Digest for 05-06-14


COMMUNITY

Golf tournament to be held June 7

The Optimist junior golf championships qualifying tournament will be held June 7 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 10 through 18 and will be flighted according to age.

Registration fee is $45. To register, call Pine Bluff Country Club at 535-3180 or call tournament chairman Tom Martfeld at 888-302-8354.

STATE

Lyst named Arizona State gym coach

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas gymnastics program lost one of its key figures when Rene Lyst was named the head coach at Arizona State on Monday.

Lyst teamed with ex-husband and co-head coach Mark Cook to build the Arkansas gymnastics program from the ground up. They arrived in Fayetteville as a married couple and in their 12 seasons, the Razorbacks qualified for 11 NCAA Regionals, seven NCAA Championship appearances and two NCAA Super Six appearances.

Katherine Grable also became the program’s first NCAA individual champion when she won two titles in the floor and vault two weeks ago.

Arkansas said in its news release Cook remains as the Razorbacks’ coach and the program will begin a search for an assistant immediately.

Lyst, meanwhile, will replace Arizona State coach John Spini. The legendary coach announced his retirement earlier this season after 34 years with the Sun Devils.

Arkansas No. 4 seed in Columbia (Mo.) golf regional

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas men’s golf team will begin NCAA Tournament play in Columbia, Mo., later this month.

The Razorbacks were named the No. 4 seed in the Missouri Regional when the NCAA Tournament field was announced Monday. Arkansas will join 13 other teams playing at The Club at Old Hawthorne from May 15-17.

The regional field also includes Oklahoma State (No. 1 seed), Virginia (No. 2), LSU (No. 3) and Arizona State (No. 5). The top five teams in the Missouri Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., from May 23-28.

Arkansas, which is one of 12 Southeastern Conference teams to reach an NCAA Regional this season, is making its seventh postseason appearance under coach Brad McMakin. The Razorbacks have advanced to the NCAA Championships three times in the past five seasons, including a second-place finish in 2009.

NATIONAL

Oregon State fires Robinson

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State fired men’s head basketball coach Craig Robinson on Monday.

Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, was 94-105 in six seasons with the school and just 39-69 in Pac-12 play.

The Beavers never made the NCAA Tournament or NIT during his tenure.

Robinson will receive a buyout of $4 million.

Robinson left his head coaching position at Brown University following the 2007-08 season to take over a struggling OSU program that had just completed a miserable 6-25 season, becoming the first team in Pac-10 history to go 0-18 in conference play.

In Robinson’s first season, the Beavers went 18-18 and captured the program’s first postseason title in school history after taking the College Basketball Invitational in a best-of-three series with UTEP.

Oregon State was 16-16 this past season.

Pens take 2-1 series edge

NEW YORK — Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second consecutive shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins posted a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Fleury blanked the Rangers on back-to-back nights, helping the Penguins claim a 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal series. He followed up a 22- save performance in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Pittsburgh by stopping 35 more shots in Game 3 on Monday.

Sidney Crosby ended his 13-game playoff goal-scoring drought, but the woes continued for the Rangers’ power play.

New York totaled 10 shots while finishing 0-for-5 on the power play and has failed to score 34 straight times with the man advantage.

New York will look to even this series Wednesday night.