Digest for 08-20-13


LOCAL

Hunter picks up RBI as Tigers down Royals

DETROIT — PIne Bluff native Torii Hunter drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th homer of the season in the first inning and Max Scherzer became the first 18-game winner in the majors.

STATE

Arkansas-Kentucky Set For Super Tuesday

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas basketball team’s game against Kentucky next season will be featured on ESPN’s Super Tuesday.

The network released its Super Tuesday schedule for the 2013-14 season on Monday afternoon. Arkansas and Kentucky will meet in Bud Walton Arena on Jan. 14 in a game that will tip off at 8 p.m.

It is the second straight season Arkansas will play Kentucky in Fayetteville, which is a product of the Southeastern Conference’s expansion to an 18-game schedule. The Razorbacks beat the Wildcats 73-60 in Bud Walton Arena last season.

The rest of the 2013-14 SEC basketball schedule has not been announced.

NATIONAL

ESPN announces Camellia Bowl

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — ESPN Regional Television announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, which will pit a team from the Sun Belt Conference against a Mid-American Conference representative beginning in December 2014.

The game will be played yearly at the Cramton Bowl, formerly the home of the Blue-Gray Football Classic and the Alabama State Hornets. The stadium seats 25,000 and has undergone significant renovations in recent years.

Former Troy athletic director and Alabama senior associate AD Johnny Williams will be the bowl’s executive director. Williams’ group, Creative Marketing Management, will manage the event and day-to-day operations of the bowl.

Pujols out rest of season

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced slugger Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season due to a tear in the plantar fascia in his left foot.

Pujols has been hobbled by plantar fasciitis for most of the season and has not played since July 26.

The 33-year-old first baseman batted .258 with 17 homers and 64 RBI in 99 games this season, his second in Southern California. This will be the lowest season average in the career of Pujols, a three-time NL MVP when he played in St. Louis.

Report: Broncos’ Miller facing six-game ban

DENVER — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is reportedly facing a six-game suspension for violations of the league’s drug policy.

Reports earlier this summer had said that Miller was heading for a four-game penalty, but ESPN and NFL.com have both indicated that an extra two games is now on the table and that the third-year star is trying to negotiate the ban back to four games.

The Denver Post had cited league sources as saying Miller’s suspension was not because of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug or a recreational drug. However, NFL.com has said it could be for missing tests or counseling sessions.

Stewart out for season, Martin takes over No. 14

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Stewart-Haas Racing revealed on Monday that Tony Stewart will miss the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season and Mark Martin will substitute for him in the No. 14 Chevrolet.

Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, has missed the last two races after he sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in an accident during a sprint car race on Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He underwent two surgeries to repair his fractured leg. SHR expects Stewart to resume his driving duties in time for pre-season testing in January 2014.