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  1. The pre-Memorial golf tournament (Workday Charity Open) held this weekend at Muirfield before the rescheduled Memorial Tournament this week - produced a thrilling finish:
  2. "Hail to the Redskins" is trending tonight. Here's why:
  3. The MLS in Back Tournament had another game postponement. Sunday morning's game between D.C. United and Toronto was postponed because each team had one player that produced an unconfirmed positive before the match. However, both teams participated in another round of testing later on Sunday, and all players from the two clubs tested negative. Based on those results, the game will be played Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET. The player who tested positive and the player whose test was inconclusive will undergo additional testing and will not play in tomorrow’s match. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/07/12/mls-postpones-toronto-fc-vs-dc-united-match-be-rescheduled
  4. The health of the Crew's central defenders bears watching. There wasn't any post-game update about Wormgoor, other than Porter saying he was being checked out and expected him to be out for their next game. The other veteran central defender Jonathan Mensah took a knock to his leg in the 86th minute and stayed down for an extended time before getting up and finishing the game. As for the injuries of players not in the Gameday 18 -- Santos, Valenzuela, Adi and Francis. Porter described them as soft tissue injuries and not something major. So they possibly could be returning sooner rather than later. And as for the mystery Crew player who tested positive for COVID-19. That player remains a mystery. But Coach Porter did say that the player who tested positive has since tested negative. So that's great to hear. The next game is Thursday 10:30 p.m. ET against the New York Red Bulls, who won their opening game against Atlanta 1-0.
  5. GAME 3 of the 2020 regular season / GAME 1 of Group Play in the MLS is Back tournament: https://www.massivereport.com/2020/7/12/21321527/columbus-crew-roll-in-big-win-against-fc-cincinnati-mls-is-back https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2020-07-11-fc-cincinnati-vs-columbus-crew-sc/recap MLS is back and now so is the Crew. After lightning delayed the start of the last night's 8PM opener between follow Group E teams Atlanta and NYRB, the Crew's Hell is Real Florida edition game with FC Cincinnati didn't get started until 11:20PM. On the FS1 broadcast, the announcers wondered if this was the latest ever start for an MLS game (it probably was). The Crew starting lineup and bench was without three key players. Pedro Santos and Milton Valenzuela were not in the starting 11 - while backup striker Fanendo Adi was not in the gameday 18. Early on the loss of Valenzuela at left back hurt the Crew. FCC's speedy right winger Kekuta Manneh raced past Valenzuela's replacement Hector Jimenez to create some scoring chances - the best in the 8th minute on a wide angle shot that was parried away by Eloy Room to keep FCC off the scoreboard. The Crew's injury situation got worse in the 12th minute when veteran central defender Vito Wormgoor injured his right leg and had to leave the game. It appears to me that he injured his knee, but the Massive Report mentioned an ankle injury. In any event, Wormgoor didn't put any weight on his right leg and needed to be assisted off the field. Talented but young 20-year-old Aboubacar Keita replaced him on the Crew backline. The game was pretty evenly played until the 27th minute, when highly-paid DP acquisition Lucas Zelarayan uncorked a dazzling free-kick goal to give the Crew a 1-0 lead. Zelarayan's shot from 22-yards out curved around the FCC defensive wall and just inside the near post for as beautiful a shot as you'll ever see. The Crew followed up three minutes later with a Zardes goal that took advantage of some very poor marking from FCC backline. The Crew moved the ball quickly through midfield from Nagbe to Mokhtar, who slid a pass to the wide open Zardes at the edge of the 18-yard box, who did not miss his chance. After the Crew were up 2-0 in the 30th minute, the rest of the game seemed like a formality. Early after halftime in the 49th minute, Zelarayan drove a beautiful long crossing pass that Zardes neatly one-timed with his left foot to put the Crew up 3-0. Then in the 60th minute, Zelarayan found Jimenez at the left edge of FCC's 18-yard box, who then found Mokhtar open inside the box, who blasted it past the FCC keeper to put the Crew up 4-0. The final 30 minutes was simply playing out the string and emptying the Crew bench with two subs in the 61st minute and two more subs in 77th minute - which included the MLS debuts of 18-year-old midfielders Aidan Morris and Sebastian Berhalter. And if that Berhalter name sounds familiar, it's because he is the son of former Crew head coach (and current USMNT head coach) Gregg Berhalter. Who was actually in attendance for this game to see his son's debut. All in all -- a game worth staying up late for (if you were a Crew fan)
  6. MLS. NHL, NBA and all other sports attempting to open up during a pandemic: We will keep our teams within a bubble to try to keep them as safe as possible from said pandemic. MLB: Let's argue about money for four months and then open up our season without any bubble protection.
