Digest for Thursday


Athletics finish first in Gold Ring Tournament

The Arkansas Athletics 12AA baseball team, made up of players from Pine Bluff, White Hall, Warren, Sherwood/Sylvan Hills and Beebe finished first this past weekend in the ASE Beebe/Jacksonville End of Year NIT (Gold Ring) Tournament held in Beebe, where they went undefeated.

Players include Cole Simmons, Trace Sawyer, Dalton Rhoden, Foster Rash, Trey Scallion, Joe Moore, Dustin Duckworth, Jonathan McGhee, Lane Hartsfield and Gage Reep.

The team is coached by Vernon Scallion, Quinn Simmons and Jeff Johnson.

Bonecrushers crush competition in Bryant

The Bonecrushers won the 12-under AA title at the Wally Hall Tournament of Champions in Bryant over Memorial Day weekend.

Tam members are: Joel Barker, Connor Boyle, Drake Fowler, Garett Fusilier, Parker McKinley, Jackson Quick, Ryan Swinton, Skylar Teague, Thomas Walter and Brady Wilcox.

The team is coached by Mitchell Fusilier, Jamie Barker, Jeremy McKinley and Sean Wilcox.

Five more Hogs picked in final day of draft

Five Razorbacks were selected during the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

The five were shortstop Tim Carver (Philadelphia, 19th round), outfielder Sam Bates (Kansas City, 28th round), pitcher Randall Fant (Cleveland, 29th round), outfielder Derrick Bleeker (Baltimore, 37th round), and outfielder Jacob Morris (Cleveland, 37th round).

Arkansas had eight players selected in the 40-round draft. Third baseman Matt Reynolds (New York Mets, second round), pitcher Nolan Sanburn (Oakland, second round) and pitcher DJ Baxendale (Minnesota, 10th round) went Tuesday.

Childs misses practice with calf strain

Warren product and University of Arkansas standout wide receiver Greg Childs did not participate in Wednesday’s practice for the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Childs had a calf strain but would catch up after receiving treatment.

Jury selection concludes in Sandusky case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone in Centre County who has not heard about the upcoming trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University coach charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. But it took just two days, less time than expected, to seat a jury whose members said they were willing to keep an open mind.

Ten of the 12 jurors and four alternates said they have direct ties to Penn State, which is 12 miles from the courthouse. The 10 women and six men include a rising senior at the university, a professor of 24 years, an engineering department employee, a retired soil science professor and several alums.

Former Bengal sentenced to 14 years in prison

CINCINNATI — Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was sentenced to 12 years in prison after having sex with the underage teen daughter of a former Cincinnati assistant coach.

Webster, 34, was sentenced Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati. A jury convicted him on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He could have been sentenced to 20 years.

NEW YORK – Tom Coughlin signed a two-year contract extension with the New York Giants, four months and one day after leading the Giants over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.

The deal will pay Coughlin, 66, $20 million over three years.

Devils avoid sweep in Stanley Cup finals

LOS ANGELES — Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaker with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur saved 21 shots on goal, and New Jersey beat Los Angeles 3-1 Wednesday night to avoid being swept in the Stanley Cup finals.

Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils.

Game 5 is Saturday night in New Jersey.

Thunder win West

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 in six games in the Western Conference Finals.

San Antonio had a 34-20 lead aftr the first quarter, but was outscored 32-18 in the third quarter and had 36 points total in the second half.

Kevin Durant had a double-double for Oklahoma City with 34 points, 14 rebounds and added five assists. Russell Westbrook scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Tony Parker had 29 pointsa nd 12 assists for San Antonio in the loss, and Tim Duncan had 25 points and 14 rebounds.