Digest for 04-30-14


LOCAL

UAM presents yearly athletic awards

MONTICELLO — The baseball and softball teams were well-represented as the Arkansas-Monticello Department of Athletics presentation of yearly awards on Monday night.

The male athlete of the year Ben Agredano and male scholar athlete of the year Tyler Caruthers are both senior baseball players, while Beth Johnson and Brittany Eitel the female athlete and scholar athlete, respectively, are both senior softball players.

Greg Ogletree a senior on the men’s cross country team earned the Green and White Excellence Award.

According to a release, the award recognizes “the person that best embodies the qualities of a true student-athlete with athletic participation and involvement with other entities within athletics and the university.”

NATIONAL

Harper has surgery, out two months

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury that could sideline the young slugger until after the All-Star break.

Harper announced on his Twitter account that the procedure was a success, though the Nationals expect him to be out for a minimum of two months.

“On the road to recovery..Everything went great and I’ll be back soon! Thank you to all the fans for the support!,” Harper tweeted.

The 2012 National League Rookie of the Year tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb while sliding head-first into third base on a triple Friday against San Diego and was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days later.

Harper hit .289 with one home run, two triples and nine RBI in 22 games prior to the injury.

Seahawks make Thomas extension official

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks officially signed safety Earl Thomas to a contract extension on Tuesday, making him the highest-paid player at his position.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that the deal is worth $40 million over four years, with $27.725 million guaranteed.

Thomas had a career-high 105 tackles, five interceptions and nine passes defensed in 16 games last season, leading the “Legion of Boom” Seahawks secondary during the team’s first Super Bowl title.

Since being selected by the Seahawks with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas has started 64 consecutive regular-season games and all seven of Seattle’s playoff games.

A three-time Pro-Bowl selection, Thomas has recorded 345 tackles, 15 interceptions and 32 passes defensed during the regular season.

Flyers soar past Rangers, force Game 7

PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Simmonds turned in his first career playoff hat trick, Steve Mason was spectacular, and the Philadelphia Flyers lived to fight at least another day with a 5-2 throttling of the New York Rangers that forced a Game 7 in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

With their backs squarely to the wall, the Flyers responded with by far their best performance of the series, roaring out to a 4-0 lead through two periods and sending New York’s star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to the bench after 40 minutes.

Simmonds and Mason, who recorded 34 saves, set the tone for a season-saving result which gives Philadelphia a surge of momentum heading into Wednesday’s winner-take-all showdown at Madison Square Garden, where the Flyers have prevailed just once in their last 11 visits.

Claude Giroux added a goal and an assist for his first multi-point effort of these playoffs, while reserve defenseman Erik Gustafsson also lit the lamp in his series debut.

Lundqvist stopped only 19 of 23 shots before being yanked, and the Rangers failed to match their rival’s sense of urgency en route to a 12th straight loss in a playoff game they entered with a series lead.