Digest for 08-02-13


COMMUNITY

Sign up for fall baseball league

Sign-ups for the Fall Baseball League is now underway. The league is open to all players, ages 9-13.

There will be games, special training, conditioning while learning all aspects of the game. This training will prepare these young men to be ready for the next level of baseball.

The players will work on fundamentals such as: bunting, pitching, fielding, base running, proper throwing and catching.

The league will be held at Martin Luther King Park and there is a $75 participation fee. The league will start on August 5. For more information, please contact Sebastian Stargell at 872-2345, coach Moss at 872-2294, Kevin Jackson at 550-5952 or Ernest Wooten at 489-8616.

STATE

Single-game tickets on sale next week

FAYETTEVILLE — Single-game tickets for the 2013 football season, the first under head coach Bret Bielema, will be available for purchase beginning next week.

Throughout the week, tickets for Fayetteville and Little Rock games will be for sale based on availability starting at 8:30 each morning. On Monday, Aug. 5, all active members of the Razorback Foundation will be able to purchase tickets online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. In order to take advantage of this benefit of Razorback Foundation membership, members must log in by using their eTicket account.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, in addition to Razorback Foundation members, all current season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets online by using their eTicket account at ArkansasRazorbacks.com and on Thursday, Aug. 8, online sales are open to all. Beginning Friday, Aug. 9, single-game tickets can be purchased online, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Also on Friday, tickets for the two Little Rock games can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Razorbacks play five games in Fayetteville, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, and two in Little Rock this season. The Fayetteville schedule consists of the season opener against Louisiana on Aug. 31, Southern Miss on Sept. 14, the SEC opener against Texas A&M on Sept. 28, South Carolina on Oct. 12 and Auburn on Nov. 2. Tickets for the non-conference games are $45, and tickets for the conference games are $55. Arkansas also hosts Samford on Sept. 7 and Mississippi State on Nov. 23 in Little Rock. Tickets for the Samford game are $55, with $65 tickets against Mississippi State.

Red Wolves tickets now on sale

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department has announced that single-game tickets for each of Arkansas State’s six home games are now on sale with several options available to Red Wolves fans during the 2013 season.

The Red Wolves home schedule will feature non-conference matchups against in-state foe Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Idaho as part of its 2013 campaign; including a nationally televised game in Liberty Bank Stadium when the Red Wolves host Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 22 on ESPN2.

A-State will host UAPB Aug. 31 and Idaho Oct. 12 in non-conference action, while Troy will come to Jonesboro on Sept. 12 to kickoff the Sun Belt slate. Following the A-State-ULL matchup, Texas State will visit Liberty Bank Stadium for the first time Nov. 16 and Arkansas State will conclude their home schedule Nov. 23 against Georgia State.

General admission single-game tickets are available for just $17 and reserved bench seats can be purchased for $20. Benchback seats will also be sold on an individual game basis for $35 each. Fans can also purchase a RedZone 4 pack that includes four tickets, four hotdogs, four popcorn and four sodas for just $70 and can be purchased on a game-by-game basis. Special group rates for general admission and reserved bench seats are available as well and fans interested should contact the Arkansas State Ticket Office for more information.

Cooper to seek ‘outside assistance’

Philadelphia — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will seek “outside assistance” after making racially insensitive comments earlier this year.

Video surfaced Wednesday of Cooper uttering a racial slur while at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. He made a public apology on Wednesday and addressed the media again Thursday following practice.

The Eagles fined Cooper an undisclosed amount of money and on Thursday decided to further supply the 25-year-old Florida product with aid for his sensitivity issues.

“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the Eagles said in a statement. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

Cooper is expected to have an increased role in the Philadelphia offense this year after the season-ending knee injury to Jeremy Maclin. He caught 23 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.

“It won’t be difficult at all. It’s something that we agreed to do, and we’re going to do it,” Cooper said of going through sensitivity training.

Cooper said he hasn’t spoken yet to the security guard, who was targeted in the racial slur.

“I haven’t had a chance to see him since the incident, but obviously I’m going to go up to him and apologize the best that I can and hopefully he’ll see how much I mean it and how sincere I am,” Cooper added.