Digest for 06-26-13


COMMUNITY

Free tennis workshop

The Lee Sports Foundation will host a free Tennis Workshop on July 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bloom Tennis Center in Pine Bluff. Interested persons ages 10 and up are welcome to come and learn the fundamentals of tennis as well as working on foot work and strength training. If you know how to play or have never played before, now will be the time to learn.

Lunch will be provided for the participants.

For more information on the workshop and the Lee Sports Foundations, please contact Kenneth Lee at 692-2835.

LOCAL

Hunter tallies three hits in loss

Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter was 3 for 4 with two runs scored in Tuesday’s 14-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

In the first, Hunter reached on an infield single to third and and in the bottom of the third, Hunter singled to right field.

After moving to second on a throwing error, Hunter scored on a home run by Melky Cabrera. He also scored a run in the fifth.

The Tigers committed six errors in the game — including one by Hunter. It is the most errors by a team all year.

Hamburg wins tourney

Hamburg defeated Camden 15-5 in the championship game of the Slamfest Baseball Tournament on Monday at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

The top two hitters were Darius Crite and Dakotah Stafford. The winning pitcher was Darien Burns and the MVP was Lane Daley.

Hamburg made it to the final by defeating Lake Village 11-0. Lane Daley and Darius Crite were the two leading hitters. The winning pitcher was Drake Streeter.

Relyance Bank defeats Morrilton

MORRILTON — White Hall’s Daniel Sprinkle performed well on both sides of the ball as Relyance Bank defeated Morrilton 9-3 Tuesday night.

Sprinkle pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run with nine strikeouts. He was also 3 for 3 at the plate with a walk.

Relyance (6-6) scored four of its runs in the fifth inning.

Justin Archer was 3 for 4. Relyance Bank will play Monday against Heber Springs in a double header at White Hall High School, beginning at 6 p.m.

NATIONAL

Clippers welcome Rivers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers officially announced that Glenn “Doc” Rivers has joined the franchise as its new senior vice president of basketball operations and head coach.

The deal was finalized Tuesday, as the Celtics agreed to release him in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 draft. No financial terms of the new contract were disclosed, but a Yahoo! Sports report on Sunday stated Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Clippers, pending NBA approval.

Rivers will be formally introduced at a Wednesday afternoon press conference as the 16th head coach since the franchise relocated from San Diego following the 1983-84 season.

A former standout for the Atlanta Hawks — who played for the Clippers during the 1991-92 campaign — during his playing days, Rivers takes the helm for Vinny Del Negro, who was not offered a new contract after three seasons.

The 51-year-old had served as Boston’s head coach since 2004 and guided the storied franchise to six division crowns, a pair of Eastern Conference championships and the 2008 NBA title along with a 416-305 overall record and 59-47 postseason mark.

Hinske’s suspension reduced to one game

WASHINGTON — Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Hinske had his suspension reduced from five games to one game.

Hinske’s suspension was for aggressive action during the brawl between the Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers that occurred on June 11 at Dodger Stadium. He immediately appealed it and statements from Dodgers players agreed that he was not a participant in the fight.

Hinske said his agent informed of him of Major League Baseball’s decision. The league decided to reduce the suspension after looking at new video.

His appeal was set to be heard this week but he has decided to drop it and will serve the one-game ban on Tuesday night, as Arizona opens a three-game series in Washington.

No charges for Jones-Drew

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in connected with an alleged bar fight last month.

The State Attorney’s Office filed an “announcement of no information” Tuesday, saying “based on the facts and the law, the state cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt.”

Jones-Drew had been accused of punching a bouncer at a restaurant/bar in St. Augustine over Memorial Day weekend.

Jones-Drew declined to answer questions about the incident earlier this month. His agent, though, insisted his client was not involved in an altercation with bouncer Kasim Howard at the Conch House on May 26. The bouncer’s attorney, meanwhile, called it an “unprovoked attack.”

Attorney Patrick Canan said Tuesday he plans to file a civil suit against Jones-Drew. Canan has said that videotape evidence supported his client’s claim.

But the state attorney said those videos did not clearly show who was involved in the altercation. It also was unclear that Howard was working as security because he was wearing a plain, bright green shirt while the rest of the security staff was wearing orange tops.