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  1. Netanyahu to face indictment in criminal investigation https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/11/21/netanyahu-indictment-investigation-liebermann-lkl-vpx.cnn
  2. Israel moves closer to third elections after Gantz fails to form government https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/20/middleeast/israel-election-intl/index.html
  3. I've said before in this thread that NHL teams are notorious for firing head coaches quickly into a season. Up until yesterday (about 1/4 into the 2019-20 season) no NHL head coaches had been fired. Then the hammer dropped yesterday - and it was in an expected location: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/28124889/here-why-toronto-maple-leafs-fired-mike-babcock-now-happens-next Toronto - "the center of the hockey universe" - axed Babs(!) Mike Babcock was a splashy hire in 2015 for Toronto. Babcock, an Ontario native, had just finished a 10-year run with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2008 and guided a talented team at the top of the NHL standings. After a non-playoff reset first season with Toronto, Babcock guided the Maple Leafs to the playoffs in the next three seasons. However, Toronto also had first-round exits in each of those seasons. This season - after an off-season that saw a roster shake-up - Toronto got off to a sluggish start. They are currently 9-10-4 and lost their last five games. So, in classic NHL fashion, the head coach was let go to shake up the team. However, Babcock's eight-year contract worth $50 million (an average of $6.25 million per season) made him the highest-paid coach in NHL history. And Toronto still owes him three more full seasons plus the remainder of this season. A hefty price to "shake up the team"(!) But if any NHL team can afford to do this, it's Toronto.
  4. The Crew lost another player this week - but this one was by choice. Centerback Lalas Abubakar was trade to the Colorado Rapids for $400,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money and a 2020 international roster spot. The 24-year-old Ghanaian was a first-round, fifth-overall pick in the 2017 SuperDraft after Abubakar spending three years with the University of Dayton and winning an A-10 Championship in 2015 and being named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Abubakar played sparingly for the Crew in 2017, but worked his way into the starting lineup in 2018 with 20 starts. However, in 2019, he only made one appearance with the Crew before being loaned to the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference. Abubakar was a key fixture on the Rapids backline, starting 22 games. After the 2019 season finished, he became part of the Crew roster again. But there were rumors that Colorado wanted to permanently acquire the 6'-1" central defender. https://www.massivereport.com/2019/11/20/20974577/lalas-abubakar-columbus-crew-sc-trade-colorado-rapids-allocation-money-mls-2019 And so Colorado worked out this deal with the Crew. This is big add for Colorado and a loss for the Crew - although it is a well-compensated loss. The Crew still have veteran centerbacks Jonathan Mensah and Josh Williams on the roster as well as 19-year-old Homegrown centerback Aboubacar Keita, who emerged and made 8 starts for the Crew in 2019, making eight starts. However, this trade adds GAM funds and another international roster spot - while also removing Abubakar's international roster spot. So I wouldn't be surprised if this is the prelude to more off-season deals.
  5. Another MLS Expansion Draft was held this week. Two new teams joining MLS next year - Nashville and Miami - got to choose five unprotected players each from the 24 current MLS teams. So, only 10 players chosen from 24 teams. And the Crew's deal to send Accam to Nashville in 2020 likely included a clause for Nashville to not select a Crew player in this expansion draft. So with only a 5/24 chance, the Crew's chances to not lose a player to Miami looked pretty good?!? But, of course, this is the expansion draft. And the Crew ALWAYS LOSES A PLAYER IN THE EXPANSION DRAFT(!) And so it was that Miami chose 23-year-old midfielder Luis Argudo in this week's expansion draft. Argudo was drafted in the 3rd-round of the 2018 SuperDraft after playing two season for Wake Forest. Argudo appeared as a backup/sub in 2018. He was loaned out to start 2019, until roster injuries saw Argudo start 10 games for the Crew. Once players like Luis Diaz and Youness Mokhtar were acquired, Argudo resumed a backup/sub role. https://www.massivereport.com/2019/11/19/20973256/mls-explansion-draft-2019-luis-argudo-inter-miami-columbus-crew-sc (Not the worst loss to the Crew - but c'mon - can we get though these expansion drafts just one time without losing a player?)
  6. Elsewhere on Saturday, the two lowest ranked undefeated teams lost (Minnesota at Iowa; Baylor vs Oklahoma).
  7. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated right hip late in the second quarter of a blowout win for the Crimson Tide and is out for the season(!)
  8. ESPN's College GameDay pregame show will be in Columbus for next Saturday's Top-10 showdown between Ohio State and Penn State. This trip marks GameDay's second Buckeye game this season - the show was in Lincoln for the Buckeyes' blowout win over Nebraska. It will be the first time this season GameDay comes to Columbus. This will be the 45th time in College GameDay history since 1996 that it will be at the site of an Ohio State game and the 19th time GameDay has been in Columbus. And 11W lists every single College GameDay appearance at an Ohio State game below(!) https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/11/108983/espns-college-gameday-heading-to-columbus-for-ohio-state-vs-penn-state
  9. GAME #10: https://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401112255 https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/11/108997/ohio-state-coasts-to-56-21-victory-over-rutgers-to-improve-to-10-0-on-the-season Another big win, still undefeated, now 10-0 on the season - yada yada yada. The really big winners were the bettors that took Rutgers and the 52-point spread(!)
