Hunter falls single short of cycle

CLEVELAND — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter fell a single short of hitting for the cycle in the Detroit Tigers’ 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Hunter finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three RBI. Miguel Cabrera had a two-run homer as well while Prince Fielder added a solo shot. Austin Jackson and Jhonny Peralta each contributed with an RBI for the Tigers, winners of five in a row.

Anibal Sanchez (7-5) came off the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s outing and was sharp in his first start since June 15. He allowed just one run on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings.

After being recalled for the second time in a week, the result for Carlos Carrasco (0-4) was the same, if not worse, than his previous start. He was tagged for seven runs — six earned — on 10 hits over just 3 1/3 innings.


Report: Pistons, Smith agree to terms

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons have reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year deal with free agent forward Josh Smith.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the deal will pay the 27-year-old Smith $56 million.

Smith was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Atlanta, where he spent the first nine seasons of his career. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Hawks this past season.

Smith will join an up-and-coming frontcourt in Detroit that includes forward-center Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond.

Butler picks Brandon Miller to replace Stevens

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler has replaced Brad Stevens with assistant Brandon Miller.

Stevens was introduced as the Boston Celtics’ coach on Friday. On Saturday, Butler promoted Miller, a 2003 graduate and former Bulldogs point guard, to head coach.

Miller spent last season as a special assistant under Illinois head coach John Groce. He rejoined the Butler staff in April as an assistant coach under Stevens.

Prior to his one season at Illinois, Miller spent six years on the staff of head coach Thad Matta at Ohio State. He served three years as an assistant coach, two seasons as director of basketball operations and one year as video coordinator. He last worked at Butler during the 2007-08 season.

Miller played three seasons with Butler and led the team in scoring in 2002-03, when the Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16. He went 77-20 during his playing career, winning three Horizon League titles and becoming one of eight players in program history to score 1,000 points in three seasons.


Dominant Froome wins Stage 8 of Tour de France

AX 3 DOMAINES, France — Christopher Froome won the eighth stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Saturday and took the yellow jersey in the process.

The 195-kilometer ride from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines was the first tough mountain climb of the race. Froome completed the trek in just over five hours and just 51 seconds ahead of Richie Porter.

“It wasn’t easy out there but to come out with that result for the first mountain day — the first real test for the GC riders — it’s really pleasing,” Froome said.

He took the yellow jersey from South African rider Daryl Impey.

Sunday’s ninth stage is a 165-kilometer ride from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre.