What you missed in Columbus for July 13

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Crew SC striker Gyasi Zardes (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against FC Cincinnati during the first half of their Saturday night match in the MLS Is Back tournament in Orlando.

This weekend signaled the beginning of the return of live sports. In the Crew's first match since the pause of the MLS season back in March due to coronavirus, the team dispatched of rivals FC Cincinnati with flair and ease, winning 4-0 in Orlando during the MLS Is Back Tournament.

In a late-night reboot of the rivalry now known by the tagline "Hell is Real," Lucas Zelarayan — the new face of the Crew — continued to live up to the hype. The Argentinian midfielder won a free kick early in the first half and delivered a spectacular goal from just outside the box in the right side. Later, he delivered a perfect cross to Gyasi Zardes, who had two goals on the night. Offensively, it was everything you wanted to see from the Crew, though time will tell whether the team, which was missing Pedro Santos, can do the same against clubs with more talent than the unimpressive Cincinnati squad.

In golf, which is sort of a sport, Collin Morikawa won the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club ahead of the Memorial Tournament, which begins Thursday.

The Blue Jackets are on track to return to play at the end of the month, but Buckeye football looks way more up in the air. One change is for sure: Ohio State will only play conference opponents. But even that is an open question. “We may not have sports in the fall. We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.

Speaking of football, some NFL news: The Washington Redskins are retiring their name and logo. A new name has not been announced.


In non-sports news, President Trump remained entirely within his character and commuted the sentence of friend and former adviser Roger Stone, who had been sentenced to 40 months in prison after being convicted of seven felonies, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney criticized the move on Twitter, calling the decision "unprecedented, historic corruption."


In addition to the Ringer's recent deep dive into the world of alt-weeklies, take some time to read these two good-but-depressing looks at the state of local news: The New York Times has the story of Evan Brandt, who is quite possibly the last reporter covering Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and who made an unannounced visit to the president of Alden Global Capital, the owner of his paper. And at The Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan reflects on the decline of local news during her long tenure as a journalist.