Digest for 05-31-14


COMMUNITY

PBHS planning reunion of 1993-95 football champions

Pine Bluff High School is planning a reunion of the 1993, 1994 and 1995 AAAA state football champions, to be held later this year.

Phone numbers and addresses for each player from those teams are requested. For more information, call the Dunaway Field House at 543-4322.

Also, Pine Bluff will hold its annual spring football game at 5 p.m. Tuesday. A football parent meeting will be held after a meet-and-greet for new boys basketball coach Clarence Finley, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school’s cafeteria. Basketball parents are invited to the meeting as well.

Summer sports program taking applications

Applications for the Juveniles in Motion Summer Sports Program may be picked up and returned to Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. 2nd, Pine Bluff, beginning Monday and concluding June 13.

Pick-up times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. The program’s dates are June 16-July 17 (Monday-Thursday daily from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).

Free physicals will be given from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14 at the HPER Complex at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Each participant must have an up-to-date physical to participate.

For more information, contact Cedric Jackson at 489-6024, or email juvenilesinmotion@yahoo.com.

STATE

Nine Hogs quailfy on West Prelims’ first day

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 8 Arkansas women’s track and field team collected six national qualifiers on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary on Thursday. The Razorbacks will be represented at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by Amethyst Boyd (javelin), Tamara Myers (long jump) and the vaulting quartet of Sandi Morris, Danielle Nowell, Ariel Voskamp and Megan Zimlich.

Boyd secured her first-career trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on a first throw of 163-3, set a new school record in javelin. Boyd surpasses her previous personal record of 156-5 and takes down the previous school record of 162-10 set by Carly Bloomfield in 2007.

A huge third-attempt jump landed Myers at 20-8.5 in long jump, a personal-best and the No. 2 all-time jump in Arkansas school history. The qualifying mark took down her previous PR of 20-7.75 and sends Myers to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-consecutive year.

The No. 4 Arkansas men’s track and field team had three national qualifiers on Thursday. The Razorbacks will be represented in Eugene by Andrew Irwin in pole vault, along with Raymond Higgs and Anthony May in long jump.

Irwin was the first of the trio to qualify, clearing 17-7 to punch his ticket to his second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championships. Irwin easily cleared the qualifying mark, finishing third overall.

NATIONAL

Cards LB Washington banned for 1 year

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended without pay for at least one year by the NFL on Friday.

The lengthy ban is not related to his recent court case, but for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Washington, who was sentenced last month by an Arizona judge to one year probation for an assault charge, missed the first four games of last season for a substance abuse violation.

The 27-year-old Washington started the remaining 12 games and finished with 75 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

Washington has started 53 of the 59 games he has played over his four-year career with the Cardinals.

Giants’ Hill suspended again

NEW YORK — New York Giants safety Will Hill was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL Friday as a repeat offender of the league’s policy for substances of abuse.

It’s the third suspension in three seasons for Hill, who emerged as a starter in New York’s secondary in 2013 and recorded career bests of 77 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in a late-year win at Detroit.

Hill was also forced to sit out the first four games of last season for a similar violation, and received a four-game ban as well during the 2012 campaign for testing positive for Adderall.

The 24-year-old also had off-field issues during his time at the University of Florida which caused him not to be taken in the 2011 draft. Hill signed with the Giants the following offseason following a brief stint in the Arena Football League.

Hill, who started 10 games for New York a season ago, will be eligible to return after the Giants’ game against Philadelphia on Oct. 12. He will be allowed to participate in training camp and preseason games.

New York cuts Freeman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Josh Freeman’s stay with the New York Giants lasted just over a month, with the team releasing the once-promising quarterback on Friday.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter, signed by the Giants on April 21 after drawing little interest on the free-agent market, was cut loose to make room on the offseason roster for offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, claimed by New York off waivers from the Chicago Bears.

Freeman’s departure leaves 2013 draft pick Ryan Nassib and journeyman Curtis Painter as the sole backups behind Eli Manning under center.

The 17th overall choice of the 2009 draft, Freeman began last season as the No. 1 quarterback for the Buccaneers but struggled in the club’s first three games. He completed just 45.7 percent of his passes for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.

Tampa Bay released Freeman in early October, just one day after Sports Illustrated reported that he had been fined twice for conduct detrimental to the team. One was for an unauthorized interview with ESPN and the other for skipping at least one team meeting.