Digest For Thursday


LOCAL

UAM picked to finish 8th

The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team has been picked to finish in eighth place in the second season of the Great American Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released on Tuesday.

Last year’s regular season and tournament champion Southern Arkansas has been picked to repeat with 63 poll points and seven of the nine first place votes.

UAM returns 16 lettermen from last year’s squad, including a group of 10 seniors, two of those being All-GAC second team selections last season.

Senior infielder Taylor Eaves and senior outfielder Danny Loya each received all-conference accolades after both hit above .300 in 44 games.

STATE

A-State adds Missouri to its schedule

JONESBORO — Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Wednesday that the Red Wolves’ football team has reached a two-year agreement with the University of Missouri to play a home-and-home series beginning this season.

A-State and Mizzou will play this year’s game in Columbia at Faurot Field on Sept. 28, while the current contract also calls for a Sept. 12 game in Jonesboro in 2015.

The 2013 contest will mark the third meeting all-time between the two schools and the first since 2005.

The two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions will open their 2013 season Aug. 31 against in-state foe UAPB at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro.

NATIONAL

Gay traded to Raptors

The Grizzlies, Raptors and Pistons agreed to a six-player trade Wednesday that sent Memphis star Rudy Gay to Toronto, according to a report on ESPN.com.

The Grizzlies acquired forward Ed Davis and veteran guard Jose Calderon in the deal that also sent backup center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.

Memphis then shipped Calderon to Detroit for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.

The Grizzlies also received a 2013 second-round pick from Toronto as part of the deal.