Digest for 07-12-13


COMMUNITY

Youth Fishing Derby set for July 27

The Pine Bluff Bass Club will sponsor the Mike Young Memorial Youth Fishing Derby on July 27 at Regional Park from safe light until 11 a.m.

Anyone ages 15-under can sign up for the Derby. Every youth must be accompanied by an adult ages 21-older.

The fee is $25 per boat (limit two per boat), which can be paid at the boat ramp. A waiver also needs to be signed.

Door prizes for youths will be given and refreshments will be served after the derby. There is 100 percent payback for total weight, big bass and rough fish.

LOCAL

Smart moves on in district tournament

CABOT — Daniel Sprinkle struck out nine in a complete game, and Smart Dodge took a 5-2 victory over North Little Rock on Thursday in the first round of the Junior American Legion district tournament.

For Smart, Jake Green (two RBIs) and B.J. Pullman each had two hits, and Dylan Cantwell hit a two-run double.

Smart will face the Sylvan Hills vs. Jacksonville winner at 6 p.m. today at Cabot High School.

Hunter 2 for 4 as Tigers fall to White Sox

DETROIT — Torii Hunter hit a triple and double for the Detroit Tigers, but he failed to produce a run in a 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Hunter went 2 for 4 with no runs batted in or runs scored. His teammate Miguel Cabrera belted his 30th home run of the season.

Chicago scored four of its runs in the sixth inning.

PB’s Bradford helps East Texas to victory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Zach Bradford of Pine Bluff pitched 4 1/3 innings while giving up two hits and striking out nine Wednesday as his 19-under summer league team won the winner’s bracket final of the Bill Miller Invitational Tournament against Woodinville, Wash.

Bradford is a pitcher for the East Texas Canes, who went on to win the championship. The Watson Chapel graduate plays college ball at Northern Oklahoma College.

UAPB grad Barnard reaches World University semis

Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff runner Ninfa Barnard made Virgin Islands history earlier this week when she reached the semifinals of the 800 meters in the World University Games at Kazan, Russia, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.

She became the first Virgin Islands middle distance runner to reach that round of a world event. She missed out on the finals, however, finishing eighth in her semifinal in 2 minutes, 11.37 seconds, but ranked 16th of 28 entered in the event, the Daily News reported.

NATIONAL

Patriots’ Dennard arrested on DUI suspicion

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots, already reeling from the Aaron Hernandez murder charge, have another legal matter to consider after reports Thursday morning stated that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Nebraska.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the former University of Nebraska star was arrested early Thursday morning by Lincoln police.

The paper cited police as saying Dennard was pulled over after officers spotted his vehicle straddling the lane line on a city street. He refused a breath test and was taken into custody.

WORLD

Froome extends overall lead in Tour

TOURS, France — Britain’s Christopher Froome retained the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the Tour de France, while Germany’s Marcel Kittel won a stage in cycling’s most prestigious event for the third time.

Froome expanded his overall lead to 3 minutes and 25 seconds with a strong performance in Wednesday’s individual time trial and maintained the advantage Thursday by finishing in the main pack with his closest contenders.

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde finished 18th on Thursday, four places behind Froome for the day, and remained second overall. Dutchman Bauke Mollema is third overall, another 12 seconds behind, with two-time champion Alberto Contador of Spain 3:54 back in fourth.

Today’s Stage 13 is 173 kilometers from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, another relatively flat ride that should feature another sprint to the finish.

— Staff and wire reports