Digest for 01-17-14


COMMUNITY

Benefit games to be played at PBHS Saturday

The Consolidated St. Marion Baptist District Association will be hosting benefit basketball games on Saturday at Pine Bluff High School.

The Consolidated St. Marion Saints will play the Pine Bluff Firefighters of BRAVE at 6 p.m. followed by Power 92 Jammers against the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 7:30.

There will be halftime entertainment and concessions available. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

LOCAL

JH Wildcats grab home win

Simeon Blair’s 16 points helped lead the Watson Chapel junior high boys past Central Arkansas Christian 37-29 in a home game on Thursday.

Michael Williams added 13 for Chapel (9-5, 5-2 in River City Conference), which plays next Thursday at Jacksonville.

Chapel JH girls fall to CAC

The Watson Chapel junior high girls fell to Central Arkansas Christian 40-23 in a home game on Thursday.

Chapel (7-5, 3-3 in River City Conference) was led by Jerica Bell and Destiney Qualls, who scored seven points apiece.

Robey boys blow out Star City

The Jack Robey boys held Star City to single-digits in every quarter, including zero points in the fourth, in a 57-16 home win on Thursday.

Robey (14-2) held quarter leads of 13-7, 33-14 and 48-16.

Brandon Little (eight points) and Caleb Porter (seven) led Robey, which hosts El Dorado next Thursday.

STATE

Arkansas FB to play Toledo in 2015

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will play a nonconference game against Toledo in 2015.

The Rockets announced the game Thursday. It will be played in Razorback Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015.

“We are very pleased to add Arkansas to our 2015 football schedule,” Toledo athletic director Mike O’Brien said. “Arkansas is a program with a long and storied football tradition. We look forward to a great experience in Fayetteville in 2015.”

Toledo is the second known nonconference game on Arkansas’ 2015 schedule. The Razorbacks also will play a home game against Texas Tech on Sept. 19. It has not been determined whether the game — which is the second of a home-and-home series with the Red Raiders — will be played in Fayetteville or Little Rock.

The Rockets — who are in the Mid-American Conference — lost to Florida (24-6) and Missouri (38-23) en route to a 7-5 record in 2013. It was the first time Toledo had played Southeastern Conference opponents.

Arkansas Leaving Game Ball in Scoreboard

FAYETTEVILLE — The game ball that flew into the scoreboard in Bud Walton Arena at the end of Arkansas’ 87-85 overtime win against Kentucky isn’t coming down.

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson confirmed that the Razorbacks plan to leave the ball in the structure as a tribute to the victory over the 13th-ranked Wildcats.

It was thrown into the scoreboard by Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison, who was attempting a full-court pass with two-tenths of a seconds remaining. The Wildcats were attempting a length of the floor pass after Michael Qualls had given the Razorbacks the lead with a put-back dunk off a missed three-pointer by Ky Madden.

Harrison’s pass never made it downcourt, flying between the scoreboard and a connecting structure that hangs down below it. The ball landed in the canopy where it still rested Thursday. Arkansas can lower the scoreboard to pull the ball out, but Anderson and the Razorbacks don’t want to move it.

“We’re going to leave that up there,” Anderson said Thursday. “So when people come in here, they’re going to wonder, ‘Is that ball still up there or not.’ That’s what they’re going to ask for years to come. … I think it’s good. I think it’s neat.”

Razorbacks fall to Bulldogs

ATHENS, Ga. — The Arkansas women’s basketball team nearly completed a 16-point comeback in a 60-58 loss to Georgia on Thursday night.

The Razorbacks (14-4, 1-4 in Southeastern Conference) trailed 36-20 early in the second half, but eventually narrowed the deficit to one (52-51) with just under two minutes to play before clutch free throws helped the Bulldogs (13-5, 1-4) squeak by.

Freshman Jessica Jackson scored a career-high 24 points for Arkansas, which trailed 27-18 at halftime.

NATIONAL

MLB clubs unanimously approve expansion of instant replay

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — The 30 teams of Major League Baseball have unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 regular season and postseason.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon at the conclusion of the quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association had previously given their consent to the game’s new protocols for instant replay.

Under the new system, managers will start each game with one challenge. If correct on the first challenge, they would receive a second. No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game.

Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the crew chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call.

Home run and other boundary calls will remain reviewable under the procedures in place last season.

The following play types will be subject to review: home run; ground-rule double; fan interference; stadium boundary calls; force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play); tag play (including steals and pickoffs); fair/foul in outfield only; trap play in outfield only; batter hit by pitch; timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out); touching a base (requires appeal); passing runners and record keeping (ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions).