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Miami University Men’s Skating Program starts French Cup competition

January 31, 2020


Miami posted a short program score of 63.58 in Friday’s competition.

ROUEN, France – For the third-straight competition, Miami’s senior synchronized skating program posted a short program score above 63 as it began competition at the French Cup on Friday.

The RedHawks notched a score of 63.58 with their Rise Up Themed program, compiling an element score of 33.98 along with a component score of 30.60. A fall did cost the Red & White a point as it sits sixth in the team standings.

Miami resumes competition by performing its free skate at roughly 9:33 p.m. local time (3:33 p.m. ET) on Saturday. The RedHawks’ collegiate team also skates at Synchro Illinois and results along with a recap for both competitions will be provided on



In a surprising move, Crew SC trades popular team captain, local product, Wil Trapp to Inter Miami

January 31, 2020


Black & Gold receive up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot from expansion side Inter Miami CF


COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC on Friday announced that it has acquired up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 MLS season from expansion side Inter Miami CF in exchange for midfielder Wil Trapp. Crew SC immediately receives $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020 and a 2020 international roster spot from Inter Miami CF. Crew SC would receive an additional $200,000 in General Allocation Money in 2021 should additional conditions be met. Additionally, in the event Inter Miami CF permanently transfers Trapp to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee.

“First and foremost, we want to thank Wil for his seven years of contributions on and off the field while a member of the First Team of Crew SC,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This was certainly a difficult decision to make, but headed into the final year of Wil’s contract, we were presented with an opportunity that we felt would mutually benefit both the Club and the player.”

Wil Trapp

Continued Bezbatchenko: “Wil represented his hometown Club and country proudly during his time with Crew SC and continues to serve as a model for a path to the professional level through the Academy system. As he enters the next chapter of his career, we truly wish him the best and appreciate what he has meant to Columbus.”

A Crew SC Academy product, Trapp signed a Homegrown Player contract with Crew SC on December 13, 2012. In 2013, his rookie season, Trapp made 16 regular-season appearances (all starts) and provided one assist en route to earning the Crew’s Breakout Performance of the Year award. The following year he was named team Vice Captain and went on to make 28 regular-season appearances (all starts), scoring one goal and registering four assists. Trapp also played in the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game as a part of the 2014 MLS All-Star Game festivities.

In 2015, Trapp made 19 regular-season appearances (17 starts) and was a pivotal player in Crew SC’s run to MLS Cup as he started in all five of the team’s MLS Cup Playoff matches. The following year, the midfielder made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) while notching one assist. That same season, Trapp was named to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game roster, becoming the first Crew SC Academy product in Club history to receive that honor. 2017 saw Trapp be named team Captain, and the midfielder went on to register 3,035 regular-season minutes of action – more than any other player that season – as he made a career-high 34 regular-season appearances (all starts) and recorded a career-high of five assists while helping the Black & Gold reach the Eastern Conference Championship.

Trapp made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) for the Crew in 2018, with the midfielder tallying one goal and one assist. Also in 2018, Trapp was named Crew SC’s Humanitarian of the Year for his work in the Columbus community. This past season, the midfielder made 28 regular-season appearances, providing four assists. In all, Trapp made 185 regular-season appearances (179 starts) while recording two goals and 19 assists for the Black & Gold during his seven seasons in Columbus. He leaves the Crew as the player with the fifth-most regular-season matches started, fifth-most regular-season minutes played (15,934), and as the player with the seventh-most regular-season matches played.

At the international level, Trapp has earned 20 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team since making his debut in a 2015 friendly against Chile (January 28). The midfielder most recently started for the U.S. in a friendly against Mexico (September 6, 2019). Trapp had previously featured for the U.S. at the Under-14, U-15, U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels. In 2013, he was named U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year.

Crew SC’s 2020 MLS preseason continues with the Black & Gold currently in Cancun, Mexico before traveling to Tucson, Arizona on February 10 to participate in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup.

The Black & Gold begin the 2020 MLS regular season at MAPFRE Stadium against New York City FC, on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tickets to all matches on the Crew SC home schedule are available now online at or via phone. For access to purchasing FC Cincinnati tickets, call 614-447-CREW. Local broadcast and promotional schedule information will be released at a later date.

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires up to $300,000 in Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 MLS season from expansion side Inter Miami CF in exchange for midfielder Wil Trapp. Crew SC immediately receives $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020 and a 2020 international roster spot from Inter Miami CF. Crew SC would receive an additional $200,000 in General Allocation Money in 2021 should additional conditions be met. Additionally, in the event Inter Miami CF permanently transfers Trapp to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee. The announcement was made on January 31, 2020.

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz



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NASCAR Hall of Fame inducts five new members with 2020 Class

Induction Ceremony Honors Five NASCAR Legends

Baker, Gibbs, Labonte, Stewart, Wilson Officially Enshrined


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2020) – Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three drivers, an owner and an engine builder/crew chief – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.


Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson comprise the 11th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – now home to 55 inductees.


Standing at 6 feet 6 inches tall, Buddy Baker was known as “The Gentle Giant.” During a test at Talladega in 1970, he became the first driver to eclipse 200 MPH on a closed course. Baker won the 1980 DAYTONA 500 with an average race speed of 177.602 MPH – a track record that still stands. He won 19 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway where he lapped the entire field. He also won consecutive World 600s at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1972-73.


A Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach with three Super Bowls rings, Joe Gibbs boasts five NASCAR Cup Series owner championships. His 176 Cup Series owner wins – including three DAYTONA 500 victories – rank third all-time. Three drivers have earned Cup Series titles for Gibbs: Labonte (200), Stewart (2002, 2005) and Kyle Busch (2015, 2019). Busch’s 2015 title the first in the Cup Series for Toyota. Gibbs claims two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships (2009, 2016) and is the winningest in owner in series history.


“The NASCAR family is just unreal,” Joe Gibbs said, describing his original concerns about being accepted in NASCAR when he left the NFL and joined the sport in 1992. “Everyone stretched out their arms. The fans, the fellow competitors … that meant so much as we took off in racing.”


Bobby Labonte was the first of four drivers to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series (1991) and NASCAR Cup Series (200) championship. In 729 NASCAR Cup Series starts, he recorded 21 wins, 115 top fives and 203 top 10s. During his 2000 Cup championship season, Labonte exceled on the biggest stages, earning two of his four wins in the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500. He finished 255 points ahead of second-place Dale Earnhardt for the series crown. Labonte joins his brother Terry – a 2016 inductee – in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.


“I must thank the France family and NASCAR, because as far back as I can remember, I wanted to race in NASCAR,” Labonte said. “I didn’t race to be in the Hall of Fame, I just wanted to race.”


Nicknamed “The People’s Champion,” for his blue-collar attitude toward racing, Tony Stewart earned three NASCAR Cup Series championships. Two of his titles came for Joe Gibbs Racing ((2002, 2005). His third title, in 2011, came as a driver-owner with his co-owned Stewart-Haas Racing team. A versatile driver, Stewart racked up 49 Cup wins – visiting Victory Lane on every style of track. He is best known for his clutch performance in 2011, when he won five of the 10 Playoff races – including the season finale – to win his third championship via tiebreaker over Carl Edwards. Stewart added a second owner championship with Kevin Harvick in 2015.


“I’m one of just 55 people to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” Stewart said. “And, considering that NASCAR has been around for more than 70 years, that’s kind of nuts. It truly is an elite group, and it’s incredibly humbling to be a part of it.”
A dual-threat as an engine builder and crew chief, Waddell Wilson provided the power to some of the greatest drivers to ever live, including NASCAR Hall of Famers Baker, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. As an engine builder he won three Cup championships (David Pearson, 1968 and 1969; Benny Parson, 1993), 109 races and 123 poles. As a crew chief, Wilson guided his drivers to 22 wins, including three DATONA 500 victories (Buddy Baker, 1980; Cale Yarborough, 1983 and 1984).


“I love racing and I appreciate the fans and all their support throughout these years,” Wilson said. “It’s an unbelievable honor to go into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it’s a humbling night for me and my family.”


In addition to the five inductees enshrined today, Edsel Ford II was honored as the sixth recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.


A member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, Edsel Ford is always at the track checking on the Ford teams. His support of NASCAR has helped increase the level of competition throughout the industry. His leadership at Ford includes time as president and chief operating officer (May 1991-1998) and a director of International Speedway Corporation (Nov. 2007-Oct. 2015). Edsel is known as “The Godfather” of Ford’s racing program. He is on the Voting Panel for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.


Prior to tonight’s Induction Ceremony, former pit reporter and magazine editor Dick Berggren was presented the eighth Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.


A college professor by trade, Berggren reported from the NASCAR garage on television from 1981 through his retirement in 2012. He started his broadcast career as a reporter for ESPN and appeared on CBS, TBS and TNN NASCAR coverage before finishing his career with a 12-year stint as FOX’s lead pit reporter. A passionate supporter of grassroots short-track racing, Berggren also served as the editor of both Stock Car Racing and Open Wheel magazines. He founded Speedway Illustrated, which coined itself as “America’s favorite monthly short-track racing magazine.”



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


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Ohio State Men’s Basketball coach Chris Holtmann issues statement on D. J. Carton

Chris Holtmann

D.J. Carton


COLUMBUS, Ohio – D.J. Carton, a freshman guard on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, will be taking some time away to deal with personal matters. He will miss the game Saturday vs. Indiana.


“D.J. remains a valued member of our program and we will continue to love and support him. Please respect the family’s privacy in this matter.” – Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach



* Not clear if Carton will return this season

*Carton himself, said on social media, the move is to deal with some mental health issues. In his own words, “I have been suffering with mental health issues for a couple years. I’m disappointed to say I’m not 100% right now. I am not doing my teammates justice if I don’t work on this now. I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health. I will fight for my team and Buckeye nation and I will come back stronger!”

He offered an inspirational message for people who are dealing with this type of issue.

“”If you are going through mental health issues, I have learned through this you are loved and valued. Thank You for the continuous love and support Buckeye Nation.”

*Sources are saying that Carton’s decision was made in his best interest and not the fact that the team has had a hot and cold season which is 13-7, 3-6 in the Big Ten. Team has suffered injuries, suspensions, were ranked as high as #2 in the nation and were 11-1. and now are in the bottom of the Big Ten at 11th

*Carton, a former five-star player, is a significant first-year player for the Buckeyes. 3rd on team in scoring at 10.4ppg, 2nd in assists with 2.9 and 4th in minutes 23.9mpg

*The Bettendorf, Iowa native leads the Big Ten for freshman in assists, 2nd in three-pointers made and 3rd in scoring

*All season, he has reminded fans and media of former Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with his scoring and explosiveness at times





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