Digest for 07-26-13


COMMUNITY

Westside Tigers registration Monday

The Westside Tigers will open their 2013 little league football season with registration for players and cheerleaders at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Registration will be held at 23rd and Hickory.

LOCAL

Hunter homers No. 10, leaves with sore Achilles

CHICAGO — Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff hit a two-run home run before leaving with a sore left Achilles, but his Detroit Tigers were on the short end of a 7-4 Chicago White Sox victory Thursday to snap the Tigers’ four-game winning streak.

Hunter, whose long ball is his 10th of the year, went 1 for 4 on the day, as the Tigers could not back up Justin Verlander (10-8), who gave up seven runs on 11 hits over six full innings.

Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the White Sox. Jake Peavy allowed four runs on four hits while striking out seven over seven-plus innings.

33 UAM athletes named GAC All-Academic

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello earned 33 selections to the 2012-13 Great American Conference All-Academic Team.

The team honors student-athletes who have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution. The honorees must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

The All-Academic selections from UAM:

Baseball: Bobby Bryan, Tyler Caruthers, T.J. Cox, J.D. Deloach, Taylor Eaves, Alex Lang, Johnny Wolf, Ryan Reyes; cross country, Sam Cason, Sara Matthews, Reyes; women’s basketball, Katie Choate, Raija McWright, Catherine Puckett, Candace Virgadamo; football, Barry Boney, Jace Gandy, Jalen Garmon, Dustin Presley, Blake Washington; softball, Brittany Eitel, Summer Huddleston, Beth Johnson, Preslie Long, Matthews, Hannah Pendley, Randa Perry, Maggie Sands, Channing Tharpe, Sydney Tipton, Courtney Wilson; volleyball, Amy Bazemore, Tusalava Kuaea, Meagan Peters and Christina Rini.

NATIONAL

Cardinals recall Rzepczynski

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from Triple-A Memphis.

Rzepczynski was a big part of St. Louis’ bullpen last year, allowing runs in just three of his final 33 appearances. He struggled at the outset of this season, however, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over eight innings before a demotion to the minors at the end of April.

The 27-year-old veteran appeared in 32 games for Memphis and was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA. He struck out 31 batters in 44 innings and limited left-handed hitters to a .185 batting average.

Royals’ Brett steps down as hitting coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Legendary Kansas City icon George Brett has stepped down as the Royals’ interim hitting coach after less than two months on the job.

The club’s all-time hits leader and Hall of Fame third baseman will give way to Pedro Grifol and return to his previous position of vice president of baseball operations.

“George did an incredible job,” said Royals general manager Dayton Moore. “His expertise as a baseball man and his passion to win will have an everlasting effect on our team. I’m thrilled that he will be more involved in all aspects of baseball operations.”

Falcons reward Ryan with lucrative extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons and franchise quarterback Matt Ryan are going to be together for the foreseeable future.

The two sides agreed to a five-year extension on Thursday, and according to NFL.com, it is worth a total of $103.75 million, with Ryan receiving $59 million guaranteed and scheduled to make $63 million over the first three years of the deal.

The 28-year-old was entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed back in 2008, when the Falcons selected the Boston College product with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Jets bring back Edwards, sign Mizzou’s Richardson

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Braylon Edwards for a third time and also finalized a contract with first-round pick Sheldon Richardson.

Edwards spent the 2009 and ‘10 seasons with the Jets and played the final three games last year with the club. He was a free agent this offseason and found no takers before landing again with the Jets.

The 30-year-old Michigan product spent his first five NFL seasons with Cleveland and has also played for San Francisco and Seattle. He has 359 career receptions for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Richardson was the Jets’ second pick of the first round and the 13th overall selection in April. The Missouri product had four sacks and led all SEC defensive tackles with 79 tackles in 2012.

— Staff and wire reports