Digest for 07-10-14


COMMUNITY

UAPB sets first-ever select-your-seat day

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff athletic department will have their first ever select-your-seat day on Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Golden Lion Stadium.

UAPB fans will be able to walk Golden Lion Stadium to select their seats for season-ticket purchases for the 2014 football season. On hand will be UAPB football coaching staff, members of the Golden Lion football team and athletic administrators to assist UAPB fans.

Fans who are unable to attend select-your-seat day will be able to select their seats the same day from 3 p.m. to midnight by going to the UAPB athletic website.

For more information, contact the UAPB Ticket Office at 575-8601 or via email at goldenlionstickets@uapb.edu.

LOCAL

Hunter helps insure Tigers sweep Dodgers

DETROIT — An eighth-inning sacrifice fly by Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter helped Max Scherzer outduel Zack Greinke in a much-anticipated pitching matchup Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Scherzer (11-3) allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings, helping the Tigers down the Dodgers 4-1 and complete a two-game series sweep. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two, winning his third straight decision.

Greinke (11-4), meanwhile, had some early trouble and his offense couldn’t respond against the Tigers pitching. The trifecta of Scherzer, Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan held Los Angeles to just four hits overall, two of which came from Yasiel Puig.

Greinke was charged with three runs on seven hits in seven frames. He struck out eight without walking a batter, seeing a two-start win streak come to a halt.

Austin Jackson had two hits and scored twice and Don Kelly also had two hits and drove in run for the Tigers, who won three of four from the Dodgers this season.

PB Braves mow down Wingstop

The Pine Bluff Braves rolled to a 16-0 win over Wingstop on Tuesday night at Seabrook’s Eddie Bryan Field.

The game served as a tune-up for Wingstop, which prepares to host the 19-and-under Dixie League state baseball tournament this weekend at Seabrook.

Pine Bluff pushed across two runs in the first, seven in the second, three in the third and four in the fifth. Dillon Miller, Michael Newby and Chase Smith combined to toss a one-hitter for the Braves, who won their seventh-straight game.

Newby and Addison Grundy each drove in a pair of runs in the win.

The Braves are tentatively set to play the Conway Catfish on Sunday at Bishop Park in Bryant. A time is yet to be determined.

REGIONAL

Popovich agrees to extension with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich agreed to a multi-year extension on Wednesday.

Terms of the new deal were not released.

The Spurs won the NBA title — their fifth in Popovich’s 18 years at the helm of the team — in five games over the Miami Heat this past season, while finishing the regular season with the best record in the league at 62-20.

Popovich, 65, was named the NBA Coach of the Year for his team’s efforts, marking the third time he took home the honor since being named head coach of the team in 1996.

Popovich has a regular-season record of 967-443 with the Spurs, as well as a 149-90 mark in the playoffs.

Report: Mavs sign Parsons to offer sheet

DALLAS — Chandler Parsons will apparently play for either the Dallas Mavericks or the Houston Rockets next season.

Parsons, a 25-year-old restricted free agent, has reportedly signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Mavs, and the Rockets will have three days to match it when the deal is signed.

Yahoo! Sports was among the first to report the news.

The NBA’s moratorium on free agency ends at midnight on Wednesday.

Parsons, a second-round pick of the Rockets in 2011, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists — all career bests — in 74 games last season.

NATIONAL

Anthony reportedly staying with Knicks

NEW YORK — At least one member of this year’s star-studded NBA free agent class will be staying with his old team.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony will re-up with the New York Knicks once the league’s free agency signing period opens on Thursday.

According to the Daily News, Anthony will receive a full maximum contract from the Knicks worth $129 million over five years. Sources told the newspaper that the seven-time All-Star turned down a four-year max deal from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to remain in New York.

TheDaily News, citing a close friend of Anthony with knowledge of the situation, also stated that the 2012-13 NBA scoring champion has confidence that new team president Phil Jackson can build the Knicks back into a championship contender.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, a career-best 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 77 games in 2013-14, finishing second to league MVP Kevin Durant in the scoring race.

Report: Cavs, Celtics, Nets agree to trade

BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a multi-player trade.

According to the Boston Globe, citing league sources, the Cavs will send Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev, the 19th pick in last year’s NBA Draft, to the Nets and Tyler Zeller and a 2016 first-round draft pick to the Celtics, who will also acquire Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton. Cleveland is expected to acquire a future second-round pick from either Boston or Brooklyn to complete the trade.

After news of the report broke, Jack tweeted “I got news,” implying that he has been notified of the deal, which can’t become official until Thursday after the NBA lifts its moratorium on signings and trades.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the move will free more than $21 million in cap space for the Cavs, who have been rumored to be interested in the services of free agent LeBron James.

The max deal the Cavs could give James, who spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland before bolting for four years and two titles in Miami, would be $20.7 million.

WORLD

Defending champ Froome abandons Tour; Boom wins stage 5

Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, France — Defending champion Chris Froome pulled out of the Tour de France after crashing twice during Wednesday’s fifth stage.

A day after hurting his wrist in a crash in the fourth stage, Froome took another spill in the rainy conditions of the 152.5-kilometer trek from the Belgian town of Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in France.

He managed to rejoin the peloton, but withdrew from the race after falling hard again in advance of the first of seven cobblestoned sections.

Lars Boom won the fifth stage, completing the treacherous route in a time of 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

Vincenzo Nibali will continue to wear the leader’s yellow jersey after finishing third on the stage. Nibali remains two seconds ahead of Jakob Fuglsang, who finished second. Both riders were 19 seconds behind Boom.

Thursday’s Stage 6 is a 194-kilometer jaunt from Arras to Reims.