Digest for 08-29-14


LOCAL

PB tennis teams remain unbeaten

Pine Bluff High’s boys and girls tennis teams remained unbeaten through three matches this season, sweeping their contests at Bloom Tennis Center against Bryant on Thursday.

In boys action, Michael Roberts and Keenan Beckford won their singles matches 6-0 and 6-2, respectively. Tre Harris and Roberts defeated Zack Gaines and Wilson Hatcher 8-4, while Xavier Grady and Beckford beat Tyler Melton and Nick Schmidt 8-2.

For the Pine Bluff girls, Tori Richardson beat Megan Ivie 8-4, Kia Barnes defeated Shelby Jones 6-0, and Brentney Sargent and Kye Richardson teamed up for a pair of victories: one over Stephanie Smith and Fenece Boone 8-5, and the other over Taylor Scifres and Jones 6-0.

Pine Bluff will play at El Dorado on Tuesday and host White Hall next Thursday.

REGIONAL

Broncos rout Cowboys in preseason finale

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kapri Bibbs had two rushing touchdowns and the Denver Broncos took a 27-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to finish up the preseason.

C.J. Anderson also had a rushing touchdown while Brock Osweiler went 9 for 13 for 190 yards under center for the Broncos, who went 3-1 in the preseason.

Denver begins its season at home against Indianapolis on Sept. 7.

Brandon Weeden was just 6 for 12 for 75 yards and an interception in the start for the Cowboys, who finished the preseason 0-4.

Dallas hosts San Francisco on Sept. 7 to start the regular season.

Cowboys’ Hamilton suspended four games

NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jakar Hamilton four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Hamilton will miss the first four games of the 2014 season and will be eligible to return after the team’s Week 4 contest against New Orleans.

The South Carolina product appeared in three games last season as a rookie and recorded a pair of tackles. He has missed two preseason games this month because of a concussion and hamstring injury.

It’s the second suspension for a Cowboys defensive back this season. Orlando Scandrick was also hit with a four-game penalty for violating the league’s policy on PED use.

NATIONAL

USC player quits, calls coach racist

LOS ANGELES — A week after quitting the USC football team, senior running back Anthony Brown accused head coach Steve Sarkisian of being a racist on social media Thursday.

Brown posted on Instagram on Thursday morning, “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton” and also posted a similar message on Facebook, although the posts were later deleted.

According to ESPN, Sarkisian said he was blindsided by the comments and said Brown never expressed any of those feelings to him when the coach met with him earlier this week.

“As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous,” Sarkisian said. “Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players — feel free to — that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”

NFL sets new domestic violence policy

Saying he got the Ray Rice suspension wrong, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instituted harsher penalties for players and league personnel over domestic violence offenses.

The revamped policy was announced in a letter from Goodell to NFL team owners and calls for a six-week suspension without pay for a first domestic violence offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense.

In his letter, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by SportsNetwork.com, Goodell says he “didn’t get it right” last month when he suspended Rice for two games after the Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on a domestic violence assault charge in February.

Goodell stood by the penalty in public comments he made earlier this month but says in his letter to owners that the league lost opportunity to show a strong stance “on a critical issue.”

The enhanced penalties apply to the NFL’s personal conduct policy regarding incidents of assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force.

Under the new rules, Goodell says, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account “and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”

Manning fined for taunt

DENVER — Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was fined for taunting Houston’s D.J. Swearinger after the Texans defensive back forced Denver receiver Wes Welker out of last week’s preseason game with a concussion.

Welker left the contest after taking a hit from Swearinger late in the first half and Manning completed a touchdown pass on the next play. Manning raced into the end zone and yelled at Swearinger, drawing a taunting penalty.

The Denver Post and ESPN reported the fine to be $8,258 and Manning was quoted by ESPN as saying it was “money well spent.”

Welker is still recovering from the concussion, his third in the past 10 months, and coach John Fox has said the receiver will return when he’s medically cleared.

Giants down Rockies as Petit sets record

SAN FRANCISCO — Gregor Blanco homered to back six dominant innings by Yusmeiro Petit, who made history in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

Petit, who has split his duties this season between starting and pitching out of the bullpen, retired the first eight batters he faced to break Mark Buehrle’s MLB record with 46 consecutive outs.

Petit (4-3) improved to 2-2 as a starter after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings of work. Petit also struck out nine before leaving with just 81 pitches.

Petit tied the National League record for consecutive batters retired of 41 with a 1-2-3 first.

Petit fanned Jackson Williams swinging to open the third inning and match Buehrle’s mark. Another strikeout, Petit’s fourth straight going back to the second inning, to Charlie Culberson gave him the record.

Opposing pitcher Jordan Lyles broke up the historic streak one batter later when he laced a double to the wall in left.