Digest for 6-9-12


LOCAL

Hunter homers twice to lead Angels to victory

DENVER — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 3 for 5, including two homeruns, and drove in six runs for the L.A. Angels Friday as the Angels eased past Colorado 7-2.

Hunter hit a two-run homer to center in the third, added another two-run shot to left in the fifth and drove in a pair with a single in the ninth. It was his eighth home run of the year. He now has 22 RBIs and raised his batting average to .250.

Coleman offers three scholarships at camp

This year’s Monte Coleman Summer Football Camp welcomed 38 athletes on Thursday and Friday with 9-12 grade participating in Friday’s events.

Following Friday’s high school edition, Coach Coleman extended offers the three players.

Coleman made offers to LeMarcus Stewart, Tevin Beanum and Montrell Mathis.

Stewart (6’1”, 201) is a wide receiver out of Memphis, Tenn., Beanum (6’4”, 240) is a defensive end and Mathis (6’3”, 215) is a linebacker/safety. Both are from Forrest City.

This is the third year the camp has produced future athletes for the UAPB football program. Past offers were to starters Ben Anderson (QB), Wesley Hawthorne (WR) and Me’Kale Carter (OL).

STATE

Gauntlett runs to seventh in NCAA outdoors

DES MOINES, Iowa — In the team’s lone race of the day, Akheem Gauntlett ran to a seventh-place finish at 400 meters Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. With his performance and at the end of day three of the national meet, the No. 12 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team sits in eighth place with 18 points through 13 events scored.

Running out of lane three in the event final, Gauntlett posted a time of 45.56 which was good for seventh place and worth two points toward the Razorbacks’ team total. His result represents the highest national placing in the event for an Arkansas runner since Terry Gatson was seventh back at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

George places fourth in 400-meter final

DES MOINES, Iowa — Running in her third career 400-meter final, Regina George finished in fourth place Friday at the NCAA Championships. The Razorback junior crossed the finish line in a time of 51.68 to add five points to the team total. At the end of day three, the No. 12 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team is tied for 23rd place with eight points.

With her fourth-place finish, George posted the highest national result of her career. She finished eighth as a freshman in 2010 and was sixth across the line last year. She now owns four of the five-fastest times in school history with all four marks coming within the past month, beginning at the SEC Championships. George set the school record of 51.57 during her semifinal run Wednesday.

In the conclusion of the heptathlon, Makeba Alcide closed out the two-day competition in 13th place overall with 5,520 points. During Saturday’s events, she had marks of 5.60m in the long jump, 32.85m in the javelin and 2:21.33 in the 800 meters. Alcide improved on her 14th-place finish from 2011 and bettered last year’s score of 5,245 points. Her total of 5,520 points is the fourth best of her career.

NATIONAL

Clemens’ wife offers testimony to jurors

WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens’s wife on Friday backed up her husband’s testimony that his former strength coach injected her with human growth hormone while the star pitcher was not present, contradicting the word of the coach who is the government’s key witness in the perjury case against Clemens.

Called to testify for the second day in the District’s federal court, Debbie Clemens told jurors she asked Brian McNamee to inject her with the drug in November 2000 in a “spontaneous, no-brainer kind of moment” after reading of the drug’s purported benefits in a USA Today article days before.

Gronkowski becomes highest paid tight end

NEW YORK — Rob Gronkowski agreed on Friday to a six-year, $53-million extension with the New England Patriots, making him the highest paid tight end in NFL history.

The deal includes $16.5 million guaranteed and carries a $10 million dollar option that could extend the deal through 2019.

McIlroy fires 65 to lead St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS — Rory McIlroy fired a 5-under 65 to lead the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.

McIlroy leads a trio of players, including Kevin Stadler, Jeff Maggert and J.B. Holmes, by one stroke heading into the weekend.

John Daly is in a tie for 12th at three under after a 69 on Friday.

Arbitrator upholds Goodell’s authority over Saints

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system, according to an arbitrator.

The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell’s power to impose the sanctions but Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, upheld the earlier decision based on a collective bargaining agreement reached last August.