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Digest for 02-09-14


LOCAL

UAPB softball doubleheader postponed

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team’s season-opening doubleheader against Southern Arkansas was postponed by inclement weather.

The games scheduled for Saturday in Pine Bluff have been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 15, with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.

UAM baseball, softball adjust schedules

MONTICELLO — Snow fall across the state forced changes to the Arkansas-Monticello baseball and softball schedules.

UAM’s baseball team postponed its home-opening doubleheader against Minnesota State-Mankato to Sunday with the first game starting at noon.

The Hurry Up Softball Classic hosted by Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State in Arkadelphia had to restructure its schedule after inclement weather canceled Saturday’s games.

UAM will now play just one game Sunday against Lincoln (Mo.) University at 11 a.m. The school’s games against Missouri Western and Cameron (Okla.) originally scheduled for Sunday will not be made up.

Blossom softball loses tourney opener

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team lost for the first time this season in its opener of the Hurry Up Softball Classic.

UAM fell behind early and never fully recovered in suffering a 7-3 loss to Central Missouri at Sully Anderson Field at Ouachita Baptist.

The Jennies (1-1) opened up a 5-0 lead with three runs in the top of the first inning and two in the fifth.

UAM (2-1) closed the gap with a three-run sixth inning, but UCM’s Jakki Prater hit her second home run of the day to put the Jennies up 7-3 in the seventh.

Katie Slaughter (1-1) took the loss for the Cotton Blossoms, while Prater added to her impressive game by earning the win.

REGIONAL

Randolph, Grizzlies top Hawks

ATLANTA — Zach Randolph totaled 20 points and six rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 79-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Courtney Lee and Nick Calathes added 14 and 10 points, respectively, while the latter had five assists for Memphis, which has won seven of its last nine, but had dropped two in a row coming into Saturday’s game.

Paul Millsap finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Hawks, who have dropped three straight. DeMarre Carroll contributed 13 points and six boards for the hosts.

The Hawks carried a 43-37 lead into the break.

Atlanta held a 26-12 advantage 7:38 into the game before the Grizzlies closed out the first quarter with a 15-3 tear to pull within 29-27.

Memphis will travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers today.

NATIONAL

Walker grabs 6-shot lead at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jimmy Walker continued his strong play as he carded a 4-under 67 in windy, rainy conditions Saturday and that helped him jump six strokes clear of the field at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Walker, already a two-time winner in this new wrap-around season, played his third round at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula Country Club and will head back to the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links for Sunday’s final round. He ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 202.

There was a two-hour, 20-minute delay due to high winds on Saturday, and when play resumed, some rain also started to fall. A total of 12 players failed to complete their third rounds on Saturday.

Those players will return at 9:30 a.m. CT to complete the third round. Officials hope to start the final round at about noon, but more inclement weather is in the forecast.

Tim Wilkinson (69) and Hunter Mahan (72) share second place at minus-7. They both played at Monterey on Saturday. Richard H. Lee posted an even-par 72 at Spyglass and is alone in fourth at 6-under 209.