Report: Hunter to visit ASU

According to an article at USAToday.com, Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter plans to watch one of his sons play college football when the Detroit Tigers are off on Thursday.

Arkansas State will host Troy in Jonesboro, on Thursday night, and Hunter plans to be there to see his son, Monshadrik “Money” Hunter.

“I haven’t seen any of my sons play since they’ve been out of high school, Hunter said in the article. “If you’ve got that opportunity, you gotta do it.”

Hunter said he is going to have his jersey and hat on and then come back ready to play on Friday.

Pine Bluff tennis successful at Benton

BENTON — Pine Bluff won all four doubles matches against Benton in boys and girls high school tennis Tuesday.

J’Marlos Johnson and Mike Roberts won their match 9-8 and Xavier Grady and Tre Harris teamed for an 8-0 win. Boys singles matches were not played because of rain.

In girls action, Ajia Richardson and Kye Richardson won their match 8-1, and Brentney Sargent and Victoria Grady took an 8-6 win. In girls singles, Jada Taylor and Torii Richardson of Pine Bluff took 8-2 defeats.

Ridgway falls in HS, JH volleyball matches

Ridgway Christian evened its AACS South Region record to 1-1 on Tuesday after Columbia Christian defeated the host Lady Eagles 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 in high school volleyball.

For Ridgway (3-6), Lauren Rose had three kills and two blocks, and Allison Carpenter had four aces.

Ridgway dropped the junior high match 20-25, 25-11, 25-14, but Carpenter had seven aces and three kills and Chandra Wylie totaled three kills. Ridgway is now 3-1 and 1-1 in the junior high conference.

Ridgway won the junior high JV match 25-18, 25-13.


Cardinals down Brewers

ST. LOUIS — Shelby Miller outdueled Wily Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Miller (13-9) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Peralta (9-15) carried a no-hitter into the sixth before giving up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday. Peralta lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs in total on just two hits while striking out seven.

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals, who hold a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central standings.


MLB releases 2014 schedule

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has revealed its 2014 schedule, which will begin with the previously announced two-game set between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney and will end on Sept. 28.

The first MLB games in Australia, announced in June, will take place March 22-23, a week before the stateside opener on Sunday night, March 30. The teams for ESPN’s stand-alone opener will be determined at a later date.

The 2014 All-Star Game is set for July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

An early start for the season also allows for the World Series to completed before November.

The complete schedule, including start times, will be released in January.

De La Hoya checks into rehab

LOS ANGELES — Former boxing champion and current boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya announced on Tuesday that he has voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility.

“Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend,” said De La Hoya in the statement. “His is the ring and mine in treatment.”

De La Hoya didn’t detail in his statement what he was checking in for, but he did say that he will not be attending the Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight this weekend in Las Vegas. De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions represents Alvarez.


Bach elected as IOC president

BUENOS AIRES — Germany’s Thomas Bach has been elected as the next president of the International Olympic Committee.

Bach, a gold medalist in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Games, was among six candidates to replace outgoing president Jacques Rogge. The other five were Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine, Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, Ching-Kuo Wu of Taiwan, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and Denis Oswald of Switzerland.