Digest for 08-11-13


LOCAL

Hunter homers in Tigers’ win

BRONX, N.Y. — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera each had three hits and a homer, Anibal Sanchez fired seven strong innings and the Detroit Tigers romped the New York Yankees, 9-3, to rebound from their first loss in over two weeks.

Hunter broke the game open in the sixth with his three-run homer, ending with four RBI on the afternoon. He cleared the bags on the third pitch of the at-bat, hitting an opposite field homer, his 13th of the season, to right to create a 9-2 spread in favor of Detroit.

The All-Star outfielder picked up his first RBI in the top of the first inning. Following a leadoff triple by Austin Jackson, Hunter lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate the game’s first run.

STATE

UALR men’s basketball headed to Canada

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas-Little Rock men’s basketball team will travel to Calgary, Alberta, for the 2013 Battle of the Border, hosted by the University of Calgary, according to a news release sent Friday.

The exhibition event is set for Aug. 15-17 at Jack Simpson Gymnasium and will feature games against host Calgary and the University of Alberta.

Per NCAA rules, teams taking foreign trips are allowed 10 practices leading up to the trip. Programs are only allowed to take foreign trips once every four years, with this being the first such trip for the Trojans under head coach Steve Shields.

According to the release, the Trojans will fly out of Little Rock on Wednesday and will play their first game of the event against Calgary on Thursday at 7 p.m. central time. The following day, UALR will take on Alberta at 7 p.m. before ending its trip with another matchup against Calgary on Saturday at 8 p.m.

REGIONAL

Raiders slip past Cowboys for preseason win

OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Flynn completed 4-of-5 passes in his first game as a Raider, helping Oakland open its preseason schedule with a 19-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

Flynn was acquired from Seattle during the offseason to guide an Oakland squad that went just 4-12 last season under first-year head coach Dennis Allen.

Terrelle Pryor completed 6-of-10 passes for 88 yards with an interception in backup duty, while rookie Matt McGloin finished 4-of-7 for 78 yards and a score for the Raiders.

Tony Romo, who sat out Dallas’ preseason opener as a precaution, connected on 6-of-8 passes for 88 yards. Backup Kyle Orton went a perfect 6-of-6 for 52 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

Dez Bryant led Dallas’ receiving corps with three catches for 55 yards.

NATIONAL

Giants slip by Steelers in preseason opener

PITTSBURGH — Victor Cruz hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the New York Giants’ 18-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason opener for both teams.

The former undrafted free-agent Cruz, who led the Giants in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,092) and touchdown grabs (10) in 2012, signed a five-year contract extension during the offseason.

Eli Manning was 2-of-5 for 73 yards for the Giants, whose 9-7 mark a year ago wasn’t good enough to make the postseason. David Wilson carried the ball five times for 16 yards in the triumph.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 4-of-8 passes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh, which has moved on from former Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton to go along with two of the team’s younger playmakers, wide receiver Mike Wallace and cornerback Keenan Lewis, who jetted in free agency to Miami and New Orleans, respectively.