Digest for 08-06-13


COMMUNITY

Marksmanship Challenge Friday at Delta Rivers Nature Center

The Delta Rivers Nature Center will host a Marksmanship Challenge for children in first-12th grades from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday Aug. 9.

Fourth-grade-and-up will compete in five areas: bait casting, BB gun shooting, laser shots, 3D archery and target archery. Those in first-third grades will only compete in three areas.

Top overall scores in each age group will win a prize.

Check out the center’s calendar of events at www.deltarivers.com for additional information, as well as other upcoming programs and events.

LOCAL

Hunter collects two hits in comeback win

CLEVELAND — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter picked up a pair of singles and Alex Avila clubbed the go-ahead three-run homer off Chris Perez in the ninth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Monday.

Cleveland, which entered this big four-game set with an 11-game home winning streak, suffered its second loss in 12 overall contests. The Indians fell four games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.

In Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, Hunter came up with the walkoff single in the bottom of the 12th inning.

“I just wanted to get a pitch I could handle,” Hunter said of his final at-bat. “He had to come to me 2-0 and I was able to capitalize on a strike.”

Hunter, who entered the game in the 10th as a pinch-hitter, finished 2-for-2.

NATIONAL

Dodgers edge Cards, win 15th straight on road

ST. LOUIS — Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis and Zack Greinke all brought home a run, as the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 15 games with a 3-2 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Dodgers are the first time to own such an impressive streak on the road in a single season since the 1957 Cincinnati Reds. Los Angeles is now two road wins shy of the NL record which was established by the New York Giants in 1916.

Vegas sportsbook pulls A&M games amid Manziel probe

NEW YORK — The Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book stopped taking bets on Texas A&M University football games after ESPN reported the National Collegiate Athletic Association is investigating potential rules violations by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The LVH Super Book took down the five Texas A&M games it had offered point spreads on, including the Aggies’ Sept. 14 home date against two-time defending national champion Alabama. Oddsmakers also aren’t currently taking bets on Texas A&M’s win total, which had been listed at 9 1/2 at the Super Book.

Texas A&M had been the most popular college football team with bettors at the casino’s future book, according to LVH Super Book assistant manager Jeff Sherman.

Coyotes to stay in Glendale

GLENDALE, Az. — The Phoenix Coyotes announced that IceArizona AcquisitionCo., LLC purchased the Coyotes from the National Hockey League on Monday.

The sale and ownership of the Arizona franchise was approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors. IceArizona is composed of several business leaders from across North America. Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, LLC will serve as the managing partner of IceArizona.

The NHL has been running the Coyotes for the last four years after rescuing it from a protracted battle in Bankruptcy Court. The franchise was in jeopardy of relocating if the city of Glendale did not accept the terms of Renaissance Sports and Entertainment to operate Jobing.com arena. Glendale’s city council did approve a multimillion-dollar deal with a 4-3 vote.

Colts’ great Donovan dies at 89

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan passed away on Sunday from a respiratory ailment. He was 89 years old.

Donovan, who played from 1950-1961, spent nine of his 12 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Colts and was an integral member of the team’s 1958 and 1959 back-to-back title runs.

A member of the 1950s All-Decade Team, Donovan had his No. 70 retired by the Colts and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Kahne wins at Pocono

LONG POND, Penn. — Kasey Kahne fortified his hopes of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning Sunday’s 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway.

Kahne claimed his second win of the season after he passed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, on a restart with just two laps to go. He crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds ahead of Gordon, who celebrated his 42nd birthday and was the defending race winner.

With 12 laps remaining, Kahne held a comfortable lead over Gordon, but a caution came for debris. After the restart with eight laps left, Gordon moved ahead of Kahne to take over the top spot. He began to pull away from Kahne before Matt Kenseth wrecked in turn 2, which forced the ninth and final caution and setup the two-lap shootout to the finish at this unique 2.5-mile triangular racetrack.