Digest for 03-30-13


LOCAL

UAPB softball takes two in Fordyce

FORDYCE — The Southern vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball series was moved here after bad weather made the Torii Hunter Softball Complex field unplayable.

But the move didn’t hurt UAPB, which won both games 4-1 and 6-0. Today’s series finale is scheduled for noon here.

Statistics from the games were unavailable.

UAM run-rules ECU thanks to rally

ADA, Okla. — Arkansas-Monticello scored five runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to score a 12-2, seven-inning victory over East Central on Friday in Great American Conference baseball.

UAM (20-13, 10-9 GAC) also extended its complete-game streak by its pitchers to three games. Bobby Bryan allowed two unearned runs off four hits, striking out five and allowing three walks.

D’Marco Poindexter and Taylor Eaves each went 4 for 4 to lead the Boll Weevils.

The win gives the Weevils their 13th 20-win season all-time and first 10-win conference season since 2003.

Lady Reddies even series with Blossoms

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State took a softball doubleheader from Arkansas-Monticello on Friday to even the Great American Conference series at two wins apiece.

Henderson State won 4-2 and 5-0. In the first game, UAM left bases loaded in the fourth inning and runners in scoring position in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Courtney Wilson allowed one earned run on six hits with no strikeouts and one walk in the first 2 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

Four of the Lady Reddies’ runs in the second game came on two home runs. Katie Slaughter (10-5) took the loss after allowing five runs off five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

NATIONAL

Report: Cowboys give Romo 6-year extension

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have reportedly reached an agreement on a blockbuster six-year extension.

The Morning News quoted a source close to the situation, which said the deal is worth $108 million with $55 million guaranteed. In addition, NFL.com reported that the pact includes a $25 million signing bonus. If so, Romo would receive more guaranteed money than the six-year, $120.6 million contract that Joe Flacco recently signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Flacco, a Super Bowl champion, got $52 million in guarantees.

In addition, the deal would make Romo the highest paid player in franchise history. Romo will earn $11.5 million this season. The paper also stated that the new deal will reduce Romo’s cap hit, which was slated to be $16.8 million in 2013.

Tigers extend Verlander for 5 years

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers and ace Justin Verlander have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

The new deal runs through the 2019 season and includes a vesting option for 2020.

“I love this city & the fans - couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here!” Verlander wrote on his Twitter account. “We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”

Verlander has been among the most dominant pitchers in the American League since his first full season of 2006. He has won at least 17 games six times during that seven-year span, highlighted by an incredible 2011 campaign that featured a unanimous Cy Young and an AL MVP.

— Staff and wire reports