Digest for 02-20-14


COMMUNITY

Softball registration now open

Registration is now open for Pine Bluff American Eastern Little League Softball.

Those interested can register from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Monroe Ryburn Field pressbox.

Registration fees are $75 for those 8-18 years old and $25 for 4-7 years old and you must bring a birth certificate and three proofs of residence.

Online registration is also available at pbaells.org.

For more information, call Judt Brumett at 329-6976.

LOCAL

Gragg to play in Under Armour All-America game

Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg announced he will play in the 2015 Under Armour All-America game.

Gragg made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday night.

“Committed to play in the Under Armour All-American Game!” he tweeted.

The high school football all-star game has been in existence since 2008 with the most recent being played on Jan. 2.

The 2015 edition is expected to be played the first week of January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and broadcast on ESPN.

NATIONAL

Boston College knocks off Syracuse in OT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse’s dream of an undefeated season came to an improbable end Wednesday at the hands of Boston College.

Patrick Heckmann converted a go-ahead reverse layup with under a minute remaining in overtime, and the Eagles toppled the top-ranked Orange 62-59 in front of a stunned Carrier Dome crowd.

The Orange (25-1, 12-1 ACC) had escaped squeakers over Pittsburgh and NC State last week, but Wednesday’s slow start coupled with Boston College getting hot from behind the arc finally proved too much to overcome.

Wichita State is the only undefeated program remaining in Division I.

Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (7-19, 3-10) with 20 points, and the Eagles, who came in second-to-last in the ACC, snapped a five-game skid with their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since upsetting North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2009.

Ravens’ Rice charged with assaulting fiancee

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been summoned to appear in a New Jersey courtroom next week following a recent arrest for allegedly assaulting his fiancee in an Atlantic City casino.

Baltimore television station WJZ obtained a copy of the summons, which charged the three-time Pro Bowl selection with simple assault and domestic violence following an altercation with Janay Palmer in an elevator of the Revel Casino early Saturday morning.

The document specifically stated that Rice struck Palmer with his hand and rendered her unconscious.

Additionally, a surveillance video released by TMZ.com showed Rice dragging a motionless Palmer out of the elevator, though there was no footage of a fight taking place.

Palmer was also charged with simple assault and domestic violence for allegedly hitting Rice as well. The two are scheduled to appear in Atlantic City Municipal Court on Feb. 25.

Rice, 27, is coming off his worst season, rushing for 660 yards on a career-low 3.1 yards per carry. He signed a five-year, $35 million deal to stay in Baltimore prior to the 2012 season.

‘Skins TE Davis suspended for NFL drug policy violation

NEW YORK — Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended indefinitely, without pay, by the National Football League on Wednesday for an unspecified violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

The ban takes effect immediately.

“I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance. For over two years, I’ve worked very hard to eliminate marijuana from my life, and I have not had a positive test for it since 2011,” Davis admitted in an NFLPA-issued statement released shortly after the ruling.

“Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy.

“I’ve worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation, and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement in the fall. I look forward to staying in football shape, remaining in compliance with the NFL policy, and having a chance to get back on the field to contribute to a team’s success next season.”

Davis posted seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown in 10 games for Washington last season.

Braves extend contracts of skipper, GM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves announced Wednesday that they have extended the contracts of manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren.

Gonzalez and Wren were both entering the final year of their current deals. The team did not disclose the length of the extensions.

Gonzalez, 50, has been the team’s skipper since Hall of Famer Bobby Cox retired following the 2010 season. The Braves have gone 279-207, made two playoff appearances and captured one NL East title under Gonzalez.

Wren has been the Atlanta GM since John Schuerholz was promoted to team president after the 2007 campaign. He has been very active this offseason, locking up young stars Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Julio Teheran to new contracts.

Nets acquire Thornton from Sacramento

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings for Marcus Thornton.

“Marcus is a proven scorer in this league,” Nets general manager Billy King said. “He is a young talent who will help us in the backcourt.”

Thornton is averaging 8.3 points per game this season after putting up 21.3 ppg two years ago and 18.7 ppg last season.

“Thxs to the Sacramento organization and most of all the fans for showing me love since my 1st day in sac really appreciate it,” Thornton said on his Twitter account.

Terry has tallied 4.5 points per game in 35 tilts this year after coming over from the Boston Celtics along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a trade during the summer.

The 6-foot-8 Evans, known more for his tenacity and hustle on the defensive end, is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. He averaged 11.1 boards per contest last year.