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Crew SC looks to take advantage of struggling Chicago Fire tonight at 7 p.m.



Columbus Crew SC (11-8-6) hits the road for the second time this week, heading north to face the Chicago Fire (6-15-5) as the two clubs meet for the third time this season on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. ET.

In their last meeting on May 12, Crew SC defeated Chicago 3-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. A penalty kick opener from midfielder Federico Higuain and a brace from forward Gyasi Zardes helped Columbus extend its then-unbeaten streak to five matches.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Fire are coming off of a late defeat at Montreal last Saturday, suffering their ninth straight loss in Major League Soccer. In that fixture, the Fire featured a 3-4-2-1 lineup with Bastian Schweinsteiger starting at center back, a glimpse of their versatility and willingness to change things up.

“They like to move guys into position in a more controlled manner, and I think Schweinsteiger is the tempo-bearer for them,” Trapp said. “[Schweinsteiger] and Dax McCarty as well are always trying to get on the ball and create things for those ahead of them, and they have a striker in Nikolic who last year was the Golden Boot winner and can score a lot of goals. So it’s just about making sure we’re in good defensive positions, posturing side to side, and winning balls when we can.”

With the Fire in the midst of a downturn, every match is a must-win opportunity for Chicago. For Crew SC, Thursday’s match stands as a way to continue solidifying a top-six Conference finish as we approach the final two months of the regular season.

“For them, it’s one of those games they have to win, and for us, it’s also a huge match for us, so we feel like we can hurt them in a lot of ways, it’s just executing with high intensity, high tempo, and just executing the chances we get,” Trapp said.

Chicago holds the all-time series record, 24-19-18, while each time has totaled two wins in the last four match-ups. Additionally, Chicago ranks tied for last in MLS in total shots (261) while conceding the second-most goals in the League with 51, including 23 at Toyota Park.

Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter mentioned how Crew SC’s attitude is critical to coming away from Toyota Park with a positive result.

“I think it’s our mindset,” Berhalter said on Columbus’ chances for success come Thursday. “Understanding what the opponent’s going to be like mentally. Understanding that they will bring the intensity, they will be in a mode where they want to get a win and we have to match that – I think that’s the key to the game.”

In terms of recent play, Crew SC took on Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 19, falling 3-1 and snapping a three-game win streak. Zardes produced Columbus’ only goal in the 50th minute on a hard-hit strike from 20 yards out off the feed from captain Wil Trapp.


*The Fire has lost eight straight and struggling badly and three in a row at home where they used to be invincible. They are tough on Crew SC this year going 1-1-0.

*Crew SC has not won at Toyota Park, located in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, since 2015.

*Crew SC, despite losing at Atlanta United FC on Sunday, is still in 4th place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference



Ohio State Football investigation completed with both Gene Smith and Urban Meyer serving suspensions without pay





Mary Jo Smith Lead Investigator of the OSU Football Probe 8 22 2018


Dr. Michael Drake OSU President On OSU Football Probe 8 22 2018


Gene Smith OSU AD On the Football Probe 8 22 2018


Urban Meyer OSU Football Head Coach On Football Probe 8 22 2018


OSU President Dr. Michael Drake, Gene Smith and Urban Meyer (photo by Bane Rossi)

After consulting with The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, President Michael V. Drake late Wednesday night announced disciplinary actions for Head Football Coach Urban Meyer and Athletics Director Gene Smith based on an investigative report examining the handling of allegations against an assistant coach.

Meyer will be suspended through Sept. 2, 2018, and for the game days of Sept. 1, 8 and 15. This follows his absence from the team’s training camp while he was on paid administrative leave beginning Aug. 1. He will forgo six weeks of compensation.

Smith will be suspended without pay from Aug. 31 through Sept. 16.

“The discipline reflects our collective judgment based on the findings of the investigative report and the independent committee. The board fully supports this conclusion,” Drake said. “We made this decision today based on the facts and our values as a university. We value the truth, and this independent team thoroughly and faithfully sought the truth. We value consensus, and today’s decision represents the collective wisdom of the board and the leadership of our university.”

Mary Jo White, senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, led the independent investigative team.

