Digest for 07-30-14


COMMUNITY

Parks and rec announce fall coed SB league

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday there will be a fall coed softball league.

Registration for the league is $300 per team with Aug. 15 the last day to register and pay the league team fee.

There will be a coaches/team representatives meeting Aug. 20 at Saracen Landing.

The season starts one week later on Aug. 27.

For more information, call 870-536-0920.

UAM Sports Association membership drive underway

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello athletics department is currently conducting its annual UAM Sports Association membership drive with different levels of giving and member benefits.

The UAM Sports Association is the exclusive private fundraising arm of UAM athletics. Contributions may be directed to the UAMSA General Fund or earmarked for a specific program. Recent contributions have led the renovations of Weevils Field and Blossoms Field, the home facilities of the UAM baseball and softball programs.

Other contributions have produced a weight-training facility for all student-athletes, a basketball shooting machine and other improvements, such as new team bench seating for use inside Steelman Fieldhouse. UAMSA funding also provides championship rings for teams winning regular season or postseason conference titles.

Memberships start at just $50 per year. Contributions can be made via cash, check and online credit card transactions. For additional information, contact Matt Whiting, assistant athletic director for external operations at 870-460-1758 or email him at whitingpm@uamont.edu.

‘Football 101 for Women’ set for Aug. 7

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello head football coach Hud Jackson and members of his staff are set to host “Football 101 for Women” on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Indoor Practice Facility.

As a part of UAM’s community education program, the course is designed for those who want to learn the basics of football, including an understanding of offensive and defensive philosophies, special teams and signals used by officials. A tour of the facility and access to a silent auction is also included.

Cost is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to the UAM Foundation — football general fund.

For more information and to register, contact Memorie Dickson, coordinator of community education, at 870-460-1327. To ensure a spot in the course, reservations should be made by Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Weevils’ Tailgate Row auction closes Friday

MONTICELLO — The online bidding auction for exclusive naming rights for UAM’s Tailgate Row closes at 11 a.m. Friday.

The highest bid secures the right to name Tailgate Row for one year. The current high bid is $1,750.

LOCAL

Hunter tallies hit, scores in loss to Chicago

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 1 for 3 with a run scored in Tuesday’s 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn clubbed consecutive home runs to highlight a seven-run seventh inning, as the Chicago White Sox pounded the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, to start a three-game series.

Abreu, who finished with four RBI, hit a two-run homer, his major league- leading 31st of the season. The blast came after Alexei Ramirez stroked a three-run double, which was part of Chicago’s 15-hit attack.

REGIONAL

Vols PG Lopez to miss season with torn ACL

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee point guard Brandon Lopez will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing basketball with teammates, the school said Tuesday.

Tennessee said in a news release the injury happened Saturday.

Lopez, a walk-on entering his senior season, has scored just five points in three seasons for Tennessee but new Volunteers coach Donnie Tyndall said the 6-foot-1 guard “had worked himself into a position where he was competing for a starting role.”

“It’s very disappointing for our team, but it’s even more disappointing for a great young man who has worked extremely hard this offseason,” Tyndall said in a statement. “Brandon’s positive attitude and upbeat mentality will get him through this tough time.”

Lopez appeared in 31 games over the past three seasons. He attempted 10 shots in 2012-13, making two.

NATIONAL

Hurricanes’ Staal undergoes surgery

RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal underwent surgery for a core muscle injury he suffered during offseason training and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Staal will enter his 11th NHL season with Carolina and last year notched 21 goals with team bests of 40 assists and 61 points in 79 games. He has 289 goals and 399 assists for 688 points in 769 games.

The 29-year-old Ontario native was selected by the Hurricanes with the second overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and was named captain in January 2010. He is a four-time All-Star and helped the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup title, also winning Olympic gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Padres reinstate SS Cabrera

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres reinstated shortstop Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Cabrera was placed on the DL July 2 with a strained left hamstring. He made seven rehab appearances with Triple-A El Paso, hitting 7 for 20 with four runs scored.

The 27-year-old, who has never played a full season since making his debut in 2009, is hitting .218 in 80 games for the Padres this year.

To make room on the active roster, pitcher Jason Lane was designated for assignment. Lane, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros, made his first career start on the mound Monday and pitched well in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta, allowing just a run on six hits over six innings.

NORTH AMERICA

Jets bring back Frolik for another year

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with forward Michael Frolik on a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.

Frolik was acquired by the Jets in a June 2013 trade from Chicago and notched 15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 81 games during his first season in Winnipeg.

The 26-year-old Czech native has appeared in 430 games with Florida, Chicago and Winnipeg during his six-year NHL career. He has 76 goals and 117 assists for 193 points.

Frolik, who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the spring of 2013, was originally selected by the Panthers with the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.