Digest for 08-07-13


COMMUNITY

Fall sports sign-ups

Seabrook Family Christian Center is now accepting sign-ups for fall baseball and fall soccer. For more information, please call 535-6909.

LOCAL

Hunter drives in run in Tigers’ win

CLEVELAND — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter played a big part in Detroit’s five-run fifth inning in its 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday.

With nobody out and runners at first and third, Hunter drove in the Tigers’ first run with a groundout. The fielder’s choice resulted in an out at second, but Hunter reached safely to keep the rally going.

Hunter scored the go-ahead run on a double by Miguel Cabrera, and Don Kelly gave Detroit a cushion when he hit a two-out three-run home run.

REGIONAL

More allegations for Manziel

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel allegedly received $7,500 from an autograph broker for signing memorabilia, according to an ESPN report that surfaced Tuesday.

The news comes two days after ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” investigation team reported that the NCAA is currently investigating the Texas A&M quarterback over suspicions that he was compensated for signing hundreds of autographs while in Miami to attend this past January’s BCS National Championship Game.

The most recent accusation regarding the controversial redshirt sophomore involved autographing approximately 300 Texas A&M helmets, with the broker showing ESPN cell phone videos of Manziel signing the paraphernalia in a hotel room. The broker said the signings took place in January at The Omni hotel in New Haven, Conn.

According to ESPN, one of the videos showed Manziel telling the broker “you never did a signing with me” and stating that he would no longer engage in business with him if he were to tell anyone.

No evidence of Manziel accepting any payment were present on the videos.

NATIONAL

Pirates great Parker has Parkinson’s

Former Pirates slugger and long-time big leaguer Dave Parker confirmed to Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February 2012. He had previously only disclosed the news to family and a few friends.

“There’s no fear,” said Parker. “I’ve had a great life. I always dreamt of playing baseball, and I played. I’m 62 years old and fortunate to make it to this point. I have some beautiful kids that I got to watch grow up and become adults. My fingerprints are on the baseball industry. I feel good about that. I have nothing to feel bad about.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder with no cure that affects 2 to 4 percent of people over the age of 60. It has not progressed rapidly for Parker, who has tremors in his right hand and sounds sluggish while speaking, according to Starkey. His older sister has a more advanced case of the disease.

Cooper returns to Eagles

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has returned from his excused absence and practiced with the team on Tuesday.

The Eagles had excused Cooper last Friday and sent him away for counseling after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.

Cooper is expected to start at wide receiver Friday when the Eagles open their preseason schedule against the Patriots.

Tony Stewart breaks leg in sprint car crash

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Tony Stewart will not compete in this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International after undergoing surgery for a broken leg.

Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, broke his right tibia and fibula when he was involved in a multi-car accident during a sprint car race on Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway, a half-mile dirt track. He was alert and conscious when he was placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. He immediately underwent surgery.

According to the Des Moines Register, Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature race when a car spun around and collected Stewart and two other drivers with five laps to go. Stewart’s winged sprint car flipped multiple times.