Digest for 06-11-14


COMMUNITY

Meetings for girls’ basketball camp set

There will be two meetings this week for those interested in participating in the A-1 girls’ basketball camp.

The first meeting is at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the second at 10 a.m. Friday. Those interested in participating need to only attend one of the two meetings, which will take place at Chester Hynes Community Center.

The camp, which is for those entering grades 5-12 as well as college-aged girls, will consist of drills and 5-on-5 games and awards will be given. Good eating habits and training will also be discussed.

For more information, call coach Sebastian Stargell Sr. at 870-872-2345 or Yolanda Scott at 870-489-6837.

Fan bus for PB-Northside football game reserved

A charter bus has been reserved for the Sept. 5 Pine Bluff at Fort Smith Northside football game.

It is a round trip. The cost is $40 per seat, and departure is 1 p.m. from the Walmart parking lot. Deadline to sign up is Aug. 31.

The trip includes a stop for an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes seafood, but the price for the meal is not included.

To reserve, call Jeff McClure at 870-794-6338.

LOCAL

UAPB, A-State to play openers on ESPN3

Arkansas State’s season-opener against Montana State will be webcast on ESPN3, the Sun Belt Conference announced on Tuesday.

The game, which will mark Blake Anderson’s debut as A-State’s head football coach, is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Aug. 30 in Jonesboro.

It was also announced Tuesday, Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s opener against Sun Belt member Texas State will be shown on the ESPN3 platform. The game, which will be played in San Marcos, Texas, is scheduled to kick off at the same time as the A-State-Montana State game.

WH, WC players named all-conference

Seven players each from the White Hall and Watson Chapel softball teams earned all-conference honors in the 5A-South.

Abby Weaver, Maddie Martin, Lindsey Williams, Karia Hall, Kayla Reap, Summer Henderson and Lauren Graves earned all-conference honors for the 5A state champion Lady Bulldogs. White Hall added two more players on the honorable-mention team in Bethany Brown and Ciara Linker.

Representing Watson Chapel were Maegan Greer, Jamie Bridges, Natalie Johnson, Lauren McFalls, Megan Moore, Sydney Crossett and Lexie Downing.

Johnson also joins Weaver, Martin and Williams on the 5A all-state team.

NATIONAL

Orioles’ Machado handed five-game suspension

NEW YORK — Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine Tuesday for his actions in Sunday’s game against Oakland.

Machado’s bat flew down the third-base line and close to Alberto Callaspo after he swung and missed on a Fernando Abad pitch with two outs in the eighth. Abad’s previous pitch came inside on Machado, warranting a glare from Machado towards the mound.

The benches subsequently cleared after the bat toss and Machado and Abad were both ejected from the game.

Abad received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Machado.

Falcons LB Weatherspoon tears Achilles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his Achilles tendon during a Tuesday workout.

Weatherspoon sustained the injury while rehabbing a knee problem that required surgery and limited the 2010 first-round pick out of Missouri to just seven games a season ago.

Weatherspoon has started 36 games over the last three seasons, but has missed 12 due to injury over the last two. The 26-year-old has accumulated 290 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed over 47 career contests, all with the Falcons.

Syracuse, Georgetown to renew hoops rivalry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — One of the greatest college basketball rivalries in recent years will be renewed when Syracuse and Georgetown start a four-year home-and-home series during the 2015-16 season.

The two former national champions were charter members of the Big East in the 1979-80 season and helped the conference become a college basketball power, but the league rivalry ended when Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2013-14 campaign.

The series will begin at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., during the 2015-16 season. The Hoyas will also host the Orange during the 2017-18 campaign, while the Carrier Dome will be the site for games in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons. Specific dates have not yet been set.

The teams have met 90 times, all but 17 coming as members of the Big East. Syracuse has a 49-41 lead and won the most recent matchup, a 58-55 triumph in the 2013 Big East Tournament.

Syracuse previously worked out deals to play former Big East rivals St. John’s and Villanova.

Former Cy Young winner Welch dies

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bob Welch, a Cy Young winner with the Oakland Athletics, died Monday night. He was 57 years old.

The Athletics said Welch passed away in Seal Beach, California. A cause of death was unavailable.

Welch pitched for the Athletics from 1988-94 after spending 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a member of three American League pennant winners with Oakland from 1988-90, including a World Series title in 1989, and won the Cy Young after a 1990 season that included a record of 27-6. No pitcher has reached as many as 25 wins since.

In 17 major league seasons, starting in 1978, Welch compiled a record of 211-146 with a 3.47 ERA. He was an All-Star in 1980 and 1990.