Digest for 06-19-13


Community

Physicals for summer sports program set for Saturday

The Juveniles In Motion Summer Sports Program helps children in Pine Bluff and surrounding areas receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and excel physically and mentally.

Physicals for the J.I.M. program will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the HPER complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The program will be held from June 24-Aug. 2.

The J.I.M. program, open to children ages 5-18, will provide breakfast and lunch for youths in Jefferson County, encourage participation in recreational and learning activities and help children remain well-nourished, active and energized all summer long.

Tyler Wilson to speak at McGehee fundraiser in July

Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will participate in a question-and-answer session during the Boys and Girls Club of McGehee’s annual fundraiser dinner and live auction July 12 at the McGehee Men’s Club.

Wilson was drafted in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Ticket prices are $50 individually. A table for six costs $500, and table purchases receive priority seating. There is a ticket limit of 400. All ticket and table purchases are tax deductible.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. The dinner starts at 6, with awards at 6:30 and Wilson’s Q&A session at 7. A live auction and autograph session will follow.

Contct John McCollum at 870-222-3702 or arbgc@yahoo.com for more information.

LOCAL

NFF honors former UAPB standout Ross

Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff linebacker Bill Ross was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for his work on the field and in the classroom, the school announced Tuesday.

Qualifications for membership in the society include being a starter or a significant substitute in his final year of eligibility at an NCAA or NAIA school, a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study, and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.

Ross also was named defensive player of the game for the 2012 SWAC championship game and made the Chi Alpha Sigma chapter at UAPB. He was invited to the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp in May.

STATE

Arkansas’ Wright signs with Mariners

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitcher Tyler Wright has signed with the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle selected Wright in the 26th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft earlier this month. He will begin his pro career with Seattle’s rookie league team — the Everett AquaSox— in Everett, Wash.

“Finally signed my first professional contract!” Wright posted on his Twitter page early Tuesday. “I am more than honored to be apart of this Mariner organization!”

The left-hander went 1-1 with a 0.00 earned run average in 20 1/3 innings last season.

NATIONAL

Venus Williams withdraws from Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England — Five-time champion Venus Williams withdrew from Wimbledon on Tuesday due to a back injury, ending her streak of 16 consecutive appearances at the prestigious Grand Slam event.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year,” the American tennis star wrote on her Facebook page. “I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal.”

The former world No. 1 Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, has appeared in eight Wimbledon finals, having also finished as a three-time runner-up. She paired with her current world No. 1 sister Serena to win a fifth women’s doubles title at the All England Club last year.

Venus also battles Sjogren’s syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

— Staff and wire reports