Digest for 03-13-14


STATE

Former UALR player Edwards signs with Cavs

Former Arkansas-Little Rock men’s basketball player Shane Edwards has signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced on Wednesday.

Edwards spent two seasons at UALR from 2007-09, leading the Trojans to back-to-back Sun Belt Conference West Division Championships and a combined record of 43-19.

Edwards has appeared in 40 games (32 starts) for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, this season, averaging 13.3 points on 54.7 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. The 6-7, 220-pound forward has scored 15 or more points 15 times on the season, including in nine of his last 11 games, and has two double-doubles on the year.

A 2009 first-team All-Sun Belt selection, Edwards averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a senior to lead the Trojans to a 23-8 overall record and a 15-4 mark in league play.

UA softball falls at No. 20 Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — The Arkansas softball team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 20 Tulsa Wednesday night at the Collins Family Complex on the TU campus.

Despite the result, the team’s 19-6 record through the first 25 games of the season ties the best start in program history. The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville to host No. 2 Tennessee this weekend to open Southeastern Conference play, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Bogle Park.

The Razorbacks put together a threat in the top of the third when Stephanie Canfield singled to left and Devon Wallace walk for runners on first and second with one out. Tulsa starter Aimee Creger struck out the next two hitters to keep Arkansas off the scoreboard.

The Golden Hurricane added three runs in the next half-inning to extend their lead to four runs. Chloe Oprzedek drove in Arkansas’ first run with an RBI double to right center which plated pinch runner Ashley Martindale from first base. With the double, Oprzedek extended her hitting streak to 11 games.

Oprzedek and Clarisa Navarro each had a double in the game with Canfield, Kasey Fagan and Jennifer Rambo all posting singles against Tulsa. Navarro’s double was her team-leading seventh of the season.

Fagan, now on an eight-game hitting streak, took the loss as the starting pitcher. After allowing two runs in her first full inning of work, Grace Moll settled in to hold the Golden Hurricane scoreless over the final two innings to keep Arkansas within reach.

REGIONAL

Conley’s shot sends Grizzlies over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Mike Conley netted all 16 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead floater with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-88 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Following a timeout, Conley got the ball at the top of the arc and used a Marc Gasol screen along the right wing before slicing through a pair of defenders and getting his floater from the paint to drop.

Rivers’ heave from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer was well off the mark.

Conley’s bucket capped a 9-0 Memphis run to end the game.

NATIONAL

Lakers shut down Bryant for rest of season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will not return for the Los Angeles Lakers’ final 18 games of the 2013-14 season as he continues his recovery from an injury to his left knee.

The Lakers made the announcement on Wednesday following Bryant’s examination with team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, who determined that the 16-time All- Star’s knee had not sufficiently healed from a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau sustained back in December.

Bryant has appeared in only six games this season, having missed nearly the first six weeks of the campaign while battling back from last April’s torn Achilles tendon. He returned to the court on Dec. 8, but was diagnosed with his current injury less than two weeks later.

The 35-year-old averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds prior to being sidelined.

Braves ink Ervin Santana

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with pitcher Ervin Santana on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The Braves are dealing with injuries to starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy. Medlen may need season-ending surgery after being diagnosed with an injured ligament in his pitching elbow, while Beachy left Monday’s start against the Phillies after only two innings due to tightness around his right elbow and biceps muscle.

Santana rejuvenated his career last year as he went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 32 starts with the Royals.

The right-hander played for the Angels from 2005-2012 before being traded to Kansas City in October of 2012. Santana is 105-90 with a 4.19 ERA in 268 career games (265 starts).