Anderson earns another preseason POY honor
This summer alone, Ben Anderson is a two-time SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
College Sports Madness released its SWAC all-conference teams recently and gave the Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback the same superlative honor he received in the official All-SWAC voting results. Anderson also was named first-team preseason all-conference by CSM.
Two more Golden Lions, offensive lineman Me’kale Carter and linebacker Antonio Jenkins also were named first-teamers by the website. Linebacker Willie Duncan III was placed on the third team.
UAPB will begin preseason camp Monday.
Hunter hitless, but Tigers still edge Rockies
DETROIT —Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter finished 0 for 2 with a pair of walks, but Justin Verlander continued his dominance of National League opponents to help the Detroit Tigers to an interleague victory.
Verlander pitched eight strong innings and Rajai Davis finished with two RBI and two runs scored as the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-2.
Verlander (10-9), who is now 25-2 for his career against NL opponents, allowed two runs and struck out five, while not allowing a walk.
Ian Kinsler hit an RBI double during a three-run fifth inning and Victor Martinez had an RBI single for the Tigers, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.
Franklin Morales (5-6) gave up three runs and walked four in six innings of work, leaving the Rockies at 2-16 in their last 18 road games.
Tigers’ Marshall will not start against Hogs
FAYETTEVILLE — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathan Mincy will not start the season opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced the punishment for both players after the team’s first preseason practice Friday, according to AL.com. While the two will not start the opener, Malzahn said both will play against the Razorbacks.
Marshall’s punishment comes after he was cited for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Georgia last month. The preseason Heisman Trophy candidate is returning for his second season as a starter for the Tigers, but will be replaced by sophomore Jeremy Johnson for at least the first snap against Arkansas.
Mincy, who was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in late June, will spend an unspecified time on the sideline, too. The three-year starter had 56 tackles, one interception and broke up 14 passes last season.
Malzahn also confirmed Friday that left guard Alex Kozan will miss 2014 with a back injury, according to AL.com. Kozan earned All-SEC honors last season.
Spurs sign Parker to extension
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs signed guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension on Friday.
Terms of the contract were not announced.
Parker, a 13-year veteran, averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds last season, leading the Spurs to a fourth NBA title.
Last season marked the fourth consecutive season that Parker has led the Spurs in points per game. He earned All-NBA second team honors and was the Spurs’ lone representative in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
Since being selected by the Spurs with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker has gone on to be one of the most decorated players in team history. He has been named to four All-NBA Teams and six All-Star games.
In his career, Parker has appeared in 940 regular season games averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. He has seen action in 196 playoff games averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 35.7 minutes.
Brewers torch Wainwright to beat Cardinals
ST. LOUIS — Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers torched St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for seven runs in a 7-4 win to open a three-game series Friday night.
Ramirez had three hits and Jonathan Lucroy added two, including a three-run double as the Brewers won their second in a row.
Wainwright (13-6) had only given up more than two runs once in his past nine starts but was dusted for nine hits in 5 1/3 innings Friday. He walked three and struck out five.
Wily Peralta (13-6) went 6 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks.
Pacers’ George suffers gruesome leg injury
LAS VEGAS — Indiana Pacers All-Star guard Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury during a USA Basketball team scrimmage Friday night.
George’s right leg appeared to snap between his knee and ankle as it jammed against the padded stanchion and the court beneath the basket after he jumped in an attempt to block a James Harden layup.
George remained on his back for several minutes in obvious pain before his leg was put in splint and he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher as teammates stood around him.
Moments later, USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski grabbed a microphone and announced to the crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center that the scrimmage was over.
“With the serious injury that we had and the fact that we stopped playing for a long period of time, and out of respect for Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done,” Krzyzewski said.
George, 24, has been an All-Star each of the last two years. He averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 80 games this past season.