UAPB athlete Bingham named Hercules Scholar

Andrew Bingham, a sophomore industrial technology major and track and field athlete at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, has been named a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Bingham will receive $1,500 scholarship grant from the foundation as part of its School of the Month Initiative.

A Kingston, Jamaica native, Bingham has a 3.8 grade-point average and is a well-known soccer athlete in his hometown.

Hunter hitless as Angels sweep Tigers

DETROIT — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 3-1 victory on Thursday.

Mike Trout had four hits for the Angels, who have beaten the Tigers nine straight times, including these three at Comerica Park. Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter was 0 for 5 with a strikeout in the loss.


Vitello named UA assistant baseball coach

FAYETTEVILLE — Tony Vitello has been named the new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Arkansas baseball team.

Vitello comes to Arkansas after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Christian. Prior to TCU, Vitello was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri for eight years.

In his three years at TCU, Vitello brought in some of the top players in the country and helped the Horned Frogs to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Super Regional berth in 2012.


Kim takes 1-stroke lead in U.S. Women’s Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Ha-Neul Kim carded a 6-under 66 on Thursday to grab a 1-stroke lead at the end of the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Kim, who is competing in just her third LPGA event this season and is appearing in her first U.S. Women’s Open, is a seven-time winner in the KLPGA Tour.

Inbee Park sits alone in second place following her 5-under 67 at Sebonack Golf Club. Park is seeking to become just the second player ever to win the first three majors in a season after having already captured titles at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Wegmans LPGA Championship.

I.K. Kim and Caroline Hedwall each bogeyed their final hole to join Anna Nordqvist and Lizette Salas in third place at 4-under.

Cowboys’ Brent jailed after failed drug test

DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was booked into a city jail Thursday after testing positive for marijuana, a violation of the troubled lineman’s bail on an intoxication manslaughter charge for last December’s car accident that killed a former teammate.

According to court records, Brent failed a drug test on June 19 that was sent to a toxicology lab for further analysis, with the results confirmed on Tuesday. The positive sample violates a previous court order requiring Brent to have an interlock device installed on his vehicle.

Brent is still awaiting trial on the intoxication manslaughter allegations, as well as a driving while intoxicated charge, stemming from the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys’ practice squad at the time and Brent’s former college teammate at Illinois. He was freed on a $100,000 bond.

— Staff and wire reports