Digest for 06-17-14


COMMUNITY

UAM to publically introduce Tolin

A meet-and-greet reception for new Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball coach Kyle Tolin will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus.

The reception is open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Tolin was announced as head coach last week after spending the past 14 years associated with Oklahoma Baptist as a player and assistant.

Adult co-ed kickball begins June 24

The childhood game of kickball will now be played in a Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation adult co-ed league.

Men and women will alternate in a kick lineup in each game. Games are six innings or 1 hour with no run-rule limit. Team rosters are limited to 20 players maximum and nine minimum.

The fee is $25 per player. For more information or to register, call Saracen Landing at 536-0920.

DIGEST

Seabrook takes second in Warren

WARREN — The Seabrook 15-under baseball team pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Pine Bluff Phillies before suffering defeat in the championship of the Pink Tomato Tournament on Sunday.

After scoring 30 runs in its first two games of the tournament, Seabrook had trouble solving the pitching of the Phillies’ Brandon Little, but counted on defense to pull through. Hayden Arnold was the winning pitcher.

Against the Phillies, Joe Moore and Arnold both went 2 for 3, Griffen Penny belted an inside-the-park home run and Ja’Kobi Jackson doubled.

Earlier in the tournament against the Camden Warriors, Penny hit another inside-the-park four-bagger, Trent Marshall and Trent Goodman each doubled, Jackson, Moore and Arnold each went 3 for 3, and Andrew Morgan, Josh Pierce, Aaron Frazier, Goodman and Marshall each were 2 for 3.

Hamburg won the title game 7-1.

Braves shut out Union Chapel

UNION CHAPEL — Mason Reynolds and Ty Houser combined for seven innings of two-hit ball on the mound, and the Pine Bluff Braves shut out the Union Chapel Travelers 12-0 Sunday in semipro baseball.

Deonta Howard went 5 for 5 with four doubles and two RBIs, and Corey McCoy was 3 for 5 with one RBI for Pine Bluff. Houser struck out two of the four batters he faced in the final inning.

REGIONAL

Former Commodore testifies against NCAA

OAKLAND, Calif. — A former Vanderbilt University football linebacker testified Monday that he protested the policy that bars college athletes from sharing the billions of dollars in revenue generated by broadcasts of their games as ex-players seek to overturn the ban.

Chase Garnham said that in 2013, his final year playing for the Vanderbilt Commodores, he felt uncomfortable with a National Collegiate Athletic Association waiver requiring him to give up licensing rights for the use of his name and image in games, so he wrote on the form “I had to sign in order to play.”

“I brought Vanderbilt value and Vanderbilt brought me value,” he said. “The only difference is they were able to capitalize off it and I was not.”

The NCAA is defending itself in federal court in Oakland against claims that it conspires with member schools in an illegal cartel that reaps the proceeds from televised college basketball and football games and cuts athletes out of the profit. Under NCAA regulations that treat athletes as amateurs, they can be stripped of their scholarships and barred from playing if they accept payment.

The NCAA had $912 million in total revenue last year, including $838 million from television, championships and marketing-rights fees, according to its financial statement.

Kaymer wins U.S. Open handily

PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer posted his third under par round of the week on Sunday and cruised to an eight-stroke win at the 114th U.S. Open Championship.

Kaymer’s lead dipped to four on the front nine, but birdies at 13 and 14 pushed him eight clear of the field. He poured in a par putt on the 18th to wrap up a round of 1-under 69. Kaymer ended the championship at 9-under-par 271. Kaymer’s 69 was 11th round in red figures in the final round.

The German, who also won the 2010 PGA Championship, became the first player to ever win the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year. He became the eighth player to win both titles in a career. He became the fourth player to win the Players and a major in the same season.

Kaymer became the seventh player to win the U.S. Open in wire-to-wire fashion with no ties. The last to do so was Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional.

Erik Compton posted a 2-over 72 to end at 1-under-par 279. He posted his best finish on tour in just his second major championship start. Rickie Fowler also closed with a 72 to share second place with Compton.

WORLD

Schumacher released from French hospital

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital.

The Formula One website posted a statement released by Schumacher’s management team, saying the legendary driver has departed Grenoble University Hospital after months of treatment for injuries stemming from a skiing accident last December.

Schumacher hit his head after a fall while on a family ski trip on Dec. 29 in the French Alps. He was wearing a helmet, which the doctors said likely saved his life.

The 45-year-old German, who retired from Formula One racing at the conclusion of the 2012 season, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Moutiers and then moved to Grenoble.

— Staff and wire reports