Digest for 12-14-13


STATE

Bentonville rules 7A once again

LITTLE ROCK — Cabot’s third state title under coach Mike Malham will have to wait.

The Panthers lost to Bentonville, 39-28, in the Class 7A state championship game on a cold and rainy Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.

It wasn’t that Cabot (12-1) didn’t have some chances. The Panthers were up 14-13 at the end of the first half.

Cabot’s Zach Launius, in his final high school game, rushed 39 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one pass, that was complete and for a touchdown. For the season, Launius rushed for nearly 2,100 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Bentonville (11-2), in its fourth consecutive title game, claimed its second championship behind the play of sophomore quarterback Kasey Ford, the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Ford passed for 265 yards on a 11 for 18 night.

Razorbacks rack up more postseason honors

FAYETTEVILLE — The postseason awards continued to roll in for a handful of Razorbacks on Friday.

Running back Alex Collins and tight end Hunter Henry were named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American team on Friday. Collins — who was named the Associated Press’ SEC Freshman of the Year earlier this week — led the Razorbacks with 1,026 rushing yards. Henry — who was named second-team All-SEC by AP — finished with 28 catches for 409 yards with 4 touchdowns.

Arkansas center Travis Swanson also was named to the Sporting News’ All-SEC team. It was the center’s fifth All-SEC team honor this week. Swanson was tabbed as a first-team All-America by USA Today and also was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top center. Florida State’s Bryan Stork was named the Rimington Trophy winner on Thursday.

Swanson and Henry were among four Razorbacks that appeared on Athlon’s All-SEC team Friday as well. The two joined defensive end Chris Smith and place kicker Zach Hocker as second-team All-SEC selections by the publication.

Smith finished his senior season with a team-high 8½ sacks and had 21½ in his Arkansas career. Hocker went 13-for-15 on field goals and 28-for-28 on extra points in 2013. He finished as the program’s career scoring leader (354 points).

OBU plans to renovate, rename stadium in Harris’ honor

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University announced plans Friday for a fundraising campaign to renovate and rename the school’s football stadium in honor of alumnus Cliff Harris.

A major donor has provided a gift as a matching challenge for the project and funds will be solicited by the “100-Yard Campaign” during the next 120 days, OBU President Rex Horne said. The OBU Board of Trustees approved the campaign Friday.

The project will include improved stadium seating plus improvements to the press box and parking lot, among other things. Cliff Harris Stadium is to be ready for the 2014 football season.

Harris was an All-American safety for the Tigers in the 1960s and an All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s. He played in six Pro Bowls and five Super Bowls.

REGIONAL

Gordon, Holiday lead Pelicans over Grizzlies

NEW ORLEANS — Eric Gordon scored 25 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat Memphis 104-98 on Friday to end the Grizzlies’ five-game road winning streak.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 12 assists and Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Pelicans, who went over .500 for the second time this season (11-10) after a 2-2 homestand.

The starting backcourt of Gordon and Holiday combined to shoot 17-of-26 in the game (65.4 percent).

Jon Leuer scored 19 points off the bench to lead Memphis. Mike Conley added 18 and Zach Randolph scored 13 with 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost three in a row to New Orleans.

Cowboys’ Lee out for Sunday

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys starting middle linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Lee suffered a neck injury in last week’s game against the Bears. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but wasn’t on the field Friday.

The Penn State product has 99 tackles and four interceptions in 11 games this seasons.

NATIONAL

Winston accuser’s attorney wants Florida AG to investigate

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — The attorney for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault wants the Florida attorney general to conduct an investigation into the matter.

Patricia Carroll said Friday there were discrepancies in the medical reports her client’s family received and the medical reports in the package of documents released to the media last week when State Attorney Willie Meggs said no charges would be filed against Winston.

“We perceive that as a problem that warrants further investigation,” said Carroll in a news conference Friday. “There is no other choice than to call upon the attorney general of the state of Florida to conduct an independent investigation into this case and the Tallahassee Police Department.”

Rodgers to sit again Sunday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will again be a spectator this Sunday as he continues his recovery from a fractured collarbone.

Rodgers practiced for this week’s big matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the decision was made to keep the 2011 NFL MVP sidelined for another week after discussions with medical personnel.

Matt Flynn will again get the call for the Packers, who sit one-half game behind Detroit and Chicago for the lead in the NFC North.