Digest for 06-02-13


LOCAL

‘Pro Day’ to be hosted at Taylor FIeld

The Arkansas Regional High School baseball showcase and John Gross Memorial Tournament will be held on June 14-16 at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

The tournament begins on Friday, June 14th with teams (19-under) participating in three games each over the weekend, with the winners advancing to the championship game on Sunday.

High School players (Classes 2013-2017) will showcase their talents in front of professional scouts and collegiate coaches on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

The top players from this regional showcase, along with the other 12-State Pro-Day Tour, will be invited to participate in the “North/South/East/West National Showcase” at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn., on August 2-4.

Teams and individual players may register at www.pro-daybaseball.com or call 1-888-224-6150.

STATE

Reed headed to UCA

Former Arkansas quarterback Taylor Reed is transferring to Central Arkansas.

Reed announced his decision via Twitter, saying he was “looking forward to starting a new chapter.” Reed began his college career at Memphis, but left the program to walk on at Arkansas two years ago. He was not a candidate for playing time in 2013.

Reed did become the second quarterback to leave the football program since the end spring practice, though. Brandon Mitchell will transfer to North Carolina State.

NATIONAL

Hill retires after 19 seasons

Los Angeles — Longtime NBA forward Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday after a 19-year career in which he was named an All- Star seven times.

Hill, who also shared the league’s Rookie of the Year Award with Jason Kidd for the 1994-95 season, averaged double-figure points in every season but this past one, when the 40-year-old contributed 3.2 points per game over 29 contests with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The former Duke great broke into the league with Detroit as the third overall selection in the 1994 draft and averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists over six stellar seasons with the Pistons. Hill then joined the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade prior to the 2000-01 campaign, but played in only four games that season due to a chronic ankle injury that affected him for a significant portion of his career.