YSU football tickets
Single-game tickets for the 2013 Youngstown State football season go on sale today at the Stambaugh Stadium ticket office.
The ticket office hours are Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and home football weeks: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday home football games hours: 9 a.m. until 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Mercer Raceway Park
With just a few point-paying events left on the docket, competitors at Mercer Raceway Park will be fighting for every position possible.
And, in the track’s top two classes, it will be even tougher to score valuable points, as special events on Aug. 17 and 24 will eliminate those programs from the calculations.
Vanderdoes wins appeal, joins UCLA
Blue chip recruit Eddie Vanderdoes is eligible to play for UCLA this season after winning an NCAA appeal over his initial commitment to Notre Dame.
Vanderdoes signed a national letter of intent with the Fighting Irish in February, but decided in June he wanted to stay closer to home because of an ailing family member. The elite defensive line prospect is from Auburn, 35 miles northeast of Sacramento.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly declined to release the highly rated defensive tackle from his NLI, which meant that while Vanderdoes could attend UCLA this year, he could not play until 2014, and would have only four years to play three seasons.
After winning his appeal, Vanderdoes will have the standard five years to play four seasons.
Brek Shea hurts knee against Philadelphia
American midfielder Brek Shea injured his left knee in his first soccer game of the preseason for Stoke, two days after scoring the U.S. goal that beat Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Shea helped set up Michael Kightly’s goal in the fourth minute and scored in the 19th minute of Stoke’s 2-0 exhibition win at Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.
The 23-year-old American was hurt from a tackle by Philadelphia’s Matt Kassel and left the game in the 33rd minute.
Surfer honored by Portugal’s navy
Portugal’s navy is honoring Hawaii surfer Garrett McNamara for what it took to ride the gnarliest wave ever.
The navy awarded the big-wave surfer its Medalha Naval de Vasco da Gama in a ceremony this week in Lisbon.
The 45-year-old pro from Oahu’s North Shore captured the world’s attention in 2011 after catching a 78-foot wave at Portugal’s Praia do Norte, near Nazare.
It was determined to be a record by the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards and certified by Guinness World Records. A commendation signed by a navy admiral says McNamara worked with the navy’s hydrography office to predict the giant waves.
Three-time volleyball Olympian retires
Three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora has decided to formally retire from the U.S. national volleyball team, two years after she sustained a serious brain injury in a bus accident while playing in Brazil.
Sykora has played on a limited basis since the injury, which impacted her vision. But a recent stint as a coach at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships spurred her to officially retire and move on to the next phase of her career.
Sykora won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Hyper takes $100K John’s Call Stakes
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
Hyper moved to the lead with less than a quarter-mile to run and won the $100,000 John’s Call Stakes Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.
Javier Castellano rode the Chad Brown-trained 6-year-old, who ran 15/8 miles over a firm turf course in 2:39.60.and finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Side Road.
Vindicator staff/wire reports