  10. Back on 9/4/19 in this thread I posted a Business First article about the Church of Scientology putting its downtown building up for sale. I posted it because that building at 30 N. High Street - located halfway between Capitol Square and the Gay Street corridor - is an interesting four-story building that has some renovation potential: https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/43-columbus-random-development-and-news/?do=findComment&comment=909096 The reason the Church of Scientology is moving is because they were renovating the former Time Warner Cable building at 1266 Dublin Road - a 48,900-square-foot building built in 1991. Well, now I see by this reddit thread - https://www.reddit.com/r/Columbus/comments/dvt0bw/ohio_lawmakers_congratulate_church_of_scientology/ - that links to this cleveland.com article - https://www.cleveland.com/open/2019/11/ohio-lawmakers-congratulate-church-of-scientology-on-opening-new-columbus-location.html - that they've opened the new Dublin Road location. That reddit thread and the cleveland.com article are pretty funny and entertaining. I especially enjoyed this passage from the article: Sounds like a fun time(!) The reddit thread also contained this July 2019 streetview of the 1266 Dublin Road location: https://goo.gl/maps/LDwcobVa314QrWdaA It turns out that the new Church of Scientology building is located directly across Dublin Road from the offices of ABC6/FOX28/CW53 - the three local TV stations owned by Sinclair Communications. Coincidence???
  11. https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/11/108820/campus-hero-spells-out-free-chase-young-in-the-snow-between-park-stradley-and-siebert-residence-halls
  12. https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2019/11/108896/no-16-ohio-state-routs-no-10-villanova-76-51-behind-balanced-offensive-attack-stifling-defense https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401166061 No Andre Wesson, no problem against Villanova last night. In this early season matchup between #10 Villinova and #16 Ohio State, the Basketball Buckeyes got off to a hot start and never looked back. The host Buckeyes had a hot shooting game (60.0% FG; 56.3% 3PT) and Villanova had a cold shooting game (30.6% FG; 33.3% 3PT) - which led to a 76-51 blowout win for the Basketball Buckeyes. Sophomore guard Duane Washington Jr. got the Buckeyes off to their hot start with two 3PT and a big dunk to begin the game - and added two more 3's to finish with a game-high 14 points. But the Buckeyes also got balanced scoring with four other double-digit scorers -- sophomore guard Muhammad and freshman point guard D.J. Carton each had 11 points -- junior point guard C.J. Walker had 10 points and Kaleb Wesson also had 10 points plus 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Young added 8 points plus 7 rebounds and freshman forward E.J. Liddell got 8 points in only 12 minutes of play. In the upcoming schedule, the Basketball Buckeyes will finish out November hosting four teams. First, the Stetson Hatters next Monday; then the Purdue-Fort Wayne Boilermakers Annex Campus the following Friday. Followed by pre-Thankgiving and post-Thankgiving games against the fake states of Kent and Morgan. All that builds up to a match at #6 North Carolina on December 4.
  13. City and COTA Announce Plan for Second Bus Lane Experiment Last summer, the City of Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) temporarily made one lane of Third Street Downtown open only to buses, bikes and scooters. The new alignment was only in effect during rush hour and lasted for just two weeks, but it yielded data and survey results that could be used to inform the design of future demonstration projects, as well as, perhaps, more permanent solutions to traffic and mobility problems throughout the region. Today the city and COTA announced that a second “mobility innovation test” will take place along a 0.8-mile stretch of North High Street, on November 23. In conjunction with the Ohio State football game against Penn State, the southbound curb lane of High Street – from Dodridge Street to Lane Avenue – will be reserved for buses, bikes and scooters from 10 a.m. until the start of the game at noon. After kickoff, the traffic cones and signs will be moved to the other side of the street, where the northbound curb lane will offer car-free travel until two hours after the game ends. MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/city-and-cota-announce-plan-for-second-bus-lane-experiment-bw1
  14. https://www.si.com/college/ohiostate/football/breaking-news-herbstreit-says-2-games-for-chase-young https://www.10tv.com/article/ohio-state-de-chase-young-gets-2-game-suspension-eligible-return-against-penn-state-2019-nov
  15. Recapping last week's games against three strong teams from the West: -- Good Tuesday game that led to a tough 2-1 loss hosting Vegas. -- Strong Thursday 3-2 win at Arizona. -- Disappointing Saturday 4-2 loss at Colorado. The Colorado loss was made even more disappointing because of two incidents during that game. The first was Korpi losing his temper after he gave up a fourth goal that clinched the victory for Colorado. This is happened earlier in the season and is something that the coaching staff warned him about. As a result, Merzlikins will be getting the start tonight at Montreal. The second incident was a second period mid-ice collision between captain Nick Foligno and a Colorado player. Foligno attempted a body check and ended up elbowing the Colorado player in the head. Foligno was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct during the game and was given a 3-game suspension by the league afterward.
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