Digest for 03-14-14


COMMUNITY

Belair to host basketball game

The Pine Bluff Fire Department will take on team Walmart in a benefit basketball game to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Belair Middle School Gymnasium.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. A concession stand will be open.

Fishing, turkey hunting workshops scheduled at Delta Rivers

Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs (HOFNOD) is a program designed for schools, church youth groups, boys and girls clubs and other youth programs.

A workshop for HOFNOD will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Delta Rivers Nature Center. Participants will learn how to start a fishing club and activities to help get kids into fishing. Call 534-0011 or email enmaynard@agfc.state.ar.us to register.

Delta Rivers also will host a turkey hunting basics session from 1-2 p.m. March 22. Participants can learn how to get started turkey hunting or learn tips to improve hunting.

From 2-3 p.m. that day, participants can also make their own turkey call. All materials are provided.

All programs are free.

DIGEST

UAPB baseball series moved to Grambling

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State baseball series has been moved to Grambling, La., due to inclement weather expected to hit Pine Bluff.

The series also has moved up a day to begin at 6 tonight. The series will conclude with a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday.

The return series between the two teams will be played April 18-19 in Pine Bluff.

REGIONAL

Cowboys agree to terms with LB Herring

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms with linebacker Will Herring on an undisclosed contract.

Herring will be entering his eighth NFL season and spent the last three with the New Orleans Saints, primarily as a special-teams ace. The 30-year-old previously played four years with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, from 2007-10.

The Auburn product started six games for the Seahawks in 2009, compiling 46 tackles and one forced fumble that season.

NATIONAL

Panthers release Smith

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers finally made the move that many expected, releasing wide receiver Steve Smith on Thursday.

The 34-year-old veteran hinted Wednesday that his tenure in Charlotte was over with a Twitter message that said “I will always be a Carolina panther No contract can ever change that.”

A press release from the Panthers made it official on Thursday.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection helped the Panthers to a surprise NFC South title last season, but his production had declined. After posting the sixth and seventh 1,000-yard seasons of his career in 2011 and 2012, Smith totaled 745 yards on 64 catches over 15 regular-season games, with his average of 11.6 yards per game his lowest since 2007.

Also from the Panthers, free-agent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn landed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Eagles acquire Sproles

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick.

Sproles played in 15 games last season for the Saints, rushing for 220 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 71 passes for 604 yards and two scores.

Bengals let Harrison go

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Cincinnati Bengals released former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison on Thursday after just one season with the club.

The veteran linebacker joined the Bengals as a free agent in 2013 and helped lead the team to the AFC North Division title by amassing 40 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games (10 starts).

Raiders snare Tuck, Woodley

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed a pair of big- name free agents on Thursday, adding nine-year veteran defensive end Justin Tuck and former Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

Tuck, who spent his entire career with the New York Giants, arrives in the East Bay thanks to a two-year deal worth $11 million, according to a source cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.

— Staff and wire reports