Digest for 07-27-13


COMMUNITY

Junior City Golf Championship set for Wednesday

The Pine Bluff Junior City Golf Championship at Jaycee Golf Course is open to any youth who would like to participate.

The tournament is broken into four divisions: boys 16-18 and 13-15 (18 holes), boys 12-under and girls (nine holes).

Tee time is at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. To register or for more information, contact Xavier Powell at 536-5241.

LOCAL

American-Eastern All-Stars fall in Regional opener

WACO, Texas — Pine Bluff American Eastern Little League Softball fell to Texas West 16-1 in its first game of the 2013 Southwest Region Softball Tournament. PBAELLS will play Louisiana at 8 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.

Sore Achilles keeps Hunter out of win

DETROIT — A sore left Achilles tendon kept Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter out of Detroit’s win Friday night.

The Tigers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. The Phillies have scratched Benton native Cliff Lee from Saturday’s start because of a stiff neck.

NATIONAL

Soriano back in Yankee pinstripes

BRONX, N.Y. — Alfonso Soriano has officially returned to the franchise with which he began his major league career.

The New York Yankees acquired the 37-year-old outfielder from the Chicago Cubs on Friday in exchange for Corey Black, a minor league pitcher.

Years removed from his prime, Soriano has proven he can still hit the long ball. He clubbed 17 homers and drove in 51 runs while batting .254 over 93 games with the Cubs this season.

The seven-time All-Star reached the majors in 1999 and spent the first five years of his career with the Yankees before being dealt to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez. After two years with the Rangers, he was shipped to the Washington Nationals before signing a massive free-agent deal with the Cubs in Nov. 2006.

During his career, the .272 lifetime hitter has amassed 389 home runs and 1,086 RBI.

Black, 21, has made 19 starts with Single-A Tampa this year, going 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA. The right-hander was selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

Chiefs sign No. 1 overall pick Fisher

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher.

The 6-foot-7, 306-pound offensive lineman arrived for training camp on Friday at Missouri Western State University.

Fisher was the first of five offensive tackles and the first of nine offensive linemen picked in the first round of April’s draft.

Fisher played in 42 games (32 starts) during his career at Central Michigan University.

Redskins’ Jenkins suspended four games

NEW YORK — Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Jenkins, who played in all 16 games last year, apologized for his suspension. He was slotted as the starter this season.

The suspension, which is without pay, means Jenkins can participate in training camp practices and preseason games, but not in the first four regular season contests. He won’t be eligible to return until Sept. 30, the day after a game at Oakland.

Cup-winning Blackhawks give Quenneville 3-year extension

CHICAGO — A second Stanley Cup title in four years has earned Joel Quenneville a three-year contract extension.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday that Quenneville, who had one year left on his prior deal, has signed on to remain the club’s head coach through the 2016-17 season.

Quenneville last month led the once-downtrodden franchise to six-game victory over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks opened the shortened regular season with an NHL-record 24-game point streak and wound up capturing the Presidents’ Trophy with a 36-7-5 record.

Quenneville, 54, joined the Blackhawks in the early stages of the 2008-09 campaign and helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years. The following spring, a 49-year Cup drought was put to rest as the Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers.