Digest for 12-01-13


LOCAL

Three Lions receive SWAC weekly awards

Three Arkansas-Pine Bluff football players earned SWAC weekly awards following last Saturday’s season-ending loss at Prairie View A&M.

Freshman linebacker Willie Duncan III was named Defensive Player of the Week after making 17 tackles in the 43-23 defeat. Redshirt freshman defensive back Jared Turner was named Newcomer of the Week after forcing two turnovers including an interception and making 10 tackles. Junior Tyler Strickland was heralded as Specialist of the Week after converting all three field goal attempts, accounting for all of UAPB’s nine first-half points.

Junior high Cardinals come up short in HWH

HELENA-WEST HELENA — Dollarway could not pull out another close victory in junior high boys basketball Saturday, as Little Rock Fair took a 35-31 victory in the Helena-West Helena Thanksgiving Classic.

For Dollarway, Paris Hicks had 10 points, Teon Jackson nine and Cameron Crane seven.

The loss comes three days after the Cardinals edged West Memphis Wonder 43-41 on a Kuron Brown basket with 5.2 seconds left.

STATE

Police: Razorback Tate’s home burglarized

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas tight end Austin Tate called the Fayetteville police department to report a burglary at his residence Friday night, according to a preliminary police report.

Tate told police that the burglary occurred while the Razorbacks were out of town to play their season finale at LSU, according to the report.

Sgt. Jason French of the Fayetteville police department said the back door of the residence had been kicked in and several items were stolen from the residence, including televisions, game consoles and hunting shotguns.

Arkansas left for Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday and returned Friday night. Tate reported the burglary at 9:23 p.m., according to the report.

Tate — who is a fifth-year senior from Harrison — played his final game as a Razorback during Arkansas’ 31-27 loss to the Tigers.

REGIONAL

Nets move past Grizzlies

MEMPHIS — Brook Lopez took over in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets picked up a 97-88 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lopez, in his second game since returning from an ankle injury, scored 12 of his 20 points in the last quarter and added nine rebounds to seal Brooklyn’s second win in its last nine games.

Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche did most of the damage early and finished with 26 and 21 points, respectively, in the victory.

Quincy Pondexter exploded for 20 of his 22 points in the final 13 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Grizzlies from a 15-point deficit.

Mike Conley donated 16 points and 10 assists in the loss, Memphis’ third in the last four games.

NATIONAL

Hawaii RB Wilson dies of apparent drowning

Honolulu — The University of Hawaii confirmed the death of running back Willis Wilson on Saturday.

Wilson died of an apparent drowning off Sandy Beach after wading into shallow water with four other people early Saturday morning, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

A Honolulu Fire Department report says the other members of the group noticed around 4:30 a.m. that Wilson was no longer with them. His body was recovered later in the morning.

Hawaii coach Norm Chow called Wilson “a very fun-loving young man, who was well-liked by his teammates.”

Wilson, 21, was a walk-on at Hawaii after transferring from Washington and had not appeared in a game this season. His father, Jack, played for Hawaii in the 1980s, the school said.