Digest 06-13-14


LOCAL

Moring sinks hole-in-one

Justin Moring aced the par-3 ninth hole at Jaycee Golf Course from 110 yards out with a sand wedge Tuesday.

Greg Walker, Greg Detore, Steve Moring, Tony Washington and Ed Harrison witnessed the shot.

STATE

Razorbacks’ Cowan suspended for academics

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver D’Arthur Cowan has been suspended for academic reasons once again.

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday afternoon on his Twitter account that Cowan will “concentrate on his academics and putting himself in a position to move forward academically for eligibility and graduation.”

The news came after Cowan missed most of spring practice for academic reasons.

“He has been suspended from all team activities while maintaining full academic support and guidance,” Bielema added through a team spokesperson.

Cowan, a junior, caught four passes for 26 yards in six games last season. He missed half of the year after suffering a broken foot during preseason practices.

Cowan has seven catches for 40 yards during his Arkansas career.

Oliver officially inks deal with Phillies

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas right-handed pitcher Chris Oliver signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, as announced on Thursday morning.

Oliver was selected in the fourth round by the Phillies and was one of six Razorbacks taken in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I think the thing I’m going to miss the most about Arkansas is the fans,” Oliver said in a press release. “Having a packed house every weekend and the atmosphere Baum Stadium has under the lights is incredible. The camaraderie that comes from being a Razorback and all the people you meet and the teammates you have is something I will never forget. A lot of great guys come through that program and I was lucky to be a part of it.”

A native of Farmington, Oliver posted a 9-4 record as a starting pitcher for the Razorbacks in 2014. He had a 2.51 earned run average in 93 1/3 innings of work and added 59 strikeouts, while opponents hit .213 against the hard-throwing right hander.

Oliver rose to the occasion against the best programs in the country in 2014, facing seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the country and posting a 5-1 record. He earned wins over No. 1 South Carolina, No. 8 LSU, No. 11 Vanderbilt and added two victories against Ole Miss when the Rebels were ranked in the top 10.

WORLD

Fresh off French title, Nadal stunned in Halle

HALLE, Germany — French Open king Rafael Nadal was a stunning second-round loser on Thursday at the grass-court Gerry Weber Open, a Wimbledon tune-up.

Just four days removed from securing a record fifth straight and ninth overall French Open title, a weary world No. 1 Nadal was flat in falling to 85th-ranked German wild card Dustin Brown in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Brown won in just under an hour.

This served as Nadal’s lone grass-court preparation event for Wimbledon, where he was a shocking first-round loser a year ago.

— Staff and wire reports