Digest for 01-16-14


LOCAL

Ricebirds defeat Cardinals in overtime

Stuttgart knocked off the Dollarway junior high boys team 43-41 Tuesday night in overtime.

Kuron Brown led Dollarway (5-8, 1-1 2-4A) with 18 points. Demetrius Johnson scored nine while Jerome Frazier and Cameron Crane chipped in with six each.

Dollarway will travel to Clinton on Friday with the junior high girls tipping off at 4 p.m and the junior boys immediately after the first game.

STATE

A-State’s Haunga wins Gary Withrow Award

JONESBORO — Selected by the Arkansas State football coaching staff and players, senior Steven Haunga (Richmond, Calif.) has been named the recipient of the 2013 Gary Withrow Award that is given annually to the Red Wolves’ outstanding offensive lineman of the year.

The individual award will be presented to Haunga, a 2013 second team All-Sun Belt Conference selection at offensive guard, during the A-State versus Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball game on Saturday, March 8, at 7:05 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

Withrow coached A-State offensive linemen for 17 years. His pupils include former NFL players Ken Jones (Buffalo Bills) and Ray Brown (San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions).

Former ASU DB Jones named to all-rookie team

JONESBORO — Former Arkansas State defensive back Don Jones, a seventh round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, has been named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s (PFWA) NFL All-Rookie Team as a special teams selection.

Jones was one of 26 players across the league to earn the recognition, including five on special teams. He played in all 16 games this season for the Dolphins, recording 10 tackles and one forced fumble while playing mostly in a special teams role.

He received national attention for an impact play in Miami’s home opener against the Atlanta when he laid a big hit on the Falcon’s Harry Douglas during a punt return that caused a fumble recovered by the Dolphins. The play set up a Miami touchdown in a game the Dolphins went on to win 27-23.

The Dolphins spent their final pick of the 2013 draft on Jones, who was the 44th player taken in the seventh round and the 250th player chosen overall. The Red Wolves have had a player chosen in a school-record seven consecutive NFL Drafts.

REGIONAL

Grizzlies hand Bucks seventh straight loss

MILWAUKEE — Mike Conley scored 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies to an 82-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

James Johnson contributed 15 points off the bench, while Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, in a reserve role for Memphis, winners in four straight.

Zach Randolph scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in the win and his frontcourt mate Marc Gasol was held scoreless, missing all four attempts from the field in his second game since returning from an MCL sprain.

Brandon Knight led all scorers with 27 points in defeat, Milwaukee’s seventh straight setback. Larry Sanders and Caron Butler each chipped in with 10 points for the Bucks.

NATIONAL

Warriors acquire Crawford as part of 3-team swap

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics Wednesday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Miami Heat.

Golden State sent guard Toney Douglas to the Heat, who shipped center Joel Anthony to the Celtics.

The Celtics will also receive a protected future first-round pick and Miami’s 2016 second-round pick in the deal, as well as cash considerations. The first-round pick is owned by the Philadelphia 76ers, but that will become two second-round selections if Philly misses the playoffs this season or next, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Heat will save $11.5 million in salary and luxury tax by unloading Anthony’s contract.

The 25-year-old Crawford, who had a career resurgence in Boston this season playing point guard, is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game.