Digest for 07-09-14


COMMUNITY

Pine Bluff City Championship to take place later this month

The Pine Bluff City Championship is scheduled to take place on July 19-20 at Jaycee Golf Course.

Earl Goldman won the championship last year, and he is expected to try and defend his title.

For more information, call the Jaycee Golf Shop at 536-5241.

LOCAL

Hunter, Tigers roar back from early deficit

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter and the Detroit Tigers overcame a 5-0 first-inning deficit to rout the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Hunter and Miguel Cabrera had three hits and two RBI apiece, and the Tigers hammered out 20 hits in all as Detroit throttled Los Angeles, 14-5, at Comerica Park.

Rajai Davis went 3 for 4 with three RBI, Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez both went 3 for 5 in the rout, and Alex Avila contributing a pair of RBI.

After being rocked for five first-inning runs, Justin Verlander (8-7) held Los Angeles scoreless over the next five frames to record his 14th straight interleague start without a loss. He’s now 12-0 over that stretch.

The bulk of Detroit’s offensive damage came against Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-5), battered for 10 hits and seven runs while lasting only 2 1/3 innings.

NATIONAL

Miami dismisses two FB players after sexual battery charges

MIAMI — University of Miami linebackers Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue were dismissed from the football team Tuesday following sexual battery charges from an on-campus incident.

They were arrested early Tuesday morning by Coral Gables police on charges they had sex with a “physically helpless” 17-year-old girl over the holiday weekend.

According to the police report, obtained by the Miami Herald, Blue and Figueroa administered or had knowledge of someone else administering to the victim a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated the victim without her prior knowledge or consent. Police said the victim was physically helpless to resist.

On Tuesday, Blue and Figueroa came into the Coral Gables police station and admitted to buying and providing several alcoholic beverages for the victim and bringing her back to Figueroa’s dorm room. They admitted to performing sexual acts on her without her consent, the report said. Both were immediately arrested and transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Both players face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim and are being held on $10,000 bond, according to the Miami-Dade County records. Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s license.

Blue played in two games last season and registered one tackle. Figueroa played in nine games, including two starts, and registered 17 tackles last season.

Bautista, Tulowitzki pick HR Derby teams

Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes will defend his Home Run Derby crown.

Cespedes, who beat Washington’s Bryce Harper in last year’s final, was one of three players picked Tuesday by American League derby captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bautista also selected Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who is not on the AL All-Star team but will be a home favorite.

The competition will be held next Monday at Minneapolis’ Target Field on the eve of the All-Star Game.

National League captain Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies picked Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the NL in with 21 home runs and frequently makes highlight clips with his long drives.

Tulowitzki also picked Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier. Puig has hit 12 homers this season, the fewest of the bunch.

A final competitor for each team will be announced Thursday.

Reds put Votto back on DL

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad injury that has bothered him for most of the season.

The Reds also activated catcher Brayan Pena from the paternity leave list prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cubs.

This is Votto’s second stint on the DL this season. He was out from May 16- June 9 with the same injury.

Votto is hitting .255 with six homers and 23 RBI in 62 games this season.

Pena was batting .256 with three homers and 15 RBI before landing on the paternity list.

WORLD

Kittel wins Stage 4 of Tour de France

LILLE, France — Marcel Kittel of Germany prevailed in a photo finish to win Stage 4 of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

Kittel beat out Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Arnaud Demare of France to claim his third stage win of this year’s tour. He also won the first and third stages. The German completed the 163.5-kilometer trek from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole in a time of 3 hours, 36 minutes and 39 seconds.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali remained the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious event.

Defending champion Chris Froome had a scare early in the stage when he crashed and hurt his left side. He rode the rest of the stage with a splint on his left wrist.

Froome’s wrist will be put to the test on the cobblestones that mark Wednesday’s 155.5-kilometer fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

A total of 20 riders are within two seconds of Nibali’s overall lead. Included in that large group are Froome and former winner Alberto Contador of Spain. Kittel is 19 minutes, 50 second off the overall lead.