Digest for 05-24-14


UAPB’s Young formally charged

Arkansas-Pine Bluff football running back Jeremiah Young was formally charged this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court with possession of material depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and sexual indecency with a child.

Young was arrested on suspicion of the charges in March and is out on $25,000 bond. The co-defendant, Samuel Macaway, also was formally charged with the same offenses and is out on $10,000 bail.

The incident reportedly happened in March when a 14-year-old girl allegedly had sexual contact with Young and another male, later identified as Macaway. Young allegedly recorded the incident against the girl’s wishes.

A trial date for Young or Macaway has not been set, but the wait is expected to keep Young’s football career on hold. UAPB coach Monte Coleman said before spring drills in April that Young would be suspended from all football activities until his legal matters were resolved.

Young, a Dollarway graduate, was a true freshman and the second-leading rusher this past season for the Golden Lions.

Hunter faces eephus pitch

DETROIT — Texas Rangers star Yu Darvish did his best to try and throw off Detroit Tigers slugger and Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter on Thursday — with a rare eephus pitch.

Darvish hurled the high curveball to the inside, forcing Hunter to slightly duck. According to Business Insider, the pitch was clocked at 55 mph. Hunter and Darvish both laughed it off after the pitch, but Darvish got the last laugh on the at-bat by striking out Hunter in a 9-2 Rangers win.

Weather suspends start of NCAA golf finals

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Three different weather delays, including one that spanned nearly five hours, kept the Arkansas men’s golf team from starting play at the NCAA Championships on Friday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Originally scheduled to begin the first round at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 15-team afternoon wave, the Razorbacks will start their first round on Saturday morning. Play will resume on Saturday at 7 a.m. with no official tee times available for the 15 teams that didn’t begin the first round.

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Rangers’ Carcillo handed 10-game suspension

TORONTO — The National Hockey League handed down a 10-game suspension to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo on Friday.

At the 5:51 mark of the first period and following a fight with Montreal’s Brandon Prust in Thursday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Carcillo used his elbow to try and disengage from linesman Scott Driscoll and swiped the side of Driscoll’s face with his forearm prior to being escorted to the penalty box.

Carcillo was given an automatic game misconduct for his actions, and the suspension is commensurate with Rule 40.3 regarding physical abuse of officials.

Irsay charged with 2 misdemeanors

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was charged Friday with a pair of misdemeanors related to his March arrest for impaired driving.

According to several media reports, Irsay was formally charged in Hamilton Superior Court just before the close of business for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Irsay had faced four felony counts of possession of controlled substances, but those were not included in the formal charges on Friday.

He has a June 19 hearing and could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for each count.

Ravens’ Rice issues apology

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Speaking publicly for the first time since his arrest for an alleged assault on his then-fiancee, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized profusely to “everyone affected” by the incident.

With his now-wife, Janay, their two-year-old daughter and his mother all present, Rice addressed the media for seven minutes at the Ravens’ team complex. He choked up on several occasions while delivering a heartfelt and unrehearsed speech in which he regretted the actions that led to his arrest at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on Feb. 15.

“I know many of my supporters, sponsors, don’t want to be in partnership with me. That’s my fault,” Rice said. “I take full responsibility for that. One thing I do know is that I’m working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model.”

Rice was booked on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault following an apparent argument with Janay Palmer at the Revel. A surveillance video later released by TMZ.com showed the 27-year-old lifting a motionless Palmer out of an elevator and onto the floor, though there was no footage of any physical altercation between the two.

The Atlantic County (N.J.) prosecutor’s office agreed to dismiss the case earlier this week, provided Rice completes a pretrial intervention program.

— Staff and wire reports