Digest for 05-04-13


LOCAL

UAM places 6 on All-GAC baseball team

ENID, Okla. — Six Arkansas-Monticello baseball players were selected to the All-Great American Conference team, matching a school record.

The awards were announced Friday night at the GAC Baseball Championship Awards Ceremony at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Senior first baseman Hunter Allday, junior second baseman/shortstop Alex Lang, junior second baseman/shortstop Ben Agredano and junior center fielder D’Marco Poindexter were named to the second team. Senior third baseman Taylor Eaves and sophomore starting pitcher Logan Johnson were named honorable mention.

Allday has 48 hits and a .296 batting average. He leads the Boll Weevils with 16 doubles and 37 runs batted in.

Lang had 46 hits and 32 RBIs, Agredano hit .318 with 54 hits, Poindexter batted .311 with 41 hits, Eaves hits a team-high .341, and Johnson is 2-1 with a 2.37 earned run average.

UAM plays Southwestern Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. today in the GAC tournament in Enid.

NATIONAL

Reports: James to win fourth MVP honor

MIAMI — Heat forward LeBron James will be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, according to multiple reports.

USA Today reports the announcement will come Sunday.

It would mark James’ fourth MVP award overall, all coming in the last five seasons.

James would become the fifth player in league history to capture at least four MVP awards. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the way with six, followed by Michael Jordan and Bill Russell with five apiece, and Wilt Chamberlain with four.

The 28-year-old James helped the Heat to a franchise-record 66 regular season victories by posting 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He scored 2,036 points this season, the eighth 2,000-point season of his career. James became the youngest player in NBA history to post eight different 2,000- point seasons. He also shot a career-high 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three-point range this season.

Saunders named T-Wolves’ president, part-owner

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Flip Saunders as the team’s new president of basketball operations.

Saunders, who also took a minority ownership stake in the team, is replacing David Kahn after the club chose not to exercise the option on his contract.

“We are thrilled to have Flip back with the Timberwolves organization,” team owner Glen Taylor said in a statement Friday. “Flip is one of the more experienced and creative minds in basketball. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and we are confident that he will do what is necessary to lead us to a return to our best days as an organization.”

Saunders, 58, served as Minnesota’s head coach for parts of 10 seasons from 1995-2005 and oversaw the most successful era of the franchise’s history. The Timberwolves won at least 50 games four times during that period, including a franchise-best 58-24 record in 2003-04, a season that ended with an appearance in the Western Conference finals.

— Staff and wire reports