Digest for 07-25-13


COMMUNITY

Water Stars registration to begin Monday

Registration and conditioning drills for the Water Stars continental football and cheerleading squad will begin Monday at 6 p.m. in Townsend Park. All interested between 4-12 years of age may contact the following for additional information: Dedrick Mustiful (329-5602), Jesse Grandy (592-1633), Jerry Martin (556-0681), Ron Murphy (540-6372) or Larry Allen (540-9508).

LOCAL

Hunter homers as Detroit wins 4th straight

CHICAGO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter hit a solo home run in the fifth inning as Detroit won its fourth straight game Wednesday.

The Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Hunter, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the game, hit his ninth homer of the season to left field to give Detroit a 5-0 lead. The All-Star outfielder scored in the first inning on a Prince Fielder home run after having reached on a fielder’s choice.

STATE

Former UA RB Hillis signs deal with Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their backfield Tuesday, signing former UA running back and Conway native Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract.

Hillis spent the 2012 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs and carried the ball 85 times for 309 yards and a touchdown in 13 games, including two starts.

A seventh-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2008, Hillis has compiled 597 rushes for 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns, while catching 111 passes for 867 yards and three touchdowns in 65 games (33 starts) over five seasons with the Broncos, Browns and Chiefs.

NATIONAL

Donovan leads U.S. as it reaches Gold Cup final

ARLINGTON, TX — Landon Donovan continued his impressive run in the Gold Cup on Wednesday as he sparked the United States to a 3-1 semifinal win over Honduras with two goals and one assist.

Donovan set up Eddie Johnson’s opening goal after 11 minutes before scoring midway through the first half to put the U.S. up 2-0 at the break.

Honduras pulled a goal back through Nery Medina in the 52nd minute, but Donovan answered one minute later to book a place in Sunday’s final against either Mexico or Panama.

The U.S. will play the final without coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was ejected in the game’s final minutes, as it attempts to claim its first Gold Cup title since 2007 on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Miller finally speaks as Broncos report to camp

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller talked to the media for the first time since his pending four-game suspension.

Miller is facing a four-game ban for violating league policy. The case is currently under appeal.

Miller was asked Wednesday, on the eve of Denver’s training camp, if smoking marijuana was part of his life. The linebacker answered, “Absolutely not.”

Dodgers’ Kemp returns to DL for third time

LOS ANGELES — For the third time this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list.

Kemp’s latest trip to the DL stems from a sprained left ankle he sustained Sunday, the same day he was activated from his previous DL stint for left AC joint inflammation.

Kemp, who has missed 37 games already this season, was batting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBI.

Mariners’ skipper Wedge suffers mild stroke

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that manager Eric Wedge has suffered a very mild stroke.

Wedge was helped from the field during batting practice prior to Monday’s game after feeling a dizzy spell.

The 45-year-old manager spent the past two days in the hospital, where tests confirmed the stroke.

Wedge was released from the hospital Wednesday and is expected to have a full and complete recovery.

Braves’ Hudson fractures ankle

FLUSHING, N.Y. — Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson suffered a fractured right ankle on a gruesome play in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 8-2 win against the New York Mets.

Hudson was taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured when Eric Young’s spike hit flush on Hudson’s right ankle at first base.

Young hit a sharp grounder that went off the chest of first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson raced to the bag to accept the throw, and with his foot on the base, Young stepped on Hudson’s ankle, and the foot twisted awkwardly.