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Crew SC, with rare three-game losing streak, travels to Houston

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finishes stretch of three matches in eight days against one of MLS’ tough home teams

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (4-4-1, 13 pts.) travels to face the Houston Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) at BBVA Compass Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, April 27. The match begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ashley Collins on the call. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 1460 AM ESPN & 97.1 HD2 and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against the Houston Dynamo is the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 and marks the Crew’s third match in a span of eight days.

Columbus Crew SC ventures to Houston to take on a Dynamo side that has proven itself among the best teams in Major League Soccer at home since last summer, while the Black & Gold look to avoid their first four-match losing streak since 2005.

After losing three straight at home last summer, Houston is 6-1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium since, averaging 2.3 goals per game.

Offensively for Houston, both forward Alberth Elis and midfielder Memo Rodriguez lead the team with four goals while forward Mauro Manotas holds a team-high four assists – two of which were game-winners – in addition to two goals. As a team, the Dynamo are completing 71.7 percent of their passes in the final third and 75.7% in the opponent’s half, fourth and fifth best in the league, respectively.

Columbus (4-4-1, 13 pts), meanwhile, enters Saturday’s match with a 1-2-0 road record, having most recently dropped an away tilt at Montreal via a 1-0 score line. Since Crew SC’s setback against the Impact, the Club has gone 0-2-0 in two consecutive home matches despite overall solid play.

Historically, Columbus has recorded one win in 12 games at BBVA Compass Stadium, while Houston holds an all-time home record of 5-1-6 against the Black & Gold. Crew SC’s last match in Houston came on March 11, 2017, with the Dynamo prevailing 3-1.

Through six games this season, the Dynamo (4-1-1, 13 pts.) have totaled 13 goals, the second-most in the League of any team who has played six games or less (Toronto, 18). Of those 13 goals, eight have come at BBVA Compass Stadium. Notably, however, is that Houston is unbeaten at home this season with a 3-0-1 record, but has conceded at least one goal in each of their six overall matches.

Meanwhile, the Crew come into the weekend ranked in the top five League-wide in corners (39), successful open crosses (15), and successful corners into the box (9).

On the defensive end for Columbus, Zack Steffen has saved 82.9% of the shots he has faced this season, the best of any keeper (min. 400 mins played), while as a team, the Crew have conceded nine goals (t-5th in MLS) and posted four shutouts (t-2nd).

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BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dynamo 2012 photo By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https commons.wikimedia.org

 




Blue Jackets ready for Game 2 at Boston, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-Finals; Bruins up 1-0

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Cup Playoffs || Eastern Conference Semifinals || Game 2

Apr. 27, 2019 || Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins || TD Garden || 8 pm ET

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information

Television: NBC (Doc Emrick/Mike Milbury/Brian Boucher)

Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott/Jody Shelley)

The Matchup

Columbus: 4-1 in Playoffs  || 2-1 on Road  || 4.20 GF / 2.20 GA

Boston: 5-3 in Playoffs  || 3-2 at Home  || 3.25 GF / 2.38 GA

All-Time Series (Regular Season and Playoffs)

Columbus: 12-12-7 (5-6-4 on Road)
2018-19: Mar. 12 – at CBJ 7, BOS 4… Mar. 16 – at BOS 2, CBJ 1 (OT)… Apr. 2 – BOS 6, at CBJ 2

2019 Playoffs: Apr. 25 – at BOS 3, CBJ 2 (OT)… Apr. 27 – at Boston… Apr. 30 – at Columbus… May 2 – at Columbus … May 4* – at Boston… May 6* – at Columbus… May 8* – at Boston
2017-18: Oct. 30  at CBJ 4, BOS 3 (SO)… Dec. 18 – at BOS 7, CBJ 2… Mar. 19 – CBJ 5, at BOS 4 (OT)

*  Columbus is 4-3-1 in the past eight games vs. Boston and 3-3-2 in the past seven road contests in the series

