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Indians announce eighth annual Tribe Fest for February 1

32 players to appear at Tribe Fest 2020; fans can guarantee autographs and photos from Tribe players by bundling session tickets with general admission ticket purchase

 

Cleveland, OH — Tribe Fest 2020 will be held Saturday, February 1 at the Cleveland Convention Center downtown. A total of 32 players from the Cleveland Indians organization will attend this year’s event, as well as two coaches and four Indians alumni.

The entire Tribe Fest 2020 roster can be found below (subject to change):

Players

  • Greg Allen
  • Logan Allen
  • Christian Arroyo
  • Jake Bauers
  • Shane Bieber
  • Bobby Bradley
  • Carlos Carrasco
  • Yu Chang
  • Aaron Civale
  • Mike Clevinger
  • Delino DeShields
  • Mike Freeman
  • Brad Hand
  • Daniel Johnson
  • James Karinchak
  • Sandy León
  • Francisco Lindor
  • Jordan Luplow
  • Triston McKenzie
  • Oscar Mercado
  • Tyler Naquin
  • Oliver Pérez
  • Roberto Pérez
  • Zach Plesac
  • Adam Plutko
  • José Ramírez
  • Franmil Reyes
  • Jefry Rodriguez
  • Andrew Velazquez
  • Nick Wittgren
  • Hunter Wood
  • Bradley Zimmer

Coaching Staff

  • Terry Francona
  • Carl Willis

Alumni

  • Brian Anderson
  • Len Barker
  • Joe Charboneau
  • Mike Jackson

The Tribe Fest schedule includes:

  • 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Season Ticket Holder-exclusive event
  • $5 general admission ticket (benefits Cleveland Indians Charities)
  • Fans can guarantee player or alumni autographs by bundling autograph session tickets with general admission purchase (limit 4 per session)
  • 1:30-7:30 p.m.: General public event
  • $10 general admission ticket
  • Fans can guarantee player or alumni autographs by bundling autograph session tickets with general admission purchase (limit 4 per session)

More details are available at Indians.com/TribeFest.

Don’t miss your opportunity for priority access to Tribe Fest, Opening Day and more. Visit Indians.com/SeasonTickets today to become a 2020 Season Ticket Holder.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Two of the Atlantic 10′s two best teams annually, VCU, Dayton clash tonight in National Television contest

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers remain home to face VCU in Atlantic 10 Conference action Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.  Analytically speaking, it is a matchup with the A-10′s top two teams,

Dayton is 14-2, with both losses in overtime to Top 20-caliber teams — Kansas in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational finals and Colorado in a buzzer-beater at the Chicago Legends.  The Flyers are 13th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the USA Today Coaches poll   UD is 3-0 in the A-10 after beating Massachusetts 88-60 on Saturday.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio televised on the CBS Sports Network and streamed at CBSSports.com.  Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA
The University of Dayton has completed a three-year, $76.2 million transformation project of UD Arena in time for the Arena’s 50th anniversary season. The project transformed the 50-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art venue.  The upgrade, the largest construction project in University history, modernizes the Arena without losing the “soul of the bowl” – the atmosphere that has made UD Arena one of the best places to watch college basketball.

#TRENDING
• Six players scored in double figures, five had three assists, four had at least four rebounds and three had at least two steals Saturday in Dayton’s 88-60 win over UMass.   Ryan Mikesell led the way with 15 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and three assists.
• The Athletic named Obi Toppin its Mid-Season Player of the Year in a vote of their college basketball writers.  He is on four national player of the year watch lists — the John R. Wooden Award, the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy, the James Naismith Trophy and Lute Olson Award.  The Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection is also on the Karl Malone Award Watch List (top power forward).  Jay Bilas listed him as his top breakout candidate.
• Toppin had his 100th career dunk during the Virginia Tech game in Maui, which was just his 20th start and 38th career game. He now has 135.
• UD was ranked as high as 13th earlier this year, its best since December, 1967, when the Flyers were ranked sixth.
• Dayton has been ranked in the Top 20 for seven consecutive weeks for the first time since the last eight weeks of the 1957-58 season. WHIO’s Bucky Bockhorn was a star on that team.
• All eight Dayton home games left on the schedule are sellouts.  That streak alone would tie the previous Arena record for cap crowds in a season (8), but with six previous sold-out games, the record will be 14.  UD is also projected to average an Arena-record 13,363 fans a game.
• UD is first nationally in FG% (.524, 496-946) and second in assists (19.4).
• Seven different Flyers have scored in double figures this season. Six have led UD in scoring.

