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Match Day as the improved Crew SC travels to Chicago for 2:00 game today at Toyota Park

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Black & Gold face Chicago in the second of three regular-season meetings between the clubs this season

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (3-1-1, 10 points) travels to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (1-1-2, 5 points) tomorrow, Saturday, April 8. The match kicks-off at 2:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on ABC-6, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on ABC-6 begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.


Crew SC and Chicago met in Opening Match, presented by MAPFRE Insurance, on March 4, 2017 in Columbus. Ethan Finlay put the Black & Gold ahead in the 17th minute (assisted by Justin Meram) but Chicago was able to draw level in the second half through a second-half goal by David Accam (assisted by John Goossens). Saturday’s match marks the 60th all-time regular-season meeting between the two Eastern Conference clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time regular-season record of 17-24-18 against Chicago. Crew SC has scored in each of its last three regular-season matches against the Men in Red.


Last Saturday, Crew SC hosted Orlando City SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Midfielder Justin Meram scored early in the first half (13’) through an assist by Artur to put the Black & Gold ahead. Meram then scored a 77th-minute goal (assisted by Federico Higuain) to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. The 2-0 win over the Lions was Crew SC’s third win and second shutout of the season. The club has now won three consecutive games dating back to a 2-0 win over D.C. at RFK Stadium on March 18, 2017.


Meram has now scored three goals this season, with all three goals coming in his last two matches. Last Saturday’s brace was the second of Meram’s career and first since 2014. Federico Higuain notched his second assist of the season and 37th regular-season assist for Crew SC in 128 appearances (123 starts). Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his second regular-season shut-out and third regular-season win for the Black & Gold.


Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire

Saturday, April 8 – 2:00 p.m. ET – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)


Regional Television: ABC-6 (coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 1:30 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide:

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on

International Television: FOX Sports Latin America (Latin America), Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East, North Africa), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia), FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa)




Blue Jackets try again for elusive 50th win as they travel to Philadelphia, 12:30 game today

Wells Fargo Center outside at night By PHL Approach, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https










Apr. 8, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Flyers ||  Wells Fargo Center  ||  12:30 pm ET



Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)
The Matchup
Columbus: 49-23-8  (106 pts.)  || 21-11-7 (49 pts.) on Road  || 3rd Metropolitan  || 3.03 GF / 2.34 GA
Philadelphia: 38-33-9 (85 pts)  || 24-11-4 (52 pts.) at Home  || 6th Metropolitan  || 2.56 GF / 2.83 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 15-9-3 (5-7-1 on Road)
2016-17: Jan. 8 – at CBJ 2, PHI 1 (OT)… Mar. 13 – CBJ 5, at PHI 3… Mar. 25 – at CBJ 1, PHI 0… Apr. 8 at Philadelphia
2015-16: Dec. 5- CBJ 4, at PHI 1… Dec. 19 – at CBJ 3, PHI 2 (SO)… Mar. 5 – at PHI 6, CBJ 0… Mar. 22 – at CBJ 3, PHI 2 (SO) 

*  Columbus is 13-2-0 vs. Philadelphia since Dec. 21, 2013, including 5-2-0 on the road
*  Five of the past 10 games in the series have been decided after regulation (all Jackets wins)

*  Columbus plays its final of 19 back-to-backs to end the season and are 21-9-5 so far in back-to-backs (12-4-2 in first game)
*  The Blue Jackets are 12-0-0 in matinee games (5pm or earlier local time) and have outscored opponents 46-21
*  The Jackets’ 49 points on the road are tied for the most in a single season in club history (2014-15; 23-15-3)
Blue Jackets:
* 10  Alexander Wennberg - Leads the club in assists and ranks second in points (13-45-58) and his 45 assists are 4th-T most in a single season in club history (Ryan Johansen, 2014-15)
* 20  Brandon Saad - Notched his third multi-goal/13th multi-point game of the season on Thursday and he’s tied his career high in assists (2014-15) and points (2015-16) with 24-29-53
* 17  Wayne Simmonds - Leads the Flyers in goals and is fourth in points with 30-22-52, registering his second-straight 30-goal campaign
* 93  Jakub Voracek - Leads the club in scoring and ranks second in assists with 19-41-60 in 80 games and has 4-10-14 in 16 career games vs. his former team


MLB suspends five minor league players for drug violations

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced this week that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

San Francisco Giants Minor League right-handed pitcher Jose Dominguez has received a 142-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Dominguez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, is effective immediately.

New York Yankees Minor League left-handed pitcher Miguel Sulbaran has received a 25-game suspension without pay following a violation of the program. The suspension of Sulbaran, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

The following three players, all of whom are on their respective Club’s rookie-level Dominican Summer League roster, have each received suspensions for performance-enhancing substance violations, effective at the start of the 2017 DSL season:

  • Seattle Mariners Minor League right-handed pitcher Frank Encarnacion has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
  • Detroit Tigers Minor League right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
  • Mariners Minor League right-handed pitcher Andy Taveras has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.




MLB suspends Pirates minor league pitcher

Junior Lopez (courtesy Bradenton Marauders)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced this week that Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League right-handed pitcher Junior Lopez has received a 25-game suspension without pay following a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Lopez, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League, is effective immediately.


MLB mourns loss of executive Katy Feeney

Katy Feeney








Major League Baseball issued the following statement regarding the recent passing of Katy Feeney, MLB’s former Senior Vice President for Scheduling & Club Relations:

“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by the news of Katy’s passing. She was one of the game’s most dedicated executives. Overseeing the schedule, Katy long held one of the most challenging positions in the sport. Be it in that capacity, at the All-Star Game or throughout the Postseason, Katy’s unmatched work ethic allowed her to serve our Clubs with excellence throughout a decorated career. For decades, Katy carried on her family’s great baseball tradition and became a mentor to many young officials. In particular, she was one of the leading pioneers to the female executives of our game. Her friends and colleagues will never forget Katy’s unwavering commitment to Baseball and her many contributions to the National Pastime.”

Feeney joined the office of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs in 1977 and ascended to supervise the NL’s scheduling and public relations functions. When the NL and the American League Office merged with the Office of the Commissioner in 2000, Feeney directed the construction of the entire Major League schedule and managed many weather-related issues that affected the schedule.

Feeney was the daughter of Charles “Chub” Feeney, a longtime executive with the New York and San Francisco Giants and the former President of the National League. Katy was a University of California-Berkeley graduate and the 1994 recipient of the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations excellence, presented annually to the active, non-uniformed representative of Major League Baseball whose ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism and humanitarianism best represent the standards propounded by the former executive.




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