Chapman has successful surgery

By Zachary Gregory

March 22, 2014

CINCINNATI — Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman had surgery Thursday night to insert a titanium plate to stabilize the fracture site after taking a line drive to the face on Wednesday.

Reds team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman can begin working out and throwing in 10-14 days and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks. The two-and-a-half-hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in downtown Phoenix. Chapman is expected to remain in the hospital for a day or so.

In the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game vs the Royals in Surprise, Chapman was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion.

Reds looking for Hometown Heroes

CINCINNATI — The Reds and Cincinnati Bell are looking for members of the Armed Forces to be honored at Great American Ball Park. Each Hometown Hero will receive four tickets to the game for which they are chosen.

At every Reds game this season, a member of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard) will be recognized as the “Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero.”

Submit nominations online at www.reds.com/heroes or visit any Cincinnati Bell-owned retail store from April 1-30, 2014 to nominate a Hometown Hero.

Dayton Sharks offering Family-4-Pack

DAYTON — The Dayton Sharks are offering a limited time Family-4-Pack special. Any group of four can take advantage of the offer that includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and one large popcorn. Only 50 packages will be available. To purchase call 513-386-9077 or send an e-mail to corwyn@daytonsharks.com.

The Sharks will host the Marion Blue Racers at home, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Hara Arena.

New tickets available for Bridgestone Invitational

AKRON — A new Championship Club ticket offer has been announced by the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational tournament officials. The package include two weekly Championship Club tickets along with a week-long parking pass and a $40 gift card to PGA TOUR Superstores for $249. The offer runs from March 21-April 14 and can be purchased at www.WorldGolfChampionships.com.

The tickets for the event will be located on the 16th hole at the Firestone Country Club in Akron. The tournament runs from July 30 to Aug. 3.

Wright State men’s soccer signs seven for 2014

FAIRBORN — The Wright State men’s soccer program has announced the addition of seven players to national letters of intent. Joining the Raiders for the 2014 season are Peguy Ngatcha, AJ Paterson, Jalim Bayo, Blake Damato, Devin Collins, Austin Polster and Anthony Flowers.

Ngatcha is a 6-1 forward, comes to WSU after playing last season at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Bayo, a 5-9 forward, scored four goals this season with Crew Soccer Academy, which was second on the team. Damato, a 5-9 midfielder, received MVP, All Southern Nevada Division I, all-city and all-league honors as he led the Mustangs in goals scored. Collins, a 5-9 defender, was a First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference Central Division honoree as a senior as well as Second Team All-Central District. Polster is a 6-0 defender who appeared on the WCDA Player to Watch list. Flowers, a 6-0 goalkeeper, was three-time All-Ohio Capital Conference selection, twice named All-Central District and was All-Ohio as a senior when he also was recognized as the OCC Capital Division Player of the Year and as a member of the ThisWeek News Super 12 boys soccer team.

Keep up with the Raiders

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Follow us on Twitter to get live updates from Wright State’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament game against Kentucky today. The Raiders (26-8) drew the no. 14 seed against no. 3 seed University of Kentucky (24-8) and will play their first tournament game at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Coliseum.

Wright State won its first Horizon League Tournament title last Sunday with an 88-69 win at Green Bay.