Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) leaves the game with a bloodied face after fighting Carolina Hurricanes left wing Phillip DiGiuseppe (34) in the third period of the NHL preseason game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, Friday, October 7, 2016. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated Washington Capitals 3 – 2 in a shootout.
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Chris Carter (72) pauses with his eyes closed for a moment before the team runs on to the field for the Big Ten Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Saturday night, December 6, 2014. The Ohio State Buckeyes went on to shock the nation by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 59 – 0.
Liberty Township Lakota East senior Zach Mueck reacts after defeating Perrysburg junior Jeffrey Schorsch during the Division I singles semifinal at the 93rd annual High School Boys State Tennis Tournament at the Ohio University, Saturday morning, May 26, 2012. Mueck defeated Schorsch 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, to move on to the Division I state final but lost to Colton Buffington of Westlake.
North Carolina State defensive tackle Ben Frazier (90), left, and punter A.J. Cole III (90), right, try out hula hoops as they pick out toys to buy as part of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program at a Toys R Us in Raleigh, Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Each player got to pick out 100 toys each under $30 to donate to less fortunate children in North Carolina.
Fireworks shoot into the air as the very first runners cross the starting ling of the 35th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, Sunday morning, October 19, 2014. Almost 20,000 runners converged on Columbus to run the annual full and half marathons.
Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Steve Downie (23) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (17) land punches as they fight in the second period of the NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Saturday night, December 13, 2014. At the end of the second period the Columbus Blue Jackets were tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – 1.
The Clippers take to the field before the minor league baseball game between the Columbus Clippers and the Pawtucket Red Sox at Huntington Park in Columbus, Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014. The Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Columbus Clippers 5 – 3.
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) reacts as the Dayton Flyers celebrate their win in the background during the second half of the second-round NCAA Tournament game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Dayton Flyers at the First Niagara Center, Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2014. The Dayton Flyers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 60 – 59.
The Columbus Blue Jackets take the ice before Game 6 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoffs between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Monday evening, April 28, 201. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 – 3.
Columbus Crew forward Adam Bedell (29) reacts after missing a shot on goal in the first half of the MLS game between the Columbus Crew and the Toronto FC at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Saturday evening, August 9, 2014. The Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew 3 – 2.
The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after the College Football Playoff National Championship between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Monday night, January 12, 2015. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks 42 – 20.
Jockey Ramon Rechy walks off the track for the last time after the final race at Beulah Park in Grove City, Saturday afternoon, May 3, 2014. Edgar Paucar (10) riding Rookie Gladden won the final $50,000 Babst/Palacio Stakes race. After 91 years, Ohio’s first thoroughbred track held its final race day before closing its doors for good. A large crowd gathered to take it all in and place their last bets during Kentucky Derby day.
Millersport marching band trombone players Stephen Warner, 12, seventh grade, left, and Kenneth Bruckelmeyer, 13, eighth grade, right, watch the rain fall in the second quarter of the high school football game between the Harvest Prep Warriors and the Millersport Lakers at Harvest Preparatory School in Canal Winchester, Friday evening, October 3, 2014. The Harvest Prep Warriors defeated the Millersport Lakers 39 – 0.
Michigan State Spartans guard Travis Trice (20) grabs the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) tries to dive for it in the second half of the NCAA men’s basketball game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday afternoon, March 9, 2014. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Michigan State Spartans 69 – 67.
Westerville South senior Torrodd Carter (4) gets hit in the head with a pass that he eventually catches in the fourth quarter of the OHSAA football game Friday evening at Westerville South, October 5, 2012. The Hilliard Darby Panthers defeated the Westerville South Wildcats 28 – 14.
Marion-Franklin sophomore Franklin Smith gets a face full of sand as he competes in the boys long jump event during the City League track and field championships at Whetstone High School Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013. Smith placed 19th in the event with his longest jump just shy of 16 feet. Eastmoor Academy won the 107th annual Columbus City League Championships with a score of 132 and Independence was right behind with a score of 130.5, more than doubling the next highest schools.
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall (2) gets flipped by California Golden Bears cornerback Cameron Walker (14) as he rushes the ball in the third quarter of the NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California, Saturday afternoon, September 14, 2013. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the California Golden Bears 52 – 34.
Newark Catholic cheerleaders try to keep the banner up against the wind before the Division IV football regional final between Bishop Ready and Newark Catholic at Gahanna-Lincoln High School in Columbus, Friday evening, November 22, 2013. Bishop Ready defatted Newark Catholic 48 – 21.
