Digest for 04-26-13


LOCAL

McClinton aces No. 9 at Jaycee

John McClinton used a sand wedge to shoot a hole-in-one at the par-3, 110-yard ninth hole at the Jaycee Golf Course.

Greg Detore and Steve Moring witnessed the shot.

Weevils-Muleriders moved to Sat. start

The Arkansas-Monticello at Southern Arkansas baseball series has been moved back a day to Saturday.

The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the series finale at 2 p.m. Sunday in Magnolia. The series will wrap up the regular season for UAM.

UAM is 28-16 and 16-11 in the Great American Conference, tied for third place. The Boll Weevils need to finish sixth or higher to clinch a spot in next week’s GAC tournament in Enid, Okla. It would be their first conference tourney since 2006.

UAM also can match a school record for most conference wins in a season (19 in 1993) with a sweep and reach 30 wins for the first time since 2005 with two victories.

SAU, ranked 13th nationally, is 34-13 and 21-6 in the GAC and has clinched a tournament berth, along with Southwestern Oklahoma State.

NATIONAL

Nash doubtful, Blake out

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Already minus one former league MVP for their Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely have to make do without another one for tonight’s pivotal Game 3 clash with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers have termed Steve Nash as doubtful to play tonight after he aggravated an existing hamstring injury during Wednesday’s 102-91 loss to the Spurs that put Los Angeles in an 0-2 series hole.

In addition, guard Steve Blake will be sidelined indefinitely after an MRI taken Thursday revealed a moderate strain of his right hamstring. Guard Jodie Meeks, meanwhile, is expected to sit out a second straight game due an ankle sprain he sustained during Sunday’s Game 1 loss in San Antonio.

NBA fines Celtics coach

NEW YORK — Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA Thursday for public criticism of officiating.

Rivers made comments during his postgame press conference following Boston’s 87-71 loss to the New York Knicks on April 23.

— Staff and wire reports