Hunter finishes triple short of cycle

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter led the way in a Detroit Tigers’ offensive onslaught against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Hunter finished a triple shy of the cycle while going 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Tigers’ 11-1 rout at Comerica Park.

The bottom of the Detroit lineup did most of the damage in the second. Ramon Santiago, the No. 8 hitter, smacked a ball down the third-base line in front of Alex Avila’s opposite-field blast to left. Hunter took Washington starter Gio Gonzalez deep later in the inning.

Hunter doubled home Santiago in the seventh.

UAM names Tubner assistant women’s basketball coach

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello women’s basketball coach Tanya Ray announced the hiring of Roman Tubner as the program’s new full-time assistant coach on Wednesday.

According to a UAM news release, Tubner takes on the job after serving the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the school’s men’s basketball program. While with the men’s basketball team, Tubner assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, on-court instruction, operations and student-athlete academic development.

The Montgomery, Ala., native came to UAM in 2011 after three years of playing experience at Centenary College of Louisiana.


Cards Molina heads to the DL

PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals have placed All-Star catcher Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain.

Molina has been bothered by knee issues since June and played three innings in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Pittsburgh before being replaced by Rob Johnson.

The Cardinals sent him back to St. Louis for tests, which could determine a potential return date.

Molina is batting .330 with eight home runs, 30 doubles and 54 RBI in 98 games for the Cardinals this year.

Ohio State RB Hyde suspended three games

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State senior running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season.

The Columbus Dispatch released a surveillance video from a downtown Columbus bar that shows Hyde and a 19-year-old woman taking swings at each other after a brief chat.

The newspaper said Columbus police indicated Hyde would not be charged with assault because the woman doesn’t want to pursue the case.

Hyde, the Buckeyes’ projected No. 1 running back, rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012. He will miss games against Buffalo, San Diego State and California before returning for the Sept. 21 home contest against Florida A&M.

Wizards sign Wall to contract extension

WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington Wizards signed point guard John Wall to a contract extension on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but according to the Washington Post, the contract is for five years and worth $80 million. The deal will kick in at the start of the 2014-15 season and keep him in Washington until 2019.

Last season, Wall averaged a career-high 18.5 points and 44.1 percent shooting, as well as a team-leading 7.6 assists in 49 games (42 starts). He missed the first 33 games of the season due to a stress injury in his left patella.

NFL announces changes to Pro Bowl

NEW YORK — The National Football League is making drastic changes to the Pro Bowl in hopes of increasing popularity for the league’s all-star game.

No longer will the contest feature a matchup between the AFC and NFC. Instead, players will be assigned to teams through a draft. The two leading vote-getters will join two NFL.com fantasy football champions in building the squads. Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will assist in the draft process.

In addition to a new format, there are several other aspects within the game itself that have been altered:

• There are no more kickoffs. The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first and the ball will be placed on the 25-yard line after scoring plays.

• The ball will change hands after each quarter.

• Each squad will consist of 43 players.

• The defense will be allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage.

• The clock will stop if the offense does not gain at least one yard following the two-minute mark of every quarter.

The Pro Bowl player draft will be held Jan. 22, with the game played four days later at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

D-Backs ship Kennedy to San Diego

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for left-handed setup man Joe Thatcher and minor league pitcher Matt Stiles.

The Diamondbacks will also receive San Diego’s competitive balance Round B selection in next year’s MLB Draft.

After winning 15 games a season ago, Kennedy has been largely ineffective this year, posting a 3-8 mark to go along with a 5.23 ERA. He also has a 1.419 WHIP, the worst of his career for a full season.