The investigators interviewed more than 40 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents, including police reports, court filings, employment contracts and relevant university and NCAA rules and policies. The full report is here. Findings from the independent review include:

  • Meyer has a sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses and tries to instill in his players.
  • Although Meyer and Gene Smith failed to adhere to the precise requirements of their contracts, they did so based upon a good faith belief that they did not have sufficient information to trigger a reporting obligation or initiate a disciplinary action against former assistant coach Zach Smith in the absence of law enforcement action.
  • Because other witnesses had the same uncertainties about what triggers university reporting obligations, Ohio State will clarify its requirements and implement additional training to reinforce them.
  • Meyer made misstatements at the Big Ten Media Days, but those misstatements were not part of a cover-up effort to keep Zach Smith on the coaching staff.
  • In light of the investigation’s identification of multiple examples of inappropriate conduct by Zach Smith while employed as an assistant football coach, Meyer and Gene Smith went too far in allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of that misconduct.

“I know the impact that the events of the last three weeks have had on this institution – an institution that I love – and how challenging this has been for our community and our president, a man for whom I have great respect. And for that, I am deeply sorry,” Meyer said. “I am fully aware that I am ultimately responsible for this situation that has harmed the university as a whole, our Department of Athletics and our football program. I want to also apologize to Buckeye Nation.

“The suspensions are tough, but I fully accept them.”

Gene Smith said that prior to the start of his suspension, he will consult with Ryan Day to reaffirm his continued service as acting head coach.

“I fully support the findings of the report and the subsequent actions that the university has taken,” Smith said.

“I want to thank our university community and all of Buckeye Nation for their understanding and humbly ask them for their continued support of our student-athletes – particularly our football team as they have prepared for the start of another season and academic year through all of this.”

An independent working group formed by trustees to direct the work of the investigative team was led by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson and included former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and current university trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate.



Nationwide honors 2018 NCHC patient champion Zander Craig with $10,000 college scholarship





Nationwide Awards Scholarship to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient

Zander Craig of Findlay, Ohio, receives $10,000 college scholarship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship


COLUMBUS, Ohio –Nationwide, a founding partner of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (NCHC) golf tournament, surprised 14-year-old cancer survivor and NCHC patient champion Zander Craig with a $10,000 college scholarship Thursday morning. The presentation was made with the help of a taped message from Nationwide spokesperson Peyton Manning prior to the first round of play at the Tour Finals event at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. The proceeds from the tournament benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


“Nationwide is very proud of our 60-plus year relationship with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, America’s largest children’s hospital and pediatric research center,” said Jim McCoy, associate vice president of sports marketing and sponsorships at Nationwide. “Zander’s story is one of perseverance and triumph. We’re thrilled to be able to present this scholarship to him as our way of paying tribute to every patient and family that has been touched by the amazing work being done by the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.”


Zander’s family first noticed something was wrong with him when he was just nine years old after his left arm stopped working correctly. They also noticed changes in Zander’s personality that caused them concern.


Desperate for answers, Zander and his family turned to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in March 2015. An MRI revealed he had extensive brain tumors. Just five days after his diagnosis, Zander was in a 10-hour surgery to remove the largest of several tumors. After just under three weeks spent in the recovery and rehab unit, Zander defied all odds by walking out of Nationwide Children’s on his own.


Zander’s fight isn’t over. He had surgery again in June 2015 to remove another tumor and every three to four months has an MRI to monitor the growth of the inoperable tumors that remain. However, nothing stops Zander from thriving and living his life to the fullest. As a freshman at Findlay High School, he recently made the junior varsity golf team.


“My wife Kim and I talk about the hospital a lot. Just the environment, the staff, the friendliness of the people, the doctors…it’s amazing,” said David Craig, Zander’s father. “When you walk in there as a parent, you have so many thoughts going through your head to begin with. But when you spend time there, they put you at ease and are so supportive. We’re in awe to have the opportunity to bring awareness not only to Zander’s medical situation but what Nationwide Children’s has done for him as an individual.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital remains the cornerstone beneficiary of Nationwide. Through Nationwide’s sponsorships of NASCAR, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship golf tournament, and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, Nationwide sports marketing platforms helped raise more than $6 million for the hospital in 2017. In all, Nationwide sports sponsorships have raised more than $27 million for the hospital since 2011.


