Digest for 12-06


LOCAL

Drew Central teams pick up wins in DeWitt

DeWITT — Drew Central kept Palestine-Wheatley from scoring more than five points in a period Thursday and marched to a 66-16 victory in the girls consolation round of the DeWitt basketball tournament.

Drew Central started with a 21-5 run and nearly shut out Palestine-Wheatley with a 17-2 third quarter. Cierra Gardner scored 19 points and Madison Knowles had 12 for the Lady Pirates (5-2).

In boys action, Tremaine Newton led Drew Central (5-2) with 19 points in a 63-43 consolation win against Palestine-Wheatley. K.J. Riddine added 10 points for the Pirates.

The remainder of the tournament, with the exception of the championship games, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Drew Central’s girls team will host Bearden on Tuesday and the DC boys will visit Hermitage on Thursday.

Chapel girls lose to PA

LITTLE ROCK — The Watson Chapel ninth grade girls basketball team lost 58-28 to Pulaski Academy Thursday night.

Cayla Trotter led the team with 13 points as Chapel falls to 2-4 on the year.

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Maumelle next Thursday.

REGIONAL

Grambling picks Fobbs as head coach

GRAMBLING, La. — McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs has been selected as head football coach at Grambling State.

Fobbs’ appointment, which is to take effect Monday, is pending University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approval, according to a news release.

Fobbs was an honors student at Grambling State in the late 1990s while he played for coach Eddie Robinson. The 1997 Grambling graduate has coached high school ball in Waco, Texas, served as a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette, and assisted at Northwestern State, Southern Mississippi and McNeese State.

Grambling State, which went 1-11 this season, had been without a permanent replacement for Doug Williams, who was fired in September after two games. George Ragsdale went 0-5 in the interim and was fired in the midst of a players’ boycott over athletic facility conditions and the firing of Williams. Dennis Winston then replaced Ragsdale and went 1-3, not counting Grambling State’s forfeit to Jackson State during the boycott.

Ragsdale and Winston are former Arkansas-Pine Bluff assistants.

Clippers at Grizzlies

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NATIONAL

Browns’ Campbell cleared to practice

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell has been cleared to return to practice after sustaining a concussion two weeks ago.

Campbell, who has not yet been cleared to return to game action, suffered the concussion in Week 12’s 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh. He missed last week’s 32-28 loss to Jacksonville. Brandon Weeden started that game, but also suffered a concussion and he has not been cleared to return to practice yet.

The Browns signed Caleb Hanie earlier this week and also have quarterback Alex Tanney on the roster.

For the season, Campbell has completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 933 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Duke’s Cutcliffe named Camp coach of year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Duke’s David Cutcliffe has been named the Walter Camp 2013 Coach of the Year.

Cutcliffe is the first Duke coach honored with the award, which is selected by the nation’s 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

The Blue Devils will play for the ACC championship on Saturday against Florida State after posting a record of 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the Coastal Division of the league. Duke will enter Saturday’s contest with an eight-game winning streak, the longest for the once-moribund program since 1941.

Cutcliffe took over at Duke in December 2007 and has slowly turned things around in Durham. The Blue Devils earned a bowl bid last year and the 2013 campaign marks the first winning season for the Blue Devils since 1994.