Digest for 11-12-13


LOCAL

UAM’s Goforth first GAC player of the week

RUSSELLVILLE — A 28-point effort in her team’s season opener earned Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball player Jordan Goforth the Great American Conference Player of the Week honor.

It is the first player of the week honor for the sophomore, who was named GAC Freshman of the Year last season.

Goforth went 10-for-10 from the field in the second half of UAM’s 84-74 home win over Lindenwood (Mo.) on Saturday. She also finished with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.

UAM men fall to No. 9 Florida Southern

CLEVELAND, Miss. — A career day from senior Brandon Sims wasn’t enough to help the Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team upset No. 9 Florida Southern on Sunday.

Sims’ career-high 32 points helped keep UAM close but the Boll Weevils eventually fell, 81-71, in their final game of the Down in the Delta Challenge.

Florida Southern (2-0) led 36-33 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

UAM’s (1-1) next game is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Steelman Fieldhouse against Champion Baptist.

NATIONAL

Twins’ Mauer to become full-time first baseman

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that Joe Mauer will transition from catcher to first base beginning in 2014.

The Twins made the decision after consultation with doctors from the Mayo Clinic and team doctors, taking into account the risk of injury at the catcher position.

Mauer suffered a concussion on a foul tip off his mask in late August and was shut down for the rest of the season. The team said the 2009 AL MVP is “symptom free” and has begun his “regular offseason workouts with no restrictions.”

The 30-year-old veteran captured three straight Gold Glove Awards from 2008-10. He debuted at first base during the 2011 campaign and has played 56 career games at the position.

Mauer batted .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBI over 113 games last season.

Fernandez, Myers named MLB top rookies

NEW YORK — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers gave the Sunshine State a sweep of the 2013 Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Awards, which were announced Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Fernandez, one of three finalists for the National League’s Cy Young Award that will be revealed on Wednesday, was a landslide winner in the NL following a spectacular debut. The Cuban-born phenom received 26 out of a possible 30 first-place votes and accumulated 142 total points, 47 more than countryman and Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig.

Stamkos out indefinitely with broken tibia

BOSTON — Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia during Monday’s 3-0 loss at Boston.

Stamkos was backchecking on a play in the Tampa Bay zone in the second period when he got tangled with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Stamkos fell to the ice and slid feet-first before his lower right leg slammed into the right post.

The 23-year-old forward is tied for the NHL lead in goals (14) and points (23).