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Recent articles by Michael:

Tom Beck served as a Marine, came home and served Columbus

Tom Beck, a former Columbus City Schools teacher and coach, had a positive impact on his students. He also gave real meaning to the word "volunteer." → Read More

Scoring is up in the NHL and it's a certifiable trend that will continue

We may never again see the likes of Wayne Gretzky's high-scoring Oilers. Yet, after decades of defense, offense is on the rise in the NHL. → Read More

Reds ownership to fans: Love means having to say you're sorry| Michael Arace

The Cleveland Guardians are way cheaper with payroll than the Cincinnati Reds. Why is the perception otherwise? Because the Reds have Phil Castellini. → Read More

Jeff Gibbs joins a pantheon of greats in Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Jeff Gibbs (East High '98) was a 6-foot-2 power forward who led Otterbein to the 2002 Division III title. At age 41, he's still playing pro ball. → Read More

CONCACAF will never again have a World Cup qualifying cycle as grueling| Michael Arace

A chat with USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, who guided a youthful American team through the last of the truly wicked CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. → Read More

Best advice on explaining the artistry of Federico Higuain: Don't try

Federico Higuain, one in a line of great attacking midfielders in Columbus, signed a one-day contract so he could retire in a Crew uniform Saturday. → Read More

Browns count on their fans to tire of Deshaun Watson controversy ASAP |Michael Arace

The NFL is "all about greed and money and power," said Rosa Beltre, president and CEO of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. "It's disgraceful." → Read More

If you think the USMNT will lose by six goals in Costa Rica, you need a hug| Michael Arace

That the U.S. Men's National Team has not already clinched a spot in the World Cup is bothersome to fans. Captain America won't let that happen. → Read More

Michael Arace: Berhalter, USMNT are down to their final accounting. It's all about Panama

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has one of the toughest jobs in America. Pressure on him and his team will peak in this last week of World Cup qualifying. → Read More

As a war fogs the sports world, Alexander Ovechkin chases Wayne Gretzky

Twelve years ago, Wayne Gretzky's goal-scoring record was a speck on the horizon. Twelve years later, it looms ahead of Alex Ovechkin. → Read More

Michael Arace: The sports world turns on Russia and gets on the right side of history

As Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, put it: "Sport has to join these efforts to end this war. We cannot and should not sit this one out." → Read More

Rob Manfred, MLB owners are bleeding baseball into a niche sport

This is Rob Manfred’s lockout or, at least he’s the valet. MLB owners don’t care when, or even if, the season starts. → Read More

Overlying metrics say Crew could finish anywhere in the Eastern Conference

The Columbus Crew addressed their weaknesses as they look ahead to their first full season at Lower.com Field. Playoffs? Maybe this year. → Read More

Tyler Skaggs' tragic overdose does not stand alone in its sadness

There can be conflicts of interest in the relationship between athletes, their teams and the team's doctors when it comes to prescription drug abuse. → Read More

Michael Arace: As Major League Baseball fields problems, commissioner is comedy of errors

Major League Baseball's owner-operated lockout now threatens spring training and even opening day. It's a suicide squeeze play. → Read More

Michael Arace: Root for USMNT and scream of the vanity of existence in a charnel passage

Four years ago, the USMNT crashed in a perfect storm on the last day of World Cup qualifying. CONCACAF is like that. Four years later ... → Read More

Michael Arace: In getting Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers become serious title contenders

Is the Cleveland Cavaliers bench good enough for a long playoff run? Do they have the requisite superstar? This can be said: They just got better. → Read More

Now more than ever, a permanent Olympics site is a good idea: Michael Arace

There are a host of good ideas to solve the Olympic problem, if the IOC cares more about the competition than the dollars. → Read More

Michael Arace: That World Cup qualifying isn't fair is CONCACAF's very essence

The USMNT cruised to an important, 3-0 victory over Honduras in World Cup qualifying Wednesday night. The Yanks had a distinct home-field advantage. → Read More

Michael Arace: Sidney Crosby didn't exist the last time Canada qualified for World Cup

Stakes are high as Team USA travels to Hamilton, Ont. to play Team Canada in a World Cup qualifier. First place on the CONCACAF ladder rides on it. → Read More