*  The winning team has scored three or more goals in 10 of the past 11 meetings

*  Columbus played in its first overtime game of the 2019 postseason on Thursday at Boston, falling to 4-4 all-time in games decided after regulation (3-2 on the road)
*  The Blue Jackets fell for just the second time in the past 14 games on Thursday (both vs. Boston) and have outscored their opponents 55-25 over that stretch
*  The Jackets killed off all four of the Bruins’ power play chances on Thursday and are 9-of-10 on the penalty kill in the postseason

Blue Jackets:

* 3  Seth Jones - Has collected multiple points in back-to-back games (1-3-4) with two assists on Thursday and has assists in three-straight games (1-4-5)

* 9  Artemi Panarin - Panarin, who set CBJ single-season club records for assists and points with 28-59-87, has posted points in all five playoff games (2-4-6)

* 72  Sergei Bobrovsky - The netminder, who led the league in shutouts (nine) and finished second in wins (37) during the regular season, fell for the first time in the 2019 postseason (4-1, 2.16 GAA, .929 SV%)

 

Bruins:

* 13 Charlie Coyle - Notched the third period tying goal and overtime winner on Thursday and leads the Bruins in goals in the postseason with five

* 40  Tuukka Rask - Went 27-13-5, 2.48 and .912 SV% in 46 games during the 2018-19 regular season and is 40-33 with a 2.25 GAA and .924 SV% in 73 career playoff games

* 63  Brad Marchand - Ranked fifth-T in the NHL in scoring during the regular season with 36-64-100 and led the Bruins in scoring during the first round with 4-5-9

TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, seen from the Rose Kennedy Greenway By Nywalton, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Destroyers are back and ready to roll at Albany Empire tonight

PORTIONS OF GAME PREVIEW FROM COLUMBUS DESTROYERS, ALBANY EMPIRE, WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS

 

 

 

The Arena Football League has been around for 32 long years with various degrees of success and much excitement, confused and disorderly action. But one thing is a constant, the league treats the fans to pass-happy teams, high-scoring shootouts, free footballs kicked or thrown into the stands and inaction with the players.

Tonight, the new Columbus Destroyers go to upstate New York to begin the 2019 season.

Columbus had a very successful run in the AFL from 2004 to 2008. That is why the league brought them back into the fold. The Destroyers will play home games at Nationwide Arena.

The AFL, now with more local ownership and run by more successful businessmen instead of people who just want to run a team, will add four more franchises in 2020. The league has six teams and runs from April through late July with the top four teams making the playoffs.

Columbus has a young offensive unit which is still a work in progress. So the coaching staff, led by head coach Matthew Sauk, expects the defense to lead the way in the early games.

The defensive unit is the strength of the team. They have four players who have been All-Arena Football League in the past.

After a long offseason, the Empire are ready to get back on the field and settle unfinished business in the team’s sophomore season.  The road to ArenaBowl XXXII begins against the League’s newest franchise, the Columbus Destroyers, who return to the AFL after an 11-year hiatus. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. in the Times Union Center.

The first matchup to come into play is the Empire’s loud and pumped up crowd versus the Destroyers.  Last season, Albany averaged nearly 10,000 fans per game – more than any other team in the League.  The Times Union Center would be deafening at times during Empire home games last year, making it a tall task for opponents to come out of the Capital Region with a win.  Columbus’ trip to Albany will be their first game for the franchise in over a decade.

The next matchup to lookout for is between the Empire offensive line against the Destroyers’ defensive line.  Albany returns the entire offensive line from the end of the 2018 regular season.  Last year, the Empire surrendered a mere four sacks all season – a League low.  Hayworth Hicks secured Offensive Lineman of the Year and was joined by Ryan Cave on the First Team All-Arena list.  Mo Ruffins joined the unit late last season, but made his presence known as the Empire did not allow a single sack since Ruffins was inserted into the lineup.  In the backfield stands fullback Mykel Benson who provides quarterback, Tommy Grady, protection from the opposing mac linebackers.  Benson also gives the Empire a running game making the Albany offense a dual threat.  The Empire also acquired offensive lineman, Jordan Mudge, the League’s 2016 Offensive Lineman of the Year to help out in the trenches.

