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  1. https://www.jacketscannon.com/2020/1/16/21069886/game-48-recap-columbus-blue-jackets-edge-carolina-hurricanes-nick-foligno-elvis-merzlikins Elvis didn't get a third straight shutout - but his 32-save night was enough to get the CBJ a 3-2 win over Carolina tonight. Team Captain Foligno got the game-winning goal with 1:41 left in regulation. Atkinson got a goal and assist in his return from the IR. The CBJ now have points in 17 of their past 19 games (13-2-4) for a 24-16-8 record and 56 points. With this win over Carolina and Philly losing tonight - Columbus is now in a points tie with Carolina and Philly for the two wild-card spots in the East.
  2. And now Beltran is out as the Mets manager. He's the third manager to lose his job in the fallout of MLB's sign stealing scandal: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28496773/mets-agree-part-ways-manager-carlos-beltran
  3. Columbus left with no nonstop flights to Silicon Valley again after United’s pause, Southwest’s withdrawal Members of Central Ohio's technology and venture capital industries are lamenting the metropolitan area's current lack of nonstop flights to Silicon Valley – a problem that continues to arise even after multiple airlines have seemed to solve it. At the start of the year, Southwest discontinued its nonstop route between John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Oakland International Airport. That route had existed since 2015, and was once lauded as a new frontier for Columbus to access the West (and all of its venture capital funding). Also, the daily nonstop United Airlines flight between Columbus and San Francisco, which launched last June, is not running from Jan. 6 through March 5. That, according to the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, stems from the airline's need to "match their flight schedule to demand" after the holiday season, when January and February are lower-demand passenger travel months. But for those in the Columbus business community who regularly travel back and forth between the areas, this in-between period is rough. ... Nils Root, partner at Columbus venture capital firm Drive Capital LLC, called the current lack of nonstop flights a "nuisance." "It's not keeping us from making the trip," Root said, noting that "half a dozen of our CEOs are fundraising out there right now." "But, and needless to say," he continued, "we're all looking forward to Columbus having a direct flight again." MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/16/columbus-left-with-no-nonstop-flights-to-silicon.html
  4. Never mind all that. The CBJ recalled Kivlenieks and reassigned Vehvilainen back to Cleveland. So Elvis will be starting the four remaining games until the ASG break and the Kivlenieks temporary reassignment back to Cleveland was just a paper move to satisfy his "emergency recall" back in December and to get him a start in last night's AHL game. The team also recalled defenseman Adam Clendening from the Monsters so they have an extra d-man on the roster until the break.
  5. https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/blue-jackets-announce-roster-moves/c-313969318 The CBJ took Cam Atkinson and d-man Peeke off the IR prior to tonight's game against Carolina. Cam will be back in the lineup tonight after missing 12 games with an ankle sprain. Peeke was assigned back to Cleveland, along with defenseman Carlsson, goaltender Kivlenieks and center MacInnis. The team also announced that they promoted 22-year-old goaltender Veini Vehvilainen from the Monsters to the CBJ. The Vehvilainen promotion was an interesting move. There's only four games left until the NHL All-Star Game break. So it's possible that VV is simply replacing Kivlenieks on the bench to watch Elvis start these four games - and allowing Kivlenieks to get some playing time in the AHL. But VV has been outstanding for Cleveland in his rookie season - he's 5th in the entire AHL with a 2.22 GAA. So it's possible we might see VV start one of the two back-to-back weekend games - with Saturday's home game against last-place New Jersey the more likely spot.
  6. https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/28490076/gerard-gallant-firing-peter-deboer-hiring-vegas-golden-knights Another edition of the NHL Coaching Carousel. This edition's victim is Gerard Gallant. Vegas fired Gallant and named Peter DeBoer as their new head coach. DeBoer was fired a month ago by San Jose(!) This is the 7th HC firing in this season and the second time a previously fired HC was named as new HC,
  7. https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2020/01/111543/ohio-state-handles-business-in-80-68-win-against-nebraska-to-end-four-game-losing-streak https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-basketball/2020/01/111528/luther-muhammad-duane-washington-jr-suspended-ahead-of-ohio-states-game-against-nebraska The Basketball Buckeyes snapped their four-game losing streak with a home win against an admittedly weak Nebraska team. Although Coach Holtmann upped the degree of difficulty by suspending sophomore guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. for the game. The team won comfortably - but it forced Kaleb Wesson, CJ Walker and DJ Carton to go iron man and play 35, 37 & 38 minutes. Suspending players has become a habit for Holtmann in all three of his OSU seasons. Kam Williams and Kaleb Wesson both served suspensions in 2017-18, and Wesson was suspended for three games in 2018-19.
