Carter, Berry to represent Lions at Media Day
When the buzz of the SEC Media Days in the Birmingham, Ala., area dies down, the SWAC will have its own day in the heart of the city.
Me’kale Carter and Demarcus Berry will be there to represent Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The respective offensive and defensive linemen, both juniors, will meet the press along with head coach Monte Coleman, the SWAC announced Monday. SWAC Media Day will be held Friday at the Birmingham Marriott.
Preseason All-SWAC teams and players of the year are expected to be announced Friday.
Western starts 9-10 state tourney 2-0
ARKADELPHIA — Pine Bluff Western survived a 15-13, seven-inning duel against South Arkansas on Sunday to advance to Monday’s meeting with White Hall in the Little League 9- and 10-year-old state tournament.
Monday’s game was not completed in time for this edition.
Western began the tournament with a 17-6 win over Corning. In that game, Dillon Taylor, Colton Edwards, William Howell and T.J. Jenkins chipped in two hits apiece.
In the Little League Softball state series in Pine Bluff, Malvern clinched the title with a 12-10 win over Pine Bluff on Saturday.
Wolves’ Giddens ends collegiate career
JONESBORO — Bryce Giddens, who would have been a junior center for the Arkansas State football team, has decided to end his collegiate career, coach Blake Anderson announced Monday.
Giddens made the decision because of past and recent injuries he sustained on the field, according to a press release.
Giddens was a two-year starter and earned Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2013. He helped the Red Wolves win two straight GoDaddy Bowls.
Giddens will work with administration while remaining on scholarship as he pursues his bachelor’s degree.
Team USA adds DeRozan, Parsons for World Cup
COLORADO SPRINGS — USA Basketball has added DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons to its training camp roster for the 2014 World Cup.
DeRozan and Parsons will join 17 others who were previously selected to take part in the camp that will prepare for this summer’s World Cup in Spain. The training camp is set for July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.
Also set to participate in Las Vegas will be Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, and Klay Thompson.
The FIBA World Cup, previously known as the World Championship, will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
Heat re-sign Chalmers
MIAMI — Mario Chalmers is returning to the Miami Heat.
The Heat officially re-signed the 6-foot-2 point guard on Monday.
Chalmers, who has spent his entire six-year NBA career with the Heat, started each of the 73 games in which he appeared last season and averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 29.8 minutes while shooting 38.5 percent from three-point range.
Nibali reclaims yellow; Contador falls out
LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France — Vincenzo Nibali of Italy is back in yellow at the Tour de France.
Nibali won Stage 10 and reclaimed the overall lead on Monday, a day after losing the coveted yellow jersey in cycling’s most prestigious event. He also became the overwhelming favorite to win the title after the departure of two-time champion Alberto Contador.
Contador crashed midway through Monday’s stage on a mountain descent and had his right knee treated before resuming. He rode for another 20 kilometers before calling his team car and deciding not to continue.
Nibali, meanwhile, finished the 161.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles in a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 26 seconds. He won Stage 2 to first take the overall lead before ceding it to Frenchman Tony Gallopin on Sunday.
— Staff and wire reports