The key to victory in this matchup is to keep a clean pocket for Grady.  The offensive line was a wall for Grady last year which was a key reason to the Empire’s success, boasting the most potent offense in the League.  Grady’s MVP campaign is in large part to hardly getting touched as the offensive line stood tall while Grady hurled 81 touchdowns on the season.  It won’t be an easy task however, as Columbus has stacked up on the defensive line position, adding a good mix of League veterans and rookies.  Starting at the mac linebacker position, the Destroyers picked up Derrick Summers, who spent 2018 with the Empire and earned Second Team All-Arena honors.  Summers has a knack for getting to the quarterback as the eight-year veteran finds himself inside of the top ten on the all-time sack list. More veterans such as Khreem Smith, KC Obi, and Terrance Taylor will be part of the defensive unit lined up in the trenches, all of which have made careers out of making opposing quarterback’s lives difficult.  If the Empire offensive line can keep a clean pocket for Grady, he will have time to find and utilize all of his weapons, picking up right where he left off a season ago.

The Columbus Destroyers’ 24-man roster is set for the 2019 season. Check out the roster below to see who will be taking the field Saturday against the Albany Empire!

POS # NAME HT. WT. DOB COLLEGE HOMETOWN
DB 1 Brandon Stephens 5’11 200 12/4/1987 Miami, OH Strongsville, OH
WR 2 Donovan Morgan 6’2 210 7/29/1982 Pearl River CC New Orleans, LA
WR 5 Anthony Amos 5’11 185 8/2/1990 Middle Tennessee Fayetteville, NC
DL 6 Sydney Omameh 6’3 250 2/21/1993 Grand Valley State Columbus, OH
QB 7 Danny Southwick 6’1 200 9/28/1981 Occidental Provo, UT
MAC 8 K.C. Obi 6’2 250 9/14/1990 North Texas Mission Hills, CA
WR 9 Jenson Stoshak 6’1 195 4/1/1994 Florida Atlantic Jacksonville, FL
DB 10 Varmah Sonie 5’8 180 7/8/1990 Northern Iowa Burnsville, MN
DB 11 Jordan Thomas 6’0 185 1/12/1996 Oklahoma Klein, TX
QB 12 Grant Russell 6’3 200 9/26/1995 Ohio Dominican Newark, OH
WR 13 Paul Revis 5’7 170 8/20/1994 Western Oregon Scappoose, OR
WR 15 Kenny Cook 6’4 209 5/20/1992 Gardner Webb Cross Hill, SC
K 19 Craig Peterson 6’3 220 7/18/1985 Cortland Burnt Hills, NY
DB 21 Aaron Ivory 6’1 202 4/21/1996 Findlay Cleveland, OH
DB 23 LaRico Stevenson 5’11 205 8/22/1984 West Georgia Olive Branch, MS
OL 25 Miles Mason 6’4 305 8/25/1989 Utah Los Angeles, CA
OL 43 Jovann Letuli 6’3 340 8/18/1996 Akron San Diego, CA
OL 44 Faleaoga Russell 6’5 345 9/14/1992 Lincoln University Compton, CA
MAC 50 Derrick Summers 6’1 260 6/19/1988 Toledo Southfield, MI
DL 58 Khreem Smith 6’3 270 7/7/1979 Oklahoma State St. James Parish, Jamaica
OL 65 Daronte Bouldin 6’6 341 12/14/1994 Mississippi Canton, MS
DL 67 Terrance Taylor 6’0 320 5/14/1986 Michigan Muskegon, MI
OL 75 Nathan Isles 6’6 350 1/4/1992 North Carolina A&T Atlanta, GA
DL 99 Nick Seither 6’3 290 3/2/1993 Georgetown College Hamilton, OH

 

Additional players include WR Julian Lowe from Gahanna/Otterbein and Trevon Saunders from Africentric/Urbana will start the season on injured reserve. Another WR, Garry Brown from Westerville South/California, Pa. is suspended.

New Sports Fantasy Game launched by Draft Kings and Arena Football League

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY THE AFL, DRAFT KINGS; COURTESY COLUMBUS DESTROYERS COMMUNICATIONS

 

(courtesy Draft Kings)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSTON, MA – DraftKings and the Arena Football League (AFL) have partnered to launch a new daily fantasy sports game ahead of the AFL’s 2019 season. Customers can now submit contest entries and get even closer to the fast-paced action on the turf that begins April 26th. This AFL offering is the 12th daily fantasy sports category for DraftKings, making the company the leader in available sports among fantasy operators.

