Hoosiers (16-13, 9-8) for the final game of the regular season. Following a dominating 79-52 home win against Rutgers on Senior Night, the Buckeyes will secure a seed somewhere in the top-3 with a win or loss versus IU for next week’s Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden (So that’s why Rutgers was added to the Big Ten. Got it.). And with just one win in their last three games, the Buckeyes need to make a statement against the Hoosiers in a rowdy environment on the road before competing under the bright, unforgiving lights of New York.

Tune into The Ohio State Buckeyes playing the Indiana Hoosiers tomorrow night at Assembly Hall at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

Blue Jackets: Playing in Philly Can Be a Wild Card

A 2-1 road win in New Jersey this past Tuesday night gave Columbus much-needed points as the Blue Jackets (65 points) are currently sitting in that precious final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. And with the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders just 1-point behind Columbus, every game and point matters going forward. Earning a W against the Flyers (72 points), a fellow Metro Division foe, would mark CBJ’s brief east coast road trip a (necessary) success.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center on Fox Sports Ohio at 7 p.m.

P.S. Watch out for those famously infamous Philly sports fans.

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper

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The fears all season finally came to fruition for the Columbus Blue Jackets as star winger Artemi Panarin and star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky both signed to new teams on July 1, the first day of free agency in the NHL.

Panarin will be suiting up for the New York Rangers now as the highest paid winger in the league, reports ESPN. Bobrovsky took his talents to the Florida Panthers on a seven year contract, reports NHL.com. Additionally, center Matt Duchene signed with the Nashville Predators.

After the best playoff run in franchise history, both Panarin, affectionately known as The Bread Man, and Bobrovsky, Bob for short, took to social media to thank Columbus one last time before heading to their new squads.

Bob was the first of the day to announce his move.

"I decided to move on. I write my own story and today that’s my decision. I want to thank fans from the bottom of my heart for all support and excitement during my 7 years in CBJ. I want to thank city of Columbus. This city has been treating me and my family very well, no matter what."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzYvWnQjX8Z/

Shortly after, Panarin announced his decision, too.

"I was very happy to play for Columbus. I hope you won't be too mad at me😉 You live only once."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzZGtn0I14w/

And as always, fans had opinions. Some chose to focus on the good times we had. And, boy, were those times good.

https://twitter.com/TheNasher61/status/1145732884545855488
https://twitter.com/arnottky/status/1145831127137083392
https://twitter.com/hotspurjp/status/1145821295055134722

Others weren't as gentle. It's all apart of the healing process, Columbus. We'll get through this together. That being said, it seems like there's different emotions for Panarin's departure compared to Bob's.

Example for Panarin:

https://twitter.com/LucasLightle/status/1145857203401830400

Compared to Bob:

https://twitter.com/CBJAlex_lax/status/1145821585812668419

But in reality, this pretty much sums up all of yesterday for Jackets fans.

https://twitter.com/keepaofdabonez/status/1145827442113810433
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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

Mitch Hooper

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I'm no hockey expert, but then again, I'm not ignorant to the sport. I'm aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C'mon, give me some credit, I'm a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I've played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don't misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I'm not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I'm saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

I understand I can't make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren't sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn't persuasive enough, here's an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It's compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn't from Columbus, but he's a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We'll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it's clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Twitter Reacts: CBJ sweep Lightning in historic win

Mike Thomas

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Last night, the Columbus Bluejackets finished their perfect sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with an emphatic game four win in Nationwide arena. It was without question the single biggest win in franchise history, sending the Jackets to the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever. But of course, you already knew that.

For your consideration (and to soothe your post-celebration hangover/exhaustion) here's a roundup of some of the spiciest memes and reactions to the Jackets big win!

https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118331493229613062
https://twitter.com/SportzzTweetzz/status/1118330638124441601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118330638124441601&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/AzorcanGlobal/status/1118310586821910528
https://twitter.com/Blockaid1/status/1118340632127340545
https://twitter.com/AndrewBerkshire/status/1118326438237736963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118326438237736963&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118346707044007936
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsPR/status/1118330341964562432
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118329858457833472
https://twitter.com/ColumbusGov/status/1118330600560025602
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118342527244021761
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