Digest (Feb. 8): Washington's Capital One Arena due for $40 million facelift

Monumental Sports and Entertainment on Thursday announced the details of a privately funded, $40 million renovation of Capital One Arena, which will include new padded seats throughout the venue, a state-of-the-art sound system, modernized concourses and redesigned concession stands. The renovations will begin after the Capitals' and Wizards' current seasons and are expected to be completed by the fall. "Capital One Arena is part of the heartbeat of Washington," Monumental Sports and Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis said in a release. "We are incredibly proud to be making this investment in a building that has played a key role in shaping our city, and that has been home to so many great memories for people across the DMV. These upgrades will ensure that the fan experience at Capital One Arena remains second to none." The concourses on the 100 and 400 levels of the Chinatown venue, which opened as MCI Center in 1997 at a cost of $260 million, are scheduled for makeovers according to the company, with new flooring, lighting and decor. The team store inside the arena's F Street entrance will be updated and, upon completion of the renovations, be open year-round. Two lounges will be added for premium ticket holders, and revamped concession stands will feature new items, including concepts from celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Alex McCoy and local restaurant partners. The arena's purple seats will be replaced by black seats with cupholders. New digital displays will be added throughout the concourses to make the arena easier to navigate. Part of the investment will also go toward further developing the Monumental360 program, a data-based effort to analyze fan preferences and deliver a more personalized fan experience.

— Scott Allen, The Washington Post

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St. Frances grad McCoughtrysigns for Dream comeback

Perennial WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) has signed a multiyear contract with the Atlanta Dream and has announced her intention to return to the franchise for the 2018 season. "I am excited to return to the Atlanta Dream for the upcoming WNBA season," McCoughtry said. "I look forward to reuniting with my Dream teammates and coaching staff to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. We have a loyal and enthusiastic fan base who I can't wait see when the WNBA season tips off." Playing year-round since being selected No. 1 overall by the Dream in 2009 WNBA draft, McCoughtry decided to sit out the 2017 season to rest her body. With her return, Atlanta will add the franchise's all-time leading scorer and two-time All-WNBA first team member. With a career-average of 19.5 points per game, McCoughtry needs only 10 points to become the second-fastest player in WNBA history to reach 5,000 and just the 18th player to reach that mark.

NBA: Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston's last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East's top playoff seed after the Raptors win over New York earlier Thursday. Otto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.

Men's college lacrosse: Senior attackman Justin Guterding had five goals and three assists to propel No. 2 Duke to an 18-6 victory over visiting High Point on Thursday night.

Baseball: The Orioles named Adam Esselman coordinator of baseball information. … The Miami Marlins agreed to former Orioles infielder Johnny Giavotella on a minor league contract. … The Chicago White Sox named former Orioles catcher Dave Duncan a pitching consultant.

College basketball: Navy senior team captain Shawn Anderson and Duke guard Lexie Brown, a transfer from Maryland, have been selected as finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.

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