Digest for 01-31-14


COMMUNITY

Taylor Field to host baseball clinic on Feb. 15

Former Arkansas-Monticello coach Jeff Gross and PRO-DAY Professional Baseball will put on a clinic Saturday, Feb. 15 at Taylor Field.

The clinic, which is open to those in second through 12th grades, will include instruction on hitting, fielding, pitching and baserunning.

The clinic will run in two parts, 9-11:30 a.m. for second- through seventh-graders and 12:30-3 p.m. for eighth- through 12th-graders.

The cost is $50 and registration can be completed online at prodaybaseball.com or by emailing prodaybaseball@yahoo.com. For additional information, call 1-888-224-6150 or 718-3512.

STATE

Arkansas falls to No. 10 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Four Arkansas players reached double-figures but it wasn’t enough as No. 10 Tennessee earned a 70-60 win in a Southeastern Conference battle on Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Jessica Jackson led the Razorbacks (15-6, 2-6 SEC) with 16 points, Keira Peak scored 12, Jhasmin Bowen had 11 points and Calli Berna added 10. As a group, Arkansas shot 44 percent, marking the 14th time this season the group has shot better than 40 percent in a game.

The Lady Vols (17-4, 6-2) countered with impressive 62-percent shooting of their own to stave off any potential upset bid from the Razorbacks.

A late three-pointer from Jordan Reynolds would put the Lady Vols up 38-36 heading into the break, their first lead since the 14:22 mark of the first half.

A tight contest midway through the second half, a late three-point barrage from Tennessee proved too much, as the Lady Vols had a stretch with four of five shots from beyond the arc to pull away late and secure the win. Tennessee was 5-for-9 from distance in the second half, while Arkansas was just 3-for-10.

NATIONAL

Bosh, Nowitzki highlight All-Star reserves

NEW YORK — Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks headlined the 14 reserves announced Thursday for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

There were plenty of familiar faces added to the midseason classic, with only four first-time players getting voted in by the coaches.

Three of those came in the Eastern Conference, as Washington’s John Wall, Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan will each play in their first All-Star Game.

Bosh, who will make his ninth straight appearance, will be joined in the East’s frontcourt by Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Chicago’s Joakim Noah, both making their second appearance.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, a six-time All-Star with the Hawks, rounds out the East’s bench.

There is just one first-time All-Star reserve in the Western Conference, that being Portland guard and reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, who will be joined by teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.

The West’s reserve backcourt includes the injured Chris Paul and fellow All-Star stalwart Tony Parker. James Harden and Dwight Howard of the Rockets made the squad, and Nowitzki, who had a run of 11 straight All-Star appearances end last season, was selected by the coaches.

NBA appoints Mark Tatum deputy commissioner

NEW YORK — The NBA has named Mark Tatum as its next deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

Tatum will take over the role on Feb. 1, when Adam Silver moves out of that position to officially succeed the retiring David Stern as NBA commissioner.

“Mark Tatum’s appointment as NBA deputy commissioner is recognition of the confidence our owners and teams have in his leadership ability and track record of success,” said Silver in a statement Thursday. “As deputy commissioner and COO, Mark will use his extensive industry relationships and knowledge of our game to help guide and grow our league.”

Tatum, who first joined the NBA in 1999, had most recently served as the NBA’s executive vice president for global marketing and was responsible for managing the league’s media sales, including those of NBA TV and NBA.com. He also led the sales relationships with the league’s television partners.

Stern will retire on Saturday, exactly 30 years after he took over stewardship of the league and began one of the most accomplished leadership tenures in sports history.

WORLD

McIlroy grabs early lead in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy fired a 9-under-par 63 on Thursday to grab a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods, who missed the 54-hole cut at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, shares 10th with six others after shooting 4-under 68.

McIlroy, who tied for second in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, carded seven birdies and an eagle during his bogey-free round at Emirates Golf Club.

Edoardo Molinari shot 7-under 65 to snare second place, while defending champion Stephen Gallacher, Richard Sterne, Damien McGrane, Julien Quesne and Matthew Baldwin share third at 6-under 66.

Woods, starting at No. 10 alongside McIlroy and Gallacher, notched birdies at all three par-5s during his opening nine, adding another gain at the 15th to turn in 33. He closed with nine straight pars, however, as he struggled to find his form off the tee.

Schumacher being brought out of induced coma

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher are beginning to bring the seven-time Formula One world champion out of his medically-induced coma one month after he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a skiing accident.

Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, released a statement on Thursday, saying “Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time.”

Kehm also noted, “For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated. Please note that no further updates will be given.”

Schumacher’s accident occurred on Dec. 29 at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. The 45-year-old German hit his head on a rock when he fell while skiing off-piste. His skis struck a rock, causing him to fall. Schumacher has been treated at Grenoble University Hospital in Grenoble, France.

The last medical update on Schumacher came nearly two weeks ago when Kehm said Schumacher was in “stable” condition but nowhere in her update did the word “critical” appear.