Digest for 08-13-13


LOCAL

Hunter goes hitless in loss

CHICAGO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went hitless in the Detroit Tigers’ 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox Monday.

Chicago’s Chris Sale tossed a complete game and received some rare help from his offense during the opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale (8-11), who has received the lowest run support of any starting pitcher in the majors this season, scattered nine hits and did not walk a batter in going the distance for the fourth time in 2013. The All-Star lefty was backed by a 14-hit attack and a three-run fifth inning that carried Chicago to only its fifth win in the last 18 games.

Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger led the charge with three hits apiece, while Josh Phegley went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the triumph.

Detroit lost for the third time in four outings following a season-best 12-game win streak despite two more hits from Miguel Cabrera, including the slugger’s 37th home run of the year.

STATE

UA women win in Italy

PISTORIA, Italy — Keira Peak dropped in 21 points leading the University of Arkansas Razorbacks to a 77-55 win over the Italian Select team in Pistoria, Italy, Monday.

According to a UA news release, the Italian Select team controlled the game early and jumped out to an eight-point lead, but the Razorbacks chipped away until they hit a layup at the buzzer to lead at the half.

The second half was all Arkansas as the Razorbacks forced 28 turnovers. The Arkansas offense also heated up shooting 43 percent in the second half.

Peak also had nine rebounds. Freshman McKenzie Adams had 13 points and eight boards, freshman Jessica Jackson had 12 points and sophomore Melissa Wolff added eight points and seven rebounds in the win.

REGIONAL

Chiefs RB Charles hurts foot in practice

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was carted off the field during practice Monday.

Luckily for him, he did not suffer a serious injury.

Head coach Andy Reid revealed Charles hurt his foot, calling it a strain, and that X-rays were negative.

NATIONAL

Brett Brown tabbed as new Sixers coach

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly named Brett Brown their new head coach.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brown accepted the Sixers’ offer on Monday. The paper said he received a four-year contract.

Brown had been long rumored to be Philadelphia’s choice, as speculation began on draft night that the San Antonio Spurs assistant was in line to replace Doug Collins.

Ky. Busch holds off Keselowski for Watkins Glen win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After having a win slip away from him the past two years at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Busch prevailed in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 following an intense last-lap battle with Brad Keselowski.

Busch grabbed the lead with 29 laps remaining and then survived a rash of accidents during the final 13 laps. The eighth and final caution for an accident involving pole sitter and race favorite Marcos Ambrose setup a two-lap shootout to the finish.

While Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. were battling for the second position after the last restart, Busch pulled away from the field. Keselowski, however, chased down Busch during the final lap.