Digest for 12-04-12


LOCAL

Local Farm Bureau Awards finalists named

Four players and one coach from Southeast Arkansas were named finalists for the Farm Bureau Awards, which honors the state’s top offensive and defensive high school football players and coaches in five divisions.

Pine Bluff coach Bobby Bolding is a finalist for the 7A/6A Coach of the Year award after leading the Zebras to the 7A/6A-South Conference championship and 6A state runner-up finish. The other two finalists in that category are his brother, Brad Bolding of North Little Rock, and Daryl Patton of 7A state champion Fayetteville.

Joseph Stewart of White Hall is a finalist for 5A Defensive Player of the Year along with Javier Rodriguez of Batesville and Aaron Wynn of Camden Fairview. Jeremiah Young of Dollarway and Waymon Johnson of Stuttgart are finalists for the 4A defensive honor along with Jon Halbert of Prairie Grove. And, in 3A, Steven King is vying for the same honor along with Autry Allen of Earle and Brandon Marks of Prescott.

The awards ceremony will be held Dec. 10 in North Little Rock.

STATE

Arkansas women ease past Pepperdine

FAYETTEVILLE — Sarah Watkins and Erin Gatling combined to hit 15 of 15 free throws Sunday as Arkansas defeated Pepperdine 64-39 in women’s basketball.

Watkins hit 5 of 9 shots from the floor and eight free throws to finish with 18 points. Gatling had 11 and Keira Peak added 10 for the Razorbacks (7-1).

NATIONAL

SI names James Sportsman of Year

Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

James graces the cover of his Dec. 10 issue, posing in a solid black coat and black shirt with his NBA championship ring, which he won this past season. James also won the NBA MVP award and gold medal in 2012.

Eagles fire defensive line coach

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn and brought Tommy Brasher back to the team as the successor, the team announced Monday.

Washburn was hired before the start of the 2011 season and brought a scheme that helped produce a league-best 50 sacks last season, according to the team’s website. This season, the team is tied for 20th in the NFL with 20 sacks through 12 games.

Reid said his decision to part ways with Washburn “was largely independent” of Sunday’s 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, according to the website.

— Staff and wire reports