Digest for 07-17-14


COMMUNITY

Boxing camp to take place next week

A boxing camp will take place every night next week at the Wesley Campus Ministry Gym.

The Gloves Not Guns Boxing Camp will take place Sunday-Saturday from 7-9 p.m. each night.

Trainers for the tournament include, Charday “Dana” Early, Donald Griffin, Albert Brewer and Dominique Azeez. Registration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the gym and is $25 per child.

For more information, contact St. James United Methodist Church at 536-6366, Brewer at 329-3875 or Azeez at 267-2193.

LOCAL

Mustangs earn third place

DENTON, Texas — The 8th grade Arkansas Mustangs basketball team finished in third place in the Denton Summer Shootout.

The team and coaches acknowledged the community for its contributions made to help out with the travel expenses.

REGIONAL

Royals get Frasor from Rangers in reliever swap

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals acquired Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for fellow right-handed reliever Spencer Patton.

Frasor, 36, has a 3.34 ERA in 38 games this season with 30 strikeouts and 14 walks in 29 2/3 innings. He has a career 3.65 ERA over 624 games with the Blue Jays, White Sox and Rangers, all out of the bullpen.

Patton, 26, had a 4.08 ERA in 34 games with Triple-A Omaha this season with 60 strikeouts and 22 walks in 46 1/3 innings. He’s never appeared in an MLB game.

The Royals said Frasor would be active for Friday’s series opener in Boston.

They designated infielder Jimmy Paredes for assignment and optioned righty Louis Coleman to Omaha.

OKC signs guard Morrow

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow.

Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed but it was previously widely reported to be for three years and $10 million.

Morrow, 28, averaged 8.4 points in a career-high 76 games last season for New Orleans.

He has averaged 10.4 points in 373 games over six NBA seasons with Golden State, New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans.

Cowboys officially release QB Orton

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday, a day after reports indicated the move was iminent.

Last month, Orton was a no-show at Cowboys minicamp and was facing a fine of around $70,000 amid speculation that he might want a pay raise due to Tony Romo’s injury-prone history or might even retire.

He was owed $3.25 million for the 2014 season, the final year of his contract.

Hawks acquire Sefolosha from Thunder

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks acquired guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

The Hawks reportedly signed Sefolosha last week but instead completed a sign-and-trade with the Thunder, sending them the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis for Sefolosha and the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sefolosha agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Hawks.

Sefolosha had spent the past five-plus seasons with the Thunder and played a key part in Oklahoma City’s march to the 2012 NBA Finals. The 30-year-old averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while starting 61 games for the Thunder last season.

Printezis, a 2007 second-round draft pick, plays for Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece. Schortsanitis has never played in the NBA after being selected in the 2003 draft. He currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

NATIONAL

Stephenson says he’s joining Hornets

Lance Stephenson says he will play for the Charlotte Hornets.

The free-agent guard tweeted Wednesday that he was looking forward “to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a player and as a person in Charlotte!”

Stephenson has signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Hornets that includes a team option for the final season, according to ESPN.com

He turned down a five-year, $44 million offer from the Indiana Pacers after helping them reach the Eastern Conference finals in back-to-back seasons, according to the report.

Stephenson, 23, averaged career highs in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2), assists (4.6) and minutes (35.3) in 78 games this past season.

Alabama, USC schedule 1st meeting since 1985

LOS ANGELES — Alabama and USC have scheduled their first meeting since the Crimson Tide’s win in the 1985 Aloha Bowl.

The national powerhouses will play in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3, 2016, the schools announced Wednesday.

The game will mark the season-opener for both teams.

USC’s originally-scheduled game for that date, a home meeting with New Mexico, was moved to Sept. 19, 2020.

Alabama holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series, including its 24-3 win in the 1985 Aloha Bowl. The 2016 game will mark the first time the programs have met in the regular season since 1978.

Red Sox release Pierzynski

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday after designating him for assignment last week.

Pierzynski, who had signed a one-year deal with Boston in December, batted .254 with four home runs and 31 RBI for the Red Sox this season.

The 37-year-old is a .282 lifetime hitter and has hit 176 home runs with 831 RBI over 17 seasons behind the plate for the Twins, Giants, White Sox, Rangers and Red Sox.

He represented the American League in the 2002 and 2006 All-Star Games and won the Silver Slugger Award two years ago.

Jags agree to terms with WR Lee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with their 2014 second-round draft pick, wide receiver Marqise Lee, on Wednesday.

Lee, who was selected 39th overall, is expected to sign his four-year, rookie contract on Friday.

The 22-year-old was a starter in all three of his seasons at Southern California, catching 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns.

During his sophomore season, Lee won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top receiver and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Lee is the ninth and final player from the Jaguars’ 2014 draft class to agree on a contract.

WORLD

Gallopin wins Stage 11, Nibali remains Tour leader

OYONNAX, France — Frenchman Tony Gallopin shook off losing the coveted yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

Gallopin was the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious event after Stage 9, but Italian Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 10 to reclaim the yellow jersey in advance of the race’s first rest day.

Wednesday’s stage was a 187.5-kilometer trek from Besancon to Oyonnax that featured four climbs near the end. Gallopin pulled away in the final kilometers and charged to the finish line, completing the course in a time of 4 hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds.

Nibali finished 20th and maintained a lead of 2:23 over Australia’s Richie Porte. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde remains another 24 seconds behind in third place, while France’s Romain Bardet is 3:01 behind in fourth. Gallopin continues to occupy fifth place, 3:12 off the pace.

Thursday’s Stage 12 is a 185.5-kilometer ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne.