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Minnesota United midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) tries to take the ball from Columbus Crew midfielder Lucas Zelarrayan (10) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Reinhold Matay / AP

Columbus Crew SC is headed home after the soccer club fell to Minnesota United in penalty kicks Tuesday night, during the knockout round of Major League Soccer’s "MLS Is Back" tournament.

Major League Baseball’s pandemic-shortened season is just getting started, but if television ratings are any indication, sports-starved fans are hungry for major league sports.

According to WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto, without fans in the stands at Progressive Field, TV viewership is key this year for the Cleveland Indians.

Major League Baseball starts the COVID-shortened season this week. The Cincinnati Reds host the Detroit Tigers Friday evening. Because of the pandemic, there won't be fans in the ballpark. Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini says the team is getting ready for when they can welcome fans back.

After a four-month delay because of the pandemic, the Cleveland Indians begin their shortened season Friday. They’ll play 60 games between now and the end of September. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said this shortened season comes with a lot of challenges.

Rahm's Wild Day Ends With Memorial Win And No. 1 Ranking

Jul 20, 2020
Jon Rahm, of Spain, right, is congratulated by Jack Nicklaus after winning the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Dublin.
Darron Cummings / AP

Jon Rahm is No. 1 in the world with his victory in the Memorial on a Sunday with far more drama than he would have liked.

The NCAA released new guidelines on Thursday for colleges and universities looking to resume sports in the fall. The big message: The outlook is getting worse, not better.

Troy Merritt, left, and Collin Morikawa putt on the second green during a practice round for the Memorial golf tournament, with no spectators, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio.
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

The Memorial Golf Tournament shop door is wide open, with a chalk sign outside advertising 50% off merchandise. There are no customers inside, just two sales associates arranging golf polos and other novelty items.

Now that the NFL’s Washington Redskins have dropped their nickname, the spotlight has moved to other pro sports teams to make changes amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice.

But don't expect the Cleveland Indians to act as fast. Just last year, the team finally abandoned the Chief Wahoo logo. Last week, WKSU's sports commentator Terry Pluto suggested a new name might come next season. Now he says it likely won't be until 2022. 

Cappy is the mascot of the Crusaders, the school teams of Capital University.
Capital University

Capital University's student athletes will no longer be called the Crusaders.

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

The NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., says it is officially retiring the moniker it has had for the past 87 years, which is widely viewed as a slur against Native Americans.

"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement Monday.

As Major League Baseball prepares to start its season, a massive set of coronavirus test results shows that 28 out of the league's 30 teams have had a player or staff member test positive.

So far, 71 players and 12 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, MLB announced Friday.

When teams convened for training camps at the beginning of the month, the league carried out intake screenings. Some 58 players and eight staff members tested positive. That's a rate of 1.8%, with more than 3,700 samples tested.

Ohio State football helmet
Brynn Anderson / AP

The Big Ten announced Thursday that its member colleges, which include the Ohio State Buckeyes, will stick to in-conference competition during the upcoming fall season—if the season happens at all. 

A full crowd at Ohio Stadium.
The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University has suspended all voluntary athletic workouts on campus following a round of COVID-19 testing of students, the athletics department said in a statement Wednesday night. 

The Cleveland Indians will likely have a new nickname in 2021. The team late last week issued a statement that it will discuss the best path forward in response to recent social unrest. They've been the Indians since 1915. 

WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says that while he personally doesn't have a problem with the Indians name, current social unrest prompts a change. 

Return Of Professional Sports

Jul 7, 2020
Columbus Crew players celebrate a goal.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

This episode originally aired on July 1, 2020.

Pro sports are coming back. The MLS, NBA and MLB all have plans to play in July while the NHL is working out the final details of its return.

But with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing some players have said they will opt out of the 2020 season.

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