Digest for 08-10-13


COMMUNITY

UA Fan Day to take place Aug. 18

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas football team’s annual Fan Day presented by Pepsi will take place Aug. 18 inside Bud Walton Arena. Fan parking is available in Lots 56, 56B, 56C and 56D (directly south of Bud Walton) as well as Lot 46 (at the Dills Tennis Center) and Lot 44 in front of the Broyles Center.

The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and allows fans the opportunity to meet the Razorback student-athletes and head coach Bret Bielema. In order to allow as many people through as possible, a limit of one autograph item per person will be enforced. Fans can enter from the south and west entrances and may only line up at the appropriately marked doors.

LOCAL

Hunter picks up hit in loss

BRONX, N.Y. —Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter picked up a hit, but the Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings Friday.

Alex Rodriguez fizzled in his return home. Mariano Rivera stumbled for a second consecutive game.

Still, the New York Yankees managed to put an end to the Detroit Tigers’ 12-game win streak.

REGIONAL

Cubs blank Cards

ST. LOUIS — Chris Rusin and four relievers combined on a shutout, and the Chicago Cubs upended the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, at Busch Stadium.

Junior Lake singled in a run in the seventh and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s two-run base hit later in the inning, as the Cubs won for just the third time in 12 games.

NATIONAL

Steelers’ Burress to have surgery on shoulder

LATROBE, Penn. — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will have surgery on his shoulder.

“During Thursday’s practice, Plaxico suffered what appears to be a significant shoulder injury,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “He is scheduled for surgery on Monday, and we will re-evaluate the injury at that time. I will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.”

NFL.com reported on Thursday that Burress sustained a torn rotator cuff.

Burress, who spent his first five NFL seasons in Pittsburgh, signed with the Steelers in November of last season and appeared in four games, catching three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

NCAA stops selling jerseys online

The NCAA is getting out of the business of selling jerseys of star college athletes via its website, ShopNCAASports.com, the organization’s president said Thursday, after he conceded the practice created the perception of hypocrisy and would be halted.

“In the national office we certainly recognize why that could be seen as hypocritical indeed,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said during a conference call. “The business of having the NCAA sell those kinds of goods is a mistake, and we’re going to exit that business immediately.”

The decision came just two days after ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, a lawyer and former standout basketball player at Duke University, posted a series of tweets that proved highly embarrassing to the NCAA in light of its insistence that it doesn’t profit from the likeness of individual student-athletes.

The NCAA repeated that claim in recent court filings related to a 2009 antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon. The suit gained six current Division I football players as litigants last month.

Rangers acquire Rios from White Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Alex Rios and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Rios batted .277 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles, 26 stolen bases and 55 RBI in 109 games for the White Sox this season.

Rios is one of four active players with at least 300 doubles, 50 triples, 150 home runs and 200 stolen bases in their career, joining Carlos Beltran, Derek Jeter, and Jimmy Rollins.