Bus trip available for Indians opener
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are sponsoring a bus trip the Cleveland Indians’ home opener against the New York Yankees on April 8.
Cost is $55 per person and includes the bus trip and one upper reserved seat ticket to the game.
The bus will leave Eastwood Field at 12:30 p.m. with first pitch at 4:05 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 50 people.
For more information, contact the Scrappers Front Office at (330) 505-0000 or visit www.mvscrappers.com for a registration form.
Former NBA player to speak at YSU
Chris Herren, a former NBA player who struggled with substance abuse will speak about his road to recovery at Youngstown State University’s Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
The event is free to the public.
Herren, who has been drug-free since August 2008, battled substance abuse for much of his basketball career with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics.
He was a high school All-American who attended Boston College and later had a standout career at Fresno State.
For more information, contact Emily Wollet at YSU Athletics at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 941-7208.
Akron soccer hires Capellas
Warren native Carl Capellas has been hired as an assistant for the University of Akron soccer team.
Capellas, who spent the last nine seasons as head coach at Hiram College, is a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and earned NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors in 2008 after guiding the Division III Terriers to their first postseason appearance in 12 years.
Capellas is a a graduate of Howland High School.
Sun Life Stadium to be upgraded
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross unveiled a plan to modernize Sun Life Stadium on Monday, and promising to personally cover the majority of the $400 million estimated cost of the project.
The rest would come from tax dollars, and that would likely need approval from both state and local lawmakers. However, Ross said that any public dollars for the project would not result in higher taxes for residents of Miami-Dade County.
Instead, the Dolphins are looking for a slightly higher hotel tax in the county, as well as a larger state sales-tax rebate. And in return for the deal, the Dolphins say the deal would keep them in South Florida through at least 2034, though stopped short of saying that not getting public money would jeopardize the franchise’s future.
“There’s only a limited amount of capital you can put into something,” Ross said, when asked why the Dolphins aren’t choosing to fund the entire project.
The Dolphins’ hope is to keep the stadium an attractive destination for major events like Super Bowls — such as the game’s 50th installment, to come after the 2015 season — and college football’s championship games.
Athletics extend Melvins’ contract
Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area — and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, “modern-day” manager leading the Oakland Athletics.
Melvin is staying put in the very place he wants to be well into the future.
The A’s manager received a two-year contract extension Monday that takes him through the 2016 season. Oakland also announced it had reached agreement on a $1 million, one-year contract with catcher George Kottaras, a raise of $275,000.