Digest 02-02-14


LOCAL

Weevils baseball opens season with win

HOUSTON — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team tallied six extra base hits in a 7-2 win over Arkansas Tech at Minute Maid Park on Saturday in the first NCAA Division II game of the season.

The Boll Weevils had 10 hits total in the win, including five doubles and one home run.

The homer came in the top of the fifth on a solo shot from sophomore Corey Wood that gave UAM a 4-1 lead.

Junior Josh Mingura (1-0) earned the win in the opener with two runs allowed (one earned) off six hits in the first five innings. Mingura had two strikeouts and did not allow a walk. Sophomore Gavin Johnston and junior Jeff Harvill closed the door on the Wonder Boys in the final four innings.

Ryan Taylor (0-1) took the loss for Tech, allowing three runs off four hits with five walks in 3 2/3 innings.

UAM back in action at the Houston Astros Winter Invitational on Sunday at 10 a.m. against St. Mary’s.

Blossoms sweep DH to open softball season

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins over Christian Brothers (Tenn.) on Saturday at home.

The Cotton Blossoms needed just five innings to take the opener 9-1 and recorded a 2-0 shutout in the second game.

In the opener, UAM outhit CBU 13-3 and used three runs in each of the first and second innings to take an early lead.

Junior Katie Slaughter (1-0) collected the complete-game victory, allowing just one run (unearned) off three hits in five innings. Kim Adams (0-1) took the loss for CBU after giving up seven runs off eight hits in the first four innings.

In the second half of the twin bill, UAM broke a scoreless tie with one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings as senior hurler Courtney Wilson (1-0) tossed a three-hit shutout to complete the season-opening sweep.

UAM is back in action next weekend at the Southeastern Regional Invitational in Durant, Okla., starting Saturday, Feb. 8 against Central Missouri at 10 a.m.

REGIONAL

Calathes’ career night helps Grizzlies beat Bucks

MEMPHIS — Nick Calathes’ first career NBA start resulted in the best game since he entered the league.

The Florida product had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 99-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

Zach Randolph totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Marc Gasol contributed 19 points for Memphis, which beat the Bucks for a seventh straight time. The Grizzlies have won six in a row overall and 11 of their last 12 games.

A second-round draft pick in 2009, Calathes was appearing in just his 35th NBA game. He went 4-of-5 from 3-point range. His previous career-high was 11 points, Jan. 25 against Houston.

Brandon Knight had 23 points, six boards and seven assists for the Bucks, who suffered their sixth straight defeat.

NATIONAL

Pacers add Bynum

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday that they have signed free-agent center Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the season.

Bynum is expected to join the Pacers sometime next week.

“We are obviously happy to have him join our team,” said Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird in a statement. “He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition.”

Bynum, who missed all of 2012-13 with knee problems, averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. The Cavaliers suspended and ultimately traded the 7-footer last month to the Chicago Bulls, which quickly released him in a salary dump move.

“It really wasn’t a hard decision, I think it’s the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we’ve got the best chance of winning,” Bynum said in a statement. “It will be great to back up Roy (Hibbert) and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”

Watson stays on top at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bubba Watson carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday to maintain the lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Watson, who has held at least a share of the lead since the first round, finished 54 holes on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale at 15-under-par 198. The four-time winner on the PGA Tour is seeking his first victory since the 2012 Masters.

Kevin Stadler (67) is alone in second place at 13-under, while Ryan Moore fired a 7-under 64 during his third round to jump into a share of third with Harris English (69) and Hideki Matsuyama (68) at 12-under 201.

Brendan Steele posted the low round of the tournament with a 9-under 62 to move into a tie for sixth place with Hunter Mahan (65) and Matt Jones (72) at 11-under 202.

WORLD

Gallacher soars past McIlroy for Dubai lead

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Defending champion Stephen Gallacher went 10-under par over the final 10 holes on Saturday as he soared into the lead after three rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Gallacher fired a 9-under 63 in round three to finish 54 holes at 16-under-par 200. With seven birdies and an eagle over his final nine holes, his 9-under total matched the tour record for nine holes.

The Scotsman will go for his third tour title on Sunday, and will attempt to become the first player in event history to successfully defend his title.

Rory McIlroy posted a 3-under 69 in round three. He ended alone in second at minus-14. Thorbjorn Olesen (65) and Brooks Koepka (70) share third place at 12-under-par 204.

Steve Webster fired an 8-under 64 and was leading the tournament when he walked off the course. Robert Rock and Edoardo Molinari both shot 68 to join Webster in fifth place at 11-under 205.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 70 to end three rounds tied for 37th at 5-under 211. Woods had four birdies and two bogeys in the first 12 holes, then closed with six pars in a row at Emirates Golf Club.