UP NEXT
• After hosting the defending A-10 season champ on Tuesday, UD is at defending tournament champ Saint Louis on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.  The Flyers are back home vs. SBU on Jan. 22.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Registration is underway for Dayton Dragons 21st Annual National Anthem Tryouts

Dayton Daily News and Dayton Dragons are hosting tryouts at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on Saturday, February 22

 

DAYTON, OHIO – A traditional sign that baseball season is just around the corner in the Miami Valley is National Anthem Tryouts, presented by the Dayton Daily News. Tryouts for national anthem performers for the 2020 season will take place on Saturday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

 

Finalists will perform the national anthem at Dragons games throughout the season, with the grand prize winner performing on Opening Day 2020 before the Dragons host the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Pre-registration is now underway at www.daytondragons.com/nationalanthem. The first 200 entrants who pre-register for this event will receive a scheduled tryout time. In the event that all of the allotted spots are filled, you could still have a chance to perform at the tryouts on a stand-by basis.

 

To register as a stand-by performer, you must come to the Saturday, February 22 tryouts at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. You will receive a stand-by number that will be called when a spot becomes available. Standby performers are not guaranteed a chance to tryout so, interested performers are strongly encouraged to sign up at www.daytondragons.com/nationalanthem.

 

A panel of local citizens including media personalities, city officials, and community leaders will be judging the event. The panel will make its selections based on voice quality, creative style, stage presence, and appearance.

 

More Information:  The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, emailing at dragons@daytondragons.com, or visiting the Dragons website at daytondragons.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Two red hot teams, VCU Rams invade #13/11 Dayton for 8:00 Tuesday Night A-10 Affair (Rams Game Notes)

WHAT: VCU at Dayton
WHERE: Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
WHEN: 8 p.m.
THE SERIES: VCU leads 11-5
LAST MEETING: VCU 69, Dayton 68 (Feb. 16, 2019 – Dayton, Ohio)

TV: CBS Sports Network
ONLINE: CBS Sports
RADIO: Ram Radio (910 The Fan & BIG 98.5) l Listen
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast
TWITTER: @VCU_Hoops@VCUHorns l @VCUAthletics

ABOUT THE VCU RAMS (12-4, 2-1 A-10)
RosterScheduleStatisticsGame Notes@VCU_Hoops

ABOUT THE DAYTON FLYERS (14-2, 3-0 A-10)
RosterScheduleStatisticsGame Notes@DaytonMBB

GAME NOTES

  • Expectations are high for VCU in 2019-20. The Rams have been ranked as high as No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.  VCU, which returns four starters from last season, was selected first in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Preseason Poll. The Rams return 88.9 percent of their scoring from a 25-8 team that won the A-10 regular season crown and reached the NCAA Tournament
  • Last time out: Senior De’Riante Jenkins scored 14 points and junior Marcus Santos-Silva (11 points, 14 rebounds) supplied his sixth double-double of the year, but VCU shot 31 percent from the field in a 65-56 loss to Rhode Island Jan. 11
  • VCU is 11-5 all-time against Dayton, including 3-4 here at UD Arena. The Rams swept the season series against the Flyers in 2018-19 and have won four straight overall against Dayton
  • Dayton is VCU’s third ranked opponent of the season (LSU, Tennessee), the most ranked opponents the Rams have faced since the 2015-16 campaign. VCU is 15-46 all-time against the AP Top 25, including 1-5 under Mike Rhoades
  • Dayton Coach Anthony Grant was 75-26 as VCU Head Coach from 2006-09
  • No program has won more games in A-10 play than VCU since the Rams joined the league for the 2012-13 campaign. VCU is 91-34 in conference play over that span, a .728 winning percentage
  • VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades will be in search of his 300th career victory today. Rhoades is 299-155 in 16 seasons as a head coach at VCU, Rice and Randolph-Macon
  • VCU’s win over George Mason was the 1,000th in the program’s history. VCU is 1,000-442 in 52 seasons since Richmond Professional Institute merged with the Medical College of Virginia in 1968 to form VCU
  • VCU recorded its first 6-0 start in school history when it knocked off Alabama State 78-62 on Nov. 25
  • VCU is currently 26th in defensive efficiency (89.7) and ranks second nationally in defensive turnover percentage (26.5)
  • The Rams rank seventh nationally in turnover margin (+5.7)
  • VCU has sold out 145 consecutive home games at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, a streak that dates to the 2010-11 season

