Roaf, Gragg, Wright to host camp at Central, PBHS

Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright will host the Life & Fundamentals Football Camp, to be held July 11 at Little Rock Central High and July 12 at Pine Bluff High.

This non-contact camp not only stresses the fundamentals of football but also allows campers to be educated on a variety of valuable topics including education, drug awareness, sportsmanship and teamwork.

The camp is open to ages 6-13. The early registration fee is $25, which includes a T-shirt. The fee the day of the camp is $35.

For more information, contact Cory Blunt at 501-240-5524 or Website:


Hunter out of lineup as Tigers snap Royals’ streak

DETROIT — J.D. Martinez hit the go-ahead solo home run in the fourth inning, and Detroit held on to post a 2-1 victory over the Royals, snapping their 10-game win streak in Thursday’s finale of a four-game series.

Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff, who injured his hamstring in Tuesday’s game, remained out of the Tigers’ lineup.

Miguel Cabrera drove in the other run for the Tigers, who avoided a sweep and moved a half-game back of their foes for first place in the AL Central. Anibal Sanchez (4-2) scattered five hits and one run over seven strong innings. Joba Chamberlain tossed a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan recorded his 14th save by striking out the side in the ninth.

PB Tigers edge Lonoke

LONOKE — Chris Williams and Kirel Young each went 2 for 3, and the Pine Bluff Tigers pulled out a 6-5 win over Lonoke in Senior Babe Ruth action late Wednesday.

Trevor Langford scored on a hit by Young. Jamar Johnson earned the win on the mound.

Smith to assist at Robey next season

Carl Smith, the former Pine Bluff High School boys basketball interim coach, will help coach the junior high team at Jack Robey this coming school year, he said Thursday.

Smith, who served as interim head coach for two seasons, will be assisting head coach Kenneth Conley.

Former Central Arkansas interim coach Clarence Finley was hired as Pine Bluff’s full-time boys basketball coach in May. Billy Dixon will assist Finley.

Smith, who has a son entering his junior year at PBHS, said he may pursue other coaching opportunities in the near future.

"I got a call from someone," he said. "But I’m not really ready to leave.

"Maybe I’ll head down that road next year."


Arkansas to play Oklahoma in women’s hoops

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has been paired against Oklahoma for a game in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge this fall for women’s basketball.

The game will be played Dec. 21 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Texas will play Texas A&M in the other Challenge game at the site.

Arkansas will play Texas on Dec. 20, 2015 in Oklahoma City, with Oklahoma taking on former Big 12 partner Texas A&M.

Two teams from each league will participate in the initial two years of the Challenge to assist in the promotion of the 2015 SEC tournament in North Little Rock and 2016 Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.


Kershaw tosses no-hitter

LOS ANGELES — A throwing error by Hanley Ramirez ruined Clayton Kershaw’s bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning, but the Dodgers’ ace was still able to complete his first career no-hitter late Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old Kershaw (7-2), a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, struck out a career-high 15 and did not walk a batter in the Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He threw 107 pitches and won his fourth straight start.

"You don’t really ever think about getting to do something like that," said Kershaw. "You always think about winning a World Series or being a part of that. As far as individual stuff goes, though, this ranks up there. Pretty cool."

It was the second no-no thrown by a Dodgers pitcher this season. Josh Beckett tossed his first career no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25. The Dodgers have the only two no-hitters in the majors this season.

"Beckett was kidding around when he threw his (no-hitter) and said, ‘Someday I’ll teach you how to do that,’" said Kershaw.

The only other season the Dodgers had two no-hitters thrown was 1956, when Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie turned the trick for the Brooklyn Dodgers.