Digest for 07-09-13


COMMUNITY

Ravens accepting registration in August for football, cheer

The Ravens pee-wee football club will accept registration Aug. 2-31 at 5 p.m. at Belair Middle School for players and cheerleaders. Snacks will be served.

For more information, call coach Karl Johnson at 718-2614 or coach Kenneth Burton at 575-2127.

STATE

Daly withdraws from British Open

MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Dardanelle native John Daly has withdrawn from the British Open due to an elbow injury.

Daly, who won the Open at St. Andrews in 1995, was forced to withdraw from the Greenbrier Classic on Friday with the injury and posted on his Twitter account later that day that he tore a tendon in his elbow.

He also posted he will have surgery on the elbow next week, which will sideline him for three to four months.

It will be the first British Open Daly will miss since 1999.

The five-time PGA Tour winner has missed eight cuts and withdrawn three times in 16 events this season between the PGA and Web.com Tours.

Arkansas’ Smith, A-State’s Carrethers on Bednarik watch list

Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith and Arkansas State defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers, both seniors, were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List, which was announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

Smith started all 12 games for Arkansas in 201 was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. He is tied for 12 on Arkansas’ career sacks list with 13.

Carrethers is the first Arkansas State player to be named to the watch list. He finished 2012 with a career-best 68 tackles, the most by an A-State interior defensive lineman since 2002. CBSSports.com named him to the “Freaks List,” which annually recognizes some of the top college football players in the nation for their ability to amaze their teammates and coaches in various athletic aspects.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, with the three finalists to be unveiled Nov. 25. The winner will be announced Dec. 12.

NATIONAL

Davis, Texas Southern agree to extension

HOUSTON — Texas Southern’s Board of Regents approved a two-year contract extension for head men’s basketball coach Mike Davis through the 2017-18 season.

Davis guided Texas Southern to the SWAC regular-season championship this past season, his first at the school. He also was head coach at Indiana and Alabama-Birmingham, leading the former to the 2002 NCAA championship game.

Phillies’ Howard to miss 6-8 weeks

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard’s time away from the Phillies lineup was given an unfortunate boost on Monday.

The 33-year-old slugger has a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery. Expected recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks.

Philly had placed Howard on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with what was initially termed left knee inflammation.

Giants, Cruz come to terms for 5 more years

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Following months of negotiations, the New York Giants and Victor Cruz have finally come to terms on a lucrative contract extension that will keep the playmaking wide receiver with the team for the long term.

The Giants confirmed Monday that the Pro Bowl wideout has signed a multi-year extension, which FoxSports.com initially reported to be for five years and $43 million and will run through the 2018 season.

Cruz was already under contract for 2013 at a $2.879 million salary, the highest possible tender allowed for a restricted free agent player. Counting this season’s commitment, the entire deal will contain $15.6 million worth of guaranteed money.

WORLD

Stage 9 of Tour goes to Irishman

BAGNERES-de-BIGORRE, France — Ireland’s Dan Martin outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang to win Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, a 168.5-kilometer ride from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre in the Pyrenees.

Martin and Fuglsang crossed the finish line 20 seconds ahead of Michal Kwiatkowski, Daniel Moreno Fernandez and Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver.

Sunday’s ride in southwestern France featured four category 1 climbs.

Chris Froome, the winner of Stage 8, remained in the yellow jersey.

Monday was the first rest day of the Tour de France.

— Staff and wire reports