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF VCU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

#15 Dayton blows past UMass, 88-60 in A-10 play Saturday afternoon

DAYTON – The No. 15 University of Dayton men’s basketball team continued Atlantic 10 Conference play with an 88-60 win during its home opener against Massachusetts. This was Dayton’s annual Hall of Fame Game. New inductees — Three-time men’s basketball MVP Chris Wright, former AD Tim Wabler and All-Atlantic 10 women’s basketball player Kristin Daugherty Ronai — were recognized at halftime.

The Flyers remain undefeated this season at UD Arena and have improved to 3-0 in conference and 14-2 overall. Massachusetts fell to 7-9 and 1-2 in conference play.

Obi Toppin

The Flyers were led by Obi Toppin with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and five steals. Five additional Flyers reached double-digits – Ryan Mikesell (15 points), Trey Landers (13), Jalen Crutcher (12), Rodney Chatman (11) and Ibi Watson (11).

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Half: Dayton 48, Massachusetts 22
• Dayton started the game by going on a 9-0 run in just under the first five minutes of play.
• Within the first 5:15 of play, all of Dayton’s starters had scored.
• At the 8:11 mark of the half, the Flyers had only allowed the Minutemen to score nine points.
• Dayton continued extending its lead and took its largest lead of the half when Jalen Crutcher hit a three-pointer just before time expired.
• Obi Toppin led the team with 14 points including two dunks.
• Dayton outrebounded Massachusetts in the half 21-13, largely due to Ryan Mikesell’s eight rebounds.
• The Flyers shot 58.8% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc while holding the Minutemen to 26.1% from the field overall.
• Dayton outscored Massachusetts 30-6 in the paint and had six second-chance points.
• The Flyers held the lead for 19:23 of the half, with its largest lead being 26 points.

2nd Half: Dayton 88, Massachusetts 60
• Massachusetts was able to make adjustments from the first half allowing both teams to trade buckets for large amounts of play.
• Dayton took its largest lead of the game (30 points) at the 2:06 mark when Ibi Watson made a field goal in the paint.
• The Flyers scored 28 points in the paint compared to 14 for Massachusetts.
• Dayton was able to outrebound Massachusetts in the half 19-18.
• The Minutemen had nine turnovers in the half, and the Flyers scored 11 points off of those turnovers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Dayton dominated in the paint, scoring 58 points to just 20 for UMass.
• The Flyers offensive pace allowed them to outscore the Minutemen 26-9 on fast breaks.
• Eight Flyers scored during the game; Six different Flyers finished in double figures.
• In addition to six players with 10 points or more, five of those players each had three assists.
• Mikesell’s 14 rebounds was a career-high, eclipsing his previous total of 11.
• Toppin’s five steals was a career-high; His previous best was four.
• The Flyers secured a wire-to-wire victory for the first time in conference play.
• Dayton attempted 70 shots in total while UMass only attempted 52.
• Dayton forced Massachusetts into 21 turnovers in total.

UP NEXT
The Flyers will take on VCU on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at UD Arena. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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