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Vamos, Veleros! Clippers change name to connect with Latin fans

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Fans of the Columbus Clippers will get a chance to rock with a different ship this season.

As part of MiLB’s Copa de la Diversión program, The Clippers will transform into The Veleros de Columbus during each Friday game in the 2019 season. For more info, check out this post from the team Facebook page:

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According to milb.com, the Velero’s moniker pays tribute to its city’s namesake in Christopher Columbus. The Veleros serve as a direct translation from the team’s full-time Clippers moniker (velero is a Spanish word for ship).

With baseball season just around the corner, Columbus will now have two hometown teams to cheer for. Let’s go, Veleros!

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Capital University to retire team name and mascot

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Capital University today announced that it is changing the name of its sports teams. They will no longer be the Crusaders. 

Also gone is team mascot, Cappy. 

In a statement, the school said, “In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades.” 

Although the subject of teams making name changes has been in the news lately, Capital said they have been giving the matter consideration for some time.

The university said that before today’s Board of Trustees decision, they conducted a “15-month process of study, discussion, and reflection.” 

“We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and prideful [sic] for all who are affiliated with Capital,” said the news release.

There is no timetable on when they will announce a new team name and mascot, but the school does plan on holding question-and-answer sessions with faculty and students on July 15. 

On the same day of this announcement, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they had no updates on any potential name change for them.   

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Big Ten sports will be conference-only come this fall

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Hold your beers, Buckeyes!

If you had plans to head out to Oregon come September to see the Buckeyes take on the Ducks, you’ll have to put your cooler back in the garage, because cross-country football road trips are on hiatus for 2020. 

According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN, the Big Ten Conference is going to announce conference-only play for fall athletics. You can read the official statement from the Big Ten here.

The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to announce the decision to scrap non-conference games. After losing non-conference games with the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is expected to make a similar announcement, according to The Athletic.

Some of the reasons behind a conference-only schedule include cutting down on travel while also making sure that athletes are being tested diligently for COVID-19.

There is support amongst Big Ten teams to keep one non-conference game, but the majority support a shortened 10-game schedule.

If this were the case, and basing it off of the original 2020 OSU football schedule, here is who the Buckeyes would match up against this fall:

  • vs. Rutgers on Sept. 26
  • vs. Iowa on Oct. 10
  • @ Michigan State on Oct. 17
  • @ Penn State on Oct. 24
  • vs. Nebraska on Oct. 31
  • vs. Indiana on Nov. 7
  • @ Maryland on Nov. 14
  • @ Illinois on Nov. 21
  • vs. Michigan on Nov. 28

As long as we get to beat Xichigan, right? You can keep an eye on the OSU football schedule here.

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Another professional Columbus sports team might see action this year

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While the Columbus Crew were sent down to Orlando to compete in a tournament to restart the season, the NHL is close to following in similar fashion, according to a report from ESPN.

According to ESPN, the NHL and NHLPA have finalized protocols that would allow for the season to start Aug. 1, with training camps resuming July 13. Play will occur in two hub locations, including Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as told to ESPN.

That means Columbus could see its beloved Blue Jackets back in action in a few short weeks. 

There’s more at stake in teams returning to NHL play than there are for the MLS teams competing down in Florida. If an agreement is reached, the NHL will skate right into a 24-team playoff.

That’s not before starting training camp, which has a target date of July 13. If all goes well, the Blue Jackets will travel to Toronto on July 25 or 26 to compete in exhibition games.

The playoffs would begin the following week with a qualifying round in which the Blue Jackets would face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five series. 

Players have the opportunity to opt-out of playing without being penalized. 

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