PBA hunting procedures announced

The Pine Bluff Arsenal will continue its hunting program on the installation for the upcoming season.

Hunter safety briefings will be conducted twice daily with one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 at Creasy Auditorium, which is outside Plainview Gate. Individuals who wish to hunt on the installation will need to attend one of these briefings or they will be denied hunting privileges.

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or have felony charges pending, convicted of a DUI/DWI within the past seven years or have any type of weapons or domestic abuse charges will be denied hunting privileges.

Individuals who wish to hunt at the PBA must submit Pine Bluff Arsenal Form 190-5 to Pine Bluff Arsenal Natural Resource Specialist. Forms will be provided at the safety briefings. Hunters will not be notified of the background investigation results unless they are denied hunting privileges and individuals should allow two weeks from the date of the submission before inquiring about the status of the application.

For more information, call 870-540-3257.


Pine Bluff Braves to play junior college

The Pine Bluff Braves will play North Arkansas Junior College in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. today at Regional Park.

The two squads will play again at 1 p.m. on Sunday in another doubleheader at the same location.

Lowe named preseason All-SWAC second team

Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior setter Alexis Lowe was named to the Preseason All-SWAC volleyball second team, it was announced on Thursday.

Lowe had 406 set assists last season for UAPB and played in 23 of UAPB’s 26 matches. She also had 14 aces, 118 digs and 36 blocks.

Christine Edwards was named the preseason Player of the Year and Paige Williams earned the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Both play for Jackson State.


Beltre hits for cycle

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre had four hits and three RBIs in his first four at bats in Friday’s game against Minnesota to hit for the cycle. It was his second career cycle and he is the sixth player in Rangers history to hit for one.

Beltre got the hardest part of the cycle out of the way in his first at bat with an RBI triple to deep center field in the first inning.

In the second inning, Beltre hit an RBI double to left field for hit No. 2. Beltre led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field before completing the cycle with a single in the seventh inning.

Texas beat Minnesota 8-0.

Diamond suspended for six games

ARLINGTON, Texas — Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Diamond was suspended six games by Major League Baseball on Friday after he threw near the head of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton on Thursday.

Diamond was immediately ejected after the pitch behind Hamilton’s head in the third inning of Texas’ 10-6 win. Diamond is appealing the suspension.

USADA strips Armstrong of Tour titles, banned

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from competing in cycling for life after it concluded that he used banned substances.

Armstrong, who turns 41 next month, said on Thursday that he would no longer challenge the USADA, but denied that he ever took banned substances in his career. He called the investigation a “witch hunt” without any physical evidence.

Majerus takes leave of absence from SLU

SAINT LOUIS — Saint Louis University announced Friday that men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus is taking a leave of absence for at least the upcoming season as a result of health concerns.

Majerus, 64, is undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition at a California hospital.

Assistant coach Jim Crews will take over as interim coach. Majerus could return for the 2013-14 season if his health permits.

Watney, Garcia tied for Barclays lead

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney are both at 8-under par after two rounds at The Barclays to tie for the lead. Garcia came into the event after winning last week’s Wyndham Championship.

Vijay Singh and Bob Estes are both one shot behind Garcia and Watney.

— Staff and wire reports