‘Camp of Champions’ set for July

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team will host its 18th annual “Camp of Champions” July 9-11.

The camp is designed for girls ages 6-17 and will cover all aspects of the game broken down into three sessions: position and fundamental, hitting and pitching/catching.

UAM coach Alvy Early will direct the camp aided by other high school coaches as well as current and former players.

The camp will go from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. that Tuesday and Wednesday. The final day of the camp will run from 9 a.m.-noon.

Camp cost for pre-registration is $90 and for on-site registration $100. To sign up, send a completed registration form, medical treatment release and at least a $45 deposit to Coach Early at UAM Box 2555, Monticello, AR 71656. Checks can be made out to Alvy Early Softball Camp. A complete registration form and camp brochure can be found online at

UAM Sports Association begins annual membership drive

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello Sports Association is the exclusive private fundraising arm of UAM athletics. Its mission is to raise private funds to support more than 200 Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom student-athletes in competition on and off the field.

Memberships start at $50 per year. Contributions can be made through cash, check and online credit card transactions. For more information about the different levels of giving and to donate online, visit the UAMSA website or contact assistant athletic director for external operations Matt Whiting at 460-1758.


UAPB’s Beverly added to watch list

Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior H-back Dezmond Beverly has been added to the College Football Performance Awards tight end award watch list.

Beverly, whose position is a wide receiver/tight end hybrid, are among a list that includes 30 tight ends in the Football Championship Subdivision. He is the second UAPB played named to a CFPA positional watch list, following senior wide receiver Ladarius Eckwood.

Beverly finished last season with a SWAC championship and a spot on the All-SWAC first team. He was ranked in the top 10 in the SWAC and second amoung UAPB receivers with 46 receptions. He also had six touchdowns and 434 yards (9.4 yards per catch) and was tied for second in scoring on the team.

Alabama State sophomore Justin Robinson also was named to the watch list.

The award winner will be announced Jan. 8, 2014.


Cubs’ Navarro belts three homers

CHICAGO — Dioner Navarro had a career day with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored to help the Chicago Cubs dismantle the Chicago White Sox, 9-3, in the opener of a two-game interleague set at Wrigley Field.

Navarro went 3-for-3 with a solo, two-run and three-run homer. It was the first multi-home run game of his career. Coming into today, Navarro had just three home runs and seven RBI on the season.

He is the first Cubs catcher to hit three home runs in a game since George Mitterwald did it in 1974.


Williams, Federer move into French Open third round

PARIS — Former champions Serena Williams and Roger Federer Wednesday both moved a step closer to regaining their titles as they rushed past lower-ranked opponents into the third round of the French Open.

Federer, the 2009 champion, beat Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in 82 minutes on the Court Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros. It was the second consecutive short match for the second-seeded Swiss, who won his opener in just 51 minutes.

Shortly after, on the main Court Philippe Chatrier, the 31- year-old Williams of the United States needed just over an hour to brush aside French wild card Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 6-2. Williams, the 2002 champion, has only dropped four games in two matches in Paris. Wednesday’s win extends her run on clay courts to 26.

Wrestling put on short list for 2020 Games

Wrestling survived the first round in its bid to win reinstatement as an Olympic sport, but its battle isn’t over. The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board on Wednesday placed wrestling, squash and baseball/softball on a short list of sports from which only one will be chosen for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

That’s the same 15-member panel that three months ago voted to drop wrestling, one of the oldest Olympic sports, from the Summer Games starting in 2020 — a decision that confounded casual sports fans and caught wrestling’s international governing body off guard.

— Staff and wire reports