Digest for 09-10-13


LOCAL

PB Braves win tourney opener

UNION CHAPEL — The PIne Bluff Braves won their opening game of the 15th Annual A.L. Criswell Memorial tournament on Sunday.

The Braves defeated the Clinton Cardinals 11-2 in a game that only lasted six innings because of a time limit.

Pine Bluff scored four runs in the second inning, six in the fourth and one in the sixth. Clinton scored single runs in the second and fourth innings.

Deonta Howard earned the win on the mound. He gave up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over five innings.

Sebastian Stargell Sr. and Corey McCoy led the Braves offensively with both going 3-for-4. Earl White Jr. added a two-run homer for Pine Bluff.

STATE

UALR men to face seven NCAA tourney teams in 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Head men’s basketball coach Steve Shields has announced UALR’s schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season, a challenging slate that begins with a Nov. 11 date against North Florida at the Jack Stephens Center and features seven games against 2013 NCAA Tournament opponents.

Following the Trojans’ opener against North Florida at the Jack Stephens Center on Nov. 11, UALR plays three consecutive road games against teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The stretch begins with Florida, a team that won 29 games and advanced to last year’s Elite Eight, in Gainesville on Nov. 16. Coming off 28 wins an NCAA Tournament bid, Middle Tennessee awaits UALR just two days later in Murfreesboro. The Trojans end their three-game road stretch with 2013 SWAC Champion Southern in Baton Rouge on Nov. 22.

The Sun Belt Conference season begins with a trip to Texas to take on new league members Texas State (Jan. 2) and UT Arlington (Jan. 4).

NATIONAL

Ohio State QB Miller day-to-day for Cal game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that quarterback Braxton Miller is day-to-day with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Miller, a junior tabbed as one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, suffered the injury on the first drive of Saturday’s game against San Diego State.

Miller got pinned between tacklers while converting a fourth down from the SDSU 12-yard line with his legs. After being taken by cart to the locker room, Miller returned to the sideline by the end of the first quarter wearing a brace on his knee.

The fourth-ranked Buckeyes play at California on Saturday.

Pitino, Payton inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Rick Pitino and Gary Payton highlighted the 2013 class inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon.

Pitino, who led Louisville to a national title in April, and Payton, a nine- time NBA All-Star, were joined in the Class of 2013 by Jerry Tarkanian, Dawn Staley, Guy Lewis, Bernard King, Sylvia Hatchell, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Russ Granik and Richard Guerin.

Newman in, Truex out of Chase due to Richmond penalties

CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Newman will replace Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday for its actions this past weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR officials reviewed the closing laps of Saturday’s night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond and determined that the MWR organization “attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race.” The sanctioning body concluded that Clint Bowyer, the driver of the No. 15 car for MWR, intentionally spun to force a caution with seven laps to go. Newman was leading the race at the time, in hopes of clinching a spot in the Chase.

In other news, Newman has signed with Richard Childress Racing to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, starting in 2014, the team announced on Monday.

Newman will replace Jeff Burton in the No. 31 car. Burton has driven for RCR since the middle of the 2004 season. He announced last week that he is leaving the team at the end of this season.