  7. Just came across this schedule chart for the upcoming 10 days of qualifying games (plus the round robin games for the top 4 conference teams)
  8. In addition to restarting the season with the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, yesterday's agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA accomplished two other major goals: -- A four-year CBA extension -- The current CBA was due to expire in September 2022. The new CBA would overwrite the current agreement for the next two seasons and add another four seasons, guaranteeing labor-management peace through the 2025-26 season. -- A return to the Olympics -- The new CBA would allow NHL players to return to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026 -- pending an agreement with the IIHF and IOC. The NHL did not permit players to attend the 2018 Olympics for the first time since 1994. MORE: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29441484/olympics-flat-salary-cap-changes-free-agency-biggest-takeaways-nhl-new-cba
  9. NHL, NHLPA approve restart plan, 4-year CBA extension The NHLPA and the NHL board of governors announced Friday night that they have approved a package that not only will allow the league to restart this summer but also includes a four-year CBA extension. Training camps for NHL teams will open Monday. The 24-team tournament will then begin on Aug. 1 in two hub cities -- Edmonton for the Western Conference, and Toronto for the Eastern Conference. To maximize the number of games televised, start times will be scheduled on a staggered basis with the 10 days of qualifying games in Toronto slated to start at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. The start times for the three game windows in Edmonton will be 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET. The NHL is creating a bubble environment in two campus-like setups, with players and staffers being tested daily for COVID-19. Players' families will not be able to join them in the hub cities until the conference finals, which are expected to take place in Edmonton. According to a new critical dates calendar, the Stanley Cup Final is expected to begin Sept. 22 and end no later than Oct. 4. The NHL draft is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9-10. And the NHL is targeting a Dec. 1 start date for the 2020-21 season, although that is subject to change. According to multiple sources, the league is keen on having a full 82-game schedule next season, even if that means awarding the 2021 Stanley Cup in July. MORE: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29442453/nhl-nhlpa-approve-restart-plan-4-year-cba-extension
  10. Some other good news going into tonight's game against Cincinnati. The Crew will have two new sponsors on their kits during their MLS is Back tournament games: https://www.massivereport.com/2020/7/10/21320536/columbus-crew-announce-jersey-and-shorts-sponsor-for-mls-is-back-tournament MLS is allowing teams to add sponsors during this nationally televised tournament to make up for lost revenue due to missing four months of regular season games. So the Crew announced yesterday that the team will have a Scotts Miracle-Gro patch on their jersey’s sleeves and an OhioHealth patch on their shorts for the MLS is Back Tournament. These two new sponsors will join Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which was announced as the club’s primary jersey sponsor for the 2020 season.
  11. The MLS is Back Tournament got underway in Orlando this week -- minus two teams (Dallas & Nashville) that had too many players test positive for COVID-19. And since Columbus had a player test positive after arriving in Orlando, there was some concern that the Crew might be sidelined as well. However, it looks like the Crew coronavirus contagion was limited to that one unnamed player and tonight's match with Cincinnati is still on. Below is an article updating this situation: Caleb Porter says Crew has no other positive tests; player in isolation is asymptomatic The Crew has had no players, coaches or staff test positive for coronavirus since an unnamed player tested positive for the virus seven days ago, and that player in isolation does not have any symptoms, said coach Caleb Porter. All members of the club have gone through five rounds of testing since the one player tested positive. All of those tests, minus the player in isolation, came back negative. Porter said the team spent 48 hours in their hotel rooms to prevent further spread of the virus and took the next couple days before resuming eating meals together and doing outdoor workouts. Porter said the club believes the player was infected with the virus before traveling to Orlando, but there’s no way to definitively tell. He said he hopes to have the player back in training in the next three to four days. Before a player returns after testing positive for COVID-19, MLS protocol requires the individual to test negative twice within 24 hours and have no symptoms. MORE: https://www.thisweeknews.com/sports/20200708/caleb-porter-says-crew-has-no-other-positive-tests-player-in-isolation-is-asymptomatic
  12. See which Columbus-area restaurants have closed after positive COVID-19 cases: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200709/see-which-columbus-area-restaurants-have-closed-after-positive-covid-19-cases
  13. Awesome news! This announcement kinda comes as a surprise. Although, the developer - who previously converted the neighboring historic 12-story Atlas Building into apartments - did say he wanted to do a "second phase tower" of some sort back in 2015 -- see this Atlas Building thread in the Completed Projects section. Great news that it is advancing. Here's the Dispatch article's alternate link, which should be fully readable for everyone: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200710/30-story-tower-proposed-in-downtown-columbus
  14. Less than a month ago, in this interview, OSU AD Gene Smith was "cautiously optimistic" about holding a 2020 fall college football season. But as the COVID situation has become progressively worse in the U.S. - and as the Big Ten has now gone to its first fall back position of holding conference-only games - Smith is now saying he's "very concerned":
  15. JPMorgan Chase pauses plan to bring Central Ohio employees back to the office Citing concern about the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Central Ohio, JPMorgan Chase is putting is return to the office on hold. The bank announced it is pausing its reopening plans for corporate offices in the region, including both the 2-million-square-foot McCoy Center near Polaris and the consumer banking office in downtown Columbus. The plan had been to return about half of its workers to the city between July 13 and Labor Day. The decision doesn't include individual branches, which have been operating under modified procedures that limit contact between customers and bank associates. The bank didn't indicate a clear timeline for when it intends to resume. Chase initially announced a "rotating" work-from-home schedule for its employees in mid-March, but then sent the majority of workers home when the pandemic intensified. The firm has 18,400 local employees, including more than 10,000 at McCoy Center, which is one of the largest single offices in Central Ohio. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/07/08/chase-puts.html
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