Sports Community/Digest for June 12


Community

Free youth football camp on Saturday

The Extend the Dream Foundation is hosting a free youth football camp for boys ages 1-13 on from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Pine Bluff High School practice field, across the street from Jordan Stadium.

Camp participants will learn the basic football fundamentals in blocking, tackling, running form, passing, receiving and different position skills from former NFL, CFL, Arena, college and high school football players from the Pine Bluff community.

Lunch will be provided to camp participants.

Local

Hunter named Co-Player of Week in American League

Los Angeles Angels outfielders Torii Hunter and Mike Trout were named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending on June 10.

Hunter, a Pine Bluff native, batted .500 (11 for 22) with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in five games in route to claiming his third career AL Player of the Week honor.

Childs, Wright may benefit from Simpson’s ban

MINNEAPOLIS — On Monday, the NFL announced Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended the first three games of the upcoming season and fined him an additional game check for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse.

The suspension could mean more playing time for Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, both rookie wide receivers who are originally from Warren.

Childs is still being held out of off-season practices due to a calf strain. Both players have signed their rookie contracts.

Cleveland earns second team all-region honors

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas-Little Rock pitcher Chance Cleveland earned a spot on the All-South Central Region Second team, it was announced on Monday.

Cleveland, a Watson Chapel graduate, ended the regular season with a league-high 98 strikeouts and tied the conference lead with nine victories. It was the junior’s first season with UALR.

Smart Dodge Rams pound out 12 runs in victory

The Smart Dodge Rams Junior American Legion team beat Little Rock Blues on Sunday 12-4 at Taylor Field.

Zack Hurgood went 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs for Smart Dodge (4-3). Turner Sparks also had three hits. Jeffrey Jones and Jake Green each had two hits and Justin Archer, Daniel Gray, Nate Richmond, Conner Freeman and B.J. Pullman all had a hit. Gray picked up the win.

STATE

Crossett reports violations, forfeits games

The Crossett School District self-reported to the Arkansas Activities Association that it had used two coaches who were not certified during the 2011-12 school year. The two coaches worked in football, boys basketball and baseball.

Crossett forfeited two basketball games to Warren, giving Warren its only two wins of the year. Monticello also benefited from a Crossett basketball forfeit.

As a result of the violation, Crossett has been given a warning in football, basketball and baseball for the upcoming school year.

NATIONAL

Billionaire Robert Pera agrees to buy Grizzlies

MEMPHIS — Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has an agreement in principle to sell the NBA team to billionaire and communications entrepreneur Robert Pera, 34.

The deal is believed to be in the $350-$375 million range. Heisley, 75, bought the team in 2000 and moved the team from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001. There will be a two-month period before Pera can assume control of the team.

Kings capture Cup

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings wasted little time in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, scoring three goals in the first period and went on to beat New Jersey 6-1 to win the championship.

Dustin Brown had one goal and two assists for the Kings, who were the eight seed in the Western Conference. The Kings held the Devils to just 18 shots.

— Staff and wire reports