Digest for 08-19-14


LOCAL

PB Braves route Clinton

The Pine Bluff Braves semi-pro baseball team got back to their winning ways Sunday as they scored in every inning to defeat the Clinton Cardinals 17-2 in seven innings. Pine Bluff scored two runs in the first, second and fifth innings. They also scored three in the second and the third and five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pine Bluff tallied 12 hits in the game and held Clinton to just four.

Dillon Miller impressed in his second straight outing as he picked up the win for the Braves. In four innings, Miller allowed just one hit with four strikeouts. REGIONAL

Grizzlies sign Stokes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract on Monday.

Stokes was acquired by Memphis in a trade on draft day in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick after being selected 35th overall by the Utah Jazz in June’s draft.

The 20-year-old Memphis native averaged 13.0 points and 9.6 rebounds over three seasons. He ranked fourth in school history with 40 double-doubles and led the Southeastern Conference in offensive rebounding during his final two seasons.

Oklahoma suspends freshman RB Mixon

NORMAN, Okla. — Joe Mixon will not play for the Oklahoma Sooners this year.

The highly-touted freshman running back has been suspended for the season for an incident that, according to the Oklahoman, led to his being charged with one count of an “act resulting in gross injury.”

Mixon allegedly punched a 20-year-old female student and broke four bones in her face at a Norman restaurant on July 25.

“As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way. As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff,” OU athletics director Joe Castiglione and head coach Bob Stoops said in a joint statement released by the school.

Mixon can remain a student at the university but is excluded from all team activities.

NATIONAL

Reds activate Phillips, Ondrusek

ST. LOUIS — The Cincinnati Reds activated second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Logan Ondrusek from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Phillips was disabled while recovering from July 11 surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb

He was hitting .272 with 19 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBI in 86 games before the injury.

Ondrusek has been on the DL since July 22 with a strained right shoulder. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 29 relief appearances this season.

The Reds also optioned pitchers Dylan Axelrod and catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville. Pitcher Curtis Partch, who served as the 26th player for Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Rockies, was returned to Louisville.

Villegas claims title at Wyndham Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Camilo Villegas fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to come from behind and claim the title at the Wyndham Championship, which is the final event on the PGA Tour’s regular-season schedule.

Villegas earned his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour at 17-under-par 263.

Bill Haas carded a 6-under 64 to move into a share of second place with Freddie Jacobson (66) at 16-under 264.

Heath Slocum (67) bogeyed his final two holes at Sedgefield Country Club to end alone in fourth at minus-15. That late collapse dropped him to 129th on the FedExCup standings and means he will not be eligible for the playoffs.

Third-round leader Nick Watney posted a bogey and a double-bogey over his final five holes en route to an even-par 70, dropping him into a tie for fifth with Brandt Snedeker (67) and Webb Simpson (67) at 14-under.

Playing five groups ahead of Watney, Villegas followed an opening par with a 7-foot birdie at the second to start his move up the leaderboard.

He then converted birdies at the fourth and sixth around a 5-foot eagle putt at the fifth to jump to 15-under and claim the outright lead.

Serena captures Cincy title

MASON, Ohio — Reigning U.S. Open champion Serena Williams was an easy straight-set winner over Ana Ivanovic on Sunday to win the $2.5 million Western & Southern Open tennis event.

The top-seeded Williams had little trouble in the 6-4, 6-1 victory over ninth- seeded Ivanovic to capture her fifth title of the year. Williams fired 12 aces to Ivanovic’s one in the 62-minute match.

It was Williams’ first title at this event as she had failed in her previous five appearances, and is her 62nd singles title, overall. The only event she has played six times without claiming the title is Sydney.

Williams had fallen to Ivanovic in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open, but has now won the past three matchups.

Ivanovic was looking for her fourth title of the season and 15th of her career.

Williams collected $467,300 with the victory.