Digest for 11-27-13


LOCAL

Weevils’ defense leads to win

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team will enter their extended break with a two-game winning streak after defeating Maryville (Mo.), 77-62, on Tuesday night at Steelman Fieldhouse.

The Boll Weevils defense led the way in the 15-point victory. UAM (4-2) forced 20 turnovers and recorded five blocked shots in the contest, while holding Maryville (3-2) to six made field goals in the second half.

Despite the final margin, UAM didn’t run away with the game. Maryville opened up a nine-point lead (26-17) midway through the first half. The Weevils outscored the Saints 23-10 the rest of the half to take a 40-36 lead into the break.

A 13-4 run by UAM gave it an 11-point lead just five minutes into the second half. Following the spurt, the Weevils’ lead never dropped below seven points.

Senior Brandon Wilson led UAM with 20 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Jared Harrison tallied 19, while senior Dayton Mickens chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

UAM’s next game will be Thursday, Dec. 5 at Henderson State in Arkadelphia. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

REGIONAL

Titans’ Griffin suspended for one game

NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin one game without pay for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Griffin was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against Oakland for delivering a blow to the head of a defenseless receiver, Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.

The violation was Griffin’s second this season and fourth since 2011. All four violations were for striking defenseless players in the head and neck area.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Griffin’s suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision can be requested in advance of Sunday’s game.

The 5-6 Titans are one of six teams tied for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC. Tennessee heads to Indianapolis Sunday to take on the AFC South-leading Colts.

NATIONAL

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead new names on HOF ballot

NEW YORK — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, and first baseman Frank Thomas are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Craig Biggio, the top vote-getter of the 2013 ballot, leads 17 players returning to the 2014 ballot. Biggio totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star. Last year, he tallied 388 votes (68.2 percent), 39 shy of the 427 required for election.

Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots last year but failed to gain entry were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2).

Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.

Kelly names Foles Eagles’ starter

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has named Nick Foles the starting quarterback instead of Michael Vick.

Kelly named Foles the starter for at least Week 13 on Tuesday, as Vick is expected to be ready to play after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Philadelphia enters Week 13 action tied atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys at 6-5. Foles has led the Eagles, who host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, to three straight wins.

Foles has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,554 yards and 16 touchdowns with no interceptions in eight games (five starts) this season. The second-year pro out of Arizona has also scored twice on the ground.

Vick began the season as the Eagles’ starting signal-caller and in parts of six games this season has completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,215 yards with five touchdowns and three picks.