Digest for 07-06-12


LOCAL

Dollarway junior boys win pair at PA camp

LITTLE ROCK — The Dollarway junior high boys basketball team improved its camp record to 3-1 after winning two games Thursday in the Pulaski Academy Summer League Camp.

In its 52-31 victory against Benton, Kendrick Hunter scored 20 points, and Sharodrick Williams and Cameron Girley each had 10. In a 58-32 win over Heber Springs, Chris Slater scored 23 points, and Hunter and Williams each added 10.

Dollarway will play Pulaski Academy at 3 p.m. and Greene County Tech at 7 p.m. today in the camp.

Local 9-year-old dominates in USSSA World Series

GULFPORT, Ala. — Markevian Hence of Pine Bluff threw four innings of no-hit ball and struck out eight in helping the Eastern Elite defeat Houston 7-4 Thursday in a 9-year-old USSSA World Series game.

Hence, who was the MVP of the state tournament last week, batted 3 for 5 against Houston.

STATE

A-State’s Dyer ruled ineligible for season

JONESBORO — Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer must sit out the upcoming football season to meet NCAA transfer rules, the NCAA ruled Thursday.

A-State announced the ruling. Dyer played the past two years at Auburn before he was suspended from the Chick-Fil-A bowl for a violation of team rules. Dyer then elected to follow coach Gus Malzahn, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator at the time, to A-State.

Dyer will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after this season. He helped Auburn win the 2010 national championship.

Adams advances in Best Play ESPY bracket

FAYETTEVILLE ¬— Joe Adams’ 60-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee last fall advanced to the round of eight in the voting for the ESPY Award for Best Play.

In the first quarter of a 49-7 win over Tennessee on Nov. 12, Adams moved toward the right sideline, then retreated back to the 30, appeared to be pinned by a wall of Tennessee defenders and then broke seven tackles before weaving his way through blockers past the 50 and taking off down the right sideline untouched for the touchdown.

Fans can continue to vote online at ESPN.com/ESPYS/BestPlayVote.

NATIONAL

Dismissed Georgia player Crowell joins Bama State

Former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who was dismissed from the team a week ago for an arrest on weapons charges, has enrolled at Alabama State and will play for the Hornets this fall.

Crowell made the Coaches All-SEC team and earned freshman All-American honors this past season, helping the Bulldogs win the SEC East.

“We actively researched Isaiah both as a person as well as an athlete,” Bama State coach Reggie Barlow said in a statement. “We are aware of his current issues, but also believe in helping young people. We believe that Isaiah has learned from his circumstances and that he will be a quality student-athlete at Alabama State.”

Crowell can play this season because Bama State, a Football Championship Subdivision school, is a division lower than Georgia. Bama State will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on an ESPNU-televised game Sept. 20.

Woods in bad shape at Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Tiger Woods shot a 1-over-par 71 Thursday and is tied for 88th place in The Greenbrier Classic, days after winning the AT&T National.

Vijay Singh has sole possession of the lead after shooting 7-under in the first round. Jeff Maggert, Martin Flores and Jonathan Byrd are tied for second, one stroke back. J.B. Holmes, Webb Simpson, Andres Romero and Garth Mulroy are two strokes back.

Soccer allows goal-line technology to aid in calls

Soccer’s rule-making body voted Thursday to permit the use of goal-line technology to assist referees after high-profile mistakes over scoring decisions at the World Cup and the European Championship.

After a meeting in Zurich, the International Football Association Board said it will allow the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems, which use technology to tell whether the ball has crossed the goal line. The systems will aid officials, who will still base their rulings on what they see and have the final say.

It’s planned that goal-line technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, and the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil. National associations can decide on their own implementation of the systems. The decision was reached unanimously.

— Staff and wire reports