Digest for 02-01-14


COMMUNITY

WCC to host youth basketball tournament

The Watson Convocation Center in Pine Bluff will host a youth invitational basketball tournament the weekend of April 5-6.

The double-elimination tourney is for boys in the fifth and sixth grades.

Cost is $75 per team and the deadline to register is March 9.

For additional information, contact tournament director Robert Tate at 832-407-7156.

REGIONAL

Young hangs up the cleats

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young, who spent the majority of his career with the Texas Rangers before a two-club detour last year, made his retirement official on Friday.

The Dallas Morning News was first to report on Thursday that the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played (1,823) and hits (2,230) decided to call it quits after 13-plus seasons.

Young was pried away from the Rangers by the Phillies, who acquired him on Dec. 9, 2012 in exchange for right-handed pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. He hit .276 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 126 games for a struggling Phillies club before being dealt to the Dodgers with cash considerations for left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen on Aug. 31.

The 37-year-old finished with a .279 average, eight homers and 46 RBI over 147 games.

Since breaking in with Texas at the end of the 2000 campaign, Young has compiled 185 homers, 441 doubles, 1,030 runs batted in and 2,375 hits while batting .300 over 1,970 major-league appearances. He led all of baseball with 221 hits in 2005 — the same year he led the AL with a .331 average — and compiled 213 hits in 2011 to lead the majors once more.

A seven-time All-Star (2004-09, 2011), Young was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 1997 amateur draft.

NATIONAL

Silver begins reign as NBA commissioner

Today marks Adam Silver’s first day as commissioner of the NBA.

Silver replaces David Stern, whose 30-year run ended Friday. Under Stern’s watch, the average NBA player salary went from $250,000 in 1984 to $5 million as of 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times, seven franchises have been added to the league, and the 1992 Dream Team of NBA superstars paved the way for NBA players’ participation in the Olympics.

Silver, a lawyer, was the deputy commissioner of the NBA since 2006.

Parise will captain U.S. Olympic team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise on Friday was named captain of the United States men’s ice hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Parise served as an alternate captain four years ago in Vancouver, when the U.S. won the silver medal. He tied for the team lead with four goals and eight points.

The 29-year-old Parise has 18 goals and 16 assists in 41 games this season. He recently returned to action after missing a month with a foot injury.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown were named alternate captains.

Watson, Yang share lead at suspended Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bubba Watson fired a 5-under-par 66 on Friday to retain a share of the lead at the suspended Waste Management Phoenix Open.

On Thursday, Watson and Y.E. Yang carded matching 64s to grab the clubhouse lead before play was suspended due to darkness. The left-hander then mixed seven birdies and a pair of bogeys during the second round to remain on top before darkness once again halted play.

Matt Jones shot 65 on Friday to meet Watson in the lead at 12-under-par 130 through 36 holes on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale.

Greg Chalmers and Harris English both carded 67s to grab a share of third at 10-under, while Kevin Stadler (68), Pat Perez (68) and Hideki Matsuyama (67) moved into a tie for fifth at minus-9.

Brandt Snedeker fired a 64, which matched the low round of the day, to jump into a share of eighth place. He stands alongside Patrick Reed (67), William McGirt (69) and Scott Piercy (67) at 8-under.

WORLD

McIlroy leads by 1 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy birdied the final hole on Friday for a round of 2-under 70 and that left him one stroke clear of the field after two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, who led by two after round one, finished 36 holes at 11-under 133. The 2009 winner has the 36-hole lead at this event for the fourth time in his career.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods mixed three bogeys and two birdies in a round of 1- over 73. He is tied for 44th at 3-under-par 141. American Brooks Koepka fired a 7-under 65 at the Emirates Golf Club to soar into second place at minus-10.

Danny Willett also posted a 65 and moved into a share of third place at 8- under 136. He stands alongside Damien McGrane and Julien Quesne, who both carded 2-under 70s on Friday.