Digest for 04-23-14


CORRECTION

BOSTON — Julie Bridgforth of Pine Bluff completed the Boston Marathon with a gun time of 4 hours, 40 minutes, 13 seconds. Her net time (the time from crossing the start line to the finish) was 4:33:43, and her time at the halfway point was 2:04:27. Her finish time was incorrect in a brief that appeared in Tuesday’s issue.

COMMUNITY

Registration now open for softball

The registration for the Adult Softball League is now open until May 7th.

Sponsored by the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation, the league features three divisions: men, women and industrial. The entry fee is $400.

For more information, contact Fess Hawkins at 489-8585 or the Parks and Recreration office at 536-0920.

LOCAL

UAPB to host SAU today

The midweek softball game scheduled for today between Southern Arkansas and Arkansas-Pine Bluff has been moved to Pine Bluff, SAU announced on Tuesday.

Originally, the Lady Muleriders were scheduled to host UAPB in a doubleheader. Instead, the Lady Lions (7-33) will host SAU today in a single game beginning at 3 p.m. today at the Torii Hunter Softball Complex.

REGIONAL

Vols hire Donnie Tyndall

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee filled its head coaching vacancy with Tuesday’s hiring of Southern Miss bench boss Donnie Tyndall.

Tyndall went 56-17 with a pair of NIT appearances in two seasons at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles earned a share of the regular-season Conference USA championship and won a school-record 29 games this past season.

The 43-year-old Tyndall also experienced success during a six-year coaching stint at Morehead State (2006-12), guiding the program to the NCAA Tournament twice while compiling a 114-85 record.

Tyndall replaces Cuonzo Martin, who left for California last week after three seasons in Knoxville, and inherits a team fresh off a trip to the Sweet 16.

NATIONAL

Kentucky’s Randle declares for Draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s Julius Randle has decided to skip out on his final three years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

Randle completed his freshman campaign by averaging 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the national runner-up Wildcats.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward picked up 10 points, six boards and dished out four assists in Kentucky’s 60-54 loss at the hands of UConn on April 7.

Randle becomes the 12th player in program history to leave after his first collegiate season under head coach John Calipari. James Young also declared late last week.

Punishments handed out for brawl

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced multiple suspensions stemming from Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado drew the largest penalty, a five-game ban, after he leveled Pirates outfielder Travis Snider with a vicious right cross to the face during the main scrum. Snider will be sidelined for two games for his role in the fracas.

Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez, who precipitated events by flipping his bat and standing at home plate to admire a ball hit off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole during the third inning, drew a three-game suspension. He has decided to appeal the ruling.

Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin received the lightest sentence, as he’ll be required to sit out only one contest.

Each of the four players were hit with undisclosed fines.

The remaining suspensions are due to take effect as of Tuesday night, unless further appeals are forthcoming.