Digest for 07-23-14


COMMUNITY

Delta Rivers offers marksman competition, swap meet

The Delta Rivers Nature Center is offering two big events in August, starting with the second annual Marksmanship Challenge.

Kids from first to 12th grades will compete to become the Ultimate Marksman on Aug. 1. They will test their skills with BB guns, laser shots, bait casting, 3D and target archery. Competition is from 9 a.m.-noon with hot dogs to follow and the announcement of winners for each age group at 1 p.m.

The Sporting Good Swap Meet will return Aug. 23. Visitors are invited to buy, sell or trade all kinds of outdoor equipment (firearms are not allowed).

The center will have fishing lure collectors/appraisers, a duck call appraiser, antique decoys and more. If enough materials to trade, one can receive a table for free. Anyone with a few items who doesn’t want to set up a table or try to trade/sell can donate them to the Nature Center to be sold with proceeds going to its Halloween Event (Boo on the Bayou). Times for the swap meet are 8:30 a.m.-noon.

NATIONAL

Chargers grant Woodhead two-year extension

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers were able to get some business out of the way prior to their upcoming training camp, with the team agreeing to terms with running back Danny Woodhead on a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Woodhead, whose 76 receptions in 2013 were the second-most by a running back in the NFL last season, had one year remaining on the original deal he signed with San Diego in March of 2013.

The versatile five-year pro put together a strong debut with the Chargers, recording a career-high 605 receiving yards and adding 429 yards on the ground on 106 carries. Woodhead also scored a personal-best eight touchdowns (six receiving, two rushing) and added 262 yards on 12 kick returns.

Falcons ink Angerer, Ebert

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons signed linebacker Pat Angerer and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert on Tuesday.

Angerer played in 11 games (nine starts) for the Indianapolis Colts last season, recording 63 tackles, 0.5 sacks and an interception.

The 27-year-old Iowa native spent all four of his NFL seasons with the Colts, totaling 327 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defensed in 54 games (39 starts).

Ebert played in five games last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching three passes for 18 yards.

Broncos cut Dreessen

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos released tight end Joel Dreessen on Tuesday after he failed his pre-training camp physical.

Dreessen underwent a third surgery on his troublesome left knee back in February. The Colorado native was entering the final season of a three-year contract he signed with the Broncos in 2012.

The 31-year-old caught a career-high 41 passes totaling 356 yards and scored five touchdowns in his first season in Denver, but had just seven receptions in 13 games last year as Julius Thomas took over as the team’s No. 1 tight end.

Dreessen spent five seasons with the Houston Texans prior to joining the Broncos and has played in 120 career NFL games, recording 158 catches for 1,767 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Jaguars’ Sanders facing suspension

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders announced Tuesday he is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL and would likely miss most of training camp.

Speaking to reporters via conference call, Sanders didn’t say why he would be suspended, except to say it was “really personal” and that he would rather not get into the reasons behind it.

The Florida Times-Union reports Sanders is facing his suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse program.

Sanders was second on the team in receptions with 51 to account for 484 yards and one touchdown last season. He was a fourth-round draft pick last year out of South Carolina.

— Sports Network