Digest for 04-19-14


COMMUNITY

Jaycee to host 3-person scramble

Jaycee Golf Course will play host to a 3-person scramble on Saturday, May 10.

The day will begin with a nine-hole morning round beginning at 8:30, after which the groups will be flighted.

Following a lunch provided by Wings To Go of White Hall, an 18-hole round will be played to determine the winners of the three flights.

Cost is $105 per team. Prize money will be awarded to top three teams in each flight and trophies will be presented to flight winners.

The tournament will be limited to 24 teams.

LOCAL

Hunter picks up RBI in Tigers’ loss

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter drove in a run, but was later pinch-hit for in Detroit’s loss on Friday night.

Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with a pair of two-run homers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cruised past the Tigers, 11-6, in the opener of a three-game series.

Albert Pujols added a three-run homer for the Angels, who had 10 extra-base hits. Mike Trout had a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Ian Kinsler had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who dropped all six of their meetings with the Angels last season. Nick Castellanos, who pinch-hit for Hunter in the seventh, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez added an RBI apiece.

UAM lands two All-GAC golfers

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello sophomore golfers Hunter Smith and Pamela Quiatchon have earned a spot on the All-Great American Conference honorable mention team, announced on Thursday by the league office.

Smith participated in 23 rounds of golf for the UAM men during the 2013-14 season. The Little Elm, Texas, native carded a season average of just under 77 per round. He turned in nine rounds at 75 or below, including his season best of 72 in the first round of the Christian Brothers Spring Invitational. He finished that tournament in a tie for fourth place after carding a 75 in the second round.

Smith had four top 20 finishes throughout the season in a total of 10 events. He came in second at the Arkansas Challenge Cup in a dual with Southern Arkansas, finished 14th at the UAFS Lions Classic in March and posted a 16th place finish in the season-opening GAC Preview Tournament in September.

Quiatchon repeats as All-GAC honorable mention after becoming the first women’s golfer ever to earn all-conference honors last season. The Oxnard, Calif., native finished the 2013-14 season with an average score of 84 per round, including her season best of 78 in the second round of the Henderson State Lady Reddie Invitational in late September. She also broke 80 in the opening round of this past week’s GAC Championship Tournament.

Out of 10 total events and 17 rounds played, Quiatchon turned in seven top 15 finishes, including back-to-back sixth place spots to open the season at the SAU Lady Mulerider Classic and the Lady Reddie Invitational. She had a pair of dual victories over Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas, and finished 11th at the Christian Brothers Spring Invitational in March.

REGIONAL

Saints retain WR Meachem

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints re-signed wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract on Friday.

Meachem has spent all but one of his seven NFL seasons with the Saints, who used a first-round pick on the Tennessee product in the 2007 draft. He returned to New Orleans last season after playing for San Diego in 2012.

The 29-year-old veteran has caught 171 passes for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns in 92 career games. He had 16 catches for 324 yards with two scores in 15 games last year.

NATIONAL

TNT’s Sager to begin leukemia treatment

Longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will start treatment for leukemia on Friday and will not work for the network during the early stages of the NBA Playoffs.

Sager’s son, Craig II, revealed his father’s illness on his Twitter account on Thursday.

“My Dad’s 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts [Friday],” Craig Sager II tweeted. “Be thinking of him & let’s get him back on the sidelines soon.”

Known for wearing flamboyant suits during his broadcasts, the 62-year-old has spent nearly 20 years covering NBA games for TNT and also worked several Olympics for NBC. He has also been part of sister station TBS’ coverage of the MLB Playoffs and previously served as studio host for both Atlanta Braves and Hawks telecasts.

Blackhawks coach Quenneville fined $25,000

NEW YORK — The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct.

The incident took place during Thursday’s Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, which the Blackhawks ended up losing in the third overtime.

At 6:51 of the second overtime, officials met to decide whether St. Louis should be called for a delay of game penalty that would have given the Blackhawks a two-man advantage.

No penalty was called and cameras caught Quenneville grabbing his crotch and yelling at the officials.

“I was definitely excited, disappointed [in] the call, but I’ll apologize for my behavior,” Quenneville said on Friday. “It wasn’t appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part.”

Choi leads with play suspended at Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — K.J. Choi shot 4-under 67 on Friday and held the lead when the second round of the Heritage was suspended due to inclement weather.

Choi finished 36 holes at 5-under-par 137 before the worst of the weather moved in.

Robert Allenby was 2-under after five holes and was alone in second place at minus-4.

Scott Langley, who shared the first-round lead with Matt Kuchar and William McGirt, tripped to a 2-over 73 to slip to 3-under-par 139. Langley was joined there by Luke Donald and Billy Hurley III, who both posted 69s in round two.

WORLD

Ferrer ousts Nadal in Monte Carlo

ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN, France — David Ferrer stunned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday at the $4 million Monte Carlo Masters tennis event.

The sixth-seeded 2011 Monte Carlo runner-up to Nadal, Ferrer, upset the world No. 1 great 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 on the red clay at Monte Carlo Country Club, where Nadal had won a record eight straight titles before losing to Novak Djokovic in last year’s blockbuster finale.

Nadal piled up 44 unforced errors and was broken four times, while Ferrer lost his own serve three times in the 2-hour, 13-minute affair on Day 6.

This marks Nadal’s earliest exit here in 11 years.

Ferrer exacted a bit of revenge on Nadal, who prevailed between the two Spanish stars in last year’s French Open finale. Ferrer hadn’t beaten Nadal on clay since 2004 and is now 6-21 overall against the brilliant left-hander, including wins now in two of their last three matchups.