What you missed in Columbus for July 12
A Florida doctor is arrested in the assassination of Haiti's president; Italy defeats England in a Euro 2020 penalty shootout; a new Short North arts space from Chris Corso.
The New York Times reports that 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian-born doctor based in Florida, has been arrested as a key suspect in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Though Sanon is reportedly a central figure, about two dozen others have also been arrested in the plot.
The Ohio Capital Journal combed through thousands of pages of the recently passed $74 billion state budget to highlight some obscure items that made the cut, including the removal of a prohibition against selling alcohol during bingo games.
On Friday, the Dispatch reported that Mike Schiff, principal of the development firm Schiff Capital Partners, and Chris Corso, owner of the restaurant company Corso Ventures, are partnering on a Short North arts space, "Local Art-Short North," at a yet-to-be-named location. The space will provide a free display venue for up to a dozen artists, who would be picked by a committee and would rotate every three to nine months.
It was a big weekend for sports, especially international soccer. On Sunday, Italy bested England in the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer tournament, defeating the Brits in a penalty shootout. (Italy's win comes after the country didn't even qualify for the World Cup in 2018.) Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America, giving Lionel Messi a long-awaited trophy with his national team.
Last night, the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Haiti 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage. Columbus Crew striker Gyasi Zardes played every minute of the match and assisted the team's only goal. The Columbus connection carried over to Haiti's team, too, with Crew winger Derrick Etienne, Jr., the son of a former Haitian International player, threatening the USMNT on a couple of chances.
Speaking of the Crew, on Friday the Black & Gold traveled to Cincinnati for another edition of the "Hell is Real" rivalry. FC Cincinnati put the Crew down two goals in the first 40 minutes, and in the 42nd minute, Columbus found itself down a man after Harrison Afful left the match on his second yellow card. Defying odds, the Crew battled back, with star player Lucas Zelarayan scoring in first-half stoppage time and later assisting Miguel Berry in the second half (it was Berry's second MLS game and first MLS goal) for the equalizer. After the 2-2 draw, Crew Head Coach Caleb Porter walked over to the Cincinnati stands and shushed the crowd.
In tennis, Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon men’s singles championship and Australian Ashleigh Barty became the women's Wimbledon champion.