CCHS accepting HOF nominations
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2018 class.
Applications can be picked up in the CCHS main office, must be completed in detail and are due no later than Feb. 9. The inductees will be released in April. The dinner and induction ceremony will occur during Central’s homecoming weekend.
For further information, contact director of advancement Carol Scurti at (740) 264-5538.
State tickets on sale today
COLUMBUS — All-session tickets for the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association wrestling and basketball state tournaments go on sale today at 10 a.m.
All three state tournaments are held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, with wrestling March 8-10, girls basketball March 15-17 and boys basketball March 22-24. Tickets will be available at www.Ticketmaster.com (search OHSAA) or from the Schottenstein Center box office or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.
In addition, order forms are now available for “Center Court Club” tickets to the boys basketball state tournament and “Group Value Pack” tickets to Championship Saturday of the girls basketball state tournament. Details are below and online at: http://www.ohsaa.org/TheSchott.
Wild Things sign Castellani
WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Washington Wild Things sign southpaw pitcher Mike Castellani to his first professional contract on Thursday.
Castellani was 15-6 over the course of four years for the Bison and sported a career ERA of 3.64. The 15 wins are good for seventh all-time at Bucknell, while the ERA is ranked 11th in the school’s history. His 56 appearances, in which he totaled 222.2 innings, are good for eighth in program history.
Guerrero first to wear Angels cap
NEW YORK — Vladimir Guerrero will become the first player to wear an Angels hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.
Guerrero spent more time in Montreal, leading many to think he would sport an Expos cap.
Guerrero made the announcement Thursday, a day after he was elected to the Hall by an overwhelming margin. The Hall gets the final say on how a player is depicted in the plaque gallery in Cooperstown, New York.
The slugger played the first eight seasons of his career in Montreal. He joined the Anaheim Angels as a free agent in 2004 and spent six seasons with them, including their rebranding as the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels began play in 1961. Reggie Jackson is among those who played for the Angels but has a different cap in the Hall.
Guerrero was a four-time All-Star with both teams. He hit .323 with 234 home runs for Montreal and batted .319 with 173 homers for the Angels.
Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines are the only players with Montreal hats on their bronze plaques in the Hall.
Vince McMahon resurrects XFL
STAMFORD, Conn — The XFL is set for a surprising second life under WWE leader Vince McMahon.
McMahon announced the return of the much-maligned league that spawned He Hate Me and flamed out in 2001 after one wild season.
McMahon said the XFL would return in 2020 but offered few other details about the late winter/early spring football league. The XFL will launch with eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular-season schedule. McMahon said the schedule could begin in late January and no cities or TV partners were named.
McMahon funded the league through Alpha Entertainment, a new private entity. He will continue as chairman and CEO of WWE.
McMahon says he will have an open forum for fans to contribute ideas to the new league.
The original XFL was founded by the wrestling company and jointly owned by NBC, and premiered to massive TV ratings. But the audience did not stick around on Saturday nights to watch second-rate football, lascivious cheerleader shots, sophomoric double entendres and other gimmicks that quickly doomed the league.