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Digest for 05-14-14


COMMUNITY

Chapel to host girls hoops camp

Watson Chapel will host a girls basketball camp from June 2-4 for campers entering grades first through seventh.

The cost for the camp $15 and includes a t-shirt. The camp will start at 8:30 a.m. and last till 11:30 a.m each day.

The camp will teach the girls basic fundamentals and a concession stand will be available. Each camper must be covered by a family insurance policy.

The application and fee must be turned in by May 28.

Johnson to hold free football camp

NFL free agent Tyrell Johnson will host a free skill and developmental football camp in early June.

A Rison native, Johnson will hold the camp for 12- to 18 year-olds from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Rison High School.

Johnson, who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, is just one of many “coaches” with NFL or collegiate experience helping out with the camp.

Some of the fellow coaches include Antoine Winfield, Madieu Williams and Fordyce-native Kevin Williams, all of whom played with Johnson in Minnesota.

For more information and to register for the camp, visit TyrellJohnson.com.

LOCAL

Hunter’s patience helps Tigers win

BALTIMORE — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter wasn’t the hero Tuesday, but he set the table for two of them.

After Hunter drew a two-out walk, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both homered in the ninth inning as the Tigers came from behind to defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, at Comerica Park.

With Rajai Davis on second base and two outs, Hunter walked before Cabrera crushed a fastball into the bullpen beyond the wall in left-center. Martinez came up next and stroked a solo shot to make it a 4-1 game.

Detroit threatened to break through in the seventh. Hunter, who’s plunking by Bud Norris in Monday night’s game led to the benches clearing, singled to center and Cabrera took a walk. Hunter tried to advance to third on a ball in the dirt, but catcher Caleb Joseph threw a laser to third to record the out.

NATIONAL

Browns sign Haden to five-year extension

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns signed cornerback Joe Haden to a five-year contract extension Tuesday.

The deal takes Haden, who is entering his fifth season with the Browns, through the 2019 season.

The extension in full is reportedly worth $68 million. The deal includes a $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed at signing and another $23 million guaranteed for injury.

It surpasses the deal that Richard Sherman just signed with Seattle. Sherman was given a four-year contract for a total of $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed.

Since joining the Browns as the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Florida product has appeared in 57 games with 48 starts, registering 234 tackles, 13 interceptions, 67 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Panthers’ Hardy arrested

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on two charges Tuesday.

Hardy faces misdemeanor charges of communicating threats and assault on a female, according to the Charlotte Observer.

According to the paper, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to a call around 3:18 a.m. central time. A woman, who said she and Hardy had been in a relationship since September, said she had been physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy.

Hardy tied a franchise record with 15 sacks in 2013. The Panthers placed the franchise tag on him at a cost of $13.1 million this season.

A sixth-round steal by the Panthers in the 2010 draft, Hardy has 33 sacks in 62 career games with Carolina.

Rutgers QB Nelson dismissed from team

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football team Tuesday morning, one day after he was charged with first- and third-degree assault for his role in an incident over the weekend that left a 24-year-old man near death.

Nelson has been charged with first-degree assault causing great bodily harm and third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm, according to a criminal complaint obtained and posted online by NJ.com.

According to the website, police say Nelson, 20, was upset over a bouncer flirting with his girlfriend at a bar in downtown Mankato, Minnesota.

The men had a “heated” verbal exchange outside the bar and the bouncer, identified as former Minnesota State-Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad, hit Nelson in the back with a punch, forcing the quarterback to the ground, according to an officer who viewed surveillance footage of the incident.

After an unidentified male ran after Kolstad and punched him in the head/face, Kolstad fell back and hit his head on the pavement. Nelson then allegedly kicked Kolstad in the left side of the head.

Nelson passed for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns in 18 games for Minnesota over the past two seasons and transferred to Rutgers in January.

Lundqvist, Rangers win Game 7

PITTSBURGH — Brad Richards netted the winning score in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots, and the New York Rangers battled back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a 2-1 decision in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Lundqvist improved to 10-2 all-time in elimination games and has won each of his last five Game 7s.

Brian Boyle recorded the other score for the Rangers, who advance to the conference finals against the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens Game 7 scheduled for Wednesday night in Boston.

Jussi Jokinen supplied the sole offense and Marc-Andre Fleury made just 18 saves for the Penguins, who have dropped seven of their nine terminal contests in best-of-seven series on home ice.

The Rangers moved ahead to stay during a tripping minor to Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen. Richards alertly followed up a centering feed from Martin St. Louis — who was stationed along the goal line to the right of Fleury — and converted from the slot with 7:56 played in the second.

Marlins’ Fernandez reportedly has torn UCL

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been diagnosed with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching arm and needs season-ending surgery, according to CBSSports.com.

The report says the 21-year-old right-hander will get a second opinion from the Marlins team doctor to see if he confirms the original diagnosis by physician Neal ElAttrache.

Fernandez, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained right elbow.

In eight starts this season, Fernandez has gone 4-2 with a 2.44 earned run average and racked up 70 strikeouts in just 51 2/3 innings.

Fernandez endured a rough outing in San Diego on Friday, as he was tagged for six runs — five earned — in five innings and saw a noticeable decrease in velocity on his fastball towards the end of his start.