Digest for 12-21-13


LOCAL

Memphis women pound UAPB by 46

MEMPHIS — Four Memphis players scored in double figures, and the Tigers more than doubled up Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday in a 91-45 women’s basketball victory.

Memphis (6-5) was in control from the beginning, going into halftime with a 37-16 lead.

Ariel Hearn came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 17 points and five steals. Mooriah Rowser had 16 points and four rebounds, Breigha Wilder-Cochran added 13 points and eight assists and Brandi Goodman scored 10 points.

The Lady Lions (1-8), who have lost eight straight, had an awful shooting night (17 of 58 free throws for 29.3 percent). Jazmyne Victorian was their only double-digit scorer with 10 points. Marian Thompson nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, and Erin Campbell and Destiny Ham each added six.

UAPB will play again Dec. 29 at Arizona to close out nonconference play.

STATE

Adams’ three-point attack leads Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE – McKenzie Adams led a three-point barrage and Jessica Jackson added in a double-double for good measure, as the Arkansas women’s basketball team earned a 79-53 win over Tennessee Tech (3-8) inside Bud Walton Arena on Friday.

Finishing 6-for-8 from three-point range, Adams tied for a game-high 18 points and led 58.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc for the Razorbacks (12-0). Fellow freshman Jackson also scored 18 points and reached double-digit scoring for the 11th time in 12 games this season, adding 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career and third of the season for Arkansas.

NATIONAL

Hairston done at North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — P.J. Hairston’s career at North Carolina is over.

The junior guard won’t suit up again for the Tar Heels due to an eligibility issue that stemmed from alleged impermissible benefits.

North Carolina did not divulge details of Hairston’s alleged transgressions, but the Raleigh News Observer said the school became concerned when Hairston was arrested twice earlier this year — once for a marijuana possession charge that was later dropped and once for speeding and reckless driving – while driving vehicles linked to Durham resident Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a felon and local party promoter.

Williams suspended Hairston in July, but was allowed to practice with the Tar Heels in September while the university continued its review with the NCAA.

Hairston was North Carolina’s leading scorer last season, averaging 14.6 points per game. He decided to return for his junior season rather than enter the NBA Draft.

Beltran excited about return to New York

BRONX, N.Y. — Carlos Beltran is back in New York, this time as a New York Yankee.

The former New York Mets star officially signed a three-year contract on Thursday and donned a No. 36 Yankee pinstripe uniform on Friday.

“It’s a great honor to be back in the city,” said Beltran on Friday. “I learned about the city and am happy to have an opportunity to come back again, this time as a Yankee. I grew up being a Yankee fan, a Bernie Williams fan.”

Beltran was almost a Yankee when he was the star free agent on the market after the 2004 season. He instead signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets and played across town until being dealt to the San Francisco Giants before the 2011 trade deadline.

Rodgers to sit against Steelers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will again watch from the sideline on Sunday when his teammates take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers was limited in practice Friday and has not yet been medically cleared to play as the former MVP continues his recovery from a fractured collarbone.

Matt Flynn will again get the start Sunday with Rodgers set to miss a seventh straight game.