“We continue to thank Nationwide for their incredible generosity to our patients and families,” said Niki Shafer, senior vice president of outreach, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This particular gift is one that will impact Zander and his family for years to come.”


For more information about Nationwide Children’s Hospital or to make a donation, visit


About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at


About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit


Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.



Nationwide Children’s Championship: Benefiting the Children!





Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The 2017 tournament raised a single-season record donation for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s in the amount of $2,004,065. To date the tournament has raised more than $9.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital everything matters to us. Because when it’s your child, everything matters to you.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been caring for sick and injured children and adolescents for more than 120 years. Today, we are America’s 4th largest and busiest pediatric hospital and research center serving patients from all 50 states, and 21 foreign countries. In 2012, the hospital expects to care for children during more than one million patient visits annually.  Nationwide Children’s offers services in every pediatric specialty with a staff of more than 8,500 physicians, scientists and support staff ensuring the best possible care.  Our impact goes far beyond the downtown Columbus campus with 68 facilities extending out across Ohio and beyond. It’s the pediatric expertise every child needs. Whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Nationwide Children’s believes that no child should be refused necessary care and attention for lack of ability to pay. Our mission is best described by the acronym “CARES”: Nationwide Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of Care, Advocacy, Research, Education, and Service to patients and families in central Ohio and beyond, without regard for their ability to pay. To that end, we provide more than $116 million in uncompensated care and community benefits ever year, all in support of the vision to create optimal health for every child in our community.

At Nationwide Children’s, we are creating the future of pediatric health care. We consider every detail.  Every decision. Every aspect of the care we provide for every child. From the child who comes to us with pediatric cancer, congenital heart disease, or cystic fibrosis. To the child who comes to us with a sprain, a broken bone, or a simple fever. Here, the future health and potential of all children is being shaped. Here, our doctors are revolutionizing your child’s health and the health of future generations.

Our patients range in age from neonates to young adults. Our mission is for those patients to survive and to continue living normal, healthy lives with their families. Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital treats a full array of blood disorders, cancers, immune-deficiency disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes and inherited metabolic storage diseases. We are proud to announce that Nationwide Children’s Hospital ranks 16th in the specialty ranking of cancer in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 Edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. In fact, Nationwide Children’s is listed among America’s best in every pediatric specialty ranked by US News.

We are relentless in our pursuit of answers.  Which is why our doctors are also researchers.  And why we’re an international leader in pediatric research.  Every question developed at the patient bedside has a place in the lab and someone there working passionately to answer it. To ensure we keep with our mission, we are setting a path for our future. We partner with the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine to train the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric specialists and scientists.

At Nationwide Children’s, we recognize that our work is far too important for us not to be the very best at it. And we’re nationally recognized for doing so.  For the fifth straight year, we’ve been ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”  We were the first freestanding pediatric hospital in Ohio to achieve magnet status, designating us as a hospital that provides world -class patient care and innovation in nursing practice. The Research Institute is ranked in the top 10 for National Institutes of Health funding among free-standing children’s hospitals.

And we got here by remembering one thing:  When your child needs a hospital, everything matters.



Nationwide Children’s Championship: Past winners and runner-ups



Peter Uihlein holds the trophy after winning 2017 event in Columbus, Ohio

Past Winners

2007 Daniel Summerhays 278 Chad Collins 280
Chris Nallen 280
2008 Bill Lunde 279 Dustin Bray 280
2009 Derek Lamely* 273 Rickie Fowler 273
2010 D.J. Brigman 274 Jamie Lovemark 275
2011 Harris English 270 John Peterson 271
Kyle Reifers 271
2012 Ben Kohles* 272 Luke Guthrie 272
2013 Seung-Yul Noh 272 Edward Loar 277
2014 Justin Thomas* 278 Richard Sterne 278
2015 Andrew Loupe 279 Bronson Burgoon 281
Roberto Castro 281
Tom Hoge 281
2016 Grayson Murray 272 Cameron Smith 273
2017 Peter Uihlein 270 Ryan Armour 271
*Won in playoff


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