  8. This isn't a big construction announcement - but with the Hilltop you take what you can get. This is another community plan in Mayor Ginther's "focus on distressed neighborhoods" promise from his first term. A similar plan was released for the Linden neighborhood in October 2018. To review the Hilltop plan, go to https://www.envisionhilltop.com/ Hilltop next up on city’s priority list A new plan to transform struggling areas of Columbus’ Hilltop aims to address issues residents have raised in the past year as priorities, including drug addiction and trafficking, living wage jobs and training, and home repair and maintenance. “We really wanted to come up with a plan that focuses on the people,” Nick Bankston, the city’s project manager for neighborhood transformation strategies, said of the Envision Hilltop plan announced Tuesday. The plan is similar to the One Linden plan the city released in October 2018. That plan also included recommendations to reduce crime, rebuild commercial corridors, improve housing and boost job opportunities for residents. But Bankston said the Hilltop plan is different because a lot of its recommendations focus on the root causes of problems facing the neighborhood — from litter and trash to prostitution and drug use — to make the Hilltop again a productive, strong, blue-collar, middle-class neighborhood. “It addresses socioeconomic issues, not just infrastructure ones,” he said. MORE: https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200114/hilltop-next-up-on-cityrsquos-priority-list
  9. And still more about Root. It joins other local startup companies CoverMyMeds and Beam Dental in a documentary on Columbus startups called 'Test City, USA'. CoverMyMeds founding CEO Matt Scantland, Beam Dental CEO Alex Frommeyer and Drive Capital co-founder Mark Kvamme join Root co-founders Alex Timm and Dan Manges in featured interviews: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/09/11/test-city-usa-root-covermymeds-beam-dental.html
  10. Some more about Root Insurance: How Columbus-based Root Inc. is disrupting the $250 billion auto insurance industry with its all-digital, data-driven approach -- https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/09/05/root-shoots-up-how-this-fast-growing-startup-is.html A look at Root's new headquarters inside the recently completed 80 on the Commons -- https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/09/05/slideshow-root-insurances-basks-in-bold-colors.html
  11. A few months ago I made fun off Motorists Insurance rebranding itself as Encova. But after seeing the new market valuation for Columbus-based insurance tech startup Root Insurance, I can see why they rebranded. In today's market, being a "tech company that sells insurance" more valuable than just being an insurance company. Supersized unicorn: Root Insurance leaps to $3.65B valuation with $350M round Root Insurance is now valued at $3.65 billion after a $350 million funding round – the largest single venture capital round ever in the state. The fast-growing Columbus startup was previously the first "unicorn" – a company valued at more than $1 billion – among more than 2,000 insurance technology startups, according to a report from Deloitte. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources close to the deal, recently reported a new funding round has shot the auto insurer's value up to $3.65 billion. That's more than twice the market capitalization of Columbus-based State Auto Insurance. Meanwhile, less than five years after its founding, parent company Root Inc. is closing in on the ranks of the 100 largest employers in Central Ohio, with more than 700 local employees in Columbus, split between its downtown headquarters and an Easton support office. That's almost as big as Grange Insurance, and a significant jump from the 140 employees the company had at this time last year. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/09/09/supersized-unicorn-root-insurance-leaps-to-3-65b.html
  12. Elvis gets another shutout as Columbus beats Boston 3-0 back home in Nationwide tonight. This was a 34-save shutout for Merzlikins and was his second straight after his first career NHL shutout in Vegas on Saturday. The CBJ now have points in 16 of their past 18 games (12-2-4) for a 23-16-8 record - and still in a points-tie with Philly for the WC2 spot in the East.
  13. Now Cora is out as Red Sox manager following the sign stealing scandals: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28485788/alex-cora-red-sox-manager-following-sign-stealing-scandals
  14. CoGo Adding E-Bikes, More Stations Big changes are in store for CoGo, the bike share system with the fixed docking stations that has operated in Columbus since 2013. About 250 e-bikes – bikes that are equipped with a battery that provides a pedal-activated boost – will be added to the system’s fleet this spring, along with five new stations. The new electric bikes will also be equipped with a “hybrid locking technology” that will allow riders to either dock them at a CoGo station or lock them to a public bike rack. Also planned are significant changes to the pricing and operation of the system. Starting on January 29, CoGo bikes will be integrated into the Lyft app, meaning that riders can use their existing Lyft accounts to locate and pay for the bikes. ... Motivate, the company that had operated CoGo since its inception, was acquired by Lyft in 2018 (the City of Columbus owns the bikes and stations, and made the initial investment in the system). MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cogo-adding-e-bikes-more-stations-bw1
  15. The MLB hot stove is boiling over in Houston: It started right after the Astros won the 2019 AL title. During the locker room celebration, an assistant GM harassed a group of female reporters by loudly bragging "how great it was to trade for their closer" (who had been suspended by MLB during the first half of 2019 for domestic violence). That assistant GM was later fired. Then the Astros lose the 2019 World Series. Then in the off-season, a former Astro player tells MLB that the Astros were using video technology to steal pitching signs during their 2017 World Series championship season. MLB investigates and finds this to be true. Yesterday, MLB levies a $5 million fine, loss of 1st and 2nd-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021, and a one-year suspension of their manager and general manager to the Astros. Shortly afterward, the Astros' owner fires both of them. But wait, it gets better: Alex Cora was a bench coach for the 2017 Astros and became manager of the 2018 Boston Red Sox. Then the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series. MLB named Cora as a central figure in Houston's illegal video sign stealing scheme. Now, there is reporting that the Red Sox used the same sign stealing technology during that championship season and that MLB is also investigating. But wait, it gets better: The LA Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series to the Astros and the 2018 World Series to the Red Sox - both teams now implicated in this illegal video sign stealing scandal(!)
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