Digest for 07-17-13


COMMUNITY

Sigma Mustangs practice starts Monday

The Sigma Mustangs Youth Football Teams will begin practice and registration for players and cheerleaders at 5 p.m. Monday at Hudson Park on East 6th Ave.

Age groups for players are 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages for cheerleaders are 6-13.

For more information call Sigma Mustangs athletic director Jonathon Frazier at 575-3618, Linnie Wear at 550-3825, Robert Jackson at 489-9174 or Herman Horace at 692-4839.

Eastside Panthers registration ongoing

The Eastside Panther Football Organization is holding registration for youth football players and cheerleaders between 6-12 through Aug. 15 at the Merrill Center, 1000 South Ash St.

For more information, call coach Rickey Geiggar at 501-681-3791, coach Charles Welch at 692-5964 or Vedell Dickson at 534-3258.

WHYFL sign-up period extended

The White Hall Youth Football League announces sign-ups for the next three Saturdays — July 20, 27 and Aug. 3 — at Scout Hut.

Ravens sign-ups coming soon

The sign-up period for Ravens pee-wee football and cheerleading is fast approaching.

The team 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.

Coast to Coast offers baseball tryout, hitting camps

Coast to Coast Baseball is offering a baseball tryout and hitting camp in two Arkansas locations.

Players who are accepted into the program may choose to represent the U.S. in competition in Puerto Rico or work with top college coaches and pro scouts at a Florida or Arizona Camp & Showcase held at a major-league baseball spring training complex.

The baseball tryout and hitting camp will be held July 27 at Balls-N-Strikes in Springdale starting at 10 a.m., and July 28 at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia starting at noon. For more information, visit www.CoastToCoastAthletics.com, or call 740-373-4455.

LOCAL

Times, TV set for UAPB, UA, A-State games

Times have been set for all 11 Arkansas-Pine Bluff football games, as well as the first three Arkansas games and four of Arkansas State’s contests.

Here are the kickoff times for UAPB: Aug. 31 at Arkansas State, 6 p.m. (webcast on ESPN3.com); Sept. 7 at McNeese State (Lake Charles, La.), 7 p.m.; Sept. 14 at home vs. Alabama State, 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at home vs. Alcorn State, 6 p.m.; Oct. 5 at Jackson State, 6 p.m.; Oct. 12 at home vs. Texas Southern, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19 for homecoming vs. Southern, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 at Mississippi Valley State, 1 p.m.; Nov. 9 at home vs. Grambling State, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 16 at Alabama A&M, 1 p.m. and Nov. 23 at Prairie View A&M, 1 p.m.

For Arkansas: Aug. 31 vs. Louisiana in Fayetteville, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net); Sept. 7 vs. Samford in Little Rock, 6 p.m. (pay-per-view); and Sept. 14 vs. Southern Miss in Fayetteville, 11:21 a.m. (KATV, channel 7). Arkansas also will play at LSU at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29 on CBS (KTHV-11).

Following the UAPB game, Arkansas State will play at Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 (Fox Sports Net), host Troy at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 on ESPNU and host Louisiana at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 on ESPN2. A-State’s Nov. 16 home game against Texas State has been picked up by the Sun Belt Network, but a time has not been set.

NATIONAL

Heat use amnesty clause on Miller

MIAMI, Fla. — Mike Miller, who helped the Miami Heat to back- to-back NBA championships over the last two seasons, was waived by the club using the league’s amnesty provision on Tuesday.

Miller, who had two seasons remaining on a five-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Heat in July of 2010, averaged career lows of 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 15.3 minutes while seeing his role diminish during Miami’s most recent title run. The 13-year pro was slated to earn $6.2 million this coming season.

The 33-year-old did start five postseason games and appeared in 17 of the Heat’s 23 contests of the 2013 playoffs, but managed just 3.4 points despite shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range.

Kidd gets probation for DWI charge

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following an arrest in Long Island last July.

According to Newsday, Kidd received interim probation from judge Andrea Schiavoni at Southampton Criminal Justice Court. The recently retired guard will also have to perform a pair of speaking engagements to local high school students on the dangers of driving drunk as part of the agreement.

Kidd still does face the possibility of beginning his coaching career with a brief suspension for the arrest, which occurred in the early morning hours of July 15, 2012, after he crashed his 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a light pole in the Long Island suburb. The 10-time All-Star, who had just signed with the New York Knicks, was transported to Southampton Hospital to treat minor injuries.

— Staff and wire reports