Digest for 04-17-13


LOCAL

Slaughter honored as Pitcher of the Week

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello sophomore Katie Slaughter has been named the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Slaughter (13-7) went 2-1 over the past week, earning both wins in UAM’s sweep of Southern Arkansas. Slaughter tossed a complete-game victory in the second game of the series, giving up four hits, striking out three and not allowing a walk.

In the final game, Slaughter went the distance again, allowing one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in less than an hour. She faced two batters more than the minimum, giving up a walk in the first inning and two-out single in the sixth inning.

NATIONAL

Oregon, NCAA reportedly agree on violations

PORTLAND, Ore. — The University of Oregon and the NCAA have reportedly agreed that the school’s football program committed violations in recruiting during Chip Kelly’s tenure as head coach.

Kelly left the Ducks in January to take the vacancy of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

According to The Oregonian, which obtained documents from the school, the university has proposed a two-year probation for the football program as well as a reduction of one scholarship in each of the next three seasons as self-imposed sanctions.

The NCAA’s investigation stems from Oregon’s ties to a recruiting service run by Willie Lyles. The NCAA, according to the documents obtained by The Oregonian, said the Houston-based Lyles provided a recruiting advantage to Oregon by “serving as a conduit to facilitate communication with prospective student-athletes.” Scouting services can provide written reports on players, but the NCAA said Oregon accepted oral reports from Lyles and two other services.

Marquette’s Blue adds name to draft pool

MILWAUKEE — Marquette junior guard Vander Blue announced Tuesday that he will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

Blue earned All-Big East second team honors this past season, averaging 14.8 points and 3.2 rebounds while leading the Golden Eagles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Also on Tuesday, North Carolina junior Reggie Bullock and UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad announced they would enter the draft.

Their announcements come a day after Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, Georgia sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter Jr. made public their intentions to enter the draft.

— Staff and wire reports