The North Carolina State Marching Band gets ready in the tunnel for the college football game against Wake Forest at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, Saturday, October 1, 2016. The North Carolina State Wolfpack defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Clippers pitcher David Huff (15) throws a pitch in the top of the seventh inning of the minor league baseball game at Huntington Park in Columbus, Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2013. The Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Columbus Clippers 3 – 0.
Cincinnati Deer Park sophomore Austin Siemon reacts after losing to Ashland Mapleton senior Brett Naymik in the 145 pound class of Division III during the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament opening round at Value City Arena in Columbus, Thursday afternoon, February 28, 2013. Thursday marked the first of three days of state wrestling for kids from high schools all over Ohio as they compete in 1,260 matches to find the individual winners in Divisions I, II and III.
Pete Rose peeks out of the dugout before taking the field to be honored in the Franchise Four before the MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Tuesday afternoon, July 14, 2015. The American League defeated the National League 6 – 3. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
Gahanna players try to keep their hands warm on the sidelines in the second quarter of an OHSAA regular season football game in the pouring rain at Pickerington North High School, Friday evening, October 19, 2012. The Pickerington North Panthers defeated the Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions 42 – 0 to put their record to 9 – 0.
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) hits Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) in the face with his stick and gets called on high sticking in the third period of the NHL game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Sunday evening, October 20, 2013. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3 – 1.
Brookhaven senior Randal Clarkson (3) blocks a shot from Bishop Watterson junior Tommy Geraghty (11) just after Geraghty was fouled in the second quarter of the OHSAA Division II district final game at the Ohio Expo Center’s Coliseum, Friday evening, March 8, 2013. The Bishop Watterson Eagles defeated the Brookhaven Bearcats 56 – 52 in over time.
Westerville Central junior Jeremiah Clarke (3) leaps onto the dog pile as the Warhawks celebrate their victory over Olentangy Liberty in the Division I regional championship at Dublin Coffman High School, Friday afternoon, May 29, 2015. The Westerville Central Warhawks defeated the Olentangy Liberty Patriots 9 – 6 to move on to the Division I state championship next week. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
Tiger Woods lines up his ball before putting on the 14th hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Friday morning, May 31, 2013. Woods shot two over for the day to put him one up overall.
Scorekeeper Chris Ivey changes the scoreboard in the eighth inning of the minor league baseball game between the Durham Bulls and the Charlotte Knights at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The Durham Bulls defeated the Charlotte Knights 7 – 3 on opening night.
Liam Coe, 9, of Cochrane, Ontario, gets attacked by Fin the Whale, the mascot of the Vancouver Canucks, as he tries an accuracy game during the NHL All-Star Fan Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Friday evening, January 23, 2015. Liam is in Columbus for his first ever NHL All-Star Game with his dad Sean. The trip is a birthday present since Liam turns 10 on Sunday. The Fan Fair converted the convention center into a massive, interactive hockey attraction for fans of every team. Fans could get their picture with the Stanley Cup, try out the Skills Zone challenges or even get an autograph from a player.
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs out of his shoe in the fourth quarter of the Big Ten Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Saturday night, December 6, 2014. The Ohio State Buckeyes went on to shock the nation by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 59 – 0.
Bailee Thevenin, 12, steps out of the women’s restroom after changing into her pads before football practice after school as a team mate gets his shoes ready, Thursday afternoon, August 29, 2013. Bailee has played in youth football leagues since she was 7-years-old and now after hard work at camp has rose to the position of starting offensive tackle for her 7th grade team. At 5 feet 6 inches, Bailee is the smallest among the linemen. But she wants to make history at Hamilton Township High School as the first girl to make the school’s football team. “Cheerleading isn’t for me,” she said. “I’ve always liked to play rough.”
Fist held high, Brody Stranges, 12, is congratulated by his friends after his 5th seeded team beat the 4th seeded team in a quarter final elimination round during the Sherwood Wiffleball World Series, Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012. Brody would later be voted as the championship’s most valuable player. Eight, two-boy teams, all of Bexley, battled it out in their own devised wiffleball championship on the front lawn of 14-year-old commissioner Matt Plank for a trophy, $160 in prize money ($10 paid in by each player) and bragging rights for a whole year. Complete with elimination rounds, fierce fielding and past-the-bushes home runs, the boys all celebrated together when Peter Hayden, 13, and Jake Greenberg, 13, took home the title.
Helicopters fly over the field as soldiers wave a giant flag for the playing of the national anthem before the Major League Baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Sunday, July 3, 2016. Today’s game goes down in history as the first regular-season professional game of any sport played on an active military base. The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 5 – 2.