Digest for 07-01-14


LOCAL

PB Braves have two games rained out

The Pine Bluff Braves’ two scheduled games in Bryant were washed out Sunday, and those games have been rescheduled for July 13 at Bishop Park.

Pine Bluff will play the Conway Catfish and Bryant then.

Pine Bluff also has a game scheduled for Friday at Union Chapel.

Seabrook reaches 15-year-old final

BRYANT — An all-Pine Bluff final has been set.

Seabrook reached the championship game of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old district tournament with a 14-3 win over Bryant on Monday. Seabrook will play Pine Bluff Northern at 6 tonight.

The remainder of the 13-year-old district tournament was cancelled Sunday.

In Little League 7- and 8-year-old action at Poyen, Pine Bluff Western defeated Haskell 10-8 on Monday.

STATE

Barrett to step down from baseball play-by-play

FAYETTEVILLE – Chuck Barrett, the Voice of the Razorbacks, has decided to step away from his baseball play-by-play duties after 23 seasons. Barrett, who will still handle play-by-play responsibilities for both football and men’s basketball, broadcasted all three Razorback sports for the past seven years as well as served as Razorback Athletics’ Director of Broadcasting.

Barrett began his affiliation with Razorback Athletics in 1992 when he was hired to be the baseball play-by-play announcer. Barrett has been behind the microphone for every season of Razorback Baseball since Arkansas entered the Southeastern Conference. During that span, Barrett has called more than 1,250 games including some of the most memorable moments in Razorback Baseball history. During his span as a baseball broadcaster, Arkansas has made three College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and won two SEC regular season and four SEC Western division championships.

NATIONAL

Nets coach Kidd traded to Bucks

Jason Kidd’s tenure as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets is apparently over after one year.

The Milwaukee Bucks sent two second-round draft picks to the Nets to secure the coaching rights to Kidd, ESPN reported on Monday.

Brooklyn initially requested a 2015 first-round pick as compensation, while the Bucks offered only one second-round pick at first.

Kidd’s exit comes after his proposal for expanding his role in the team was rebuffed by ownership.

The 41-year-old Kidd went from player to coach practically overnight. He retired after the 2012-13 season and was hired by the Nets in June.

WORLD

Germany escapes Algeria scare to advance

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Germany survived a major test from Algeria on Monday at the Estadio Beira-Rio in the round of 16 as the European heavyweights needed goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil to escape with a 2-1 extra-time win.

Germany was below par for much of the match and had to wait until extra time to finally open the scoring through substitute Schurrle in the 92nd minute.

Ozil added a second goal in 119th minute, and it proved crucial, as the Desert Foxes continued to press and found a goal one minute later through Abdelmoumene Djabou before time ran out and Germany was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The Germans will now face France in the quarterfinals on Friday, while Algeria is out after nearly becoming the fourth African nation to reach the last eight at the World Cup.

France grounds Nigeria to reach quarterfinals

BRASILIA, Brazil — Paul Pogba scored 11 minutes from time on Monday and France went through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a nervy 2-0 result over Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional.

France breezed to the summit of Group E with an opening win over Honduras followed by a 5-2 thumping of Switzerland as Les Bleus were scoring for fun.

Monday’s matchup with the Group F runners-up looked straightforward for France, but the Nigerians gave a good account of themselves for most of the contest before they were undone in the 79th minute by Pogba’s header.

The second tally came in stoppage time courtesy of an own goal by Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo, which wrapped up the result for Les Bleus.

Djokovic, Murray move into Wimbledon quarters

LONDON — Top seed Novak Djokovic and reigning champion Andy Murray highlighted Monday’s fourth-round winners at The Championships, Wimbledon.

A rainy day saw the former champion Djokovic handle 14th-seeded Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) under the roof on the famed Centre Court. The brisk match came to a close in 1 hour, 52 minutes when the return-of-serve artist Djokovic smacked a cross-court, two-handed backhand winner that just caught the line to seal the deal.

The recent French Open runner-up Djokovic titled here in 2011 and was last year’s Wimbledon runner-up to Murray. The Serb has reached at least the quarterfinals here six years running.

The third-seeded Murray reached a seventh straight Wimbledon quarterfinal by getting past 20th-seeded 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in 2 hours, 33 minutes, also under the roof on Centre Court, as wet weather forced the issue on Day 7 of the fortnight.

Radwanska, Wozniacki ousted; Kvitova advances

LONDON — Fourth-seeded former runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska was sent packing, while former champion Petra Kvitova secured a berth in another Wimbledon quarterfinal on Monday.

Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 22nd, leveled the sluggish Polish star Radwanska in 6-3, 6-0 fashion in fourth-round action on the No. 3 Court.

Radwanska reached the final here two years ago, but lost to Serena Williams.

The sixth-seeded Czech lefty Kvitova blew past Chinese Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-2 to reach the round of eight here for a fifth year in a row. Kvitova was the Wimbledon champ in 2011 and reached the semifinals the year before that.

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki exited the draw, losing 6-2, 7-5 to the unseeded Zahlavova Strycova on Day 7.