Digest for 08-14-12


COMMUNITY

Arkansas tickets for Alabama, LSU games sold out

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas announced tickets for the Sept. 15 Alabama and Nov. 23 LSU football games have been sold out.

For the first time since 2001, all reserved seating for all Fayetteville games have been sold out as well. Those who purchased season tickets should expect their tickets to arrive in the mail shortly.

Season ticket sales have increased to 88,185 from last year’s count of 86,905.

LOCAL

Steelers FB, former Zebra, reportedly out for season

PITTSBURGH — Steelers fullback David Johnson’s injury in Thursday’s preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles has apparently cost him the season.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported via Twitter that Johnson tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season. That leaves Will Johnson as the only fullback remaining on the team.

Johnson, a Pine Bluff High and Arkansas State alumnus, has played most of his career at tight end for the Steelers. He played in a Super Bowl loss to Green Bay two years ago.

Bronson rebounds to win Harbor Oaks club title

Greg Bronson shot 11 strokes better than in his first round and won the Harbor Oaks Club Championship by one stroke over Darryl Johnson.

Bronson shot a 77 Sunday to finish with a 165. Johnson had an 85 Sunday. John Hendricks shot 84 both days to finish third with a 168, and Jared Dutton was fourth with a 170.

Carl Frames won the Seniors Division with a 156, beating Bull Durham by five strokes. Danny Young and John Good tied for third with a 163.

Dub Koenig, the lone Super Senior player, shot a 182 for both days.

Smith aces No. 9 at Jaycee Golf Course

Carl Smith of Pine Bluff shot a hole-in-one on No. 9 at the Jaycee Golf Course on Sunday.

Smith aced the par-3 hole from 131 yards out, using a 53-degree Cleveland Wedge and Titleist ProV1x ball. Cyril Enang, Shelton Fitzpatrick and Jerry Goodloe played with Smith.

Braves double up Hector

UNION — In preparation for the Ark-La-Homa Shootout this coming weekend, the Pine Bluff Braves defeated Hector 12-6 Sunday despite being shorthanded at Union Chapel School in semipro baseball action.

Pine Bluff led 3-0 through two innings, but Hector answered with four runs in the third, taking advantage of a Braves outfield that had only two players. Jerret Freeman hit an inside-the-park home run to give Hector a two-run lead, but Pine Bluff came back with four runs to move in back for good.

Corey McCoy reached base six times and scored four runs to lead Pine Bluff. Bill Smith and Winfred Smith both scored twice and had two hits apiece.

STATE

Arkansas goes to 2-0 in Italy tour

FLORENCE, Italy — The Arkansas men’s basketball team won its second game of its Italy tour Monday, beating Atletas of Lithuania 95-84.

B.J. Young led Arkansas with 16 points. He was followed by Rickey Scott with 14.

Arkansas started its tour with a 129-87 victory over Amici del Campetto in which Mardracus Wade scored 24 points in 18 minutes and junior transfer Coty Clarke added 18.