 

“The fast-paced games of the AFL and zeal of its fans will enable a new customer base that loves sports just as much as we do to interact with our products,” said Greg Karamitis, SVP of Fantasy Sports at DraftKings. “The AFL is, and will continue to be, excellent partners in enhancing the entertainment experience for these dedicated fans every weekend for the 2019 season.”

 

With the AFL expanding its presence from four to six teams in 2019, DraftKings’ data capabilities will source game and player information at every moment of play for fans to leverage in their daily fantasy selections. Customers can enjoy special DraftKings Classic and Showdown modes for AFL contests, constructing lineups of six players while staying within a $50,000 salary cap range and designating a “captain” slot that grants one player a bonus multiplier. Classic contests will require selecting players from more than one game, while Showdown contests must include players from each team.

 

“We are very excited to be working with DraftKings and know our fans will love playing the fantasy football games DraftKings developed for the AFL,” said Randall Boe, AFL Commissioner. “We want the AFL to be the most innovative league in sports and working with leaders and pioneers like DraftKings is a great fit.”

 

As football represents the most popular sport on DraftKings, this expansion into Arena Football League daily fantasy contests helps further diversify offerings and address customer demand. Additionally, the DraftKings Sportsbook will offer fans the opportunity to wager on games throughout the AFL season. To engage with the new product, players can either head to www.draftkings.com or download the DraftKings app via iOS and Android.

 

ABOUT DRAFTKINGS

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 12 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

 

ABOUT THE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Arena Football League (AFL) enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, OH, the League totals six teams, all of which will play 12 regular-season games in2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The League can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit ColumbusDestroyers.com or stop by the Big Lots! Box Office at Nationwide Arena to get your seats today! For partnership opportunities, please click HERE. Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.

 

2019 Destroyers Games to be broadcast on WWHO CW TV Columbus

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS DESTROYERS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

(courtesy WWHO TV)

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Destroyers have a new broadcast television home when they take the field in 2019. All twelve games will be televised.   The “CW Columbus” WWHO-TV 53 will be broadcasting seven of the team’s twelve games live.  The remaining five games will air live on the CW’s sister station WSYX-TV 6.2.

 

 

“This is a very exciting announcement for Columbus Destroyer and Arena Football fans across central Ohio.” commented Tony D’Angelo, General Manager of ABC 6, FOX 28, and the CW Columbus.  “We are all looking forward to the return of the Destroyers, and now fans have the opportunity to watch every regular season game on television this season.”

 

The Destroyers first game kicks off at 7pm on Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Albany Empire.  Saturday’s game will be broadcast on WSYX-TV 6.2.  The “CW Columbus” WWHO-TV and WSYX-TV 6.2 are always available to be watched over the air.  The CW Columbus is also available through all local cable and satellite providers.  Viewers are encouraged to check their local listings for time and channel.

 

ABOUT SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns (WSYX-TV) and operates Cunningham-owned (WTTE-TV) through a Local Marketing Agreement.  Manhan Media-owned WWHO-TV is managed by a Shared Services Agreement.  Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 191 television stations in 89 markets. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and operates the greatest number of award-winning news rooms in the industry and is dedicated to impactful journalism with a local focus. The Company has multiple national networks, live local sports production, as well as stations affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net

 

ABOUT THE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Arena Football League (AFL) enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to a significant number of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, OH, the League totals six teams, all of which will play 12 regular-season games in2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The League can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

 

The Columbus Destroyers are members of the Arena Football League (AFL) and make their return to Nationwide Arena this summer! Interested in purchasing tickets? Call (614) 228-5518, visit ColumbusDestroyers.com or stop by the Big Lots! Box Office at Nationwide Arena to get your seats today! For partnership opportunities, please click HERE. Be sure to follow the Destroyers on Twitter @AFLDestroyers, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFLDestroyers, and on Instagram @AFLDestroyers.