Hunter, Tigers struggle in doubleheader sweep

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter struggled and so did the rest of his team as the Detroit Tigers were swept by the Kansas City Royals in a doubleheader Friday.

The Royals won the opener 2-1 and the nightcap 3-0 limiting Detroit to six hits combined in the two games.

Hunter picked up one of those hits in the second game finishing 1-for-3. The All-Star outfielder also reached base on a hit-by-pitch. In the first game, Hunter finished 0-for-3 with a walk.


UA wins final game in Italy

COSTA MASNAGA, Italy — Keira Peak posted 19 points leading four players in double figures in an 88-64 win over Chemcats Chemnitz Friday.

Peak had 19 points along with 15 each from Jhasmin Bowen and Jessica Jackson while Joey Bailey dropped in 12 for the Razorbacks. Arkansas went 3-0 during their Italy Tour.

Melissa Wolff and Peak had seven rebounds each as Arkansas out-rebounded their opponent 42-33 for the game.

Arkansas came out and had a commanding start to the game, leading 51-28 at the half. The Chemcats, however, responded with a 10-0 start to the third frame and cut the lead to single digits before Arkansas regained their composure and took command of the game for the 24-point win.

UALR falls to Calgary in Battle of the Border

CALGARY, Alberta — Trailing by nine at the half, Arkansas-Little Rock pulled as close as one late in the fourth quarter before eventually falling to Calgary by a 71-68 final on Thursday at Jack Simpson Gymnasium in the game one of the annual Battle of the Border.

In the first of three exhibition games for UALR, Calgary knocked down 21-of-30 shots at the foul line, compared to just 6-of-16 for the Trojans.

Trailing 69-66 with just 45 seconds remaining, UALR called timeout and drew up a play that allowed senior Will Neighbour to score inside and make it a one-point game. The Dinos responded with an easy bucket for Matt Letkeman that proved to be the final basket of the game, giving Calgary the three-point win.

ASU men win first game in Canada

CALGARY, Alberta — Led by four players scoring in double figures, including senior guard Ed Townsel with a team-high 23 points, the Arkansas State men’s basketball team claimed an 88-84 exhibition victory over the University of Alberta on Thursday night at the Saville Centre.

The game was the first of three exhibition contests being played in three consecutive days by the Red Wolves as part of their preseason foreign tour to Canada.

A-State trailed by 19 points at the end of the first 10-minute period, but outscored the Golden Bears 25-10 in the second to trim its deficit to just four points, 46-42, by halftime. The Red Wolves took their first lead at 52-51 with 6:24 left in the third period when Townsel hit a three, and A-State took the lead for good just over three minutes later.


Arrieta, Cubs shut down Cardinals

Chicago — The Chicago Cubs rediscovered their offense at Wrigley Field, and Jake Arrieta stifled the St. Louis bats in his return from the minors.

Nate Schierholtz drove in three of Chicago’s runs in a 7-0 victory.

The Cubs entered Friday’s series opener having been shut out in four of their last five home games, but capitalized on Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook’s early wildness to score three first-inning runs.


Manuel out, Sandberg in as Phillies manager

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have made a managerial change, replacing Charlie Manuel with Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made the announcement Friday before the Phillies were scheduled to open a three-game set against the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, calling the difficult move one the club “needed to make as we look towards the future.”

The 69-year-old Manuel had been at the helm since 2005 and departs as the winningest manager in Phillies history with a record of 780-636 over his eight-plus years. He guided the franchise to five straight division titles from 2007 through 2011, as well as the club’s second World Series championship after the 2008 campaign.