Digest for 09-03-13


COMMUNITY

JRMC to host 5K

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center is holding a Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk and Kiddie K races on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The 5K Run/Walk will start at the corner of 40th Ave. and Mulberry St. at 7:30 a.m., while the Kiddie K will begin an hour later on the JRMC Wellness Center track.

Registration is accepted up until race day, but the early entry fee deadline of $20 is Oct. 22 thereafter the fee is $25. The Kiddie K entry fee is $10 regardless of entry day. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ridgway Christian School and checks should be made payable to RCS.

CASA Women’s Shelter to host half marathon

The CASA Women’s Shelter of Pine Bluff will be hosting a half marathon and 5K on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The entry fee for the 5K is $25 and the entry fee for the half marathon is $55. Checks should be made payable to CASA Women’s Shelter of Pine Bluff.

LOCAL

Rison native Johnson among Lions’ cuts

The Detroit Lions cut safety Tyrell Johnson and other players Saturday as they whittled their roster down to the league-maximum 53 players, according to multiple reports.

Johnson, a Rison native, signed with the Lions late last season after almost five years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Johnson, the Vikings’ second-round draft pick from Arkansas State in 2008, has 89 tackles and two interceptions for his career, but no picks since 2011.

Hunter 1 for 4 in start of key AL series

BOSTON — Torii Hunter was one of seven Detroit Tigers to pick up a hit Monday in a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

The game opened a three-game set between the top two teams in the American League. Boston (82-57) has the best record in the league by a half-game over Detroit, the AL Central leader.

Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson was the only Tiger with two hits. For the Red Sox, Daniel Nava went 3 for 3.

Hunter, who bats .304 on the season, went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 4-0 home loss to Cleveland.

NATIONAL

Nyad, 64, completes Cuba-to-Florida swim

KEY WEST, Fla. — Distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, according to multiple reports.

Nyad’s personal website documented her nearly 53-hour swim from northern Cuba to Key West. According to CNN, it was Nyad’s fifth try in 35 years to achieve the feat and fourth try since she turned 60.

“It’s all authentic. It’s a great story,” Nyad told CNN. “You have a dream 35 years ago — doesn’t come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it’s somewhere back there. Then you turn 60, and your mom just dies, and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes waking out of your imagination.”

Kyle Busch clinches Chase berth with Atlanta win

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kyle Busch secured a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning his fourth race of the season on Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch grabbed the lead for the first time with 36 laps remaining when he was the quickest off of pit road during a caution. Martin Truex Jr. challenged Busch for the top spot after the last restart with 21 laps left, but Busch pulled away and was untouchable from there.

— Staff and wire reports