Registration deadline extended

Upward Soccer early registration deadline at Olive Branch Baptist Church has been extended to Aug. 22 for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. The late registration fee is being waved so more community kids can participate according to director Rich DeBill.

Opening Night Celebration is on Aug. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. and is for parents to meet coaches and for kids to be placed on teams. Practices begin Aug. 26 with the first game on Sept. 12.

Participants may register at the church office, 5130 Bobo Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Fridays.


UAPB’s Cobbs given top preseason honor

Arkansas-Pine Bluff goaltender Alyssa Cobbs and Prairie View A&M defender Deborah Arguelles were tabbed SWAC Preseason Co-Defensive Players of the Year for women’s soccer, the conference announced Thursday.

Cobbs’ .805 save percentage and 153 saves last season led the conference. She also recorded five shutouts.

Cobbs was placed on the conference’s Preseason All-SWAC first team, along with teammate and defender Molly Stone.

UAPB, which finished 6-14-2 and 1-1-1 in SWAC play last season, was picked to finish second again in the Western Division, according to a poll voted on by league coaches and sports information contacts. Prairie View (West) and Mississippi Valley State (East) are the division favorites.

Alabama State forward Alexandria Cannon was named SWAC Preseason Player of the Year.

UAM’s Massey suffers injury

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello defensive lineman Marquis Massey was carted off the field Thursday morning after suffering an apparent neck injury during practice.

According to witnesses, Massey slipped and hit a dummy face-first and went down face-first. He was able to move his fingers and toes while being taken to the examiner’s room.

UAM said Massey, a sophomore from Conway, did not suffer a fracture from the fall and there is no word yet on how long he will be out.

The Boll Weevils begin their season at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at East Central University in Ada, Okla.


Patriots’ Brady practices with brace

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s exit from Wednesday’s practice was nothing more than a scare.

The star quarterback was back on the practice field Thursday, one day after leaving a training camp session early with a sprained left knee.

Brady was injured Wednesday when Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him during a pass play during full team drills. Solder was driven into Brady during a bull rush from Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

MRI results revealed Brady’s knee didn’t suffer any structural damage. Brady went through Thursday’s practice wearing a hinged knee brace.

Brady, who tore the ACL in his same knee in Week 1 of the 2008 season, is expected to play in Friday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Devils sold to 76ers’ owner Harris

NEWARK, N.J. — Already the owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Harris is the new proprietor of the New Jersey Devils.

The announcement was made on Thursday.

According to The Record, Harris, an investment banker, and his group, led by primary partner David Blitzer, paid more than $320 million to purchase the financially-strapped franchise and the operating rights for the arena in which the Devils play, the Prudential Center.

The NHL’s board of governors on Wednesday approved the transfer from outgoing principal owner Jeff Vanderbeek to a group headed by Harris. The sale price will cover the Devils’ outstanding debt, which Forbes reportedly estimated at $230 million.


Wimbledon champ Bartoli announces retirement

MASON, Ohio — Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced her retirement Wednesday night, citing constant pain in her body.

Bartoli, the No. 8 seed this week at the Western & Southern Open, a hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up, lost to Romanian Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the second round.

“That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry,” Bartoli said at the post-match press conference. “It’s time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually.”

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman departs the tour ranked seventh in the world and with eight career WTA singles titles. The highlight came at Wimbledon with her title victory over Sabine Lisicki.